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

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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by jampics2 on 10-18-2010

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Reviews: 394 | Ratings: 2,211
Photo of Smk54
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a goblet. Very light Amber. Light aroma. Pale head with minimal lacing. Big piney hops up front. No bitter aftertaste. Very thin mouthfeel. Decent IPA but less than what others think, IMHO!

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Photo of agloege
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. It is very hoppy without being overly bitter. The best description I can offer of it is the flavor is citrusy. It has hints of grapefruit without coming across as a flavored beer like a shandy. For the IPA lover in the Cleveland area it is a legend.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty damn tasty. Mangos and peaches stand out as fruity flavors on top of the other medium-bitter hoppy flavors. Even-flavored, medium bodied, with a nice lasting head, this is generally a good, slightly fruit-forward IPA that is dry without being too bitter or sweet.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazed apricot color with a small white head and lacing that stays thru-out, smells of tropical and pine hops with sweet malts, taste follows the nose citrus and tropical hops are followed with a bitter pine hop, mouth feel was dry and some what bitter on the finish, liked this IPA ,did not like the dry / bitter finish, smell > taste , but overall a very nice brew

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Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient sheet of lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Balanced aroma of citrusy hops and cereal grain malt sweetness.

T- Great delivery of hop flavor and bitterness with lots of malt backing. Has that aggressive but balanced thing going on. Also a bit of piney resinous quality.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A spectacular single IPA that I've been dying to try and can say that all the hoopla is well-deserved. I liken this to Flower Power, only a bit more amped up. Has that cereal grain malt sweetness that I so like to go with the hop attack.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had.

(L) It has a somewhat murky amber hue with a thin white head.

(A) The aroma is tropical fruit and some dankness.

(T) There’s some bready malt back bone, pine, grapefruit, mango, dankness, all very flavorful and well balanced.

(F) Its smooth and crisp and juicy, and easy to drink too quickly. It is a top notch IPA in my opinion.

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

The Brew Kettle Production Works - White Raja. 6.8% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Look: Nice translucent orange body, and retains a one finger sized white, bubbly head shortly, before ending up as a ring of lacing.

Smell: Tons of sweet, juicy tropical fruits, with some bitter hops underneath.

Feel: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Taste: Bitter hops immediately up front, unlike the aroma. The juicy orange, mango, grapefruit, and citrus/tropical provide some additional sweet flavor near the back. Within the aftertaste, some light bready malt appears.

Overall: Great combination of juicy fruits and bitter hops, with the malt coming into play within the aftertaste. Nice refreshing fruity IPA.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled not sure of the bottle date, but it is fresh. Pours an attractive orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves crazy lace behind.

Smell is apricot, blood orange, passion fruit, pine trees, and some red grapefruit.

Taste follows apricot immediately, candy apple, pine, passion fruit, and with as always with any great IPA grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, perfect carbonation plenty, not dry, and drinkability is off the charts.

Overall yes, this is a very very good IPA, many thanks to @WesMantooth for this treat.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lighter amber colour with a decent half finger of classic bubbles.

Nose starts off with some delicate fruits. Apricot makes an appearance as well as bready malts and bright citrus.

Incredibly well balanced and approachable. Bitter finish, but it sneaks up on you behind a frontal sweep of the same sweet citrus and floral hops. The citrus builds into that finish with juicy grapefruit giving way to its pithier instincts. I even get that tingling along the corners of my lips from when eating grapefruit or other highly acid citrus fruits.

Highly carbonated but clean. Pithy finish lingers and cloys to the tongue.
Comes together mastefully with nuance and rich flavour tapestry. If you like pithy grapefruit and can get it you owe it to yourself to at least try this one.
Another fantastic Ohio IPA courtesy of @WesMantooth and his incredible first salvo NBS BIF #3 box. Thanks Corey!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass.

Clear golden-orange body, two finger white head, good retention, lots of lacing. Smells of caramel, tapioca, heavy grassy and citrusy hop aromatics, even a little bit of lemon. Flavour is more of the hops here, with a fair bit of grass, more bitter grapefruit, touch of mango, graininess, fair bit of caramel sweetness that balances things out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, appropriately bitter with a bit of citrus and grassy hop notes. Overall, a very good IPA that probably makes for a great staple IPA in NE Ohio, unfortunately we don't get this in Wisconsin. Glad to have this one for sure.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Deep orange amber pour, thin white head that maintains a thin layer, little lacing. Nice ripe fruity aroma. Taste is sweet bready malt and bitter grapefruit and pine hops. The hops win out with long lasting bitterness. Medium soft mouth. Good brew overall.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a thin off white head.

Smell: Sweet citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and sweet citrus, well balanced flavor.

Overall: Excellent IPA! Definitely will have this one again.

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Photo of gopens44
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Impressive color gets me excited despite a lackluster head with whispy lacing. Nose is big grapefruit with a little nose stinging spice as well. Taste is everything all at once - grapefruit bitter, sweet malt and piney finish. Medium body and overly dry. Very nice beer.

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Photo of thezach
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really can't fault this beer for nearly anything. Delicate floral, juicy, hops with a hint of pungency on the finish. Balanced towards the bitterness. Very soft pleasant malts and smooth as. It's a pale yellow, with a white head. Really nice. Perhaps light for the winter, but probably the only thing a person could want in the heat.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells like buttery popcorn. Like the sticky movie theater floor beneath my feet. Nice. Has a sweet biscuity flavor. Lemon zest. Bready. Unique IPA! My kind of malt bomb.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

This beer is just crafted so well. It isn't all citrus and fruit juice like a lot of the descriptions convey. There is a biscuity, crackery crispness to this beer than makes it stand out from your typical IPA. I realize that may sound weird, but what's even weirder is their All 4 One session IPA has these notes, but even more prominently (their more recent batches have fallen behind White Rajah though).

In the end, it may not look as expected, it may smell a little jarring with more than just your typical hop bomb or citrus, but when all of these pieces come together, it's truly a refreshing, unique brew.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color, slightly cloudy. Full aromatic hop nose -- sets the stage for a taste that does not disappoint. Strong citrus hops, grapefruit flavor -- exactly what I hope to find in a WC IPA. A nice bitterness that lingers long after swallow. Appropriate carbonation.

One of my favorites. Even though it is not available locally, I try to maintain a small stock of this gem in my beer fridge. Props to the bartender at Brews in Granville, Ohio who recommended this one.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/3/15

A: Golden orange with honey highlights - nicely clear, some light chill haze - pours with a medium sized, bright white head, fades to a few wisps, maintains a small collar, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: In a word, citrus - well-rounded citrus aroma, with some orange slices, grapefruit flesh, citrus zest, pith - very floral , some herbal notes - big, resinous pine notes - no malts to speak of, other than a touch of light bread - some alcohol aroma

T: Resinous, with straight-up hops - orange and grapefruit flesh, oil, rind, and pith - floral and herbal, with a touch of grass - very resinous, with some leafiness - above-average level of bitterness, straight-up aspirin - lightly earthy but mostly clean -touch of pale malts and some crackers - some booze flavor

M: Medium body, oily smooth, medium carbonation, finishes with some more oil

O: Wait, White Rajah isn't a Witbier?

I thought I already reviewed this one a few year ago, but I have no record of it. Reviewing this is a bit odd because it's decidedly straightforward. This is an aggressively hopped IPA with a complete emphasis on the hops. The alcohol is oddly apparent to me, but otherwise it's very nice.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear fizzy orange, with a huge tropical nose. Lots of apricot, mango, pineapple essence anchored by zesty earthy hop spice that tickles the nose. Flavor is a bit sweet at first, but balances out with some spicy hop bitter by the end. Feel is smooth with appropriate bubbly fizz. Great example of the style.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: straw to golden yellow minimal white head

S: citrus. Pine. Almost an olive nose to it

T: lemon zest. Resin. Citrus pith. Pine.

F: clean and crisp bitter bite

O: really well done. Good balance. Def a west coast style

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Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional ipa. All the big fruit flavors of hops dedicated to doing so, in a fashion that wants to make you drink more of this berry esque ipa.

With just a bit less abv than head hunter ipa and nearly the same impact of fruity hoppy delish stuff this has won the coat rack spot for my ipa in the frig.

This brewery is a staple in Cleveland. And it is where you can go to brew your own. Weird, righteous and outstanding.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

White Rajah - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is one finger thick and off-white , with secular lacing, and a clear straw gold body.

I smell a very generous, yet non-offensive helping of the citrus and tropical hops described on the labeling.

Tastes like much of the same described above, but with a nice mid-palate snap. Clear, bright, and refreshing. I think this taste is just on the line between IPA and Imperial IPA.

The mouthfeel I'm getting from this beer is smooth and crisp. Again, the bite appears and has a responding tingle on the tongue as a result. I'm starting to wonder if other people have experience...

Overall, I'll give White Rajah - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works a 4.75. This is an extremely solid offering from this Ohio brewery. Again, I can't get over the unique mouthfeel.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint. The brew appears a pale golden copper color with white cap. Smells hoppy with citrus and pith/pulp character. Tastes bitter and rindy with a mild fruity character, resinous and somewhat floral. This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall pretty nice, easy drinking stuff.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Rajah has a medium, white head, a semi-opaque, orange-gold appearance, some bubbles, and not so heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of very citrus-type hop oil and white bread, and the flavor is of the same, with citrus rind and pith. It is not too bitter or sugary. Mouthfeel is medium, and White Rajah finishes mostly dry and mild.


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Photo of cali_beer_man
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good copper color, nice head, laces the glass. Not as bitter as I like but great flavor, smooth. One of the better non west coast ipas I have tried so far.

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