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RATINGS: 2077   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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!

Editors Note: the 2007 version was 9.78%.
2014 - 10.2%

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
I had almost forgotten how the aroma of an Imperial IPA can knock your ass to the floor. The hops in this beer are incredible. There is a whole range of fruits in the aroma from citrusy piney to apricot to apple with a little bit of raspberry tartness thrown in for good measure. The hops, high alcohol, and medium to high carbonation combine for a final punch as a sip of this stuff goes down the hatch. This beer will not disappoint any hopheads.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2006
Clear amber under a collapsing medium white head. Big hop aroma of spice and citrus is supported by light sweet malt. This beer has a terrific mouthfeel with medium/full body that leaves a resinous coating. Flavor is hop dominated like the aroma, with orange, peach, and grapefruit leading the way. Nonetheless, there is a nice sweet malt balance with some toffee and light caramel. Finishes bitter, although there is some persisting malt sweetness for balance. This is a very quaffable Imperial IPA, up there with the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2006
Pours a medium/dark copper, with a huge fresh aroma. The hops are sooo greeen here. The sugar-laced body is thick and syrupy. The bite comes very late,as the hops burn on the way down. Not at the level of Avery Eleven.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2006
Bottle. 22oz. Pours a clear copper with a thin head. Lovely, big sweet floral hop nose with fruit. Great balance between hops and malt; apricots and peaches. Shared with 2 others, everyone loved this 2IPA. Deliciously brewed with incredible full bodied flavors and a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2009 Bomber into a belgian beer chalice, just to let her open up. Color is a little lighter than what I expected for the strength. Perfect Amber color the slow carbonation rise lends credence to the viscocity. Bone white head that leaves a thin sheet up top. Aroma, like sticking my heads in several hop bags at once. Immediate grapfruit and tangerine on the nose, followed by slight earth and a symphony of spice (like a good Alsatian Gewurtz.) White Pepper and cilantro balance out the band. The body is solid all the way through the mid-palate and just barly edges out the 9.9%. An equally complex array of hops find themselves waiting at the finish line. Big hoppy, hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.........Wow, thats just nice. The debate for me is to either, let this guy age so the booze calms down????? Probably not, the hops are just to perfect to ingore for long , Hops can become delicate, but these are young and exhuberant. This is batch #3, Feb-2006. Re-rate, June 19 2009, bottling date. This beauty is only 2 weeks old, seems the label was applied directly as it left the brewery. Copper-orange hue iwth a nice white head, creamy but not spoon-worthy. Nose...a little bit subdued, suprising. A huge vein of delicious Simcoe grapefruit and cat pee funkiness thread through a block of sweet malt and citrus rind hop resin. Palate entry is sweet and wears a green jacket, spicy with same repressed citrus as the nose. As the palate develops waves, and I mean waves of hop complexity forcefully massage the tongue into submisson. Hops play a grand concert as the beer finishes. Fruit, Spice, Resin, Perfume, Bitterness reigns as the beer dries and finishes. I think this beer may have lost a little in the way of intelligence. Still a delicious beer, not sure about the nose of the fact that complexity doesnt show until the curtain closes, maybe thats what Climax is all about...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2006
THins fronty off white head. Murky honey orange coloring. Nice malty nose. Malty flavor with the hops runs about half and half. Something is a little funky with the hops and Malt chosen. They dont quite fit together as well as other IPAs. Maybe thats the intention. Alcohol is well hidden for close to 10%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 15, 2006
Stong citrus and piney aroma. Medium amber color with a small off white head. Flavor is sweet and fruity (pineapple, grapefruit, orange rind) with a fairly bitter, dry orangy finish. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Over rated-no, over priced-yes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2006
From bomber. Pours a brilliant amber with white head. Nose is of candied pink grapefruit, as is the flavor. Earthy malts underneath the hops, with a great body. Big bitter finish. Other then being a bit one dimensional, this is a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2006
on tap at the moan and dove. pours an orangey orange with a small white head. tantalizing aroma. lots of fruits. good malty presence with a solid hop background. alcohol is well hidden. avery is a great brewery. i especially enjoy their big beers. a solid double ipa. mmmm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - APR 11, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 22 oz. Bottle. 2006 - Batch 3. Pours a really nice orange copper. Very clear. Very small white head that goes away quickly. Decent lacing. HUGE aroma. Malty sweetness, fruity, apricot, pear, peach, citrus, and florally. Interesting flavor. Very bitter with a ton of malty sweetness. I dont pick up a bunch of hop flavor, probably because its being overrun by the bitterness. Most of the flavor seems to be coming from the malts. Edit - After it warms a little I am getting some of that florally hop flavor after the swallow. And after it warms even more it becomes way more balanced and the bitterness really mellows. I think I am learning that Im rating my beers too cold. You also get a bit more of the alcohol warmth after the swallow. Big, chewy mouthfeel. Silky, it almost coats your tongue and then is washed away by the bitterness in the swallow. Overall another great big beer from Avery. Their big beers are top notch. I would probably tone down the bitterness a touch to let some of the hop flavor shine through, but my only complaint to a really good beer.

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