The Maharaja – Avery Brewing Company

 Are you looking for a big, bold Imperial IPA? Yes, well, you are not alone. So am I… almost always. It’s yet another Imperial IPA review. What can I say, it’s my current favorite style of beer. So I’m slowly making my way through a bunch of them. This one is by Avery Brewing from Boulder, CO and it’s part of their Dictator Series of brews.

The Dictator Series represent “an exploration of beer flavor through the medium of traditional ingredients.” The three Dictators in this series are the Kaiser (Imperial Octoberfest Lager), the Czar (Imperial Stout), and today we look at the Maharaja (Imperial IPA).

The Beer

Avery Brewing Company – The Maharaja – Imperial India Pale Ale
10.24%  ABV – 102 IBU

Maharaja is derived from the Sanskrit words mahat, – “great” and rajan – “king”. 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.

Be aware that The Maharaja is a limited release only available for the early spring. Welcome to his kingdom!

The Review

This is a big, bold Imperial IPA. It pours a dark amber color with a head about the width of your finger that stays around. It’s got a fragrant nose of citrus that begs to be sipped. First sip has a toasted malt flavor up front with the citrus and floral hops rounding out the flavors. It’s not a gulping beer. The Maharaja has an herbal sweetness that makes it stand out from other DIPAs that I’ve had. Also has an earthy quality to it.

I’ll seek this out again next year when it comes around. (The website says that it’s seasonally produced December through March.) It gets 4 beer soaked caps from me.

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