Chad9976 (1087) - 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.
FiremanChris (13) - - APR 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Release #18, 2014 pours a cloudy burnt orange color. Sticky lacing. Great carbonation. The nose on this one is fantastic. Could smell this from 2í away as soon as I cracked the cap off the bomber. Massive hoppy dankness, oranges, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, sweet bready malt, pine resin . Taste is dank hop forward with tropical fruit undertones. Resinous. Solid malt backbone blends the flavors nicely. Dry bitter finish but not overly so. Just an awesome DIPA and pretty underrated IMO. The last time I drank this it was at a Pliny the Younger tasting and I thought it was better than PtY and still do.
alliance100 (380) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours medium hazy orange . Big citrus nose . Nice balance of citrus hops , earthy hops and malt sweetness . Nice beer .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jh773 (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ruddy orange with very little head. My bottle seemed to have very small pale bits floating throughout.. Smells like pine, citrus (lemon), a little bread. Orange marmalade and a hint of raisin that turns quite piney and bitter. Thick mouthfeel; resinous. Excellent.
coolfunnj (311) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice tart citrusy aroma,some resiny qualities with a bit of fruity sweetness for balance..very nice orange amber appearance thin pale head leaves some lacing..strong hop presence in the flavor though not overwhelming,grapefruit,pine resin,apple cider,and just enough maltiness to smooth things out..easily drinkable leaves an apple/bitter aftertaste and med bodied..alcohol strength not apparent..overall if youre a hop fan treat yourself to this once in awhile unique and well done without being weird
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color, clear with a thin white head. Super hops forward aroma and flavor. This was big bold and tasty.
mcgillert (1) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice sticky mouthfeel that is slightly sweet but leaves a lingering bitterness. The aroma is underwhelming but the taste provides an enjoyable array of hop flavors that overlap a bready malt backbone.
badhack (278) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle conditioned, chewy, extremely yeasty and a citrus hop finish. Caramely, thick mouthfeel and boozy.
John25 (205) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours glowing copper with an off white thin head. The aroma is mainly juicy grapefruit with a malty undertone. The taste adds watermelon, earthy hops, and a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is very light and clean for an imperial ipa. Very drinkable, smooth, and all around great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
HellesBunny666 (89) - Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really deep dark copper /orange color. Not a very pronounced smell. Notes of strawberries, melon, watermelons. Sweet. Syrupy. And boozy, 10.5abv. Mmm!
tillmac62 (135) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Release no.18 2014. Medium amber pour with a slight ruby cast. Excellent head and good lacing retention. Nice complex nose of citrus (grapefruit, mango, orange) and spruce hops over a rich caramel background. Almost full bodied with a creamy texture and a slightly above normal carbonation level that has a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but a bit unbalanced due to the alcohol content bite. It begins with the hop flavors of the nose, flows to a rich caramel sweetness which is accompanied by a medium well rounded bitterness. It progresses to the finish where alcohol predominates over a residual sweetness, leaving an alcohol burn on the tongue and back of the throat. While outstanding, it could be improved by reducing the alcohol content a percent or two to achieve better balance.