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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brazenly bitter. Dashingly dry-hopped. Raja is an audacious addition to our lengthy lineage of intrepid IPAís. Hops for all! All for hops!

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Darwenus (1113) - Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2017
A fine double IPA, but I had Averyís Maharaja first, and I canít help but think of this as sort of a session version of that delicious IPA. Raja pours cloudy yellow with average head and light carbonation. Like Maharaja, the aroma is maltier than I expect from a double IPA. But itís a delicious aroma, with fruit and citrus tanginess behind the buttery richness. The flavor is rich and smooth and tasty, with the juicy IPA qualities working with, rather than drowning, the smooth malt. This beer doesnít benefit from the branding, which forces Avery fans to compare it to the far superior Maharaja. But it stands on itís own, and itís a fine beer.


3.9
bergstaden (2925) - RÝros, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2017
Pale golden with a white head - Tropical and citrus hops in the aroma - Malt body with a good hop profile that is fruity with tropical flavours, citrus and some hints of herbal pine that is bitter - The flavours from hops goes into the finish that ends dry - This was good

3.8
tillmac62 (727) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2017
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. Itís 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.

3.2
oobawa (1301) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2017
Satisfying bitterness offset by an outsized sweetness. Starts with an immense dose of caramel malt, giving the beer a sugary base that makes the ensuing citric-tropical hop notes almost grow cloy in their prominence. Lots of orange and mango in the middle, and the finish grows piney and resinous, but the sweetness never abates, turning the fade almost medicinal in its palate-scouring IBUs. Grows a bit astringent, too, the feel a bit harsh for an 8% beer. Maharajaís the way to go.

3.3
User452967 (99) - - JUN 3, 2017
A very malty aroma, look really nice with a 2-3 finger head. The taste is malty, bitter and very heavy (some alcohol gets through). A bit odd being an IPA. A very nice experience indeed.

3.6
Arve_Christian (5112) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2017
On can from Vinmonopolet Strømmen, on order. Golden cloudy color, good foam. Medium high aroma intensity; hops, fruitiness, caramel and some toffee. Medium full body & complexity . Some sweetness, ok bitterness and balance . Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
Ronritter (659) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2017
12oz can bright gold pour with frothy white head aroma is citrus zest, hay, and light floral, medium carbonation with a well balanced bitter and sweet taste.

3.8
tlind2 (1708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2017
[email protected] Opaque straw color, lasting white head. Fairly dry, hoppy aroma. Strong, aromatic flavor with hops and bitter-sweet resin. Full body, medium carbonation. Very nice.

3.8
bigtaster (969) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2017
Can into a snifter. Pours a cloudy gold yellow color, big white head reducing to surface only.Nose is lemon, orange, hint of peach and grass. Medium body, slightly sweet good amount of bitterness, low carbonation. Really solid, finishes with more stone fruit.

3.8
gunnar (9019) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 30, 2017
Can from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat (4 months after canning), enjoyed at Gunnarsbu after the seniors are put to bed... Pours cloudy golden with an inviting creamy white head on top. Aroma of ripe tropical fruits, apricot ans some sweet marmelade malts with piney notes. Taste is good dry bitter, resiny and fruits, good smooth creamy mouthfeel, lingering malty resinous and delicious.

4
tfredvik (1941) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2017
Very hazy pale amber body with a creamy, dense, very long-lived, egg-white-coloured head that laces the glass well. Strong aroma of slightly overripe tropical fruits and caramel, with orange marmalade, red berries and spices in the back. Strong flavour that follows the aroma. Moderate sweet taste with a long-lasting and quite heavy bitter resinous finish. Full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Brilliant!
[35.5 cl can, enjoyed 11 months after canning, from Vinmonopolet Online]


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