Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,779
Hads: 5,136
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 331
Gots: 588 | 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 Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper/amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head with good retention. Generous, thick lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Big piney hops with grapefruit and pineapple notes. Resiny pine lingers. Also plenty of sweet caramel malt.

T: Very clear and assertive citrus bitterness with resiny pine. Sweet caramel malt brings a bit of balance. Bitter grapefruit finisch with warming alcohol.

M: Medium to full body. Well balanced carbonation. Creamy, warm and coating with a lingering hop finish.

D: Good for a10+% ABV DIPA. Nice blaance of citrus bang, sweet malts and bitter finish. (593 characters)

Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The liquid is cloudy; the colour is orange-brown. The finger thick head slowly sinks down to a thin lid, leaving some lace curtains.

The smell is hoppy and bitter with distinct notes of grapefruits, grapes and butter/butterscotch. Some alcohol and pine-needles, fresh timber and a touch of maple syrup.

The taste is brutally bitter with lots of grapefruit juice, wood, pine-needles and sweet toffee. Notes of cookies, tobacco, raw rhubarb, fruit candy and a hint of anise. Lots of American hops, of course. The powerful aftertaste is very bitter with some warming alcohol, butter and fresh vegetables. The long finish is citric and bitter.

The carbonation is strong with lots of small fresh bubbles. The liquid is a bit sticky.

A very good DIPA that managaes to hide the alcohol better than, say, Double Dog. (816 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a bright, mid-range shade of copper with a high level of carbonation. The off-white head is thick and has great retention. The aroma begins with a strong whiff of oily hops, but soon a strong, rich, and somewhat fruity malt smell takes over. The flavor has an interesting combination of hop and malt flavors; and is a little bit different from the few other 2XIPAs I've had. The malt flavor is strong, almost like a weak barleywine, with a distinct fruitiness. The hop flavor is strong, resinous, but not quite distinctly piney or citrissy. More than just a touch of alcohol flavor is noted towards the finish. This is great stuff, different from what I was expecting, but always interesting. (705 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an Avery bomber into pint glasses. Crystal clear and coppery tan color, thick and sticky head. You can tell from the smell that there are lots of malts in the backbone, it's got a nicely balanced nose, considering you expect tons of hops from the imperial ipa moniker.

The flavor is exceptional, malty and hoppy with hops winning the battle. The beer is pretty full-bodied too, making the taste last a long time as it coats your tongue.

Very good beer at a reasonable price ($5.99 per bomber). (511 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, Batch #13, March 2011, 10.54% ABV stated on label. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (mango, grapefruit, orange) hops, along with some pine hops and caramel malt. For the most part the taste mirrors the aroma. The citrusy hop flavors are dominant, but the caramel malt flavor is stronger than I thought it was going to be. With that being said, it's still a very tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and goes down pretty easy. I think this is a good overall brew, and one of the better Imperial IPA's out there. This wasn't my first time drinking Maharaja, and it certainly won't be the last time. (822 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 Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The departs the 22-ounce brown bottle a clean and clear dark amber color with the head creamy and light tan in color, the size modest, after its decline the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet that clings mightily to the glass. Nose is rich in sweet malt with a magnificent hop floral spiciness with is fresh and appetizing, start is sweet malt and the top middling in its feel. Finish determined in it hop spicy bite, the acidity meaningful and the aftertaste dry and pleasant, another great beer from a magnificent brewery. (525 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of super obvious but not extremely strong citrus hops, mildly pungent but still awesome. Quite inviting and just what I hope for in a good DIPA.

Taste is quite sweet and very rich and malty. There are hops here but to me it's more like am English barleywine. Mouthfeel is thick, caramelly and bready with a bit of a hop bite on the finish. Very smooth and creamy, almost a pillow-like feel with decent carbonation.
Overall this is a wonderful DIPA; as someone that likes malty examples this favors my preferences. This was quite refreshing and something i would buy again when available. If you are looking for a traditional palate wrecking DIPA look elsewhere as this is excellently balanced with malt sweetness and Pacific citrusy hops. (746 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 500th Review!


Appearance - Clear orange colour with a fairly large size frothy beige coloured head. There an average amount of carbonation, and there is some really good spider web lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with hops. It has a very sugary sweet taste and also some notes of orange juice and zest and also some pineapple. It finishes with a caramel sweet aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - Well you'd never know it was a 10% beer..the alcohol is very well hidden. It sort of reminded me of Gemini by Southern Tier but a little more balanced. I'm happy I got to try it and would love to try it on tap. (919 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dirty copper amber like color with an inch of fluffy tanish head that has some very impressive lacing throughout.

S - Surprised it smelled more than just citrus hops but I do get a very fine gram cracker malt. Almost spiced like the guy bellow a gingerbread.

T - I really enjoy this one. Where is the ABV, completely masked by the sweet bitter hops then the malt kicks in almost like a barleywine but quickly picks up with a bitter twang of resiny piney hops that coats the tongue long after the last sip.

M - It was surprisingly drinkable. I think of Hopslam without the sweetness of honey. Really such a balanced DIPA.

Overall I was impressed with this. On par with most DIPA's being more malt forward this ones got a pair with a strong hoppy finish that masks the ABV. Dangerously drinkable and for only 9 dollar a bottle for such a "limited" release I will try to grab another before the rest are gone. Good Stuff. (934 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into my Rochefort glass...Pours a dark orange with nice white and very sticky head...Really nice aroma of grapefruits, sweet, very similar to dreadnaught. Light hops on the back end...The taste is down a little, malty caramel backdone not much of the grapefruits. Mostly pine resin from start to finish. Its not too overpowering as far as this flavor goes, but a little one dimensional.

Above average ipa, worth trying but not worth searching out or trading for. (471 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes: This bottle is fresh bottled 3/11

appearance: copper orange with a 2 finger off white head

smell: hops galore, ciitrus, pine, sweet caramel malts

taste: pine, citrus, tons of grapefruit, sweet malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice and fresh DIPA. only draw back as it warmed up became very sweet.


Reviewed from Notes.

Appearance: Amber in color with a 1 finger tan head

Smell: Sweet malts, little hops, caramel,

Taste: Sweet malts, hops must of faded away not getting a whole lot of hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, sticky lingering taste

Drinkability: Not my favorite Double IPA but freshness might have done this one in from the get go. Just wish it was more balanced.

The CPJ (775 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great slightly cloudy amber color with a solid one finger head that took quite some time to go away. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Gotta love that pine resin. As soon as the bottle was open your hit with a wave of citrus and floral pine.

T - Just like the smell, intense piney greatness intermingles with grapefruit. Very delicious bittnerness.

M - Nice medium carbonation really works with this DIPA. Nice and dry with a strong hop finish.

D - One of my favorite DIPAs. Had everything working for it. Really something to try. That 10% does sneak up on you though! (588 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, malt and a floral quality.

T: Complex taste of hops, grapefruit, malt and a certain odd sweetness. It's a big, bold taste - just like an Imperial IPA should be.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a mainly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer. Has a big ABV%, but is still easy to drink. (494 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (454 characters)

Photo of markgugs
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

[bottled 2005 on label] poured from 22oz. bomber into a tulip snifter

A: A nice creamy beige head floats atop a gorgeously cloudy orange/amber-hued body. I can see already how much lacing this beer will leave stuck to the glass like ivy.

S: It's obvious right away this beer has been aging for some time, a delectable nutty roasty malt wafts upward, with only a hint of the resiny hops that existed. Thankfully...

T/M: ...this monster is as robust as ever! A massive wall of grapefruit dives headfirst in a creamy pool of sweetened, yeasty bread. Delicious! A perfectly bitter finish lingers just long enough, smacks the lips and demands to be fed again.

D: This regal beer's only drawback is that it only comes in 22oz. bombers, and the high ABV will knock you sideways if you're not careful. Not "drinkable" in the all night sense, but surely in the grab one whenever you can sense. Awesome beer! (910 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is brewed twice a year, I had the pleasure of the first batch of 2008. "This Royal Edition is 10.54% abv with a bigger hop edition to match." On cask at the Avery tasting room, pulled into a shaker, the appearance is an unassuming cloudy burnt gold with a small white collar that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is strong and super pungent fresh hops. Nice and resiny, a bit more floral I'd give it a 5.

Taste is spicy hops and sweet malt. Citrus, skunky, resinous, wow! Sure there's some noticeable alcohol, but wow are those hops fresh, so big and bold!

Mouthfeel is super nice and creamy thanks to the cask conditioning, dried by the high ABV. Sometimes cask ales can be a bit too thin for me, but with such a big beer, it really works perfectly!

Drinkability is really dangerous for me! This is one of my absolute favorite DIPAs, so to have it fresh on cask at the brewery for such a reasonable price, I could be here all night! (942 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at tapestry in philly

Pours a clouded grapefruit orange color with a thick layering of white head resting on top. Retains nicely with a plenty of film and leaves rings of lacing all down the glass.

Spiky grapefruit hops pierce the nose with some pith and rind. Juicy and sweet with caramel and honey. Bready malts with a smack of booze too.

Bitter and juicy up front with grapefruit and oranges. Smack of pineapple sweetness and sticky resin. Sweet tropical tones give way to a malty backbone with caramel, bread, and honey. More grapefruit and pineapple towards the finish, which is dry and boozy.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. I thought this was a little too sweet and boozy this time, although I've had it a bunch of times before and thought it was really good. (817 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Feb 2008 bottling, sampled 4/4. Bottle says 10.54%ABV instead of the 9.7% listed here

A: Beautiful reddish copper with a dense off white head. Not much carbonation but the massive amount of lacing makes up for it.

S:A pine hop slammer, this is. More pine follows with floral notes, dried mango, little more fruit and some sweet malt. Caramel with honey. Quite delicious.

T: Not as hoppy as the nose suggests with a lot of rum-like sweetness coming through on the palate. Hops are present up front with pine but I'm a tad disappointed by how heavily this leans on the sweeter side. The finish is on the sweeter side

M: Adequate carbonation, thickish body, bitter finish

D: I regret not having someone to share this with (737 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
O.G. 1.090, 102 IBUs, 10.54% ABV, "Supremely Limited", Batch No. 13 Mar. 2011.

A - Brilliantly clear golden orange in color topped by a three-finger sand-colored head. Retained very well and complimented by a thick coating of lace.

S - Hop central, Maharaja is loaded to the brim with juicy, fruity hops. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and resin gooey-ness on the finish. Well-balanced by sweet caramel malt on the back end.

T - Juicy mango, pineapple, and citrusy grapefruit hops flood the mouth and are generously backed by sweet caramel and Vienna malts.

M - Bitter as sin, Maharaja is brutal on the tongue with a killer finish. Still, it remains balanced without a noticeable alcohol kick. Malty sweet finish with a medium body this one is.

O - A very good double IPA full of fruity flavors! I like this one a lot and it deserves it's rightful place on the top 100. (924 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 tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper and amber color with some shockingly excellent clarity; a light beige, creamy, fine-bubbled head tops this one off and leaves little bits of lacing on its way down the glass. Big-time pine and citrus hits your nose right away; mild pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest. The hop profile is lightly peppery, piney, and leafy. As it opens up, it becomes more weed, dank, and pungent. The hop bill is met with an equally powerful malt bill; sweet, toasty, steely caramel and light brown sugar on the nose. Again, there are some light spices, mostly reminiscent of white pepper, floating around in the aroma.

The taste hits big with a uniquely pungent and sweet hop flavor, alongside a faint cinnamon and white pepper spiciness. Upon tasting, the hop profile seems to be a little more floral and perfume-like than the nose would have you believe. Caramel malts are present, and heavy at that, maybe almost too powerful for a DIPA. Sweet bread and butter also comes alive thanks to the hefty malt bill. There's a nice sharp bitterness brought in from the leafy hops, followed closely by a nice, counterbalancing sugar-coated grapefruit flavor. Little bits of citrus sift into the aftertaste with a dying leafy and floral flavor from the hops. Medium-thick body with middle of the road carbonation.

Decent DIPA, although maybe a tad overrated in my opinion. Little heavy on the malt, I would've liked to see a little more hop flavors jumping out, although the hop profile was pretty unique in its own right. (1,520 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip[ for an auburn cider gold body with minimal head and lace down the glass. An intense soapy/floral hop smell with plenty of citric hop notes. Incredibly dry with tropical and citric fruit flavors tucked in a smooth, medium body. Hints of bread and oak malts mixed in there with hints of caramel malt. Finishes crisp and this is a great beer but a little too dry to be sessionable. I just wish it was a tad less husky on the tongue. (450 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was found at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. Poured cold in a tulip glass this beauty shows a light copper, clear and glowing with a fair off-white head and decent cascading lace. The aroma emits a pronounced but tasteful grapefruit, somewhat floral at times with a sweet bread base. The flavor is tart cider pine with full malt earthiness. It borders on the bubblegum edge but instead reaches into that hard grain core to keep you grounded and blissful. As you go you pick up some peanutty touches and evident alcohol to warm you up a bit. It's full bodied, lightly but confidently carbonated and smooth as can be. The bitter hops hold the highlight here, becoming even more pronounced as you go. Drinkability would seem marginal based on alcohol but it is a wonderful taste sensation. Very grainy, tart and good! (825 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, date stamp appears to be 14072, but it's a bit smudged. Release No. 18, 2014. Sadly I have only had 2 previous encounters with this beer. I would guess 2008 and 2009. What was I thinking waiting 5 years?!
L - a frothy spattering of ivory head covers the top of the glass as it fades atop a brilliant amber colored ale
S - sweet, hoppy, tropical nose with mango, pineapple, caramel, bread
T - sweet yet bitter and pungent: caramel, honey, faint toffee and toasted grain, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and pine all meld together wonderfully
F - fuller body, a bit resinous and finishes semi dry with lingering bitterness; booze is warming and pleasant
O - world class DIPA. A must try. (696 characters)

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,779 ratings.