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Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,836 Reviews
MaharajaMaharaja
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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
Reviews:
1,836
Ratings:
5,523
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
17.86%
 
 
Wants:
383
Gots:
823
For Trade:
6
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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a snowy white head, good retention and lace. Highly aromatic, tropical fruit hops and caramel. Tons of citrus, orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Pine and sweet caramel malt. Very well balanced while still packing a formidable hop punch. Full-bodied, with moderate carbonation, sticky and creamy mouthfeel, well hidden alcohol. Bitterness comes out in a big way in the finish. A powerful, top-notch DIPA on the sweeter, maltier side. Definitely not in keeping with the drier west coast examples.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a golden brown, almost clear with slight haze. One inch head, with a lot of lacing.

Smells like sweet caramel malt, honey, and pine.

This is one of the more malt-forward IPAs, I've had, almost like a hoppy barleywine. This could be due to the age (not sure how old), but I've heard Maharaja is really malty anyway. Big boozy burn spikes up front, with very sweet, almost cloying malt character, followed by pine bitterness. This just isn't simply my type of IPA, it's a malty boozy mess.

Medium bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Not all that drinkable. Very present alcohol.

This failed for me. I'd try it again if I found that I had an old bottle.

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

What a pleasure to find a double IPA of this caliber in a bottle. Bought a bottle (22 oz) of this last night at the Concordia Alehouse (Portland, Or), and given the abv., thought I better share it with the bartender and a neighbor. However, it was so damn tasty I almost wish I'd kept it all to myself. This beer has a fabulous hop presense in the nose and is unabashedly bitter/hoppy on the palate. The flavor just explodes on the palate. This beer reeks of citrus and pine, but is oh so well balanced. Everything is in beautiful proportion, with just enough malt to keep this beer from geting tiring (a problem I sometimes have with the Hercules from Great Divide). Maybe it's not quite in the same league as the twin titans from Russian River (Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger), but it's pretty darn close. An absolutely excellent double IPA, and one I'll be taking home whenever I need a hops fix and don't feel like bellying up to the bar at my neighborhood pub.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man oh man- fresh Maharaja on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Gotta love it. Well, I do anyhow. I love this beer, and the fresher the better. This is fresh! Pours a dark orange amber with a very full head that fades to thin cap but leaves lacing that coats the glass. Smells nicely of summit hops, and is hugely herbal. Taste is similar- a citrus and herb explosion with enough sweet malt to balance things. Very smooth in the mouth and juicy. A great experience!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pour is deep orange/copper with a rather small off-white head that leaves pretty nice lacings.

S: Loads of American hops - pine, pineapple and citric notes. Sweetness from caramell malt.

T: Not as great as the taste, at first nice floral hops - American style, but then the taste gets a bit weaker to be really bitter in the end. My guess is that the malt isn't full enough to balance the greatness from the hops.

M: Body is medium to full and carbonation is mild. Aftertaste lasts a long time with a very nice bitter bite to it.

D: A nice DIPA, but I would have liked a stronger maltyness to balance the great hops.

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

Provided to me during a family function on April 4, 2009.

A -An attractive looking copper tone with a limited amount of head but good lacing.
S - Defintely the hops are the lead aroma on this. That came on strong.
M/T - The mouthfeel is bold. It starts out quickly like a stong ale but the hops come on very strong after the first sip. There is no aftertaste.

This ia a powerful IPA and really hopped up to the point of extreme. But it has a good handle on the style.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's. The beer is medium orange with a nice frothy and pillowy white head. Retention is good.

This is one citrus-hopped DIPA. It's brimming with fresh bitter grapefruit and orange pith. Some pine notes are evident. There's a crackery, bready, and caramely malt backbone that makes a valiant effort at balancing out the hops, but thankfully it doesn't succeed. This beer has a fantastic citrus hop aroma.

This is definitely a Double IPA. The alcohol is strong, but the hop flavor is complex enough to accommodate. The beer has a high level of bitterness and tons of citrus. Oily, grapefruit, orange, and some resiny pine. The malt profile is of caramel and a breadiness. It's almost well balanced, but the hops don't quite relent. The finish incorporates all the aforementioned delicious citrus flavors with some alcohol and a bitterness that lingers.

The beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation, and a dry, sticky, oily mouthfeel.

It's been a while since I revisited this beer, and I think I'd forgotten how fantastic it is fresh. I'm glad to say that it's just as good as I remembered.

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Photo of Derek
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1.085 OG, 9.78% ABV, 2007 vintage, relatively fresh.

A: Amber-orange with a fluffy, off-white head; great retention & lacing.

S: Big hop nose (Grapefruit, pine, grass and apricots), with hints of tropical fruit and a slight sulphery, mineral aroma.

T: Plenty of hop flavour (Pine, grapefruit, apricot & a little grassy spice). At over 100 IBU's, it's not harsh at all (must be the nobel, low cohumulone hops). Slight cotton-candy fruity esters from the yeast, with a little toffee sweetness and biscuity malt in the background. Alcohol is EXTREMELY well-hidden under all of these flavours! I love it. It really works well, but the magnum is a little untraditional for an American DIPA.

M: Full body is smooth and creamy, with a slight acidic finish.

D: Incredible considering its strength!

World class.

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Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark ruby red amber color.

The aroma hits big green pine, then of sweet caramel, pineapple, mangoes, orange and grapefruit. Tons of dankness and cat pee. A good amount of sweetness.

The flavor attacks of hop juice on all fronts. It’s extremely aggressive, though not abrasively bitter. In the front, bright green pine and tea like herbal hops. Then onto a spike of alcohol, a huge caramel sweetness, which plays really wonderfully with tropical hops and sweet orange and grapefruit. The finish lingers on of spicy hops and pepper.

The beer does a great job at the double digit ABV double/triple IPA. Towards Green Bullet, Devil Dancer, Hi-Res, and Hopslam, this beer is quite fantastic.

(Be sure to get this beer fresh. It has a year on it, but not the date. It is brewed in January, so get it fresh or ignore it on the shelf.)

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

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Grapefruit nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is almost sweet grapefruit, some malts in background, lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. Bottled Jun 2009. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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

A - Great slightly cloudy amber color with a solid one finger head that took quite some time to go away. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Gotta love that pine resin. As soon as the bottle was open your hit with a wave of citrus and floral pine.

T - Just like the smell, intense piney greatness intermingles with grapefruit. Very delicious bittnerness.

M - Nice medium carbonation really works with this DIPA. Nice and dry with a strong hop finish.

D - One of my favorite DIPAs. Had everything working for it. Really something to try. That 10% does sneak up on you though!

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

Purchased from City Beer Store in San Francisco, and lugged back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable and @ToBeerOrNotToBe.

Pours a thick and heavy dark golden colour, with a fine bubbled and frothy head of pale orange foam. Lacing is good, and it forms some very pleasant cascades. Extremely nice overall.

Pleasant sharp hops on the nose, but sweeter than pure aggressive citrus. More candied orange, with subtle pepper spice and a bit of cut grass. Pretty pleasant overall.

Taste is surprisingly smooth and gentle. Pleasant orange and tangerine bite, very clean with a pleasant dry finish. Minimal sweetness except for the esters off the hops, but it leaves it very subtle and very approachable. Mouthfeel is slick, but with lots of tiny fine bubbled carbonation. It's perfect for the style.

This is a really, really good beer. So pleasantly subtle, extremely drinkable, but with such characters and fragrant hoppiness. Lovely drop.

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Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy off-white head that had decent retention slowly fading into a lasting ring. Nice sporadic chunks of lacing.

Extremely hoppy aroma with a lot of citrus and floral notes. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit as well as resinous hop oils and pine with a subtle malt presence.

Intensely bitter and hop forward with a blast of dry piney floral hops with hints o citrus lemon peel, grapefruit and pineapple. While it is sweet, there are still some earthy dry sticky dank pine notes. With all of the hops there is a decent malt backbone that provides a small bit of balance. Slight alcohol presence but the ABV is still very well masked making this dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip[ for an auburn cider gold body with minimal head and lace down the glass. An intense soapy/floral hop smell with plenty of citric hop notes. Incredibly dry with tropical and citric fruit flavors tucked in a smooth, medium body. Hints of bread and oak malts mixed in there with hints of caramel malt. Finishes crisp and this is a great beer but a little too dry to be sessionable. I just wish it was a tad less husky on the tongue.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap to pint glass at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA on 4/29/11
*From notes

Big up's to Lee for hookin' a brotha up with this one - cheers!

A: Clean and clear sun-tan amber. Great bubbly 1.75 finger head and drool-inducing lacing.

S: Holy shnikes - big league pine and resin, just dripping down the glass like a fresh cut Christmas tree.

T: Boozy tropical fruit that hits like a Mack truck. The finish is bitter, with a rich, robust caramel and buttermilk thing going on. This is a killer DIPA.

M: Smooth and chewy, it suits the beer perfectly.

O: Delicious. This is easily one of the top ten to twenty DIPA's I've consumed. I'm stoked to have had this on tap, and even happier to know I've got a 64oz growler sitting in the fridge. A hearty recommendation from Rhettroactive.

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

9.6%.

A: Pours a clear, dark coppery-orange color, with a big rocky off white head that slowly receded leaving a splotchy lacing on the way down.

S: a huge citrusy blast of grapefruit, pine and a dry floral hopping. The nose was big, hoppy, with some sweet malt in the finish.

T: The flavor had an equally huge sweet grapfruit and citrus hopping with some dry pine and floral bitterness with a nice background of malt sweetness to balance things out a bit, but it is the truly pungent hopping that defines this beer. The beer finishes with some grassy notes.

M: sticky caramel and pine hop resin lacing the tongue with a medium body and a nice carbonation presence.

D: A huge showing of hops and malt combine beautifully for a huge citrusy blast that is sure to please. is equally as big alcohol wise and a monster of treat that comes with a high recommend for the serious hophead.

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

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation and a small white head.

S: Nose is big hops, grapefruit, caramel, booze, lightly toasted bread.

T: Taste is booze, pineapple, caramel, pine and bready. Pretty chewy for an IIPA. Plenty of hop bitterness from beginning to end. Big malt body, bigger than I expected

M: I thought it was pretty slick, big on body

O: I had a growler of it I was done after half. Just to much of a good thing. Very good in small doses.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a pale golden body with a slight brown tint and is very clear showing off a strong carbonation. There is a tiny film of white foam that stays for a good bit.

S- The smell of pineapple weed hops has a slight skunky note (that is a good skunk) with an apricot smell to it. The hops are very fresh and earthy and I can't stop sniffing them.

T- The taste of green pineapple hops with lots of grassy flavors is supported by a slight sweet caramel malt flavor and the finish is a nice bitter hop flavor.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slippery texture with no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer has a good fresh complex hoppy profile with depth and a malt flavor that can stand up to the hops without being too sweet or alcohol tasting.

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

Poured from 22 into 10oz glass. Poured a golden amber with a thin cap of head. A little bit of lacing.

A bold hop aroma greets the nose with pine and citrus being prominent. The flavor profile is similar with a solid malt foundation holding up the hops nicely.

Very good body that coats the tongue nicely without being too clingy. Dangerously drinkable, this ImpIPA can be had repeatedly. Worth seeking out.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle(room temp) a deep gold with a medium sized head of foam that dissipates quickly into a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is lemon and grapefruit hoppiness...lots of it.

The taste reflects the smell to the letter. Lots of bitter lemon and grapefruit with just the barest of malt presence *near* the finish and even that is overwhelmed again with a bitter finish. And then, the warming from the alcohol moves in..hmmm....this one is not for the weak at heart.

Bottom line: This is a hop *monster*...look yee not for any malt balance because it just isn't there. I recommend it for occasional useage.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 1 L swingtop growler filled at Al's of Hampden; the beer is fresh (just a few weeks old).

A: The DIPA is a coppery amber color, bright with an otherworldly glow. A dense, craggy head, white as snow, spilled over the sides of my glass. As that head receded, thick lace was left behind.

S: The DIPA has a

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Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2007 (Batch 6)

Pours a dark caramel colored amber with a nice off-white head. The aroma explodes with resiny pine and citrusy hops and malt. The taste starts out pretty subtle with some malt but before long the hops explode in your mouth for a long bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice IPA that delivers enough hops to satisfy any craving.

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

My 500th Review!

Bomber

Appearance - Clear orange colour with a fairly large size frothy beige coloured head. There an average amount of carbonation, and there is some really good spider web lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with hops. It has a very sugary sweet taste and also some notes of orange juice and zest and also some pineapple. It finishes with a caramel sweet aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - Well you'd never know it was a 10% beer..the alcohol is very well hidden. It sort of reminded me of Gemini by Southern Tier but a little more balanced. I'm happy I got to try it and would love to try it on tap.

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

A: Hazy copper/amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head with good retention. Generous, thick lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Big piney hops with grapefruit and pineapple notes. Resiny pine lingers. Also plenty of sweet caramel malt.

T: Very clear and assertive citrus bitterness with resiny pine. Sweet caramel malt brings a bit of balance. Bitter grapefruit finisch with warming alcohol.

M: Medium to full body. Well balanced carbonation. Creamy, warm and coating with a lingering hop finish.

D: Good for a10+% ABV DIPA. Nice blaance of citrus bang, sweet malts and bitter finish.

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Photo of pat61
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%

Big rich piney, resiny, floral hop nose backed rich malt.
3" snow white persistent very finely bubbled foam cap floating on a brilliant iced tea deep amber body. Lacy. Beautiful beer.
Palate: clean - no big yeast flavors, spicy light malts with light caramel support big piney, resiny hop flavors and bitterness.
Medium full body with medium low carbonation, warming.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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