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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,943 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,943
Reviews: 1,770
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 303
Gots: 496 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

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 itcomesnpints
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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
1.82/5  rDev -57.1%
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
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +6.1%
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 -5.7%
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 -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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
4.48/5  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
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +9.7%
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
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
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
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of stumac
5/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

Photo of Nipitato
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Nesued
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.09/5  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.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of changeup45
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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...

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,943 ratings.