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RATINGS: 2072   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Beautiful coppery-orange pour. Over the top grapefruit and pine resin hop aroma, just to get my mouth slavering. Flavors of bready sweet malts, caramel, toffee, orange juice...The true kick is in the extended finish...grapefruit/pine resin/citrus/ and big alcohol. Remarkable in every way! Now remind me again, what’s my name?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3948) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2006
Pours a hazy dark amber. Very hoppy. Low CO2 level. Full- to heavy bodied. Nutty/alcohol aroma. Bit like Hog Heaven. Very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
The Maraharaja without question is an Imperial IPA and is massive in every way. The beer is 9.7% abv and clocks in at a tongue blistering 112 IBU or bitterness units. The Maharaja pours to a beautiful, bright, amber color with a thick white head that eventually fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer pulls you in with lots of pungent aromas of citrus and pine, paired with peppery aromas of alcohol. The body on this beer is hefty, with lots of good sweet and biscuit malt brawn, and outstanding candied citrus hop flavors. The Maharaja finishes with more malt, fruit, and hop flavor up front, then ends with an awesome grapefruit/lemon hop bitterness and warming alcohol bite that lingers on the tongue. This is a very impressive Imperial IPA. The fantastic hop character of this beer makes this beer a real hop cocktail of a brew. This beer is the perfect aperitif beer, or the perfect beer to sit and relax with after a long hard day. This is a beer you will want to sip and savor, so I would suggest drinking it before or after a meal, but not with a meal. It is very drinkable for such a high alcohol beer, so don’t make any plans if you are going to drink more than one 22 oz bottle. The Maharaja retails for $6-$7 a bottle, in select markets where Avery beers are sold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 (bottle) Orange bronze with generous white head. Citrus hops aroma. Abundant grapefruit hops - became more pine as it warmed. Decent malt backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3532) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Hoppy aroma with a thin white head that lingers around the rim of the glass. Cloudy orange/amber color. Hops and pine upfront on the taste followed by a citrus and malts which nicely smooth over the bitterness. Enjoyed this one.

   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.

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