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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,928 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,928
Reviews: 1,768
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 300
Gots: 493 | FT: 6
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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Photo of sfoley333
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle marked Feb 2008 batch 7. Poured into New Belgium Snifter with a copper red hue and thick off white head that foamed up two fingers, also very good lacing. Smell is sweet mixed with pine and citrus, would say that its a lot different from batch 2 I tried in the past which smell like dank pot( and no I wasnt smoking any before). Taste is heavy on the grapefruit and pine resin flavors with a a sweet malt backbone, I have to say while good its a could be a little bit better balanced with the bitterness level and hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium body close to a barleywine with an excellent medium to low carbonation level. While at 10.54 ABV its very drinkable for the alcohol I find the bitterness is a little over the top but still a very good beer, just remember being better in the past.

Photo of barroomhero1234
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smell: Pineaple and citrus nose, alcohol warmth and sweet back ground.
Taste: nice home bitterness with a really nice malt backbone. citrus fruits mixed with a nice sweet backbone, alcohol warmth at the back of the throat.

Nice II IPA, good bitterness and not harsh, but low drinkability recommend sharing a bomber.
All and all a pretty nice beer, would recommend for hop heads and beer lovers.

Photo of ajcobb24
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark orange mixed with a light amber color. The beer pours with a little head (about one third of a finger). If you look closely at the top of the beer (in a snifter glass), you can see the volatile chemicals on the top (they will give that rainbow effect in the light like your chemistry projects did sometimes). A lot of lacing on the glass as you swirl the beer around the glass.

Smell - Heavy hops smell mixed with citrus notes. This beer smells very similar to Bell's Hopslam, but also has a slightly bitter smell mixed in that the Hopslam did not have.

Taste - initially you get a pleasant and smooth hoppy taste which then morphs into some heavy citrus notes. Can taste grapefruit and orange. The only downside to the taste is that this beer has a heavy bitter bite at the end. I enjoy a nice strong finish to a beer, but not this strong.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant medium body at the beginning with a moderate amount of carbonation while the beer is in your mouth. The heavy hops that are in this beer really dry your mouth and throat at the end.

Overall - Reminded me quite a bit of Bell's Hopslam, but with an unpleasant bitter taste at the end. Despite that, I was pretty impressed with this beer. I enjoy the fact that they just didn't want to copy the Hopslam taste but try a little bit less hop bitterness at the end.

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

Purchased this at grapes of mirth in columbus ohio, during christmas time. Poured into red wine glass , huge inch and a half white head that slowly dissipates, with foamy lacing that grows thin. The body is a musty red orange, lightens up at the bottom of the glass. Smells of hops right up front particularly flowers, pine, citrus, grass, a little sharp and tense. Subtle hints of caramel malt, biscuits are back there too. Taste is a bit easier going, a refreshing bitterness is present backed by a malt backbone, not very much sweetness though. Some nice caramel notes emerge toward the middle and a nice pine finish with a tinge of malt sweetness. Personally my only real complaint is the alcohol becomes a little too apparent as this warms up, but still this is a good interpretation of an imperial IPA, fits every well with in the style, and its very much worth a try.

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

Bomber. This was a dark caramel-amber color poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Smell has a bitter caramel character with definite hoppiness.
Taste is initially dominated by malt, the sweet caramel/Campbell's soup-esque darker malts that I've picked up in a number of beers.
Following that are the typical strong IPA flavors: bitter hops/grapefruit, pine needles, etc. A lot of earthy characteristics to this one.
Not too strong, alcohol is there but not overwhelming.

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

Chill hazed fiery amber. Delicate cap of medium stature. Hued in newspaper yellow. Keeps a misty haze with a bit more at the collar. Fine petri dish microorganismish lacing.
Dull tangerine pineapple nose commencement. Orange oil musk. Deep earthy hop pine. Unfouled yet a smidgeon greasy and waxy with a skimming of ink tannin. Piney alcohol gnarls its teeth in time.
Slippery front with a brazen burntness to the overall grain contour. Dark melted orange slides in quickly there after. Blackened toffee caramel undertow. Sweet but grainifiedily peppery. Many eluding after effects of scorched and burnt beer items. Dark piney hops yield to scrappy burnt offerings of tangerine and lime. Strangely acceptable hints to tin appear late as it cinders with burnt grain and fruit skins.
Medium body with a tinge of both burnt and metalic tinges along its route and barking at the bit. Smatteringly rough and grainy. Back-ended heat sifts through the burnt fruits late. Neither aggressive or bashful hopping. Mostly introverted hop flavor and no big bittered thorniness. Mild but stern. Warming temperature tenderizes its tone. Opens creamy, flips over fast, narrowly escaping itself with harsh, salty, burnt subsistings into fruity lime alcoholic heat. Weirdly the D.IPA weird if there ever was one.
Mentor Encomium.

Photo of guzzle211
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into an imperial pint glass

A- vibrant golden orange pour, white head explodes
S- first smell was of grapefruit vodka, mellowed as it warmed to flowery.
T/M - very well balanced hops flavor, but still tastes and feels like a big beer. avery has taken big beers to the in-your-face extreme. hint of orange. very fizzy. alcohol only emerges if over appropriate temp.
D- on a hot day like this (96, heat index of 104) it went down incredibly smooth for a 9.7% abv brew.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3 Bottled Feb 2006

A - Pours a murky copper with orange highlights and a small white head with a tiny bit of lacing.

S - Grassy, citrus, piney hops with peppery spice and a solid sweet caramel backbone.

T - Very sweet up front followed by juicy hops of grapefruit and citrus. On the sweet side without enough bitter backbone.

M - Medium bodied with a mouth coating resiny, slightly syrupy characteristic.

D - Good DIPA but on the sweeter juicier side as far as DIPA's go
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Photo of eternaljester81
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, I consider this to be Avery's second best DIPA - behind the absolutely awesome Dugana - which is saying something, considering how much I enjoy this beer.

A - Pours a very nice, hazy/cloudy amber, with a decent white head that holds well. The lacing is minimal, but the little bit that's there is decently sticky. Overall, this is quite the attractive beer.

S - The smell is a full-on assault of almost dessert-like citrusy hops and caramel malts, mixed with a bit of spiced rum-like alcohol. It's pleasant in small doses, but on the overbearing side when enjoying a full bomber.

T - It's hard to believe that Maharaja is 11.0% ABV, and 102 IBUs, as this is an incredibly tasty, and well-balanced beer. There's next to no heat from the alcohol, and the hops, while definitely present, are well rivaled by sweet, caramel malt. The finish is a bit odd, as it's both drying, along with a lingering sweetness that begs you to take another drink to try to discern all of the complexities.

M - Smooth, slick and little oily, the mouthfeel is quite nice. The malts give that illusion of chewiness, while the hops coat the mouth wonderfully.

D - Maharaja is dangerously drinkable at the high ABV, as it hides its strength exceptionally well. A bomber goes down quite effortlessly.

It's amazing that Avery has crafted two of the best DIPA's available (at least in my area), as both Maharaja and Dugana are simply excellent. While Dugana is more of hop-bomb, Maharaja is one of the most balanced - and best flavored - DIPAs I've come across.

Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
102IBU's

As soon as I popped the cap I got a big hit of citrus hop goodness. I poured the Maharaja into my snifter and it looks damn tasty. A big two finger creamy white head sits on top of a fiery orange semi-clear body. The head lasts forever with hardly any dissipation and sticky sheet of lacing all the way down.

Smell is a big backbone of caramel up front that fades but sticks around for a solid backbone. Ther is also a candy sweetness. The hops are citrus and big. Mostly orange and a little grapefruit bitterness.

This is a really well balanced IIPA. The malt and hops go hand in hand particularly well. Everything meshes together so seamlessly that I can't even pick any certain flavors from the profile but there is a grapefruit bitterness mid-palate. There is a touch of alcohol at the swallow that leaves a nice heat down my throat.

Mouthfeel is right on. Medium bodied and smooth. Prickly on my tongue and cheeks. Small alcohol on the back of the throat and swallow.

Drinkability is pretty high because of the nice balance. I could actually session this beer if it wasn't for the high alcohol.

This is a good IIPA from Avery. About half way through my review I noticed it was bottled in June....damn. I'm going to buy another, fresher, bottle and re-review. I'd imagine the hops are more pronounced but we'll see. It is an exceptionally good beer even though it isn't as fresh as I'd like. With that said, give it a try if you spot it.

Slainte!

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 10-ounce hexagonal glass at Delaney's in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a bright, ruddy orange amber color with a thin veil of creamy white carbonation and slight bubble spires rising into the dense foam. Bright, yellow-gold highlights show through the light.

S: Smells quite floral and medicinal, with bits of carob, hop spiciness and an herbal, sweet caramel aroma to it.

T: Big sweetened fruit and creamy malts combine with a lush, resinous grapefruit and candied citrus hop palate. Warming and bittersweet towards the slick and tasty finish. Slight alcohol burn but a DIPA of good balance.

M: Full bodied and slightly slick with hop resin. Some chewiness as well, but warming and smooth overall.

D: Super smooth and malty DIPA; loads of sweetened caramel malts combined with a subtle sweet bitterness which allows the 10.24% ABV to fly under the radar. A very good aperitif or a brew to go before your spicy veggie burger with cajun onion rings.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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

22oz bomber received in a trade with smokepot23 thanks Joe! Let me start out by saying that the packaging on this brew is stellar. Nice silver foil top with big red "A" for Avery on it. Cool spearmint green label that pops.

Batch 11 bottled in March 2010.

Appearance: Pours a transparent rusty butterscotch with a massive 2.5 finger off white crown that shows good retention and lace.

Smell: Nice grapefruit, spruce, and floral hop bill. The malt is caramel like and plays nothing more than a supporting role.

Taste: More caramel malt than in the nose, slight candied orange citrus fuit note, a hint of spruce, and a strong amount of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium bodied and a touch chewy with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Well balanced but strong!

Photo of Crosling
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of tonistruth
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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

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

Pours a copper-penny body with a sticky, lacy collar of foam. Clarity is excellent. Aroma is laced with alphas...this one is going to sting.

Entry is smooth with limited carbonation tickling the inside walls of the cheeks. Midtaste shows off the voluminous depth of the malt while the alpha acids from the bountiful hops line up to strip the enamel from my incisors. The finish is hoppy-dry with the emphasis on pine.

This is an excellent example of DIPA and would pair well with Thai food.

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

A: Pours a clear orange tinted amber, with a fair amount of dense white head. Enough retains in clumps on the surface and around the edge of the glass to leave solid sheets of lacing.

S: Strongly hop dominated, with huge pine and citrus notes. There's a touch of malty sweetness, but no alcohol to speak of.

T: Huge hops, with strong citrus, especially grapefruit, and quite astringent. There's a malt backbone which is especially noticeable at the tip of the tongue, but gets a bit lost in the hops towards the middle and finish, just barely peeking out again in the aftertaste. Booze is noticeable on the finish.

M: Full body, slightly syrupy, medium carbonation.

Overall a good but perhaps over-the-top representation of the style. It's pulled off well, but if you don't love hops and big beers, you won't like this beer.

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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pours a clear almber with a decent sized off white head that lingers.

Some citrus and malt in the smell, with a heavy pine smell as well.

Taste is quite sweet for a DIPA with a slight hops bite on the aftertaste.

This bottle was not as fresh as I would like. A DIPA I would love to revist.

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

Pours a hazy butterscotch color will less than a full finger off white head that fades quickly. 3D peaks of lacing observed.

A sweet malty smell mixed with a more timid pine and grapefruit nose.

Medium bodied, the mouth feel has an immediate tingle from the carbonation and an additional solid hop characteristic while swallowing. A nicely balanced, yet not overly sweet, malt presence.

The flavor is mirror image of the smell. Sweet and citrusy. An enjoyable interpretation of the style. Best when allowed to warm up some.

Drinkability - The 9.7% ABV is well hidden on the flavor, but it is present on the way down. Another lazyboy beverage or possibly the last one on the way out. Good drinker; Avery rocks!

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

Got a chance to get a growler of Maharaja, as it was on tap at Half-Time, my local distributor.

Apperance is rather cloudy, with a golden tinge towards the bottom of the glass, becoming amber colored towards the top. The aroma has a rather sweet, mildly fruity smell. Very malty, and of course, very hoppy. Compared to some of the other major Double IPAs out there (Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe, Stone's Ruination, Great Divide's Hercules), this beer isn't quite as hoppy. Still, a nice bitter bite with an excellent pine-peach finish. Whether you prefer this over the other Double IPAs I mention is probably more of individual preference, rather than an innate superiority. Of course, that's usually the case.

Overall, great stuff. Easy to drink for such a thick, heavy beer. A beer I could drink over & over again, and not get tired of.

Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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

Peachy orange with golden edges. Marshmallowy, dense, long-lasting, great-lacing, bright light khaki head fills up the top 2 inches of my Corsendonk glass. Very nice. Bright, hoppy nose featuring lemon rind, Scotch tape, pine, marmalade, and mint. Candy-coated fruit and butterscotch malt aroma is more evident as the beer warms. Butterscotch malt flavors up front, followed quickly by herbal, piney bitterness. Tropical fruits come in mid-palate with some warming alcohol. Hops turn a little citrusy and increasingly numbing and bitter. Grapefruit finish. Medium body with a sticky feel and plenty of carbonation. Well put-together, but not quite a top tier IIPA in my book. Still, I would love to try this fresher and on-tap.

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

Pours bright yellow with large poof of white head, retention and lacing all look above average.

Aroma is citrus and grapefruit, straight hops in the nose.

Not overly bitter, but a nice upfront punch, layers of citrus behind, leaves sweet hop flavors in the mouth.

Overall very tasty, but something with the balance of this beer has always bugged me, it just doesnt all mesh together for me and leaves me thinking a few tweaks could make it amazing.

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

Beautiful amber liquid with a creamy beige head. The aroma is lush and full of oranges, spruce and caramel. It's big and full and wonderfully hoppy. The flavor is fairly incredible. It's incredibly sweet. I like sweetly hoppy beers, but I could understand a criticism of this aspect of the beer. The feel is oily with hops. The alcohol is almost completely hidden, except for some peppery notes in the finish. It's a wonderful beer with a huge amount of hops.

4/12/2010 - Batch 11 (10.41% abv). Not quite as great as I remember but still quite good. Seems fairly boozy this time without quite as much hop delicacy. Some bland bitterness.

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

Cloudy orange topped by a mountain of white fluffy head. Awesome hop aroma with deep citrus notes and cream. Citrus flavors, hop bitterness, huge hop flavor. Creamy mouthfeel with a heavy body. Alcohol is there but not too oppressive. One of the kings of the IIPA's.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,928 ratings.