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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,746 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,746
Reviews: 1,743
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 266
Gots: 411 | 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 tonistruth
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Churchill's in San Marcos, CA

A- partly cloudy burnt orange from top to bottom with a thin, foamy 1 finger white head, good retent, thin white lacing

S- grapefruit, plenty of hops

T- surprisingly decent balance, grassy, citrus (lot of grapefruit), orange flavors as well, alcoholic heat at finish, residual sugars provide sweetness as well, hop oils in there

M- not as palette crushing as you'd think, medium body, soft and smooth through 'til the alcohol brings some fire, dry and sticky at finish as well. the hop attack does start to happen as the brew warms

D- highly drinkable for a 2IPA, good flavor, nice balancing act, enjoyable, I'd have another, well done

tonistruth, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of JoshuaMason
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Translucent Copper; Some Floaties; Bubbly, Off-White Head; Vigorous Carbonation; Great Lace
Smell: Dank; Catty; Citrus Rind; Herbal Hops; Over-Ripe Banana, but not in a wild-yeast way.
Taste: Dank; Crème Brule; Herbal Hops; Oniony?; Alcohol
Mouth-feel: Medium Body; Medium Carb, Resinous, Dry Alch Finish
Overall: Wonderful DIPA
Comments: If anything, I would like a little less Alcohol on the finish.

JoshuaMason, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Bone53
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap.

Appearance: Light amber with a one finger off white head

Smell: Bright fruits, pine, caramel, booze

Taste: Definitely on the pine spectrum for a DIPA with undertones of tropical and citrus fruits. Caramel for good measure

Mouthfeel: Medium body; A tad boozier than I prefer

Overall: This doesn't hold up to the greats. A bit too boozy and bitter for my liking. I had GL Chillwave before this and found that to be more enjoyable. However, I will consider reaching for this again when available

Bone53, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of washburnkid
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in February. Reviewed keeping the freshness factor in mind. Thanks to jdmek9 for this bomber. Enjoyed in a snifter.

A: Dark amber and copper tones. About a finger of frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
S: Big hops still discernible up front, regardless of how "old" it is now. Tons of citrus grapefruit. Spices that, for some reason, remind me of my grandma's kitchen. Alcohol is there with deeper pulls. Not much malt on the nose but I imagine this will be different with the first sip or with warmth.
T: Indeed, bready malts are there. Still has a good hop presence, mostly citrus notes. Hops are clearly mellowed out. Oranges and apples with other fruit notes. A solid dirty earthiness is present. Some pine in there as well.
M: Big creamy body leaves bitter residuals throughout.
D: This brew is big and strong. I can't wait to try the freshest batch!

washburnkid, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass I see before me a cloudy, amber colored brew. Sitting atop this beverage is an inch worth of head composed of tiny bubbles and craggy peaks. Retention is decent, and the brew leaves behind plenty of sticky rings of goodness when it settles.

Smell: Plenty of bitter hops with a slight bit of booziness. The hops are a nice mix between citrus and pine, with no one quality really standing out. Not picking up much of a malt backbone, something I find surprising for a DIPA. I'm hoping for a major hop bomb with this one.

Taste: Plenty of hoppy goodness here. The hops which were hinted at in the nose come at you full force here. I believe the pine taste of the hops is a more prominent when compared to the citrusy grapefruit. There is a slight boozy tinge to this brew, but it's not so potent to be a detriment to the beer. Instead, it lets you know you're going up against a heavy hitter.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium to full body with plenty of crisp carbonation. Rather well done here.

Drinkability: A top notch DIPA. Not too heavy on the malt, plenty of hop character, and just enough booziness to remind you that you are drinking a "big beer". As much as I would like to, I don't think I could drink more than one of these in an evening...though with a brew as tasty as this it would certainly be worth a try.

krisandajt, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Released Spring, 2012. Poured into a cognac snifter.

Red-orange color with some hop haze. Crowned with a stunningly stagnant inch of eggshell head. Starting to lace.

Burnt sugar maltiness with a lofty pine hop presence in the nose. Very, very light grapefruit nuance; but mostly just the pith. Dominantly pine with a few sparing herbal hop notes.

Egad! This DIPA is firmly bitter, but balanced. There's a rich and sweet malty backbone that has some dry caramel tones. Oily hops construct pine and grapefruit pith flavors with a touch of earthiness. Very reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. A beastly and malty Imperial IPA with great composition, but without particularly evident hop flavors. It's hoppy, sure, but I can't pin much down other than pine and grapefruit.

Drinks big. A fuller-in-body IIPA with that perfect light carbonation. Pretty silky. Strength gets at me a bit, but that's to be expected of a brew that is very similar to an American-style barleywine.

One of those beers that just comes together so well. I recognize what it is for the style, and it's still a great example.

thecheapies, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Tilley4
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Ginger Man in Dallas..

Arrived looking a murky light golden with a thick creamy head... Lots of lacing as well... looks really hazy and hoppy..

Huge pungent aromas of citrusy hops ooze off of this brew... Damn, this smells hoppy as hell... Pineapple, orange, loads of tropical fruits reign with this...

Sweet tangy hops explode on my taste buds sip after sip here and don't let up. I don't detect any alcohol at all and not much malt presence to speak of but I didn't buy this for the malts. I'm happy as all get out here... It's pungent and sweet and hoppy...

Perhaps not quite as good as the bottled version but still a top notch elite Imperial IPA in my opinion... I love this beer and I'm glad I got to try it on tap finally..

Tilley4, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of smulkowski
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, Batch 9, bottled in Feb. 2009

A- Orangey-oak color. Low carbonation, one finger head very quickly dissipating.

S- Grapefruit rind and conifer, classic west coast IPA aroma. Warm fragrances of spicecake in the malt.

T- Relatively inconspicuous malt profile opens to an explosion of bitterness. Good hop flavor, highly resinous and floral, but as complex as expected.

M- Somewhat light, relatively silky.

D- For 102 IBU, pretty drinkable.

smulkowski, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Cunningham26
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amazing, a clean white head that left layers of intricate lacing throughout. Color was a really great orange, like a hazy sunset, clarified as it settled into a great looking imperial beer.

S- big hops. big grassy, citrusy, earthy hops. big time. one of the best smells out there

T- again, big hops, but to be expected. great, refreshing, full hop flavor. Delivers on its promise of 103 IBUs. after the rush, it settles a bit into a really great IPA maltiness that pervades for the second act. the hops are the first flourish, and remain a backbone throughout, but they give way to a delicious maltiness that rounds out the brew. hop flavor not as well rounded as stone ruination (the only other iipa i can compare with) but does a really great job, getting almost all the way there

M- wonderful. maltiness became sticky at moments, but nothing a BA can't handle.

D- I was very nervous about this because I was handling a bombing mission solo, getting my 22oz hop fix in soliloquy. the reviews made mention of the 10%, so i expected this to be one hot hop bomb, but honestly the booze masks itself extremely well and though I knew it was there, it didn't take anything away overall.

really great brew, would possibly get again, but only if ruination wasn't available.

Cunningham26, May 29, 2009
Photo of jlb307
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from my buddy Dave. Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

A: Golden brown in color, hazy and almost opaque. Developed a 1/2 inch off-white head that was nice and fluffy. Retained nicely and developed nice sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Almost nothing but hops. A little sweetness akin to ginger, and an overlying grapefruit aroma.

T: Definitely like it smells. Started off almost too bitter, but then mellowed a bit as it approached room temp. Really bitter aftertaste clung to the roof of my mouth.

M: Excellent balance with the carbonation. Sticky resin feel that left my mouth feeling like I just drank maple syrup.

D: Very easy to drink if you are into the really hoppy beers. Because of the 10%+ ABV, it can be a bit dangerous too. A bit more than I'm used to, but would gladly have it again.

jlb307, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of cullen0013
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Nonic glass.

A - Pours a rich copper with an off white head, leaving rings of lace on the glass as it's consumed.

S - Hoppy. Lots of pine. "Smells" resin-y and sticky.

T - Plenty of hop bitterness, potent alcohol character, hints of apricot.

M - Heavily carbonated, coats the mouth. See "sticky"

D - Hop bomb, high gravity. A good sipper, but not very sessionable IMHO.

cullen0013, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7, bottled in February 2008. Bottle says 10.54 ABV as opposed to the 9.7 listed here.

A: Poured a hazy golden amberish orange with a large, thick off-white, orange tinted head that leaves some nice rings of lace on the glass.

S: Mmm, hops. Powerful citrus and piney hop aromas and a general fruity sweetness dominate the nose. A faint biscuity/sweet malt is detectable, as well. Maharaja is a hoppy explosion in a bottle--when I popped the cap I got a fresh rush of hop aroma.

T&M: Intense and bursting with flavor. There is definitely a strong malt backbone to this--a biscuity/caramel sweetness underlies everything. Citrus (grapefruit) and pine dominate the hop profile of this, but there is some other kind of earthy, musky kind of flavor that detracts a bit from the flavor. The body is silky smooth, bold, and wonderful. Finish is lingering and dry, beckoning one back for another sip. Excellent feel.

D: Maharaja is a strong, bold, and powerful DIPA. At over 10% though, it's on the strong side for the style. The flavor profile is not quite as dynamite as I expected, but it's still very drinkable for a 10% ABV brew.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of cjoc83
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Batch #17, 2013" printed on the label of the bomber. Pours a slightly hazy amber-copper color with a 3 finger, cream colored head. Good retention and moderate patches of lace.

Smell is a lot of sweet, pitted fruit...strawberries, apricot, with a nice honeydew melon and caramel malt backbone.

Mostly sweet in the front and middle of the tongue, with sweet, floral hops accented by apricot, melon, and caramel malt before finishing with a some slightly bitter, earthy hops and a little heat.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. The 10% abv is very well hidden. Dry finish.

My first time with this one, and I can see why it's so popular. A little on the sweet side, but a nice hop profile and the alcohol is barely noticeable. It's no Heady Topper, but a super tasty DIPA that's definitely worth the $8.99 price tag.

cjoc83, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a standard burnished caramel orange with 2 plus fingers of sticky head that leaves some light lacing.

Pineapple is the dominant smell coming out of this one along with citrus fruits, a hint of pine and a big billboard stating: Warning, major caramel malt!

Yep, the billboard wasn't lying. Hefty sticky sweetness with a touch of acridity and roast, pine and citrus hops keeping up though. BIG is the word I'd use, no surprise though from Avery. Pretty typical American DIPA, big all around, plan is to knock your socks off. Pretty well executed.

Plenty of crisp carbonation keeps this one from weighing your mouth down, yet the hefty nature of this and the sweetness of the malt make this a no-more-than-one-bottle beer.

ExtraStout, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of sgoodship
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was beer was most generously given to me by Hophead101. Thanks Greg.

A: Incredibly deep, murky coppery amber. Very fine carbonation rising rapidly. It delivered a nice cream colored one finger head without any effort. The head retention is great and it sticks to the glass nicely, leaving a very impressive bubbly and intricate lacing.

S: Nice fresh grass. Strong hop resin. Big fruit - mostly grapefruit. The caramel malt comes through loud and clear too. There's a little alcohol that takes over the nose a little too much as the drink progresses. The overall smell is incredibly sweet.

T: Very tasty. Powerful stuff. Much as you would expect from the smell but the bittering hops come through on the finish and deliver a death blow. The aftertaste is tangy has some alcohol and the bitterness leaves you with that nice dryness that makes you want to do it all over again. As it promises, it takes no prisoners in the hop or malt arenas. I usually love malt but I'd love to know what this would taste like with the malt dialed down a wee tad. Balance is in the palette of the beholder!

M: Medium bodied but the huge amount of malt makes it feel very round and creamy. The medium carbonation keeps it lively and stops it from being too heavy. The alcohol is turned up a little too much and delivers a little burn to the back of the throat.

D: An amazing brew. Would drink again in a second and it is way up there in my list of DIPA's. Now, if I am going to nit pick, I have to say that for my personal taste, the sweetness was a touch too sickly and the alcohol flavor is too exposed. Again, pay attention to my score to realize that these points are minor in the overall experience. At the end of the day, it was an incredibly bold DIPA that was thoroughly enjoyed!

sgoodship, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of warriorsoul
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Nick, aka BeerPanther at Bauer Wine @ Spirits for this rare one.
Pours a brilliant cloudy copper w/ a full finger of dancing tan head, full of large bubbles...like it was anxiously awaiting release from its bottle.
Lacing is very clingy and web-like...real attractive.
The first aroma is malt, which blows my mind...but keep the nose there for a few seconds and the hops make their way up front. It is not pushing its way up front, just waiting patiently in line...gotta respect that.
The taste is also very balanced...mild in the hops department for a double, but a very unique twist on the style...even detect a touch of pumpkin spice.
Following is a sweet caramel, citrus, cherries in a warming bitter crunch.
Alcohol is detected, but very slight.
Session beer....no.
Could I throw back a few....yes.
One heck of a fine offering from Avery...continuing to impress me time after time.

warriorsoul, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of Carlalwin
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Carlalwin, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of silver0rlead
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into the glass an intense and slightly cloudy amber color with an excellent tan head that retains impressively and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is massive, with a huge citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon) hops character as well as resinous piney hops, caramel, fruity esters, toasted bread and alcohol. The flavor also starts off with giant citrus hops (grapefruity, lemon and orange), as well as some piney and resinous hops, caramel and honey malt sweetness, fruity esters, toasted bread and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick and almost syrupy, and drinkability is descent. A very nice IIPA, a bit thick but very tasty and packed with flavor.

silver0rlead, May 06, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a big bomber to a pint glass, the liquid is a very cloudy light orange brown with good carbonation. The head is small and leaves very little lace.

The smell is good classic DIPA, strong hops and a nice thick malt.

The taste is good, Strong bitter hops dominates the brew, a good thick malt tries but can't bring balance.

The mouthfeel is good nice big thick brew.

The drinkability is down a bit due to lack of balance but if you a looking for a Big time DIPA this is a must try, I would have it again.

Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of mykie73
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed in April 2009

A) bright orange/amber lacing. looks smooth and nicely carbonated. two inch head.

S) best part of this beer. nice hop profile.

T) nice bitterness, reminds me of a love child between pliny the younger and white knuckle .

F) smooth and then hop/alch burn on the end of the throat.

D) worth the $8. could drink a lot of this.

mykie73, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of KDawg
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this from bomber. Poured into a pint glass with a solid/dark orange color and a 1" head.

Big and pungent aromatics with loads of navel oranges, lots of creams, citrus', and hops. Very layered and not overbearing on the hops

Full bodied with a real rich and creamy feel. There is a layering effect as well with flavors of creams, navel oranges and hops

This is a big beer, but it isn't over the top at all. I was expecting some alcohol but it never really showed up. Certainly not something to have all the time, but was really good while it lasted

KDawg, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in June 2006
Batch 4

Thick honey amber - clear with a short yet sticky, soapy head. The aroma is heavy with hops: citrus juice, floral...but mostly rich, fresh fruity juiciness. The Simcoes really pull through in the smell. The flavor, again, seems to focus on a deep juicy hop quality. Oily citrus, sweet tropical fruits...not a huge amount of malt at all, but it does do a pretty good job at covering up the alcohol. Pretty darn rich overall and, despite the 102 IBUs, it doesn't seem punishingly bitter. This is suprisingly starting to resemble Weyerbacher's Simcoe DIPA after warming...starts to develop some piney flavors. Nice, creamy smooth mouthfeel. The bitterness becomes more assertive towards the end of the glass.

Good DIPA...not sure if its truly worthy of the expensive price tag but I found a bomber for $6, which seemed like a bargain, and I'd say it was worth it.

wedge, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of Stofko1992
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Stofko1992, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer was slightly cloudy brown/orange color with a thin off-white head.

S: HOPS! There are grapefruit, caramel and malt aromas present in the background, but the hops are quite noticeable.

T: This is a big - turn your tongue inside out- kind of bitter. Wow!

M: Medium to full bodied and slick.

D: This beer is delicious . It is a bit one sided on the hops, but not too much so that I couldn't see drinking it all night.

barefootbrewer, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Xul
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent dark-ish orange, capped by a two finger slightly-off-white head.

S: A strong blend of piney and citrusy hops. The pine tends away from the earthiness a bit, while the citrus is a bit of a darker, heavier citrus tone. A caramel base is detectable but the hops are the show here.

T: Taste doesn't entirely live up to the smell - the piney hops take on a more earthy tone, and there's not nearly as much citrus going on. Perhaps it's just a preference issue, but I find the more prevalent citrus of the aroma to be more enjoyable.

M: Full-bodied with a smooth feel all the way through. Carbonation and body are spot on.

D: A bit big to drink more than one of, even by IIPA standards.

Xul, Mar 13, 2010
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,746 ratings.