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RATINGS: 2079   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle shared with and courtesy of Jerc. Dark orange, small white head - frothy, yet slick. Strong malt, some hops and alcohol in aroma. Strong strong malt taste with lots of alcohol and only some hops. Formidable. Really sweet and strong. Full body. Good, just a touch disappointing though in that it didnt blow me away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Smells like lime, caramel, courant, vanilla, graitfruit and citrus. The caramel stands out the most. Taste is lacking in hops for my money. Nice pine flavor but a bit too sweet. Aside from the sweetness this is a good beer. Re-rate- Excellent on draft. It was good in the bottle but I would recommend it on draft because the flavors were layered better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Orange Coloring with White Ring. Piney/Grapefruit Aroma. Pretty Piney Flavored..Heavy Dry Hop Hit. Citrus Notes. The Dry Hopped Flavor is Kept in Check by a Nice Malt Background. Really Nice IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange appearance. Nose is very hoppy with notes of citrus. Warming at first sip, and then drying and the second. Quite fullbodied and powerfull. A nice complex beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 3, 2005
This is very good. Just what I like in the style. Strong notes of pine in the aroma. The flavor is well balanced.....caramelly malts in the front and sweet fruit and hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Medium orange color & medium thick head. Grassy aroma with notes of citrus. Flavor is hoppy but with a farily well balanced base of malt to back it up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2005
Bottle at St Albans Beer Festival, courtesy of Duff. Id actually tried this at RBESG in Copenhagen but my notes were a little, ahem, substandard, so I was pleased to get another opportunity. Colour - light copper. Well, I didnt think it was "impossible", unlike a certain person in the assembled company, but I did find the alcohol rush a little overpowering. However, in other respects, it wasnt as powerful as Id been expecting. Sure theres a lot of piney resinous hop, as one might expect, leading into a quite bitter finish. But theres a lot of sweetness throughout and more jammy malt than I had anticipated. I didnt feel the integration of the elements was spot on. Im not saying I didnt enjoy this beer, it just wasnt somehow as assured as Id hoped. Gave me indigestion by the way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2386) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
Amber in colour with medium-high carbonation. Huge grapefruit and pine hop nose, along with a good strong caramel malt note. While I had been expecting a thick and syrupy brew, there was actually a dimention of lightness to the palate which was quite refreshing. The up-front flavors are dominated by sweet caramel malts, which evolve into a more grainy note before the assault of orange and grassy (almost minty) hops. Not the most complex example of an IIPA out there, but definitely one of the more easy drinking ones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Simply one of the best Imperial IPAs out there. Pours clear orange with a wuge white head. Aroma is grapefruit, hops, and pine. A sweeter Imperial versus, say Ruination or Pliny, but very good. Hops are all over the place, but with a sweet citrus back. Malt must be there to tame the hops, but cant really taste it. Great balance, incredible beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Very hoppy nose, loads of grapefruit and a tangy fruityness, light sweetness underneath. Deep amber body with a medium sized white head. Juicy hoppyness in the flavor, lots of grapefruit, very light maltyness, ends very dry. Just too one-dimensional for me.

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