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RATINGS: 2053   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Hop literally explode out of the bottle. Dark amber apperance with very lively carbonation that dissolves down into a lovely bubbly ring. Huge funky citric hop aroma, pine needles, spruce tips, butterscotch and cookie dough. Supremely well balanced! This is how an imperial should taste. The intermingling of the hops with the malt is brilliant, melds together and melts in your mouth. Heavy, heavy hop oil finish, that is almost sulfuric, but other than that it is tasty and delicious!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2006
"Batch 3, Bottled Feb. 2006" Pours vividly clear copper color with a thin, quickly diminishing white head. The aroma is fantasticly unique: citrusy/fruity and herbal/grassy...honestly, it smells a lot like good, dank pot. Umm, not that I’d have any experience. Flavor is extremely hoppy, which makes me very happy. Just barely balanced by a solid malty sweetness, the only thing lacking is a little more crispness in the finish...but it is an Imperial IPA so the higher gravity likely prohibits this. A damn-fine-super-awesome IIPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
millerbean (2) - USA - MAR 31, 2006 does not count
Well Ive had a few IIPAs Hopsickle whiteknuckle and such , so I was excited to get a few bottles of this poured nice, nice head and color, taste hmm not what i was expecting, too malty and not quite sure what else bothered me about it will try another to see if I change my mind if not ill stick with other IIpas that are cheaper too 8 $ for 22 oz ouch

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2006
750mL: Pours an amber red color very clear, almost no head, off-white, diminishing. Strond aroma of hops, bitter. Hoppy taste but not overly bitter, semi-sweet, with a bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Clear dark copper out of the bottle. Short-lived and short in stature white head. Good lacing on the glass. Pinecones and citrus in the nose, with a dash of soap. I get malt right away as it hits the back of the mouth, but that soon gives way to a subtle brown sugar sweetness that quickly becomes a bold and splendid hop bitterness. Finish is primarily hops, but it eventually fades to a strict alcohol linger that even burns a little, but not unpleasantly. The transition from flavor to flavor from start to finish is impressive. Well worth it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2006
(03.24.06) One pint, 6 oz brown bottle purchased from Beergeek.biz. 9.7% ABV, 1.092 OG, 112 IBU. Poured clear dark amber with small white head. Soft carbonation. Sweet toasty malt and caramel in the nose. Full bodied ale that starts with sweet malt and citrusy hop (grapefruit)/toasty malt/caramel flavors. Hop bitterness intensifies in the middle. Stinging sensation on tongue and lips. Finishes with light malt fade and lingering bitterness. Strong malt foundation with a pronounced edge toward hop bitterness. Rich tasting, almost like a barleywine. This is an excellent imperial IPA. Part of Avery’s Dictator series which inlcude The Kaiser and The Czar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6912) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2006 Knightly Spirits, Orlando, Fl, 22 oz bomber. Pours a murky medium orange with a slight off-white creamy head that does not stick around for too long. Tangy aroma with hints of spruce, licorice, and grapefruit. Flavor is very full-bodied with the requisite grapefruit citrusy notes but with the edges a little rounded and smoothed. Balanced well with some maple syrup notes, spearmint, caramel and nuts. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy - sticks with you and the alcohol is hidden very well. Very enjoyable after a long day’s drive to Sarasota.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 Brew pours a beautiful, almost hazey, tawny golden color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Head retention is textbook. Lacing is sticky and dense resembling a thick down comforter. Aromas of charred hops and obese malts . Full nectar w/ soft residual effers that create a chewy, creamy texture. Huge hops meet fat caramel. Perfect balance, perfect timing. Everything hits you square in the eyes at the same time. A generous brew w/ classical qualities. Truely remarkable, and quintessential in style. The finish is balanced and long w/ a deep seated hop shard piercing my tongue. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Deep, clear orange-amber with a large white head. Strong grapefruit aroma, with a definite sweetness coming through as well. Intense flavor of piney hops, very bitter, balanced out with some nice malt character. Thick, chewy mouthfeel with a very hoppy, bitter finish. Most hopheads will greatly enjoy this. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Poures a clear copper color with a large fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong. Hops, hay, citrus and pine dominating your nose. Flavor is also powerful and at first taste you really notice the hay and grapefruit. As you go you get a nice sweet caramel malt, along side the intense bitterness from the hops. Finishes strong and long with a nice citrus bite to. A fairly tasty Imperial IPA.

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