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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,674
Reviews: 1,737
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 256
Gots: 395 | FT: 6
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 johanvond
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

The Maharaja is fantastic I'm happy to finally have it on draft. It pours with a healthy amount of head and orange amber color. There is a strong pina colada sent emminating out of and over comming the frosted glass. It starts out with a piney hop attack with a short break of big clean almost sweet malty body. Than it's right back with a huge hops profile stanting with a pina colada citric sweetness. Moving on to citric grapefruit rhine like bitterness ending with a white pepper like hop finnish. Refreshing.

johanvond, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of paytoplay
3.05/5  rDev -27.9%

My 1st impression of this beer was Ok and over rated. I drank it right when it came out, maybe beer like wine suffers from bottle shock? My friends over the coming weeks were really impressed with the beer buying large quantities of the Bombers around town. Judgement reserved with higher hopes for the other bottle I bought.

paytoplay, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.78/5  rDev +13%

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Dark copper, heavy head, dissipates real slow. Nice legs too.

S - Citrus, flowers, and grapefruit.

T - Flowers, grapefruit and citrus, which subside to roasty malts.

M - Not bitter at all, awesome. No alc feel either.

D - Wish I got more than a small sample.

MisterClean, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of elniko
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from bomber into snifter

A: Deep rich amber, very little head.

S: Very strong and citrus nose. I really enjoyed the scent.

T & M: Wow, this beer punches you in the face when you drink. Very fruity along with hops, lingered on tongue. Solid mouthfeel.

D: Drinkable, but not sure if I would want to drink one bomber at the a time. Not sessionable but I definitely look forward to having again.

elniko, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Orange-brownish color, served with about an inch of head. The foam is tanned, small tightly packed bubbles with outstanding lacing.

Sharp alcoholic bite to the nose, big citrics as well. Not sure of the hop bill at the time, but my hunch was borne out: Centennial and Simcoe. Damn if those Simcoe aren't pungent. Strong flavor, but that could go for hops or alcohol content.

The malts are solid, with chunky caramel flavors trying to hold their own, and adding just a fraction too much sweetness for the end of the glass.

The hops are wonderful: lots of citric zest, some pine resin, some earthy herbals. They also manage not to take away from the mouthfeel, which is quite big, phenomenal for style.

The finish is dramatically alcohol-heavy, and leaves a fairly strong hop bitterness. I enjoyed it, but it is definitely intense.

BretSikkink, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of biggred1
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Hazy,deep orange that I can barely see through.Big, thick foamy tan head that leaves nice fine, sticky lace on the glass.Smells like toffee, grapefruit and ripe bananas. Big complex flavors of toasted grains and fresh grassy hops smoothed out perfectly with a nice hit of sweet maltiness.Nothing dominates the palate, very well balanced.Pleasant bitterness that leads to a nice lingering warm honey alcohol quality in the finish. Smooth creamy mouthfeel that is not overly carbonated.A damn fine beer that nails the style perfectly.

biggred1, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Batch 8 of 2008

Purchased at The Cellars in Roseville. Poured from a brown bomber, to a snifter. 2 Finger white head, with great retention that really took a while to fizzle down.
Not much for laceing though.
Average appearance, very rich golden copper though.

The smell is of fruity sweet hops, Huge scent of apricaots, grassy hops, some pine.
The taste up front is of sweet fruity apricots, through the middle the hops come around, in a smooth still sweet way. At the swallow, some alcahol warming, but very small. The sweetness follows after the swallow and the surge of 105 IBU's hit me with a hop frat party in your face!

But they dont linger in a bad aftertaste kinda way like alot of imperial ipa's do. Its a fine quality hoppy flavor the ends in a crisp dryness with some fruity afternotes hanging around too.
As it has warmed there is a likeness to a fine gin in flavor and scent. Deffenitly different and still plesent.

Mouthfeel is somwhat thick and a little inky with a slight buttery touch. Mild carbonation, which is great.

I really enjoyed this, the smell was exceptional and the taste along with mouthfeel was diverse and wonderful. Great beer!

Buebie, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of trekbiker3000
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%

Fairly clear amber color. One finger head, large bubbles. I should have stopped with a swallow left in the bottle but I poured it all out and got some large flaky sediment in the glass. It settled slowly, while dancing on the bubbles. The head dissapted fairly quickly leaving just a slight layer of bubbles.

The aroma has the expected floral hops, slighty resinous, but not over the top. It was bottled in February (Batch #7), so I wonder if the aroma settles over time?

The taste is a blend of malt and hop bitterness. It seems well balanced starting with the malt flavor and quickly hitting you with the hop bitterness. If you're a hophead, this brew should rank fairly high for you.

I found the mouthfeel to be too carbonated. It seemed to just foam up once it hit the palate. A very smooth finish, and quite full bodied, coating your mouth.

As with the previous 22 oz bomber, this beer is too biog for me to drink more than one at a sitting. That being said, this would be a good beer to start with before you move on to lesser hoppy brews.

trekbiker3000, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of kevinglin
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Clear, amber beer with an off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left a nice lacing on the glass.

Spicy, floral aroma was backed up with a pronounced hop bite and a pleasant aftertaste that let you know you'd just tasted a hop monster. Aggressive bitterness, which you expect from this style - it's probably the reason you picked up this beer - and you won't be disappointed. The malt is more than capable to stand up to the hop dominance.

An excellent beer that Hopheads will thoroughly enjoy.

kevinglin, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

I have recently conducted two IPA/DPA tastings and both times this was the unanimous winner.

This beer simply ROCKS! I wish I could emphasize that this review is not only my own but also comes with the backing of 4 other Hop Head buddy's of mine.

Stop reading this review and go get some right now!

For those who have stayed, I will tell you this beer has a bright copper color and is surprisingly clear. Big Pine/grapefruit aroma that tells you that you are going to be tasting some big hops.

The flavor does not disappoint. Wonderful spice notes to go along with the chewy Pine/citrus flavor. Very nicely balanced with the big malt flavor and higher alcohol content.

You do not get that boozy flavor that sometimes comes with DPA's

Awesome beer. I think you should leave now to get some.

Reagan1984, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4/5  rDev -5.4%

A - Pours a clear copper/red with a solid creamy head.

S - Lots of pine, tangerines, grapefruit juice. Sugary tropical fruit as well.

T - Heavy apple flavour, grapefruit and big big bitter finish. Quite sweet and generally huge. Hoppy, boozy, fruity and sweet.

M - Chewy, heavy body. Al dente would be an accurate description.

D - Just a big, big, hoppy IPA. Not the most refreshing thing, but loaded with flavour and hophead's delight.

allergictomacros, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Batch 7, bottled Feb 2008.

Double-deuce bomber poured into a tulip yields a clear red-copper body with pink-gold highlights and three fingers of sticky ecru foam that recedes to a finger and sticks like mad to the glass. Additional pours from the bottle solidify the foam into a sweet and fragrant edible hockey puck that coats the glass with gobs of foamy, webby lacing.

Aromatic hop-notes of green grass, watermelon rind, grapefruit and pine-- with more than just the slightest tinge of funky cat pee-- work in concerto with a rich pale caramel malt backbone that almost feels-- rather than smells-- syrupy, sticky, and sweet.

A rich and full-bodied blast of smoky caramel leads the flavors, but aggressive hops take over the second half with astringent, citrusy, bitter authority, the drying so aggressive it makes my teeth squeak when they touch. Though somewhat medicinal and astringent at moments, the drink is really big with mellow malty gentility, red apple sweetness, and a vivid citrus zippiness of cleansing hops that make it finish wonderfully dry and bitter. Alcohol shows itself a little as the drink warms, but to no ill effect.

As drinkable as a beer as big as this can be, this one is exceptionally smooth and wonderfully tasty. A bomber's good for me, though.

cvstrickland, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%

Capped/foiled bomber.
Batch 7, Feb 2008, 10.54%

A- pours a yellow/orange color, it sports a small, quickly dissipating white head. A ring of bubbles, like barnacles appeared on the bottom of my 25cl Chimay glass. Hazy.

S- Mostly hoppy, winey, some semi-sweet malts and some alcohol.

T/M- Real heavy, meaty hop character. Winey even greater still, lots of fermented grape notes as well as some ripe citrus fruits and a grainy corn whiskey like feel, dried apples and some booze. It got more intense in its hop bite as the beer warmed up. Its body thickened up as well. Very coating and a light helping of carbonation. Smooth going down until about 20 minutes out of the fridge, than this thing becomes a chore to get down. I love IIPA's but wasn't completely charmed by this one. I enjoyed the complexity and its very powerful hop profile but i think its downside are its balance, body and drinkability issues.

ATPete, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of Stygr
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

I've had this beer a couple two three times, and it keeps getting better. I first bought on a whim, it hit the right IBU's for my preference, and the alcohol wasn't off the chart.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. Excellent smell, middle of the road color, rich and crisp mouthfeel, moderate head, excellent clarity, and DAMN tasty. I feel it a contender for my favorite DIPA, favorite being three floyd's dreadnaught.

I would love to create a beer of this quality some day, just so I could drink it for the rest of my life.

Great, now I want one...gotta go before the price goes up, see ya.

Stygr, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a bottle into a Delirum Snifter, bottled in feb. '08 batch 7

Pours a dark orange/copper color with about 1 1/2 finger head and a little lacing down the glass as you drink it. The nose in this beer is extremly powerful, very floral, hops and then there is almost a sweet citrus smell that come through. Taste is very strong hops, hops, hops along with the grapefruit notes its very smooth and easy on the way down, leaves that good bitterness in the back of your mouth, this one will stick with you from drink to drink. Good carbonation level and sliky smooth.

Not something i could kick back quickly or on a real regular basis, but overall a great brew and i'll get another for sure when it comes my way again.

SpecialK088, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Batch 7, bottled in February 2008. Bottle says 10.54 ABV as opposed to the 9.7 listed here.

A: Poured a hazy golden amberish orange with a large, thick off-white, orange tinted head that leaves some nice rings of lace on the glass.

S: Mmm, hops. Powerful citrus and piney hop aromas and a general fruity sweetness dominate the nose. A faint biscuity/sweet malt is detectable, as well. Maharaja is a hoppy explosion in a bottle--when I popped the cap I got a fresh rush of hop aroma.

T&M: Intense and bursting with flavor. There is definitely a strong malt backbone to this--a biscuity/caramel sweetness underlies everything. Citrus (grapefruit) and pine dominate the hop profile of this, but there is some other kind of earthy, musky kind of flavor that detracts a bit from the flavor. The body is silky smooth, bold, and wonderful. Finish is lingering and dry, beckoning one back for another sip. Excellent feel.

D: Maharaja is a strong, bold, and powerful DIPA. At over 10% though, it's on the strong side for the style. The flavor profile is not quite as dynamite as I expected, but it's still very drinkable for a 10% ABV brew.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle states Batch #7 bottled Feb. '08

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a foamy off white head that has a decent amount of retention leaving a nice webby like lacing.

S- A nice bold citrus/floral and pine hop smell. Also could pick up some sweet smells.

T- Very nice taste both sweet and bitter. A great amount of hops both piney and citrus (grapefruit and maybe orange). Maybe even a little bit of malt and spice at the very end of this one.

M- Medium in body and also creamy. Very well balanced.

D- Outstanding all the way around brew. Very well done and goes down so easy.

nrbw23, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%

note: bottle states bottled in feb 2008-very useful info. also nice to see listed are IBUs, OG, and abv.

poured into a tulip, this was a beautiful deep reddish copper, glowing almost, with a slight haze. off-white head and lacing is thick and persistent. bouqet is powerful and wonderfully fruity-apricots? ruby red grapefruit? pineapple? also noted are floral, resiny, and honeyed aromas. kick ass nose. exudes freshness. taste is a great balance of the big caramelly bready malts and a huge but smooth hop bitterness. mouthfeel is thick and viscous with a long, complex bitter finish that lacks any puckering astringency or sharp bite. perfect natural carbonation. boozy alcohol is nowhere to be noted in the nose or mouth, just a slight warming sensation after it's been down awhile. this is a really good fucking beer, very well done. Almost in the class of a dreadnaught.
Mar 2011/apr 2013: have revisited this fresh...nose is tropical fruit with an oniony/banana/earthy/garlic note...not much of the latter but simcoe? Not that citrusy. No chill haze-clear. thick and syrupy. Pretty decent but more like a hopslam/hercules/gubna combo than the perfection that is dreadnaught.

MrMcGibblets, May 30, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

A-Pours a hazy honey amber with a thin white head. Nice stickiness.

S-Some moderately sweet fruits with a nice hop aroma behind it.

T-Delicious all the way through. Nice hop flavor but not too bitter with a sweet peach finish. A nice surprise in the balance of flavors. Still clearly a DIPA in the hop presence but not just a hop bomb.

M-Light hop bitterness remains on the tongue but otherwise light.

D-Yes, very much so.

A delicious beer.


sholland119, May 28, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Bottled in Feb 2008, Batch 7

A: Pours a copper brown color with a very thin head into my Terrapin snifter. The 1/4 inch head is very small but has pretty good retention.

S: The only thing I can smell is hops and more hops. Of course, that is what I want to smell from one of this style. If it had something else mixed in with it, I would give it a 5.

T: Hop bitterness is the first taste on the lips. There is a citrus taste that persists even after the beer is consumed. There is a hint of sweetness that makes the overall profile much more balanced than you would expect from the aroma and the initial taste. It finishes very clean. Yet another great beer from Avery.

M: Very oily consistency, I assume due to the hops. It has a medium body with good in mouth carbonation.

D: This one is hard to knock back quickly. The hops just add too much bitterness and the alcohol has some warming effect as well. It is an excellent beer, but is not sessionable for me.

GatorBeerNerd, May 27, 2008
Photo of markaberrant
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

A - beautiful orange hue, slight hazy. Chunky, solid offwhite head. Pretty much leaves a sheet of lace down the glass.

S - lucious nose of sweet tangerine, citrus and pine.

T - Wow! Where to begin? Great hit of tropical hops to start (more of that tangerine, but there is something else there like mango/papaya). A good bit of grapefruit slips in, and then everything is oblitered with hoppy bitterness. Aftertase is a nice mix of hops and alcohol. I can't believe I forgot to even mention the malt... I think it was in there somewhere... but who really cares when the hops are this tasty!

M - Body is relatively light, but swirling it in my mouth gives it a very creamy feel. Pretty tough to hide the alcohol in this monster, but it's smooth and doesn't really show up until the finish. Med low carbonation.

D - The best IIPA I've tasted to date!

Outstanding! The aroma was respectable, but the first taste you get of the hops is glorious. It's dominated by hops, you don't even notice the malt, but it is there doing it's job and nothing more (just how I like an IPA, I don't care for a lot of malt character in this style). Just a beautiful, beautiful beer. I'm now inspired to attempt a homebrew IIPA.

Thanks to Demcorhip for the bottle!

markaberrant, May 25, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from the tap into a Belgian style tulip.

Appearance- Beer pours dark amber yet clear with a hefty two finger head of foam. This looks more Belgian than imperial IPA, but I know better. Lacing clings round the sides forever and looks to be quite chunky.

Smell- Rich sweet citrusy hops, Amarillo, and Cascade. Buttery caramel malts provide ample balance. No hints at the alcohol hidden within. A big feast of hops is certainly hidden in this glass.

Taste- Creamy, sticky, leafy, and thick with full hop sweetness. Not terribly piney or biting. Malt adding amazing balance to this DIPA. Alcohol lingers only the slightest bit on the finish. The balance on this hopbomb is phenomonal.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, thick, chewy, sticky, fully carbonated, medium-full bodied, and not astringent.

Drinkability- I'm surprised to say it, but this is actually better than it is in the bottle. Damn near a perfect DIPA.

blakesell, May 23, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Classic-looking apple-honey-caramel body. Reasonably clear but a little rustic. Above-average carbonation rising to thick cappucino foam head with nice lacing.

Sweet, oily alcohol with powerful floral hops and maybe a little pine. Caramel-apple malt presence. Slightly disjointed but enticing, but maybe a little heavy on the alcohol burn. Some weird stewed vegetable scent - maybe sweet potatoes?

Sweet and savory - the sweet potato undertone comes out here too. Alcohol definitely provides a hot burn. Malt backbone is more dominant - braised apples and vegetables. Hop presence exists in background but is restrained. Very interesting but not as expected.

Creamy mouthfeel at first. The thin but strong alcohol burn evaporates quickly without leaving an aftertaste. A little lean overall but pleasasnt.

As mentioned, this one drinks a little hot from the alcohol...almost slightly astringent. The components are quite nice but more beautiful chemistry is in order.

IBUnit63, May 22, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottled in Feb 2008 - Batch 7. Poured a nice dark copper color with a thick white head that fell slowly. Some head retention and great lacing.

Grassy hoppy smell with a hint of citrus.

Initial hop rush in the mouth followed by a sweet sensation. Some orange peel taste. More of a grassy aftertaste.

Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Somewhat of a dry aftertaste.

The alcohol is hidden fairly well. I had some hints of it at first but that has mellowed out. I would certainly seek this beer out again.

toolbrew, May 22, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -5.4%

A - Medium honey with thick sudsy head, leaves quick. Lacing persisitent throughout.

S - Deep thick malt aroma, orange zest and some brine quality that reminds me a bit of oysters.

T- Malt O Meal followed by strong Hop catalyst. Nice clean balance in the end.

D - Definitely not a session beer, although the flavors do not tire easily. The ABV would get you eventually.

srandycarter, May 21, 2008
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,674 ratings.