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RATINGS: 1989   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%

Chad9976's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1342) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2011
I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark shade of orange bordering on brown. Mostly clear complexion but slight haziness with little carbonation visible. Forms a good size, eggshell/off-white frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Very pungent aroma of tropical fruits: peach, mango, passion fruit and lighter citrus and candy fragrances too. I can also smell a sweet, maple-syrup or resin-like smell - indicating this is going to be a hop bomb from the nose alone.

Taste: The Maharaja hits the palate with a simultaneous attack of rich sweetness and sticky hop bitterness. Some beers rotate between sweetness and bitterness across the palate, but this beer has both simultaneously. The first thing I notice is a rich, tropical fruit juice flavor of the aforementioned fruit variety. Itís amazing how rich and sweet it is and for a moment itís actually quite refreshing.

Although very noticeable up front, the bitterness is even more pronounced in the second half. The taste and sensation is that of pine sap filtered through wet hop cones. Itís a rich, thick, heavy bitterness that hits the palate with a thud, not a bang. This bitterness weighs in at 102 IBUs and it actually pairs amazingly well with the consistent rich juicy sweetness. Itís definitely delicious.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied all around, although soft and tepid - never obnoxious. Only a slightly sticky, slightly dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: For such a big, bold beer in more ways than one, The Maharaja is surprisingly drinker-friendly. The palate is soft and goes down very smooth with a pleasant aftertaste of syrup thatís not drying or cloying (and quite clean, actually). The 10.46% ABV is nowhere to be found in the palate - no heat, nor warmth. The food pairings are too long to list, but itís one of the few truly huge IPAs I think can be drank and enjoyed on its own.

Overall, Avery Maharaja is another fantastic example of what American breweries can do with hops. I just wish it wasnít such an exclusive beer because everyone should be able to try this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickReallyBrew (55) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2015
This Imperial IPA is good but not outstanding. I canít actually recall why I rated it this low but I do recall my initial impression and that it did not improve at all over the course of draining a 22 oz bomber. I did drink the Tzar Imperial Stout the same weekend and was so impressed tried to find more later that month. These are widely different style beers and cannot be compared. Avery misses the mark with me in a variety of beers Iíve tried by Avery. This one lines up on the "not impressed" list for Avery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7175) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 21, 2015
Tap at Harenohi. glowing orange-amber, clear. Huge jammy stone fruit and marmalade nose, orange, peach, some caramel. Sweet and jammy, pine resins, stewed apricots. Huge fruit and good bitterness, with mild caramel notes. Good stuff. Manages to avoid too much syrupy character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nocturne (1046) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Tap at Devil Craft Hamamatsucho, Tokyo. Slight hazy amber. Thin covering of head. Huge floral hop and caramel aroma. Insanely concentrated taste, same kind of floral hoppiness, very bitter but drinkable too. Immense but theyíve made it work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chadski4 (157) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2015
Decent size head with nice lacing. Brown sugar aroma. This sweetness continues into the very complex flavors with nice hoppy bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (68) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2015
Batch 21, Jan 2015. Amber in color, slight off white foam head that lasted the whole time. Nothing much in the way of lacing though. Aroma was of hops, grass, and lots of pine. Taste is very heavy on the malts, pine, and quite big of hops. Pretty full bodied in nature with some bitterness bite on the finish. Really great, malt forward, semi-sweet DIPA that did not disappoint!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - APR 9, 2015
Draft at Craft and Growler in Dallas. Pours a clear, dark copper color with a very thin white head. Solid hoppy aroma with a citrus bite. Very smooth taste. Grapefruit and hoppy notes. Slight dry finish. Very impressive and I would line this up over Pliny any day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3894) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 9, 2015
Amber golden color. Sweet malty nose with stone fruit and peaches. Uber full body, slightly sweet, but overall very malty iipa. Big hops. Nice but a bit too malty for me, but for malty iipa this is great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rollerton (131) - SWEDEN - APR 4, 2015
Bottle from SB. Very nice taste and aroma. Maybe I waited a little too long before drinking it. Good beer anyway!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
seymour (1591) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Poured from bomber bottle into snifter glass. It poured a mostly clear orange amber colour with sudsy white foam, long-lasting with lace. Severely bitter which persists long into the aftertaste. Strong grapefruit and black currant flavours, not much else. Perhaps thereís a maltbill underneath there, but how would you know? Medium body and carbonation. Way too much alcoholic heat. A great big "kick you in the nuts" kinda IPA available everywhere, but I just donít know how it gets such consistently high ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Pours Amber with frothy tan head on tap. Aroma of berries, citrus, and slight oak. Flavor of sweet citrus and malt. Good beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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