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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,737 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,737
Reviews: 1,743
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 265
Gots: 410 | 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.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- extremely cool label, i dig the metallic swords. due to the beer's viscosity, the whole pour seemed to happen in slow motion, with a creamy beige head that inflated like foam insulation. the majority of the surface is a frothy patch of bubbles while a crescent moon shaped outer area is forming a leathery skin. cool. excellent lace, it's drippy with holed like baby swiss. its no surprise, this is everlasting retention. body is a little hazy, darkened peach in color, with shades of burnt sienna and ochre. in front of an incandescent, it's damn near fruit punch red, beautiful with a scarlet hue and shades of vermilion.

S- tart, savory and meaty are my first perceptions. insanely bitter aroma, with orange peel and pickled grapefruit and all that jazz, but with a very direct pungent alpha kick. as my nose adjusts, things turn pretty tropical, sprucey, and spicy too. big pineapple, passion fruit, lemon, mango, mandarin orange, tomato,and for the love of vishnu i can even smell toasted cumin and oregano. unripened berries and a well hidden whiff of alcohol come out with a good swirl. though malt is shrouded behind this thick curtain of hops, some toasty and caramel flavors manage to stand out with a hint of brown sugar sweetness.

T- your majesty, at first oddly sweet, as i hold in the front of my mouth, head down, like a shot of tequila i'm just not ready to swallow. brown sugar and peanut candy, sweet bread, toasted cereal grains, and an underlying fruitiness, then i kick back and almost everything soft and sweet is ripped apart by a rush of herbal hops, italian seasoning, cumin, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, with the clean sharp bitterness of magnum almost unwelcome, i would like more citrus, more passion fruit, more more more, but i understand without something zesty, this brew might seem lackluster. in this case, it shines. a light floral essence is captured from the mag further enhancing the deep hop bouquet and taste. as my taste buds regroup, things get nice and toasty at the end, some sweetness returns (but not too much) and the hops mellow out, and i coast into a burnt caramel and herbal citrus bitter finish. also the first time i could taste any shred of alcohol, amazing at 10.21%.

MF- i knew as soon as i poured this how the feel would be, and i was right. like liquid fleece. like that rolled up walmart blanket your aunt got you for christmas, like something super soft and just short of plush, like melted butter. powdery, grainy, full of 'stuff', with just under medium carbonation to keep it from feeling like heavy cream. refined hop resins are plastered on my cheeks and i burp with great force. exceptional.

D- deserves a 4.5, but due to self limitations, i can't give it that extra bit but while wrapped up in the tasting i finished this bomber quicker than i would have liked. very smooth if you're a hop head and very well hidden alcohol.

hustlesworth, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Union Jack's Manatawny Inn

Poured a clear amber with 1 finger of creamy off-white head, good retention and great sticky lacing. Smells of grapefruit, caramel, fresh biscuits, grapes, and pine needles. Tastes of grapefruit, and lemon rind up front with some oranges, then caramel, freshly baked biscuits still a little doughy, and some fruits like grapes and berries. Finish is pure pine. Medium in body with nice carbonation. Sticky, crisp, and bitter, balanced with great stand out citrus presence as well as a nice pine kick. One pretty impressive Double IPA that hides its alcohol excellently.

HopDerek, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of tangentrider
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Copper beer with a one-inch head, reducing to one-quarter inch. Nice lacing.

S: Beautiful, pink grapefruit aroma.

T: Grapefruit hop flavor is prominent, with a very present bitterness that remains restrained and lasts through the finish.

MF: Very smooth, almost thick, mouthfeel. Carbonation was moderate.

D: I will definitely have another. This is a beautiful DIPA.

tangentrider, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of PiecefulToker
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Pours a very hazy dull tarnished copper color with a thick 2 finger head that dissipates to a thin layer, depositing a thick ring of lacing with each sip.

S: Lots of floral and resiny hops, alcohol, spicy, caramel malt, dried hops.

T: A lot like it smells, with a big hop kick and lots of alcohol, but very well balanced with sweet caramel malt. The bitterness is very well checked with a lot of resiny dry hop flavor. Grapefruit and very peppery. Lots of alcohol, but that is to be expected from a beer with 9.7% ABV. It is not overpowering, but very pleasantly warming.

M: Smooth, but carbonation nips at the tongue. Pretty sticky and chewy, but not too syrupy, nicely coats my mouth with its hoppy goodness.

D: Not too high due to the alcohol content and hops, but very enjoyable. I think a bomber is the perfect size for this brew, and it is perfect as a nightcap.

PiecefulToker, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Great pour... Ridiculous fluffy off-white head off of mild pour... Slow carbonation... Hazy orange tinted straw color... Couldn't wait to take a sniff and sip...

S - GRAPEFRUIT... Ruby red grapefruit to be more exact... Floral earthy aromas are present as well... Hop resins...

T - Grapefruit and other hints of citrus... Hops... Malt come through as well... As well balanced an Imperial IPA I've ever tasted...

M - Creamy, smooth, and rich... Oily hop resin finish lingers... Quality of mouth feel gradually declined as beer continued to warm to room temp...

D - Very smooth for an Imperial IPA... It takes more than a "hop bomb" to make a wonderful IPA, this one has it... Again, it should be noted that the what started at as great drinkability wained as the beer warmed... Additionally, I felt the effects of this brew for quite a while... I typically handle high ABV beers without issue, but this one really kicked by butt...

Bottle / Artwork - Love it... Great Red/Yellow font on time of a lively green label... Holographic sables and an interesting spiritual warrior in the center... The foil overtop the cap was a bit much...

philbe311, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber obtained at The Liquor Shoppe in Tyngsborro, MA. Bottled May 2008 (batch 8). Pours a fairly clear amber-red body with virtually no head. Citrussy and floral hops dominate with a fair bit of caramel malt for balance. Citrus floral hops dominate the flavor initially with a rich caramel toffee malt presence to balance things out. Silky-smooth in texture with light carbonation. Despite the full body and flavor (not to mention the alcohol, which is barely noticeable), this beer is surprisingly drinkable, leaving me wanting more. A phenomenal example of the style, a great beer. My first Avery, looking forward to many more soon!

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a sam perfect pint glass. Pours a cloudy orange/ brownish color with a pretty good off white head. Smells of sweet caramel malts with some citrus hops in there. It seems when trying these DIPA's I hope for the best - ie. a really pungent hop smell or get what I dont want- the malty candy smell. This one- I get the latter. Taste is pretty good, but it is what I would expect from the smell. Lots of malt- candy, caramel. There is a decent hop flavor- some pine and some citrus, but not a hop BITE. Good beer, but would not seek it out with so many other wonderful IPA's and DIPA's out there.

DrDogbeer, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of stumac
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle states February '07, well I popped this sucker open in July '08....

the beer itself looks like apple juice in my glass with a huge ideal frothy ivory colored head. the nose is very floral, floral hops and mellowed spicy hops. the taste is smoothe as hell! floral hops and mellowed spicy hops again. full bodied, low carbo, sweet finish. Definately gotta be number one on my list of IPAs!

stumac, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Off white almost tan head with good stand. Moderate amber hue. clear but not brilliant.

S: This is a well balanced aroma that is strong but not harsh. Citrus hop aroma with a prominent sweet caramel malt backing. Fruity beyond simple citrus. Not boozy. Juicy. Some surgary notes in malt.

T: Very smooth grapefruit hop flavor that carries through in flaovr and bitterness. Bitterness lingers. Well supported with a clean malt flavor. A touch of booziness. Some fruitiness.

MF: Meidum body. Smooth - not harsh. Moderate carbonation. Dry. Some warming.

D, notes: Smooth easy drinking, well balanced very drinkable. This is a great example of the style. Between Great Divide Hercules and this beer Colorado has a lock on double IPAs for my money.

Nipitato, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an intriguing hue of burnt orange. The off white head settles to a collar that leaves some spotty lacing behind.

Deep bitter aroma of pine and orange peel. The malt base is not to be understated and features a rich assault of raisin, plum and dark sugars.

The taste is similar, but follows a natural progression of flavor. Starts off with an initial sweetness of candied orange and fig. This quickly turns to the bitter pine noted in the scent. Finishes with a floral and citrus bitterness that sticks to the lips. Long lasting taste that lingers.

Full sticky mouthfeel that encourages slower sipping. Moderate carbonation serves to prick the palate and provoke the hops to increased bitterness. It is very difficult to call this large brew drinkable, but it is a beer I would enjoy turning to often.

Jmamay22, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Nesued
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange/amber hue with just a slight cloudy presentation. An ample head formed upon the initial pour (i.e. at least 1.5 in) which resolved into a slight retained head. Lacing remained as the head resolved with a nice covering. Carbonation is ample with a slight yet pronounced feeding of the head.

Smell - The grapefruit/hop oils are the first to grab your nose and provide a precursor of what is to come. Lively yet not as pronounced as other "hop monsters" from my past. Unable to obtain much else beyond this initial nose, perhaps the muted hop nose is due to the malt balance (unsure), we'll see.

Taste - The expectation that this is your typical "hop monster" may lead many away from trying this IPA. The hop presence is there but, as with the nose, is muted by the presence of the malt balance. The typical hop bite finish was absent. Don't get me wrong, there are hops a-plenty here, but it won't rip your tongue out. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - A very full feel. The carbonation is not overdone, nor is it "caustic" to the tongue. The malt body really comes through in providing an ample backbone to this IPA. An interesting point of this beer was the hop oils that left a sticky presence on the glass between sips. Again a reminder of the basis for this brew.

Drinkability - Avery is new to our State, but not new to me. I usually shy away from the overly hoppy brews (personal choice) but this one was very enjoyable, only due to the malt balance that pulled this beer into my comfort zone. Sure, I'll buy it again.

Nesued, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer was slightly cloudy brown/orange color with a thin off-white head.

S: HOPS! There are grapefruit, caramel and malt aromas present in the background, but the hops are quite noticeable.

T: This is a big - turn your tongue inside out- kind of bitter. Wow!

M: Medium to full bodied and slick.

D: This beer is delicious . It is a bit one sided on the hops, but not too much so that I couldn't see drinking it all night.

barefootbrewer, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is poured to a dark copper with a good inch head and good retention. The nose is citursy and piny with a good caramel malt tone in the background. Smells very good. The taste on this beer is fucking great, it has a nice peach/citrus/grapefruit hop character with a tasty, sweet malt, which I can't place my finger on. Some alcohol comes through in the beer with the bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. This is drinkable for me.

swizzlenuts, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Orange color, some sticky lacing and a nice aroma with a lot of pine needles and citrus hops and the longer it breathes the stronger it seems to get. Big hoppy flavor with a lot of pine needles, citrus grapefruit and oranges. Just enough sweet malt backing while still allowing the hops to dominate. Very nice bitterness in the finish. Excellent!

changeup45, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured into a Hennepin flute. Pours a brilliant blood orange haze with a thin white cap of frothy lacing. Active carbonation and dramatic lacing throughout session.

S: Grapefruit, tangerine, mango, juicy pineapple. Lots of spiced citrus hops - to the point where fruit flys began divebombing the surface.

T: Insane hop blast counterbalanced with spikes of sweet malted barley. Opens with big notes of grapefruit rind, then fades into tropical essences of tangerine, mango and pineapple before turning moderately bitter. Noticeably salty on palate. Alcohol brings some heat to the equation. Thick, bittersweet finish.

Avery's Maharaja rules over a well-balanced kingdom of pungent hops and benevolent maltiness. That's right, it's the 9.78% ABV talking.

M: Medium-bodied. Chewy, sticky, syrupy, oily and resinous.

D: Uber-hoppy with a high ABV. One and you're way done.

CaptainIPA, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled after my EX-lady and I brought it across the country during a road trip. Stamped 'Imperial IPA, bottled in February '08.' Poured into my glass a slightly hazy orange like a sunset with a one finger, yellow and tan head like the coat of a yellow lab. Chunks of lacing stick to the glass. Aromas were of big fresh, wet hops with some hints of green apple. The 102 IBU'S shows in the muscular, 'green' hops character that first hit my tongue. Hay, citrus peel, bitter hops. A sweeter maltiness comes in next to balance and does so surprisingly well. One can barely tell that this mammoth beer clocks in at 10.54% ALC! Low/mid carbonation is perfect, adding to the quaffable, smooth and lush mouthfeel. Though I said it looked like a Lab, this brew is anything but a dog. Truly, I think it's exactly what an Imperial IPA should be and if it had it displayed slightly more depth of flavor and better retention of the head it would be amongst the best in the world. Well, ok, one can argue it still is. I wouldn't object...

thekevlarkid, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA.

A - A deep golden to almost amber color. Clear with a moderate head and some lacing.

S - A balanced sweet malt and floral hop aroma.

T - An intense battle between the rich hop flavor, alcohol, bitterness and malt sweetness. It's very complex and interesting but the alcohol is a little high for me.

M - Thick and chewy.

D - Too strong for more than one.

GJ40, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Average head with deep tan color.

Smell - Pronounced maltiness including mango, fruit preserves and hop bitter aroma.

Taste - Balanced malt and hop similar to smell. No "hop juice" just bitterness.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Neither are great due to pronounced bitterness; although some malt fruit sneaks through into the finish.

Chinon01, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Hazy copper with nice clingy white head.

Great smell of grapefruit with some pine but mainly sweet grapefruit.

Sweet malty, hoppy taste that disguises the high alcohol. Very nice, solid and well balanced DIPA.

I was surprised by how good this beer was. Great mouthfeel, and not too much bitter aftertaste make this a really really good beer.

aubuc1, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

born in May of 08, poured into an oversized wine glass

looks reddish amber, nice lazy film of foam

very balanced nose, lots of sweet malt on the nose along with the herbal The malts stand out in this well balanced DIPA.

nice medium light carbonation, nice astringence, and a full body

this is a tremendously balanced double IPA whos individual elements contrast and pop well which makes it so drinkable. Maybe it's the bit of age on this baby I am wondering how it would taste both fresh and with about another year on it. An absolutely fantastic DIPA.

Donnie2112, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Squelch
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper colored with an off white head the slowly dissipates. Nice Lacing. Low Carbonation.

Smell: Missing hop aroma I was expecting. More malt aroma comes through. Some fruity esters.

Taste: Piney hop flavor shines through. A tad harsh. Overuse of caramel malt to compensate for bitterness brings the rating down a bit. Bitterness Lingers....

Mouthfeel: Light for the style. Still syrupy thick but not as much as other IIPA's

Drinkability: Not bad but not the best.

Squelch, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of thethrone
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours bright copper, with frothy 1" head, heavy lacing

S - Fruity hop aroma in the nose. Smell of oranges with floral notes.

T - Certainly doesn't hide what it is: Strong hop flavor, notable citrus and pine. A little alcohol burn on the back end.

M - Full bodied, with a low carbonated, silky/syrupy feel on the palette.

D - Definately a big DIPA, and I found it very enjoyable. Would certainly reach for it again, and would love to try it right off the tap.

thethrone, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into oversized snifter.

After taking a couple of sips of this straight from the fridge, I let it warm for upwards of 30 minutes before starting the review.

A - Hazy orange in color. A finger of head formed (though this was poured in a snifter) and stuck around for a few minutes. Good lacing as well.

S - A huge amount of citrus, mainly grapefruit and lemon. There's a sweet floral aroma behind the citrus, more perfumy than I'm used to. A little bit of malt hiding as well.

T - The citrus comes in first, but it's not quite as overwhelming as the nose. Huge grapefruit/lemon peel bite is followed by some softer piney and floral flavors. Bitter herbs such as tea, mint, maybe even something weird like oregano or thyme. Bitterness begins growing at this point, but there's enough semi-sweet malt to smooth it out. Finish is very citric and slightly caramel-like from the malts. Alcohol is somewhat noticable, but doesn't deter.

M - Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Works well.

D - A great beer with really no off characteristics. I wish there was a tad more malt sweetness, but not a huge issue.

PatrickJR, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of WillClark
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass a brilliant, cloudy amber with three fingers of luscious head that held like a champ and left a nice lacing around the glass. Massive notes of citrus, honey, and fresh flowers on the nose with a firm and steady bitterness accompanied by a smooth and elegant mouthfeel.

I love this beer because its got massive flavor without being too brutal on the palate. The extremely well concealed ABV is just the icing on the cake.


WillClark, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a dark amber body with a small, off-white head with decent retention adn ok lacing.

S: A nice, hoppy smell with some grapefruit undertones that seemed quite enticing. Some additional citrus (perhaps orange?) undertones were noted.

T: A nice, hoppy taste with a slightly burning and alcoholic aftertaste. As I drank the beer, some earthy notes replaced the alcohol aftertaste, which did well to balance the beer.

M: A full-bodied and very smooth beer that is typical of this type of style. A nice, smooth mouthfeel was very pleasant on the palette.

D: A fairly drinkable DIPA based on the mouthfeel and taste combination, but it might get to you later because of the decent ABV. Still, a pretty good beer overall.

While the only other beer I've had from Avery is the Kaiser, this brewery - like some other Colorado based breweries I've had - proves to be quite good at their offerings.

maddogruss, Aug 10, 2008
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,737 ratings.