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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,794 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,794
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 273
Gots: 417 | 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 spointon
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bombe bottle into a tukip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a hazy burnt orange color. With an aggressive pour, the white head rose 1.5" and then settled to a thin cap. Tons of web lace stickage down my glass.

S= Sweet caramelly malt and citrusy hops dominate the show. A whiff of tropical fruit in there too.

T= Much as the smell indicated, the flavors lead off with caramel and biscuit malt sweetness followed by a burst of grapefruit hop character. Base bitterness was not really overpowering but the hop flavoring was top notch. Some odd but pleasant tropical fruitiness in there too as well as an earthy/grassy note. Short finish with a slightly spicy alcohol pop.

MF= Medium body with a slick and smooth tongue feel. Carbonation was a bit too low and soft for me, but that's a matter of opinion.

D= A fine example of a DIPA that hides its alcohol well. I could easily drink a few pints of this in a sitting!

spointon, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of WillieMoe
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, medium copper color, with a foamy finger of head that,dissolves to form a nice bit of lacing atop the glass.

Smells of earthy hop goodness, with faint hints of the malt and I do declare I noticed a bit of a cidery scent as well. But hops dominate for sure!

Has a strong dry hop flavor, mixed with caramel malt, a mild sweetness. Has a smooth buttery feel on the tongue (at least my tongue anyway). Whie the earthier pine hop dominates, there is a hint of fruity citrus hops in there as well. The alcohol hits you almost right away, so there's no hiding the ABV here!

This is another winner from Avery, but not for the faint of heart, or something to that extent? Very enjoyable and definitely hoptastic!

WillieMoe, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of joecast
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

clear light amber color and low carbonation. thin head leaves decent lacing and rings around the glass revealing that i must be taking big sips.

awesome hop aroma. pine, floral, citrus and malt sweetness keep things interesting for the entire glass. slight hint of alcohol heat on the nose comes in right at the very end.

flavor is like an overpacked suitcase. not one more sock is fitting in this one. bitterness hits hard, but not overpowering at all. heaps of hop and malt flavor emerge to keep things balanced. balanced light a tightrope walker about 100m up. any instability could have serious consequences, but maharaja is surefooted like a mountain goat. finish is surprisingly clean for something with so much going on.

full and smooth mouthfeel ensure this is a sipping beer. fills you up a bit but a little goes a loong way.

joecast, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One pint, six Fl. Oz. bottle served in my Delirium Noel tulip; no freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a thin skim of off-white foam and ringlets that gathered around the perimeter of the bowl. A sheet of speck-like lacing was exposed after each tilt of the glass. Nose was sweet and hoppy with an indication of grapefruit and floral aromas. Taste follows nose, but a little less sweeter than anticipated and a mild bitterness at the finish that lingered between sips. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a slight viscosity on a lightly effervescent backbone. Excellent DIPA. Alcohol was fairly well-hidden, but I typically prefer the sweeter side of the style spectrum. Very enjoyable nonetheless.

Jwale73, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of NoahSYGG
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a great IPA. It had a huge hop aroma. It was a little cloudy on the appearance. The flavor was a strong hop kick. Not too bitter, but great flavor. It was one of the best double IPA i have ever had. It was a little heavy, so I only had 1 pint. But I would totally have it again.

NoahSYGG, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of seniorcleaver
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a great amber color with lots of creamy head. Make sure not to pour it too fast!! Smells of hops with great notes of grapefruit and other citrus fruit. The bitterness is balanced almost perfectly with the malty side of the beer. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering as you might expect from the ABV. I could drink these all day long but it may be too much for someone who doesn't love the HOP! I have had this beer before while visiting the brewery and it was on cask. All I can say is HOLY CRAP!!! Awesome!! Go there and try it.

seniorcleaver, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of popery
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber liquid with a creamy beige head. The aroma is lush and full of oranges, spruce and caramel. It's big and full and wonderfully hoppy. The flavor is fairly incredible. It's incredibly sweet. I like sweetly hoppy beers, but I could understand a criticism of this aspect of the beer. The feel is oily with hops. The alcohol is almost completely hidden, except for some peppery notes in the finish. It's a wonderful beer with a huge amount of hops.

4/12/2010 - Batch 11 (10.41% abv). Not quite as great as I remember but still quite good. Seems fairly boozy this time without quite as much hop delicacy. Some bland bitterness.

popery, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of PatronWizard
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

DO NOT pour aggressively. This sucka shot up at least four inches of head. Thick frothy mush of a head. With a slight yellow tint. All atop a thick opaque light caramel body. Lots o'lacing.

Smells good. May be maltier than I prefer in my DIPAs, which should be absolutely sick with hops. Still smells good though; just short of mouth watering.

Taste is ... wow. This is a big beer. Big big bitterness. This punch in the mouth made me inspect the bottle. 102 IBUs. 9.65% ABV. Awesome so far. Bottled May 2007. What the fuck? I need to gets me a fresh bottle fo'sho. I bet it's even better.

You can feel the sting but the beer is very smooth. Make sense? Don't need to. Carbonation is almost unnoticeable.

Overall: very good, would really like a fresh one

PatronWizard, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of BigBry
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle while at the Flying Saucer in Nashville. Label as shown above (I should have asked to keep the empty bottle).
The beer pours a deep golden color with a thick off white head. Foam slowly fades, lacing looks good. It has lots of hoppy smell, as expected. The taste is great, big hop kick but with enough solid maltiness to balance, complex not overdone. High alcohol is there but doesn't burn or overpower the rest of the flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied, good level of carbonation. Balanced aftertaste, big and full of character. Very enjoyable.

BigBry, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very coppery color that's fairly cloudy. very nice creamy white head with great retention.

Smells extremely hoppy and piney almost fresh cut grass like.

Very extreme hop taste, maybe the strongest I've had. Quite malty as well. Not too much else going on aside from a pine and grass aftertaste. Able to taste a bit of the alcohol which got more noticeable with warmth.

Quite thick and creamy, but not overly thick. A bit of carbonation. Pretty good overall really depends on how you like your DIPA and how strongly you like to taste your alcohol. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to trying more from Avery.

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Absumaster
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Northyorksammy for this amazing beer!

It pours a deep copper color with a big head that stays on the entire glass.

Smell is citric and has a spicy hop character. There is an earthy hint that makes me suspect that some other non-American hops have been used. The malt is not very strong, although it is biscuity and pale malty.

Taste is bitter with a citric US hoppiness. The citric hops are somehow blended with less citric hops and make the beer not as mouth puckering as some other DIPA's. It tastes almost like a strong German hop. The beer has a syrupy mouthfeel that goes well with the biscuity malt. Balance is nice and aftertaste is lingering bitter and has a strong syrup maltiness.

Absumaster, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This marks the first Avery brew that I've had the pleasure to try. I bought this bottle about five weeks ago in Cincinnati. And at 6.99 a bomber I feel like its priced great.

This was poured into a bell shaped footed ale glass and it looks to be a dark hazy amber color. The frothy foamy head on top is a shade darker than pure white and has some real variance in bubble sizes.

The smell is of fresh hops and grainy malt. It has the same basic aroma of DFH 90 min. There is a lot of sweetness in the nose, plenty of fresh hop aromas, and I can feel the alpha acid as I inhale.

The taste is very smooth and full of hop bite but yet it sits on a bed of deep malty flavor. There is a chewy texture that compliments the flavors amazingly. The finish is long and flavorful. I really enjoy this ale.

I think at such a great price, with so much flavor, and despite the 10.21 abv this beer is very drinkable.

PerzentRizen, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of ncstateplaya
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review is for 2008 Batch 8, at 10.21% ABV.

Appearance: My glass was filled with an amber ale with golden edges, a nice off-white 1/4" head that quickly receeds to form a wispy sheet over the surface. There was a little lacing throughout the glass.

Smell: The abundance of hops is mouth watering. There are fruity aromas reminiscent of apricots and grapefruit.

Taste: A tongue twisting hoppy bitterness greets your mouth upon introduction. It is by far the most dominant characteristic of this brew. The bitterness accompanies the apricot and grapefruit aromas very well. There is also a malty backbone that mellows out the taste.

Mouthfeel: It is a medium to full bodied IPA that feels somewhat viscous and chewy. The malts tend to coat the mouth and quench your tastebuds. And of course the alcohol warms on the way down.

Drinkability: I really enjoy this beer, but @ 10.21% it is hard to drink more than 3 or 4 pints. But honestly, that is more than enough to do the trick. I always seem to catch myself buying the Maharaja, I just can't seem to pass up this royal beverage, it literally is an imperial ale.

ncstateplaya, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle, first batch of 2008. Poured cloudy orangish yellow with a nice thick head. Nose reeked of colombus hops, fruity and piney. Tastes mainly hoppy with sweet, fruity and piney notes, slightly boozy (second batch of 2008 tasted slightly sweeter). A personal favorite Imperial of mine, love it, can't wait til February.

onecrazybreeze, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of PirateUlf73
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Label says it was bottled in Feb. of 2008 and was part of Batch 7. Not sure if that's pertinent information, but here we go...

A: Came out a slightly cloudy orange-amber color. Slightly off-white head retained very well and left superb lacing. Bubbles were nice and tight, which surprised me a little, but in a good way.

S: Hops, hops and more hops! Citrus hops dominated, but I also detected hints of grass and sweet fruits... pomegranate if I had to guess. Nice floral aromas all over the place. I can even smell it when sitting a few feet from my glass. I can already tell this is gonna be an experience.

T: Quite bitter indeed, but not overpowering as I was expecting. All the aforementioned hops are present, but there's a nice malt backdrop to keep them in check and save my tongue from obliteration, a feature which I personally appreciated having. The malt sweetens it up somewhat and the alcohol is mostly present as a warming sensation in the back of the throat. Still, it's a DIPA and is still every bit the hop bomb I expected!

M: This was perhaps the most surprising aspect of this tasting. I would say it was medium, bordering on slightly heavy bodied. Nice and substantial thanks to the amount of malt used, which helps whisk things down smoothly. There was also just enough carbonation to keep the flavors moving around. Absolutely sublime!

D: Being higher in alcohol, this is obviously a brew to be sipped and savored. That being said, it goes down nice and smooth and dries the tongue just enough to prepare me to take that next sip.

My first real go at a DIPA was a rousing success. Powerful flavors, smooth body, it's everything I was hoping for. It's beers like this that make me proud of the strides American brewers have made in recent years. Definitely give this a try if you can find it!

PirateUlf73, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/6/08. Bottle, batch 7, bottled in Feb 2008. Pours an orange/red with a thick light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of hop oils, citrus, pine, grapefruit, and passion fruit. Aroma is very delicious and inviting. Flavor is surprisingly fruity for an IIPA--lots of grapefruit and citrus. As the beer warms, a nice cracker flavor presents itself. Super drinkable for 10.5%. Delicious! One of my favorite IIPAs.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of AltBock
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a green grass colored label that a vintage map of India in the back. In front of the map is the name of the beer in big bold black and gold letters with 2 small pictures of a Maharaja in the corners and a big colorful picture of the last (I'm assuming)Maharaja smack dab in the middle. This colorful picture has yellow spikes going around the picture and then they placed this picture on top of two crossed swords. Below the main picture is a bottled on date of February 2007 and a batch number of #5. If that wasn't enough, in the lower left and right hand corners was the beer's specifications. 102 IBUs? This should be fun. To the far left of the label is the Government warning and barcode. To the far right was a hefty paragraph that talked about the name of the beer and what went into this beer. Long story short, an insane amount of hops went into this beer. Cool classic label!

Appearance: I decided to pour this big time hoppy Ale into my Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass. Maharaja poured a murky apple cider reddish orange color. If there wasn't a head of foam on this beer, I could have sweared that there was a pint of apple cider in my glass. Loved that color! Sitting on top of my apple cider colored beer was a beautiful creamy 3/4 to 1 inch head of white foam. Now for the confusing part, the color of this foam. This white color was somewhere in between being a pure white color and an off white color. I didn't know such a shade of white existed, but thanks to Maharaja, now I know there is one. This creamy head of foam had excellent slow retention that left behind a long lasting milky white film and a huge amount of sticky white streaks of lace. A top notch appearance!

Smell: Wow! This beer smelled exactly like wet grass. You know after a mild rainfall, the grass has a certain aroma. Well, this beer had that same aroma. Once my nose was able to get pass the wet grass aroma, I found out that this beer contained another strong aroma. That strong aroma was that of toasted caramel malts. There wasn't much after the two strong aromas. All I got was a hint of overly ripe cantaloupe and a hint of pineapple. When this beer was swirled around, the overly ripe cantaloupe got stronger. The grass and malts didn't need to wake up. They were already strong enough.

Taste: After the enormous aroma of wet grass, I thought this beer was going to be overly grassy. That wasn't the case. After about 22 months of age, I'm sure this beer's hop content probably diminished a little bit, but despite that fact, it was still very hoppy. It was very hoppy with grassy hops of course, but for some reason it tasted like they lowered the caramel malt content from what it was in the aroma. If there was one flavor that shouldn't have been lowered, it would have to be the caramel malts. They were needed to tame down the grassy hops. Behind all of the grassy hops and malts was a hint of overly ripe cantaloupe and a subtle touch of pineapple. Basically, the taste had all the same flavors that were in the aroma. The only thing that was different between the two was that the caramel malt content was a lot lower in the taste than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: It was very hoppy, but despite its high grassy hop content, this beer was more on the medium bodied side. This medium bodied beer featured a mild grassy and dry aftertaste of grassy hops, a pinch of toasted malts, and a drop of cantaloupe. Surprisingly, this hoppy aftertaste doesn't last long. It comes and goes in about 5 seconds. Don't worry, this aftertaste will not linger on.

Drinkability: I'm damn sure that 22 months of age has lowered the hop content a little bit, but not even time could tame this beer's huge hop content. It was still overly hoppy! If a vintage bottle is this hoppy, I would love to try a fresh bottle Maharaja. It was nothing short of being a great hoppy beer. I'm positive that I could easily enjoy this beer again.

AltBock, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of DownDaHatch
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bomber at a local establishment while much of the area was digging out of recent snowfall. A big beer like this was just what the doctor ordered. Poured from a bomber into a traditional pint glass (bummer). Beer cascades well with a orange color into a thick, rich ivory head. The head leaves great lacing. The smell is wonderful with several citrus and floral tones upfront, the hops are certainly there but not overpowering, your nose can easily search and find the malts and some undetermined spices. Drinking this beer upfront you aren't overly assaulted with the hops but rather the floral and citrus tones. It gets abit chewy in the middle with some malts and finishes strong with the long lasting hop bitterness. It is very close to being a genuine full-bodied beer with medium carbonation. The drinkability of this beer is wonderful because the hops aren't overly assaulting but last a long while on your palate. The high ABV might slow down a longer drinking session but it is well worth a try. I will certainly be drinking it again.

DownDaHatch, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of mltobin
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber of this at a local package store.

Poured into a tulip glass, the appearance is brown with a thick head.
The smell is rich, sharp, and drew me in for my first sip.
The taste is hoppy, with an interesting combination of spice and flora flavors.
Mouthfeel lingers a strong aftertaste, it is a rich boozy brew, so cleansing the palate with some water is a good idea.
Overall, I was very pleased with this beer from Avery.

mltobin, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I remember having this on tap at Tyler's in Durham last year and I couldn't believe how good it was. I taste tested it against the Hopslam and discussed the merits of each with the knowledgeable bartender. I hope the bottle stands up to that experience. This Raja pours a muted orange and slightly hazy with a creamy off white head and lace that covers everywhere the beer has been.

Instant withering hops greet me as I take a slow skip. Citrus and especially pine are the active players. The malt then steps in with dark fruit flavors and caramel and chocolate tones. The finish returns to the hops and the aftertaste shows elements of both. Mouthfeel is thick and oily in the finish. I like this beer but I'm not overawed with it the way I was on tap.

daliandragon, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale is a hazy red-orange ale with a bubbly, dense, off-white head. The aroma is huge, spicy, grassy, sweet, malty and boozy. It smells like a strong ale. It is medium-full bodied and quite slick. The finish is dry and a little acidic. The bitterness is heavy, but not sharp. It seems like more flavor comes from the malt than from the hops. There is a long, bitter aftertaste, after the sweetness shows its face. It's a bit bottom-heavy for my taste. Very boozy. This tastes more like an American strong ale to me.
(rated Jan 17, 2008)

yesyouam, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with a friend, poured into snifters.

A-A deep-amber/orange-red beer, somewhat hazy. Topped with an attractive, lightest tan head which retains nicely.

S-Strong bitterness, which subsides into fruity and earthy aromas, very heavy-feeling (if that's possible). Just a hint of boozy harshness.

T-Dank, resiny, flowery hop flavors dominate the start of this flavor. These persist quite well, but as they slightly fade, the bitterness is able to enter the stage with a fruitiness, maybe the likes of tropical fruits. I like the balance of this beer's flavor. Some smooth alcohol flavor emerges at the end of the flavor.

M-Grainy with bitterness and hop flavor, it almost feels rough moving around my palate. This is accentuated by the beer's full body. A pleasing alcoholic warmth in my stomach, but the alcohol flavor is not harsh.

D-The nice balance of this brew lends good drinkability, regardless of the fact that the bitterness and hoppiness dominate the flavor profile. I know, I know, this beer isn't balanced, it's f*ing hoppy! But I still felt that the other flavors were represented well and vital to the overall profile for the beer.

CHSLBrew, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of a lot of piny hops with some citrus notes in the smell

T - Lots of nice piny hops has a good bitter finish to the taste

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - This DIPA is very easy to drink if the abv was lower I would drink it all night but at almost 10% gotta take it easy very good beer worth trying

armock, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply one of the best Imperial IPA's out there. Pours clear orange with a wuge white head. Aroma is grapefruit, hops, and pine. A sweeter Imperial versus, say Ruination or Pliny, but very good. Grapefruit, orange, and mango hops are all over the place, but with a sweet citrus-candy back. Caramel malt must be there to tame the hops, but can't really taste it. Great balance, incredible beer.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Bubslang
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark amber pour with a small off white head. Glorious hop aroma with both citrus and floral hops present. nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel with citrus and pine hops in the forefront, balanced with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. very nice.

Bubslang, Dec 03, 2008
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,794 ratings.