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

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Reviews: 376
Hads: 2,110
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 482
Gots: 350 | FT: 24
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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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear fizzy orange, with a huge tropical nose. Lots of apricot, mango, pineapple essence anchored by zesty earthy hop spice that tickles the nose. Flavor is a bit sweet at first, but balances out with some spicy hop bitter by the end. Feel is smooth with appropriate bubbly fizz. Great example of the style.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: straw to golden yellow minimal white head

S: citrus. Pine. Almost an olive nose to it

T: lemon zest. Resin. Citrus pith. Pine.

F: clean and crisp bitter bite

O: really well done. Good balance. Def a west coast style

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Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional ipa. All the big fruit flavors of hops dedicated to doing so, in a fashion that wants to make you drink more of this berry esque ipa.

With just a bit less abv than head hunter ipa and nearly the same impact of fruity hoppy delish stuff this has won the coat rack spot for my ipa in the frig.

This brewery is a staple in Cleveland. And it is where you can go to brew your own. Weird, righteous and outstanding.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

White Rajah - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is one finger thick and off-white , with secular lacing, and a clear straw gold body.

I smell a very generous, yet non-offensive helping of the citrus and tropical hops described on the labeling.

Tastes like much of the same described above, but with a nice mid-palate snap. Clear, bright, and refreshing. I think this taste is just on the line between IPA and Imperial IPA.

The mouthfeel I'm getting from this beer is smooth and crisp. Again, the bite appears and has a responding tingle on the tongue as a result. I'm starting to wonder if other people have experience...

Overall, I'll give White Rajah - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works a 4.75. This is an extremely solid offering from this Ohio brewery. Again, I can't get over the unique mouthfeel.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint. The brew appears a pale golden copper color with white cap. Smells hoppy with citrus and pith/pulp character. Tastes bitter and rindy with a mild fruity character, resinous and somewhat floral. This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall pretty nice, easy drinking stuff.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Rajah has a medium, white head, a semi-opaque, orange-gold appearance, some bubbles, and not so heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of very citrus-type hop oil and white bread, and the flavor is of the same, with citrus rind and pith. It is not too bitter or sugary. Mouthfeel is medium, and White Rajah finishes mostly dry and mild.


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

Good copper color, nice head, laces the glass. Not as bitter as I like but great flavor, smooth. One of the better non west coast ipas I have tried so far.

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Photo of RJIV
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-clear bronze color with a a white head of about three quarters of an inch.
The smell is of grapefruit, papaya with some caramel notes.
There is a grapefruit burst up front that runs through the mouth with the carbonation ending with a nice bitterness. The bitterness is slowly tempers during the after taste. Nice body with a soft, wet mouthfeel.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield. Pours an orange gold with a light head that lingers. Aroma is slightly dank and piney in the best way. Taste...wow. Such a crisp IPA. No trace of misplaced alcohol, sticky resin that coats your palette or too heavy bitterness. So damn drinkable. The malt injects a nice level of sweetness but doesn't try to balance the profile - there's no need to pull the flavor out of the hoppy sweet spot. The clean, crisp taste is what sets it apart; how this beer finishes fairly dry like a saison is beyond me. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a stemless wine glass.
Hazy gold with voluminous heads.
Smells vaguely hoppy and malty.
This is great! Really lush and balanced and fruity. Clementines and passion fruit. Highly enjoyable IPA. Highly recommended!

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Photo of nhindian
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - White Rajah is straddles the border between a straw yellow and light orange and is nearly completely clear. A large white head bursts forth and looks like a snow cap.

Aroma - The aroma is incredibly pungent and is fresh off of the West Coast. Tons of pine and tropical fruit, peaches, and a touch biscuit malt.

Taste - Just like in the nose, the hops take center stage in the flavor. The pine notes are resinous and sticky while the fruit gives it a lighter tone. Pineapple, guava, and peach are the most noticeable flavors.

Mouthfeel - Despite the depth of flavors in this beer, it is still pretty light on the palate and easy drinking. There is no hint of the almost 7% alcohol in this beer.

Closing Arguments - This was a 'diamond in the rough' for me. The Brew Kettle was a complete unknown to me outside of the praise I've heard about White Rajah, and without that praise I doubt I would've given this beer a chance. The bottle art is non-descript and doesn't really draw me towards it, but the contents of the bottle is like liquid gold. And for $2.29 a bottle? Looks like I have a few more trips to Ohio planned ahead of me.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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.

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Photo of Myotus
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.86/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Buck89
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of core42
3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
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

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Photo of W_Des
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of ajm5108
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of jhavs
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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