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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,685 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,685
Reviews: 1,738
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 259
Gots: 395 | FT: 6
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 JDV
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich semi cloudy amber color in a snifter with a big lasting, dense offwhite head. Looks really nice. Smell is piney and fruity, and intensely hopped with notes of fresh sweet pineapple as well. Taste is equally as intense with loads of hops. Bitter pine flavor with a lot of pink grapefruit and bitter rind in the finish. A touch astringent at times, but almost seems to mellow a bit as it warms. Some tea flavors at moments, and an appropriate amount of sweet fruity malt to balance just enough. Quite drinkable, and a really good all around DIPA that hides the alcohol very well for over 10%. Great beer that I'd like to try again for sure.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Norsebrew
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, Avery got the recipe right on with batch 7(2008). I bought two bottles from Coaltrain in Colorado Springs the day they arrived and I expect I will be buying a case of this gem.
Amazing citrus and floural hops auroma. The flavor is amazing with the perfect balance of grapefruit, or citrus, and carmel. For a high gravity beer, this one is very drinkable.

Norsebrew, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of sfoley333
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle marked Feb 2008 batch 7. Poured into New Belgium Snifter with a copper red hue and thick off white head that foamed up two fingers, also very good lacing. Smell is sweet mixed with pine and citrus, would say that its a lot different from batch 2 I tried in the past which smell like dank pot( and no I wasnt smoking any before). Taste is heavy on the grapefruit and pine resin flavors with a a sweet malt backbone, I have to say while good its a could be a little bit better balanced with the bitterness level and hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium body close to a barleywine with an excellent medium to low carbonation level. While at 10.54 ABV its very drinkable for the alcohol I find the bitterness is a little over the top but still a very good beer, just remember being better in the past.

sfoley333, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Feb 2008 bottling, sampled 4/4. Bottle says 10.54%ABV instead of the 9.7% listed here

A: Beautiful reddish copper with a dense off white head. Not much carbonation but the massive amount of lacing makes up for it.

S:A pine hop slammer, this is. More pine follows with floral notes, dried mango, little more fruit and some sweet malt. Caramel with honey. Quite delicious.

T: Not as hoppy as the nose suggests with a lot of rum-like sweetness coming through on the palate. Hops are present up front with pine but I'm a tad disappointed by how heavily this leans on the sweeter side. The finish is on the sweeter side

M: Adequate carbonation, thickish body, bitter finish

D: I regret not having someone to share this with

DefenCorps, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sprucetip for sharing this one. purchased at brown jug.

Pours a nice clear amber/orange color with good white head. Smell is mostly spicey flavor hops and malt. Taste follows, spicy hop flavors mixed in with some good grapefruity hop taste and a solid malty backbone. Mouthfeel is what it should be for a good DIPA. Drinkability is suprisingly good considering this batches abv is listed at 10.54%. a good DIPA, and one I will buy again when looking for good balanced hop flavors without a palate thrashing hop bite. Thanks to sprucetip for the brew!

AKBelgianBeast, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of toddhett
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice off-white head that quickly fades. Little lacing. Redish-brown color.

S - Surprisingly soft but thick aroma. Very fruity...perhaps apricot and pineapple. Not piney. Not a terribly complex aroma, but quite pleasant.

T - Sweetness that reminds me of the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. This is not a West Coast IPA, there's no hop bite. Sweetness and fruit (pineapple without the tartness) on the front end with increasingly bitterness and then a gradual fade. While the bitterness is there, I don't find it to be as assertive as the 102 IBU's might suggest. Perhaps the sweetness from the malt keeps it at bay. Apparently, it's made with Magnum, Crystal, Centennial & sweet-sweet Simcoe hops. The bottle lists an ABV of 10.54% (seriously, they list the ABV to the hundreths place), but I don't taste the alcohol or feel much warming.

M - Good thickness, creamy bordering on syruppy.

D - What a great beer. Almost too good. The bottle was gone before I knew it. There's something to be said for a beer that fights you on the way down....at least then you acknowledge every mouthful.

This is comfort beer for hopheads. I'm going to buy a few more bottles.

toddhett, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of throwitallaway
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from South Bay Liquor. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Dark orange/brown color with a large head that fizzes away into a thin layer of foam. Smells great. Grapefruit, resiny hops, and caramel underneath. Taste starts off a touch bready, then the hop bitterness kicks in, which finally fades to a citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy. Highly drinkable for a Double IPA. Overall this beer is very good.

throwitallaway, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Hemi
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden in color, with a nice creamy head comprised of very small bubbles with great retention. Dense lacing that sticks around.
S - Piney mixed with orange scent. Very pleasant nose.
T - Citrus and pine taste with a nice hoppy bite.
M - Nice mouthfeel, not heavy or thick but definitely not thin.
D - I can drink quite a few of these bombers. Very drinkable although one that keeps you from drinking too quickly enabling the ability to savor the flavor.

My bottle reflects differently from above stated ABV showing 10.54% with an OG of 1.090. Batch 7 Bottled in Feb. 2008.

Hemi, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at PartyTown, reviewed same night. Poured into a Tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark apricot with nearly no visibility. 1ish finger of white head forms and falls withing a minute or 2. Nice lacing throughout.

S: From the bottle, it was perfect. Amazingly potent but I couldn't keep my nose away. Still very fragrant but not quite perfect. Malts are much heavier, nearly on the BW side. Hops are still floral and citrus juicy. Still great but was actually better from the bottle.

T/M: Right on the money. Great bitterness that feels like it might destroy you until the malts come to the rescue. Loads of grapefruit and massive orange notes. Very resinous and oily. Malts are biscuity and chewy. Body is damn near full and it finishes like a DIPA, plenty dry.

D: I almost always like beer on tap better. This beer isn't quite an exception... everything was just as good except the aroma was lacking. I don't know why... it's completely fresh... but it is. Damn good brew, nonetheless. And very easy to drink for an explosvie DIPA.

pwoods, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of ruckzuck
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BSP

A - amber orange body with a white head. Very thick and luxurious. Sticks around a while. Good lacing

S - citrus and massive grapefruit hop aroma. Some sweetness from malt

T - great sweet and bitter citrus flavors. Grapefruit is totally there and then some. The sweet malt does come through along with tiny hints of alcohol. Nice aftertaste

M - medium-full body with nice carbonation

D - this beer is quite tasty and really enjoyable, but I think 2 tops would be my limit before having to switch to something else. Still, a big DIPA that I always really, really enjoy

ruckzuck, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of bosco7
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed burnt orange with creamy and voluminous head.

Big pine, grapefruit juice, strawberry, mango, catty and candy orange in the nose. Reminiscent of Nugget Nectar. Tons of Simcoe.

First the beer starts very pithy with tons of pine cone and then a barrage of fruity hop flavors dominate. Grapefruit, orange juice, mango, pineapple, and cat piss. Bitterness just barely outweighs the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slick and very luxurious. It is about as drinkable as a +10 ABV beer can be. I think that Hog Heaven has a better hop character. Much cleaner yet being pungent and in your face at the same time. Still the Maharaja is delicous and highly recommended.

bosco7, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid amber/orange color with a very impressive head. The head leaves some lace, but not much. The nose is heavily of hops and citrus fruits. Upfront the taste is very hoppy, then more flavors begin to come out; cherries, grapefruit, moderately malted barely, and even a bit bready when I really concentrate on it. This is a very nice, very aggressive Imperial IPA - well done Avery.

Douglas14, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a clean orange-amber color with a thin bright white head.

Aroma of grapefruit, pine, flowers, pineapple, and sweet malts.

The taste is wonderful. A nice balance of the citrusy hops and a rich malty presence. The alcohol is subtle, but there.

Medium-to-full bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

I'm in love with this IIPA from Avery. Nicely balanced and so easy to drink it's scary.

Monkeyknife, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of becktone
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Fries while at the Oberon release party, notes taken on a Bell's coaster.

Eye: Amber-orange-copper is the best way to describe this beer's color. It pours clear with a light head and little lace, this could be the glassware at the bar, I think that the sanitizer they use at bars almost always kills the head. Other than that it looks great.

Nose: Hops and more hops, citrus and floral. Great malt backbone to support it. Spicy notes from alcohol. This is how a double IPA should smell.

Tongue: This is one mean beer, very very hoppy-citrus and floral notes abound. There is alcohol warmth and spice...more intricate flavors than I care to investigate in this crowded bar. The alcohol is evident, but adds to the overall flavor of the beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As afore mentioned some alcohol warmth. A damn fine beer, I'm definitely going to be drinking this one again, it is worth the price.

becktone, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Beertracker
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, - "great" and rajan - "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. This newest Avery Dictator completes the "Dictator Series" joining the likes of The Kaiser & The Czar. Be aware that The Maharaja is a limited release only available for the summer. Welcome to his kingdom!

Avery Maharaja (Imperial IPA) pours up lively with a big, frothy off-whitish head that nicely crowns the deep reddish copper-orangish amber body. Lots of lacing with very good-excellent head retention. The pugent aroma is resiny showcasing lots of fruitiness (passion fruit, tangerine, white grapefruit) & piney (woody) hops. The maltiness has a moderate caramel overtone with a defined toasted (bread/cracker) character. The flavor starts off a bit cloying with a sweet underlying caramel maltiness with hints of toasted pine nuts. The scorching bitterness completely dominates and delivers a bold, slightly rough, chewy, spicy, warming finish. Avery's Maharaja is a superb hop drop that will bring a bit of color to any Dictator's cheeks! Pop a top on one and maybe you can be king for a day?

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maharific? Magnifaraja? Oh, sorry, Maharaja!

Clear orange body on my first pour from the monster 220z bottle. The last pour too was clear and shiny. At almost 11%, I took my time on this one tonight. Batch 7, brewed in Feb08 (last month).

Monster hop presence in the nose. Just monster. Like fresh squeezed hops. Grepefruit is the strongest. A pine kick in there too, like a christmas tree freshly cut.

Ruby grapefruit pulp (i swear i can almost feel the pulp chunks in my mouth, its that vivid!), dank cannibis, fresh mowed grass, and powdered sugar, all at once. I am really liking this one. The alcohol is hidden extremly well.

Incredible drinkability. Put this up against any other 11%, i dare you!

I only picked one of these buggers up when I was in Portland, I really really want more! A whole case!

SurlyDuff, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of TheBierBand
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7; Bottled in Feb 2008. Picked up a 22 oz. Bomber to try. Poured into an oversized wine glass to produce a perfect 1" head of off-white foam. The head didn't last too long and settled down to a clumpy cap for the duration of the quaff leaving good lace. The beer is crystal clear and light orange in color (like watered down iced tea).

The aroma was quite good. Lots of citric hops with some musty basement aroma mixed in... but in a good way!

Taste: WOW!... quite the HOP Bomb! Citrus, not piney... quite good. Not balanced with a malt presence. Alcohol is masked quite well (my bottle says: 10.54% abv).

Mouthfeel: Maybe a touch too carbonated for my taste. Give this a good HARD pour to release some of that carbonation... I did that for the remainder of the bomber and the second half was MUCH BETTER. A harder pour makes for a better, more robust mouthfeel, coating and aftertaste. EDIT: Went from a "3.5" to a "4"

Drinkability: Pretty good. I'll finish the bomber with no difficulty. Not bad... although not my favorite either. Would mellow with age. Hop-Heads would love this! 102 IBU!

TheBierBand, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took off the top and I was pleased with the very sweet fruity aroma that came from the bottle...
Poured into a snifter; it's a clear burnt orange color with some medium carbonation and a light tan head about a finger and a half thick that lasts quit a while... there is some thin lacing all around. Its aroma is very fruity and has a strong grapefruit smell that makes my mouth water. It has a rather dull flavor for its smell, but it is filled with hop flavors and very little malt flavors and has a slight alcohol twang and even has a slight smokey aftertaste... its pretty smooth. It has a medium-to-light body that really warms up your mouth. This is really a great tasting beer, I'm not that much of a hop head, but I will be buying this one again... and very soon too.

vickersspitfire, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of Tolann
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - orange copper with a white head. very little cloudyness.

S - big citrus hop bomb. Love it! sweet grapefruit/orangy citrus. Tangy and clean, but still balanced and not offending. Smell is hard to miss on this one.

T - Again, just how it smells. It's a big citrus hop bomb. Some sweet and lots of citrus hops. Some bitterness near the end of the sip. It is all very good.

M - Medium body. Some carbonation and not perfectly smooth. Doesn't coat or feel thick in your mouth. Good aftertaste that may help you to slow down and enjoy. You don't feel the big alcohol presence. (bottle says 10.54% abv)

D - Can't have much of this in 1 sitting, but you'll absolutely enjoy the bit you have. Doesn't feel heavy.

Really like this one. Would highly recommend it to any hop head out there.

Tolann, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of bretseeley
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Being a relative rookie when it comes to Imperial IPA and quality beer in general, I can't help but think that maybe Maharaja has spoiled me.

Looks beautiful served on draft in a small brandy snifter. Looks like a burnt orange to me. The smell is amazing - a wonderful combination of citrus hops and some other fruity sweetness that I can't really place. The taste is probably even better than the smell. It's a perfect balance of hops and malt.

I lack the beer vocab to truly do Maharaja justice, but I'll just say it's a fantastic beer and the best IPA I've ever had to date. My only complaint is that I didn't discover this beer years ago. I could drink way too many of these.

bretseeley, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of RickSawyer
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice peanut butter amber with honey edges. Big pillowy white head soaps off around 3 fingers thick then disipates to a thin layer atop the beer. Clings to the edges of the glass for all its worth. Smell is big hops, piney hops. Only thing I can compare to is smelling fresh hops while home brewing. HOPS! Taste is a bit more mellow than the smell though, starts sweet, white bread/buscuitty flavors, orange zest and then POW, big citrus hops and pine needles dipped in hop oil in your face. Beautiful obliteration of the taste buds. Mouthfeel is suprisingly creamy yet finishes dry making your mouth crave the next assult of hoppliteration. Nice.

RickSawyer, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been waiting for this one a while and can't wait to dig in. Pours copper with reddish hues into a snifter. The slight head recedes quickly with little lacing left behind as streaks of carbonation swim briskly for the top. The bold hops and citrus aromas attack immediately and let you know you're in for some good times ahead. Tastes of oranges with a hint of sour apples in the background. The hops aren't as bold as the smell would have you believe, but they do hit the palate fairly aggressively. Just before the malt balance enhances the experience, the astringent qualities become apparent. I think I poured this one a bit too cold, because after it warms up, all the aforementioned qualities blend and accentuate each other better. Has a full bodied mouth-feel, yet goes down pretty smooth. Drinkability is higher than expected, as all the elements work together cohesively. Grand brew from one of my favorite breweries. Worth the wait, and will revisit soon.

stephens101, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of mfhlucky13
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!!! Now that's a big ol' smack in the hops!

A: Beautiful coppery orange with a small but thick head. There was plenty of lacing as sipped from the glass.

S: A blast of hops hits you right in the nose with plenty of citrus and pine notes to keep you interested.

T: Tastes even better than it smells. You definitely get get tons of hops dancing in your cheeks followed by just the right balance of malt to mellow it as you swallow it down. There is plenty of citrus and pine in there as well.

M: Bitting you at first and then sucking you in with it's smooth finish. Nice carbonation as well.

D: You will want to drink this DIPA slowly so that you get all it has to offer. I had no problem drinking two and could have easily gone for a third. Remember it's high abv.

This is my new favorite DIPA.

mfhlucky13, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of ewright
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bomber labeled Batch 7, Feb 2008 into a DFH snifter, 2 fingers of coarse bubbles top a slightly hazy deep orange beer.

S: Huge hop aroma up front with notes of grapefruit, evergreen and maybe a bit of spearmint.

T: There is significant hop bitterness, but it isn't astringent at all. There is plenty of malt backbone to balance all the hops, but not overwhelm them. Carbonation levels are just right.

M: A bit heavy on the tongue, but the carbonation prevents it from being too cloying.

D: Very tasty, drink slightly lighter than 10.5% ABV, but not by much. A beer to drink AS a session.

ewright, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of srroos
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (marked May 2007, Batch 6) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a two finger head, covering the glass in lacing as it goes down.

S: Very sweet with loads of citrus. Awesome!

T: Tastes mostly sweet with a hoppy finish. Like a barleywine in many regards. Very tasty!

MF: Medium bodied and creamy. Very well balanced.

D: Very smooth and easy to drink despite nearly 10% ABV. The sweetness makes me want to drink more and more! Perfect!

This bottle probably mellowed out over the 10 months since bottling. I'm very pleased with the results, but I'm going to have to track down a fresh bottle for comparison.

srroos, Mar 20, 2008
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,685 ratings.