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The Raj IPA - Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

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The Raj IPA
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85
very good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
55 IBU

(Beer added by: mzwolinski on 09-24-2002)
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Reviews by swthomas55:
Photo of swthomas55
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint and 4oz sample on tap at the brewpub in Tempe.

This is the big brother to the 8th Street pale ale. Same English hops, same malt, just a bit more.

App - golden, clear, head ok.
Aroma - hops (English) dominate the malt, but are not huge.
Flavor - a good balance of hop flavor, malt sweetness and hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel - seems light for it's siz, but not thin,
Overall - good English-style IPA but I prefer the 8th Street PA. Is isn't enough bigger to be worth switching.

swthomas55, Mar 27, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -19.8%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

aquazr1, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of mattster
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed in pint glass from tap at North Scottsdale Location on 30 March 2007.

Arrived at table with nice creamy 1" head atop a clear copper colored ale.

Smell is light hops and slightly herbaceous; Taste was hoppy with a slight copper taste, but not overwhelming. Very nice finish with a good balance of bitterness. This beer is better suited as a dinner IPA as it is not over the top hoppy - just the right amount of hoppyness.
Good call.

mattster, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a short, foamy white head with good retention, nearly there until the finish. Good lacing. Tangy citrus nose with a biscuity background. Kind of sour, though. Crisp mouthfeel and dry finish. Good representative of the style, bitter, herbal, and peppery. Some citrus, but more tangy than sweet. Solid malt back gives it a bready, dry finish. Very smooth drinker, refreshing.

magictrokini, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of bisq
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

bisq, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap near brewery in Phoenix, AZ. Four Peaks Raj IPA is sparkling clear amber in color, with a moderate white head and lacing.

Mildly hoppy Citrus nose with bready malt.more like a pale ale.
Barely Pale Ale bitterness.

Medium body with medium+ carbonation. Rather crisp and lively, every for an IPA.

O: Very drinkable, lightly hopped IPA.

chinchill, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a reddish-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of tangy citrus and tropical fruits with hints of lightly toasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt flavors kick things off, followed by a biting citrus fruit flavor that carries on until the bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's just a bit on the thin side but still manages to go down smoothly.

Drinkability is alright. The flavors seem to clash a bit too much to make this really drinkable.

Overall this beer seemed more like it was trying to be an Imperial EPA and I think it would've been a lot better had they not gone overboard on the hops (or underboard on the malt). Still, it's not terrible, though I'd go for a number of 4P's other beers before coming back to this one.

glid02, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Zachb4au
4/5  rDev +7%

Zachb4au, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber with one finger of bubbly white head. A good, classic looking IPA. Scents of slight citrus, some tropical fruit and strong aromas of grassy hops. A good hop forward nose, showcasing three nice hop aromas. Flavor begins with a subdued hop bitterness, with notes of citrus pith, grassy hops, pine resin and tropical fruit all backed up with a nice caramel malt backbone. It's a good flavor profile, hop forward without being overwhelming, just well crafted and pleasant. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with moderate carbonation and quite smooth to drink. Very nice, quite similar to other British-style ales. Overall this is a nice English IPA. It doesn't have the incredible hop forwardness of the American IPAs, but it is a well crafted, flavorful, enjoyable beer.

Auraan, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

LXIXME, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium yellow with lots of lace. Some floral hop aroma. Enjoyed at Scottsdale location, brewed of course at Tempe.Such a high a.b.v. and much caramel malt, and missing the style, the balance. Average mouthfeel. The bitterness did not work for me, it was not too drinkable.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of aval89
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange almost copper with a thin 1 finger head.. Leaves decent lacing..

S: screams english ipa.. Caramel.. Peach.. faint citrus.. Lots of english hops.. Faint sweet toasty malt.

T: english hop bitterness.. Smooth caramel.. A slight lemon zest.. Finishes with a peachy like puckiness that leaves your mouth dry.. As you pucker an orange peel like bitterness comes through.. Apricot comes through as brew warms..

Mf light medium.. Good carbonation..

D: easy drinker.. Very nice brew.

aval89, Oct 10, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

permian-boozer, Aug 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

mikefuski17, Sep 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Kmlund, Mar 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Booner818, Mar 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Wiscodrinker, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

ClayO, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

MsMae42, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in the cask version at the “Papago Brewery”, which I’m glad to say I will be visiting again this coming weekend. The pour is deep amber with a prestigious head that is light and creamy in texture, brilliantly white in color and the lace thick clinging sheets, impressive to say the least. The floral aromas meet you half way to the glass, lemon peel like crispness, and a nice underlying hint of malt. Semi-sweet start, the top middling in its feel. Finish perfectly hopped, crisp and spicy but not overpowering and the carbonation mild with a nice pleasantly dry aftertaste, a real treat I must say.

Gusler, Jan 07, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

mendvicdog, Oct 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

xdtfx, Aug 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.64/5  rDev -2.7%

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The Raj IPA from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.