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RATINGS: 1957   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%


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2005
05.22.05 Bomber, Jimmack invitational. This is a big beer, but not for Avery. I sort of expected to be knocked over by another super-hot jet fuel concoction, but what I got was a surprise. This beer is more focused than I expect from Avery, hops are almost abusive theyíre so intense, oily, and sweet. The beer verges on cloying, but the sweetness is dominated by citrus. There must be a tone of sweet malts Iím not even tasting due to the 112,000 IBU or whatver it is. Nevertheless my palate is screaming that this beer is super sweet. Lots of oranges, mostly the rinds.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2005
22 oz. bomber. the color of tarnished copper with a small off-white head that chases its way down the glass. aroma and flavor of pine, citrus, some peppery pumpkin spice and grapefruit bitterness. even though this is rather sticky and full-bodied, I would like a bit more caramel sweetness. but any way you look at it, this is still a winner. try it if you have the chance.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
This is a good Imperial IPA. Pine, citric, and malty flavors. Finishes chewy, sticky, and crisp.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2514) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Clear copper-orange. Head settles to a tight, sticky white cover. Mild aroma of jellied peaches, pumpkin stem, melon seeds, and dried mangos. Hint of herbal hops. Snug carbonation. Immediately palate-clinging with a sweetly resinous hop profile. Dainty orange pith briefly loosens the gritty pine. Thereís a fair amount of sharp-edged airiness to the carbonation which detracts from the bodyís slickness. Brisk crackle of lightly toasted husk. Honeyed mangos and resin strengthen the sweetness as glazed pine retightens its grip. Pine intensity steadily climbs, ending in a sparsely juicy backdrop with a floral tease of softness shaping the mildly astringent toasted malt husks. Aromatically, this could use more brightness, and Iíd prefer more of an explosive hop character in the flavor, mostly to counter the sweetness. Very respectable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 Bottle: Alcohol and English hop scents, along with some citrus. Poured amber in color with larger light brown/tan head that provided big lacing. Flavor of alcohol and a little grapefruit. Lots of hops. Not very dry. Good malty back-bone. Easy to drink. Overall, a good Imperial IPA, but I prefer drier and even more IBUs.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (930) - USA - MAY 22, 2005
Reddish brown color with a thin but lingering head. This is one of Averyís strong beers that doesnít have a strong alcohol taste, but thatís probably due to the large amount of hops. They dominate the flavor yet the beer remains well balanced and easy to drink. I look forward to having this again sometime.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Palidor19 (2988) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 An almost perfect Beer!! Pours a beautiful col of Copper- Red. Aroma is rich of Pineapple and Mango. At first sip, the hops hits the palate hard and strong. Taste of Caramel, pineapple and cloves. expensive but worth it. Strong Beer, Strong Flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Bottle. Pours ruddy-amber with a moderate beige head that mostly diminishes but returns quickly with a bit of swirling. The aroma is at itís best when warmed to just below room temp, piney and grapefruit hops combined with sweet, perfumey malts and hints of turpentine and Pine-sol. Flavor is also best when almost room temp, Rich, sweet - almost, but not quite cloying - maltiness with a counterpoint of brash and complex hops adding the tart/acidic/bitter notes I love so well in a good DIPA. Full, thick body and creamy carbonation. This is good but seems to lack the exquisite balance and temperament of my favorite DIPAís.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1106) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2005
hmm. pours an average-looking amber with a frothy white head. refreshing aroma of hops and sugar without too much of one or the other. far more balanced than many IIPAs, although that means that it is not extreme in its hoppiness or maltiness. very good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2005
This sucker is Dreadnaughtís little brother. And that isnít necessarily a bad thing. Nice reddish amber body, soapy light tan head. Great looking beer. Typical, but pleasing sudsy IIPA. Big citrusy piney hop aroma, with suitable backing caramel malt. Flavor yields the same... some perfume towards the end. These things all start to meld together after a while... but this is a good one.


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