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RATINGS: 2006   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1427) - 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 (5174) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Bottle. Amber in color with a nice white head. Malty and hoppy aroma. Nice citrus aroma. Piney. Flavor is hoppy and malty. Well balanced. Nice Beer. Very nice beer. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Light amber body with a medium white head. Sweet citrus aroma and taste with a good base of grains. Very nice, balanced flavor with a good lingering aftertaste. Wanted more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (11240) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2006 Bomber batch 3 poured a clear copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of apricots, pine, orange and faint carmel notes. Palate was medium bodied and resiny. Flavors of pine, apricot, grapefruit rind and hints of carmel with a resiny, piney lingering bitter finish. This is the best batch of Maharajah by far!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Big hops. Looks great in the pint glass. Thick oily mouthfeel. I dunno the IIPA just starts to obscure the subtilties. Something like this is probably best fresh?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2005
very nice color more of a reddish color than some of the orangish IIPAís. aroma is good enough. lets you know what is coming - a big bitter ale. an interesting beer, but definately not among the best iipaís out there, though worth trying. smooth yet very bitter. a well crafted beer i did like 11 better as well, but will probably buy this again if it comes out next year.

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