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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,827 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,827
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 276
Gots: 424 | 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 begforme4484
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in March 2010. Hopping to get my hands on a fresh one and give it a new review.

Pours a very beautiful dark amber, almost brown. A few fingers width of thick white head that retained very well. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell is of citrus and floral hops. Some mellow malt tones in the background and slight hint of alcohol.

A nice citrus bitterness right upfront. The beer is then overtaken by a robust and chewy maltiness. The high abv and age of the bottle more than likely the cause of it.
But the reminant tastes are very good. There is a decent bitterness to the beer, and I would love to experience this fresh. Slight hint of alcohol warms you up too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly carbonated and a bit chewy.

Drinkability on this particular bottle, being somewhat aged, the flavor is definitely depreciated. And the high abv make it a sipper.

Photo of velo343
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
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 projectflam86
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a tulip

A- Pours a nice amber/orange color with a thick white foam that settles to a ring. Scattered lacing left behind.

S- Definitely some hops in there but not as overpowering as I would have thought. Some caramel malt shines through as well.

T- Incredibly bitter initially with a big sting of alcohol in the finish. After the bitterness fades, the aftertaste has a slightly sweet flavor. Some pine and floral hops but not much in terms of citrus.

M- A bit syrupy with ok carbonation.

O- Overall this was a solid brew but I was a little disappointed. I've heard that some batches are better than others. I might try it again in the future. Still a decent beer.

Photo of DogFood11
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured aggressive it forms a decent head, minimal lacing, copper color, medium carbonation.

Citrusy, hops in the nose. Clingy and creamy mouthfeel that takes a bit to clean up. Resin comes to mind as the mouth is like pine tar at times. Pretty good sized malt presence, just a touch of any roasted quality comes up front.

Notes: I thought it was decent. This would be considered extreme just a few years ago but now its mild and on the sweeter end of a DIPA.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color, with a slight haze to it. A creamy and sticky, wet off-white head about two fingers in width sits on top with great retention and leaves excellent lacing.

When this thing is first poured, I get tons of malts on the nose. I was under the impression this is a fresh bottle, but maybe I got last years batch? Hops are only slightly present in the background. Alcohol isn't a big factore, which makes me lean towards this being an older bottle.

The taste is smooth and sweet malts, toned down, with a bitter finish. I was expecting a huge bitter punch, and I didn't get it. This must be an older bottle, as normally Avery's hoppy beers are very very good. A little disappointed in this.

My favorite part, is the mouthfeel. About medium in body with a low carbonation, this thing is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Although it lacks the fresh hop character, it makes up for it in other areas. Drinkability is good.

Overall, fresh or not, this is a good beer. I'll have to pick up another bottle from another store to compare to find out if this was fresh or not, but judging by others reviews I'll bet this is older. Still a good beer, though.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this at a BevMo and was surprised how much I did not like it.

The appearance is a GREAT golden amber color that is really thick for an DIPA. It has a really nice oily texture and the alcohol consistency does wonders for this one. Looks great with a big white two finger head. Also left a lighter lacing.

The smell was great. It had a great citrus pine smell that made my mouth water. Once the bottle is opened it just explodes with smell. Also smells sugary sweet.

The taste is like WHAT?!? Great first impression then there is a pine or herbal bitterness that just shocks you midway and after. What the hell? I paced back and forth trying to figure out what the hell was going on and I just figured it was the bitterness with the mouthfeel that just lets me down. I love unique DIPA's, but this is not for me. The alcoholic taste is not masked very well and makes the bitterness even worse. I do not know and people will think I am crazy but this was a HUGE letdown. Honestly Avery has not showed me anything spectacular. I have some more of their brews to try but overall this was sub par.


Photo of craytonic
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper-penny with some golden sunlight. Decent head, nice lacing

Smell: Big on the hops, but way to big on the malt. Not the pure hop deliciousness you get from pliny, ruination, or yulesmith. Caramel, hops, pine, resin, sap, biscuits, pineapple, orange zest, and of course grapefruit.

Taste: Lots of malt and caramel, grapefruit, pine, pine resin, sap, biscuits, pineapple, orange zes.

Mouthfeel: Big without being huge, well carbonated but a bit underwhelming

Drinkability: Impressive for the ABV

Photo of silentjay
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a copper with a nice mahogany hue. a decent sized eggshell colored head recedes quickly and laces pretty well.

lots of tropical fruits mixed with pine and bitter citrus, as well as plenty of leafy hops that bring some mint and tobacco into play on top of some sugary sweet malts. plenty of alcohol (rum?) on the nose as well.

alcohol jumps out first with some sticky sugary sweetness behind the onslaught of hops. tropical fruits, leafy hops, and bitter citrus are all accounted for, but the pine seems to have disappeared, unfortunately.

hot and syrupy with plenty of resin and sticky sweetness.

not my style of DIPA. a bit too boozy and sweet for my liking. its very well brewed for what it is, just not what I look favor. will definitely drink again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to acquire it.

Photo of Chinon01
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Average head with deep tan color.

Smell - Pronounced maltiness including mango, fruit preserves and hop bitter aroma.

Taste - Balanced malt and hop similar to smell. No "hop juice" just bitterness.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Neither are great due to pronounced bitterness; although some malt fruit sneaks through into the finish.

Photo of b3barron
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled in June so this one is fairly fresh. Served in a dimple mug.

A - Normal pour produces a frothy one inch head with good retention and some lacing.

S - Pineapple and sweet bready malt. Juicy citrus, too. Very fruity.

T - I get some floral notes and the bitterness is pronounced. The sweet malt and fruity esters are lying underneath but are really dominated by the bitterness. I'll give Avery lots of credit for hiding the > 10% ABV well as I don't really enjoy alcohol flavors in the DIPA style.

M - Creamy and on the fuller-bodied end of the spectrum.

D - Just OK. I'll enjoy this bomber but I would not session this one which is probably good considering the ABV.

Glad I finally got around to trying this. I'll probably grab it again when I am really need a hop fix.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light copper hue with a large, fluffy off-white head. Very sticky foam, as it leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

Huge piney and citrus hop aroma. Juicyfruit bubblegum, papaya, passion fruit and fresh green ganja. Not much in the way of malt besides a touch of honeyed light white breadiness.

Tastebuds are assaulted by resinous pine sap and juicy grapefruit flavors. Sweet maltiness is there in abundance to at least stem the flow of lupulous hop juice. Tastes like a fresh nug of the sticky-icky! To say this beer is hoppy is certainly an understatement. I wonder what German maltsters would think of this...'Silly Americans, they soooo crazy'. Extreme beer, basically a hopheads wet dream. Definitely best tasting fresh, glad they put a bottle date on there. ABV is well hidden, but I have a feeling these hops might hide just about anything.

Photo of HosP
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a bif from stageseven. Poured 22oz into snifters.

A- pours clear, dull copper in color. White half finger head, receded quickly down very thin cap.

S- very sweet smelling. Grapefruit aroma that blends into some mild citrus hops. Sweetness takes over the nose quite a bit.

T- like the nose, sweet flavors of grapefruit, pineapple maybe come out strong at the beginning. Sweetness stays through the middle. Finally at the end there is some pine hops along with some bitterness. Tastes very malty throughout until the very end.

M- medium body, moderate carbonation. Feels a bit syrupy.

O- much sweeter than expecting. Typically like more hop heavy iipa's so this one wasn't my favorite. Still a good drink, just not my kind in this style.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I had the last batch of this beer, but I didn't review it... Couldn't pass it up this time around.
Served in a snifter.

A fairly dark color for a "west coast" DIPA. A burnt orange color with slight auburn hues. A ram head of two fingers is sticky, but settles pretty quickly, leaving only a frothy film and some chunky continents of lace that spread out and stretch like a micro-version of a plate tectonics demonstration.

The nose has huge malt notes-- caramel sweetness and toasty bread and crackers with big old hops following close behind. The hops are giant citrus-- orange, pineapple, and grapefruit mostly. The flavor follows all the notes the nose hinted at, but adds a resiny note towards the finish-- a bitterness is light and fresh with slight pine notes.

The beers only real downfall is the boozy heat that comes through at the finish... The alcohol really comes into play... And not in a good way. The flavor is great-- the alcohol is an issue.

The body is nearly full with strong carbonation. Some nice oily feel coats my teeth.

Overall, this would e a great beer if it weren't so strong in the booziness... It is a serious flaw in my opinion, and certainly hurts the overall score. This could easily be a top 10 DIPA with a little modification.

Photo of chilly460
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice straw/honey color with two finger white head, minimal lacing

S - Big piney hops overpower any malt profile, pretty straightforward.

T - Huge hops flavor as expected, very piney but never any astringent taste. Very solid for a huge hop bomb, but definitely doesn't try to be a balanced beer. Not complex and hop profile is pretty "plain" tasting.

M - Appropriate for the type but would prefer more chewiness to it.

D - Decent for the type, but the lack of balance and wear on the palate limit wanting to seek it out.

Photo of rmalinowski4
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper orange color with a 2 finger white head that leaves some lacing.

Smell is an earthy pine followed by some citrus. There is also a faint sweetness from the malts.

Taste is much the same as the smell. Start is strong pine hops with some citrus in the background. There is a strong malt backbone that tries to come through, but is overpowered by the hops. There is a lingering bitter finish from the hops.

The mouthfeel is typical of the style and the carbonation is good.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, especially at the price. I would rate this a little higher, but I prefer the citrus hops to stand out in the front, with the pine as a complement. This beer has that profile reversed.

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a nonic pint. Batch 12 bottled in May 2010.

A: Pours a clear orange-ish hue. Very bright. Three fingers of fluffy head that lasts and laces nicely.

S: Candied oranges. Honey drenched pine sprigs. A little bit of carmel malt comes through as well. Very aromatic.

T: Consistently bitter from start to finish, but not overwhelmingly so. The sweet citrus that was apparent in the smell becomes tart in the flavor. I love the hop profile of this beer, but the malty sweetness is just too much for me. Pine makes an appearance. Malt, pine, and bitterness make up the finish and aftertaste.

M: Carbonation neither hurts nor harms this one. Feel has a certain slickness.

D: Pretty good. The abv is up there and the bitterness is in the 'palate wrecking' zone, but I can't really knock it because this is what an imperial IPA is supposed to be. It has become a little cloyingly sweet, however.

I wanna love this beer but it's just not to my taste. I find it to be too sweet. I don't mind a balanced IPA, but the combination of malty sweet and Imperial IPA bitterness is off-putting. Maharaja is reminiscent of 90 minute which I've never been a big fan of. I love the scent and the hop flavors, and I can see why this beer is very appealing to others...but it's just not my thing.

Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken in March.

Served in a nonic, this brew appears a clear orange color with a finger of yellowish merange-like head. Leggy lace sticks to the glassware and a swirl revives more than a finger of head back across the top.

The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with scents of pineapple, mango, fruits, rind like grapefruit and orange. Lots of different sweet smelling notes to take in with other hints of light sulfur and a yeasty greenness finish out the nose.

The taste is fruity with hop chsracter initially flavored like mango and other tropical fruits. Notes of pear, sulfur and rinds emerge as well. This brew has a young green yeastiness that runs all through the profile. Light malt backing provides a sweetness that accents the fruity rindy flavors. The finish has some spiced peppery notes to the finish that accents the alcohol

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. This brew comes across to me a bit much like spoiled fruit meets young yeast as I partake in the rest of my serving. The abv is hidden quite well though if that helps matters at all.

Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a wine glass, 0.33 L. Beer is amber to red and kind of hazy. Forms a thick head of off white bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

The aroma is mostly piny and malty. Not too strong.

The beer is sweet first, medium to big in body. I suppose this is what people call a balanced IPA. Eh, its kind of malty and the bitterness is cut overall by the malt. Its not dry, its kind of boring. Definitely not my favorite IPA.

Photo of mfavoino
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Apex in Portland, OR on 2/20/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep orange, almost red color with a big and frothy head. Tons of lacing on the sides of the snifter it was poured into.

Smell: Orange and citrus nose. Very sweet scent.

Taste: Initially citrus and then overcome by some malt and grain flavor. I expected more pronounced, flavorful hops, but the grainy flavor detracted somewhat from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and oily on the tongue. Medium carbonation with almost no alcohol taste. Well-masked for 10%.

Overall: A solid DIPA, but the grainy malts and heavy traits detracted a bit from the overall rating.

Photo of santomark
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, caramel, bronze color. Off white head at 1 finger, disappears fairly quickly.

S - Not very DIPA in smell, to be honest, not very IPA in smell. First hits with big hop presence, followed with a resin of sweetness, like a molasses.

T - Taste, malt... there's no hiding the abv in this. Very little characteristics from the hops, mildly bitter towards the end. A sweetness that is nothing of a hop profile, this tastes like molasses sweetness, something very reminiscent of a darker ale.

M - Oily, thick, yet soft. there's this sticky finish to the beer, very oil yet dry.

O - This is a toss up, there's some really great aspects to this beer and some that could have been blended a lot better. The characteristics remind me of an American Strong Ale, very thick, oily, moderate hop profile, molasses at times. As far as an IPA or DIPA goes, this is far from it. Malty at times and could have just been better. Very disappointed with Avery for this Malt Bomb.

Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Feb. '08 bottling, batch 7.

Appearance: Sunset amber with plenty of hop haze. The head never rises very high, but it does retain well, especially for a beer weighing in at almost 11% ABV.

Smell: Fresh pine and ripe tropical fruit; melon and mango in particular.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pine and alcohol dominate the flavor leaving little room for subtleties. Hints of tropical fruit do appear as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is thick and a tad syrupy, but it's thankfully not overly sweet. Warming alcohol in the finish, slightly astringent. Pretty boozy stuff overall. This beer would probably be better with less alcohol.

Notes: Good but not quite stellar. Avery's regular old IPA is better. Just goes to show, stronger ain't always better.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice amber with a thin white head that leaves some slight lacing.

S-Smells sweet from the alcohol, some hops and caramel malts.

T-Much like the nose, very boozy and sweet. Though hops dominate the malt nearly balances things out. Not overly complex flavor just alcohol sweetness, bitter hops, and some caramel malt.

M-Pretty thick for the style.

D-The high abv, sweetness, and lack of complexity make this a one and done for me.

Overall, this doesn't match up to many other versions of the style. Its not that complex and is very boozy.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at KnB Wine Cellar’s in San Diego. Color was copper amber. Just a bit more than an inch of head. Decent amount of lacing and film.

Smells were citrus, pine hops, grapefruit, cleaning supplies, rubbing alcohol and lemon zest.

Strong initial taste of grapefruit, pine and citrus. Strong bitter aftertaste. Very similar to smell.

Medium body. Bitter taste dominated. Got sick of it pretty quick. Above average carbonation.

Not as good as I thought it would be. Was a bit surprised when I saw the good reviews on Beer Advocate after I had already reviewed it.

Photo of greencovesteve
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky gasoline orange.

S: malty and a spicy hoppy smell

T: a flat smooth dryness overtakes me

M: a tongue tickler with a bitter dry finish.

O: dissappointed. I expected great things from this one but I'm only mildly impressed. It doesn't have the rich full body taste I expected. It still was one the smoothest Imperial IPAs I've had.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Nice deep copper color with a good amount of haze. Not a giant head but a serviceable half inch, leaving a lot of lacing.

Great aroma of orange and mango. There is just a tiny bit of pine noticed as well. This smells juicy and sweet.

The taste starts out with a bit of candy sweetness. Pineapple and mango fruit are in the forefront to pleasantly introduce the tongue to what quickly becomes a a nice bitter finish to balance out the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy. This is a little bit syrupy. The carbonation is average.

This has a great flavor profile, but the body is heavy so I'll call it above average and be happy to drink it when it is nice and fresh.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,827 ratings.