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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,805 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,805
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 273
Gots: 424 | FT: 7
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 dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours crystal clear amber with some light visible carbonation and a two finger tall light beige head. There beer exhibits great head retention (barely diminished over the course of the beer) and lots of lacing.

S: Aromas are more of tropical fruits than citrus but still including citrus - I get a pineapple/mango predominant smell. Also, the finish of the aroma has just the slightest hint of pine.

T: Upfront, tropical fruits - pineapple/mango - followed by a sticky pine and a nice an bitter finish. Slight hints of alcohol can be detected.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly sticky.

O: Very good and very enjoyable - a little too intense to be considered sessionable or even a very regular beer in the rotation. I enjoy the tropical hoppy nature of the beer but feel like I need to pair it with some intense flavored food (spicy or aromatic).

dbrauneis, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Baby oh baby --- a new Avery brew on tap at the Blind Tiger, life is good! a double IPA , even better, this poured a brilliant shade of amber, clear and left big time lacing. White head, hoppy/grapefuit nose. Crunching blast of citric hops, balanced upon lucious layers of malt. Very enjoyable brew. Royally enjoyable, a fine creation in brewing, seek and enjoy!

Billolick, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from City Beer Store in San Francisco, and lugged back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable and @ToBeerOrNotToBe.

Pours a thick and heavy dark golden colour, with a fine bubbled and frothy head of pale orange foam. Lacing is good, and it forms some very pleasant cascades. Extremely nice overall.

Pleasant sharp hops on the nose, but sweeter than pure aggressive citrus. More candied orange, with subtle pepper spice and a bit of cut grass. Pretty pleasant overall.

Taste is surprisingly smooth and gentle. Pleasant orange and tangerine bite, very clean with a pleasant dry finish. Minimal sweetness except for the esters off the hops, but it leaves it very subtle and very approachable. Mouthfeel is slick, but with lots of tiny fine bubbled carbonation. It's perfect for the style.

This is a really, really good beer. So pleasantly subtle, extremely drinkable, but with such characters and fragrant hoppiness. Lovely drop.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you're looking for an approachable DIPA this is your beer. It won't blast your palate like Ruination, and it's still strong and rich enough to stand up with the best.

The flavor here rolls around the fruity hops spectrum with, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and citrus zest with a little floral perfume and spice around the edges. The malt sweetness, I think, is a tad much - overbalanced sweetness for a double IPA. In a sense, this beer is a bit like a hoppy fruit punch. A must-try DIPA, not like the rest.

tempest, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man oh man- fresh Maharaja on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Gotta love it. Well, I do anyhow. I love this beer, and the fresher the better. This is fresh! Pours a dark orange amber with a very full head that fades to thin cap but leaves lacing that coats the glass. Smells nicely of summit hops, and is hugely herbal. Taste is similar- a citrus and herb explosion with enough sweet malt to balance things. Very smooth in the mouth and juicy. A great experience!

Georgiabeer, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2013 bottling, just released recently. Pours crystal clear orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, pine, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, orange rind, caramel, floral, grass, pine resin, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dank hop notes with moderate malt sweetness; with slight alcohol as it warms. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, tangerine, pine, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, pine resin, and floral earthiness. Nice amount of citrus and pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, pine resin, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus and pine hop flavors; with a near perfect malt balance that does not overwhelm; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a light creamy, slick, and very sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! Great balance and complexity of hop notes with nice malt balance; and dangerously smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

superspak, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation and a small white head.

S: Nose is big hops, grapefruit, caramel, booze, lightly toasted bread.

T: Taste is booze, pineapple, caramel, pine and bready. Pretty chewy for an IIPA. Plenty of hop bitterness from beginning to end. Big malt body, bigger than I expected

M: I thought it was pretty slick, big on body

O: I had a growler of it I was done after half. Just to much of a good thing. Very good in small doses.

barleywinefiend, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

March 2010 bottle. Very fresh.

Poured into bruery snifter.

Pours a finger and a half of creamy off white head. Fades to a decent sized layer and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear golden bronze.

Aroma: Very fresh floral hops. Tons of well blended citrus. Grapefruit, sweet pineapple, and maybe a hint of lime citrus. A hint of caramel malt with a little alcohol, but not bad. Very nice.

Taste: Very big iipa. Tons of floral hops with a hint of pine hops. Huge citrus blend. The grapefruit sticks out, but it is more of a blend here. Bready and caramel malts with some alcohol again.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and warm. Medium to full bodied for the style with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky with some hops and burn.

Overall, a very awesome IIPA. Huge bodied with a massive amount of hops (obviously). Pretty drinkable. I dig it. The aroma is amazing.

mothman, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -29.1%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 4/22/11.

A: The beer is a clear dark orange/amber color with a two finger off-white, foamy head. Slow dissipation with nice lacing down the sides.

S: Very nice aroma, a great combination of pine and citrus. Tons of grapefruit here. There is a some caramel and a little vanilla as well, but the hops dominate here.

T: Lots of pine up front, love how strong it comes through. This gives way to an explosion of tropical fruits - grapefruit, mango, and some papaya. The malt bill does a good job at balancing things out for a DIPA. The hops still dominate, but there a little bit of caramel to offset things.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and very crisp. Has a nice bitter/dry finish. Slight hint of alcohol.

O: A beer I would love to have stocked in the fridge. Have had it now on tap and bottle and it is fantastic. Certainly one of my favorites from Avery thus far.

mdaschaf, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle March 2010. Thank you, Avery Brewing Co. for putting a bottling date on this DIPA.

A: Clear orange with a decent head and some sticky lacing

S: Pleasant grapefruit aroma with beautiful fresh hops, slight alcohol

T: Very tasty. Grapefruit and citrus are huge, with sweet hops sticking to your mouth at every sip. Although the alcohol is hidden very well, it is obvious when drinking this that it is a big beer.

M: Maharaja is a bit syrupy and sticky for my taste. Warming finish with a nice lingering aftertaste.

D: 1/2 bottle was just right.

Huhzubendah, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 1 L swingtop growler filled at Al's of Hampden; the beer is fresh (just a few weeks old).

A: The DIPA is a coppery amber color, bright with an otherworldly glow. A dense, craggy head, white as snow, spilled over the sides of my glass. As that head receded, thick lace was left behind.

S: The DIPA has a

akorsak, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle bought at the Wine Exchange. This is Batch 8, which was bottled in May 2008, and lists 102 IBU's, 1.090 OG, and a heavy 10.21% ABV. This is going to be fun. On to the beer:

Pretty to look at: orange amber color with good clarity and a foam head made up of tiny bubbles. Good retention. The hops are BIG in the aroma with some bready caramel, and sweet & sticky piney fruits. As for the taste, it is quite smooth with a palate numbing kick of alcohol. Herbal and grassy upfront, the hops turn sharp and piney with just a bit of malt and pinneapple to balance. The alcohol adds a peppery and fusel zip to the beer, which lingers long on the palate afterwards.

Shit, am I sweating because of this brew, or is it just hot in here? Mellowing out this brew over time could cool off the heat.

DoubleJ, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of BARFLYB
3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32oz growler from De Cicco's in NY after the captain. In a glass.

A- Deep orange shaded bronze metallic with a gorgeous tanned foam on top with vigor. Notches down the side of the glass, spray paint like.

S- Smells like a nugget nectar with more booze, nugget, simcoe? semi citrusy hoppy with a malt overlay. Sweet boozy, hoppy.

T- A real malty double I. Maha comes off with mild citrus, orange and something else. Malt is up there with sugar and sweet. Some booze, it shows, a small caramel bite, no pine.

M- A sweet rush followed by a muted hopping under the malt and barley. A big medium body that does not shield the booze to much. Carbed up well off the spout.

D- I got through it, not my favorite double, not one i'll seek out again. Too east coast for me, this is nearing Stoudt's DIPA territory for me, not a good look.

BARFLYB, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a pale golden body with a slight brown tint and is very clear showing off a strong carbonation. There is a tiny film of white foam that stays for a good bit.

S- The smell of pineapple weed hops has a slight skunky note (that is a good skunk) with an apricot smell to it. The hops are very fresh and earthy and I can't stop sniffing them.

T- The taste of green pineapple hops with lots of grassy flavors is supported by a slight sweet caramel malt flavor and the finish is a nice bitter hop flavor.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slippery texture with no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer has a good fresh complex hoppy profile with depth and a malt flavor that can stand up to the hops without being too sweet or alcohol tasting.

rhoadsrage, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of 120/190 BIF and lostbearbrew.

As I gaze in to my glass I see an amber colored beer with nearly no head formation that is common with a mega IPA class beer.

Smell is spicy first and foremost. Deeper smelling reveals grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas. Spice is quite strong in this beer, mostly black pepper but cardamom and cumin too.

Taste is mostly melon, peaches and wood in the first sip. Wood, strong tea are all present but this one is quite fruity too. Fruit is mostly papaya and mango here. Not bad at all in flavor. The taste of melons never really goes away.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not at all a bad beer here. Very close to the best in the DIPA class but not quite. Easy to drink and highly recommended.

Zorro, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Grapefruit nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is almost sweet grapefruit, some malts in background, lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. Bottled Jun 2009. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

jdhilt, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

afsdan, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Avery Brewing : Maharaja

Poured into a snifter, a clear copper orange in color with a small soapy head and some lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, some dank, sweetness, alittle citrus. Big time bitterness and leafy hop flavors, also some honey like malt sweetness. Alcohol lofts in as well. Earthy , pine resin hops, sugary malt sweetness and some alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is full bodied, slick and chewey. Overall, a big friggin beer, and a hop beast.

Stinkypuss, May 26, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, cask to tap to bottle. Let's see how this thing holds up.

Well....fudge me! Looks fantastic! Deep gold, clean, bright. The foam is what brings this to a '5'. Off white. Fluffy. Rocky in spots. Clingy. Sticky. Splotchy. Yum

Aroma is nice and full of hops. A bit of booze comes through on it. Light malt undertones.

Flavor hides the abv a bit more. Very light caramel throughout. The hops, of course, lead the charge. Citrus and floral. Fresh cut grass. A pinch of mango (can you pinch a mango?). Some pine comes out on the end and leave a sharp tingle. The feel of this is great. Just sweet enough to not be overly dry. But hoppy enough to pucker ya up.

Darn fine beer, this 'un here

Mebuzzard, May 23, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
2.75/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Didn't seem to care much for this out of the bottle so let's see if on tap makes a difference.

Looks great for starters, a real nice orange bodied slightly cloudy with a creamy off white head and some lacing. Gorgeous body color.

Smell. I am not getting it but a big butter thick sensation... not of diacetyl either. I am looking for hop presenece here and I am not finding it this is really odd, I smell next to nothing everything seems very muted.

Hop ambush on taste with a big grassy chew somewhat but a lingering grain and melted butter slick and thick spiced hop finish. Oily once again as I remember it. Barely a hint of citrus perhaps some orange zest but not able to get passed a lingering just basic bitterness that wont go away. If I want bitter give me some flavor with it for starters.

Overall I find this thick, syrupy and it's even a bit boozy uneccesarily, and I can't get rid of this aftertaste which is just an unpleasant bitterness, and not even a pleasant hop bitter. I feel like I drank a stick of butter also which really isn't fun. Still can't get into this brew and I am never having this again, this isn't for me.

smakawhat, May 27, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

BillRoth, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! This is an awesome DIPA, one of the best I've ever had. Pours a cloudy dark golden color, small head, but some nice lacing/islands thoroughout the drink. Scents of hops aplenty, some citrus, and some slight spices. The taste is very sweet and hoppy, a nice bitter bite finish. Medium body, pretty complex for a DIPA. This DIPA is very drinkable, an awesome brew from Avery, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,805 ratings.