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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,984 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,984
Reviews: 1,774
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 312
Gots: 516 | 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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Ratings: 4,984 | Reviews: 1,774
Photo of danrodrigue
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 -3.3%
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 -2.4%
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 +0.2%
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 +6.1%
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 -5.4%
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 -6.4%
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 -1.7%
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 -20.8%
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 +6.8%
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 -2.1%
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 -0.2%
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 -5%
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 +3.1%
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.

Photo of cdizinno
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kegged approx. mid-March 2010. I can't emphasize enough that FRESHER IS BEST with IPA's or DIPA's !!!

A: Pours a clear deep copper color. Nice light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Roasted caramel malts are heavy with some citrus hop presence.

T&M: Toasted/roasted caramel and floral/fruity hop flavor. Well-balanced mild malty sweetness with flavorful hop bitterness. Smooth with fine carbonation. Medium bodied with some boozy alcohol flavor, but much better if it is fresher.

Quality DIPA and I cannot stress enough the importance of FRESHNESS (unless you like aged/boozy/smokey tasing beer when aged), this stuff is awesome fresh! One of the best I've had.

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

On gravity pour cask, at the Flying Saucer, Ft. Worth 4/9/2010

Served cool with a hazy golden amber body and rocky, creamy light tan head. Smell was of fresh hops, extremely dank and pungent. Taste was very similar to bottled Maharaja, BUT, with an even more intense super fresh grapefruit flavor. The hops change to an herbal bitterness in the finish, very nice. Still a nice malt backbone to match up with the supreme hop flavors. Mouthfeel was super lush and creamy, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is good, though a single 12oz serving of this strong ale is plenty. Much better on cask than in the bottle. If you see this on cask, get it!

Photo of Norfawkers
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a freshly mowed lawn...hoppy goodness with smooth malt back

Appearance: Orange-ish, clear, minimal frothy head

Smell: Floral and hoppy, citrus

Taste: Hoppy bouquet, almost fruity, malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Bitter kick up front; short and quick flavor

Drinkability: Very drinkable and flavorful and worthy of a lazy afternoon of relaxed sipping

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft. Served in a 10 oz wide-mouth pokal for $5.85. Awesome name derived from the historical Sanskrit language. 'Maha' meaning great and 'Rajan' meaning king.

A: Medium size white foamy head with tight knit bubbles. Eventually becomes a sudsy film with a bubbly collar. The body is rich in appearance and flaunts a very dark amber hue. Lightly hazy. Lazy, drooping lace.

S: A very hoppy brew boasting the qualities of magnum, crystal, centennial and simcoe. (The centennial shines the brightest.) Malt heavy as well, showcasing two row barley, caramel 120L and victory. There is an interesting dominant aroma/flavor with a pruney/rasin quality.

T: The taste follows closely but is somewhat/somehow less impressive. Mildly fruity. Plenty of hop-induced bitterness. Very good, but not entirely delicious. A little too sweet in my opinion.

M & D: Extremely smooth with a slick texture. Medium flavor duration. Heavy bitterness on the finish. But the front end sweetness of your next sip will help balance it out. This clever process ensures that the Maharaja will not last long in the glass. Somewhat dangerous considering the all-too-noticeable ten and a quarter ABV.

Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Poured from a 22oz bomber to a goblet. Pours a nice reddish-blond color with a decent head which dissipates relatively quick leaving a faint white ring atop the brew.

S - Huge aroma, which you can pick up on as soon as you crack the top. Citrus (tangerine, grapefruit), possibly some cilantro, and vanilla, very complex aroma but it makes me want to keep smelling. Very inviting.

T - Same complexity as the smell, starts off slow, sweetness like a ruby red grapefruit, sweetness from the malts, then the hops become more pronounced and tart, finishes with a bitter punch.The alcohol is there but never overwhelming, very subtle. Man there is alot going on here and my palate is just not far along enough to break it down any further.

M - Somewhat creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D - Scary smooth for the 10% ABV. The complexity of the flavors keep you coming back for more but this is by no means a session beer, not even close. This is certainly one to end the night with as I doubt your palate would be able to recover from the experience quickly. Very enjoyable and a must try for any DIPA fan.

Photo of katan
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a Sam Pint

A - Pours a deep orange to almost brown color. Opaque, but not hazy. Very thick looking. Head formation is very light, only a light white film forming. Carbonation appears low.

S - Incredibly potent orange and floral notes - hops at all the way. Very sweet, almost clementine like.

T - Starts off balanced, you can detect a boatload of malts but immediate bitterness right along side it. Extreme amounts of orangish, American hops, grapefruit - some wild flower notes. Continues its citrus like style but then turns bitter, quickly and strongly. Finishes strongly bitter, sits on the tongue with a tongue curdling bite.

M - Moderate beer body - creamy from all the solid malts. The aftertaste does have a clinging bitter oily film. Not overly carbonated, stinging.

D - Smooth, flavors are potent but manageable for the style. ABV is scary and well hidden. Obviously a one and one beer. Even for a DIPA I find this beer low on the session scale - not bad - just one you want to slow down and enjoy.

Does remind me of Hog Heaven at times, which could be an indication of the subtle differences between a DIPA and a Barleywine. Avery is a solid brewery, and this beer only reenforces that.

Photo of Manoftyr
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber

Appearance-Pours a beautiful golden amber-orange with ample white head given that dissipates after a few sips leaving prominent white lacing in its wake.

Aroma-Hops, piney, citrucy hops mingling with alcohol and sweet, sticky caramel-like malt, smells a bit sweeter than most DIPAs but I tend to like mine a bit on the balanced and malty side so I don't really mind, enjoy it even.

Taste-Follows the nose with citric and piney hops upon a backbone of sweetness, some alcohol bite towards the finish but nothing experience-ruining.

Mouthfeel-Lush and pillowy, very smooth and expansive.

Drinkability-If I had another bomber I could see myself drinking it, it's pretty drinkable.

Notes-Tasty, quite tasty; if you like sweeter DIPAs you should love this.

Photo of BDLbrewster
2.48/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice cloudy worthers original hue of amber with an off-white sticky looking head that leaves a coating of lacing.

The nose is loaded with resinous pine and lots of sugary sweet toffee notes. No real citrus to speak of, but there is an apparent booziness at the end of the nose.

The taste is heavily pine resin forward with a monstrous malty backbone. Thick sugary caramel under layers of pine-sol bite. The booziness is somewhat harsh and rears its head all the way through the flavor spectrum.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied and syrupy with little carbonation to cut through the heavy flavors.

Overall, I just have never been able to enjoy this one. Looks like nothing has changed. I know the style doesn't demand it, but there is no hint of balance at all here. Sorry Avery this is my last re-visit to your flagship DIPA.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber gold with a modest creamy head leaving curtains of lacing on the glass.

Very fresh aromas of malt, hops, vanilla, sugar, mixed fruit.

Sweet malty taste with a fruit salad of banana, strawberries, kiwi and finishing with pronounced hop bitterness. The sweetness upfront and then an intense, tongue burning and numbing concentrated red grapefruit bitterness in the finish gives the palate a roller-coaster ride.

Medium body, somewhat creamy, with a refreshing level of carbonation.

There is a lot to like in this beer. I am liking it since my favorite style is Belgian IPA. The fruit flavors are here along with the highly concentrated hop bitters. On my list of the very best Imperial IPAs. Drink in moderation!

Photo of organicbrewer
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 2010, batch 11. NICE!

A-clear but not brilliant bronze. Huge off white head.

S-tangarine. slight dank. some mango. Juicy fruit. Hops are really hiding the malt.

T-Firmly bitter (who woulda thought). Candy like. Piney. Earthy. More citrus in the aroma than the flavor.

M-medium bodied. Thicker than I thought it would be, but still nice. Some alcohol. Medium carbonation.

D-The alcohol and thickness make this a hard beer to drink a lot of. Really nice aroma with a decent flavor. Maybe dry it out a bit, or not. Still good.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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