Day #162 – Avery The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale

June 12, 2011

Just like that, my week of IPA is over. Don’t worry folks, I’ll be sending her out with just as much glory as we began. I saved today’s beer especially for today as it is the craziest, most intense beer of the week! Hold on to your hats…

Avery The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale


The Maharaja is big and bad and certainly knows it! It’s brewed by Avery Brewing Company and is part of the Dictator series from them. They have released several beers that are named after different dictatorship positions. All of them are huge. This one is an Imperial India Pale Ale and comes in at a strong 10.54% ABV. The IBU’s (International Bittering Units) are also interesting to note at 102. In terms of bitterness this is near the high end of the spectrum.

BTW I also wanted to give a big shout out to my DALLAS MAVERICKS who are the NBA Champions for 2011! Gotta love the home team!

This beer has a bright orange color with lots of carbonation. Bubbles continuously emanate from the bottom of the glass and form into a foamy white head at the top.

The aroma is very sweet. Lots of tree sap, syrup, resins and hops! Major hops and sweet fruit are in this beer. The aroma is very intense!

The flavor of this beer is very hoppy and quite bitter. Lots of woody notes and aged characteristics can be tasted. Sweet grapefruit leads to a dry finish. Man this is crazy.

Well it was a great week of IPAs. I had several very good ones and had a great trip out to a beer tasting. I have a feeling that I will be picking up some dark beers for this coming week….too much of a good thing is never great. Congrats to my Mavs too!


Also sorry about the Easter bag in the background…leftover from some of my students haha!



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