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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!

Editor’s Note: the 2007 version was 9.78%.
2014 - 10.2%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Lightly hazed coppery crimson hue, under an adequate layer of beigish foam. Nose reeks of hops. Piney and citric, yeah, ripe and luscious, a refreshingly lively aroma, very raw, like steeping ones senses in the freshest form of hops. Taste: thick with hoppiness, again, rich and full of flavor, not the least bit timid....hops and bitterness hang on the palate, dig in deep, stay a spell... this is a menacing monster of an IPA, and I want to make it my friend! A challenging ale, but exactly the challenge we hopheads require...each sip releases a succor which enacts a sublime kind of pleasure... (that means I liked it! ;^)... Full-bodied, intensely flavored, long, bitter, fruity finish... The Maharaja is a mighty ruler and commands the palate in full, it’s reign lasts long beyond the length of the 22 ounce bottle...if you love the homulus lupus, he has you in his sway, no questions asked...damned good stuff. Ranks among the best IIPAs I’ve had, somewhere in there, anyway...blessedly hoppy, leaving hop trails all along the palate...goodness, they’re coming out of my burps, now, too...may I say? a very nice drink, for those of us on the hoppy side...oh, yeah!!!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dongster (15) - DeKalb, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Pours a perfect copper color, not too much head. Very little hop aroma for a IIPA, especially one with 112 IBU’s. Strong malt base with melow hop flavor, finishes with an alcohol and hoppy mouthfeel. Doesn’t taste like 112 IBU due to soft hops used. Overall drinkable but there are more enjoyable IIPA’s out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1449) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2006 This beer is all about the alcohol. very crappily made IIPA. Smells like alcohol and tastes like alcohol. The first 2 seconds of a sip are good and hoppy then it tastes of alcohol. It didn’t taste good until 3/4 of the way through when i started getting drunk because of the alcohol. Rerate. tastes a lot less like alcohol, and lots of fresh hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Attractive coppery golde. Intense grapefruity nose, some raw doughy bread (yeasty???) Touch of sweet malt. Big and malty, plenty of alcohol. Some far off hoppy notes, more late than bitter. Am I so jaded that I don’t find this overly hoppy??? Will I find anything hoppy? Anyways mostly grapefruity, with some orangey notes in there as well. Ahh there’s a hop burp, at least those are hoppy (I’m being more citical of my palate here than the beer, other than the alcohol laden finish...)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Coppery hue, thin off-white head, quickly dissipates leaving light lacing. Aromas of dark fruit, bread, chocolate, alcohol and yeast. Taste is strikingly bitter, yet there is a good sweet maltiness. There are notes of coffee, chocolate, herbs, citrus and alcohol. This is one BIG ale but it’s not bluster -- it has everything a great IPA should have, only more of it. Great effort from Avery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 You have no choice. You WILL bow down before the Maharaja. You? You are nothing. The Maharaja is everything. This beer is beyond your powers of comprehension. A select few may be touched by the Form of the Bitter upon encountering the Maharaja. The rest, they can only be pitied. The Maharaja shines on, all-encompassing, overflowing, overpowering. The Leader knows all and sees all. We love the Leader. We love the Maharaja. I would gladly drink the 120-IBU Kool-Aid if the Maharaja told me to. All hail the Maharaja!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2005
deep dark amber pour with a small off white head. Glorious hop aroma with both citrus and floral hops present. nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel with citrus and pine hops in the forefront, balanced with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Poured a dark amber,with small white head.Has a strong malty/hop nose.Huge malt overtones and very bitter hop flavor that lasts.Good mouthfeel.Not bad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Wow,can you get any more grapefruity than this??Pure hoppy goodness. This aroma is fantastic.Some piney resin but also floral perfumey hops.Flavor isn’t close.Some sweet malts but most of the hops seems to have jumped into the Caddy and gone out for a malt liquor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
Couleur orangée, pleinement trouble, aucun dégagement gazeux lors du service. La mousse beige très pale est abondante, crémeuse et persistante. Arômes un peu muets rappelant les popsicle à l’orange. Flaveurs énormément houblonnées, pas très nuancées et semblant pencher vers le générique, sans caractère propre. Épaisseur semi mince allant vers moyenne, finale vague et amérisante. Bouteille partagée avec Joce et Léo, 24 Juin 2005.

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