overall
100
99
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2097   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%

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3.7
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2006
From Bottle, Batch 3 February 2006. Quite lovely orangish rust amber pour with a generous soapy white froth. Succulent ruby red grapefruit aromas perk up my senses a bit as I stare at the beer flowing into my glass. Tons of grapefruit and in the sour kind of way that the inner rind tastes like. Fresh papaya pulp and white pine needles fill our the rest of the bouquest quite nicely. Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel is a generous treat that brings some sweeter orange zest and fermented toffee notes to the palate. Definitely a generous portion of Centennial hops. Final smack of spruce resin.

4.8
beenjammin (3) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - MAY 4, 2006 does not count
Incredible hop bouquet. Extremely floral nose. Head dissipates quickly. Very unique and HIGHLY recommended beer.

4.1
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Pours a light orange tan with a medium pale orange head. Strong, delecious aroma of citric, pine and floral hops with a hint of maybe mango underneath. Strong bitter hoppy taste with a great tang and lots of fruityness. Dry strong bitter body - perfect.

3.1
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2006
From the bottle, pours a clear, light amber with a thin white head that does stick to the sides and leaves a nice lacing. Smells of pure hop pellets. Tastes very floral, grassy hops, flowers, like eating petals. Really, not a bad one at all.

3.8
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Amber with a beige head and small spots of lacing. Warm, almost hot aromas. Hops of citrus, pine and floral types. Caramel malts. Warm and toasty flavor with bitter and citrus hops. Piney and hot. Thick bodied, almost syrupy. Finishes hot.

4.2
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Wonderful example of what I like in an IIPA. On the lighter end of the colour spectrum. Deceptively light bodied, but packs an alcohol whallop. Bold hop aroma and an aggressively ascertive hop flavor. If you don’t like grapefruity hops this is not for you.

4.2
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Now THIS is what I’m talking about. Wow is this stuff tasty. The nose is that of being lost in acres of hops and the taste will make your taste buds run for the hills. Drink this ice cold and don’t let it drop a degree or you’ll be pushing it down. Bold, powerful and satisfying. This is the kind of stuff I can drink with my Wheaties in the morning. I’d have to call in sick for work, but that’s ok because I’m drinking maharaja while suckers sit in their cubicles.

3.6
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Cloudy reddish orange in apperence with a strong pungent smell of hops. Small white head which vanishes quickly. Smooth sweet taste with strong hop finish. The alcohol warmth is felt rather quickly. A very drinkable imperial IPA at 9.7%

3.6
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2006
Tap. Clear golden amber color, white head. Citrusy sweet initially, but sharp piney flavors take over with lemon notes. Harsh and jagged, the flavors just don’t blend well, and the alcohol is poorly hidden.

4.1
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 2008 Edition. Sampled at RRBF. Beer is clear, medium caramel-brown colored. Head is small, off-white, frothy/creamy; mostly diminishing but lasting head. Arches of lacing.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, cookie; Hoppy with moderate/heavy notes of resin/pine, grapefruit, dried apricot; Yeasty with a light/moderate note of cellar, light note of tea; Light miscellaneous note of wood.<P>The flavor is heavily sweet, moderately/heavily bitter, lightly/moderately acidic with a very long, moderately bitter, lightly/moderately sweet, lightly juicy/dry acidic finish. Thank god the finish doesn’t have that merciless DIPA grip.<P>The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.<P>The fix on the finish makes this big boy much more enjoyable. Alcohol is tangible, but doesn’t taste like burning. Improved and enjoyable, even for my hop-timid palate. <P> __ Orig. rating:6/4/6/4/12. Originally sampled at 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Re-evaluated from Batch 3, 2006 bomber.<P>Clear medium-orange color with a small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing head.<P>The aroma is very hop-centric, but it manages to teeter on the edge without going overboard. It’s sweetly malty with light notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; extremely hoppy with heavy notes of resin/pine sap, cedar, grapefruit; yeasty with a trace of dough; light miscellaneous note of wood.<P>The flavor is heavily sweet, heavily bitter, moderately acidic with a long-than-average, moderately sweet, heavily bitter, grippy-sqeaky finish on the tongue.<P>The body is medium with a velvety texture and lively carbonation.


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