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RATINGS: 1982   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 (1316) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
seymour (1561) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigDaddyBlues (46) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Not a big hoppy beer like I am used to for the style but when I stepped away from what I expected it to be and just focused on the beer itself I found myself enjoying it more. Great beautiful amber color. Grapefruit and pine on the nose. Nice smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nothingbutIPAs (30) - Hillsborough, USA - MAR 11, 2015
had 22oz bottle. Not as hoppy as some other imperial IPAs Iíve had, but this one is incredibly smooth for the ABV. Really solid beer all around, definitely worth a try IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FestDecBeet (361) - - MAR 5, 2015
Look: pours a light orange. Slightly off white head. Mostly clear. Smell: grape fruit. Tangerine. Slight dank. Sweet candy. Cat pee. Taste: grapefruit. Cat pee. Dank. Lemon. Tangerine. Feel: medium carbonation. Dry on the back end. Leaves a thin film on the mouth wanting you to take another sip Overall: good beer. Nice IPA. Hides the alcohol very well. First drank: home 3/5/15 Vintage: 15024

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkeh (288) - Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Amber pour, white head with excellent lacing. A beautiful beer. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, floral notes, sweet caramel. Hop aroma is abundant. Sweet citrus and a dry finish make this beer a winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jsmanigold (54) - - FEB 3, 2015
I love this brew. Pours a nice amber color with minimal lacing. Sweet citrus hoppy flavor. This beer is well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElCapitan22 (195) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Pours a beautiful amber color with some head retention and excellent lacing. Smells slightly sweet and of grapefruit. Tastes sweet, of grapefruit and hops. This has a malty finish and is a very good beer. A must try if you can get it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tykechandler (319) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Это пиво вкусное. я, конечно, рекомен& его всем, что любит хорошую Craft пива!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopmaestro (326) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2015
Aroma of caramel, loads of sweet malt and an opressive, heavy hop attack. The taste is like being dragged into a UFC-octagon, whipped with hop vines, drenched with buckets of sweet malt juices while a couple of servants from the maharjas entourage throws mangos, pineapples and lime at you from the sides. As a finale the Maharaja himself enters the ring and serves you a rear naked choke hold and you tap out in the last second. Winner on K.O. - The Maharaja!!

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