Chad9976 (1316) - 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.
seymour (1561) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bomber bottle into snifter glass. It poured a mostly clear orange amber colour with sudsy white foam, long-lasting with lace. Severely bitter which persists long into the aftertaste. Strong grapefruit and black currant flavours, not much else. Perhaps thereís a maltbill underneath there, but how would you know? Medium body and carbonation. Way too much alcoholic heat. A great big "kick you in the nuts" kinda IPA available everywhere, but I just donít know how it gets such consistently high ratings.
roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours Amber with frothy tan head on tap. Aroma of berries, citrus, and slight oak. Flavor of sweet citrus and malt. Good beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BigDaddyBlues (46) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a big hoppy beer like I am used to for the style but when I stepped away from what I expected it to be and just focused on the beer itself I found myself enjoying it more. Great beautiful amber color. Grapefruit and pine on the nose. Nice smooth finish.
nothingbutIPAs (30) - Hillsborough, USA - MAR 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
had 22oz bottle. Not as hoppy as some other imperial IPAs Iíve had, but this one is incredibly smooth for the ABV. Really solid beer all around, definitely worth a try IMO.
FestDecBeet (361) - - MAR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Look: pours a light orange. Slightly off white head. Mostly clear.
Smell: grape fruit. Tangerine. Slight dank. Sweet candy. Cat pee.
Taste: grapefruit. Cat pee. Dank. Lemon. Tangerine.
Feel: medium carbonation. Dry on the back end.
Leaves a thin film on the mouth wanting you to take another sip
Overall: good beer. Nice IPA. Hides the alcohol very well.
First drank: home 3/5/15
gkeh (288) - Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour, white head with excellent lacing. A beautiful beer. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, floral notes, sweet caramel. Hop aroma is abundant. Sweet citrus and a dry finish make this beer a winner.
jsmanigold (54) - - FEB 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this brew. Pours a nice amber color with minimal lacing. Sweet citrus hoppy flavor. This beer is well balanced.
ElCapitan22 (195) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful amber color with some head retention and excellent lacing. Smells slightly sweet and of grapefruit. Tastes sweet, of grapefruit and hops. This has a malty finish and is a very good beer. A must try if you can get it!
tykechandler (319) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Это пиво вкусное. я, конечно, рекомен& его всем, что любит хорошую Craft пива!
Hopmaestro (326) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of caramel, loads of sweet malt and an opressive, heavy hop attack. The taste is like being dragged into a UFC-octagon, whipped with hop vines, drenched with buckets of sweet malt juices while a couple of servants from the maharjas entourage throws mangos, pineapples and lime at you from the sides. As a finale the Maharaja himself enters the ring and serves you a rear naked choke hold and you tap out in the last second. Winner on K.O. - The Maharaja!!