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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,797 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,797
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 273
Gots: 419 | 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 alohaC
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O’Brien’s recently. Had the distinct pleasure of having a pint with Adam Avery at lunch. Pours a beautiful copper orange and red with a nice inch+ thick head that stayed around. Wow, does this beer smell terrific. Maybe it’s just a really fresh keg, but the pine and sweet citrus/grapefruit hops are just jumping out of the glass on this one. Obviously dry-hopped very well. Taste is all about the high alpha hops, but is very well balanced with a sugary malt backbone. Very hop candy-ish with a resinous, oily mouthfeel. Not hot with alcohol in the least bit. Smooth and terrifically drinkable. Not sure how the latest bottled version matches up, but this one is a winner. If I hadn’t needed to drop fartingdog off at the SD airport, I would have stayed and drank several more throughout the afternoon. A rock solid IIPA.

alohaC, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Churchill's in San Marcos, CA

A- partly cloudy burnt orange from top to bottom with a thin, foamy 1 finger white head, good retent, thin white lacing

S- grapefruit, plenty of hops

T- surprisingly decent balance, grassy, citrus (lot of grapefruit), orange flavors as well, alcoholic heat at finish, residual sugars provide sweetness as well, hop oils in there

M- not as palette crushing as you'd think, medium body, soft and smooth through 'til the alcohol brings some fire, dry and sticky at finish as well. the hop attack does start to happen as the brew warms

D- highly drinkable for a 2IPA, good flavor, nice balancing act, enjoyable, I'd have another, well done

tonistruth, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of biking4beer
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb. 07

Poured into a large snifter. Nice big head. Foamy around the edges, and rocky in the middle. Holds a finger after settling down. Color is a deep hazy orange with slight red hues.

Wow, the aromas. Pine smacks you right up front. Followed by a lot of fruitiness. Pineapple, strawberry, and peach. There is a slight herbal presence and even a touch of spice. At times it seems as if I'm smelling bubble gum.

The taste is a lot of the same. Starts of with a slight caramel. A bit of creamy butterscotch in the middle, and it finishes with citrus. A little orange and a slight grapefruit bitterness finish. No alcohol to speak of. A surprise considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel is great. Creamy. Not too oily. Not too much carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Can moutfeel be balanced?

Wow, what a great beer. This is a shining example of the style in my opinion. It's a big beer, but it's nicely balanced. I could definitely try to put back a couple of bombers of this. I would probably pay for it due to the 9.8% ABV. A must try if you can find it. Find it now. Drink it fresh.

biking4beer, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of beertastegood
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had this one in almost a year(!) and I remember really enjoying it last time...

Pours deep orange-gold with a thick finger of bright white head. Carbonation appears to be high.

Aroma: Caramel at first, then a burst of fresh cut grass with resinous grapefruity, salty almost chemical aroma. Moderate alcohol, rich malt with a slightly fruity (raisin-like) character underneath.

Taste: More pine-like hop dominance, a caramel-like, slightly toasty maltiness (not sweet, however) fading into moderate hop bitterness and a slightly fruity, almost peach-like hoppiness at the back end. (Checked the Avery site, it says they use Simcoe - I really get this fruitiness from that particular hop). Slightly metallic aftertaste - OK, but not as pleasant as the beer. Maltiness really starts coming through as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation - slightly slick on the palate, nice creamy sensation.

Drinkability - barring the 9.9% ABV, I could put this beer away like there was no tomorrow. I could sip or quaff this beer.

Overall - good beer, but IMO walks a fine line between barleywine and DIPA. I realize the two styles are similar, but I think this beer could fall into either camp depending on how fresh it is. Aged, it would make a very nice BW. Fresh, it has the hoppiness to bring it to true DIPA standards. I still think it could have more hop presence, most notably in the flavor area. Still a great beer and one I will be trying more often.

beertastegood, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of smellody
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank at World of Beer in Westchase - Tampa, FL.

Before taking 1st sip, color is nice and reminicent of amber. Smells strong of hops, and has a long fresh hop after taste. Has a bit of an alcohol after taste - not surprising for a 10%abv. Not for the faint IPA drinker, but definitely one I'll be ordering again soon.

smellody, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of Damian
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA

Poured a slightly hazy, ruddy, orangey, coppery-amber with a tight, frothy, off-white, one-finger head that slowly faded. A thick blanket of lacing clung to the sides of the glass and lasted most of the drink.

The aroma was absolutely amazing. Rich, sweet and smooth with intense tropical fruits (passion fruit, star fruit and mango), citrus and flowery hops.

The taste was hoppy, zesty and flavorful, yet so smooth. Sweet malts blended with orange peel and pine sap to create a seamless balance. Some ripe fruits were detectable as well. Tangy notes of grapefruit were noticeable in the somewhat dry, clean and short-lived finish.

Mouthfeel was frothy, pillowy, rich and smooth.

This was one of the most drinkable double IPA's I have had to date. With such a perfect melding of flavors, an almost undetectable alcohol presence, and an unparalleled "smoothness" in regard to aroma, flavor and mouthfeel, this is truly an outstanding example of the style.

Damian, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of prototypic
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled February 2007

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a thick, creamy two finger head. Excellent retention and nice foamy lacing down the mug.

Smell: Very strong piney hops are rolling off the top. An abundance of citrus notes are present (grapefruit, orange, mango, and even a hint of peach). There's also a suprising malt aroma in there. But, hops are the main feature as they are extremely strong.

Taste: A sweet fruity taste is the first thing to hit. It's a blend of the various citrus notes mentioned above, but primarily grapefruit. It's followed by a nice, bitter hop kick. Very nice pine taste. Malt is blended extremely well and balances it out a bit. But, the hop bitterness remains.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a bit of a syrupy feel to it. At nearly 10% ABV, drinkability is limited. I think one bomber would suit me. Overall, this is a very good beer. Definitely recommended.

prototypic, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
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?

khiasmus, Mar 31, 2007
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.

NEhophead, Mar 27, 2007
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!

BeerTruth, Mar 25, 2007
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.

jbsteiny, Mar 23, 2007
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.

ChazMania, Mar 21, 2007
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

MuenchenerKindl, Mar 21, 2007
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!


koolchas, Mar 20, 2007
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.

alexgash, Mar 15, 2007
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.

Tyrawlings, Mar 13, 2007
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.

rallison, Mar 12, 2007
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.

jmz62565, Mar 10, 2007
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

mattd017, Mar 09, 2007
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.

JayQue, Mar 08, 2007
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.

jj21, Mar 07, 2007
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.

geexploitation, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of cameraman
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

cameraman, Mar 04, 2007
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.

neonbrown82, Feb 28, 2007
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.

supercolter, Feb 28, 2007
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,797 ratings.