erikaraeb (325) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2017 ChadPolenz (1847) - 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. 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.
Lots of hay, grass, lemongrass, a lil funk...the abv definitely goes unnoticed...not a whole lot of citrus, which is a plus for me. Creamy mouthfeel with a bitter background. Solid for sure. ironcontra (494) - ATL, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2017
Nice mix of sour (seems like an Avery feature), bitter and sour, seems a bit spiced, a bit of bread, aftertaste does not linger obnoxiously. oily, good klm1 (1918) - Bled/SF, - OCT 30, 2017
Pours hazy amberish golden with stable foamy beige head. Aroma: intense hop character, supported by malt backbone. Flavor follows aroma: intense citrusy, fruity hop character, hint of oily pine, resinous notes, tangerine and orange marmelade, supported by biscuity, caramel like malt backbone. Hop bitterness is high. Body is full, almost syrupy, texture smooth, carbonation moderate to medium. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but after few minutes knocks you down. Lacho (110) - USA - OCT 29, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2017 Pours a hazy amber coppered color with a very thin head. Very faint citrus aromas and a little pine behind. First taste feels thick and the high alcohol content is well balanced, but will surely be upfront once it warms a little. This is a great beer. Tastes of melon, peach and oh boy! Here comes the 10% alcohol content. This is a great beer. NordicV (2542) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2017
Lätt disig orange öl med ett gulvitt skum. Doft av olika citrusfrukter, där grapefrukt framträder. Även en hel del karamell. I smaken tillkommer en kådabeska.
MrTipple (6952) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2017
Intense, overripe, candied tropical fruits, mango, papaya, passion fruit, candied bitter orange, marmalade, tangerine, caramel, honey, pine, resin. Hazy, dark gold, medium, creamy, off-white head. Light bitter. More candied tropical and citrus fruits, mango, bitter orange, more pine, intense resin, alcohol, massive marmalade, soft carbonation, full bodied. Outstanding IIPA, old-fashioned, yet well-executed, rich and intense. Can from Milk & Hops Astor, Manhattan. jbethea (71) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2017
This is heavy hitter. Beautiful balance of caramel maple and orange zest. 10.2 abv.?? Damn you would never know... I'm gona be drunk now. Thanks- i guess. Jfc.. Jorn69 (3403) - ï¿½ngelholm, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2017
Can @ The Bishops Arms Marina Plaza, Helsingborg 20170922. Hoppy, fruity and caramely, sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, bitter and fruity. jinroh (2448) - ESTONIA - SEP 18, 2017
Can from Jiyugaoka AEON Liquor. Pours nice amber, or light copper, whichever way you prefer to look at it. Not much foam or much carbonation. Nose is sweet, sweet, sticky with orange marmalade, light booze and some sugar-coated melon. Light hop bitterness as well, bit definitely malt-forward at this point. Taste has some more bitterness, but that sweet and sticky herbal orange marmalade is still very strong. Doesn't really feel like IPA, more like hoppy barleywine - which it probably actually is. Strong and boozy double IPA, balance is still good - but would have loved to try this beer when it was 6 months younger, that would have been something different I believe. luttonm (6955) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2017
QFC Cork and Tap, Bellevue. Lingering cream, hop hazed deep orange body. Looks rich. Deep, rich hop on nose. Despite the weight, this tastes bright and balanced. Dank richness, deep caramel malt flavors. Very good.