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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 Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh on-tap at Pizza Plant, good example of style and quite drinkable when I am not a big fan of the style. Looks like an aged peach with small soap bubbly white head. Fruity aroma, a bit citrus. Taste is substantially grapefruit, and smooth. Last beer of evening as it is a direct impact on you taste buds from the hops. A lot of grapefruit and the malts to make it drinkabale and it is.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is an assertive orange/grapefruit/lemon nose in a golden honey colored brew with thin white head.

Huge hop flavors of grapefruit and lemon and lemon mouse with front palate of stone fruit giving way to a gigantic grapefruit/lemon finish that goes on forever. Nice. Good balance of hops and malt.

This is a very good and drinkable IPA. This is actually my "go to" IPA and "regular" beer when I just want something that I know is good and it goes with all sorts of food!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear honey brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Huge foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and herbal hops, honey, and malt. Taste is of citrus zest and herbal hops up front with a nice honey, brown sugar, and malt finish. There is a medium bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with a very nice balance in both the aromas and flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty damn good avery! pours a dank reddish color with a thick white head on er. smells incredible, sticky hops and booze. genuinely would wear this as cologne! taste is complex for an imperial ipa. more than just that hop smack, its got a lot of fruity stuff happening, some lemon or orange in there as an acidic and complementary thing. there is also a sort of earthy naturalness to it, a purity. mouthfeel is perfect to, chewy thick hops with a bright carbonated finish. this one is a keeper

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Photo of Knapp85
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a big brew. I love this one, had it a while ago from a bottle then later from a bottle and it wasn't as good. I saw it was on tap at Tap & Table in Emmaus so shot over after work. Got myself three wonderful glasses of this. The aroma and flavor mix well with each other the fruity hop aroma hits your nose on every sip. Then the piney sting of hops hits your tongue and just attacks it till you sip again and it just keeps coming. The color is a very nice golden color with a minimal head on it about 1 fingers worth. The brew is very tasty and if you haven't tried it please do so.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber-orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but thick rings of bubbles on the surface around the edge and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose—grapefruit stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of grapefruit and also has notes of caramel malts, pine resin hops and hints of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness and hints of stickiness in the finish.
O: This beer is definitely a sipper given its strength. However, it’s not all that difficult to drink because only hints of alcohol are noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Double I, but from the Avery 10 and 11, this is a slight step down. The hops are outragously flavorful and bitter. The aromas are a boquet of floral and earthy hops with a strong underlying malt presence. Big on the malts without becoming sweet. The hops IBU's keep this barley heavy beer dry and balanced. The feel is just short of thick. Greatly drinkable if not for the heavy and complex flavors. Spicy and dry in the aftertaste. The downside is that the northwestern hop character and malt fermentation leaves the beer a bit metalic and salty, thus slight of high drinkability. The 10% shows good heat and presence without becoming harsh or overwhelming. I'll be trying a few more in the future.

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Photo of largadeer
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Feb. '08 bottling, batch 7.

Appearance: Sunset amber with plenty of hop haze. The head never rises very high, but it does retain well, especially for a beer weighing in at almost 11% ABV.

Smell: Fresh pine and ripe tropical fruit; melon and mango in particular.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pine and alcohol dominate the flavor leaving little room for subtleties. Hints of tropical fruit do appear as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is thick and a tad syrupy, but it's thankfully not overly sweet. Warming alcohol in the finish, slightly astringent. Pretty boozy stuff overall. This beer would probably be better with less alcohol.

Notes: Good but not quite stellar. Avery's regular old IPA is better. Just goes to show, stronger ain't always better.

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Photo of brentk56
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head and good lacing

Smell: Wonderful grapefruit and pineapple hops on the nose

Taste: Extraordinarily well-balanced with a grapefruit and pineapple hops flavor on top of a sweet, malty backbone; after the swallow, the grapefruit bitterness builds along with the sweet malt to a powerful finish of minty intensity

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a wonderful brew where a ton of hops are well-balanced by the malts and the combination masks the high alcoholic content of the beer

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bomber pours out a reddish medium copper hue, with lots of foamy white head, and lacing all around the glass. The smell contains a whole lot of citrus hops and strong caramel malt essence, and is quite wonderful. The taste starts with a big citrus hop blast at the front, which mellows quickly and smoothly into the sweet raisiny malt body. There is low carbonation, and a warming from the alcohol. This is quite an intensely flavoured beer, true to the style, and quite good, and sharing the bomber is just about right.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light beige color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of funky yeast with some nice spices and light ester. Taste is also dominated by some sweet fruit notes as well as some spices and the funky yeast. Average body with great carbonation. I thought it was a bit too sweet for my own palate but still enjoyable overall.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goblet at Long Room.

Amber tinged orange, bright with a fine clarity. Bursting with citrusy orange, grapefruit aromas, approaching tropical proportions. Smooth bodied, a little bit syrupy, with sturdy anchoring malts holding down the fort under the huge dank/fruity hop load. The foam is lasting to the end, and leaves generous lace. A really nice DIPA that i'm glad to have discovered. Locally comparable to Flossmoor and FFF in quality and taste.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention for the ABV. A semitransparent copper colour. Filled with floating yeast.

Sm: Hops. Fresh and inviting. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Very hoppy, but with too much overdone bitterness. Some artificial cream is present. Too bitter, and quite boring. The bitterness overshadows all the other flavour. The finish is far too bitter. The first act is okay.

Mf: Too coarse, and wet. A generic approach to the style.

Dr: Drinkable but imbalanced and boring. I might try it on draught, but otherwise I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in June 2006 Batch #4

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a foamy, two-finger head. Very good lace.

S - It smelled of hops and grasses.

T - It tasted of hopas, grass and a little malt.

M - It was crisp and and sharp on the tongue. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - Very good. Another great Avery product and another great DIPA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The new top 100 is encouraging me to put in some old handwritten reviews!

Pours a reddish amber with a nice off-white head and decent lacing as it goes down. Smell is tropical fruits, some citrus, and a few hints of earth. The taste is much the same, but it lacks the punch of the nose and some of the more-intense West-coast DIPA's. Medium body and somewhat dry. Drinkability is affected by a bit of an alcohol taste and a slight lack of cohesion to the hop flavor and intensity.

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Photo of oline73
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark amber with a finger of light tan head that leaves some lacing and a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Quite sweet and malty, carmel and fruity apricot notes.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel hops kill the tongue. Sweet malt with mild fruity notes and some alcohol in the finish. Simultaneously a hop bomb and a malt bomb.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the balance of the hops and the malt. I enjoyed the fruity notes. I'm not sure how fresh this was, but I thought it was quite good.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to try another big bad double IPA,pours a slightly hazy deep orange with a tight one finger head that leaves a sheet of lace behind on the way down,well what would you expect from a double IPA aroma wise HOPS and more hops in the aroma pine and definent grapefruit coming thru srong not much malt profile but it wasnt expected.This beer coats the tongue somewhat thick in the mouthfeel dept the alcohol flavor doesnt overpower though by any means,big resiny and citrusy can make the tongue curl.Not quite as good in my opinion as its Colorado cousin Great Divid Hercules double IPA but this is no chump damn fine beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of off white head on a hazy, dark copper colored body. Good retention and lace.

S - Lots of hops, balanced by equally powerful caramel malt. Citrus, grapefruit and pineapple with some toffee.

T - Spicy hops up front; pineapple, lemon and basil. Sweet, sugary malt powers up in the middle. Caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Bitter hops balance out the sweet finish.

M - Moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a heavy, thick DIPA and despite its huge flavors, it is balanced enough to remain relatively quaffable. This beer is full of pungent hops, especially in the aroma, but it is one of the few examples of the style that is just as much about malt as hops and bitterness. The rich toffee and caramel not only balance the hops and preserve drinkability, but also add complexity and make for an excellent drinking experience.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Batch 13, bottled March 2011.

A: Pours a hazy amberish copper with a billowy white head which leaves a smeared lace.

S: Nose is citrus (grapefruit) and floral combined with a malty carmel sweetness.

T: Taste follows the nose but in reverse. Big sweet malts with a floral hop overload. Piney and bitter.

M: Oily, resinous and sticky sweet.

O: Not the best batch I've had. I recall others seemed much more hop forward in both the taste and smell. ABV is well hidden, but its presence is definitely felt by the end of the bottle.

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Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

March 2010 bottle. Very fresh.

Poured into bruery snifter.

Pours a finger and a half of creamy off white head. Fades to a decent sized layer and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear golden bronze.

Aroma: Very fresh floral hops. Tons of well blended citrus. Grapefruit, sweet pineapple, and maybe a hint of lime citrus. A hint of caramel malt with a little alcohol, but not bad. Very nice.

Taste: Very big iipa. Tons of floral hops with a hint of pine hops. Huge citrus blend. The grapefruit sticks out, but it is more of a blend here. Bready and caramel malts with some alcohol again.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and warm. Medium to full bodied for the style with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky with some hops and burn.

Overall, a very awesome IIPA. Huge bodied with a massive amount of hops (obviously). Pretty drinkable. I dig it. The aroma is amazing.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Shady McGrady's (Harrisburg, PA) on 4/10/09. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a 1/2 finger of foamy brite-white head. Beautiful looking creamy layer of retention stays robust, leaving some massive, drenching lace back. The aroma is just a huge hoppy nose of spicy and floral hops and juicy tropical citrus, and some additinal tangy notes of caramel hiding out in the back. This aroma is so rich, I can actually smell and enjoy it over the thick cloud of smoke that is hovering around me in this ash-pit of a beer bar.

The taste is exceedingly bitter and spicy with a mouth puckering resinous hoppiness. A potent blend of citrus, caramel, and toasted malts tries valiently to even things out some but..DAMN!..this sucka is bitter and proud of it! The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a beefy feel but overall creamy carbonation to it. There is some definite alcohol heft to the body that combines with the extreme bitterness to impart a sharp sting to the feel but I never do get that medicinal taste, which is a very good thing.

This is just a MASSIVE hop bomb of a DIPA from Avery. Huge body, bitterness, and tropical fruits are the highlights, even though they might not always mesh at times. If your looking for a hoppy punch in the face, definitely check this out.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2013 bottling, just released recently. Pours crystal clear orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, pine, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, orange rind, caramel, floral, grass, pine resin, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dank hop notes with moderate malt sweetness; with slight alcohol as it warms. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, tangerine, pine, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, pine resin, and floral earthiness. Nice amount of citrus and pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, pine resin, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus and pine hop flavors; with a near perfect malt balance that does not overwhelm; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a light creamy, slick, and very sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! Great balance and complexity of hop notes with nice malt balance; and dangerously smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, you can actually smell pungent and citrusy hops just upon opening the bottle! Avery usually delivers, and this one is no exception. It pours a slightly hazy reddish-copper body with orangeish highlights beneath a short but creamy head of white. Unfortunately, the head doesn't hold quite as well as might be hoped for (but with 9.7% alcohol by volume that's to be expected!), and it does leaves some thin rings of lace about the glass. A firmly caramelish and delicately biscuity malt comes into play within the aroma, although the hops are still clearly present with notes of grass, pineapple, orange peel, dried pine needles, and muddled grapefruit. In the mouth its filling and dextrinous as the very-fine-bubbled carbonation warms and becomes airy before sliding away like silk pajamas on silk sheets. The flavor delivers a heavier blow than the aroma suggests with its solid maltiness ducking and weaving between punches of hop flavor and hits of solid bitterness. There's no real pattern to the way that it appears on the palate, and slaps of hops or hits of malt seem to come and go in a different fashion with each sip. Everycomponent is always there, but certain characteristics just seem to pop at times. The one constant, however, is it's lingering, resinous and citrus-fruit-rind finish. There's bitterness there as well, but it doesn't come across as being raspy because of the thin but sticky layer of sweet malt that so stealthily hides itself while slowly receeding. It's a really nice, very well-balanced IPA that offers a decent amount of changing character in its profile; but might actually be lacking in complexity due to it's being "too balanced" - if that's possible. Still, this IPA rocks! The alcohol rarely appears, and its bitterness never overwhelms the palate! You can't drink too many because of the strength, but it's definitely drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
2.91/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks are nice, with a white foam on the typical orange amber brew in the small globe. Sharp on the tongue. Warm and spicy, with vast sweep of tropical fruity flavors. Plenty of hops. Smell of green vegetables, like fresh green beans. Murky flavor of something like hummus.

A fairly one-dimensional flavor profile. Something about the combination of spritzy carbonation and the flat sweet flavor is not very inspiring. Bitterness comes along to take over the mid-range and aftertaste. A little lemon, and even more like grapefruit soda.

Sweet yet harsh, carbonated yet flat-flavored, hoppy yet murky. I will have to taste this again, but this bottle is not much to brag about. Release No. 15 Winter 2011/12.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful medium amber color, clear with a large creamy and very durable head. Splendid lacing.

Aroma: a pine bomb from the piney hops.

Taste: DIPA with ample hops from start to finish; dominated by spruce.

M: very smooth for style. Low level of hops/ABV harshness.

O: a very good DIPA, if too piney for my taste.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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