Avery Brewing Company Raja Double IPA
What the brewers say
"Brazenly bitter. Dashingly dry-hopped. Raja is an audacious addition to our lengthy lineage of intrepid IPAs. Hops for all! All for hops!"
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Pine bomb with a grapefruit punch on the end and a curious mild sour funk that leans a touch medicinal. Weak, lemony hops aroma with some pine, lemon, and citrus notes. Sweetness with lots of fruit!”
Flavor: “Rich and well blended. Dialed bitterness throughout that’s good for style. Lemon-heads candy, strong lemon/orange flavor. A fair chunk of that is the hops, but there’s something else going on. Moderate hops bitterness that melds with the tartness. There’s a splash of brighter esters and malt sweetness, but the funk from the nose is here, too. Sweet and juicy with lemon and orange and citrus notes. The hops are more favorable, less bitter, and balance well with the malt. Finishes with a slight bitterness and a nice sweetness.”
Overall: “Solid IIPA that tastes very fresh. The high carb gives it a bite that I don’t care for, but it is otherwise very good. The pine and grapefruit play well together. Very good. This beer blended well together, and the finish had me wanting another sip.”