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

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Reviews: 364
Hads: 2,047
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 470
Gots: 322 | FT: 22
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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 Tucquan
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2012-06-22 in Columbia, PA. It was bottled less than a week ago.

A - Clear golden-orange with a 1.5 finger white head and very nice ringed lacing.

S - Sweet tropical fruit aromas from 2 feet away. Up closer there's some peach, mango, orange, pineapple, grass, hop floral and hop bud.

T - Lightly roasted pale malt and a hint of caramel malt, sweet and perfectly-ripened peaches, tangerines and pineapples, a mild candied spice and orange zest. The bitterness isn't intense; being more balanced initially with the other flavors but it and the bright citrus flavor lasts loooong into the finish.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Resinous and reasonably oily and prickly.

O - A delicious and fresh tasting IPA with a lot of character. Between this and Fat Head's Headhunter, Cleveland is definitely a destination city for hop heads. Seek this one out; it's top tier! (895 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a hazy golden/orange in color with 2 fingers of bright white head leaving behind nice lacing. smells of grapefruit citrus, pine, grassy hops, caramel, honey, pineapple. a wonderful tasting ipa.. lots of sweet delicious citrusy grapefruit, tons of piney cascade hop flavor lingering for bitterness and pineyness.. a delicious sweet caramel/honey malt profile. this is a really great tasting ipa. medium body with moderate carbonation.. slight creamy mouthfeel.

an excellent ipa i've been meaning to try for a while now. definitely looking forward to the other bottle of this. wish we had some solid bottled ipa around these parts. flower power is the closest but doesn't even compare with the sweetness of this beer. perfectly balanced sweet and hoppy throughout the entire glass. (781 characters)

Photo of Bonis
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes: 9/4/11
This was a beer that has had some mini hype here in Ohio. Some of my friends have tried it and liked it, so I figured I would rush out and get some when it was released in bottles. This is from their first bottled batch, very fresh (~7 days old), so we'll see how long it stays tasting that way. This was my third bottle. Figured I'd have it a couple times before reviewing.

A - Lighter golden in color, looks filtered. Nice 1.5 inch white head with some lengthy retention. Leaves solid lace. Looks decent, but I can already tell there won't be much malt flavor. Least impressive aspect of the beer, by far.

S - Who needs malts? This is straight up tropical fruit, grapefruit and tangerine, and skunky resinous dank. Mangoes, pineapple, mandarin orange. I can't say I've ever smelled a beer like this, hopwise.

T - A nice balance of pure hop flavor and complementary bittering hops all in one. A true hop bomb. Tropical flavors come in from the nose, grapefruit and orange rind mingle in, skunky resinous hops reside as well. Malts take a huge back seat, as indicated on the bottle. No alcohol until it starts to seriously warm. I'd say this is how the American IPA was meant to taste.

M - Hops oils bombard and coat my mouth with each huge gulp. Bitterness lingers a bit, but just the way it should. Carbonation is where I want it. It's there, but not too awfully much.

O - Hate to be on the hype train, but this beer was awesome. Truly an excellent IPA. Rivals Columbus IPA for the best tasting IPA in Ohio (IMO). Hope BK makes this one a regular in their lineup. It's damn near the best IPA I've ever tasted. Like I said, we'll see how it holds up over the next couple months. Oh nevermind, I won't have it that long.

9/27/2011 Notes:
After reevaluating this beer a couple times since my first review, I have to lower the scores just a tad. The hop aromas and flavors that I remembered have faded quite a lot. I know this is common for IPAs, but I have had some IPAs that held up much better than this one, and it hasn't even been 3 weeks. Again, when this beer was a week old, it was hard for me to say I tasted a better IPA, but at this point in the life of this beer, it isn't doing quite as good. Don't get me wrong, it's still in the top 3 IPAs I've had, but it just isn't holding up like I wanted. (2,338 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - lightly hazed golden yellow with a white head that thinned down leaving thin trails of lacing.

S - blast of tropical fruits and citrus.

T - tropical fruit sweetness and citrus rind bitterness, tart and dry on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation and smooth drinkability.

O - very good example of the style. (375 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden hue with a nice tight finger high head of white. Average retention and attractive curtains of lacing.

This is tropical and juicy, big tropical and bright floral character reigned by passionfruit, pineapple and mango. Backing of pink citrus and a breezy pine. Sweetness from the malt is candi sugar, light and lightly crystalizing on the hops. I could smell this all day.

Clean bready malt, simple syrup sweetness making way for the hops. Tropical flavor doesn't carry into into the flavor, rather an even balanced trifecta of west coast hop profile awaits with citrus, grass and pine. Through the drink the pine and grassy tones begin to dominate before a lemony zip enters in the finish. Aftertaste is a bright and drying pine.

Medium, easy drinking body, carbonation is calm but adequate allowing the flavors to shine. Alcohol is barely felt and it dries very well.

One of the best IPAs I have had of late. The tropical juicy aroma is captivating, hop flavors are satisfying and the mouthfeel is silky and it releases from the palate perfectly. I need more of these asap. (1,090 characters)

Photo of cneville
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a dark gold color, which was a little darker than expected. Nice white head that lingers throughout the beer(although that wasn't a long time for me). Smells incredible. Pine, citrus, honestly everything I would hope for in an IPA. Hops are definitely there as well. Taste does not disappoint, lots of the tropical fruit up front, followed by malts and then finishes with the hops. The balance is great here, definitely one of the best tasting IPAs IMO. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is excellent. Honestly one of my favorite beers I have ever tried, I'm lucky to have this and Columbus IPA at hand easily. I feel spoiled. (678 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a Clear rustic Orange with a light white head, small head, but a fine foam lasted through out the glass. Smells like a hop bomb, Grapefruit...and some sweetness on the end. Tastes as it smells, but better. Full Citrus Hop explosion, Grapefruit, Orange Peel, and a light sweet malt kiss, just for good measure....keeping with the east coast IPA’s. Hard to believe its not a Double IPA. Delicious. (404 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Vintage Estate

Appears an orangeish tan color with a tan head that sticks around a bit. Great lacing. Citrus, grapefruit and a sweet malt backbone comes to the forefront. Wow a nicely balanced IPA, nice citrus with a tropical fruit burst coming in after. A touch of slightly bitter dryness on the back end. Body is medium with a bit of stickiness. Carbonation is active but nicely formed and somewhat creamy. Overall a real under the radar treat if you are an IPA lover. (488 characters)

Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours a clear bright copper/orange hue with a finger of white head that clings to the glass with every sip.

Smell- the first waft of this is very inviting and gets my taste buds salivating. Sweet tropical fruit notes like mango, passionfruit, and pineapple dominate, while a tinge of citrus hangs in the background. Based on the smell alone this beer definitely belongs in the world class IPA conversation.

Taste- has a solid malt backbone for the style, but that is obviously not what this beer is about. This is a hop forward beer with a soft bitterness from start to finish. Tropical and citrus flavors are widespread and intermingle nicely. Just as the bottle states the beer has an “assertive but smooth bitter finish”.

Mouthfeel- dry and medium bodied as expected for a west coast style ipa, good carbonation/plenty of bubbles, with a bit of oiliness from the hops.

Drinkability- very easy to drink. I wish I had more than one. This is very very good ipa and deserves it’s high ranking. Well done Ohio. I definitely will be looking forward to any more Brew Kettle beers that come my way.

Overall-This IPA is definitely in the world class IPA conversation. It’s easy to drink, smells fantastic, and has a soft yet assertive bitterness. Drink it! (1,275 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pretty light colored IPA. Clear, dark gold with a two finger white head. Retention is decent, but fades away as the glass empties. Pretty good looking.

S: Really yummy, strong nose. Lots of tropical fruits (orange and grapefruit jump out) and a strong dollop of pine.

T: Excellent taste. Slightly herbaceous up front. Nice bit of grapefruit and guava after that. Then, there's a kiss of alcohol followed by a nice, sweet, biscuity malt. Ends slightly bitter, but not too bad.

M: Way too smooth and easy drinking. Goes down really, really quick. It coats the mouth very well with all the hoppy goodness.

O: Definitely one of the better IPAs I've had. Unfortunately, however, it seems impossible to get unless you're in northern Ohio. I stocked up when I recently went to Cleveland.... (824 characters)

Photo of Trystero
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second sixer of the exceptional brew, the first one only lasted 1 night. 12oz bottle, aggressive pour into a HotD Tulip glass.

Appearance: Takes 3 pours to get the contents of the bottle all into the glass. Settles to 1 finger of robust white head. Luminous, vibrant golds and orange hues, like fresh squeezed citrus nectar with reasonable clarity, not entirely opaque.

Smell: Bouquet of tropical citrus juice and zestyness, pineapple, grapefruit and tangerines, coupled with floral, piney hops and slight light malts.

Taste: Initial mouth of juicey citrus, pineapple and tangerine followed but less acidic citrus notes. The middle gives way to piney, resiny hoppiness combined with a bitter acidic hop bite and barely tangible light malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and well carbonated. Easy to constanly sip, very refreshing. The bottle lists the ABV at 6.7 and it drinks very much on target.

Overall: A fantastic IPA (929 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes, sampled 1/14/12.

White Rajah, FRESH 12oz bottle straight from Ohio. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a coppery golden color with a nice bright white head. Other than chill haze it looks clear...decent lacing.

S: Unbelievable and close to perfect...tons of grapefruit. There is a flowery hop sweetness...tropical fruit, citrus rind, slightly piney and resinous. Light toasted caramel malt sweetness as well, light breadyness.

T: Good bitterness upfront. Great notes of grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, caramel, lightly toasted grain, pithy pine. Good drying bitterness without being over the top...definitely hop-forward though.

MF: Slightly sticky medium body, full of hop oils and bitterness and a good amount of dryness.

O: Good grief Brew Kettle delivers here. White Rajah is really great, lots of vibrant flavors and smells really jump out at you. Thanks for this one Steve! (907 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Long time want from buschbeer, cheers man!

Pours a hazy honey-gold with a half finger of white head that fades quick. Nice nose of ripe citrus fruits with some light tropical fruits and a bit of cedar. Nice sweet(ish) pale malts with some pineapple and tropical fruits plus a splash of citrus juice cocktail. Medium+ body, medium-low fine and smooth carbonation. Great stuff (375 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on this one, however the beer store said it arrived 5/17. Given the taste I'd say it's quite fresh.

A: Pours a very clear amber. Big soapy and foamy white head. Head fizzes away pretty quickly, leaving moderate splotches of lacing. Nice retention at least.

S: Whoa, loaded with citrus and tropical fruits. Nice sharp bite. Strong caramel malt sweetens it up. Orange marmalade is prevalent.

T: Pungent and sharp citrus, orange marmalade and tropical fruits. Sharp (there's that word again) bitterness. Strong and tasty caramel in the middle balances it nicely but make no mistake, this one is hoppy. Wave of sharp (how many times can I use this word?) bitterness in the finish with more orange marmalade. Drying and quite bitter in the lingering aftertaste. Lots of citrus throughout.

M: Slick and oily with hop resin. Medium bodied.

O: An excellent IPA. Strong flavored caramel malt for only 6.8%. Great balance but at the same time the hops stand out very strongly and with pungent, crisp and sharp flavors/bitterness. Hard to describe, IPAs are usually well balanced (90min, pliny) or are unbalanced and super hoppy and bitter (hopsickle, ruination). This one is both at the same time. Really enjoyable IPA. (1,226 characters)

Photo of Nanners
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If you drink the RAJAH long enough you will notice some variation from six to six. I find that a lot with well crafted high quality beers. I won't bother you with the outstanding color and taste of this beer. I'm sure you have heard about it at this point. It is a little thin on the tongue, but to be expected with a beer that tells malt to take a hike. It is very easy drinking. The real treat with this beer is in the nose. The smell that I just want to BATH in. If I drink enough of this stuff the wife gets turned on from the smell. It's insane. Total ripe grapefruit and citrus. It plants your feet in the ground and sends your head into the clouds. This is world class midwest IPA the way it should be done. It kills cascade hops. Don't get me wrong, I lived in Portland through the nineties and still need a cascade style to break the routine, but you won't find a cascade that touches a upper mid atlantic brewed IPA. This is the beer that is changing what beer is. Crack it and stick your nose in it first thing. It gets better when it gets a little warmer. Unfortunately it does have a tendency to vary some what from batch to batch. I find that the first bottles in a batch don't have that over powering intoxicating smell. It's best to get a later bottle fresh off the line. Any way you get it, other beers are always trying to imitate. REAL AMERICAN BEER. (1,369 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with lots of thick carbonation bubbles floating to the top, creating a thick white foamy head, a few floating swimming around

S- bright citrus hops with some dank aromas, hemp, honey, some fruity esters, just a hint of bready malt

T- fresh grapefruit juice flavors with some orange zest, light grassy notes with tropical pineapple, sweet honey mid-palate leads to a clean and dry finish with lingers of citrus

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, ABV is barely noticeable

O- this packs the flavors of a DIPA, yet is extremely drinkable. Bright citrus notes highlight this one, and lingers on the palate like very few regular IPA's, an outstanding beer (757 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

White Rajah

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

Refreshing full bodied IPA, big bodied and bold. Dry and bitter upfront and citrus and a touch sour on the finish. One of Cleveland's finest IPA, although I did a head to gead with Head Hunter... Have to give it Fat Heads the title. White Rajah is a better value~ (423 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my goal beers on my Ohio buying trip, can't wait to try it. The pour is a pale reddish copper color with a slightly off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The aroma is super hoppy, tons of notes of citrus and tropical fruit; as well as pine and grass. This is definitely a hop forward west coast style ipa. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and resinously coating on the palate. The flavor is all hops, I'm not sure there are any malts in this ale at all. There's a ton of pine, citrus, and mango flavors in this beer. It is quite the tongue tingler. It is a one note wonder but that note is done damn well. This rivals the best west coast ipas from brewers like Stone, Lagunitas, and Green Flash. (719 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, clear golden amber pour on draft at the Magic Tree. One finger of white head which went to lace quickly... nice lacing throughout, though. Clean citrus nose, bit of pine. Astringent bitter note on the nose. Liked it a lot. Nice balance overall with big bitterness and fresh citrus coming through. Good mouthfeel though oily... hangs around a bit with the nice bitterness. Overall a really nice OH IPA choice! Brew Kettle rocks. (433 characters)

Photo of juhl31
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-the body is an amber color, almost brown. A white head sits on top and continues to do so down to a thin layer

-the nose is like everyone says...big strong citrus hops. I am catching pineapple and orange mostly

-passionfruit is really big right up front. Pineapple is also strong. This beer doesn't give itself enough malt credit though because there is a good malt sweetness that melts in after the initial hop blast

-I really enjoy the creamy, oilyness of this one. The carb is in the backseat as well which is nice

-this is a very tasty ipa. As I am rating this, I had to bump up the overall score a bit. Although there seems to be a weird rind kind of bitterness in the finish that sits (696 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptCleveland, a recent (& hopefully future) trader who jammed this little gem as an extra into a recent box.

Poured into a willing pint glass, this is a clean, filtered amber. Nose is precisely as advertised, citrus packing plant on the shores of a tropical hop island. Nice.

White Rajah punches above its weight by way of both bitterness & flavors; too many IPAs have one or the other, but not both. Not so herein. The curtain rises on a beer so oily, so full of resins, so sticky, that is barely qualifies as beer. Damn. Along with that lip-smacking stickiness is a heavy dose of passion fruit, mango, pineassle, & like that. Bittering hops smack the back-end with an open hand, keeping the tropicals from getting too sweet. Goes down like water. I suppose it is, mostly.

Excellent IPA. This is how you do things, people, throw those malts out the window & just drown me in filthy hops. All my other Brew Kettle experiences have been good, this one is exceptional. (983 characters)

Photo of Mitchell-Lees
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The sweet and smooth finish really puts this above most other citra IPAs. Its basically hops all the way through. My girlfriend would hate this beer, but I really like it. (171 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is gold in color with a finger of white head. There is a really nice citrus hop nose on this one. Plenty of tropical and fruity notes, too. Similarly intense hop notes on the palate. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus characteristics with a moderate bitterness to it. There is a hint of bready malt in the background. Medium body with medium carbonation. Nicely done. (375 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a light orange with a sturdy two finger lasting head.
S - Lots of citrus, pine, orange, and fruit.
T - Hops up front with all the above described nose coming through in the flavor. Noticing Grapefruit and pinnapple. Not overly bitter and a little sweet.
M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - In the conversation with the best in category. (361 characters)

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.