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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,938 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,938
Reviews: 1,769
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 302
Gots: 493 | 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 surlyseth
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is an acrobatic beer. It tries really hard...and succeeds!

A: Deep orange to rust with white-tan head. Insane lacing, frothing. Persistence!

S: Pineapple and bubblegum.

T: There is a lot going on here. Big malty backbone. Characteristic citrus. But way, way more. Is that bubblegum? No, I'm serious. Is that bubblegum? Okay, maybe it's fruit punch.

M: Thick, soft, cozy and oily.

D: I can't believe its 10% ABV. This is a must try for any hophead.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes taken on Saturday September 1, 2007.

I Chose this beer for my 100th review. A beer fit for a king, would certainly be worthy for a milestone such as this. I dedicate this review to THE REAL Michael Jackson, who sadly passed away just days before i tried this.

Pours amber with a frothy off white head, heavy carbonation, Excellent head retention. There was still foam & lacing left by the time i finished the glass! Heavy pine aroma with some cloying malt sweetness. A Big DIPA? I expected it to be more in my face, but this was nice. Taste? OMG! Very strong and agressive, flowery hops, but seems to be backed up by a healthy does of malt. Very well balanced for a DIPA. Just the right dose of resiny sweetness. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, full of body, but less sticky than i would've expected. As far as drinkability is concerned, Maharaja goes down far smoother and easier than others i've tried in this style. I hope i don't have trouble finding more of this locally. I recieved it via the Summer Sipper 2007 BIF.

RIP Michael Jackson March 27, 1942 - August 30, 2007

Photo of blackheartbilly
2.51/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

First off, I wanted a traditional IPA, and maybe its too much for me. I bought a 22ounce bomber, and poured it into a pint glass.

Appearance: amber almost orange/gold in color. I poured it nicely, yet a 1 inch head still appeared, and took awhile to dissapear.

Smell: FRUITY! Grapefuit, orange, not a scent of malt in my opinion.

Taste: BITTER!!! Hops very heavy, no malt after taste. Hops, Hops, and more hops, way too strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slight carbonation, Oily-hops character, slightly acidic.

Drinkability: Terrible, can only drink one, if that, too much alcohol, too much hops, too bitter. Not a fan, wouldn't buy it again. If you want high alcohol, and strong hops, try it, you may like it.

Photo of drewbage
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drunk in honor of recently departed Mr Jackson. 22oz bomber with foil. Poured into a standard American Shaker.

Pours into the glass with a tall white head that hangs through the drink and leaves a well defined ring structure for every sip.

Brightly clear copper with a streaming effervesance that keeps things moving and propels a prodigious hop aroma of pine that rides over a toasted bread malt.

The flavor is malt first followed by a very smooth yet assertive resiny bitterness. Given that this is an older bottle, the younger versions must pack a stronger hop wallop.

Very nice beer. would prefer it to be finish drier so that the pint is less sweet on the lips.

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

Thanks to seaoflament for this beauty of an extra. Pours a pure and clear copper with lively carbonation, huge head that takes it's time and laces all over and throughout. Smells of big pineapple, some orange and mild hops for a DIPA. Nice though. Tastes of huge juicy pineapple and a hint of orange rind. Malty and a finish of bitterness from hops but very subtle for a DIPA and doesnt linger or fry my palate. Very very balanced and delicious. Not a hop bomb but I dont mind that since is has some juicy fruit present. Medium in the mouth and ABV is non existant. This is a dangerous brew. Very tasty, drinkable and refreshing yet another bomber would leave me crosseyed. Had no idea that this was out there but would gladly pick it up if I saw it.

Photo of sstackho
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA. Pours a rich copper with no head or carbonation. Smells of hops plucked fresh from the vine. The taste is of overwhelming goodness. Honestly, it's tough to get much better than this. Not overly sweet, which is nice. I'm in love.

Photo of hunteraw
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, didn't realize this was 9.7% abv before I opened it - whoops, guess I have to finish it anyway. I like the label and presentation as well.

Appearance: deep amber/honey color, very clear. Good sized head that exhibits good retention and lacing.

Smell: full of resiny hops, pine & grapefruit. Hint of malty sweetness in the background.

Taste: Resinous hop oil predominates. Delicious. Bready finish mingles with the sharp bitter aftertaste of all those hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Creamy, with a lingering aftertaste that makes you think the inside of your mouth has been coated by a hop-oil slick.

Drinkability: Good! Impressed by this one. Somewhat limited by the alcohol content.

Photo of gmcfarre
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into traditional pint glass
Bottled in Feb 2007, Batch 5

A - Caramel orange and cloudy with a nice 1 inch frothy tan head. Lacing is minimal. Head slowly fades and gets rockier as it does.

S - Piney grapefruit resin (loads of it). Bitterness from the hops is hinted at in the smell, and there is a touch of sweet malt backing up the hops. However, the grapefruit is the main attraction here.

T - Slightly sweet at the beginning, followed by an generous helping of grapefruity & resin hops. Sweetness is slightly breaded with a touch of caramel perhaps. Hops are obviously the main attraction, but malt sweetness makes a solid addition.

M - Moderate carbonation and a medium to heavy body. Drying aftertaste with residual sweetness.

D - A bit too heavy for drinking on its own, so a good food pairing is recommended when opening up your own bomber. A nice interpretation of the style that is sweeter and more grapefruity than many of its counterparts.

Photo of snpub540
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up a 22oz. bottle with a bottled date of May 2007, Batch 6. This is the 2nd brew that I have picked up from Avery.

Appearance: Takes on a scarlet, amber hue. It was topped of by a custard color head that left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The hops that come through are very sweet smelling. Grapefruit is the most dominate. A touch of pine scented hops comes through. I also detect a tiny bit of that 9.7% ABV.

Taste: Was a balance of grassy and piney hops and sweet maltiness. Caramel comes through in the end as well as the warming alcohol as it comes to an end.

The mouthfeel on this was almost perfect. It had an almost creamy texture and it coated my whole mouth. Drinkability was good but the alcohol was definately present and took its hold mid bottle. I was definately impressed with this beer and if I get the chance I will definately be picking up another.

Photo of warmstorage
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, states 1.085 OG, 9.65% ABV, 102 IBU, bottled May 2007, Batch 6.

Appearance: pours a deep reddish amber with significant, moderately dense off-white head, and leaves lots and lots of lacing. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a small layer on top.

Aroma: deep fruity hops, grapefruit, oranges, slightly sweet tropical hops, and some more hops for good measure. Very slight rubber/plastic/phenol notes, but they're not offensive at all.

Taste: huge fruity piney citrus hops, with a quiet malt backbone to support it, and a strong finish of spicy, fruity, and citrus hops. What a DIPA should be: all hops, all the time. Immensely drinkable.

Mouth: moderately warm with alcohol heat, and medium full, slightly slick.

Overall: an outstanding DIPA, and one that well earns my high rankings. It could be improved on, for sure: like another twenty pounds of hops per barrel. But it's real damn good for a mass produced and distributed DIPA. My only complaint is that's it's a little too balanced in a style which, of all styles, should not be balanced.

Photo of ojiikun
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an over half-liter bottle into a wineglass as big as my head. Sunset orange body is only slightly hazed. Fine light off-white head sticks well to whatever it touches. Bottle is marked batch 6, may 2007.

Smell is strongly of grapefruit, pineapple. Touces of fresh-cut softwood. Truly deep whiffs reveal toasty malts and a sweetness that carries the fruit notes well. Very acrid and bitter smelling, much like cranberry juice (not implying the flavour, though).

Flavour is puckeringly bitter but sweet and warm. Lots of salty hop leaf and forest needles. Grapefruit continues, now joined by green apple skin and unripe blackberries.

Feels thick in the mouth, but never manages to coat more than the roof of the mouth. So acrid and clean are the first and last notes. Exceptionally drinkable for a beer of either this hop character or this body, let alone both.

Photo of Figgy
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the beer that a an old high school friend told me that when you get to heaven they hand you a Maharaja. The taste grabbed me then and does again for an actual tasking. It gave a nice blond head, with a slightly dark overall color. Both the smell and taste lets the grapefruit taste come through. And important to me, the taste stayed through the whole 22 oz. bottle. A pleasure to drink and reminded me that lesser beers in the past might have had a good initial taste, but the taste left quickly and the rest just tasted like beer. With the Maharaja, after the last sip, I wanted more.

Photo of bradford
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz bomber from Lone Hill Liquor and finally cracked it open.
Looks good, like any other run of the mill over the top DIPA
Smells good. Sweet and bitter in the nose, which boosted the rating for me
Tasted very good, very bitter but well balanced I thought. The sweetness helps mask the hops from being overbearing
Mouthfeel was very good as well. Very bitter, but quite malty and smooth
Drinkability is pretty good for such a high abv. Sweetness and malt saves this hop=bomb for me. Very bitter and hoppy, but also sweet and full.

Photo of smcreator
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: There was very little head on this beer, but over all it was a very nice deep amber/red color.
S: Smells great with hints of citrus and of course hops. This is exactly how an IPA should smell.
T: There are not really any sweet notes with this beer. It is bitter from the fron tot the back and enjoyably so.
M: Smooth medium body.
D: Slightly high ABV with an initial specific gravity of 1.085. This is a good beer to drink slowly while chatting with friends.

Photo of david131
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful orange neon liquid. A good amount of cloudiness and a beautiful craggy head that leaves some astounding lacing.

S- A very caramelized and slightly vegetabley smell. A huge malt profile. A very piny and a good amount of citrus to boot. Hints of vanilla and brown sugar. A very complex DIPA.

T- Much more intense than the aroma. Some citrus. Very sweet and sticky. The booze is slightly noticeable, but only from the warming effect. My notes say "hints of coconut"... interesting. Pretty complex.

M- Beautiful. Thick, heavy, sticky. The carbonation is perfect.

D- A little boozy and heavy, but it truly is an imperial IPA.

Photo of number1bum
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber (Feb 07) pours a medium-amber, orangeish brew with a huge rocky off-white head. Keeps a thick lace throughout and leaves a ton of stick all over the place; to the point of making the glass an absolute mess.

Smell is super fruity! Crazy amounts of grapefruit and tangerine, along with whiffs of pineapple and passion fruit. Hops are really incredible smelling.

Taste is, like the smell, just an amazing display of all the best that hops have to offer. So fruity and delicious, with dominating grapefruit and tangerine. There's enough caramel malts to make it supremely balanced, and the bittering hops, while certainly there, do not dominate and really let the flavors shine. Finishes very smooth with just a little h op bitterness.

Mouthfeel is delectably smooth, a bit more than medium-bodied and almost a bit chewy. The velvety smoothness makes this one of the best DIPAs on the palate I've ever experienced. Awesome. The subdued hop bitterness and amplified hop flavor also makes this one eminently drinkable for a DIPA.

This one goes right onto the short list of my favorite DIPAs. Awesome brew.

Photo of GimpyCane
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

A: Poured a hazy copper with a slight orange hue shining through. A three finger off white head accompanied that also left a sticky sea foam curtain of lace down the glass.

S: Upon opening a blast of ruby red grapefruit rushes out the bottle. In the middle hints of sweet dates, white raisin and light caramel came through. I also got bits of biscuit and pine resin towards the ends.

T & M: Middle to full body which added a lovely sweet syrupy malty start. Somewhere in the middle I experienced a mix of tangy and oily rind of ruby red grapefruit and mango. The finish was well balanced by the alcohol and hoppy bitterness.

D: Surprisingly, for a DIPA this brew is pleasantly drinkable. The alcohol is well masked underneath it other elements. However, be warned it will kick your ass if taken lightly.

Overall, this brew rocks! Great taste, great balance and a great session. The only bad thing about this brew is that it came to a finish. I'll revisit this one again. Enjoy.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1pt6 fl oz bottle poured into tulip glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a murkey amber copper with an off-white head that leaves pretty nice lacing down the glass

S: Mango, pinapple any other deep and sweet fruit, there really is no need to go into this, but smelling this for the first time made we want to dive right into this one. Just juicy fresh fruits everywhere!

T/MF: Bitterness not too bad, quite smooth actually the alcohol seems to be hidden decently as well, hop oil stays sticky on the tongue but does not dry out the mouth too bad, the beer is far to juicy for that. There are hints of pine here and there mostly in the finish along with a bit of bready sweetness that builds as the beer warms, but this beer is about the fruit. I feel like I'm drinking a boquet of fruit. More sweet than bitter or at least the feeling of sweetness anyways (I'm suprised to see the 102IBU on the side of this beer). Mango is very prevalent when I first sipped this beer but the warmer it gets the more that fades and a fruit syrup flavor cuts in and the pine and grapefruit takes over and now I can see why this is labeled at 102IBU because my tongue is starting to dry out a bit more, but still not too bad.

D: Here's a tip: drink this one with a friend and you will be sure to have a good time if you both are hopheads or enjoy hops to a reasonable about, because drinking a whole big bottle of this by yourself is not recommended. Still the best DIPA I've tried to date in my young life.

Photo of Budlum
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +1.9%
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 -5.7%
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 -3.8%
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 -15.8%
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 -7.1%
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 +11.8%
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.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,938 ratings.