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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,931
Reviews: 1,769
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 300
Gots: 493 | 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:
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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Photo of youngblood
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 7, Bottled Feb. of 2008. ABV listed as 10.54% on this one.

Pours a very nice copperish color. There's some cloudiness, but it could be from the temp. of the beer. Clears as it warms. Two finger head, fairly persistent.

Smells sweet. Very sweet. Some honey hides behind these big citrusy hop oils. This is the way I love my DIPA's to smell.

Taste follows nose, with a bit more focus on the bite of the hops. I can't imagine what this is like fresh. Some caramel sweetness at the back. Ends in that honeyesque sweetness.

A bit slick on the tongue, nice mouthfeel overall. Good weight. very nice.

Very drinkable for a 10.5%. Had zero alcohol bite to it. Fantastic DIPA overall.

Photo of Reaper16
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served from a 22oz. bottle -- batch 9, Feb. 2009 -- into a goblet

Looks like an IPA should. Nice and ruby-orangy with a decent, off-white head. The head recedes quickly, but leaves a neat, solid wall of lacing behind.

The hops are already faded; I can tell from the nose. I suppose I should have figured from the bottled-on date. It smells like, well, months-old HopSlam: the citrus, mango and pineapple scents are there, but fleetingly so. Some astringency. Various undistinguished malts dominate the nose.

This definitely tastes like a past-its-prime double IPA. But that doesn't mean that its bad or without merit. Caramel malt sweetness meets an initial earthiness from the hops. Around the middle of the drink, the fruits make themselves known. Tangerine and something that tastes like plum (the aging has affected that flavor, I take it) dance around before giving way to a slightly astringent earthy finish. Its old, sure, but its still good. I've had less flavorful fresh double IPAs.

I love the mouthfeel on this beer. Perhaps its months-old age has something to do with it, but this beer strikes a superb balance for me. Its just thick enough to be luscious but also thin enough to be refreshing and drinkable. Thanks in no small part to the mouthfeel it is not a chore to polish off the whole bomber. Most people aren't going to want to drink more than one 22.oz bottle of this at a time, so I'd say that this beer is drinkable enough.

Despite having some age on it my bottle of Maharaja was pretty good. I'd love to see how intense the fruit flavors and the IBUs are in a fresher bottle.

Photo of johnnieoz
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10, 22oz bomber bottled in June 2008 (on June 4th to be precise, as stated on the case). 10.69% abv, 1.090 O.G, 102 IBUs.

This is a beautiful beer to behold, crystal-clear amber topped with a snow white head. There is plentiful lacing and the foam layer remains at an inch or so.

The aromas are of the forest, I feel like I am still in Sequoia National Park. And not to be forgotten, there is grapefruit...

And this is just how it hits the palate, only more so. The malt backbone is silent and invisible, yet its presence makes the hop explosion an exceptional and unique delight. Ever so balanced.

The carbonation seemingly forces the hops into the gums, which are soon comfortably numb while swimming in hoppy oils. I am beginning to sense the power of the Maharaja, yet on a good night I am beginning to believe that I could down two of these marvels.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Columbia, SC. Served up in a beer goblet.

Deep copper-amber hue with a finger of creamy off-white froth. Displays nice head retention, leaving behind tight rings of lacing. Clarity is sparklingly excellent.

Aroma is the highlight of this DIPA, with a huge, bold nose of American hop delight. Wildly citrusy and floral, with sweet notes of orange and apricot delicately dancing with grapefruit and grapefruit peel and bright lemon zest, along with a beautiful flowery perfume.

A medium-full, nicely carbonated body holds within a rich, sweet maltiness up front that is quickly superseded by a wallop of bitter hops that surrounds the palate and envelops, with a warming alcohol presence accentuating the bitter resins to create a powerful biting quality that is just barely held in tow by the malty underpinnings. Finishes dry with a lingering hop presence.

A superb Imperial IPA and a showcase for the power of American hops. Powerful and powerfully delicious, but probably a bit too much for more than one.

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

Very distinctive label. I'm not a big fan of Indian Beers but the American Beer withe IPA Historic context label does stand out. They choose their hops well. Nice almost creamy feel. Dam good IPA.

This is in the top 10 of the home craft beers I've tasted. I would venture to state I think this beer would taste a bit better a few degrees warmer than your fridge temperature.

This is a strong flavor hops beer but no where over the top is hoppyness. Well done guys.

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber

A: Pours a orange-red with a small amount of head that hangs around for a while, looks quite nice.

S: Aromas of pine and grapefruit, a little bit of malt in there but it's really overpowered by the hops.

T: Bitter, piney, citrus. That malt does a good job of backing it all up, it's pretty nice.

M: Good body, it's substantial but not too heavy. A little sticky, it's nice.

D: Pretty good for the style. I had no problem polishing off the bomber.

Photo of washburnkid
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in February. Reviewed keeping the freshness factor in mind. Thanks to jdmek9 for this bomber. Enjoyed in a snifter.

A: Dark amber and copper tones. About a finger of frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
S: Big hops still discernible up front, regardless of how "old" it is now. Tons of citrus grapefruit. Spices that, for some reason, remind me of my grandma's kitchen. Alcohol is there with deeper pulls. Not much malt on the nose but I imagine this will be different with the first sip or with warmth.
T: Indeed, bready malts are there. Still has a good hop presence, mostly citrus notes. Hops are clearly mellowed out. Oranges and apples with other fruit notes. A solid dirty earthiness is present. Some pine in there as well.
M: Big creamy body leaves bitter residuals throughout.
D: This brew is big and strong. I can't wait to try the freshest batch!

Photo of ibbjamin
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from my local BevMo and poured into a large snifter to review. Bottled in Feb. 2009, Batch 9.

Pours fairly thick leaving a nice frothy head (especially for a DIPA) of about an inch and a half. A glowing light amber orange color. Nice carbonation. Some moderate head retention. Nice lacing.

The smell of citrus grapefruit fills the room upon pouring. A true hop bomb in west coast tradition, yet this one is out of Colorado. Decent malt backing showing face.

Wow that is hoppy! Citrus forward, good malt backing.

Mouth is thick and oily. Moderately creamy and damn near a full body. Long citrusy finish.

I wish my bottle was a bit fresher as I could tell the malts were starting to take over slowly. An excellent beer, but there are some other DIPAs above this one in my book at a comparable price level.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in Feb.2009 Batch 9

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass

Pours a hazy copper color with a white three finger fluffy head. Good head retention all throughout the beer and lacing is left scattered all behind.

Smell is full of citrus/piney hops with good floral notes to it with the caramel malts. Just like an IPA should smell like.

Caramel malts upfront that mellows out into a slightly citrus flavor. Piney hops follow leaving with a small bitter hop bite at the end. The age on this one has been noticeable and the hops have faded quite a bit. Still a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good amounts of carbonation. Dry sweet aftertaste.

I want to try this again but being more fresh, still a good brew as it is and would pick one up again.

Photo of barrelroller
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch#9 bottled in Feb.'09. Appearance is amber in color with a dense and stable white head. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and diggity dank. Flavor is first a blast of hops followed by a surprisingly nice malt character. Moving quickly back into hoppy layers and leaving a loooong a lingering piney finish. Alcohol is masked nicely being above 10%abv. Had a lot of DIPA's and this one is one of the best I've had!

Photo of dismal
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of waltonc
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Cunningham26
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of kaseydad
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of jsapunor
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Photo of jdklks
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of CosmoHopHead
5/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of theopholis
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.23/5  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...

Photo of jdense
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of kels
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,931 ratings.