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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,737 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,737
Reviews: 1,743
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 265
Gots: 410 | 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 aeminter
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear and copper color...about a finger's worth of head to start then only a thin layer...constant

S- Very hoppy, citrusy, piney...pungent

The first thing that hits me is the viscosity of the beer. It's very thick for an IIPA. First flavors come from the hops...bitter,subtle malts, did i mention hops and bitter?
In all fairness the beer is a good representation of the style, but I'm not particularly fond of it.

aeminter, May 04, 2009
Photo of maxpower
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a clear copper- amber with a nice off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Pineapple, pine and grapefruit aromas, citrus, pine, melon, pineapple and grapefruit flavors. Full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, finishes dry and bitter, alcohol well hidden and very drinkable.

maxpower, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Burnished orange-copper with golden butterscotch accents. Even though the pour wasn't overly aggressive, the head filled most of the pint glass. It's somewhere between palest caramel and ivory in color, with an upper surface that is occupied by thousands of fragile, glassy bubbles. A thick blanket of lace is currently visible.

The nose is the hop monster that was anticipated. However, two things keep me from being wildly enthusiastic. The citrus and spruce of Centennial and Simcoe aren't helped by what I assume is the contribution from Magnum. The second thing is that the almost double digit alcohol is incompletely buried.

The same faults apply to the flavor profile, although I hesitate to use that word in what is still a delicious beer. The bulwark-like maltiness practically oozes sweet, sticky caramel. I'm not sure about an 'insane quantity of malted barley', as the label claims, but it's at least mentally unbalanced. Maharaja is sweeter than most DIPAs. Probably too much so.

What would a DIPA be without hops? Relax, that's strictly a rhetorical question. While this DIPA has a massive amount of them, it doesn't have the 'deranged amount' that the label would have us believe. What is it with Avery and mental illness? (rhetorical again). Like the aroma, the flavor is dominated by candied citrus peel and pine sap, but the less desirable flavor qualities of the Magnum hops keep getting in the way.

Any beer with this much malt is bound to have a killer mouthfeel. It's expansive, smooth as heavy silk and some kinda likeable. It promotes sipping rather than gulping, which is a good thing since the beer tastes like a 12%'er and drinks like one too. Time and warming have smoothed some of the initial rough edges.

Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale is the antithesis of a well-mannered DIPA. It's big, bold and bombastic. Avery has a penchant for brewing Big Beer, but they tend to forget that refinement is a necessary quality in even the biggest beer. The relatively high scores that I've granted are a testament to my love of all things hoppy. I'm guessing that those of you who don't belong to 'Hopheads For Life' won't feel so generous.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of deereless
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold to brown tea colored, thick rocky head with some sticky lacing along the edge of the glass, crystal clear on the first pour but noticeable sediment on the bottom of the bottle - 4.50, S: Loads of earthy & citrusy hops with a smattering of pine, definite pungency to the nose, there is also a solid showing from tropical fruits such a pineapple and possibly passion fruit, though hops take center stage the malts are also evident and alcohol is obvious - 4.00, T: Extremely piney, some sticky sweetness on a heavy malt base, definite warming on the noticeable alcohol - 4.00, M: Full-bodied and creamy - 4.50, D: A solid interpretation of a double IPA, the high alcohol pushes it a touch outside of the drinkable range though that won't stop me from continuing to enjoy Maharaja - 4.00

deereless, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of blitz134
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this one for a while. JUST picked it up at the store and I'm already in the bottle (a bit earlier in the day than usual, hehe).

Hops hiss out from under the cap when I crack it open. Bottled in Feb '06, so this is pretty fresh. Orangish, light caramel colored clear body. White head on top. Not overly big, but a nice layer sticks around capping this one off. Grips the sides of the glass.

Hops abound in this one as expected. Lots of pine and citrus explode from the glass. Some straw, grassy aromas come in too. A bit of caramel malt sweetness sneaks in the aroma as well.

Spicy hops hit the tounge initially. Resinous and pine hops dominate the flavor. Balanced really well with some biscuity malts with a touch of caramel once again. Finishes pretty bitter (nothing I can't handle or don't enjoy though). Its more bitter than hop flavored. I'm not saying the flavor isn't hoppy, because it definately is, but the flavor disappears quickly once its down. Some lingering effects outside of the bitterness could be good. No hint of alcohol at all...might be a bit troublesome later on.

Mouthfeel is fairly full. A bit of oiliness, but not too slick going down. Good feel though, but like I mentioned above, the bitterness lingers and the flavor goes away. Drinkability is nice. Nicely hopped and well balanced, really quaffable for this level of ABV. Definately a must pickup if you see it...

blitz134, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A clear red-orange with a nice white lace.

S - Definitely get alcohol as the prominent smell. There is also an earthy/piny aroma from the hops.

T - Alcohol is also the prominent taste. As the alcohol subsides, apples and pears come through, which are followed by a nice bitterness from the hops that really coats your entire mouth.

M - The body is thick and a little syrupy, and the carbonation is low which is nice for a beer with this abv.

O - This is a really nice beer. You can't have too many of these because of the combination of the bitterness and alcohol. But having a glass is really really enjoyable.

3HovsepiansBrews, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of yodaseo
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

yodaseo, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of unskinnyhop09
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had both tap and bottle
tap is amazing - bottle is decent
i would almost argue that they put grapefruit juice in this beer. it is really good...just MUCH better on tap than in bomber.
if it's on tap, get it. it tastes great...it smells better.
warning...it will knock you on your ass.

unskinnyhop09, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Thur123
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Glug glug glug

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.

Thur123, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very clear, light amber color with gold streaks. Big and fluffy large bubbled bright white head that leaves a very thcik layer of pillowy lace on the pint.
Aroma of citrus, pine, resins overpowering a sweet caramel base.
Flavor of caramel with some bread tones is the base and layered on top is a heavy resin hop note. Real gritty and ripping with hop oil and pine cone.
Mouthfeel has a teeth numbing bittering hidden and cut by citrus sweetness and a big time resin hit and a large dry finish. Just a hint of alcohol appears.
Drinkability is relatively high. Little bit over the top but a real solid hop lovers delight.

CRJMellor, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of SpecialK088
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Delirum Snifter, bottled in feb. '08 batch 7

Pours a dark orange/copper color with about 1 1/2 finger head and a little lacing down the glass as you drink it. The nose in this beer is extremly powerful, very floral, hops and then there is almost a sweet citrus smell that come through. Taste is very strong hops, hops, hops along with the grapefruit notes its very smooth and easy on the way down, leaves that good bitterness in the back of your mouth, this one will stick with you from drink to drink. Good carbonation level and sliky smooth.

Not something i could kick back quickly or on a real regular basis, but overall a great brew and i'll get another for sure when it comes my way again.

SpecialK088, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Poured into a snifter & reviewed between the 50-55 deg F recommendation.*

A- Dark Copper. Thick head recedes to a one pinky, soapy head around the rim of the glass. Surprising that there isn't a whole lot of lacing. There is a good bit of sediment.

S- Nose is a lot less hoppy then I would have expected. There is a large malt scent overall. The nose is of warm alcohol mixed with a kind cirtusy hop as well.

T- Malts, citrus hops, and a warming alcohol. The alcohol gives the beer another layer of bitterness to this already bitter beer! There is a rich tobacco flavor in the background as well! Finish is about 15-20 seconds in length to me. It coats the back of the throat very slowly with hops and alcoholic bitterness.

M- For such a high ABV beer, it's really an easy drinking beer. It's a medium body, but it's the right kind of body for an imperial IPA. A little sticky and oily, but not bad. It makes the alcohol with the malts and hops coat the back of your throat nicely.

*At $10 a bottle, I don't know how many more times I'll be having this beer. But in general, this a very good beer. I was nervous trying a 102 IBU beer, but there is so much malt and alcohol warmth that the hop bitterness isn't all that harsh. A beer for me!

ThomasMetal75, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of huhl23
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 14, June 2011. Been looking forward to trying this bad boy. Poured a deep amber color with two finger head that hung around the entire beer. Very malty and hoppy. Similiar to 90 min, but not as good in my opinion. Maybe cuz it's not ultra fresh, but not as good as I expected although I had set my expectations high. Overall I'd drink again but not go out of my way to get.

huhl23, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Translucent amber with a well maintained beige head of about an inch in height.

S - Just simply bursting with grapefruit goodness.

T - Like the nose, giant grapefruit funtime taste with a nice well balanced touch of honey sweetness.

M -Smooth, decent level of carbonation and a wonderfully citrus bitter aftertaste.

O - Well worth the hype. Great all the way around.

gopens44, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Murchmac
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful creamsicle orange color. Not much carbonation, or big head to this beer.

It smells like the beginning of the ganges river. Hoppy, malts, spicy curry. Ann Curry.

Tastes very spicy at first, then hoppy, with lingering malts and bitterness that coats your tongue like a good DIPA.

Goes down easy, like lamb vindalu.

This beer begs to be drank, just not with a pakastani beer.

Murchmac, Apr 25, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Michael_Thirst, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of cameraman
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber color, with an inch and half head that forms. The head is creamy in color and laces slowly down the glass. A strong floral aroma hits the nose and is mixed with a string malt scent as well. That will soon be overshadowed by stronger hop fragrances of citrus, grass and pine. The taste starts with hearty malt flavor then rolls into an intense hop biterness of grapefruit and lemony citrus flavors, which lingers on the palate for sometime. It has a smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied at first and gets heavier as it reaches the back of the throat. An easy to drink IPA, the aroma is inviting, the flavor is strong, and the even feel, make this a must try beer for hopheads and a good beer for those wanting to try stronger IPA's

cameraman, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Twerknasty
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant dark orange color, with an off-white somewhat creamy head. Nose is very similar to Bells Hopslam, but with more of a malt background to give the intense grapefruit some backbone. Really smells of great citric fruit. The nose leads you to believe that there is going to be something incredibly interesting and possibly maybe quite a balance to the hops, but that doesn't happen. Intense hop pine, roasted grapefruit which is interesting but doesn't add a balance to the alcohol. Surprisingly there is a creamyness throughout the whole palate with the malts! Very tasty, although showing a little more alcohol than i would like. Just like rolling into a club, and seeing the hottest hop from a distance and you want to take that hop home for sure. After some hardcore krunk dancing, the dance is over and the lights turn on to reveal that miss hoppy isn't as treal as you thought. Even though you aren't 100% down, you still put that hop in your whip and take it home. Also you roll that hop in some peanut butter.

Twerknasty, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Poured from a 22oz bomber to a goblet. Pours a nice reddish-blond color with a decent head which dissipates relatively quick leaving a faint white ring atop the brew.

S - Huge aroma, which you can pick up on as soon as you crack the top. Citrus (tangerine, grapefruit), possibly some cilantro, and vanilla, very complex aroma but it makes me want to keep smelling. Very inviting.

T - Same complexity as the smell, starts off slow, sweetness like a ruby red grapefruit, sweetness from the malts, then the hops become more pronounced and tart, finishes with a bitter punch.The alcohol is there but never overwhelming, very subtle. Man there is alot going on here and my palate is just not far along enough to break it down any further.

M - Somewhat creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D - Scary smooth for the 10% ABV. The complexity of the flavors keep you coming back for more but this is by no means a session beer, not even close. This is certainly one to end the night with as I doubt your palate would be able to recover from the experience quickly. Very enjoyable and a must try for any DIPA fan.

Pdiddey3d, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of TastyTaste
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lightly hazed orange body, good sized head, looks nice.

Smell: Big hoppy characters, fruity, piney, herbal, with a malt base to match, a nice carmel presence.

Taste: Oh so sweet and bitter, rich and hoppy. The flavors end a little bit minty, but the bitterness is very well done. As good as I remember it on tap. The alcohol does turn out a little medicinal, which makes this a little annoying towards the end of the bottle, but still good.

Drinkability: A solid DIPA, I am glad this is finally available in Minnesota.

TastyTaste, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of tzchandler
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very distinctive label. I'm not a big fan of Indian Beers but the American Beer withe IPA Historic context label does stand out. They choose their hops well. Nice almost creamy feel. Dam good IPA.

This is in the top 10 of the home craft beers I've tasted. I would venture to state I think this beer would taste a bit better a few degrees warmer than your fridge temperature.

This is a strong flavor hops beer but no where over the top is hoppyness. Well done guys.

tzchandler, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of ojiikun
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an over half-liter bottle into a wineglass as big as my head. Sunset orange body is only slightly hazed. Fine light off-white head sticks well to whatever it touches. Bottle is marked batch 6, may 2007.

Smell is strongly of grapefruit, pineapple. Touces of fresh-cut softwood. Truly deep whiffs reveal toasty malts and a sweetness that carries the fruit notes well. Very acrid and bitter smelling, much like cranberry juice (not implying the flavour, though).

Flavour is puckeringly bitter but sweet and warm. Lots of salty hop leaf and forest needles. Grapefruit continues, now joined by green apple skin and unripe blackberries.

Feels thick in the mouth, but never manages to coat more than the roof of the mouth. So acrid and clean are the first and last notes. Exceptionally drinkable for a beer of either this hop character or this body, let alone both.

ojiikun, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02-06

Spicy hops and sweet juicy malt. Floral/citric spicy hops are clean and crisp. Intense and very American. Malt is sweet with chocolate and toasty notes.

Orange-gold/reddish-copper color. Looks clear despite the translucence. Medium-light head dissipates too quickly leaving medium-light lace.

Medium-full bodied delivery of malty sweetness and sparkling hops. Hop character is a thick bouquet with citrus splashes and spicy hints. Medium-high bitterness – quite tame. Good balance. Malt flavor is medium and clean with a sticky sweetness. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness making it just over medium dry.

Smooth and thick. Mild carbonation.

Finely tuned IPA. It’s strong, crisp, and tame - not extreme or over-the-top like some Imperial IPA offerings (not that there’s anything wrong with that). It is also decently priced; thanks Avery. I like it and would get it again.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very nice deep amber hue with what started out to be a nice two finger head quickly dissipated into a small think sheet of head coating from start to finish of the beer.
It has a great nose on it. Loads of oily hop scent with big fresh oranges coming through and some great big bready malt tones coming through as well. This is a real winner at this point.
The taste at the start of the beer is very well balanced with bready malt and citrus coating my palate. As the beer warmed a bit though I found this beer to be very sweet for my taste. Some drinks the malt was the most dominant flavor and then at other times the grapefruit and pine flavor would take center stage.
The mouthfeel is the best attribute to this beer. It's smooth and velvety across my palate with a strong finish and very likable aftertaste.
The drink ability is good on this even though the alcohol isn't extremely well hidden, but one bomber is more than enough for me.

TheodorHerzl, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

333rd review on BA
bottle to snifter
22oz bottle/Batch 12/3-10-11 bottle date

App- A darker amber color with some tinged highlights of brown. A nice puffy 1 1/2 finger head. Longer lasting than I thought with some decent lacing.

Smell- WOW, what a great boquet of scents. Fresh cut fruits with mango being dominant to a bit of a grapefruit hop/malt combo. Very fresh.

Taste- A big malty DIPA. Taste went opposite of the nose but was expecting that. Very few DIPAs carry the fresh fruits over. This was a bit caramel in flavors with a certain freshness you could taste. The piney taste was pretty good as well. Nice boozy taste as well but not over done.

Mouth- A bit of a thicker medium body with a medium carb level. A little like cough medicine in feel with that creaminess to it. Leaves a spicy, malty, fruity after taste.

Drink- Overall, a very good IPA. Nice balanced bold flavors that call to be enjoyed. Would have this one again.

FosterJM, Mar 23, 2011
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,737 ratings.