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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,785 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,785
Hads: 5,190
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 333
Gots: 623 | 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 mcnkuckles
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this both in the bottle and on tap, with tap style definitely exceeding the bottle style, so if you do happen to run into this on tap be sure to try one if you can, but you will probably have 2!

A. Very dark and ambery for an IPA, with a syrupy look that "clings" to the side of your glass.

S. Very strong hoppy/citrus smell, with a slight smokiness attribute.

T. Out of this world for an IPA. Very pungeant at first, but softens to take in all the hoppy glory of this monster of an IPA. Definitely has a "boozy" alcohol flavor that settles on your tongue, but finishes somewhat sweet, as the booziness lingers. This is a hoppy beer, but is insanely balanced with the sweet/caramel tones.

M. Very syrupy, yet smoothe. Good amount of carbonation via the bottle.

D. This is an addicting beer, but will fill you up fast, and that boozy character is chock full of "bang you up" so I have never drank more than 2 or 3 of these at a sitting. (951 characters)

Photo of YieldToNothing
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bomber poured into a duvel tulip
pours a beautiful dark copper with a foamy head of about an inch. smells like a DIPA should, grapefruit dominates the nose..in a really good way. very hoppy, but not in a way than ruins the experience. perfect example of the style and i'd deifinitely go back to this beer. excellent, just excellent.

wish i could find this in a smaller serving, but i have no problems with a bomber, this is delicious. (435 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

APPEARANCE - Somewhat opaque dark orange with a light brown 3-finger head that lasts. Some lacing

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, piney, herbaceous.

TASTE - Well-rounded, bitter, dry, a little sweet. ABV well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Beer is light, well-carbonated, with a pleasantly creamy head.

VALUE - About average

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A very fine beer indeed. Quaffable. (384 characters)

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a beautiful dark butterscotch/caramel body. The head is a one finger off-white/brown head that settles into a half-finger. The lacing is absolutely stunning: spotty, caligraphic, and mountainous simultaneously, this beer first settles into a sort of fingerprint pattern on the rim of the glass. Or, on second look, a wave's sea foam. This lasts well into five minutes. Outstanding.

Smell: Beautiful, beautiful Double IPA. Nutty tangerine, orange, lemon, and lime combine at first. A sort of citrus jelly candy-like aroma. Next is the harsher but still sweet grapefruit and the backwash of pine. All incredibly balanced, and showcased in such a n unusual and fantastic way, that this is currently one of my favorite beers.

Taste: Again, beautiful: caramel leads into orange candy syrup, followed by lemon, some lime, a slight tangerine and a swift orange. Pine dominates the citrus in, again, a backwash or background of flavor. Gorgeously satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Hate to keep giving a 6 month old Double IPA its kicks, but damn: creamy, thick, and tasty.

Drinkability: One of the best DIPA's I've ever had. That being said, it's a sipper, despite the lack of alcohol taste. (1,199 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Dark copper, heavy head, dissipates real slow. Nice legs too.

S - Citrus, flowers, and grapefruit.

T - Flowers, grapefruit and citrus, which subside to roasty malts.

M - Not bitter at all, awesome. No alc feel either.

D - Wish I got more than a small sample. (300 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a thick white head that sticks to the glass the whole way.

Smells like big hops, oranges and grapefruit, with a hint of bready malt undertones.

Tastes of bold earthy hops, big flavor up front. The finish is malty, balanced by the aformentioned hops throughout the flavor.

Feels thick and slightly viscous, with lots of alcohol.

Overall, a giant beer, great hops and good balance. There is flavor present in all aspects and it has an intoxicating aroma. If you like huge beers, this is a great example.

DOA (553 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled May 2007, Batch 6

A: Nice head over a slightly amber/orangish body, good looking bubbles, head retention is good.

S: Big citrusy hop nose, oranges, some grapefruit, a little pine and good sweet malt backbone. Great aroma that does not overpower.

T: Nice sweetness up front, bitterness is perfectly balanced in the finish. Some alcohol but with a nice warmness. Piney hops rather than the citrus in the nose but the bitterness tends to give hints of citrus, slightly dry.

M/D: A little high on carbonation, full bodied, definate sipper but good drinkability. (583 characters)

Photo of ralree
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Gold, slightly cloudy, 1/2 finger head, fluffy white. Good retention and lacing.

S: Nice grapefruit, strong hops backed by nice malt kick.

T: You must love hops. Hops just keep coming and don't stop. Basically kills all other flavors. Grapefruit almost undetectable. Not sweet. I wish it were a tad more fruity.

M: Pretty oily, a bit astringent, perfect carbonation.

D: Goes down smooth, especially for being so strongly flavored! (437 characters)

Photo of 1fastz28
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

another fantastic beer from avery, they must have some real hopheads in their brewhouse. pours a beatiful copper color with a nice white head that laces quite well. smell is great as well, has a wonderful piney hops aroma, i somehow pick out some grape accents, dunno if i'm crazy or what. taste is fantastic, a superb DIPA great flavor, a sticky hoppy thick syrupy brew. one of the best beers i've ever had. (408 characters)

Photo of bretseeley
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Being a relative rookie when it comes to Imperial IPA and quality beer in general, I can't help but think that maybe Maharaja has spoiled me.

Looks beautiful served on draft in a small brandy snifter. Looks like a burnt orange to me. The smell is amazing - a wonderful combination of citrus hops and some other fruity sweetness that I can't really place. The taste is probably even better than the smell. It's a perfect balance of hops and malt.

I lack the beer vocab to truly do Maharaja justice, but I'll just say it's a fantastic beer and the best IPA I've ever had to date. My only complaint is that I didn't discover this beer years ago. I could drink way too many of these. (682 characters)

Photo of movingtrain
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle reads: 102 IBUs, and 10.54% ABV. From the "Dictator Series."

Pours a copper-reddish color, very little head, and not much carbonation. The head is kind of a soapy film clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is buttery, rich, and massively hoppy. Grapefruit, dense pine, rich caramel, rosemary, and peppercorn fill the nose. The smell is very heavy, and quite rich.

The flavor here, too, is remarkable. Very balanced and creamy. Deep grapefruit/citrus notes, caramel, rye bread, and some light oats/malt backing it up. The flavor is outstanding, and very, very big.

Another main proponent that stands out here is the alcohol. There is a major alcohol burn going down, one that reaches even up through the nose. This isn't a negative by any means...it is just powerful and pungent.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. It does what it set out to do: conquer the senses. Well done. (897 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - tall 3 finger crown sits atop this dicatator's deep amber-hued head

S - juicy pinnapple, fresh honey, rich caramel, buttery toffee, sweet clementine oranges and dank-fluffy kind buds. whew! they should sell air fresheners that smell like this!

T - bitter and piney then turns into rich and sweet, like candy. followed by a bitingly bitter close that leaves a pleasant lingering hop taste reverberating on the palate and then once again reimerging in the form of belch.

MF - feels oily, full and properly carbonated

D - over 10? shananigans! this brew is excessively hopped without ever being too much -compliments of the highly sweet and satisfying malts. this is extreme beer at it's finest. this one can rule over me any day of the week. i just wish it was year around. (779 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Avery Brewing Company - Maharaja, poured into DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy amber ruby with a massive soapy head that dissipates slowly. Abundance of lacing. Brews can't look any better than this from my perspective.

Smell - Deep caramel malts and citrus hops with a side of pine. Mouth watering and tangy.

Taste - Rich and borderline creamy sweet malt introduction moves aside for fruity juiciness and a piney/resin bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, sits bitter pine on the palate and back of the throat. Super smooth, slightly warming, but super drinkable.

Overall - Phenomenal, worth getting if you can find it for hop heads. Hop fanatics who don't like malt in their DIPA might not be as impressed as I was but I think it's still solid even in that regard. 100% recommend this stellar brew. (822 characters)

Photo of masterkush
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (1,043 characters)

Photo of boogles
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sometimes I like the Maharaja better than at others. Lately, I have been impressed. What I used to not like about it was overbearing bitterness, but I am noticing more citrus hops. In other words, it's similar to the Avery single IPA, but with more bitter, grassy hops, and they are both distinguishable. I used to prefer the single, now I think I like the Maharaja better. In a nutshell, it's a double with a multi-dimensional nose and a taste consistent with the nose, and no big surprises. If anything is lacking, it's refinement and subtle flavors that come out with time (for example, as with Stone's Ruination). (617 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber-red pour with a nice sized off-white head.

Huge grapefruot-lemon-lime citrus notes in the nose. A bit of raisin as well.

Huge west coast hops dominate the flavor from front to back. Ends with a moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied, and moderat carbonation, this would be a very interesting beer in cask, or even through a randall. Very nice. (360 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kegged approx. mid-March 2010. I can't emphasize enough that FRESHER IS BEST with IPA's or DIPA's !!!

A: Pours a clear deep copper color. Nice light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Roasted caramel malts are heavy with some citrus hop presence.

T&M: Toasted/roasted caramel and floral/fruity hop flavor. Well-balanced mild malty sweetness with flavorful hop bitterness. Smooth with fine carbonation. Medium bodied with some boozy alcohol flavor, but much better if it is fresher.

Quality DIPA and I cannot stress enough the importance of FRESHNESS (unless you like aged/boozy/smokey tasing beer when aged), this stuff is awesome fresh! One of the best I've had. (667 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this a few times but have never gotten around to reviewing it - on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of bright and intense tropical fruit, citrus, and floral hops. Backing everything up are mild amounts of grainy caramel malt aromas. As the beer warms hints of pine waft out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although not quite as robust. A combination of caramel and pale malt flavors kick things off and are overtaken almost immediately by tropical fruit, herbal, and citrus hop flavors, in that order. The hop flavors run the gamut of my favorite flavors and meld almost flawlessly with the malts. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending, leaving hints of citrus flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass with absolutely no problem and could have entirely too many of these.

Overall this really is one of the best DIPA's out there. I feel as though it chagnes a bit from batch to batch; however the best you can do is world-class and the worst you can do is great. Well, well worth a shot. (1,272 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb. 2008. Batch 7. ABV listed at 10.54%. Pours a pillowy head, creamy and bubbly as can be, sitting on top of a chill-hazed rust-orange glow.

All bow to the hop gods. This is an insanely beautiful smell. Glorious piney hops, bright and electric, backed up by candy-like gooey malts. The hops take the spotlight and leave the malts to act as mere support to their sticky, evergreen, citrus-rind majesty.

Hops explode on the tongue, ranging from spicy (ginger, cinnamon, pine) to tangy (grapefruit, pineapple, orange); malts keep things from getting too messy by providing a creamy, starchy foundation. Alcohol is well-incorporated, popping up mostly in the finish with a slight warmth that mingles well with lingering hop-spice. Texture is as creamy and round as you could ever want in a double IPA.

No need to overanalyze this. If you want one of the tastiest, biggest, fullest flavors this style can offer, you won't find many more worthy examples than this. It's an enormous wallop of flavor without being over the top. I'll be if this had more "exclusive" (ie. limited) distribution like Alesmith, Russian River and Three Floyds versions of the style, it would be hailed alongside those. That's beer-nerd elitism for you. All hail Avery...once again. (1,266 characters)

Photo of bierguru
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - About a half inch of off-white head forms. The beer is a mahogany red color and pretty clear.

S - Nothing but hops in the nose, mainly aromas of grapefruit. There is a slight sweet smell to it as well.

T - Surprisingly chewy malt flavor, but the taste is mostly filled with an abrasive bitterness. During the taste a fruitiness flavor joins the party.

M - Thick, chewy, and fairly oily

O - Maharaja is advertised as a 2xipa tyhat will suck the enaml off your teeth i feel well i feel it meets the billing (515 characters)

Photo of BigDRS
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Dublin, OH. Served in a 10 oz glass.

A - Color is a deep tangerine/orange. The bartender poured this to the rim - there's very little head present. Lacing is minimal.

S - Nose is awesome. Really complex. Lots of citrus fruits - I get some pineapple, orange, a bit of lemon.

T - This beer is a hophead's dream. There's all sorts of fruits and lots of citrus hops with a bit of caramel in there too. I get just a slight bit of alcohol warming ... there's no excessive alcohol burn or booziness. I nursed this one quite a bit. The delicious hop bitterness that lingers after each sip plus the complexity of this beer encourages small, calculated sips.

M - Mouthfeel is quite syrupy and on par for the style. Not a ton of carbonation present, but it's overshadowed by the syrupy quality of the beer.

O - This is a great double IPA. I'd like to sample more of this beer (only had 10oz) and/or have it out of a bottle as well before I would rank it in my favorite double IPAs, but I'm quite sure it's going to be high up there on the list. (1,072 characters)

Photo of nasman
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Jeanro Bistro in Cincinnati.

Served in a 10 oz tulip glass

Bottle/Fill: Not applicable

Aroma: Delicious, with a mix of citrus (orange) and earthy hops, with notes of carmel .

Appearence: Deep orange/brown color, expected clarity. Excellent head retention that slowly fades, thickly lacing the glass.

Taste: No flaws, appears to have even more malt backbone this year which allows it to handle the incredible hops well. Nice orange citrus with a hint of pinapple, lots of malt with carmel undertones. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, no alcoholic heat, creamy, full, and clean given all this beer contains. No flaws.

Overall: A delicious, decadent treat and extremely drinkable for such a big beer. This is a hophead's dream. (738 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of westweasel
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle.

Appearance - The beer poured out a hazy apricot with about a 1/4 inch off-white head. As I drank, the glass displayed lots of belgian lace.

Aroma - Wonderful - Pine, peaches, mango, grapefruit, and a little background biscuit.

Taste - Wow... Dreadnaught is my favorite beer, and this one is almost dead-on. Biscuits, pine, grapefruit, and lemons - all mixed together.

Mouthfeel - Full with a dry finish.

Drinkability - Excellent - I love it. The only thing that would limit the amount you would drink is the fairly high alcohol content. You wouldn't drink this all night - but I'd like too. (642 characters)

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,785 ratings.