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RATINGS: 2067   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
morrdt (715) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2006
22oz bottle. Clear copper tan head. Grapefruit and citrus. A nice caramel balance to the bitterness. Nice covering of the alcohol. I think I overpaid for this though ($8!). I would not pay that much again for this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Bronze orange pour. Definite grapefruit taste with the alcohol blended into a warming caramel start. Hops were surprisingly strong: that is, until I had more from Three Floyds (ratings coming later). Might try it again with a friend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2006
22 oz bomber. Pours a bronze copperish color with a medium laced beige head. Aroma is piney and citrusy. Taste is citrusy with hints of tangerines, pine needles and grapefruit. Very good Double IPA with the alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Clear copper, big tan head. Piney nose with tangerines, grapefruit. Flarping Bitter!! But a nice caramel balance to that. Mouthfeel is slightly, but not detrimentally, thin. Very dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a fluffy, medium white head. Very pungent piney hop aroma. Taste is much more of the same piney hops. Decent malt background. Tastes like a Christmas Tree smells. A little sticky mouthfeel. Finish is a little bitter. I can dig it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 19, 2005
(on bottle) Trying to explore this IIPA, I must say that this is kind of a suttle spicement, and I do not belive the 112 BUs. An oange colour, white head and a pepperish- pineish aroma; not that complex.The sugars gets a bit to heavy and the hoppng is big, but not mindblowing I would say.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Probiere. Dark slightly orange amber body with a small fluffy white head (3+) Aroma is surprisingly muted, wth some alcohol vapours, mild malt and whisps of caramel. Where are the hops??? Intriguing flavour, moderate hops, light caramel and a brief not of herbal mint, and muted pine needles. Fairly resinous and suprisingly sweet. Notes of burnt sugar and toffee as it warms up. Average to medium bodied palate. Quite pleasant but failed to live up to my anticipation. I was promised "maniacal" hops dammit!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (6698) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle - sampled at the RBESP 2005
Amber, low creamy tanned head. Herbal and citruspeel aroma. Nutty, somewhat papery malt, honeyish. Medium sticky body. Light nut and fruit aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle shared with and courtesy of Jerc. Dark orange, small white head - frothy, yet slick. Strong malt, some hops and alcohol in aroma. Strong strong malt taste with lots of alcohol and only some hops. Formidable. Really sweet and strong. Full body. Good, just a touch disappointing though in that it didn’t blow me away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Smells like lime, caramel, courant, vanilla, graitfruit and citrus. The caramel stands out the most. Taste is lacking in hops for my money. Nice pine flavor but a bit too sweet. Aside from the sweetness this is a good beer. Re-rate- Excellent on draft. It was good in the bottle but I would recommend it on draft because the flavors were layered better.

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