Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
MaharajaMaharaja

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,037 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,037
Reviews: 1,785
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 320
Gots: 537 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 5,037 | Reviews: 1,785
Photo of TheMaharaja
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

About as good as it gets for Imperials. Hard to get this strength with this taste but Avery does it!

Photo of pressdavid
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruity, but not overpowering fruit. Hoppy but with the malt, it brings down the hops, but not enough to take away the fine hop flavor. I enjoyed this brew at the new Avery Brewery building, and the freshness was quite nice.

Photo of Sigerson
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just like Avery says, lots of hops up front with a strong, sweet malty finish. Very balanced however. A delicious, satisfying imperial IPA.

Photo of drone
2.72/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not bad, quite a bite to it with maybe some heavy grapefruit bitterness. Not my favorite DIPA.

Photo of shadwow13
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4/5
The head is frothy and semi translucent white in color, approximately two fingers thick and dissipated after a while. Nice lacing affect left behind in the glass as the beer disappears. This brew is slightly hazy and is a rich orange/ amber ray of sunshine.

Smell - 4/5
Avery’s offering is definitely a Hop-fest for the nose paired with a sweet fruity/citrus aroma. The malts and hops are ever present and in your face as the brewer intended.

Taste - 4.5/5
This DIPA incorporates smooth malt flavors with the backdrop of a perfect balance between bitterness and sweet. The Hops are true to form for a DIPA. The citrus/grapefruit flavors are distinct and help to mask the taste of alcohol.

Mouth Feel - 4/5
The Maharaja is a medium-bodied offering that is smooth, well balanced, unrestrained and very appealing to the palate. The carbonation is noticeable and tingles the tongue just the correct amount.

Overall - 4.25/5
I really enjoy American DIPA’s and look forward to trying anything in this style that is new to me. Avery has produced an excellent American Double India Pale Ale in my opinion which is worthy of the accolades it receives. The complex flavors are vivid, the alcohol is hidden well and the mouth feel is robust resulting in a solid offering from beginning to end. This brew is similar to Stone Brewery’s Ruination.

Photo of Mattygross44
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is such a smooth refreshing DIPA

Photo of whothehellisstanpapi
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bright orange to copper, like a sunburst. coats beautifully. immediate hop punch, followed by pine and citrus. smooth taste with bananna, grapefruit, and orange peel. fruit and malts balance the potent hops quite nicely making this very drinkable. alcohol becomes slightly present as it warms. great brew

Photo of Alejandrolikebeers3445
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

great beer for your money good taste as well

Photo of markmo
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at bag of nails. Excellent!

Photo of beermeplz
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad I finally got to try this. Overall very solid. Sweet and fruity aroma - mostly grapefruit and pineapple. Pleasant bitterness and a bit of a boozy bite on the backend but nothing off-putting.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch 21, Jan 2015. Amber in color, slight off white foam head that lasted the whole time. Nothing much in the way of lacing though. Aroma was of hops, grass, and lots of pine. Taste is very heavy on the malts, pine, and quite big of hops. Pretty full bodied in nature with some bitterness bite on the finish. Really great, malt forward, semi-sweet DIPA that did not disappoint!

Photo of sphnnc
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A double. Good flavor. Very hoppy

Photo of Celtics17
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I pick up mango, and a slight grapefruit taste. There is a fruit, and a sweetness that I can't figure out, and it helped the feel and taste. I liked the unknown character that I couldn't pin point. This was a bit malty for me, but it didn't take over this beer completely.

Photo of aporia
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first review on BeerAdvocate. This bottle of Maharaja was batch No. 20, bottled in December 2014. 22oz Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Deep orange, almost crimson color. Thin head that seems to last a while.

Smell: Tons of amazing hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, mango, some pine, malt, and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Lots of grapefruit and mango with a very nice malty finish. The perfect trade-off of sweetness and bitterness. Avery has done a great job at hiding the alcohol in this beer, but there still is a small hint of it in the back. However, the beer is very well balanced.

Feel: Relatively medium-bodied beer. Obviously, slightly thicker than most IPAs but definitely suitable for a DIPA.

Overall: A very tasty hoppy beer. Avery has done a great job with this beer and I would recommend picking this one up the next time you are looking for a great DIPA.

4.25/5

Photo of InkedinRi
3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a good double ipa. But not as good as the scores it gets. Glad I was able to try it. Pretty balanced beer. I grabbed some off Flavors on it. Like olive on the nose?

Photo of hoagzzz
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big boozy dipa. Bitter and malty which is kinda an odd combo. One bomber of this and you're on your way.

Photo of lattydaddy07
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing DIPA!!

Photo of ericandanna2005
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good color and head. Smell and taste are quite boozy, but overall pretty good. I'd put it below Shipyard XXXX and 90 min but above Green Flash/Ballast point varieties.

Photo of Zod368
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delish quad. Drinking a 2011 vintage...

Photo of 44Stone
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In the big world of DIPAs, The Maharaja reigns supreme. One of the first IPAs I fell in love with, and it still holds up as the best after having tried Pliny, Heady Topper, Hopslam and all the big dogs.

From its near Crimson hue to a perfect mouthfeel and hop/malt balance, it is as well-crafted a beer for the style on Planet Earth. Yes, I like it, especially as ridiculously fresh as it is right now. Thank you Avery.

Photo of bmeGT
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Maltier than most IIPA's, poured a dark amber color. Bought it on a whim. I didn't realize what I had. It was delicious!

Photo of Jwburns75
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a HF snifter/wine glass. Pours a dark, rusty auburn color with about a one finger head. Laces well, and there is an abundance of sediment floating around in there. The bottle has been sitting in my fridge for about 3-4 weeks. Medicinal smell, some alcohol in the nose. Taste is sweet, caramel like. This is a malty imperial IPA, alcohol is present in the taste but not overwhelming. This one is a sipper.

Photo of bbqnbeer
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very nice and complex. Not overly sweet like many doubles. The finish is slightly too astringent, but this is splitting hairs.

Photo of HipCzech
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass (labelled "RELEASE No. 21 JAN 2015"). Slightly hazy, orange amber; good frothy head of off white foam and nice lacing. Full nose and flavor; plenty of malt body, grains and caramel without being too sweet; layers of hops - grapefruit rind, herbs, resin, tobacco, earth and slight sweeter fruit. A bit more than medium body with moderate carbonation. Balanced, full and all round enjoyable.

Photo of RobAM
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very good and powerful brew.

to view more.
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,037 ratings.