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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,700 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,700
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 261
Gots: 399 | 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 sitarist
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 11.

Pours an amber color into my snifter. There is about an inch of head that fades to a top coating and ring that leaves some heavy lacing.

Smells of candied orange rinds, tropical fruits, wet dog, and something beyond my ability to explain. The smell is strong and welcomes me to take a sip.

Taste like candied hops! This is bitter but not astringent. The flavors match the nose with an added peppery bite. There is a nice malt backbone but the hops are the star of this game. This beer highlights the similarities between hops, and kush.

Medium body, sticky, and dry.

Despite the big, strong flavors this is very drinkable. Just beware, the ABV will get you.

edit 2011: I would score and describe this years batch the same as last years.

2-29-12: Year after year its one hell of a beer!

1-31-13: This years batch seems pretty consistent with previous ones. I am noticing an herbal/minty scent, and flavor that I do not recall. Also, the body seems a little lighter than I remember. I cant wait till the next batch.

sitarist, May 04, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, extra in a recent trade with errantnight...very excited as i got to sample this for the first time at a beer festival over the weekend and wanted more. served in a Duvel tulip.

A - pours with an inch and a half of insanely frothy eggshell colored foam. the beer is slightly hazy, dirty gold/brass colored. leaves behind a pretty solid wall of foam.

S - mmmm. intense citrus hops...loads of melon, candied orange, tangerine. malts dont stand a chance, dont need to. finishes with a kiss of caramel and more melon.

T - very intense. massive orange and grapefruit bittering hop attack. not graceful, just punch you in your face and steal your raincoat hops. the strong caramel malts do come through in the taste, providing just the smallest glimpse of balance. is "dank" the right word here? good nonetheless.

M - very thick body, syrupy...carbonation is about spot on and complements both the viscosity and bitterness. very chewy, and (no surprise) leaves a lasting bitterness.

D - wonderfully done DIPA...no holds barred hop attack with an attempted balance. me likey.

Stigs, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of regspeir
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into Duvel tulip
Batch 11, March 2010
Pours cloudy orange with a large head which settle quickly. Lacing is light. There is a large hop aroma with plenty of pine, citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, etc. Good carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet bready malts balance the strong hops and heavy citrus pretty well. Finishes with medium bitterness. All and all a really good DIPA that I will seek out again.

regspeir, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of mikey711
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice orange color with a decent sized head that does not hold very well but leaves decent lacing

S: Heavy grapefruit and apricot smell with some earthy floral hops underneath. also present is a bit of caramel and some spice.

T: Much like it smells with a heavy apricot, almost like a candied sugar coated apricot. It finishes much more on the earthy side with some bitter grapefruit and pine

M: Slightly rough around the edges and a bit of a syrupy quality. Some heat is present too.

D: A solid DIPA that a pint every now and then would be great to enjoy

mikey711, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of hops1337
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled march 2010, batch 11...

Poured into SA Perfect Pint glass. Nice amber orange color with a nice white frothy head with decent sticky lacing.

Smell is wonderful, strong and hoppy. I can smell it from a foot away. Nice.

Taste is almost like biting into a grapefruit with salt on it. Mega hop bomb. Not very well balanced but i love it. Has a very bitter aftertaste even for the style. Some might find this offputting but i like it. I think the drinkability suffers some from this. I don't know if i could drink more than one or two of these. Mouthfeel is full and chewy and alcohol is well hidden.

I really liked this beer but i wouldn't call it a pliny killer. Still it is a great beer and one that every fan of the style should try.

hops1337, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
3.13/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

appearance- amber red in color with a nice thick foamy head, very good clarity with a few small bubbles, very nice appearance

Smell- very beautiful and brightly hopped nose, grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus hops really dominate a very nice smelling nose,

Taste- strongly hopped is the first impression that jumps out on me at this beer, strong bitter finish and only small touch of malts, the finish was medium to long in length, stronlgly hoppy is the most present characteristic on this one, lacks a bit of balance flavor wise in what I like in a douple ipa with some more malt presence,

Mouthfeel- medium to light b odied and relatively creamy feel, leaves a decently drying finish

Drinkability- very nice drinking and a beer that is just extremely hop bombed with tons of citrus flavored hops leaving a very long finish, the alcohol is not very noticeable except for slight warming, this is clearly a nicely made beer and for some people who absolutely crave a pure hop bomb with little malt side kick this maybe a knock out in drinkability but for me this just lacked a touch of balance to keep in check a touch of the boatload hops, worth a shot if you love lots hops, and to much just a bit to much to imagine ever having alot of this in night, sadly to my tastes quite off balance but unique

Stunner97, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of bpfishback
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber into DFH snifter. Bottled about a month ago. Batch 11.

a- reddish copper orange, 1/2 inch of head that fades quickly

s- Dank resiny citrus mango. Hop riot. AMAZING. PTE look out.

t - Follows the nose. Citrus, sweet mango, some malt then bitter on the finish.

m- Mouthfeel is good but nothing amazing. Maybe it needs more carbonation???

d- I love it me. So easy to drink.

I feel that Maharaja gives PTE a run for its money. It is an amazing DIPA. PTE is enamel destroying but it just doesn't have the aromatics that Maharaja does. DIPA/IPA's do not get much better than this.

bpfishback, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Duvel tulip

A - A hazy orange/yellow colour with some nice thick white head that slowly dissipated.

S - Citrus hops with some floral notes as well. There is a sweet malt nose in the background to balance the nose.

T - The initial taste is bitter hops - grapefruit and orange with some more subdued floral notes.as well. The malt backbone is definitely there as well with a subtle sweetness that balances out the bittness somewhat.

M - Medium body with a nice chew! A good amount of carbonation as well.

D - A solid DIPA. This bomber is going down really easy...

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of citadelgrad
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pineapple is the dominant smell coming out of this one along with citrus fruits, a hint of pine and a big billboard stating: Warning, major caramel malt!

Yep, the billboard wasn't lying. Hefty sticky sweetness with a touch of acridity and roast, pine and citrus hops keeping up though. BIG is the word I'd use, no surprise though from Avery. Pretty typical American DIPA, big all around, plan is to knock your socks off. Pretty well executed.

Plenty of crisp carbonation keeps this one from weighing your mouth down, yet the hefty nature of this and the sweetness of the malt make this a no-more-than-one-bottle beer.

citadelgrad, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of jorg2619
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought Maharaja based on the Avery name, and a good word from a friend who had it.

This beer pours like a double IPA thick and hazy. The stench of hops followed the pour. It has a slight hop haze and after the pour a white fluffy head slowly dropped to a thin solid white head. This beer has a strong cat piss, pine like smell. Upon first sip I am hit by the intense hop flavor that moves through the mouth and ends in a mild bitter semi sweet flavor. Hop oil coated my mouth and I burbed hops after a few sips. This beer has a thick smooth mouthfeel that carries the hops smoothly. There is also excellent lacing that I have found loss in lesser examples of double and triple IPA'S. I am happy to be able to get this beer in central PA without trading; as this beer is a real treat for the hop head. Though the taste is unique it seems to land somewhere between Pliny the Elder and Hopslam. I have yet to have an Avery brew that impressed me and Maharaja lives up to what I expect from this brewer.

jorg2619, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this a few times but have never gotten around to reviewing it - on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of bright and intense tropical fruit, citrus, and floral hops. Backing everything up are mild amounts of grainy caramel malt aromas. As the beer warms hints of pine waft out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although not quite as robust. A combination of caramel and pale malt flavors kick things off and are overtaken almost immediately by tropical fruit, herbal, and citrus hop flavors, in that order. The hop flavors run the gamut of my favorite flavors and meld almost flawlessly with the malts. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending, leaving hints of citrus flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass with absolutely no problem and could have entirely too many of these.

Overall this really is one of the best DIPA's out there. I feel as though it chagnes a bit from batch to batch; however the best you can do is world-class and the worst you can do is great. Well, well worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of gibby
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber of March 2010 batch. Poured a deep copper color with a big fluffy head and nice lacing. Smells fantastic, I could smell the hops from an arms length. Nice tropical fruit, dank nugs, piney..all the good things I want in a dipa. Very hoppy in taste with a massive amount of malty backing. Bit of sweetness to it. Dries your mouth out a bit with each sip. Thicker mouth feel with a really nice fresh flavor and good carbonation. Drinkability as far as taste is very good but the high 10.5% ABV in bomber size can limit you for sure. This beer is a beast when fresh and tastes much better than the previous bottles I have had with some age on them. Well done Avery. Recommended for sure.

gibby, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of ExtraStout
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a standard burnished caramel orange with 2 plus fingers of sticky head that leaves some light lacing.

Pineapple is the dominant smell coming out of this one along with citrus fruits, a hint of pine and a big billboard stating: Warning, major caramel malt!

Yep, the billboard wasn't lying. Hefty sticky sweetness with a touch of acridity and roast, pine and citrus hops keeping up though. BIG is the word I'd use, no surprise though from Avery. Pretty typical American DIPA, big all around, plan is to knock your socks off. Pretty well executed.

Plenty of crisp carbonation keeps this one from weighing your mouth down, yet the hefty nature of this and the sweetness of the malt make this a no-more-than-one-bottle beer.

ExtraStout, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Coppery orange color. Nice big head that dissipated an left nice sheet lacing throughout the drink. Very nice looking.

S - Mild citrus hops, some orange rind, tiny bit of pineapple scent, which I find interesting. I like the hop profile, not piney at all.

T - Very malty backbone with a nicely bitter hops profile. No pine, not a ton of citrus, but a nice sweetness that carries with some bitter hopes. Highly smooth and enjoyable taste that is easy to get down.

M - Light side of medium body with medium carbonation.

D - It's highly drinkable, until the alcohol hits, feel a slight warming in the stomach, and a nice buzz very quickly. This is a great beer. Truthfully, if it were rarer and more hyped I believe this would be a top 100 beer.

AgentZero, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

This ale has big sticky lacing and fluffy near white head. Huge smells of orange, pineapple and mango all over the nose. Faint traces of alcohol and lime with mint. Grapefruit bitterness takes the center stage from the first sip. Afterglows of caramel and and orange peel follow revealing slightly the 10%+ ABV. The aromas and the taste differ quite a bit. I am reminded of Grand Marnier. Who needs after dinner drinks when we live so happily in the world of super DIPAs. I am finding that the large quaffs are just as good as the slow sips. The body is refreshing silky and thin. The carbonation is present but does not scrub the bitterness from the pallet before the next sip. I do love this brew and will be looking for this again. there are drawbacks on the drinkability when she clocks in over 10%. As with the Hopslam tread lightly the sweetness is a lie... you will feel the buzz.

llllDrGONZOllll, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of dpeteuil
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - pours a sort of orange copper color

Smell - has a very citrus smell, almost like orange peels

taste - very nice, bitterness is not overpowering, lots of citrus

mouthfeel - quality, not too light, not too heavy

drinkability - i find it remarkabley drinkable for an IIPA

dpeteuil, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of danrodrigue
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from BevMo.

Pours an orange, light copper color.

I am new to this but I smell citrus and specifically pineapple.

The taste is similar with big citrus, pineapple taste upfront and a lingering hoppy aftertaste.

It has a medium body mouthfeel, not too heavy.

It is very drinkable. Overall, one of my favorite IPA's. Worth trying at least once!

danrodrigue, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - poured a nice copper orange with a decent head that settled, great lacing

smell - the nose is citrus hops, very aromatic

taste - the citrus hops are the showcase here but the malts are very flavorful and provide a strong support

mouthfeel - a very medium/big bodied beer especially for an IIPA

drinkability - very complex and unique, a quite enjoyable IIPA, the flavor is delicious

djbreezy, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of squaremile
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing Batch 11.

Had this a number of times before, but this is probably the most notable. This is a real showcase of hops, but it retains a citrus and malt balance (despite what the east coasters say). Medium orange with a small head. Nose is pretty pleasant: pine, orange apricot, grapefruit. The real difference here with other IIPAs is the mouthfeel. VERY heavy. Maybe the heaviest mouthfeel of any hoppy beer I've had. Strong beer, this deserves to be on the BA 100. It's a crime that it's not.

squaremile, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big coppery/dark orange color, with a good crown of foamy white head. Huge tropical fruit aromas on this one--passion fruit, mango, pineapple and bubble gum. Nice hoppy flavors are there, but this one is very malty as well. Creamy, with a good warming alcohol finish.

emmasdad, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of hopsbreath
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a bomber of the batch 11 "bottled March 2010". Poured into a 20 ounce snifter by parts.

This looks great! I only filled up the snifter about half way before the head started churning so violently I had to stop. The head continued to boil for a few seconds after and gave me a nice big 3 inch head that just sat there and stared at me for what seemed like an eternity. The liquid itself was nice deep dark amber that was totally clear. Although the lacing was limited throughout the drink, there was a nice thick ring at the top of the glass that the head had risen too.

*Sound of the bottle top being cracked*, and BAM! There is the HUGE powerful hop slap in the kisser that is indicative of a great DIPA. Before I even pour it I smell tangelos and big pine. I really like the smell on this one a lot. As it warms, more big tropical fruits come through and specifically the ubiquitous pineapple.

The taste was good. Pine notes, citrus and tropical bitter all shine through. The nice caramel malt backbone lingers in the background but doesn't interfere with the great hop character profile.

Mouthfeel and drinkability is a little thin but still good for the style. I'd say it is wet and thirst quenching making me want another sip fat!

I had very few expectations for this beer going in. Having said that, if you are reading this and plan to buy Maharaja, you may be underwhelmed. It reminded me of the first time I took a sip of Founder's Red's Rye, and made a double take while saying WOW! It's the best DIPA I've had in a while and worth seeking out.

hopsbreath, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orange slightly burnt orange with haze could also be called copper

S: smells very fruity very much citrus and pineapple

T: taste is like the smell the malt and hops battle each other really this beer is very enjoyable

M: med body with med carbonation

D: yea you can drink a bottle by yourself I would not go for a 2nd lol you would be very drunk on 2 of these bad boys

overall: really a great beer that I have heard is a lot like younger I have never had younger so this is the next best thing and its really very good.

JamisonM, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Dixonian
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Couldn't wait to taste this one as soon as I learned of it's existance.

Wonderfully frothy head-a good two or three fingers. I love the color of most DIPAs and found no exception here-an almost hazy burnt orange. Left a good amount of lacing with every drink. Piney and clean hop aroma followed by an excellent full and bitter flavor. Tasted some fruitiness as it warmed but not much. Deliciously creamy in my mouth. Even with a 10.8% abv I could easily drink a couple pints in one night.

A very admirable Double/Imperial IPA that I would buy again. Would love to try this on tap.

Dixonian, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, whipped up head of three plus fingers, cream white, very fine microfoam which dimples here and there, curiously the lacing slides effortlessly down the glass insides without much stickiness. Bright amber orange color with a bit of red mixed in, noticeably clear, to the point you can spot just about every tiny bubble rising within. Boisterous nose of pine sap, tangerine and grapefruit juice, garden herbs, honey, malted milk balls and croissant flakes, the peach, apricot, yellow apple scents almost get shunted to the side and have a dried fruit character to boot. Medium-bodied, however, the "fluff factor" from the swirling carbonation increases palate coverage and makes the mouth on the whole feel fuller. The tangerine, mineola orange, pink grapefruit fruit fest continues here. A veritable pine forest in there too. Never gets bitter but the fruit takes on a more tropical tang with pineapple, papaya seated besides the apricot and peach. White pepper, clove and ginger root there in shadowy form. Strong malty side, yet total sweetness tempered by grassy hops. Lacks fully adroit integration, too much of a showoff, but drinking it is not a chore.

farrago, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a soapy off white head with fair retention. The nose on this is strong with citrus and pine combining to give a nice hoppy aroma. The citrus is a nice combination of grapefruit and oranges.

Nice flavor. Oranges, grapefruit, pine, and a sweet malt backbone combine to give a really nice flavor. Well done.

Medium to full bodied, oily, and nicely carbonated. The alcohol is well hidden for 10.41%. This is a very good DIPA, which I will seek out again.

hardy008, Apr 16, 2010
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,700 ratings.