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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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95
world-class

4,808 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,808
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 273
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 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.

santomark, Feb 02, 2014
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.

largadeer, Apr 30, 2008
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.

thegodfather2701, Jul 06, 2011
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.

BucannonXC5, Sep 10, 2011
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.

greencovesteve, Mar 12, 2012
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.

andrewinski1, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice slightly dark amber/ruby color with a small creamy slightly off white head. Nose is malty and a bit hoppy but not over the top.

Taste is quite sweet and very rich and malty. There are hops here but to me it's more like a barleywine. Mouthfeel is thick and bready with a bit of a hop bite on the finish.

kingcrowing, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

ZimZamZoom, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of DefenCorps
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Feb 2008 bottling, sampled 4/4. Bottle says 10.54%ABV instead of the 9.7% listed here

A: Beautiful reddish copper with a dense off white head. Not much carbonation but the massive amount of lacing makes up for it.

S:A pine hop slammer, this is. More pine follows with floral notes, dried mango, little more fruit and some sweet malt. Caramel with honey. Quite delicious.

T: Not as hoppy as the nose suggests with a lot of rum-like sweetness coming through on the palate. Hops are present up front with pine but I'm a tad disappointed by how heavily this leans on the sweeter side. The finish is on the sweeter side

M: Adequate carbonation, thickish body, bitter finish

D: I regret not having someone to share this with

DefenCorps, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a sam perfect pint glass. Pours a cloudy orange/ brownish color with a pretty good off white head. Smells of sweet caramel malts with some citrus hops in there. It seems when trying these DIPA's I hope for the best - ie. a really pungent hop smell or get what I dont want- the malty candy smell. This one- I get the latter. Taste is pretty good, but it is what I would expect from the smell. Lots of malt- candy, caramel. There is a decent hop flavor- some pine and some citrus, but not a hop BITE. Good beer, but would not seek it out with so many other wonderful IPA's and DIPA's out there.

DrDogbeer, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 1 L swingtop growler filled at Al's of Hampden; the beer is fresh (just a few weeks old).

A: The DIPA is a coppery amber color, bright with an otherworldly glow. A dense, craggy head, white as snow, spilled over the sides of my glass. As that head receded, thick lace was left behind.

S: The DIPA has a

akorsak, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Macadoodles in Joplin, Missouri.

Appearance- coppery color, medium size head

Smell- caramel, some piney hops

Taste- mostly malt in the beginning, some hops in the finish, doesn't really taste like a DIPA to me

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good but I thought it was a little too sweet for a DIPA.

jeffjeff1, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear orange, with a foamy, very light toffee colored head.

The aroma is sweet, tropical fruits with some floral and pine backing.

The flavor is more of a blend of resiny pine and floral notes, with a slight spiceyness.

A medium body with low, yet still acceptable carbonation. Leaves a slight oily, sticky coating to the palate.

A decent DIPA, though a bit spendy for what it is, in my opinion.

vkv822, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of BRLockwood
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy golden/amber color. It didn't have a large head but it may have been the pour. Carbonation isn't great either. It does, however, look rather inviting.

S: Smells a little roasty and a little piney.

T: It is definitely a well built beer and well balanced but what I'm looking for is an over the top hopfest, especially in an Imperial IPA! Hands down the Avery 11 Anniversary IPA is leaps and bounds tastier.

M: It has a real good mouthfeel, not overly heavy, and it is smooth going down. Very well on the carbonation too - not overly or under carbonated.

D: It's very easy to consume. If it wasn't listed at 10% abv on the bottle I'm not sure I would have beleived it - very well hidden. The second pour of the bomber gave a much better head - not great lacing though.

Overall impression leaves me wanting more and more hops.

Avery please return to making the 11 and make it a regular!

BRLockwood, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes dated 3/12/2011.

Appearance: A mild haze on a deep orange, pushing amber, colored beer. Head is fluffy, creamy, and maintains a decent size for a minute or two. Drops to a small, rocky, loose, cap and fluffy collar. Big sticky lacing.

Smell: Big on hops, big on malts. Big attempt at balance? Hops are oily, loaded with pine, some minor herbal and floral notes. Mint pushes through as well. Some tropical notes (pineapple mostly). Malts are sweet, pushing caramel, and carry a big toasted element as well. Big sweetness is only slightly tempered by the crazy oily hops.

Taste: Aggressive snap of oily pine up front. Big notes of citrus mingle with the tropical elements. Vaguely hay-like and grassy, with an underlying herbal component. More of that mint. Big alcohol kick throughout keeps the beer warm and a little sharp. Very sweet. Big caramel and biscuit malt flavors coupled with a solid toasted element make for an interesting malt backbone. Balanced in that extreme way. Both elements are so far to either side they almost hit middle, which barely makes sense.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy with a drying finish from the alcohol. Body runs perfectly medium with a slightly higher carbonation than I would expect. It doesn't hurt, but it doesn't help.

Overall: This beer attempts to subjugate your tongue with mixed results.

A huge beer with just not enough overall balance to really shine. Aggressive malt and hop profiles are often at war and come out a little worse for the wear. Individually the components are great, but together they just don't mix and leave me a bit confused, but not unhappy.

Goblinmunkey7, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Thingus
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up recently, bottled March '11 and decided tonight was a good night to give it a shot... Live tasting poured into a tulip...

Appearance; pours a hazy amber color with a white one finger head, dissipates fairly quickly leaving a ring of head and decent lacing.

Smell; nose is fairly subdued mystery citrus, tropical fruit and I get kind of a bready undertone..

Taste; taste is similar to the nose, citrus and tropical with no standouts, I also get hints of bread and caramel... Finish is moderate, and slightly bitter..

Mouthfeel; is medium and fairly smooth, gets a little fizzy going down...

Overall; a solid brew but nothing that really stands out to me.. Definitely not an unpleasant brew by any stretch but unfortunately a bit unremarkable... Perhaps a more fresh bottle would alleviate my feelings and I will certainly keep my eyes peeled for a fresh one next year and revisit when appropriate!

Thingus, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of colt45n
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a wonderful dark orange/amber haze with a light sticky head.

S: Getting a lot of sweet malt upfront on this, there are some grapefruity hops there as well but not as there was in previous years.

T: Sweet malt very little hops, sweet sticky malt is all am getting.

Overall I thought it was a "good" beer but unlike the other years I have had a was disapointed with the lack of hops, I love the sweetness but I thought it would be better with more hops in taste.

colt45n, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of DIM
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Clear copper color, served to me with a big, frothy head.

s: Big fresh piny hop aromas and plenty of caramel backing things up.

t: Sweeter and hotter than I'd like. The huge piny hop flavors were nice, but the fuesel finish was a bit much.

m: Slick body with creamy carbonation.

d: Pretty good, but not my cup of tea.

DIM, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of crayphish
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

crayphish, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at kite and key poured into a tulip glass.

A- come to me with a good finger of off white head that holds nicely and leaves a touch of lace as it settles. Copper orange in color with some gold highlights.

S- rather sweet upfront with a good bit of pine and some grapefruit ride but to a lesser extent. Malts as said are bigger then some and rather sweet caramel and whole wheat bread.

T- rather on the malty side with a solid hopping. Hops and bitter and pine forward with some grapefruit. Bigger malts then I tend to like with a good bit of sweetness and bready touches.

M- on the fuller side of medium body and about mid level in carb. Kinda sticky.

O- its a solid dipa but not my style. A touch heavy on the malts and lacking that bright fresh hopping that I hope for in a dipa.

oglmcdgl, May 24, 2011
Photo of Shagator
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Shagator, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of cincysig
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

cincysig, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

iemailjack, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of TheLevi4000
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

TheLevi4000, Mar 03, 2013
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,808 ratings.