jh773 (207) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick head, golden yellow color. Smells vegetal, savory, some musky bread character. Flavor is pine, toffee, bitter resin. Well-balanced complex flavor that sits between sweet and bitter.
drsordr (1393) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at Hopgeist 2014 pour avg gold. Nose dank and earthy hop some bready. Taste sweet hop up front with slightly fruity character. Mid palate more dank hop and some sweet malt. Longer bitter finish.
Ctplt777 (262) - - OCT 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super tropical all around. In my opinion way better than Maharaja. Lots of tropical fruit juice, fresh grapefruit, and intense hop bitterness. Super clean and fresh. As it warms up the aroma and taste just get even better. Definitely recommend this one. cheers.
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"large amounts of pine and sweet fruity malts in the aroma. body is big and sticky. taste is big too. bitter pine and a little candy sweetness as well. not as good as the amazing Maharaja, but pretty tasty and aromatic nonetheless."
Travlr (14772) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Clear light brown. Scant aroma. Taste is very bitter start to finish, without much else.
Gachupines (1030) - USA - JUL 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly floral hops with a bit if grapefruit. Flavor is grapefruit hops with some floral notes. A little sharp with a bit of sweetness, very tasty.
thicksuds (448) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells fruity and floral, big pour, very bitter, well hopped, really dry and powerful at the end, bitter aftertaste, if you like hops, this is a winner, all in all a very solid DIPA, definitely top tier but not elite in my book.
Darkmagus82 (1940) - - MAY 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-3-12 -
Served in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a hazy golden-orange color with a moderate white head. The head faded to give a nice lacing.
Smell – The smell is a big mix of wonderful aromas. There is a nice sweeter malty flavor that is the base. With the maltiness there are great hop aromas of citrus, pine, and some more floral aromas. Overall very nice.
Taste – A slight sweet malt bready flavor meets the tongue. This is mixed with a wonderful more citrusy pine taste. The sweet fades over the taste experience becoming more bitter as the taste goes on. As it bitters, more hop flavors begin showing up. Grapefruit, pine, earthy and a bitter resinous flavor really come into play. They leave a very nice aftertaste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body is above average; nice and creamy. The carbonation level is on the average level. The creamy body really suits the beer well. It allows all those wonderful tastes to sit and relax on the tongue, but yet has enough carbonation to excite the tongue to just the right amount.
Overall – Avery does it again with this IPA. Great qualities all around with a very nice balance. All and all, I would definitely recommend.
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Backlog. Dominated by hoppy-aromas, citrus, pine, grape-fruit and some caramel.
coachd (260) - Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2014
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a good smelling beer. Dank, musty, almost urine-like aroma. There is some malt and hop bitterness coming through, but it is late and fleeting. Dark for an IPA and has a small white ring of foam that does not go away. Tastes better than it smells and looks. It has a bit of a dank and musty taste up front, but that is immediately taken over by grapefruit hop bitterness. The aftertaste is bitter but not long lasting. Has a fizzy palate despite not looking overly carbonated. I found the palate to be the best part of this beer. This is a hard one to rate - it smells bad, looks average, tastes okay. My closest comparison would be Lagunitas’ Hop Stoopid, but it has a murky, stale quality that makes it not as good. If you’re going to go with an Avery DIPA, try Maharaja - it’s much better.