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RATINGS: 1957   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%


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35735) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours golden with a moderate head. Aroma is heavily hopped. In the mouth, the hops are well balanced to slightly sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31624) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2007
22 fl oz bottle@Ølbaren, thanks to Ungstrup for sharing. Pours hazy orange with a lacing head. Thick dried fruity and citrus fruity aroma. Dry raisin flavour. Heavy malty caramel flavour. Slight spiced. Goes quite dry in the bitterfinish with a warming alcohol.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29661) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
A slightly hazy dark orange-red beer with a huge orange head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy giving it citrusy notes of lime, grapefruit, and oranges. The flavor is powerful with notes of caramel, hops, grapefruit, and lime, the alcohol lingers in the background. The end is very bitter - no wonder at 112 IBU’s.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) Vintage 2005. Clear amber colour. Hoppy, caramelish notes. Loads of sweet caramel malt, loads of aroma hops but somehow I had expected more of this. Just glacing a sweet caramel base with a ton of hops doesn’t necessarily make a great Double IPA. I want some more complexity here. Will this grow with age or just grow tired? 120805

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (21291) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
Bottled at RBESG 2005. Clear orange coloured with a small off white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, hops and pine needles. Sweet flavour of caramel, hops and pine needles. Long hoppy finish. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20821) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2005
Bottled. Dark golden colour, beige small head. Sweet fruity aroma with weak alcoholic hints. Sweetish alcohol and fruits in flavour. Sticky palate. Hoppy flowery aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19797) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange/amber. Strong aroma of grapefruit and alcohol. Sweet and sugary, boldly malty. Full bodied with clean mouthfeel. There’s lots of pine needles, resin and syrup. The finish is resiny and really bitter. I am really a fan of the older products from Avery, but the new extreme ones seem always to be raw and primitive in mouthfeel with excessive alcohol and syrup. They try to hide these shortcomings with ridiculous amount of hops. Despite this, I don’t think this is a bad beer, but I don’t like they way this great brewery is taking.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17201) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark orange colour with a small white head. Sweet malty and very hoppy aroma with hints of pine needles. Sweet malty hoppy flavor with hints of citrus and pine needles. Sweet warming hoppy finish. A nice one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2006
Amber color; small head. Very nice hop aroma, fruity and a bit resiny, with caramel. Full body, a bit oily; good malt flavor, toffee; high bitterness of course; salty, with a hint of sweet liquorice and macadamia nuts. Excellent, but I have the impression that it’s not fresh enough.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14960) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle at toms ... Copper colour ... Good american high hop ... slightly sweet high hop ... intense lime citric piney hop ... Very full flavour ... very intense ... lots of lime tart sweetness. A great beer. Like tom i could easiy have had the full bottle.


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