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RATINGS: 2045   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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!

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

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3.9
maekchu (4001) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 22, 2017
Can from World Beer Market (Sake no Taniguchi). First time to see this in a can. Sweet and citrusy nose, with a ton of caramel, and severe alcohol fumes. Deep copper color with a slight pink hue around it, and a thick off-white head. Sweet fruity initial, with caramel, pine, then lime and honey in mid palate. Long hard bitter tracks. Heavy body, very full feeling in the mouth, along with some hop burn. Kind of reaching the limits of the IIPA style. Very tasty and maybe a little too hot.

3.8
balkhawk (15) - - AUG 21, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2017 Can to solo cup, extra cold and plenty head to breathe. hop hash, bitter honey, viscous pine, unripe citrus and ethyl alcohol. it's imperial. you know- for the kids.

4.1
BierMeHoos (644) - Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2017
#600 Rating--Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro. How: 750 ml bottle. Poured into a tulip, pours an amber/gold with an inch and a half of off white head that fades slowly and leaves ample lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus zest, and huge loads of typical American hop character. Taste follows, but is huge! Hops, and lots of them, give you s nice forceful smack in the face, but in the middle, there is a soft sweet malt character, which then fades to dank, resinous hoppy character. That taste lingers long into the finish. Palate is medium to full in body with lively carbonation. Overall, very well balanced and worthy of the rating, try it!

4
kapusil (1465) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 29, 2017
0.355l can thanks to Cristobal37. Clear orange/amber body with a light beige head. Aroma of caramel, toast, booze (pálinka from grapes or grappa), orange zest and grapefruit. Taste of caramel, toast, booze, grape seed, apricot and some citruses. Very nice beer, but if the alcoholic character wasn’t this strong, it could be way better.

3.3
MarcoDL (5152) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2017
Can. Dark golden pour. Aroma of pine, citrus, malt and caramel. Taste of sticky resinous hop, pine, caramel, herbal bitter hop, peach and lots and lots of malt. Bitter malty finish. With this massive malt body it’s more a barley wine. Not my favorite, I like it lees malty.

1.8
DraftCaptain49 (38) - - JUL 28, 2017
Whatever makes this bitter, tasteless beer good to people I have no idea. Easily one of the worst beer purchases I’ve make recently and had me hounding for something with more taste. It’s a strong yellow, hoppy beer. I didn’t enjoy drinking it one bit.

4.2
Cristobal37 (1176) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 25, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2017 Big massive resin, honey and pine hops. Light honey bronze. Bitter resiny, nutty malts and slightly skunky taste. Long resiny slightly boozy apples like a heller bock or even a little warmimg brandy. Cool iipa.

3.5
DrnkMcDermott (3123) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2017
2006 vintage bomber. Rating #3100! Yes, I should have had one fresh instead of sticking this away for a "special occasion" that never comes. I’m trying not to be one of "those people," but I am. So her it is. An opaque brown body under a half-finger, foamy brown head. The smell has a bit of phenol, but it cleared once I got a snoot into the IPA tulip glass I used. The main smell is a bit sugary, then there’s familiar note of pine resin as fits aged hops. Taste had plenty of malt, though, and warming alcohol. Still a touch of phenol and some smokiness that I usually get along with it. There’s also a tough of peat that comes more from aging. But the alcohol is nice and warming. What I really should have done was compare this to a fresh one from this year. But I’m not made of money. Just take it from me: it cellars well. Some smoke or peat toward the end. The sludge at the bottom has kind of solidified, but only a few bits of it pour out at the end.

3.8
hawthorne00 (4034) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2017
Can. Slightly murky amber with a cream head. Aroma is pretty subdued but nice enough with tenor-register citrus (grilled grapefruit, kumquat), sugar plums, pine. Full bodied but nicely short of sticky, carbonation is lowish but enough to lighten things. The citrus pops much more and carries the heavy sweetness well, as well as helps the strong bitterness and drying finish emerge from the sweetness like an obvious progression. Some pine and pepper there too. The finish makes it for me.

3.9
bugsizzy (70) - USA - JUL 14, 2017
Not much aroma that I could detect. Appearance semi opaque amber, poured from a bottle with a decent head and lacing. Relatively high alcohol level was nicely concealed under a smooth palette, and smooth hops as well. Mildly bitter with not as much bite as expected, but that was not necessarily a bad thing. Nothing really distinctive but nevertheless very enjoyable. What stood out to me was its smoothness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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