TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a glowing orange amber with thin creamy off-white head. Nose is at first big and hoppy, then comes a strange medicinal alcohol bitterness. Flavor is bold and hoppy, very bitter yet lacks the floral depth of hops. Not terribly sweet, Mostly just hops and alcohol.
jrob21 (2823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brew. Pours a reddish orange with thigh white head. Very sweet and buttery. Smells of pine. Tastes malt and orange. The sugar masks most of the alcohol. Full bodied beer.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at "Plan B", Copenhagen. Wow, this is amazing stuff. Aroma is powerful with grapefruits and alcohol. Flavour is immensely fruity (peaches) and obviously the finish is intensely bitter. One must bow to the Great Maharaja!
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - FEB 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a trade with slob...pours a honey color and has a bit white head. Smell is sweet malt and really fresh grassy hops. Taste is a bit of a let down...kind of like a 90min that has been left out and cut with some water. This is not an overly bitter beer and there isnít enough character in it to mask the alcohol...which really isnít to much by DIPA standards. The only thing it has going for it is some great orangey flavors with some warming. Mouthfeel is medium and wet.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours a murky light amber with a frothy off white head. Alright lacing and lasting. Aroma is of good malts and a touch of hops. I get some cookie and grain. Also has a hint of musty prunes. Has an oily texture with a light carbonation. A good mouthfeel. Has a light to mediumbody. A slightly astringent finish.Has a splash of spiciness. This is fairly tasty. The entire ale blends together nicely.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A straw color pour. I honestly expected this to be much more bitter. It has a very good, almost sweet taste to it.
JorisPPattyn (8242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly hazy orange-amber beer with little off-white head. Nose of fresh, fresh hops, white sugar lacing and a little cigarette ash. Absolutely disconcerting taste of liquorice, even to the point of overpowering all the alphas, bit grapey, hopbails. Finish of dried grapes, but not raisin-sweet. Very well bodied, oily but not quite chewy. Excellent beer, nowhere over the top. IPA the way I like it.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful coppery-orange pour. Over the top grapefruit and pine resin hop aroma, just to get my mouth slavering. Flavors of bready sweet malts, caramel, toffee, orange juice...The true kick is in the extended finish...grapefruit/pine resin/citrus/ and big alcohol. Remarkable in every way! Now remind me again, whatís my name?
sunevdj (3355) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy dark amber. Very hoppy. Low CO2 level. Full- to heavy bodied. Nutty/alcohol aroma. Bit like Hog Heaven. Very nice.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Maraharaja without question is an Imperial IPA and is massive in every way. The beer is 9.7% abv and clocks in at a tongue blistering 112 IBU or bitterness units.
The Maharaja pours to a beautiful, bright, amber color with a thick white head that eventually fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer pulls you in with lots of pungent aromas of citrus and pine, paired with peppery aromas of alcohol. The body on this beer is hefty, with lots of good sweet and biscuit malt brawn, and outstanding candied citrus hop flavors. The Maharaja finishes with more malt, fruit, and hop flavor up front, then ends with an awesome grapefruit/lemon hop bitterness and warming alcohol bite that lingers on the tongue.
This is a very impressive Imperial IPA. The fantastic hop character of this beer makes this beer a real hop cocktail of a brew. This beer is the perfect aperitif beer, or the perfect beer to sit and relax with after a long hard day. This is a beer you will want to sip and savor, so I would suggest drinking it before or after a meal, but not with a meal. It is very drinkable for such a high alcohol beer, so donít make any plans if you are going to drink more than one 22 oz bottle. The Maharaja retails for $6-$7 a bottle, in select markets where Avery beers are sold.