Monday, December 11, 2017

Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

DOC: 7/20/17

2015 BJCP Category: 22A Double IPA

AROMA: Strong citrusy/floral American hops. Scent is sweet and akin to juice concentrate. Slight piney/grassy character as well. Alcohol is present, but not distracting. Nondescript base malt. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy, translucent shade of burnt umber/light brown (13 SRM). Small off-white foam never completely dissipates, but does not lace glass. 2/3

FLAVOR: Both intensely hoppy and intensely sweet. Malt is quite rich with a a caramel/syrupy sweetness. Alcohol is not subtle and imparts confectionery flavors which enhances the sweetness even more. Hop flavor is citrus fruit juice concentrate with dank bitterness. Slight piney or grassy sensation on the finish. Mild grassy flavor and astringency in the aftertaste. Though only 4.5 months old, can shows sign of oxidation which may explain the rich sweetness of the beer. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied; moderate carbonation. Liquid is viscous and sticky. Difficult to drink more than a sip at a time. Rather obtuse at 10% ABV, but alcohol warmth is tame. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Needs to be served extremely fresh to appreciate; otherwise it becomes too cloying and unbalanced. 6/10


NOTE: See my 2011 original review here: