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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,940 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,940
Reviews: 1,769
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 303
Gots: 496 | FT: 5
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 Gobzilla
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a tangerine orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left some good sticky lacing.

S: very nice fruit forward DIPA which consisted of mango, tangerines, and citrus grapefruit. There is a very nice floral piney hop aroma that had good malt presence.

T: very nice oily fresh piney hop punch upfront with mango, tangerine, and citrus grapefruit accents that also had a pretty good malt backbone.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a fruity, sweet, oily, and hop bitter punch crisp finish.

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

A: Reddish amber. Cloudy. Frothy white head. Spots of lace.

S: Mango and peaches. Citrus. Bright tropical fruits. Pine and grapefruit. Smells great. The hops really shine. Traces of caramel pull up the rear.

T: Follows the aroma with lots of citrus and grapefruit pith. Sight vegetal aspect. Pine bitterness. Alcohol warms the chest but is otherwise stealthy. Mildly yeasty with a brown bread, caramel malt. Assertively bitter without being overbearing.

M: Full bodied chewy mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for something this potent. Great stuff.

Bottled March 2010. Batch 11.

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

From a bomber, Maharaja pours a chill-hazed deep amber hue with a very thick head that retains and laces quite nicely.

Aroma is hoppy: very woodsy, spicy and piney, yet at the same time relatively tropical and fruity.

The flavor is very big. This is a huge DIPA that I don't think could be any mightier, lest it literally shred one's tongue and erode one's enamel. This beer doesn't even care about balance, it simply goes for grandeur in every regard-- hops, malt and alcohol. It's quite malty and in the Colorado DIPA tradition, but it's also one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had. Incredibly juicy, chewy and resinous with a piney, bitter aftertaste. Enormous mouthfeel. You can really taste the booze here, but it's still one deliciously hoppy sipper.

Even though this isn't my ideal DIPA, it's a very impressive brew.

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

Pours a ruddy amber with a clotted cream-thick off white head that puckers and sheets. Fresh Centennial hop flower nose with spiced berry jam malts. Stewed plum, some butter-and-brown-sugar plus Amaretto malts with brandy-soaked orange and an herbal bark quality like Fernet Branca. Orange rind linger. Chewy, heavy and hot.

bottled March 2010; batch 11; labeled at 10%.

Monster; every flavor is steeped, intensified and doubled up. That has to hurt the drinkability - this is a one and done beer. And as flavorful as it is (no noticeable loss of hops at 5 months) between the sweet malts masking some of the IBUs and the ABV burn, this is not my first choice for a hophead DIPA.

But what a way to finish the night!

Edited for change from Drinkability to Overall.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32oz growler from De Cicco's in NY after the captain. In a glass.

A- Deep orange shaded bronze metallic with a gorgeous tanned foam on top with vigor. Notches down the side of the glass, spray paint like.

S- Smells like a nugget nectar with more booze, nugget, simcoe? semi citrusy hoppy with a malt overlay. Sweet boozy, hoppy.

T- A real malty double I. Maha comes off with mild citrus, orange and something else. Malt is up there with sugar and sweet. Some booze, it shows, a small caramel bite, no pine.

M- A sweet rush followed by a muted hopping under the malt and barley. A big medium body that does not shield the booze to much. Carbed up well off the spout.

D- I got through it, not my favorite double, not one i'll seek out again. Too east coast for me, this is nearing Stoudt's DIPA territory for me, not a good look.

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

Maharaja-=Big king=Big Beer= OUYSTANDING
Picture Perfect Pour,DEEP golden orange with two finger magestic head.
Subdued malt scent with lots of hoppiness,citrusy,grapefruity,honey,Care for an Hawaiian Punch?
A slice of Heaven came down and slapped me when this hit my tounge,WoW, What a great job of putting everything together in a complex but balanced package!
More quality comes through in the mouthfeel,Crisp but with a lingering wetness and sweetness with a alchohol presence,similar to a well orchestrated piece of music,very nice!
Drinkability is Superior,each sip leaves you wanting another,the sooner the better. Top Notch Stuff!

Photo of ralree
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Gold, slightly cloudy, 1/2 finger head, fluffy white. Good retention and lacing.

S: Nice grapefruit, strong hops backed by nice malt kick.

T: You must love hops. Hops just keep coming and don't stop. Basically kills all other flavors. Grapefruit almost undetectable. Not sweet. I wish it were a tad more fruity.

M: Pretty oily, a bit astringent, perfect carbonation.

D: Goes down smooth, especially for being so strongly flavored!

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

22 oz bottle, bottled june 2009

Pours a brilliant sunset orange with a thick fluffy off white head, lacing my goblet in spotty patches. Murky haze with a little sediment flying around.

Smells juicy and big. Hops still holding on even after a years plus age, grapefruit/orange citrus and pretty pungent. some serious malt presence as well.

Malts are first in the taste, HUGE caramel malts smacking me in the face. Im also pleasantly surprised that the hops again are still holing in even after a year and a month. Hops are tropical and big. Almost no heat from the 10.69% alcohol content which is pretty fantastic.

Big bold mouthfeel that is thick and chewy. Im loving the bitterness this leaves behind in my mouth, slightly dry finish.

I love this IIPA a lot, this particular batch was 10.69% abv. Even with the huge alcohol content i could drink this all year round.

Photo of gdodd12
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic beer!

Pours a dark brownish color. No retention but decent lacing.

Great citrus/pine hops smell. Just very lovely to the nose.

A great taste for sure. The hops are there, but definitely not as bitter as I would have expected. I got some great citrusy fruits with a little bit of peppery goodness. Finished with some fruitiness as well.

This is a VERY drinkable beer. I would keep this permanently stocked if I could.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy copper color with about a finger of slowly dissipating head that leaves pretty good looking lacing around the glass.

Smell - Heavy citrus aromas such as grapefruit and orange peel. Piney and hoppy.

Taste - Bitter up front from the hops and unripe grapefruit - however, there is actually quite a heavy malt backbone, i.e. sweet caramel and toasted malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy mouthfeel. This is one thick sucker - lower carbonation, finishes with a slight bitterness.

Drinkability - One and I'm done. I've been meaning to try this but it isn't what I was expecting it to be. I feel there are two heavy competing tastes - the massive bitterness which gives way to a heavy malty backbone. I personally don't like beers made as such, so it is just personal preference. Also, there is definitely a slight alcohol taste while sipping this beer, and a noticeable warming of the throat.

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

A= Poured a burnt-orange, with a thick, tan head and tightly knit bubbles.

S= Grapefruit and pine aromas bursting out of the glass.

T= Wow. I was expecting a hop-bomb, but instead was greeted with rich malts. The hops did follow quickly, keeping the potential for sweetness at bay, but not in a face-puckering way. The grapefruit and pine are there, but so are floral notes, grass and spice.

M= Quite smooth and agreeable. Creamier than anticipated. Complex, but very well balanced.

D= One of the best IPAs I have tried as I make my way through a style that I previously did not care for. They are winning me over in a big way.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark gold to orange in color with a beautiful 2 fingers of head that lingers and shows really great lacing.

S - Seriously so full of hops it it just makes me giddy. Citrus and pine with a little malt in there too.

T - Hops hit you right off the bat, but his beer is incredibly balanced. Nice grapefruit bite and bitterness, followed by a malty sweetness that is wonderful.

M - Medium body, syrupy, perfect carbonation, sticks around long enough but never too long.

D - This beer is almost too drinkable for the ABV. So good, so balanced, and once of my all time favorite Imperial IPAs!!!

Photo of mjurney
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange-golden color, clear. Medium amount of carbonation. Head looks very nice and creamy, lacing looks pretty good.

Strong fruity hops (pineapples, mango, orange peel), hint of piney, sweet malts.

Tropical fruity hops up front (pineapples and mango), a little orange peel, touch of piney, along with slight honey-like malts to balance off the beer. Spicy hops in the middle, a little peppery. Very crisp finish with nice fruity hoppy aftertaste that lingers. Mouthfeel is great, I like that hop sizzle through my tongue. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is extremely high. Tons and tons of hops, yet very balance. Probably the best DIPA I've ever drank!!

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours red-orange with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet hops and a very slight hint of malt. The flavor was big on hops, with a bitter bite upon swallowing. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a nice IIPA. The hop flavor can start to get a little overwhelming after some time but the bite at the finish is quite nice. This one is a must try for all hop heads out there as it is pretty close to be a complete hop bomb.

Photo of mcnkuckles
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this both in the bottle and on tap, with tap style definitely exceeding the bottle style, so if you do happen to run into this on tap be sure to try one if you can, but you will probably have 2!

A. Very dark and ambery for an IPA, with a syrupy look that "clings" to the side of your glass.

S. Very strong hoppy/citrus smell, with a slight smokiness attribute.

T. Out of this world for an IPA. Very pungeant at first, but softens to take in all the hoppy glory of this monster of an IPA. Definitely has a "boozy" alcohol flavor that settles on your tongue, but finishes somewhat sweet, as the booziness lingers. This is a hoppy beer, but is insanely balanced with the sweet/caramel tones.

M. Very syrupy, yet smoothe. Good amount of carbonation via the bottle.

D. This is an addicting beer, but will fill you up fast, and that boozy character is chock full of "bang you up" so I have never drank more than 2 or 3 of these at a sitting.

Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange in hue with a frothy beige head that has great retention; lacing is consistant down the glass

S: Big citrus aromas--especially mango, grapefruit, and orange; subtle grainy malt quality--but the citrus hop quality overwhelms

T: Hop bitterness coupled with a pleasant boozy quality; quite sweet and surprisingly malty

F: Decent mouth feel though a bit too carbonated on front end and thin on the back end

D: A great DIPA but pretty sweet and boozy--not as balanced as it needs to be

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

Fries Cafe in Cincinnati had this on tap the other day, so I was more than happy to give it a shot from the tap as I really enjoyed it from the bottle as well. Review is from notes taken on 7/9/2010 and poured from the tap to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep coppery color and starts with a firm 1 and 1/2 finger off-white head with great retention that eventually fades to a full and foamy cap; body is fairly cloudy and shows light to moderate carbonation where you can see into it; a thick and fat ring of lacing is left behind holding to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice bitter and piney grapefruit hops abound and just pour out of the glass; followed by a deep, sweet and abundant caramel maltiness -- this one just smells like it's going to fill you up.

Taste: What a great DIPA -- lots of those big and bitter piney/grapefruit citric hops that are wonderfully balanced by the deep and sweet caramel malts; a mild toasty graininess lingers in the back and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: the body is very thick and very creamy with very soft carbonation; a very thick and dry coating is left all over the palate; belly is really left quite warm.

Drinkability: Moderate due to the weight and the ABV, but the smells and flavors are great and I would love to sip on this beer over the entire course of an evening.

Photo of scottyb88
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark orange/brown with two finger really thick head; great lacing during the entire beer

S-instantly smells like fresh hops right out of the hop pouches used for homebrewing...intense, yet not overly bitter or crazy; fresh citrus and pine; as it warmed a nice dark brown sugar sweetness was noticeable

T-really well balanced, yet hop forward; quite impressed with this beer; it had a nice citrus oils up front with a deep and complex malt flavors on the back end of the sip

M-semi-thick and syrupy; moderate carbonation; the aftertaste was a mild bitterness, but not overly bitter

D-for 10.something% abv its incredibly drinkable; even as it warmed the alcohol was not really apparent; it's not crushingly bitter even for 102 ibu's, i think cuz of the massive amount of malts to balance it out; it is a bit expensive...$10 for a 22oz bottle in Maryland

Photo of Ryan011235
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip at Barley's Smokehouse on 6/24/10

Faded amber color with a copper twinge. One finger head. Almost no retention; good lacing though.

Simcoe & C-hops are loaded for bear in the aroma. Lots of pine & tropical citrus: grapefruit, tangerine & hints of pineapple. Smells zesty - quite nice. Faint malty sweetness. Dank aroma as it warms.

The nose suggests but doesn't fully prepare for the onslaught of hops & malts. Scathing pine digs right in & doesn't leave. Citrus notes are dense but seated under the pine; as such they are not particularly vibrant. Malts are more assertive than the nose; caramel, nips of toasted bread & biscuit.

Full bodied for the style. Slick with some alcohol heat. Underlying grittiness; kind of sticky, actually. Carbonation is appropriately low. Pine & a touch of sweetness linger.

Drinkability is fine, yet at 10% abv it's a heavy hitter. It's too hot, in my opinion. One is plenty. I'd been considering getting a bottle; I'm glad I held out for the tap.

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a nonic pint. Batch 12 bottled in May 2010.

A: Pours a clear orange-ish hue. Very bright. Three fingers of fluffy head that lasts and laces nicely.

S: Candied oranges. Honey drenched pine sprigs. A little bit of carmel malt comes through as well. Very aromatic.

T: Consistently bitter from start to finish, but not overwhelmingly so. The sweet citrus that was apparent in the smell becomes tart in the flavor. I love the hop profile of this beer, but the malty sweetness is just too much for me. Pine makes an appearance. Malt, pine, and bitterness make up the finish and aftertaste.

M: Carbonation neither hurts nor harms this one. Feel has a certain slickness.

D: Pretty good. The abv is up there and the bitterness is in the 'palate wrecking' zone, but I can't really knock it because this is what an imperial IPA is supposed to be. It has become a little cloyingly sweet, however.

I wanna love this beer but it's just not to my taste. I find it to be too sweet. I don't mind a balanced IPA, but the combination of malty sweet and Imperial IPA bitterness is off-putting. Maharaja is reminiscent of 90 minute which I've never been a big fan of. I love the scent and the hop flavors, and I can see why this beer is very appealing to others...but it's just not my thing.

Photo of evilkalla
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an ale glass.

A: Cloudy amber, with half a finger of head that gives way to decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S: My nose is a little stuffy at the moment but I detect some strong, resinous hops. Had to get my nose into the glass to smell it though. Probably my nose's fault.

T: Wow! Super heavy malt sweetness balanced by a noticeably high level of hop bitterness. Very, very well balanced. Hard to tell that this one's 10% ABV.

M: A slightly thick, syrupy feel to this one. It stays in the mouth for quite a long time. Very, very good.

D: Exceptionally good, I would drink this IPA all night until I fell off my chair.

Photo of Phelps
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks: Like an old grapefruit. Pours a hazy mahogany wooden color with a foamy light-orange head tha fades quickly to a ring but leaves impressive sheets of lace. The liquid itself looks unfiltered and hazy enough to obscure everything behind it.

Smells: like sugared grapefruits. Sweet tangerines, pine, grass, clove, pink peppercorns and sourdough, with a candy glazing.

Tastes: like biting into an unpeeled tangerine. Holy bitterness, Batman! The first sip reveals an explosion of tangerine citrus, which is soon met by the accompanying harshness of pith. The malt backbone is fighting back valiantly, imparting a heavy caramel sweetness. I almost feel like I'm picking up some hefeweizen flavors: wheat, clove, coriander, rose petals. As the beer rises in temperature, it becomes almost like drinking warm grapefruit concentrate, with a bitter finish to match.

Feels: meh. Smooth, but with high, nearly painful carbonation and a medium-light body.

Drinks: with increasing difficulty. Maharaja is decent at first sip, but became increasingly bitter and tart as it warmed. Even my tulip glass seemed too much for me by the end.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.16/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. May 2010 vintage. Purchased from a cooler at K&L in Redwood City, so I expect it'll taste pretty fresh. $9 or so.

A: Pours a clear amber with a finger of long-lived cream-colored head. Initially it deposits some nice sticky lace on the glass, though that ceases as I get past the first 25% or so.

S: Citrus bomb. Unlike Kern's Citra, which I had recently, this is more of a straightforward orange aroma, with grapefruit, tangerine, and pine coming after. It's not as pungent as I would like, though it's certainly not dead.

T: Wow, this is like drinking orange juice and melted caramel -- kind of a candied orange effect. It's initially really enjoyable, but halfway through the bottle I find myself starting to get sick of the sugar and the noticeable booze burn. Pine in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-full body. A malty finish with a bitter aftertaste from the pine. I definitely notice the booze on this one, though it doesn't prevent me from finishing it.

D: It's pretty solid at first, but that's about the kindest thing I can say about it. It aspires to greatness but is ultimately not. By the second half of the bottle, the candied-grapefruit and booze one-two is starting to win the battle, and I'm contemplating throwing the rest of my glass out. You win this one, Avery. I won't buy again.

Photo of SShelly
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow with large poof of white head, retention and lacing all look above average.

Aroma is citrus and grapefruit, straight hops in the nose.

Not overly bitter, but a nice upfront punch, layers of citrus behind, leaves sweet hop flavors in the mouth.

Overall very tasty, but something with the balance of this beer has always bugged me, it just doesnt all mesh together for me and leaves me thinking a few tweaks could make it amazing.

Photo of ndaug21
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer suites my taste as I am a lover of hoppy beers. The beer pours with a head which I found to be bigger and frothier than most IPA's (poured from a bottle into a glass). It is difficult to describe the taste other than ultra hoppy and bitter, but with the taste and finish one would expect of a high quality IPA. It is a strong beer but this cannot be detected in its taste. While I haven't tasted many Avery beers, I have yet to find one that I did not like.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,940 ratings.