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

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Reviews: 354
Hads: 2,013
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 470
Gots: 308 | 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 DavoleBomb
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear dark yellow color. Just one finger of creamy white head. Retention is average and a small ring of lacing is left.

5.0 S: Tremendously strong citrus and floral hoppiness. Grapefruit and pine, mango and papaya, pineapple and orange. Super clean, which is just how I like my IPAs.

4.0 T: Though still quite good, the taste can't match the intensity of the nose. Everything is still there, but just less of it than I was expecting. Pine and grapefruit are the strongest, followed by orange and mango, with the pineapple and papaya underneath it all. Moderate bitterness. Surprisingly, there's a decent malt character in this. I thought that there wouldn't be based on the color. Neutral malt sweetness with just a touch of breadiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation level is fine, but the beer weighs a bit heavy on the tongue. I'd prefer a bit more creaminess from this.

4.0 D: Despite it's faults, this is still a really solid IPA. (977 characters)

Photo of Danielcase
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a six pack of this for a beer tasting party.

Pop the top and pour a golden clear beer. Lots of citrus aroma and decent head retention. Nice lacing and medium mouthfeel. Bitterness creeps up on you and finishes with just a hint of sweetness. Tasty all around. (267 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shout out to The Brew Review Crew for the trade!

Appearance: Clear straw golden color with a one finger white head

Smell: Citrus hops, funky cat piss, grassy

Taste: i find the taste to be cleaner than the smell. Nicee citrus notes upfront, a subtle cat piss character mid palate along with pine and grass throughout the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; Goes down smooth with a moderate bitter finish

Overall: I enjoyed this, but i expected more and find it overrated. That simcoe cat piss character is more prevalent than i prefer. I feel like Dirt Wolf for example nails that hop profile, but this does not. I think upping the alcohol a percent would do this some good. Other than that this is a tasty beer with a smooth, refreshing mouthfeel. Id much rather have a FatHeads Head Hunter though, which is easily accesible in my area, and probably wont seek this out again (876 characters)

Photo of raveskdr
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. Straight outta the box, into the fridge, and straight into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Apple cider, through and through. Slight off white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Half pine, half tropical fruits. No malt to speak of.

T - Lots of pine and a bit slighter fruitiness in the taste. I am getting a slight spiciness that I get in rye IPA's. Really nice for sure. Hops linger a proper amount.

M - A nice balance of malt makes this very drinkable. A slight resin that lingers.

O - A super solid IPA. Glad I was able to get six of these. Would be a go to IPA if it were on shelves here in DC.

CJ (624 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma nice mixture of pine and hemlock
Head large (5 cm), white, creamy with a few rocks, very slowly diminishing to a 3 mm layer
Lacing small islands
Body yellow, slight hop haze.
Flavor initial blast of piney goodness, fading quickly to a tropical freshness, then completely gone; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

A very nice IPA at only 70 well-hidden IBUs. Very refreshing. I’ve had this both bottled and on draft, and it’s always pleasing. Virtually every trip to Cleveland contains at least one visit to the brew kettle for fresh beer and good food. (657 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a bright golden coloration. The head of the beer is a thick white coloration. Nice head retention that stands up to the mustache test. Thick rings of foam mark the beers passage from my glass.

S- Nice pungent grapefruit, citrus, pine resin and perhaps a bit of sweet pineapple and mango. Very well done!

T- The flavor of the beer is mildly sweetened grapefruit, oily pine, citrus zest and just a flash of sweet caramel. The hops are definately the star of this beer.

M- The body of the beer nears medium. The carbonation is on the lower side but works really well. The hops have a bit of a sticky resinous character and really hang around.

O- This is a very good IPA. I will be buying more of this beer. My normal routine hop fix is SN Torpedo. If this beer is going to be year round available it will have torpedoed Torpedo. (907 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden almost light amber body with the appropriate creamy white head. The smell is pine needles, grapefruit rind, and some tropical fruit. The taste is rich and bitter. There is enough citrus sweetness to round everything together. The mouthfeel is full but also slick. This is about as crushable as it gets for almost 7%. This rating goes over 4.5 though when on draft at the Brew Kettle. It's as good as a citrusy IPA gets when on draft. The bottle is still in the top 10 for Midwest IPAs. (497 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a lighter gold color with a slight bit of haze and a fairly small white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves just a bit of lacing at best.

S- Picking up quite a bit of tropical fruits here. Mainly grapefrut, tangerine and apricot. A bit of piney hops here as well.

T- Taste is pretty sweet for an IPA. Quite a bit of tropical fruits, and a touch of pine.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Not too bad at all. I hope this one hits a bottle I'd like to have this one again. (509 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint. Thanks to mrfong07 for sending this one. No bottling info that I can find.

A - Pours a golden color with perfect clarity. There is little head beyond a halo but it does leave some sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Very fruity aroma with sweet tangerine, tart grapefruit, and intense pineapple. Tangy citrus hops come through. One dimensional, but delicious.

T - Starts with big tropical fruits and clover honey sweetness. Tart, almost sour, citrus pulls through hard in the middle. The finish is quite bitter with lingering weed and dank grapefruit rind. I don't detect much malt, as the sweetness is almost entirely fruity.

M - Tingly carbonation and a medium body. Easy drinking and refreshing.

O - With amazing tropical fruits and citrus, this is comparable to a great imperial IPA in flavor intensity and aroma. This is one of the best "single" IPAs I have ever had. A great example of the west coast style of IPA and I would love to have access to it. (1,004 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that was given to me by the fine folks at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio simply for being a good customer (believe me, the pleasure is mine!) into a clean, clear pint glass. Price tag still stuck on the cap indicates $1.85. No observed “best by” date.

A One inch very light colored head that sticks to the inside of the glass over a translucent light caramel colored body. Fine look. 3.5

S Great smelling hops that remind me very much of the smell of a Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster (their seasonal DIPA). Really, there are floral and grapefruit oil hops in there. Quite a bouquet of hops bitterness! 4.5

T Floral hops, grapefruit bitterness and even a “perfumy” (if you will) bitterness abound as the smell was very much indicative of the taste with this one. The label mentions...”malt, take a back seat” but I beg to differ. I would say that the malt, which is very much able to be tasted, is more like riding shotgun. There is a nice honey like sweetness that lingers along with the baseball bat of bitter hops in your face. I find it interesting and challenging, always a good sign. 4.5

M Huge mouthfeel with the huge hops, secondary malt and elevated ABV. That, of course, is to be expected with the style. I think that the feel is quite good with this one. 4.0

D/O Better than average for the style. I found myself returning several times for sips to see if I could detect more tastes. The style, however, is not a particularly drinkable one in my personal book. Overall this is a fine beer. It should be classified as a DIPA and that is what I rated it to. 3.5 (1,640 characters)

Photo of output01x
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in a pint glass at The Brew Kettle.

A 1/2-finger off white head sits atop a clear golden amber body with small amounts of quickly rising tiny carbonation bubbles. The head recedes after a few minutes to a thin, even dusting and thick foam ring. Slight lacing can be noticed throughout consumption.

Sticky pine needle hops aromas dominate the nose with scents of citrus hops also present. Notes of orange peel and cantaloupe give a slightly tropical feel to the nose.

Sweet, honey-like malt flavors prepare the taste buds for the approaching hops. First, spicy hops sting the tip of the tongue. Then earthy, spicy hops begin attacking the rest of the tongue while citrus notes dance in the background. A spicy, piney bitterness then descends upon the back of the tongue to finish the experience.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer coats your mouth and sticks around just long enough to remind you to take another sip. Easily drinkable and rather refreshing, this beer has earned quite a reputation in these parts, and rightfully so. (1,063 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into wine glass

Appearance-pours light apricot in color with a lean white head which goes away quickly. No lacing around the edges. 4

Aroma-lots of citrus, I'm getting lemon and grapefruit up front. Also, there are some fresh floral notes as well. For an IPA I would say its closer to middle of the road than to top tier. 4

Taste-lots of lemon and lots of pine. Has a stronger orange taste then grapefruit. Dried pineapple and brown sugar add to the sweetness. 4.25

Feel-solid medium bodied beer, mild carbonation on the tongue, solid coating on palate, very easy to drink. 4.5

Overall-maybe I have been having too many "great" IPA's lately, but this just seems slightly above average to me. It has all the typical characteristics of an IPA but nothing that jumps out and says I'm better then the rest. Is it a good beer...yes. Would I drink or again...yes. I just don't think I would go out of my way for it. 4.25 (938 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Scott for this bottle

A: Lighter brown (almost yellow) body with two finger head with good amount of lacing.

S: Some grain (???), some bittering hops, some malt... that's about it really. Very mediocre

T: okay - so this beer tastes great. In fact, it's quite awesome. IPA with nice tropical and citrous hops but also with good amount of malt. There is this... slightly off-grain-y taste. Not sure what it is but it didn't botter me as much in the taste than it did on the nose. Quite refreshing.

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium body for APA.

O: Definitely recommended. I just had Head Hunter before this and I can't decide which one I prefer over the other. They're both just okay for me.

As far as the the IPAs go, I would say VT > So CAL > OH for now. (784 characters)

Photo of shcufj
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall tulip glass

A: Pours a clear, golden color with a thick which bubbly head. Good head retention, little lacing

S: Strong hoppy aroma with hints of citrus and floral notes

T: strong hop flavor throughout the sip. Flavor takes a while to diminish. Notes of several different different hops used during the boil.

M: Light to medium, crisp, well-carbonated mouth feel. Slightly malty sweetness that dries out quickly, leaving the long-lasting bitter flavor

O: A very crisp, clean, and very hoppy IPA. The citrusy hops add a nice floral and citrus aroma. (590 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottling date poured into a pint glass.

A- light amber with very slight amount of haze, medium white head that dissipates to a thin film.

S- pine, fresh peach, tangerine, some papaya and pineapple, very nice. Light malt on the end. Seem to be getting a slight alcohol smell that I was expecting from a 6.8% beer.

T- Mostly pine, floral and malt. The fruit flavors of grapefruit and a nice tropical sweetness of pineapple and papaya. Labeled as 70 IBUs but seems higher than that to me.

M- Nice medium-light, very easy drinking.

O- A really nice IPA but I wish the flavor and aroma were more in sync. Still a great mid-west, west coast style IPA. (656 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thanks to Miketd for including this in the box. Poured into my duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear gold with a light one finger head that faded to leave minimal lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas are almost similar to Simcoe I want to say...light tropical notes along with some subtle pine and citrus.

T - So this is cool...Nice hop notes here, like pine, fair citrus and light tropical. The after taste though is what bumps this up to a 4.5 for me. It reminds me of one of those mango chewy candies one gets from the local Asian market. Actually chuckled when it hit me which resulted in me almost spilling beer out.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, maybe just a hair thinnish. Still, super easy drinking.

O - Overall this beer was quite nice. Glad I got a good bottle as I guess there was a batch issue last month. Awesome. (829 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this at Zwanze Day 2011. Served in a Cantillon glass, before it was unexpectedly poured out by an over-zealous employee. Thankfully I was able to get a refill.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. Transparent golden body. Nice-looking brew.

S - Orange creamsicle, tropical fruits, a bit of tangerine zest, and sugar cookie malts. Very enjoyable and potent aroma.

T - Taste is a little more understated, with the sugary malt obscuring the various fruity hop flavors a bit - instead of a rich cornucopia of flavors it's more smoothed out. There's still some citrus rind as well as mild bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, juicy texture, and a dry finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. This is pretty much how I like my IPAs.

D - A solid, enjoyable IPA. The taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma, but I'd gladly have this one again - hopefully a six-packs finds it way to me in the near future. (1,031 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Very clear deep golden with a small white head.
S: I get a lot of tropical fruits- pineapple, mango. Orange, and wild berry as well. Hint of pine. Funky ammonia smell from simcoe.
T: Big hop bite on the front of the tongue. Lot of pine. Some candy grapefruit taste. A bit of some sweet tropical fruits as well. Dies down quickly to some sweet light malt.
M: Medium.
O: Pretty good. It gets better as it warms. (454 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip. Long time want of mine...

A - Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with just a touch of amber. A small white head forms briefly and falls to leave behind a rocky collar of white foam that in turn transforms into lots of webby lacing on the glass.

S - Right out of the bottle and on the pour the room fills with hops filled with tropical fruit aromas. Mangos and pineapple dominate with hints of grapefruit and pine which sit a bit in the background. A bit dank overall...malt base is a touch sweet with a bit of yeast, lots of bready malt, touch of caramel. Mild alcohol presence in the aroma.

T - Quite flavorful...full of hop flavors more than bitterness, which I enjoy. Tropical fruits found in the aroma continue thru to the flavors - lots of pineapple and mango...sweet and juicy. Citrusy, grapefruity flavor and corresponding bitterness kick in just behind the tropical. Pine seems to come in towards the swallow and melds with some sweet, caramelly and bready malt base. Bitterness is at just a medium level. Lots of hop flavor, lower than average bitterness...really drinkable IPA.

M - Thick and rather full bodied...a bit sticky and sweet but stays short of being syrupy. Heavy in tropical fruit flavors. Carbonation is a lightish medium, mildly prickly.

O - Very good IPA. Feels a bit more like a DIPA in a lot of ways. The really prominent tropical nature and the firm malt base give this a bit of a heavier feel. Super thick body for an IPA adds to the heavier feel. DIPA with the alcohol of a standard IPA...I don't see anything wrong with that...means I can have more and still be functional in the am - a definite positive. Glad to finally get to try this one. (1,728 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Orange color, very transparent, a two-finger head that slowly settles
S: Bold pine and grapefruit aromas, some florals
T: Dry/earthy initially strikes me. Then the grapefruit/pine come through, then florals & a bit of bread, then back to the dry/earth to finish. Definitely a complex beer and a 'tasting experience' in that it has an enjoyable evolution in your mouth rather than being monotone
M: Medium-bodied, dry
O: This fits the IPA style well yet doesn't come across as your 'stereotypical' IPA. More unique in a good way (570 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass, this is a slightly hazy orange-amber beer that develops a large inch-thick head of airy foam--it features excellent head retention, still large after a minute. The nose offers a big bouquet of citrusy hoppiness, readily scentable even while the beer is on the table. Really delicious flavor, too, with gobs of citrusy hop flavor, while the bitterness is not really all that high: emphasis is on taste. The malt adds some sweetness but not any real malty flavor. Finish leaves a lingering hop taste. Body is light despite the 6+% strength.

This was a real surprise. The other beers I've had from Brew Kettle this week have been fairly ordinary. This is a great IPA. (691 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to blacknyellow20 for sending this as an extra!

A: cloudy golden color with decent carbonation, a layer of thin foam covering half of the top of the beer.

S: smell is dominated by citrus fruit, especially oranges. I also get a bit of sweet malt.

T: great balance with slight bitterness, good hop flavor of citrus and earth, and smooth finish with a malty and bitter back end.

M: medium carbonation, definitely better when it's warmer than it is right out of the fridge. Initially it's a bit heavy, but feels lighter and crisper as it gets closer to room temperature.

O: great beer, and something to seek out if you haven't had it. Reminds me of a mini-hopslam. (681 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, crystal clear glowing orange bodied IPA. Bone white fluffy head, two fingers worth, rests atop. The head works its way back rather slowly, ultimately leaving a slim cap floating atop. Spotty lacing left cemented to the walls of the glass. The appearance is top notch, I am not sure how one would improve upon this.

The aroma delivers an unexpected balance between the malt and the hop characteristics. A sweet toasted bread and caramel aromas just nudge out the hops up front. The hops are not overshadowed however, intense resinous and citrusy aromas develops underneath. I normally do not like this much malt in the nose with my American IPAs but this works. It may not be appropriate for the style but the end result is impressive.

Similarities can be found between the aroma and the flavor, however the citrus pops a bit more on the tongue. Sweet orangey citrus lands on the tongue first, a more bitter, pithy grapefruit flavor develops just behind. As the beer moves back on the palate a strong resiny flavor is picked up and lingers. The malt provides a solid base, despite the strong hop presence the malt is not buried. A toasted biscuit flavor emerges along side a noticeable but not overpowering caramel flavor.

Medium bodied IPA, the carbonation is moderate and appropriate for the style. Slight oily texture on the tongue, the feel at the end it rather soft and creamy. Finish is not bone dry but remains on the dryer side, perfectly reasonable for the style.

Overall an impressive beer. The balance exhibited really took me by surprise. The malt was a bit more prominent than what I prefer for the style but it was displayed in such a way that I easily overlooked it. Very easy to drink and rather enjoyable. I suppose they can do something right in the state to the south. (1,802 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Goryshkewych for the hookup.

Appearance: Darkish gold. Perfectly clear. Head is white with a tight bubbly head. Drops to a thin bubbly cap with ok retention. Some oily streaks of lacing.

Smell: Tangerines, mangos, pine, weed, cat pee, loads of citrus flesh. Orange, grapefruit, oily, slick. Loaded with juicy, resinous, oily hops. So dankalicious. Sweet. Some caramel malts bring some malty sweetness to the mix. Spearmint. Menthol.

Taste: Pithy tropcal fruit. Mostly tangerine mixed with a nice helping of fresh, juicy grapefruit. Some pine and mint in the back. Bitterness builds as the beer warms. What malts the beer has are mild. Some light bready undertones. Almost marmaladeish with the citrus. Massively hopped. Dank.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation on a medium body. Oily and dry, because that's possible. Lingering bitter dryness.

Overall: Jasmine's tiger can't match up.

Delightfully tropical and abrasive. Bitter and sweet in good measure. Tongue-punishing, but it has a safe word. (1,009 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant copper with a silky, frothy cream head that lingers.

Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine form the initial aroma, with resin and earthy hops adding complexity. There's a hint of onion accompanying toasted, bready malt.

Hops dominate the flavor profile, with tropical fruit quickly brewing overwhelmed by resin and onion, leading to a lingering, lightly bitter finish. Pineapple and grapefruit pith provide contrast to earthy hops.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side, accentuating the fruity hop character. Alcohol warmth is fairly subtle, but noticeable.

Excellent range of flavoring hops, with just enough bitterness to keep me wanting to drink more. (693 characters)

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.