Hail to the Maharaja

Avery Brewing Co.
Boulder, CO
Maharaja Imperial IPA

I’m trying Avery’s Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale. Purchased at the Houston Whole Foods (along with a Chelsea B.C. Oatmeal Stout growler), the IIPA is pretty unique. It’s a pale ale for sure, with an aggressively hopped aroma (102 IBUs!) and a deep cloudy color like marigold. The head pours clean white and is not heavy–and doesn’t last as long as it should–but the brew leaves a really nice lace all the way down the glass. The ABV is high (9.65) and there is a certain amount of alcohol in the mouth but there are still some noticeable citrus notes throughout. Slight hints of caramel persist through the finish but, overall, I think the high ABV overpowers a bit. I like the creaminess of this nearly opaque ale, though there are more than enough IPA options that won’t leave you feeling as though your teeth are being dissolved. Worth trying for hopheads, but one bottle is probably enough.

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