White Rajah - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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Reviews by AwYeh:
4.3/5 rDev 0%
A: Pours a clear, golden-yellow color with a half-finger or so of fine white head. Decent lacing around the glass.
S: Great variety of hops here; a variety of citrus (orange, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit) and floral ones really dominate the aroma. Just a hint of malts in the background really ties this one together. Not an exceptionally strong smell, but a very good one. After some reflection, I'm boosting this from 4.5 to 5. The smell distinctly reminds me of Pliny the Younger, but I'm enjoying this one more.
T: Citrus hops are once again the most notable flavor, but not quite as powerful as in the aroma. Grassy hops complement the floral ones to really round out things on the hop end. Light caramel malts provide balance and a sweetness that amplifies the flavors coming from the hops. Alcohol lends a bit of spice as well.
M: Thin to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, giving the beer a smooth, dry finish. Definitely makes me want to take another sip.
O: This beer is a bit more than a sum of its parts; after finishing up my review it went down quickly and easily. It reminds me of Bear Republic's Racer 5, and I would love to try the two next to one another. If you're a fan of that beer, it would be well worth your time to check this out. It's worth pointing out that this one would do quite well on the west coast, as someone who lives there most of the time. This will join Bell's Two Hearted as a second regular regional six-pack IPA choice during my stays in Ohio.
06-24-2012 01:58:47 | More by AwYeh
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4.43/5 rDev +3%
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.
10-02-2011 00:38:43 | More by jlindros
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
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!
06-07-2012 03:55:19 | More by BEERchitect
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
09-19-2011 01:53:50 | More by MasterSki
4.6/5 rDev +7%
Poured from bottle into Goose Island tulip style pint glass.
Appearance- Beautiful burnt orange color with a half finger of snow white head. Very nice lacing throughout the whole glass.
Smell- Grapefruit and hops explode in your nose. Lemon and lime, along with a piney woodsy aroma.
Taste- Wow is this delicious! You can totally taste the hop bomb, but it is also, at the same time, so incredibly smooth. Grapefruit and hops dominate everything else.
Mouthfeel- Unusually thick for an IPA, but so good. It's like you put a grapefruit, lemon, lime, pine cone, a bunch of hops and fresh cut grass all in your mouth at one time.
Overall- Just a fantastic beer from a brewery that consistanly makes amazing tasting beers. This is their pride and joy, and I can certainly see why.
01-07-2012 02:55:16 | More by frenchblood21
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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