Chad9976 (1065) - 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.
oRos (965) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from capitol beer an taproom. Pours dark copper with white head. Taste is big malt with a nice hop balance
DCLawyer (1294) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber->snifter. Bright dark copper with small frothy offwhite head. Dusty hops, cardboard, caramel malt, hint of spice. Same, with more depth. Good, but not great.
gendv138 (232) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (Release 18 - 10.2% ABV, 2014) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours an orange/light amber color with a finger of off-white head, fades into a bubbly ring around the glass. Aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, floral, pine, dank. Tasting notes of grapefruit and lemon/lime citrus fruit and peel, pine/resin, dank, onion/garlic, floral and piney hops. A little booze but nothing harsh. Juicy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Medium body with a semi-dry slightly warm finish.
LKay (103) - Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet, sweet, sweet. Awesome aroma, but very hoppy and kills me with its sweetness.
helms05 (3) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is fantastic. The aroma is sweet and fruity. It has a rich auburn brown color. The taste isnít over malty with a very nice balance of hops and fruit. Must try this beer.
krompt (611) - - FEB 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stellar stuff. Iíll pick one up to sip on every once in a while. I donít dodge stuff. I run right into it.
MattiasA (243) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Backlog - Bottle bought from Systembolaget. This is one of my absolute favourites, Avery knows their IIPA. Hoppy like hell without compromising on any malt-aromas. Top notch.
swesson (126) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber. Dark, coppery brown with a small off white head and a bit of lacing. Smells and tastes of hoppy grapefruit and a bit of lemon. Rate taste in that it is very hoppy AND very malty.
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NikkTwist (1337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Moriartys. Mostly clear brown amber with a compact khaki head. Left an explosion of lace on the far side of the glass. A big caramel malt hop bomb. Huge resiny, earthy hops balanced with a strong vanilla malt backbone. Tangerine peels soaked in turpentine. Clear sugar toys with drying oaky tannins. Sulfured apricots. Plums and figs in thick honey. Varnish. Rich, complex flavors. Aroma is heady but the sip has such a sly spicy finish that the high ABV goes down extraordinarily well.
BurkeKevlar (4) - - FEB 15, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I often look forward to Maharajah time, but tonight it didn't hit the spot. More caramel than I recall and the hops expressed more onion than usual.