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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,682 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,682
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 keith712
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

Appearance: Poured from a 22oz bomber bottle into a slightly chilled pint glass. Beautiful light amber head, 2-3" thick from an agressive pour. Medium amber in color and cloudy, you can tell this is going to be a substantial beer! Lacing that lasts and lasts in layers as the beer level drops.

Nose: Citrus, pine, sweet malty-ness, BOOM! HOPS! Very crisp and sharp. Pungent and prominent IPA.

Taste: HOPS assault, sharp and bitter, immediately followed by an awesome malt smoothness that is mildly sweet and really smooths out the flavor!The after taste is piney and crisp, still mildly sweet and hoppy all at the same time. My tastebuds are excited! A very surprising IPA, I was expecting more bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium thick, leaves a nice coating on the tongue and cheeks. Still can "feel" the hops and malts distinct from each other but combined to make it unique.

Drinkability: VERY much so! At 10.4% abv, it is quite well hidden, but you can feel the warmness from it. Very pungent and exciting! This is what I would call a strong IPA, but for a non-experienced IPA drinker, it is rather well done. Most IPA's hit me too hard, this doesn't, but leaves me knowing it's a "hot" IPA. The malts that Avery brags about are very smooth and powerful to combat the bitter/strong hops.

Overall, I give this a PHAT 9 of 10. Very surprised at the wonderful compliment of flavors.

keith712, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of Lukafer
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Had on tap at the Cincinnati Brew-haha, review from notes.

Received in a plastic cup, appearance was a murky orange with a slight whit head. Smells are hops, citrus hops and maybe some pineapple. Taste is citrus fruit, orange, some grapefruit, really sweet at first but with a nice hop kick at the end to even things out. Damn good beer. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky.

Drinkability is unreal with this, my girlfriend and I were getting 12 oz. pours for $4, and I had around 3 or so, no wonder I got sloshed, I had NO idea it was this high of an ABV., glad I took notes!

Lukafer, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance has a nice cloudy amber color with a thick head that sticks around awhile with good lace. Smell of rich malts, tangy sweet fruits with nice background earthiness. Taste is rich in malts, sweet grapefruit with a nice balance of floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a good spike of carbonation. A good sipping IIPA to watch the first opening game of the 2010 football season.

Bookseeb, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of climax
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Snatched at Beertopia, Omaha, NE.
Bottled: March 2010 (Batch 11)
Sampled: September 2010

The amber body was quickly distracted by a mass of creamy head. Extremely dense and alive, the filmy monster slowly receded leaving a wall of lace with bubbly cutouts.

The nose was as expected, a hop beast, yet glimpses of balancing malt snuck it's way in, adding the complexity. Sweet and bitter, the hop profile had juicy citrus, soapy, and earthy floral characteristics. Bubblegum and spice kept the mind guessing.

The alcohol content was very sneaky (over 10% ABV). It's a no chugging beer, but I was never under the impression I needed to sip it like wine. Warm and juicy fruit and caramel flavors greeted the mouth before the bitter brigade reminded me what I was drinking. Overall, it wasn't the brutal hop assault I was expecting, but I didn't sample it too soon after it was bottled.

The feel can really only be described as completely mouth-coating. It didn't seem too heavy, but certainly creamy and full. The carbonation is mild, adding only an acceptable amount of crispness, but that's all I wanted.

I can feel this one creeping up on me, with about 1/3rd to go. Yet it leaves the mouth watering for more. Don't let the man on the label start diabolically laughing at you while waiving his sword and stroking his mustache...

climax, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours wonderfully rich copper amber that I could almost swear is glowing. The head is parchment and tightly packed, clinging to the sides of my glass like crazy and leaving equally crazy lace.

The aroma is wonderfully fresh and full of perfume citrus and pine hops. Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange and pine all mingle with sweet caramel malt background that has just a hint of toffee to it.

The flavor is surprisingly different from the aroma and brings out tons candied character from the hops. Orange, some pithy white grapefruit and loads of pine needles are the result of the hop additions. The malt backbone is very sweet with some caramel notes, but otherwise is surprisingly (from the color) plain. This beer does not hide its strength all that well, but it is far from too boozy and does not really take away from the flavor. If I have one complaint it is that the malt is so sweet that it detracts a bit from the hop character. Bitterness is quite high, but balanced out by the malt.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and medium bodied with an amazing finish that seems to just evaporate off the tongue, leaving bitter dank hop flavors on my palate.

I would describe this as dangerously drinkable, and the imperial pint is disappearing at an alarming rate. I really enjoy this beer and can see why it is so popular.

zoso1967, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Ipameister
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

This is a fine pour. A bit too much hop haze for my like, but the color is beautiful. The head is too big. Suggest they reduce priming sugar. Regardless it's a fine pour. Taste is better as it goes. For a 10+AVB the high BU covers nicely. In our State of Florida, it's better than most. Available at Whole Foods.

Ipameister, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of tjfinkle
3.85/5  rDev -9%

Enjoyed this beer from a bottle poured into my Bruery tulip after dinner. Labeled as Batch 11.

Appearance- Pours from the bottle a nice orange color with light carbonation creating some soft white head that settles out to a nice lacing that sticks around.

Smell - Citrusy piney hops up front followed with some nice malts.

Taste - The hops are very noticeable up front. Some serious pine and floral notes, also some noticeable grapefruit. Some nice soft malts on the finish that are then overpowered by the bitterness of the hops.

Mouth- Bitter, but balanced adequately by the carbonation, however the alcohol is a little more noticeable for the style. Granted, this is a 10.4% beer, but was still a little too much.

Drink- Tasty beer, but still a tough beer to enjoy a lot of. The 10.4% alcohol is very noticeable as is the significant amount of hops. Would still recommend to someone who is interested in this style.

tjfinkle, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of sellmeagod
2.98/5  rDev -29.6%

A supreme, ultra-fancy looking bottle covered in aluminum and colors. A pour that leaves monstrous head and an orange golden glow. Incredible appearance that only loses points because of the excess floating sediment.

The taste is so powerful, all about the hops at 100+ IBU. I actually think this started to taste better as it warmed up, but still the hops nearly mask any other taste, and hops for hops sake is more of a novelty than a necessity.

A bit of citrus smell and a very powerful hop aroma.

The problem with the price comes down to this - the 22oz size and the 10 dollar price tag makes this require dedicated drinking, and the payoff (other than the awesome look) does not come. This won't be a common purchase simply out of value reasons (there are much better/cooler economic choices).

Drinkable? Well, for the 10.5 abv and being an IPA, I'd say it does decently. But what beer will you feel cooler drinking? Not many.

sellmeagod, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Reddish-orange in color with a deep haze. Lots of active carbonation along with tons of yeasty floaties makes this one very interesting to look at. Big floral bouquet, pine and tropical fruit. Despite the high ABV no hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Sweet malty character that is quickly overcome by the piney hop flavor. Finishes with a complex tropical fruit hoppiness and a touch of alcohol heat. Definitely a sipper, but easy to drink.

IronLover, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

The second of 2 DIPA's I had on-tap at City Taphouse in Philadelphia.

Avery Maharaja was served in a 10 oz tulip that came to the table a bright copper color with dissolving foam that started leaving lacing on the glass. The beer smelled very resinous with good pine notes, sweet tropical fruit, and rich doughy malt.. The beer was very bitter with a sweetness from the malts as well as fragrant ripe pineapple. The low level of carbonation allowed the flavors to really come out of the beer and gave the beer a very thick smooth texture.

Soonami, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of samie85
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

A-The first pour yields a crystal clear orange amber color with a dense, two finger cream-colored head. Leaves behind thick, sticky lacing.

S-Dank piny, pineapple, and grapefruit hop notes with some caramel in the background.

T-I get mildly bitter pine and some pineapple right away with some alcohol notes (but not in a negative way) with some lingering pineapple and caramel flavors.

M-Thick bodied and creamy with low, prickly carbonation. It also leaves you with a warming mouth- and throat-feel from the alcohol.

D-This is dangerously drinkable in that the alcohol is there, but not at the nearly 10.5% ABV (my bottle says 10.48%) that this one clocks in at. If I had to guess what the ABV on this one was, I'd mid to high 8%. Probably my favorite DIPA to date.

samie85, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of mavbrew
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Poured from a 22oz. bottle dated May 2010, Batch 12 into my go-to DFH snifter.

Pours a burnt orange with a cream colored, finger thick head with some nice lacing down the glass that sticks around for a while.

S: Massive amounts of floral and hops hit the nose right off the bat. The scents of citrus and slight amounts of caramel are disguised by the powerful hops.

T: Very hoppy taste up front with the taste of alcohol lingering behind. Tastes almost exactly as it smells, very small amounts of caramel in the taste with hints of citrus. The finish is pretty bitter and works with this beer.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with average carbonation and a very hoppy aftertaste left behind well after the beer has left. Very nice.

D: Although alcohol is prominent with every sip, the 10.48% goes down smooth. A great IIPA with lots of character.

mavbrew, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured from bottle into glass, bottles in May 2010

Appearance is a medium amber hue with light orange highlights. A semi-sticky off-white head provides a large crown for the beer and sticks around for quite a while.

Hop aromas are both a bit piney and citrusy. Simcoe hops help give a more pine/earthy scent, white the cascade give their typical grapefruit. At this point the hops still seem fresh enough to dominate the nose.

Taste is not quite as hoppy as the aroma would have suggested. The strong malt backbone provide a lot of sweeter malt syrupy flavors, almost like a barleywine. The hops may not be super fresh, but still have enough in them to give a good kick. With the finish, the alcohol comes in to make the beer feel a bit warmer.

Mouthfeel is a very creamy texture that goes down well. Overall an enjoyable D.I.P.A. but nothing I'm going to go out of my way for (since we dont get it locally).

Kinsman, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

Evil_Pidde, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

I can't believe I've never reviewed this! It's one of my absolute favorite IIPA's.

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Front label says "Bottled in May 2010, Batch 12."

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with thick rich creamy off-white head with great retention.

Nose: Big pine forest! Lots of bitter orange, pink grapefruit, agave nectar maybe?

Palate: Big and creamy carbonation, lots and lots of piney bitterness, bitter grapefruit rinds, thick caramel malt. Big bittersweet finish!

Notes: Tries to be East Coast style in malt body, but has West Coast drying hop character. A perfect style bender and one of my favorites!

SFLpunk, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of ballz50401
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle (May '10, batch 12) into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a glowing copper with a orange/reddish hue. Head is big and frothy with an off white, almost light tan color. This one looks very inviting. Be careful, there is alot of chucky yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: This has alot of malt sweetness in the nose. Heavy caramel/toffee in the aroma. Light citrus hops in the back. Hop aroma probably faded some from aging 3-4 months.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts with a thick malty base that is sticky with caramel, toffee, and some bready notes. It then finishes with a semi-sharp hop bitterness. Again, hops are pretty much muted at this point. Mouthfeel is very full, creamy, and smooth.

Drinkability: This has turned into a nice drinking "barleywine". I'm sure it would've been much better fresh, but the hops do not hold up very well with 3 months in the bottle.

ballz50401, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Batch #12, bottled in May 2010, and consumed 8/25/10.

A: Dark orange color with about 1/4 inch head. VERY cloudy with tons of yeasties floating around. Nice!

S: I detected more orange than grapefruit. Maybe a bit of peach?

T: Bitter, bitter, BITTER... but in an awesome way. Very hop forward with citrus to spare. Alcohol sizzle is prominent throughout. Still, the caramel malt backbone is strongly present and doesn't disappoint.

M: Pretty thick, but the flavors are so pleasant that the sugar residue that lingers is actually a good thing. Surprisingly, there isn't much lacing on the glass.

D: I guess that due to the high ABV, one couldn't guzzle too much of this stuff, but for being the Imperial monster that it is, it's a great drinker!

Overall: One of the many bench-mark setting IIPAs!

Chaney, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%

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 kbnooshay
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

Poured a slightly hazy orange golden color with a massive frothy tan head. The lacing is spotty and chunky. Ahhh now this is how a double IPA should smell! This smells super yeasty and doughy. There's a nice lemony citric smell to it. Whiffs of alcohol. Taste is a combination of super piney hops and the caramelly sweet malt backbone. It has a strong brown sugar taste but i wouldn't say that its cloying. Alcohol certainly makes its presence in the flavor. Feel is smooth and creamy.

The only thing that hurts this beer is the alcohol pushing its way to the front which leads to a diminished drinkability.

kbnooshay, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a dark hazy amber with huge cap og stiff merangue like white head, great retention and lacing. Scent is made of huge whiffs of citrus, tropical and pine notes with a solid carmely sweet malt backbone present. First taste is a bitter rush of the hop notes mentioned above, backed by the lightly carmel and grahmn crackery sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied, oily, coating but high in carbonation, dry finnish. A very nice dIPA that is big and bold and could sitll affect a bruised palate.

rfgetz, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of IPAescotch
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%

A: cloudy, little head, heavy lacing

S: Nutty, perhaps hazel

T: Thick and creamy, like caramel and almonds.

M: same as taste, almondy and thick like a steak and shake milkshake

D: Tasty and not repelling in the least. Nothing too enthralling, but very solid.

IPAescotch, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Batch#12 bottled in May 2010. It was a hazy amber color with plenty of carb streams. I gave it a good pour to stir up the aroma so it had a large, pillowy, off-white head that very slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma is exceptional and one of if not my favorite these days. Amazing hop aromas blended in with some sweet malt to balance: citric and tropical, pine, sweet caramel malt. The taste is just as amazing. Starts out with a great hop bite with a bit of bitter and then is balanced by the sweet malt coming in at the end. Great balance. Mouthfeel was full and chewy with great carbonation and aftertaste.

Overall, an amazing ADIPA that I most highly recommend. This one is near perfection for me and my go to beer for when I want to have excellent flavor and just relax. As much as I've had this I was surprised that I hadn't reviewed it. Available here in TX. Rotation - heavy rotation and a must when I can find it on tap. Only problem I find (two if you count only being rotating release) is that I've had it many times on tap at the brewery so I'm spoiled by the really fresh ones which are hard to get in Texas. We seem to have 1-2 month lag time from release in CO to here. [R;Y]

TexIndy, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a deep orange color with a thick frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded to a thin covering but left some great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very juicy, citrusy, tropical hoppiness with strong notes of pineapple, grapefruit, orange and pine coming through. I love the tropical, juicy flavors to it.

The taste shows the tropical, fruity and juicy hops right up front. A pretty bold malty, caramel, sweetness starts to come through before the finish. It becomes more bitter in the finish but still keeps some of the great juicy hoppiness. A moderate amount of warming alcohol is also present in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style. Carbonation is moderate and feels pretty appropriate. Drinkability is very good. The alcohol coming through hurts it a bit but the hoppiness is just so delicious it can overcome it. I love the tropical, juicy, hoppy beers and this one definitely fits into that category. One of my favorite DIPA's.

billab914, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

P-Pours a cloudy,deep burnt orange with a fleeting,1/2 inch,off-white head that left gorgeous,clingy lacing.

S-Orange blossom honey,pine and pink grapefruit
with some noticeable sweet malt.Fragrant but not too aggressive.

T-Piney hops,white pepper,sweetened grapefruit and apricot.Good hop bitterness balanced by a nice caramel malt base.No real boozey character considering the ABV.

M-Full and viscous.Good resinous character.Coats and tingles the mouth nicely.Medium bodied with a moderately dry finish and limited carbonation.

D-A truly delicious and easy drinking beer.A deceptively high ABV that could be dangerous.

StlHopHead77, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

On-tap at Woody's City Market served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a nice frothy off white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine hops with some citrus in front of sweet caramel malts. The taste is loads of pine and citrus hops in front of burnt caramel malts. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with a bit of alcohol presence, but the 10.3% is very well hidden. I have always been a fan of this beer, at least when it's fresh (I've had it 9 months old and found it almost putrid) and this draft version was just what I hoped it would be.

atsprings, Aug 19, 2010
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,682 ratings.