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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,795 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,795
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 273
Gots: 418 | 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.

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Photo of dismal
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, it pours a nice copper, orange color with a small white head. Leaves little but some lacing down the glass. Smell is hoppy and sweet, some citrusy hops. Pretty nice smell. Taste is great. Sweet, hoppy, grapefruit. A pretty good IPA overall. I've heard great things about this so I had to pick it up when I saw it. The bottle was a few months old so I imagine it's even better when fresh but I still think it's pretty good. Drinkability is pretty good, no problem finishing the bomber.

dismal, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber(May 2008/Batch #8)into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a cloudy orange color. Big head of tan foam and a good amount lacing.

S - Malty aroma with hints of sour apple and citrus. Alcohol also present.

T - Very malty up front, with definite hints of apple and citrus. Finishes off with a good amount of hoppy bitterness. Definitely feel the warming alcohol. Reminded me very much of an American style Barleywine.

MF&D - Thick and oily. Went down well and the high ABV was pretty well hidden. A solid beer. Paired well with a hunk of spicy pepperjack cheese.

nasty15108, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Tria Rittenhouse in Philly during Philly Beer Week (3/8/09). Review from notes.

Poured light amber with a lasting white head. Immensely citrusy, a touch of fresh lemons, and mild bitterness. High alcohol warmth in the finish. Recommended.

DmanGTR, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of waltonc
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Get this man a Maharaja." That's the slogan for my friend abfraser, who is an evangelist of this beer.

And for good reason.

A: Copper caramel color with pleasing white head.
S/T: Hops, honey, and malt. Pretty sweet, unlike the drier west coast varieties. And, therefore, very good in my opinion. Not unlike Dogfish 90 or Hopslam.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation.
D: Yes.

waltonc, May 31, 2009
Photo of Cunningham26
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amazing, a clean white head that left layers of intricate lacing throughout. Color was a really great orange, like a hazy sunset, clarified as it settled into a great looking imperial beer.

S- big hops. big grassy, citrusy, earthy hops. big time. one of the best smells out there

T- again, big hops, but to be expected. great, refreshing, full hop flavor. Delivers on its promise of 103 IBUs. after the rush, it settles a bit into a really great IPA maltiness that pervades for the second act. the hops are the first flourish, and remain a backbone throughout, but they give way to a delicious maltiness that rounds out the brew. hop flavor not as well rounded as stone ruination (the only other iipa i can compare with) but does a really great job, getting almost all the way there

M- wonderful. maltiness became sticky at moments, but nothing a BA can't handle.

D- I was very nervous about this because I was handling a bombing mission solo, getting my 22oz hop fix in soliloquy. the reviews made mention of the 10%, so i expected this to be one hot hop bomb, but honestly the booze masks itself extremely well and though I knew it was there, it didn't take anything away overall.

really great brew, would possibly get again, but only if ruination wasn't available.

Cunningham26, May 29, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Maharaja is da man!

Poured into a pint glass and had a huge foam explosion! Huge creamy head with major lacing throughout the experience. Spider web city!

Malty grapefruity aroma. Almost calls the drinker to consume more and more.

Tastes amazing. Hoppy, grapefruit goodness with a huge malty backbone. Tastebuds hold the bitterness for awhile which is a nice feeling.

Drinkability is somewhat lower because of the high alcohol content but it shouldn't damper any desire to taste this awesome brew.

At around the $6 mark...this is a must have! Just wish it was brewed year around.

kaseydad, May 29, 2009
Photo of jsapunor
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beartiful dark amber with a big, frothy head with great retention. This is what a beer should look like.

The aroma is tilted toward hops as expected. The mouthfeel is big, soft and tasty. Just the right amount of carbonation.

The Maharaja is a great tasting beer. Hops, grass and grapefruit all swirl around in a nice combination with caramel and brown sugar sweetness.

I have to commemt on the mouthfeel again because it is one if the best ever. It's like everything else in this beer, big, soft and smooth. There is plenty of alcohol here and you will feel it but it's not in the taste. All of the flavors are bold and nicely balanced.

This is a superb DIPA

jsapunor, May 28, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A very nice light-amber golden color complimented by a big frothy white-tan sticky-ass head.

S- Smells almost identical to hopslam. for those who havn't had hopslam, it has a sweet fruit/honey smell complimented by a nosefull of citrus hops.

T- a good, strong hop flavor throughout complimented by some citrusy sweetness in the middle and a nice bitter-sweet blend at the end. The fruit flavors are subtler than expected from the smell. alcohol is very noticeable about midway through the beer, though at that point it adds a very nice touch that does nothing but enhance the overall greatness.

M- slightly over-carbonated, but still very smooth. Nice and thick like I like DIPAs

This is a very good beer all around.

jdklks, May 28, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A--Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with about two fingers of head in my snifter. Nice lacing left behind

S--Extremely pungent earthy hops, a little citrus also. This might be the deepest hop aroma I may have ever smelled. A pain shoots up my sinus every time I stick my nose in it, seriously. I suppose that is a good thing.

T--Taste is much of the same...just a huge overwhelming barrage of earthy hops. Quite a bit of bitterness too, the 102 IBUs smack my face like a baseball bat. Good flavor, this one could use a little balance but Avery was obviously going for something insane here and they definitely delivered.

M--On the heavier side of medium bodied, good carbonation levels and it washes down clean

D--This one is very interesting but damn it is definitely a sipper. Split the bomber and prepare to have your palate destroyed. Great brew, maybe not top tier but definitely borderline.

alcstradamus, May 27, 2009
Photo of CosmoHopHead
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber marked "Bottled February 2009, Batch 9" into a tulip shaped glass.

A: Dark orange/copper color with a lovely 2 finger off white head to it. Sticky lacing down the inside of the glass.

S: Holy freaking hops man! First wave of hops hits your nose like a punch to the face. Then settles down to highlight hints of grapefruit, citrus, and sweet pine. Alcohol smell is present but not over powering.

T: Oh the taste. First taste is like grapefruit candy with a massive mixture of hops. Very bitter but wonderful. Slight burn going down but very much a good kind of burn. Malts really come through on the way down.

M: Thick with very balanced carbonation.

D: I honestly could drink this all night. But I think I'd be in trouble with it being %10 abv. Also the 100+ IBU's would probably shut my mouth down at some point.

Overall, one of my favorite beers ever.

CosmoHopHead, May 25, 2009
Photo of theopholis
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear amber/orange body with a nice layer of creamy, off-white head. Not great head retention, but it's acceptable. Nice lacing, but it's not sticky enough to stay on the glass for any length of time.

Smell- A nice blend of floral hops and maltiness with the citrus, a hint of spruce and caramel malts intermingling.

Taste- Yum. A fairly pleasant jolt of floral and citrusy hops with a decent malt background. Some malt sweetness comes through along with a subtle spruce/pine.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, good CO2 level. Sticky enough to leave a nice, lingering aftertaste of hops and malt.

Drinkability: Hops heads will like. Others won't.

theopholis, May 25, 2009
Photo of Ek0nomik
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased From: Heritage Liquor (Maplewood, MN)

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel orange color with a nice layer of head, although that disappeared quickly. Lacing is trickling down from the top of the glass to the middle.

Smell: A nice blend of citrus and floral hops with the caramel malts playing along with them.

Taste: Initial flavor is a floral and citrusy splash, but it quickly turns into a caramel flavor. The caramel flavor lasts for a few seconds and then comes the alcohol. The alcohol isn't hidden as much in this beer, but that's not worth scoring low for. From the alcohol comes the taste of pine, perhaps from the earthy hops. Someone mentioned that they left the beer with the taste of Bombay Saphire in their mouth. I got that too, but that was the second to last flavor. I ended up with a pleasant citrus flavor coating my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Not the easiest beer to drink, as it feels a little more chewy. A nice wave of sticky and oily hops hits the tongue which is quite pleasant.

Drinkability: Given the ABV and the slightly chewy feeling I'm not sure I could handle another bomber of this in a night. Still on my first tulip glass and can already feel the alcohol...

Ek0nomik, May 25, 2009
Photo of jdense
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

TV on the Radio Beer Tour Review #5.

Getting close to showtime, so moved downtown to Bailey's Taproom, served in 10 oz. shaker.

Opaque copper brown body underneath tan head, not much lacing to speak of. Big hop profile in the nose, but some Lorna Doone cookieish malt presence. A nice balance on the tastebuds, big piney oily hops with the cookie goodness. A definite sipper, and at this ABV, one is plenty. Not by favorite DIPA, but certainly worth a try.

jdense, May 24, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a burnt orange pint with a nice white
head and visible carbonation hopping from the
bottom of the glass.

S: Abundance of citrus, grassy, and pine aromas
float off of this beer.

T: The citrus hits you immediately followed by
the florals/grassy flavors. The finish leaves
you feeling like you've sipped some Bombay

M: This is a beer of substance kind of heavy in
on the pallet and almost thick.

D: Very drinkable if you can get past the ABV
which I didn't mention in the "T" area
because I thought it redundant.

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 23, 2009
Photo of kels
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with bamadog at the Comet the other night. Surprisingly high ABV sneaks up on you (or, at least, me).

Appearance: Pours a coppery golden color, very clear, with a few bubbles rising from the bottom here and there and a lovely, fizzy one finger head that retains well and leaves tons of sudsy lace.

Smell: Very grassy with grapefruit and pine - smells biter and sticky if those can be smells. Slight toasted malt sneaks through.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is full of sticky, heavy, oily hops that are a little citrus and a lot of grass and herbal hops at once. Alcohol is somewhat detectable along with a sweet and chewy/syrupy malt. Feel is moderate with a heavy syrupyness that weighs it down.

Drinkability: Moderate for style - drinks easily despite ABV, but really quite sticky and thick.

kels, May 21, 2009
Photo of rgrholmes168
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth, this beer had a decent pour. The waitress who poured left a nice two finger head. The beer had a good brown color to it and one could easily see there was strength to this beer.

The beer had a nice hoppy, fruity smell that made me anticipate my first taste. It was not overpowering in anyway, but the aroma did reinforce the fact that it is an IPA.

The taste had some zing to it. I was surprised by how smooth the beer tasted. Not as overpowering as I thought it would be, I did get a hint of peach.

The beer was fairly light on the palate, which surprised me. I do not think that I could sit down and have more than a couple of this offering from Avery unless, I had someone ready to drive.

A very good beer.

rgrholmes168, May 21, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A nearly clear orange-amber body with lots of sediment in solution. On top, a generous ivory-colored head that endures until the end of the glass, leaving excellent lacing (especially given the high alcohol content).

Aroma: There's certainly no mistaking this for anything but a Double IPA. Up front, a massive wave of potent Northwestern hops with the classic floral, piney, and citrusy characteristics. Underneath, a solid caramel malt base and plenty of booze.

Taste: Wow, this is big. Once again, the hops lead the charge and exhibit brilliant piney, resiny, and citrusy (mostly grapefruit) flavors. It's not a total hop-bomb blowout though, as the biscuity caramel malt backbone and brawny alcohol content are able to keep everything relatively balanced. While it's certainly a bitter beer, and I don't doubt the over 100 IBU rating for a second, the bitterness can be deceptively mellow at times. The aftertaste is strong and dominated by bitter, grapefruity hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. You can certainly feel the booze in the mouth and throat, but they are pleasant sensations. The resiny hops tend to coat the mouth, giving the bitter aftertaste lots of life.

Drinkability: With a massive flavor profile, over ten percent alcohol content, and a full body, this is certainly a "sip-and-contemplate" beer. That being said, I had no trouble whatsoever devouring all 22 ounces in one sitting.

Verdict: As I had expected, with over 100 IBUs and 10% alcohol content, Maharaja is a massive beer. This is your typical big, untamed, unleashed Double IPA with a massive hop character, but a solid enough malt backbone to keep everything in check. This is only the second Avery beer I've tried, but I have to say I'm thoroughly impressed so far.

BeanBone, May 20, 2009
Photo of COBeerBuff
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Gomer's in Lenexa, KS. Bottled in Feb. 2009, Batch #9...

Appearance: Pours a very pretty deep orange, copper; very clear with tiny bubbles and a huge sticky white head. The head looks fluffy and it stays around for a while. The lacing down the sides of the glass would be artwork in any other setting. This is a great looking beer!

Smell: I can smell this DIPA from across the table. That's how potent the hops and citrus are coming off this beast. There's an overwhelming scent of juniper hops that hits you smack in the nose (since your nose is probably buried in the glass. There might be some orange and coriander mixed in, but this is hops, pure and simple.

Taste: Heaven. 'Nuff said. There are hops and then there are hops and this beer has both of them. It's like they are fighting with each other in my mouth, and I'm loving every second of it.

Mouthfeel: This is a very sticky DIPA. It's ohh soo good, but you have to want a beer that will linger on your tongue for a while. If crisp and refreshing is your goal, this is not the DIPA for you.

Drinkability: This just might be my new favorite DIPA. From the lacing to the whiffs of hops to the sticky finish in my mouth, this beer rocks my socks off. That's why I'm barefoot now.

COBeerBuff, May 15, 2009
Photo of Genghis22
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle with "Bottled February 2009, Batch 9" on the bottle.

A - Pours a thick honey color with a slight haze, but mostly see-through. A beautiful creamy white head formed, with nice lacing.

S - A floral bouquet of pine and citrus hops, a touch of lemongrass. Contrasting whiffs of sweet and bitter. A touch of alcohol on the nose as well.

T - Bitter dryness! The first sip hits you with full force, and the second sip reveals the sweeter side. There is a lot of different hops going on here, you can tell by the all different reactions your tongue has. It goes from dry to juicy, bitter to sweet, all in a matter of seconds. This is great!

M - A beer this big, should be substantial, and it is. Thick and syrupy, with good carbonation. When it comes to big, or extreme beers, I love a hearty mouthfeel, and this one is great.

D - I could drink this all night, if the side effects weren't so serious. The website lists this brew at 9.7% abv, but the bottle I have says 10.27% abv! This beer tastes great, and hides the alcohol incredibly well, but I'll only have one at a time.

Genghis22, May 14, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 22 oz bottle...

Pours a clear carrot orange color. Pure white, bubbly head; fantastic. Icy lace at the top a the head shrinks -- which, incidentally, it takes its sweet time doing.

The smell is sweet, flowery hops right off the bat. Heavy pine, then perfumey flower petals. Thick rye malts and sting of alcohol. Intense but really good.

The taste is well-balanced between a roasted malt, flower-pine hops and a burning brandy-like alcoholic character on the way down. Really strong and with a major bite. Very good, especially with the balance of rye/caramel malts.

The feel is creamy but buttery, oily and smooth. Really great on the palate; lessens the bite of the hops. This is one heavy beast of a beer. Really strong and really good.

williamherbert, May 14, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off... How in the hell did I find a bomber of this in Portland... Whole Foods that is... amazing.. (15th NE Fremont..)

- Rather clear and copper colored... Lovely eggshell head... lacing all over... just a small wee-bit of cloudiness.... so small..

- Smells like a Hop Stoopid... huge citrus extract... price way over a Lagunitas... Strong alcohol.. caramel malt...

- A very pleasant and drinkable ale.. in flavor the malt and hop is quite balanced.. some caramel.. and citrus hop... but with a bitter pine hop after-bite..

- Oily.. very chewy... rather extra strong...

- I could drink this stuff for a long time though... because it does have a very citrus extract sort of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid taste.... or is it almost the same thing... just a tad stronger?

Docer, May 13, 2009
Photo of horshack7
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Batch number nine pours a semi clear copper color slightly hazy. With about two fingers worth of head that is lightly fluffy.

Aroma: A big sweet fruit aroma comes out a bit like a grapefruit with sugar sprinkled on it. Hopiness galore from this big boy. Malty undertones fill out the very far background. This has a huge backbone a bit like a sweet syrup.

Taste: Wow this one is a monster. It starts out with a very crisp mouthfeel that attacks the pallate with multiple hits. Then comes a huge bomb of hopiness and grapefruit flavor. It does carry a hint of sweetness on the tail end but this one but what a kick ass double ipa.

Notes: This an absolutely stunning double ipa. it's viscous, harsh and must be respeceted. Maharaja is definately an perfect name for this hop bomb. Cheers

horshack7, May 10, 2009
Photo of caddybuyer
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled bomber into my new BeerAdvocate purchased Spiegelau pint glass.

A-Slightly hazed (probably chill haze) peach amber with an attractive slick eggshell head

S-pungent and resinous fruit and pine hops. Wow, this smells utterly incredible!

T-Sweet malts and citrus hops, orangepeel, Sweet and sour and all good. Slighltly boozy, but I'm liking this one alot.

M-Thick and strong, like an imperial should be.

D-Is this drinkable? Hell yes, is it sessionable?, Hell no. Am I going to buy some more of this? Absolutely...a gem.

caddybuyer, May 09, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA.

A- Poured a beautiful copper-amber, with a nice tan head, no cloudiness.

S- nice and hoppy, a little pine, fresh.

T- Somewhat piney and earthy, very fresh and powerful.

M- Smooth and creamy, nice little bubbles to make this go down easily.

D- Very drinkable for a big beer, dangerous.

cichief, May 08, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, this beer was an amber color with a thick, white, sticky head. Lots of lacing. The aroma was intensely floral, with a bit of malt. Big piney hops taste, again a bit of malt. Pretty well-balanced, although this was a really hoppy beer. One, maybe two, at a sitting.

lordofthewiens, May 06, 2009
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,795 ratings.