Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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1,779 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,779
Hads: 5,137
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 331
Gots: 588 | 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 SweetChicken
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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) (326 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of BingCrosby7
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,019 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: 3/13/14
Location: Half Time Poughkeepsie
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Delirium Tremens Tulip
Appearance: Copper to Brown in color with a moderate head on an aggressive pour. The head is lightly browned as well.
Aromatics: The hops hit me as soon as the cap was removed from the bottle. There is a strong pineapple tropical fruit flavor so sweet that it almost smells honeyed. Some malt in the background.
Flavor: That bitterness keeps hitting. Along with a buttery fruit flavor. Some bready malts. I'm getting a lot of flavors from this beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth until the finish.
Finish: The finish keeps a lot of the hop residue along with a boat load of carbonation lingering.
Notes: Sealed in tin foil. Release number 18 2014 (753 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a tulip
A: Hazy light brown, one-finger head
S: Lots of malt, caramel, toffee followed by grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit underneath. Complex and very pleasant to smell
T: Matches the nose but the hops are more prevalent
M: Full bodied; malty, hoppy, not hot but I can tell the EtOH is there
O: Not the best DIPA I've had but quite tasty and a classic example of the style. I've had this both bottled and on tap and it's far better on tap (469 characters)

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

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Off white head, dissipated quickly, nice lacing throughout review. Orange, red, deep amber...not cloudy but "thick".

Hops and sweet caramel on the nose. Molasses, malty...a pleasant mix of all.

First sip...sweet creamy molasses...almost syrupy...light carbonation and a nice full mouth feel...followed by coriander, lemon, and caramel. Fresh green grass, herbal raw turnip...dry, peppery, somewhat earthy dirt on the finish. It becomes quite pungent on the tongue. It's a bitter finish that lingers, the alcohol comes out in the end, warm and biting...the sweetness takes a back seat to the bitter finish but hangs just enough to remember the great beginning.

This is a very good Imperial IPA...I love the beginning of it...sweet and chewy, caramel and molasses, coriander and lemon...however the finish is a bit dry and bitter for my liking?

I think if I was going to buy an Imperial I'd stick with Deschutes Hop Henge (a personal favorite)..or to keep it inexpensive and have a bottle or two a night I'd just stick with SN Torpedo...a little less alcohol and much more smooth and balanced for my taste. I would not pass up if offered but probably wont buy again for some time.

Update - After letting the Ale warm some I've noticed the bitterness has either mild some or I have grown use to it...the finish is much sweeter now...a hour into my first glass and I'm almost finished. I'd say let this puppy warm a little and you're going to have a much more enjoyable experience...cheers! (1,528 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark ruby red amber color.

The aroma hits big green pine, then of sweet caramel, pineapple, mangoes, orange and grapefruit. Tons of dankness and cat pee. A good amount of sweetness.

The flavor attacks of hop juice on all fronts. It’s extremely aggressive, though not abrasively bitter. In the front, bright green pine and tea like herbal hops. Then onto a spike of alcohol, a huge caramel sweetness, which plays really wonderfully with tropical hops and sweet orange and grapefruit. The finish lingers on of spicy hops and pepper.

The beer does a great job at the double digit ABV double/triple IPA. Towards Green Bullet, Devil Dancer, Hi-Res, and Hopslam, this beer is quite fantastic.

(Be sure to get this beer fresh. It has a year on it, but not the date. It is brewed in January, so get it fresh or ignore it on the shelf.) (856 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 18. Pours a clear amber with a large long-lasting head. Great lacing. Lots of pineapple and peach on the nose with hints of caramel and biscuit which become more prominent as it warms. Lots of fruit on the front of the tongue, mostly grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Pine comes mid-palate followed by sweet malt. Finishes sweet with a hint of earthiness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall a well crafted DIPA that's just a bit too sweet on the finish for me. (479 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: burnt orange. nice head, about a quarter to a half inch. good retention, nice lacing.

S: lots of tropical fruit. some citrus and pine. but the tropical fruits dominate.

T: resinous pine. I get orange, peach. some mango on the finish. A nice crisp bitter finish too. AT 10.2 % abv, this is a bit dangerous. Very well hidden. Easy to drink.

M: thick resinous mouthfeel.

O: a good beer. I'd drink it again. I don't know that I'd buy it again. I prefer Double Jack....but not much else holds a candle to Double Jack.

good beer. (569 characters)

Photo of lanciloti
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a snifter glass. (release #18 2014)

Appearance: A dark amber color, not like most. Nice fluffy head just a little off white.

Smell: Awesome hop aroma. Get a lot of caramel smell as well.

Taste: Very nice, has great amount of malty sweetness that has a caramel taste. You also get all the hops and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Amazing mouthfeel, probably because of the malt. Very full bodied and creamy. Goes down great.

Overall: One of my favorite brews. Must try, Avery did a great job on this one. Got this as an extra in a Pliny trade and I think I may like it a bit more (although they re very different) Cheers! (641 characters)

Photo of BradC
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the label...Release #18 2014

Poured cloudy orange color with at least a finger of head and thick sticky lacing into an IPA glass

Smells dank and hoppy with smells of tropical fruits, grapefruit and an underlying sweet aroma.

Lots of hops flavor against a sweet malt backbone, with a good alcohol kick. Hop Flavors of grapefruit, mango with a bitter finish.

Pretty heavy thick mouthfeel, moderately carbonated.

Overall, great DIPA , real hop forward but with enough malt to balance it out. Not overly sweet, maybe a little too bitter in the finish for my tastes. Would definitely try again. (599 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014: This year there is an added sweetness and pronounced tropical fruit.
The aroma is strong tropical fruit, sweet, grape, and apple.
The mouthfeel is very carbonated.
The taste is one of the best in all the DIPAs I have tasted: tropical fruit, grapefruit, apple, sweet, grape finished with a hoppy, refreshing bitterness.

One of my two favorite DIPAs- the other is Heady.

2012

Wow! I had this DIPA on tap, and it was great. It was served in a tulip and poured a beautiful tea color, with little head. The aroma was strong grapefruit.

The mouthfeel was very smooth for an IPA. No bitterness to speak of. The taste was excellent-fruity-especially strong grapefruit. A winner! (680 characters)

Photo of santomark
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, caramel, bronze color. Off white head at 1 finger, disappears fairly quickly.

S - Not very DIPA in smell, to be honest, not very IPA in smell. First hits with big hop presence, followed with a resin of sweetness, like a molasses.

T - Taste, malt... there's no hiding the abv in this. Very little characteristics from the hops, mildly bitter towards the end. A sweetness that is nothing of a hop profile, this tastes like molasses sweetness, something very reminiscent of a darker ale.

M - Oily, thick, yet soft. there's this sticky finish to the beer, very oil yet dry.

O - This is a toss up, there's some really great aspects to this beer and some that could have been blended a lot better. The characteristics remind me of an American Strong Ale, very thick, oily, moderate hop profile, molasses at times. As far as an IPA or DIPA goes, this is far from it. Malty at times and could have just been better. Very disappointed with Avery for this Malt Bomb. (979 characters)

Photo of T-34-85
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was really looking forward to trying this beer after reading about it, but was very disappointed in the beer. I was unable to find any dates on the beer, but I drank it within 3 days of purchase from the store.

The beer is very high alcohol, and has significant malt to balance that out, but it does not seem to have worked. The alcohol essence is somewhat overpowering. In addition, there seems to be too much malt sweetness in the beer as well.

The beer has some nice hoppy aromatic notes, with a nice the malt sweetness in the aroma. (538 characters)

Photo of JoshuaMason
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re review. Got a bad bottle a couple days ago.

A: Pours a nice reddish/amber. Finger of tight off white head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is stellar.

S: Lots of malt in this monster. Spicy, caramel, lots of toffee. Hints of tropical fruit come up from the glass. Banana, bubblegum. Some dankness.

T: Immediate malt sweetness, and a lot of it. This is hit by an expertly balanced bitterness from the hops. That's when things get interesting. Hoppiness is heavily tropical in nature, with fruity esters running wild. Mango, pineapple, again with the banana. Some heat fro the alcohol runs to the sinuses. There is a firm bitterness that asserts itself about mid palate. Firm, but not aggressive. The malt eventually takes over. More tropical fruits and the bready, yeasty element rears its head. The flavor takes on a definite spice component, almost akin to that of rumcake or spice cake. Slightest hints of citrus astringency on the finish, but this is almost lost in the re explosion of malt goodness.

M: Glides across the palate. Very smooth. Alcohol presence is noted, but subdued. Not heavy, but ample bodied.

O: I get it now. I seem to forget that not all IPA's are west coast in style. While high in IBU's, the overall bitterness of this beer is actually relatively low. It's fruity and a touch spicy. It has notes of citrus and evergreen, but they are subdued in the context of this brew. Great stuff, and I'm surprised I hadn't picked it up sooner. (1,468 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dark peach color, little head. bitter hop aromas and tropical fruit, indiscernible which ones; and a cat urine taste (not in a bad way, I think). a little bitter, old hop generations, but a definitive standby. very decent. very consistent. I didn't know this was a seasonal, but glad I got an opportunity to try it this season.... (330 characters)

Photo of MaillardRx
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really liked this beer. Bottle poured into a stein.

A: Very pretty copper color with an ivory head. Decent head size and good lace down the glass.

S: Beautiful aromas of hops. And then come the smells of more hops. Repeat.

T: Definitely taste the hops. Lots of pine and citrus

M: Not overly carbonated, but a good enough mouthfeel

O: Liked this beer. Lives up to the bill and fits the DIPA profile well. (419 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a light and fiery copper color with a fat creamy head of off white foam. The beer is lightly hazed and has a constant stream of bubbles making their way to the top. Leaves glorious lace, a cap of loose bubbles and a ring. Nose is outstanding. Crisp and tart grapefruit. Fresh leafy mint. Herbal and a sweet little caramel that is gonna surprise you later. There is a pungency to this nose that is like tobacco and really the most authentic tobacco I have seen in a DIPA. As it warms a subtle and tropical sweetness from fruit like guava takes the nose to a new height with a bit of orange as well. There is a hemp seed scent on this that you might recognize as almost nutty but not quite. Never have I seen hemp so authentic before.

Taste is sensational. Strong malt. Like a spike in the glass around which all the flavors will revolve. Caramel and bread. Earthy and pungent with herbs and grapefruit. There is a middle sweetness in this that is tropical like guava but it's so delicate. This beer is big and bold. There is no alcohol on the nose or on the palate, just a tiny bit of warmth. Juicy orange, earthy grapefruit and something leafy like tobacco. Pine. Like you did not expect that there would be no pine? In so many ways this beer is like a conversation with you. This has a bitter that starts at the roof of your mouth and continues to the finish but this beer is mellow with so many flavors and with such a tremendous malt to sweeten it so deeply. Medium mouthfeel and sticky like a baked pastry. Finishes dry and bittersweet.

Hot damn! Get this beer. This beer has a most successful bitter. (1,619 characters)

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,779 ratings.