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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,833 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,833
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 277
Gots: 428 | 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 Crossmd
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a tulip glass.

Comes a deep amber-red with a thick off white head above a vortex of champagne bubbles. Gorgeous.

Sticky- almost saccharine candied pink grapefruit and orange with pine needles.

Flavoring is a thick oily pine resin, with a self confident spicy/tangy backbone. complex and multifaceted. Hop bitters linger on the finish for about 10-15 seconds

In general, a really "deep" beer, one that floods the palate with a vibrant and assertive intensity. Sightly over oily in the mouthfeel and almost a little bit too intense to let itself clean up at the end. Very well crafted though, and very easily bought again. Pair with bacon and eggs on a sandwich, make it greasy and let the hops cut through.


Photo of BennyL1
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 13, March 2011. Into a NB globe. Thanks to jerryfreak for the bottle.

Pour is a very hazy orange with a good sized ivory colored foamy head. Sticky lacing coats the side of the glass.

Even for not being extremely fresh the nose is fairly aggressive. Big citrus notes of pink grapefruit and tangerine are the most noticeable up front. Solid amount of pine contribute to the nose too, making for a pretty aromatic brew.

The taste is also what I expected. Huge citrus and pine hop bitterness plays nicely with a mellow malt background. Some boozeiness makes itself known after the swallow.

Smooth medium body with medium carbonation.

Solid DIPA, one I would like to try super fresh.

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber-orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but thick rings of bubbles on the surface around the edge and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose—grapefruit stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of grapefruit and also has notes of caramel malts, pine resin hops and hints of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness and hints of stickiness in the finish.
O: This beer is definitely a sipper given its strength. However, it’s not all that difficult to drink because only hints of alcohol are noticeable in the taste.

Photo of beerswamie
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The is a batch 14 review, I have had Maharaja since batch 7.

Appearance is what you expect from this beer legend, great orange amber site.

Smell is very hoppy, I just love it.

Taste is very good, this batch is better IMO than the last few batches.

Mouthfeel is the usual for this type of beer, nice and chewy.

Overall I really like this batch, the batch 12 was a disappointment with 13 getting better. !4 is worth grabbing and drinking.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first (but hopefully not last) sample of Avery’s Dictator series: Maharaja. Though the summer is winding down, a big, hoppy DIPA has been calling my name all day. Bottoms up!

Brewed 2+ months before the date of this tasting (“Batch No. 14, June 2011”). Thanks to tripelhops for the bottle!

A: Wow, this one has an awesome grapefruit-red color to it. It shines in even the dullest light. The head is a wonder, as well, with really noteworthy retention; the cream-colored foaminess stays at around a finger-and-a-half for a while. Add in the great lacing, and you’ve got a look that’s tough to beat.

S: Fruity, juicy hops! Grapefruit, mango, strawberry, and cherry; I love how palpable their scents are. Barley is thick and sweet underneath, sort of like a piece of hard candy (dark fruit flavor). And they’re bready, to boot. Very appealing nose, especially because of the hop pungency.

T: Sweetness hits first – but not without the wonderfully chewy bread backing. It’s sweet in a very savory way, like buttercream frosting. The best thing, though, is that it just slides off the tongue when the hops advance. It’s not sticky-sweet to the point where it overstays its welcome in the palate. The hops are strong, and a bit oniony sometimes, but they come out well overall. The aftertaste is a semi-peppery hop tone, accompanied by the tail end of the aforementioned bronze sweetness and just a hint of fusel alcohol.

M: You can feel the carbonation from first sip to last. It’s odd, though – the palate isn’t watered-down at all, but it feels a bit watery on the tongue. And I don’t say “watery” in a bad way; I just mean that it goes down smooth and refreshing like water. I think it’s the combination of fizz and syrupy malts that gives this such a drinkable character. Whatever it is, I really like it.

O: This is a very, very nice drinking experience. If this were available in my area, I’d be drinking it all the time. Full-bodied yet drinkable is all that I love in an Imperial IPA – I just get tired of those ultra-syrupy malt-bombs before I even finish the bottle. Fortunately, this is not that. Very worthy of its spot in the Beers of Fame.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a fluffy 1.5 finger white head. Nice solid ring of retention and lots of lace.

The nose is naturally huge on hop aromas- perhaps the most intensely melon-y aroma I've ever encountered with numerous other hints of fresh leaves, oranges and very ripe tropical fruit. There's a pretty big vineous apple aroma as well as a malty wiff of dark bread and peppery alcohol.

The palate is just as awesomely hoppy as the nose with a pretty crazy mouthfeel- intensely oily with an almost waxy leafiness. The bitterness is insane but very nicely balanced by a creamy sweetness- flavors of orange sherbet, melon and overripe papaya. The booze shows up midpalate with a touch of pepper flavor, and as it finishes, the fruity sweetness wanes and leaves the big bitterness alongside a lingering peppery grassiness.

After several mediocre DIPAs, this was finally something I could drink again. Exotic mouthfeel with a full range of hop flavors and that curious sweetness on the palate that tasted seriously like orange sherbet or if you made a puree of overripe papaya. It definitely provided the right balance though for this ridiculously big and bitter brew.

Photo of mooseo
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia.

A - Color is of a beautiful dark amber. Clear with a nice head and excellent lacing.

S - Aroma is of strong grapefruit and pine. Very pleasing.

T - Impressive. Huge complex flavors consisting of citrus, pine, and bready malts. The hop bite is incredible. The alcohol is evident but intertwines nicely with the sweet malts and bitter hops.

M - Smooth, just a bit sticky on the tongue.

D - Nice drinkability for such a high ABV. Everything is great about this beer. Excellent example of the style. I will be searching for this in bottle form.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A clear red-orange with a nice white lace.

S - Definitely get alcohol as the prominent smell. There is also an earthy/piny aroma from the hops.

T - Alcohol is also the prominent taste. As the alcohol subsides, apples and pears come through, which are followed by a nice bitterness from the hops that really coats your entire mouth.

M - The body is thick and a little syrupy, and the carbonation is low which is nice for a beer with this abv.

O - This is a really nice beer. You can't have too many of these because of the combination of the bitterness and alcohol. But having a glass is really really enjoyable.

Photo of mjgooner13
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 2011 Batch

A- hazy burnt orange color 2 finger cream colored head w/ small bubbles...ok head retention left some good lacing..great looking beer....bubbles streaming from the bottom

S- a mostly malty nose but still some balance...getting slight citrus plus some fantastic toffee malts

T- Same as the nose, mostly malt up front with the sweet toffee bready malt...fantastic...plus getting the hop bitterness at the end..as the i get further into the beer a flavor (maybe vanilla) as well as some booziness emerges between the malt and hop bitterness at the end...delicious!

M- Real smooth drinker...med bodied for sure and flavors glide over the tongue nicely...after a few sips there is some dryness that kicks in and stays at the top of the mouth for a bit...not too dry though

O- Great beer from the look to the smell and the taste matches the smell...sweet toffee malt and hop bitterness...different from some of the other dipa i have had recently and it certainly a class beer and love to try this fresh

Photo of timmick
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really liked this DIPA poured from a 22oz bomber.

A: Clear, dark orange color with two fingers of slightly off-white head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass as I drink this down.

S: Wow! Love the smell of this... Citrus, pineapple, and grape... very fruity. Nice sweet malty notes come through the big hop aromas. Very enjoyable to the nose.

T: Nice and hoppy with juicy citrus in the front end with a bitter bite to the finish. Nice sweet malty backbone balances nicely with the abundance of hops for a nice bitter/sweet complexity that leaves me wanting another sip. Slight alcohol warming, but not heavy, lets you know you are drinking a 10+% beer.

M: Bitterness hangs around with a slight alcohol finish. Carbonation is good with a nice medium, smooth feel.

O: Nice, easy to drink DIPA. I will buy this again.

Photo of sdmvd6
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange color with about a finger of white head. Light lacing is left behind.

S - Nice caramel malt aroma that transitions to citrus and tropical fruit hop bitterness. Some floral and soapy scents come in as well.

T - Juicy citrusy and tropical fruits hit hard up front followed by prominent caramel malt sweetness. It finishes with more bitterness and a bit of an alcohol burn.

M - Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Not quite as chewy and resinous as I prefer from an imperial IPA.

O - This is a pretty darn good IPA, but as weird as it sounds I would like to see more bitter hop prominence (it is claimed to be 102 IBU, after all). The unbalance between hop and malt is what makes imperial IPA's so great, and this one is almost a bit cloyingly sweet in the malt department which tends to dominate the flavor profile. It lacks that bready backbone that complements many imperial IPA's so well.

Photo of GlassFreeek
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a large tulip glass.

A: Dark sun burnt orange, I guess you can call than an amber. Egg shell color but a little darker than normal, overall very pleasing. You can tell this one is going to be nice.

S: Complex, complex, complex. a lot going on in the aroma. Not your typical west coast IPA right here. A lot of fruit, citrusy, sour grapes, ripe pineapple, almost dank and astringent but it also has a malty backbone to it. Very enjoyable. Found my nose more in the glass more so than normal, which is a good thing! No alcohol what so ever!

T: Wow, I like this a lot. This is right up there with the best, and most balanced IIPA's out there, IMO. Awesome, notes of grapefruit, pineapple, sour fruit, and a malty background that just balances it out completely. and once again not many traces of alcohol for an 10.5% abv. Just a really good drinker.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation to cleanse the pallet and keep it enjoyable. I am digging this brew. Smooth and enjoyable, without being too heavy or sweet.

Overall, this is one of the BEST IIPA's I've ever had. You won't regret searching this one out and picking up a few bottles, a must try, IMO. Very underrated Imperial Pale Ale right here.

Photo of huhl23
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 14, June 2011. Been looking forward to trying this bad boy. Poured a deep amber color with two finger head that hung around the entire beer. Very malty and hoppy. Similiar to 90 min, but not as good in my opinion. Maybe cuz it's not ultra fresh, but not as good as I expected although I had set my expectations high. Overall I'd drink again but not go out of my way to get.

Photo of Janderson91
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Crabbicuss for this one! This bottle is from Batch 13 in March 2011. Enjoyed on 08/13/11.

A - Dark orange/amber color with a good one finger off-white head that leaves great lacing. Just a slight cloudiness in the body. Good looking beer.

S - Grapefruit, pine, citrus, all the big hop aromas are there. Also there's a caramel sweetness and an alcohol presence that really show themselves.

T - This is quite a big beer. Huge caramel malt sweetness up front with some good grapefruit bitterness. Sweetness is present all the way through. Finishes with a good piney bitterness and a good bit of alcohol burn.

M - Mouthfeel here is quite full. Might like a little more carbonation but it's pretty good.

O - Overall, this is a very good DIPA. It's got a few months on it and it's a hop bomb right now and I'm sure it's even more so fresh.

Photo of MChobanian
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pungent, complicated aroma of hops in an amber ale, highly tasty. Cloudy with hops, and the malt was tame, not overpowering. Will definitely come back for more.

Giving this one a solid "A". Thinking of exploring more Avery Brewing Company IPAs.

Photo of mdr4669
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Burnt orange color with about a 1/2 finger egg shell white head.

Smell: Spicy with citrusy hops balanced with some some mild earthy toned yeast and barley.

Taste: Bitter with an abundance of hops, with a wonderful mellow burn of alcohol, finished with a crisp yet creamy and earthy finish.

MF: Rich and creamy yet smooth and easy, fantastic drinker that leaves you wanting more.

OA: Fantastic brew that I'm glad to have finally tried.

Photo of Tschnab
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- orange copper hue, white creamy head, and some lace rings around the glass.

S- very pungent and citrusy hops, pine and grapefruit.

T- lots of hops and some alcohol esthers as the beer warms. This one is a punch in the face of orange peel and zest, and a surprising bitter bite in the end that is faintly reminiscent of licorice makes this beer delicious and unique. Mouthfeel is lucious: creamy and oily, rich in the mouth, but smooth enough to want more and more.

O- hop head's delight, plain and simple. An awesome DIPA, respect the Maharaja.

Photo of MarkIntihar
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Russian River Belgian glass. June, 2011 bottling.

A - Pours pure red-amber with a finger-plus of cream-white head. The head fades fairly quickly, but still leaves a decent ring around the glass. A bit dark looking for a DIPA, but still a good looking beer. I particularly like the way the head laces the outside of the glass as I drink more of it.

S - Hmm, interesting. Very sweet and malty smelling. The hops don't necessarily punch you in the face like you'd expect from a DIPA. Perhaps because the bottle is a couple months old? Anyway, behind the sweet and malty start is a dark citrus scent, can't place my finger on exactly what it is, but it's fairly pleasant. Still definitely reminds me more of a barleywine than a DIPA, which throws me off.

T - AHA! So here are the hops! Starts with an excellent blend of bitter, citrusy hops as well as sweet malts. This is one interesting beer to say the least... While it starts as any DIPA should with a barrage of hops and citrus, the finish is almost purely malts. It's almost a bit chalky in the finish. Very sweet in the finish as well, despite the fact that the bitter bite sticks to the tongue. Truly a complex beer, and I can't quite decide if I'm into it or not. It's definitely not bad though.

M - As mentioned in the taste, there is a decent bite to this beer, as well as the effect of drying the mouth with the almost chalk-like finish. Not entirely unpleasant though, as the malt profile does help to kill the bitterness of the hops a bit.

O - I still can't quite figure this one out. I want to like it, but there's something about the finish that is too barleywine for me. I hope it's just a case of the hops fading over the couple months since bottling, but I'll just have to revisit and find out for myself another time!

Photo of StaEva
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn hoppy. Really deep orange/amber color, frothy off-white head. Tons of lacing.

Smells of serious pine resin, some metallic aromas (just the intense piney hops), slight breadiness and some citrus hops aroma as well. You can tell exactly how it's going to taste from its smell.

Taste is uber-hops layered on top of and in between a firm, sweet candy-malt backbone. A touch of citrus, but mostly just pine and resin.

Overall I like it. Alcohol is not perceived terribly, and the acidity isn't as impactful on me as something like Double Jack was. A damn good beer.

Photo of tewaris
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

102 IBUs
OG 1.090

22 oz. bomber from batch # 14 (bottled June, 2011) poured into a 25 oz. snifter on 08/11/2011. Pours a deep shade of amber-red with a big off white head. The head retention is good, the lacing very very good. Looks like there's plenty of hops in here. Signature DIPA.

There is no doubt in my mind that Avery wasn't stingy with hops for this one: the moment I pried the bottle open, hoppy fruitiness hit my nose, and that's what this beer is about. Fruity hops --- mango, papaya, pineapple. Sweet alcohol follows soon after.

Tastes just as sweet as its bitter, Maharaja is one of the sweeter and fruiter beers I have had. Strange as it might sound, this seems like a beer that could convert non beer drinkers. That or mine is an acute case of LTS. The caramel backbone is solid but the finish clean and the beer not one bit cloying. It's funny that I thought I'd hate Maharaja because of how folks keep saying how malty it is, and malty it INDEED is. But, it's well done. Very very well done. Can't but think of pineapples, damn!

One of the silkier beers of its genre, Maharaja's feel and texture is more into Strong Ale territory. Makes me wonder if DIPAs should be further classified into sweet DIPAs and dry DIPAs, much like wine. Coming back to this one, everything seems fitting. Yes there's alcohol, but ya know, what the hell. It complements the beer.

It's strong, reasonably intense, quite warming and very flavorful. A good DIPA even if not exactly my type.

Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 4/5

Photo of AgentMunky
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Batch #14. Bottled June 2011.

A: A finger of creamy head with good retention. The beer is clear and coppery with hints of pink.

S: I smelled it the second it hit the glass and can still smell it from three feet away. Damn. Grapefruit juice, dry hops, a bit of pine, and maybe some sweeter fruit. Perfect IPA scent.

T: Hm. Fruity for sure. Hops aren't as bitter as anticipated. I take that back, the aftertaste is plenty dry and very enjoyable. The maintaste is almost...tangy. The hops there are earthy and vegetal, the feel is firm and chewy, and there is plenty of fruit (tart mango, underripe banana, and, of course, ruby grapefruit. Alcoholic, yes, but not as much so as one might expect.

M: Wet initially, dried out by the end. Firm, chewy, and smackworthy.

O: Excellent Double IPA. Excellent beer. Highly recommended. Drinking, tasty, interesting, and regal. Will drink again.

OG: 1.090
IBU: 102
ABV: 10.46%

Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: light orange haze. vivid carbonation can be seen through the haze. creamsicle hued head starts big but moves to a much more reasonable rim sized version. beautiful lacing.

S: the hops almost seem to sit on top of the aroma starting you on a citrus tease that leads into a massive malt aroma. almost a lime-like scent for a moment.

T: a fully-malted sugary sweetness twangs between cotton candy. a full-bodied cactus that brings out both the earthyness of a highly hoped ale but also hints of citrus/grapefruit/pine that highlights the american hop varietal.

M: seriously full body. sticks to the palate and then is washed away with some subtle fizz.

D: great showcase of a tasteful malt body as well as american hops. kind of surprised of how drinkable this big bodied brew is considering the alcohol, but it is hardly noticeable.

Photo of BDTyre
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good, solid copper colour with a porous, fluffy head. Rich, citrus hop scent. Sweet grapefruit, lemon, brown sugar and malts. Nice, good malt backbone in taste with a strong dose of hops. Ctirusy, fruity tastes, good hop bitterness. Pleasant bitter aftertaste long after the beer is swallowed. Alcohol is very well hidden in both the scent and taste.

Light oily feel, perhaps from the hops. Light, but noticeable carbonation. 10.46% ABV limits this somewhat, but still a great IPA.

Batch 14, June 2011.

Photo of Wtbrooks
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- good copper color.
S-very fruity. Think I'm picking up grapefruit and maybe peaches
T- very good. Slightly boozy, hops aren't crazy with this one with one. Bitter and lemon.
M-very nice. Slightly think as I was expecting
O- very good. I would recommend this beer.

Photo of mikul93
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pours a clear amber with a healthy 2 finger head.

S As soon as I popped open the bottle, Pineapple! Lots of pineapple, slight pine and some citrus.

T Sweet malt flavor immediately followed by hops. Quite boozy.

M Medium body lots of carbonation.

O Was more impressed with the nose than I was the taste. But I would definitely pick this up again. Solid beer.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,833 ratings.