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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,869 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,869
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 288
Gots: 451 | FT: 4
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 bpfishback
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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...

Photo of citadelgrad
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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.

Photo of glid02
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of dpeteuil
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Photo of danrodrigue
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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

Photo of squaremile
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Dixonian
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of farrago
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of hardy008
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.36/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served on-tap at Mad Mex in Columbus, Ohio in a snifter glass.
A: Red dark honey, it poured with a big creamy head that died to a good film.
S: Sweeet hops and alcohol, with a strange moldy twang on earthy, citrus, and piney hops combined with some grapefruit. The moldy twang is pungent like cheese.
T: Caramel sweet malt with candied oranges and piney, citrus hops. The bright hops and candy linger.
M: Syrupy, creamy, frothy, but crisp with the hops.
D: Only OK for the style.

Photo of Lunch
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle (Batch #11 - March 2010) purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Brooklyn Brewery snifter at the appropriate temperature (04/13/10).

A: Pours a hazy golden caramel capped with two finger of a creamy and frothy off-white head. Exceptional retention and lots of thick lacing lacing. Perfect looking DIPA in my mind.

S: Great aroma consisting of layer of citrus hops and a fragrant caramel and biscuit malt. Notes of pine and tropical fruit shine through as well.

T: Fortunately the taste mirrors the aroma with a great balance of hops and malt. The citrus really shows itself along with a great addition of pine. The malt backbone on this one is stellar with a great biscuit covered in caramel flavor.

M: Medium to full-bodied with moderate and creamy carbonation. A little lingering bitterness rounds things out.

D: Very easy to drink and the 10.27% abv is hidden to perfection.

Overall this is one of the best DIPAs out on the market and once that deserves much praise. Avery has created a balanced beer that is sure to please fans of the style. Highly Recommended.

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

Batch #11 (Bottled March 2010)

Poured this puppy into my trusty Piraat tulip glass... deep orange / almost ruby with a nice white head that dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves chunky spots of snow white-lace on the glass. Smell is of hopped up tropical fruit syrup, pine and a little malt sweetness / brown sugar. Taste is hop-ridiculous... piney, tropical fruit, citrus and some heavy grapefruit rind; a little dry, herby finish with a touch of caramel malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly slick. A great DIPA that's quite enjoyable.

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 11 bottle March 2010.
Poured into a pint glass.

A=Dark amber. nice bubbles rising from side of glass. Small off white head that settles to a little cover, leaves nice lacing around the glass.

S=Big hoppy punch at first. Then mellows to a citrusy, green, piney, malty yummy smell. Smells creamy if that makes sense.

T=Sweet malty up front, citrusy and kind of mellow in the middle and a lot of bitter in the end that hangs on your tongue.

M=Medium to full bodied but well carbonated that lightens the mouthfeel.

D=Well balanced with a lot of complexity going on here. You want to go in for another sip. It does leave alot of bitter at the end which hopheads love but some might not like.

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

22oz bomber received in a trade with smokepot23 thanks Joe! Let me start out by saying that the packaging on this brew is stellar. Nice silver foil top with big red "A" for Avery on it. Cool spearmint green label that pops.

Batch 11 bottled in March 2010.

Appearance: Pours a transparent rusty butterscotch with a massive 2.5 finger off white crown that shows good retention and lace.

Smell: Nice grapefruit, spruce, and floral hop bill. The malt is caramel like and plays nothing more than a supporting role.

Taste: More caramel malt than in the nose, slight candied orange citrus fuit note, a hint of spruce, and a strong amount of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium bodied and a touch chewy with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Well balanced but strong!

Photo of cktison
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22 oz bomber into DFH signature glass.
A: brilliant orange with sticky off white head. Clings to the glass and goes nowhere.
S: the best smelling dipa out there. Just amazing, grapefruit and resin and pine. Just fantastic.
T: not as citrusy as expected. Nice and spicy and delicious. The taste is a bit of a letdown after the smell, but still a fantastic beer.

This is a wonderful DIPA when fresh. Fantastic aroma and taste, very drinkable and amazing for the price as compared to the other top in the style.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,869 ratings.