Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,832 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,832
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 277
Gots: 427 | FT: 6
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 Richardberg
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Not much head, decent lacing. Balance of all the usual hop smells. Very strong but holds up nicely. Plenty bitter for hop heads but worked for me too. Moderate body & slickness, boozy and oily, above average overall feel without sacrificing drinkability -- definitely doesn't give away its entire >10% nature.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of nataku00
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a mostly clear copper color with a finger of soft off white foamy head. Head sticks around for a bit, leaving a good amount of lacing.

Nose is grapefruit, papaya, pine, caramel, and a bit of boozy alcohol. Good amount of yeast esters, fruity and mildly spicy.

Grapefruit and pine hops mainly, with sweet yeast ester red apple and sweet alcohol flavor. Dry finish with a earthy pine bitterness lingering.

Medium to full body with mild carbonation. A touch of alcohol warmth in the back of the throat but mostly easy to drink.

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

The second of 2 DIPA's I had on-tap at City Taphouse in Philadelphia.

Avery Maharaja was served in a 10 oz tulip that came to the table a bright copper color with dissolving foam that started leaving lacing on the glass. The beer smelled very resinous with good pine notes, sweet tropical fruit, and rich doughy malt.. The beer was very bitter with a sweetness from the malts as well as fragrant ripe pineapple. The low level of carbonation allowed the flavors to really come out of the beer and gave the beer a very thick smooth texture.

Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very clear golden color with a thick fluffy off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving thick laces.

This beer has a nice citrus hop aroma. I smell some lemon, and grapefruit. Behind that I detect a slight piney aroma. The alcohol is also very slightly noticable in the aroma.

This beer has a very sweet citrus flavor. It has a strong lemon and grapefruit flavor. The alcohol is noticable in the flavor. I can also taste some piney hops. I can not taste any grassy flavors at all.

This beer is thicker than I expected. It is very full bodied. It leaves a citrus hop aftertaste. The alcohol warms slightly as it goes down.

This beer would probably not make a great session beer. It is high in alcohol, so too many would be a bad idea. Also, the flavor is pretty aggressive, so it might be overbearing after a few. This is a great beer, and I look forward to getting more of it.

Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange in hue with a frothy beige head that has great retention; lacing is consistant down the glass

S: Big citrus aromas--especially mango, grapefruit, and orange; subtle grainy malt quality--but the citrus hop quality overwhelms

T: Hop bitterness coupled with a pleasant boozy quality; quite sweet and surprisingly malty

F: Decent mouth feel though a bit too carbonated on front end and thin on the back end

D: A great DIPA but pretty sweet and boozy--not as balanced as it needs to be

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Shady McGrady's (Harrisburg, PA) on 4/10/09. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a 1/2 finger of foamy brite-white head. Beautiful looking creamy layer of retention stays robust, leaving some massive, drenching lace back. The aroma is just a huge hoppy nose of spicy and floral hops and juicy tropical citrus, and some additinal tangy notes of caramel hiding out in the back. This aroma is so rich, I can actually smell and enjoy it over the thick cloud of smoke that is hovering around me in this ash-pit of a beer bar.

The taste is exceedingly bitter and spicy with a mouth puckering resinous hoppiness. A potent blend of citrus, caramel, and toasted malts tries valiently to even things out some but..DAMN!..this sucka is bitter and proud of it! The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a beefy feel but overall creamy carbonation to it. There is some definite alcohol heft to the body that combines with the extreme bitterness to impart a sharp sting to the feel but I never do get that medicinal taste, which is a very good thing.

This is just a MASSIVE hop bomb of a DIPA from Avery. Huge body, bitterness, and tropical fruits are the highlights, even though they might not always mesh at times. If your looking for a hoppy punch in the face, definitely check this out.

Photo of output01x
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2 1/2-finger cream-colored head atop a clear amber copper body with very few slow-rising carbonation bubbles. The head slowly recedes and in a few minutes is litttle more than a sloppy, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. Thick lacing latches onto the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

Bold citrus and pine hop aromas explode off the head. Grapefruit, lemon rinds, and pine resin notes combine with a sweet malt background to create a complex and nostril-piercing smell.

A surprisingly malty start slides like velvet over the tip of the tongue. A citrus and pine hop flavor with a striking bitterness rests on the middle of the tongue. A great, dry bitterness creeps in from the back of the tongue and overtakes the entire mouth.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is surprisingly thick for a DIPA. While it isn't exactly sticky, it definitely has a syrupy mouthfeel. A little more carbonation would have helped the drinkability considerably.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, copper color with a nice size off white head that sticks around. Lots of lacing.

Smells of grassy and citrus hops and some malty sweetness.

Tastes of hops up front. The citrus and grass taste comes through upfront then followed by a nice sweetness that really keeps everything balanced. This is a hop bomb, but it is cushioned by the malty sweetness to make a really even beer. The alcohol also comes through in the end, but that is not unexpected given the abv.

The mouthfeel is a nice medium. Would like a little more carbonation.

This is very drinkable. The balance is key to the drinkability.

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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took off the top and I was pleased with the very sweet fruity aroma that came from the bottle...
Poured into a snifter; it's a clear burnt orange color with some medium carbonation and a light tan head about a finger and a half thick that lasts quit a while... there is some thin lacing all around. Its aroma is very fruity and has a strong grapefruit smell that makes my mouth water. It has a rather dull flavor for its smell, but it is filled with hop flavors and very little malt flavors and has a slight alcohol twang and even has a slight smokey aftertaste... its pretty smooth. It has a medium-to-light body that really warms up your mouth. This is really a great tasting beer, I'm not that much of a hop head, but I will be buying this one again... and very soon too.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,832 ratings.