So as we learned, it was American Craft Beer Week, so what did I do?  I started to drink.  I chose a limited bottle release (not super rare though) from Avery Brewing out of Boulder, CO.  Kinda stayed close to whats comfortable by choosing a double IPA but the beer did not disappoint.  Here’s the commercial description:

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 summer. Welcome to his kingdom!
Food Pairing: Try The Maharaja with some Shrimp Cocktail and you’ll find that the intense, “grapefruity” hop aroma is a perfect compliment.

Avery's Maharaja

Here’s the review

A – Pours a hazy dark amber with a one finger head. Pretty significant lacing, not much sediment to speak of.

S – Smells extra hoppy with a caramel malt background. Also detecting hints of coffee in the aroma.

T – Definitely getting a lot of hops. Hop flavor is more toward the orange/grapefruit side. There is a interesting spice in the middle of the flavor, cant quite put my finger on it. There must be a large amount of malts to balance this out since I find this very well balanced.

M – his an extremely big beer. The high malt content makes this feel really big. Carbonation is smooth.  Finishes strong with a grapefruit aftertaste.

D – This is a fantastic beer, its exactly what I want when I get a extra strong double IPA. This was big, strong, hoppy and was very well balanced.

A.  Poured from a bomber to a tulip glass. At around $9 for a bomber, not a bad price and would get again for sure.

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