wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from my gorgeous wife while on a trip to Boulder Colorado. 650ml bottle. Tasted in a 650ml ’Frankenmuth Michigan’ mug. Appearance is deep golden amber, dark, but very clear. Head is bright white....almost lovely. Aroma is of phenols, citrus and especially grapefruit. Very characteristic and good for the style. Flavour is surprisingly well balanced. Starts out slightly bitter, some flowery hoppy hints, but with a buttery, esytery finish. Nice.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light amber color with a tall head that falls slowly and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus hops with a subtle caramel malt sweetness in the back. The flavor isn’t nearly as hoppy as I expected it to be. Very well balanced, nice malt character and bitterness profile, but could use more hop flavor. Drinkability is great for the alcohol level and the body is moderate.
Dorwart (2520) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Voluminous cream colored head. Quite dense yet frothy on top. Wonderful thick sheet of grand-ma’s doilies coating the glass. Low carbonation. Decent hoppy aroma with plenty of citrus but also plenty of malts for balance. Could be a little hoppier in the nose. Color is a glowing orange. Seems to radiate with some inner light. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel that seems a little flat. Nice alcohol warming. Flavor dominnated by malts, caramel, alcohol. A little bit sweet but not too much. Again needs more hops for an IIPA. Finish is a little dry and bitter and tingles the gums a little. A decent IIPA but needs more hops in my opinion.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber-brown body with gold and ruby highlights. Smell is strong hops, apricots, caster sugars. Taste is full with pit fruit, apricot, pineapple, banana esters and a peppery finish. Nice sweet balance, nothing new or novel about this beer, but its still not a bad way to fill a glass.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Served in my NB worthy glass @ 47.5°. Pours reddish orange with a small, off-white head. The beer coats the glass and leaves foam dots strewn about. The aroma is floral and citrusy hops with some underlying sweetness. The flavor is initially hoppy, I dont even need to swallow it to taste that; when I do swallow it the beer is resiny bitter. The taste is mild sweetness and resiny and piney hops, maybe a touch of orange, but not too much; there is not a lot of complexity in the flavor. The mouthfeel is nicely full, maybe a bit hot. As you get used to the bitterness, a few more flavors come out, maybe a touch more honeyish sweetness (not much) and mild citrus (lemon) notes to go along with the piney and resiny flavor. It is certainly tasty, but there are many IIPA that are just so much better than this, of course those are the Yulesmiths, Dreadnaughts, and PP Frank’s of the world.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2009 Re-rate:
2009 version, bomber bought in Littleton, CO.
Aroma- Great. Resiny hop boquet, full of roses and grapefruit. Malt exists underneath the hops, in a sweet, pastry form. Very fruity, mostly from hops, but I think some esters exist. Nothing harsh or bitter in the aroma. I can’t think of a better aroma.
Appearance- Fantastic clarity (I did drink it a little warm), orange in color with a decent off-white head. Lots of lacing.
Flavor- The aroma will be a tough act to follow for the flavor... but no worries. Yum. It’s not nearly as sweet as the aroma led me to believe, but I’m only a little dissapointed. There is a decent malt present, biscuity. However, this is the hop show. Fruity, resiny hops, again with roses and grapefruit. Very fresh. There are lots of late-addition hops here. Again, low sweetness detracts slightly. Bitterness is high, but not too high.
Palate- Sort of dry for such a huge beer. The bitterness adds to that. The fruitiness from the hops tames that dryness a bit. Moderate carbonation. Very drinkable for a big beer.
Overall Impression- Great hop showcase. The malt is flavorful. I mentioned the lack of sweetness, but perhaps that is what makes it such a drinkable beer, if it were any sweeter it would be too cloying. I frickin’ dig it. After looking at the BJCP guidelines, I think they nailed it.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Striking deep copper color with pillowy white head producing nice lacing. Definate hops in the aroma. Sharp and citric with a pineapple aroma. Toasted malt aroma underneath. Very smooth. Quite a bit more ballanced than I expected. Malts provide a nice up front balance and then the bitter citric hops. especially grapefruit, kick in and linger for the finish. Full body, hop enveloping, creamy malt feel and a hint of alcohol and a smooth velvety finish.
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
OH YES.....Clear amber-orange hue proposes a thin white film, sticking to the sides of the glass. Closing onto grainy alcoholic nose. My tasting partners cleverly pointed out some malt liquor resemblances. Strongly hoppy though not very imperial by any means, not sharp at all. Mostly uninspired vaporous strongly vegetal hops pairing a sweet and flowery background.....try it your like it : )
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep golden/caramel color. foamy off-white head. flowery and strong hoppy aroma. bitter chewy hop flavor. sweet, slightly sticky, bitter finish.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 June 30, 2007 9/5/7/3/16 4
Wow. What a gigantic grapefruit aroma! Very very nice! The was very clean pine, and the alcohol was still very upfront. Gosh, this was really nice today. Maybe I just needed this today. Whatever. It was really good.
May 27, 2005 7/5/6/3/14 3.5
Pretty let down by the aroma. Mostly sweet malt and alcohol. The beer looks great. Deep red and oranges with a sticky off white head. After a couple of drinks my mustache is very sticky. Very sweet with a lot of burn. And it doesn’t hang around long enough. Don’t get me wrong. I’d never turn down the Maharaja, but there are a few that I’d pick before.