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White Rajah - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Ratings: 1,843
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 447
Gots: 248 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jampics2 on 10-18-2010

A West Coast style IPA full of citrus-like and tropical fruit like hop flavor and aroma with an assertive yet smooth bitter finish....malt, take a back seat please
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Ratings: 1,843 | Reviews: 349
Photo of DVoors
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had never heard of this beer or brewery before. Completely caught off guard by how amazing this beer was. One of the best IPA's I've had.

Photo of NittanyShawn
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great citrus hop flavor. Drinks smooth. No long-lingering aftertaste. A great IPA.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow this might be the best IPA i've had smells so good and taste so good so smooth

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden in color with no head whatsoever. Smells very hoppy, as it should. A piney, resiny, punch-you-in-the-nose hop aroma.

Again in the taste I find piney, resiny, punch-you-in-the-mouth hops, only this time with some citrusy notes (grapefruit), and an herbal taste. Very nicely carbonated.

This beer is ALL HOPS, ALL THE TIME... and nothing more.

Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An explosion of citrusy goodness. Great balance, nice bitterness. A really good IPA.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what else to say other than this was the first experience this Californian has had with Ohio.

I was sent Hop JuJu, Head Hunter, Chillwave, and The White Rajah.

Rajah = Grapefruit, White Grapes, Tropical Fruit, & a nice and solid pine component that had a perfect blend of malt that kept this Hop Forward.

The best beer in the bunch. I've said it, & I'll say it again. Ohio impressed me more than Vermont. I'm assuming this beer was 2 months in the bottle. If uber fresh, my score would have been higher and near a perfect 5. I'll re-review when that happens.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - hazy golden copper head with a white head
Smell - tropical citrus fruity hoppy smell
Taste - similar to the smell but with lots bitter hops
Feel - medium full body with medium carbonation and creamy
Overall - incredible beer

Photo of brewale4me
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yum. They hit the mark. Gold color slight haze with white head. Grape fruit ,Peaches , and dank aromatics. Tastes of grapefruit ,orange ,vegetal leafy ,and a mild bitter finish. Light to medium mouth feel.

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unlike any other ipa I've had. An epic bubble gum and tropical fruit smell, and the taste follows suit. Has a good hoppy aftertaste too.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If u can get it! Get it! That good.

Photo of Shonkers
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite IPA (even beating the likes of Fathead's Headhunter, for crying in a bucket) and in my top 5 beers of all time. Simply fantastic and unique aroma, taste, and mouthfeel--the blend of Hops used is magical. I'm smitten...problem is that while I'm from where this nectar is brewed, I now live in South Florida--where I can't get it.

Photo of Thedusanmandic
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly pungent citrus aroma. Off white head turns into a sticky, newly spun spiderweb lace that sits on top of a two-month-old-penny color. Hoppy slightly oncoming sucker punch followed by an oily stick-your-tongue-on-9-volt-rayovac aftertaste. My go-to "session IPA" that leaves with with a late afternoon of regrets.

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
2.69/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance was promising, considering this is billed as a West Coast IPA, but it's a textbook maltbomb.

Photo of RayReed522
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me of Zombie Dust

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hop spectacle for the taste buds. Had this at the Brew Kettle fresh... as good as it gets baby! P.S. Check out Ogrefest!

Photo of nikhilshetty007
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect Golden in colour. Nice fruity Taste. One of the best beer I have ever had.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

We pour into our glistening new King Sue tekus, christening them on their maiden voyage. The coloring shows up a shade of golden honey. A one finger head of soapy white foam is produced, but this is transient, disappearing quickly. Flicking the wrist robustly, however, causes a wonderfully triumphant return of said head. Lacing is globular and spotty. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active throughout. The aroma is sweet and generously hopped to include notes of citric and nectary fruity hoppiness, pale and soft caramel graininess, apricot, peach, and red apple fruitiness, honey sweetness, metallic ale yeastiness, astringent detergent, tart bubblegum zing, grapefruity rind and oily zestiness, candy corn, flaked butter biscuits, peppery booze, old leather, and wet wool. The flavoring is sweeter than expected for a self-professed “west coast style IPA”. The bitterness of hops is there, but it comes as a slow, lingering tickle at the far back of the palate. Primary notes include citric and floral hop sweetness, honey and white sugar, buttery pale and caramel malts, simple malted barley, acetaldehyde, black pepper and garlic powder spiciness, melted plastic army men, microfiber fabric, concrete and mineral, pine sap and green grassy resins, peach syrup, grapefruit and tangerine fleshy sweetness, powdered Sweetart candies, chalky but savory yeast, and white grape skins. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is light and soft as well. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, but creaminess and frothiness lose out to oily coating on the swirl. The mouth is left significantly puckered after this drips away, especially as the beer comes to temperature. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks away quickly.

Overall, there is just about something here for everyone across the IPA spectrum of taste. The aroma is intensely sweet in its citric and fruity nature, and this translates well to most aspects of the taste. Where you really start to get any semblance of a bitter west coast IPA is through the aftertaste. The hops darken, giving deeper soapy, citric, and piney bitterness. So regardless of if you prefer the sweet or bitter side of the argument, you will find a reasonable medium here. While drinkability is excellent, the one negative we would have about it would be its feel. It glides across and around the mouth well enough, but it ultimately reads as a bit thin. Regardless, we are incredibly happy to have had the opportunity to stumble across this beer, as it seems a bit of a local, regional homebody of a legend.

Photo of imdabuzzard
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THIS HAS TO BE MY FAVORITE IPA OF ALL TIME

Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like this one more than Black Rajah

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @WesMantooth for this gem.

Wow, golden swirl erupts into frothy pure white tight foam that tapers back to the most graceful thin layer of tightly packed bubbles launching a floral mélange of tropical fruits, grapefruit and lemon zest that leans toward pineapple.
Taste is very juicy and forward with grapefruit, lemon, mango, and a clear malty clean sweetness that is still part of the mix. This one is similar to a DIPA, really deliscious.
Mouthfeel is juicy.
Finish lets the sweet dance with all of the hop zest. Blissful.
Overall, this is a floral, juicy, and citrusy frolic through happy hoppy fields.

Photo of Kraj30
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

great beer... about a month old.. really good

Photo of TheBeerSipper
2.43/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Strange taste and strange smell

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

White Rajah is on the light side of amber, showcasing gold more than anything else. A relatively pale complexion by IPA standards, only its highlights display any bronzed tones. Foam is spotty over top but is wrapped around the glass like a scarf on a particularly cold, blustery day.

Named after an English dynastic monarchy from the island of Borneo, it's appropriate the beer should smell so exotic and tropical. All sorts of citrusy fruits could be pointed to specifically, but the sum here is definitely greater than its parts and shares some of the spotlight with notes of pine resin, green tea and almost butterscotch-like malts.

If what I just described sounds appealing, please proceed with this review. If it doesn't then forget it - this beer is not for you (nor is the style for that matter, because this is precisely what to expect). The aroma and the taste might as well be identical twins; they share the exact same flavours. On the palate it's more fruits, pine, herbals, and semi-sweet malt (in that order).

A good IPA should offer plenty of bitter, bold hoppy character without being overbearing. It's a tough balance to find but, if struck, means pure nirvana. White Rajah hits the spot - lots of ripe, sweet, tropical fruitiness, countered by bitter herbals and pungency, and that in turn countered with caramelly, toasty maltiness. Capital 'B' Balance! And alcohol is entirely non-existent.

White Rajah is one of those IPAs that has a reputation that precedes it. This scenario often leads to disappointment as hoppy beers, no matter how good, don't often fare favorably to their inflated internet scores, especially when sampled away from the source. But this one did. It is exceptionally composed and characterful. A note for the old boys at The Brew Kettle: good show!

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good refreshing, head was 1/4 " of heavy foam which laced the glass as it was enjoyed. Smell was hoppy goodness, without any bready yeast smells. Color was a orangish yellow very clear. Taste was without yeast. Great hopped unbalanced delight.

Photo of Roguer
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden beer, incredibly active, with a solid snow white head. Retention is fantastic, leaving behind wide flat snowy fields of lacing.

Extremely tropical hoppy aroma: mango and starfruit, with pale malt sweetness behind.

Flavor follows: this is a fruity, sweet, but fairly light IPA. Carries the hop flavors of a DIPA, with the drinkability of a single.

Pineapple, mandarin orange, mango, honey; a bit of leafy green bite to the hops, as well. Slightly dank, but certainly not the primary component of the flavor.

Very lively feel, minor sting; very drinkable, fairly light; semi-dry with just a bit of oily retention.

This is an excellent, juicy, superbly drinkable IPA. Believe the hype.

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,843 ratings.