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

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Ratings: 1,943
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 457
Gots: 291 | 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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Ratings: 1,943 | Reviews: 370
Photo of DoctorDog
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.
*Bottle lists ABV @ 6.8% (currently listed @ 7% here)

A- Light amber/golden and clear. ~2 fingers of white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Nice lacing.

S- Juicy mango/citrus/pineapple/pine hops...tropical fruit sweetness....

T- Mango/pineapple sweetness along with resinous piny bitterness. Delicious.

M- Moderate to slightly high carbonation with a medium feel.

O- Outstanding. What's not to like? I wanna' give out all 5's, but I'm being absurdly optimistic (i.e.- obscenely greedy) and holding out hope there's actually a better IPA out there somewhere....

Future outlook: This is one of (the?) best "single" IPA's I've ever had. Bravo. And as a bonus, a "local" brew....very glad to have grabbed a few sixers of this and not just a single...I see many more of these in my future.

Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: Golden amber. Decent froth at first, but leaves a minimal lace for head.
Smell: Piney and citrusy.
Taste: Same as smell.

This is beyond excellent. It has a great bitter and dry finish. The citrus, grapefruit, and pine are so good. I would definitely get this again.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

Photo of rjp217
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (no date) poured into my HF stemmed tulip...

A - Light orange in color with a nice frothy head. Very stick lace all over the glass and good retention throughout

S - Strong citrus aroma.... Oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, grassy

T - Huge hop bomb! More of the same citrus in the flavor, the slightest of malt in the backbone and some bready notes

M - Real light body, thin mouthfeel, hard hop bite on the finish

Overall, really reminds me of a Stone IPA. Real dank and citrusy. This is excellent and glad I got a chance to try it.

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours bit cloudy. Orange hued golden straw color with two fingers thick head with great retention leaves a decent sheet if lacing. Looks just fantastic.

Smell is big on tropical aromas. Mangos, pineapples predominantly. Subtle malt sugars compliment the aroma nicely.

Taste is bitter tropical fruits follows the nose. Lemon notes appear as well. Lots of what one might expect for the style but very well executed. Full of hop flavor and bitterness.

Nice dry finish with medium carbonation.

Would definitely include this my regular rotation if it were readily available to me.

Photo of Old_Jeffro
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first review!

A: Goldish-Copper and clear. Light white head with minimal retention. Some lacing. Minimal bubbles.

S: Sweet, floral with a metallic grapefruit smell. The grapefruit comes through stronger each time I smell it.

T: Tastes like it smells-good balance initially, then a crisp, late-arriving grapefruit taste that lingers well after a drink.

M: Very lightly carbonated, but not dull. Very smoothe.

O: Damn good IPA. Could drink every day.

Thanks to the beer guy at The Hills Market in Worthington/Columbus for this recommendation.

Photo of MatthewPlus
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

received a bottle in a trade- Thanks pschnei3!

poured a slightly hazy goldenrod in my CCB snifter. egg-shell head with good retention and moderate lacing.
Aroma is extremely enticing- lots of pine and citrus with undertones of honey and malt.
Flavor has a lot of "pop", very hop forward, but a smooth balanced finish. good bitterness up front, and a bit of honey underneath. lasting pleasant hop finish.
medium weight on the palate, not overbearing, decent carbonation.
Overall, i was pleasantly surprised with this beer. It's not quite at the level of elite IPAs (Heady, Sculpin, etc..) in my opinion, but is at the top of the new tier (jai alai, hop stoopid, etc...)
I would certainly recommend this beer.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If u can get it! Get it! That good.

Photo of BergBeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A transparent burnt straw with a minimal white head.

Smell: Big juicy citrus delicately mingled with a earthy grass. Bright peach, lychee, tangerine, pine needles, and a touch of fresh cut grass. Malt is very faint in the back. Smells fantastic.

Taste: Deep fresh citrus waves over the tongue as a slightly bitter pine dances on the palate with more bright citrus brings in just of hint of malt with a touch on honey and lychee. Brilliant.

Mouthfeel: The citrus is deep and sticky on the tongue but the brew itself is crisp and clean. The hop body lingers on the finish.

Overall: An absolutely killer IPA. My favorite since Swamis and beats most by a long shot. So well crafted with the deep pungent citrus and the crisp clean body. A brilliant IPA with no room to hide any errors of which it has none to hide. Seriously hunt this beauty down

Photo of jampics2
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Fat Heads IPA festival. 7%, 78 IBU. This beer won the belt for IPA and best overall beer at this festival, a HUGE accomplishment for TBK. The beer's still being tweaked a bit, but is described as:

"Our first take on a west coast style IPA featuring Citra hops"

This beer has a great storybehind the name. Fat Heads makes an excellent American IPA called Headhunter that won the silver at GABF this year in the most-entered category ever. Well, White Raja is a historical figure who went to Burnei and was determined to end headhunting. So, you can say in a way, this beer's name translates to "headhunter killer". Zing!

The beer looks great - golden with some copper highlights on the edges. There's a film of head with a white ring. Looks good but a touch sticky based on the lack of noticeable carb and head. Color and clarity are both fantastic, though, so this still scores well.

The aroma is amazing. Layers of hops give huge citrus and a touch of Simcoe catty smells. Lots of simcoe in this one, and the citra gives some great lemon and a bit of pep as well. Huge grapefruit, orange, lemon aromatics. Just a killer smelling beer.

Wow, this is amazing tasting. A touch sweeter than expected. One of the best hop bills outside of California. Really well balanced, with simcoe giving some huge kick-ass citrus and grass and perfume. Kiss of sweetness from the malt. Lemon from the citra. Oh boy, this is a game changer here. Ohio's IPA crown may be heading to Strongsville.

The body is just north of water in a good way. Not substantive or sticky with great touch of carb. Medium pleasant bitterness lingers. This beer is amazing and so drinkable. It stood out in a competition with all the big boys, including the finest from Founders, Bear Republic, Port, Fat Heads, Avery, etc. No more tweaking necessary. Put this lightning in a bottle now. Seriously, Jack, why are you still reading this? Bottle it :)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big news to have this stellar brew now in bottles.
I have tried WR on tap at the Brew Kettle taproom and via growler from Whole Foods, but this is the first bottle.

Called Lizardville on Miles and they graciously held 4 12 0z bottles one of which has been poured into a DFH glass for this tasting.

Pale-yellow, clear elixir, 3mm white ring of foam with plenty of heavy lace.

The Citra hops are abundant, grapefruit, honey, pine backbone with a touch of grass; everything you want in a nice hoppy brew.

The taste does not disappoint: Grapefruit, citrus at the front, smooth hop bitterness, light caramel. Reminds me of Columbus's awesome IPA, but with an extra smoothness that lets the hops come to the forefront, but not spoil the complexity. Well done. One to seek out if the hops are your thing.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden in color with no head whatsoever. Smells very hoppy, as it should. A piney, resiny, punch-you-in-the-nose hop aroma.

Again in the taste I find piney, resiny, punch-you-in-the-mouth hops, only this time with some citrusy notes (grapefruit), and an herbal taste. Very nicely carbonated.

This beer is ALL HOPS, ALL THE TIME... and nothing more.

Photo of madelfonatree
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Bright golden honey. Head is thin and white. The lacing is more apparent and sticks around.

Smell - Grass. Tropical. Dank. Floral.

Taste - Vanilla. Bitterness is largely in the end.

Feel - Oily. Faint carbonation.

Overall - I like it. Good mix of bitter and citrus.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this for a while now, hope it's as good as everyone tells me it is! 12 ounce bottle, 6.8% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear golden/orange color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The grapefruit aroma is strong in this brew. There's also some tropical fruit, lemon peel, pine hops and a bit of bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma. The citrusy hop flavors dominate, and there's also some pine hops and a bit of bready malt flavors noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, I wasn't disappointed at all. At $10.99 a 6-pack, I think it's worth every penny.

Photo of RayReed522
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me of Zombie Dust

Photo of 4balance
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Ommegang flute, absolutely gorgeous transparent golden bronze color with about a 1/2" of white bubbly head with a constant amount of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom center to the top, head quickly reduced to a little ring with minimal lacing.

Strong aroma of tropical fruit, hops and pine resin, spice.

Taste is citrus; hints of mango and pineapple then into the grapefruit, bitter abrasive hops, pine resin, spice—with the hops lingering on the tongue, not detecting much in the line of malt.

Mouthfeel is light - smooth with a good amount of carbonation, drying finish.

Overall, I am super stoked to be drinking this magnificent IPA courtesy of WesM63 from my home state of Ohio! Highly recommended, would drink much more often if readily available for sure.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

thanks for giving me this beer last night duff27!

poured into Tulip glass.

Appearance: Great looking IPA. Hazy golden orangish bodied beer with a 3 to 4 finger white head. The head is dense with large and small bubbles that slowly fades down into a clumpy chuncky head. Heavy lacing everywhere on the side of the glass. The head never really died while I drank this beer.

Smell: Huge citrus, bready / biscuity notes from the nose. Very aromatic beer I could smell this while pouring it. Pine, grass, and oranges too.

Taste: Moderate bitteriness from this IPA. Pine upfront with grapefruit, oranges, pineapple. Little bit of grass and floral notes too. The malt is really well balanced with the hops. You actually taste the malts first and then slowely the bitterness builds from the hop profile. The malts are bready, biscuity and maybe even a touch of honey sweetness. Its really nice!

Mouthfeel: low to medium bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. This beer is actually kind of creamy. This beer is also crisp and clean with a bitterness that doesnt seem to linger in the aftertaste for very long. Really drinkable really balanced really nice beer!

Overall: I really liked this IPA. Nice beer from all aspects. I might have to give duff a high five for giving me a chance to drink this beer! Lots of nice citrusy hops and perfectly balanced malt profile. Seek it out! Another class act hoppy beer from Ohio(refering to Columbus IPA)!

Photo of phiberoptik
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A proud brew out of my home state!

Pours a slightly burnt copper, clear, with a big sudsy head.

Lots of amarillo hops,with tropical fruit, and resiny sweetness, mild malt notes as well.

Wow. This is tasty. Tropical fruit, sweet fruits, citrus, lightly bitter middle, and a crisp fresh finish.

Medium bodied with a nice, slightly prickly carbonation.

This is tasty! Proud to be from Ohio because of this one. A must try for any IPA fan!

Photo of Smooth-Hoperator
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) A very light, slightly hazy amber colored beer that is light enough to see through and that leaves a light thin white frothy head. This is not a very malty beer. The first time I tried this beer it left beautiful lacing all the way down the glass as I drank.

S) Pungent, citrusy, bitter, beautiful hop profile. This screams west coast style IPA.

T) While the smell is hoppy, it does not quite prepare you for the level of hops present after tasting this beer. The taste starts off light, crisp and citrusy with hints of what seems like orange and pineapple but quickly turns into a nice clean bitterness that will stay on your tounge until the next drink.

M) A very light and drinkable beer.

O) This is one of the best IPAs I've had. This is a very refreshing IPA because it's so light and citrusy, but will give you a large dose of bitter hops as well. The balance is very nice and there are no real negatives for this beer. I look forward to trying one at the Brew Kettle Taproom in the near future.

Cheers

Photo of seeswo
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a apple-juice golden with a nice white head. Looks really good. As soon as the bottle open, an aroma of piney and tropical hops make their way out. A bit of biscuit malts as well. Very nice! The taste is very similar to blind pig. Strong grapefruit and piney hop flavor up front with a middle of biscuit malt and bitterness and a finish of more of a grapefruit, tropical hop flavor. Really interesting and quite good. This is really a tasty brew with some serious hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium, with medium carbonation. I really like this beer a lot, especially if I could get it regularly around here. One of the best flyover IPAs I've had which can compete with, though probably not beat, the best of the west coast. I had this quite fresh and it is unknown how well it holds up. Enjoy!

Photo of Dan3279
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having this one several times now I am ready to give this one a review. Now starting off I have to say that this one is a little hard to review because I have noticed some variance in flavor between bottles in the same six pack.

I poured the 12oz bottle into my DFH snifter to find a nice clear orange-copper body with a white one-inch head that left a decent little amount of lacing.

The aroma was great with citrus hops and tropical fruits dominating the nose. Not an over-powering aroma but it is very welcoming and reminds me of a west coast IPA.

The flavor is great, a west coast taste and feel found in the middle of Ohio. The citrus and grapefruit hit you first upfront, a little bit of sweetness in the middle with a nice dry finish. Now I do have to say that when I talk about a variance in flavor between bottles in the same six-pack I would get an occasion bottle with a skunky aftertaste.

Overall an outstanding beer that makes me happy that a great west coast style IPA can be found here in Ohio. If it wasn't for the variance in bottles I would buy atleast a six pack a week.

Photo of iadler
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of exitmusic00. You're the man Matt.

A- Pours a dark orange with a fluffy two finger head that sticks around for quite some time. No lacing is left behind.

S- Fresh tropical fruits with peach, passion fruit, mango, clementines and pineapple. Orange zest and pink grapefruit follow with a bit of caramel malt. The smell is fantastic.

T- Tropical notes are not as prominent, but there is still some peach, passion fruit, mango, clementines, pineapple and a bit of honeydew. Some bitterness provided by orange zest and pink grapefruit with a bit of sweetness from the caramel malt.

M- Low to medium carbonation and medium body. Fairly creamy mouthfeel and quite drinkable.

O- Really enjoyed this IPA. One of the best smelling IPA's I've had for quite some time. There seems to be some citra hops but can't tell what other ones are present. I would love to have this more available to me as it would be a staple in my fridge.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, this is one of the best around ! Looks great, aromas are fantastic, assertive hop profile and to top it off it has a solid feel as well. An ipa lover's ipa.

Photo of pitasoup
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to drgonzo3705 for this bottle

A: nice straw yellow, a touch of golden hue - one finger of white head. no lacing but the foam does not subside slowly.

S: wow, aggressively dry hopped - pine, citrus, apricot, cat pee...big ass ipa here. I'm going to guess a lot of simcoe and centennial, certainly more of the the other standard c hops?

T: not as bitter as I'd imagine from the smell. grapefruit bitterness, i'd continue to guess simcoe but who knows. that's all i taste really...a bit of malt to balance this out. still quite fresh, green almost, better than expected for what the grain bill might be.

M: light-medium to medium body. not too much going on in regards to mouthfeel. Medium at best, the usual IPA levels. I might have expected thicker since there ought to be more body to back up the perceived hops, guess not.

O: a pretty fantastic ipa, i'd love to compare this side by side to the highly rated ipas, but i'd certainly ask for this again, despite my aversion to simcoe.

Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,943 ratings.