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RATINGS: 1982   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!

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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2005
On tap. Clear amber with good head retention. The first thing i noticed about this beer was its awe inspiring mouth feel. It is thick almost, slimy. It is of course extremely hoppy with a sharp, almost sour, note (not infected) in the aroma. Sweet and a bit alcoholic and becomes a bit cloying after some time. It killed my taste buds for the rest of the evening and I would have preferred a half pint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Pours a very pretty. clear reddish/orange color body wwith a thick tan head. Aroma is mostly grapefruit and flowers. Flavors are hoppy with lots of grapefruit. Also tastes a little oaky to me. Like it’s been aged in oak. Very smooth after a minute or two. Great double.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEvilTwin (13) - Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Brilliant floral nose, deep amber color with a nice fluffy head. Well ballanced for a beer of this size.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2005
reddish color, nice floral bouquet. extremely hoppy taste with strong citrus notes especially ast it warms. i reallyenjoyed this beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7253) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2005
22 oz bomber (2005 bottling). Pours a clear deep amberwith a spattering of beige head. Aroma is big, but not too complex with some caramel, grapefruit, and light undertones of phenol. Oily on the palate, and exceptionally bitter as advertised. Flavor has a fairly good balance of sweet caramelly malt and a huge grapefruit hop presence. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms.. toward the top of the throat. Definitely good, but could use some added complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2005
From the 22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber with a off-white head. Very piney hop aroma, very strong and fresh. Big earthy caramel malt start giving sweetness to battle the hop finish, very grapefruity bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2005
Bottled. Pours a dark golden, with a white head. Aroma is sweet malty, with lots of hops. Taste is sweet, with some alcohol burning, and lots and lots of hoppy bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Thanks to chilehead for this bottle. A nice 2xipa, good malt character but lacking some complexity, very strong alcohol burn in the finish. Could use some refinement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Extremely hoppy, lots of grapefruit, pine resin and bitterness. Makes my mouth water just thinking of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Surprisingly little hop aroma in the aroma. Slightly metallic with a little pine. Orange with a huge white head. Sweet caramel initially then some pine hops, but the initial flavor fades quickly then the finish is strong and warming. I must have had this too cold because it got much better as it warmed. A nice strong pine bitterness. The palate also got fuller as it warmed.

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