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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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95
world-class

4,825 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,825
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 275
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 Murchmac
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful creamsicle orange color. Not much carbonation, or big head to this beer.

It smells like the beginning of the ganges river. Hoppy, malts, spicy curry. Ann Curry.

Tastes very spicy at first, then hoppy, with lingering malts and bitterness that coats your tongue like a good DIPA.

Goes down easy, like lamb vindalu.

This beer begs to be drank, just not with a pakastani beer.

Photo of Twerknasty
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant dark orange color, with an off-white somewhat creamy head. Nose is very similar to Bells Hopslam, but with more of a malt background to give the intense grapefruit some backbone. Really smells of great citric fruit. The nose leads you to believe that there is going to be something incredibly interesting and possibly maybe quite a balance to the hops, but that doesn't happen. Intense hop pine, roasted grapefruit which is interesting but doesn't add a balance to the alcohol. Surprisingly there is a creamyness throughout the whole palate with the malts! Very tasty, although showing a little more alcohol than i would like. Just like rolling into a club, and seeing the hottest hop from a distance and you want to take that hop home for sure. After some hardcore krunk dancing, the dance is over and the lights turn on to reveal that miss hoppy isn't as treal as you thought. Even though you aren't 100% down, you still put that hop in your whip and take it home. Also you roll that hop in some peanut butter.

Photo of maybrick
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My new toy, a Beverage Air Bar mobile poured this out. It has a marvelous late sunset orange color and very bright. What a nose, I enjoyed just sniffing it for a few minutes as it warmed. By the way, as one would suspect as it warmed, the nose became more intense. One could definitely pick out the hop character -Magnum, Crystal, Centennial & Simcoe.

Head was a cream color with great retention and beautiful lace going down the pint walls as I sipped at it.

Mouthfeel was creamy and the amount of carbionation superb. I had it at 12psi.

Taste, well kind of like Victory Hop Wallop minus the grapefruit. It could have a touch more malt that in my opinion would round it out a bit more. Overall, but this beer.

Photo of turbine2475
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a honey-brown translucent brew with a dense white two finger head that disipated slowly into a heavy lace.
S - All pine and oak hops, with a tad bit of citrus.
T - Pine, grapefruit, and oak earthy hops. Grassy and a dirty yeast that brings this great brew together.
M - Smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
D - Good brew that will snake up on you if you let it. One of the better Avery offerings that I wish was a year round distribution.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

another fantastic beer from avery, they must have some real hopheads in their brewhouse. pours a beatiful copper color with a nice white head that laces quite well. smell is great as well, has a wonderful piney hops aroma, i somehow pick out some grape accents, dunno if i'm crazy or what. taste is fantastic, a superb DIPA great flavor, a sticky hoppy thick syrupy brew. one of the best beers i've ever had.

Photo of bcm119
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a robust off-white head. Ripe citrus nose with a touch of sweet biscuit malt. Initially a pervasive but soft grapefruit rind bitterness spreads across the palate, but a balancing malt sweetness is not underrepresented. Hops are a bit raw and green, turning from citrus to leafy mid palate. The mouthfeel is buoyant and full, with plenty of fine carbonation and a slight viscosity. Malt is nicely integrated with the bitterness, and doesn't get too estery or cloying, but it gets close. Some nuances of tea and earth come through as it warms. Finishes big and bitter. Overall a nicely done beer; well balanced, complex flavors with an excellent mouthfeel. A nice double IPA with no real faults but not particularly outstanding in any way either. A bit pricey.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured a reddish gold with a big off white head which leaves a carpet of lacing on the glass.
Piny hoppiness dominates the scent. As the beer warms some apple notes creep in as well.
Flavor is dominated by the hop.Bitter up front and in the finish. Sweet malts fight back in the middle and make for a good bit of balance but the hops triumph in the end.
Billowy soft syrupy mouthfeel.
Easy to drink but the alcohol would keep me from drinking more than one.
A kickass DIPA. I'm glad I bought several even if they were $8 a bottle. My favorite Avery beer to date.

Photo of Portertime
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a doozie of any IPA. About knocked my socks off. Poured a caramel color with a wicked eggshell head. Smells of piny, citrusy, floral, straight up hops. Tastes just like that and the hop oil coats your tongue like syrup on pancakes. I could only stand one 22oz bottle or else my tongue would go numb.

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

poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. this one is from 2008, batch 7. I have been waiting for the 2008 version to hit the stores here, and I tried it as soon as I got the chance.

A - a nice deep golden color with a lingering, foamy white head.

S - intense pineapple smell, including the skin and leaves and tree...

T - lots of the fruit with a nice bitterness that is well-balanced. a great brew.

M - medium body, ample carbonation.

D - this is a great beer. the alcohol content is high but not noticably so. wow. i was excited to try this and it didn't disappoint.

Photo of fitzy84
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. Appearance was murky amber colors with a thin head. The aromas were awesome woody smells of very, very hoppy flavors and citrus. Very sharp taste: almost syrup-like in sweetness with tons of hops and citrus flavors. Although I felt like I was drinking something thickly sweet, this drink had a great mouthfeel that aided in its great carbonation. Overall, a very strong and awesome drink.

Photo of OKCNittany
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a huge, three finger, off-white head with great retention leaving plenty of lacing. Slightly hazed caramel/orange body.

S: Aroma boasted of fresh pine and citrus hops. Too bad it wasn't stronger, because it was damn good.

T: On the tongue, the sweet caramel malt wilted under a mountain of hops - bitter and citric, like a bitter orange. The everpresent alcohol added to the fruity & spicy characteristics.

M: Body was full, with light carbonation - almost creamy. Finishes with alcohol warming and a lasting, bitter aftertaste.

D: The '08 version had more alcohol than '07, yet it was hidden better. It's still not one of my favorite DIPAs, but overall it's a pretty solid offering.

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

Had on on-tap at Brickstore in Atlanta. Presented to me with a deep amber color with a good head on top of it. Smell is citrusy and piney. Taste is very hoppy. Not much of a malt backbone on this one, but it's a nice change of pace. This one had a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Overall, a solid IPA, and a good beer from Avery.

Photo of RomanW70
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Julian's in Providence. Pours clear amber with a white head. Strong grapefuit/hop aroma. Hop taste presents very strong up front. Very strong grapefruit and pine notes. Bitter finish slides into citrus notes. Nice hoppy character, and flavorful. While I appreciate the strong hop character of Maharaja, the ber doesn't have a strong enough malt backbone. The malts get a little dominated here. Still a good beer.

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

Deep, clear amber-golden-copper with an almost off-white head. Aromas of citrus rinds - sweet perfume-y grapefruit. The flavor is sweet light caramel malt and a thick coating of those citrus-y hops. The body here is the standout. It is silky and creamy; a smooth blend of hops, malt and alcohol sweetness that seamlessly blends together to create a pancakes with syrupy glide across my tongue and down my throat. There are beers with more hop character than this and beers with more alcohol, but this is my very favorite Imperial IPA for the best balancing of hop/ malt/ alcohol in this style with a mouth feel like boozy velvet.

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

On tap at track 84... Oh how i miss thee

Appearance: pretty clear from what I remember with a bronzish amber and some hues of peach too.

Smell: Very floral and fruity. Apricot/peach even a little bit of pineapple. HOPS!! bang right there for you piney, herbaceous hops

Taste: juicy sweet upfront kind of like the single IPA but unlike the single, this one just pops. Massive hop punch in an almost caressing way. Unlike the single, which I find to be too sweet for the style, this one is pedal to the floor all the way too.

OVerall: I have had the pleasure to have this both on tap and in the bottle and I prefer tap in this case because of the freshness and being able to taste the fresh hop glory. If you like IIPA's and you see this at the store and have not tried it, you should buy it as a compulsive necessity.

Photo of DrKnoskelson
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I nearly crapped my pants when I was finally able to locate this beer at the Foodery in Northern Liberties. While ridiculously over-priced ($11.99) this beer has been on the top my list for too long for me to pass up.

Purchased in 22oz bottle, chilled for 12 hours.
Upon opening the bottle hop aroma immediately apparent.

No bones pour, full aeration of the beer revealed an attractive amber color with a thick off white head.

Nice aroma, but for an imperial IPA I was expecting more.

I've never had a beer with such a complete mouth taste of hops. Bitter but not overwhelming, sweet, but not too sweet. Well balanced malty body with grossly hopped flavor. Very slight alcoholic taste that should accompany any imperial beer. No complex aftertaste. Does not dry the mouth out. Definitely leaves you wanting more, trying to search out that dry mouth, over hopped characteristic that I've grown used to.

I found the beer to beer on par for drink ability for an imperial IPA.

Overall, a defining beer for an imperial IPA.

Photo of SaucyA
3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottled Feb 2008, Batch 7

A - 2 finger, off-white head atop a bronze, slightly chill hazed body. Head is chunky and clings to the side of the glass.

S - Lots of pine, spruce, fresh cut grass. Very light grapefruit but evergreen overload. Even some unburnt marijuana in the mix.

T - Great upon the first drink but finishes with an odd astrigency that's almost plastic-like. Alcohol is present and warming. Gets better as it warms but still has bizarre off-flavors. This was bought fresh and cold, and has been kept that way since.. so it's not oxidized.

M - Thick and medium carbonation. Oily finish.

D - Good enough minus the off-flavors. I wish I knew if this is consistent... I have another bottle I'll crack to see if that's just how it tastes.

Notes: For all the praise this beer receives, I'm a bit dissapointed. I'm really hoping my next bottle is better.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,825 ratings.