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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,683 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,683
Reviews: 1,738
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 259
Gots: 395 | 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 ajcobb24
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark orange mixed with a light amber color. The beer pours with a little head (about one third of a finger). If you look closely at the top of the beer (in a snifter glass), you can see the volatile chemicals on the top (they will give that rainbow effect in the light like your chemistry projects did sometimes). A lot of lacing on the glass as you swirl the beer around the glass.

Smell - Heavy hops smell mixed with citrus notes. This beer smells very similar to Bell's Hopslam, but also has a slightly bitter smell mixed in that the Hopslam did not have.

Taste - initially you get a pleasant and smooth hoppy taste which then morphs into some heavy citrus notes. Can taste grapefruit and orange. The only downside to the taste is that this beer has a heavy bitter bite at the end. I enjoy a nice strong finish to a beer, but not this strong.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant medium body at the beginning with a moderate amount of carbonation while the beer is in your mouth. The heavy hops that are in this beer really dry your mouth and throat at the end.

Overall - Reminded me quite a bit of Bell's Hopslam, but with an unpleasant bitter taste at the end. Despite that, I was pretty impressed with this beer. I enjoy the fact that they just didn't want to copy the Hopslam taste but try a little bit less hop bitterness at the end.

ajcobb24, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Yagman3000
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a snifter.

Appears a brown with a subtle dark orange. A thin creamy head remains - 1/4 inch.

Smells heavy duty. No real fruits in nose but a noticeable non-citrus heaviness.

Tastes like a heavy wine. More malty than I expected. Want to research what hops are used. There's a bit of muddy overripe fruit in there.

I dont think I'd purchase another one so quickly but I'll gladly split one if you bring it over. :)

Yagman3000, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-deeper amber color with a nicely formed off white head. Little carbonation in the beer. The head turns into a fluffy cloud on the top.

s-beautiful. Smells like a fresh cut ruby red grapefruit, but with much more bitterness from the rind, not a ton of sweet from the pulp. There are malts in here too, they are fairly big for this being a hop forward beer. Smell has some smal hints of the strength of this beer.

t-like it smells, big hops that play nicely with the malts in here. Has a little tang on the back sides of the toung. Some cinnamon, some spice to the taste too. The big hops shine through the entire experience.

m-has some syrup, but it rolls around the toung well. No real burn from this big beer.

o-they did well with this beer again this year. Has a lot going on, and demands to be sipped. Nice layering of the flavors that gives the drinker a lot to think about while enjoying. Glad it's summer again!

, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of BigDRS
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Dublin, OH. Served in a 10 oz glass.

A - Color is a deep tangerine/orange. The bartender poured this to the rim - there's very little head present. Lacing is minimal.

S - Nose is awesome. Really complex. Lots of citrus fruits - I get some pineapple, orange, a bit of lemon.

T - This beer is a hophead's dream. There's all sorts of fruits and lots of citrus hops with a bit of caramel in there too. I get just a slight bit of alcohol warming ... there's no excessive alcohol burn or booziness. I nursed this one quite a bit. The delicious hop bitterness that lingers after each sip plus the complexity of this beer encourages small, calculated sips.

M - Mouthfeel is quite syrupy and on par for the style. Not a ton of carbonation present, but it's overshadowed by the syrupy quality of the beer.

O - This is a great double IPA. I'd like to sample more of this beer (only had 10oz) and/or have it out of a bottle as well before I would rank it in my favorite double IPAs, but I'm quite sure it's going to be high up there on the list.

BigDRS, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very clear. It is a light Mahogany to dark honey color and boasts a frothy cap of off-white foamy head. This beer looks just amazing!

S: I could smell the hops right as I cracked the bottle. It's a hop-forward beer with things like tangerine, lemon, and maybe some clementine. It is so hops-forward that the malt is hard to pick up, though, I can detect a sweetness in the background.

T: The first thing I taste are hops, just like the smell. The second thing I notice is that this beer is quite boozy, but it doesn't have a 'hot' burn. You get all the hops right up front and the maltyness comes in on the finish with the lingering booze 'burn'.

M: Medium-full bodied to full bodied with little carbonation, and quite smooth.

D: Delicious beer, and I'd recommend it to anyone, but due to the boozy feel, It is a sipping beer.

tlazaroff, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of CrookedStill
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and deep copper with a one finger white/slightly off white head that slowly falls.

Wow! Absolutely amazing aroma. Lots of citrus with a bit of pine. Towards the end a caramel sweetness comes through.

Straight away there's a citrus bite, sharp yet not overly so. There's also a good amount of caramel sweetness present but isn't cloying, but is a bit on the sweet side. Well balanced and ends with a bit of alcohol burn but that's to be expected with an ABV of 10.54%.

Skirts the line of almost being syrupy. Low amount of carbonation.

Overall I was fairly impressed with this one. Avery's standard IPA I felt was a bit flat and left much to be desired. Not so here. The aroma alone is reason enough to love this beer. If I'm being honest and had to pick one thing that I didn't like, it would be the nearly syrupy mouthfeel. Other than that I feel Avery really knocked it out with this one.

CrookedStill, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep amber with blood orange tint, small head with poor retention, heavy lacing

S: ripe tropical fruits with an emphasis on mango character, caramel malts hang around inthe background

T: taste starts out with citric hop bitterness, this smooths out to a fruit juice character, malt comes in on the finish which makes for a nice balance

Mf: everything on par for style, medium body, high carbonation

O: awesome dipa, very fresh, this one is up there with hopslam and double trouble

homebrew311, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clean amber color with a finger of white foamy head that retains well and laces alright. The aroma is very strong with cascade and chinook hops... Very piney and citrusy. The tast starts malty sweet with a bit of citrusy hop flavor... Finishes slightly too bitter. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced. Overall a good double IPA.

csiewert, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: deep orange body, finger head, amazing lacing

S: pine, grass, peach/mango aroma

T: mango, firm malt middle, long sticky bitter finish

M: med body, big sticky mouth

O: Delicious, another fine Avery bomber.
Well done. Big sipping hop bomb here
and I will get this beer again for sure.


BeerLover99, May 31, 2011
Photo of scootpolute
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was good, golden orange pouring into the glass. VERY fresh Aroma of hops! A Big Hop-Punch in the Face! At first there’s no doubt hops are present…Oh-Oh!! I’m just about midway and worried (hence, 10.54%!)!! VERY GOOD (4 out of five). But, One is enough!!!

scootpolute, May 30, 2011
Photo of argock
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Orange-amber with short cap of off-white head and nice webs of lace down the glass.

S: Great aromas with tons of pine, citrus, and grassy qualities in that order. Pale maltiness is subdued and does throw in a bit of toast.

T: I am very glad to see more DIPAs coming on-tap in Charlottesville's establishments. THis drank great with bursting pine resin, lemon/grapefruit citrus, and grassy/herbal qualities later in the taste. I had had this about 6 weeks old in the bottle a couple of weeks earlier and found it extremely grassy, so I was glad that those elements were accenting rather than dominating the flavor. The maltiness is solely the canvas for this hopbomb.

M: A little overly slick in the feel with less body than you'd imagine.

O: A great beer on-tap -- make a point to give this a try at its freshest as it is a hop buffet.

argock, May 28, 2011
Photo of n2185
2.7/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, coppery orange with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Some caramel malt at first followed by lots of sweet orange and pineapple aromas. Nice--smells like a tropical citrus blast.

T: Sticky sweet caramel malts at first followed by a strong resiny pine kick with a lot of bitterness. There are some slight grapefruit flavors in there as well. The finish has a strong alcohol burn to accompany the lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit thick and sticky for the style.

O: Unfortunately, the flavors cannot live up to the nice aromas of this beer. The nose promises a tropical citrus fruit blast and the flavor delivers a hot, thick, bitter mess. This beer is ~2 months old at this point, but it just showed up in my area and I'm of the opinion that the best DIPAs are still great even with a few months on them.

n2185, May 28, 2011
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 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 oglmcdgl
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at kite and key poured into a tulip glass.

A- come to me with a good finger of off white head that holds nicely and leaves a touch of lace as it settles. Copper orange in color with some gold highlights.

S- rather sweet upfront with a good bit of pine and some grapefruit ride but to a lesser extent. Malts as said are bigger then some and rather sweet caramel and whole wheat bread.

T- rather on the malty side with a solid hopping. Hops and bitter and pine forward with some grapefruit. Bigger malts then I tend to like with a good bit of sweetness and bready touches.

M- on the fuller side of medium body and about mid level in carb. Kinda sticky.

O- its a solid dipa but not my style. A touch heavy on the malts and lacking that bright fresh hopping that I hope for in a dipa.

oglmcdgl, May 24, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap (#34) @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO. Poured into a Tulip Glass from the Green Tapper w/ the Red "A" on the top.

Appearance- Pours a nice semi-clear bright amber color body with 1.5 fingers of head that stay around for a while. Has nice lacing as well.

Smell- Huge hop aroma, sweet fruits, and a ton of sugar seems like it was added into this beer. Nice!

Taste- Has a greet amount of hop (of course) and then a nice citrus hop, fruit flavor till the end o the drink. Very bitter and has a shockingly low alcohol taste for being over 10%.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, and leaves great amount of bitterness on the palate.

Overall- Phenomenal beer! The drinkability is weak (could only drink one of these in a day) but has such great characteristics and hits the Style right on that its still Good overall!

DCon, May 24, 2011
Photo of McNuts
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #13, March 2011 poured into Bells Tulip.

Deep orange-copper colored with 1" off white head that hung around a while. Excellent lacing coated the glass. Very sexy.

Reeks of fruit (orange, grapefruit) and floral hops. Very pleasant aroma.

Hop forward creamy bitterness. Apricot and grapefruit flavors followed by a *slight* boozy warmth. Slight alcohol present which is to be expected from a 10+ abv. Alcohol well disguised though. Finished with a malty caramel sweetness. Very nice balance to this one. Very smooth and delicious.

Creamy mouthfeel and resinous hops coats the tongue. Full bodied brew for sure. Very, very nice.

This is an excellent DIPA and my favorite offering from Avery. This one rounds out my Top 5 for the style. Very well done.

McNuts, May 22, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a golden amber color, with a 1" cream colored head that slowly reduces, leaving nice lacing clinging to the sides.

Has a string, astringent hoppy aroma, full of pine and caramel. Fruity undertones, grapefruit and orange, this smells you want to eat it!

Upfront creamy bitterness, buttery and and resinous, the evergreen hop flavor is cut by the sweet caramel malt. Ends tongue-drying bitter, constricting the throat with it's 102 IBU's. the alcohol is felt, though not tasted.

Full-bodied, creamy, butter and bitter, this has a complex mouthfeel.

One of my favorite Imperial IPA's, I can't recommend this beer enough. Drinkable as hell, bitter and tasty, a hop-bomb for all those hop-heads out there. Pick it up now!

TheHoppiest, May 21, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a tulip

A- Pours a nice amber/orange color with a thick white foam that settles to a ring. Scattered lacing left behind.

S- Definitely some hops in there but not as overpowering as I would have thought. Some caramel malt shines through as well.

T- Incredibly bitter initially with a big sting of alcohol in the finish. After the bitterness fades, the aftertaste has a slightly sweet flavor. Some pine and floral hops but not much in terms of citrus.

M- A bit syrupy with ok carbonation.

O- Overall this was a solid brew but I was a little disappointed. I've heard that some batches are better than others. I might try it again in the future. Still a decent beer.

projectflam86, May 21, 2011
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bottle of the batch 12 with a born on date of May 2010, picked up at Total Wine in Columbia, SC. 10.48% ABV

A - An orange, copper hue, with a very creamy appearance. Lots of head and sticky lace all over the glass which will not go away. Impressive!

S - This beer ropes me in quickly with the aroma. Lots of citrus and floral hop notes, but a sweet malt backbone going on that makes it so nice to the smell. Has a nice boozy kick at the end, but its not overwhelming like you would expect from a 10.5% bomb

T - Like it smells, lots of citrusy and piny hops, with an oily hop mouthful. I do detect a sweet malt backbone, with hints of mint. Delicious!

M - Full bodied, and so well balanced.

O - A hell of a double IPA. One of the best I have ever had. This one sets the bar. It is so well balanced, tasty, and smooth.

I first had this on draft at the Avery brewery in April 2010, and have been an Avery fan ever since.

BeerDawgs, May 21, 2011
Photo of crewfan16
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- aggressive pour in a pint glass out of a bomber. poured a nice clean dark gold color. Its much more translucent than I expected. Beautiful slightly off-white head rises up about a half inch, but fades in less than 30 seconds or so. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

s-a little malty for the typical IIPA I have had lately, which in my opinion is very nice. Some nice grapefruity, pine resin smells as well. Looking forward to tasting it because it smells great.

t-Yum. since I personally like the more malty IIPA vs the Hop-bomb, this one is very pleasant. Actually seems to start a bit malty on my tongue, then the hops kicks the back of your mouth. The grapefruit is there again with a bit of pine needle. A little caramel in there too. Quite a bit of sweetness actually, which was not expected, but very much welcomed.

m-I like the mouthfeel on this. Really coats my mouth and has some body too it. The early onslaught of malty caramel coats initially and then the pleasant bitter of the hops seems to cleanse. Not too boozy feeling, despite the 10.54 abv. Very drinkable really.

overall, I think this is a very nice drinkable beer, which surprises me a tad because the bomber keeps telling me is 10.54 abv. Again, I am of the opinion that a IIPA/DIPA should be balanced with some malty backbone, not just a hop-bomb, so this beer suits me very nicely. Purchased for $8.50, so the price is right IMO. I havent tasted much else from Avery (hard to find in Wisconsin) but after tasting this, I would love to see what else this brewery can come up with.

crewfan16, May 21, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass. Batch 13 bottled in March 2011.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with a decent bubbly white head with decent retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Strong burst of grapefruit and citrus hops with oranges, pineapple, and a good amount of caramel malts mixed in. Very tangy and hoppy.

Taste: A strong burst of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and other citrus fruits up front are followed by some caramel malts. Hop bitterness comes in the finish but is fairly light considering how hoppy the beer is.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high body with a medium carbonation. Very smooth and the alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: One of the better DIPA I've had. The tangy sweetness is almost too much but the malts balance things well. Very easy drinking.

MattyG85, May 20, 2011
Photo of SassyBootblack
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 13, the bottle says.

Appearance: On the light side of amber. Liveley bubbles, thin head, just off-white and long lasting. Generous lacing.

Smell: Some grass and grapefruit hops, some earthier and spicier smells as well. Rather complex in a pleasing way.

Taste: Earthy, citrusy hops and tangy bitterness. A hint of sweet malt and no alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Not quite dry.

I'm no hophead, but I like to think I can recognize when hops are well done and I think I've found that here.

SassyBootblack, May 19, 2011
Photo of Auracom
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. On-tap at Kelleher's on May 13th, 2011.

Pours a dark amber with a reddish-hue and a soft, white head. Smells strongly of west-coast profiled hops with grapefruit and lots of other citrus. Probably the heaviest grapefruit quality I've yet to come across in a DIPA. The drink exudes more caramel malt than I was expecting, similar to Dreadnaught. Less forward in the hops. It's decently-balanced but maybe lacks the bitter punishment one tends to expect out of the style. Honey sweetness underneath. Medium-length finish. Not quite enough carbonation but is smooth. Slight ABV heat on the backend.

Not as good as I was hoping but not bad by any means.

Auracom, May 18, 2011
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,683 ratings.