Chad9976 (1500) - Albany, New York, 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.
woodychevy (693) - - 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 (271) - 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 (1120) - 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 (1090) - 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
Sir_Veza (4) - Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Amber appearance. Sticky. tan head and lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, caramel. Flavors of juicy citrus, hint of grapefruit/tropical fruits, pine, caramel. Light carbonation. Sticky mouth feel. Sticks around on the palate like some magically delicious hop candy. So very good!
ARH (971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is a sweet and warm citrus with some berry notes, a toffee sugar touch, and a lightly roasted grain. As it warms, the aroma turns tropical, with pineapple notes, grapefruit, and bread toast. Thereís a heavy haze to the butterscotch orange hue, and itís topped by a soapy white that has moderate retention and leaves good lacing. The taste is highly sweet with and complimentary high bitter. The syrupy texture is slick and smooth with a foamy carbonation and a full, but not heavy body. The flavor profile is citrus and toffee with a finish thatís juicy citrus. Thereís a lingering, grainy note and bitter citrus that turns to an aftertaste of mild bread toast.
cobaink2 (224) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from beer junction.Pours with no head at all. Large hop bill but also a nice malt backbone. Juicy taste with a very present alcohol backend. Great!
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Padron4KM (735) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Rich amber, with a sticky tan head and lace.,
Floral hop aroma hits as soon as you crack the bottle, in the glass itís floral, citrus, pine and some sweet caramel malt.
Flavor is sweet caramel up front, that leads into juicy citrus, grapefruit, pine, some tropical fruit.
Carbonation is soft, mouth-feel is full. Nicely balanced. Each sip starts out like it is going to be too sweet, but finishes with a long tingly bitterness.
gschrade (900) - Collinsville, USA - OCT 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours amber with a off white head. Taste caramel, citrus, sweet. I thought this was good. I would drink this again.
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CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 18, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect imperial,IPA. Loads f pine and citrus aroma in hops poured Amber color with carbonation from bottom of glass releasing that wonderful aroma. Taste hoppy oily sticky goodness with light malts. Excellent.