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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,688 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,688
Reviews: 1,739
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 259
Gots: 397 | FT: 6
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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005)
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Photo of willjschmidt
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber (brewed in Feb 2008, batch 7) into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Deep orange color, fantastic lacing.

S: A blast of pungent hops. Tons of citrus: grapefruit, orange and pineapple. A bit of pine at the end as well.

T: A damn fine DIPA. A big blast of citrus which is what I love in a DIPA. Nice malt bill as well. Nice balance on the sweetness as well.

M: Viscous, creamy and just a little on the thick side.

D: A very good DIPA, one of the better ones I've had. The alcohol comes through a bit but it doesn't dominate.

willjschmidt, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of prdstmnky
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour from a 1L growler into a clean pint glass. Nice golden / copper color, 2 fingers of creamy off-white head leaving nice lacing. Wonderful hop aroma, citrus, pine, earthy, some caramel malts as well. Big, bold flavors in this DIPA - the hops are very upfront and in your face (bitter citrus and a piney / resiny bite), but are eventually balanced out by a sweet malt finish. Some nice warmth to this beer, especially as it reaches room temp. Medium bodied and well carbonated. A wonderful all around DIPA - as someone that doesn't like malty examples, this was quite refreshing and something i would buy again when available.

prdstmnky, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of judkinst
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

judkinst, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of jryanj927
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

jryanj927, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev -5.4%

kayrex, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of taigor
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into 8oz glass.

A - Golden, hazy look with big head that dissipates slowly leaving almost no lacing.

S - Citrus and some other fruits, lots of hops and a hint of malt.

T - Sweet which immediately turns into bitterness like eating a grapefruit with hops.

M - Full bodied with a lot of carbonation. Slight bitter aftertaste.

D - Fair and definitely worth exploring more.

taigor, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of n00blar
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

n00blar, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of allstar255
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

allstar255, May 09, 2014
Photo of JamesMN
4/5  rDev -5.4%

JamesMN, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of spicelab
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with massive thanks to mulder1010.

Brilliant clear amber, with a modest relatively dense off-white head. Falls gradually leaving a minor raised ring. Swirling generates decent lace trails.

Massive pine branch and resin underpinned by hefty amounts of savoury malts. Also prominent are mandarin and pineapple, with occasional high candied notes of lemon sherbet, bubble-gum and pineapple lollies. Seems a little too big for its boots courtesy of an overt booze presence.

Something of a pine battering ram. Pine needles, pine branches, pine roots, pine oil. Citrusy and tropical hop character tries to compete, but mostly in vain. Some strong herbs are evident, like bay leaves and sage.

Palpably heavy in the mouth immediately the liquid leaves the glass. In fact I can't think of a beer I've had that feels this heavy - even around 15%. Carbonation is suitably mild at least, and the ABV makes the bitterness quite agreeable.

Perilously close to a booze-bomb. There's no obvious reason why this needs its 10.3%, given the hop profile is not particularly complex or challenging. Would be a very nice beer at 8-9%.

spicelab, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brewery's website give the following information about the 2006 brew:
Hop Variety: Magnum, Crystal, Centennial & Simcoe
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, Caramel 120L, Victory
Original Gravity: 1.080
Alcohol By Volume: 9.9%
IBU's: 102

22 ounce bomber. Poured half into a tulip glass, 'cuz I want those aromas. Hazy amber body under a large, off-white thick meringue-like two finger head. Pretty beer. Looks thick and slurpy.

Smell is pretty intensely walnutty and caramel malty with floral hops note. Mmmmm. Makes my mouth water.

Taste is nutty, peanutty, walnutty. Wow. Intensely nutty and a huge slam of grapefruit hops. This is large. Not as sweet as the aroma would indicate. Long grapefruit-pine-hops bitter finish, and a final fascinating citrus sour-sweetness in the aftertaste. Lots and lots of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than it looks from the head and the lacing, but still nice and slurpy.

Way too drinkable for 9.9%. The alchohol is completely hidden: no burn, no heat, no nothing except a big kick in the backside.

Did I mention this is nutty and grapefruity? It would work for a breakfast drink! G R A P E F R U I T I E S T !

I was surpirsed by how close the bottled version is to the draught version. Really good. Go get some today.

ColoradoBobs, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of mweso2000
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

mweso2000, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of RWNay
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

RWNay, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of kguard
4/5  rDev -5.4%

kguard, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Citadel82
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! This brew is inspirational and awesome, balanced and tasty. The fact that it has such a high ABV is almost disappointing. To badly misquote Robert E. Lee "it is well that this beer is so terribly strong otherwise we should grow to love it too well..."

Pours a rich copper color with a rocky and clingy white head that retreats with the same tenacity as George Thomas "The Rock of Chickamauggua".
The aroma of this heady brew is sweet malt peppery and spicy hops with healthy dose of bread and not the least bit of shoddy... and somewhere in ther I foud sweet cantaloupe...

The taste is sublime and balanced between sweet malt and tangt pine and citrus hops. Notes of melon and a nasal burn of drying alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation and slick smooth malt. Neither excessively thick nor watery with average carbonation.

Overall, this one of the best beers I have tasted. Tomorrow I will walk down to Whole Foods and grab a few bombers to check for my flight home. I normally carry on but this is well worth the otherwise inconvenient checiking of a bag and picking up at the far end.

Sad, but true...

Citadel82, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of jackorain
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy copper with a thick off-white head that falls every-so-slowly leaving sticky web-like lace with large globs of head down the glass.

S-Big grapefruit and pine hops immediately greet the olfacotrry senses. In fact these were filling my nose as I poured. This is followed up by caramel amlts, toffee and a touch biscuity aromas.

T-Big piney hops hit right upfront. The grapefruit then takes over with huge juicy red ripe grapfruit pulp and zest. Some caramel malt and the aforementioned toffee poke through in the middle only to be smacked waway by the 2nd onslought of grapefruit goodness. The bitterness is significant and can be likened to chewing on large hunks grapefruit zest with a little pith left on for good measure. Just when you thought the relentless barage of grapefruit was over, the long piney bitter finish comes in. What a fine offering.

M-The entire mouth tingles with hops, the carbonation is lively but not overpowering in any way. The body is medium to full and is quite chewy. After the swallow there is a bit of an oily feeling elft behind.

D-For a big one this is quite drinkable. It is certainly a pallete killer though, so another is in order after the 1st because everything else will be off after this.

jackorain, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Anthony1
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head lasts, and laces delicately yet plentifully. Aroma is juicy fruit hops. Taste starts with a light malt sweetness, and quickly morphs into fruity hops which tantalize, yet do not overpower. We're talking hops flavor here, not just the bitter hammer over the taste buds. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great for the style, which can sometimes be daunting. An almost subtle yet effective brew, surprised by this one

Anthony1, Aug 09, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

jewellrunner, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

kybeerdrinker, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of CDCNAM
4/5  rDev -5.4%

CDCNAM, Jul 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

alexsergio, Jun 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Hoppy_McMalt, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of mythaeus
4/5  rDev -5.4%

mythaeus, Jul 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

lpayette, May 25, 2013
Photo of Chaz
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BANG! Nose of medicinal hops. Dole pineapple juice christmastreeoverload . . . wow! Pours copper-gold with an off-white head of moderate duration and notable lacing. JUICEY hops, creamy texture and lively on the palate. Medium bodied, oily-resiny texture, dry and astringent. Berry notes in its aromatics, reminds me of (gulp) the white/pineapple-flavored jelly beans at Eastertime (in a good way of course.) Mostly dry, but semi-sweet, with bitterness running the full length of the spectrum (beginning, middle, and end-of-palate.) The big alcohol is extremely well-hidden, with a hop profile that is on-par with Avery's other alpha-rich brews, and that's exactly what I'd expect of a double IPA from Avery. Herbal, vegetal hops . . . it's like walking into a greenhouse at the end of winter! This is an easy step-up from their very-palatable year-round I.P.A., and poured next to Hog Heaven (for comparison's sake), Maharaja's intense hop profile is pervasive, intruding on the (by comparison) delicate profile of Hog Heaven (and btw, Maha followed by H.H. is a deadly 1-2 punch!) Maharaja is everything I'd expect of the style from a consistent, top-notch brewery like Avery. Batch 3 (2/06 bottling 3/27 decanting.)

Chaz, Mar 28, 2006
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,688 ratings.