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

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Ratings: 1,851
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 449
Gots: 252 | FT: 19
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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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Photo of SomethingClever
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Light amber with a nice head and superb clarity

S: Lots of fresh mango crossed with pineapple and tangerines with a little big of light honey a little but of bread

T: Very tropical lots of fruit juiciness then a little dry but mango and papaya are noticeable then a cracker dry maltiness

M: Medium feel maybe a little thick a touch dry

O: A gorgeous beer if you like fruity juicy IPAs you will be trying to wipe the smile off your face after tasting this. You definitely can't wait to get more

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.

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Mattchamp189
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Don't really know how you can beat this. I don't find anything wrong with it.

Flavor, smell, mouthfeel, appearance are all top notch.

I've had a lot of the best: Heady, Pliny, Abner, Enjoy By. This beer is right there with them. I'd probably say Heady beats it but that's only if I HAVE to pick.

I travel from MD to OH for family and holidays and each time I do I seek this fresh IPA out.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of frenchblood21
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into my teku glass

A - Pours an aggressive 2.5 finger head, white with tiny bubbles, hazy copper in body. Head lingers and leaves nice lacing on the edges. Legs run quickly.

S - I mostly get citrus. Maybe grapefruit and other non-descript citrus fruits. In the back end, I am getting some sweeter malt, maybe crystal. Weak nose.

T - Taste starts with a nice citrus blast. Mid-palate, it turns a bit piney. On the finish, I get resinous pine and a hint of sweet malt. It's very well balanced while the malt profile still lets the hops steal the show. Probably a heavy dose of citra or centennial in the later stages of the boil/dry hop.

M - Mostly dryish on the finish. Mildly bitter but not offensive.

O - The nose is weak and it's nothing special to look at but the flavor is outstanding. It's a very impressive, citrus-forward IPA that has drinkability and flavor. Well done Brew Kettle.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brew Kettle White Rajah

Taming the savage hop

Poured into pint glass

A: A golden glow

S: Tropical fruit, caramel and, and summer day ?

T: Good balance of sweet citrus and hop bitterness

M: Sticky

O: Solid west coast style ipa from the Buckeye State !

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

I've been drinking this for the better part of the day, okay I've only had like three or four but they're incredible. I loved the beer on tap but the bottles as fresh as these must be amazing. Please let my local store get a steady supply of these why would I want other beers when this is coming in to the area.

First off when you crack a bottle the aroma comes out and sprays you with hop love. Poured into a glass it appears as deep orange nearly copper color with a bright white head forming thick head. I bought two of the four sixpacks without hesitating, I should have grabbed a whole case at $10.99 a sixer. Anyways I've got my cousin going in tomorrow to get the rest of the beers left.

Aroma is full of grapefruit citrus peel and pineapple tropical fruit notes maybe a hint of pine cones and floral notes but it's simply hoppy as hell with the new Citra hops that have been used in most of this years hoppy must have beers. Fresh cut hops greener than most of the the ads and tax benefits of this year. Reminds me of year of the Simcoe, and year of the Amarillo hops in the past ten years. I welcome each new craze that adds to a hophead palate, I must be spoiled to be 29 yrs old and have experienced at least three to four hop crazy years.

Year of the Citra is no different and much welcomed this beer warmed up tastes great, like a clean sugar coated hop train diving down into an abyss of semi sweet coated sugars, that leave a balanced tropical/grapefruit sugar balance from the bittering aspects of the malts, wthat a great beer that is recognized as good no matter who the audience is. The damn popular kid in the class, either way there's different strokes for different folks, and most people enjoy this type of beer. White Rajah is dangerous for me and like I said since I've been drinking this the better part of the day somebody better tell me when, I'm starting to misstype, other than that quality an awesome all around hoppy offering.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a mellow carbonation ample but not overdone or in your face carrying along with it a nice resinous hop oil texture that carries each sip. Overall impression is indefinitely a good one, I can't compare this to anything I dislike, so in short this is the best part of every hoppy beer I currently enjoy.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle, just delivered from OH.

Clear amber with a modest bone-colored head. Medium level of sticky lacing.

Aroma: wow! Loads of hop aroma. This is strong (hoppy) even for a West Coast style IPA. A hint of malt too, I think.

Plenty of hop flavor, with plenty of pine and citrus. This is a bit aggressive, like some DIPAs. The bitterness is under control (IBU = 70), but aside from some sweetness, the malt flavor is basically MIA.

M: relatively heavy body and syrupy, for style. Good carbonation.

O: a hop forward IPA for hop heads only.

Photo of Doughbodyboy
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this pours a clear dark amber to brown with a white head that hangs around for quite a bit. the smell oh boy the smell! this is the best part of this solid brew. it hits you with a stong mango note with some carmel hints as well. the taste is deffinatly fruity. i'm pulling out some mango and pineapple. the malt character in this is slightly stong for an IPA but not bad. it is nice and refreshing in the mouth. overall i am a big fan. i like the fruitiness and crisp hop finish of this one.

Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a brightly shining crystal clear amber in color. The white head that develops tops off at just over a finger in height and leaves a thick, compact foam when it dissipates a bit, which itself leaves fairly hefty deposits of lacing behind.
A pungent hit of fresh grapefruit pounds the nose. It remains but gives way to resinous pine bitterness and a note of pith as well, with enough caramel malt sweetness to balance while allowing the hops to make noise. This is a great-smelling, very well balanced beer. A touch of sugars are noticeable as a note in the background, doing a good job to complement.
Grapefruit. Pine. Pith. Caramel and bready malts for balance. A touch of earthiness. There's something great here and it's more than just a smack of hops in the face; it's complexity, balance and just the way everything works together as well as the extremely flavorful nature of it. This is simply great beer.
The body is medium, and right off the bat comes a mingling of crispness and smoothness that's moderate but makes this a pleasure to drink.
There's a reason for this beer's grade, and it's well deserved.

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 mdaschaf
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

A: Pours a clear golden color, definitely on the lighter side, probably one of the lightest IPAs I have seen. A small off-white head forms upon pouring with nice retention and lacing.

S: Extremely fragrant. Lots of tropical fruit, but grapefruit is dominant with some pineapple and mango as well a good bit of pine and resin. Very little sign of malt on the aroma. The nose is pretty much perfect.

T: Not as tropical as the aroma, with a stronger pine presence. There is a lot of grapefruit and some pith/zest, as well as some pineapple, orange, and tangerine. Has a rather dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, extremely smooth with medium carbonation. Not very bitter at all. Very drinkable.

O: Really liked this beer. The aroma is one of the best I have encountered. Goes down easy and is sneaky high in abv.

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After reading prior reviews, I'm concerned I drink a bum bottle. Regrettably, my second helping confirmed my disappointment. Looks and smells great, but the taste was overweighted citrus, and flat. Very flat. Willing to try another from this brewer, but not crazy about my first choice.

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 SpeedwayJim
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Sam for this one. One of the best beers from my favorite brewery? Yes please! 12oz. bottle into a Lawson's pint.

Pours a coarse, .5 finger white head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a clear orange-goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and sparse with average cling. Average.

Nose is outstanding! Notes of citrus, mango, grapefruit, papaya and cane sugar. Very appetizing.

Opens sweet. Grapefruit, citrus, papaya, passionfruit, and other tropical flavors. Big cane sugar malt backbone. End is citrus and sap hop bitterness with some piney notes sprinkled in. Finishes bitter with a juicy, sweet and hoppy aftertaste. Very, very good.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Spritzy and bubbly in the mouth and juicy going down. FInishes messy with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable.

Easily one of the best IPAs I've had in a long time. Which is saying a lot in a style crowded with so many top-notch offerings. Honestly, to be expected from Brew Kettle, one of the most under-the-radar brewpubs in the US in my opinion.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a difference fresh i had this baby as a 3.5. then had one a lot fresher, boom! 4.21

Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White Rajah pours a copper color. Looks mostly clear. A little light gives it orange highlights. It’s topped with a vanilla colored head that rises to nearly two fingers in depth. It takes quite a while to completely dissipate. Waves of sticky lace cling to the glass as it descends. Looks good.

This smells like my kind of IPA. It kicks off with a very strong citric hop scent. Grapefruit, orange, and light mango are all present and smell delicious. The malts definitely take a back seat here. There’s a hint of caramel sweetness, but it’s quickly lost in waves of hop notes. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t smell all that strong. This stuff smells great. I still can’t get over how citrusy it smells.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. The malt base is a little sweet and sugary. There’s really not much of a caramel flavor at all. I love that. The hops have a flavor that’s simply excellent. It is very citric. Grapefruit, orange, and mango flavors are noted throughout. They definitely have a bitter edge, but it’s not palate wrecking. The focus seems to be more on the hop flavor. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, but isn’t strong. Finishes with a very citrusy, tropical hop flavor. Excellent.

White Rajah has a medium body. The bubbles feel light and restrained. I wouldn’t characterize it as creamy, but it’s smooth. It definitely goes down easy. Given the excellent flavor, a few bottles of this in a sitting isn’t out of the question. It’s that good.

After hearing about White Rajah, my curiosity was definitely piqued. Could it really be that good? Actually…it is. This is one damn tasty IPA. It’s big on hops and short on malts. That’s my ideal formula for a good American IPA. The hop flavor is tremendous! If you’re into citric hops, you’ll probably love this one. There’s really not much here to criticize. It’s extremely solid all-around. Very, very impressive.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for Seeswo for the chance to try this.

This beer pours amber with a nice fluffy white head that stays through the entire glass. Nice lacing, too.

Citrus, pine, pineapple, and resin bollow through the air. This is an absurdly good smelling brew.

The taste is a lot of the same goodness that filled my nose. Lots of citrus and pineapple balanced by the pine and resin notes. Sweet citrus finish with a hint of pine needles. This is a fantastic brew.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Good body and carbonation.

This is a kick in the tastebuds that I could drink pint after pint of. I would love to try this on tap.

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle to tulip. Acquired at Savor Market in Columbus, OH, on 9/7/2013. $11.99 for a six pack. There is no "born on" or "best by" date, but the owner said the shipment arrived 3 days before purchase. Consumed on the date of purchase.

A: golden yellow, slightly hazy, 2-finger frothy white head. good rising carbonation, good soapy lacing.

S: very, very pleasant floral and citrusy aroma, with little pineyness. orange, clementines, grapefruit, bubble gum, caramel malt. the best attribute of this beer.

T: this is not as impressive as the nose, but nice. grapefruit and spicy hops lead to crisp bitter aftertaste, with faint sweetness from the malts

M: dry finish, medium carbonation, slight stickiness.

this is a solid ipa, w/ a great aroma. interested to see if the aroma holds up over time.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottle date. Big thanks to henryspam for this one.

Appearance - Clear yellow. Looks Iike a pilsener. Small white head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Citrus hop. Floral. Strong grainy malt. Light malts with a biscuit aroma. Spicy.

Taste - Hops, but the grainy malts come through more here. Spicy hops. Slightly bitter finish. Good clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Good carbonation. Grainy finish.

Overall - Solid IPA. Not world class. Other IPAs provide more flavor, but this is very clean.

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 beerhan
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing find on tap at the swig in perrysburgs.

Pours lovely golden orange color with a creamy white head. Tastes like orange and citrus with a pine malt back. Tates similar to smell with a hint of spice. Very drinkable with a creamy mouthfwel. Could drink this one for a long time. Cannot wait to see this in bottles. One of the best IPAs ever.

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,851 ratings.