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Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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1,836 Reviews

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 VelvetExtract
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Looks the part. Dark amber with foamy head.

S-Various types of hop scents woft from the brew. Spicy and malty backbone comes out after the tropical hops.

T-Complex hop flavors. Strong malt backbone makes this brew a well balanced beer. I taste some pear as well which is unique.

M-Full bodied. Nothing wrong here.

D-Pretty drinkable had it a few times and always go back

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Photo of ppoitras
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Silver foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head lasts, and laces delicately yet plentifully. Aroma is juicy fruit hops. Taste starts with a light malt sweetness, and quickly morphs into fruity hops which tantalyze, yet do not overpower. We're talking hops flavor here, not just the bitter hammer over the taste buds. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great for the style, which can sometimes be daunting. An almost subtle yet effective brew, surprised by this one (still fearing The Beast)...

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Photo of barczar
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yields a brilliantly clear copper/amber color with a solid one inch ecru head that lingers a good amount, leaving thick lacing as it dissipates.

Earthy hop aromas are initially evident, followed by dankness and very strong grapefruit. A fairly strong caramel malt backbone lurks throughout, ending with alcohol.

The flavor is, of course, dominated by hops. Grapefruit and citrus pith lead the way, battering the palate with zesty lemon and tropical fruits. Pine and resin carry through into a decidedly bitter, slightly sprucey finish. Bready malt ties together the flavor profile, but is not a major player.

Body is fairly heavy, with moderate carbonation, finishing fairly dry, with alcohol warmth.

Overall, very hop dominant dipa. Even with the high alcohol content, the malt is subdued, allowing the hops to shine.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, Batch #13, March 2011, 10.54% ABV stated on label. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (mango, grapefruit, orange) hops, along with some pine hops and caramel malt. For the most part the taste mirrors the aroma. The citrusy hop flavors are dominant, but the caramel malt flavor is stronger than I thought it was going to be. With that being said, it's still a very tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and goes down pretty easy. I think this is a good overall brew, and one of the better Imperial IPA's out there. This wasn't my first time drinking Maharaja, and it certainly won't be the last time.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Release No. 17 2013

A- Pours a clean copper color with a full two fingers of light tan head that retains for a very long time before eventually becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large bump of surface foam. Webs of lacing stick to the glass and stay there.

S- Somehow bright but earthy at the same time as far as the hop aroma goes. Piney, grassy but also with an equal amount of citrus. It's also quite musty with a toasty malt presence backing it all up.

T- Wonderfully balanced with the resinous hops playing the main role but the bitterness is kept in check wonderfully by the toasty malt. Somehow, the alcohol remains at bay as well with only the key flavors showing. Quite outstanding.

M- Very oily and slick due to the hops. Semi-bitey, medium carbonation and a body leaning towards the fuller side of things for the style.

O- It's been years since I've had this and I like it much better now that I'm more well acquainted with top-notch IPAs.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canning date is 3-16-16.

A - Pours a slightly hazy medium orange gold color, no floaties, anda thin, but very dense white lacing ring. Carbonation is mild, but steady.

S - Pungent pineapple rind and sticky pine, with a little bit of spiciness.

T - Follows the nose and all hops. Dominated with juicy and dank pineapple rind, some pepper spiciness, and ends with some mango sweetness with a pine bite. There's a slight hint biscuity malt but is very faint, it's all hops from start to finish. There's a very small amount of alcohol poking through.

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation.

O - The 8% in this D-IPA is extremely well hidden and there's alot of juicy hoppiness still left at six weeks out. Had this in the past but scratching my head why I never reviewed it until now.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dirty copper amber like color with an inch of fluffy tanish head that has some very impressive lacing throughout.

S - Surprised it smelled more than just citrus hops but I do get a very fine gram cracker malt. Almost spiced like the guy bellow a gingerbread.

T - I really enjoy this one. Where is the ABV, completely masked by the sweet bitter hops then the malt kicks in almost like a barleywine but quickly picks up with a bitter twang of resiny piney hops that coats the tongue long after the last sip.

M - It was surprisingly drinkable. I think of Hopslam without the sweetness of honey. Really such a balanced DIPA.

Overall I was impressed with this. On par with most DIPA's being more malt forward this ones got a pair with a strong hoppy finish that masks the ABV. Dangerously drinkable and for only 9 dollar a bottle for such a "limited" release I will try to grab another before the rest are gone. Good Stuff.

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Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, malt and a floral quality.

T: Complex taste of hops, grapefruit, malt and a certain odd sweetness. It's a big, bold taste - just like an Imperial IPA should be.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a mainly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer. Has a big ABV%, but is still easy to drink.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very sexy appearance on these, the quintessential orange ipa appearance replete with a legit 3/4" white head. Aroma super resiny, forest, citrus, grapefruit dominant, some tangerine.

Viscous for sure, plenty of malt, but the hopping still cuts the hardest here. Chewy. Lots of older hops. Columbus and Centennial I would guess make up the largest quotient. Hides alcohol well. When I've had it on tap, it has always been superior to the bottle. I love they are in cans now (or at least I heard?). Would bang again. Its from back when 100ibu was something they bragged about, but this was one of the few that wasn't just massive bitterness, it still imparted some good old school C hop vibes and tons of toasted pale malt that quelled the alcohol.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, labeled Release 17, year 2013, poured into a FFF teku glass and quaffed today, 5/3/2013

Aroma: Smells incredibly malty and earthy. Loads of toffee, caramel, biscuits along with a background of earthy and citrus hoppiness that I can best describe as grapefruit rinds, pineapple and pine both. This nose is heavy on the malt for sure. (4)

Colour: Looks absolutely delicious. Pours a dark amber colour with a big 3cm, thick foamy off-white head that takes a good couple minutes to settle down into a thick collar that leaves super thick, dry lacing on the glass that persists as I drink it. Definitely an impressive appearing beer, like its namesake. Heck even the bottle with its gold foil and labeling is impressive. Even though I know the bottle doesn't count in the appearance department. (4)

Flavour: Very smooth blast of earthy, floral hops, followed by a big malty presence of toffee and biscuits, followed by a complex bitterness that I can only best describe as bitter pineapple juice. It's got a lot going on and it smoothly moves between all of these flavours each time I take a sip of the beer. It's pretty good, almost a little too complex than I'd expect for a DIPA though. (4)

Mouthfeel: Resinous thicker medium body DIPA that is fairly well carbonated. The finish is clean and smooth but not cloying or dry. It also coats the palate rather well. Aftertaste is like sucking on bitter toffee, but not unpleasant or lasting too long. It's a sipper, certainly not the most quaffable DIPA I've had.. but I think that's a good thing when it comes to its mouthfeel characteristics- it seems like its meant to be savored. (4)

Overall: Very nice, complex DIPA with a different flavour profile than I'm used to with the other west coast DIPAs like Pliny, Sucks, Enjoy By. It's heavy on the malts which I appreciate, bringing a nice balance, but its not too overloaded with hoppy bitterness like Double Crooked Tree is. In this DIPA, the malts are the stars of the show here, with the hops contributing the atmosphere and lighting. It's somewhat like a very hopped up barleywine that is a bit less malty than typical barleywines. Drinks well, very complex and enjoyable- and different than the typical west coast DIPAs that I've had. It's a bigger, more complex version of the DFH 90 min. (4)

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

Not much bubbling in this copper toned brew. Some nice sticky, lace up to thirty minutes after the pour. Slowly recedes to a ring o' foam. Th smell is a blend of bitter orange zest and the aroma you get when you break a danelion stem in half and take a whiff. Very flowery beer with no shortage of toasted biscuit malts in both the aroma and taste. The taste starts with lots of citrus skin. Borderline burnt/toasted white notes begin to mix with a flower field of herbal and flowery hops.Very nice tasting DIPA. Palte is a chewy, resiny, hop bomb. I'mso glad this beer is always available by me.

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

The liquid is cloudy; the colour is orange-brown. The finger thick head slowly sinks down to a thin lid, leaving some lace curtains.

The smell is hoppy and bitter with distinct notes of grapefruits, grapes and butter/butterscotch. Some alcohol and pine-needles, fresh timber and a touch of maple syrup.

The taste is brutally bitter with lots of grapefruit juice, wood, pine-needles and sweet toffee. Notes of cookies, tobacco, raw rhubarb, fruit candy and a hint of anise. Lots of American hops, of course. The powerful aftertaste is very bitter with some warming alcohol, butter and fresh vegetables. The long finish is citric and bitter.

The carbonation is strong with lots of small fresh bubbles. The liquid is a bit sticky.

A very good DIPA that managaes to hide the alcohol better than, say, Double Dog.

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

Pours a dark hazy amber with huge cap og stiff merangue like white head, great retention and lacing. Scent is made of huge whiffs of citrus, tropical and pine notes with a solid carmely sweet malt backbone present. First taste is a bitter rush of the hop notes mentioned above, backed by the lightly carmel and grahmn crackery sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied, oily, coating but high in carbonation, dry finnish. A very nice dIPA that is big and bold and could sitll affect a bruised palate.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a copper colour. One finger of thick creamy off white head. Bright, good carbonation and a half finger of retention with spotty lace rings.

S - Great juicy hops. Pineapple, citrus, good maltiness too. Definitely let's the hops shine.

T - Great depth of flavour is evident off the bat. Great hop blast. Boozy pineapple, piney, resinous. Alcohol makes itself known but doesn't offend. Malt body gives some good sweetness too. Tasty and complex.

M - Powerfull bitterness. Good gentle carbonation and a full body. Really smooth. Good stuff.

O/D - A solid DIPA. Avoids being too boozy and balances well but still gets very hop forward. Well done. A please to sip and enjoy. Wonderfully complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of mltobin
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber of this at a local package store.

Poured into a tulip glass, the appearance is brown with a thick head.
The smell is rich, sharp, and drew me in for my first sip.
The taste is hoppy, with an interesting combination of spice and flora flavors.
Mouthfeel lingers a strong aftertaste, it is a rich boozy brew, so cleansing the palate with some water is a good idea.
Overall, I was very pleased with this beer from Avery.

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

Light haze, medium amber with an orange hue. Dense, creamy, eggshell cap, tons of lacing, decent head retention. Aromas of caramel and hops, biscuity malts, tropical fruit, citrus and pine, slightly grassy, hint of alcohol. Nice balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness -- both are impressive in weight, so getting the tension between these two qualities is well-done. Tropical fruit and alcohol, less citrus and pine than in the aroma, caramel and biscuity malt. Slight spicy, peppery quality towards the end. Lingering bitterness tempered by grainy, husky malt. Full bodied with a slight syrupy character, creamy carbonation, considerable alcohol warmth. I can't believe I've waited this long to try the Maharaja, but some of Avery's other beers were less than awe-inspiring. A solid (and potent) entry in this class and pretty tasty, though fairly malt-forward.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Fourth Avenue Pub on a recent trip to Brooklyn; served in a standard pint

Appears a beautiful burnt orange with a tan infused creamy cap. Two fingers of foam, settled slowly and left loads of sticky lacing all over the place.

Lots of grapefruit and chunky pineapple with a touch of toasted biscuits in the nose. There is an underlying aroma of pine needles poking through. Light malt backbone, very hop assertive.

The citrus really pushes through on the palate, but the pine and spruce play a prominent role. I like that there is more forest flavors than most dipa's, it give this guy a little bit of an edge. In the finish, a huge bitterness rushes over the palate and takes hostage of the tastebuds. This is a pretty dynamite dipa, I am liking this much better on-tap than the bottle I had.

Medium to full body, rich and chewy. Has a resiny type of finish. Big fan.

This guy is over 10% and it lets you know. There is some faint alcohol warmth that lingers. A sipper, but one that is hard to put down.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Feb 2008 bottling, sampled 4/4. Bottle says 10.54%ABV instead of the 9.7% listed here

A: Beautiful reddish copper with a dense off white head. Not much carbonation but the massive amount of lacing makes up for it.

S:A pine hop slammer, this is. More pine follows with floral notes, dried mango, little more fruit and some sweet malt. Caramel with honey. Quite delicious.

T: Not as hoppy as the nose suggests with a lot of rum-like sweetness coming through on the palate. Hops are present up front with pine but I'm a tad disappointed by how heavily this leans on the sweeter side. The finish is on the sweeter side

M: Adequate carbonation, thickish body, bitter finish

D: I regret not having someone to share this with

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Photo of ADTaber
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes, 22 oz bomber poured into an Avery pint glass, 12th edition, May 2010

A: pours a clear dark amber with some sediment floating in the glass with a thick off white head with good retention and leaves a nice lacing pattern

S: floral and citrus hops, sweet oranges, malt, some alcohol

T: floral and citrus hops as in the smell, some sweet and sugary malt but the hoppy bitterness lingers and overpowers the sweetness, the alcohol is definitely detectable

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a slight burn/tingle from the alcohol

O: Well-balanced hoppy bitterness and sweet malt, alcohol not very well hidden, but stilll very drinkable and enjoyable

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

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Batch #13. March 2011.

(A)- Pours a caramel colored amber. Produced a nice off-white frothy head with decent retention. Plenty of sticky lacing left behind.

(S)- A big burst of citrus: lemon, lime, pineapple, and grapefruit. Minimal pine, but has an underlying sweetness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A big burst of resin-like citrus: lemon, lime, and pineapple. A caramel-like sweet finish.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. nice hop citrus and malt balance. A hefty bitterness, but fitting.

(D)- This DIPA deserves the praise it gets. One of the best? No, but its up there. Great stuff and enjoyable.

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Photo of Brad007
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful copper-amber color with a two-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of floral hops with grapefruit in the nose. Definitely a hell of an aroma.

Taste is full of floral hops with grapefruit being a dominant feature of the hop bite. There's a decent biscuit malt bite underneath as well. A hint of mint as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral hop bitterness and biscuit malt. A bit of alcohol lingers as well but basically serves to warm up the throat.

A very good example of the style. The hops are spot on and this beer is a hop lover's delight. Easy to drink and worth a try. You must seek this out.

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

Pours a clear copper, small off white head forms, head goes fast but leaves a circle around the glass, lots of lace and decent retention. Smell is very grapefruity, some pine, caramel, more grapefruit, quite nice. Taste is malty up front, caramel, grapefruit and a little pine in the finish, clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, quite smooth, lots of grapefruity goodness. My favourite Avery brew.

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Photo of markgugs
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

[bottled 2005 on label] poured from 22oz. bomber into a tulip snifter

A: A nice creamy beige head floats atop a gorgeously cloudy orange/amber-hued body. I can see already how much lacing this beer will leave stuck to the glass like ivy.

S: It's obvious right away this beer has been aging for some time, a delectable nutty roasty malt wafts upward, with only a hint of the resiny hops that existed. Thankfully...

T/M: ...this monster is as robust as ever! A massive wall of grapefruit dives headfirst in a creamy pool of sweetened, yeasty bread. Delicious! A perfectly bitter finish lingers just long enough, smacks the lips and demands to be fed again.

D: This regal beer's only drawback is that it only comes in 22oz. bombers, and the high ABV will knock you sideways if you're not careful. Not "drinkable" in the all night sense, but surely in the grab one whenever you can sense. Awesome beer!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

AP: Clear coper. Yellow tinted tan head. Full coat of lace is left behind.

AR: Huge pink grapefruit pulp tones. Huge fresh hop aroma. Huge resiny, canabis tones. Huge pungency. One of the best smelling DIPAs I've come across.

TST: This DIPA is more about Hop Flavor than actual hop bitterness. Juicy, grapefruit driven hop flavors are Huge. Bitterness is quite clean and long lasting, but not OverTheTop. Also pungent, rind-like qualities. Rich caramel malts lay down the foundation and don't get in the way.

MF: Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Alcohol is barely detectable. It blends in nicely with the spiciness of the hops.

DK: One of my favorite DIPAs. Extremely rich, yet quite drinkable as well. This one could be dangerous.

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

taken from notes on 4.4.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, medium orange with a one finger tan head, that settles clear and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Mild citrus.

T - bitter pine, some tart strawberry finish.

D - A bit sweet, but no bitterness.

O - Unique, but enjoyable.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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