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

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Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
55 IBU

Added by mzwolinski on 09-24-2002

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 151
Photo of A_Rad
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be (is) a little sentimental but this was the IPA that made me like IPAs. It will always be special to me. I'm not from AZ so I only get to taste this once or twice every few years, but when I book a trip to AZ this is one of the things I look forward to the most. Delicious, hoppy, smooth. I love it.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Caramel tan color with pleasing piney notes.
Malty sweet contrasts with a creamy pine-citrus character.
I gulped this one too easily.

I don’t have much more to add to this review right now.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden draught with about a 1/2" worth of head. The aroma is a good balance of sweet malt and floral hops. The taste is surprisingly smooth for such a high alcohol beer. Dominated by a very pleasant hop flavor, but with enough underlying malt for balnce. Medium-light bodied , with a crisp dry finish. Very nice.

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Photo of Gusler
4.24/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of wcdoyle
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one had a mild-mannered head, but great lacing. and the color. Wow. Copper smell was beat down. Very intense citrus/pine/floral all rolled up. Given the hoppiness in the smell, that there was a touch of sweetness was a --welcome--surprise. Make no mistake, though. This beer is a hop monster. I do want to say, however, the hops aren't crazy off-the-charts. The pine and floral reall kick through and the bitter finish turns to drying. Nice creamy, medium body on this one. As for drinkability, I'd actually prefer the HopKnot over this, but I'm still giving this a high score, b/c hopheads will really enjoy it.

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Photo of aval89
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of JackiO
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Spicy, herbal hops at the forefront. Moderate caramel, toffee and low toast malt character. Barely balanced towards hops. Low/moderate stonefruit esters.

Appearance: Dark amber color. Lightly hazy. Low fluffy head that sticks around.

Flavor: Moderately bitter, but not in the way of typical west coast IPA's. Moderate herbal hops and very low spiciness. Low caramel, moderate toffee, toast, and biscuit/crackery malt. Indistinct fruity esters.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body. Moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly sweet.

Overall: It's very refreshing to have an IPA with a malty background. The malt and hops don't clash at all, they are quite supportive of each other. Neither overwhelms the other.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours out a bright orange copper, has white head that fades quickly but laces well

S- moderate hop-citrus aroma

T- nice bitter hop flavor at the begining, but finishes with a lightley sweet malt flavor

M- nice dry MF, Coats mouth, nice carbonation

D- a very drinkable session type IPA, I will fill my growler with this stuff plenty more times

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Photo of BigHead
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good looking beer with its stark white foamy head atop the golden amber brew. The smell takes to your nose of floral hops with a hint of spice. Then you taste the hops and all their floralness as subtle grapefruit flavors also make an appearrance. The beer is 6.9% ABV, but you cannot taste that, it actually feels a little thin in the mouth. The beer finishes with a nice tinge of a hop bite as well as the presence of malts. Nice IPA effort for the local brewpub!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a rich golden color with a solid white head. The aroma is of a blend of malt and subtle english hops. This is an english style IPA, not a west coast IPA so it is subdued in the aroma and flavor. Flavor is a good balance of pale malt and hop bitterness with a lingering and pleasent hop finish. Pretty floral and fruity. A nice IPA but I prefer the west coast hop knot IPA from Four Peaks better.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint at The Tavern Grille in Old Town Cottonwood, AZ with Da Boss for lunch today for $5.00.

Beer was served orange with a very nice white head that left some lacing behind.

Nose was of light floral hops.

Taste was very well balanced. Floral hops melded nicely with the caramel and pale malt base.

Feel was medium bodied and refreshing after a morning of hiking/playing tourist.

Overall a mellow easy drinking English IPA. Check it out if you are looking for a tame, subtle IPA. Four Peaks does the EPA and EIPA styles pretty well.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber with a fair head and poor retention. Earthy grassy aroma with a touch of caramel. Drinks pretty much the same with a notable bitter back end from the bittering hops. On the dry side with medium, leaning light, body and a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of drewbage
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the 2003 San Diego Real Ale Festival

Pours a hazy honey copper into the glass with a tight white head.

Nose is a combination of a roast buttery diacetyl with a cinnamon bark hoppiness.

Flavor is a blend of citrusy hops with a large malty body with a smokey finish.

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Photo of downhilldrift
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In my opinion, this beer is a bit heavier than what others say. It's a dark amber color, still a bit translucent with decent lighting. As far as the taste goes, it's a bit hoppier than what I usually like, but still flavorful enough to keep me interested. Though hoppy, it doesn't diminish the aftertaste too much. Overall a solid IPA.

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Photo of mattster
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of AlleywayRover
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Twin Peaks brewery.

Pours a clear copper color with a slight head. Very little head retention.

A sweet fruit nose orange or maybe peach.

Medium body beer with slight carbonation. Malt and fruit sweetness off the top. Finishes dry and bitter.

A true English IPA if I were any judge.

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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of swthomas55
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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