jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2006 Excellent example of a DIPA. Classic look. Outstanding flavor. Deep malts and intense piney hops with a citrus grapefruit back bone. Damn, I just love this style. 4.5
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2008
This beer is even better than I remember it which is amazing in itself. Pours a perfect deep orange clear color with a think shaving cream white head. The aroma is out of this world. Your nose is basically having sex with hops. Rich, resinous, piney hops, along with grapefruit and orange citrus. The flavor is exactly what you want is an IIPA; full of grapefruit resinous hops and a huge malt backbone. This massive amount of hops in this beer is so well balanced with huge biscuity malt sweetness. I am a hop head and an IIPA lover and this is no doubt the best there is out there of this over produced style. Adam Avery is a genius!
Style and Glass: DIPA, Tulip, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.21% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington for about $6
Aroma: exhilarating, pine, grapefruit, citrus, lime, spirits. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: beautiful label design, rich, copper, brilliant, thin white head, breaking lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: beautifully balanced, heavy malt, heavy hops, great strength, high craft. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, smooth texture, long mild finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: My favorite style bar none, and an exemplar of it, I’ll repeat it most definitely, a favorite, highly affordable pleasure, masterfully crafted. 20 out of 20. COseller187 (7) - Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2009 does not count
Greatest IPA ever made. If you haven’t had the maharaja and you have the ability to get it you are a FOOL. If you can’t get the maharaja you should live in a constant state of depression and feel the whole deep inside your soul. Go find this beer and become one again. DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
On tap at Tustin Brewing Company.. I looked for reasons not to give this a 5 but I really couldn’t find any. On tap this was the perfect beer... Pours copper with a creamy white head that leaves a nice lacing.. Aroma was amazingly floral and piney with a nice malt sweetness.. Flavor was piney with hop resin and a nice caramel sweetness.. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.. I would have probably drank myself stupid on this one if I didn’t have to drive. Bubbz696 (9) - USA - APR 30, 2010 does not count
aggressively hoppy and extremely tasty. Aroma is piney and resinous. By far my favorite imperial ipa. Good to share with a friend. Pour in a snifter to get the full aroma.
trail_and_ale (43) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Poured from a bottle into a snifter and shared with my wife, who is not a beer enthusiast, but after her night with the Maharaja, she might be joining the hop harem. This double IPA is a treasure: handsome hues and head out of the bottle, with a smooth, citrusy hop aroma and taste. Very uniform distribution of flavors throughout the drinking experience. A perfect beer for hard-core hopheads. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
Batch 13 - March 2011. Pours clear amber-orange with a finger of tight, fluffy white head. Smells strongly hoppy and citrusy. Tastes extremely bitter like grapefruit, citrusy like orange and lemons, and has a malty backbone. Full-bodied with a creamy texture and very little mouth-carbonation, Avery The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale finishes intensely bitter. It is absolutely glorious. tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Ok. I had had this years ago and loved it. Then I had it again and it was only ok. Had it last night and loved it again. This is going to give my other favorite contenders a run for their money. Less sweet than the others. I got a citrusy hop aroma with grapefruit, floral or fruit, and maybe a piney/resiny note. Opens with a big malt/hop combo. Definitely boozey and, I think, raisiny. Long dry biter finish. Really long finish. I tried to rate a Barley Wine after this and couldn’t even smell it- yes! abitadude (15) - Louisiana, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Beautiful copper color and super fruity smell. Amazingly smooth bitter taste and absolutely outstanding presence in the mouth. This has climbed into my top spot for beers, and it’s deceptively powerful. bdwilliford (1) - Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2012 does not count
Like a Oscar Blues Gubna (or Dogfish Head 90 min IPA) on the front end combined with the finish of a Dogfish Head Burton Baton ending. Or at least that is what I concluded the other night after drinking 3 Maharaja’s with a friend and then trying Burton for the first time at the bar. Essentially, the Maharaja presents a sweet, hoppy front end with a super smooth finish, that encourages a ’that’s not 10+%’ ending. There is a reason it is part of the Dictator Series.