ChadPolenz (1676) - Lakeland, 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.
Der_Biermann (8) - - AUG 20, 2016 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very clear, amber color. Aroma is hoppy and you can tell the malty aroma ... When tasting it i could tell the sweetness, very obvious sweetness. Then the bitterness comes. Well balanced. moderate dry finish. Nice!
Dal9000 (490) - Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Whiskey Barrel. Pours cloudy yellow. Creamy mouthfeel with a orange floral thick middle and a long lingering tang.
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OrthoDoc (171) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge Titan of a beer that favors the malts over the hops. Flavor mostly of sweet malts with piney and bitter hops in the background. Thick mouthfeel. Intense sipper type of beer. Not my style. Would buy Ruinten over this to get more brightness from the hops. WBA.
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AlfSt (27) - - JUL 28, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden color with lots of head. Not generally a fan of IPAs but this imperial pale ale was not bad at all.
VinegarStroke (381) - Napa, Alabama, USA - JUL 19, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz: Bloody good beer. Great appearance. Almost copper hue. Wonderful balance of both hops and malt however there is a Sh/t load of both. Rich with moderate to high bitterness.
HighlanderOne (1221) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler purchased at OíDarbys. Lotsa malt in aroma. Amber with a bit of lacing. Big hops - mostly piney and herbal, with sweet malt and honey with a bit of alcohol in back. Nice drinkability. A great IIPA.
Mark_Eck (1912) - - JUL 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours a dark orangish color. Aroma and taste are citrus, grapefruit, and a sweet backbone.
jsporrer (626) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy dark amber with a medium head of off white foam. Medium thick syrupy body with lots of lacing. Slight aroma of sweet citrus and malts. Taste is very malt forward with a touch of bitterness. Silky smooth and hides the alcohol well. Not as well balanced as I expected.Feels more like an old ale or Barley Wine than a DIPA. Still fairly enjoyable.
markextrae (3703) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample from bottle, poured a deep orange colour with a white head. nose of crisp malts, pine, grapefruit, slight tropical, dried peach, alcohol notice, taste of bitter grapefruit, aftertaste is pretty soft and full bodied with the alcohol well hidden. long bitter finish
Maverick34 (2952) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle that was old? I dont know. Very fruity floral for deep amber pour. Malty, very malty resin. A bit much.