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RATINGS: 1991   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%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Palidor19 (3048) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1138) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1878) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 Smells like clover honey and hop resin, and pours to a perfect medium head. Great orange peely hop taste with a mostly dry finish and a bit of yeast spice in the finish($6/22oz)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1384) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Beer pours a dark amber hazy liquid wiht a thick beige foam. Nose is tangy hoppy and salavatingly acrid. Taste is a nice hop tang from start to finish. Very good tang. Not too strong. Mouthfeel is full, but fluid and soft. Aftertaste is mellow hops and the alcohol is warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2005
22oz - Hop floral nose. Copper color with huge cream colored head that leaves great lacing. Crisp critic hop flavor with a bit of alcohol. Oily smooth palate. A nice IIPA that is pretty accessable and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Clear orange brown. Nose tart and citric, noticeable alcohol notes, some fruitiness. Flavor is predictably huge, lots of pine and citrus, quite resiny, leaves considerable residue in the mouth. Some malts there, but not enough creamy heft to back up the hops. Overly drying and astringent at the end. Some hints of fruitiness. Is too big for its malty britches. It needs better barley pants.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 Dark amber body with a fairly large off white head. The aroma is rich with orange peels and vanilla. Also, there are notes of bread crust and sweet apples in the background. The taste is massive. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with a long lingering aftertaste. The taste is burnt toast and grapefruit with peanuts and some pine in the aftertaste. Wow, this is really good for those over the top hop heads. However, I wish for a little more malt. Still, this is well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 17, 2005
22oz bottle... For one, it poured an awesome deep copper color with a good head and lacing...the aroma was awesome too..showing citrus, pine, phenol(slightly), carmel malt, and more...beer was sticky and thick...and just on the border of what I want in a DIPA...I love big hops, and I want some malt, but I donít want sweetness or a barleywine...this beer had sweetness, but was just enough under NOT to be a barlywine...maybe it should be called a BARELYWINE! that ainít a good name...but the body/sweetness was too much for me overall

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