bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark copper out of the bottle. Short-lived and short in stature white head. Good lacing on the glass. Pinecones and citrus in the nose, with a dash of soap. I get malt right away as it hits the back of the mouth, but that soon gives way to a subtle brown sugar sweetness that quickly becomes a bold and splendid hop bitterness. Finish is primarily hops, but it eventually fades to a strict alcohol linger that even burns a little, but not unpleasantly. The transition from flavor to flavor from start to finish is impressive. Well worth it.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(03.24.06) One pint, 6 oz brown bottle purchased from Beergeek.biz. 9.7% ABV, 1.092 OG, 112 IBU. Poured clear dark amber with small white head. Soft carbonation. Sweet toasty malt and caramel in the nose. Full bodied ale that starts with sweet malt and citrusy hop (grapefruit)/toasty malt/caramel flavors. Hop bitterness intensifies in the middle. Stinging sensation on tongue and lips. Finishes with light malt fade and lingering bitterness. Strong malt foundation with a pronounced edge toward hop bitterness. Rich tasting, almost like a barleywine. This is an excellent imperial IPA. Part of Averyís Dictator series which inlcude The Kaiser and The Czar.
PorterPounder (6136) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2006 Knightly Spirits, Orlando, Fl, 22 oz bomber. Pours a murky medium orange with a slight off-white creamy head that does not stick around for too long. Tangy aroma with hints of spruce, licorice, and grapefruit. Flavor is very full-bodied with the requisite grapefruit citrusy notes but with the edges a little rounded and smoothed. Balanced well with some maple syrup notes, spearmint, caramel and nuts. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy - sticks with you and the alcohol is hidden very well. Very enjoyable after a long dayís drive to Sarasota.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 Brew pours a beautiful, almost hazey, tawny golden color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Head retention is textbook. Lacing is sticky and dense resembling a thick down comforter. Aromas of charred hops and obese malts . Full nectar w/ soft residual effers that create a chewy, creamy texture. Huge hops meet fat caramel. Perfect balance, perfect timing. Everything hits you square in the eyes at the same time. A generous brew w/ classical qualities. Truely remarkable, and quintessential in style. The finish is balanced and long w/ a deep seated hop shard piercing my tongue. Highly recommended.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, clear orange-amber with a large white head. Strong grapefruit aroma, with a definite sweetness coming through as well. Intense flavor of piney hops, very bitter, balanced out with some nice malt character. Thick, chewy mouthfeel with a very hoppy, bitter finish. Most hopheads will greatly enjoy this. Very good.
Capa (2260) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poures a clear copper color with a large fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong. Hops, hay, citrus and pine dominating your nose. Flavor is also powerful and at first taste you really notice the hay and grapefruit. As you go you get a nice sweet caramel malt, along side the intense bitterness from the hops. Finishes strong and long with a nice citrus bite to. A fairly tasty Imperial IPA.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Draught at Tylerís in Durham, NC. Clear copper color with short lived, diminutive white head. Fresh hops dominate the aroma, so it smells predominantly of grapefruit, hay, and flowers. Slick and spicy up front. The combination of carbioation and hop bitterness really slapped my tongue and soft palate around. The bitternes lasts, but eventually yields to nice cereal grain, caramel malt, and flowery hop flavors which mingle harmoniously at the end.
tsp (113) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours deep red/orange with medium sized creamy off white head. Nose is dominated by hops and reveals traces of haye, citrus fruits, pine and new cut grass. Taste follows the nose well, and the beer explodes with massive hoppy bitterness in the mouth. The 112 IBUís really bites, but in a VERY VERY plesant way!!</br>
One of the very best IIPAís Iíve ever tasted.. :-)
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
maharaja has that oily orange color of smoked atlantic salmon; but alas itís too flawlessly clear and sediment free to encourage the eye to linger long or to excite effusive poetic sensibility. the head puffs and congeals like oatmeal dumped in a steaming pot. firm and muslin colored, the lace sprays wet, languorous stick figures of graffiti down the glass. tasted beside a great divide hercules, the aroma of averyís product surged to the nose faster and with more useful data. the hops are so fresh they squeak-- still warm with sunshine, still moist with rain-- with minced grass from a golf green, a succulent smell of cactus skin and aloe, geranium and gooseberry. thereís a feminine and floral perspiration scent, wrung perhaps from mia hammís workout sweatshirt. alcohol is woven into the tapestry as well, sinuous among the orange-drizzled caramel; but when you think itís verging on becoming obvious, another waft of willow-green hop leaf springs up to give it concealment. flavor is citrus bitter and honey sweet vanilla cream, alive with effervescence--yet silky-- and firmly fortified with vodka. the buzz is swift and tends to soften the hard edges of life. you might experience the impulse to reach for a guitar, cigar or good book, depending upon your temperament at that very personal moment of sensory confluence; that i leave it to you, the good maharaja, and his magic carpet of flavors, spices and mysterious healing balms from the far east.
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh man, I have wanted this for quite some time, and upon entering my local shop to get some beer for a trade, I saw this. I bought the only 2 bottles he had. Pours out dark red with a small head. Hoppy and sweet on the nose, with hints of malts. Taste is fairly bitter, and pretty sweet. Bottle says its 102 IBUs? I dunno. Regardless, this is a really good easy drinking IIPA and perhaps you could classify this an IIPA for people that are trying to get to like the style. As I decided tonight, Avery is one of - if not the - best brewery in the country. Whenever I see their beers, I buy without question. Very solid, very good, awesome beer. Thanks guys.