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RATINGS: 1989   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 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 (2823) - 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 (8242) - 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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3355) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2006
Pours a hazy dark amber. Very hoppy. Low CO2 level. Full- to heavy bodied. Nutty/alcohol aroma. Bit like Hog Heaven. Very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
The Maraharaja without question is an Imperial IPA and is massive in every way. The beer is 9.7% abv and clocks in at a tongue blistering 112 IBU or bitterness units. The Maharaja pours to a beautiful, bright, amber color with a thick white head that eventually fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer pulls you in with lots of pungent aromas of citrus and pine, paired with peppery aromas of alcohol. The body on this beer is hefty, with lots of good sweet and biscuit malt brawn, and outstanding candied citrus hop flavors. The Maharaja finishes with more malt, fruit, and hop flavor up front, then ends with an awesome grapefruit/lemon hop bitterness and warming alcohol bite that lingers on the tongue. This is a very impressive Imperial IPA. The fantastic hop character of this beer makes this beer a real hop cocktail of a brew. This beer is the perfect aperitif beer, or the perfect beer to sit and relax with after a long hard day. This is a beer you will want to sip and savor, so I would suggest drinking it before or after a meal, but not with a meal. It is very drinkable for such a high alcohol beer, so donít make any plans if you are going to drink more than one 22 oz bottle. The Maharaja retails for $6-$7 a bottle, in select markets where Avery beers are sold.

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