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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 Cougar990
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of cooler4life
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a one finger light sandy brown head that dissipated rather quickly. Created a oily, multicolored pond of bubbles off to the side when settled. Color is a murky, red pine with generous micro-bubble lacing.

S: Malt, lemon, winter pine, caramel apples, new leather, pineapples. The nose is really sweet.

T: Starts with sweet cream, piney hops, and citrus. Transitions to a more powerful alcohol bitterness. Strong malt backbone throughout. The sweetness lures you in..until you are beaten into submission by the Maharaja.

M: Resinous and sticky, this beer presents itself reserved and smooth. I could use a tad bit more carbonation. The ABV does not even make an appearance.

O: I'm torn with this one. As the beer warms it becomes more complex, but I'm a bit scared to fully embrace it. Overall, a solid offering from Avery.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Sunset Grill

Deep orange hue, excellent lacing. Semi-pungent citric oil hop aroma, hints of pineapple & granny smith apple skin as well. Super smooth and creamy viscous mouth feel. Hay like, citric zest, toasted malt, fruit with passion fruit and a fruit punch like flavor. Soft yet muscular bitterness ... lots of hop petal flavor, aka "grassy". Warming alcohol has not problem showing off a bit.

A "kick in the pants Double IPA".

Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good medium copper apearance, a stiff but overall short head of about 1/4 of an inch. Nice laces, spread evenly about the glass. Aroma has a good hop oil scent, a bit on the lemon side, not so pithy or juicy. Good mouthfeel, heavy but with OK carbonation. Flavor is well-balanced and that's a good thing, I say. A brown sugar thickness, some molasses but a big hop counterpoint that does the beer in good standing. There is no way I could mark this beer down, now that I am drinking a bottle by myself (it was fun pouring it with Adam Avery at the last BA fest)...the "Raja" has a balance I don't get in many Double IPAs...maybe its still the memory of Russian River face-to-face with this that makes it good but not world-class in what that style CAN be...

Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very clear golden color with a thick fluffy off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving thick laces.

This beer has a nice citrus hop aroma. I smell some lemon, and grapefruit. Behind that I detect a slight piney aroma. The alcohol is also very slightly noticable in the aroma.

This beer has a very sweet citrus flavor. It has a strong lemon and grapefruit flavor. The alcohol is noticable in the flavor. I can also taste some piney hops. I can not taste any grassy flavors at all.

This beer is thicker than I expected. It is very full bodied. It leaves a citrus hop aftertaste. The alcohol warms slightly as it goes down.

This beer would probably not make a great session beer. It is high in alcohol, so too many would be a bad idea. Also, the flavor is pretty aggressive, so it might be overbearing after a few. This is a great beer, and I look forward to getting more of it.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sprucetip for sharing this one. purchased at brown jug.

Pours a nice clear amber/orange color with good white head. Smell is mostly spicey flavor hops and malt. Taste follows, spicy hop flavors mixed in with some good grapefruity hop taste and a solid malty backbone. Mouthfeel is what it should be for a good DIPA. Drinkability is suprisingly good considering this batches abv is listed at 10.54%. a good DIPA, and one I will buy again when looking for good balanced hop flavors without a palate thrashing hop bite. Thanks to sprucetip for the brew!

Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange in hue with a frothy beige head that has great retention; lacing is consistant down the glass

S: Big citrus aromas--especially mango, grapefruit, and orange; subtle grainy malt quality--but the citrus hop quality overwhelms

T: Hop bitterness coupled with a pleasant boozy quality; quite sweet and surprisingly malty

F: Decent mouth feel though a bit too carbonated on front end and thin on the back end

D: A great DIPA but pretty sweet and boozy--not as balanced as it needs to be

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Shady McGrady's (Harrisburg, PA) on 4/10/09. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a 1/2 finger of foamy brite-white head. Beautiful looking creamy layer of retention stays robust, leaving some massive, drenching lace back. The aroma is just a huge hoppy nose of spicy and floral hops and juicy tropical citrus, and some additinal tangy notes of caramel hiding out in the back. This aroma is so rich, I can actually smell and enjoy it over the thick cloud of smoke that is hovering around me in this ash-pit of a beer bar.

The taste is exceedingly bitter and spicy with a mouth puckering resinous hoppiness. A potent blend of citrus, caramel, and toasted malts tries valiently to even things out some but..DAMN!..this sucka is bitter and proud of it! The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a beefy feel but overall creamy carbonation to it. There is some definite alcohol heft to the body that combines with the extreme bitterness to impart a sharp sting to the feel but I never do get that medicinal taste, which is a very good thing.

This is just a MASSIVE hop bomb of a DIPA from Avery. Huge body, bitterness, and tropical fruits are the highlights, even though they might not always mesh at times. If your looking for a hoppy punch in the face, definitely check this out.

Photo of output01x
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2 1/2-finger cream-colored head atop a clear amber copper body with very few slow-rising carbonation bubbles. The head slowly recedes and in a few minutes is litttle more than a sloppy, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. Thick lacing latches onto the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

Bold citrus and pine hop aromas explode off the head. Grapefruit, lemon rinds, and pine resin notes combine with a sweet malt background to create a complex and nostril-piercing smell.

A surprisingly malty start slides like velvet over the tip of the tongue. A citrus and pine hop flavor with a striking bitterness rests on the middle of the tongue. A great, dry bitterness creeps in from the back of the tongue and overtakes the entire mouth.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is surprisingly thick for a DIPA. While it isn't exactly sticky, it definitely has a syrupy mouthfeel. A little more carbonation would have helped the drinkability considerably.

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours red-orange with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet hops and a very slight hint of malt. The flavor was big on hops, with a bitter bite upon swallowing. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a nice IIPA. The hop flavor can start to get a little overwhelming after some time but the bite at the finish is quite nice. This one is a must try for all hop heads out there as it is pretty close to be a complete hop bomb.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy copper color with about a finger of slowly dissipating head that leaves pretty good looking lacing around the glass.

Smell - Heavy citrus aromas such as grapefruit and orange peel. Piney and hoppy.

Taste - Bitter up front from the hops and unripe grapefruit - however, there is actually quite a heavy malt backbone, i.e. sweet caramel and toasted malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy mouthfeel. This is one thick sucker - lower carbonation, finishes with a slight bitterness.

Drinkability - One and I'm done. I've been meaning to try this but it isn't what I was expecting it to be. I feel there are two heavy competing tastes - the massive bitterness which gives way to a heavy malty backbone. I personally don't like beers made as such, so it is just personal preference. Also, there is definitely a slight alcohol taste while sipping this beer, and a noticeable warming of the throat.

Photo of bcm119
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a robust off-white head. Ripe citrus nose with a touch of sweet biscuit malt. Initially a pervasive but soft grapefruit rind bitterness spreads across the palate, but a balancing malt sweetness is not underrepresented. Hops are a bit raw and green, turning from citrus to leafy mid palate. The mouthfeel is buoyant and full, with plenty of fine carbonation and a slight viscosity. Malt is nicely integrated with the bitterness, and doesn't get too estery or cloying, but it gets close. Some nuances of tea and earth come through as it warms. Finishes big and bitter. Overall a nicely done beer; well balanced, complex flavors with an excellent mouthfeel. A nice double IPA with no real faults but not particularly outstanding in any way either. A bit pricey.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is an amber-apricot color, dark for an Imperial IPA, and has a bit of haze. The head is fine, about a finger thick, and is an eggshell white. I could smell this one the moment I opened the cap on the growler. Big notes of over-ripe peaches and grapefruit hit me smack in the nose. It's fruity, sweet, and a little bit resiny.

Medium-full body and a big creamy feel. The flavor is exceptionally well-balanced with big, malty flavors of toast and marmalade up front followed by hops that accentuate, not over-ride, the maltiness. This beer is sweet, but not cloying, syrupy, or medicinal. The hops add spiciness and fruitiness. The finish has just a hint of booziness, but not nearly enough to suggest that it really carries a hefty 10.4% ABV. Very drinkable for such a robust representative of the style.

Another Beer of Fame off my list. Definitely glad I waited to get this one on tap. Still, I wonder if it isn't a little bit past its prime. I expected something much more hop-forward.

Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger creamy head. There was good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell was pure pungent and citrus hops.

The taste was upfront citrusy grapefruit. There was a slight malt presence and some alcohol burn. Finished with a slight banana and pineapple flavor.

The mouthfeel was full, with some alcohol tingling.

This beer is a flavor event. A killer DIPA that put me on my ASS.

Photo of daliandragon
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I remember having this on tap at Tyler's in Durham last year and I couldn't believe how good it was. I taste tested it against the Hopslam and discussed the merits of each with the knowledgeable bartender. I hope the bottle stands up to that experience. This Raja pours a muted orange and slightly hazy with a creamy off white head and lace that covers everywhere the beer has been.

Instant withering hops greet me as I take a slow skip. Citrus and especially pine are the active players. The malt then steps in with dark fruit flavors and caramel and chocolate tones. The finish returns to the hops and the aftertaste shows elements of both. Mouthfeel is thick and oily in the finish. I like this beer but I'm not overawed with it the way I was on tap.

Photo of mulder1010
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have to thank Nick6217 for sending this puppy out to me. Much appreciated.

22 oz bomber Batch #13 10.54% ABV

A-- Poured a deep reddish orange color. Opaque and shows very little carbonation. Eggshell off white head that was at best just under half a finger. On swirling the head changes to a near eggnog color. Get spotty lacing on the sides of the glass and the alcohol is obvious in this.

S-- Orange, more like Mandarin orange to me, ethanol, deep pine, mango, butterscotch and roasted pineapple. Once this got more air the flavors opened up a whole lot more and got more of the tropical notes and also got lighter in smell. At first more of the orange and ethanol.

T-- A lot of alcohol in the first taste followed by gritty Carmel candied orange and then a big punch of bitter grapefruit. Other tastes do get passionfruit and other tropical notes. Alcohol is very apparent.

M-- Oily. Very oily. Mouth feel is mostly orange, honey, big fresh pine, and ripe bitter grapefruit. There are some syrupy parts to this at times but the alcohol is much more muted in the mouth. Very big feel and low carbonation. Get finishes of orange, tangerine, lemon and more grapefruit.

O-- To me this is the imperial stout when you are drinking a DIPA. It is big and it is aggressive. It is not like the West Coast DIPA's that have the alcohol hidden and can drink several of them. This is a sipper. It is a bit sweet and syrupy at times but it gets bigger and bolder as I drink on. ABV is very apparent and it is a negative but the more air this gets the better it gets and the bigger and more complex. Do not think this is for everybody though. Not a beer you can shoot 2-3 down easily. One is an accomplishment but would very much buy again.

Photo of bosco7
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed burnt orange with creamy and voluminous head.

Big pine, grapefruit juice, strawberry, mango, catty and candy orange in the nose. Reminiscent of Nugget Nectar. Tons of Simcoe.

First the beer starts very pithy with tons of pine cone and then a barrage of fruity hop flavors dominate. Grapefruit, orange juice, mango, pineapple, and cat piss. Bitterness just barely outweighs the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slick and very luxurious. It is about as drinkable as a +10 ABV beer can be. I think that Hog Heaven has a better hop character. Much cleaner yet being pungent and in your face at the same time. Still the Maharaja is delicous and highly recommended.

Photo of jrenihan
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Release 15, winter 2011/2012

Beer is dark amber, chestnut-like. Smell to medium white head. Good retention.

Smell consist of pine, citrus fruit (orange), sweet caramel malt, a bit toasty. Maltier than expected.

Taste consist of pine, orange, sweet caramel malt. Booze is noticeable- a bit hot. Moderately bitter in the finish.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit chewy. Good.

Overall, pretty good, but not the monster I expected. Perhaps this bottle is a bit past its prime.

Photo of isaac
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. to pint glass.

bright copper/orange/reddish body sits hazily under a long-lasting 1.5 fingers of creamy foam. when i opened the bottle (and note that i was at work, after hours - a coffeeshop with VERY strong smelling, and quite delicious, coffee) the room was instantly full of piney, riseny, fresh-outta-the-woods-still-wet-from-morning-dew hoppiness, but also slight sweetness, and i mean SLIGHT, from the malts. taste is much expected from a DIPA, with a big (background of) toffee-ish, caramelly-sweet malts, and, yup, you guessed it, boat-loads of hops: juicy, resiny, piney, and finishes somewhat fruity. nice big, smooth moutfeel and well concealed ABV, but, this took me an hour or two to finish as i cleaned up behind the counter and in the shop... man, this ain't no lawn-mower beer!

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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