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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,700 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,700
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 261
Gots: 399 | FT: 7
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:
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 added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005)
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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: hazy amber color, nice foamy head settling to thin veil, decent lacing
s: piny hops coupled with hints of malts
t: like riding in a bitter hoppy car throughout (start to finish), with splashes of sweet malts, spices and citrus fruit, finishing lots of hop bitterness
m: good balance of carbonation (espec front & back) and smooth
d: definitely provides a kick over 9%, but a good mix of hops & malts

belgbeerdrinker, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of ejquin
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: Amber with a nice white head. Great lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hops, bready yeast with some maly mixed in.

Taste: Very malty and carmely. Some citrus but not as much as you would think from the aroma, and less than most DIPA's. Balanced pretty well with a bitter semi-dry finish.

Mouth: Thick and heavy but smooth. Good carb level,

Drink: Good

Overall: This is a very good brew. I felt it was a bit light in the flavor department for a DIPA or else it would have been great.

ejquin, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of CuttDeez
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Snifter.

A - A nice orange burnt autum color for the body that is slightly cloudy. The head got off to a strong start. Creamy in color, thick, but filled with tiny bubbles. After a little the head died to a sticky lacy ring.

S - Hop bomb for sure. The pine is strong with this beer, but it does open up with some nice fruity notes on the from end. It smells like it will be hoppy and have tons of pine sweet sugar.

T & M - Awesome hop bomb with great carmalized malt character. I am suprised that all the flavors mingle so well to create a nice balance. It could have easily overwhelmed in some areas. Instead the taste is smooth throughout with a slight chew and slean minty citrus finish on the back end.

O - A good DIPA! The taste is what sticks out as it manages to represent the characters you expect from the style in a strong yet very balanced way. I noticed this in particular when I looked to see double digit ABV that I did not notice initially.

-Cheers

CuttDeez, May 04, 2011
Photo of spointon
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bombe bottle into a tukip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a hazy burnt orange color. With an aggressive pour, the white head rose 1.5" and then settled to a thin cap. Tons of web lace stickage down my glass.

S= Sweet caramelly malt and citrusy hops dominate the show. A whiff of tropical fruit in there too.

T= Much as the smell indicated, the flavors lead off with caramel and biscuit malt sweetness followed by a burst of grapefruit hop character. Base bitterness was not really overpowering but the hop flavoring was top notch. Some odd but pleasant tropical fruitiness in there too as well as an earthy/grassy note. Short finish with a slightly spicy alcohol pop.

MF= Medium body with a slick and smooth tongue feel. Carbonation was a bit too low and soft for me, but that's a matter of opinion.

D= A fine example of a DIPA that hides its alcohol well. I could easily drink a few pints of this in a sitting!

spointon, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of gpatt55
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Label, Dictator Series, Batch 13, March 2011

Pours a majestic crystal clear deep orange/red with a thick fluffy white sudsy head. Gorgeous richness and clarity on the appearance. On the nose this has a lot of citrusy, piney hops with some biscuit malt in the background and a bit of heat. The first sip hits you with a considerably weighty mouthfeel. This is a sweet, oily, viscous high alcohol brew. Spicy malt notes mingle with plenty of bitter hops. The richness makes this hard to drink a lot of but not surprising given the 10%+ abv. All in all a massive DIPA that impresses with it's power. Go big or go home!

gpatt55, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of BeerMaverick
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer is stunning: about a half inch of white head with strong lace deposits all around the over-sized wine glass. Golden orange in color, similar to Nugget Nectar. Very translucent and fresh-looking with no sediment.

S - Strong hop aroma with a malty backbone. Bitter piney esters - what you would expect from a 102 IBU beer...just hops.

T - Extremely bitter tasting...this beer destroys the palate. Strong piney and malty background that attempts to obscure the 10.3% abv., but doesn't completely suceed.

M - Spicey piney feel that completely numbs the tastebuds and the entire mouth for that matter...just drink one of these before you have your teeth removed at the dentist.

O - Overall this beer is one of the best DIPAs that I've had. It is ludicrously bitter and well deserving of all the fame that it recieves. Its bitterness is right up there with Hop Stoopid. I would recommend this beer, but only a bottle at a time or else you can count on praying to the porcelain gods at some point.

BeerMaverick, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of PatandDavid
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this one. I can see where some might think it was a bit sweet, but I couldn't get over the aroma and pretty much kept my nose in the glass. I almost dipped my finger in to dab some of this behind my ears! Alright, on tap at redbones, served in a goblet. Deep copper in color, the small white head dissipated a bit and left that petri dish look floating on the top. I dug and dug and dug again the piney and candied hop arroma. Man did this beer smell good. I thought the body was a bit chewy, but still enjoyable. Tastewise, you start with some initial hop sweetness, prickly carbonation, and then you end with some hop bitterness (but not too bitter).

PatandDavid, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- beautiful beer. Bright amber body with thick foamy white head that has great retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Big grapefruit smell. Some hops and malts noted.

T- This is a very well balanced DIPA. Initial taste of sweet caramel malt and tart grapefruit. Big hoppy aftertaste. The tart grapefruit lingers and covers the alcohol.

M- High carbonation and juicy body. Makes the beer somewhat smooth.

D- The high ABV is well hidden. This was a great brew that I would have again. One was enough for the night though.

PittBeerGirl, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of grittybrews
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, clear orange-amber into a tulip with a finger of bright, fluffy white head. Juicy aroma of grapefruit with lots of caramel malt.

Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel that manages to be both resinous, creamy, and full without becoming too syrupy. Mild grapefruit and tangerine up front with a strong caramel/honey sweetness and some distinct boozy warmth. Fairly astringent pine on the finish with a slightly odd earthy, vegetal quality.

Really nice double IPA, but not the most drinkable; the sharp booziness and sweetness slowed me down somewhat.

grittybrews, May 15, 2011
Photo of Crosling
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper hued liquid sitting below a clan a microscopic bubbles desperately clinging together, first growing large, then dying into a smooth film that barely coats the surface of the liquid. The aroma first reminds of opening two ounces of fresh whole flower Centennial buds, a very dry, spicy, medicinal, resinous, but most of all, extremely woodsy hop aroma. I didn’t detect much of a aromatic malt contribution, perhaps a bit of caramel, biscuit and fruit, but I did detect a somewhat unpleasant vitamin scent, which I attribute to yeast, although I could be wrong. The flavor does indeed exude much more malt flavor than any of Avery’s previous double IPA’s, especially Eleven, providing a huge base of caramel and toffee which serves to balance the onslaught of hop flavors that I simultaneously experience. The general flavor is a resinous blend of several hop varieties, which is well balanced by all the other elements of the beer. A tasty one for sure, and a unique way of approaching the style.

Crosling, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition, served at just over fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours an almost clear frothy orange, with a monstrous four-finger head that lathers up real nice. Sheets of lacing linger behind, decorating the sides of my glass.

Smell- Cartloads, wagonfuls, suitcases of hops on the nose... sweet and more grapefruit characteristics than pine needles here... a terrific balance of malt to even things out. No alcohol aromas or indications, but damn this smells *huge*.

Taste- Sweet bitterness, in a nutshell... but that would be far too simplistic. The citrusy, honeyed grapefruit hop elements defer midway to the rich, deep malt notes... a big, potent blend of the two players.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Heavy and extremely smooth going in... almost syrupy in its texture. I would have liked some more effervescence, but this isn't bad. This 22 oz. bomber is like an anvil, dead weight and bad ass. The sucker punch to the stomach is delivered almost at the end of my tasting, and one of these is certainly enough. Big, bold, and loud as hell.

yelterdow, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Churchill's in San Marcos, CA

A- partly cloudy burnt orange from top to bottom with a thin, foamy 1 finger white head, good retent, thin white lacing

S- grapefruit, plenty of hops

T- surprisingly decent balance, grassy, citrus (lot of grapefruit), orange flavors as well, alcoholic heat at finish, residual sugars provide sweetness as well, hop oils in there

M- not as palette crushing as you'd think, medium body, soft and smooth through 'til the alcohol brings some fire, dry and sticky at finish as well. the hop attack does start to happen as the brew warms

D- highly drinkable for a 2IPA, good flavor, nice balancing act, enjoyable, I'd have another, well done

tonistruth, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of JoshuaMason
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Translucent Copper; Some Floaties; Bubbly, Off-White Head; Vigorous Carbonation; Great Lace
Smell: Dank; Catty; Citrus Rind; Herbal Hops; Over-Ripe Banana, but not in a wild-yeast way.
Taste: Dank; Crème Brule; Herbal Hops; Oniony?; Alcohol
Mouth-feel: Medium Body; Medium Carb, Resinous, Dry Alch Finish
Overall: Wonderful DIPA
Comments: If anything, I would like a little less Alcohol on the finish.

JoshuaMason, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Bone53
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap.

Appearance: Light amber with a one finger off white head

Smell: Bright fruits, pine, caramel, booze

Taste: Definitely on the pine spectrum for a DIPA with undertones of tropical and citrus fruits. Caramel for good measure

Mouthfeel: Medium body; A tad boozier than I prefer

Overall: This doesn't hold up to the greats. A bit too boozy and bitter for my liking. I had GL Chillwave before this and found that to be more enjoyable. However, I will consider reaching for this again when available

Bone53, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of washburnkid
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in February. Reviewed keeping the freshness factor in mind. Thanks to jdmek9 for this bomber. Enjoyed in a snifter.

A: Dark amber and copper tones. About a finger of frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
S: Big hops still discernible up front, regardless of how "old" it is now. Tons of citrus grapefruit. Spices that, for some reason, remind me of my grandma's kitchen. Alcohol is there with deeper pulls. Not much malt on the nose but I imagine this will be different with the first sip or with warmth.
T: Indeed, bready malts are there. Still has a good hop presence, mostly citrus notes. Hops are clearly mellowed out. Oranges and apples with other fruit notes. A solid dirty earthiness is present. Some pine in there as well.
M: Big creamy body leaves bitter residuals throughout.
D: This brew is big and strong. I can't wait to try the freshest batch!

washburnkid, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass I see before me a cloudy, amber colored brew. Sitting atop this beverage is an inch worth of head composed of tiny bubbles and craggy peaks. Retention is decent, and the brew leaves behind plenty of sticky rings of goodness when it settles.

Smell: Plenty of bitter hops with a slight bit of booziness. The hops are a nice mix between citrus and pine, with no one quality really standing out. Not picking up much of a malt backbone, something I find surprising for a DIPA. I'm hoping for a major hop bomb with this one.

Taste: Plenty of hoppy goodness here. The hops which were hinted at in the nose come at you full force here. I believe the pine taste of the hops is a more prominent when compared to the citrusy grapefruit. There is a slight boozy tinge to this brew, but it's not so potent to be a detriment to the beer. Instead, it lets you know you're going up against a heavy hitter.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium to full body with plenty of crisp carbonation. Rather well done here.

Drinkability: A top notch DIPA. Not too heavy on the malt, plenty of hop character, and just enough booziness to remind you that you are drinking a "big beer". As much as I would like to, I don't think I could drink more than one of these in an evening...though with a brew as tasty as this it would certainly be worth a try.

krisandajt, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Released Spring, 2012. Poured into a cognac snifter.

Red-orange color with some hop haze. Crowned with a stunningly stagnant inch of eggshell head. Starting to lace.

Burnt sugar maltiness with a lofty pine hop presence in the nose. Very, very light grapefruit nuance; but mostly just the pith. Dominantly pine with a few sparing herbal hop notes.

Egad! This DIPA is firmly bitter, but balanced. There's a rich and sweet malty backbone that has some dry caramel tones. Oily hops construct pine and grapefruit pith flavors with a touch of earthiness. Very reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. A beastly and malty Imperial IPA with great composition, but without particularly evident hop flavors. It's hoppy, sure, but I can't pin much down other than pine and grapefruit.

Drinks big. A fuller-in-body IIPA with that perfect light carbonation. Pretty silky. Strength gets at me a bit, but that's to be expected of a brew that is very similar to an American-style barleywine.

One of those beers that just comes together so well. I recognize what it is for the style, and it's still a great example.

thecheapies, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Tilley4
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Ginger Man in Dallas..

Arrived looking a murky light golden with a thick creamy head... Lots of lacing as well... looks really hazy and hoppy..

Huge pungent aromas of citrusy hops ooze off of this brew... Damn, this smells hoppy as hell... Pineapple, orange, loads of tropical fruits reign with this...

Sweet tangy hops explode on my taste buds sip after sip here and don't let up. I don't detect any alcohol at all and not much malt presence to speak of but I didn't buy this for the malts. I'm happy as all get out here... It's pungent and sweet and hoppy...

Perhaps not quite as good as the bottled version but still a top notch elite Imperial IPA in my opinion... I love this beer and I'm glad I got to try it on tap finally..

Tilley4, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of smulkowski
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, Batch 9, bottled in Feb. 2009

A- Orangey-oak color. Low carbonation, one finger head very quickly dissipating.

S- Grapefruit rind and conifer, classic west coast IPA aroma. Warm fragrances of spicecake in the malt.

T- Relatively inconspicuous malt profile opens to an explosion of bitterness. Good hop flavor, highly resinous and floral, but as complex as expected.

M- Somewhat light, relatively silky.

D- For 102 IBU, pretty drinkable.

smulkowski, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Cunningham26
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amazing, a clean white head that left layers of intricate lacing throughout. Color was a really great orange, like a hazy sunset, clarified as it settled into a great looking imperial beer.

S- big hops. big grassy, citrusy, earthy hops. big time. one of the best smells out there

T- again, big hops, but to be expected. great, refreshing, full hop flavor. Delivers on its promise of 103 IBUs. after the rush, it settles a bit into a really great IPA maltiness that pervades for the second act. the hops are the first flourish, and remain a backbone throughout, but they give way to a delicious maltiness that rounds out the brew. hop flavor not as well rounded as stone ruination (the only other iipa i can compare with) but does a really great job, getting almost all the way there

M- wonderful. maltiness became sticky at moments, but nothing a BA can't handle.

D- I was very nervous about this because I was handling a bombing mission solo, getting my 22oz hop fix in soliloquy. the reviews made mention of the 10%, so i expected this to be one hot hop bomb, but honestly the booze masks itself extremely well and though I knew it was there, it didn't take anything away overall.

really great brew, would possibly get again, but only if ruination wasn't available.

Cunningham26, May 29, 2009
Photo of jlb307
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from my buddy Dave. Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

A: Golden brown in color, hazy and almost opaque. Developed a 1/2 inch off-white head that was nice and fluffy. Retained nicely and developed nice sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Almost nothing but hops. A little sweetness akin to ginger, and an overlying grapefruit aroma.

T: Definitely like it smells. Started off almost too bitter, but then mellowed a bit as it approached room temp. Really bitter aftertaste clung to the roof of my mouth.

M: Excellent balance with the carbonation. Sticky resin feel that left my mouth feeling like I just drank maple syrup.

D: Very easy to drink if you are into the really hoppy beers. Because of the 10%+ ABV, it can be a bit dangerous too. A bit more than I'm used to, but would gladly have it again.

jlb307, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of cullen0013
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Nonic glass.

A - Pours a rich copper with an off white head, leaving rings of lace on the glass as it's consumed.

S - Hoppy. Lots of pine. "Smells" resin-y and sticky.

T - Plenty of hop bitterness, potent alcohol character, hints of apricot.

M - Heavily carbonated, coats the mouth. See "sticky"

D - Hop bomb, high gravity. A good sipper, but not very sessionable IMHO.

cullen0013, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7, bottled in February 2008. Bottle says 10.54 ABV as opposed to the 9.7 listed here.

A: Poured a hazy golden amberish orange with a large, thick off-white, orange tinted head that leaves some nice rings of lace on the glass.

S: Mmm, hops. Powerful citrus and piney hop aromas and a general fruity sweetness dominate the nose. A faint biscuity/sweet malt is detectable, as well. Maharaja is a hoppy explosion in a bottle--when I popped the cap I got a fresh rush of hop aroma.

T&M: Intense and bursting with flavor. There is definitely a strong malt backbone to this--a biscuity/caramel sweetness underlies everything. Citrus (grapefruit) and pine dominate the hop profile of this, but there is some other kind of earthy, musky kind of flavor that detracts a bit from the flavor. The body is silky smooth, bold, and wonderful. Finish is lingering and dry, beckoning one back for another sip. Excellent feel.

D: Maharaja is a strong, bold, and powerful DIPA. At over 10% though, it's on the strong side for the style. The flavor profile is not quite as dynamite as I expected, but it's still very drinkable for a 10% ABV brew.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 03, 2008
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4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Batch #17, 2013" printed on the label of the bomber. Pours a slightly hazy amber-copper color with a 3 finger, cream colored head. Good retention and moderate patches of lace.

Smell is a lot of sweet, pitted fruit...strawberries, apricot, with a nice honeydew melon and caramel malt backbone.

Mostly sweet in the front and middle of the tongue, with sweet, floral hops accented by apricot, melon, and caramel malt before finishing with a some slightly bitter, earthy hops and a little heat.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. The 10% abv is very well hidden. Dry finish.

My first time with this one, and I can see why it's so popular. A little on the sweet side, but a nice hop profile and the alcohol is barely noticeable. It's no Heady Topper, but a super tasty DIPA that's definitely worth the $8.99 price tag.

cjoc83, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a standard burnished caramel orange with 2 plus fingers of sticky head that leaves some light lacing.

Pineapple is the dominant smell coming out of this one along with citrus fruits, a hint of pine and a big billboard stating: Warning, major caramel malt!

Yep, the billboard wasn't lying. Hefty sticky sweetness with a touch of acridity and roast, pine and citrus hops keeping up though. BIG is the word I'd use, no surprise though from Avery. Pretty typical American DIPA, big all around, plan is to knock your socks off. Pretty well executed.

Plenty of crisp carbonation keeps this one from weighing your mouth down, yet the hefty nature of this and the sweetness of the malt make this a no-more-than-one-bottle beer.

ExtraStout, Apr 22, 2010
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,700 ratings.