Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, meaning “great”, and rajan, meaning “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley – fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. Welcome to his kingdom!

The Maharaja is the second installment in our Dictator Series.

102 IBUs

ABV varies slightly batch to batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

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Photo of afksports
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery's Maharaja is a little overly sweet. I would never have pictured a Maharaja being that way. But, I'm on a DIPA kick, and this one is certainly a solid stop.

There's a caramel and sweet malty smell, with a pinch of sweet citrus hops. A bit of pine maybe too, but nothing huge. The Maharaja has a lovely appearance, which is maybe a bit hazy for my taste but comes with a clinging head that makes things more interesting.

This Imperial IPA is an easy drinker with a very full mouthfeel, but the taste is follows the nose and is too sweet for a double IPA. I mean, things are still IPA's, right? There's no drying, and only a little bitterness. The aftertaste is totally malty, and not even really bitter from the hops that do linger. Still, it's tasty. I'd love to get wasted on this. But it's just not balanced, and thus not in the top of it's class.

Then again, neither am I. Maybe me and the Maharaja have something in common after all.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes:
Pours hazy brown/amber with noticable carbonation. Has a 1 1/2 inch head that settles down to about a 1/4 inch with very nice lacing.
Smells of caramel malts and citrus hops, pine resin and alcohol, a little unbalanced.
The taste is caramalt based (I'd guess) with the hops on the DL. A bit of citrus and pine but very simple.
The mouth is pretty decent, not too heavy and smooth going down.
Drinkability wise, I wouldn't turn one down but I also wouldn't go out of my way to get another.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice two finger head, great retention, Goldish orange tone. Very hazy appearance as well.
S- Citrusy, piney right away, hints of peach and grapefruit. Nutty and malty aromas linger out as I continue, wonderful fruity hoppy aroma.
T- Great bitterness, well balanced. Taste the nuttiness as well as the hops, fruitiness mixed in well. Has a thick taste to it, truly unique. I taste the malts and hops throughout.
M- Taste the bitterness on the palate but doesn't linger for long. Kind of a tarty feeling on the mouth.
D- Excellent beer totally surprised. The nuttiness and malts combined with the hops was superb. Very easy drink especially for being over 10% abv. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel tulip. Bottled: March 2010: Batch 11.

A: This pours a very cloudy red-orange color with an inch and a half of slightly off-white head that has decent retention and good lacing.

S: Strong caramel maltiness, piney and mildly floral hoppiness, and a little spiciness (perhaps coriander).

T: The hops have faded a bit but they are still a big factor; it also features a sweet and powerful caramel malt backbone and some lightly faded citrus. It isn't a sweet mess like some other older DIPAs.

M: It has a thick body with some creaminess and little alcohol presence.

D: This is a very good sipper. I would obviously rather have it fresh but it's still good at 11 months.

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They actually had bombers of this on sale by me. Hooray!
Batch #12 May 2010, poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours dark amber/orange. Some lacing. This is a heavy looking beer. Inside the glass looks dark.

S - Smells of pine and citrus. Has a sweet essence. Behind that is a hoppy medley.

T - This is a DIPA that isn't playing around. Not subtle at all with the flavor of hops, sweet malt, and citrus. For those that like their IPA's with dominant flavor, this will be nirvana.

M - This is a thick IPA. It is freakin awesome, but the potency can be overwhelming.

D - Two pints and I was done. The Maharaja is a fierce tyrant that will smack you around. Be careful.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This review is a redo for me, because my initial review was an outdated bottle. Poured on-tap in a goblet, the beer is a hazy orange-amber coloring, with a frothy, thick beige colored head of about an inch. The head is airy and light, and it settles a bit, but leaves a strong lace along the glass as it does. Aromas of white wine (almost muscat), pear, citrus, and a subtle resinous highlight. The beer is fruit forward, with grape, grapefruit, and mango, with a solid booze characteristic, wine highlights, and some woody notes. The beer is bold and full bodied in mouth, and has a slightly bitter, richly sweet and resinous aftertaste. The finish is lingering, with booze and bitterness throughout. Heavy hitter.

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Photo of sensorglitch
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of this in Washington. It pour an interesting orangish color, and had good tones of citrus in the the smell, could smell the hops. The taste was obviously bitter, I liked it, it wasn't a disgusting bitter, but a good smell and taste, had a good drink-ability.

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Photo of uustal
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with a two-finger head. Solid lacing and retention. Sweet citrus aroma. The flavor follows. Big grapefruit and citrus hops. . Followed by sweet and creamy malt background. Nice pine bitterness on the close. The flavor was there, but not very cohesive. Big alcohol notes as well as the beer warmed.

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Photo of heysuz
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intro: 22 oz. dated May 2010, batch 12. poured into a pint glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Excellent head and lacing, great color but cloudy

Smell: Strong malt, some citrus notes and hops.

Taste: Good taste with strong hops balanced out with the malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Some dryness and that hoppy taste that lingers.

Drink: Very smooth and rich in flavor with only a little aftertaste. Not overly carbonated and left me wanting more.

Conclusion: The head is really impressive with fine micro bubbles. I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. I think it rates in the top ten in its class. One I am looking forward to revisiting since DIPAs are one of my favorites.

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Photo of pgaveau
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Celler temperature 22 oz (bottled in May 2010) poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pours a deep honey amber. Very thick head with good retention. Smells like molass and ripe oranges. Tastes like sweet, creamy hoppiness. Strong malt presence. Slight bitterness with no after taste. Medium mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable for a 10% brew. Halfway through and I'm already feeling buzzed.

I will be buying more of these.

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Photo of Frothboss
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clean with little to no head. Dark golden color, transparent. Smells sweet, citrusy and hoppy. Tastes really good, bitters sit on the back of the mouth with a nice citrus finish. Bold citrus and hops with sweet malty undertones. Feels smooth with light carbonation. Very tastey for its class, will delightfully drink again.

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Photo of montecristo2
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a small pint glass.

Paired really well with chicken tikka masala, based on a recommendation from a blog posting here on BA. Thanks loyal beer drinkers!

A great example of an imperial- great citrusy hops but not overpowering. Not a beer I could drink a great deal of, but definitely worth savoring and enjoying a little at a time.

A thicker, more viscous offering that other IPA's, but I really liked that. A nice, off white head, maybe one and a half fingers thick.

Nice, deep orange color, a bit hazy. Looked delicious in the glass, and tasted so in my mouth! Check this one out, especially with your favorite Indian resturant.


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Photo of crazyjoedivola
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 22oz bomber marked May 2010 Batch 12.

Pour shows amber with reddish hues around the edges and releases two fingers of thick beige foam with great lacing.
Great smell with plenty of citrus, resiny pine, with some sweet spice. Just a little warmth in the nose from the 10% booze.
Taste is just what you smell. Hops hops hops but balanced with good and not overly bitter. Soid core of citrus and oily resin. Long hoppy aftertaste.
Drinkable? This much hops and flavor can't be guzzled. I could drink one every day. Two every day would be like homework.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this out of a 22 oz. bomber bottled in march 2010. I have had this beer a few times but thought i should review it on BA. This is by far the best brew that ive had from Avery, for a DIPA this had everything that i am looking for. At first the pour in nice and a little thick giving me a nice amber colored beer with an inch and a half of off white head. The smell is amazing!! Loaded with hops and citrus, a little malt but hops hops hops. Taste is amazing as well. Hops and malted barley coat the tongue and goes down so smooth you can forget that its 10.3% ABV. Nice and thick, which is great for a DIPA. For anyone looking for an ideal IPA this is the beer.

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Photo of claspada
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of super obvious but not extremely strong citrus hops, mildly pungent but still awesome. Quite inviting and just what I hope for in a good DIPA.

Taste is quite sweet and very rich and malty. There are hops here but to me it's more like am English barleywine. Mouthfeel is thick, caramelly and bready with a bit of a hop bite on the finish. Very smooth and creamy, almost a pillow-like feel with decent carbonation.
Overall this is a wonderful DIPA; as someone that likes malty examples this favors my preferences. This was quite refreshing and something i would buy again when available. If you are looking for a traditional palate wrecking DIPA look elsewhere as this is excellently balanced with malt sweetness and Pacific citrusy hops.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.
Batch 12

APPEARANCE: Pours a nice, big, fluffy, three finger, medium-thick, off-white head with good retention. Perfectly clear tenne orange with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and ring, leaving some immediate lacing at the top. Good wisp remains and leaves lots of nice lacing. Second pour is very opaque with lots of floaties, but I'm all over the floaties. Good looking.

SMELL: Medium strength nose of pale malts, citrus and floral hops. Some lemon and grapefruit for sure, as well as some sweet caramel malts. A bit of booze in the nose gives it a slight spicy quality, which is unique.

TASTE: Pale malts up front with heaps of bitter hops, grapefruit, some floral hops, and some decent spices from the booze. A malty underbelly with sweet caramel malt hangs on for the ride. Aftertaste is big and bold, lingering with lots of bitter hops and spicy booze, the combination of which makes it a little abrasive. Very bitter finish. This is a huge bomb with a splash of booze for good measure. Take the latter away and you'd have a real bitter treat.

PALATE: Medium body and semi-creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth with an alcohol burn after the swallow, and finishes slightly mouth coating. Some heat in there as well. Good feel, minus the heat.

OVERALL: Finally Avery makes a big beer worth drinking twice. Enjoyed working my way through this one. Quite tasty with lots of flavor and bitterness, as well as a great look. Definitely a bit too harsh and boozy for the style, which makes it either difficult or unique, depending on your preferences, but nevertheless, this is the first Avery beer I've had that was worth the effort.

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Photo of barroomhero1234
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smell: Pineaple and citrus nose, alcohol warmth and sweet back ground.
Taste: nice home bitterness with a really nice malt backbone. citrus fruits mixed with a nice sweet backbone, alcohol warmth at the back of the throat.

Nice II IPA, good bitterness and not harsh, but low drinkability recommend sharing a bomber.
All and all a pretty nice beer, would recommend for hop heads and beer lovers.

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Photo of cratez
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, MI. Pours a beautiful and glowing hazed amber hue with golden edges, two fingers of cream coloured froth, and sheets of lacing on the nonic glass. Smell is caramel, orange peel, toasty malt, citrus, pine, vanilla cake batter, burnt sugar, honey, resiny and floral hops, tobacco, and mint. Flavour is juicy tangerine, more orange peel, piny and citric hop tang, very zesty, spicy, and oily in character, balancing toffee and caramel sweetness, lingering bitterness with some alcoholic burn to end. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, bordering on syrupy, acidic bite with warming liquor in the finish. This is a fantastic, hop-forward DIPA, but it packs a little too much booze for my liking, and at 9 months old it may have lost some of its hop wallop. Still, if the ethanol were turned down a notch, this would be a benchmark IIPA.

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Photo of robhunta
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with perfect head, about 2-3 fingers, and orange/pear color with perfect clarity.

S - The aroma kind of surprised me, it has a fruity aroma, not much of a hops aroma, but still nice, just a surprisingly low hops aroma.

T - The taste also surprised me, it is citrusy & fruity, not overly sweet at all, very nice, the more I drink it the more I taste the hops though, they are very subtle. there is a nice alcohol flavor as well for the high ABV beer.

M - smooth and delicious, not sticky at all as one might expect for the high ABV.

D - Extremely drinkable, I am drinking it way to quickly, though some of this may have to do with the low level of bitterness for an imperial IPA.

** came back to edit because I took a look at the Avery website and saw that this beer is 102 IBUs. I am very surprised, either it is the most balance 102 IBUs I've ever had or it is lower than they report. I am betting on the former though, it is a very balanced beer.

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a chalice. Nice head. Insane aroma of citrus fruits like grapefruit, tangerine, orange, lemon. Taste was sublime. CITRUS CITRUS CITRUS. Warming alcohol finish. More than two of these would be dangerous. I can't believe the hop aroma and flavor I'm getting from this beer! Fairly drinkable despite the some 10% abv. This is a delicious double IPA! Total citrus BOMB. Simply amazing...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

A: Golden brown with an nice white head allowing for some lacing.

S: Hoppy aroma with subtle fruits, and just a tad alcoholy.

T: Sweet and grainy up front, with mild hoppiness taking over. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Somewhat smooth and light, with a bit of alcohol burn.

D: Moderately drinkable.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I discovered this beer at the brewery in September and fell in love with it. Amazing DIPA that was the highlight of a fantastic afternoon in Boulder back in September. After trying everything I could that day I decided a review would not be appropriate at the time. So I bought a bomber and finally got around to cracking it open last week. Here are the notes from my phone:

APPEARANCE: Opaque and orange with a light, pinkish hue, almost a tangerine color. Sediment was heavily dispersed throughout. The head was very large, thick and foamy. Made for some pretty solid lacing, but it did take a few minutes to pour.

SMELL: A faint piney smell with light floral notes. Not as strong a nose as I would have imagined from the Maharaja.

TASTE: Intense sweetness and bitterness hit the tongue right off the bat. This is a very interesting balance and both sweet and bitter are present throughout the sip. Piney notes from the nose are also present and it leaves a nice, gentle, floral aftertaste. Exceptional.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly oily with a mild sparkle to it. It feels as rich as it tastes.

OVERALL: I had this beer as my dessert after my girlfriend cooked a wonderful steak dinner. I could not have asked for a finer dessert. Rich, delicious and very satisfying.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this about a month ago, pulled it out of the basement early for the Thanksgiving holiday.

A-Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, which I think might have been a mistake, because it developed about a three inch head. Cloudy amber look to it.

S-Nose has citrus and hop smell, and has my mouth watering.

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Photo of Duff27
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- One inch head on top of a extreeemely cloudy copperish colored beer. Scattered lacing.

S- Floral hops with some caramel malts.

T- DANK. Caramel malts. Hippity hops. Alcohol kick that'll kick your ass.

M- Thick! Nice and creamy...syrupy. Leaves a lingering alcohol taste.

D/O- This DIPA doesn't hide the booze well and that's alright with this guy. The 10.41% keeps it real...don't know what that means...but yeah! Props to Avery.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange, dark golden yellow, massive 2 inch creamy head, lots of lacing

Smell - Hops, fruits, malts, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, hop oil

Taste - As expected, strong hops and fruits. One thing about this beer is the malt flavor is high also, its like they tried to put as much into the malts as the hops. It has a bold, strong alcohol kick also.

Mouthfeel - Kicks your mouths butt with all the hops, malts and alcohol. Palette gets destroyed , tounge gets bitter burnt, no turning back after a drink

Drinkabilty - Its just so strong, a sipper beer for sure. Not something to drink weekly. The 22oz was more then enough. Well drink again next year or so. Cant get much better for a high hop beer.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,697 ratings