Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,093 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,093
Reviews: 1,796
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 326
Gots: 556 | 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 goodbyeohio
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep red, no head.

100 orbs on the syrupy surface, swampy. virtually no aroma save a deep maltiness.. some corn syrup and orange blossom. sugary, and such is the taste. buttery brown sugar, malts, with an almost insufficient amount of hops for a double. but somehow just enough. perfect for a lover of creamy, malty IPAs like myself. alcohol is nowhere to be found in this beauty.

bitterness wears off fast and gives me a tangy peach aftertaste that lingers with savoury delight. alcohol contributes a mild warmth, thats it. 9.7%?!?! stays just shy of the barleywine profile that it flirts with.

perfectly balanced for an experimental hop devil. solid body and mouthfeel without thickening it up too much. a near-perfect double IPA in my mind.

Photo of Gushue3
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The date on the bottle is March 2011 today is April 4th, pretty fresh.

A- pours clear dark copper/amber that leads to a generous head that has great retention and lacing

S- Very sweet off the bat. loads of citrus with some pine and flowers. hops are spicy. this smells awesome

T- citrus. the sweetness and bitterness remind me of biting into a grapefruit. pine notes in there too along with light malt to smooth it out. pretty nicely balanced but almost too sweet for me. Alcohol is extremely well hidden as well

M- quite smooth and warm. smaller carbonation bubbles.

O- this is the real deal. taste is fantastic, drinks awesome.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap poured into a half-pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with one finger of head. There are lace rings left down the sides of the glass. The smell is full of floral hops. There's a nice citrusy aroma as well. It really comes out at you. The taste has a whopping fresh hop blast, but there's a good amount of maltiness to it as well. There is a good balance between hop bitterness and hop flavor. Neither is overpowering. There's 9.7% alcohol in this beer, but almost none shows up in the flavor. The mouthfeel is exceptionally thick and strong, and coats the tongue wonderfully. The drinkability is superb for a double IPA. I could just keep drinking and drinking this fine fine brew. This is Avery's best beer hands down.

Photo of Klutch14
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First time actually reviewing a brew. And this beer is the reason I signed up. So I'll keep this simple and base purely on my drinking experience of this IPA

The most unique tasting IPA I've had since I've been a fan of IPA's

Almost belgian style appearance; with little head

Very fragrant, not the hoppiest smelling, a bit surprised with my first sip because of this.

Malt, hop, citrus. First three words that popped into my mind.

Great feeling from first to last sip

And at 10.4% alc, the alcohol was not overpowering at all.

Will be investing more in this brew

Photo of cbl2
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Bottled in Feb. 2006, batch 3.

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear copper with fine champagne-like carbonation that leads to an inch of tight white head.

Aroma:

Juicy red ripe grapefruit fresh from the tree with a dollop of maple syrup thrown in for good measure.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Big juicy grapefruit flavor upfront overwhelming in its freshness, coupled with a smooth mouthfeel tinged by a touch of rough carbonation. Finish is long and bitter with the heady almost 10% ABV making an appearance. This is a fantastic beer, perhaps the best DIPA I've ever had. I knocked a few points off for the strong alcohol showing in the finish, but otherwise this is superbly balanced between mouth blistering hops and sweet malts.

Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is brewed twice a year, I had the pleasure of the first batch of 2008. "This Royal Edition is 10.54% abv with a bigger hop edition to match." On cask at the Avery tasting room, pulled into a shaker, the appearance is an unassuming cloudy burnt gold with a small white collar that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is strong and super pungent fresh hops. Nice and resiny, a bit more floral I'd give it a 5.

Taste is spicy hops and sweet malt. Citrus, skunky, resinous, wow! Sure there's some noticeable alcohol, but wow are those hops fresh, so big and bold!

Mouthfeel is super nice and creamy thanks to the cask conditioning, dried by the high ABV. Sometimes cask ales can be a bit too thin for me, but with such a big beer, it really works perfectly!

Drinkability is really dangerous for me! This is one of my absolute favorite DIPAs, so to have it fresh on cask at the brewery for such a reasonable price, I could be here all night!

Photo of mklinger
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A very hazy deep golden color with an inch of creamy off-white head. Nice looking beer.

Smell was robust with fruit -- apricots and citrus -- both oranges and grapefruit. Some malt sweetness, too.

Flavor was really awesome. Big bold hop flavors with supportive but not overwhelming bitterness. Lots of malt richness & sweetness, too. Clearly a bunch of alcohol present to top it all off. Lots of balanced complexity here.

Mouthfeel was nice, though perhaps a bit too rich and thick for my IPA tastes. Not so far off from a barley wine.

One of my favorite double IPAs. Really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of Sasquatch_B_Foot
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good IPAD. My top 5 favorites!

Photo of ShrLSU
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence is a deep copper color with some slight cloudiness. There is nice lacing on the edges as well. Aromas of citrus, pine, and malt are outstanding. Overall taste is slightly sweet and citrusy. There is a nice malt background to it as well. Overall this a great DIPA. Great hop notes and a fine slick texture. Classic DIPA feel and taste.

Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful orange/copper color. The head is thick and looks like orange sherbet. I gave it an aggressive pour, but was still surprised by the big three-finger head.

I immediately got intense pineapple and mango aromas. There is some lingering grapefruit and pine, but the most dominant smells are the tropical fruits. Faint light malt smells linger in the background, but are completely dominated by the aromatic hops.

Starts off with a great punch of clean fruit bitterness. The tropical fruits are more subdued than in the nose and the grapefruit and orange flavors become more prominent. Little to no malt presence The malt supports the aggressive hop bill fantastically and helps to balance out the alcohol, but does little to add to the flavor. There are very subtle biscuit and bready notes
, but they are buried beneath the intense hop flavor. Relatively "balanced" for an imperial IPA.

A light to full-bodies mouthfeel. Not chewy - still crisp and refreshing, but not too light for the imperial style.

Unfortunately, I could find no bottling date, but knowing my bottle was new, I would say this beer ought be enjoyed as fresh as possible. Form what I can tell, most of the hops are late additions and their flavors will not survive long in the bottle.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

torn between 4.5 and 5.0 on appearance and taste.

This is one hell of a dipa. Great head and lacing. Nice hoppy smell. Not as malty as some other dipas.

Taste is malty with a malt backbone that doesn't get in the way of a hopfix. Alcohol is deceptive at 9.7%.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Not too thick like other dipas.

This is one hell of a dipa. It is one of the most sessionable that I have ever had. I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.5 - Pours a deep caramel orange color. Massive head potential for the ABV being so high. Formed a three finger head of slightly off-white, dense head. Really awesome head retention and lacing.
S - 4.5 - Pineapple, oranges, caramel, grapefruit, hops and a light touch of malt.
T - 4.75 - Upfront there is a really unique taste that sets this one apart as a unique DIPA for me. Similar to the candy, there is a sweet-tart type tartness upfront, which fades into a light maltiness and ends on a hoppy bitter tone. Perfectly executed flavor development. The tartness upfront is very tasty, the maltiness softens the blow so to speak into the bitter, hoppy ending. Very well balanced, especially for it being an imperial.
F - 4.75 - Oily and creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied.
O - 4.5 - This is a really great imperial IPA and the tartness of the taste is something unique and will drink a little off the beaten path and be something different for the seasoned IPA drinker. Well worth trying for fans of the style and you cant beat 7 bucks for a bomber!

Photo of mikeborglum
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured a 22oz bottle in a shaker glass with a nice creamy egg shell white head and good lacing - dark orange slightly hazy color; citrus, caramel, aromas; taste is very bitter, light sweetness,;medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish,; very enjoyable

Photo of Jparker37
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

1pt 6oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Release no.17 2013.

A - Big pillowy light tan head, tight bubbles. Excellent clarity inside its copper color. Good lacing.

S - Tropical; pineapple, melon. Citrus; sweet tangerine. Catty/dank presence (more as it warms up).

T - Great level of toasty malt holds a perfect backbone. Huge hop flavor has a citrus and somewhat herbal/spicy feel. Hops lend a wallop of bitterness but are very smooth. Finishes with warming alcohol alongside moderate lasting hop flavor.

M - Shows some sweetness in the taste but goes pretty dry at the finish. Medium-full bodied, less than moderate carbonation.

O - Wow, quite impressed by this brew. Looks perfect and smells just as good. Hop aroma far exceeds the typical DIPA and is unique and complex. Flavor is right there with malt striking a good balance. Full bodied for the style and overall excellent mouthfeel. Much thanks goes to Chugalug06 for sending me the best DIPA I've had to date.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Avery Brewing Co Maharaja

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) This is a Jurassic Park Amber. There was a nice full finger of slightly off white head. Excellent retention and a shit-load of lacing.

S) It's wonderful... Tropical fruit, mango, ripe pineapple, hint of sweet citrus. A whiff if alcohol as this warms. Shit... This is good.

T) My enjoyment of this brew continues. The flavor follows the nose. Delightful tropical fruit sweetness, with a dusting of table sugar. Nice balance... The 10.4 ABV is very well hidden.

M) A full bodied brew with lighter carbonation. This is some kind of smooth... Light alcohol tingle. Damn, this is all around good.

O) This was fantastic.... What kind of asshole wouldn't enjoy this beer? Glad to recommend.

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dulcie says: "As good as Dreadnaught!" and I'm inclined to agree; and that is our benchmark for greatness - yet to be exceeded. From the bottle a clear pale orange amber with a modest head (poured slowly), fairly viscous and syrupy, some lacing on the glass. Immediately the smell intoxicates: intense piney citrus aromatic and sensual (perfect air freshner). Even better on the palate as it begins with sweet, citrus (orange and orange peel), transforming in the mouth to a lingering, mouth-coating bitter aromatic finish which lasts an eternity or until the next sip.

Very classy, very well structured, very well resolved.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, mango and grapefruity hops. In the taste, a dry grapefruit like hop and a small alcohol like burn. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry grapefruit rind aftertaste. Sweet aroma, and dry taste, with big hops and a nice presence of alcohol.

Photo of nniicckkww
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a chalice. Nice head. Insane aroma of citrus fruits like grapefruit, tangerine, orange, lemon. Taste was sublime. CITRUS CITRUS CITRUS. Warming alcohol finish. More than two of these would be dangerous. I can't believe the hop aroma and flavor I'm getting from this beer! Fairly drinkable despite the some 10% abv. This is a delicious double IPA! Total citrus BOMB. Simply amazing...

Photo of zander4dawin
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%

A sticky sweet, aggressively hopped masterpiece. Strong citrus notes with bitterness that is present but not overwhelming, nice heat, sweat caramel malt body.

Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figure I'll give this another review, had it since my original review. I believe I shorted it, we'll see...

Pours a light amber with 3 fingers of rocky offwhite head. Super lacing & head retention.

S: Huge hops potpurri! Pine & grapefruit

T: Grapefruit, pineyness & some lemmon notes up front. Malt & caramel sweetness sneak around the hops as this warms, but not for long. Also jammy & fruitty notes infiltrate before getting crushed by the hops (herbal & piney). Finishes warming, uber herbal hoppy & a little fruitty (dates & apricots). A great total DIPA taste package

MF: Medim bodied, slightlty oily, with medium carbonation, skews hoppy, duh

Drinks fairly easy, a little to intense to session on, but I could if forced too! Still a bit pricey @ $6.50 a bomber

Photo of mscudder
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A beautiful amber copper with a fine head, leaves a nice lace behind.

S- Strong citrus notes, nice hops, malty.

T- Fantastic and well put together. Strong bitterness from the hops, nice peppery notes and a pleasant dose of caramel.

M- Amazing body, very flavorful with a superb progression.

O- This brew is true to its reputation. One of the best IPA's I have ever had. Pliney the Elder is the only one that stands out as superior (although hardly so!). Highly recommended for any enthusiast.

Photo of whothehellisstanpapi
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bright orange to copper, like a sunburst. coats beautifully. immediate hop punch, followed by pine and citrus. smooth taste with bananna, grapefruit, and orange peel. fruit and malts balance the potent hops quite nicely making this very drinkable. alcohol becomes slightly present as it warms. great brew

Photo of TheNapkin
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A strong contender for the best Imperial IPA available. The best thing about this beer is that as it warms up the hop bouquet really becomes more and more complex: wild, grassy, dare I say wild oniony/garlicky? Weird, I know, but somehow it works. Pineapple and syrup mix with honeyed grapefruit. A must have for any hophead.

Photo of Dewboarder213
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is by far better than Avery's IPA, which is a statement to this beers quality! This beer is like a philharmonic orchestra on the tongue... From the hiss of opening, to the last sip, you will love this beer!

When opening this beer, the encouraging sound heard is a beautiful one, almost as if encouraging your salivary glands for what is to come...

The poor - poor this beer rather conservatively at first but finish toward the aggressive side... definitely tilt that glass but finish straight up with and straight down bottle... encourage that head to form at the end!

The aroma - it maybe uncustomary but with this beer, to experience it correctly, I encourage you to treat it like a fine wine, don't just slam it back like your uncle Bubba drinking PBR... prepare your pallet of the up coming experience by at least two or three deep inhalations or this beers aroma! You wont be disappointed!

The taste - Well at this point, it better be fantastic some might say, and don't worry, this beer does not disappoint, not with the first sip, not with the last... all the way thru, this beer is a philharmonic orchestra for the tongue/mouth... Very few beers are this pleasurable to drink/taste from start to finish... especially for some like myself who finds joy in drinking a great beer...

Photo of ndaug21
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer suites my taste as I am a lover of hoppy beers. The beer pours with a head which I found to be bigger and frothier than most IPA's (poured from a bottle into a glass). It is difficult to describe the taste other than ultra hoppy and bitter, but with the taste and finish one would expect of a high quality IPA. It is a strong beer but this cannot be detected in its taste. While I haven't tasted many Avery beers, I have yet to find one that I did not like.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,093 ratings.