Rajah's Royal IPA | Harmon Restaurant & Brewery

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Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2002

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold appearance, bordering on copper. Aroma was underwhelming, difficult to believe the triple dry hop commercial tug job on the label. I mean, good, but understated compared to the braggadocio.

Grapefruit comes across. Hugely bitter. Gritty. Earthy.

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Photo of Abilow33
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in tulip. Poured a very pretty coppery-amber color, but with just a very thin cap of white head that low retention and low-moderate lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malts, very low hops, and what hops there were had a mostly floral aspect. On the tongue though, bright citrus hops dominated, with a bit of pine in the middle and a slight floral finish.

The body was just a touch fuller than medium, and coated the palate nicely. Drinkability was good, I enjoyed the beer to the bottom of the glass. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Maybe not an elite example of the style, but one that's certainly worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of SeaAle
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BeerNW
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of HKUSPC40
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of twelveinches
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jellikit
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange. Small foamy head. Decent lacing.

Smell: not much there...I thought I smelled bubble gum?

Taste: ok. Grainy. Alcohol. Piny bitterness. Not overpowering. Not bad. Not great. Ok.

Mouthfeel: carbonated medium. Medium body. Kinda like Nicole Kidman. Orange and pretty nice. Medium.

Overall: this is an ok beer. Nothing that is in your face. I like more hop aroma in my IPA. Not bad. I would drink it again, but not in my top 10.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I bought a bomber of Rajah's IPA in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper color, with a small white head that disappears in a flash.

Smell is sweet candy-like aroma. Caramel mostly.

Taste is all about caramel malt, with a little citrus bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is flat and cloying.

Overall a marginal IPA. I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of Briken
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper with moderately foamy off-white head with poor retention. Big sweet citrus and a good caramel malts. Very light floral and pepper notes. Light linger and warming alcohol. Smooth moderate carbonation.

A balanced IPA with some good flavor and subdued aroma. Alcohol is a little strong. Slight medicinal twinge at the end at warmer temps although the flavor shines a bit more. Slick feel going down makes an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of scootpolute
2.72/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A: The beer poured a hazy but clear orange amber color with a small head of white foam. Small strands of bubbles rose from the bottom and also clung to the sides of the glass. Lacing was very minimal.

S: This has a very sweet aroma to it with notes of tropical fruit, pine and caramel.

T: Yuck...not cool, unbalanced beer! Pineapple and big malts are present, but it's really missing the bitter balance. This kind of made me sick to my stomach.

M -Oily, sickly sweet mouth feel. Carbonation is decent... There is 'NO' balance in this beer... The BIG malt, present... but lack of hop/limited fruit/and spice combos just don't work...way off...

O - This one is NOT great...

Some of the other reviews boast on how 'cool' Harmon 'is' for going a different direction with their x2 IPA approach(more malts -vs- more hops)...Those people are fooling themselves...What is an IPA beer anyway (a hop-like beer, or a malt like beer)? I think the answer is obvious...If you want a huge malt beer, go to ESBs, or for an extreme, barley wines...Imperial IPAs are for hop-heads and 'that' should be the ingredient that kicks your butt, not the malts...I appreciate 'special' beer & and originality, but boo to this
Beer :~( Chasin' Cheers!

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mfavoino
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy and dark orange/amber color with minimal white head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Piney hops and sweet caramel are noticeable. Other than that, fairly muted and not much complexity.

Taste: More malty than i expected from a DIPA, with a sweetness that isn't balanced by a big hop flavor. Some piney hops are present as well as candied sugars. Disappointed by the hop character.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, slight booze warmth, and sticky.

Overall: Too sweet and malty for my tasty without the hop flavor that I expect from this style.

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Photo of Sky2625
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured froma 22 oz. bomber to a standard pint glass (from notes taken on 7/29/11...thought I lost them, but now they're found):

A - Poured a hazy coppery orange, with tinges of brown at the margins of the glass. 1-finger of off-white foamy head, some retention, spotty lacing.

S - Moderate intensity of pine and sap, with more intense grapefruity citrus. Floral hints and an herby note as well, with a boozy whiff.

T - A blast of citrus hops in the candied pineapple and grapefruit arena to start. The candied sweetness continues as the other flavors fade into lightly floral and mild bitterness. Picked up a brief taste of anise as well, that turns into a peppery note. Finished candied fruit sweet, with a bit of pepper tang, and boozy warmth.

M - Medium to thick body, and slick. Moderate carbonation added bite, and finished with some alcohol heat.

D - A different DIPA than I've had before. For me, it was too sickly sweet, with not enough of the pine hop blast and accompanying bitterness I'd prefer. Interesting getting anise in the flavor though. As usual, I'm glad I tried it. But I probably won't give it another shot til I see it on tap.

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Photo of distantmantra
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A: The beer poured a hazy but clear orange amber color with a small head of white foam. Small strands of bubbles rose from the bottom and also clung to the sides of the glass. Lacing was very minimal.

S: This has a very sweet aroma to it with notes of tropical fruit, pine and caramel.

T: Maybe a little too sweet for me as there is very little bitterness to balance things. Pineapple and malt are present, but it's really missing the bitter balance. This kind of made me sick to my stomach. Purchased from my neighborhood Whole Foods about three weeks ago, but there's no date on the bottle.

M: Oily, sickly sweet mouth feel. Carbonation is decent.

O: I have fond memories of the Harmon from my time at PLU. Sadly, this does not come across in the bottle. I'm not sure what's wrong here.

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Photo of woemad
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-ass bomber purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $4.99. According to the label, this is 7.6% abv, putting it on the border between IPAs and DIPAs.

Poured a hazy, almost murky shade somewhere between orange and russet. One inch of white foam perched on top, then dropped after a couple of minutes to a foam collar. Spotty lace.

A very sweet and sappy smelling IPA. Tropical fruit and pine sap are the dominant scents.

A big, fruity, resiny IPA. Starts off with a big, pineappley tropical fruit flavor. There’s some peppery things going on in the background, along with a fairly big malty taste. Hop zap at the swallow, but it’s somewhat defanged by the malts.

This has a fairly big body for the style, with a highly oily, resiny mouthfeel.

The first Harmon bottle I’ve consumed that I’ve been able to buy locally, this sits right on the border of Imperial IPA Land, at 7.6%. If anything it tastes bigger. As a one-off, it’s pretty tasty, but I don’t think I’d want to session this. One bomber tonight is all I need of it, but I wouldn’t shy away from it in the future, either.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard dark copper appearance of a dipa, average head to it. For being triple dry hopped, the aroma was good, yet underwhelming. I'd guess some breweries that only have one dry hop addition have more cumulative weight in terms of dry hopping. 3 small additions I'd guess. Grapefruit is the predominant hop aroma.

Grapefruit is the predominant hop flavor as well, massively bitter beer, impressively hides the almost 10% alcohol though. Chalky mouthfeel at times. Not enough malt bill for this one, could have been smoothed out a little. Amazingly sweet at times despite it seemingly lacking enough caramel/malt subsistence to balance out the hops and bitterness.

Bottle purchased at 99 bottles. Was at a decent enough price I think that I'd recommend it to a hophead. Nothing complex or must have about it though.

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Photo of youradhere
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear golden amber, off white head quickly fades leaving a ring around the glass. Smells of sweet tangerine, mild soap, some alcohol, slight rose flower scent. Taste is sweet tangerine, man the residual sugars on this are really high. Some alcohol, mostly one dimensional citrus with minimal bitterness, low carbonation and a thick mouthfeel. Not too bad but nothin I'd get again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured bronze color with great carbonation leaving a billowing white head.

S: Plenty of citrus, mainly orange peel, some graprefuit and pine

T: Big hops and booze sting. Just what I like. The English barley in this provides a good, unique taste and tremendous balance. Caramel, tad pine but mainly grapefruit and other citrus on this.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, plenty of hop oil and still a hop backed, dry booze sting

D: Damn good!

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Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this, on draught at the pub, served in a small goblet. Rajah's Royal IPA is a bronzed orange with a small, creamy off-white head that leaves heavy sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is very pungent, resinous hops, some pine.

Taste is very nice, well balance for being a big beer, it's really not that obvious. Granted, the hops are big and flavorful, but not blistering or overly bitter. The maltiness is not to strong or sweet, a neutral if sturdy canvas for the hops. There's a slightly twiggy aftertaste, but, as a function of the hops, it's more pleasant then the adjective may sound. I really like this beer, in spite of the wow factor, but for the balance and execution, it's more then just good.

Mouthfeel is oily, a bit on the thick side, tempered by a fine carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, a very nice DIPA. Really stocked to get to try it finally. It went down easily, but is better suited on it's own rather then with food. As usual, a bargain price at Harmon.

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Photo of boogyman
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a small frothy head. The lacing is not there at all on the first pour, but on the second pour... the lacing was a bit stickier and the retention was a bit better.

S- Not much smell right off the pour. Maybe a little bit of citrus and grassyness. I will wait for it to warm and see what becomes of it. Once it warms, it gets stronger on the citrus side.

T- Wow, pretty strong bitter hoppyness to this brew. The citrus and fruityness is subtle but noticeable. The second most noticeable thing about this brew is the shear thickness and heavy bodied feel of it going in and down the gullet.

M- The viscosity of this brew is up there with a strong Imperial Stout ala The Abyss, or Oak Aged Yeti while being a decent IPA. The nearly 10% ABV is fairly well hidden in the hoppy bitterness of this impressive IPA.

D- Being so thick, this would be hard to consume more then a bomber of but the drink itself is a good brew to drink over a meal. Worth picking up if you see it, but I am guessing this is only around WA state at the moment.

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Photo of Hortus
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the 2007 Rajah. The 2007 is a different recipe than 2006. The alcohol is 9.9% and 100 IBU's according to the sign.

Appearance - poured from tap into a 10oz. glass. Very little head. The 2007 is much clearer than the 2006. Reddish color.

Smell - Sweet malt nose with some hops. Floral and fruit in malt. Hard to detect much aromatic hop.

Taste - immediate sweet malt. Excellent quality. The malt is followed by hops with a bittering hop finish. This double IPA is all about the malt. Sweet and tasty nectar! Not much floral hop in the taste.

Mouthfeel - nice viscosity. good mouthfeel.

Drinkability - This is an interesting Double IPA. The emphasis on malt instead of it being a hop bomb makes this a very drinkable 10% beer.

Very interesting contrast to Harmon's point Defiance IPA which biggest characteristic is aromatic hops and has more subtle bittering hops. Rajah is all about the malt with bittering hops and very little aromatic hops.

Bonus points to Harmon for experimenting with "Big Malt" in an era that has been focused on "Big Hops".

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Rajah's Royal IPA from Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 29 ratings