Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
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1,834
Ratings:
5,498
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
17.86%
 
 
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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
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This review is a redo for me, because my initial review was an outdated bottle.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 Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Baby oh baby --- a new Avery brew on tap at the Blind Tiger, life is good! a double IPA , even better, this poured a brilliant shade of amber, clear and left big time lacing. White head, hoppy/grapefuit nose. Crunching blast of citric hops, balanced upon lucious layers of malt. Very enjoyable brew. Royally enjoyable, a fine creation in brewing, seek and enjoy!

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Tall, micro-pearl head, cream colored body like amber cream soda. Sparse rising strands of carbonation.

S - Lots of fresh piney notes like tree sap. Deep citrus, with some sweet and bitter citrus peels. A earthy side with mild cheese nuances.

T - Rich warm hops, fresh, floral, spicy, dry. A big spruce/citrus combination with an lasting vegetal taste. This IIPA has a malty sweetness about it. A sweet candied citrus rind note followed by a warming, crisp alcohol in the backend. Bitter, sweet, earthy.

M - Medium bodied, semi viscous with a warming abv and tingly carbonation.

O - A fairly deep and complex double IPA with a sturdy body and a sweet malt side.

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

01/05/06- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle. No freshness info to be found on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Darker oraange rust coloration. 1/2 inch very creamy white head. A bit better than average lacing for a DIPA.

Smell- Wonderful smell of grapefruit and lemon rind resin with a heavy dose of powdered sugar. Lots of floral nose as well. Not really a significant amount of pine noticed. What seems like a fairly dark malt underneath.

Taste- Was quite happy to find this was pretty well balanced. Maybe a tad more malt would have pushed this into greatness. Very healthy dose of mid range bitter hops. Both floral, dare I say a bit herbal and definitely fruity and sugary. Grapefruit and maybe a apricot taste? Just enough malt to make this one very good.

Mouthfeel- Nice bitter backlash on the tongue, mid range mouthfeel. Lower to mid range carbonation.

Drinkability- This one is quite nice. Maybe breaks into my top 10 favorite DIPA's. Very drinkable and the abv seems a bit higher than it feels. Recommended.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a bright, mid-range shade of copper with a high level of carbonation. The off-white head is thick and has great retention. The aroma begins with a strong whiff of oily hops, but soon a strong, rich, and somewhat fruity malt smell takes over. The flavor has an interesting combination of hop and malt flavors; and is a little bit different from the few other 2XIPAs I've had. The malt flavor is strong, almost like a weak barleywine, with a distinct fruitiness. The hop flavor is strong, resinous, but not quite distinctly piney or citrissy. More than just a touch of alcohol flavor is noted towards the finish. This is great stuff, different from what I was expecting, but always interesting.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Duvel tulip

A - A hazy orange/yellow colour with some nice thick white head that slowly dissipated.

S - Citrus hops with some floral notes as well. There is a sweet malt nose in the background to balance the nose.

T - The initial taste is bitter hops - grapefruit and orange with some more subdued floral notes.as well. The malt backbone is definitely there as well with a subtle sweetness that balances out the bittness somewhat.

M - Medium body with a nice chew! A good amount of carbonation as well.

D - A solid DIPA. This bomber is going down really easy...

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

A: poured a tangerine orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left some good sticky lacing.

S: very nice fruit forward DIPA which consisted of mango, tangerines, and citrus grapefruit. There is a very nice floral piney hop aroma that had good malt presence.

T: very nice oily fresh piney hop punch upfront with mango, tangerine, and citrus grapefruit accents that also had a pretty good malt backbone.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a fruity, sweet, oily, and hop bitter punch crisp finish.

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

If you're looking for an approachable DIPA this is your beer. It won't blast your palate like Ruination, and it's still strong and rich enough to stand up with the best.

The flavor here rolls around the fruity hops spectrum with, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and citrus zest with a little floral perfume and spice around the edges. The malt sweetness, I think, is a tad much - overbalanced sweetness for a double IPA. In a sense, this beer is a bit like a hoppy fruit punch. A must-try DIPA, not like the rest.

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and bisquit malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. It's bitter with a warm malty feel. The taste is great. It has a wonderful hop wallop along with a solid malt bill that adds balance and an elevated abv. . It goes down easy with a bitter/bisquity finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got excellent malt character as well as hop presence. It's bold, but within reason. It's balanced and very enjoyable.

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

Ok, cask to tap to bottle. Let's see how this thing holds up.

Well....fudge me! Looks fantastic! Deep gold, clean, bright. The foam is what brings this to a '5'. Off white. Fluffy. Rocky in spots. Clingy. Sticky. Splotchy. Yum

Aroma is nice and full of hops. A bit of booze comes through on it. Light malt undertones.

Flavor hides the abv a bit more. Very light caramel throughout. The hops, of course, lead the charge. Citrus and floral. Fresh cut grass. A pinch of mango (can you pinch a mango?). Some pine comes out on the end and leave a sharp tingle. The feel of this is great. Just sweet enough to not be overly dry. But hoppy enough to pucker ya up.

Darn fine beer, this 'un here

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

Pours a cloudy, amber/copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol up front, then hops, sweet malt background, slight pine, and slight citrus. Overall, a great blend, body, and drinkability for such a high abv.

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Photo of Gavage
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2005.

Appearance: cloudy yellow / orange in color with a short 1/4" head. A spot or two of lace develops. A few carbonation bubbles are seen rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: tons of alcohol, citrus, and a piney bitterness that is overwhelming and not very enjoyable.

Taste: huge malt backbone, loads of grapefruit slices and piney bitterness. Alcohol is quite evident. Nicely balanced but an overload for the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start. The finish is dry and smooth. Medium heavy in body. The aftertaste is very long on the bitterness and alcohol tones.

Drinkability: a true slow sipper, and an over the top version of a double IPA. There are better ones out there that aren't so in your face.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the new Plano Gingerman.

The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the pine and resin. The flavor is a mix of West Coast hops with some grapefruit, pine and resin notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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 DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle bought at the Wine Exchange. This is Batch 8, which was bottled in May 2008, and lists 102 IBU's, 1.090 OG, and a heavy 10.21% ABV. This is going to be fun. On to the beer:

Pretty to look at: orange amber color with good clarity and a foam head made up of tiny bubbles. Good retention. The hops are BIG in the aroma with some bready caramel, and sweet & sticky piney fruits. As for the taste, it is quite smooth with a palate numbing kick of alcohol. Herbal and grassy upfront, the hops turn sharp and piney with just a bit of malt and pinneapple to balance. The alcohol adds a peppery and fusel zip to the beer, which lingers long on the palate afterwards.

Shit, am I sweating because of this brew, or is it just hot in here? Mellowing out this brew over time could cool off the heat.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber. One finger head with lacing, looks nice. Moderate hop aroma with hints of grapefruit and malt. Taste is hop forward at the start and middle, with a nice sweet malt base. Hops are not as aromatic as other top DIPAs, but are pleasant and distinctive. After the hops and malt subside, an odd bitter almost dry-sour finish that detracts a bit from the overall impression. Quite boozy and warming. Medium bodied Except for the slight off-taste on the finish, a very nice DIPA experience. I would certainly buy this again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32oz growler from De Cicco's in NY after the captain. In a glass.

A- Deep orange shaded bronze metallic with a gorgeous tanned foam on top with vigor. Notches down the side of the glass, spray paint like.

S- Smells like a nugget nectar with more booze, nugget, simcoe? semi citrusy hoppy with a malt overlay. Sweet boozy, hoppy.

T- A real malty double I. Maha comes off with mild citrus, orange and something else. Malt is up there with sugar and sweet. Some booze, it shows, a small caramel bite, no pine.

M- A sweet rush followed by a muted hopping under the malt and barley. A big medium body that does not shield the booze to much. Carbed up well off the spout.

D- I got through it, not my favorite double, not one i'll seek out again. Too east coast for me, this is nearing Stoudt's DIPA territory for me, not a good look.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. Bomber
Gold Foil/Capped
Bottled: 1-6-16

Been A Long Time Coming!

Pours a very nice cloudy dark golden orange color, with some very nice carbonation, which leaves a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some really nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice hoppy, some malts, very nice citrus/pine notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, slightly malty, citrusy, piney, nice sweetness. Full body, ABV hidden very well, very nice chewiness, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, definitely one of the best DIPAs out there. Nice to see it available to me. Highly Recommended!

WOW! This is an awesome DIPA, one of the best I've ever had.

Pours a cloudy dark golden color, small head, but some nice lacing/islands thoroughout the drink. Scents of hops aplenty, some citrus, and some slight spices. The taste is very sweet and hoppy, a nice bitter bite finish. Medium body, pretty complex for a DIPA. This DIPA is very drinkable, an awesome brew from Avery, highly recommended.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottling, Sampled March 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color with hints of orange. It is topped by a creamy, reasonably dense tan head that is held up by hops and a mild carbonation. The aroma smells like a fresh cut mix of oranges and grapefruit from a distance. Up close the citrus character is intensified as it gains a lemon-like sharpness as well as the aforementioned orange and grapefruit. There are also notes of pine, fresh cut herbs, apricot, and tangerines.

The taste is lightly sweet with an intense fresh American hop character that plays up the fruit character of this beer. This beer finishes with a bit of astringent sharp hoppiness, a solid bitterness and a bit of alcoholic bite. This beer is quite smooth, and even has a nice creamy body that is quite pleasant and helps to make this beer that much more drinkable. The flavors of this beer run the gamut from grapefruit, tangerine, mint, basil, pine needles, and candied orange peel. This beer has a bunch of hops in it, but it is not all that balanced towards the bitterness, there is a solid malt backbone, that while not particularly noticeable over the hops is very important to the fruity hoppiness that characterizes this beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 received as part of the LNBA BIF... big thanks to Redwood21.. I was really hoping somebody would send me one of these... my bottle says 10.21% ABV.

2 finger head lasts forever with big waves of collar and lace with every sip.. brew is amber orange red.

Hops are huge citrus and some pineapple... a little pine with a little bit more than enough maltiness and a little caramel.

Flavor is very much a DIPA with quite a bit of malt pushing the hops.. grapefruit and pine hops with caramel malts... maybe a little sweet ... I like malty DIPA's but this may be a bit much tonight... still badass though. Body is on the thicker side for the style too.. but again.. I like that.. it keeps me from drinking it too fast... smooth ... finish sorta dies of quick especially as it hits room temperature.

Nice Brew.... Great BIF... Fantastic Trader... Redwood21 gets a bunch of props.
4/4/4/4/3.5

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

Avery Brewing : Maharaja

Poured into a snifter, a clear copper orange in color with a small soapy head and some lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, some dank, sweetness, alittle citrus. Big time bitterness and leafy hop flavors, also some honey like malt sweetness. Alcohol lofts in as well. Earthy , pine resin hops, sugary malt sweetness and some alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is full bodied, slick and chewey. Overall, a big friggin beer, and a hop beast.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a light amber, with a medium white head, average lacing for an IPA-type beer.

S: Tropical fruit city - tangerine, pineapple, mango with noticable pine. Put me on the beach in Cancun.

T: Bitter pine hits first, some bitter melon, then the more citrus characteristics of the hops land. Pink grapefruit and bit of pineapple and tangerine, with a lot of caramel malt to back it up, with a slightly astringent finish.

M: Resiny, full-bodied, good carbonation - light on the palate, leading to the flavours to be further enjoyed.

D: A quality Double IPA from Avery in Colorado, the price in bottles prohibits me from buying this except for every so often, but it's a quite good beer for hop fans.

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Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger creamy head. There was good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell was pure pungent and citrus hops.

The taste was upfront citrusy grapefruit. There was a slight malt presence and some alcohol burn. Finished with a slight banana and pineapple flavor.

The mouthfeel was full, with some alcohol tingling.

This beer is a flavor event. A killer DIPA that put me on my ASS.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of 120/190 BIF and lostbearbrew.

As I gaze in to my glass I see an amber colored beer with nearly no head formation that is common with a mega IPA class beer.

Smell is spicy first and foremost. Deeper smelling reveals grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas. Spice is quite strong in this beer, mostly black pepper but cardamom and cumin too.

Taste is mostly melon, peaches and wood in the first sip. Wood, strong tea are all present but this one is quite fruity too. Fruit is mostly papaya and mango here. Not bad at all in flavor. The taste of melons never really goes away.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not at all a bad beer here. Very close to the best in the DIPA class but not quite. Easy to drink and highly recommended.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, hazy orange hue with two fingers of frothy tan foam sitting atop. Pretty standard, but pretty good looking too.

Smell: nice funky hop flavor with a little bit of spiciness mixed into the works. Malt is slightly sweet and there are also some nice floral notes here.

Taste: big, complex flavor! There's a sweetness to the malt which compounds the fruitiness of the hop characteristics. Floral, citrus and even berries and tree fruit notes come through in this guy -- this is what I like in my imperial IPAs. Dynamic flavor changes throughout, and the bitterness is huge but also quite smooth. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel: medium-big body with a decent carbonation. Not creamy, really, but pretty smooth and complementary to the style.

Overall: this is a damn tasty beer. Why did I wait so long before trying it?

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,834 ratings.
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