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 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 weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for this…
Appears a hazy golden orange with small hops and yeast chunks in the bottom of the glass. A small white head that never leaves. Lots of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy hops & caramel with some sweet maltiness and dough in the mix.
Taste is of the same aromas with slight malt and sugar sticking out of the batch.
Mouthfeel is sweet, malty, and doughy.
Drinkability is decent overall with nice citrus.

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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 twelveinches
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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 vermilcj
3/5  rDev -14%

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 Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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 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.

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Photo of BeerNW
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mpenning13
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of SeaAle
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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 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 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 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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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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...

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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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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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