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

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Reviews: 353
Hads: 2,009
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
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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 blankenhoney
2.85/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

A: Light golden copper; clear; 1-finger head that stuck around for a few minutes and left some light lacing

S: Lots of sweet tropical fruit

T: Very sweet initially, then makes a rough and sudden transition to being very bitter; the aftertaste --or something underneath the initial fruity sweetness -- is moldy, rusty and metallic

M: Texture is fine, but leaves a very unpleasant bitterness on the tongue

O: This one just doesn't do it for me. Something about the sweetness and bitterness is out of whack, at least the way I taste it. And the aftertaste makes me shudder. I'm obviously in the minority on this one, but I've had the same negative reaction each time I've tried White Rajah. (725 characters)

Photo of birchstick
2.95/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours copper without much of a head on it

S - nose is tons of cheddar (?!?) and some fruity notes

T - follows the nose. Musty-like cheddarness with some caramel malts. Weird, but not terrible.

< - medium body with some wateriness

D - decent IPA. Bit and bold, but with tons of weird cheese flavors of which I wasn't a huge fan. (339 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Steasy66. 12 oz bottle split between two people.

Clear golden colored, perhaps a little too clear. Medium head and retention. Aroma belongs to the spicy side of hops, venturing well into the onion-garlic territory. An instant turn off for me. Tastes bitter and spicy, again in the Allium genus.

Light, dry and crisp. Overall it's not a bad beer but it's not too good either. (383 characters)

Photo of JNbeerded
3.11/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

............................................................. uhhh .................. no................. not.................good.......like..............at.........all..... (174 characters)

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. (290 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Kurmaraja for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy yellow-gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had medium retention and light lacing.

The aroma was very pine hop forward, with some light floral notes and no real malt presence. The taste was the same, mostly pine hops, with some floral notes and a very slight citrus aftertaste.

The body was thinner than I like in the style, but is fairly typical for "American" IPA's. Drinkability was good, again typical, about what one expects from an IPA. Overall, a nice, solid brew. Not really worth seeking out, but probably worth a shot if you see it. (639 characters)

Photo of Sideswipe
3.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date. Received in a great box from beerbeerbeerbeer. Thanks Kevin! This has been a long time want.

The beer pours a crystal clear, dark coppery color. Pretty but darker than I'd expect from an IPA. A finger of foam dissipates slowly, leaving a thick coaster and sticky lacing. Fantastic aroma. Citrus fruit forward with a nice pale malt presence lurking in the background. Taste opens with grapefruit up front. Tangerine and floral notes follow. There's a hoppy bitterness that's folded nicely into a fesh baked bread malt backbone. Neither one asserting authority over the other, quite complimentary really. The finish is semi-sweet and lacking much of an aftertaste. Feel is medium bodied. Carbonation is medium to low and lends a creamy texture to the beer. White Rajah is a solid IPA. Not the hop bomb I was expecting but quite well done. Great citrus and floral characteristics skillfully integrated with a very nice malt backbone. Quite drinkable. Glad I had the opportunity. (999 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 ounce bottle and the DFH snifter taking its maiden voyage with White Rajah. Hazy golden amber with just about a finger of off-white foam. OK retention with a bit of scattered lacing.

The nose is unquestionably the highlight of this brew. It's incredibly fruity, practically exploding with tangerine, mango, pineapple and grapfruit, plus unexpected but intriguing notes of peach and melon. Unfortunately the rest of the experience can't measure up to the lofty standards the bouquet sets. The fruity hop flavors and bitterness are solid, but an odd funky/mineral combo and a completely distracting level of booziness pretty much cancel them out. The booze in particular is just strange; not warming, just straight boozy. Fairly thickish and malty, but thankfully more pale than crystal malts.

A strange experience here. Based on the awesome nose, it seems like White Rajah could be just a few tweaks away from being pretty special. In its current state, the wonderful aromatics are the only memorable things about this brew. (1,059 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear amber with a thin white head. The nose is slightly hoppy and sweet, but not overbearing. It's a rather generic tasting IPA, but is quite balanced and drinkable. The aftertaste is actually sweet. This is a beer I'd enjoy more on tap... (257 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Poured from a growler into a tulip.

White Rajah pours a clear caramel brown color. There is a frothy white head that fades to a thin cap before my glass is done.

The hoppy aroma has a some spicy pine and grapefruit but is fairly mild overall.

Each sip starts slightly sweet before a long, mild, lingering bitterness sets in. Smooth pine has a little bit of spice, and the grapefruit bitterness is more pithy than juicy.

The body is pretty much right in the middle of the spectrum. It feels heavier due to a lack of depth or variation to the flavor. Instead, it just sits on the tongue. The carbonation is on the light side, which only compounds this effect.

This was a drinkable IPA, but there are more robust options out there. (746 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label art and branded yellow pressure cap acquired in a trade with michaellcoates (thanks again, man!) a couple days ago and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings; it's currently #146 on the top 250 list so I'm really excited to try it. 6.8% ABV confirmed. 70 IBUs.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour. Nice thickness. Nice creaminess. Good (~5 minute) retention. No bubble show.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Nice vibrance. Bubble quantity and speed suggests ideal carbonation - as strange a barometer as they may be.

Overall, it's looking quite good for the style; no overt or obvious flaws. Maybe it's not unique or special, but it's solid across the board. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Heavy oily hop character; I dig that. Pleasant and nectary with an aromatic floral hop character. Juicy citrus - orange, watermelon, mango. No naked hop bitterness; it's hoppy yet balanced. Pale malts, clean barley. Light timid grapefruit. Honey. Maybe a hint of caramalt. The watermelon in particular is an unexpected treat. I usually don't go for tropical hop flavours, but based on the aroma they seem well-integrated. And thankfully, I don't get any pineapple from the aroma. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. Quite good for an IPA; I don't know that I've experienced an IPA aroma with this specific character (the watermelon in particular). A bit resinous. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Some bitterness is noticeable, unfortunately - but it comes late in the first act rather than on the climax, allowing the juicy citrusy hop notes to supplant it. As the second act arrives, I get watermelon, mango, orange, hop oils, resins, and a dash of grapefruit. Pale malts lend a supportive body. Clean and refreshing, aside from the pesky bitterness. It's largely well balanced and filled with diverse and deep flavour. Good intensity and duration of flavour. Some zest. Well integrated pine. A dash of orange. It's on the sweeter end for an IPA, but the sweetness is that lovely fruit-derived sweetness; this isn't the artificial sweetness you'd find in really low quality World Brews/Matt Brewing IPAs, for example. Luckily the caramalt is very buried, but I do think it'd be better without it - even if the body were a bit less satisfing as a result. Some candi sweetness about the climax goes a bit overboard; not quite cloying but definitely detrimental.

Malt doesn't "take a back seat" here; it just helps balance the hops.

Mf: Juicy, smooth, wet, and refreshing. Good carbonation. Oily. Light creaminess up front. Good presence on the palate. Good body. Good thickness. Complements the flavour profile nicely; it's a good marriage of texture and flavour.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the ABV - which is on the higher end for the style. Flavorful and tasty, White Rajah is a treat for the IPA fan. It's not quite ideal for my personal tastes; the tropical fruit does bother me a bit. But I can definitely see where a 6er of this would be a mainstay in the fridge of beer fanatics who live in the distribution area. I'd like to revisit this on-draught. My personal tastes aside, it's a well executed IPA that will please any fan of the style, and it definitely has a somewhat unique approach. I'm not sure I'd call it one of the top 250 beers currently brewed, but it's well executed. Recommended.

Low B (3,689 characters)

Photo of HopsMathias
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle.
Beautiful yellow to slightly copper color. Just slightly darker than a traditional lager or pilsner. (The first beers I drank were yellow in color so it's what I always think of for beer.)
Nice light citrusy hops aroma.
The taste of hops is definite but not overwhelming. Slight citrus taste balances the hops.
The mouthfeel is light.
Overall a good IPA that is not overwhelming with the hops. (418 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Definitely not a favorite from the Brew Kettle.

It poured a clear orange, not hazy like some IPAs with a little amount of head.

The aroma had a strong amount of hops and grapefruit and pineapple.

The taste is where I became disappointed. There was almost no taste of the fruit from the smell, but there was some hop flavor, not a lot and a ton of bitterness. There are notes of grapefruit and citrus, but doesn't compare to the tropical fruit smells in the aroma.

I have heard so many good things about this, but it tasted watered down so it really surprises me. Maybe it was a bad batch. (593 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Deschutes tulip, reviewed from notes taken while the site was down.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color, with a thin off white head.

S - Apricot and an earthy butterscotch aroma that I usually don't relate to an IPA. Citrus and caramel aroma.

T/M - Not as hop forward as I would like, but it is the prodominant flavor. Caramel malt backbone, with a citrus hop bite. Finish of lemon zest and pine. Medium mouthfeel.

O - An interesting and good IPA. I've had better, but I've definately had worse. A little more malty thanI would prefer my IPAs to be, but thats just me. (611 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Big thanks to maximumu13 for this bottle. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Light copper in color, just a little hazy. Even an aggressive pour only gives a ribbon of white head that fades to some stray foam. A few stray bubbles of visible carbonation. Doesn't look promising.

S: Big tropical fruits, melon, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit peel. Below the fruity sweetness is just a touch of bready malt sweetness, but it's hiding in the background. Not a huge amount of aroma but I think an acceptable level - and what's there smells really good.

T: Orange & grapefruit zest, juicy melon, tropical fruit, some pine resin and floral hops. There is only a little cracker malt flavor and sweetness near the swallow, but if you're not actively seeking it would go right by. EDIT: The bready malt character does start to show up more as it warms through the drink. Truly a hop bomb, and yet it lets the hop flavor profiles shine without an excessive amount of bitterness - which lingers in moderation after the swallow.

M: I'm assuming something was wrong with this particular bottle. It's quite flat, distractingly so. Can't be what was intended. Medium body, and alcohol well-hidden. But the lack of carbonation gives it a weird slick mouthfeel.

O: I want to love this beer. I almost love this beer. The flavor is good, and the hop flavors work so nicely together. But the lack of carbonation in this bottle just kills the enjoyment that should be here. I have another bottle, and I hope (!) that the carbonation level is more appropriate. Because I'm nearly convinced this should be an IPA to compete with the best of them. I'll edit the review if the second bottle proves better. (1,700 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4/13/2012

Bottle shared by someone at Real Ale. Thanks!

A: Transparent golden orange with an inch of white sea foam. Great color, great retention, and great lacing.

S: Herbal and weedy with grassy notes. Light orange and grapefruit that are submissive to the herbal, weedy, and grassy characteristics.

T: Restrained citrus with firm herbal and grassy notes. Light malt presence.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Hard to say how fresh this is as it was shared by a friendly stranger. Not very bright or aromatic, and not a lot of flavor. Lots of herbal notes. (594 characters)

Photo of IpaRay
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. None to very little head or lacing. Very hoppy and citrus aromas, maybe some pine. Hops are dominant on my tongue... a very light coating otherwise very thin in taste. Overall not bad for an American Ipa. Would like to try this as a draft. (284 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color, white head. Sticky lacing, nice rings.

S: Well balanced aroma, with flowery and citric hops poking through quite nicely.

T: Taste is pretty well balanced as well. Sweet malt and citric / floral hops blending quite nicely. An assertive bitterness, and a hint of alcohol round out the finish.

M: Medium in body, high carbonation. Hop bitterness is amplified by tight carbonation.

O: A solid IPA, though nothing remarkable. (455 characters)

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adamb!

A: Pilsner golden. Effervescent, white head. Lots of lace (for who ever the hell cares).

S: Corn, honey, a touch of rye, not much hop aroma, but a clean and fresh smell. I really like to corn.

T: Like a petit barleywine, this is pretty malt forward. I can't really pick apart much about the hops, other than some drying on the finish. Some more flavors from the smell come through, but milder.

M: Very approachable - effervescent, but not desctructive, carbonation. Moderate drying.

O: Not what I dream up when I think IPA, more like a session barleywine. Worth the try. (590 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip pint.

Orange-hued apricot body with a small white head. The head quickly becomes a film that offers a mere 60% coverage. No lacing. The color is great, but all other attributes of the appearance are disappointing.

Smells glorious: citrusy fruit and tropical fruit notes kill it. I can also tell by smell that this beer is going to be pretty bitter. There is a wonderful aroma here that makes me think of candied pineapple. Smells terrific.

The flavor lets me down a hair sadly-- some bready malt up front with a sugary sweetness (and feel?!) and them the hops just don't seem to live up to the nose. Big dry boozy finish with strong bitterness. The overall feel of the beer is oily and medium-feeling. Firm carbonation, but something at the end remind me of day-old tonic water.

Overall-- I'm sure that if this were available locally I would probably pick it up often enough... But as it is, this beer *almost* works for me. It has good potential... (975 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a DFH snifter, thanks to Thorpe for giving this to me as an extra. At the time of this review, this beer is the #6 top American IPA and is flirting with the top 100, currently the #79 beer on the Top Beers - United States list. Just a few away from the cutoff, unfortunately except for providing one more review for it, my review probably won't help its stats.

Beer is dark amber, darker than expected, with a soft off white head of small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is really nice, gets me excited, quite the complex hop aroam, minimal malt, nice pine and citrus notes, very nice.

The beer almost immediately disappoints me when I taste it. It is pretty heavy on the palate and leads off with a strong malt presence, too much for an IPA for sure. The hops are present and the beer rallies at the end but overall I've had much MUCH better IPAs. There have been a couple of highly rated IPAs lately that have not lived up to the hype for me. Oh well. Onward and upward. (1,037 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure on the freshness. I was told it is less than two months old. May as well give it a go. 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - finger of slightly yellow head of large bubbles. Body is clear and golden orange.

S - very good aroma of grapefruit, orange, and a musty smell.

T - Sweet start of orange and light lemon. Then the harsh hops hit making it more of a grapefruit flavor.

M - very drying. Good carbonation which holds up am average body. Bitterness his on the back of the mouth.

O - a nice beer but nothing that is a must try/have again for me. Simple (566 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, white head with great persitence. Nice, bright citrus aroma. Hazy straw color. Starts EXTREMELY bitter with huge notes of grapefruit and citrus rind, with a touch of pine in the back. There is (surprisingly) some malt showing through. The bitterness rapidly drops to create a slightly malty, citrus rind bitterness lingering into the finish.

This isn't too bad. Definitely West Coast styled, which isn't my favorite. I was really surprised by the malt presence here (i.e. detectable) because that's surprising for the style. (539 characters)

Photo of djmichaelk
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of pest (thanks Andy!), into a 7venth Sun snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful, clear golden color, with a finger or two of off-white head. Good retention, excellent lacing.

S - A little on the sweet side - light notes of caramel, pine sap, and cotton candy, with some mango and grapefruit in there toward the end.

T - Not too bitter at first, tropical fruits and sweet malt. Very bitter toward the end though, and more on the piney side for me. Long dry finish.

M - Thick, full bodied, and creamy. Great carbonation.

O - The reviews had me expecting maybe a bit more, but all in all it's a nice entry in a field crowded with major players. I'd probably seek out some more if it were available in the area, but not sure I'd go trading for it. (765 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear copper body, white head has some retention and some lacing.

S - Solid tropical fruit nose right from when I crack the cap off the bottle with mango and pineapple.

T - Smell doesn't really translate to taste. Grapefruit flesh, with caramel and honey-like sweetness. Touch of butter. Finishes with an ambiguous, mostly flavorless bitterness with some pine.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Finishes dry. Prickly bitterness across the palate.

O - Expected a lot more out of this one. Taste just didn't pull through enough and had butter off-flavor. I'll pass on it next time I'm in town. Maybe they should bottle date? (629 characters)

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