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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company


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4,118 Ratings

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Ratings: 4118
Reviews: 1707
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%

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:
ABV varies slightly batch to batch.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005)
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2009 23:44:02 | More by cichief
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, this beer was an amber color with a thick, white, sticky head. Lots of lacing. The aroma was intensely floral, with a bit of malt. Big piney hops taste, again a bit of malt. Pretty well-balanced, although this was a really hoppy beer. One, maybe two, at a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2009 16:02:25 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of SpruceFish

Burkina Faso

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper in color with white head and white lacing that sticks to the glass the whole time

S- HOPS HOPS HOPS with some citrusy undertones

T- again tons of hops really fresh again with some citrusy undertones maybe some pine in there too yet kind of boozy

M- pretty heavy for an DIPA but still pretty good

D- the high ABV kind of takes away on this one

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 17:09:21 | More by SpruceFish
Photo of ffejherb


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/27/09.

A - Clear amber/orange body with lively carbonation and one finger of creamy, off-white head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and deposited thick, sticky foam around the glass.

S - Pungent fume of equal parts grapefruit and pine with a hefty waft of alcohol as well. Plenty of sweet caramel malt backs up the assertive hop nose.

T - Extremely hoppy yet exquisitely balanced DIPA with a sturdy malt sweetness underneath the abundance of hops. Hop bitterness is bold with juicy citrus fruit and sticky, resiny pine sap. There's also quite a bit of alcohol presence to heat things up a bit.

M - Medium to full body that's thick and rich yet sticky and syrupy. Moderate carbonation. Beefy alcohol presence.

D - Fantastic DIPA with a huge hop presence that I found to be quite pungent and fresh. As excellent on tap as it is from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 17:19:47 | More by ffejherb
Photo of DIM


3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Clear copper color, served to me with a big, frothy head.

s: Big fresh piny hop aromas and plenty of caramel backing things up.

t: Sweeter and hotter than I'd like. The huge piny hop flavors were nice, but the fuesel finish was a bit much.

m: Slick body with creamy carbonation.

d: Pretty good, but not my cup of tea.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 22:26:52 | More by DIM
Photo of DNICE555


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Plan B. Served in a chalice.

A - Copper - very clear. Decent white head with a yellow tint to it. Very nice lacing.

S - Hops, Hops, Hops - Very Nice (spoken like Borat) Powerful aroma here, picking up some citrus, resin, and pine as well but the hops are by far the most prominent in the aroma. Smells as good as Christina Ricci right after she showered.

T - Hops again, smooth bitterness, very nice caramel malt undertones providing a nice balance. Grapefruit combines with the hops to provide a very powerful flavour.

M - Carbonation on the lighter side. Medium body. Very smooth for such a powerful beer.

D - Very powerful DIPA - barley detect the alcohol. Very strong taste - couldn't throw back too many of these. I sipped on this one for about an hour.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 15:10:32 | More by DNICE555
Photo of jacobseyb


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From cask at FRTH in Denver,

A=looked very much like a double/imperial IPA should almost copper in color, clear, with a thick, two fingered almost off white head

S=very appropriate, citrus notes, hoppy bitterness, though alcohol was very muted given the ABV

T=good, citrus, hops, much the way it smelled

M=nice, light carbonation, some oilyness and aftertaste

D=very drinkable, dangerous given the ABV, could have easily had a few more

Serving type: cask

04-25-2009 03:37:46 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of Sean9689


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a frothy white head into my tulip glass. Smell is knock-your-socks HOPS along with some citrus flavors. Taste is straight up hops/citrus and nothing else...a true hop bomb. Mouthfeel is nice and medium, just what I expect from this beer. At 10.6% ABV, I don't know how many I could drink but I do like it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2009 01:43:08 | More by Sean9689
Photo of emerge077


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goblet at Long Room.

Amber tinged orange, bright with a fine clarity. Bursting with citrusy orange, grapefruit aromas, approaching tropical proportions. Smooth bodied, a little bit syrupy, with sturdy anchoring malts holding down the fort under the huge dank/fruity hop load. The foam is lasting to the end, and leaves generous lace. A really nice DIPA that i'm glad to have discovered. Locally comparable to Flossmoor and FFF in quality and taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 23:40:30 | More by emerge077
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/09/10- Adding some thoughts after a recent tasting. Either the recipe or my palate has changed dramatically in the past year, because I certainly didn't get massive maltiness this time around. Adjusting scores accordingly.

Aromas- Big citrus and peach with stinging pine. Fresh and raw.

Taste/feel- A burst of fruit up front- melon/peach/tart apple/grapefruit quickly transitions to a flash of sweetness, then tanginess, then a smack of pine. All this happens within the span of a second or so. Wild. Just enough sweetness to impart a moderate quenching quality. Pungently bitter drying finish, just short of puckering. Booze only shows up in the aftertaste as a warming presence, quite a feat. This brewery certainly knows how to put a quality hoppy beer together.

Original review

On tap, served in a small nonic.

Very dark, intimidating copperish color. 1/2 finger cream colored head composed of very fine bubbles. Lots of visual carbonation bubbling up. Delicate, almost creamy looking lacing.

Why must bars, even good beer bars, serve beers in glassware that blunts the wonderful aromas??? By cupping my hands around the top of the glass, I'm able to gather up a pretty big bouquet of citrusy and piny hops. Lots of bold malt, too. If I get a chance to try this again in a decent glass, I will adjust ratings accordingly. Seems like the smell would be off the charts from a snifter.

This is a BIG beer. Big hops, big malt. Massive sweet and bready malts smack the tongue around almost as hard as the tag team of grapefruit and pungent earthy hops. Love the balance provided by the big malt backbone. The noticeable alcohol burn in the swallow and aftertaste is my only complaint. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Almost full-bodied, vigorous carbonation of small, creamy bubbles. Drinks like a meal!

Overall impression: Very enjoyable DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 17:45:17 | More by PDXHops
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.1/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on cask at deep ellum, in allston, MA. tasted in mid-late march, 2009. served in "fluted teardrop" stemware

amber, with slight haze. bubbly foam, fades to wispy suds. splotchy lace.

aroma and taste are hoppy, but subdued, as is the caramel character. a more subtle apple fruitiness comes out, but this is not very dynamic. hops just become annoyingly resinous, without that great citrus freshness, which the keg and bottle versions have.

nah... it seems that most of the time, these extra-fresh/hoppy double IPA's just don't benefit from the cask...

a wasted effort on one of my favorite beers.

Serving type: cask

04-17-2009 10:37:09 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of jminsc76


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With alexd3891 at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica, and he insists we both try the Maharaja on tap. So we do. Exhibits a thick creamy head with slight carbonation. Great lacing as the head dissipates, like rings of smoke from a well-puffed cigarette. The color of the body is a golden reddish and dark honey gold (I stole the latter description from alex3891).

The smell is fresh, intense, and very piny, making the mouth water for the flavors to come. Strong flavors including the typical pine, citrus, and vanilla you come to expect from any good non-West Coast Imperial IPA. And it exhibits them nicely. Also exhibits hints of caramel and maltiness. In fact, after repeated sips the taste is virtually divided between hops and malts. Very hot on the palate, almost a slight burn, but the intensity of the flavors cools it down.

Not for the uninitiated to the realm of strong hoppy beers. And definitely something I can't see myself enjoying for more than two per sitting. Could also be a little more refined - like the present king of double IPAs Pliny the Younger - but the overall taste, appearance, and aromas puts Maharaja among my top five Imperial IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2009 21:37:13 | More by jminsc76
Photo of Kegatron


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Shady McGrady's (Harrisburg, PA) on 4/10/09. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a 1/2 finger of foamy brite-white head. Beautiful looking creamy layer of retention stays robust, leaving some massive, drenching lace back. The aroma is just a huge hoppy nose of spicy and floral hops and juicy tropical citrus, and some additinal tangy notes of caramel hiding out in the back. This aroma is so rich, I can actually smell and enjoy it over the thick cloud of smoke that is hovering around me in this ash-pit of a beer bar.

The taste is exceedingly bitter and spicy with a mouth puckering resinous hoppiness. A potent blend of citrus, caramel, and toasted malts tries valiently to even things out some but..DAMN!..this sucka is bitter and proud of it! The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a beefy feel but overall creamy carbonation to it. There is some definite alcohol heft to the body that combines with the extreme bitterness to impart a sharp sting to the feel but I never do get that medicinal taste, which is a very good thing.

This is just a MASSIVE hop bomb of a DIPA from Avery. Huge body, bitterness, and tropical fruits are the highlights, even though they might not always mesh at times. If your looking for a hoppy punch in the face, definitely check this out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2009 16:23:26 | More by Kegatron
Photo of robbyc1


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Long Room in Chicago

Great off orange clear look with a nice little off white head, lots of carbonation.

Wow, big nose, the hops are there with orange, lime, and lemon notes, as big as any i've tried, no sign of the malt, but who cares?

The hop flavors mentioned come through, very refreshing, with enough malt behind so it's not too bitter, nice dry finish that lingers.

Silky, heavy, round in the mouthfeel, very easy drinker given the abv, but hard to finish a small glass, just enough bomb taste for one. I would compare this to Goose's DIPA, very good drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2009 14:27:14 | More by robbyc1
Photo of jfunkk79


3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Cambridge Common.

Color is a hazy, amber, sunrise.

Smells and tastes a little sweet/fruity but is really creamy. Hops come through in the end mostly with malt up front. Overall an extremely tasty beer but a tiny bit malty. Very drinkable for a 10%!

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2009 04:45:22 | More by jfunkk79
Photo of rwdkosak


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap poured into pint glass though probably would have been better to have been a snifter or tulip as this was a fairly full beer to sample. A thick light head formed on top of golden, slightly copper tones with lacing that clinged to the glass.

The nose was full of floral and hops...sweet and quite fresh. Taste followed suit with (obviously) fully hopped, floral notes and sweetness in front then slight bitterness that grabs the tongue toward the finish. Not as much alcohol that was initially expected from the 9+% ABV though as I say..a pint was quite a full sample especially as it was preceeded by a Mattingly's Dead Flower which is hopped to the hilt!!

Nonetheless, this is a really good beer. Very drinkable a great Imperial IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2009 02:05:59 | More by rwdkosak
Photo of gunnerman


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beast on tap at a new bar in Boca Raton, FL. The look of this beer is your standard IPA with nice redish yellow tone and nice fluffy head. Smell is where this beer is at, this was so fresh that the hops were dancing in my nostrils. I could smell strong tangerine, summer morning a bit of lemon zest. The taste hits like a brick very hoppy and malty, the hops lingers on your tongue and a sweet candy like finish. The alcohol heat up as it warms. This was truly impressive fresh and on tap made it even better.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2009 11:24:29 | More by gunnerman
Photo of unskinnyhop09

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2009 02:47:58 | More by unskinnyhop09
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second beer of the sample I took last night. I was very excited to finally be able to try this one on tap. Consumed on 04/03/2009.

The pour was very nice with a rich light golden amber. Smooth and very cloudy, this thing looked like it was about to kick my ass, and as I was about to find out, it was defintley going to. Lots of ripe grapefruit and pineapple hops that just tore through the air as soon as I leaned in to it. Huge notes of hops dominated the entire flavor as well. Sharp flavor here as the resin like hops took all the moisture out of my mouth and left me parched, dry and looking for more. One of the best finishes I have had in a big IPA in a very, very long time. I would love to try this one again and will defitely be on the lookout to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 20:53:51 | More by mikesgroove
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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's. The beer is medium orange with a nice frothy and pillowy white head. Retention is good.

This is one citrus-hopped DIPA. It's brimming with fresh bitter grapefruit and orange pith. Some pine notes are evident. There's a crackery, bready, and caramely malt backbone that makes a valiant effort at balancing out the hops, but thankfully it doesn't succeed. This beer has a fantastic citrus hop aroma.

This is definitely a Double IPA. The alcohol is strong, but the hop flavor is complex enough to accommodate. The beer has a high level of bitterness and tons of citrus. Oily, grapefruit, orange, and some resiny pine. The malt profile is of caramel and a breadiness. It's almost well balanced, but the hops don't quite relent. The finish incorporates all the aforementioned delicious citrus flavors with some alcohol and a bitterness that lingers.

The beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation, and a dry, sticky, oily mouthfeel.

It's been a while since I revisited this beer, and I think I'd forgotten how fantastic it is fresh. I'm glad to say that it's just as good as I remembered.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 20:08:50 | More by HopHead84
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at alchemy

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a snifter from the gaudy tap handle, bright amber body with a thin beige lace

smell: punchy and tropical, really fruity with nice citrus notes, piney hops...quality

taste: awesome DIPA - i've always neglected the avery presence on shelves here but this a nice beer. tropical punch, nice and sweet, ruby red grapefruit, pine. very nicely hopped

mouthfeel: creamy and coating

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 19:19:15 | More by dirtylou
Photo of ommegoose


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the Map Room, served in a Unibroue tulip. Bright deep amber. Darker than a lot of IIPAs. Two inches of thick bubbly Bailey's-colored head. Gloppy, heavy lacing. Carbonation is incredibly fine and not even really visible.

Hoppy aromas aplenty. Sweet fruity pineapple and grapefruit. mint leaf. Sticky hops. Incredibly fresh aroma.

Explosive flavor. Some nice tartness jumps out from fresh citric flavors. Most pineapple of any IIPA I can recall. Sticky resinous fresh hops. Too much of that to observe much of the malt. That must be a truckload of hops to cover the malt in a 10% beer that barely has a hint of alcohol in the taste. Grapefruit bitterness is pleasantly puckering. Finishes with fresh hop aftertastes and some dry bitterness.

Fluffy. Not boozy. A tiny sip seems to coat the tongue and go a long way. Very smooth, carbonation is incredibly fine.

Screams out for sip after sip, even at over 10% abv. (Listed at 10.54% on their menu.) I followed this with a Pranqster, which at 7%, tasted boozier than Maharaja. Delicious. I'm not sure how this compares to fresh WC IIPAs, but if those are so much better than this, I need to make a trip ASAP. Starts to taste very sweet when it warms, which slowed me down a bit. Maybe it is all that booze kicking in, but one glass felt like enough. Could have been palate fatigue as well. The lack of malt complexity shows as a bit of a weakness over time, and is one reason why I can drink 90 Minute all night long, but would probably top out at a bomber of this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2009 20:40:15 | More by ommegoose
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Abraxas. Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, it rests a peachy gold with a thin cap of foam. Nose is overwhelmingly pink grapefruit juice, like cutting open a ripe Indian River grapefruit, very nice. Citrusy hop dominates the flavor as expected, yet backed up by clover-honey sweetness. Feel is thick and hefty; in this area, I feel it could pass for a barleywine, not surprising at 10.54%. One to savor, this isn't a quick-drinking DIPA, as it skews to the stronger side of an already strong style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2009 19:37:14 | More by Patrick999
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4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 16:30:19 | More by Yetiman420
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent double IPA. Served in a pint glass. Slight haziness, lots of bubbles, ring of white head. Nose is hops, more west coast hops, grass and grapefruit mixed with other citrus. Taste is a super hop bomb with intricate citrus flavors and delicate pine and flower. Mouthfeel is syrupy and resinous. This is a hop lover's beer, but it doesn't bash you over the head - the interwoven layers help to soften the blow, and create a rich texture of flavors. Probably my favorite from Avery.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2009 05:34:31 | More by shivtim
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,118 ratings.