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RATINGS: 2083   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!

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

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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2011
I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark shade of orange bordering on brown. Mostly clear complexion but slight haziness with little carbonation visible. Forms a good size, eggshell/off-white frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Very pungent aroma of tropical fruits: peach, mango, passion fruit and lighter citrus and candy fragrances too. I can also smell a sweet, maple-syrup or resin-like smell - indicating this is going to be a hop bomb from the nose alone.

Taste: The Maharaja hits the palate with a simultaneous attack of rich sweetness and sticky hop bitterness. Some beers rotate between sweetness and bitterness across the palate, but this beer has both simultaneously. The first thing I notice is a rich, tropical fruit juice flavor of the aforementioned fruit variety. Its amazing how rich and sweet it is and for a moment its actually quite refreshing.

Although very noticeable up front, the bitterness is even more pronounced in the second half. The taste and sensation is that of pine sap filtered through wet hop cones. Its a rich, thick, heavy bitterness that hits the palate with a thud, not a bang. This bitterness weighs in at 102 IBUs and it actually pairs amazingly well with the consistent rich juicy sweetness. Its definitely delicious.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied all around, although soft and tepid - never obnoxious. Only a slightly sticky, slightly dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: For such a big, bold beer in more ways than one, The Maharaja is surprisingly drinker-friendly. The palate is soft and goes down very smooth with a pleasant aftertaste of syrup thats not drying or cloying (and quite clean, actually). The 10.46% ABV is nowhere to be found in the palate - no heat, nor warmth. The food pairings are too long to list, but its one of the few truly huge IPAs I think can be drank and enjoyed on its own.

Overall, Avery Maharaja is another fantastic example of what American breweries can do with hops. I just wish it wasnt such an exclusive beer because everyone should be able to try this brew.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CObiased (480) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2017
12oz can (have drank these for many years) - it pours a semi hazy coppery orange with a med off white head. Nice hop bouquet of citrus, pine and stone fruit notes. Hefty hop flavor but pretty well balanced with a light caramel malt. Delicious and bitter long aftertaste. The

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chucklemation (1574) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2017
Pours a hazy golden color with a golden-white foam head. Aroma is citrus, pine, and resin with caramel malts. Flavor is sweet caramel malts with citrus and pine hops. Has a smooth, full body with moderate bitterness. Delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (3529) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 27, 2017
On tap. Pours a dark copper color with moderate head. Aromas of candied fruit and bready malts. Flavors of fruity phenols, dull fruity wine gums, dry tropical fruit with a bit of banana, and lots of toasted malts. Smooth but somewhat odd.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1805) - CANADA - MAR 21, 2017
Appearance: hazy pale amber with one finger of loose ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: citrus, caramel, pine, stone fruit, earth. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-full slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, lingering and building bitter and warming finish. (4/5) Yeah, to some extent that was pretty much the malty big bastard I was expecting. Nothing wrong with it, as such, but very much an old-fashioned DIPA, tending slightly heavy, oily, and ponderous. Might not actually be malt-forward, but its certainly malt-heavy. Initially, the hops are so besieged by the malt that despite the massive 102 IBU I wouldve guessed it was fairly old, had the bottle not been dated. But, as the glass progressed, it really grew on me, and a juicy citrus began to become apparent. The high ABV is also fairly well integrated - theres no getting away from it, of course, but its not overwhelming or unpleasantly hot. Having finished the first one, I wouldnt mind having another, which I guess is the acid test when you come right down to it. (15/20) My 236th from the 2010 Edition of 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die, 225th from the 2013 edition, and 248th combining both editions. 7.5/10 #1001beers #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BRW (2648) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 22, 2017
Bottle. Amber colour with white head. Citric, grapefruit aroma. Citric, grapefruit, malt, bitter taste, some tropical fruits. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ffaoe (723) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2017
moderate hoppy aroma, faint malt notes. amber and clear in color with nice long lasting head. medium body. flavor is hop forward of pine, resin, and faint citrus notes. underlying medium caramel hop notes.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_queue (136) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2017
12 oz. cans, 10% ABV. Pours a dark gold/burn caramel color with a thin but dense white head. Aroma is hoppy but very subdued; slight pungent earthy note, piney, citrus, & stone fruit. Flavors are hop-froward with that array of zesty, fruity sweetness up front. Moves on to some caramel maltiness plus more hops in the piney, earthy variety. Finishes with mild residual sweetness & a bit of booze. Its a lil warm, of course, for 10% but not nearly as hot as other Avery beers. Full-bodied, medium carbonation, & incredibly drinkable at this strength. Its an imperial IPA that really starts to borderline a barleywine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (3850) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2016
I shared this bomber last night with Dan and Erica as we had Bill Grays Garbage plates! We picked up this bottle during our Lake Placid trip in Nov. Pours golden orange, with light tan head. The aroma has strong grapefruit citrus, pineapple, some apples, and a refreshing smell. The flavor is grapefruit throughout with hints of caramel, pineapple, and other citrus. With an aftertaste of apple and bitter sweetness, this is really well hiding the alcohol. Overall a fantastic iipa. Alot.of hop.flavor.with a good malt.backbone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (2350) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Very smooth. Coppery color with an off white head. Grapefruit, light bread, and a nicely balanced hops that is a little dry, a little bitter, but very good overall. Full but not heavy. This is 10.2%? Well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (6463) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle: Cloudy amber with creamy, off-white head. Caramel, orange, resin aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt, candied-orange, sweet pine. Big bodied.....increasing resiny bitter.... A little alcohol warmth, but not boozy at all....nicely done.


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