Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,087 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,087
Reviews: 1,795
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 326
Gots: 555 | 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 DenverHopHead
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a snifter.
Appearance - blood orange, possibly copper hue; thin white head that produces decent lacing. Smell - primarily citrus hop aroma with hints of pineapple and perhaps green apple.
Taste - a nice combination of citrus fruit, toasted malt and some grass.
Feel - flavorful with plenty of bitterness, but a bit heavy feel due to it's strong, warming alcohol.
Overall - a quality offering that DIPA fans should give a try. - R

Photo of Kuaff
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured slightly chilled into a wine glass.

It appears a beautiful light amber or rich golden orange color with a three finger white head that has great retention and lacing.

The aroma is a potent perfume of honey, lemon, orange, and dank hops.

A sip leaves an initial impression of juicy citrus and caramelized hops on my palate. And honey. There's a slightly dry finish of resinous pine and bread.

The feel is full, thick, and sticky, like honey.

I'd guess that any admirer of hops will hail the Maharaja.

Photo of EdwardK77
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Copper in color with white head that leaves pleasant lacing. Nice effervescence throughout the drinking session.

S- Pleasantly within the DIPA spectrum. Definitely sensing citrus present.

T- Easy drinking balanced amount of bitter and sweet, no alcohol burn presence.

M- Somewhat astringent and lacking in the stickiness associated with some DIPA yet still easy drinking and enjoyable.

O- This is definitely an upper echelon DIPA that I would drink again.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Slight hazy dark amber color with a small tan head that leaves a little lace
S-strong piney hop aroma, orange and slight malt
T-Malt is the first taste that goes to a hop kick that gives you some pine and grapefruit that stays with you til the end
M-Medium body and light carbonation with some alcohol tatse
O- Great beer, I guess you can tell by the grade that I enjoyed this one. If you enjoy IPA's then this is the beer for you

Photo of beerviews2013
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour: poured a nice light brown with a slight tan head that was pretty thick

Smell: piney with a sweetness

Taste: being 102 ibus this is a hoppy beer hops hops hops all over the pallet. The malts in this beer are pretty strong to ease the bitterness but its not enough everytime you take a drink the hops are kicking at your tongue making your taste buds tingle.

Overall: this is one bitter beer and i loved it. Just the way a imperial ipa is suppose to be.

Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Clear, amber color. Surprising three-finger head for being 10.2% abv.

S: Huge pine scent, some orange peel and other citrus aromas, some crakery/bready aromas as well.

T: Big hoppy bitterness right at the front of the beer, some citrus and tropical flavors. Middle of the beer it goes to very malty and an almost bready sweetness. Finished dry at first, but as the beer warmed it finished with more of that bready/crackery sweetness.

M: What an IIPA should be!

Overall: A beautiful, delicious, phenomenal, fantastic IIPA! If you haven't had it, get it; if you have had it, get more of it! Everything I hoped it would be, totally lives up to the hype.

Photo of DerelictPI
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a wonderful beer!

Taste: Malt upfront, which leads into tropical fruit, and grapefruit, hoppiness. The aftertaste is quite pleasant...as long as you love hops! The alcohol is well hidden but the little that comes through is very enjoyable and enhances the flavor.

Overall: Definitely up there with other world class double IPAs.

Photo of TheDoctor
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a clear golden amber with three fingers of beige cream that settles to a fat film that picks up with a swirl. Good retention; splotchy lacing.

S:
Astringent and freshly hoppy. Grapefruit rind, pine, dirt, sweet citrus notes, some caramel malt flavors underneath.

T:
Dry, crisp, hoppy. Slightly malty with dry hop flavors, grapefruit, lemon, pine, some biscuity malt.

M:
Crisp and slightly creamy with some nice prickly carbonation, a medium body, and a smooth, dry finish.

O:
Very tasty IIPA.
Excellent, dry, creamy, hoppy, bitter, fresh. Beautiful pour with a nice fresh aroma that is not too intense and only hints at the astringent hoppiness of the flavor. The beer tastes delicious and hoppy as could be. However, it is all quite tropical in character and is not shudder-inducing. It is creamy and feels lovely on the palate but is a little exhausting after a while (but it's a IIPA, so what are you going to do...).
Would have again; worth trying if you're an IPA fan.

Photo of Bone53
4.07/5  rDev -4%
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

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden, dark amber with finger width foamy head that quickly dissipates. Lacing dissipates quickly as well. Boozy, citrus odor. Can detect hints of apple as well. There is a mild hoppy tastes up front with a strong, malty, boozy aftertaste. It goes down very smooth. Definitely a beer for cold weather. Will warm you up like a Brandy or Congac. Very little hoppy aftertaste. Definitely a beer you want to sip by a warm fire.

Photo of beergoot
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, amber-orange body with a thick and creamy, sticky, white head. Powerful pine and citrus hop aroma. Complex mixture of caramel and biscuit malt flavors, zingy hop bitterness, and a bold alcohol heat percolating underneath. Heavy body; slight sweet heaviness; semi-dry finish.

I had the pleasure of sampling this at the brewery's tap room just two days ago and really liked it (and rated it at 4.25), but must give this higher props after making it my first beer of the day. Bold balance and depth throughout with eye-popping zest to please the palate. I get additional flavor notes of apricot and dried peaches for some additional fruit-like notes. If big, beautiful IPAs are your thing, check out an offering of this monster.

Photo of da_beers
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tipple's Brews - Gainesville - Release #18, 2014 - 1 pint, 6 oz. Bottle

A - pours a nice orange with two fingers of white bubble head that somewhat quickly dissipated. Carb levels coming up are standard. Nice clarity.

S - Nice citrus notes on nose, has nice earthy qualities to it. Hop presence is forward here. Mildly boozy here.

T - Start is nice and warming. Has a boozy quality there (expected for 10+%). Extremely smooth for being an Imperial. Has a very balance hop and malt profile. The end you get that booziness for sure, but between it is a nice caramel, sweet taste.

M - Medium bodied, quite drinkable. Carbonation is perfect. Smooth, very smooth, no real bite to speak of like you get w/ alot of Imperials.

O - Worth a try. Very nice qualities to it. At the price point, it may not be all that, but for what it is it does not dissapoint.

Photo of papat444
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

***Release No. 18 - 2014***

Pours a hazy dark honey color, thick head and lots of air bubbles inside as it recedes. Lacing isn't bad. Aroma is pungent, overripe oranges and peaches. Flavor really captures the sweet orange taste, strong caramel backbone, some grapefruit and a bittering aftertaste. A bit viscous but lacks a certain robustness that DIPAs usually come with. A good one for sure, but not top tier for me.

Photo of bryanbullock
3.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

After race reviews from friends I went into my tasting with high hopes. The aroma was odd, kind of musty and odd, that of "beer sweat" I was not pleasant on the nose. The visual was of an dark maple syrup hue with slow flowing micro bubbles that cling to the edge of the class with a death grip. Strong hoppy taste with some pine, clearly and imperial IPA. Overall a good beer but the aroma was hard to get over.

Photo of tillmac62
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Release no.18 2014. Medium amber pour with a slight ruby cast. Excellent head and good lacing retention. Nice complex nose of citrus (grapefruit, mango, orange) and spruce hops over a rich caramel background. Almost full bodied with a creamy texture and a slightly above normal carbonation level that has a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but a bit unbalanced due to the alcohol content bite. It begins with the hop flavors of the nose, flows to a rich caramel sweetness which is accompanied by a medium well rounded bitterness. It progresses to the finish where alcohol predominates over a residual sweetness, leaving an alcohol burn on the tongue and back of the throat. While outstanding, it could be improved by reducing the alcohol content a percent or two to achieve better balance.

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber poured into an IPA glass

A - Pours a hazy auburn color loaded with sediment. Big fluffy khaki head.

S - Muted citrus with a hint of dankness. Pretty bland.

T - Big piney explosion that I did not see coming from the smell. Just a tiny hint of citrus in the back ground. Not much in the way of malt, just a hint of a cracker malt backbone.

M - Really not too pleasant. Excessively bitter and hot. Prickly on the tongue and finishes SUPER dry, it's only saving grace.

O - Pretty let down by this. I didn't get much hop presence other than pine and the mouth was pretty off. Very hot and bitter. I'd like to give this another go when I know it's super fresh but I couldn't see what the bottled on date was.

Photo of SweetChicken
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a tulip. Darker than most DIPA. If it didn't have a 1/4" head on it I'd think it was a nice scotch.

S - nice sweet and boozy. Burnt caramel, apple cider, hint of bubblegum. I couldn't wait to taste

T - big bucket of yum. Great balance of pine and grapefruit. I thought the bitter, the booziness, sweetness would linger but it doesn't. Gives enough greatness to quench that palate and just mellows into your chest. Then begs for a refill

M - dig it. Nice and smooth. Nuff said

O - I tried this beer years ago before I really started exploring stronger beers, different styles etc. This was a great homecoming. I love this beer. It smacks the mouth with booze and tartness but mellows almost as soon as it appears. It may be a beer that's been around for a while but it's greatness hasn't faded.

Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip. fairly dark, orange red. this beer does have some amazing flavors to it. but whats really amazing about it is the silkiness of the mouthfeel. it really does go a long way because I cant say I enjoy this more than dirt wolf or stone enjoy by IPA, when it comes to flavor (just 2 other DIPAS ive had recently)

Photo of lochef81
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This ale pours a deep copper color with a substantial white head and alot of lacing. The nose is very balanced with substantial hop and malt notes. There is also alot of booze on the nose (no surprise given the abv). The mouth is medium and coating and very pleasant. The flavor is balanced but shockingly boozy on the finish. I like a beer with alot of alcohol flavor but for those that don't like the burn, this is not for you.

Photo of BingCrosby7
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a A deep orange, almost encroaching on copper/amber/red territory, with a little white bubbly head. Pretty decent looking beer
s Nice hoppy nose with a little bit of citrus and sugary malt--not very boozy on the nose.
t A little piney and floral on the front end, but there is a definite undercurrent of citrus that washes in after the initial fast has subsided; this is a pretty well balanced beer, and, considering there is so much alcohol, this is a feat. I appreciate this beer--it is about the ingredients and their expression, rather than the booze or hop smacking. Good stuff.
m Pretty standard in this department
o I respect this beer--I like it when brewers worry more about the fullest expression of their ingredients. And though I respect it more than I enjoy it, I thought this was a fine beer.

Photo of BB1313
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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 BurgeoningBrewhead
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 14024B1 (Jan 24 2014) poured into fluted snifter; deep ruby-amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates after a bit leaving rings of delicate lacing and a chunky ring of foam around the edge.
Smells of pine resin, tropical fruit, boozy malty sweetness, spicy.
Taste is very big; sweet caramel malt backbone stands up to a huge wave of hops. Pine and tropical fruit swim borne on puffs of booze heat. Very hoppy, but well-balanced by the malt.
Mouthfeel is thick and slick, full of booze and hop resins. Awesome.
Overall this is a great DIPA, glad I found it. I'd love to have it on tap somewhere super-fresh.

Photo of JWU
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Hunger-n-Thirst, Lancaster, PA

Served in a small snifter

A- clear gold/orange, with a lovely white head on top, some decent lacing for the ABV

S- A sweet mix of hops, orange, grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, some slight hempy/mint notes, and a pine sap.

T- Follows the nose, malt is there, but feint and crackery. A bit hot on the finish from the alcohol, finish is fairly bitter, and it hangs on for awhile.

M- Medium body, slightly syrupy. Dries nicely on the finish.

O- reminds me of a bigger version of Ruination, with slightly more orange/tropical notes. Very good.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maharaja fills a Dogfish Head snifter with a hazy, blood orange that glows. The one-half inch, frothy white foam drops to a ring within a few minutes, leaving rings of lace with each sip.

Pine sap and caramelized sugar are strong and up front, while mint and toasted malt fill out the middle. Alcohol fumes begin to dominate with warmth.

Dramatic bitterness envelopes the tongue, then occupies the entire palate, leaving little room for citrus flavors. Similar to an American Barley Wine, raisins and caramel show up with warmth.

Alcohol is very high, almost hot, while the astringency of hops wreaks havoc on the palate. A medium body with prickly carbonation and woolly texture.

Maharaja is not for the faint of heart, but fans of bitterness will find it to be in their wheelhouse. This one caters to the extremes, leaving no room for fine nuances to be discerned while sipping. One short pour at a time, it is enjoyable and can improve a meal of cheese and sausage.

Photo of cjgiant
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a sweet, malt forward IPA that I apparently enjoy quite a bit. I enjoy a hop-bomb at times, but my palate is changing (for good or bad) away from wanting to be destroyed against taste for a short period towards enjoying balance in a beer. That said, I am not arguing there is great balance in this beer.

If you look at my tops beers (as of this rating), they are towards the sweeter end of IPAs. This follows suit, as stated; the bitterness cuts the sweetness quickly, but never grabs hold of the taste itself.

Amber-orange and fairly clear (nice lacing), the smell is orange, pine, maybe a little lemon; the sweetness is foreshadowed, but I can't explain how.

The taste hits the orange more than the pine (lemon?), but are recognizable from the nose. If I were forced, I'd say light brown sugar sweetness, but it actually still eludes me. The bitterness cuts the front taste, as mentioned, so that the taste comes to a neutral end point.

If I were to rate this higher, the bitterness would take over and produce something to react to.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,087 ratings.