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RATINGS: 2064   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2005
I suppose I am of the camp which believes that Double IPA should have almost no malt character. I donít want my ideology on this score to trump objective review of Averyís Maharaja, but I suppose it does, to a certain extent. The malt is big, thick and sweet, which combine with the big, thick and sweet hop character to make the beer a tad monolithic. Still enjoyable, but just a bit too fused for my taste. Frankly, if I want a hop fix, I would actually pick Averyís basic IPA over this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CamdenD (1177) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2005
Alcohol unsurprisingly dominates this brew, but in a bad way. Reminded me a bit of the 2004 Big A IPA from Smuttynose: just way too sloppy with the booze. Had this on tap and struggled through it. Was a bit optimistic with the alcohol nose, thinking perhaps this was an IIPA that did not fear showing itís ABV, but in the end just tasted like an IPA spiked.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Lightly hazed coppery crimson hue, under an adequate layer of beigish foam. Nose reeks of hops. Piney and citric, yeah, ripe and luscious, a refreshingly lively aroma, very raw, like steeping ones senses in the freshest form of hops. Taste: thick with hoppiness, again, rich and full of flavor, not the least bit timid....hops and bitterness hang on the palate, dig in deep, stay a spell... this is a menacing monster of an IPA, and I want to make it my friend! A challenging ale, but exactly the challenge we hopheads require...each sip releases a succor which enacts a sublime kind of pleasure... (that means I liked it! ;^)... Full-bodied, intensely flavored, long, bitter, fruity finish... The Maharaja is a mighty ruler and commands the palate in full, itís reign lasts long beyond the length of the 22 ounce bottle...if you love the homulus lupus, he has you in his sway, no questions asked...damned good stuff. Ranks among the best IIPAs Iíve had, somewhere in there, anyway...blessedly hoppy, leaving hop trails all along the palate...goodness, theyíre coming out of my burps, now, too...may I say? a very nice drink, for those of us on the hoppy side...oh, yeah!!!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dongster (15) - DeKalb, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Pours a perfect copper color, not too much head. Very little hop aroma for a IIPA, especially one with 112 IBUís. Strong malt base with melow hop flavor, finishes with an alcohol and hoppy mouthfeel. Doesnít taste like 112 IBU due to soft hops used. Overall drinkable but there are more enjoyable IIPAís out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1627) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2006 This beer is all about the alcohol. very crappily made IIPA. Smells like alcohol and tastes like alcohol. The first 2 seconds of a sip are good and hoppy then it tastes of alcohol. It didnít taste good until 3/4 of the way through when i started getting drunk because of the alcohol. Rerate. tastes a lot less like alcohol, and lots of fresh hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Attractive coppery golde. Intense grapefruity nose, some raw doughy bread (yeasty???) Touch of sweet malt. Big and malty, plenty of alcohol. Some far off hoppy notes, more late than bitter. Am I so jaded that I donít find this overly hoppy??? Will I find anything hoppy? Anyways mostly grapefruity, with some orangey notes in there as well. Ahh thereís a hop burp, at least those are hoppy (Iím being more citical of my palate here than the beer, other than the alcohol laden finish...)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Coppery hue, thin off-white head, quickly dissipates leaving light lacing. Aromas of dark fruit, bread, chocolate, alcohol and yeast. Taste is strikingly bitter, yet there is a good sweet maltiness. There are notes of coffee, chocolate, herbs, citrus and alcohol. This is one BIG ale but itís not bluster -- it has everything a great IPA should have, only more of it. Great effort from Avery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 You have no choice. You WILL bow down before the Maharaja. You? You are nothing. The Maharaja is everything. This beer is beyond your powers of comprehension. A select few may be touched by the Form of the Bitter upon encountering the Maharaja. The rest, they can only be pitied. The Maharaja shines on, all-encompassing, overflowing, overpowering. The Leader knows all and sees all. We love the Leader. We love the Maharaja. I would gladly drink the 120-IBU Kool-Aid if the Maharaja told me to. All hail the Maharaja!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2005
deep dark amber pour with a small off white head. Glorious hop aroma with both citrus and floral hops present. nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel with citrus and pine hops in the forefront, balanced with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Poured a dark amber,with small white head.Has a strong malty/hop nose.Huge malt overtones and very bitter hop flavor that lasts.Good mouthfeel.Not bad!

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