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

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Reviews: 353
Hads: 2,007
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
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Gots: 307 | 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

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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 Florida9
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy orangey amber in color. Forms a moderate sized creamy white head that reduces fairly quickly to a thick ring around the edges and a patchy surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma isn't all that strong, but what is there is quite intriguing: A juicy blend of orange, citrus, mango, and passionfruit.

T: Taste is quite nice. Starts off with a pale malt backbone. Then turns decidedly hoppy with notes of orange, tropical fruits and passionfruit followed by a light bit of pine. Finishes with a strong resin bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body, but the strong bitterness on the finish makes this one feel heavier in the mouth. Appropriate carbonation for the style.

O: A very nice IPA showcasing a nice spectrum of hop flavors and aromas. Drinks easily. (828 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, OH...

A: Pours a light translucent straw/yellow with about one full finger of pure white head. The foam settles in a decent amount of time. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, passionfruit), mixed with some light citrus, and mild malt. It smells great.

T: The taste follows the nose. It's light sweetness up front and then the tropical fruits come on strong. From the middle to the finish it's all about the mango. The end of the beer really bitters up as lemon and grapefruit make an appearance.

M: Light bodied beer. It's refreshing at first sip, but the hoppy bitterness of this beer lingers for quite awhile.

O: This is a really nice IPA, and worthy of all the praise it receives. I'm a big fan of the tropical fruit notes in this beer, but I thought the finish was a little harsh. Solid stuff. I'm happy to have tried it at the place where it's made. (955 characters)

Photo of Farewell_Transmission
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A. Amazing color with a nice head and amazing lacing.

S. This has s amazing no weird off putting smell like some ipa. Maybe the hoppest ipa I have smelled.

T. The taste leaves something to be desired. Really strong hop flavor that lacks balance.

M. Nice and light.

O. Would drink again, this bottle was a bit older. No date on bottle. (342 characters)

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. (705 characters)

Photo of Morey
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no freshness date. Come on Brew Kettle, White Raja is certainly worthy of a bottled on date!

Pours orange in color with nice clarity. The head is off-white in color and initially stood about one finger tall. After about 5 minutes, it's settled to almost nothing. There is some pretty good lacing on the glass though.

The nose is where this beer really shines. Big juicy citrus aroma in your face. Orange, peach, white grape, and grapefruit.

Nice citrus-forward hops up front accompanied by some sweetness as well. The malt body is pretty thin allowing for the hops to shine. Not a whole lot of bitterness, and I'm actually getting a bit of the alcohol. Fruity hops and alcohol linger after the swallow.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An above average Ipa overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: A really nice beer from the Brew Kettle. The nose is elite, the taste is above average. Very close to being a top tier IPA. (941 characters)

Photo of Adamostella
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost feel bad getting this review in as I am ultimately cutting into my own supply of this stuff!

People mention "fatigue" on a particular style often on this site and i feel like that is where I have been with IPAs, after a while, they all start to taste very similar and there isn't much differentiation.

However, when cracking open one of these it is like joy and excitement of this style returns again.

Clear pouring, clear fresh sharp pungent tropical citrus. This beer literally awakened me from my IPA slumber. It is a definite must try.

The hype is only going to build on this one, so I better stock up while I can.

Exceptional beer! (649 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 03-13-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Goblet
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is a clear, orange/golden colored beer capped with a finger's worth of white head. Very good lacing and good head retention.

Aromas feature a big citrus and tropical fruit character, with some floral notes as well.

Taste is similar to the nose, with strong west-coast hop bitterness and just a hint of supporting malt flavors.

Crisp and highly carbonated in the mouthfeel, medium bodied and a finish of hop bitterness.

Overall an excellent IPA in the West coast tradition. Very pronounced bitterness, but still has some balance.

Thanks to buschbeer for the try! (715 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber with minimal head, respectable lacing.

Aroma is mostly sweet malts with a hint of piney citrus in the background.

Flavors seem to be a tug of war between the tall malts and the hop selection, with the malts winning the battle.

Predominatley malty flavors with some piney/resiny bitterness.

Mouthfeel is lighter meadium,malts are sticky.

Overall decent, but far too much malt for my taste. (412 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally got to score a few of these!
Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear gold with two fingers of fizzy white head, nice tangents of lacing.
S - Really nice white grape, dank grassy pine, grapefruit juice, citrus peel, a little hint of peach.
T - The grapefruit is outta bounds on this one, this is a true west coast style, packed with tons of citrus flavor, lots of dank pine, fresh cut grass, light malt base.
M - Very dry and lingering bitterness, but its rather clean on the palate.
O - This was very good, not as good as some people make it out to be though. A True example of a west coast IPA, reminds me very much Green Flash's West Coast. Up front and in your face. (685 characters)

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. (804 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Cloudy, medium amber in appearance with 1/2 a finger of white, bubbly foam. Huge tropical fruit, citrus, and bubblegum notes on the nose. Light weight with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. More tropical fruit on the taste initially with a sudden transition into a bitter hop bomb. There's a good balance between the fruity sweetness and the hoppy bitterness, with this one leaning slight toward the hoppy side. I detect traces of alcohol, but not enough to be offputting. The finish is clean and assertive, and you're left with a piney, hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, very good. (594 characters)

Photo of Bogforce
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very orange in color, maybe a hint of gold orange color to it. But very orange.

S: HOPS! Citrus and tropical hop smell, that blows you away. It smells great.

T: The taste didn’t exactly match the smell but the taste was good too. All hops and no malt taste really. Hits you a lot of hops too, the citrus is there but it tastes more bitter than you would think.

M: Very light drinking beer. Only knock I would have is the amount of bitterness left on the tongue it’s a lot.

O: Overall a great IPA that smells amazing. Definitely another good IPA from Ohio. (566 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TomTwanks for sending me a 6er of this; thanks Tom! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange-copper color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty lacing left on the glass, and one inch of lacing throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, oranges, honey, grapefruit, light pine hops, and light floral hops, Very nice and fresh, and a ton of hops. Very, very nice nose.

t - Tastes of oranges, grapefruit, citrus hops, fruity malts, honey, tropical fruits, and lemon and orange rinds. I still like the taste quite a bit, though it doesn’t seem as hoppy as the nose. A slight step down for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and no bitterness at all. Very easy to drink, a really nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a really great IPA. I thought the nose was amazing and very fresh, and it had a wonderful smooth body. The taste was not quite as nice as the nose, but still a great beer. Glad to have more bottles of this and look forward to having it again. (1,155 characters)

Photo of VitoFerrante
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This is a beer worthy of an awesome review. I am not sure how fresh it was, but my god, the hop notes were in-your-face. For an American IPA, that has it all. For the style, it really puts many others to shame, including its local rival, the venerable Head Hunter. This is a beer to seek out. I would buy this beer whenever I see it. They need to can this beer and ship it so everyone can enjoy it. Bravo TBK!!!! (417 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to JM03 for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Had this one as a pre-game to one of my best friend’s rehearsal dinner! Served from bottle into a COAST Willi. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tropical fruit, fruit, fruit hop, pine, and pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, tropical fruit, fruit, fruit hop, tropical fruit hop, and pine hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the reviews I actually went into this one expecting a lot which is not normal at all for me. I can honestly say that this thing delivered! So much complexity going on here with tons of different hops playing around with your palate. Once you got used to one, another came in and knocked you off your feet. Really complex and satisfying throughout the entire glass. A really well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having quite a few more of. An absolute must try for any hop-head out there, you won’t be disappointed. (1,161 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this on my last visit to Ohio at the Lizardville beer store. Great hoppy local IPA that I would be happy to have again. Nice citrus notes but easy drinkin. (163 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. No freshness date.

Appearance- Hazy orange with half a finger of bubble white head. Real nice lacing.

Smell- Ooh. Clementines, oranges, some piney earth. Solid malt backbone.

Taste- Some lemon and orange up front. Mild malt takes over and leads to a pure pine finish. No booze. Bitter, but not crazy.

Mouthfeel- Pretty low carbonation. Not too resinous. Pretty standard.

Overall- Not the best IPA I've had, but certainly not bad by any means. (498 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange amber with gold highlights, slight haze. Serene, glowing and golden. Creamy head of off white foam that leaves lace. Hop bomb nose. With a citrus and with fruitiness, a good floral perfume. The nose is like a fountain of hops that is shooting into the air spectacularly. A bit of honey sweetness on the nose. Grapefruit, citrus orange and mango. It surprised me with a bit of light sweet caramel on the palate first and then that bushel of fruit. A dry cracker malt and fruit that was both sweet and tart. Lovely light mouthfeel that stayed west coast style light even though there was some malt flavor on the palate. This one drinks juicy and then there's a bitter. A staunch firm and lasting bitter that reminds you as it lingers of all that sweet and delectable fruit.

Wonderful! (797 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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. (191 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle via an in-person trade a Jackie O's. Thanks Paul! Poured from the bottle into a Foothills pilsner glass.

A: Completely clear goldenrod color with a very minimal egg shell head that recedes slowly, leaving no lacing at all. A thin ring remained throughout the entire glass.

S: Very sweet fruits ... mainly tangerine and apricot, with a bit of grapefruit and lemon in the background. This is a lot sweeter than other IPAs I've had, but is quite pleasant. Still hop-heavy and piney, but the hops are more of an afterthought, giving way to the sweet and citrusy fruits.

T: Sweet tangerine right up front accompanied with honey, that gives way to a more bitter/citrusy taste of grapefruit. Really delicious and a great taste transition that ushers in the hops and resiny pine quite well. Finish is hoppy with a touch of honey sweetness.

M: Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Really spot on for the style in my opinion. Very drying finish, which certainly isn't surprising or unpleasant.

D: This is really drinkable. Very tasty and crisp and balanced very well. No hint of booze in the smell or the taste. A little sweeter than other IPA's but the sweetness isn't overpowering or off-putting. I'd love to get my hands on another one of these bottles! (1,280 characters)

Photo of bushwik
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Bright juicy fruit (bubble gum comes to mind here...) a highly sessionable APA that is obviously very well made. The only thing that I would say could be improved is the complexity of the malts on the finish are pretty much non-existent; I would prefer a little bit more cloyying to liken it to a WC IPA as the bottle states. Nevertheless, a very quality beer (from my hometown nonetheless!!) (392 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @WesMantooth for this gem.

Wow, golden swirl erupts into frothy pure white tight foam that tapers back to the most graceful thin layer of tightly packed bubbles launching a floral mélange of tropical fruits, grapefruit and lemon zest that leans toward pineapple.
Taste is very juicy and forward with grapefruit, lemon, mango, and a clear malty clean sweetness that is still part of the mix. This one is similar to a DIPA, really deliscious.
Mouthfeel is juicy.
Finish lets the sweet dance with all of the hop zest. Blissful.
Overall, this is a floral, juicy, and citrusy frolic through happy hoppy fields. (618 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon from bb8189. Thanks for the brew, Brian!

Poured into a CCB pub glass, forms a 1/4" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head is gone in a flash, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is stanky grapefuity hops.

Taste begins with a sedate sweetness, marajuana-type funk in the middle, and citrus hops through the close. Mouthfeel is way smooth, and drinkability is great. Cheers to GATM! (438 characters)

Photo of schwaeh
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice honey color with good clarity. I managed a 1.5 finger pillowy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Wow, seriously? This is as tropical an IPA as I've smelled. Tons of citrus, namely orange, mango, and grapefruit. A good amount of pine encompasses the aroma providing much of the body with the pale malts. A true 5.0, this doesn't need any work at all.

T: A little less fruity than the nose. I get a solid dose of orange, pineapple and grapefruit up front riding the wave of pale malt. Good citrus flavor. The finish fades from the tropical fruits into a lingering pine bitterness.

M: Slick, medium mouthfeel. Really resinous on the finish with a very long linger.

O: I didn't want this to live up to the rage it's getting right now but it is definitely upper echelon. Fairly complex flavor profile for an IPA.
I can see this as Green Flash WCIPA meets Columbus IPA, certainly a winning combination. Hopheads need to seek this out. (941 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 11/3/10

Burnt amber with a slight haziness. 1/8th inch head that skimmed quickly. Some lace at the beginning. However, no head or lace by the end.

Super dense, oily hop aromas. Juicy citrus - lemon & a little grapefruit. Some piney notes. Nice, spicy notion as well. Smells like a Founder's Double Trouble or a ramped-up Bell's Two Hearted.

Tastes an awful lot like Double Trouble too, which is a good thing. Solid foray into pine, then some spicy Amarillo. Tight, indistinguishable citrus blends in. Malts are at a minimum.

Righteously resinous, oily & sticky. The hops dominate the feel, making the medium body seem heavier. Fairly dry finish with a moderate bitterness lingering.

Very tasty & highly drinkable for 7% abv. I spoke with Chris (the brewmaster) the night before & he told me the hop bill is Citra, Simcoe, Centennial & Amarillo; a choice lineup, in my opinion.

I'll be looking for this once bottled. (957 characters)

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.