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RATINGS: 2036   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!

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
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2008 This is a neat looking beer. Looks oily with a disappearing head. Redorange with yellow around the edges. Smell is citric with cookies in the background. Taste is quite piney and overly bitter. Once the bitterness subsides, however, a neat fruitiness rises. Hides the alcohol pretty well. Either that, or because of the Bourbon County I had. Meh. ANyway, a decent I2PA, but not as good as 11...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Amazingly smooth to drink, considering the 9.7% ABV and the 112 IBUs. I had rather expected the skin to peel off my lips. Instead, I enjoyed a hopped up IPA, well balanced and tasty. Pouring a deep orange body with a vanishing head that nevertheless laces the glass quite thoroughly, this has a rich malty aroma... but , who cares? On top of that are voluminous amounts of hops, resinous, citric, flowery, herbal... WELL DONE. But they mostly add to the aroma, and the flavor, although quite enjoyably bitter, is quite smooth to drink. Thick and chunky to drink, the flavor is a chewy sweet malt topped with several layers of tasty hop bitterness. The finish, long and seriously bitter, leaves me wanting more. I need more of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Copper-amber color, white head. Very hoppy and bitter (grapefruit) but gets a little too sweet at times, full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2007 Pour was pure golden with no apparent head. First sniff brings pure alcohol, over the top to be honest, but it calmed down throughtout the tasting. Very hoppy obviously, with some underlying malts, citrus, and caramel. Not bad, but not a favorite IIPA. early batch of 07 was a top 10 IIPA to my buds 3.2 to 4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Deep gold in color with a small white head. Aroma of a fresh grassy- citrus hop aroma. Flavor is green resiny bitterness and hop character,alcoholic,thin and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Another Avery that pleases. Pours hazy orange with a frothy beige head. Aroma is hops, citrus, pine, earth. Medium to full bodied and a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor was citrus hops and alcoholic. Pleasant refreshing taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 This was the first imperial IPA I’ve had and it was quite tasty. The first thing that came to mind was grapefruit. I picked up another bottle of this and will re-rate soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle thanks to egajsiz! Poured a clear ’see through’ amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine and carame. Tastes of citrus (oranges and grapefruits), caramel and light pine. Nice sweet to bitter balance. Citrus burps. Chewy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1021) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2005
LIke most, this is an example of a company that has done a very good job with the IPA, but has not really made it stand apart from the crowd of very good IPAs. Some fruit notes are noticable (was that apricot?), but little else to make this good IPA a great one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Clear, amber body with a thick, fluffy head that quickly diminishes leaving a thick layer of crazy lace. Big, hoppy aroma that’s mostly citrus (lemon and grapefruit), fresh pine, caramel, cereals, whole grains and perhaps a touch of brown sugar. The body is smooth, but not quite full enough to carry the hop bitterness. The flavors are good but not all that amazing. The sweet caramel and malt are given plenty of opportunity to shine before the bitter hops come through. Not as bitter as expected, but the balance is nice. All told, this isn’t bad, but certainly not my favorite.

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