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RATINGS: 2067   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, - "great" and rajan - "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. This newest Avery Dictator completes the "Dictator Series" joining the likes of The Kaiser & The Czar. Be aware that The Maharaja is a limited release only available for the summer. Welcome to his kingdom!

Editorís Note: the 2007 version was 9.78%.
2014 - 10.2%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Fruity aroma, soft cream white head, explodes with hops, great floral and fruit notes, amazing hop flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3155) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2006
Bottle shared with a bunch of folks - courtesy of R. Dark orange-copper with a moderate head. Big hop aroma, lots of spruce and grapefruit. Tons of oily, citric hops in the flavour. Big mouthfeel as well. One dimensional, sure, but still killer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 Dark, almost but not quite, cloudy copper. Big head. Heavenly grapefruit aroma with a bit of sweetness from the malts. Very sharp. A very balanced beer in aroma and taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7171) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev and R. -- courtesy of R. Pours a clear copper-orange with a small lasting off-white head. Big aroma of citrus hops and some caramel malt backing it up. Delicious and unique tasting hoppy flavour goes down incredibly easy, youíd never know this was 9.9%. Nice full body. An awesome I2PA, thanks for sharing R.!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6046) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Reddish copper, thick foamy head. Big smokey, citrus, piney aroma. Hop flavors up front, mostly citrusy, followed by a toffee-ish malt. Big hop finish, with a lot flavors - woodsyness, raisin prune, maybe even some grapes. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2006
22 oz bomber, Batch 3 Feb 2006. Wow! This is one excellent beer. Pours an amber-shiny copper with a tan head that thins but hangs around for a while leaving a nice lace on the glass. Aroma & flavor are of citrus and pine resin. Great balance of 102 (not 112, not that it matters at this level) IBUs of bitterness and generous sweet caramel malt. Despite 9.9% abv, it hides its potency well. Iíd love to brew this one myself. Gotta figure out what flavor & aroma hops are used (not cascade).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2006
Bottled. Dark golden with a nice off-white head. No carbonation. Very hoppy aroma, pine, resin and fruityness, along with some maltyness. The flavor has a sweetness, along with the hop-flavors of pine and resin, and alcohol. Lightly salty too. Full-bodied and astringent. Lots of bitterness all the way, also in the finish. Very drinkable despite its 112 IBUís. (Thanx Papsoe, for sending this in the trade)(060428)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, tupalev and R - Rís generous bottle. Poured slightly hazy copper with an average off-white bubbly white head. Deep citrus (grapefruit and apricot) hop aroma with decent light roast malt backing and a nice whiff of rosehips. The taste is a solid citrus hop / malt balance, quite a bit of grapefruit pith bitterness in the long impressive finish - did I mention this is citrusy? Good body, nice astringency and carbonation - sure itís hoppy, but another great I2PA in my books.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Pours a medium orange/amber with big white head. Aroma is of humungous amounts of grapefruit hops, medium caramel malt backbone, and a little bit of alcohol. Bitterness hits you up front, briefly subsides in the middle, and then carries through to an extremely long finish. There needs to be just a little more malt to balance out the 112 IBUs. With a little more balance, this would be one of the best IIPAs out there, but still very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Smell of wonderful hops. Sweet hoppy taste with pine and fruit. This was a huge surprise to me. This is a great IPA.

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