There’s no doubt that the state of Colorado is brewing some of the finest beers in the country. With incredible breweries constantly popping up in Denver, Ft. Collins, Boulders, and elsewhere, it’s no surprise that this is home to powerful, mighty, 10.2%, Avery Maharaja, Imperial IPA.
If there was ever a beer that will sneak up from behind you, grab your senses and take you for an unexpected whirl, it would be this beer. While many imperial IPA’s can be incredibly difficult to balance out, usually as evidenced by the overabundance of hops, this is one of those monster beer that has found the perfect balance and kept the amazing drinkability.
With it being a hot summer day and the alcohol content being so high on this one, it is best to drop this guy into your favorite B-22 Bomber Jacket so that it will stay nice and cool while you slowly sip on this one. Upon pouring this one, you will see that it pours a very nice amber to deep bronze color, topped by a decent, white head at the top.
The aroma definitely jumps out at you immediately after pouring this one into a glass. There’s a heavy dosage of pungent pineapple that escapes right to the top and some heavy pine notes as well. Right off the bat, you can tell that this one is a whopper of a beer. It’s big and bold, already showing signs of taking no prisoners.
The taste is a bit of a surprise, in a very good way. I would expect it to be much boozier at 10.2%, but surprisingly, it barely come through. In fact, it’s almost shocking how well balanced and how easy this one is to drink. With each passing sip, you can taste a slight burning from the high alcohol, but it’s very discreet.
At the end of these glorious 22 ounces, it definitely hits you with a bit of a surprise when you finally stand up. This is one of those beers that should be consumed with slight caution…it definitely hides its powers deep in the depths of its complexity and balance. But do not fear The Maharaja. This king from Boulder, CO, is here to take you for a wonderful ride into craft beer euphoria.