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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,785 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,785
Hads: 5,190
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 332
Gots: 622 | 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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Reviews: 1,785 | Hads: 5,190
Photo of beermeplz
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad I finally got to try this. Overall very solid. Sweet and fruity aroma - mostly grapefruit and pineapple. Pleasant bitterness and a bit of a boozy bite on the backend but nothing off-putting. (195 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch 21, Jan 2015. Amber in color, slight off white foam head that lasted the whole time. Nothing much in the way of lacing though. Aroma was of hops, grass, and lots of pine. Taste is very heavy on the malts, pine, and quite big of hops. Pretty full bodied in nature with some bitterness bite on the finish. Really great, malt forward, semi-sweet DIPA that did not disappoint! (384 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I pick up mango, and a slight grapefruit taste. There is a fruit, and a sweetness that I can't figure out, and it helped the feel and taste. I liked the unknown character that I couldn't pin point. This was a bit malty for me, but it didn't take over this beer completely. (272 characters)

Photo of aporia
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first review on BeerAdvocate. This bottle of Maharaja was batch No. 20, bottled in December 2014. 22oz Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Deep orange, almost crimson color. Thin head that seems to last a while.

Smell: Tons of amazing hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, mango, some pine, malt, and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Lots of grapefruit and mango with a very nice malty finish. The perfect trade-off of sweetness and bitterness. Avery has done a great job at hiding the alcohol in this beer, but there still is a small hint of it in the back. However, the beer is very well balanced.

Feel: Relatively medium-bodied beer. Obviously, slightly thicker than most IPAs but definitely suitable for a DIPA.

Overall: A very tasty hoppy beer. Avery has done a great job with this beer and I would recommend picking this one up the next time you are looking for a great DIPA.

4.25/5 (928 characters)

Photo of InkedinRi
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a good double ipa. But not as good as the scores it gets. Glad I was able to try it. Pretty balanced beer. I grabbed some off Flavors on it. Like olive on the nose? (169 characters)

Photo of ericandanna2005
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good color and head. Smell and taste are quite boozy, but overall pretty good. I'd put it below Shipyard XXXX and 90 min but above Green Flash/Ballast point varieties. (167 characters)

Photo of 44Stone
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In the big world of DIPAs, The Maharaja reigns supreme. One of the first IPAs I fell in love with, and it still holds up as the best after having tried Pliny, Heady Topper, Hopslam and all the big dogs.

From its near Crimson hue to a perfect mouthfeel and hop/malt balance, it is as well-crafted a beer for the style on Planet Earth. Yes, I like it, especially as ridiculously fresh as it is right now. Thank you Avery. (423 characters)

Photo of Jwburns75
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a HF snifter/wine glass. Pours a dark, rusty auburn color with about a one finger head. Laces well, and there is an abundance of sediment floating around in there. The bottle has been sitting in my fridge for about 3-4 weeks. Medicinal smell, some alcohol in the nose. Taste is sweet, caramel like. This is a malty imperial IPA, alcohol is present in the taste but not overwhelming. This one is a sipper. (435 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass (labelled "RELEASE No. 21 JAN 2015"). Slightly hazy, orange amber; good frothy head of off white foam and nice lacing. Full nose and flavor; plenty of malt body, grains and caramel without being too sweet; layers of hops - grapefruit rind, herbs, resin, tobacco, earth and slight sweeter fruit. A bit more than medium body with moderate carbonation. Balanced, full and all round enjoyable. (433 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into shaker pint and shared with Tim K. Orange and clear body with an off-white head that sticks and leaves lace patches. Aroma is citrus (mostly grapefruit), tobacco, honey, and caramel malt. Taste is moderately bitter with a touch of malty sweetness, centered around grapefruit peel, pine, hop resin, and caramel. Medium body, slightly creamy texture, average carbonation, bitter finish with a hint of alcohol. (426 characters)

Photo of jooler
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Little to no head. Dark unfiltered look. Smell really malty, sort of like hopageddon. This initial taste is very crisp with a subtle bite to the cheeks. Afterwards, very malty with some hop taste. Also, they did a great job in hiding the 10% (241 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.5 - Pours a deep caramel orange color. Massive head potential for the ABV being so high. Formed a three finger head of slightly off-white, dense head. Really awesome head retention and lacing.
S - 4.5 - Pineapple, oranges, caramel, grapefruit, hops and a light touch of malt.
T - 4.75 - Upfront there is a really unique taste that sets this one apart as a unique DIPA for me. Similar to the candy, there is a sweet-tart type tartness upfront, which fades into a light maltiness and ends on a hoppy bitter tone. Perfectly executed flavor development. The tartness upfront is very tasty, the maltiness softens the blow so to speak into the bitter, hoppy ending. Very well balanced, especially for it being an imperial.
F - 4.75 - Oily and creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied.
O - 4.5 - This is a really great imperial IPA and the tartness of the taste is something unique and will drink a little off the beaten path and be something different for the seasoned IPA drinker. Well worth trying for fans of the style and you cant beat 7 bucks for a bomber! (1,091 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a clear amber color, nice two finger fluffy white head, great retention and lacing.
Smell: Great tropical and citrus aromas, lots of pineapple, mango and grapefruit with some light sweet malt aromas.
Taste: Some very nice mango and grapefruit flavors, with a very nice sweet malt backbone, very tasty!
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied, nice creamy finish.
Overall: Such a tasty beer, fantastic when it's fresh. Ranks right up there with some of the best DIPAs. (480 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange color with a one finger foamy head. It has a deep, earthy flavor to the hops, almost like a British ipa. There is also a good amount of pineapple and mango. Green apple and a sweet, bready malt. The flavor is intensely malty, but it has enough bitterness to support it. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Overall, this is a top notch ipa, however, i would enjoy a little more intensity in the hop department. (427 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange colour and clear with a one finger frothy khaki head.
Aromas of fresh baked bread, citrus, and pine.
Beautiful complexed, grapefruit finish with a pine finish. Lots of citrus!
Thick aftertaste with bitter mouth feel.
Very good IPA. (254 characters)

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

Growler purchased from local Heinen's grocery store for $15.99/64oz.

Orange-ruby elixir into DFH chalice. One finger, slight off-white head, dissipates to rim. Thick lacing from top to bottom.

Nice aroma of tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, gf) plus some nice pine from the simcoe. There is a bit of malt biscuit which leaks through.

Smooth hop bitterness, tropical fruits, a bit more pine than the nose. The malt sweetness really comes through and knocks back the hops.

Medium to heavy body, a bit of an alcohol feel mid swallow.

Overall an above average DIPA, but no where near the big boys. Too much malt which is what Avery is shooting for, a "balanced" DIPA. (675 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slick, almost oil mouth feel, the hops flavor is not as heavy as I anticipated for a dipa,very mellowed out by a wave of malty bread flavor on the back end. Nice mix of flavors, great balance. (193 characters)

Photo of GregJ
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow amber with white head. Smells of grapefruit, barley, piney. Tastes of sweet malts, citrus, pine, gassy. Full bodied and medium carbonation. Leaves a piney sweet aftertaste with pine resin on the lips. (216 characters)

Photo of asmangat
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Darker copper than I expected with a plenty of head and great lacing.

S: The nose is surprisingly full of sweet citrus, almost burnt, along with a nice refreshing hop character.

T: The taste is way sweeter than expected in a good way. I got a ton of green apple and almost like grilled pineapple. Hops are definitely there and do linger for a bit, but perfectly complement the sweetness.

M: The body is medium to full (for an IPA) with a decent carbonation.

O: I really liked this beer. Couldn't find it anywhere when I went to Denver, so I was surprised when BevMo in SoCal had a few. This is really a great DIPA IMHO and may be one of the easiest to drink I've ever had. I could see how some hop lovers may be left looking for more, but it was almost perfect for my palate. (825 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from 22oz bottle into 16oz tulip
Release No. 22
April 2015

Two lines printed on the bottle read — "15112F5 / 1356263" so this means bottled on April 22, 2015 from brew tank F5. Reviewed fully on June 27, 2015. I've had this for about a month now and didn't realize how fresh it was. A couple months in the bottle should do this beer no injustice.

A — Poured carefully out of the bottle, as there was a bit of sediment visible near the bottom of the bottle when held up to the light. This pours a reddish, coppery amber hue in the glass. There is an initially tall, off-white colored head that settles and fades into a thin layer atop the body of the beer. Lacing left behind is supremely consistent and heavy/sticky.

S — Smells of dank, piney, resinous, hoppy fucking goodness. Very hoppy and bitter, lots of juicy Simcoe hop character, as well as a bit of Centennial spiciness and Columbus sweetness.

T — A true hop bomb, tons of bitter, piney, dank, herbaceous, resinous, peppery, earthy, herbal, slightly sweet notes. Extremely hop forward and bitter, while still having enough of a malt foundation to keep this from being excruciatingly bitter, lots of nice sweet malt characteristics, caramel specifically. Very nice balance of bitter and sweet.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation, seriously cannot believe that this beer is 10%+ ABV, supremely smooth and no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

O — Fantastic overall, have had this many times before on-tap, but needed to add a full review, this is a fantastic beer, perhaps a "sleeper pick" in some regards, very nice. (1,595 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%

A sticky sweet, aggressively hopped masterpiece. Strong citrus notes with bitterness that is present but not overwhelming, nice heat, sweat caramel malt body. (159 characters)

Photo of riTLce
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

A: Bright amber-orange pour, bubbles suspended throughout, one finger of off-white foam that lingers.

S: Grapefruit citrus, bright and tropical. Pineapple, lemon, mango.

T: Bright sweet citrus flavors, fruity tropical that fades into a citrus bite and crisp finish. Citrus bite lingers for a bit after.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body and clean finish.

O: Excellent IPA, the tropical citrus flavors are refreshing and delicious. This is a revisit for sure. (465 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, murky amber-orange with a thick light brown head, with decent retention and good lacing. One sexy looking beer. Smell is citrus heavy, with lots of grapefruit mixed in with a bit of caramel malt. Some pine as well. Taste leads with malts and a good deal of bitterness. Wonderfully sweet caramel malt lingers on the tongue after the first sip. The citrus comes booming through in the aftertaste-- a great sequence of flavor. A tiny bit of alcohol bite. Pine comes through more as it warms. Bitterness really sticks on the tongue. A little bit of breadiness comes through at the end. Despite the bitterness it is quite easy to drink. Not a lot of carbonation. A bit resinous. Overall, this stuff is like candy. It won't knock you on butt like the most powerful DIPAs, but it still balances strong taste with balance, and is very easy to drink. (855 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 6/18/14

Amber body with a small white tan head. Smell is mild hoppy earthy dank. Taste is malty with lots of hops. Very well balanced beer. (154 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy golden orange with a sandstone colored finger width head. Fair retention leads to a thin layer of surface suds and a fair ring around the edges. Lacing is small and spotty with good stick.

Smell - Lots of honey on the nose. Orange and grapefruit citrus. Light caramel and toasted bread notes.

Taste - Right there with the aroma. Well balanced flavors that hit on sweet honey with plenty of citrus, mostly orange with lesser notes of grapefruit pith. Caramel deep in there somewhere. Fair mint leaf and dank herbal qualities. Finish is a fair citrus bitterness, along with that honey sweetness, met by hint of astringency.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with moderate carbonation. Chewy and sticky texture. Finish is a touch dry.

Overall - It's good, but not overly impressive. Maybe too much herbal dank flavor for my liking. Glad I was able to try it, but probably wouldn't buy it again, what with all the amazing DIPAs out there. (964 characters)

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,785 ratings.