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RATINGS: 1948   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - JUN 11, 2005
Powerful fresh hop nose, amber color, rocky foamy head. Sweet doughy malt, some molasses and passion fruit. Huge, broad hop flavor that deposits a drying bitter in the sides of the mouth. A Big Beer, but with an odd balance. Enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2005
What a great treat! Beautiful amber color with a nice, sticky off white head on the top. Every time I hadnít had a good American Beer for a long time - the whole package just blows me away when there is one! Slightly peach and passionfruit in the nose. Big intense passionfruit and dough taste and then you wait and wait and you think " Well what does that make an Imperial IPA?" And as soon as you don*t expect something coming anymore - BOOM - it hits you. A great pine and grape kick. Yeah, unblanced but huh, it suprises me in a good way - and I love suprises. A beer I do not blame for being unblanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Very thick and ful flavored. Loads of hops. Seemed a little unbalanced though, but certainly very respectable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2005
22 oz. bomber poured out the color of a 10 year old penny with a large, wicked-rocky, off-white head that lasted and left a good lace. Big hop aromas, all grapefruit, with moderate amounts of cookie and caramel malts. Flavor... oh, MY! Not just the hop-wallop I expected, but high amounts of malted sweetness to boot. Ends long with heavy bitterness, and goes down syrupy with a burning spice character. This is a powerful advesary to Dogfish Head 90. If I were Christ, I would not let this bottle end.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Dark orange color. Medium to large sized white foamy head, strong long lasting lacing. Aroma is fairly strongly floral and piney, fruity and sweet. A medium to full bodied Imperial India Pale Ale. Malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, pine and citrus. A nig malty sweet, bitter n hoppy Imperial IPA. Still itís a little harsh and bold and could use some bottle aging. A slight touch of alcohol bite at 9.7% but not much considering. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Chill hazed fiery amber. Delicate cap of medium stature. Hued in newspaper yellow. Keeps a misty haze with a bit more at the collar. Fine petri dish microorganismish lacing. Dull tangerine pineapple nose commencement. Orange oil musk. Deep earthy hop pine. Unfouled yet a smidgeon greasy and waxy with a skimming of ink tannin. Piney alcohol gnarls its teeth in time. Slippery front with a brazen burntness to the overall grain contour. Dark melted orange slides in quickly there after. Blackened toffee caramel undertow. Sweet but grainifiedily peppery. Many eluding after effects of scorched and burnt beer items. Dark piney hops yield to scrappy burnt offerings of tangerine and lime. Strangely acceptable hints to tin appear late as it cinders with burnt grain and fruit skins. Medium body with a tinge of both burnt and metalic tinges along its route and barking at the bit. Smatteringly rough and grainy. Back-ended heat sifts through the burnt fruits late. Neither aggressive or bashful hopping. Mostly introverted hop flavor and no big bittered thorniness. Mild but stern. Warming temperature tenderizes its tone. Opens creamy, flips over fast, narrowly escaping itself with harsh, salty, burnt subsistings into fruity lime alcoholic heat. Weirdly the D.IPA weird if there ever was one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2005
22oz bottle Pours Amber and fairly clear witha nice creamy offwhite 1/4 inch head that laces very well. Aroma is pineapple, grapefruit and pine. A slight aroma of caramel malt can also be detected in the background. Taste is somewhat sweet, I taste pineapple and caramel malts. This doesnít overwhelm you with the bitter hops. Very balanced and smooth. You donít once taste the 9.7% alcohol. On the palate this is full bodied and quite a good sipping beer. The sweet flavor with a nice bitter finish go great with the big malt body. Quite a balanced brew and tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2005
(22oz bottle) Medium beige meringue head atop clear amber body, leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sweet, pineapple, some pine, light caramel. Taste is sweet, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, caramel. Finish reveals a hint of alcohol. Delicious hop burp. Smooth full body. It may have 112 IBUs, but it is balanced by gobs of malts that serve to mask the intensity of the bitterness (which is not to say it lacks bitterness). It might not chart new territory, but this is nonetheless an impressive IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2006 Poured from a bottle. Orange colored with a medium sized but lasting white head. Very hoppy aroma with strong notes of pine and tons of grapefruit. Just a hint of malt behind that. Very bitter beer with a mouth puckering citrus flavor and a light malty backbone. Pine notes linger long after each sip. Only a slight hint of alcohol at the finish. This is a re-rate using the third batch. This is a vast improvement over the first batch which I thought had way too much alcohol presence. This is a beer I will continue to return to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3299) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Medium orange, very nice head. Big old resin and grapefruit aroma. Flavor was surprisingly balanced, biscuit and caramel married with grapefruit, pineapple, pine hop notes. Sticky mouthfeel, good stuff, reminded me a bit of the Legend IIPA. Nice.

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