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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,825 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,825
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 274
Gots: 425 | 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 nasman
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Jeanro Bistro in Cincinnati.

Served in a 10 oz tulip glass

Bottle/Fill: Not applicable

Aroma: Delicious, with a mix of citrus (orange) and earthy hops, with notes of carmel .

Appearence: Deep orange/brown color, expected clarity. Excellent head retention that slowly fades, thickly lacing the glass.

Taste: No flaws, appears to have even more malt backbone this year which allows it to handle the incredible hops well. Nice orange citrus with a hint of pinapple, lots of malt with carmel undertones. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, no alcoholic heat, creamy, full, and clean given all this beer contains. No flaws.

Overall: A delicious, decadent treat and extremely drinkable for such a big beer. This is a hophead's dream.

Photo of mklinger
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A very hazy deep golden color with an inch of creamy off-white head. Nice looking beer.

Smell was robust with fruit -- apricots and citrus -- both oranges and grapefruit. Some malt sweetness, too.

Flavor was really awesome. Big bold hop flavors with supportive but not overwhelming bitterness. Lots of malt richness & sweetness, too. Clearly a bunch of alcohol present to top it all off. Lots of balanced complexity here.

Mouthfeel was nice, though perhaps a bit too rich and thick for my IPA tastes. Not so far off from a barley wine.

One of my favorite double IPAs. Really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of jampics2
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Winking Lizard's Second Annual Cask Conditioned Ale Festival. Described as "Dry Hopped Maharaja" but I'm pretty sure the normal Maharaja is dry hopped, so I'm listing my review here instead of creating a new entry.

Looks great. A mandarin orange body with a white head.

Smell is amazing. The wonderful tropical and citrus elements are second to none. Lush, ripe oranges and pineapple and a scrumptious caramel base. This is so fresh right now and the extra hops for the cask treatment are amazing. Up there with Younger for the best DIPA nose ever.

Taste falls a touch short of perfection but is exceptional. Grapefruit, bitter candy sweetness, orange and caramel. Nicely done. Refreshing finish but some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great - low carb from the cask but very nice body. So drinkable, allowing all the flavors to shine. A great beer from Mr. Adam Avery's kick-ass brewery.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 10-ounce hexagonal glass at Delaney's in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a bright, ruddy orange amber color with a thin veil of creamy white carbonation and slight bubble spires rising into the dense foam. Bright, yellow-gold highlights show through the light.

S: Smells quite floral and medicinal, with bits of carob, hop spiciness and an herbal, sweet caramel aroma to it.

T: Big sweetened fruit and creamy malts combine with a lush, resinous grapefruit and candied citrus hop palate. Warming and bittersweet towards the slick and tasty finish. Slight alcohol burn but a DIPA of good balance.

M: Full bodied and slightly slick with hop resin. Some chewiness as well, but warming and smooth overall.

D: Super smooth and malty DIPA; loads of sweetened caramel malts combined with a subtle sweet bitterness which allows the 10.24% ABV to fly under the radar. A very good aperitif or a brew to go before your spicy veggie burger with cajun onion rings.

Photo of Plinythechugger
1.93/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Excited to try this new bottling (March 2010) of Maharaja; unfortuantely this beer did NOT live up to the hype.

Poured into a Riedel Tulip Glass

A: Inviting! About one finger head, followed by a touch of lacing on the glass; this is gonna be great!

S: A bit herbal(wink wink), hops are present but they are not overwhelming. A touch of skunk to it as well. Hmmmm....

T: First drink is pleasant. Bitter, very bitter. Whoa - on the second drink, the bittering hops have taken over - game over.

M / D: The mouthfeel is stringent and harsh. The drinkability of this beer is horrific! Don't get be wrong...I love Imperial IPA'S! But this beer is very poorly crafted. Green Flash, Blue Dot, PTY - all make this beer look as if some homebrewer thought, "Hmmm - what would happen if I constructed a beer based on only bittering hops???"

Answer - Maharaja. One of the worst beers I have ever had.

Photo of beerbutcher
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beer was bottle conditioned last july- 8 months ago

deep orange/red in the glass with off white head and significant lacing.

the nose is potent with rich malt and caramel, traces of citrusy hops and whiffs of brandy. pretty malt heavy

on the palate the entry is full and sweet. theres lots of malt muscle here and then the hops come in on the floral side. citrus and assertive resin notes clean up the finish balancing against big malt. alcohol is well integrated.

mouthfeel is chewy and viscous with good carbonation.

i was expecting to be exhausted by this beer, but wasn't. the balance is great and the bitterness/alcohol are never overwhelming. awesome.

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

Batch 11. Bottled in March, 2010. Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A- The Maharaja pours a clear amber color with a sticky head of off-white foam that settles down to a silky layer atop the beer. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- Pithy notes of unripe melon along with fresh, oily pine resin, tropical fruits, pungent citrus rind -- lemon zest -- and herbal notes of cannabis. The malt bill smells of sweet, lightly toasted caramel malts. The 10.41% ABV is very prominent, but it nicely compliments the variety of strong hop aromas.

T- Intense hop bitterness from start to finish. Lots of grapefruit rind, herbal pine, and sweet tropical fruits in the flavor. The malt backing tries to cut through towards the dry and boozy finish. A lasting bitterness that contains the pithy, plant-like notes of the aroma remains on the palate long after each sip.

M- The feel is on the medium side of full-bodied and slightly oily with an average amount of carbonation.

D- The flavor and aroma are great, but this beer lays a bit heavy on the stomach. It's so deliciously bitter though.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very fresh, purchased the day it came to the liquor store from Avery.

Pours a golden color with a little bit of an amber tint, very nice looking. It looks like you are about to be punched in the face with hops.

Smell is very floral. Tons of hops come through, citrus, grapefruit, and some pine. Sweet malts come through as well.

Taste is wicked. Tons of hops punch you in the palate. Grapefruit, pine, citrus, lemon and caramel malts come through. Lots of bitterness here, awesome DIPA, up there with the best of them.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation, very well done.

Drinkability is superb, I have waited a long time to try this beer fresh and it was definitely worth it.

Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

March 2010 bottle. Very fresh.

Poured into bruery snifter.

Pours a finger and a half of creamy off white head. Fades to a decent sized layer and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear golden bronze.

Aroma: Very fresh floral hops. Tons of well blended citrus. Grapefruit, sweet pineapple, and maybe a hint of lime citrus. A hint of caramel malt with a little alcohol, but not bad. Very nice.

Taste: Very big iipa. Tons of floral hops with a hint of pine hops. Huge citrus blend. The grapefruit sticks out, but it is more of a blend here. Bready and caramel malts with some alcohol again.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and warm. Medium to full bodied for the style with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky with some hops and burn.

Overall, a very awesome IIPA. Huge bodied with a massive amount of hops (obviously). Pretty drinkable. I dig it. The aroma is amazing.

Photo of hopstradamus
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a pleasure, this is among the gold standards for Imperial IPAs.

A. Golden, almost red in appearance this beer had a thick creamy head with good retention that eventually eased into a delicate lace on the side of the glass. It is clear and welcoming as if it has nothing to hide.

S. This beer smells delicious! Floral and perfumy with hints of pine yet set still sweet, the smell does not disapoint. Hello aroma hops!

T. This beer was everything I expected and more. The hops reign supreme but there is still malt to be found. Both bitter and sweet, this is what I like Imperial IPAs to be. The carbonation helps the hops continue to present themselves and the taste lingers on reminding you to take another sip. You do not taste the 10.5% alcohol.

M. Light and smooth, this beer continues to impress despite the hop assault on your mouth. It is very well done.

D. This is an Imperial IPA done right! While not a session beer by any stretch, I can't wait to have another... perhaps tomorrow. I'd like to cellar a few and see how it changes.

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

Thanks to knucks999 for sending a fresh bottle of this to me as an extra in a recent trade!

A: The pour is absolutely gorgeous and just about perfect for an IPA. Amber in color with great clarity and a fluffy white head which leaves some great lacing.

S: The nose if full of grapefruit, pineapple, and some other tropical fruits. A blast of pine finishes things off quite nicely.

T: The flavor is fairly sweet with plenty of fruit notes. The grapefruit is not all that bitter and there is a lot of pineapple. The fruit is followed by a sweet caramel malt flavor and the sip is finished off by bitter pine.

M: The body is medium to full (for an IPA) with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I was very pleased by this beer. I had it back when I first started getting into beer and wasn't impressed (very likely an old bottle), but this is really a great DIPA and very easy to drink.

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

Fresh bottle March 2010. Thank you, Avery Brewing Co. for putting a bottling date on this DIPA.

A: Clear orange with a decent head and some sticky lacing

S: Pleasant grapefruit aroma with beautiful fresh hops, slight alcohol

T: Very tasty. Grapefruit and citrus are huge, with sweet hops sticking to your mouth at every sip. Although the alcohol is hidden very well, it is obvious when drinking this that it is a big beer.

M: Maharaja is a bit syrupy and sticky for my taste. Warming finish with a nice lingering aftertaste.

D: 1/2 bottle was just right.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color, with a slight haze to it. A creamy and sticky, wet off-white head about two fingers in width sits on top with great retention and leaves excellent lacing.

When this thing is first poured, I get tons of malts on the nose. I was under the impression this is a fresh bottle, but maybe I got last years batch? Hops are only slightly present in the background. Alcohol isn't a big factore, which makes me lean towards this being an older bottle.

The taste is smooth and sweet malts, toned down, with a bitter finish. I was expecting a huge bitter punch, and I didn't get it. This must be an older bottle, as normally Avery's hoppy beers are very very good. A little disappointed in this.

My favorite part, is the mouthfeel. About medium in body with a low carbonation, this thing is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Although it lacks the fresh hop character, it makes up for it in other areas. Drinkability is good.

Overall, fresh or not, this is a good beer. I'll have to pick up another bottle from another store to compare to find out if this was fresh or not, but judging by others reviews I'll bet this is older. Still a good beer, though.

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 3/12/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color

s - Smells of hops and sweet malts. A little citrus as well.

t - Smooth sweet malts, as well as some citrusy hops. Hints of fruit as well. Quite enjoyable.

m - Full body with moderate carbonation, pretty smooth. Easy to drink considering the high ABV.

d - I liked this DIPA a lot. I thought there was a nice combination of citrusy hops and sweet malts that created a nice smooth taste that's easy to drink. Would definitely try again.

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

A: Pours a translucent dark-ish orange, capped by a two finger slightly-off-white head.

S: A strong blend of piney and citrusy hops. The pine tends away from the earthiness a bit, while the citrus is a bit of a darker, heavier citrus tone. A caramel base is detectable but the hops are the show here.

T: Taste doesn't entirely live up to the smell - the piney hops take on a more earthy tone, and there's not nearly as much citrus going on. Perhaps it's just a preference issue, but I find the more prevalent citrus of the aroma to be more enjoyable.

M: Full-bodied with a smooth feel all the way through. Carbonation and body are spot on.

D: A bit big to drink more than one of, even by IIPA standards.

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

good trade with a very nice and knowledgeable BA, khumbard. thanks buddy! ive been waiting for this one for awhile.
pours a gorgeous, hazed amber. "that's pretty" -my gf compliments for behind my shoulder. my thoughts exactly. two finger pearl head that almost completely dissipates after about three minutes with great lace. the aroma is earthy, with grapefruit hops up front and then very nicely balanced with some caramel malt. a bit fruity and pleasing. the taste is east coast and comforting. mellow malt, tangy hops, and fruity pebbles. it is at this moment, that i am thinking (and thanking) about the second bottle in my fridge. creamy, velvet texture. thanks again kevin. i could drink these all day.

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

A: Nice golden orange color with slight light brown. Overall very bright colors that are extenuated even more by the off-white/ivory head that has tightly knitted bubbles and retains decently well. Slightly murky consistency

S: An unexpected citrus/sweet hops aroma that gives you a pleasant wake up call to the sniffer. I got strong alcoholic aromas out of this too, which did not hurt the overall quality but gave it a balance that really sets you up for the taste.

T: Great earthy and piney hops flavors that hit first like they should. Sweet malts: grapefruit, lemon, and citrus. The alcohol plays an important role in the taste as well and specifically balances out the citrus and bitter malts to be more rounded and complex (I think that's where the more tropical signatures are coming from). Real great.

M: Medium bodied that gives you the bitterness that an Imperial IPA should have (102 IBUs on this one), touch of the sweet malts that makes this one unique, and the alcohol that brings it full circle

D: To start I liked the way that maharaja isn't about specifically showing off a hoppy bitterness. There is much more involved then sucking your tongue out your face. Also, with a 10.69% abv, I would have thought the alcohol (though also appreciated) would have drowned me out a bit... It didn't. Its not to be taken lightly, but not feared at all. I liked it a lot and in many ways solidified my good opinion of Avery in stone. A great try and recommend snagging one. For those out there wanting to match food, I had maharaja with a dank roasted turkey sandwich with some biting jack cheese, made it all the better.

Photo of exparte
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottled June 2009, Batch 10. Sweet, sweet malt aroma fills the room the second the bottle is opened. There's some piney hops in the nose as well but you really have to concentrate to distinguish them from that huge malt aroma. Pours bright orange with a thick and sticky white head that laces beautifully if you can manage to drink that much of it. Body is medium full with significant carbonation that combines to produce quite a pleasant sensation on the palate. It's just so cloyingly sweet. There's a considerable hop presence but it has no chance at all of competing with the malt. Tastes a lot like fresh unfermented wort. The malt profile is really pretty complex but I just can't get past the sweetness enough to enjoy it. The label claims an OG of 1.090 and ABV of 10.69% so, without actually breaking out the hydrometer, the FG should be about 1.007. I just don't buy that for a second. It's far too sweet to have finished that dry. I've heard really good things about this beer so I'm hoping this is just a bad batch. It's going to take a long time before I try this one again.

Photo of claminat420
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 9 Feb 2009 on bottle

A- poured a hazy amber color with a thick off white head. heavy lacing.

S- just real earthy hops. maybe alil piney. caramel malt is easily noticed.

T- alcohol shows up just alil. the hops aren't attacking as i thought they were gonna. malt is more apparent.

M- medium light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- really good! wish i had two of these 22's.

Overall- the hop smell and the taste really are different. the high 10%abv is pretty well hidden. i say pick it up but nothing for the crazy hop heads like myself.

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

22 oz bomber poured into tulip

A- Looks like unfiltered golden honey. I tend to like my beer clear, but this looks great. Small <1 finger head of head, lasted during most of the drink. Great lacing.

S - Citrus hops all over the place but unlike many DIPA's I've had there is a malt presence in the nose. Smells great.

T - Dare I say this is a greatly balanced DIPA? Great balance of the aforementioned citrus hops with a solid malt backbone that is not too sweet.

M - Very smooth with a subtle bitterness in the after taste

D - Alcohol is well masked and the beer is well balanced making for one highly drinkable brew. Well done!

Photo of Gmann
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden brown color with a creamy off-white head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of tropical fruit hops and some grapefruit. There is also a sweet aspect to the aroma, honey or brown sugar. The taste is of bitter grapefruit rinds, piney hops, some resin. This is followed by a sweet malt that does a good job supporting the hop flavor and enhancing the citrusy and floral aspects of the hops. There is some tropical fruit sweetness in this brew. Moderate body with tingly carbonation; sweet throughout but finishes bitter, light asprin dryness. The ABV can produce some belly burn from time to time. Very tasty brew. I like that it showcases the hop flavors instead of the bitterness. The sweetness is well balanced with the hops. The ABV limits this sucker to one 12oz.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very orange honey color, densely turgid, active carbonation, patchy soapy head.

S: Lots of grapefruit, dry pine, heavy bread overtones, sweet alcohol.

T: Ultra sweet - almost bubblegum like, dried grapefruit, sappy pine.

M: Medium bodied, chewy, ends dry.

D: Much more in the English IPA vein with a heavy maltiness. Enjoyable for one round, certainly appreciated.

Photo of nc41
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a big double the nose is a fooler. I bought this one at Total Wine and I thought here's another spoiled beer again. But.... I was wrong the first sip and everything was most definitely right. IMO a very complex mixture of flavors, you get some fruity. citrus notes, some earthy tones too. Most in this style group tend to go one way or the other, but this one did both. Nicely bitter, and for a big double not really very sweet, but just enough to temper the punch in the face ABV, and surprisingly not hot. If I didn't know the ABV I never would have guessed it to be that high. A great Double from Avery by any measure. It gets knocked down a little on the nose, but that's being picky I suppose, and the 10+ ABV kills some drink ability, but that's not really a deterrent, you just have to be respectful.

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

Finally get to write this one up from some hazy notes. Picked up a bomber in Buffalo and shared on a crazy evening.

Bright orange pour with a finger of sticky white head that put down nice lace and had great retention. Big tropical fruit aroma mingling with grapefruit and pine resin. Large citrus flavour, with tangerine and grapefruit, though the prominent force at play is tropical, with strong mango and pineapple notes. The bitterness is staisfying, but reined in a little by sweet, lightly bready malts. Alcohol is expertly hidden. Quite a full mouthfeel, but with a zingy carb that alleviates any stickiness.

I really liked this one - its tropical character reminded me of masala mama, and it was a nice drinkable double IPA. I love this style!

Photo of hophead247
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much aroma from an IMPERIAL IPA, but that is OK., the beer rebounds in strong fashion The appearance of this beer is beautiful. Light at the narrow bottom of my glass and dark at the top. Picture perfect! This is a TRUE beer. No sweetness, no fruit, just a lot of hops. There is plenty bitterness to start and I'm sure it will scare off the weak but if you can hand around long enough you'll enjoy the lingering flavor. One of the best IPAs I've had and certainly one of the best beers out of Avery.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,825 ratings.