Avery Brewing Company Maharaja
What the brewers say
Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense, and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant, and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley—fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Citrus, orange, grapefruit but with a supporting caramel sweetness and notes of honey. Slight alcohol sweetness.”
Flavor: “Sweeter and hotter, liked the citrus, liked the lemon. Nice sweetness from honey followed by citrus and lemon zest notes. Could have used a little less malt sweetness. Clean finish with good bitterness.”
Overall: “Doesn’t hide its alcohol but uses it to support the big citrus hops profile. Balanced with some malt sweetness. Very tasty. Surprisingly smooth for the level of alcohol in it.”