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RATINGS: 1930   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!

Editorís Note: the 2007 version was 9.78%.
2014 - 10.2%


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4445) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 This was the first imperial IPA Iíve had and it was quite tasty. The first thing that came to mind was grapefruit. I picked up another bottle of this and will re-rate soon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8824) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle thanks to egajsiz! Poured a clear ísee throughí amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine and carame. Tastes of citrus (oranges and grapefruits), caramel and light pine. Nice sweet to bitter balance. Citrus burps. Chewy body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2005
LIke most, this is an example of a company that has done a very good job with the IPA, but has not really made it stand apart from the crowd of very good IPAs. Some fruit notes are noticable (was that apricot?), but little else to make this good IPA a great one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Clear, amber body with a thick, fluffy head that quickly diminishes leaving a thick layer of crazy lace. Big, hoppy aroma thatís mostly citrus (lemon and grapefruit), fresh pine, caramel, cereals, whole grains and perhaps a touch of brown sugar. The body is smooth, but not quite full enough to carry the hop bitterness. The flavors are good but not all that amazing. The sweet caramel and malt are given plenty of opportunity to shine before the bitter hops come through. Not as bitter as expected, but the balance is nice. All told, this isnít bad, but certainly not my favorite.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1363) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Copper/prange in the glass with a half inch of cloudy white head. Some lacing. Aromas knock your socks off, with a pungent fir, orange, and spices (cinnamon and cardamom, maybe). Exotic and true to the IPA style at the same time. A mild hop bite is the initial taste, some complex matiness follows, and there is a long, full, five-minute finish that contains some of the spices and all of the hops. This is the biggest, smoothest IPA I can remember. Immediately one of my all-time favorites. Rave reviews to the guys at Avery on this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Good but not great, not exactly what I would expect out of a IIPA. Balanced but lacking in a tad more sweetness and with a little more lace. Would buy again.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
agl108 (780) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Thanks to lamas for the bottle. 22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep orange with a bubbly white head. Powerful hop aroma that socks you in the nose with pine and citrus. Ridiculously bitter, too much for my liking. Finishes hoppy. Flavor is complex and hides the high ABV well. I believe this is my first Imperial IPA...Iím not sure Iím a fan of the style. Perhaps I should sample others... RERATE on 3/30/08 22 oz. bomber. Bottled 2/08. FRESH tasting citrus with grapefruit, lemon, and oranges are clearly evident. Hides the alcohol extremeley well. Thin. My palate has clearly evolved for the better over the past few years

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Monsterous hop and malt aroma, as good of ana aroma as Iíve smelled in my favorite category of beer, taste is that wonderful malt-hop sweet mix that Iíve grown so fond of, the taste however is a little lighter than the aroma promised, so while I love this, I canít rank it with the really bold Three Floyds, Dogfishead, and Stone Imperials

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 Pours golden with crimson highlights and a tight cream head. The hop aroma is absolutely top notch. Clean, bitter and intense. Unfortunately, the bark is worse than the bite with this IIPA. The hop body is somewhat subdued (for an IIPA of course) but balances nicely with loads of creamy malts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Orange color with a beige head. Aroma of resinious hops and malt. Flavor of sweet caramel malt and hops. Sweet hoppy finish. Pretty mild for a double IPA.


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