Chad9976 (1542) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Very dark shade of orange bordering on brown. Mostly clear complexion but slight haziness with little carbonation visible. Forms a good size, eggshell/off-white frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: Very pungent aroma of tropical fruits: peach, mango, passion fruit and lighter citrus and candy fragrances too. I can also smell a sweet, maple-syrup or resin-like smell - indicating this is going to be a hop bomb from the nose alone.
Taste: The Maharaja hits the palate with a simultaneous attack of rich sweetness and sticky hop bitterness. Some beers rotate between sweetness and bitterness across the palate, but this beer has both simultaneously. The first thing I notice is a rich, tropical fruit juice flavor of the aforementioned fruit variety. Itís amazing how rich and sweet it is and for a moment itís actually quite refreshing.
Although very noticeable up front, the bitterness is even more pronounced in the second half. The taste and sensation is that of pine sap filtered through wet hop cones. Itís a rich, thick, heavy bitterness that hits the palate with a thud, not a bang. This bitterness weighs in at 102 IBUs and it actually pairs amazingly well with the consistent rich juicy sweetness. Itís definitely delicious.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied all around, although soft and tepid - never obnoxious. Only a slightly sticky, slightly dry aftertaste.
Drinkability: For such a big, bold beer in more ways than one, The Maharaja is surprisingly drinker-friendly. The palate is soft and goes down very smooth with a pleasant aftertaste of syrup thatís not drying or cloying (and quite clean, actually). The 10.46% ABV is nowhere to be found in the palate - no heat, nor warmth. The food pairings are too long to list, but itís one of the few truly huge IPAs I think can be drank and enjoyed on its own.
Overall, Avery Maharaja is another fantastic example of what American breweries can do with hops. I just wish it wasnít such an exclusive beer because everyone should be able to try this brew.
chadski (7) - California, USA - JAN 23, 2016 does not count
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great double with really interesting citrus and honey flavors. Definite repeat.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
blueshockey24 (191) - Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours golden with thick head. Aroma is Floral and fruity citrus. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Very well balanced and donít even really notice the alcohol until drinking a glass or two! Great balanced IPA.
Danjo312 (86) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bisher das beste IPA dass ich getrunken habe. Im Glas eine tolle, dunkel gelb bis rote Farbe, extreme Trübung und eine tolle Krone, je nachdem wie man einschenkt. Hält ewig. Wunderschön.
Geruch nach Dosenmandarinen und Dosenananas! Eine tolle Note. Würzig und Malzig etwas später.
Geschmacklich so wie im Geruch. Super! Relativ wenig bitter für 102 IBUs... Süß und malzig rauchig im Abgang. Man schmeckt die 10,2% gar nicht, man merkt sie nur bei einem ganzen Pint Flaschengrösse!
Da es limitiert ist wird man wohl kaum je wieder in den Genuss kommen, daher eine große Ehre. Gekauft im Craft Beer Contor in Fort Lauderdale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rustbucket0873 (349) - Krikville, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden orange, with light tan head. The aroma is fantastic, with strong grapefruit citrus, pineapple, some apples, and a refreshing smell. The flavor is grapefruit throughout with hints of caramel, pineapple, and other citrus. With an aftertaste of apple and bitter sweetness, this is really well hiding the alcohol. Overall a fantastic iipa. Alot.of hop.flavor.but the malt.backbone that enhances the hops not redirects it. Would recommend
hoju777 (153) - FRANCE - NOV 29, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ugg. Too sweet and cloying. Gross aftertaste. Too sweet. Too sweet. This beer makes me feel depressed.
hman43 (800) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours a golden orange with an off white, full head that produces lacing as the head diminishes. It is fairly clear. It has pine, citrus, hints of apricot, and a slight hint of malt, caramel. It has a very sweet beginning and then the bitter kicks in. The flavors are It has a caramel base with pine and citrus hops. The citrus hops remind me of apricots. It has a semi-dry finish. The texture is high on the moderate end. The bitter punch on the palate is long lasting after swallowing. It has a moderately high amount of carbonation..
woodychevy (752) - - NOV 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber at Indian night shared 3 ways- thanks CC! Great IPA- hard to get to the bottom of it the first time- so much going on. Pours a hazy deep orange with a tight white head. Both super malty and super hoppy- pine, citrus, resin, caramel, tropical notes- all the IPA flavors in one big beer. Mouthfeel is slick and sticky. A big, bold beer that paired with the right mood and food works perfectly. Stood up to Indian spice beautifully.
Turboninja (350) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 14, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap@ABC Tavern, Cleveland, USA. Strong, buttery aroma of barely matured peach. Copper/deep orange color with small staying white head. Strong taste with perfect combination of fruits (mango, citrus and others) and malts. Slightly layered medium/wide taste spectrum with medium fruity slightly hoppy aftertaste. Overall, schoolbook like DIPA without any particular emphasizings.
ccex (1155) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber dated July 2015 pours a clear dark orange color with lasting 2-finger tight off-white head which leaves some lacing. Aroma is full of full of sweet caramel malts, dank hops, and lots of tropical fruits. Taste is bitter at first, but sweet through the middle, with a dry aftertaste that recedes to bready malts. Body is full but not too heavy, with slight carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, without the alcohol warming I expected from such a big beer.. This is a great IIPA Iím surprised I havenít rated yet. Iíll definitely try this one again.
geologyguy (1165) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell is good...slightly sweet...taste is a hops punch in the mouth...rough at first but mellows with time...bold flavor, very smooth, slightly sweet...hops receeds more and more over time...so it gets even better