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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,515 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,515
Reviews: 1,725
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 242
Gots: 332 | FT: 9
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:
ABV varies slightly batch to batch.

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Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

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

A- Pours a reddish orange color that is slightly cloudy, and has a single finger of white bubbly head that settles to a ring quickly, and laces decently.

S- Smells like hop juice. Very faint malt in the back, but almost all overpowering hops... which is good for an imperial IPA. :-)

T- Wow. Hits you in the face with a hop monster that Sir Malt tries to vanquish, and almost does, but then gets his head bitten off. The more you sip, the more you taste the malt... but it still finishes bitter, so the monster wins.

M- Smooth, somewhat thick and syrupy, slightly astringent in the finish.

D- Fairly drinkable for an imperial IPA... but what imperial IPA is not meant to be shared?

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 23:04:09 | More by khiasmus
Photo of NEhophead


4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle, served in a goblet.

Semi-hazy, golden-highlighted peach in color. Foamy, finger-high white head that attacks the goblet's sides and puts up a fight in receding. Sticky, webbed lacing around the majority of the glass.

Bright, ripe fruit: peach, pear, green apple, and grapefruit. Clean pine that adds a pleasant spice. Juicy hop resins that jump out of the glass.

Juicy pear, peach, orange, and apple. Notes of semi-sweet tropical fruit: honeydown, kiwi. The malt character is smooth; almost creamy, yet nearly non-descript in flavor; hefty enough however to balance the hop intensity. The bitterness is there, but far from being abrasive. In flavor, this is nirvana for any hophead. What an amazing concoction!

Medium bodied; silky smooth and creamy, despite being an aggressive hop monster.

If you're a hophead, then trust me and buy a case of the Maharaja. Seriously, this is the real deal.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 00:06:00 | More by NEhophead
Photo of BeerTruth


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

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Wow. Maharaja pours a burnt orange hue with a generous off-white head that stays well throughout. Lacing sticks quite well to the glass. Everything you can ask for in a DIPA in terms of smell: citrus (lemon, orange, pineapple) and pine, Pine, PINE! Taste is amazing. Taste was great with a little bit of everything. The hops overpower with a zesty straw background. Very floral in flavor as well, but not overwhelming in that aspect. Mouthfeel is smooth for such a potent DIPA. Carbonation is quite mild which I enjoy. Drinkability is there for a DIPA, but for someone who isn't used to such a powerful brew...watch out. This brew has really impressed me. Pick this baby up if you see it on the shelf!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 02:53:30 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of jbsteiny


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10 oz. serving in a wine glass poured a cloudy golden orange with a thick head. Very interesting lace patterns left on the glass. I hope heaven smells like this beer. Mangos and cream. I love when brewers use hops and malts to such good effect. Tasted like the tropics -- ripe pineapple and rum. Creamy sweet with a slightly bitter finish. I wanted to keep drinking this all night, but I felt like they'd probably need a spatula to peel me off the bar. Going back soon for another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2007 04:53:52 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of ChazMania


4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber from Batch 5 2007. I'm very happy....I first had this in bottle last summer at Najas and have wanted more ever since.

a) coloring of orange - amber. nice bubbly little head as it poured into my pint glass.

s) outstanding. crisp and refreshing aroma, pine, citrus, all the good dipa stuff.

t) holy schnikes! this kicks and is big and robust, flavor bigger than the aroma.

m) smooth and creamy with a full mouth texture feel. it really can be tasted from every part of my tongue.

d) I need more. I might have to go look for a case. Dang I wish I had a cellar.
This is up there with Pliny the Elder, 3 Floyds and Hopsickle.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 22:43:05 | More by ChazMania
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a big bomber to a pint glass, the liquid is a very cloudy light orange brown with good carbonation. The head is small and leaves very little lace.

The smell is good classic DIPA, strong hops and a nice thick malt.

The taste is good, Strong bitter hops dominates the brew, a good thick malt tries but can't bring balance.

The mouthfeel is good nice big thick brew.

The drinkability is down a bit due to lack of balance but if you a looking for a Big time DIPA this is a must try, I would have it again.

Prosit MK

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 04:26:57 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of koolchas


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

bomber bottle ... bottled in feb 2007, batch 5 ... actually poured into a pint glass.

a very well balanced iipa. to me hops were present but not overpowering. very balanced between citurs, spice, and sweet; makes the mouth very happy. could not even tell the abv came in at 9.78%. apparently, this is hard to get in california so, if you see it, grab it. some would say a bit pricy at ~$8.00/bomber but, it's worth every dollar, trust me!


Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 06:17:46 | More by koolchas
Photo of alexgash


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peachy orange with golden edges. Marshmallowy, dense, long-lasting, great-lacing, bright light khaki head fills up the top 2 inches of my Corsendonk glass. Very nice. Bright, hoppy nose featuring lemon rind, Scotch tape, pine, marmalade, and mint. Candy-coated fruit and butterscotch malt aroma is more evident as the beer warms. Butterscotch malt flavors up front, followed quickly by herbal, piney bitterness. Tropical fruits come in mid-palate with some warming alcohol. Hops turn a little citrusy and increasingly numbing and bitter. Grapefruit finish. Medium body with a sticky feel and plenty of carbonation. Well put-together, but not quite a top tier IIPA in my book. Still, I would love to try this fresher and on-tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 00:07:17 | More by alexgash
Photo of Tyrawlings


3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap and poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber in color with orange hues. Huge fluffy white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Citrus juice. Pine resin. Wet earth. Biscut and alcohol.

T: Sweet caramel malts and soft roasted barley come to the forefront. Citrus, pine, and simcoe hops quickly assert themselves with a nice bitter bite. Tastes of grapefruit, apple and peach are followed by a wet grass flavor. Beer finishes sweet and warm due to the high alcohol content.

M: Syrupy and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: A sweet hop bomb in a bottle. High ABV limits the amount consumed in one evening. An interesting beer. Try it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2007 14:55:38 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of rallison


4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought today from a fresh shipment at Morry's of Long Beach. Served at a bit under cellar temp into a Stone Pint glass.

A: Nice amber color with a 2 finger white fluffy head that really sticks around. Lots of lacing and amazing head retention for a 10% beer.

S: Wow! Citric hops right up front. This is followed by hops, then finished by hops. Oh, and I sense some hops in the background too.

T: No hop presence so to speak of. No wait, it's all hops, with just a bit of caramel malt in the background. Very heavy on the citric hops with lots of oily hop juice and a nice sharp hop bitterness at the end. Wonderful! The bitterness lasts for quite a while after the last sip. This has it all - the hop aroma and bitterness are both present full on.

M: Great! With the oily hops it is nice and satisfying, but this also never gets cloying. Bitter, yes - not cloying.

D: I don't know how to really rate this one. This is heavily biased toward the hops and bitterness of course, but I also can't pull myself away from it.

Highly recommended for a hophead (and this would definitely include myself). Go try it at the very least.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 04:26:24 | More by rallison
Photo of jmz62565


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

Pours a clear burnt orange with a large white foamy head that leaves great lacing. The smell is very pungent with hops. Grapefruit,orange zest, and pine tree are the most prominant aroma here. The smell is strong and very good. One of the better smelling Doubles out on the market. The taste starts bitter than the hops mellow and show their citrus side. Like the smell, pine,grapefruit, and orange are a big part of this beer. The alcohol gives a nice warming feel,but it's not overpowering. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well.
Overall this is a kick ass brew that should be tried. I'm able to buy Avery beers,but this is the first time I've seen this. Believe me, I will pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 06:26:48 | More by jmz62565
Photo of mattd017


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

Batch 4. Very tasty. Pours a rich orange/amber with a thick head that sticks around for a while. leaves thin lacing, and only if left for a minute. Two quick sips leaves none. Has a distinct piney scent. Tastes very dry, very hoppy, matching the scent. Very good finish, leavin no lingering unpleasant tastes. Another great DIPA

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 17:53:50 | More by mattd017
Photo of JayQue


4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

During my pilgrimage to Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY I mentioned to a few of the staff that I am a hophead. They immediately dragged me over to this beer and said I had to try it. WOW!!! A great IPA. Cloudy amber color, huge slightly off-white head that hangs in there at about 1/2 inch. Lacing is thick sheets. Aroma stands out as good as Celebration Ale. Hops, grapefruit and spiciness. I could inhale the whole 22 oz through the nose. The taste is exceptional, easily as good as Celebration Ale...hoppy....spicy... grapefruit and incredibly smooth. No hint of the 9.7 abv. Rich mouthfeel and highly drinkable. If I found this on tap somewhere, I would call this a session beer and deal with the after effects!!! This is a great beer for hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 01:06:16 | More by JayQue
Photo of jj21


3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 release on tap in February of 2007
Pours a lively tan head with dense bubbles over a clear amber body. Tons on citrusy, piney hops on the nose. This turned from a hop bomb to a nicely balanced IPA with the malts tasting wonderfully. Very smooth, but better fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2007 15:01:47 | More by jj21
Photo of geexploitation


3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, perfectly gold color with a dense, sticky head that leaves lace on the glass but doesn't last to see it. Huge, resiny, piney, citric hop aroma that could probably be duplicated by sticking some Centennial hop pellets up your nose. At higher temperatures, some more earthy and fruity notes come out to play in the aroma. On the palate, thin, razor sharp mouthfeel and hops that will smack you around. Huge piney and resiny notes, with very little malt backbone -- massively imbalanced. Orange, mint, all the stereotypical flavors of American hops make an appearance here. It's got hop complexity in spades, but pretty much nothing from the malt end. This beer is like sucking on a hop pellet. Well, it's a little sweeter than that, if only from the ABV, but this seems to me a beer that only a hophead should love. Sure, I can look at this objectively and say it's a well-executed Double IPA, but that doesn't mean I'd want to drink it a second time. Good for the style, but it loses points for massive imbalance in my (utterly subjective) world.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 05:02:58 | More by geexploitation
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber color, with an inch and half head that forms. The head is creamy in color and laces slowly down the glass. A strong floral aroma hits the nose and is mixed with a string malt scent as well. That will soon be overshadowed by stronger hop fragrances of citrus, grass and pine. The taste starts with hearty malt flavor then rolls into an intense hop biterness of grapefruit and lemony citrus flavors, which lingers on the palate for sometime. It has a smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied at first and gets heavier as it reaches the back of the throat. An easy to drink IPA, the aroma is inviting, the flavor is strong, and the even feel, make this a must try beer for hopheads and a good beer for those wanting to try stronger IPA's

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 02:49:56 | More by cameraman
Photo of neonbrown82


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 2006 bottling. I'm somewhat pissed, since this was bought on the day of release in 2007, and the store clerk said it just came in that day. I suspect it was probably a distributor dumping old beer. It happens all the time at my store, though usually with Oktoberfest. I'm hoping to pick up a fresh 2007 bottle as soon as I can find one, in which case I'll update the review. It is still good, but I don't think this year old batch gives the beer justice.

The beer pours to a nice clear golden color with an amber hue. Huge white head with good retention and excellent lace. Still has a nice carbonation. Looks good.

The smell is plenty hoppy. Pine resin and grapefruit. Lots of citrus. A fair bit grassy as well. The malt shines through quite strongly as well, showing off a biscuity grain aroma. I think this would be more muted and more pungent with the hops if it were fresher. Extrapolating from a year of age, this is something I think I would really enjoy.

The taste is also pretty good. Sweet and grainy up front, with lots of bread and biscuity malt flavors. Then comes the hops. Resinous pine and an intense grapefruit and lemon citric hops finish. Very grassy. Has a fairly rough cohumulone content. Once again, I suspect this would be much juicier without a year of age. As it is, it is very good, however it tastes more like an aged barleywine, almost like a two year Bigfoot.

The body is medium to heavy. Carbonation is very smooth to the palate. Plenty of bitterness with a rough, grainy cohumulone. Also a lingering grassy finish with a hint of ethanol. Fairly drinkable. I can't wait to try a 2007.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 06:41:00 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of supercolter


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

This was a very decent beer, one of the better double IPA's I have tried. The head and lacing were relatively long lasting. The smell was pretty strong, sweet and syrupy. Taste is a bit weaker than other DIPA's but very good none the less. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both above average.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 03:59:04 | More by supercolter
Photo of ArrogantB


2.85/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend scored a bottle of the brand new batch from the brewery and was kind enough to share. This wasn't first time trying the Maharaja as I had last years batch sometime in the summer. This batch was amazing! The color was orange and hazy. The smell was straight pine and grapefruit but not at all cloying. the taste was so hoppy and delicious. I can't wait until this hits the shelves so I can snag a few while they are fresh. A truly outstanding beer and Avery's best in my opinion.

update - batch 9 02/2009

cat-piss, cat-box just a really poor taste and not what I am used to tasting in this beer. I think this beer was a lot better when it was 9.7% and I thought it was pretty good but now it is just a pungent (not in a good way) stinky mess, goddamn...this sucks.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 16:59:33 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of brewcrew76


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3 Bottled Feb 2006

A - Pours a murky copper with orange highlights and a small white head with a tiny bit of lacing.

S - Grassy, citrus, piney hops with peppery spice and a solid sweet caramel backbone.

T - Very sweet up front followed by juicy hops of grapefruit and citrus. On the sweet side without enough bitter backbone.

M - Medium bodied with a mouth coating resiny, slightly syrupy characteristic.

D - Good DIPA but on the sweeter juicier side as far as DIPA's go

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 03:04:39 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of BRLockwood


3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy golden/amber color. It didn't have a large head but it may have been the pour. Carbonation isn't great either. It does, however, look rather inviting.

S: Smells a little roasty and a little piney.

T: It is definitely a well built beer and well balanced but what I'm looking for is an over the top hopfest, especially in an Imperial IPA! Hands down the Avery 11 Anniversary IPA is leaps and bounds tastier.

M: It has a real good mouthfeel, not overly heavy, and it is smooth going down. Very well on the carbonation too - not overly or under carbonated.

D: It's very easy to consume. If it wasn't listed at 10% abv on the bottle I'm not sure I would have beleived it - very well hidden. The second pour of the bomber gave a much better head - not great lacing though.

Overall impression leaves me wanting more and more hops.

Avery please return to making the 11 and make it a regular!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 22:27:46 | More by BRLockwood
Photo of JMD71


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

Ap: Pours a copper/gold color with a vocal head of tight laced bubbles. Head recedes fairly quickly. Vigourous carbonation.

Ar: Floral, herbal, hoppy aroma offset by sweet caramel malt. Slight alcohol notes. Candied orange peel, orange marmalade.

Ta: Sweet caramel melt flavor in the front leads to a blast of hoppy bitterness in the middle which fades to a warming alcohol finish. Beautifully balanced between sweetness & bitterness, along with nice alcohol bite.

Mo: Full bodied! Very rich & chewy. A true meal! You can feel the loads of malt in the body. Very smooth for the high ABV.

Dr: Easy drinking for the strength. The fuller bodied mouthfeel does not detract from its drinkability. A nice sipper....

Comments: My first offering from Avery & well worth it. Very well balanced DIPA which masks the high ABV well behind the bountiful malt & hops. This one is a must for all hopheads!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 21:06:46 | More by JMD71
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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

SAMPLE- 2006 Edition, poured from 22oz. bottle.

This is the second time I have tried this beer. Color is a deep amber, almost scarlett. Upon pouring, the head is about two inches thick and frothy as I have ever seen in a double IPA. The beer expresses a heavy hop aroma with hints of key lime, pineapple, grass, and pine. On the palate, it starts very sweet, with hints of honey and almond. It's almost overwhelming for this style. On the tail end, the beer finishes with the full force of hops, expressing notes of citrus, candied fruit, and foliage. A very full-bodied beer, the resiny oils of the hops coats the mouth and the flavor lingers for minutes to come.

Overall, I found the Maharaja to be slightly unbalanced, but still very approachable. I have a feeling that a few years in the cellar will turn this release into something almost magical.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 04:33:17 | More by WYVYRN527
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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a pretty clear orange copper, with a decent beginning half inch head and later thin, bubbly film, little lacing. Aroma is hoppy, with lots of citrus, orange at first, grapefruit, pineapple, with a good malt backbone, enough caramel and biscut to keep the hopping in check.

Taste is also delicious, lots of hops, but a surprising amount of yummy malts. The hop profile is wide, from subtle pine needles, to sweet fruits, grapefruit rind, orange peels, pinapple, and has the signature high hop bite that a true hophead demands. But the caramel malt backing is very good too, biscut in the mix, sweet and balancing to the heafty hopping. The finish is noticably long, bitter, fruity, then drying at the end, leaving you yearning for another sip. The mouth is remarkable smooth, silky, just enough carbonation but just barely, very drinkable, slightly warming, very nice.

One thing I liked about this beer is that is seemed to change both sip to sip and as it warmed. Small changes, big changes, just a lot of changing, it was really odd, making it hard to review, but quite enjoyable. At first sip, I didn't think I'd give it such a high score, but as I'm finishing, I really enjoying it!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 00:21:28 | More by objectivemonkey
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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Whole Foods Market in Arlington, VA, back in August, then hand-carried to Vienna, where it sat in a wine cellar for five months. Bottle looks like the one in the picture. Ingredients listed conform to the purity law. No best by date, but the label says this baby was bottled in June 2006. I opened it on 1/28/07.

Pours a cloudy copper hue under a 1.5 finger beige head with nice contour and great retention, leaving lovely sheets of lace. The nose is crisp and strong of citrus and pine sap - very enticing. The mouth is quite viscous, coating the tongue, while the carbonation tingles the entire oral cavity. The hops are the main attraction here, strong, tangy and bitter, with a distinct pine tone and espresso-like dryness. Malt is a supporting actor, with a bit of caramel sweet to go with the grain. The finish is all pine, leaving a nice dry aftertaste. Very, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 20:51:07 | More by Globetrotter
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,515 ratings.