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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,985 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,985
Reviews: 1,774
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 313
Gots: 519 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 4,985 | Reviews: 1,774
Photo of Goliath
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an deep amber color with some red hues. A Larch inch and a half yellowed head sits on top. Great retention and some very nice lace.

Beautiful aroma. Nice hoppy nose with sweet grapefruit and a slight maltiness.

Taste is also very nice. A big hoppy taste. Grapefruit, pine, and a nice bitterness. Well malted brings some balance and a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Kind of creamy with great carbonation.

Drinkability is modeate. At 10.5% ABV and 102 IBU's it's a monster, but quite good.

Photo of ABCJiugui
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- orangey copper clear, 3 finger head, 1 mm cap, consistent lacing with thin broken rings per each sip.

S- pine and citric, sweet caramel notes

T- piney and citric, aggressive hops but not overpowering in either bitterness or finish. Slightly medicinal.

M- active fine carbonation, full bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall a nice double, not an outright hop bomb, but not short on it either.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7, February 2008. Another Beverage Warehouse find...that place is a godsend if you live near West LA.

A: Pretty typical IIPA look, dark orange and clear. Nice two finger fluffy white head with plenty of pitting, good retention on this beer.

S: Strong sweet citrus/floral hop smell. It's not clear if the sweetness is from the hops or if there's just a bit sugary malt base here, at least from the smell.

T: Huge sticky tropical sweetness out front here, followed by just the quickest taste of a crisp maltiness. After this comes the hops, big but not overpowering. Mostly pine and just bitter, I don't note much citrus at all. Pretty nice balance overall, may lean a little more towards the sweet side than many in this style.

MF: Sticky, thick and smooth-carbonation is pretty low which works well for this beer. Alcohol is bit and noticable, warming right away. The feel is just great, especially for the style because the hops are prominent but don't kill your taste buds.

D: Smooth feel and a well-balanced and non-abrasive hop feel make this almost too easy to drink. That being said, nothing about it really sticks out. Is it really good? Yes. Is there anything that makes it way different than other IIPA's? Not really. I mark it up because it's soooo drinkable, but from a flavor standpoint it's nothing out of this world.

Photo of bobhits
2.41/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Feb 2007 batch 5

A. A nice thick head that leaves an ok lacing down the glass. Kinda of expected more there. It has an orange copper hue, seems a bit thinner than some of the bigger badder IPAs.

S. Over poweringly sweet. I'm not great with picking up on fruit smell or flavors, but this has a nice fruity smell and the sweetness reminds me of honey for some reason. The sweetness is a bit off setting after the first impression (which was great).

T. Sugary malt to start followed by a funky hoppy finish. I often under score an IPA the first time I have it and then it will grow on me. I'm nearly 10oz into this and I'm just not enjoying it. The smell once you start drinking becomes off putting. The hops don't have a clean finish but instead leave this off putting finish of hops and sugar or something. There are a lot of great things going on here, but they don't work together.

M. Nice an smooth texture in the mouth. A good bit of carbonation. There is a bit of hop oil here but nothing like some IPAs.

D. There is no way I would pick up on the near 10% abv. The problem is this beer is just too sweet. It just doesn't scream drink me. One of the things I like about a big IIPA is that they can be almost addictive. I'm struggling to finish this to write this review.

I came in here hoping for something special and this really didn't live up to. I highly recommend if you try this to do so with some friends. There are certainly things here to like, but it doesn't come together for me.

Photo of largadeer
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Feb. '08 bottling, batch 7.

Appearance: Sunset amber with plenty of hop haze. The head never rises very high, but it does retain well, especially for a beer weighing in at almost 11% ABV.

Smell: Fresh pine and ripe tropical fruit; melon and mango in particular.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pine and alcohol dominate the flavor leaving little room for subtleties. Hints of tropical fruit do appear as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is thick and a tad syrupy, but it's thankfully not overly sweet. Warming alcohol in the finish, slightly astringent. Pretty boozy stuff overall. This beer would probably be better with less alcohol.

Notes: Good but not quite stellar. Avery's regular old IPA is better. Just goes to show, stronger ain't always better.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a light amber, with a medium white head, average lacing for an IPA-type beer.

S: Tropical fruit city - tangerine, pineapple, mango with noticable pine. Put me on the beach in Cancun.

T: Bitter pine hits first, some bitter melon, then the more citrus characteristics of the hops land. Pink grapefruit and bit of pineapple and tangerine, with a lot of caramel malt to back it up, with a slightly astringent finish.

M: Resiny, full-bodied, good carbonation - light on the palate, leading to the flavours to be further enjoyed.

D: A quality Double IPA from Avery in Colorado, the price in bottles prohibits me from buying this except for every so often, but it's a quite good beer for hop fans.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is very yummy. There are many IPA's that are good, but this one is stellar. This is a big beer that has a very high hoppy flavor, but a very good malt balance. For those who like IPA beers this is a must try. Smooth and tasty all around. One of my top IPA likes.

Photo of toreysan
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - beautiful amber color with big frothy head. lacing, oh yeah.

s - light grassy and piney. i get a slight acidic sweetness and of coarse some hops.

t - its not as offensive with the hops as i thought it might be. its rather sweet at first and then the hops settle in with hints of pine and grapefruit.

m - this beer coats my entire tongue and continues to deliver flavor. good amount of carbonation and a nice feel.

d - for a DIPA and considering its 10.54% it has some very nice complexity's. It is much tamer than i would have imagined but yet it boasts a ton a flavor.

Photo of ncvbc
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber in color with lively carbonation and big, fluffy white head. Some lacing down the glass. Spicy, earthy scents. Some perfume and pine. Grapefruit. Good taste well balanced with sticky sweetness. Big, resinous hops. Pretty drying, highly carbonated mouthfeel but kind of thick and syrupy at the same time. A bomber isn't a problem, much more just isn't right. A good one but not among the best.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass.

A - Amber orange color with thick, chunky two finger head. Head slowly fades into thin off-white foam layer. Rings down the entire glass.

S - Very sweet aroma. Some piney hop aroma in the background but dominated by the smell of sweetness.

T - Initial sweet tang but quickly overwhelmed by piney, earthy bitterness. Excellent balance.

M/D - Easy drinking and very smooth. The almost 10% could be tricky.

Photo of Murchmac
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
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
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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
4.75/5  rDev +12%
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 -4.5%
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 +3.8%
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
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
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 +5.4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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