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RATINGS: 2074   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!

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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Another awesome IPA. If you look for beers by the ratings, they will not disappoint. This is a powerful double IPA with full malty finish and hop bite. Clear dry hop aroma. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 1, 2005
A big bold aroma of flowers is dominant. The color is golden and the head is tan. The flavor is strong with hops and well balanced with a malty sweetness. A somewhat cloying feel on the palate and an astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2005
A very good IPA, and not what I expected! The aroma is sweet, hoppy and flowery, mostly roses and grass. The big bottle poured a nice, lacy head but it didnít last long. In my glass this IPA is a crystal clear copper color, pretty to look at. I could smell the hops and I expected the bitter bite, but the malty sweetness was a surprise! In a way, this reminds me of the Arrogant Bastard I had yesterday, though not as heavy in body or sweetness. The bitter, intense hops do a nice job of balancing the other characteristics, and end up producing a really great tasting brew! Thereís a well-hidden alcohol bite in there too, and Iím grateful for it! Overall, Iím excited about my first experience with Avery and I canít wait to try the others I have in the fridge!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Clear dark copper color, quickly dissipating head. Smells good, like an IPA should: evergreen, a sweetness your nose can detect. Medium bodied for an imperial style anything. Smooth, sweet, pleasently biiter grapfruit and evergreen flavors, not much of a finish. Wouldnít have guessed itís high ABV, which is a compliment. Got it for under six bucks at Whole Foods, a steal in my opinion. Itís not as complex as Three Floyds Imperial IPA (my benchmark for all great American beers at this point), but it is tasty and makes me happy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) Vintage 2005. Clear amber colour. Hoppy, caramelish notes. Loads of sweet caramel malt, loads of aroma hops but somehow I had expected more of this. Just glacing a sweet caramel base with a ton of hops doesnít necessarily make a great Double IPA. I want some more complexity here. Will this grow with age or just grow tired? 120805

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2005
í05 bottle courtesty of PDee! Clear dark amber body with an ample foamy white head that resembles the froth on whipped cream. The aroma is bursting with piney goodness with spicy citrus rind, dandelion flower, and subdued caramel malt in tow. Pretty typical IIPA flavor (itís unfortunate that we can say that!) - rather bitter pine hopping throughout with grapefruit flesh and carmael/tootsie roll malt underneath. Lasting pine bitter finish with residual sweetness and a whiff of alcohol. This would be a great big beer to drink with friends (just enjoy but not to think too much about) but itís too one dimensional to really enjoy by oneself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle. Orange colour with a off-white head. Sweet caramel, hoppy aroma and a light sweet caramel pine tree hoppy taste. Medium to full body and a dry finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3853) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle. RBESG -05. Now this is the 2IPA! Citrusy nose, with notes of nuts and chocolate. Ultra-dry, very bitter with a slight sweetness behind. Extremely long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2005
Bottle. Rich sweet mouhfeel. Nose was hops. Color was amber, head was decent with adequate lacing. This was a hooey sweet brew from Avery? Imagine?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2604) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 Cloudy amber body. Aroma is grapefruity/hops with alcohol. Flavor is much the same. Some caramel in there too giving it a syrupy mouthfeel. Lacking complexity, raw.

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