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Raja | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Prospero on 01-24-2015

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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 175
Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


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 NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WunderLlama
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

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DougsBrother
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jameswaldo
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.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of garymuchow
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).

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

Photo of Electros
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greencovesteve
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
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!

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Photo of dcbeers
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Yancey82
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stadmo1
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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 shelby415
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of corywalston
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaphog
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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 benloho
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Raja from Avery Brewing Company
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