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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,868 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,868
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 288
Gots: 450 | 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 WYVYRN527
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

SAMPLE- 2006 Edition, poured from 22oz. bottle.

This is the second time I have tried this beer. Color is a deep amber, almost scarlett. Upon pouring, the head is about two inches thick and frothy as I have ever seen in a double IPA. The beer expresses a heavy hop aroma with hints of key lime, pineapple, grass, and pine. On the palate, it starts very sweet, with hints of honey and almond. It's almost overwhelming for this style. On the tail end, the beer finishes with the full force of hops, expressing notes of citrus, candied fruit, and foliage. A very full-bodied beer, the resiny oils of the hops coats the mouth and the flavor lingers for minutes to come.

Overall, I found the Maharaja to be slightly unbalanced, but still very approachable. I have a feeling that a few years in the cellar will turn this release into something almost magical.

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

Into a pint glass, pours a pretty clear orange copper, with a decent beginning half inch head and later thin, bubbly film, little lacing. Aroma is hoppy, with lots of citrus, orange at first, grapefruit, pineapple, with a good malt backbone, enough caramel and biscut to keep the hopping in check.

Taste is also delicious, lots of hops, but a surprising amount of yummy malts. The hop profile is wide, from subtle pine needles, to sweet fruits, grapefruit rind, orange peels, pinapple, and has the signature high hop bite that a true hophead demands. But the caramel malt backing is very good too, biscut in the mix, sweet and balancing to the heafty hopping. The finish is noticably long, bitter, fruity, then drying at the end, leaving you yearning for another sip. The mouth is remarkable smooth, silky, just enough carbonation but just barely, very drinkable, slightly warming, very nice.

One thing I liked about this beer is that is seemed to change both sip to sip and as it warmed. Small changes, big changes, just a lot of changing, it was really odd, making it hard to review, but quite enjoyable. At first sip, I didn't think I'd give it such a high score, but as I'm finishing, I really enjoying it!

Photo of Globetrotter
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Whole Foods Market in Arlington, VA, back in August, then hand-carried to Vienna, where it sat in a wine cellar for five months. Bottle looks like the one in the picture. Ingredients listed conform to the purity law. No best by date, but the label says this baby was bottled in June 2006. I opened it on 1/28/07.

Pours a cloudy copper hue under a 1.5 finger beige head with nice contour and great retention, leaving lovely sheets of lace. The nose is crisp and strong of citrus and pine sap - very enticing. The mouth is quite viscous, coating the tongue, while the carbonation tingles the entire oral cavity. The hops are the main attraction here, strong, tangy and bitter, with a distinct pine tone and espresso-like dryness. Malt is a supporting actor, with a bit of caramel sweet to go with the grain. The finish is all pine, leaving a nice dry aftertaste. Very, very enjoyable.

Photo of Alkey
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured a cloudy reddish/brown color with small white cap that leaves some lace around the glass. Smells of malt and yeast in the nose and taste big and malty with an equal portion of earthy, floral hops. It also has a yeasty thickness to the feel and leaves a bit of an alcohol dryness to the aftertaste. This brew is easy to drink and is very balanced between the malt and hops but doesn't seem to have anything that jumps out at me and I would probably not go out of my way to obtain this one again.

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

I have enjoyed Maharaja several times at tastings but this is the first time to study it one bomber at a time in the comfort of my own den.

Appearance: This is a gorgeous beer. Pours a dull orange color with a large creamy ivory head (tight like foam), great retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: biscuity malts, lemon, orange rind and grassy hops hide a bit of alcohol in a pleasant loaded pine nose.

Taste: The hopheads will not be disappointed but the rest of us can appreciate the depths and balance of the beer as well. The scales are tipped to the orange peel / grassy hop side but the hops are not intense. The hope bill is clearly mixed and balanced and the malts make a notable effort and milky malts, caramel peach, pine sap and pineapple syrup sweeten things up a bit. The alcohol shows through in the flavor the whole way across the palate and build to a boozy kick at the back end. The aftertaste is lip smacking and last for a solid moment or three before beginning to fade.

Mouthfeel: Warming and dry due to the alcohol. Smooth due to the malts and solid body. Fluffy due to the carbonation and hops. Lip smacking aftertaste, very good all around.

Drinkability: The drinkability is not lacking (as DIPAs go) but it does suffer a bit from the alcohol content. After and evening of tasting a few beers, this will end the night.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in June 2006 Batch #4

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a foamy, two-finger head. Very good lace.

S - It smelled of hops and grasses.

T - It tasted of hopas, grass and a little malt.

M - It was crisp and and sharp on the tongue. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - Very good. Another great Avery product and another great DIPA.

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

"Bottled in June 2006, Batch 4."

A: Into a Duvel tulip, a moderate pour yielded a huge, 2-finger beige/off-white foamy head with good staying power. This settled over a coppery-orange body with just a hint of haze. Bubbles rise from the etched Duvel "D" in the middle of the bottom of the glass to fortify the head. It eventually recedes, leaving craggly rings of lace at the top of the glass and dripping stalactites (stalagmites?) down the side of the glass. A nice looking beer for sure.

S: Fruity and sweet -- candied grapefruit, with a hint of peppery spice and solid caramel malt underneath. Alcohol becomes very noticeable as it warms, but still it's a nice overall scent.

T: Sweeter than expected for a DIPA -- there must be a LOT of malt in there to offset what the label claims is 102 IBUs. The sweet malt lays a nice foundation, which is followed by fruity, juicy hop flavors. Candied orange peel and sugar-coated grapefruit comes to mind -- any bitterness seems to be tempered by a sweetness, and frankly the fruity sweetness seems to prevail. The only real bitterness, in fact, is in a lingering, oily, tongue-coating presence of fruity hops that leave a slight tang at the finish. The alcohol is also very noticeable, especially as it warms.

M: Pretty smooth, nicely carbonated. Finishes with a dry twang at the end of an oily, resiny mouth-coating.

D: Good, but not very good or excellent. I sipped this bomber over the course of an hour-plus. There are DIPAs that I would down more easily much more quickly.

Notes: this is almost two different beers warm versus cold. When cold it's more crisp and dry with a woodsy lingering finish, while when it's warm it's dominated by juicy, fruity hops, an oily feel and alcohol in the nose and taste. All in all I though this was a good DIPA -- my favorite style lately -- but IMHO it doesn't measure up to some better versions I've had recently. At 9.9% ABV (according to my bottle's label), it does provide a nice buzz, however.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh on-tap at Pizza Plant, good example of style and quite drinkable when I am not a big fan of the style. Looks like an aged peach with small soap bubbly white head. Fruity aroma, a bit citrus. Taste is substantially grapefruit, and smooth. Last beer of evening as it is a direct impact on you taste buds from the hops. A lot of grapefruit and the malts to make it drinkabale and it is.

Photo of Cresant
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Bottled in June of 2006, batch 4. Chill haze cleared quickly to reveal a clear, pale golden amber body. Two fingers of Yukon-Gold-potato colored head. Sheets of tiny bubbles slide down the glass after each sip.

Smell was sweet and citrusy. Spicy grains (rye?). Floral hops are faintly discernible. Fruity.

Taste was grapefruit juice and rinds. Hints of walnut skins bitterness. Alcohol flavors increased as it warmed. Ripe stone-fruits. Big, bold, and rich.

Mouthfeel was slick and oily. Medium to full bodied.

Photo of velo343
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice deep orange with a medium beige head.

Smell: Grassy hops, some sweetness, and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: A general hoppiness, not too snappy or distinct, that is felt all the way through the drink. The malt is fairly bready, but with a tartness reminiscent of sourdough. An underlying sweetness that is fairly indistinct.

Mouthfeel: The beer is syrupy, leaving a thick, slightly bitter coating in the mouth.

Drinkability: A little disappointing for the style. The hops seem to be overshadowed by the syrupy, creating an unbalanced DIPA. A decent beer, but not my top choice.

Photo of mmcave
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this at grapes of mirth in columbus ohio, during christmas time. Poured into red wine glass , huge inch and a half white head that slowly dissipates, with foamy lacing that grows thin. The body is a musty red orange, lightens up at the bottom of the glass. Smells of hops right up front particularly flowers, pine, citrus, grass, a little sharp and tense. Subtle hints of caramel malt, biscuits are back there too. Taste is a bit easier going, a refreshing bitterness is present backed by a malt backbone, not very much sweetness though. Some nice caramel notes emerge toward the middle and a nice pine finish with a tinge of malt sweetness. Personally my only real complaint is the alcohol becomes a little too apparent as this warms up, but still this is a good interpretation of an imperial IPA, fits every well with in the style, and its very much worth a try.

Photo of Backer2004
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one on Christmas Eve paired with lobster tail, flank steak, and shrimp. Hmm boy, does this one compliment food well. Lots of fruit and citrus balance the large amount of hops used to make this Double IPA. Not as pungent on the tongue and easy to finish the whole bottle. Yes sir, a good one for the style.

Photo of oelergud
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing orange body, medium carbonation, off-white head with a yellowish tint. Head dissipates quickly, just a little lace.
Sharp hoppy scent, strong but faint caramel malt, biscuits and grass.
Taste is heavy on the hops and juicy good, strong caramel malts and some spice. Aftertaste is mostly bitter hops topped with masl of toffee character.
Full and chewable mouthfeel, medium coating and slick.
If in the mood for hops this is the one to have. The alcohol was not apparent at all.

-Oelergud

Photo of IceAce
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-penny body with a sticky, lacy collar of foam. Clarity is excellent. Aroma is laced with alphas...this one is going to sting.

Entry is smooth with limited carbonation tickling the inside walls of the cheeks. Midtaste shows off the voluminous depth of the malt while the alpha acids from the bountiful hops line up to strip the enamel from my incisors. The finish is hoppy-dry with the emphasis on pine.

This is an excellent example of DIPA and would pair well with Thai food.

Photo of kernalklink
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This double really packed in the flavor- the cloudy gold brew left generous lacing and creamy head. Sweet malty notes were overwhelmed by hard citric hops- perfect combination. The aroma gave way to the soft bready malts, some honey sweet with the same citrusy hop profile and a slight warming alcohol undertone. Very slick and smooth on the mouth and easy to drink considering its pedigree.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label reads “Bottled in Fed. 2006 Batch 3”. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is intense and is a well-blended combination of hops and citrus, very pleasant. There are some notes of caramel and vanilla in the back ground, but it’s pretty much hops and citrus all the way as a good 2IPA should be.

T: The taste is very well-balanced. The strong hops bitterness and sweet citrus flavors couple each other excellently. The malt character provides just enough substance to make the beer smooth. The after-taste maintains the balance of hops & citrus.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes does easy enough, not-too-filling, excellent representation of style, I liked this beer a lot. The only thing I regret about buying this beer is that I didn’t buy it sooner. Looking forward to trying more beers from Avery as this was my first from them.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, caramel-colored body with a bubbly white head.

Smell: Pungent, heavily hopped aroma with sweet-smelling notes of ripe apricots, grapefruit, and pine oils. The fragrant hop scent overlays some hints of freshly made dough and candy sugar.

Taste: Initial biscuity, toffee maltiness drops off into a tangy, sweetened citrus flavor. Grapefruit, mainly. Maybe some oranges, too. Finishes with a middling, restrained bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, although its especially oily, and syrupy on the palate.

Drinkability: This beer does a fitting job of balancing both the bitter and sweet elements to make for a fair Double IPA.

*4/19/08: Feb. '07 bottle. For me, a toned down citrus character and a dialed up peppery lemongrass character, both in aroma and taste. Otherwise, it's fairly similar and received a score consistent with the original review.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this offering from Avery and im sad to say that it didnt live up to it.Bomber poured into a big wine glass.

A-Hazy golden body with no head,some small lacing on the glass.

S-Citrus and booze,the booze overpowers all other smells here.The citrus smell is oranges and grapefruit.

T-Biscuit malt and citrus and booze.Taste like a barleywine.

M-The feel is medium and creamy.Not overly carbonated either.

D-Not bad for a 22 oz. I dont think I will be buying this stuff again.I think this is more on the lines on a barleywine and thats not really my cup of tea.Now give me a ipa and im in heaven.Not worth the price of 7 bucks.

Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky caramel colored ale with good head retention.

Pungent scent of Juicyfruit bubble gum, grapefruit, and resiny, piney hop cones. Clearly a fresh bottle.

First punch of heady alcohol followed by slick lingering bitterness. Some notes of toffee and smoke.

Although it's a multi-dimensional alcoholic hop bomb, I had no difficulty finishing the 22 ounce bomber.

Photo of Px2GrafX
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden orange with a long withstanding white head. excellent lacing. aroma is lots of big american hops. a touch sweet in the aroma as well, but there's also a lingering vegetable/earthy smell. nice grapefruity bitterness with piney/grassy hops. finishes a little caramelly sweet. alcohol is well hidden. light resiny but fairly thick mouthfeel. really easy to drink, though. solid iipa, but the cooked vegetable aroma hinders a bit. not sure if it's just an off sampling, but even though, still a solid beer.

Photo of dbalsock
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: so the bottle said that this would pour a scarlet color... and it didn't... it was maple syrup colored (not scarlet at all!) There was good lacing and decent head for the style, but it makes me angry when they say it will be one color, and it's different.

smell: I really liked the aroma; lots of different hops. I picked up some perfume/flowery hops as well as some deep fruity hops. There was a notable malt background with the hops and I'm left rather impressed.

taste: this was pretty good too... similar to the aroma, but even more balanced in taste. the malt background shines through significantly when near room temperature and creates an interesting mix of flowery hops and sweet, almost buttery, malt.

mouthfeel: this was near perfect near room temperature, but lacking a little at colder temperatures. It went down easy, provided a substantial, but not overwhelming bitterness and coated the mouth in a nicely smooth yet textured way...

drinkability: once it warmed it was easy to down. the alcohol was unnoticeable and the brew was so balanced that I could have gone through another glass without needing a break. I'm pretty impressed.

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

Poured from an Avery bomber into pint glasses. Crystal clear and coppery tan color, thick and sticky head. You can tell from the smell that there are lots of malts in the backbone, it's got a nicely balanced nose, considering you expect tons of hops from the imperial ipa moniker.

The flavor is exceptional, malty and hoppy with hops winning the battle. The beer is pretty full-bodied too, making the taste last a long time as it coats your tongue.

Very good beer at a reasonable price ($5.99 per bomber).

Photo of wingman14
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orangish amber with a foamy white head. The hoppy aroma hits first, very loud and tangy. Hints of fruit are there, most likely from the hops. The taste is extremely hoppy as suspected, and the flavor is also very loud. A giant flavor yet still has that bitter bite at the end. The aftertaste is dominated by the hops with a high ABV taste. The balance isn't quite there, the power of the hops drives the beer but there isn't much else. A good imperial IPA, worth checking out. I enjoyed this beer, but couldn't drink too many because the strong flavor could get annoying.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Looks exactly like cloudy, fresh brewed iced tea with a good two fingers of dense cream colored head. The first thing to hit my nose is the grapefruit followed by an unexpected large dose of sweet malt. The big malt flavor balances out the taste rather nicely and I'm picking up lots of lemon, grapefruit, and I'm picking up a hint of sweeter citrus, possibly orange. Mouthfeel is medium in body and in carbonation. This is a great DIPA that everyone that enjoys this style should seek out. I only had one bomber, but I would not have turned down a second if it was in the fridge.

Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
102IBU's

As soon as I popped the cap I got a big hit of citrus hop goodness. I poured the Maharaja into my snifter and it looks damn tasty. A big two finger creamy white head sits on top of a fiery orange semi-clear body. The head lasts forever with hardly any dissipation and sticky sheet of lacing all the way down.

Smell is a big backbone of caramel up front that fades but sticks around for a solid backbone. Ther is also a candy sweetness. The hops are citrus and big. Mostly orange and a little grapefruit bitterness.

This is a really well balanced IIPA. The malt and hops go hand in hand particularly well. Everything meshes together so seamlessly that I can't even pick any certain flavors from the profile but there is a grapefruit bitterness mid-palate. There is a touch of alcohol at the swallow that leaves a nice heat down my throat.

Mouthfeel is right on. Medium bodied and smooth. Prickly on my tongue and cheeks. Small alcohol on the back of the throat and swallow.

Drinkability is pretty high because of the nice balance. I could actually session this beer if it wasn't for the high alcohol.

This is a good IIPA from Avery. About half way through my review I noticed it was bottled in June....damn. I'm going to buy another, fresher, bottle and re-review. I'd imagine the hops are more pronounced but we'll see. It is an exceptionally good beer even though it isn't as fresh as I'd like. With that said, give it a try if you spot it.

Slainte!

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,868 ratings.