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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,737 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,737
Reviews: 1,743
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 265
Gots: 410 | 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 biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bomber pours out a reddish medium copper hue, with lots of foamy white head, and lacing all around the glass. The smell contains a whole lot of citrus hops and strong caramel malt essence, and is quite wonderful. The taste starts with a big citrus hop blast at the front, which mellows quickly and smoothly into the sweet raisiny malt body. There is low carbonation, and a warming from the alcohol. This is quite an intensely flavoured beer, true to the style, and quite good, and sharing the bomber is just about right.

biboergosum, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/27/2006 (750mL bottle):

Pours an amber red color body that is very clear. Can get almost no head out of the pour, it is off-white, and diminishing. A strong aroma of hops, bitterness. Hoppy taste but not overly bitter, semi-sweet, and has a bitter aftertaste.

jujubeast6000, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is truly an amazing beer.

This Kingly brew pours a royal reddish pale color, like one of the colors of the setting sun. Thw setting sun leaves an off white head like the clouds of the day.

Taking the chill off the brew makes it smooth on my palate.

The aroma is of the pines of Colorado. A little soapy too. Lemon peel shines too.

The flavor is the same, very piney. Very unique. Very Lemon peel citrus. Not many brewries can make it like this. A little sweet (very little sweetness) to it. I think the warmer it gets the more the sweetness comes out.

Full bodied but very smooth and crisp.

Very drinkable! A little too drinkable. I could have 5 of these. Definently a royal brew. Thank you Avery. The Lord bless the hop harvest.

hoplover82, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, Batch 8, May 2008. Pours an orange-amber color with a decent off-white head, pretty good lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus hops with a decent malty backbone, caramel and pale malts. Taste is initial citrus hops with a good amount of maltiness, finishes fairly bitter. Mouthfeel is astringent (esp. the finish), fairly thick, and fairly active carbonation. Good beer, a more malty DIPA than I've had recently.

mtstatebeer, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of LennyV
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great brew from Avery!

Labeled batch #8 bottled May 2008 Abv 10.21%

Poured into my Maudite snifter little to no head and no lacing. It has a wonderful deep honey color.

Smells like citrusy pine with some alcohol.

Wonderful malt flavor with some citrus fruit balanced perfectly with hops. Some IPAS are over the top with hops but this one hits the mark balancing sweetness with bitterness. The alcohol is well masked but lingers slightly in after taste

This IPA feels wonderful in the mouth. It is syrupy thick full bodied and a great sipper.

One of my top 10 beers I have enjoyed to date and the least expensive. I can only imagine what a few years in the cellar will bring.

LennyV, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of tadowdaddy
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy rust color. I can't see through the glass to the other side. Very minimal head and lacing is almost non-existant.

S- Smells wonderful. A mix of caramel malt and fruity hops. Hops are very overwhelming in the scent of this beer.

T- AMAZING! Caramel malts, piney hops, and a citrus punch. Bitter aftertaste which is comparible to other DIPA's. Absolutely outstanding taste for those who love hops. Malt comes through in the backend while the piney hops and citrus tastes come through initially.

M- This brew leaves an oily and thick taste in the mouth.

D- The alcohol in this beer is almost unnoticable to me. I could drink a few more of these with no problems. Very easy to drink and a perfect DIPA for hop lovers.

I will definitely be drinking this one again.

tadowdaddy, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of ncbeermonger
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


This beer is OUTSTANDING!

Simply hard to beat. It pours a dark almost amber and orange, head sticks to the sides and is outstanding!

The smell is of hops, hops, and more hops!

the taste is outstanding citrus, and hops mixing in an outstanding mix!

The mouthfeel is second to maybe just Bells HopSlam, yup that's it!

This beer even at the price is very, very drinkable! Pick onbe up like NOW....if you can find it!


ncbeermonger, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of bifrostguard
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This bottle says 10.21%

A - Deep amber color with matching light tan head that leaves minimal lacing

S- Some floral and citrus hops and strong malt sweetness.

T - A little earthy. Pine and citrus hops are equally present with a complimentary malt backbone that balances it out. A little on the malty sweet side for me but at over 10% it's pretty damn good! Alcohol is noticeable and warming in the end.

M - Thick and syrupy. Feels nice and smooth going down. Not thirst quenching, but if you're in the mood for a beer then this will certainly quench your craving.

D - Very easy drinking. Smooth and not too overpowering. I like this beer a lot, but a little less malt and more bitterness would be more to my liking.

bifrostguard, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 6 -May 2007

Pours a dark golden amber with only the most minimal of head. Smell is big 'ol sticky, stinky hops. And a lot of them.
Taste is huge, bittering hops. Mostly bittering floral hops, but some citrusy hops as well.
There is a very malty presence to support the amount of hops which gives it a full mouthfeel. This isn't a very refreshing beer, but a very good tasting one.

FtownThrowDown, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very glad to still see this on tap at Zeno's last night...Had it served in a pint glass...

A: Extremely hazy orange color with a solid one finger head. Looks like carbonated orange juice! It is so hazy it is hard to see the carbonation creeping up the glass...

S: Fore! A huge hop bomb just landed. Tons of citrus hops that are very robust. Tons of orange and lighter fruits in the nose as well.

T: The taste is exceptional! So much orange and citrus hops in the taste without being too bitter. Very slight pine notes, this one is all citrus! Some light fruits like orange and lemon and grapefruit.

Overall, this is what a DIPA should be! Tons of hop flavors, but it doesn't make you pucker with bitterness.

treyrab, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of CoolJosh
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Zeno's, and was referred to it by a fellow BAer..

A: Really gorgeous hazy dark amber. About a finger head, slightly off white, that last a good way through the drink. Solid lacing.

S: Very slight and subtle hints of citrus, particularly orange, possibly some lemon as well. Definitely some caramel, and some really bold piney hops, which smell very refreshing.

T: Very hoppy, and oh sooo good. The main citrus that stood out to me was orange, but my friend noticed a lot of lemon flavors (didn't stand out as much for me i guess). Slightly dry, but to be expected with this style.

Overall, very good, I find hoppier double pale ales to be very refreshing, especially this time of year in the midst of all of the stout releases. Again this one is loaded with hops, and is definitely worth a try.

CoolJosh, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice ruby color with an off white creamy head that lasts for the duration. Good lacing on the glass suggests the great brew that is to come.
The aroma begins with sweet caramel malt and fades into some nice piney hop notes.
The flavor erupts with sweetness and is balanced by huge hop bitterness. Caramel, plums, pine, sweet citrus, finishes cleanly with a little residual sweetness on the tongue. There is very little bitterness left on the palate.
A little too sweet to earn an excellent drinkability rating but with 10% ABV that is probably a good thing. Great beer that I would highly recommend for any hophead!

DIPAbrewer, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice orange amber color with a medium sized but thick white colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass very nicely and laces all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts and then a huge piney/citrisy/earthy hoppy aroma. It was more than I was expecting.
T: Tastes of a sweet malt base and then a huge hoppy flavor for the rest of the beer. It has a very very strong tasting piney and citrisy and a bit earthy hop flavor.
M: Very crisp and spicey feeling with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable double IPA as I did not notice the alcohol in it.

erosier, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of chuckd123
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a superb DIPA. Have had several of these (all via bombers) this summer, and love it. Avery nails the style 100%, this thing rocks.

Pours a nice deep, somewhat hazy dark copper. Really nice head that laces down the sides and lasts until you're finished.

Smell is amazing -- true west coast, hopped up aroma. Begs you to stop smelling and start drinking.

Taste is perfect. An overall balance of a slight alcohol nose (less in your face than a lot of DIPA's, but right there nonetheless), grapefruity, floral hops and a malt backbone. Really good balance of flavors and smells as you drink. Take it slow, breathe it in and enjoy very sip.

Drinkability only hurt by the abv%. I've put back 2 bombers twice now over the course of maybe 3-4 hours, watching baseball. The alcohol sort of sneaks up on you as you really don't notice it like you do in say a DFH90min, or even a Hercules. Really, really good job by Avery here.

chuckd123, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of caminiti
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For $8 a bottle, it had better be good, and it is.
I picked it up at a beverage barn place in New Paltz, and havent found it anywhere else, but if I go through there again, I would get another.
Poured a beautiful dark gold, slight head, and gave the smell of a wet-hopped, bitter, IPA. Came with a kick as well, advertised 10.2%. A beer worth the purchase if you see it.

caminiti, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange brown color with minimal head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of sweet citrus with oranges dominating and bitter hops to balance it out. A bit of caramel malts add some depth to the sweetness.

Taste of sweet citrus with oranges dominating again, almost like orange juice. Hop flavor initially blooms into a clinging hoppy bitterness that becomes more bitter as the taste lingers.

Mouthfeel is clean and tight, leaving an oily film through the mouth.

paco1029384756, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 received as part of the LNBA BIF... big thanks to Redwood21.. I was really hoping somebody would send me one of these... my bottle says 10.21% ABV.

2 finger head lasts forever with big waves of collar and lace with every sip.. brew is amber orange red.

Hops are huge citrus and some pineapple... a little pine with a little bit more than enough maltiness and a little caramel.

Flavor is very much a DIPA with quite a bit of malt pushing the hops.. grapefruit and pine hops with caramel malts... maybe a little sweet ... I like malty DIPA's but this may be a bit much tonight... still badass though. Body is on the thicker side for the style too.. but again.. I like that.. it keeps me from drinking it too fast... smooth ... finish sorta dies of quick especially as it hits room temperature.

Nice Brew.... Great BIF... Fantastic Trader... Redwood21 gets a bunch of props.

JohnGalt1, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears hazy copper with a large head and extensive lacing. The smell is explosively grapefruit and pine. Maybe a little bit of peach. The taste is exceptional with bold hop character, grapefruit and a caramel malt moderator that steps aside for the main event. A full body tries to tame the abv and IBUs, but comes up a bit short. Maharaja means business. It's a top DIPA, but a little too massive to completely throw caution to the wind. A very complex DIPA that I will continue to scrutinize and enjoy.

itcomesnpints, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much bubbling in this copper toned brew. Some nice sticky, lace up to thirty minutes after the pour. Slowly recedes to a ring o' foam. Th smell is a blend of bitter orange zest and the aroma you get when you break a danelion stem in half and take a whiff. Very flowery beer with no shortage of toasted biscuit malts in both the aroma and taste. The taste starts with lots of citrus skin. Borderline burnt/toasted white notes begin to mix with a flower field of herbal and flowery hops.Very nice tasting DIPA. Palte is a chewy, resiny, hop bomb. I'mso glad this beer is always available by me.

scruffwhor, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of xare
1.78/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured as a lovely burnt orange / amber color with a white head that has constant carbonation. Nice appearance.

Aroma was of alcohol and I had to strain really hard to get a faint hint of grapefruit... but malt was the rest of the aroma. This is a DIPA? Definitely doesn't smell like one to me.

Taste was of malt, alcohol, and no hops whatsoever. Turned me completely off. I demand some hops or at least for the beer to not be so boozy / hot.

Mouthfeel was decent at first but then heats up rather fast due to the alcohol.

Drinkability was very low due to the massive alcohol content and the letdown that this brew was for me. I won't be purchasing this beer again. DIPA without hops whatsoever makes no sense to me.

xare, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of Redwood21
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: this is a golden red beer with a dirty white head that lasts and lasts i like how the head sticks to the glass

S: the beer has a slight hop spiceyness but as it warms this aroma dies off and lends itself more to the burnt toast and malt

T: this beer has a slight alcohol bite to it with some malt and hops. there is a little bit of caramel sweetness that tickles the back of your throat but its not incredibly evident, almost peanut brittle in nature

M: a little light, but not bad for dipa style it is by no means a thick beer but a good consistency
D: 9.7% and you do not even feel it, its very tasty and drinkable

Redwood21, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of erikm25
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy scarlet with copper and smoked peach highlights. Creamy and frothy off white (two inch) head that recedes slowly leaving thick spotty lacing. I liked the reddish and resined glow as it sat in the glass.

S: Pine, citrus, tangerine, and hop rush. Malt is noticeable and balances nicely against the floral aromas. There is a light lemon and honey nose that helps sweeten the deal and subdue any bitterness.

T: The usual pine hop suspect coupled with a very distinguishable caramel soaked apple tone. The citrus and grapefruit is apparent and that tangy-ness easily masks any taste of alcohol. As the beer warms the malts and citrus fruits become deeper, fuller, and richer. An aftertaste of hopped pined bitterness makes this an amazing tasting beer.

M: Medium bodied to full bodied filled with chewy pine. The alcohol becomes apparent only in feeling, not in taste.

D: The taste well exceeded my expectations. Coupled with some Black Sabbath and some bacon cheeseburgers I was pleased with the overall experience. It is too early to say if this is one of my favorite imperials but I suspect it will be in the running as time passes.

erikm25, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of jackorain
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy copper with a thick off-white head that falls every-so-slowly leaving sticky web-like lace with large globs of head down the glass.

S-Big grapefruit and pine hops immediately greet the olfacotrry senses. In fact these were filling my nose as I poured. This is followed up by caramel amlts, toffee and a touch biscuity aromas.

T-Big piney hops hit right upfront. The grapefruit then takes over with huge juicy red ripe grapfruit pulp and zest. Some caramel malt and the aforementioned toffee poke through in the middle only to be smacked waway by the 2nd onslought of grapefruit goodness. The bitterness is significant and can be likened to chewing on large hunks grapefruit zest with a little pith left on for good measure. Just when you thought the relentless barage of grapefruit was over, the long piney bitter finish comes in. What a fine offering.

M-The entire mouth tingles with hops, the carbonation is lively but not overpowering in any way. The body is medium to full and is quite chewy. After the swallow there is a bit of an oily feeling elft behind.

D-For a big one this is quite drinkable. It is certainly a pallete killer though, so another is in order after the 1st because everything else will be off after this.

jackorain, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of denflyr
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear copper color with an off-white head that went away rather quickly. Lacing was minimal but to me seemed to increase a bit as the beer warmed.

S: I was expecting a very "graperfruity" nose to to the beer. I was surprised that it was a bit subdued to me, especially considering its high IBU's (105). Also as the beer warmed a bit I detected an almost "vinyl" like nose, but it did not turn me off.

T: The flavor was nice and creamy with the malt being very seemless with the hops. The citrusy aspect was there as a flavor profile, but I did not get the grapefruit as I had suspected on the nose might have. The maltiness was just a touch sweet as well, but not cloying

M: A nice mouthfeel was evident on this beer. I could drink this beer very easily as the hoppiness was not overwhelming. The carbonation was evident, but did not last long and the finish was strong and a piney hopiness was there for a bit afterword.

D: Like I mentioned above the malt and hops meld very well and I could easily drink this beer often. The higher alcohol level was not that evident, but then again I only drank one over time. A nice effort and one in which I will search out again!

denflyr, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Pours a clear, dark coppery-orange color, with a big rocky off white head that slowly receded leaving a splotchy lacing on the way down.

S: a huge citrusy blast of grapefruit, pine and a dry floral hopping. The nose was big, hoppy, with some sweet malt in the finish.

T: The flavor had an equally huge sweet grapfruit and citrus hopping with some dry pine and floral bitterness with a nice background of malt sweetness to balance things out a bit, but it is the truly pungent hopping that defines this beer. The beer finishes with some grassy notes.

M: sticky caramel and pine hop resin lacing the tongue with a medium body and a nice carbonation presence.

D: A huge showing of hops and malt combine beautifully for a huge citrusy blast that is sure to please. is equally as big alcohol wise and a monster of treat that comes with a high recommend for the serious hophead.

beerthulhu, Sep 17, 2008
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,737 ratings.