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

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96
world-class

1,564 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,564
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 396
Gots: 165 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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:
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

(Beer added by: jampics2 on 10-18-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

RebornStussy, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

cfh64, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

doc_logic, Jul 05, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -12.6%

chillwave22, Aug 28, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
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?

garuda, May 10, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very standard looking IPA. Clear amber and bubbles constantly floating to the top. This could be why I am not getting much lace but the head is a great 1/2 inch that settles to a thick lace ring.

S - Rich in tropical and citrus hops with not very much malt so it's fairly strong and bitter. Smell is great.

T - Kind if underwhelming actually the beer has a strong alcohol taste similar to other tropical DIPA's yet this is an IPA. It does go down smooth enough with sweet hops then balancing cracker like malts that seem to dry the palate with a mildly bittering finish. It's good but could use more balance...

M - Despite the cloying alcohol it goes down smooth. Oliy is a great descriptive Medium bodied and chewy.

Overall nothing really meriting a "world class status" but an above average IPA that could use more balance. Worth picking up if you like "Captain Lawrence DIPA"

DrDemento456, Nov 12, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

djmichaelk, May 11, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served in a Kiuchi "pint" glass. sampled on 9.22.11 and reviewed from notes.

A - golden color with half-inch, foamy, white head; good retention and heavy lacing

S - apricot, pineapple, sweet overall

T - mild tropical flavors not quite as strong as aroma would suggest; a bit of maltiness in the middle with a mildly dry, bittering finish

M - light bodied with active, moderate carbonation; crisp overall mouthfeel; bitter linger that sits at the front of the mouth

O - good flavors but not wild about the lingering bitterness. just not my style i'm afraid but a very drinkable beer. not as crazy as some people about this though.

cwguy5, Mar 27, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was bright golden honey with an off-white head. There was a lot of carbonation rising from the etching in the glass. Very pretty.

The smell was citrus. Satsuma and pink grapefruit juice. Dank, organic hops. Hints of alcohol. Rich and fragrant.

The taste was deep caramel topped with pretty soft citrus hops. Pineapple. Not harsh and very clean. Not as intensely hoppy as I had expected. There is a lot of hype about this beer out of Ohio, but given the chance I might just as soon grab a Columbus IPA over the White Rajah.

The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied, actually a tad thinner than expected. Modest carbonation.

Cresant, Nov 17, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CraftFan5, Jun 02, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden orange, slight haze.
S: Pineapple, mango, a lot of tropical fruitiness
T: Fruitiness upfront that fades to a bitterness. Grapefruit, tropical. Dry malt backbone with some bread notes
M: light to medium, a little gritty
O: Amazing aroma but the flavor is just okay with a harsh bitterness.

koutkid41, Jan 26, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

TheSSG, Mar 20, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter, thanks to ColdPoncho. No best by/bottled on date.

A: Very thin. Very light golden orange, kind of resembles apples juice. Small one finger head is pretty thick but fades quickly, decent lacing. The thinness/clarity is a little bit off-putting somehow.

S: Citrus juice! Blood orange, grapefruit, pineapple, Some grass and pine. Buttery malts. Smells great, best part of the beer for sure.

T: More muted than the smell. Lemon-lime, and pineapple comes out more. A hint of sweetness (honey?) before a very bitter finish. Doesn't taste bad, but something's missing.

M: Pretty thin actually, but it has that nice sharp IPA finish.

O: Not too bad, but the smell set up expectations that the taste didn't meet. I really like the hops that make up this nose, but something was missing from the taste.

tsatem, Sep 23, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of thegrogbog (thanks Tim!). Apparently this won an IPA contest at Fatheads, but I also heard that Fathead's beers weren't included in the competition so this shouldn't indicate any position over Headhunter. Still a good accomplishment for the Brew Kettle though.

It pours a clear pale golden color with a thick frothy foam. Lots of dry clumps of foam on the walls of the glass too. The aroma is sort of malty for an IPA, but still has good tropical fruit type hops. A little muted though, the malts seem to have taken over while in the bottle.

Well balanced flavor, not exactly a bitter take on the style, but it makes up for it in flavor. Pretty solidly midwestern styled, tasty but unfortunately not as spectacular from the bottle as it surely must be on tap. That said, my glass emptied very quickly. An easy pounder with enough flavor to satisfy a beer lover, maybe could use a little more hops muscle for those that crave a sharper edge.

TurdFurgison, Feb 27, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep gold with a tight thin white head. The smell has lots of powdery sweet malt and even more grapefruit. Very faint pine needles and lemons. Hm its bitter. Almost unexpectedly. I want more of the underlying notes of bitter pine, bitter grapefruit, and tart lemon rind to come to the front, but its not. Im not sure about this one. The bitterness is drinkable, but not the best.

Man I wish this had more fruit. This bottle seems to be dominated by more of the pine than the citrus.

VncentLIFE, Jul 30, 2012
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3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - golden colored liquid with white head

Smell - grapefruit, mango, tangerine, pine

Taste - grapefruit, mango, pine

Mouthfeel - smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, flavors linger in the aftertaste, balanced

Overall - decent IPA worth a try

Price Point - $2.25/ 12 oz single

keithmurray, Jul 26, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

golden amber, light hue with a mild fluffy head to it. smells of honey and gum with a strong floral nose. delicious, but not as pleasant as the nose, to me. tastes of rose/grass/earth with a slight sweetness to it and very sharp bitterness at the end. nice carb, light bodied. Crisp, refreshing.

Preismj, Dec 27, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle listed at 6.8% ABV picked up at the brewpub.

A - solid gold with zero haze. Very nice white foamy head with good retention. Not much in the way of lacing

S - blast of pine and resin. I got a little hint of grapefruit but thus beer smelled nothing like the previous reviews of other people. May be an off day for my nostrils but thus thing was a forest in a glass

T - just a hint of sweetness in this dry dry IPA with a pleasant 70 IBUs balancing it very well. A hint of astringency on the knish but otherwise this was great.

M - clean and crisp with just about the right amount of carbonation. No complaints here.

O - a very very well made IPA that I had fresh and enjoyed. I'm a bit biased against a really piney and resinous aroma, which was the only thing I could really knock this beer for, but it is a solid beer that I plan on drinking more of for sure.

ChrisPro, Sep 26, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to pest for this brew. Poured 12 oz into FFF pint glass.

Pours fluffy two finger head. Clear deep amber in color. Very sticky lacing on the glass. Lots of floral hops in the nose. Sweet malts and piney hops at the end. Malts come through more in the flavor. Hops take more of a backseat. Pine and floral hops mixed together at the end. Lighter body, good carbonation. A little thin in the feel. Very nice beer to start off spring. Solid overall, glad I got to try.

HosP, Apr 02, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local pub.

The beer is very clear, and orange-apricot in color. A small head of eggshell color was minimal and not long lasting. A small amount of lacing was deposited on the glass as I sipped.

The nose isn't particularly strong, but its definitely hoppy. Strong citrus notes are prominent, with little in the way of malt making it into the nose.

The taste is very hoppy, and it's pretty citrusy. If I had to guess, I'd say there is centennial, simcoe and amarillo in there ... at least that's what it tastes like to me. Heavily weighted to the hop side ... not a good balance. A bit more malt would've added to the mouthfeel as well, which is medium-light.

Overall, I found White Rajah as a decent IPA, a bit unbalanced towards the hop side, but enjoyable. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you're a hop-head.

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Mar 01, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. 12oz bottle poured into a Riedel beer glass. Didn't see the date but the person who brought these to the tasting said they had just arrived on the shelves.

Appearance: Mostly clear amber colored beer (a hint towards the golden range of the spectrum, but still some orange present) with just a hint of haze. Very impressive thick white head with lots of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, some papaya, and a hint of pine. Quite hoppy - not detecting much underneath all those aromatic hops.

Taste: Everything one would expect from an AIPA. Hop flavor up front, with pine and citrus, a solid malt middle, and then quickly going into a hoppy bitter finish. The bitter finish does not linger long on the palate though. Bitterness was grapefruit citrus.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation and thickness. Not as much hop oils sticking to the teeth as I would have expected.

Overall: It could be that by this point in the tasting my palate is getting tired even with good swigs of water in between beers, but this one I view as nicely balanced and drinkable, but not really "wow" outstanding in taste and flavor. Still, enjoyable and well done, just not as high as many others have rated to my taste buds and nose.

damndirtyape, Jan 19, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright, we had to lighten things up a bit after that Bell's batch 10,000. That is a brutal beer. Poured into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

Appearance - A fast but gentle pour yields two fingers of luscious head. Active carbonation creates a bubbly, citrus looking brew. The beer is pale yellow with hints orange and gold. A pretty nice looking beer.

Smell - This beer has such a nice b.o. that I'd smell its underarms all day. Sweet toffee and caramel tickle the nose while hops dance back and forth. Sweet and addicting.

Taste - The intensity of the hops and alcohol really surprises you. A whirlwind of hops and viney flavors tear through a citrus grove and stir up notes of earthy wheat malt and caramel. Bitter and a bit spicy with some clove added in.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Medium-bodied and sweet on the palate. A bitter, complex concoction of hops. Active carbonation. Very dry, almost like sandpaper on the tongue. Even after having this on-tap a few months back, this beer remains a tad above average for me. Definitely a must-try, but not a regular buy from me.

Jesse13713, Jul 14, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info.

A- Into a tulip. One-inch white foam on a clear light ruby red beer. Spotty lacing and good head retention.

S- Fresh pineapple. Smells great but you have to really get your sniffer up in there, minor complaint.

T- At first a tropical fruit sweetness but then in comes the hoptrain to wreck the palate. A lingering bitterness that stays with you after each sip. Hop hop hop on a comparitively small malt backdrop. "That's just White Rajah bein' White Rajah." Drinks its 7%abv.

M- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- Reminiscent of Furious or the like. I believe the bitterness to be too much a factor to have more than one of these. That said, I'd like to acquire more someday. Thanks to CaptCleveland for helping me tick another off the 'Merican IPA top 50 list.

Duff27, Nov 01, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle, just delivered from OH.

Clear amber with a modest bone-colored head. Medium level of sticky lacing.

Aroma: wow! Loads of hop aroma. This is strong (hoppy) even for a West Coast style IPA. A hint of malt too, I think.

Plenty of hop flavor, with plenty of pine and citrus. This is a bit aggressive, like some DIPAs. The bitterness is under control (IBU = 70), but aside from some sweetness, the malt flavor is basically MIA.

M: relatively heavy body and syrupy, for style. Good carbonation.

O: a hop forward IPA for hop heads only.

chinchill, Jan 06, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From FalconA. Thanks!

A: Pours a light almost clear copper with an almost complete absence of head. Plenty of bubbles rising throughout the body.

N: Sweet juicy hops. Tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Biscuit and some caramel. Lots of citrus with a touch of dirt and leaves. I get some flowery elements, maybe some lavender.

T: Expressively bitter. There is a lot of pine and hoppiness. Very sharp, more so than I normally prefer. As I get to used to it, the residual sweetness shows up in the very back of the tongue.

M: Very, very dry and moderately resinous. Medium bodied and alcohol is barely noticeable.

O: A very solid IPA and one that I appreciate the chance to try. Blends together the citrus and the pine without overpowering the senses. not to say it's a pushover, either. Recommended.

Sarlacc83, Jun 15, 2013
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,564 ratings.