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RATINGS: 1992   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%


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10611) - SÝborg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled @ RBESG2005: Dark golden coloured. Clear. Beige head. Very hoppy aroma. Herbal and flowery. Flavour is herbal, sweet, fruity, light citric and quite alcoholdense. Ends on a heavy and dry bitterness. Is quite well balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
thx to santa pours a clear dark golden color, with a thin white head the flavor is piney/hoppy, with a very dry finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5348) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2005
22 oz bomber, State Line Liquors Elkton, MD. Real pretty looking out of the bottle deep copper with a nice inch of fluffy head, Smells even between malt and hops. Mouthfeel is solid, hearty body to go with those hops. Didnít really seem up to the 112 IBUís but I think thatís on account of this being so well balanced, hops very multi-dimensional. I could certainly taste the 9.7% but in a good way. Need more of this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Iíve become a fan of the Imperial IPA, and love the hoppiness. This was a great example of the style, surprisingly little c-hop.grapefruityness, but wonderfully piney flavors. Nicely balanced with its malt componant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
Bottle RBESG. Lots of hoppy aroma and burnt sugar. Rich, full, round and nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2011 Dark amber color with a fine, medium-dense white head. Dark caramel malt aroma supports powerful notes of candied citrus, resinous hops, and dried flowers. A slight suggestion of cocoa powder follows in the back-end. The flavor is strongly malty with both caramel and toffee aspects along with significant alcohol sweetness. This is balanced by a huge, resinous hops profile with dark citrus and deep piney characteristics. The big, thick body delivers a counter-punch of malt and alcohol that makes for a surprisingly drinkable, very full-flavored beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
On tap at La Cave Du Vin in Cleveland. Pours orangey copper and hazy with a huge rocky snow white head. Tons of lacing, some thick and some fine works itís way down the glass. Smell is very citrusy, strong bitter hops. No doubt about it, this beer is a little hot. Alcohol up front that quickly smooths into a sweet tangerine flavor that even more quickly slips into hoppy flavors that become much spicier. Eventually the hops build to an tooth enamel ripping level. They are everywhere and dominate the body of this beer. After the first couple of sips that is about all you taste. Long lingering bitterness, numbing the toungue. Havenít had an experience quite like this since I first tried Ruination. All in all though itís tasty and I would have it again. Itís quite unbalanced and that doesnít work well with this beer. Probably the only thing keeping it from being truly great would be a weak (relatively speaking) malt profile.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Copper with a nice layer of cream colored fine head. Aroma is initially just hops. A bit different--more musky/catty than citrus grapefruit. Different and pretty nice. Some pleasant sweet malt is there too, after my nose gets used to the hops. Flavor is lip-smacking aggressive bitterness. The bitterness hits me a bit further forward in my palate than I am used to. Some malty sweetness starts to make it through after the initial bitterness, but just a small counterpoint to the hop-slap. Palate is a bit hard to nail down. Lots going on. I do get some alcohol burn. An interesting and different IIPA, but not Averyís best work.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Amber colored, foamy off-white head. Malty and mild hoppy aroma, surprisingly easy hoppyness. Notes of sweet toffee and orange. Dominating hop and nut flavor, biding but with a good balanced bitterness on a fruity base. Soft and mild and a good all night I2PA. Thanks kxkeller for sharing!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (22911) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
Bottled at RBESG 2005. Clear orange coloured with a small off white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, hops and pine needles. Sweet flavour of caramel, hops and pine needles. Long hoppy finish. Nice.


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