Raja
Avery Brewing Company

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From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,320
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,815
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 9%
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
614
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 21, 2021
Added:
Jan 24, 2015
Wants:
  30
Gots:
  225
SCORE
92
Outstanding
RajaRaja
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.5 by Pchoate3 from Colorado

Jan 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.18 by Seal4676 from Michigan

Jan 04, 2020
 
Rated: 3.87 by Dicers from California

Dec 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.53 by Stevotex from Texas

Oct 01, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.92/5  rDev -29%
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.
Aug 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.01 by JLapadura from New York

May 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Dec 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2018
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Rated by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is the beer that M actually liked. I remember really liking it as well.
Sep 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by bongobeer from Alabama

Aug 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by detroitpat from Michigan

Jun 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.88 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jun 23, 2018
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Rated by jacobdunne from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pretty solid. Gave me this instead of the incredible Maharaja, so it was just OK. Worth trying.
Jun 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois

Mar 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by TheBeerbarian from California

Feb 25, 2018
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Rated by D9sus4 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On the lighter side for an Imperial IPA, but still an amazing drink. I prefer the Maharaja, but if it’s not an option, and the Raja is, get it!
Feb 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by chefbigjon from Arizona

Feb 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Jan 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming

Jan 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by Kurmaraja from California

Dec 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by onlymurderers from Illinois

Dec 19, 2017
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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.
Dec 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by WDJersey from Colorado

Dec 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

Nov 12, 2017
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

**
Nov 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Nov 07, 2017
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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
Oct 29, 2017
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.
Oct 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by BillRoth from Maryland

Oct 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.11 by DougsBrother from Massachusetts

Oct 18, 2017
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Reviewed by jameswaldo from New York

4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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.
Oct 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.7 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Oct 14, 2017
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Reviewed by garymuchow from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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).
Oct 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by McBraniel from Virginia

Oct 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Sep 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.09 by greencovesteve from North Carolina

Sep 07, 2017
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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!
Aug 27, 2017
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