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RATINGS: 2063   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4822) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 Original Rating 11/12/05:Hazy orange color with no head. Strong citrus aroma, focusing on orange. The taste is stunningly malty for an IIPA. The citrus is still there but very dry. It tastes more like citrus zest than the juice. Bitter finish. 7/4/8/4/17 Re-rate 2/29/08: Cloudy copper color with a large head. Big aroma of citrus, orange and pine hops. The taste is a very strong, acidic bitterness. Slightly vegetal. Bone dry malt. Yum. Same score.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Light hazy copper gold, sticky light off-white head. Nose of pine and grapefruit, light grassiness. Some sweet malt is evident. The flavor is balanced, musky and tangy. A bit of sticky resin clings to my mouth. The finish is ok, a bit thick and chewy. Lingering hop oil but not overly bitter.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
SilkTork (5526) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2007 Impossible.

[If anyone is unsure from the score and my single word comment how I feel about this beer they are welcome to message me and I will explain.]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4/23/05: Bottle.
Sugary malt nose with some floral and hints of orange peel. Orange-red body with an almond colored head and nice lacing. Flavors of malt and hops, caramel, alcohol is present too. (Very slight amount of fir tree hops).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4838) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Bottle. Small off-white head that was mostly lasting, fine-small sized bubbles, poor lacing, carbonation, hazy, and an orange hue. Sweet hoppy aroma. Hoppy and sickingly sweet flavor. Way too sweet. Tingly and hoppy mouthfeel. This one wasn’t for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Big 1 pint bottle. Very disapointing apperance and taste. Light color with little froth. The sweetness hides the strong hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2005
Bottle (Cheers duff!): Big grapefruit and pine nose. Nice sweet caramel. Long citric grapefruit flavour. Pine finish. Medium bodied. Amber with a beige head. Nice, but a bit sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle @ Stockholm Beer Festival 2005
This is powerful stuff. Rich hopiness with a nut character to it. Quite refreshing for a beer this strong and hoppy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
Bottle. Sweet hop aroma, aromatic. Super sweet and sticky. Quite fat and oily aswell. Raisin sweetness, mixed with lychee and grapefruit, very sweet, too sweet. Also a little on the fizzy side, which didn’t help its cause. I was expecting a lot more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2006 Pours out an amber color with a white head. Aroma is quite strong.. flowery, with hops and fruit quite present in the mix. Flavors are smooth, especially for the 9.9% ABV.. nice malts and caramel to balance the strong, resiny hops. [5/4/06 Re-rate, February 2006, batch no.3] Extremely powerful grapefruit characteristics on this one. I have a feeling its due to the freshness, but I don’t remember my other rating as being so bitter. This is glorious.. I had to bump it up a few.

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