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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,829 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,829
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 276
Gots: 424 | 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 ncbeermonger
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW

This beer is OUTSTANDING!

Simply hard to beat. It pours a dark almost amber and orange, head sticks to the sides and is outstanding!

The smell is of hops, hops, and more hops!

the taste is outstanding citrus, and hops mixing in an outstanding mix!

The mouthfeel is second to maybe just Bells HopSlam, yup that's it!

This beer even at the price is very, very drinkable! Pick onbe up like NOW....if you can find it!

NC BEERMONGER LOVES THIS IPA!

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

Note: This bottle says 10.21%

A - Deep amber color with matching light tan head that leaves minimal lacing

S- Some floral and citrus hops and strong malt sweetness.

T - A little earthy. Pine and citrus hops are equally present with a complimentary malt backbone that balances it out. A little on the malty sweet side for me but at over 10% it's pretty damn good! Alcohol is noticeable and warming in the end.

M - Thick and syrupy. Feels nice and smooth going down. Not thirst quenching, but if you're in the mood for a beer then this will certainly quench your craving.

D - Very easy drinking. Smooth and not too overpowering. I like this beer a lot, but a little less malt and more bitterness would be more to my liking.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 6 -May 2007

Pours a dark golden amber with only the most minimal of head. Smell is big 'ol sticky, stinky hops. And a lot of them.
Taste is huge, bittering hops. Mostly bittering floral hops, but some citrusy hops as well.
There is a very malty presence to support the amount of hops which gives it a full mouthfeel. This isn't a very refreshing beer, but a very good tasting one.

Photo of treyrab
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very glad to still see this on tap at Zeno's last night...Had it served in a pint glass...

A: Extremely hazy orange color with a solid one finger head. Looks like carbonated orange juice! It is so hazy it is hard to see the carbonation creeping up the glass...

S: Fore! A huge hop bomb just landed. Tons of citrus hops that are very robust. Tons of orange and lighter fruits in the nose as well.

T: The taste is exceptional! So much orange and citrus hops in the taste without being too bitter. Very slight pine notes, this one is all citrus! Some light fruits like orange and lemon and grapefruit.

Overall, this is what a DIPA should be! Tons of hop flavors, but it doesn't make you pucker with bitterness.

Photo of CoolJosh
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Zeno's, and was referred to it by a fellow BAer..

A: Really gorgeous hazy dark amber. About a finger head, slightly off white, that last a good way through the drink. Solid lacing.

S: Very slight and subtle hints of citrus, particularly orange, possibly some lemon as well. Definitely some caramel, and some really bold piney hops, which smell very refreshing.

T: Very hoppy, and oh sooo good. The main citrus that stood out to me was orange, but my friend noticed a lot of lemon flavors (didn't stand out as much for me i guess). Slightly dry, but to be expected with this style.

Overall, very good, I find hoppier double pale ales to be very refreshing, especially this time of year in the midst of all of the stout releases. Again this one is loaded with hops, and is definitely worth a try.

Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice ruby color with an off white creamy head that lasts for the duration. Good lacing on the glass suggests the great brew that is to come.
The aroma begins with sweet caramel malt and fades into some nice piney hop notes.
The flavor erupts with sweetness and is balanced by huge hop bitterness. Caramel, plums, pine, sweet citrus, finishes cleanly with a little residual sweetness on the tongue. There is very little bitterness left on the palate.
A little too sweet to earn an excellent drinkability rating but with 10% ABV that is probably a good thing. Great beer that I would highly recommend for any hophead!

Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice orange amber color with a medium sized but thick white colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass very nicely and laces all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts and then a huge piney/citrisy/earthy hoppy aroma. It was more than I was expecting.
T: Tastes of a sweet malt base and then a huge hoppy flavor for the rest of the beer. It has a very very strong tasting piney and citrisy and a bit earthy hop flavor.
M: Very crisp and spicey feeling with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable double IPA as I did not notice the alcohol in it.

Photo of chuckd123
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a superb DIPA. Have had several of these (all via bombers) this summer, and love it. Avery nails the style 100%, this thing rocks.

Pours a nice deep, somewhat hazy dark copper. Really nice head that laces down the sides and lasts until you're finished.

Smell is amazing -- true west coast, hopped up aroma. Begs you to stop smelling and start drinking.

Taste is perfect. An overall balance of a slight alcohol nose (less in your face than a lot of DIPA's, but right there nonetheless), grapefruity, floral hops and a malt backbone. Really good balance of flavors and smells as you drink. Take it slow, breathe it in and enjoy very sip.

Drinkability only hurt by the abv%. I've put back 2 bombers twice now over the course of maybe 3-4 hours, watching baseball. The alcohol sort of sneaks up on you as you really don't notice it like you do in say a DFH90min, or even a Hercules. Really, really good job by Avery here.

Photo of caminiti
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow.
For $8 a bottle, it had better be good, and it is.
I picked it up at a beverage barn place in New Paltz, and havent found it anywhere else, but if I go through there again, I would get another.
Poured a beautiful dark gold, slight head, and gave the smell of a wet-hopped, bitter, IPA. Came with a kick as well, advertised 10.2%. A beer worth the purchase if you see it.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange brown color with minimal head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of sweet citrus with oranges dominating and bitter hops to balance it out. A bit of caramel malts add some depth to the sweetness.

Taste of sweet citrus with oranges dominating again, almost like orange juice. Hop flavor initially blooms into a clinging hoppy bitterness that becomes more bitter as the taste lingers.

Mouthfeel is clean and tight, leaving an oily film through the mouth.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 received as part of the LNBA BIF... big thanks to Redwood21.. I was really hoping somebody would send me one of these... my bottle says 10.21% ABV.

2 finger head lasts forever with big waves of collar and lace with every sip.. brew is amber orange red.

Hops are huge citrus and some pineapple... a little pine with a little bit more than enough maltiness and a little caramel.

Flavor is very much a DIPA with quite a bit of malt pushing the hops.. grapefruit and pine hops with caramel malts... maybe a little sweet ... I like malty DIPA's but this may be a bit much tonight... still badass though. Body is on the thicker side for the style too.. but again.. I like that.. it keeps me from drinking it too fast... smooth ... finish sorta dies of quick especially as it hits room temperature.

Nice Brew.... Great BIF... Fantastic Trader... Redwood21 gets a bunch of props.
4/4/4/4/3.5

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

Appears hazy copper with a large head and extensive lacing. The smell is explosively grapefruit and pine. Maybe a little bit of peach. The taste is exceptional with bold hop character, grapefruit and a caramel malt moderator that steps aside for the main event. A full body tries to tame the abv and IBUs, but comes up a bit short. Maharaja means business. It's a top DIPA, but a little too massive to completely throw caution to the wind. A very complex DIPA that I will continue to scrutinize and enjoy.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much bubbling in this copper toned brew. Some nice sticky, lace up to thirty minutes after the pour. Slowly recedes to a ring o' foam. Th smell is a blend of bitter orange zest and the aroma you get when you break a danelion stem in half and take a whiff. Very flowery beer with no shortage of toasted biscuit malts in both the aroma and taste. The taste starts with lots of citrus skin. Borderline burnt/toasted white notes begin to mix with a flower field of herbal and flowery hops.Very nice tasting DIPA. Palte is a chewy, resiny, hop bomb. I'mso glad this beer is always available by me.

Photo of xare
1.78/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured as a lovely burnt orange / amber color with a white head that has constant carbonation. Nice appearance.

Aroma was of alcohol and I had to strain really hard to get a faint hint of grapefruit... but malt was the rest of the aroma. This is a DIPA? Definitely doesn't smell like one to me.

Taste was of malt, alcohol, and no hops whatsoever. Turned me completely off. I demand some hops or at least for the beer to not be so boozy / hot.

Mouthfeel was decent at first but then heats up rather fast due to the alcohol.

Drinkability was very low due to the massive alcohol content and the letdown that this brew was for me. I won't be purchasing this beer again. DIPA without hops whatsoever makes no sense to me.

Photo of Redwood21
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: this is a golden red beer with a dirty white head that lasts and lasts i like how the head sticks to the glass

S: the beer has a slight hop spiceyness but as it warms this aroma dies off and lends itself more to the burnt toast and malt

T: this beer has a slight alcohol bite to it with some malt and hops. there is a little bit of caramel sweetness that tickles the back of your throat but its not incredibly evident, almost peanut brittle in nature

M: a little light, but not bad for dipa style it is by no means a thick beer but a good consistency
D: 9.7% and you do not even feel it, its very tasty and drinkable

Photo of erikm25
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy scarlet with copper and smoked peach highlights. Creamy and frothy off white (two inch) head that recedes slowly leaving thick spotty lacing. I liked the reddish and resined glow as it sat in the glass.

S: Pine, citrus, tangerine, and hop rush. Malt is noticeable and balances nicely against the floral aromas. There is a light lemon and honey nose that helps sweeten the deal and subdue any bitterness.

T: The usual pine hop suspect coupled with a very distinguishable caramel soaked apple tone. The citrus and grapefruit is apparent and that tangy-ness easily masks any taste of alcohol. As the beer warms the malts and citrus fruits become deeper, fuller, and richer. An aftertaste of hopped pined bitterness makes this an amazing tasting beer.

M: Medium bodied to full bodied filled with chewy pine. The alcohol becomes apparent only in feeling, not in taste.

D: The taste well exceeded my expectations. Coupled with some Black Sabbath and some bacon cheeseburgers I was pleased with the overall experience. It is too early to say if this is one of my favorite imperials but I suspect it will be in the running as time passes.

Photo of jackorain
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy copper with a thick off-white head that falls every-so-slowly leaving sticky web-like lace with large globs of head down the glass.

S-Big grapefruit and pine hops immediately greet the olfacotrry senses. In fact these were filling my nose as I poured. This is followed up by caramel amlts, toffee and a touch biscuity aromas.

T-Big piney hops hit right upfront. The grapefruit then takes over with huge juicy red ripe grapfruit pulp and zest. Some caramel malt and the aforementioned toffee poke through in the middle only to be smacked waway by the 2nd onslought of grapefruit goodness. The bitterness is significant and can be likened to chewing on large hunks grapefruit zest with a little pith left on for good measure. Just when you thought the relentless barage of grapefruit was over, the long piney bitter finish comes in. What a fine offering.

M-The entire mouth tingles with hops, the carbonation is lively but not overpowering in any way. The body is medium to full and is quite chewy. After the swallow there is a bit of an oily feeling elft behind.

D-For a big one this is quite drinkable. It is certainly a pallete killer though, so another is in order after the 1st because everything else will be off after this.

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

A: Poured a clear copper color with an off-white head that went away rather quickly. Lacing was minimal but to me seemed to increase a bit as the beer warmed.

S: I was expecting a very "graperfruity" nose to to the beer. I was surprised that it was a bit subdued to me, especially considering its high IBU's (105). Also as the beer warmed a bit I detected an almost "vinyl" like nose, but it did not turn me off.

T: The flavor was nice and creamy with the malt being very seemless with the hops. The citrusy aspect was there as a flavor profile, but I did not get the grapefruit as I had suspected on the nose might have. The maltiness was just a touch sweet as well, but not cloying

M: A nice mouthfeel was evident on this beer. I could drink this beer very easily as the hoppiness was not overwhelming. The carbonation was evident, but did not last long and the finish was strong and a piney hopiness was there for a bit afterword.

D: Like I mentioned above the malt and hops meld very well and I could easily drink this beer often. The higher alcohol level was not that evident, but then again I only drank one over time. A nice effort and one in which I will search out again!

Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9.6%.

A: Pours a clear, dark coppery-orange color, with a big rocky off white head that slowly receded leaving a splotchy lacing on the way down.

S: a huge citrusy blast of grapefruit, pine and a dry floral hopping. The nose was big, hoppy, with some sweet malt in the finish.

T: The flavor had an equally huge sweet grapfruit and citrus hopping with some dry pine and floral bitterness with a nice background of malt sweetness to balance things out a bit, but it is the truly pungent hopping that defines this beer. The beer finishes with some grassy notes.

M: sticky caramel and pine hop resin lacing the tongue with a medium body and a nice carbonation presence.

D: A huge showing of hops and malt combine beautifully for a huge citrusy blast that is sure to please. is equally as big alcohol wise and a monster of treat that comes with a high recommend for the serious hophead.

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.

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.

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.

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

Bomber.

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.

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...

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!

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,829 ratings.