Raja
Avery Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #576
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,725
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 8.96%
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
787
From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  227
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.92/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Canned 12/12/15; drank 3/3/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy yellow/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small white head; a curtain of tree-rung lace.

Pine, fresh soap & mild banana notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Dry pine & soap flavors up front; faint grapefruit notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Not piss water or anything, but this is assuredly NOT my DIPA profile. Permanent pass.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Finger width head that is off white in color with some big bubbles mixed in. Beer is hazy and mangoish spectrum of color.
S: Dank first, then juicy. The juiciness is like a citrus mix.
T: Not as dank as the smell puts off. But it is dank. And the juiciness is a well balanced with a little bit of tang (like a citrus tang)
F: Very nice carbonation. And a very nice body for this. The tang in the flavor and the body reminds me of a juice mix. Not a specific orange juice or anything but a mix of citrus.
O: I like it. Wish the dankness that was in the nose would've came through a little bit more in the flavor, but this was a really enjoyable beer. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

**
11/08/2017

Can to Tulip glass.

LOOK: Hazy yellow(a little dark), solid white head, lasts long as a small head (more than just lacing).
AROMA: Mostly Pine with touches of lemon, hay, vegetable.
TASTE: Sour grapefruit upfront, fades quickly into bitter pine.
FEEL: medium body, touch of a creaminess, average carbonation.

I am becoming a little more tolerant of the more resinous IPA's, but this is still just OK.

**

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 4/17/17- gotta check dates on my next buy- breskis in Harrisburg , pa

Poured into teku

Yellow, translucent , lots of carbonation, bubbly white one finger foam cap , some lacings

Aroma of citrus hops

Citrus , grapefruit hop taste, whiff of pine

Bitter hop bite, slight linger

Good beer

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Brewing Co. "Raja Double IPA"
12 fl. oz. can , "CANNED ON: 04/17/17..."
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Look: Very hazy, even cloudy body beneath a short head of creamy white that holds well. The head retention is better than average for the style, and some nice lacing is left behind.

Smell: Hoppy. Citrusy with tangerine, pineapple and lemon. Some Pine as well. Sweetish malt supports from behind.

Taste: As the aroma suggests but a bit fuller, perhaps with some mango and a touch of grapefruit. Solidly bitter. There's some alcoholic presence but it doesn't come off quite as "alcohol". Dry finish with residual grapefruit/pineapple, pine, and then earthiness followed by rising bitterness once all of the malt has eroded from your palate.

Feel: Medium-full in body and crisp with a fine bubbled, median carbonation.

Overall: A heavy hitter that doesn't knock you right out but let's you go the distance, all 12 rounds, while taking a few lumps but still enjoying the challenge.

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this "Prince of IPAs" into a Spiegelau IPA glass to get a turbid SRM 3 light creamsicle-colored beauty. Persistent lace makes this look near perfect. I also like the looks of the container, with its Indian nobility: mustashioed dude looking way elegant. Also I like the canning date printed on bottom: i'm drinking a brew canned on 2/17/17 at 9:57:29, with the announcement "I'm working on a gravity belt." How cool is that? This IPA has spent eight months waiting for me to drink it, and as Indian Pale Ales were invented to ship way across the British Empire, I like both how this one has aged well, and how the Avery Brewers take care to date its age so exactly.
The smell reminds me of melons, bread, yeast; complex, mostly fruity.
Mouthfeel is full, foamy but not too fizzy, rich, dank, weedy, wonderful.
All the hopping hides an 8% ABV thoroughly. This is the hopping I hunt for in a properly lupulinated ale. Yes! OK, so it has to travel all the way from CO to NY to get to Ithaca, where our Flower Power is already the locavore brew of choice. But I welcome it here, and wish Ithaca Beer Co would get some of these Vic Secret Hops growing in town!
Taste is very excellently bittered, with that good lingering bitter aftertaste. Some interesting blooming flavor changes as a mouthful goes down the gullet makes this one of my favorite Colorado products. Put a few more various bittering hops in this to get its IBU up a little and the herbal bouquet a little more complex and this could be a perfect IPA.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Earthy hop aroma. Hints of fruit run through it as well. Huge full head. Cloudy light yellow gold.
Hit if sweetness up front and then the complex hops kick in with the fruit and earthiness of the aroma but also more grass and more defined fruit with lighter non-citrus fruit noted. Slightly sticky but not greatly so. There is shot if bitterness but also a tartness which keeps the bitterness in check. This is uniquely complex. Quite grapefruit on the finish (but it wasn't there before).

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An absolutely beautiful beer! Pours a clear deep gold producing 2+ fingers of glowing white, moderately lasting, soap bubble frothy head that leaves a Jack Frost coating of lace. Aroma is sweet, almost perfumy, with heady tangerine backed by orange, grapefruit & tropical fruit with resinous pine deep in the background. Bread, cracker, caramel & a hint of honey are well defined in the mix. Taste is pineapple & pine swimming in a sea of citrus with bread & honey. Very sweet through the finish for the style with a bitterness developing on the tail of the finish & magnifying in the aftertaste. Incredibly skewed balanced for such a hop heavy brew. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, rich, smooth & silky with moderate carbonation. As delicious as it looks. Well done Avery!

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: a bright yellow with ample pure white head. i find beers this yellow (not golden-yellow) to be a bit off-putting (perhaps because they look like urine?). moderately clear. average amount of visible carbonation.
S: tropical fruit (papaya) dominates with subtle citrus-pine notes. very pleasant aroma, though I wish it was a bit stronger.
T: more pungent and dank than the aroma. the dankness is light to moderate and is the predominant taste. the tropical fruit is more subtle than the aroma, as are the citrus pine notes. overall, a bit underwhelmed by the taste.
F: medium-full to full bodied. very crisp but with a tiny bit of syrupyness in the aftertaste. average amount of above-average intensity carbonation.
O: while this beer smells and feels great, in the taste department it's just an average DIPA.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Extremely cloudy pour that approaches unfiltered in density that is dull yellow gold. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of not quite sweet tropical fruit (pineapple, light mango) coupled with orange zest and a touch of grapefruit. Light alcohol note.

Medium body that is smooth with a light oily touch. Outstanding carbonation / body balance. The middle provides a prickly effervescence while the finish is finely bubbled and quite lively. It's not quite rollicking but it comes close.

The flavor profile is very good. Flavors never separate well but the blended effect is quite nice. The flavors of the nose are present. Tropical fruits control the middle, which has a touch of sweetness. Bitterness is moderate and is composed of zest and pine. From the middle on, grapefruit zest leads then yields to pine as the finish approaches. Near the finish, alcohol becomes uncovered and delivers a medicinal aspect coupled with light astringency. The finishes lingers and is a mix of zest, pine and medicinal alcohol.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not just fruit forward, but fresh fruit forward. There's a sweetness that builds but doesn't go overboard and take away from the hop bite. Nice crisp finish with medium body.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can
A - enormous off-white colored head leaves thick lacing on the glass; ale is hazy and a pale yellow-orange color
S - juicy, zesty, and tropical nose; hints of passion fruit, lemon-lime, and grapefruit zest
T - sharp and zesty, passion fruit, lemon-lime zest, grass, grapefruit juice, a bit pithy
M - fuller body, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter and dry
O - pretty good DIPA. I'll easily take the Maharaja if comparing the two, but this was good for something different.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good DIPA. Pours a hazy bright yellow color from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Medium sized white head with good retention and thin frothy bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma and taste feature moderate bitterness. Main flavor is grapefruit with some other citrus fruits mixed in. There is some balancing malt, but this is primarily a citrus hoppy beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for the style. Overall well done!!!

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Photo of Blackop555
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale gold with a thin, lingering, creamy white head.

Smells of tropical fruit especially pineapple. Dank and earthy light pine and some light malt.

Taste of tropical and light pine with some sweet malt fading to light pineapple. Finishes mostly dry with light pine, citrus and malt. Medium body with creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy deep straw with a large head. the aroma offers up tangerine, sour pineapple, grapefruit peel, kalamansi orange, chalky soil, grass, sage and juniper. The flavor is marvelously bitter with sage, lemongrass, black pepper, orange peel, and slight caramel finish - but overall a very dry DIPA. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall this a fantastic DIPA - just more proof to me that Avery is hard to beat at just about everything.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can a little past BB date stamped on bottom but stored cold.

Pours with a very hazy, light and pale golden body topped by a decent white head that has very good retention and leaves ample sudsy lacing.

Fruity aroma with some faint herbal notes.

Flavor: fruity hops dominate. Hints of mango, pineapple and oranges, with a touch of caramel. Nice moderate-mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium-light carbonation.

Overall: a fruity, easy drinking DIPA featuring tropical fruit notes.

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Photo of jeffcalifornia818
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a 12 oz can
into a kleankanteen stainless pint

its a good starter beer for
someone new to IPA's its very tollerable. has a slight bitterness that fades after the 3 sip thats very balanced i'd buy it again

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Photo of Heeenrik
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was a little over 6 month's since bottling date so way to old for an IPA. gave it a rating anyway mostly for my own preferences. hope to have the opportunity to taste it fresh some day

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, golden with a three finger high, white, fluffy head.

A lot of fresh fruit, orange marmalade, pineapple, pine, resin and grass.
Taste of orange, grapefruit, pine, citrus and caramel malt.
Medium to full body. High but smooth carbonation. Bitter ending.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yellow-tan color, hazy, unfiltered, nice. Barely off white head.
Mild smell, can probably too cold.
Taste profile is good, a bunch lighter than I remember from the Maharaja, but a cousin. A bit sharper. Different hops?
Mouthfeel is great, spot on! Appropriately rich, not overdone. Carbonation is fine, perfect.
Finish is good, some apricots, no sharpness.
Really good beer. Not quite the quality of DFH90 or Maharajah, but a good choice if this is what's available, or if you need a can rather than a bottle. Well done, gents! I'd love to see a variant with fruitier rather than sharp hops.

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Photo of SDavis108
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. With Galaxy hops in it and a double IPA.... love it. I drink this out of the can. It almost makes the hops and taste stay in the can. So far this has been my goto beer latelys cheers

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Photo of jooler
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks like a pilsner. smells like a butt. initial taste is extremely fruity and malty. it almost feels like a malt bomb fruity pebble bowl that punches you in the face. nice

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow/straw color with an ample white frothy head that leaves a serious trail of lace.

Bright citrus and floral notes in the nose rounded by tropical and stone fruit and a slight malt hit.

Very nice thick and sticky. A nice hit of tropical and citrus fruit, lemon, orange, star fruit, mango, peach followed by a biscuit malt almost hints of butter scotch before it pulls back dry and bitter with pine = delicious.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear and deep gold color. Great retention of the head, which is frothy, and great lacing.

Dank and tropical aroma. Very pungent.

Juicy tropical fruit flavor. Herbal. Extremely bitter.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Sticky.

Great beer. Really juicy, clean, and bitter.

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Photo of IronLover
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark yellow in color with an orange hue and a murky, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a short white foam with good retention. Medium high aromas of lemon, orange and grapefruit rind with
medium low malt aromas and dark fruit notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and a creamy smooth feel. Pleasant warmth from the middle to the end. Medium high dark tropical and dark fruit flavors with medium low maltiness. Medium hop bitterness through the middle with dark fruit and citrus rind notes to the end. Finished semi-dryly with dark fruit and earthy spicy notes. Complex aromas and flavors and easy drinking for the style.

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