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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,865 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,865
Reviews: 1,751
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 286
Gots: 447 | 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.
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Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra from afterexile - thanks! Poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dirty orange ... or red ... or brown? Not sure, this one's a very strange color. Lots of active carbonation, very fine, and a huge, sticky meringue-like head with amazing retention and structure. The lacing is also fantastic, thick, sheet-like, and leaves rings with each sip you take. It'd get a perfect 5.0 if the color were a little more vibrant.

Aroma: Hugely sticky, resinous pine tree and grapefruit. Wow, I can even smell the bitterness. Or is that alcohol? Is it a bad sign I can't tell? It smells like burning, but it hurts so good.

Taste: More hugely sticky, resinous pine tree and grapefruit, but plus an absolute crapton of bitterness. Sticky, bready caramel malts, a few other roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick and syrupy, mild carbonation, and medium bodied (as far as head goes).

Drinkability: Had this on tap before (at Brickstore in Decatur), and I think it was a little better on tap. Still, a solid, good, west-coast IIPA.

Photo of thethrone
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours bright copper, with frothy 1" head, heavy lacing

S - Fruity hop aroma in the nose. Smell of oranges with floral notes.

T - Certainly doesn't hide what it is: Strong hop flavor, notable citrus and pine. A little alcohol burn on the back end.

M - Full bodied, with a low carbonated, silky/syrupy feel on the palette.

D - Definately a big DIPA, and I found it very enjoyable. Would certainly reach for it again, and would love to try it right off the tap.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in Feb.2009 Batch 9

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass

Pours a hazy copper color with a white three finger fluffy head. Good head retention all throughout the beer and lacing is left scattered all behind.

Smell is full of citrus/piney hops with good floral notes to it with the caramel malts. Just like an IPA should smell like.

Caramel malts upfront that mellows out into a slightly citrus flavor. Piney hops follow leaving with a small bitter hop bite at the end. The age on this one has been noticeable and the hops have faded quite a bit. Still a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good amounts of carbonation. Dry sweet aftertaste.

I want to try this again but being more fresh, still a good brew as it is and would pick one up again.

Photo of cmwilliq
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of quindog
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took off the top and I was pleased with the very sweet fruity aroma that came from the bottle...
Poured into a snifter; it's a clear burnt orange color with some medium carbonation and a light tan head about a finger and a half thick that lasts quit a while... there is some thin lacing all around. Its aroma is very fruity and has a strong grapefruit smell that makes my mouth water. It has a rather dull flavor for its smell, but it is filled with hop flavors and very little malt flavors and has a slight alcohol twang and even has a slight smokey aftertaste... its pretty smooth. It has a medium-to-light body that really warms up your mouth. This is really a great tasting beer, I'm not that much of a hop head, but I will be buying this one again... and very soon too.

Photo of Wegbier
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

yellowish eggshell head that starts with dominating size and it slithers down into large oasis of big foam
the bubbles are few and they creep up slowly inside a brilliant honey amber. from a snifter
same bottle now pouring the second time into a regular pint glass and i see so much carb action

spicy almost stinging(alcohol) pine hops that are sweet from the light malt back bone.

the taste is deep and thick hop bitterness, only some hop citrus notes, i dont know where that aroma went.
from pint glass with enduring large head i wouldnt even guess it is the same beer, citrus pine notes mask the bitterness and bring out a distant caramel malt background

balanced and full of power is this great king. strong and complex. it is heavy on the palate
a little oily

heavy balanced dangerous mouth destroyer.

Photo of BB1313
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt glowing orange and there's some subtle sediment floating around. Leaves a small white head which fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty sweet. Lots of fresh mango and peach. Some orange peel is there. Some sweet candy caramel malts are in the mix as well. The flavors are bittersweet. The caramel malts are clearly there, but there is an extremely solid fruity bitterness. More ripe peach and mango. Hints of grapefruit and orange. Maybe some honey in the mix. Lots of fresh grass. Subtle hints of pine too. Although it is slightly warm and syrupy, it's extremely clean and refreshing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

This has always been an impressive DIPA. This is a big beer that nails the bitterness and sweetness. It's a fun beer to drink. Well crafted. Good beer, it's always recommended. I do like DuganA better though, for what it's worth.

Photo of briman
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a somewhat light amber....crystal clear, with maybe a quarter inch white head that dissipated quickly. Some lacing.

Aroma is strong...hoppy, notes of pine & citrus. The citrus notes seems to lean more towards a tangerine smell in this beer.

Taste has some malt sweetness upfront, hoppy front to back. Citrus notes throughout. Finish is mildly bitter, doesn't quite give that nice grapefruit rind bitterness that I would have expected. Bitterness in the finish doesn't seem to linger as long as in other examples. To some degree, it's almost like a hop explosion everywhere BUT the finish. It seems a little out of balance, not too much so, but it is obviously overcharged a little on the hop side.

Medium body....low carbonation. Very drinkable, but probably not sessionable due to the high ABV. Warming effect is there, but it's not in your face...kind of slowly works it's way in.

Photo of dagubna
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of cjoc83
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,865 ratings.