Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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5,085 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,085
Reviews: 1,794
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 326
Gots: 554 | 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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Photo of aglose45
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fairly clear with some non-fermentables floating. Head was close to white.

S: Pineapple and grapefruit, with a bit of mango coming in real late.

T: PINEAPPLE!!! .. with a bit of grapefruit and mango. Hard to find a malty backbone per say, but I believe the sweetness of those tropical fruits do a pretty good job. Love the tropical fruits accompanying the bitterness.

M: Not too sticky, but some oiliness remains on the tongue post-swallow. Excellent carbonation.

D: The only thing that hinders the drinkablility is the abv, 10.27 is a bit high. That being said, I can't put this beer down and I've stopped trying..just have a longer morning.

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

A: Copper beer with a one-inch head, reducing to one-quarter inch. Nice lacing.

S: Beautiful, pink grapefruit aroma.

T: Grapefruit hop flavor is prominent, with a very present bitterness that remains restrained and lasts through the finish.

MF: Very smooth, almost thick, mouthfeel. Carbonation was moderate.

D: I will definitely have another. This is a beautiful DIPA.

Photo of Beerking721
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A winner of a brew in the traditional "West Coast" style. Lines up closely with Bell's Hopslam which is of a similar style.

A = Thick, rich dark amber color with volumes of head and white lace.

S = A beautiful enticement of sweet, ripe grapefruit and hint of pineapple and fresh cut pine.

T = A rich display of sugery grapefruit and requesite hoppiness loads the palate. A slightly more acidic and complex nature than Hopslam, the flavors are very satisfying.

M = Early carbonation was released through aeration. The result was smooth, substantial character that encouraged another sip.

D = A reasonable and easy quaff that "Shakelton" would approve of. Several bottles was just the ticket for me.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper-orange color with a big, rocky off-white head with great lacing. Really beautiful. The head eventually turns to a really dense film, but still nice.

Smell: Great fresh pine forest aroma, with a bit of citrus background. Not the usual pine aroma; this one is lovely and fresh.

Taste: A very tasty beer with slightly bitter citrus, fresh pine, and caramel. Light bitter pine into the finish and aftertaste, but still wonderfully balanced with that caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, with some good light tingly carbonation. It leaves a bit of a caramel feel afterwards.

Drinkability: Very high ABV, but it is totally disguised by the taste. Goes down great.

I'd been eying this at the store for months now, but a bit put off by the price. But, got it today and absolutely love it! A really great double IPA. Definitely _not_ a hop-bomb, this has a strong but very well-balanced flavor with little bitterness (and, indeed, it even has some welcome sweetness). The aroma is amazing too: the fresh pine-forest smell isn't at all like most IPAs with a pine-like smell... this smells like a real pine forest, not like Pine-Sol! A real treat, well worth picking up. I'll get more bottles of this for sure!

Photo of Souleman
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This very tasty IPA is something I would go for on any day that I want some hoppy, malty big beer. Not too much in your face, but enough to make you realize you are getting what you asked for.
With a slightly red/amber hue, the head did just about as much as it was supposed to. The aroma is sneaky with sweet and floral notes. The taste gets right down to what I think an IPA should be. Slightly malty hints to smooth out a little bitterness and a whole lot of tasty hoppiness that transcends throughout each sip. I can't argue with this one, it's got just about everything I want in a real beer. I'd put it up close to the Pliney, and may actually be a bit more accessible at this point. I could see both of these beers blowing up.

In the meantime, I'll enjoy being part of the cult following of this tasty brew!

Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy off-white head that had decent retention slowly fading into a lasting ring. Nice sporadic chunks of lacing.

Extremely hoppy aroma with a lot of citrus and floral notes. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit as well as resinous hop oils and pine with a subtle malt presence.

Intensely bitter and hop forward with a blast of dry piney floral hops with hints o citrus lemon peel, grapefruit and pineapple. While it is sweet, there are still some earthy dry sticky dank pine notes. With all of the hops there is a decent malt backbone that provides a small bit of balance. Slight alcohol presence but the ABV is still very well masked making this dangerously drinkable.

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

Preview: Overall, I must say, the flavors were subtle on a cream smooth background. Really strange IMO. Never had an IPA or DIPA that was subtle. But I found this to make the beer intriguing. It gave a nice background on which many different flavors could play and interact. So, no flavor was in your face. It was a really complex orchestration that was challenging and enjoyable. Although DIPAs are not a style I see putting in the cellar, I see this beer improving over the course of a couple years.

On to the review...

Should I? To late, I already opened it. Bomber obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) in July 2005 and consumed later that evening. Pours a finger and a half light tan head over a nearly clear rust/dark orange liquid. Smells, OMG, hoppy wonder. Grapefruit flesh (not pith bitter, it's the sweet fruit) and fresh sharp pine needles. A search for malt or fruit esters failed, but I did stumble on oranges and pineapple in the hop aroma. Sharp clean hop, I love it.

Taste...I love it. From the thick smooth creamy mouthfeel that starts at the lips to the sweet and fruity malt finish that hangs on my tongue, this beer battered me with an assortment of flavors that rise and fall and blend into each other in a frenzy of...well, you know. It's going to take me the whole bomber to describe this. I apologize in advance if I begin to slur my speech before I'm done.

Very odd, when I put a swallow in my mouth, I get almost no flavor to start. I guess, a gentle toasted grain and apricot. The most noticable feature is the silky smooth (almost oatmeal-like quality) to the mouthfeel. Upon the swallow some hop bitter arises, but much less than I was expecting based on the smell. Hop flavor at the time is oranges and tangerine bolstered by caramel in the malt and pear in the ester. The aftertaste is hop orange, apricot, clean hop pine, mango ester (not often I find *that* in a beer), hop tangerine, strawberry-rhubarb ester, and a gentle sting of alcohol. Oh, alcohol! You warm my belly tonight as you've warmed my life, like a booster supporting his favorite college team.

Thick body and mild carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue and gentle going down. No CO2 acrid here or stingy bubbles forming on the tongue. Really smooth, thick, and creamy. Lacing on the glass is about as good as it gets. Pull it over me like a blanket...I'm lit and ready for bed.

Photo of caminiti
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow.
For $8 a bottle, it had better be good, and it is.
I picked it up at a beverage barn place in New Paltz, and havent found it anywhere else, but if I go through there again, I would get another.
Poured a beautiful dark gold, slight head, and gave the smell of a wet-hopped, bitter, IPA. Came with a kick as well, advertised 10.2%. A beer worth the purchase if you see it.

Photo of ken2cart1
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a guiness 20z glass..fresh 2011 batch

a- wow poppeed the cap off and u can tell it is fresh with the big champaine popping sound...wowwww- huge frothy like clouds head-goos 3 inches (off-white, light tan head..light mahogany appearance, dark amber (def some redness)

s- holy hops-topical paradise-grapefruit,tangy citric...AND boy can u smell the alcohol, very boozy smelling (most i have every smelt).

t-definetly a complex bre for sure...as i am writing this i am still tasting different flavors after the first sip which occured 45 seconds ago...lots of sweet pale malt and light caramel, which appears in the taste as cookie which in the fore, pungent fruity hops balance this beer- not as much hops as i expected in the smell, but still definetly there..then comes the booze, definetely noticiable..nice spicy sting at the end to let you know this is powerful, could possibly have some corriander in here or maybe just alc.?

m- creamy smooth from the large amount of sweet malt

0- great beer, as with any imperial ipa, malt shines through mmore than hops to produce large alocohol content, but hops provide good balance

edit- after looking at alstrom bros review, def notice the tobacco and mint

Photo of Norsebrew
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, Avery got the recipe right on with batch 7(2008). I bought two bottles from Coaltrain in Colorado Springs the day they arrived and I expect I will be buying a case of this gem.
Amazing citrus and floural hops auroma. The flavor is amazing with the perfect balance of grapefruit, or citrus, and carmel. For a high gravity beer, this one is very drinkable.

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

A: A beautiful golden yellow body with a nice thick ivory white head.

S: Plenty of citrus in the front of the nose but not over powering. There is subtle but balanced caramel on the finish.

T: Great and rare balance in a high ABV IPA. There is a citrus/grapefruit flavor on the front and then it seamlessly transitions to a subtly sweet caramel and toffee finish.

M: Amazing there is both great carbonation and body. Spot on.

O: Great beer. Well worth the price. Get this beer if you are a fan of IPAs.

Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice 2 fingers of off white head that leaves some amazing lacing.

Smell: Fruity tropical, piney hop aromas; grapefruit, mango, and pine. Followed by a kiss of sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Dank, piney, tropical hop goodness! Some nice pine needle type flavors going on as well as a really great earth dankness, followed by some citirus, and tropical undertones.

Mouthfeel: Nice full body to stand up to the hop barrage, with moderate prickly carbonation.

Overall: Very, very good DIPA, stands up there with greats IMO, would love to be able to get my hands on some more of this sometime.

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

Wow. This pours sunshine orange with frost colored creamy head and lots of lacing guarding the rear. Nose is absolutely the most genuine display of pine and grapefruit I've ever encountered. Truly a marvelous display of hop aroma. There's also a bit of apricot and maybe passion fruit towards the end of the nose. I also get a smattering of sweetness.

Taste gives me all of the flavors I mentioned in the nose but is just a tad sweet for my tastes and not bitter enough. Aside from that this is as perfect as it comes. Honestly it's rare that any beer does so much right in the taste dept. Well done Avery!

Mouth is mercifully creamy and delightful.

As good as this is I couldn't rate it perfect where drinability is concerned because of the price. Many fantastic double IPA's go for under $5 in my area and in my honest opinion $8 for this is just too much. If my local brewers are charging less than this for their hop bombs a brewery in Colorado should be too.

Photo of ScaryEd
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily one of the most balanced DIPA's I've ever had.

There is a nice, pineapple sweetness that pushes against the bitter hops and creates a truly fantastic beer.

The aroma is pure pineapple juice with some piney undertones.

The alcohol is absolutely present, but by no means overpowering. I was shocked when I saw this was 10.2% Abv. It drinks like a regular IPA. Very smooth and moderate in carbonation.

For $9 I would absolutely buy a bomber of this again.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maharific? Magnifaraja? Oh, sorry, Maharaja!

Clear orange body on my first pour from the monster 220z bottle. The last pour too was clear and shiny. At almost 11%, I took my time on this one tonight. Batch 7, brewed in Feb08 (last month).

Monster hop presence in the nose. Just monster. Like fresh squeezed hops. Grepefruit is the strongest. A pine kick in there too, like a christmas tree freshly cut.

Ruby grapefruit pulp (i swear i can almost feel the pulp chunks in my mouth, its that vivid!), dank cannibis, fresh mowed grass, and powdered sugar, all at once. I am really liking this one. The alcohol is hidden extremly well.

Incredible drinkability. Put this up against any other 11%, i dare you!

I only picked one of these buggers up when I was in Portland, I really really want more! A whole case!

Photo of TheBullsHorn
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep straw, almost amber orange with a persistent head and nice lacing. The nose is wonderfully complex bouquet of honey, pine, grapefruit, passion fruit, lime and malt. The thick malty sweetness acts as a backbone for both the high alcohol and bitterness of the hops. Layering over the malty sweetness are again flavors of grapefruit and resin/pine with hints of honeysuckle and mint. The after palate one this beer lasts forever, with a pleasant dance of malt and bitterness lingering on your tongue. An absolute delight to drink and revisit.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I discovered this beer at the brewery in September and fell in love with it. Amazing DIPA that was the highlight of a fantastic afternoon in Boulder back in September. After trying everything I could that day I decided a review would not be appropriate at the time. So I bought a bomber and finally got around to cracking it open last week. Here are the notes from my phone:

APPEARANCE: Opaque and orange with a light, pinkish hue, almost a tangerine color. Sediment was heavily dispersed throughout. The head was very large, thick and foamy. Made for some pretty solid lacing, but it did take a few minutes to pour.

SMELL: A faint piney smell with light floral notes. Not as strong a nose as I would have imagined from the Maharaja.

TASTE: Intense sweetness and bitterness hit the tongue right off the bat. This is a very interesting balance and both sweet and bitter are present throughout the sip. Piney notes from the nose are also present and it leaves a nice, gentle, floral aftertaste. Exceptional.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly oily with a mild sparkle to it. It feels as rich as it tastes.

OVERALL: I had this beer as my dessert after my girlfriend cooked a wonderful steak dinner. I could not have asked for a finer dessert. Rich, delicious and very satisfying.

Photo of Spcoly
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bottle into tulip glass...

A: Golden brown minimal head with some lacing

S: nothing really overpowering, very subtle hints of pine / grapefruit

T: Wonderful mix of hops / grapefruit, the high ABV is wonderfully masked....minial heat coming through

M: medium to heavy carbonation, hoppy after taste, good drinkability

Overall a better then average IPA mostly becase of the flavor and the masking of teh high ABV....will definitely try again and again and again....

Photo of timc100
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear dark amber with a super sticky cream colored head. Great looking beer

S: PUNGENT Huge sweet grapefruit and caramel. Ripe fruits - mango, pineapple, apricot. Incredibly vibrant tropical flavors.

T: Huge grapefruit/tropical fruit and caramel sweetness. Big bitterness at first, then balanced by rich sweetness. Incredibly rich and full - vibrant flavors and lots of complexity.

P: Huge! Sticky, chewy, smooth, full. Amazingly smooth

O: Just a huge imperial IPA, but a bit of an overload. I feel the nuances of the hops were lost in the malt overload - could pass as a hoppy american barleywine. Really enjoyed it, a bit too boozy

Photo of rallison
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought today from a fresh shipment at Morry's of Long Beach. Served at a bit under cellar temp into a Stone Pint glass.

A: Nice amber color with a 2 finger white fluffy head that really sticks around. Lots of lacing and amazing head retention for a 10% beer.

S: Wow! Citric hops right up front. This is followed by hops, then finished by hops. Oh, and I sense some hops in the background too.

T: No hop presence so to speak of. No wait, it's all hops, with just a bit of caramel malt in the background. Very heavy on the citric hops with lots of oily hop juice and a nice sharp hop bitterness at the end. Wonderful! The bitterness lasts for quite a while after the last sip. This has it all - the hop aroma and bitterness are both present full on.

M: Great! With the oily hops it is nice and satisfying, but this also never gets cloying. Bitter, yes - not cloying.

D: I don't know how to really rate this one. This is heavily biased toward the hops and bitterness of course, but I also can't pull myself away from it.

Highly recommended for a hophead (and this would definitely include myself). Go try it at the very least.

Photo of beavers
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper with decent clarity and a thick white head that goes away fairly soon but leaves excellent lacing. Hops fill the nose with wonderful notes of citris, pinneapple, and pine needles on top of biscuity/caramel malts. Mmm...flavorful hops dominate the palate with its zesty-tropical-citric-floral notes. Alcohol has its presence in the palate but the rich flavor of the hops make this bad boy quite drinkable and one to remember. Will definitely be enjoying this one again sometime soon.

Photo of CMB2012
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, batch number 13 (March, 2011). This is definitely a fresh bottle, with I believe a new label, O.G. 1.090, 102 IBUs, and 10.54% ABV this year not 10.30%.

A- Pours a clean gold/copper color with thin white head. Head dissipates quick and leaves a nice white, bubbly ring that laces fairly well.

S- DIPA goodness... sweet and juicy orange, grapefruit, cantaloupe, papaya. Rounds out with some pine, caramel and toffee, and slight alcohol pepperiness, spoiled vegetables.

T- Cantaloupe and papaya, sweet tropical fruits, some grapefruit... peppermint... pepper... The taste is sweet, reminiscent of a liquid cupcake, but not in a bad way and without the frosting (the mouthfeel helps here a lot). Malt is present in large forces to balance out the hops - chewy, sticky toffee, a bit roasty, and slight coffee bitterness. finishes bitter in a tasteful way, leaving you wanting more. Almost no alcohol, but there is a little burn on the end.

M- Creamy as can be for a DIPA, and I love it. Smooth, tiny bubbles, bursting carbonation. The body is medium to medium-full. Mouthfeel completes this beer giving it a chewy, cake-like quality that is tough to match - at least not very common. Dry finish without being overly astringent.

O- This was my first duel with the Maharaja and it was a great experience. The bottle fresh, the environment right on, and the beer ready to fight, I enjoyed it all very much. I especially congratulate Avery here for not forgetting the importance of malt complexity in a big hoppy beer. Try it.

Photo of barrelroller
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch#9 bottled in Feb.'09. Appearance is amber in color with a dense and stable white head. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and diggity dank. Flavor is first a blast of hops followed by a surprisingly nice malt character. Moving quickly back into hoppy layers and leaving a loooong a lingering piney finish. Alcohol is masked nicely being above 10%abv. Had a lot of DIPA's and this one is one of the best I've had!

Photo of Mdog
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep orange with a large head.

Smell: Big grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Starts sweet but then a big kick of citrusy hops. However, the malts hold their ground so this isn't brutally bitter.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant sweet and hop aftertaste.

Drinkability: It's pretty easy to burn through a bomber of this in a hurry since it's so good.

I haven't had a lot of this since it's somewhat rare in the Twin Cities, but it is really an excellent DIPA. If it was in 12oz bottles and more available this would be in my top five. Highly recommended!

Photo of SilentSabre
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, and what a wonderful smell!! It poured a clear dark orange colour with a thick, snow white fluffy head that dissolved in approximately 20 secondes into a thick ring about the edges of the glass. The smell was tremendous!! Big grapefruit - citrus smell that contacted my nose before I even brought the glass up to my face to smell it. The taste is packed with citrus like hops, as well, with the grapefruit being quite pronounced and right up front. It finished with a lovely hop biterness and is very refreshing. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonated to a level condusive to the style. This is everything I hoped it would be and more, quite honestly. Great Divide's Hercules was my favourite of the style until about 6 minutes ago!! Anyone who fancies that, should definitely try this!! Smashing!!

Blessed Be

-SS

Ah yes! The label on mine says, "Bottled in Feb. of 2006. Batch No.3" 9.9% alc/vol (versus the 9.7 as stated here).

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,085 ratings.