Chad9976 (1583) - Orlando, 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. It’s amazing how rich and sweet it is and for a moment it’s 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. It’s 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. It’s 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 that’s 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 it’s 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 wasn’t such an exclusive beer because everyone should be able to try this brew.
wlajwl (5379) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is dank/spicy hops, citrus/fruit and a hint of pork greasiness. The flavor is grapefruit, hops/slight hop resin, malts, light tropical fruit and a bitter/slightly oily finish.
BeerRenter76 (647) - Texas, USA - APR 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Originally rated on 8/28/08.Bottled may 08, batch#8’ Maharaja pours a deep orange- amber body, with almost no carbonation, a thin off white cap left fair amounts of lace. Aroma mostly floral, with some hints of pine. Flavors of caramel sweet malts and citrus hops were nicely balanced, despite being over 10% a.b.v the alcohol was hidden well. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. I think i might go buy a few more of these.
QcBeer (84) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Couleur orange/tangerine assez foncé en haut et pale au fond du verre avec une belle mousse blanche qui reste bien vivante vu son effervescence!
Un nez sucré, houblonneux herbeux, et malté caramel et très mielleux.
Une entrée solidement remarquable du côté houblonné qui goûte la tangerine, et même le bleuet et qui vient s’harmoniser avec un côté de caramel sucré, avec une bonne touche de sirop d’érable et de tabac cubain Monté Cristo #4! Une finale très sèche et très goûteuse qui s’étend d’un coulis de miel sur une salade de petit fruit un peu surette . Le malt vient cacher parfaitement son taux d’alcool élevé sans nuire au côté houblon!
Btbeers (9) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2016 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draught at the Bellevue Cork & Tap. Simply fantastic and worth the wait.
Tognetta (621) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2016 Âmbar escuro de média turbidez, espuma de boa formação e persistência. Aroma resinal, adocicado, frutas amarelas maduras, abacaxi, pêssego, frutada, malte presente . Paladar caramelo, adocicado de média intensidade, baixo/médio amargor. Corpo licoroso, baixa carbonataçao. Final resinal, caramelado, lupulado, complexo. Deliciosa.
mambossa (249) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Been well over a year since I’ve had this. Got it in fairly fresh today so I gave it a go. Clear, syrup copper with voluminous head with many different sized bubbles. Nose of ripe apricot nectar, gently toasted malt mingling with young pine, biscuit, and honey. Flavor is deeply juicy and sweet, delicate notes of pine and herb, but overall the malt is a bit too sweet for my liking. Sweetness complicates the linger, but still a nice full-flavored offering. My palate has definitely changed since last year!
katrinaez (1054) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice hazy orange color. Heavy hops, and light tangerines citrus scent. Taste is thick with hops and palate is full. Tap
Andrew196 (1278) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost translucent marmalade in color, small but whispy off white head. Lots of citrus on the nose, oranges and grapefruit, nice pine and floral counterparts. Initial mouthful was lovely, sweeter citrus than on the nose, wonderfully balanced with the hop bitterness. Not as piney as I expected it to be...nice notes of sweet honey in there. Good work here Avery.
MetalNHopHead (1153) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 5, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A lot of Imperial IPA’s have come and gone through the years. Maharaja is one with staying power. Why has this one managed to stick around even as other greats have been retired or reworked to make way for new hoppy brews? Balance has a lot to do with it. Aroma’s got dank, citrusy, and floral hops but also biscuit malt. It’s the same with the flavor. There’s a juicy, tropical hop bill yet the bitterness is reined in by the malt. Finish is crisp and dry. It demands another sip.
HuskerTan (1420) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A- Golden orange color, hazy liquid, white head.
T- Fish pond, oranges, pine.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, piney finish.
O- Interesting and not terribly aggressive. Seems like a good beer to get someone into the imperial ipa style. Still not my thing though.