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RATINGS: 1952   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Poured a dark amber color with a medium white head. Aromas of pine and citrus hops with a bit of sweet malt. Flavor was a kick of hops with a heavy sweetness and a nice alcohol finish. thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1509) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Cloudy amber appearance with a small head and light lacing. Citrusy, sweet aroma dominated by lemon and grapefruit and complimented by caramel malts. Taste exhibited soft fruit flavors, like ripe melon. Medium-to-full bodied mouthfeel; nicely carbonated. Finish is dry, bitter with the hops shining through more than at the start.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2005
Orange/light amber colour. Small creamy white head. Sticky and sweet aroma of oranges, peaches and§apricot. Where is the hops? Sweet, almost syrupy flavour of oranges and peaches. Sticky mouthfeel. Long bitter aftertaste. Too sweet for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Great amber color with a perfect head. WOW....very bready, with that great whack of pine and spice. Very full bodied with layers of flavor and enjoyment. Just wonderful. The aftertaste will linger with you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2571) - 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 (2480) - 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 hadn’t 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 it’s 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.

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