Avery had a release party for Maharaja last week at the taproom and I was able to obtain a fresh bottle at Lukas yesterday. I tried Maharaja, an Imperial IPA, a few months ago and I was impressed. Batch number 13, dated March 2011, measures a hefty 10.54% ABV with 102 IBU. Maharaja is probably best termed a Triple IPA and I think the Brewers Association needs to add this category to the beer styles. This pours a nice golden amber color with a large head – let it settle down and let the beer warm up a bit. The aroma and flavors come out as this beer warms up. This is just a wonderful beer and I have a number of people try it and really like it. I heard Stephen Johnson (New Brew Thursday and Expert Drinking) mention that tasting fresh Maharaja “will change your life”. It is a great beer and one of my favorites. When I first tried Maharaja, the aroma took me back in time to my Granny Gwen's herb garden in Virginia. I emailed Avery and Adam Avery actually replied back. Avery is my favorite brewer and Maharaja is one of Avery's best.