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RATINGS: 1973   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 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 (9737) - 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 (11978) - 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 canít say this is much better or worse than the eleven.What is this off taste consistent in most every Avery beer.Címon 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 averyís brews, this one is just average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2005
Poors red-gold with small light beige head. Flowery, citrus pine aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Taste is bitter, sweet with lasting spiciness. Almost like a hot cinimmon. Also earns points for well-done bottle with king and silver foil.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2005
Bottle pours orange hued golden, dark, large off-white foamy head, wonderful lacing, with soft carbonation. † Citrusy nose, slight hop & pine. † Seems somewhat sweet. † Inital thought on sipping was that it was going to be too cloying, but it smooths out rather well. † Good balance, still somewhat sweet, with a nice bitter finish and subtle hints of tobacco. † The 9.7% ABV is extremely well hidden. † Medium to full body & mouthfeel. † I really enjoyed this one! † Thanks TChrome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 The Lure:
A plethora of filtered citrus fruit juices, with grapefruit as their prow, overcome a filet of caramel.

The Festivities:
A herbal, resinous bitterness benefits from a substantial honeyed malt sweetness. Oranges and light citrus fruit tones spice up this smooth and also piney Double IPA.

He kept a diplomatic composure, but wore fiery eyes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3579) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2005
This beer poured with a big, frothy cream colored head resting like a turban atop the clear, coppery amber hued liquid. The huge hop nose was sharp and prominent, with notes of pineapple, grapefruit and pine needles. The nose gave fair warning about the scope of the hops in this beer. Flavors of pine needles, candied grapefruit rind, apple sauce, all riding on a malt backbone stong enough for an Indian elephant. This has great balance for such a big beer. There is a long lingering grapefruit bitterness in the finish. The alcohol comes out in the nose as it warms. Very thick, dry mouthfeel. I got more thirsty the more I drank. My little sister said it tasted like drinking a flower. When I finished the one bottle, the others were just begging to be opened. This is what I think of as an IIPA.

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