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Rajah's Royal IPA - Harmon Restaurant & Brewery

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Rajah's Royal IPA
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harmon Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2002

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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 19
Photo of troutmask96
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm a huge IPA fan, but this one is not for me. Pours a pretty amber, a little darker than most IPA's, and leaves a thick, foamy head. Smell is definitely hoppy, which didn't suprise me given the claims of this brew's hopping process. Taste is just a bit too bitter for me, even for an IPA. Has an almost winelike finish and aftertaste, which may be due to the high 9% ABV. Gotta sip this one, but there are many better IPA's out there...

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this bomber in September during a trip to Seattle. Huge thanks to RoyalT for hauling my sorry ass around Seattle, including BottleWorks, were I could have bought a LOT more had I had more carryon room.

This appears to be a generic Harmon's Special Ale bottle with a generic white label applied with the following:

Rajah's Royal IPA
A double IPA, hopped in the mash, and additionally triple dry-hopped to add the huge hop aroma and flavor. 100 IBU's 9% ABV

A: Using my favorite big-assed Capital Ale House '03 O-fest glass, I gave this a good hard pour. Reverse carbonation flows doen the glass, only to reverse and slowly contribute to the bone-white head. Gigantic soapy bubbles of lace form on the glass and plaster the glass.

S: Lessee....a double IPA that's triple dry-hopped. Think this bad boy is hoppy? Um. Yeah. Massive amounts of fresh citrus hop notes. You;d be foolish to think that any sort of malt would be able to tame this hop monster. There is also a whiff of alcohol noted as well. But let's be real. It's all about the hops here, folks.

T: Great citrus-grassy hop flavor. Maybe some floral flavors as well. Not quite as "big" as I expected for a 100 IBU and 9% ABV beer. Finishes with a slight warming from the ABV. Sort of a chalky, gritty bitterness at the very end. It seemed like it went a little out of whack as it finishes.

M/D: Thick and palate-coating. Quite drinkable, but it seemed just a little thin for a double-IPA. I expected something more massive, but it came up short.

Photo of nathi
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, not much head. Kinda soapy aroma, pretty floral, but malt is kinda low. But damn, it tastes fine...and HUGE. This is a big beer, tons of citrusy and pungent american hop character. Thick body, much more then a regular IPA, this is almost a pale barley wine. Very tasty. I dont know if this is usualy bottles, so may have better clarity and aroma at the pub.

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Rajah's Royal IPA from Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
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