Chad9976 (1269) - 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.
Hopmaestro (257) - ÷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!!
mambossa (36) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from pint to shaker. Gently hazy amber and luscious head with good retention. Resiny, slightly boozy aroma paired with a nice tropical hop. Taste is righteously balanced ripe citrus, pungent sour and earthy hop, sticky caramel malt. Full flavor. Only complaint is the gold-leafed top, ha.
rumproasts (3459) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle 2013. Light amber with one finger head. This has some age to it, so the hops have receded a bit, but Iíd say itís aged well. Medium body, with very little booze for the ABV. Hops are present, but well balanced. Medium bitterness.
rondphoto (2372) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Medium orange amber color, big beige head, waves of lace. Strong aroma of caramel malt. Taste is caramel malt that grows more assertive as it moves through the palate, adding an edgy alcohol burst in a medium finish. A strong brew, no doubt, but not heavy or filling. Highly recommended.
whodeytink (1) - Ellicott City, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Hands down THE BEST beer I have ever had of any style. Amazing in every regard. The only downside is that it?s so hard to find on the East Coast. If you come across this one don?t miss the opportunity to try it.
Leafs93 (1769) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden orange with a small off white head. Aroma is citrus, pine and a caramel...that melds together perfectly. Taste is moderate to heavy bitters with a tempering sweetness. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a thicker texture. Very solid with the alcohol exceptionally well hidden.
theothermatt (251) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Great hoppy, bitter nose. Lots of citrus, pine, and grapefruit. Full bodied and bitter, intense hop resin, pine and citrus. Finishes clean and balanced.
LeRoytheAlien (55) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classic Rocky Mountain style. Amber color, crushing hop bitterness, huge body that overtakes everything else. I almost want to take one of these and age it to see what happens. Very very good.
madchemist83 (98) - USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grapefruit, pine in the aroma. Copper with white head. Well balanced alcohol and bitterness. 10.2% ? Wow. Very smooth.
TattooJack (178) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a coupla bombers into the pint glass. Suggested by Vicki the beer concierge @ liquorama. Every beer Iíve bought at her suggestion has been top notch and this one is the best yet, 10.4% makes my day.