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RATINGS: 1991   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2006
maharaja has that oily orange color of smoked atlantic salmon; but alas itís too flawlessly clear and sediment free to encourage the eye to linger long or to excite effusive poetic sensibility. the head puffs and congeals like oatmeal dumped in a steaming pot. firm and muslin colored, the lace sprays wet, languorous stick figures of graffiti down the glass. tasted beside a great divide hercules, the aroma of averyís product surged to the nose faster and with more useful data. the hops are so fresh they squeak-- still warm with sunshine, still moist with rain-- with minced grass from a golf green, a succulent smell of cactus skin and aloe, geranium and gooseberry. thereís a feminine and floral perspiration scent, wrung perhaps from mia hammís workout sweatshirt. alcohol is woven into the tapestry as well, sinuous among the orange-drizzled caramel; but when you think itís verging on becoming obvious, another waft of willow-green hop leaf springs up to give it concealment. flavor is citrus bitter and honey sweet vanilla cream, alive with effervescence--yet silky-- and firmly fortified with vodka. the buzz is swift and tends to soften the hard edges of life. you might experience the impulse to reach for a guitar, cigar or good book, depending upon your temperament at that very personal moment of sensory confluence; that i leave it to you, the good maharaja, and his magic carpet of flavors, spices and mysterious healing balms from the far east.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Oh man, I have wanted this for quite some time, and upon entering my local shop to get some beer for a trade, I saw this. I bought the only 2 bottles he had. Pours out dark red with a small head. Hoppy and sweet on the nose, with hints of malts. Taste is fairly bitter, and pretty sweet. Bottle says its 102 IBUs? I dunno. Regardless, this is a really good easy drinking IIPA and perhaps you could classify this an IIPA for people that are trying to get to like the style. As I decided tonight, Avery is one of - if not the - best brewery in the country. Whenever I see their beers, I buy without question. Very solid, very good, awesome beer. Thanks guys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Pours a glowing orange amber with thin creamy off-white head. Nose is at first big and hoppy, then comes a strange medicinal alcohol bitterness. Flavor is bold and hoppy, very bitter yet lacks the floral depth of hops. Not terribly sweet, Mostly just hops and alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2856) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Nice brew. Pours a reddish orange with thigh white head. Very sweet and buttery. Smells of pine. Tastes malt and orange. The sugar masks most of the alcohol. Full bodied beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle at "Plan B", Copenhagen. Wow, this is amazing stuff. Aroma is powerful with grapefruits and alcohol. Flavour is immensely fruity (peaches) and obviously the finish is intensely bitter. One must bow to the Great Maharaja!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - FEB 25, 2006
From a trade with slob...pours a honey color and has a bit white head. Smell is sweet malt and really fresh grassy hops. Taste is a bit of a let down...kind of like a 90min that has been left out and cut with some water. This is not an overly bitter beer and there isnít enough character in it to mask the alcohol...which really isnít to much by DIPA standards. The only thing it has going for it is some great orangey flavors with some warming. Mouthfeel is medium and wet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Bottle Pours a murky light amber with a frothy off white head. Alright lacing and lasting. Aroma is of good malts and a touch of hops. I get some cookie and grain. Also has a hint of musty prunes. Has an oily texture with a light carbonation. A good mouthfeel. Has a light to mediumbody. A slightly astringent finish.Has a splash of spiciness. This is fairly tasty. The entire ale blends together nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Bottle. A straw color pour. I honestly expected this to be much more bitter. It has a very good, almost sweet taste to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8337) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2006
Fairly hazy orange-amber beer with little off-white head. Nose of fresh, fresh hops, white sugar lacing and a little cigarette ash. Absolutely disconcerting taste of liquorice, even to the point of overpowering all the alphas, bit grapey, hopbails. Finish of dried grapes, but not raisin-sweet. Very well bodied, oily but not quite chewy. Excellent beer, nowhere over the top. IPA the way I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Beautiful coppery-orange pour. Over the top grapefruit and pine resin hop aroma, just to get my mouth slavering. Flavors of bready sweet malts, caramel, toffee, orange juice...The true kick is in the extended finish...grapefruit/pine resin/citrus/ and big alcohol. Remarkable in every way! Now remind me again, whatís my name?

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