lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at La Cave Du Vin in Cleveland.
Pours orangey copper and hazy with a huge rocky snow white head. Tons of lacing, some thick and some fine works itís way down the glass. Smell is very citrusy, strong bitter hops.
No doubt about it, this beer is a little hot. Alcohol up front that quickly smooths into a sweet tangerine flavor that even more quickly slips into hoppy flavors that become much spicier. Eventually the hops build to an tooth enamel ripping level. They are everywhere and dominate the body of this beer. After the first couple of sips that is about all you taste. Long lingering bitterness, numbing the toungue. Havenít had an experience quite like this since I first tried Ruination. All in all though itís tasty and I would have it again. Itís quite unbalanced and that doesnít work well with this beer. Probably the only thing keeping it from being truly great would be a weak (relatively speaking) malt profile.
jzzbassman (1557) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big aroma of fruity hops. Big maltiness that somewhat masked the high alcohol and bitterness. Very appetizing mouthfeel that leaves you returning to the glass.
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just as advertised - heavy on the malt, heavy on the hops, but the malty sweetness definitely dominates. Because of this, the aroma is more like oranges than grapefruit. It poured a cloudy amber with a foamy 0ff-white head. The flavor is so sweet that the hops get somewhat lost. Very little bitterness. And not much hint of alcohol despite its 9.7%. Tasty blend if you donít mind the malts.
BeerandBlues2 (11711) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at The Avery Experience. Pours amber to copper with a tall frothy off-white head; lined lacing. Resiny pine and citrus hop aroma with a faint fruit(peach) hop nose. Peachy lightly roasted caramel malt flavor with a fruit hop finish. Medium bodied and spicy warming palate.
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Central Market. Creamy and dreamy. Hoppy like an IPA should be, but not an assault of hops like DFH 90 or Hop Devil. Quite possibly my favorite IPA. Balance, character, color. This has it all. Made me say "mmmmm". Damn fine effort from Avery.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Why are there so many low ratings for this beer? DON"T BE AFRAID OF HOPS!!!Bottle. This might well be my favorite beer at the moment, summer 2005. I have always considered IPAs as my favorite style, but these new Double/Imperial IPAs that have been coming out over the last year or so are unbelievable. Maharaja is well hopped, but very, and I mean very, drinkable. it is very balanced for 112 IBUs. Let it get to nearly room temp to fully enjoy its hop flavor though, but if you are on this website you probably already know that.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled - was stored in a fridge since buying it months ago, so the hop aroma and flavor were preserved very well. Coppery amber pour. Huge piney citrus hop aroma with sweet malts. Lots of the piney hop in the flavors with a big sweet malt backbone. Some honey flavors. Hearty and big, and for 9.7%, I felt the alcohol was hidden ok. I really enjoyed the beer, and am glad I refrigerated it to keep the hop profile.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kinda subdued aroma for an Avery beer. Mild hops and some sweetness and a touch of mint. Tea colored with a firm thumb thick head. Perfect head by my account. More of a malt profile than I expected.
I was ready to hate this (I waited a month from purchase time to drink it) but this has equal parts malt sweetness and hop bitterness. It puts the beer firmly in the balanced category. Avery usually goes overboard with the hops, but like with the Hog Heaven they did it right on this beer. Itís a nice sipping beer.
HildigŲltur (5105) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Amber coloured. Hoppy and fruity aroma. Quite sweet flavour with hops and fruits. Nice.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I suppose I am of the camp which believes that Double IPA should have almost no malt character. I donít want my ideology on this score to trump objective review of Averyís Maharaja, but I suppose it does, to a certain extent. The malt is big, thick and sweet, which combine with the big, thick and sweet hop character to make the beer a tad monolithic. Still enjoyable, but just a bit too fused for my taste. Frankly, if I want a hop fix, I would actually pick Averyís basic IPA over this one.