Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

MaharajaMaharaja
BA SCORE
4.23/5
5,653 Ratings
MaharajaMaharaja
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#849
Reviews:
1,871
Ratings:
5,653
pDev:
10.17%
Bros Score:
4.28
 
 
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Gots:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,653 |  Reviews: 1,871
Photo of ArrogantB
2.87/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend scored a bottle of the brand new batch from the brewery and was kind enough to share. This wasn't first time trying the Maharaja as I had last years batch sometime in the summer. This batch was amazing! The color was orange and hazy. The smell was straight pine and grapefruit but not at all cloying. the taste was so hoppy and delicious. I can't wait until this hits the shelves so I can snag a few while they are fresh. A truly outstanding beer and Avery's best in my opinion.

update - batch 9 02/2009

cat-piss, cat-box just a really poor taste and not what I am used to tasting in this beer. I think this beer was a lot better when it was 9.7% and I thought it was pretty good but now it is just a pungent (not in a good way) stinky mess, goddamn...this sucks.

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Photo of Ryannotbryan
2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mactrail
2.91/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks are nice, with a white foam on the typical orange amber brew in the small globe. Sharp on the tongue. Warm and spicy, with vast sweep of tropical fruity flavors. Plenty of hops. Smell of green vegetables, like fresh green beans. Murky flavor of something like hummus.

A fairly one-dimensional flavor profile. Something about the combination of spritzy carbonation and the flat sweet flavor is not very inspiring. Bitterness comes along to take over the mid-range and aftertaste. A little lemon, and even more like grapefruit soda.

Sweet yet harsh, carbonated yet flat-flavored, hoppy yet murky. I will have to taste this again, but this bottle is not much to brag about. Release No. 15 Winter 2011/12.

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Photo of thecarster1
2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- bomber poured into a tulip, two plus fingers creamy head slow to recede, hazy golden brown coloring.

s- aromatic, lots of ambiguous citrus, slight sweetness, malty backbone.

t- strong, citric, smooth malty backbone again. where is the bitterness? wish i had some more of that in here. sweet/citric alcohol kicks in the finish - and is a bit dry.

m- full, big, and sticky.

d- okay, not great because of the high abv. i've gotta say i'm really disappointed that i'm not loving this - i think this is another one like hopslam that i'm really pissed i'm not enjoying as much as i'd like to be.

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Photo of thequeen711
2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another hoppy beer from the wonderful guys at Avery (a self professed HopHead).
Beer poured a deep copper/amber colour, medium body, ended with a light head and lacing that lasted throughout the entire consumption. Nose distinctively HOPPY, and ended with a bitter aftertaste, as true IPA's do. I am not a hophead and it was nice to taste this treat, but wouldn't want more.

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Photo of roast_90
2.94/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.97/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color; this is a dark DIPA. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. I really like both the good duration and texture, as well as the huge amount of lacing that clings to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Welp, that's certainly pungent. Lots of piny, grassy, lemony hops hit me square in the nuts (also square in the nose), and yet it's backed by a massive malt backbone. I get lots of nut, caramel, and even some leathery must (booze). Let it open up, and the hops become somewhat citrusy. This is definitely redolent of a barleywine, bringing an almost weird combo of extreme hops and extreme malts (really, though, this is nothing like Bigfoot). One of the more complex DIPAs I've sniffed, but I worry how sweet it will be. (3.5)

Taste: Tasting it, it doesn't seem as bitter as I anticipated. But those extreme malts? They're sweeter than I anticipated, as well. I can feel the hops ballasting the sugary sweetness to an extent, injecting a pleasant bitterness on the back end. To an extent. After a while, the malts smother the hops with heaping handfuls of caramel, nuts, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses. Holy balls, this is a total malt bomb - and not in the way I like. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: This is almost ridiculously heavy and sweet. Naturally, the finish is longer than War and Peace. A sipper through and through, this goes down the palate like treacle. Low carbonation doesn't help much - on the other hand, a slight alcohol prickle actually does. (3)

Overall: This one isn't for me. It's WAY too sweet for my personal tastes. Even looking beyond my own preferences, it still seems rather messy - I won't go looking for it again. Others will like this more than me, however, so I can't be too hard on it. (3)

2.97/5: The Maharaja of maltiness

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Photo of sellmeagod
2.99/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A supreme, ultra-fancy looking bottle covered in aluminum and colors. A pour that leaves monstrous head and an orange golden glow. Incredible appearance that only loses points because of the excess floating sediment.

The taste is so powerful, all about the hops at 100+ IBU. I actually think this started to taste better as it warmed up, but still the hops nearly mask any other taste, and hops for hops sake is more of a novelty than a necessity.

A bit of citrus smell and a very powerful hop aroma.

The problem with the price comes down to this - the 22oz size and the 10 dollar price tag makes this require dedicated drinking, and the payoff (other than the awesome look) does not come. This won't be a common purchase simply out of value reasons (there are much better/cooler economic choices).

Drinkable? Well, for the 10.5 abv and being an IPA, I'd say it does decently. But what beer will you feel cooler drinking? Not many.

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Photo of gdrydenc
2.99/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 13, March 2011

A - Pours a very nice dark amber. The only issue is the odd lack of head. I poured it fairly aggressively, and still no head!

S - Well, there is not a great smell. There's hints of a typical DIPA, but the hops are hidden and the malts overwhelm them pretty badly.

T - Malts, more than I'd like. There is a little malt character, but only in the finish and only a sharp bitterness.This is such a disappointment, as I've had Maharaja before and it was a wonderful DIPA. For a (very) fresh DIPA, this has the worst hops I've had.

M - Syrupy and hot. Typically I'd expect the hops to take away some of the heat, but without much hops, I can't do anything about it.

Overall, this is a sub-par beer. If I were any less stingy, I would drainpour this. I love everything that Avery has done before this, so this is very, very queer.

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Photo of ms11781
2.99/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 3/21/2011. Reviewed on 04/04/2011. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear ruby red color with a finger of white foam. Head dissipates quickly and leaves a soap-like lacing around the glass.

Great hop aroma from the nose. Huge citrus and pine aromas are present along with some tropical fruit. There is also a sweet characteristic to the nose. Caramel malt and some ripe fruit seem to be here as well.

The taste is considerably different from the nose due to a huge presence of alcohol. The big citrusy and piny hops are here, but not as assertive as they were in the nose. Sweet caramel malt is here as well but the alcohol that is present completely changes the profile. Slight bitter finish that lingers a bit but the alcohol is prevalent towards the back end.

Slick, oily and sticky. Bitterness isn't all that strong but it sticks a bit. Normally these work well with a DIPA but they don't work with the alcohol in this one.

Overall, this one has a great nose. It's very enticing but the rest of the beer doesn't live up to the aroma. The alcohol is overwhelming at some points and provides a harsh finish at others.

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Photo of brians52
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of jmccullough108
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of teyuders
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Massbmx
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of mattg
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of siddhartha
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of clord717
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of humulusphile
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy orange color with hints of reddish yellow hues. Medium levels of carbonation, and a dense, rich head of orange/white foam. Lots of lacing.

S: Smooth, yet dense aromas of hops, citrus, pine, malty grain and a earthy grassy sweetness.

T: Strong hop presence that overpowers all the nuance flavors; grapefruit, pine, sweet & sour citrus notes. They're all washed away by a dry hop presence. Malty backbone quickly gets thrown to the back of the palate. Very hoppy, and a bit too much "one sided". Flavor doesn't really develop.

M: Oily, slightly sticky and dense. Otherwise, the carbonation remained in the glass and didn't translate to the palate.

D: One and done. This one was way too flat and boring for me. There are far better DIPA's out there. The abundance of alcohol didn't help things, either.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,653 ratings
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