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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,824 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,824
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 274
Gots: 425 | 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 numinorian
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A Pours a dark golden red, with a white fluffy head and sticky lace, that stays on like glue

S Very heavy on hopps with sweet and sticky notes, almost syrup.

T Malty hoppy and foamy this beer delivers a strong taste with vanilla and ripened fruit.

MF Smooth rich and foamy

Drinkability is not so easy. The high alchahol makes this a good sipper but not easy to drink to quickly.

Photo of BeefTongue
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer lent a nice one finger head that laced well on the pour. The floral aroma of the brew, a product of the lovely hoppiness, came out powerfully--the smell was my favorite part of this beer, it was delightfully refreshing, perhaps more intoxicating than the beer itself, I'd jest, but with its nearly 10% ABV, this brew packs a punch. The taste is good, but not terribly outstanding with regard to other nice IPA's. The bitterness of the hops predominates alongside a mild malty sweetness. The carbonation foams up in the mouth yielding a nice velvety mouthfeel; the beer goes smoothly down the throat. Overall, it's a tasty drink, but not one that I'd buy again over more preferable (and less expensive imperial IPA's). It's good's the point, but there are better beers of this sort.

Photo of iasanlee
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange clear color with a big white head. Smell is of grapefruit and sweet pineapple gummy bears. Flavor is similar to aroma, and has a great balance between the sweet caramel malts, and huge bitterness and flavor of citrusy fresh squeezed orange. Medium full in body with moderate carbonation feel. A good example of a IIPA. Not as complex as the best examples, but still incredible.

Photo of shivtim
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent double IPA. Served in a pint glass. Slight haziness, lots of bubbles, ring of white head. Nose is hops, more west coast hops, grass and grapefruit mixed with other citrus. Taste is a super hop bomb with intricate citrus flavors and delicate pine and flower. Mouthfeel is syrupy and resinous. This is a hop lover's beer, but it doesn't bash you over the head - the interwoven layers help to soften the blow, and create a rich texture of flavors. Probably my favorite from Avery.

Photo of Pagzzz
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ABV listed on this bottle (feb 2009, Batch 9) is 10.27% with an OG of 1.090

Appearance: brilliant copper with white, lacy head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Pungent, grassy hop nose with background citrus. Alcohol and toast/caramel malt complexity intertwined nicely.

Flavor: Firm bitterness from hops transitions quickly to an unusual blend of earthy pungent and citrus fruity hop flavor. Malt is background compared to hop character, but some toastiness and caramel sweetness present. Medium sweetness at first, but finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel: poured syrupy and keeps medium mouthfeel upon drinking. Alcohol is present for sure, but doesn't dominate.

Nicely complex beer for hop lovers, and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of Blaketj80
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at 45 degrees. Pours with an excellent head for such an uberly hopped beverage. An overflowing amount of pine and malt come through in the drink. It has a nice hanging bitterness with a subtle sweetness. A very enjoyable beer, and one worth trying for the IIPA fan.

Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark and hazy orange color. A large foamy white head forms and recedes after a few minutes. Sticky lace is left on the glass.
S: An oily hop aroma. Grapefruit, lemon, and orange.
T: Lots of bitterness. Fruit flavors that follow the nose. Maybe just a hint of sweetness. Not very well balanced though.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A good crispness. The bitterness and high alcohol makes for a slow sipping beer.

I just don't get this style, and have tried to appreciate it. I can't say that I have had to many bad Double IPA's, but they just don't do it for me. This is no exceptions. I love hops, I just love a balanced beer more I guess. Though this follows the style, and should be a big hit for the hop head.

Photo of naterock
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip with a deep copper and thick sticky head. crystal clear.

smell is overly citrusy and a slight piney nose. No malt to speak of but hey, who needs it.

taste is whoa! such a great hop flavor but doesn't turn my mouth around like I've heard. overly hopped and incredibly sweet. great beer.

mouth is oily but crisp and might be a little too over-carbonated but who really cares. One of the best DIPAs I've ever had.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on tap in a tumbler glass

color was deep copper with a light fluffy white head. light retention.

smell was very bitter citrus, huge hop scents

taste was bitter in the finish, but with a stronger malt backbone up front. lots of biscuit notes. very bitter hops, little floral presence.

very smooth overall and rather full. kind of syrupy.

very drinkable, but over time. not a session beer by ANY means. but this is a GREAT DIPA that i will be drinking over the next few months. i also had this from the bottle, and i preferred the bottle hands down.

Photo of ironarrow42
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just released - the March 2009 bottling.

Pours a brilliant, clear, coppery-orange hue with an eggshell coloured head that falls to a collar and large foamy patch.

Massive American hop aroma, with lots of orange peel and pine. Full bodied with a velvety, creamy texture. Enormous hops on the palate - loads of citrus peel and resinous pine with substantial bitterness. There's enough biscuity and caramel malt underneath to support the hop overload. Big, lingering resiny finish with some floral & citric hop notes.

Alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. As it warms, a honeyish note shows up. Beautifully integrated, massive brew. Some light lace remains on the glass.

Photo of Jayli
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light amber with a honey colored one finger head. The head had very nice retention and lacing clung to the glass in thick coats. Nose was a combination of fresh baked bread and spicy floral citrus. Taste starts very sweet and move in to a spicy peppery, floral, piney combination. Finish is a bit buttery. Given the ABV on this, I expected more of an alcohol presence in the taste - I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't! This beer is a medium body and there is a very nice buttery feel to the mouth. If it weren't for the high ABV, this would be a fantastic session beer.

Photo of northaustin
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

yummy yummy i love these world ruler beers that avery makes the maharaja tastes like an ipa should. its high abv is perfectly countered by the hops. the label on the bottle is beautiful like most of averys select beers. perfect seasonal to try just a few times while its around. beware of overpricing on this and other avery beers

Photo of jwinship83
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. bottled in feb 09. batch 9. 10.72%abv, 102ibu. sounds fresh and great!

A- dark amber colored body with a large two finger off white fluffy head. the head lasts a while, and leaves solid rings of lacing.

S- faintly of toffee and caramel malts with loads and loads of hops. fruity, citrusy, grassy, and floral. wow. i can smell this from across the room.

T- woah, massive blast of hops which makes the malt damn near undetectable. loads of citrus hops. lots of grapefruit. very unbalanced, but its what i was looking for when i picked this one out. slight burn from the alcohol.

M- medium-thick boddied with a nice level of carbonation. slight warming form the alcohol on its way to my stomach.

D- one is enough, and more than what i craved for my hop fix. wow, this was an intense IIPA. check this one out, especially if you can get it fresh.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out an almost amber color with a big off-white head. The bubbles look dense and clingy and started to lace the glass early, though the head kind of falls back relatively quickly, leaving only a few swirls of bubbles after the first few sips. Looks pretty good. Smells very good too. I can immediately smell the fruity hops, grapefruit yes, but also tropical fruit, mango etc. There's a hint of sweetness and peachy alcohol, but really the hops dominate with whiffs of pine, resin, and grass as well. As usual, Avery has thrown in the huge ABV, with this bottle saying 10.27%, and I can really taste it, which hurts on the hop front for me. But there is enough hop flavor in there to see past it. I get the alcohol burn and hop bitterness first, followed by an intense grassy taste with just a kick of tropical fruit behind it. Finishes with a little battle between tart dryness and malty sweetness. The huge alcohol note hurts the mouthfeel, giving me primarily burn, but I kind of like the resinousy feel from the hops. Almost chewy from the hoppy flavors, though the malty liquid itself is kind of thin with alcohol. And this one really wears on you. Its a very enjoyable beer, but I was already slowing down after 4 sips or so. The alcohol just warms you and starts to make your head spin a bit quick. I would recommend it, but you might want to split it between friends to enjoy it the most - too much booze.

Photo of endincolorado
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Orange-amber with cream-colored head, tons of lace, as expected.

Smell- Powerful bitter-hop aroma, grassy and citrusy, maybe some pine.

Taste- Strong hop-bitterness, rich malt, sweet fruit flavors, crisp-refreshing and grassy. Ethanol warms upon swallowing. Tartness, like green apple. In short- delicious.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy, due probably to the high gravity.

Drinkability- It's hard not to give this a high score on drinkability, as it's such a magnificent brew, and as far as style goes, I think it's nearly perfect. Objectively though, I know that after two or three of these bottles, I'd be ready to hit the sack.

Photo of goatgoat
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Feb 2009 batch.

Pours a clear perfect amber. A white frothy finger high head falls quickly to a ring. A few tiny sticky bits of lace.
Aroma is an excellent presentation of strong citrus, pine. Nothing but hops.
Taste is light honey malt body that is quickly overwhelmed by big hops. Malt is just present enough to keep it from being hop tea. More citrus and pine, but also with a slightly earthy note. A long lingering bitterness free of harshness. I don't get any alcohol presence (danger danger!).
Medium body with creamy carbonation. Resinous, oily feel. Dry finish keeps this an easy drinking brew.

Damn tasty brew. This was one of my first DIPAs (along with DFH 90min) and so I may be sentimental. Excellent presentation of hop character.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours copper with golden highlights with a big, foamy white head that sits around for a while.

S - Piny, grapefruity hops.

T - Sticky sweet hops, taking on a pungent, tangy, piny twang. Finish is sweet and cheek puckeringly bitter.

M - Slightly thicker than medium bodied, viscous, sticky.

Notes - The hops are very multidimensional here, but the syrupy sweetness is a little much at times.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery- Maharaja

A- Deep clear copper orange with a thick big ring lacing head.
S- A good balaced mix of syrupy caramel malt and oily pine hops.
T- Sweet sugary/ syrupy caramel malt is quickly dominated by heavy green pine needle/ pine cone hops.
M- Starts off with a good thivk maltiness but switches over to a huge bitter oily hop bomb.

Overall- Huge IPA here. Very drinkable yet soo hoppy. A pint or a bomber of this would be sufficient.

Photo of KBoudreau66
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz. bomber after work. Label states that it was bottled in Feb. 2009, batch 9.

Pours a light amber color with a decent sized slightly off white head. This beer will dissipate to a thinner layer, but will last throughout.

Smells strongly of floral hops. A lot of different citrus smells going on, but grapefruit is the smell that stands out most significantly. Slight alcohol phenols in the undertone.

Slow sipper, and that's a good thing because if it wasn't it would put you on your ass. Full bodied and very smooth for a DIPA, some slight carbonation in the mix. This brew wasn't as bitter as I was expecting, especially at 102 IBU's. The aromas that I smelled came through nicely in the taste as well, strong floral hops, and citrusy grapefruit flavors. The 10% ABV is hidden very well by these strong flavors. I thought that it would finish a bit crisp and dry, but it stayed smooth even in the aftertaste. A solid offering from Avery.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Binny's Lakeview in Chicago, IL.

A: Pours a see-thru perfectly amber color with two fingers of white head that settles down with lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of fresh hops, grapefruit, citrus, some grassy notes, VERY slight malt in the background

T: Major hop bitterness is the first thing that comes to mind. Some sweet hop flavor, of the citrusy type. A little alcohol in the finish that meshes well with the flavor. However, as this warms the alcohol comes through more and is slightly overbearing. Recommend drinking this cold.

M: Nice and creamy for a DIPA. Just what I'd want.

D: Totally drinkable, the high alcohol would be the only thing from stopping you when trying to take lots of this down.

Photo of Rayek
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale amber color with lots of floating particulates. Foamy off-white head has above average retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: A generous dose of citrus and pine greats the nose. A small amount of caramel sweetness is in the background.

T: A nice hop profile dominates the beer. Tastes of lemon, grapefruit and pine intermingle nicely. Bitterness isn't as over the top as the 102 IBU count on the label had me expecting, but is still strong. Sweet and toasted malt flavors are to be had, although not in abundance. Finishes with a lingering pine bitterness.

M: Medium body is slick. Carbonation level is a bit high.

D: To me, this tastes like Avery's regular IPA turned up to 11. It's a nice beer, but not mind blowing. Perhaps I need a break from DIPA style beers for awhile.

Photo of mnj21655
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into my SN pint glass, picked up at PHP on a recommendation by Jamie (he's never lead me wrong)

Pours a beautiful light amber-ish copper color with about a finger and a half of off white head. As soon as I open the bottle I can smell the hops. The aroma is very nearly all hops with only mere hints of some caramel malt. Lots of citrus, some pine, and a fair amount of grass. Taste is pretty darn good. Much like the aroma with hops dominating; citrus, grass and pine, in that order. There is a malt backbone here but its hard to find through the massive amount of hop flavor. This beer is quite bitter in the finish but it doesn't taste like the 102 IBUs that the bottle claims. I also can't find the 10.27 ABV that bottle claims either. I can feel it after a few minutes but it really isn't present in either the aroma of taste. Mouthfeel is quite good. Medium, maybe medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth despite the high bitterness. Drinkability is very good. This is a pretty good example of what I look for in a DIPA. Its loaded with hops, solidly bitter, properly carbonated, and most importantly, highly attenuated. I have no trouble finishing a bomber of this and enthusiastically recommend this.

Photo of jkendrick
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty clear with just a hint of haze. An orange/golden color with an off-white, foamy head that has good retention and nice lacing.

S: Citrus! Lots of grapefruit, some pine and grass

MF: Medium body, decent carbonation and oily in the mouth

T: Nice grapefruity hops, which is what I like, plus some grass. It is not quite as clean tasting as something like Pliny the Elder. It is a bit astringent in the finish, but not terrible. The alcohol is well-hidden in the taste, but makes itself known after the swallow. Just a touch of bready malt in the middle.

D: The alcohol after the swallow was pretty intense and I got more of a buzz than I was expecting. You certainly wouldn't want more than one. The high level of astringency in this one make me prefer the single IPA from Avery.

Photo of amneziak
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: There is unquestionably a lot going on this glass. It's one I've had to smell multiple times to get my head around. Some of the characteristics aren't immediately noticeable. Of those are: deep hops, fresh honeycomb, and a caramelized orange. There is also something very familiar in the nose that I can't quite uncover. As it warms, it almost dwarfs into something completely different, however the intensely floral honey notes stay with it the whole time.

Appearance: It pours a nice clear burnt orange color and has an average-sized head that hangs out for a short period of time. You'll want to drink this one out of a tulip so you can constantly refresh the head.

Taste: With an IBU rating of 102, it's obviously bitter, but I don't find it to be too over the top. The burnt orange honey components are the most immediate flavors. As it warms, the beer almost tastes salty even though there is definitely a lot of sweetness here.

Palate: Immediately hits the tongue and makes it sing. The beer is buttery and smooth. It hangs on for a good while and can still be tasted a while after finishing.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but certainly one I won't go out of my way for again. Perhaps the best thing would've been to share this one with friends because the whole bottle is bit overwhelming. If you are a fan of the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, you will like this one. They are very similar but the drinkability in this one is not as good.

Photo of dqderrick
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from mbunje bought at Avery. Poured into Chimay goblet. Consumed in the 52°-55°F range. Batch 9, Bottled in Feb. 2009. There is nothing like consuming a good IIPA/DIPA the same month it was bottled.

A - 4.0
Looks like a great DIPA. White head, fair to good retention. Sparse lacing. Transparent copper brown.

S - 5.0
Bring on the hops! Seriously. Reminds me a bit of the Green Flash Imperial IPA. Very hop skunky. I'm a self-proclaimed and buddy-proclaimed hophead (buddy bought me the BA HopHead tee.) I can't get enough of the smell. Damn. Unmistakable citrusy pine.

T - 5.0
Exactly what I want from a DIPA. Nice hop bitter with enough malt sweet to provide balance. Powering through a solo mission bomber will be a delight.

M - 4.5
Near perfect mouthfeel. Smooth on the front... almost impossibly smooth for this much hops. Bitter bite on the of the tongue on the way down. I can't help but keep this in my mouth an extra second before swallowing.

D - 4.5
Scary drinkable. I wouldn't touch more than 22oz of it in a session. But, I will enjoy the whole 22oz. I would love to keep a bottle of this in the cellar to personally enjoy... and when fellow BA's visit so I can say.... "I have a bottle of the MAH-ha-RA-ja." What a perfect name for a superior DIPA/IIPA. Congratulations again to Avery.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,824 ratings.