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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,870 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,870
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 287
Gots: 452 | 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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Photo of Budlum
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this beer produces a tall, dense, tan head. The body is a perfect amber and honey color with just a hint of cloudiness. Head retention is excellent. There is a lot of lacing left on the glass as the head drops.

A wonderfully fresh hop aroma takes over the senses. The hops display a strong pine resin smell mixed with citrus and pears. Malt representation is almost mill with only the slightest sweet smells behind the hops. This almost smells perfect for a big IPA.

A smooth, malty sweetness leads this beer off in a timid manner before the potent hops take control. The hop flavors start smooth with mild citrus but grow in strength as pine, black pepper and mint flavors appear. The finish holds the sharp hop flavor for a long time as an earthy flavor blends in.

The mouthfeel is thick, alsmot like maple syrup even though it is actually much thinner. Carbonation is non-existant.

Drinkability is above average but not the best of the style. There are penty of big IPAs that fly out of the glass but this just isn't one of them. I'm glad that I tried this beer but there are far better examples of the style available.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled in May 2007 Batch 6"

This DIPA poured a deep copper color with an inch thick head of orange tan sudsy bubbles. Little to no lacing was left after each sip.

Big citrus notes on the nose. Especially pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind. This was followed by resinous piney hops with a hint of alcohol at the back end.

The taste was true to the smell and assaulted your taste buds with sweet and bitter fresh citrus notes. Pink grapefruit, Orange and Grapefruit rind and resiny pine. Can you say Simcoe? This is supported by a sweet caramel malt back bone, though I'd not say this is an especially balanced brew. Just sweet enough though to really let the hops shine. Some hot alcohol flavors in the finish.

The mouthfeel was smooth and slick with hop oils. Each sip left a nice coating on my lips and tongue.

Very drinkable, if you're a hop head. I personally love Simcoe hops, and this beer delivers them.

Photo of mdm46410
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a shaker. The bottle label states that it was "Bottled in June of 2006, Batch 4." This double IPA poured a cloudy, orangish color with a two-finger thick beige head that slowly faded away, leaving some sticky, thick lacing around the glass. The aroma consisted of an extra strong piney hop essence with a very heavy dose of caramel and toffee. The flavor was heavy on the caramel malt with a big underlying grapefruit bitterness. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and resiny with a very light amount of carbonation. Very tasty!!!

Photo of yodaseo
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is from 1 pint 6 oz bottle from batch 6, bottled in may 2007 (charles st). the initial pour gave rise to a beautiful cream colored head which was just as soft and cloudy on the lips as it looked in the glass. the smell of tangy citrus immediately filled my nostrils with a ton of hops not far behind it. the taste was a bit coarse as the alcohol wasn't masked as well in the flavors and smell as i generally prefer, though this is a 9.7%. all 102 IBUs attacked my taste buds as the beer warmed its way down my throat. the initial blast of citrus, followed by a wave of hops, finished with a long and dry bitter finish made this one hell of a mouth full. the drinkability suffers a bit from the roughness of the alcohol, and i would have liked the hops to define the taste rather than the citrus. but all in all, a fantastic american DIPA. this would last for 18 trips to india.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber dated June, 2006.

Pours a hazy orange with a decent off-white head.

Aroma is big with malt and hops. Very well balanced for this hoppy of a beer. Taste is a slight let-down and the balance seems to go by the wayside and I'm hit with a strong grassy hop burst which leads into a serious bitter bite at the finish. You would certainly not need many guesses if you didn't know what style this beer was.

Nice big-bodied beer. One is plenty on this muggy evening.

Photo of dmamiano
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was dated 2006...couldnt remember the exact month.
Beer poured a slightly hazy, medium gold with a good head, nice lacing and well carbonated.
Fragrance of hops and malt were immediately noticable. The citrusy hop aroma and malt were awesome..I couldnt wait to taste it!
Mouthfeel was fantastic, with a big time malt backing to help balance hop the enormous amount of hops. Very good beer.
Cant wait to try a fresher one.

Photo of masterkush
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, stamped May 2007, Batch 6.

Pours a cloudy amber. Moderate to low carbonation, not much head to be seen. Spidery lacing that seems to stick.

The smell is fantastic. A sweet, full, grassy smell. It makes me think of of a number of things, none I can quite put my finger on, but blended together to form an extremely full and pleasant scent. This is one of the best smelling beers I have ever had.

The taste is just as good. Hops, yes, but not overly bitter. Piny and a bit of a grassy flavor up front, but balanced out by a delicate sweetness. It leaves a nice thick aftertaste, which is quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth, very smooth. This is where I think they get the 'imperial IPA' title from. It reminds me very much of drinking an Imperial Russian Stout. Very smooth and creamy feeling.

This beer comes through on all points. This is one I will have again and again while I have it available. Of course, not a session beer, but an extremely well crafted IPA to rival the best of the west coast IPAs.

Photo of WesWes
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and bisquit malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. It's bitter with a warm malty feel. The taste is great. It has a wonderful hop wallop along with a solid malt bill that adds balance and an elevated abv. . It goes down easy with a bitter/bisquity finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got excellent malt character as well as hop presence. It's bold, but within reason. It's balanced and very enjoyable.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- pours a clear orange/copper hue with 3-fingers of creamy white head that is mostly diminishing leaving thick lacing on the glass

s- WOW! Nose is of super-strong piney hops, tones of citrus fruits, sweet malt, and grassy earth, stiff alcohol presence in the background

t- Initial flavor is smooth and strong pine resin that soon warms to sweet citrus flavors and a peppery alcohol presence that dominates the finish

m- very full-bodied with lively carbonation

d- This is a hop-dominated ale that lives up to the DIPA billing, great flavor and aroma, but the abv is not very well masked and I don't think I could finish more than one bomber if I wanted to be coherent the next morning. If I was given this in a blind tasting I would have sworn it was from SoCal, not Boulder (another BIG beer from Avery).

Photo of crayphish
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This "Imperial" IPA poured a murky copper hue, with a giant fluffy head. Lots of lacing as the brew is consumed. The smell is hops. Grassy and fruity. A touch of alcohol there as well. Taste is again grassy hops, tempered by a fair amount of caramel malts. A nice balanced blend. The alcohol is again noted in the mouth, leaving a bit of burn as the brew is downed. I found this offering to be only moderately drinkable.

Photo of greenbeaner
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had this on tap and it blew me away, so now I'm reviewing it from the bottle. Pours a very rich copper with one just over one finger of frothy head, and it leaves an excellent lacing as the head dissipates to a thick ring around the glass.

Smells lovely on the nose, with grassy hop petal up front with just a hint of pine, and a well rounded floral finish. Light citrus and malt in there as well.

Absolutely delicious. The hops bite you up front but quickly smooth to reveal all kinds of robust flavor. Flowers, citrus, fruits, pine, a bit of a grassy feel towards the finish. It's all there and more. The hops leave your tongue tingling for more.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but full. Not so thick that it's syrupy and not so thin that it's oily. Great balance

This is one dangerous beer. So incredibly delicious. The alcohol is hidden so well. I'm barely halfway through my glass and I can already tell that this is one to watch out for. Ahhh but temptation...I'll be having many more!

Photo of beavers
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper with decent clarity and a thick white head that goes away fairly soon but leaves excellent lacing. Hops fill the nose with wonderful notes of citris, pinneapple, and pine needles on top of biscuity/caramel malts. Mmm...flavorful hops dominate the palate with its zesty-tropical-citric-floral notes. Alcohol has its presence in the palate but the rich flavor of the hops make this bad boy quite drinkable and one to remember. Will definitely be enjoying this one again sometime soon.

Photo of mwearl
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A supremely hoppy high gravity Double IPA, this beer poured copper colored with a nice foamy head and lacing that lasted forever. Smell very hoppy with definite grapefruit and floural odor with a light green grape scent. Taste was smooth for such a hoppy high ABV brew. As expected, the hops really stand out but its not completely out of balance. Mouthfeel is rather light with a slight alcohol burn on top of tongue. Drinkability depends on your tolerance for a stout beer. I'd never drink more than one per session but will definitely drink more.

Photo of oakbluff
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ummm, reasonably fresh Maharaja...
Copper coloures with nice clarity. Fluffy white head tops this delight off. Smell is second only to Masal Mama or Furious- pure hop bliss. Taste is a prickly piney tropical fruit hop shake. The malt tends towards the sweet side,but not enough to distract. just a goddamn tasty beer. Booze levels are not distinguishable- very drinkable and dangerous given the strength. Carbonation is spot on as well. Not much bad to say about this dipa. Would be a staple if I could get my hands on it. Best avery beer I've had.

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pint on tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA.
A: Medium amber color, with a good amount of head and nice lacing.
S: Smells strong and hoppy, with plenty of spice.
T: What I expected, given the smell: hoppy and sorta fruity. Also a not so subtle pepper flavoring, unique among IPAs I’ve tried. Quite nice.
M: Nice feel, not too biting or sourish.
D: I could easily have 2 or 3 of these, especially on tap. I think the spicy pepperiness might get to my palate after that, but it’s a strong enough beer that I probably wouldn’t need more than 2 or 3 anyhow.

Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazed deep amber with a thick, bubbly, off-white head that slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of tangy, pungent citrus with pine/resin. Slight caramelish and spicy alcohol backing.

The taste is of alcohol spiciness and pine/resin. The alcohol brings out the resin to the point that the citric fruitiness is almost lost in the shuffle. Sweet malt is there, but this is so much of an overload of resin and alcohol it becomes difficult to make out the complexity of it. After a show of sweetness, raw bitterness hangs on in the finish.

Full-bodied, but an overload on the palate, especially of the burningly sharp heat of the alcohol. Burnt plastic aftertaste.

Well, it disappeared faster than expected so there is something to it. And, it is a big brew, but almost too big to be enjoyable. I correctly chose this as a nightcap, as the tastebuds are shot after it. Interesting, and I can appreciate big beers, but this was too over-the-top and almost lost under persistent alcohol and resin. Worth having once to try it, but I can't see returning to it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light beige color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of funky yeast with some nice spices and light ester. Taste is also dominated by some sweet fruit notes as well as some spices and the funky yeast. Average body with great carbonation. I thought it was a bit too sweet for my own palate but still enjoyable overall.

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

22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Feb. 07 batch #5.

Pours a deep tangerine color with a huge white head that remains throughout the glass. Leaves wonderful lacing.

Smells of very bold hops. Bitter citrus and sweet malty goodness.

Taste is sweetness on the front end. With bitter hops in the finish. Grapefruity and some resiny notes.

Mouthfeel is full and well balanced.

Overall, an excellent DIPA. Well balanced and tasty. Recommended.

Photo of younger35
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a nice tulip snifter. This is from Batch 6 bottled in May of 2007. Mahat = “Great”, Rajan = “King” according to the bottle. Pretty much sums this beer right up.

Appearance- Pours a dark orange copperish that breaks to an almost tangerine color around the glass. A fairly nice ivory colored head holds pretty well giving away to a nice bubbly collar. Beautiful thick spotty lacing makes its way down the side of the glass.
Smell- Holy Hops! Big bursts of grapefruit and lemon zest pop out of the glass. Very vibrant and pungent though just not quite enough so to cover the alcohol tinge. It subtly shows with a tickle of the nostrils.
Taste- Very bright citrus hoppyness prickles the end of the tongue. Has the same grapefruit, lemon, orangish taste that showed in the nose. Backed by a nice sugary malt profile that comes and goes. The more it warms, the more balanced it seems. The hops are definetly the star of the show but there not alone. Very gentle alcohol warming on the back of the throat reminds you of the 9.65%.
Mouthfeel- Heavy as you would expect from an Imperial IPA but nice and silky going down. Almost oily at times…
Drinkability- As good as such a big, hoppy beer can be. Seems to be a terrific example of the style. This is my first beer from Avery, and hopefully not my last. Cheers!

Photo of ahking
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I finally got to try this beer. Pours a tawny amber color with brilliantly white head. Aroma is intense citrus....VERY fruity. First sip hits you hard in the back of the tongue. Thats the IBU's baby. Rounds out nicely in the middle and some toasted and biscuit malts can be detected. What I like most about this beer is that for a DIPA, its rounded out very well. Two beers I have had a lot of that I might compare it to are Bell's Hop Slam and Founder's Devil Dancer. This lacks a bit of the depth that Devil Dancer has, but it is more drinkable. It's much more balanced that Hop Slam (which is way too "juicy") so for me, this approaches what could be the perfect double IPA.

Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is from Batch 5 which was bottled in Feb 2007

A: It pours a beautiful rusty orange color with a nice large 2 or 3 inch foaming head. The head settles to a nice ring atop the beer and leaves a huge amount of lacing behind as it is consumed. There are several streams of the tiniest bubbles starting about mid glass before rising like perfectly marching soldiers to the top. Did I mention the lacing, I think I did but this is some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

S: Nice and Strong. There is an amazing floral piney hoppy smell permeating from the glass. I can tell this is going to be a nice flavorful beer. If you concentrate and go beyond the hops there is also a sweetness powering thru. I detect a definite smell of dried peaches or apricots along with a nice strong maltiness running thru this one as well.

T: Avery has hit a home run here, I don't know if I hear 4th of July fireworks going off or if it's my senses going haywire. This beer starts off with a wonderful malty sweetness which quickly gives way to a hint of fruit, Apricots, Peaches, maybe even a little Pear. Just as I am enjoying the fruity sweetness...BOOM... the hops kick in. These must be some finest freshest hops known to man. They have a wonderful grassy, piney taste to them, and they kick hard and the taste seems to linger. Wow, very nice.

M: Nice medium to thick in body. It’s a very crisp beer that finishes dry and leaves you yearning for another sip, gulp or guzzle.

D: I love it. I will stop at one, but could drink two, though I would probably end up drunk. You can sip or gulp this one. I recommend sipping to avoid that drunkenness I just spoke of.

Overall: A really solid beer put out by Avery. If you are a HopHead try this one out. And while you are at the store save some gas money and buy several. This performs right up there with Dreadnaught, Hopslam and the other DIPA / Imperial IPA's that I have had and if you like a nice sweetness to your beer, I have the feeling it will surpass all in its class. The alcohol taste is void so be careful this one tops the scales at nearly 10% ABV.

According to the bottle Maharaja means: "great" and "king". Well let me be the first to welcome you to the kingdom of The Maharaja, because he RULES!!

Photo of GRPunk
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with a Feb. 2006 Batch 3 tag poured into a mug.

A- It poured a deep orange with a very thick white head. It left a lot of foamy lacing behind. A medium carbonation was noticeable.

S- I was met with a dose of floral and grassy hops up front, but definite malt notes at the same time.

T- Very balanced. A good bit of sweeter malts balancing the spicy hop flavor. It was actually much more balanced than I expected. It was by no means a "hop bomb."

M- Very much what I expected for the style. Smooth with a slight coating effect.

D- It was an easy drinker considering the ABV, but I just wasn't blown away by this beer. A lot had been made of it and I think I may have set my expectations a bit too high. I would definitely drink this beer again, but I'm not going to seek it out at the going price. Noticing the date on the bottle, being a season out, I may have to give it another chance.

Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2007 (Batch 6)

Pours a dark caramel colored amber with a nice off-white head. The aroma explodes with resiny pine and citrusy hops and malt. The taste starts out pretty subtle with some malt but before long the hops explode in your mouth for a long bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice IPA that delivers enough hops to satisfy any craving.

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

Bottled 02-06

Spicy hops and sweet juicy malt. Floral/citric spicy hops are clean and crisp. Intense and very American. Malt is sweet with chocolate and toasty notes.

Orange-gold/reddish-copper color. Looks clear despite the translucence. Medium-light head dissipates too quickly leaving medium-light lace.

Medium-full bodied delivery of malty sweetness and sparkling hops. Hop character is a thick bouquet with citrus splashes and spicy hints. Medium-high bitterness – quite tame. Good balance. Malt flavor is medium and clean with a sticky sweetness. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness making it just over medium dry.

Smooth and thick. Mild carbonation.

Finely tuned IPA. It’s strong, crisp, and tame - not extreme or over-the-top like some Imperial IPA offerings (not that there’s anything wrong with that). It is also decently priced; thanks Avery. I like it and would get it again.

Photo of Cascadia
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beauty of a beer. Deep orange-amber color with a really solid white head. Smells of noble hops. Hops hops hops and more hops. Tastes as the style should, good and hoppy, with citurs and piney hops, but the malt does come through and balences nicely at the end. Warming the belly on the second sip, this is a nice one. Good all-around double IPA, one I will try again for sure.


Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,870 ratings.