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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,795
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 273
Gots: 418 | 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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Grapefruit nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is almost sweet grapefruit, some malts in background, lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. Bottled Jun 2009. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

jdhilt, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of dbalsock
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: so the bottle said that this would pour a scarlet color... and it didn't... it was maple syrup colored (not scarlet at all!) There was good lacing and decent head for the style, but it makes me angry when they say it will be one color, and it's different.

smell: I really liked the aroma; lots of different hops. I picked up some perfume/flowery hops as well as some deep fruity hops. There was a notable malt background with the hops and I'm left rather impressed.

taste: this was pretty good too... similar to the aroma, but even more balanced in taste. the malt background shines through significantly when near room temperature and creates an interesting mix of flowery hops and sweet, almost buttery, malt.

mouthfeel: this was near perfect near room temperature, but lacking a little at colder temperatures. It went down easy, provided a substantial, but not overwhelming bitterness and coated the mouth in a nicely smooth yet textured way...

drinkability: once it warmed it was easy to down. the alcohol was unnoticeable and the brew was so balanced that I could have gone through another glass without needing a break. I'm pretty impressed.

dbalsock, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Beerandboards
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle about 2 months old

A - coppery red, good clarity, loose white head pours to about 1.5 inches and dissipates pretty quickly.

S - citrusy and floral hops, pine, alcohol

T - sweet citrus with a fair amount of alcohol heat. Some pitchy pine bitterness and then more malty alcohol sweetness.

M - definitely the beers low point. At little syrupy almost, the high alcohol content and corresponding sweetness turn the beer almost cloying by the end.

O - an enjoyable beer. I think it would have been better off if it would have stopped around 7%. The citrusy and floral hop notes are great, but are overshadowed by alcohol heat and sweetness. Still, a good IIPA, compared to the average of what's out there, this is a good 2-3 notches better.

Beerandboards, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Greggy
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a amazing ruby orange color with nice sediment dancing around. The head is thick, creamy white in color, and 2 finger in height. As it recedes, it leaves some ample lacing.

S- Incredible thick grapefruit, pine, and pineapple aromas. Thick sweet malt is balanced well with the aroma.

T- Starts out with a very piney maltiness with a clove note followed by nice hoppy malt. The finish is dry hops with the sweet malt in balance.

M- This thing is THICK. Appropriately low carbonation.

D- This is a nice DIPA, and very thick. Definitely a sipper. If you're into big IPA's, give this one a shot. The alcohol on this one slightly hurts the drinkability, it's still pretty good.

Greggy, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of cichief
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA.

A- Poured a beautiful copper-amber, with a nice tan head, no cloudiness.

S- nice and hoppy, a little pine, fresh.

T- Somewhat piney and earthy, very fresh and powerful.

M- Smooth and creamy, nice little bubbles to make this go down easily.

D- Very drinkable for a big beer, dangerous.

cichief, May 08, 2009
Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky caramel colored ale with good head retention.

Pungent scent of Juicyfruit bubble gum, grapefruit, and resiny, piney hop cones. Clearly a fresh bottle.

First punch of heady alcohol followed by slick lingering bitterness. Some notes of toffee and smoke.

Although it's a multi-dimensional alcoholic hop bomb, I had no difficulty finishing the 22 ounce bomber.

HopasaurusRex, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of frazbri
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company poured a clear, glowing copper topped by an off-white head. Lacing was impressive, and the a whisp of foam reincarnates through the whole glass. The aroma is bold and bright. Grapefruit and lemonzest were prominent. The initial taste was bitter, but sweet malt flavors became prominent before the bitterness reasserted itself in the finish. The body was medium/full, and the carbonation moderate, but present enough to reinvigorate the head.

Big. Bold. Flavorful. but...
the Maharaja is one dimensional. It is like a Ramone's song in liquid form. It's hard, fast, and fun, but...

Beat up the brat, beat up the brat, beat up the brat with a baseball bat...

frazbri, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from batch 10 of June and 2009. Got it off of an online website and thought it was fresh. I'll put an additional review up once i get to have it fresh.

A-pours a hazy golden orange color with a creamy looking white head that has a lot of bubbles in it. it has decent retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is much like a barleywine which typically happens to high alcohol ipa's with age. big malt nose comes in with lots of brown sugar, hints of caramel, some hop presence left with citrus and lots of pine.

T-the taste again is more like a barleywine. it does have a better hop profile than the nose. the brown sugar and caramel are present and the malts have a slight edge in terms of presence. the hop profile brings a light citrus hop with some grapefruit but brings more pine than any of the others.

M-this is quite thick and a fuller medium body. it is extremely smooth, slightly syrupy, and leaves a coating on the mouth in a good way.

D-drinks great as an american barleywine! really wanna try one fresh!

cpetrone84, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Kendo
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Bottled in June 2006, Batch 4."

A: Into a Duvel tulip, a moderate pour yielded a huge, 2-finger beige/off-white foamy head with good staying power. This settled over a coppery-orange body with just a hint of haze. Bubbles rise from the etched Duvel "D" in the middle of the bottom of the glass to fortify the head. It eventually recedes, leaving craggly rings of lace at the top of the glass and dripping stalactites (stalagmites?) down the side of the glass. A nice looking beer for sure.

S: Fruity and sweet -- candied grapefruit, with a hint of peppery spice and solid caramel malt underneath. Alcohol becomes very noticeable as it warms, but still it's a nice overall scent.

T: Sweeter than expected for a DIPA -- there must be a LOT of malt in there to offset what the label claims is 102 IBUs. The sweet malt lays a nice foundation, which is followed by fruity, juicy hop flavors. Candied orange peel and sugar-coated grapefruit comes to mind -- any bitterness seems to be tempered by a sweetness, and frankly the fruity sweetness seems to prevail. The only real bitterness, in fact, is in a lingering, oily, tongue-coating presence of fruity hops that leave a slight tang at the finish. The alcohol is also very noticeable, especially as it warms.

M: Pretty smooth, nicely carbonated. Finishes with a dry twang at the end of an oily, resiny mouth-coating.

D: Good, but not very good or excellent. I sipped this bomber over the course of an hour-plus. There are DIPAs that I would down more easily much more quickly.

Notes: this is almost two different beers warm versus cold. When cold it's more crisp and dry with a woodsy lingering finish, while when it's warm it's dominated by juicy, fruity hops, an oily feel and alcohol in the nose and taste. All in all I though this was a good DIPA -- my favorite style lately -- but IMHO it doesn't measure up to some better versions I've had recently. At 9.9% ABV (according to my bottle's label), it does provide a nice buzz, however.

Kendo, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Goliath
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an deep amber color with some red hues. A Larch inch and a half yellowed head sits on top. Great retention and some very nice lace.

Beautiful aroma. Nice hoppy nose with sweet grapefruit and a slight maltiness.

Taste is also very nice. A big hoppy taste. Grapefruit, pine, and a nice bitterness. Well malted brings some balance and a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Kind of creamy with great carbonation.

Drinkability is modeate. At 10.5% ABV and 102 IBU's it's a monster, but quite good.

Goliath, May 05, 2008
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Big tawny amber color with creamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Big citrus grapefruit with some resinous bitterness. Sweet malt lingers in the background.

T- Grapefruit followed by a bitter kick, piney aftertaste to follow. Fairly malty (although I'm not 100% sure of this one's freshness), but that gives it some nice balance.

M- Creamy, but slightly sticky. I like it.

D- Tasty and pretty drinkable for a big high ABV DIPA. Good MF keeps it going smooth.

LordAdmNelson, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light copper color, with a long-lasting head of fluffy white foam. A fine coating covers the glass as it is drunk. Nose is, naturally, full of hop aroma, noticibly flowery and citrusy. Taste is very sharply bitter, and even though there's obviously a lot of residual sugar, you have to hunt around the forcibly dry bitterness to find it. Hop flavor is very full, ranging from grapefruit citrus to piney to peppermint-like. The finish is dry and lingers around forever. Quite full-bodied, this is a big beer in every sense of the word. Yet, there are a lot of other very big IPA's out there currently, and this one doesn't quite stand out the very crowded field.

allengarvin, May 20, 2005
Photo of capeannbass36
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Healthy pour into a Duvel tulip. Brilliant, clear, copper/gold. Great big off white head. Plenty of lacing.

S- Sweet citrus. Hint of pink grapefruit/pineapple. Some hops.

T- Somewhat sweet, malt up front. Pine and bitter hop finish.

M- Medium body. Fairly heavy. Very good carbonation. Very warm.

O- Right at my personal limit for hops. A strict one and done for me. Will have again. Nicely done.

capeannbass36, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of guzzle211
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into an imperial pint glass

A- vibrant golden orange pour, white head explodes
S- first smell was of grapefruit vodka, mellowed as it warmed to flowery.
T/M - very well balanced hops flavor, but still tastes and feels like a big beer. avery has taken big beers to the in-your-face extreme. hint of orange. very fizzy. alcohol only emerges if over appropriate temp.
D- on a hot day like this (96, heat index of 104) it went down incredibly smooth for a 9.7% abv brew.

guzzle211, Aug 01, 2006
Photo of eternaljester81
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, I consider this to be Avery's second best DIPA - behind the absolutely awesome Dugana - which is saying something, considering how much I enjoy this beer.

A - Pours a very nice, hazy/cloudy amber, with a decent white head that holds well. The lacing is minimal, but the little bit that's there is decently sticky. Overall, this is quite the attractive beer.

S - The smell is a full-on assault of almost dessert-like citrusy hops and caramel malts, mixed with a bit of spiced rum-like alcohol. It's pleasant in small doses, but on the overbearing side when enjoying a full bomber.

T - It's hard to believe that Maharaja is 11.0% ABV, and 102 IBUs, as this is an incredibly tasty, and well-balanced beer. There's next to no heat from the alcohol, and the hops, while definitely present, are well rivaled by sweet, caramel malt. The finish is a bit odd, as it's both drying, along with a lingering sweetness that begs you to take another drink to try to discern all of the complexities.

M - Smooth, slick and little oily, the mouthfeel is quite nice. The malts give that illusion of chewiness, while the hops coat the mouth wonderfully.

D - Maharaja is dangerously drinkable at the high ABV, as it hides its strength exceptionally well. A bomber goes down quite effortlessly.

It's amazing that Avery has crafted two of the best DIPA's available (at least in my area), as both Maharaja and Dugana are simply excellent. While Dugana is more of hop-bomb, Maharaja is one of the most balanced - and best flavored - DIPAs I've come across.

eternaljester81, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear amber with one-and-a-half-finger, off-white, creamy, foamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Caramel malt, heavy pine, and citrus.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Very malt forward and very hoppy at the end. Solid bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Floral and citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Kind of thin.

O: This beer looks and smells phenomenal. It is balanced with a very bitter finish. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, but other than that, great Imperial IPA.

SolipsismalCat, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of malcontent
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A confident looking head that backs down to leave an even bubble ring around the perimeter. Color is mahogany; deep & beautiful, a really fine presentation.

Hops obviously dominate the nose but there are apricot & alcohol traces that provide the expected with a little extra on the side.

Mmmmm...immediate alcohol (not unruly, however) is followed with a delecate hop taste & a surprising maltiness. A strange pleasure; it manages to combine the unlikely qualities of sharp citrus with a warm caramel-like taste with complete success. Quite good.

While the mouthfeel is outstanding, there is just a bit of an alcohol bite & when combined with an ABV approaching 10% it makes for a beer that is a delight for one bottle but probably not much more. Still, I will absolutely be buying this again in the near future.

malcontent, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-amber in color, cream colored head with good retention, nice carbonation
Smell-refreshing piney juniper berry aroma
Taste-strong hoppy taste that lingers on the palette, nice and bitter like an IPA should be
Mouthfeel-very clean, goes down easily
Drinkability-nice and smooth, good bitter kick, finishes strong

a good ipa, definitely worth, buying again, i enjoyed it very much.

gonzo138, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of snpub540
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up a 22oz. bottle with a bottled date of May 2007, Batch 6. This is the 2nd brew that I have picked up from Avery.

Appearance: Takes on a scarlet, amber hue. It was topped of by a custard color head that left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The hops that come through are very sweet smelling. Grapefruit is the most dominate. A touch of pine scented hops comes through. I also detect a tiny bit of that 9.7% ABV.

Taste: Was a balance of grassy and piney hops and sweet maltiness. Caramel comes through in the end as well as the warming alcohol as it comes to an end.

The mouthfeel on this was almost perfect. It had an almost creamy texture and it coated my whole mouth. Drinkability was good but the alcohol was definately present and took its hold mid bottle. I was definately impressed with this beer and if I get the chance I will definately be picking up another.

snpub540, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I'm going to re-review this one....I can clearly tell that my previous review was of an old bottle. This is the 2011 version that I had on tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. From a snifter.

Appearance: Maharaja comes out a burnt orange color with one finger of pure white head. Both lacing and retention are very good. Outstanding looking beer. The head really sticks around very nicely throughout the duration that the beer lasts.

Smell: I get a big citrus component as well as a caramel malt sweetness that is nice without being too malty. Citrusy and piney hops on back end.

Taste: Again the caramel malt sweetness up front, followed by a great, strong citrus component. Piney hops, followed by quite a bit of alcohol on the back end. The alcohol really shows on the finish, which is what prevents this one from grading out higher.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The feel on this beer is outstanding. Between light and medium bodied, nice fine carbonation. This beer is very near to creamy, which I don't get very often in this style. Overall, very good DIPA. A touch too much alcohol on the palate hurts it somewhat, but it is still very good.

zhanson88, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of GlassHalfFull
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden, frothy appearance. Nose has strong grapefruit, apple notes with a not-so-subtle hoppiness. Very smooth and balanced, with a sweetness not generally found in most imperial IPAs. Not my all-time favorite IIPA, but very underrated considering the quality.

GlassHalfFull, May 27, 2012
Photo of MacQ32
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewing Release 18/2014.

A - Pours a superbly clear copper/orange color with around 2 fingers of fluffy, dense creamy finger+ mountainous head nearly 5 minutes later. Retention is perfect, lacing looks to be fantastic as well.

S - Smells of resinous hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, peppery notes. Decent thicker malty backbone.

T - Initially some sweeter mango and resinous grapefruit flavors followed by a caramel sweetness which becomes quite dominated with overpowering resinous/peppery flavors and alcohol. The alcohol and sweetness mix to create a bit of a medicine quality. Aftertaste is quite bitter/resinous but pleasant.

M - quite full bodied for the style, definitely a big beer, fairly smooth, not too carbonated, probably closer to a sipper than an easy drinker but its somewhere in between.

O - Decent, looks absolutely fantastic, but as I always feel. Alcohol and resinous hops are just too overpowering - just not well enough balanced IMO

MacQ32, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Dixonian
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Couldn't wait to taste this one as soon as I learned of it's existance.

Wonderfully frothy head-a good two or three fingers. I love the color of most DIPAs and found no exception here-an almost hazy burnt orange. Left a good amount of lacing with every drink. Piney and clean hop aroma followed by an excellent full and bitter flavor. Tasted some fruitiness as it warmed but not much. Deliciously creamy in my mouth. Even with a 10.8% abv I could easily drink a couple pints in one night.

A very admirable Double/Imperial IPA that I would buy again. Would love to try this on tap.

Dixonian, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of snaotheus
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy, light amber. Pours almost like syrup. Great lacing, thin head, slow and slight carbonation. Smells piney and sweet. Feels thick and chewy.

Slight clove and caramel taste, but dominated by pine and hops with a nice sweet taste throughout. Powerful hops aftertaste.

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2014-03-23, Release Number 18

I cannot argue with my previous self, which is surprising because of the ~5.5 year difference in visitations.

snaotheus, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of tewaris
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

102 IBUs
OG 1.090

22 oz. bomber from batch # 14 (bottled June, 2011) poured into a 25 oz. snifter on 08/11/2011. Pours a deep shade of amber-red with a big off white head. The head retention is good, the lacing very very good. Looks like there's plenty of hops in here. Signature DIPA.

There is no doubt in my mind that Avery wasn't stingy with hops for this one: the moment I pried the bottle open, hoppy fruitiness hit my nose, and that's what this beer is about. Fruity hops --- mango, papaya, pineapple. Sweet alcohol follows soon after.

Tastes just as sweet as its bitter, Maharaja is one of the sweeter and fruiter beers I have had. Strange as it might sound, this seems like a beer that could convert non beer drinkers. That or mine is an acute case of LTS. The caramel backbone is solid but the finish clean and the beer not one bit cloying. It's funny that I thought I'd hate Maharaja because of how folks keep saying how malty it is, and malty it INDEED is. But, it's well done. Very very well done. Can't but think of pineapples, damn!

One of the silkier beers of its genre, Maharaja's feel and texture is more into Strong Ale territory. Makes me wonder if DIPAs should be further classified into sweet DIPAs and dry DIPAs, much like wine. Coming back to this one, everything seems fitting. Yes there's alcohol, but ya know, what the hell. It complements the beer.

It's strong, reasonably intense, quite warming and very flavorful. A good DIPA even if not exactly my type.

Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 4/5

tewaris, Aug 12, 2011
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,795 ratings.