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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (34248) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
A slightly hazy dark orange-red beer with a huge orange head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy giving it citrusy notes of lime, grapefruit, and oranges. The flavor is powerful with notes of caramel, hops, grapefruit, and lime, the alcohol lingers in the background. The end is very bitter - no wonder at 112 IBU’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2005
Pours a clear copper color with a medium offwhite head. Aroma of resinous and spicy hops with caramel. Flavor of spicy hops and caramel with a bitter finish. The body is light with a liquorous texture, the carbonation is low. This is not a stellar example of the style but it’s good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5612) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Clear amber colour body with ruby highlights and a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of fresh hops, apricots, caster sugar & some pit fruits - real strong. Medium to Full-bodied; Sharps hops with strong sugars & spices in the taste-strong & powerful. Aftertaste bittering from hops and shows some sugars still. Overall, a proper imperial ipa - not my liking - but still a good beer. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 31-May-2005.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2006 Excellent example of a DIPA. Classic look. Outstanding flavor. Deep malts and intense piney hops with a citrus grapefruit back bone. Damn, I just love this style. 4.5

This beer is even better than I remember it which is amazing in itself. Pours a perfect deep orange clear color with a think shaving cream white head. The aroma is out of this world. Your nose is basically having sex with hops. Rich, resinous, piney hops, along with grapefruit and orange citrus. The flavor is exactly what you want is an IIPA; full of grapefruit resinous hops and a huge malt backbone. This massive amount of hops in this beer is so well balanced with huge biscuity malt sweetness. I am a hop head and an IIPA lover and this is no doubt the best there is out there of this over produced style. Adam Avery is a genius!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4852) - 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 (5538) - 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 (4861) - 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.

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