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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,940 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,940
Reviews: 1,769
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 303
Gots: 495 | 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 ant880
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of rand
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to sniffer, 10 oz pour at Urge Gastropub

A: Copper-tan in color, little carbonation or head. Looks dense.

S: Subtle notes of honey-malts and grapefruit float from the glass, but this has perhaps the most delicate nose I've come across for this style. It almost smells like the booze and hops are cancelled out by the malt-backbone.

T: The subtlety stops at the nose. Big, biting, pine notes scrape the palate, along with citrus and floral notes. Burning booze mixes with the sweet malts, bordering on something like a beer liqueur. The onslaught of hops dry towards the end, keeping the bitter aspects front and center. Finished resinous and bitter, with a touch of lingering honey sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied, surprisingly light for the style and huge ABV. Could use a bit carbonation.

A big hopbomb, I've had this several times and never taken the time to review. I can't remember a beer that had a bigger disconnect between the nose and the palate. But if you're in the need for a hop-fix, you could do a lot worse.

Photo of Bfarr
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber orange with big off-white head with great retention. Earthy, sweet orange, floral English hops. Resinous complex flavors follow the nose. Great malt backbone with lightly sweet finish and light hop linger. Very silky smooth feel.

Fantastic balanced DIPA. It has a great feel with no alcohol burn and only slight warming. A wonderful complex flavor though it could use a little more on alpha hops. This is a very easy drinking beer for such a big brew.

Photo of acrawf6
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark rich orangish amber with a dense slightly tan head. Great lacing

Smell. Of course, lots of hops, but i'm surprised to smell a nice maltiness to it. scents of brown sugar and a slight hickory wood aroma.

Taste. Very earthy. Bottle says 112 IBUs, and though it is quite bitter, it's not as bitter as i thought it would be. small smokiness to the taste too. It has a syrupy dark fruit preservative taste, like dehydrated fruits. aftertaste has a small citrus hoppiness to it.

Mouthfeel. Carbonation is low in this one. Full body and nice balance. But i just wish it had more carbonation, seems flat.

Overall a good double ipa, but not my favorite. A fine beer, but when i'm in the mood for a beer of it's style, i'll be seeking out others.

Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of donniecuffs
3.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. Nice amber/orange hue, with a decent head that seemed to lace well. The smell had subtle hints of pineapple and passion fruit as well as some woodiness, but it was all overpowered by pink grapefruit to the point where if I closed my eyes, I'd have swore that I had my beak in a glass of Tropicana. The flavor was more subtle than the nose in terms of the grapefruit; certainly more balanced, and more evidence of malty/molasses sweetness. However the finish devolves into as sweet, and not-so-subtle alcoholic burn. Admittedly, this is where I differ from most of the other reviews on BA; the bottle I had (maybe a bad batch?) seemed to have too much burn for my taste. I wouldn't use the 10% abv as an excuse, as I have had Dbl IPAs just as strong where the burn is non-existent. The mouthfeel was nicely balanced; a little creamy. The drinkability is slightly above average.

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.21/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife flew this bottle home along with many others. We split it I in my new belgium tulip and she in a pilsner glass.

The beer is golden amber in color with a slightly darker then white head. It hugs the glass and laces all over.

The nose is sweet malty slihght floral citrus and hints of grass but very subdued. The alcohol cuts a lot of the smell. Id expect the temperature to be the problem but i pulled this out of my celler so its around 50 degrees.

The taste matches the aroma in many ways. The taste starts piny with hops, the middle is malty and the fresh malt flavor persist until it is cut by alcohol and hop bitterness.

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

June 2011 Bottle

Appearance: Looks like an imperial to me. Amber with a 1 finger white head and some lacing.

Smell: Strong, sweet, caramel malts upfront as would be expected for an IPA aged this long.

Taste: Malty, malty, malty. I didn't realize this was LAST year's batch until after the fact and oh, boy. I'm sure this tastes totally different/better fresh. It's not awful, but the hop presence is pretty much nihl at this point.

Mouthfeel: Not the most exciting feel but considering this is an old batch I'm not gonna crucify it.

Overall: Have to try a fresh one this summer and re-evaluate. Still not awful by any means, but there are several aged imperials I can think of that I prefer to the taste of this.

Photo of csmalley
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of HumphreyLee
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of JLapadura
4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mverity
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Michaeldmanley
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of atigerlife
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a brownish/orange with a thick, creamy off-white head. Good lacing.

Aroma of hops is dominant. Piney. Light malts and hints of fruit.

Taste is hops throughout. Pine again. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is creamy and cleansing with a dry finish.

Overall, a very impressive brew. Very refreshing. Very well made.

Photo of kkrez
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Maharaja pours a bright copper orange with a thick and sticky head.

As soon as you crack this beer you get engulfed in citrusy, tropical, dank, grassy, hop aromas. Once you pour it you find even more pungent hop aromas oozing out of the glass with a faint caramel malt backbone.

The taste, oh the taste! A barrage of pineapple, mango, pine, citrus, grass, tangerine, orange, floral, then cut slightly by a caramel, honey biscuit, and toffee malt backbone accompanied by a warming alcohol flavor and then finishing with a biting bitterness.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick. You can almost feel the astringent hop oil stripping the enamel off your teeth and it tickles your tongue and throat all the way down. This beer should be rated low on the drinkability scale but it is just so amazingly delicious that it always goes down faster than you would hope.

Overall, I love Maha, bow to him.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of NCSUdo
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled May 2007, Batch 6

A: Nice head over a slightly amber/orangish body, good looking bubbles, head retention is good.

S: Big citrusy hop nose, oranges, some grapefruit, a little pine and good sweet malt backbone. Great aroma that does not overpower.

T: Nice sweetness up front, bitterness is perfectly balanced in the finish. Some alcohol but with a nice warmness. Piney hops rather than the citrus in the nose but the bitterness tends to give hints of citrus, slightly dry.

M/D: A little high on carbonation, full bodied, definate sipper but good drinkability.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,940 ratings.