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RATINGS: 1959   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!

Editor’s Note: the 2007 version was 9.78%.
2014 - 10.2%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2006 [edit - 3/25/06 - batch one of this beer was amazing - I gave it a 4.5 - but the new batch - batch 3 - is terribly off - thin, with dominating sulfer and rotten eggs - man, what happened? - average between this and the original - 3.3] original rating: People talk a lot about grapefruit characteristics in strong IPAs, but my friends, this is one case where the comparison is very apt - there’s grapefruit and citrus all over this one, the aroma, the flavor, the finish - citrus abounds with a mouth-watering hop onslaught, but there is plenty of sweet, fruity esters to round it all out - if Shaharazade had this, she wouldn’t have needed to waste all that time telling stories.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Initial rating, 2005: Bright bloody burnt red and deep orange color, with high saturation. A hop explosion on the nose, with that typical resiny, leafy hop cone stink, with sweet gummy oranges, apricots and maraschino cherries. Wonderfully sweet gummy pineapple, lime, mandarin oranges and a general fruit cocktail hop flavor, very well balanced by a sweet, creamy and smooth malt profile. I like that this doesn’t fall into the trap of just being a hop orgy, a nails-down-the-throat overaggresive hop product like Avery Eleven and Great Divide Hercules. Very well made. (4.4)

rerate 2007: Wasn’t so heavenly or creamy/frothy, but was still ok... lacked the dank, grassy, juicy qualities I liked in the first batch. Probably would get a 3.9-4.1.

rerate 2009: fresh one-week old bottle. Firm, chewy, and full on the palate. Hops are fresh but seem like they used concentrated hop oil and honey, it reminds me of the oily, artificial hop character in Bells Hopslam. Okay but I think I would take a super fresh classically-made IPA over this any day. 3.6-3.8 range.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Dark orange body topped with a sticky, creamy head. Very pungent aromas, but not really all that pleasant to me. There was a lot of oily hop aromas, along with some malt, but it was really muddy. The flavors are about the same. Muddy, dirty flavors. Not crisp at all. Reminded me of Flying Dog’s Wild Dog. Give me the regular IPA from these guys any day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1840) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2005
Clear, dark amber with a large tan head that is partially diminishing. Thin, but nice lacing. Aroma is moderately hoppy, with pine resin and grapefruit notes, but the caramel malts are very noticeable. Bitterness in the flavor starts out light, and slowly builds, bringing some moderate sweetness. Moderately bitter finish with a noticeable, yet light alcoholic burn. Pillowy and full mouthfeel, slightly syupy. Seems a bit raw at times, but it worked great for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2005
22 oz bomber: Light amber w/ a lasting, medium sized caramelized marshmallow head. Aroma is lemony, grassy, and lightly piney hop to start. Some toasty malt as it warms as well as mild caramel. Fruitiness is all about the citrusy hop! Balanced lightly to bitter. Toasty malt flavor to go along with the bitterness, but bitterness lingers into the finish and aftertaste which is grassy and herbal hop. Some citrusy hop flavors(grapefruit and pineapple. Moderate fruitiness. Sweetness grows as it warms, but remains bitter in the finish. Full body, well hidden alcohol, lower carbonation. Nice IIPA! Not as good as Dreadnaught, but a solid beer from Avery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2005 Poured a orange/brown color I guess you could say copper. Thick white head. Aroma of a freshly cut ruby red grapefruit and a little floral and sugar. Very sugery mouthfeel that was annoying at first but wore you down after a little while Medium bodied and malty, I couldn’t really get the hops I wanted out this beer untill the second glass when it had warmed considerably. Nice bitter finish. I much prefer the Avery 11.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2005
This brew is a somewhat cloudy dark amber color with a medium thin and densely packed light beige head. Thin, stringy lacing. The aroma is nicely floral hops with some grapefruit. Medium-bodied with a robust hops flavor. Doesn’t really have the complexity that some of my favorite Imperial IPAs have but there is a nice amount of hops, citrus and pine. The finish is bitter and lasting, with a hint of sweetness here and there. All in all an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2005
22 oz. Bottle. Slightly murky deep copper color with a frothy heand great lacing. Great grapfruit and pine nose with a hint of sweet malt. Big maltly meets hoppy flavors. Pine, grapefruit, citrus, with medium bitterness, but lots of hop flavor. Very nicely done beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19950) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange/amber. Strong aroma of grapefruit and alcohol. Sweet and sugary, boldly malty. Full bodied with clean mouthfeel. There’s lots of pine needles, resin and syrup. The finish is resiny and really bitter. I am really a fan of the older products from Avery, but the new extreme ones seem always to be raw and primitive in mouthfeel with excessive alcohol and syrup. They try to hide these shortcomings with ridiculous amount of hops. Despite this, I don’t think this is a bad beer, but I don’t like they way this great brewery is taking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2005
Aromas of citrus and forest variety. Amber body with a thin tan head. Flavor all I can say here is, this is a hop fest with the alcohol kick to it. Cool and crisp on the palate. Had a sample at a beer fest but wanted to have a full glass to see if it was as good as I origionaly thought. It’s good.

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