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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1749) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_queue (95) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (3747) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (2333) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (6330) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10959) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2016
Bottle. Orange juice, caramel malt, pine, and grapefruit peel aroma. Hazy amber with large light tan head. Moderately sweet orange, caramel malt, and moderately bitter grapefruit peel/pine flavor. Nice balance and body. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2016
[9/7/2016] On tap at Churchkey : Hazy mango body with sweet nose. Taste of hops, caramel. Smooth and clean. Packs the punch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (1881) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2016
A very good well balanced imperial IPA. Pours a very nice cloudy orange with a white head. Smells great, berries, citrus and pine. Taste is less hoppy then expected, which is a good thing. Balanced. Bubbles on your tongue to start, with lots of citrus, grapefruit, caramel and sea salt, with honey and pine in the finish. Had on tap at NW Growlers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartzluke (598) - Oklahoma, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Sampled five oz of both normal and double dry-hopped. The former was delicious, but the latter was just killer. I loved it. Great malty balance to offset the huge hops, but still enough dankness to kill a small animal

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762 (1058) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Double dry hopped version at Avery tap takeover at Churchkey. Tap into a snifter showing lightly filtered orange with a thin white finger of foam. The nose shows rich pineapple. The palate is moderately carbonated and light bodied. Pineapple forward with a light zestiness and moderate bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (1916) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2016
22oz bottle pours a slightly hazy pale brown color with a bit of head. Thick maltiness. English style hops that balance the malt sweetness well.

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