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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,797 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,797
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 273
Gots: 419 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

MarkyMOD, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 3/12/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color

s - Smells of hops and sweet malts. A little citrus as well.

t - Smooth sweet malts, as well as some citrusy hops. Hints of fruit as well. Quite enjoyable.

m - Full body with moderate carbonation, pretty smooth. Easy to drink considering the high ABV.

d - I liked this DIPA a lot. I thought there was a nice combination of citrusy hops and sweet malts that created a nice smooth taste that's easy to drink. Would definitely try again.

mdfb79, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

beernads, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and bisquit malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. It's bitter with a warm malty feel. The taste is great. It has a wonderful hop wallop along with a solid malt bill that adds balance and an elevated abv. . It goes down easy with a bitter/bisquity finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got excellent malt character as well as hop presence. It's bold, but within reason. It's balanced and very enjoyable.

WesWes, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the new Plano Gingerman.

The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the pine and resin. The flavor is a mix of West Coast hops with some grapefruit, pine and resin notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 29, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazed deep amber with a thick, bubbly, off-white head that slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of tangy, pungent citrus with pine/resin. Slight caramelish and spicy alcohol backing.

The taste is of alcohol spiciness and pine/resin. The alcohol brings out the resin to the point that the citric fruitiness is almost lost in the shuffle. Sweet malt is there, but this is so much of an overload of resin and alcohol it becomes difficult to make out the complexity of it. After a show of sweetness, raw bitterness hangs on in the finish.

Full-bodied, but an overload on the palate, especially of the burningly sharp heat of the alcohol. Burnt plastic aftertaste.

Well, it disappeared faster than expected so there is something to it. And, it is a big brew, but almost too big to be enjoyable. I correctly chose this as a nightcap, as the tastebuds are shot after it. Interesting, and I can appreciate big beers, but this was too over-the-top and almost lost under persistent alcohol and resin. Worth having once to try it, but I can't see returning to it.

jwc215, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orange, slightly dark amber. Some chill haze, but still able to read through it. Impressive large-bubbled head that dies off slowly. Thick large lace, which with the popped bubbles looks a little like polluted water scum.

Lots of fresh, green hops; very fresh smelling. Highly dry-hopped. Low malt and surprisingly low alcohol aromas

Too bitter? This may be the one. Even as a hop head, the bite here is quite strong. Still, this beer is multidimensional--lots of malt up front which quickly gives way to the bitterness. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. Full bodied with higher carbonation, which I think cuts the high alcohol content flavors.

An interesting beer to try. I'd be fascinated to try this against other double IPAs. Could be summed up: Love your hops, love this beer.

smcolw, May 06, 2006
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -5.4%

InspectorBob, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention for the ABV. A semitransparent copper colour. Filled with floating yeast.

Sm: Hops. Fresh and inviting. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Very hoppy, but with too much overdone bitterness. Some artificial cream is present. Too bitter, and quite boring. The bitterness overshadows all the other flavour. The finish is far too bitter. The first act is okay.

Mf: Too coarse, and wet. A generic approach to the style.

Dr: Drinkable but imbalanced and boring. I might try it on draught, but otherwise I wouldn't have it again.

kojevergas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottling, Sampled March 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color with hints of orange. It is topped by a creamy, reasonably dense tan head that is held up by hops and a mild carbonation. The aroma smells like a fresh cut mix of oranges and grapefruit from a distance. Up close the citrus character is intensified as it gains a lemon-like sharpness as well as the aforementioned orange and grapefruit. There are also notes of pine, fresh cut herbs, apricot, and tangerines.

The taste is lightly sweet with an intense fresh American hop character that plays up the fruit character of this beer. This beer finishes with a bit of astringent sharp hoppiness, a solid bitterness and a bit of alcoholic bite. This beer is quite smooth, and even has a nice creamy body that is quite pleasant and helps to make this beer that much more drinkable. The flavors of this beer run the gamut from grapefruit, tangerine, mint, basil, pine needles, and candied orange peel. This beer has a bunch of hops in it, but it is not all that balanced towards the bitterness, there is a solid malt backbone, that while not particularly noticeable over the hops is very important to the fruity hoppiness that characterizes this beer.

Gueuzedude, Mar 11, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

drewone, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/05/06- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle. No freshness info to be found on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Darker oraange rust coloration. 1/2 inch very creamy white head. A bit better than average lacing for a DIPA.

Smell- Wonderful smell of grapefruit and lemon rind resin with a heavy dose of powdered sugar. Lots of floral nose as well. Not really a significant amount of pine noticed. What seems like a fairly dark malt underneath.

Taste- Was quite happy to find this was pretty well balanced. Maybe a tad more malt would have pushed this into greatness. Very healthy dose of mid range bitter hops. Both floral, dare I say a bit herbal and definitely fruity and sugary. Grapefruit and maybe a apricot taste? Just enough malt to make this one very good.

Mouthfeel- Nice bitter backlash on the tongue, mid range mouthfeel. Lower to mid range carbonation.

Drinkability- This one is quite nice. Maybe breaks into my top 10 favorite DIPA's. Very drinkable and the abv seems a bit higher than it feels. Recommended.

GClarkage, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a light amber, with a medium white head, average lacing for an IPA-type beer.

S: Tropical fruit city - tangerine, pineapple, mango with noticable pine. Put me on the beach in Cancun.

T: Bitter pine hits first, some bitter melon, then the more citrus characteristics of the hops land. Pink grapefruit and bit of pineapple and tangerine, with a lot of caramel malt to back it up, with a slightly astringent finish.

M: Resiny, full-bodied, good carbonation - light on the palate, leading to the flavours to be further enjoyed.

D: A quality Double IPA from Avery in Colorado, the price in bottles prohibits me from buying this except for every so often, but it's a quite good beer for hop fans.

Halcyondays, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2005.

Appearance: cloudy yellow / orange in color with a short 1/4" head. A spot or two of lace develops. A few carbonation bubbles are seen rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: tons of alcohol, citrus, and a piney bitterness that is overwhelming and not very enjoyable.

Taste: huge malt backbone, loads of grapefruit slices and piney bitterness. Alcohol is quite evident. Nicely balanced but an overload for the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start. The finish is dry and smooth. Medium heavy in body. The aftertaste is very long on the bitterness and alcohol tones.

Drinkability: a true slow sipper, and an over the top version of a double IPA. There are better ones out there that aren't so in your face.

Gavage, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -29.1%

wrightst, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

orangesol, Aug 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken in March.

Served in a nonic, this brew appears a clear orange color with a finger of yellowish merange-like head. Leggy lace sticks to the glassware and a swirl revives more than a finger of head back across the top.

The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with scents of pineapple, mango, fruits, rind like grapefruit and orange. Lots of different sweet smelling notes to take in with other hints of light sulfur and a yeasty greenness finish out the nose.

The taste is fruity with hop chsracter initially flavored like mango and other tropical fruits. Notes of pear, sulfur and rinds emerge as well. This brew has a young green yeastiness that runs all through the profile. Light malt backing provides a sweetness that accents the fruity rindy flavors. The finish has some spiced peppery notes to the finish that accents the alcohol

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. This brew comes across to me a bit much like spoiled fruit meets young yeast as I partake in the rest of my serving. The abv is hidden quite well though if that helps matters at all.

stakem, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy off-white head that had decent retention slowly fading into a lasting ring. Nice sporadic chunks of lacing.

Extremely hoppy aroma with a lot of citrus and floral notes. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit as well as resinous hop oils and pine with a subtle malt presence.

Intensely bitter and hop forward with a blast of dry piney floral hops with hints o citrus lemon peel, grapefruit and pineapple. While it is sweet, there are still some earthy dry sticky dank pine notes. With all of the hops there is a decent malt backbone that provides a small bit of balance. Slight alcohol presence but the ABV is still very well masked making this dangerously drinkable.

corby112, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

weeare138, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours crystal clear amber with some light visible carbonation and a two finger tall light beige head. There beer exhibits great head retention (barely diminished over the course of the beer) and lots of lacing.

S: Aromas are more of tropical fruits than citrus but still including citrus - I get a pineapple/mango predominant smell. Also, the finish of the aroma has just the slightest hint of pine.

T: Upfront, tropical fruits - pineapple/mango - followed by a sticky pine and a nice an bitter finish. Slight hints of alcohol can be detected.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly sticky.

O: Very good and very enjoyable - a little too intense to be considered sessionable or even a very regular beer in the rotation. I enjoy the tropical hoppy nature of the beer but feel like I need to pair it with some intense flavored food (spicy or aromatic).

dbrauneis, Feb 24, 2012
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,797 ratings.