Jul 28, 2008

Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA

Pop the cap and get ready to get hit in the face with a huge grapefruit. The scent jumps right out of the bottle and fills the room while pouring into a glass. Cloudy, malty orange in color with a fluffy quarter inch head that hangs tight for a bit. Even after it fades a slight foam cap sticks around leaving lace on the glass through it's entire duration. Letting it breathe a bit some honey and malt come out in the aroma but the hoppy grapefruit bang still dominates. The taste is all about sweet hop city. A mixture of pink grapefruit, tangerine and of course the expected pine are the up front flavors. A hint of apples and brown sugar come out too as the brew warms a little. Quite bold with mellow bitter but not eye watering as was expected from the smell. The beer itself has a creamy fluffiness in the mouth which is something Avery has mastered and they don't mess with that formula here at all. It finishes with a lingering hop tang in the mouth and an slight alcohol warming down the throat but at 9.6 abv and 102 ibu's surprisingly not all bossy and overbearing as it might have been if put in the hands of other brewers. No, this isn't something that one would probably ever consider a usual go to brew (unless you're of some kind of Paul Bunyan constitution) but as a special treat in superhopped out perfection it's tough to find something that tops this.

1 comment:

sanilac brew head said...

Everything I've heard about this has been nothing but good. I'm going to have to pick up a bottle soon.