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

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Ratings: 1,624
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 401
Gots: 177 | FT: 18
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:
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

(Beer added by: jampics2 on 10-18-2010)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Juicy citrus character, supple caramel sweetness, and dry hop bitterness carry this beer from the initial aroma until the long-linger of crisp citrusy bitterness in aftertaste. This beer astounds at every corner.

Pouring a surprisingly clear gold color, the beer is void of any hopped haze. It is capped with a fluffy white head that's somewhat reluctant to rise, retain, or lace. But a constant swirl reveals just enough foam character to adorn the glass with spider-webbing lace.

Vibrant and fiery character of citrus oils, pith, and zest- the aromas are bright with not only citrus, but also of tropical pineapple, mangoes, and apricots but in the ripest and most pulp-like way. Informed by the mild backbone of caramel, the malt gives just enough energy to the hoppy fruit character to make them seem juicy and ripe. Very clean, the beer evokes nearly giddy emotion heading into the taste.

The juicy hop character doesn't just carry over from aroma, but they intensify as the beer leaps onto the taste buds with an oily taste of orange zest, ruby red grapefruit pulp, and ripe mangoes and apricots. Again, the underpinning of caramel malt allows the fruit flavored hops to seem dripping with candy and honey. As the malt fades, the simultaneous transition to hop fruitiness to turn resiny in bitterness for a clean, crisp, and sharp bitterness of citrus pith.

Medium bodied, only the supple caramel sweetness and creamy carbonation keeps it from absolute dryness from start to finish. But as the malt proves to be fast in fleeting, the carbonation dissipates to a creamy dryness in only the way that IPAs can. Accented by the sappy dryness of hops and the moderate warmth of alcohol, the beer is decisive with its crispness and cleanliness in the end.

Obvious and direct in its lopsided balance that strongly favors the hops, the beer avoids the furniture polish-like alcohols, grassy harshness, and out-of-scale sweetness or body that cause even minor inconsistencies found in even well made IPAs. Goes to show that this is not a well made IPA; it's an instant classic!

BEERchitect, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to beerhan for this doozy!

Pours a white fizzy almost soapy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with some sticky soapy lacing, over mostly clear tan peach orange-yellow colored beer.

Nose brings super fresh hops, tons of citrus with hint of orange peel, lots of tropical fruit with pineapple, grapefruit, slight hint of resin, tangerine, and a slight sweet malty backbone and slightest tickle of booze.

Taste comes with fresh tropical fruit hops, tangerine, grapefruit, nectarine, bit of pineapple, some musty resins and slight oily, light citrus and orange peel. It also has a nice sweet malty backbone, and just a touch of booze. Fairly big beer, nice malty balance with the big fresh citrus and tropical fruit hops. Finish is fairly bitter but it never gets too bitter, with a slight sweet finish, long bitter finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, great nose, nice fresh hops, fairly bitter maybe just the right about of bitterness and doesn't get too heavy, nice malty balance that isn't too sweet either. Great hop flavors and aromas.

jlindros, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this at Zwanze Day 2011. Served in a Cantillon glass, before it was unexpectedly poured out by an over-zealous employee. Thankfully I was able to get a refill.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. Transparent golden body. Nice-looking brew.

S - Orange creamsicle, tropical fruits, a bit of tangerine zest, and sugar cookie malts. Very enjoyable and potent aroma.

T - Taste is a little more understated, with the sugary malt obscuring the various fruity hop flavors a bit - instead of a rich cornucopia of flavors it's more smoothed out. There's still some citrus rind as well as mild bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, juicy texture, and a dry finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. This is pretty much how I like my IPAs.

D - A solid, enjoyable IPA. The taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma, but I'd gladly have this one again - hopefully a six-packs finds it way to me in the near future.

MasterSki, Sep 19, 2011
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4.04/5  rDev -5.8%

Sethyergin, Today at 03:25 AM
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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%

Muzak, Sunday at 07:30 PM
Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Dark honey in the glass, with a good head and attractive lacing qualities. A big citrus hop scent, followed by nice grapefruit, pine, and mango flavors. Medium bitterness. A really solid IPA.

RobbDogg, Sunday at 01:29 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

crobinso, Sunday at 12:48 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Mikexw, Saturday at 08:04 PM
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Bottle: Poured a amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus and piney undertones is quiet nice. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with light piney notes also observable. Bitterness isn’t too intense with floral notes as dominant as I would have expected. Body is about average with good carbonation. Tasty beer with well balance bitterness level and great hops aroma. I would have liked flora notes to be even more dominant but still a very enjoyable IPA.

Phyl21ca, Friday at 07:36 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

mctizzz, Friday at 07:09 PM
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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.37/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

heerboth, Friday at 02:26 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Jdotswizz, Friday at 02:17 AM
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

kingjohnh, Thursday at 02:14 AM
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4.88/5  rDev +13.8%

bjmartin14, Oct 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Nordbier, Oct 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

ssimpson89, Oct 13, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -16.1%

joeyjoey104, Oct 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

BEERschlitz, Oct 11, 2014
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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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