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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,986
Reviews: 1,774
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 313
Gots: 519 | 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: 4,986 | Reviews: 1,774
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Big tawny amber color with creamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Big citrus grapefruit with some resinous bitterness. Sweet malt lingers in the background.

T- Grapefruit followed by a bitter kick, piney aftertaste to follow. Fairly malty (although I'm not 100% sure of this one's freshness), but that gives it some nice balance.

M- Creamy, but slightly sticky. I like it.

D- Tasty and pretty drinkable for a big high ABV DIPA. Good MF keeps it going smooth.

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hanging out with a few buddies at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Brighton, MA. After hearing so much about this Imperial IPA and seeing it on tap--I had to give it a try.

Awesome, lively golden ambiance was poured into a 13 oz. goblet. I was somewhat disappointed by the lacking head however. Perhaps the pour by the bartender?

This was a bouquet of hops, just what I was waiting for. Incredible citrus, tart notes, and clearly super-hoppy.

The taste was equally as powerful. After letting my buddies try a sip of whom couldn't handle the hops--I was glad as there was more for me. But this was a battle of sorts to finish. Definitely something you need to take your time with.

The 10% or so is clearly felt throughout--this brew is probably designed to be bigger than life and a once in a while treat.

Photo of chilly460
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice straw/honey color with two finger white head, minimal lacing

S - Big piney hops overpower any malt profile, pretty straightforward.

T - Huge hops flavor as expected, very piney but never any astringent taste. Very solid for a huge hop bomb, but definitely doesn't try to be a balanced beer. Not complex and hop profile is pretty "plain" tasting.

M - Appropriate for the type but would prefer more chewiness to it.

D - Decent for the type, but the lack of balance and wear on the palate limit wanting to seek it out.

Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of off white head on a hazy, dark copper colored body. Good retention and lace.

S - Lots of hops, balanced by equally powerful caramel malt. Citrus, grapefruit and pineapple with some toffee.

T - Spicy hops up front; pineapple, lemon and basil. Sweet, sugary malt powers up in the middle. Caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Bitter hops balance out the sweet finish.

M - Moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a heavy, thick DIPA and despite its huge flavors, it is balanced enough to remain relatively quaffable. This beer is full of pungent hops, especially in the aroma, but it is one of the few examples of the style that is just as much about malt as hops and bitterness. The rich toffee and caramel not only balance the hops and preserve drinkability, but also add complexity and make for an excellent drinking experience.

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

S-Poured into a pint glass from a bomber

A-Color of honey, white foamy head, a good amount of lacing

S-citrus hops, greatfruit, orange, pineapple

T-tastes alot like it smells. alot of citrus flavors up front with some pine hops at the finish. A Little alcohol on the finish but not as much as you might expect with the 10% ABV.

M-slick with some light carbonation that tickles the back of the tongue

D-Given the high ABV it is very drinkable. The alcohol is not very noticable so this one could sneak up on you after a few.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer countless times and it remains one of my all time favorite IPAs. This is their freshest batch as it was bottled in June of 2009. Here is my review:

A: Pours an amber gold. Head is very fluffy and leaves lacing on the glass.

S/T: The aroma is excellent. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, pine and some grass. This is all hops. Taste is just as excellent. I would describe the flavor as piney grapefruit. Very hoppy, very bitter, very complex. There is grass, and touches of citrus fruit. I also get an orange rind character in there. The malt does add some sweetness and maybe a touch of caramel, but this is primarily a hop showcase.

M/D: Medium bodied with a very juicy mouthfeel. Finish is very bitter and very dry. For a beer that is almost 11% ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden. A slight touch of warmth in the throat, but that is the only indication of the alcohol presence. Drinks very well, although a bit harsh and intense for the non-craft brew drinker.

This is easily one of the best IPAs I have ever had. Its got just about everything. Citrus, pine, grass, bitterness, dry finish, complexity. Easily in the top 5 IPAs I have ever had, this is one to revisit often. It also ages surprisingly well as the hop character remains there, even after a year or so. Worth checking out again and again. Excellent.

Photo of cbros
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours an orange juice color. There is some carbonation activity present after the pour. There is a small two finger white head.

S- There is a fair amount of citrus hops coming from the nose. I get the sense that the citrus hops breaks down into grapefruit and orange(that might help explain the color of the beer).

T- This beer has a nice flavor of malt and hop. It's balance makes the beer very smooth and easy to drink. For its apparent strength it is easy to drink and there inlies a possible problem.

This is a good tasting Imperial IPA, but it is a little too citrusy for my tastes. But the nice thing is that the taste masks a strong beer. I am glad that I tried this beer however I probably will not try this one again. There are too many Imperial IPA's out there to settle on just one!

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Avery Maharaja poured deep copper with a creamy two-finger head. The glass was left with thick creamy rings of lace. This was a near-perfect looking beer.

The smell amd taste were complex and dominated by malt sweetness and alcohol, much like fruit soaked in grain alcohol. The feel was thick, bitter, and bready. This beer was a pleasure to drink; however the alcohol presence made it slow-going.

Avery Maharaja has a wonderful look and balance of sweet and bitter. It's like a meal and dessert rolled into one.

Photo of b3barron
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled in June so this one is fairly fresh. Served in a dimple mug.

A - Normal pour produces a frothy one inch head with good retention and some lacing.

S - Pineapple and sweet bready malt. Juicy citrus, too. Very fruity.

T - I get some floral notes and the bitterness is pronounced. The sweet malt and fruity esters are lying underneath but are really dominated by the bitterness. I'll give Avery lots of credit for hiding the > 10% ABV well as I don't really enjoy alcohol flavors in the DIPA style.

M - Creamy and on the fuller-bodied end of the spectrum.

D - Just OK. I'll enjoy this bomber but I would not session this one which is probably good considering the ABV.

Glad I finally got around to trying this. I'll probably grab it again when I am really need a hop fix.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery, these guys are good.

Pours that pale ale color, has a hop induced head that dissipates to a thin film but laces the glass perfectly.

Aroma, DIPA hops : Centenial, Amarillo, Cascade? Some apricot, some orange and grapefruit rind. A faint malt presence in the nose, close to a marris otter profile but not quite.

Flavor : Hops and then some malt. Alot of grapefruit mango and apricot, a solid sweetness to balance out the hops, but nothing cloying. Absolutely delicious. A faint warming effect from the alcohol, but nothing in the taste like a hot alcohol presence.

Will purchace this one again, this and Hog Heaven are in my top 10 beers.

Photo of cvaypai
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber to 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - Pours a very nice amber brown with a 1 finger head. Laces very nicely down the glass. Crystal clear.

Smell - Tons of citrusy hops in the nose, a bit of pine, tons of grapefruit and orange. A sweet malt can be detected in the nose and a bit of alcohol. Very nice smelling beer.

Taste - Up front you get tons of the hops, very yummy grapefruit, orange peel and piney hops. It's chased by a bit of a breadier, sweeter malt that balances it all out very nicely. Almost candy like. Nice bitter finish that lasts.

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel for a beer of its stature. Just right on the carbonation and moves down the tongue very nice.

Drinkability - Just the bomber, this is one that could be shared, its not too heavy, but it is just heavy enough where one is enough.

Photo of craytonic
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper-penny with some golden sunlight. Decent head, nice lacing

Smell: Big on the hops, but way to big on the malt. Not the pure hop deliciousness you get from pliny, ruination, or yulesmith. Caramel, hops, pine, resin, sap, biscuits, pineapple, orange zest, and of course grapefruit.

Taste: Lots of malt and caramel, grapefruit, pine, pine resin, sap, biscuits, pineapple, orange zes.

Mouthfeel: Big without being huge, well carbonated but a bit underwhelming

Drinkability: Impressive for the ABV

Photo of capra12
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed with the help of Speedwayjim and Steph on 8/7/09.

Appearance: Amber and clear with little head retention.

Smell: The most prominent hop profile I get from this is the flesh and rind of the grapefruit.

Taste: This opens with the grapefruit hop and a subtle sweetness which sneaks in there. From the middle to the end the hop profile continues and as it approaches the end there is a citrus tang which comes about leaving a grapefruit and hoppy alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and dry.

Drinkability: I am personally starting to like the hoppier IPA's but there weren't too many profiles of hop to make me want another on the same night.

Photo of cullen0013
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Nonic glass.

A - Pours a rich copper with an off white head, leaving rings of lace on the glass as it's consumed.

S - Hoppy. Lots of pine. "Smells" resin-y and sticky.

T - Plenty of hop bitterness, potent alcohol character, hints of apricot.

M - Heavily carbonated, coats the mouth. See "sticky"

D - Hop bomb, high gravity. A good sipper, but not very sessionable IMHO.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright hazy orange with a nice clean white sticky head. Aroma is GREAT! Big citrus and sweet malt with a great kick of hops. A beer that really entices you from the smell. The taste doesn't fail. Big hop flavors combine with grapefruit and pineapple for a really great IPA.
Has a great crisp feel in the mouth, clean with just enough lingering from the hops. It would be easy to drink a lot of these except for the 10%ABV. The alchohol does not get in the way of the flavors, but will sneak up on you. Overall one of my new favorite IPAs.

Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, amber/copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol up front, then hops, sweet malt background, slight pine, and slight citrus. Overall, a great blend, body, and drinkability for such a high abv.

Photo of infestaxion
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10 Bottled in June

A - Hazy orange with a fluffy, two finger cream head. A little bit of lacing. Nice looking beer.

S - I don't even have to pick up the glass to smell the malt profile on this bad boy. When I do put my nose in there I get a very nice hop smack in the face. Floral and citrus hops. A nice amount of pine.

T - The taste is much like the smell. The balance sways toward the hops. Just how I like it. Could stand to be a little more bitter.

M - Good body and carbonation.

D - Pretty smooth for 10.69%. I don't pick up any alcohol in the flavor.

Photo of jxhill
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange color. Thin and sticky head. Smell is sharp and hoppy with hints of pine and citrus. Flavor is piney, but more specifically sappy. There is a strong and lingering grapefruit taste. Citrusy on the front and full-bodied with hardly bitterness at all. Lingers in front but little finish in back. A fantastic beer.

Photo of seanbhudson
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a large white frothy head. A large amount of sticky lacing.
Big aroma of sweet citrus grass and doughy malts.
Rich and think complex hop flavor. There is a bit of grass, citrus (grapefruit and a bit of pineapple), pine and even a bit of earthiness. Lemongrass also comes to mind. It is not overpowering because there is so much caramel / doughy malt. The finish has a resiny feel kind and you can taste the alcohol a bit.
Medium-full bodied beer with a syrupy texture. Soft carbonation.
A flavorful and rich IPA. While there is a lot of hoppy bitterness it fades away really smoothly. There is a spicy feel to the beer that is probably a combination of the hops and alcohol. The syrupy sweetness is actually what makes this beer hard to drink a lot of.

Photo of beertunes
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 into 10oz glass. Poured a golden amber with a thin cap of head. A little bit of lacing.

A bold hop aroma greets the nose with pine and citrus being prominent. The flavor profile is similar with a solid malt foundation holding up the hops nicely.

Very good body that coats the tongue nicely without being too clingy. Dangerously drinkable, this ImpIPA can be had repeatedly. Worth seeking out.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Fourth Avenue Pub on a recent trip to Brooklyn; served in a standard pint

Appears a beautiful burnt orange with a tan infused creamy cap. Two fingers of foam, settled slowly and left loads of sticky lacing all over the place.

Lots of grapefruit and chunky pineapple with a touch of toasted biscuits in the nose. There is an underlying aroma of pine needles poking through. Light malt backbone, very hop assertive.

The citrus really pushes through on the palate, but the pine and spruce play a prominent role. I like that there is more forest flavors than most dipa's, it give this guy a little bit of an edge. In the finish, a huge bitterness rushes over the palate and takes hostage of the tastebuds. This is a pretty dynamite dipa, I am liking this much better on-tap than the bottle I had.

Medium to full body, rich and chewy. Has a resiny type of finish. Big fan.

This guy is over 10% and it lets you know. There is some faint alcohol warmth that lingers. A sipper, but one that is hard to put down.

Photo of deereless
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold to brown tea colored, thick rocky head with some sticky lacing along the edge of the glass, crystal clear on the first pour but noticeable sediment on the bottom of the bottle - 4.50, S: Loads of earthy & citrusy hops with a smattering of pine, definite pungency to the nose, there is also a solid showing from tropical fruits such a pineapple and possibly passion fruit, though hops take center stage the malts are also evident and alcohol is obvious - 4.00, T: Extremely piney, some sticky sweetness on a heavy malt base, definite warming on the noticeable alcohol - 4.00, M: Full-bodied and creamy - 4.50, D: A solid interpretation of a double IPA, the high alcohol pushes it a touch outside of the drinkable range though that won't stop me from continuing to enjoy Maharaja - 4.00

Photo of GarrisWH
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber - Batch 10: Bottled in June 2009

A - Pours a very slightly hazy orange-tinged copper color with about two fingers of frothy off-white head. The head dissipates pretty slowly, leaving thick, sticky lacing behind. Retains a nice cap throughout drinking.

S - Pretty intense, spicy pine and citrus hop aromas up front with a sturdy pale malt backbone with a sweet, caramel, biscuity character. Hint of alcohol on the nose as well.

T - Very nice, complex hop flavors up front with spicy, bitter qualities with of floral, pine and citrus (mostly grapefruit) tones. There's a kind of earthy, grassy quality to the hops as well. Balanced with a pretty healthy dose of pale malt with a sweet caramel/biscuit flavor. Piney, resiny bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M - On the lighter side of full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Goes down smooth and definitely has a very resiny mouthfeel.

D - Considering the high ABV, this is a very drinkable brew. I really like the intense hop flavors in this one, and it manages to maintain a balance as well. Caution is warranted, as this one goes down dangerously smooth and easy for 10.69%.

Photo of gatornation
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy copper color with a nice head that dissipates to a nice 1/4 creamy beige head till end.the smell is a hop bomb that is grapefruit, hop, pine, grass, and malt i also smell alcohol...the taste is a tongue heater it hits in you face with hops, grapefruit and sweet malts and again that alcohol taste which detracts from the overall balance of this dipa.the mouth feel is robust and full with sticky oily hop resins but with a alcohol burn that i do not like in dipa's .this one is a good dipa and one that i will recommend but not as balanced or in the same league as dread naught ,double trouble,pliney,or hopslam..if this was tweaked a little and balanced out this would be an a-plus..still recommended of course

Photo of brokenleadedcask
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this tastiness at South Park Tavern. Poured in a standard pint glass, it didn't have too much head retention but had some good lacing. The body was golden amber and translucent. The aroma on this is powerful. Lots of grapefruit, melon, and citrusy hops. There was a weird faint note of strawberry!?! The 3C hops are also powerful in the taste with some orange rind and I know there's some malt in there somewhere but the hops overpower it. This beer has staying power, really coats the mouth with bitterness and just hangs out there. Someone posted a thread about a drinkability theory, if you start drinking it and HOLY CRAP it's almost gone, that equals good drinkability. That was the case with this one, sucked it down. Yum.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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