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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,784 Reviews
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Reviews: 1,784
Hads: 5,184
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 332
Gots: 620 | 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 WheelsPSU
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got a 22 oz. bomber from Beverage Barn in East Meadow, Long Island. I was extremely excited to try this year's batch of the most hyped beer in the Dictator Series.

Pouring gave me a large, soapy head that seemed to last for quite awhile. The color was a glowing amber. The lacing at the top of the glass was light but sat around in funky patterns until I was done.

The smell had two distinct flavors: peach/orange and biscuit malt.

The taste was great. It reminded of tropical flavored gum. The hop profile is there as is the caramel taste was the beer warms.

I was surprised at how drinkable this beer is for 10.4%. It's a DIPA but with a sweet side. Not bitter, rather well balanced. (689 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is very hoppy, nearly evergreen, with a firm citrus underpinning that is mainly grapefruit with some sour orange. It pours a beautiful clear coppery brown with a thick and fluffy pale copper head. Scrumptious and highly pleasing hoppy flavor has tones of grapefruit, orange and caramel, with a hint of sweetness that perfectly balances the hoppy bitterness. Full-bodied texture is quite fizzy and lively, leaving a lip-smacking tingly, hoppy, slightly sweet finish. Strongly recommended to all IPA fanatics. (520 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I've never reviewed this! It's one of my absolute favorite IIPA's.

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Front label says "Bottled in May 2010, Batch 12."

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with thick rich creamy off-white head with great retention.

Nose: Big pine forest! Lots of bitter orange, pink grapefruit, agave nectar maybe?

Palate: Big and creamy carbonation, lots and lots of piney bitterness, bitter grapefruit rinds, thick caramel malt. Big bittersweet finish!

Notes: Tries to be East Coast style in malt body, but has West Coast drying hop character. A perfect style bender and one of my favorites! (632 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this a few times but have never gotten around to reviewing it - on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of bright and intense tropical fruit, citrus, and floral hops. Backing everything up are mild amounts of grainy caramel malt aromas. As the beer warms hints of pine waft out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although not quite as robust. A combination of caramel and pale malt flavors kick things off and are overtaken almost immediately by tropical fruit, herbal, and citrus hop flavors, in that order. The hop flavors run the gamut of my favorite flavors and meld almost flawlessly with the malts. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending, leaving hints of citrus flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass with absolutely no problem and could have entirely too many of these.

Overall this really is one of the best DIPA's out there. I feel as though it chagnes a bit from batch to batch; however the best you can do is world-class and the worst you can do is great. Well, well worth a shot. (1,272 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb. 2008. Batch 7. ABV listed at 10.54%. Pours a pillowy head, creamy and bubbly as can be, sitting on top of a chill-hazed rust-orange glow.

All bow to the hop gods. This is an insanely beautiful smell. Glorious piney hops, bright and electric, backed up by candy-like gooey malts. The hops take the spotlight and leave the malts to act as mere support to their sticky, evergreen, citrus-rind majesty.

Hops explode on the tongue, ranging from spicy (ginger, cinnamon, pine) to tangy (grapefruit, pineapple, orange); malts keep things from getting too messy by providing a creamy, starchy foundation. Alcohol is well-incorporated, popping up mostly in the finish with a slight warmth that mingles well with lingering hop-spice. Texture is as creamy and round as you could ever want in a double IPA.

No need to overanalyze this. If you want one of the tastiest, biggest, fullest flavors this style can offer, you won't find many more worthy examples than this. It's an enormous wallop of flavor without being over the top. I'll be if this had more "exclusive" (ie. limited) distribution like Alesmith, Russian River and Three Floyds versions of the style, it would be hailed alongside those. That's beer-nerd elitism for you. All hail Avery...once again. (1,266 characters)

Photo of bierguru
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - About a half inch of off-white head forms. The beer is a mahogany red color and pretty clear.

S - Nothing but hops in the nose, mainly aromas of grapefruit. There is a slight sweet smell to it as well.

T - Surprisingly chewy malt flavor, but the taste is mostly filled with an abrasive bitterness. During the taste a fruitiness flavor joins the party.

M - Thick, chewy, and fairly oily

O - Maharaja is advertised as a 2xipa tyhat will suck the enaml off your teeth i feel well i feel it meets the billing (515 characters)

Photo of BigDRS
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Dublin, OH. Served in a 10 oz glass.

A - Color is a deep tangerine/orange. The bartender poured this to the rim - there's very little head present. Lacing is minimal.

S - Nose is awesome. Really complex. Lots of citrus fruits - I get some pineapple, orange, a bit of lemon.

T - This beer is a hophead's dream. There's all sorts of fruits and lots of citrus hops with a bit of caramel in there too. I get just a slight bit of alcohol warming ... there's no excessive alcohol burn or booziness. I nursed this one quite a bit. The delicious hop bitterness that lingers after each sip plus the complexity of this beer encourages small, calculated sips.

M - Mouthfeel is quite syrupy and on par for the style. Not a ton of carbonation present, but it's overshadowed by the syrupy quality of the beer.

O - This is a great double IPA. I'd like to sample more of this beer (only had 10oz) and/or have it out of a bottle as well before I would rank it in my favorite double IPAs, but I'm quite sure it's going to be high up there on the list. (1,072 characters)

Photo of nasman
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Jeanro Bistro in Cincinnati.

Served in a 10 oz tulip glass

Bottle/Fill: Not applicable

Aroma: Delicious, with a mix of citrus (orange) and earthy hops, with notes of carmel .

Appearence: Deep orange/brown color, expected clarity. Excellent head retention that slowly fades, thickly lacing the glass.

Taste: No flaws, appears to have even more malt backbone this year which allows it to handle the incredible hops well. Nice orange citrus with a hint of pinapple, lots of malt with carmel undertones. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, no alcoholic heat, creamy, full, and clean given all this beer contains. No flaws.

Overall: A delicious, decadent treat and extremely drinkable for such a big beer. This is a hophead's dream. (738 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA

Poured a slightly hazy, ruddy, orangey, coppery-amber with a tight, frothy, off-white, one-finger head that slowly faded. A thick blanket of lacing clung to the sides of the glass and lasted most of the drink.

The aroma was absolutely amazing. Rich, sweet and smooth with intense tropical fruits (passion fruit, star fruit and mango), citrus and flowery hops.

The taste was hoppy, zesty and flavorful, yet so smooth. Sweet malts blended with orange peel and pine sap to create a seamless balance. Some ripe fruits were detectable as well. Tangy notes of grapefruit were noticeable in the somewhat dry, clean and short-lived finish.

Mouthfeel was frothy, pillowy, rich and smooth.

This was one of the most drinkable double IPA's I have had to date. With such a perfect melding of flavors, an almost undetectable alcohol presence, and an unparalleled "smoothness" in regard to aroma, flavor and mouthfeel, this is truly an outstanding example of the style. (1,008 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber (Feb 07) pours a medium-amber, orangeish brew with a huge rocky off-white head. Keeps a thick lace throughout and leaves a ton of stick all over the place; to the point of making the glass an absolute mess.

Smell is super fruity! Crazy amounts of grapefruit and tangerine, along with whiffs of pineapple and passion fruit. Hops are really incredible smelling.

Taste is, like the smell, just an amazing display of all the best that hops have to offer. So fruity and delicious, with dominating grapefruit and tangerine. There's enough caramel malts to make it supremely balanced, and the bittering hops, while certainly there, do not dominate and really let the flavors shine. Finishes very smooth with just a little h op bitterness.

Mouthfeel is delectably smooth, a bit more than medium-bodied and almost a bit chewy. The velvety smoothness makes this one of the best DIPAs on the palate I've ever experienced. Awesome. The subdued hop bitterness and amplified hop flavor also makes this one eminently drinkable for a DIPA.

This one goes right onto the short list of my favorite DIPAs. Awesome brew. (1,123 characters)

Photo of westweasel
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle.

Appearance - The beer poured out a hazy apricot with about a 1/4 inch off-white head. As I drank, the glass displayed lots of belgian lace.

Aroma - Wonderful - Pine, peaches, mango, grapefruit, and a little background biscuit.

Taste - Wow... Dreadnaught is my favorite beer, and this one is almost dead-on. Biscuits, pine, grapefruit, and lemons - all mixed together.

Mouthfeel - Full with a dry finish.

Drinkability - Excellent - I love it. The only thing that would limit the amount you would drink is the fairly high alcohol content. You wouldn't drink this all night - but I'd like too. (642 characters)

Photo of crazyjoedivola
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 22oz bomber marked May 2010 Batch 12.

Pour shows amber with reddish hues around the edges and releases two fingers of thick beige foam with great lacing.
Great smell with plenty of citrus, resiny pine, with some sweet spice. Just a little warmth in the nose from the 10% booze.
Taste is just what you smell. Hops hops hops but balanced with good and not overly bitter. Soid core of citrus and oily resin. Long hoppy aftertaste.
Drinkable? This much hops and flavor can't be guzzled. I could drink one every day. Two every day would be like homework. (559 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very tasty, enjoyable DIPA...pours a dark golden color...great fruity nose...tangerines, pinneaple, oranges, grapefruit,..smells more sweet than bitter..

Taste is excellent. Bitterness is low to medium but hop flavor is extremely high...again some of those same sweet citrus fruits...also a little bit of pineyness and some slight weed...malt is more biscuity and complements perfectly...

Body is about perfect....medium to full....carbonation is spot on...

Excellent, excellent DIPA...Taste is about a 4.75..same with the smell so I am moving the smell to a 5.0 to make the scores more accurately reflect how I feel about it..

Highly recommended..just don't expect a bitter hop bomb..

Finishes with a nice dry hoppiness.... (741 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Dilly Deli in Cincinnati Ohio.

Avery's description: 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.

Poured into a brandy snifter and paired with the beer cheese crock appetizer which worked surprisingly well.

Hazy golden appearance with a thin white head. Not the dark amber hue as described by Avery but I'm not complaining.

I wish I could compare thie side by side with other DIPA's because I felt the aroma was one of the finest I've witnessed. I'd like to see how it compares to a draft Unearthly or Ruination (If I could be so lucky). Wonderful fruity aroma. I spent way too much time swirling and sniffing.

Full flavor and finished very clean whcih are the traits I appreciate in this style. Not a ton of malt so it was unbalanced to the hop flavor side which scores points in my book.

For my tasting notes, this may be the benchmark for DIPA. (1,022 characters)

Photo of timbro81
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting for this one to come to the state for a while and boy am I not let down at all. Bottled on March 4th, about as fresh as its going to get! Pours a very slightly hazy orangish color topped with a beautiful dense 1/2 inch head that leaves nice lacing and is not too quick to settle to a nice ring. Words don't do the smell justice. A nice dose of pine balanced with some citrus. The taste combines the hops with some sweetness, thanks to the high O.G. Its like drinking a candied hop cone. The mouthfeel is rather light considering how big this beer it. The alcohol is well hidden but lets you know that it is there. An absolute must for any hophead. I love this beer so much that I don't want to drink it. I want to build a temple or a shrine to it and pray at it. Highly recommended. (800 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a translucent amber with light tan head. It smelled like strong floral hops, with copper hops and honey malt blended in, and a hint of alcohol. It tasted like a potent blend of grapefruit and floral hops, with light honey malt for a bit of balance. It was thick with no carbonation, and had a solid grapefruit aftertaste, with slight alcohol warming. Overall this was a very clean and delicious beer that was very drinkable despite its potency. I have nothing to complain about, only to enjoy. (A huge relief following The Beast. Maharaja restored my faith in Avery.) (579 characters)

Photo of wedge421
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange with a slight white head and full of hop haze goodness.

S - WOW! Tropical fruits and citrus scream out of the glass and tap. So Fresh!

T - The aroma was just the start of this one. Huge malts notes blend with the hops and bitterness to make this one amazing beer!

D - At almost 11% its not the most drinkable beer but man this is a great beer. I could definitely have more then one of these. (405 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber-red pour with a nice sized off-white head.

Huge grapefruot-lemon-lime citrus notes in the nose. A bit of raisin as well.

Huge west coast hops dominate the flavor from front to back. Ends with a moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied, and moderat carbonation, this would be a very interesting beer in cask, or even through a randall. Very nice. (360 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kegged approx. mid-March 2010. I can't emphasize enough that FRESHER IS BEST with IPA's or DIPA's !!!

A: Pours a clear deep copper color. Nice light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Roasted caramel malts are heavy with some citrus hop presence.

T&M: Toasted/roasted caramel and floral/fruity hop flavor. Well-balanced mild malty sweetness with flavorful hop bitterness. Smooth with fine carbonation. Medium bodied with some boozy alcohol flavor, but much better if it is fresher.

Quality DIPA and I cannot stress enough the importance of FRESHNESS (unless you like aged/boozy/smokey tasing beer when aged), this stuff is awesome fresh! One of the best I've had. (667 characters)

Photo of movingtrain
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle reads: 102 IBUs, and 10.54% ABV. From the "Dictator Series."

Pours a copper-reddish color, very little head, and not much carbonation. The head is kind of a soapy film clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is buttery, rich, and massively hoppy. Grapefruit, dense pine, rich caramel, rosemary, and peppercorn fill the nose. The smell is very heavy, and quite rich.

The flavor here, too, is remarkable. Very balanced and creamy. Deep grapefruit/citrus notes, caramel, rye bread, and some light oats/malt backing it up. The flavor is outstanding, and very, very big.

Another main proponent that stands out here is the alcohol. There is a major alcohol burn going down, one that reaches even up through the nose. This isn't a negative by any means...it is just powerful and pungent.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. It does what it set out to do: conquer the senses. Well done. (897 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - tall 3 finger crown sits atop this dicatator's deep amber-hued head

S - juicy pinnapple, fresh honey, rich caramel, buttery toffee, sweet clementine oranges and dank-fluffy kind buds. whew! they should sell air fresheners that smell like this!

T - bitter and piney then turns into rich and sweet, like candy. followed by a bitingly bitter close that leaves a pleasant lingering hop taste reverberating on the palate and then once again reimerging in the form of belch.

MF - feels oily, full and properly carbonated

D - over 10? shananigans! this brew is excessively hopped without ever being too much -compliments of the highly sweet and satisfying malts. this is extreme beer at it's finest. this one can rule over me any day of the week. i just wish it was year around. (779 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Avery Brewing Company - Maharaja, poured into DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy amber ruby with a massive soapy head that dissipates slowly. Abundance of lacing. Brews can't look any better than this from my perspective.

Smell - Deep caramel malts and citrus hops with a side of pine. Mouth watering and tangy.

Taste - Rich and borderline creamy sweet malt introduction moves aside for fruity juiciness and a piney/resin bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, sits bitter pine on the palate and back of the throat. Super smooth, slightly warming, but super drinkable.

Overall - Phenomenal, worth getting if you can find it for hop heads. Hop fanatics who don't like malt in their DIPA might not be as impressed as I was but I think it's still solid even in that regard. 100% recommend this stellar brew. (822 characters)

Photo of masterkush
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, stamped May 2007, Batch 6.

Pours a cloudy amber. Moderate to low carbonation, not much head to be seen. Spidery lacing that seems to stick.

The smell is fantastic. A sweet, full, grassy smell. It makes me think of of a number of things, none I can quite put my finger on, but blended together to form an extremely full and pleasant scent. This is one of the best smelling beers I have ever had.

The taste is just as good. Hops, yes, but not overly bitter. Piny and a bit of a grassy flavor up front, but balanced out by a delicate sweetness. It leaves a nice thick aftertaste, which is quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth, very smooth. This is where I think they get the 'imperial IPA' title from. It reminds me very much of drinking an Imperial Russian Stout. Very smooth and creamy feeling.

This beer comes through on all points. This is one I will have again and again while I have it available. Of course, not a session beer, but an extremely well crafted IPA to rival the best of the west coast IPAs. (1,043 characters)

Photo of boogles
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sometimes I like the Maharaja better than at others. Lately, I have been impressed. What I used to not like about it was overbearing bitterness, but I am noticing more citrus hops. In other words, it's similar to the Avery single IPA, but with more bitter, grassy hops, and they are both distinguishable. I used to prefer the single, now I think I like the Maharaja better. In a nutshell, it's a double with a multi-dimensional nose and a taste consistent with the nose, and no big surprises. If anything is lacking, it's refinement and subtle flavors that come out with time (for example, as with Stone's Ruination). (617 characters)

Photo of riTLce
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

A: Bright amber-orange pour, bubbles suspended throughout, one finger of off-white foam that lingers.

S: Grapefruit citrus, bright and tropical. Pineapple, lemon, mango.

T: Bright sweet citrus flavors, fruity tropical that fades into a citrus bite and crisp finish. Citrus bite lingers for a bit after.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body and clean finish.

O: Excellent IPA, the tropical citrus flavors are refreshing and delicious. This is a revisit for sure. (465 characters)

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,784 ratings.