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RATINGS: 2097   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!

Editor’s Note: the 2007 version was 9.78%.
2014 - 10.2%

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Braudog (6717) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2005
On draft at KClingers: Bright ruddy orange with a cloudy head. Approachable aroma, floral-wise. But the flavors are full-up ... stark perfumed hop oil. Big.

wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2005
Deep red copper hue. Medium, creamy, frothy, white head. Caramel, floral, herb, citrus, and a sweaty yeast aroma. Heavily sweet, moderately bitter flavor. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter finish. Moderately astringent. Medium-full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Strange musky aroma/taste.

21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2005
I was most unimpressed with this beer, most. A deep sunshine orange to it with many hints of red and a big white soapy head. Aroma is of hops and rotten meat, rotten milk too, really fucked up if ya ask me. A ton of grapefruit and soap in the body, really odd bitterness, not the kind that i dig.

mephisto (1288) - TAIWAN - SEP 8, 2005
hazy orange with small white head. huge floral aroma of grapefruit and hops. bitter and sweet, full bodied. a typical american i2pa

cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Another awesome IPA. If you look for beers by the ratings, they will not disappoint. This is a powerful double IPA with full malty finish and hop bite. Clear dry hop aroma. Excellent brew.

ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 1, 2005
A big bold aroma of flowers is dominant. The color is golden and the head is tan. The flavor is strong with hops and well balanced with a malty sweetness. A somewhat cloying feel on the palate and an astringent finish.

unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2005
A very good IPA, and not what I expected! The aroma is sweet, hoppy and flowery, mostly roses and grass. The big bottle poured a nice, lacy head but it didn’t last long. In my glass this IPA is a crystal clear copper color, pretty to look at. I could smell the hops and I expected the bitter bite, but the malty sweetness was a surprise! In a way, this reminds me of the Arrogant Bastard I had yesterday, though not as heavy in body or sweetness. The bitter, intense hops do a nice job of balancing the other characteristics, and end up producing a really great tasting brew! There’s a well-hidden alcohol bite in there too, and I’m grateful for it! Overall, I’m excited about my first experience with Avery and I can’t wait to try the others I have in the fridge!

beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Clear dark copper color, quickly dissipating head. Smells good, like an IPA should: evergreen, a sweetness your nose can detect. Medium bodied for an imperial style anything. Smooth, sweet, pleasently biiter grapfruit and evergreen flavors, not much of a finish. Wouldn’t have guessed it’s high ABV, which is a compliment. Got it for under six bucks at Whole Foods, a steal in my opinion. It’s not as complex as Three Floyds Imperial IPA (my benchmark for all great American beers at this point), but it is tasty and makes me happy.

Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) Vintage 2005. Clear amber colour. Hoppy, caramelish notes. Loads of sweet caramel malt, loads of aroma hops but somehow I had expected more of this. Just glacing a sweet caramel base with a ton of hops doesn’t necessarily make a great Double IPA. I want some more complexity here. Will this grow with age or just grow tired? 120805

DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2005
’05 bottle courtesty of PDee! Clear dark amber body with an ample foamy white head that resembles the froth on whipped cream. The aroma is bursting with piney goodness with spicy citrus rind, dandelion flower, and subdued caramel malt in tow. Pretty typical IIPA flavor (it’s unfortunate that we can say that!) - rather bitter pine hopping throughout with grapefruit flesh and carmael/tootsie roll malt underneath. Lasting pine bitter finish with residual sweetness and a whiff of alcohol. This would be a great big beer to drink with friends (just enjoy but not to think too much about) but it’s too one dimensional to really enjoy by oneself.

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