Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,101 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,101
Reviews: 1,798
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 326
Gots: 560 | FT: 5
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.
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Ratings: 5,101 | Reviews: 1,798
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.

Photo of Erikberglund
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious taste and smell. Tastes of mango citrus flavors one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into shaker pint and shared with Tim K. Orange and clear body with an off-white head that sticks and leaves lace patches. Aroma is citrus (mostly grapefruit), tobacco, honey, and caramel malt. Taste is moderately bitter with a touch of malty sweetness, centered around grapefruit peel, pine, hop resin, and caramel. Medium body, slightly creamy texture, average carbonation, bitter finish with a hint of alcohol.

Photo of jooler
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Little to no head. Dark unfiltered look. Smell really malty, sort of like hopageddon. This initial taste is very crisp with a subtle bite to the cheeks. Afterwards, very malty with some hop taste. Also, they did a great job in hiding the 10%

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.5 - Pours a deep caramel orange color. Massive head potential for the ABV being so high. Formed a three finger head of slightly off-white, dense head. Really awesome head retention and lacing.
S - 4.5 - Pineapple, oranges, caramel, grapefruit, hops and a light touch of malt.
T - 4.75 - Upfront there is a really unique taste that sets this one apart as a unique DIPA for me. Similar to the candy, there is a sweet-tart type tartness upfront, which fades into a light maltiness and ends on a hoppy bitter tone. Perfectly executed flavor development. The tartness upfront is very tasty, the maltiness softens the blow so to speak into the bitter, hoppy ending. Very well balanced, especially for it being an imperial.
F - 4.75 - Oily and creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied.
O - 4.5 - This is a really great imperial IPA and the tartness of the taste is something unique and will drink a little off the beaten path and be something different for the seasoned IPA drinker. Well worth trying for fans of the style and you cant beat 7 bucks for a bomber!

Photo of johnfantonius
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very Tasty Hop Forward Double IPA

Photo of timontheroad
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a clear amber color, nice two finger fluffy white head, great retention and lacing.
Smell: Great tropical and citrus aromas, lots of pineapple, mango and grapefruit with some light sweet malt aromas.
Taste: Some very nice mango and grapefruit flavors, with a very nice sweet malt backbone, very tasty!
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied, nice creamy finish.
Overall: Such a tasty beer, fantastic when it's fresh. Ranks right up there with some of the best DIPAs.

Photo of Sasquatch_B_Foot
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good IPAD. My top 5 favorites!

Photo of Edecortez
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very smooth!
I enjoyed it!

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange color with a one finger foamy head. It has a deep, earthy flavor to the hops, almost like a British ipa. There is also a good amount of pineapple and mango. Green apple and a sweet, bready malt. The flavor is intensely malty, but it has enough bitterness to support it. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Overall, this is a top notch ipa, however, i would enjoy a little more intensity in the hop department.

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange colour and clear with a one finger frothy khaki head.
Aromas of fresh baked bread, citrus, and pine.
Beautiful complexed, grapefruit finish with a pine finish. Lots of citrus!
Thick aftertaste with bitter mouth feel.
Very good IPA.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased from local Heinen's grocery store for $15.99/64oz.

Orange-ruby elixir into DFH chalice. One finger, slight off-white head, dissipates to rim. Thick lacing from top to bottom.

Nice aroma of tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, gf) plus some nice pine from the simcoe. There is a bit of malt biscuit which leaks through.

Smooth hop bitterness, tropical fruits, a bit more pine than the nose. The malt sweetness really comes through and knocks back the hops.

Medium to heavy body, a bit of an alcohol feel mid swallow.

Overall an above average DIPA, but no where near the big boys. Too much malt which is what Avery is shooting for, a "balanced" DIPA.

Photo of ajm5108
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slick, almost oil mouth feel, the hops flavor is not as heavy as I anticipated for a dipa,very mellowed out by a wave of malty bread flavor on the back end. Nice mix of flavors, great balance.

Photo of Will_cigars-n-brews
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright crisp clean, little bit of citrus, little bit of citrus zest, a little bit of pine. Very excellent

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,101 ratings.