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RATINGS: 1982   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 Pours golden with crimson highlights and a tight cream head. The hop aroma is absolutely top notch. Clean, bitter and intense. Unfortunately, the bark is worse than the bite with this IIPA. The hop body is somewhat subdued (for an IIPA of course) but balances nicely with loads of creamy malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Orange color with a beige head. Aroma of resinious hops and malt. Flavor of sweet caramel malt and hops. Sweet hoppy finish. Pretty mild for a double IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Bottle: poured orange with a thin wispy head. It may have been too cold but there was little aroma. Flavor was sweet malt, a bigger hop profile than the aroma led me to believe. Alcohol was well hidden. This was a smooth drink. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 Interesting,this came in a single,cardboard box,not a case?? Glowing,oarnge/brown. Fat,sticky,mountain of head. Aroma is big on pine,passion fruit,bready malts,with caramel and alcohol fighting for the last spot. I want to say balanced aroma,but just not as one sided,hoppy as expected from Avery. Smooth,but slightly,chewy body. Man,this is malty. Start is hoppy,with just the slightest alcohol hint. The middle is loaded with malts,lots of caramel. Actually,the tounge is stained with caramel,and bready malts. Finish is a hop cone. All sorts of fruity and pine hops. Great hop combination. You know,I dare say a double IPA is balanced or smooth,but if one is close,this is it. I am highly,enjoying this if it means anything.... More notes:2nd bottle consumed cold,and didnít enjoy at all,this is a beer,to chill,not get cold!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Beautiful deep, clear amber with a thick off-white head. The aroma, although good, is more subdued than I would have expected for this type of brew: malty and hoppy with a twinge of alcohol. The flavor has notes of sweet malt, grapefruit/citrus, PINE, resin and a touch of vanilla. Bitter, but very well balanced. Thereís a definite alcohol presence that becomes more evident as the beer warms. Rich and malty, very close to barleywine territory. The body is very full, round and creamy - coats the mouth nicely. Subtle carbonation. Lacing hangs on the glass in nice rings, GREAT, thick head retention. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Brilliant amber, decent lasting head. Pine needle aroma. Big flavors; wet tree bark, juniper, pine needles, heavy sweet caramel malt, some salinity. Brash hop flavors are unique and satisfying, if thatís what youíre looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Bottle: Clear orange with a good small-bubbled white head, nice orange citrus aroma with a touch of pine, starts and ends bitter, medium bodied, ends with a orange taste. A nice double IPA that isnít overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Pours a deep copper/light amber and a small but lasting sticky beige head. Aroma is piney and minty with a hint of citrus. Flavor is resiny and pine with a strong thick malty backbone. Not very complex or interesting. Kind of like Stoudts IIPA but a little more drinkable. Not as good as expected overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3213) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Thanks to Matta for this! Pours a medium orange color with an off white head that sticks nicely to the glass as it slowly fades. Good hop and malt aroma and body, but not overly so. Well hopped, but not a "hop monster" Good MOR IIPA. Came in third to the Yulesmith and Dreadnaught that followed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Pours a light orange tinted amber with a medium white head that sticks around. Aroma is citrus, pine and a slight spicey and floral hoppiness with a mild malty sweetness. Flavor is a medium to high citrus, resiny hops and a slight floral undertone. A nice soft but sweet maltiness rounds off the hops so there are no sharp edges. Palate is nice and creamy if you get some of the head in your sip. Maybe its just because I havenít and an IIPA in a while but this seems to be one of the most quaffable IIPAs I remember having. I think this is what Two-Hearted would be if it was made into a Double IPA (If I remember Two Hearted correctly).

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