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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!

Editorís Note: the 2007 version was 9.78%.
2014 - 10.2%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2005
Bottle at St Albans Beer Festival, courtesy of Duff. Iíd actually tried this at RBESG in Copenhagen but my notes were a little, ahem, substandard, so I was pleased to get another opportunity. Colour - light copper. Well, I didnít think it was "impossible", unlike a certain person in the assembled company, but I did find the alcohol rush a little overpowering. However, in other respects, it wasnít as powerful as Iíd been expecting. Sure thereís a lot of piney resinous hop, as one might expect, leading into a quite bitter finish. But thereís a lot of sweetness throughout and more jammy malt than I had anticipated. I didnít feel the integration of the elements was spot on. Iím not saying I didnít enjoy this beer, it just wasnít somehow as assured as Iíd hoped. Gave me indigestion by the way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2261) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
Amber in colour with medium-high carbonation. Huge grapefruit and pine hop nose, along with a good strong caramel malt note. While I had been expecting a thick and syrupy brew, there was actually a dimention of lightness to the palate which was quite refreshing. The up-front flavors are dominated by sweet caramel malts, which evolve into a more grainy note before the assault of orange and grassy (almost minty) hops. Not the most complex example of an IIPA out there, but definitely one of the more easy drinking ones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Simply one of the best Imperial IPAís out there. Pours clear orange with a wuge white head. Aroma is grapefruit, hops, and pine. A sweeter Imperial versus, say Ruination or Pliny, but very good. Hops are all over the place, but with a sweet citrus back. Malt must be there to tame the hops, but canít really taste it. Great balance, incredible beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Very hoppy nose, loads of grapefruit and a tangy fruityness, light sweetness underneath. Deep amber body with a medium sized white head. Juicy hoppyness in the flavor, lots of grapefruit, very light maltyness, ends very dry. Just too one-dimensional for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2005
hazy amber color with off white head. aroma is hoppy and grapfruity, but a bit too sweet for me. the hoopy, piney, fruity taste isnít bad, but there are sweet undertones. tingly in th mouth. not a bad beer, but not a gret one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5355) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 22, 2005
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated slightly hazy dark orange brown colored body and a good lacing. It had a sweet piney hoppy aroma. The mouth feel was strongly tingly from start to finish then faded into a soft hop aftertaste. The flavor contained malt piney hop and caramel notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (32908) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
A slightly hazy dark orange-red beer with a huge orange head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy giving it citrusy notes of lime, grapefruit, and oranges. The flavor is powerful with notes of caramel, hops, grapefruit, and lime, the alcohol lingers in the background. The end is very bitter - no wonder at 112 IBUís.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2005
Pours a clear copper color with a medium offwhite head. Aroma of resinous and spicy hops with caramel. Flavor of spicy hops and caramel with a bitter finish. The body is light with a liquorous texture, the carbonation is low. This is not a stellar example of the style but itís good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5436) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Clear amber colour body with ruby highlights and a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of fresh hops, apricots, caster sugar & some pit fruits - real strong. Medium to Full-bodied; Sharps hops with strong sugars & spices in the taste-strong & powerful. Aftertaste bittering from hops and shows some sugars still. Overall, a proper imperial ipa - not my liking - but still a good beer. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 31-May-2005.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2006 Excellent example of a DIPA. Classic look. Outstanding flavor. Deep malts and intense piney hops with a citrus grapefruit back bone. Damn, I just love this style. 4.5

This beer is even better than I remember it which is amazing in itself. Pours a perfect deep orange clear color with a think shaving cream white head. The aroma is out of this world. Your nose is basically having sex with hops. Rich, resinous, piney hops, along with grapefruit and orange citrus. The flavor is exactly what you want is an IIPA; full of grapefruit resinous hops and a huge malt backbone. This massive amount of hops in this beer is so well balanced with huge biscuity malt sweetness. I am a hop head and an IIPA lover and this is no doubt the best there is out there of this over produced style. Adam Avery is a genius!

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