Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
5,649 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
Ratings:
5,649
Reviews:
1,870
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
395
Gots:
879
For Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,649 |  Reviews: 1,870
Photo of Camjmorton
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Peter1977
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TrojanRB
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of AMarkle6524
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of woodenbones
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Tafyob41
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of HopkingGonzalo
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of CaptainQ
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BingCrosby7
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a A deep orange, almost encroaching on copper/amber/red territory, with a little white bubbly head. Pretty decent looking beer
s Nice hoppy nose with a little bit of citrus and sugary malt--not very boozy on the nose.
t A little piney and floral on the front end, but there is a definite undercurrent of citrus that washes in after the initial fast has subsided; this is a pretty well balanced beer, and, considering there is so much alcohol, this is a feat. I appreciate this beer--it is about the ingredients and their expression, rather than the booze or hop smacking. Good stuff.
m Pretty standard in this department
o I respect this beer--I like it when brewers worry more about the fullest expression of their ingredients. And though I respect it more than I enjoy it, I thought this was a fine beer.

 807 characters

Photo of PJHOY
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of moodyxc9
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Mattyb79
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of apasternak
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mattsucks
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OC_Beer_Fan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BB1313
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt glowing orange and there's some subtle sediment floating around. Leaves a small white head which fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty sweet. Lots of fresh mango and peach. Some orange peel is there. Some sweet candy caramel malts are in the mix as well. The flavors are bittersweet. The caramel malts are clearly there, but there is an extremely solid fruity bitterness. More ripe peach and mango. Hints of grapefruit and orange. Maybe some honey in the mix. Lots of fresh grass. Subtle hints of pine too. Although it is slightly warm and syrupy, it's extremely clean and refreshing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

This has always been an impressive DIPA. This is a big beer that nails the bitterness and sweetness. It's a fun beer to drink. Well crafted. Good beer, it's always recommended. I do like DuganA better though, for what it's worth.

 1,019 characters

Photo of Big_V
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of tgatort
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 14024B1 (Jan 24 2014) poured into fluted snifter; deep ruby-amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates after a bit leaving rings of delicate lacing and a chunky ring of foam around the edge.
Smells of pine resin, tropical fruit, boozy malty sweetness, spicy.
Taste is very big; sweet caramel malt backbone stands up to a huge wave of hops. Pine and tropical fruit swim borne on puffs of booze heat. Very hoppy, but well-balanced by the malt.
Mouthfeel is thick and slick, full of booze and hop resins. Awesome.
Overall this is a great DIPA, glad I found it. I'd love to have it on tap somewhere super-fresh.

 631 characters

Photo of cjohnst78
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jaywes754
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,649 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.