Raja
Avery Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #576
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,707
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 8.96%
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
786
From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Reviews: 177 | Ratings: 786
Photo of Skrumpy
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, slightly hazy. Foamy, white head with solid retention, and sheet lacing. The aroma is tropical fruit, stone fruit, and malt. Bread notes, like fresh dinner rolls. The flavor is light fruit, grain, and some herbal qualities. Very light bodied for a DIPA, and refreshing. Juicy mouthfeel, and a slight citrus hops bite in the aftertaste. An excellent beer overall.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy but surprisingly light yellow color. The head, even if poured aggressively, quickly dissipates.

Aroma is of ripe tropical fruit. Pineapple, melon and a hair of dank hops. Taste is an interesting wrestle between the hops and that citrus up front. Ester/alcohol with rotten oranges eventually overtakes the tropical, then wet biscuit.

There's a creamy citrus aspect to this. Mellow, really. The sweet is possibly from malts but I'm guessing it's the booze. Still it's hidden okay. I'm also getting a spice, a sour rind, not sure this is doing all the things it's supposed do. Feel is a little heavy, carbonation. Not as overpowering as Maharaja (which I found too boozy). An okay DIPA but muddled somehow. And the price, about $12 for a 4-pack, makes it hard to justify repeated purchases.

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Photo of pants678
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear yellow with a lacing white head.

Smells like Galaxy.

Melon flavor from Galaxy hops balanced out quite nicely by whatever the bittering hop is--not piney enough to be Simcoe or Chinook. Well rounded and a tad sweet, not citric but very ripe.

Light body.

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Photo of mntlover
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a light chill haze, sports a nice two finger white head that does leave a good coating of lace as it falls.

Aroma is tropical fruits, hints of over ripe fruit, lightly pungent. Also pine resin notes underneath with hints of lemon grass. Not much on the malt side but leans toward bready.

Taste is kind of like the nose, pungent over ripe fruits, hints of tobacco and pine that finishes minty, herbal with lemon grass. Some alcohol notes also in the finish kind of weird for only 8% Not sure on this one its defiantly hoppy aroma is good. Taste is just a tad off not bad but different. Love Avery's other IPA's just not digging this one as much.

Mouthfeel is solid medium or more with fairly peppy carbonation.

Overall not bad, it is a touch different but don't see me buying this one again.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can with a canned on date of 5/23/16; into a tulip.
Appearance - aggressive pour yields a clear, golden yellowish hue with a hurricane of bubbles. Thick, white head that fades to a medium layer and produces sheets of sticky lacing!
Smell - primarily tropical fruits bursting forth with a hint of pine and alcohol!
Taste - a blend of tropical fruit and stone fruit that supplies a flavorful sweetness; bitterness peaks in to tame the sweetness! I dig the flavor here!
Feel - sweet, bitter, somewhat on the lighter side for a DIPA, making this a real easy drinker...may want to be careful with this one!
Overall - I actually think I prefer this to Maharaja; better price point, in a can and perhaps equally as tasty!

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

out of a can and either because of this or the beer itself never figured this one out, only a 4 pack was invested, not sure if I can or will go back.....only time will tell. this one definitely was weird and confusing, but 4th can settled in some creating more confusion.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours clear gold-amber with a solid head.

smell is juicy hops. sweetness to it as well. weird aroma, skunky fruit

taste is weird. bitter enough but finishes very strangely. weird fruit combination. really glad i only bought 1 4pack.

i don't really like this. the taste is very strange, leaves an awful aftertaste. one of my least favorite dIPAs.

-it tasted slightly better when i finished the last 2 cans.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four-pack of 12 oz cans at Stein's Liquor in Rhinelander. The canning stamp states this one is about two-and-a-half months old. Poured right from the fridge into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a slightly cloudy bright straw color, with about three-quarters-of-an-inch of eggshell head that sticks around for a little while, falls to a health film and ring, and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. Moderate, somewhat lazy, visible carbonation present.

S: Ripe tropical fruits are the most prominent notes in the bouquet. Pineapple, mango, and papaya are all present, as well as ripe melon and citrus fruit. Just a touch of dank/funk hop aroma as well. All of these play above the bread and cracker malt notes.

T: There's a definite astringency to the front--the hops provide an instant tartness on top of the more mellow bread-like and cracker malt flavor. The ripe fruit flavors follow, with pineapple, mango, and melon the most assertive of the notes from the nose, at least moving toward the middle. The middle moves the overall flavor from tart to something more sweet, with the melon and pineapple becoming more central, even as the citrus hop flavor builds. There is a touch of dankness there in the middle, as well as a bit of cracked pepper--the malts continue to make their presence felt. The back end sees the culmination of the citrus hop flavor, which ends up as more of a bitter citrus rind. This plays up against more of the pineapple and melon, with very little contribution from the malts at the end. The aftertaste has just a hint of clear alcohol to go along with the citrus rind and tropical fruit.

F: On the heavier side of light-bodied (or the lighter side of medium-bodied), this one has some substance without ever feeling syrupy. There's a nice level of carbonation to this one that keeps it crisp and lively on the palate. It moves from astringent to slightly creamy to bitter at the close.

O: This is the third or fourth Avery beer I've tried, and I have to say that it's probably my favorite so far. For an IPA (or IIPA) with this ABV, this one hardly shows it at all. It's quite remarkable that so little clear alcohol comes across--it is consummately drinkable for this style. It brings some very nice tropical fruit flavors--they really steal the show. While not particularly balanced per se, it does offer some nice complexity to keep the drinker engaged. I recommend giving this one a go.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma has really nice, juicy fruits like pineapple, melon, white grapes and some dank hops on top. Taste follows with sweet fruits, slightly astringent, herbal hops and more bitter finish reminding of fruit skin. Medium body and carbonation with a quite smooth feel. Overall it's a really good DIPA with a very interesting and unique hop profile. Not overly bitter with sweet and fruity flavors. The only complaint I have is the slight alcohol warmth.

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

The beer pours a nice white foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is a nice pale gold color that comes off quite well with a nice yellow hue. The look is pretty bright and very different from its more intense version (The Maharaja). It's a nice look and fairly bright.

The smell is pretty good. It has a nice spice note that mixes well with a citrus and lemon hop note. The mix between the two is nice and definitely interesting as how the spice is amplified by the hops.

The taste is pretty good and interesting. It has a nice citrus bitter note mixed with an interesting and subtle spice note that you'll barely notice off the bat. There is a also a ginger note too. The malts are there and sweet but the spice and the hop notes are the more noticeable notes.

The feel is good. The beer has a nice heavy body that is pretty silky with a good physical heft to it. IT has the sort of velvety smoothness and some light carbonation to give the beer a bit of texture.

Overall, a fairly good beer and worth getting when it's available. It's a lot more accessible than the Maharaja but just as drinkable. Go for it.

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Photo of ordybill
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is fruit and hops and exceptional blend. The taste is a very well balanced, mellow IPA with hops and fruit.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-Skin that smoke wagon. can to spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Dense lemony-orange coloring, with an off white, frumpy crowning of one inch statue. Firm in structure the capping holds up well with a okay showing of lace on the vessel. Carbonation was steady and glass filling.

S: A bit of onions and raw pine on the nose, with some grassy hops. Fresh citrus peel and flowery hops follow up. Light grains with an average regards to strength with an overall short attention span of duration.

T: Flavor was sharp and citrusy, bright lightly dried orange hops with a nice bite opens things up. Lemon and grapefruit flowery hops, straw and pine follow up. There is a bit of onion-grass hops thrown about, not enough to turn off, but rather just gain your attention with a unique twist. Spicy and bold flavor, quite unique from the ordinary with a moderately strong bitterness and non-abv factor. Flavor is very smooth and flowing, harmonious, with some grapefruit juice bittering coming on the very finish with a short lingering factor.

M: Light body, good summer time feel, carbonation was rather low.

O: A flavor forward ipa, bold and spicy, unique combination and nice layering and composition of hops to give this plenty to consider. Much respect in the drinkability factor despite its rather higher abv%, like the flavor profile, refreshing bite and spiciness it brings. recommend six pack.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Pale golden with a light head

S - Fruity, melon, citrus and stone fruits, pine

T - Follow the smell with a light sweetness

F - Thick and smooth

O - A great dipa. West coast style. It's how I love my dipa, light on the malt and great on the aroma hops

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Photo of JohnnieB71
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a Bormioli IPA glass. Color is a slightly hazy straw yellow. Two solid fingers of white foam on a semi aggressive pour with good retention and excellent lacing. The smell is a fantastic tropical smell of melon and a bit of mango. The taste is a bit sweet and breast but all in all very nice. Mouth feel is crisp and refreshing. Overall a very nice DIPA that I would buy again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Raja is much lighter-skinned than I was expecting - the Double IPAs I'm most familiar with are almost dark ruddied amber, however, this daisy yellow liquid (not even deep enough to be golden) isn't the least bit tanned. Instead, it has a brightness capable of tanning! It looks almost too light for its size and style.

It's refreshing to find an Imperial that hasn't traded in its hoppy edge for broader, maltier shoulders to rest its alcohol. That being said, the alcohol doesn't just go away; there's a smidgen of ethanol on the nose and, while minor, it cuts into the delicate florals, earthy resins and citrus fruit notes.

Herbal dankness and ripe pineapple-like tropical fruit notes definitely have the upper hand on the palate, mostly because malt is still nowhere to be found. Not that I'm complaining - I'll gladly take the almost chewy dried papaya and mango slices, grapefruit-level acidity and chaser of zested lemon peel...

Still, Raja strikes me as a somewhat incomplete DIPA given the plain, naked graininess (and relative absence of even that). It's not a bad thing this doesn't like an 8% beer but, frankly, I was hoping for something more remarkable; this lacks character more than it does alcohol.

I've grown up thinking of Raja as an institution and the ratings still certainly support the claim that it's a leading Imperial IPA. But my tasting tonight, easily a decade since first trying it, leads to me doubt that. If you ask me, it's high-time the "Prince of IPAs" be stripped of his title - there's so much better out there.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light-golden color, with a rather large bubbly head.

Smells of sweet citra-laden hops and exotic fruits.

Taste is surprisingly low-key for a DIPA. The citra dominates, but otherwise this is relatively straightforward - few distractions. I quite enjoy the singular nature of this beer though, and could see myself drink quite a large amount of these (and get incredibly intoxicated) on a warm summer day.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 9.89/4 pack of 12 ozers ($ 0.206/oz) at Oppermann’s Cork-N-Ale, Saginaw, MI
Canned 3/27/16 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – initial burst of citrus, fades but still present at end
Head large (Maximum 4.2 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to three mm ring and frothy island
Lacing very good – nearly complete rings and lacing
Body – light yellow, clear
Flavor –lightly bitter and citrusy, very fresh; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

A very pleasing IPA, would be in my permanent rotation if it was available here.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of jancona
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden color - off white foams dissipates quickly. Nose is fantastic - dank hops with notes of pineapple juice, melon and malts. Taste follows - hops really pop out with a nice juicy mix of tropical fruits and a hint of malt. Creamy feel is welcome. Great brew!

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale gold color with a soapy, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright, fruity and pine hops.

Tastes of the bright hops layered over a solid malt base. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and some lemon zest. Malts add in next with some syrupy sweetness and a bit of bread. This gives way to a bit of grass and some pine. Finishes fairly clean with a little hop bite.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty DIPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The CANQuest (tm) shows much love to Mr. Adam Avery for his CANtinued willingness to put (especially) big beers in CANs! CAN you dig it?!?

From the CAN: "The Prince of IPAs"; "Brazenly Bitter. Daringly Dry-Hopped. Raja is an Audacious Addition to our Lengthy Lineage of Intrepid IPAs. Hops for All! All for Hops!"

The Crack! included a loud Pssshhh! followed by a light amount of foaming through the vent, leading me to give it some calming time. I went with a gentle Glug since I had obviously done something untoward to the Raja to make him behave this way & I did not wish to incur further wrath. My gentility did not go unnoticed as I had no further problems with him. In fact, he gifted me with two fingers of dense, bone-white head with good retention that left sticky lacing as a reminder of its presence as it slowly fell away. Color was a slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled rather, ah, dank. Raja of where? The hemp fields? Mouthfeel was medium with an initial fusel alcohol heat to open the taste buds. The taste was very fruity, ranging from citrus like orange/tangerine & grapefruit to tropical like papaya & mango with some pine resin thrown in for good measure. Good? For a hophead such as myself, this was Tony the Tiger territory - it's grrrrreat! Finish was dry, but not overly bitter. I was left licking my lips at the lingering tropical fruitiness that seemed to hang around with no sign of letting up. Why must they put such things in a CAN to tempt me? I have no willpower when it comes to good CANned beer ...

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Photo of MikeWard
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a can into a pint glass. julian dating puts it as canned sometime in September 2015, so some age on this one.

all over the place on the look, was a bit of a gusher, made a mess of the couch and end table. oh well. hazy yellow body with a generous white head. significant attractive lacing.

was getting some melon on the nose.

despite the age and the obviously fading of hops, this still tasted quite good. not a hop bomb by any means. quite sweet, slightly fruity, and still some faint hops on the tongue. really quite chuggable, dangerously so at 8.0.

mouth is towards the thin side. faint hops linger on the back of the tongue.

overall and enjoyable drink. will have to get hold of some a bit fresher to compare.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now we're talkin! Had this on tap at barristers in a tulip glass. The appearance is probably the worst part of this beer, but dont let it throw you. Kind of an opaque yellow-orange, almost looked like a wheat beer. The flavor and aroma are great, just a really nice blend of citrus and hops, almost sweet. The mouthfeel is very smooth for a double. Big fan.

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Photo of rob99er
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best doubles I've had had. Stop by Total Wine and bought a can. Very citrus-y, but not overpowering. Perfect balance with citrus and bitterness. For me this is right up there with Pliny, Double Jack and Hop Stoopid. I am going to buy more tomorrow.

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Photo of Extol
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - very light color. Almost like a lager. Wasn't expecting that. Smell - earthy piney hops for sure. Almost smells dirty. Taste - follows the nose to an extent, but not very much citrus. Overall - disappointed in this. Was expecting a lot more. Wouldn't get again. Girlfriend would hate this.

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Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can dated 3/16/2016 into tulip.

A: Sunshine yellow with 1-2 finger white head. Decent retention and moderate lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Juicy citrus and lightly bitter floral hops.

T: Follows the nose closely with some juicy citrus and floral hops.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

O: Excellent DIPA. Very well done!

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Raja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 786 ratings