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

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 13:48:53 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

09-30-2012 23:51:17 | More by t0rin0
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nickfl

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with one finger of white foam on a clear, golden amber body. The head settles quick, but leaves good lace.

S - light toffee malt and some spicy hops.

T - toffee malt up front with some red apple and orange hops in the middle. Finishes with caramel and balanced bitterness.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - nicely made, not particularly english, but very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 02:38:01 | More by nickfl
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mactrail

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice creamy head in the imperial nonic glass. Plenty hoppy but definitely in the English style of IPA. Hops are woodier and fruitier. Bitter aftertaste but not so pronounced as typical American IPAs. Cellar temp shows off the hops. Fruit flavors include something like pomegranate and a touch of grape skins. Dark amber with a touch of copper.

Nice nose and a warm flavor profile. Watery body but a malty mouthful. On tap at the Four Peaks restaurant and pub in Scottsdale.

Serving type: cask

10-17-2011 05:44:51 | More by mactrail
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a full copper color with ruby highlights to it. It is brilliantly clear and is topped by a pale wispy head that has quite a bit of staying power to it. The aroma is an enticing mixture of grapefruit, bergamot, tangerine, and a hint of pine. It has a smooth creamy mouthfeel to it and it finishes with a solid bitterness that is intermingled by notes of pine and bitter orange peel. This beer is slightly malty sweet, which accentuates the citrusy hop character quite well. I really like the sharp biting character of this beer, and it is pretty light on the palate as well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2005 06:14:13 | More by Gueuzedude
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-08-2014 05:11:14 | More by orangesol
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ontap at the brewery. Pours a vibrant orange with lace. Smells lightly floral. The taste is fruity (tropical) with a distant pineyness. Those flavors give way to a nice bitter bite. Creamy malt balances well. Finishes clean and beckons for another sip. Mouthfeel is light crisp and quenching. Drinkability is high. A light ipa that went down too fast. At 6.9 abv this can be dangerous. Fresh off the tap and quite an apertif.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 02:12:30 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-04-2013 01:28:54 | More by BillRoth
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-07-2014 04:48:22 | More by LXIXME
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glid02

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2009 18:32:23 | More by glid02
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Gusler

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-07-2003 15:15:41 | More by Gusler
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 02:17:53 | More by chinchill
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-23-2013 18:01:21 | More by harpus
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-28-2013 21:00:12 | More by GraduatedCashew
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-18-2013 01:46:40 | More by bsuedekum
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mhaugo

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-18-2014 06:10:53 | More by mhaugo
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birchstick

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-29-2013 22:21:47 | More by birchstick
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wispy white head, requires a somewhat vigorous pour to elicit. The beer is copper-orange with some decent lacing. Same as the tap for the most part, although the keg produces a nice foam every time.

The nose is citric with a bit of the floral, 8th St. hopping. Decent power in the aroma, although I tend to remember more at the bar. The flavor is pleasingly strong and hoppy, with enough pine mixed in with the above flavors to have good complexity and interest. Malts are well out of the way, but balancing with a toffee sweetness.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, overall it hardly harms the drinkability but for maximum complexity and interest (not to mention to match the best English-style IPAs such as Meantime) I would recommend firming it up a bit.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2009 16:57:02 | More by BretSikkink
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-27-2013 17:49:46 | More by lupercmda
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-01-2014 22:14:30 | More by Davepoolesque
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Phelps

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured during a recent tasting at Tops into a small tasting glass.

Looks: Like a tea party. A pretty pinkish orange liquid is topped by an ephemeral off-white head that quickly recedes to a ring of bubbles of various size, leaving tiny paths of lace.

Smells: like candied fruit. Sweet and lightly citrusy tangerines mingle with notes of caramel.

Tastes: unfinished. Heavy on the hop bitterness, without much hop flavor. There's a nice sweet maltiness, but the beer is largely missing the citrusy hit I desire. This may, however, just be a result of the beer's style -- I've been spoiled by American IPA hop bombs.

Feels: like soda. High, effervescent carbonation with a medium-light body.

Drinks: like routine. The Raj is a perfectly average English IPA. For those who want hop bitterness without hop flavor, go for it -- but it's not my cup of tea.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2010 19:30:56 | More by Phelps
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-06-2014 22:00:01 | More by Kmlund
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magictrokini

California

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2009 18:18:41 | More by magictrokini
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-transparent amber with a thin foamy cream colored head

S-smells like peaches and hops. smells good, but unfortunately too faint.

T-comes in with an extremely mild taste of malts and some creamy hops. turns in to a matching after-taste. nothing terrible, but one of the most boring IPAs i've ever had. there is some slight peach flavor. i'm actually not getting too much bitterness either.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-definitely a boring IPA but at the same time very easy to drink. it didn't go down too quickly, but it did go down enjoyably. it just may not be a good IPA for hop heads.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2011 01:23:24 | More by AdamBear
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BucannonXC5

California

3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: $5.00 (guessing)
Purchased: May 16, 2013
Consumed: May 16, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a reddish, honey amber color with 1-2 fingers of white head when I got it. Good lacing on the sides and good retention all the way down.

Smelled a weird mix of hops and malts. Resin, grass and herb hops, honey, caramel and roasty malts.

Taste wasn’t anything to be desired. Roasty caramel malts, grass and resin hops and maybe even a bit of rye. Long lasting bitterness on the tongue after.

Medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

I wasn’t too much of a fan of this one. The hop/malt balance didn’t quite work.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 07:02:16 | More by BucannonXC5
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The Raj IPA from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
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