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RATINGS: 2063   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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%


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6007) - 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.

4.2
   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).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16422) - 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)

4
   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.

3.8
   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.

4.1
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (13969) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Hoppy aroma. Flavour is hoppy with fruity citrus. Very bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kingdavid (18) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 10, 2006
7-11 donít even know whats going on here, they couldnít. a happy.......I meant hoppy surprise. Had it in chicago and was forced to take a picture o the bottle and glass full. stupid good, and by stupid I mean really, really.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2006
22 oz bomber. Batch 3. Golden colour topped by a thick white head. Big hoppy aroma. Sweet citrus and loads of piny aroma. Light clean pale malt in back, but the hops are what this is about. Some slight breadiness in back of the hop aroma. Flavour is okay, but too much like many IIPA and even a number of IPAs to really stand out from the crowd. Some strong leafy flavours, orange peel, and pine. There is enough malt to balance and the beer is well made, but it doesnít really grab me. Bitterness is surprisingly soft for something that is billed so aggressively. At least it isnít all ethanolic like many of Averyís bigger offerings. Pretty easy to put back.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (4006) - - MAY 9, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2006 reddish orange with a small white head. intense mandarin orange, peach, hop, and a hint of alcohol in aroma. flavor is loaded with hops. too much alcohol in this one as i find with all 2ipaís. iíve tried 5 or 6 beers of this style and they all taste the same. im sure a re-rate is pending.


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