Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,779
Hads: 5,136
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 Rhettroactive
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap to pint glass at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA on 4/29/11
*From notes

Big up's to Lee for hookin' a brotha up with this one - cheers!

A: Clean and clear sun-tan amber. Great bubbly 1.75 finger head and drool-inducing lacing.

S: Holy shnikes - big league pine and resin, just dripping down the glass like a fresh cut Christmas tree.

T: Boozy tropical fruit that hits like a Mack truck. The finish is bitter, with a rich, robust caramel and buttermilk thing going on. This is a killer DIPA.

M: Smooth and chewy, it suits the beer perfectly.

O: Delicious. This is easily one of the top ten to twenty DIPA's I've consumed. I'm stoked to have had this on tap, and even happier to know I've got a 64oz growler sitting in the fridge. A hearty recommendation from Rhettroactive. (782 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 received as part of the LNBA BIF... big thanks to Redwood21.. I was really hoping somebody would send me one of these... my bottle says 10.21% ABV.

2 finger head lasts forever with big waves of collar and lace with every sip.. brew is amber orange red.

Hops are huge citrus and some pineapple... a little pine with a little bit more than enough maltiness and a little caramel.

Flavor is very much a DIPA with quite a bit of malt pushing the hops.. grapefruit and pine hops with caramel malts... maybe a little sweet ... I like malty DIPA's but this may be a bit much tonight... still badass though. Body is on the thicker side for the style too.. but again.. I like that.. it keeps me from drinking it too fast... smooth ... finish sorta dies of quick especially as it hits room temperature.

Nice Brew.... Great BIF... Fantastic Trader... Redwood21 gets a bunch of props.
4/4/4/4/3.5 (890 characters)

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

22oz bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Silver foiled cap.

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 tantalyze, 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 (still fearing The Beast)... (616 characters)

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

Poured in to a Duvel tulip

A - A hazy orange/yellow colour with some nice thick white head that slowly dissipated.

S - Citrus hops with some floral notes as well. There is a sweet malt nose in the background to balance the nose.

T - The initial taste is bitter hops - grapefruit and orange with some more subdued floral notes.as well. The malt backbone is definitely there as well with a subtle sweetness that balances out the bittness somewhat.

M - Medium body with a nice chew! A good amount of carbonation as well.

D - A solid DIPA. This bomber is going down really easy... (584 characters)

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

Poured from 22 into 10oz glass. Poured a golden amber with a thin cap of head. A little bit of lacing.

A bold hop aroma greets the nose with pine and citrus being prominent. The flavor profile is similar with a solid malt foundation holding up the hops nicely.

Very good body that coats the tongue nicely without being too clingy. Dangerously drinkable, this ImpIPA can be had repeatedly. Worth seeking out. (409 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber. One finger head with lacing, looks nice. Moderate hop aroma with hints of grapefruit and malt. Taste is hop forward at the start and middle, with a nice sweet malt base. Hops are not as aromatic as other top DIPAs, but are pleasant and distinctive. After the hops and malt subside, an odd bitter almost dry-sour finish that detracts a bit from the overall impression. Quite boozy and warming. Medium bodied Except for the slight off-taste on the finish, a very nice DIPA experience. I would certainly buy this again. (608 characters)

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

Hazy orange with a snowy white head, good retention and lace. Highly aromatic, tropical fruit hops and caramel. Tons of citrus, orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Pine and sweet caramel malt. Very well balanced while still packing a formidable hop punch. Full-bodied, with moderate carbonation, sticky and creamy mouthfeel, well hidden alcohol. Bitterness comes out in a big way in the finish. A powerful, top-notch DIPA on the sweeter, maltier side. Definitely not in keeping with the drier west coast examples. (508 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- One inch head on top of a extreeemely cloudy copperish colored beer. Scattered lacing.

S- Floral hops with some caramel malts.

T- DANK. Caramel malts. Hippity hops. Alcohol kick that'll kick your ass.

M- Thick! Nice and creamy...syrupy. Leaves a lingering alcohol taste.

D/O- This DIPA doesn't hide the booze well and that's alright with this guy. The 10.41% keeps it real...don't know what that means...but yeah! Props to Avery. (436 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9.6%.

A: Pours a clear, dark coppery-orange color, with a big rocky off white head that slowly receded leaving a splotchy lacing on the way down.

S: a huge citrusy blast of grapefruit, pine and a dry floral hopping. The nose was big, hoppy, with some sweet malt in the finish.

T: The flavor had an equally huge sweet grapfruit and citrus hopping with some dry pine and floral bitterness with a nice background of malt sweetness to balance things out a bit, but it is the truly pungent hopping that defines this beer. The beer finishes with some grassy notes.

M: sticky caramel and pine hop resin lacing the tongue with a medium body and a nice carbonation presence.

D: A huge showing of hops and malt combine beautifully for a huge citrusy blast that is sure to please. is equally as big alcohol wise and a monster of treat that comes with a high recommend for the serious hophead. (891 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, amber/copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol up front, then hops, sweet malt background, slight pine, and slight citrus. Overall, a great blend, body, and drinkability for such a high abv. (443 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1.085 OG, 9.78% ABV, 2007 vintage, relatively fresh.

A: Amber-orange with a fluffy, off-white head; great retention & lacing.

S: Big hop nose (Grapefruit, pine, grass and apricots), with hints of tropical fruit and a slight sulphery, mineral aroma.

T: Plenty of hop flavour (Pine, grapefruit, apricot & a little grassy spice). At over 100 IBU's, it's not harsh at all (must be the nobel, low cohumulone hops). Slight cotton-candy fruity esters from the yeast, with a little toffee sweetness and biscuity malt in the background. Alcohol is EXTREMELY well-hidden under all of these flavours! I love it. It really works well, but the magnum is a little untraditional for an American DIPA.

M: Full body is smooth and creamy, with a slight acidic finish.

D: Incredible considering its strength!

World class. (821 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, hazy orange hue with two fingers of frothy tan foam sitting atop. Pretty standard, but pretty good looking too.

Smell: nice funky hop flavor with a little bit of spiciness mixed into the works. Malt is slightly sweet and there are also some nice floral notes here.

Taste: big, complex flavor! There's a sweetness to the malt which compounds the fruitiness of the hop characteristics. Floral, citrus and even berries and tree fruit notes come through in this guy -- this is what I like in my imperial IPAs. Dynamic flavor changes throughout, and the bitterness is huge but also quite smooth. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel: medium-big body with a decent carbonation. Not creamy, really, but pretty smooth and complementary to the style.

Overall: this is a damn tasty beer. Why did I wait so long before trying it? (869 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pour is deep orange/copper with a rather small off-white head that leaves pretty nice lacings.

S: Loads of American hops - pine, pineapple and citric notes. Sweetness from caramell malt.

T: Not as great as the taste, at first nice floral hops - American style, but then the taste gets a bit weaker to be really bitter in the end. My guess is that the malt isn't full enough to balance the greatness from the hops.

M: Body is medium to full and carbonation is mild. Aftertaste lasts a long time with a very nice bitter bite to it.

D: A nice DIPA, but I would have liked a stronger maltyness to balance the great hops. (623 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a tangerine orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left some good sticky lacing.

S: very nice fruit forward DIPA which consisted of mango, tangerines, and citrus grapefruit. There is a very nice floral piney hop aroma that had good malt presence.

T: very nice oily fresh piney hop punch upfront with mango, tangerine, and citrus grapefruit accents that also had a pretty good malt backbone.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a fruity, sweet, oily, and hop bitter punch crisp finish. (545 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light haze, medium amber with an orange hue. Dense, creamy, eggshell cap, tons of lacing, decent head retention. Aromas of caramel and hops, biscuity malts, tropical fruit, citrus and pine, slightly grassy, hint of alcohol. Nice balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness -- both are impressive in weight, so getting the tension between these two qualities is well-done. Tropical fruit and alcohol, less citrus and pine than in the aroma, caramel and biscuity malt. Slight spicy, peppery quality towards the end. Lingering bitterness tempered by grainy, husky malt. Full bodied with a slight syrupy character, creamy carbonation, considerable alcohol warmth. I can't believe I've waited this long to try the Maharaja, but some of Avery's other beers were less than awe-inspiring. A solid (and potent) entry in this class and pretty tasty, though fairly malt-forward. (873 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Tall, micro-pearl head, cream colored body like amber cream soda. Sparse rising strands of carbonation.

S - Lots of fresh piney notes like tree sap. Deep citrus, with some sweet and bitter citrus peels. A earthy side with mild cheese nuances.

T - Rich warm hops, fresh, floral, spicy, dry. A big spruce/citrus combination with an lasting vegetal taste. This IIPA has a malty sweetness about it. A sweet candied citrus rind note followed by a warming, crisp alcohol in the backend. Bitter, sweet, earthy.

M - Medium bodied, semi viscous with a warming abv and tingly carbonation.

O - A fairly deep and complex double IPA with a sturdy body and a sweet malt side. (669 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper, small off white head forms, head goes fast but leaves a circle around the glass, lots of lace and decent retention. Smell is very grapefruity, some pine, caramel, more grapefruit, quite nice. Taste is malty up front, caramel, grapefruit and a little pine in the finish, clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, quite smooth, lots of grapefruity goodness. My favourite Avery brew. (427 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

AP: Clear coper. Yellow tinted tan head. Full coat of lace is left behind.

AR: Huge pink grapefruit pulp tones. Huge fresh hop aroma. Huge resiny, canabis tones. Huge pungency. One of the best smelling DIPAs I've come across.

TST: This DIPA is more about Hop Flavor than actual hop bitterness. Juicy, grapefruit driven hop flavors are Huge. Bitterness is quite clean and long lasting, but not OverTheTop. Also pungent, rind-like qualities. Rich caramel malts lay down the foundation and don't get in the way.

MF: Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Alcohol is barely detectable. It blends in nicely with the spiciness of the hops.

DK: One of my favorite DIPAs. Extremely rich, yet quite drinkable as well. This one could be dangerous. (751 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle(room temp) a deep gold with a medium sized head of foam that dissipates quickly into a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is lemon and grapefruit hoppiness...lots of it.

The taste reflects the smell to the letter. Lots of bitter lemon and grapefruit with just the barest of malt presence *near* the finish and even that is overwhelmed again with a bitter finish. And then, the warming from the alcohol moves in..hmmm....this one is not for the weak at heart.

Bottom line: This is a hop *monster*...look yee not for any malt balance because it just isn't there. I recommend it for occasional useage. (635 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If that ain't the most impressive bright orange looking beer I've ever seen. Had this on tap at Hollingshead. Great aroma, so damn hop pungent. Great citrus, mix of grapefruit and tangerine.

Amazing taste, a little thicker than I would like, but I guess you gotta back the hops up with something. Not syrupy, but not thin by any means. This is a bitter punch in the mouth, with ample dry hopping and a multitude of hop varieties apparently.

Leaves for a chewy mouthfeel downbottle. Big on the bitterness throughout. Alcohol feel is minimal. Great burps. Expensive. . . (571 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2007 (Batch 6)

Pours a dark caramel colored amber with a nice off-white head. The aroma explodes with resiny pine and citrusy hops and malt. The taste starts out pretty subtle with some malt but before long the hops explode in your mouth for a long bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice IPA that delivers enough hops to satisfy any craving. (361 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taken from notes on 4.4.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, medium orange with a one finger tan head, that settles clear and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Mild citrus.

T - bitter pine, some tart strawberry finish.

D - A bit sweet, but no bitterness.

O - Unique, but enjoyable. (305 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Provided to me during a family function on April 4, 2009.

A -An attractive looking copper tone with a limited amount of head but good lacing.
S - Defintely the hops are the lead aroma on this. That came on strong.
M/T - The mouthfeel is bold. It starts out quickly like a stong ale but the hops come on very strong after the first sip. There is no aftertaste.

This ia a powerful IPA and really hopped up to the point of extreme. But it has a good handle on the style. (471 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful copper-amber color with a two-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of floral hops with grapefruit in the nose. Definitely a hell of an aroma.

Taste is full of floral hops with grapefruit being a dominant feature of the hop bite. There's a decent biscuit malt bite underneath as well. A hint of mint as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral hop bitterness and biscuit malt. A bit of alcohol lingers as well but basically serves to warm up the throat.

A very good example of the style. The hops are spot on and this beer is a hop lover's delight. Easy to drink and worth a try. You must seek this out. (631 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much bubbling in this copper toned brew. Some nice sticky, lace up to thirty minutes after the pour. Slowly recedes to a ring o' foam. Th smell is a blend of bitter orange zest and the aroma you get when you break a danelion stem in half and take a whiff. Very flowery beer with no shortage of toasted biscuit malts in both the aroma and taste. The taste starts with lots of citrus skin. Borderline burnt/toasted white notes begin to mix with a flower field of herbal and flowery hops.Very nice tasting DIPA. Palte is a chewy, resiny, hop bomb. I'mso glad this beer is always available by me. (596 characters)

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