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The Maharaja Imperial IPA

Ever since I blogged about The Maharaja last month, I’d been dying to try it. Fortunately it showed up here in town at Newport Market and I was able to snag a bottle.

Wow. The Belmont blog was spot on, this is one seriously hoppy beer. And strong; here are the stats from the label: 102 IBUs, and 9.9% alcohol by volume. The style is the ever-popular Imperial IPA, and Avery Brewing is taking it to the extreme. Don’t like hops? Avoid this beer.

Appearance: Poured a clear amber with two fingers of foamy slightly tan head.

Smell: Hops! Resiny green hops… they are the overwhelming aroma character here. They’re spicy, piney, grassy, but not fruity or citrusy like the Cascade variety (which a lot of brewers use in this style).

Taste: Big hops! Explosive and resiny. Heat from the alcohol, the malt is creamy and rich and smooth. The hops are pitchy and piney and big and brassy and right in your face… I quite like this beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and even-bodied. The hops coat the mouth like an oily resin.

On BeerAdvocate: 89 out of 100, with 97% approval. On RateBeer: 3.83 out of 5, in the 96th percentile.

I quite liked it, but then I’ve had a thing for super hoppy beer of late. This is a beer for people who are serious about hops—there is no middle ground here, I’m thinking. Generally though—I’d say buy it if you can find it.