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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,869 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,869
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 288
Gots: 451 | FT: 4
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 kmpitz2
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled tonight, but from notes. It poured a sligtly coppered golden color with a 2 finger head that fell slowly to a finger over the brew. I liked the retention. The nose was very nice, with a good caramel malt base under tinges of oranges, grapefruit hops, land ight bready notes. Overall, fairly good. The flavor was not as nice as the nose. The caramel was big and thick, but the hops didn't hold up. They were there, but not in force. The feel was thick and rich, almost syrupy on my tongue. Overall dinkability was great for the size of this beer. It was refreshing and quaffable. A very nice brew.

Photo of yelterdow
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition, served at just over fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours an almost clear frothy orange, with a monstrous four-finger head that lathers up real nice. Sheets of lacing linger behind, decorating the sides of my glass.

Smell- Cartloads, wagonfuls, suitcases of hops on the nose... sweet and more grapefruit characteristics than pine needles here... a terrific balance of malt to even things out. No alcohol aromas or indications, but damn this smells *huge*.

Taste- Sweet bitterness, in a nutshell... but that would be far too simplistic. The citrusy, honeyed grapefruit hop elements defer midway to the rich, deep malt notes... a big, potent blend of the two players.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Heavy and extremely smooth going in... almost syrupy in its texture. I would have liked some more effervescence, but this isn't bad. This 22 oz. bomber is like an anvil, dead weight and bad ass. The sucker punch to the stomach is delivered almost at the end of my tasting, and one of these is certainly enough. Big, bold, and loud as hell.

Photo of Bone53
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Photo of smulkowski
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of cullen0013
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber honey colored from the bottle. Leaves nearly an inch of thick and lumpy and dimpled foam that lingers long. Fine bubbles rain upwards through the liquid.

Fresh citrusy aroma rises up, there are floral notes as well, plus some soapy undertones.

Flavor is initially mildly sweet with nuances of butterscotch and cotton candy. Flavor quickly turns to big fresh hops. I've had 80 IBU's that feel like battery acid on the tongue, but the 105 IBU's from this one are fresh and delicious. Crisp, tart, sweet, fresh orange slices sprinkled with sugar, a citrus rind bitter rises up in the finish, and a mild pine note lingers. The ABV is very well hidden, would never guess this one is so strong except for a little warming in the lower cheeks.

Full and even mouthfeel, shockingly drinkable for such a huge selection. I don't think I've ever been disappointed by an Avery beer, and this is certainly no exception.

Photo of Carlalwin
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of mutterfudder
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Stone IPA Tulip-ish glass.

A - Copper and somewhat hazy. Thick white head that settled down to a thin layer of foam. Lacing down the glass of foam and bubbles. Quite nice looking!

S - Fresh hop, citrus and spice. Ahhh.. I haven't had a hop bomb in a bit and it smells darn good.

T - Hmmmm. Malty up front, almost sweet. Oh, there are the hops! They don't really hit as hard as I thought they might. Very piney and bitter by the finish, pretty complex for the style I thought.

M - Surprisingly not very carbonated. It left a bit of a oily taste in my mouth. Not bad but not good either.

D - I liked this beer well enough, but one was enough. There are other beers to try.

Somewhat disappointed in this, after hearing all the raves. A good DIPA but not one I'd reach for often.

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

This is from 1 pint 6 oz bottle from batch 6, bottled in may 2007 (charles st). the initial pour gave rise to a beautiful cream colored head which was just as soft and cloudy on the lips as it looked in the glass. the smell of tangy citrus immediately filled my nostrils with a ton of hops not far behind it. the taste was a bit coarse as the alcohol wasn't masked as well in the flavors and smell as i generally prefer, though this is a 9.7%. all 102 IBUs attacked my taste buds as the beer warmed its way down my throat. the initial blast of citrus, followed by a wave of hops, finished with a long and dry bitter finish made this one hell of a mouth full. the drinkability suffers a bit from the roughness of the alcohol, and i would have liked the hops to define the taste rather than the citrus. but all in all, a fantastic american DIPA. this would last for 18 trips to india.

Photo of Thur123
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(May 2008) So its a bit aged

This beer pours with one finger of light khaki head over a very hazy, deep orange/brown color. Looks nice and as it should. Smell is big caramel malts with a subdued blend of hops. Dark fruit smells abound as well with a slight citrus, herbal bitterness along with the dark fruit sweetness.

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The taste is big on the malts rather than the hops, but as this beer has been sitting around for almost 2.3 years I should've known the hops would be faded. Malt tastes traditional with toffee and caramel. What hops I do taste remind me of white grapes, mango, slight grapefruit and a bug orange flavor with a slight lemon citrus edge. This fresh might blow my socks off with hops. The mouth feel was full without being heavy and a little chalky at the end but no big deal. The drinkability was great and a sure benefit of its age. No alcohol tastes what so ever. This could have been a 7% brew as far as I could taste but as it's 10.5 or so, good job beer. Overall I think this is good but I need to try it fresh.

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

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.

Photo of Stofko1992
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

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

Bottled in Feb 2008 - Batch 7. Poured a nice dark copper color with a thick white head that fell slowly. Some head retention and great lacing.

Grassy hoppy smell with a hint of citrus.

Initial hop rush in the mouth followed by a sweet sensation. Some orange peel taste. More of a grassy aftertaste.

Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Somewhat of a dry aftertaste.

The alcohol is hidden fairly well. I had some hints of it at first but that has mellowed out. I would certainly seek this beer out again.

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

Reviewed from notes. Batch 13, bottled March 2011.

A: Pours a hazy amberish copper with a billowy white head which leaves a smeared lace.

S: Nose is citrus (grapefruit) and floral combined with a malty carmel sweetness.

T: Taste follows the nose but in reverse. Big sweet malts with a floral hop overload. Piney and bitter.

M: Oily, resinous and sticky sweet.

O: Not the best batch I've had. I recall others seemed much more hop forward in both the taste and smell. ABV is well hidden, but its presence is definitely felt by the end of the bottle.

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

I have enjoyed Maharaja several times at tastings but this is the first time to study it one bomber at a time in the comfort of my own den.

Appearance: This is a gorgeous beer. Pours a dull orange color with a large creamy ivory head (tight like foam), great retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: biscuity malts, lemon, orange rind and grassy hops hide a bit of alcohol in a pleasant loaded pine nose.

Taste: The hopheads will not be disappointed but the rest of us can appreciate the depths and balance of the beer as well. The scales are tipped to the orange peel / grassy hop side but the hops are not intense. The hope bill is clearly mixed and balanced and the malts make a notable effort and milky malts, caramel peach, pine sap and pineapple syrup sweeten things up a bit. The alcohol shows through in the flavor the whole way across the palate and build to a boozy kick at the back end. The aftertaste is lip smacking and last for a solid moment or three before beginning to fade.

Mouthfeel: Warming and dry due to the alcohol. Smooth due to the malts and solid body. Fluffy due to the carbonation and hops. Lip smacking aftertaste, very good all around.

Drinkability: The drinkability is not lacking (as DIPAs go) but it does suffer a bit from the alcohol content. After and evening of tasting a few beers, this will end the night.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of tkrane
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

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.

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.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,869 ratings.