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

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Reviews: 365
Hads: 2,050
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 474
Gots: 324 | FT: 23
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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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Reviews: 365 | Hads: 2,050
Photo of hoppytobehere
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the CBC restaurant.

Smells good, tastes amazing. A fantastic take on a citrusy, dry West Coast IPA. Crushable at 6.8%. Passing through town and glad I stopped for a pint. (184 characters)

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

Shoutout to Eziel for this trade!
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with 3 amazing finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates into 2 finger's worth after two minutes. Rising bubbles are subtle. Orange-yellow in color. Lacing is high and thick.
SMELL: So fruity! Strong aromas of apricots, peaches, mangos, oranges, tangerines, and papayas. Beneath the fruit aromas, lie subtle sweet and bready malt and piney hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong fruit flavors enter initially along with mild piney hop flavors. Subtle sweet bready malts enter immediately after as fruit flavors persist, but piney hop flavors grow much stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation (I love that low carbonation!!!). This is ridiculously smooth and creamy. And unlike any IPA I have ever had, the finish wasn't overly dry, just moderately.
NOTE: This was such a close second to Yellow Rose in the IPA category. I'm glad I got multiples in the trade. (969 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date. Bought warm in Ohio but in the fridge the last week. Clear golden yellow color, fairly pale. White head. Big hop aroma and flavor, fruity, floral. All hoping the taste, no malt flavor at all, I'd like more balance. Thinner mouthfeel, I'd prefer more body. (281 characters)

Photo of Spinaltapped
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Nice light copper color. About 1 1/2 finger head with lots of tiny bubbles. Well carbonated.

S: Tons of papaya, pulpy mango, ripe melon, and just bursting with tropical fruit. A FANTASTIC smelling IPA.

T: Somewhat subdued flavor from the nose. The tropical fruit on the nose is present with juicy orange, assertive lingering bitterness, and grapefruit rind.

F: Smooth, present mouthfeel with medium-heavy body. Nice carbonation keeps the beer from becoming overly cumbersome.

O: Overall, fantastic beer and one of the best IPA's from the Midwest, imo. (558 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Hazy amber color, smallish white head. Aromas of grapefruit and resin, but more muted than I expected. Taste was bold citrusy bitter hops with a clean dry finish. An outstanding west coast IPA but I expected a bit more - not sure about the freshness of this one. (285 characters)

Photo of core42
3.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good ipa with a great nose to it but I feel the malt bill takes away from it a bit in the taste. Maybe it was a bit too hyped up in my brain but it wasn't quite the stud that I thought it would be. STill a good ipa but there are so many great ones out there now & this seems to be a step behind (296 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep apricot yellow color. Tropical fruit and mango in the nose. Fruity body with a nice bitterness that fades in the finish. On par with many of the top IPAs out there right now. (187 characters)

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Favorite Ohio single IPA period. Great hop forward punch but light with a light malt backbone that allows the tropical juicy hops to shine. Would always grab a six pack when in the area! (186 characters)

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

12oz bottle from JustDoIt1234 (thanks man!). No apparent bottle date. Served in a goblet.

Pours an attractive deep orange with a two finger cap of white froth. Head fades to a thin, persistent layer and leaves a good bit of lace.

This smells great. Welcoming, hoppy notes of oranges, papaya and grapefruit with just a hint of sweetness. Good stuff for sure.

The tropical and citrus hop flavors explode on the palate. Nectarines, papaya, grapefruit, hints of grassy, herbal hops and some faint caramel. The excellent, juicy hop flavor without excessive bitterness makes this an easy IPA to kick back.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Citrus peel, tropical fruit pulp and a little caramel rest on the tongue in the lasting finish.

With its great flavor White Rajah is a really good And extremely drinkable IPA. If I lived within distribution I'm pretty sure this would be a go-to for me. (901 characters)

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great IPA, subtle hop aroma, light in color, smooth with a very mild finish. Very balanced and easy to drink for an almost 7% IPA. I enjoyed this one a great deal (162 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You can almost smell how slick & juicy this beer is, with lots of flowery, herbal hops with tinges orange citrus & a little grapefruit peel. The hops are not super bitter but are a tad astringent / medicinal. It has a medium body with a good resinousness that coats the tongue. More soft grapefruit rind and citrus hops with very little malt presence. As others have said, it is very drinkable & not some bludgeoning hop monster. Even if IPAs aren't your thing this beer is definitely worth a look as it is very smooth and even with a refreshing, juicy kick. (563 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange, big white head and spotty lacing. Notes of orange, hay, and grapefruit pulp. Thin side of medium mouthfeel. Very easy drinking IPA, classic west coast profile but don't very well. (196 characters)

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

Tried this on my last visit to Ohio at the Lizardville beer store. Great hoppy local IPA that I would be happy to have again. Nice citrus notes but easy drinkin. (163 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A=Clear, bubbly, crisp looking golden color, pure white head settles from 1 finger to creamy covering, lacing loops the glass with each sip.

S=Citrus is the big up front character to this beers aroma, bit of tropical notes with some earthy, grassy hints in there as well.

T=Very tasty, clean and crisp, citrus up front with the earthy/piney/grassy following with nice balance of malt, hop flavor, and bitterness.

M=Moderate level of carbonation with medium body, nicely balanced and clean.

O=I found this exceptional. Was my favorite from a trade (and it was an extra). Very balanced, great use of aroma, bittering, and flavor hops, clean and easy to drink. (721 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks @plutoniumpete! Great aroma with a 2 finger head that lingers for a little bit. Taste is exquisitely balanced with the bitterness perfectly contrasting the malt presence. I wish I was able to get this in the South. Great experience and glad I was able to try a bottle. (315 characters)

Photo of hardysf
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little disappointed in this one. Maybe just not the right day for it, as I drank a few all day ipas before it.

This pours dark for an IPA with such little malt flavor.

Smell is citra and Amarillo hops. Very fruity. It's juicy, and those are certainly the right hops for this malt bill.

Taste is Citrusy with the Amarillo hops coming through. Maybe some dried apricot.

Finishes dry. Good mouth feel. (407 characters)

Photo of beerchic
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisited this beer after not having it for a long time. Why was I not drinking this all the time? I served this to several friends at a tasting I hosted. Some rated it their favorite of the night, behind PtE, KBS, and Dark Lord. (229 characters)

Photo of MCCarrigan
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious. Beautiful amber appearance with a nice creamy head, that melts after a few minutes, leaving a nice lacing. The aroma is bursting with ripe typical fruits. Taste follows bouquet, and is joined by a gripping, assertive, hoppy, grapefruit rind bite. Great balance here. The astringency lingers as the fruit basket melts and morphs into caramel, toffee sweetness. The finish goes on, and on... Really beautiful.

This already has high marks, but deserves to be in the ranks with the best IPAs. It's on the sweeter, stickier side and may not appeal to fans who prefer a more austere style. If Trillium produced this, people would be flipping their wigs!...at a fraction of the price. Nice. (708 characters)

Photo of Sintech
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 12oz Can

Appearance - Amber hue.

Smell - Malt and pine.

Taste - Malt, alcohol, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium attenuation.

Overall - Average IPA.

Grade (B) (201 characters)

Photo of Moondoggy68
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Recommended by an unknown compatriot at Joseph's. I recommended Founders Centennial IPA to him. Add this deliciously smooth IPA to the best in genre! Cheers! (167 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shout out to The Brew Review Crew for the trade!

Appearance: Clear straw golden color with a one finger white head

Smell: Citrus hops, funky cat piss, grassy

Taste: i find the taste to be cleaner than the smell. Nicee citrus notes upfront, a subtle cat piss character mid palate along with pine and grass throughout the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; Goes down smooth with a moderate bitter finish

Overall: I enjoyed this, but i expected more and find it overrated. That simcoe cat piss character is more prevalent than i prefer. I feel like Dirt Wolf for example nails that hop profile, but this does not. I think upping the alcohol a percent would do this some good. Other than that this is a tasty beer with a smooth, refreshing mouthfeel. Id much rather have a FatHeads Head Hunter though, which is easily accesible in my area, and probably wont seek this out again (876 characters)

Photo of Mitchell-Lees
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The sweet and smooth finish really puts this above most other citra IPAs. Its basically hops all the way through. My girlfriend would hate this beer, but I really like it. (171 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Cloudy, medium amber in appearance with 1/2 a finger of white, bubbly foam. Huge tropical fruit, citrus, and bubblegum notes on the nose. Light weight with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. More tropical fruit on the taste initially with a sudden transition into a bitter hop bomb. There's a good balance between the fruity sweetness and the hoppy bitterness, with this one leaning slight toward the hoppy side. I detect traces of alcohol, but not enough to be offputting. The finish is clean and assertive, and you're left with a piney, hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, very good. This is probably my favorite readily available shelf IPA next to Head Hunter. (672 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light golden color with a pretty thin white head. No lacing. Smells like mango, guava, pineapple, and slight citrus. Tropical fruit heaven. Citra hops for sure. Taste follows the nose. Malt is really hidden with little alcohol. Probably the best "West Coast" IPA I've had that's not from the West Coast. Good amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Very drinkable. Overall a great IPA. Not much to complain about. (440 characters)

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

To me, this is a perfect IPA. The citrusy aroma and flavor are incredible. It's not what I would call a "balanced beer" and that's exactly what I want in an IPA! If I want a malty beer, I'll drink a stout or scotch ale. Don't get me wrong, the malt is there, but it's juuuust there enough. The hops are the star here.
If I have to dock it on one thing, it's the label. Silly I know, but the label sucks. If I didn't know this beer was great already, I'd be thrown off by the UK and US flag combo, thinking that it meant a blend of US and UK hops, which thankfully isn't the case! All west coast style IPA, all the way! Love the CITRA! (637 characters)

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.