Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,603 Ratings

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 IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic-looking apple-honey-caramel body. Reasonably clear but a little rustic. Above-average carbonation rising to thick cappucino foam head with nice lacing.

Sweet, oily alcohol with powerful floral hops and maybe a little pine. Caramel-apple malt presence. Slightly disjointed but enticing, but maybe a little heavy on the alcohol burn. Some weird stewed vegetable scent - maybe sweet potatoes?

Sweet and savory - the sweet potato undertone comes out here too. Alcohol definitely provides a hot burn. Malt backbone is more dominant - braised apples and vegetables. Hop presence exists in background but is restrained. Very interesting but not as expected.

Creamy mouthfeel at first. The thin but strong alcohol burn evaporates quickly without leaving an aftertaste. A little lean overall but pleasasnt.

As mentioned, this one drinks a little hot from the alcohol...almost slightly astringent. The components are quite nice but more beautiful chemistry is in order.

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Photo of ridgeline23
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden amber with three fingers of beige cream that settles to a fat film that picks up with a swirl. Good retention; splotchy lacing.

Astringent and freshly hoppy. Grapefruit rind, pine, dirt, sweet citrus notes, some caramel malt flavors underneath.

Dry, crisp, hoppy. Slightly malty with dry hop flavors, grapefruit, lemon, pine, some biscuity malt.

Crisp and slightly creamy with some nice prickly carbonation, a medium body, and a smooth, dry finish.

Very tasty IIPA.
Excellent, dry, creamy, hoppy, bitter, fresh. Beautiful pour with a nice fresh aroma that is not too intense and only hints at the astringent hoppiness of the flavor. The beer tastes delicious and hoppy as could be. However, it is all quite tropical in character and is not shudder-inducing. It is creamy and feels lovely on the palate but is a little exhausting after a while (but it's a IIPA, so what are you going to do...).
Would have again; worth trying if you're an IPA fan.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of cdkrenz
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm lucky enough to have a wife that buys me buy such as this.

A - Copper body with a dash of red kicked in. The head is the purest of white and has nice stamina at a quarter to a half inch.

S - Citrus hops with a sweet candy-like accent.

T - A combination of bitter hops with pine for a rather unique flavor. There is a hint of citrus and evaporating alcohol to act accordingly. I give Avery some credit for taking a stab at this flavor in an Imperial IPA. I've never really had anything like it. For that it's good, otherwise I'd say average.

M - Thick and sticky like any good DIPA should be. There's a slight coarse feel in the finish.

~ This isn't something I'll seek out again but I will recommend it to friends. The reason being, this is a unique flavored Double IPA. For that it should be sampled.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hate to judge a beer by its label, but I did with this one. A week ago I walked by it at the store and was like, looks weird. I knew it was probably good though, so when I was back I picked it up and thank the heavens. Very good stuff.

Beautiful color and carbonation, ruby brown body with a white head. Taste and smell are very earthy, bitter, hoppy. You can feel the hop oils on the back of your throat. Some fruitiness, mango and citrus hiding underneath the hop punch to the face. Nice nutty undertones. A little burnt in the finish, with obvious alcohol notes at the end as well.

I finished, the bottle, and felt real good, about the purchase and otherwise.
Buy again.

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Photo of k47k
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jcb7472
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OleDixie
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ATPete
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Capped/foiled bomber.
Batch 7, Feb 2008, 10.54%

A- pours a yellow/orange color, it sports a small, quickly dissipating white head. A ring of bubbles, like barnacles appeared on the bottom of my 25cl Chimay glass. Hazy.

S- Mostly hoppy, winey, some semi-sweet malts and some alcohol.

T/M- Real heavy, meaty hop character. Winey even greater still, lots of fermented grape notes as well as some ripe citrus fruits and a grainy corn whiskey like feel, dried apples and some booze. It got more intense in its hop bite as the beer warmed up. Its body thickened up as well. Very coating and a light helping of carbonation. Smooth going down until about 20 minutes out of the fridge, than this thing becomes a chore to get down. I love IIPA's but wasn't completely charmed by this one. I enjoyed the complexity and its very powerful hop profile but i think its downside are its balance, body and drinkability issues.

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Photo of judkinst
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dasenebler
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber, Maharaja pours a chill-hazed deep amber hue with a very thick head that retains and laces quite nicely.

Aroma is hoppy: very woodsy, spicy and piney, yet at the same time relatively tropical and fruity.

The flavor is very big. This is a huge DIPA that I don't think could be any mightier, lest it literally shred one's tongue and erode one's enamel. This beer doesn't even care about balance, it simply goes for grandeur in every regard-- hops, malt and alcohol. It's quite malty and in the Colorado DIPA tradition, but it's also one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had. Incredibly juicy, chewy and resinous with a piney, bitter aftertaste. Enormous mouthfeel. You can really taste the booze here, but it's still one deliciously hoppy sipper.

Even though this isn't my ideal DIPA, it's a very impressive brew.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Hazy copper pour with nice caramel-white head and decent lacing. Nose is a bit disappointing. It's all pine with a hint of alcohol and not much else. Almost like medicine. The taste is all malty caramel sweetness and alcohol at the start. Very piney but the hop bite is conspiculously subdued. Some bitterness kicks in towards the end, but the balance is definitely leaning to the sweet side. The alcohol is not well hidden and the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. This beer improves towards the end, but it was a bit disappointing considering how highly it's rated.

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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

A: Orange in hue with a frothy beige head that has great retention; lacing is consistant down the glass

S: Big citrus aromas--especially mango, grapefruit, and orange; subtle grainy malt quality--but the citrus hop quality overwhelms

T: Hop bitterness coupled with a pleasant boozy quality; quite sweet and surprisingly malty

F: Decent mouth feel though a bit too carbonated on front end and thin on the back end

D: A great DIPA but pretty sweet and boozy--not as balanced as it needs to be

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,603 ratings.
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