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RATINGS: 1937   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2005
Sparkling sunset orange, light tanned creamy head. Nose hammered home the hops with notes of sweet citrus (orange, grapefruit, maybe tangerine) and earth, light pine, melon, with some tones of grassiness, and finally sweet toffee lying just below the surface. A very "green" aroma is the way to sum it up. Flavor was well balanced with intense sweet malt first on the scene, followed quickly with that 112 IBU hoppiness. It never gets out of control bitter though, and actually hides the alcohol pretty well throughout (at least for me). Full bodied and syrupy, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Nice one Avery. No major complaints here....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 11, 2005
tap-falling rock tap house-pours an orange hue with a big off-white head. fresh hop aroma-mango, citrus, pine sap and some tropical things going on. mangos bigtime! Tastes very similar to avery 11, but still even sweeter. Very bitter finish. The 9.7 is very well hidden. Probably the best job avery has done so far in that department. This beer will sneek up on you because its so well hidden (i was feeling it!). more hop flavors come out as it warms, but still the sweetness prevails

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2005
Bottles courtesy of JPDIPSO and TChrome: Pours a clear copper with an off-white, well-lacing head. Aroma is bold, fresh, green and hoppy with lots of pine and some gingerbread cookie. Starts with a light caramel candy sweetness and piney dry hoppiness. Finishes dry, bitter, and hoppy but hides the alcohol very well. As much of a session double IPA as I’ve tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 10, 2005
Pours a clear lite amber w/ an off-white head. Aroma of juicy oranges (tangerines?) , and lite peaches, w/ a firm malty cookiness. Farily clean ferment. Juicy yet somewhat thin body. Lite on the tongue. Flavoring and aroma hops are subdued but there. I think they were going for something similar to Yulesmith in the bitterness category but the flavor and aroma falls way short and I think I really just don’t like the house yeast (Watch, it’s 1056!!). Combine that with the fact that it is filtered on a low setting (think I read 2 microns), and this falls way short in most ways as DIPA. Must say that the alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 10, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2006 22 oz bottle courtesy of Matta. Amberish color with a thick off white head. Juicy aromas of orange, tangerine, malt and caramel are rich and full. Taste starts off sticky sweet then quickly becomes as hoppy as you want it to be. Other flavors discovered deep inside are earthy yeast and spicy hops. Could be my favorite Avery beer. Very well built.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9065) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2005
Bottle... Clear, amber ale with a creamy, off-white head. Good retention and excellent lacework. Lots of pineapple and guava in the nose with a lesser note of toasted marshmallow. Huge malt and even BIGGER HOPS in the flavor with blasts of red hot alcohol, caramel, melon and pine. Full-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Lengthy, brilliantly bitter finish. Very good brew, but needs to sit and cool down for several months. Unfortunately, the hops would probably take a hit along with the alcoholic bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with an egg shell white head. Aroma of grapefruit and rubbing alcohol. Hoppy flavor with rich malt. Smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2005
22 oz bottle pours a clear copper- amber with a nice off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Pineapple, pine and grapefruit aromas, citrus, pine, melon, pineapple and grapefruit flavors. Full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, finishes dry and bitter, alcohol well hidden and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2005
Hops and and alcohol with some sweet almost milky malt character.And some crazed EI mother fu*ker on the label.I can’t say this is much better or worse than the eleven.What is this off taste consistent in most every Avery beer.C’mon guys, clean it up,you can do it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2005
Pours a golden hue with a halo of a white head. Aromas of sweetness, pples, tea. Thick mouthfeel with flavors of honey syrup, a hint of oak, with a decent bitterness. Just like all of avery’s brews, this one is just average.

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