heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Attractive coppery golde. Intense grapefruity nose, some raw doughy bread (yeasty???) Touch of sweet malt. Big and malty, plenty of alcohol. Some far off hoppy notes, more late than bitter. Am I so jaded that I don’t find this overly hoppy??? Will I find anything hoppy? Anyways mostly grapefruity, with some orangey notes in there as well. Ahh there’s a hop burp, at least those are hoppy (I’m being more citical of my palate here than the beer, other than the alcohol laden finish...)
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coppery hue, thin off-white head, quickly dissipates leaving light lacing. Aromas of dark fruit, bread, chocolate, alcohol and yeast. Taste is strikingly bitter, yet there is a good sweet maltiness. There are notes of coffee, chocolate, herbs, citrus and alcohol. This is one BIG ale but it’s not bluster -- it has everything a great IPA should have, only more of it. Great effort from Avery.
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 You have no choice. You WILL bow down before the Maharaja. You? You are nothing. The Maharaja is everything. This beer is beyond your powers of comprehension. A select few may be touched by the Form of the Bitter upon encountering the Maharaja. The rest, they can only be pitied. The Maharaja shines on, all-encompassing, overflowing, overpowering. The Leader knows all and sees all. We love the Leader. We love the Maharaja. I would gladly drink the 120-IBU Kool-Aid if the Maharaja told me to. All hail the Maharaja!
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep dark amber pour with a small off white head. Glorious hop aroma with both citrus and floral hops present. nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel with citrus and pine hops in the forefront, balanced with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. very nice.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark amber,with small white head.Has a strong malty/hop nose.Huge malt overtones and very bitter hop flavor that lasts.Good mouthfeel.Not bad!
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow,can you get any more grapefruity than this??Pure hoppy goodness. This aroma is fantastic.Some piney resin but also floral perfumey hops.Flavor isn’t close.Some sweet malts but most of the hops seems to have jumped into the Caddy and gone out for a malt liquor.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur orangée, pleinement trouble, aucun dégagement gazeux lors du service. La mousse beige très pale est abondante, crémeuse et persistante. Arômes un peu muets rappelant les popsicle à l’orange. Flaveurs énormément houblonnées, pas très nuancées et semblant pencher vers le générique, sans caractère propre. Épaisseur semi mince allant vers moyenne, finale vague et amérisante. Bouteille partagée avec Joce et Léo, 24 Juin 2005.
kane (111) - USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I find it funny how, on a personal level, you come to expect these Imperial beers. And much like what Gene Siskel would say about a movie, " would the documentary of making this movie be better than the actual movie" I question if the regular version of said imperial beer would be any good. My main focus on these beers is the mouthfeel as I feel that is something the brewer can not cover up. That said this is an average beer, yes it has a lot of flavor and aroma but it feels thin, lacks a desirable aftertaste and creaminess that I look for and prefer.
Tmoney99 (10440) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at BP- Clough in Cincy. Golden dark amber with medium head that lasted the majority of brew. Medium aroma with citrus and spies. Medium body with good long finish. Good flavor with medium hop tone. Another very good Avery brew.
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, 2005 release. Aroma is suitably powerful and hoppy, plenty of citric fruit and pine, some faint, doughy, sweet, toasty and caramel maltiness in the background. Medium-dark orange amber color, filtered and clear with a slight, fine head and intricate, delicate lacing. Flavor profile is sweet and malty to start, some light, toasty, distinctly caramel sweetness picks up here and, though it varies in intensity, is present in some way throughout. About midpoint the resinous, fruity hops kick in, bringing some strongly herbal, citric flavors and a certain degree of bitterness but not to the anticipated extent, certainly, as the bitterness is kept in check by the thick, sugary malts and strongly assertive, long lingering alcohol presence. Smooth, oily mouthfeel, warming and semi-dry, with a richly full body. Distinctive packaging with crossed silver foil tulwars behind the namesake portrait on the label. Surprisingly alcoholic in character, even for the style. This makes aging a potentially interesting experiment, something I normally wouldn’t say about an Imperial IPA.