After a day spent avoiding the Butter and Eggs Parade, we picked up takeout from Everest. Indian food and a ballgame: perfect time to break out The Maharaja, from Avery Brewing Company’s Dictator Series.
Pours thin-headed amber, with citrus and malt on the nose. Honey-sweet on the tongue: aggressive hops smoothed out by caramel malt. Orange zest and grapefruit on the palate. Belly-dancer carbonation. Bitter citrus finish. Devious: not the hop bomb I expected; instead, The Maharaja is so smooth and drinkable you don’t notice the 10.54% alcohol until his tongue is in your ear. Be wary!