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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,923 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,923
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 300
Gots: 491 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, meaning “great”, and rajan, meaning “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley – fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. Welcome to his kingdom!

The Maharaja is the second installment in our Dictator Series.

102 IBUs

ABV varies slightly batch to batch.
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Photo of mrotstein
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, you can actually smell pungent and citrusy hops just upon opening the bottle! Avery usually delivers, and this one is no exception. It pours a slightly hazy reddish-copper body with orangeish highlights beneath a short but creamy head of white. Unfortunately, the head doesn't hold quite as well as might be hoped for (but with 10.54 % alcohol by volume (102IBU) that's to be expected!), and it does leaves some thin rings of lace about the glass. A firmly caramelish and delicately biscuity malt comes into play within the aroma, although the hops are still clearly present with notes of grass, pineapple, orange peel, dried pine needles, and muddled grapefruit. In the mouth its filling and dextrinous as the very-fine-bubbled carbonation warms and becomes airy before sliding away like silk pajamas on silk sheets. The flavor delivers a heavier blow than the aroma suggests with its solid maltiness ducking and weaving between punches of hop flavor and hits of solid bitterness. There's no real pattern to the way that it appears on the palate, and slaps of hops or hits of malt seem to come and go in a different fashion with each sip. Everyc omponent is always there, but certain characteristics just seem to pop at times. The one constant, however, is it's lingering, resinous and citrus-fruit-rind finish. There's bitterness there as well, but it doesn't come across as being raspy because of the thin but sticky layer of sweet malt that so stealthily hides itself while slowly receeding. It's a really nice, very well-balanced IPA that offers a decent amount of changing character in its profile; but might actually be lacking in complexity due to it's being "too balanced" - if that's possible. Still, this IPA rocks! The alcohol rarely appears, and its bitterness never overwhelms the palate! You can't drink too many because of the strength, but it's definitely drinkable.

Photo of rawfish
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch No. 13 from bottle to tulip glass. Careful pour still nets a tall frothing 2 finger head sitting fluffy atop a dark honey gold body. Good retention and clouds of lacing over the glass.

Tropical fruit and hop salad in a glass. Dried mango, dried papaya followed by grapefruit, lemon rind and piney hops. Very floral, subtle malt base, sweet and rich, alcohol detectable.

Palate wrecking level of bitterness here, loads of citrus and pineapple sweetness, turns sticky sweet suddenly but then dries into a tart bittering edge. The sweetness is rather pleasant through longer sips and sticks with you until it finishes biting and a slightly boozy. The malt affects this DIPA more like a barleywine than as a balance, hoppy nectar.

Adequate carbonation, decent body but feels syrupy, not only because it swings towards the sweeter side. Finishes sawdust dry with bittering mouthcoating and alcohol breath. Still smooth though especially given the ABV.

A unique take on the style for sure, I was expecting sweet after the nose but in a different way. After a floral nose I expected bright raw hops, but it was slightly earthy and short of West Coast bitter. Good brew but best taken as fresh as possible.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.83/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a few bottles of this at my local spot.

Pours a clear amber with a very nice frothy white head and lacing.

Aroma isn't as strong as other DIPA's I've had but good. Very citrucy. Kinda pineapple and citric.

Taste is good. But it has a weird grainy flavor. Don't know what it is. The bitterness left on your tongue is weird as well. But it's citrucy and juicy.

Mouthfeel is weird because of the above flavors. Leaves a resonus feeling on your mouth.

Overall an ok DIPA. Better than alot but not in my top IPA's


I'm havin a hard time finishing this. It really has a weird bitterness and taste. It's not infected. Just must be this years batch. Not very good. I think I'll be pouring the rest.

Photo of Paulster88
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Review on BA, I should have started a long time ago...

Batch 13 March 2011 22 oz into a Troubador Tulip Glass. Pours a dark orange color with about a 1 finger head.

Smell up front was dominated by hops with sweet malts arising later.

Bitter at first, but as the beer warms a bit, the malts really kick in making for a very well balanced IIPA. Mouthfeel was smooth and oily.

This is a hop monster in the beginning but about half way thru this beer is easy drinking...Pretty scary for a 10.3% brew. I wish I had another right about now.

Photo of glazeman
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter. bottled march 2011.

A: Fairly dark amber with a 2 finger off-white head that has excellent retention and pretty good lacing.

S: There's a lot of pine on the nose, and a tad of pineapple as well. Overall, I thought the smell was pleasant but not quite as complex as I'd have liked.

T: I get a little bit of pine at the beginning, but the beer is dominated by bitterness and a little bit of chalky earthiness at the finish. Overall it works pretty well and the taste is by no means off-putting, it's just not quite as balanced as some top tier DIPAs. I would name this beer hop juice.

M: A little thick for the style, but otherwise pretty good. The carbonation level and aftertaste were great.

O: I feel this is a wonderful example of the style the probably gets overlooked because it's not draft-only or limited release. I'll look for it again.

Photo of Knapp85
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a big brew. I love this one, had it a while ago from a bottle then later from a bottle and it wasn't as good. I saw it was on tap at Tap & Table in Emmaus so shot over after work. Got myself three wonderful glasses of this. The aroma and flavor mix well with each other the fruity hop aroma hits your nose on every sip. Then the piney sting of hops hits your tongue and just attacks it till you sip again and it just keeps coming. The color is a very nice golden color with a minimal head on it about 1 fingers worth. The brew is very tasty and if you haven't tried it please do so.

Photo of jakenunes
3.29/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a clean snifter. Batch No. 13 March 2011

Copper / dark amber color, head disappears pretty quickly.

Smells like dried apricots and that smell when you get when you crack open a pumpkin for making a Jack-O-Lantern.

Not a lot of fizz, a little viscous. Decent lacing.

Super wet grassy hop and pumpkin seed flavors. Caramel malt. Sweet, lingering aftertaste. Lots of alcohol.

Overall, not as delicious or aromatic as I had hoped.

Was this a bad batch?

Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

333rd review on BA
bottle to snifter
22oz bottle/Batch 12/3-10-11 bottle date

App- A darker amber color with some tinged highlights of brown. A nice puffy 1 1/2 finger head. Longer lasting than I thought with some decent lacing.

Smell- WOW, what a great boquet of scents. Fresh cut fruits with mango being dominant to a bit of a grapefruit hop/malt combo. Very fresh.

Taste- A big malty DIPA. Taste went opposite of the nose but was expecting that. Very few DIPAs carry the fresh fruits over. This was a bit caramel in flavors with a certain freshness you could taste. The piney taste was pretty good as well. Nice boozy taste as well but not over done.

Mouth- A bit of a thicker medium body with a medium carb level. A little like cough medicine in feel with that creaminess to it. Leaves a spicy, malty, fruity after taste.

Drink- Overall, a very good IPA. Nice balanced bold flavors that call to be enjoyed. Would have this one again.

Photo of travis224
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper color with a nice white head. The nose is amazing. Lot's of pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, really amazing. The taste has more of a malt backbone, but the high ABV isn't really noticeable. Definitely a lot of hops in there. This is an outstanding IIPA. There's only one I can think of that I like better.

Photo of dnolan36
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably the best IIPA I have ever had. Had it on tap at Cape Fear Wine And Beer in Wilmington, NC.

Poured a beautiful golden orange color with a nice frothy white head.

Smelled strongly of citrus, mainly grapefruit and orange. Also a nice malt smell on the back end.

The tasted is similar to the aroma, very strong citrus hops taste upfront followed by the nice malty finish.

I wish they brewed this year round. It is a must try and I recommend it to everyone that asks me about IIPA's.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery Maharaja, growler filled at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, the pour is very assertive, thick and carbonated, producing a super frothy and very white two-finger head with bubbles all around. Outstanding retention- head remains and lingers. Lacing is outrageous, so thick I feel like I brushed my teeth and left the foam on my glass of Maharaja. Color is a hazy orange/auburn, opaque and almost barleywine-like.

Smell: Scores very highly too. Appears very sweet on the palate, but not overtly so. Aromas of canned pineapple slices (with all the syrupy juice, of course), coconut foam, caramel and candied oranges. A distant but evident hoppy bitterness appears at the end.

Taste: Follows nose, with a more syrupy presence. Intense sweetness, butterscotch/toffee, like sucking on hard candy. Very citrusy, but not a la West Coast, dry and bitter- these are sweet and leathery. Orange zest, creme brulee, even "girly-drink"-like citrus (hard liquor). No pine or resin, but a good amount of malts. A tad of booze at the end, particularly as it warms up. Dry, sort of woodsy end, could almost be a barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, not overbearing despite the sweetness. Alcohol is extremely well played, never boozy. Medium-to-full body, full flavor, medium carbonation (surprising, considering how carbonated the initial pour was).

Overall: Almost a "5" in my book (but not quite). Extremely drinkable, almost chuggable. Not heavy or boring. Sure, a tad too sweet at times but oh-so-pleasant all around. Not for the hop-lover, but if you're seeking a more balanced and drinkable DIPA, this might be it.

Photo of crossovert
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber. "Dictator Series".

It ours an orangeish amber with a foamy, frothy off-white head. It sticks for a bit and recedes to some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty powerful. It is mainly tropical fruit with a bit caramel whiff and some alcoholic notes. A very nice one, very ho nectar-like.

The flavor is very nice. It has a noticeable fruity sweetness at first with some mangos and citrus. It really tastes like there is fresh fruit in there at first, then it goes into an almost cloying sweetness and finishes pretty bitter and dry with an awesome piney hop bitterness. It is a comlex dipa, it isn't an extreme bitter hop bomb, but it isn't what I would classify as full-on hop nectar. It is a little bit boozy.

All in all though this one is a beast, it is more hopy than malty but it is not one-dimensional in the least bit.

Photo of obrike
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Updated review...batch 13, March 2011.

My god! Just incredible! I could just look at this in my pint glass, or goblet, all day. Incredible looking dark orange and a huge fluffy head.

The smell of this beer has got to be one of the best scents in the world. i would market it as an air freshener. Tropical fruits, a lot of cantaloupe...some pine...hits you in the face and does not apologize.

So tasty...strong citrus hops, melon, orange, mango, pineapple...all swirling together to make your tongue and mouth beg for more.

I would drink all day, but the high alcohol limits the drinkability. Still, one of the best DIPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking.

One of my favs for sure!

Photo of dmsohyea
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nucleated pint glass from a bomber labeled "March, 2011"

A: A deep, rich orange with very soapy off white, one finger thick head. You can tell when you pour this how thick and syrupy this is. The head lingers for most of the glass, and head retention is great.

S: Very sweet and malty, hints of caramel. Faint, piny hops and a tiny bit of citrus.

T: At a first sip I couldn't believe how sweet this beer was. Very caramelly and rich with a tongue stinging dry finish of grapefruit and pine. Put some brown sugar on a grapefruit and take a huge bite. This is what this beer tastes like to me.

M: Starts off very smooth and creamy, but finishes dryer than most. The aftertaste lingers for a few minutes. For 10.5% abv, it doesn't have a strong alcohol flavor, but it's certainly there on the harsh finish.

O: A good beer, but doesn't measure up to some of the other TIPA's out there. It's starting to become a chore to finish the glass, but I certainly got my hop fix.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a new Lost Abbey stem glass. Pours an almost-clear orange color with a medium-large white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is very hoppy with some fresh pine and floral hop notes. I also get great melon and grapefruit notes. A bit of alcohol as well. Taste is very hoppy with a strong alcohol flavor. Boozier than last batch, but I like it. Such an amazing DIPA. Tons of melon and hops with a lot of sweet malt and nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is complex and full-bodied with delicious drinkability. Overall, a top of the line Imperial IPA. This beer also ages well for it's style.

Photo of Fenris244
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color, sticky 2 finger off white head, not much to the carbonation but the head leaves thick trails of lace down the glass.

Very floral with some citrus and pineapple notes, note a very complex aroma but certainly a strong one.

Fruity sweetness up front and balanced by a strong hop character, citrus peel and grapefruit and a big piney finish that the bitterness clings to long after the beer is gone. The alcohol only makes it self known afte the flavor subside and you feel the warming effect.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, maintains a light body, very drinkable as well.

Overall Avery knocks this one out of the park for me, flavorfull DIPA that I'd be happy to get anyday

Photo of whatthehull
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Nice transparent golden amber, half finger white head and minimal lacing

S - Sweet sticky hops, resin, alcohol, pineapple, citrus hops, a bit of pine, toasted yet sweet malt. Almost a super concentrated pineapple sticky smell. Really nice and a hint of floral

T - Big malt, hop and alcohol explosion. Tones down and you get the pineapple, toastiness, candy sugar sweetness, floral, a bit of pine. The lingering taste reminds me of fresh, ice cream shop strawberry malt shake. This has some nice bitters with amazing sweet flavors and the resin comes out in the taste pretty big

M - This one is sticky, big carbonation and the sweet bitter can at times turn into a soured bitterness. Leaves your mouth always wanting another sip to balance the sweet and bitter

D - For a 10.25% abv, this goes down super nice. The complex yet balanced flavors are really nice. Minus the ghost bitterness

Final thought - $7 a bottle, you might as well get 3, one for now, one for a few months from now and one to see what happens next release

Photo of ChugginOil
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful semi-translucent amber-orange with about a fingers worth of slightly off white head. When swirled through the glass, bubbly and sticky lacing drags down on all sides, covering the walls of the glass.

S- The scent of this brew is outstanding. Sliced tropical fruits such as mango, apricot, and guava is picked up instantly after popping the top on this bomber. A bit of piny hop resin is also noticed in mixture with some citrus. Smelling further, I can sense the hoppy bitterness. With a deep pull through the nose, a bit of booziness is detected but isn't off putting because of a great blend of scents lying on top.

T- The taste is similar to the nose but intensified in certain areas. The fruity piny hop bitterness blasts my palate at first, alongside some biscuit and sweet tasting malt. Beneath it all lies the beastly ABV. To my surprise, the potency of this brew doesn't come out to steal the show, which is awesome. Considering the different tastes going on, it all seems to be quite balanced.

M- This DIPA is pretty rich and thick for most, leaving a lot of hop oils that saturate my palate until I take the next sip. The carbonation is moderate which contributes to the creamy texture.

D- The well masked ABV makes this one easy to drink, not to mention the great flavors and light crispness offered by the "Great" "King." If I am lucky enough to spot another one of these on the shelves, I will be sure to grab it. This DIPA stands out pretty boldly against many others.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle with a snazzy new label and a bottled date of March 2011

Full disclaimer....my previous experiences with this beer have been less than stellar. Going in, I feel this beer to be grossly overrated and cloyingly rotten garbage fruit. Enough talking up this beer.

Pours a translucent peach with thin film of egg whites. Near microscopic bubbles lazily rise from the deep at random intervals.

As a rabid lover and imbiber of Indian food, my subconsciousness plays tricks on me. This beer smells exactly like the Mango ice cream I devour as a post buffet dessert nearly weekly at my local favorite restaurant. Try as I might, it's the predominant scent I draw from the glass coupled with crushed baby aspirin.

Peach, pine, grass, and some alcohol heat and lingering bitterness. Aggressive hops with malt playing a minor role. Thankfully, this plays better than my memory recalls.

Rich, thick mouthfeel with a heat burn that reminds of the 10+ abv tag. A sipper, but one that I would reach for more often when guaranteed fresh bottles.

Photo of Deadheadbill
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer is Amber with a nice caramel colored head. Smells of hops and citrus with a slight fruitiness to it. Tastes deep and delicious with lots of hops, malt and a fair amount of fruit including a little peach. Full bodied on the palate, but not tiresome. This is a great beer which drinks well despite its 10.3 abv which will kick you in the butt.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: This bottle is fresh bottled 3/11

appearance: copper orange with a 2 finger off white head

smell: hops galore, ciitrus, pine, sweet caramel malts

taste: pine, citrus, tons of grapefruit, sweet malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice and fresh DIPA. only draw back as it warmed up became very sweet.


Reviewed from Notes.

Appearance: Amber in color with a 1 finger tan head

Smell: Sweet malts, little hops, caramel,

Taste: Sweet malts, hops must of faded away not getting a whole lot of hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, sticky lingering taste

Drinkability: Not my favorite Double IPA but freshness might have done this one in from the get go. Just wish it was more balanced.


Photo of warnerry
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2010; consumed 6/30/10

Pours a translucent reddish brown with two fingers of sticky head. Leaves a nice trail of lacing behind.

Smell is dominated as expected by hops, with citrus hops taking center stage. A small amount of pine hops also present in the smell.

Taste is similar to smell, with a wonderful hop presence and some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. A little heavier mouthfeel than many DIPAs.

Very drinkable for the ABV, this is a very well made double IPA.

Photo of JizackFH
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice hazy orange copper color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of sweet caramel malts, and it has a nice hop presence. There are notes of grapefruit, pine, citrus, some spiciness, and a touch of booze.

T - It tastes of sweet malts at first, which is immediately followed by a juicy burst of hops. There are also notes of fruit, such as pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. Also, I am getting some pine, caramel, and some booziness. The finish has a lingering bitterness and a sort of strong alcohol presence.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. This goes down very smoothly. There is also a lingering hop bitterness and some alcohol warmth.

D - This has very good drinkability. I really like this beer. It has a lot of citrus, but it is still sweet, boozy, and it has a nice hop bitterness. I could easily drink a lot of these, even though the high ABV. I definitely recommend trying this one. Cheers.

Photo of dizknee24
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets start off by saying how great this beer was! poured very hazy orangish. had a good one finger frothy head. smelled of great hops and light aroma of fruits. Mouth feel was great. I really could not get enough of this. but my favorite thing about this beer had nothing to do with the taste. it has to do with the bottle. it displays the ABV not as 10.30 but more accurately as 10.27% amazing.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into dimpled glass. Pours slightly hazy orange with a thick frothy beige head. I can see tons of sediments floating about (turn off for me especially in a DIPA). Aroma of pine, orange, dank hops, sweet malt. Taste is bitter, piney hops with a huge malt body. Hops are quite bold and resinous but the body is equally as large and present. Though, this is a good DIPA that does not have that sweet citrusy hop like so many have now. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but blends well with all the other flavors. Medium lived bitter finish, lively but smooth carbonation. I would have enjoyed this more without the sediments floating about.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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