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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Dark, clear amber with thick head. Pleasant hoppy aroma with slight fruity overtones. not as bitter as the aroma might have suggested. Everything an IPA should be

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kgustaf (17) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Unremarkable color but strong foam present a flowery aroma, with hints of lavender. Plenty of hops, sparkles on the tongue and warms the belly. The high ABV and complex flavor, along with the silky mouth feel make this beer a delicacy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Pours a dark amber color with a tan head that is diminishing but a little stays. Aroma is piney and you can definitly smell the hops, however it is not as strong as you would expect for an imperial IPA. Taste is tart with bitterness at first followed by some sweetness. The finish is long and quite pleasent. Well done beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Pours clear amber with a big bubbley white head, mostly lasting, nice lacing. Aroma is loaded with pine and citrus. Flavor is pine needles and grapefruit, very bitter, very little malt presence. Finish is dry and with a lingering bitterness. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jaymobrown (1833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Bottle: Hazy, golden, orange color. Poured with a decent white head. Initally this started bitter with a pine needle flavor -- bitter, earthy, grass. However, in the finish I found this to be overly sweet. It had a thick syrup like texture and this bag o’ sugar taste. The bitterness was nice but was drowned out by the sweet. Not a malt crispness, but a fake sugar overly sweet characteristic that I just did not like. There are some good aspects to this beer, but I will reach for something else next time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2005
RBESG 2005, Orange beer with a small off white head. Malty, light sweet aroma with a hoppy fresh fruityness. Flavor starts malty and sweet, then becomes hoppy and fruity. Finish is dry and bitter.

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