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RATINGS: 2074   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!

Editor’s Note: the 2007 version was 9.78%.
2014 - 10.2%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2006
At 102 IBU’s, drinking a Maharaja’s like chewing through a fistful of fresh hops, yet Avery somehow manages to pull it off. <!-- br --><!-- br --> Surprisingly clean for as much hops as they toss in there, with little to no aftertaste or bitterness. Pours a crisp amber color with as creamy a head as you’re going to find on an IPA. <!-- br --><!-- br -->I’m a hop-lover, and this beer’s got it covered.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Avery’s best IPA. This IPA has your typical citrus flavors, but done in a huge way. This beer is HUGE. Nice and sticky, good hop bitterness and enough malt to keep it balanced. Pours a deep copper color with a puffy head. My only gripe with this brew is that the alcohol isn’t masked very well. Sure this beer has tons of alcohol so you can expect that, but if this beer was around 7.5% and had the same flavor then it would be a little bit better. Rerate update. After having this brew both on tap and in the bottle this year I must say that this beer has improved. Definitely one of the best IPAs out there! Holy crap this beer smells great. You can smell this beer from 15 feet away. Just so... good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Draft @ Mad Mex: Copper color, white head. Nice lacing. Citrus - grapefruit in the aroma. Flavor had more citrus, some sweetness, orange, lemons. Nice bitterness on the finish. Really good stuff on draft. Been a while since I’ve had a bottle of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours deep orange\golden with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, sweet malts and hops. Flavor is sweet upfront, fruit, citrus, with some sharp bitter hops in the finish. Good body, damn good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2006
Robe dorée aux reflets orangés surmontéée d’une mousse blanche mince. Arômes de fruits tropicaux, de mangue et de pamplemousse. Saveurs de pamplemousse, de citron et de papaye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2006
My 100th review! Yup! 22 ounce bottle, says it was bottled in February 2006 and is Batch 3. I poured this into a Duvel glass. It was a gorgeous reddish gold in color and had an inch of tan creamy head. Nice lacing was left on the glass. The aroma is of hops and malt and hints to the balance of this beer. The taste is piney hops and the malt is hard to find even as it warms in the mouth, but it is there and comes in just in time to balance the hops. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter and lingering, but not unpleasant. There is no hint of the 9.9% ABV, so, beware! Nice brew and I’ll drink lots more of this in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2006
12 oz draft at mad mex. Aroma was very hoppy. Flavor was very sweet and still had a very strong hoppiness to it. It really didnt seem to have as much bitterness as I was expecting. This was very nice IIPA.

   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 (3214) - 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.

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