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

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Reviews: 351
Hads: 2,005
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 468
Gots: 305 | 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 mnphish
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this in a trade from CincyTrigger, thanks for sending it my way. Beautiful looking orange hued IPA with a two finger head. Lots of tropical juicy fruits on nose as aromas of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit shine through. There isn't much for booze or malts, fine by me! That's good stuff. There is some quality grapefruit and pine flavor to be had. Faint malts are hidden in there somewhere. Not overly bitter. Would definitely like to drink this stuff again. (465 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

A: Pours a clear golden color, definitely on the lighter side, probably one of the lightest IPAs I have seen. A small off-white head forms upon pouring with nice retention and lacing.

S: Extremely fragrant. Lots of tropical fruit, but grapefruit is dominant with some pineapple and mango as well a good bit of pine and resin. Very little sign of malt on the aroma. The nose is pretty much perfect.

T: Not as tropical as the aroma, with a stronger pine presence. There is a lot of grapefruit and some pith/zest, as well as some pineapple, orange, and tangerine. Has a rather dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, extremely smooth with medium carbonation. Not very bitter at all. Very drinkable.

O: Really liked this beer. The aroma is one of the best I have encountered. Goes down easy and is sneaky high in abv. (830 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: deep golden and just short of clear; few fingers of ivory foam atop; slimmed to a cap of foam and left some trails behind

S: citrus and flowers over grains - bright, slightly sweet smelling

T: hop-forward ale, bringing the citrics and the orchards together - orange and grapefruit, something tropical, something pale... malt sweetness faintly of caramel and honey

M: medium body, subtle bitterness, slight bit of chew on the end, fuzz of carbonation on the tongue

O: a real nice IPA, full of the hops, with enough malt to provide a foundation. Probably a beer gets gobbled up quick when fresh. Recommended. (613 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Very cool and eye-catching label with great colors and font. Label gives ABV and IBU info, a small description of the beer, a bit of info and small description on the brewery, Label states “Taming the Savage Hop”. Really cool cap.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz English pint led to a 2½ golden white head of a light airy density atop a clear golden yellow IPA. Head retention was a solid 2min 50sec before fading to a thin coating and ring with OK lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of pineapple, mango, sweet grapefruit,orange, and other tropical fruits along with a citrus hop bite. Also has a slight resin aroma with a nice malt backbone.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is much more piney and resin based than the nose with the tropical fruits dominate on the front end. Mid point has a more citrus hop flavor along with a nice malt presence before turning again to a piney resin hop finish and aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: An above average amount of carbonation leads up to a more full medium body. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall/Comments: White Rajah is an exceptional IPA that can hold its own with most any west coast IPA available today. Very well balanced. Highly recommended!! Classified as an American IPA @ 6.8% ABV. Consumed 6/9/2013. (1,302 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, golden-yellow color with a half-finger or so of fine white head. Decent lacing around the glass.

S: Great variety of hops here; a variety of citrus (orange, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit) and floral ones really dominate the aroma. Just a hint of malts in the background really ties this one together. Not an exceptionally strong smell, but a very good one. After some reflection, I'm boosting this from 4.5 to 5. The smell distinctly reminds me of Pliny the Younger, but I'm enjoying this one more.

T: Citrus hops are once again the most notable flavor, but not quite as powerful as in the aroma. Grassy hops complement the floral ones to really round out things on the hop end. Light caramel malts provide balance and a sweetness that amplifies the flavors coming from the hops. Alcohol lends a bit of spice as well.

M: Thin to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, giving the beer a smooth, dry finish. Definitely makes me want to take another sip.

O: This beer is a bit more than a sum of its parts; after finishing up my review it went down quickly and easily. It reminds me of Bear Republic's Racer 5, and I would love to try the two next to one another. If you're a fan of that beer, it would be well worth your time to check this out. It's worth pointing out that this one would do quite well on the west coast, as someone who lives there most of the time. This will join Bell's Two Hearted as a second regular regional six-pack IPA choice during my stays in Ohio. (1,496 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Golden in color with a modest white head.

Smell - A mild citrusy aroma was present with an certain Earthiness to back it up.

Taste - At the front, I noted citrus rind, lemon, grass, grapefruit, and grassy resin. For an IPA, this is quite busy and far from one-dimensional. The hops seem to mellow in the aftertaste with mild resiny after.

Mouthfeel - I would suggest this to be a pretty typical IPA in terms of mouthfeel with modest carbonation brushing away the citrus and allowing the resin to linger.

Overall - This is certainly a better than average IPA, particularly for those seeking something more than a hop-bomb. (639 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with lots of thick carbonation bubbles floating to the top, creating a thick white foamy head, a few floating swimming around

S- bright citrus hops with some dank aromas, hemp, honey, some fruity esters, just a hint of bready malt

T- fresh grapefruit juice flavors with some orange zest, light grassy notes with tropical pineapple, sweet honey mid-palate leads to a clean and dry finish with lingers of citrus

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, ABV is barely noticeable

O- this packs the flavors of a DIPA, yet is extremely drinkable. Bright citrus notes highlight this one, and lingers on the palate like very few regular IPA's, an outstanding beer (757 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

White Rajah

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

Refreshing full bodied IPA, big bodied and bold. Dry and bitter upfront and citrus and a touch sour on the finish. One of Cleveland's finest IPA, although I did a head to gead with Head Hunter... Have to give it Fat Heads the title. White Rajah is a better value~ (423 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my goal beers on my Ohio buying trip, can't wait to try it. The pour is a pale reddish copper color with a slightly off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The aroma is super hoppy, tons of notes of citrus and tropical fruit; as well as pine and grass. This is definitely a hop forward west coast style ipa. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and resinously coating on the palate. The flavor is all hops, I'm not sure there are any malts in this ale at all. There's a ton of pine, citrus, and mango flavors in this beer. It is quite the tongue tingler. It is a one note wonder but that note is done damn well. This rivals the best west coast ipas from brewers like Stone, Lagunitas, and Green Flash. (719 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, clear golden amber pour on draft at the Magic Tree. One finger of white head which went to lace quickly... nice lacing throughout, though. Clean citrus nose, bit of pine. Astringent bitter note on the nose. Liked it a lot. Nice balance overall with big bitterness and fresh citrus coming through. Good mouthfeel though oily... hangs around a bit with the nice bitterness. Overall a really nice OH IPA choice! Brew Kettle rocks. (433 characters)

Photo of juhl31
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-the body is an amber color, almost brown. A white head sits on top and continues to do so down to a thin layer

-the nose is like everyone says...big strong citrus hops. I am catching pineapple and orange mostly

-passionfruit is really big right up front. Pineapple is also strong. This beer doesn't give itself enough malt credit though because there is a good malt sweetness that melts in after the initial hop blast

-I really enjoy the creamy, oilyness of this one. The carb is in the backseat as well which is nice

-this is a very tasty ipa. As I am rating this, I had to bump up the overall score a bit. Although there seems to be a weird rind kind of bitterness in the finish that sits (696 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptCleveland, a recent (& hopefully future) trader who jammed this little gem as an extra into a recent box.

Poured into a willing pint glass, this is a clean, filtered amber. Nose is precisely as advertised, citrus packing plant on the shores of a tropical hop island. Nice.

White Rajah punches above its weight by way of both bitterness & flavors; too many IPAs have one or the other, but not both. Not so herein. The curtain rises on a beer so oily, so full of resins, so sticky, that is barely qualifies as beer. Damn. Along with that lip-smacking stickiness is a heavy dose of passion fruit, mango, pineassle, & like that. Bittering hops smack the back-end with an open hand, keeping the tropicals from getting too sweet. Goes down like water. I suppose it is, mostly.

Excellent IPA. This is how you do things, people, throw those malts out the window & just drown me in filthy hops. All my other Brew Kettle experiences have been good, this one is exceptional. (983 characters)

Photo of Mitchell-Lees
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The sweet and smooth finish really puts this above most other citra IPAs. Its basically hops all the way through. My girlfriend would hate this beer, but I really like it. (171 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is gold in color with a finger of white head. There is a really nice citrus hop nose on this one. Plenty of tropical and fruity notes, too. Similarly intense hop notes on the palate. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus characteristics with a moderate bitterness to it. There is a hint of bready malt in the background. Medium body with medium carbonation. Nicely done. (375 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a light orange with a sturdy two finger lasting head.
S - Lots of citrus, pine, orange, and fruit.
T - Hops up front with all the above described nose coming through in the flavor. Noticing Grapefruit and pinnapple. Not overly bitter and a little sweet.
M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - In the conversation with the best in category. (361 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Long time want from buschbeer, cheers man!

Pours a hazy honey-gold with a half finger of white head that fades quick. Nice nose of ripe citrus fruits with some light tropical fruits and a bit of cedar. Nice sweet(ish) pale malts with some pineapple and tropical fruits plus a splash of citrus juice cocktail. Medium+ body, medium-low fine and smooth carbonation. Great stuff (375 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on this one, however the beer store said it arrived 5/17. Given the taste I'd say it's quite fresh.

A: Pours a very clear amber. Big soapy and foamy white head. Head fizzes away pretty quickly, leaving moderate splotches of lacing. Nice retention at least.

S: Whoa, loaded with citrus and tropical fruits. Nice sharp bite. Strong caramel malt sweetens it up. Orange marmalade is prevalent.

T: Pungent and sharp citrus, orange marmalade and tropical fruits. Sharp (there's that word again) bitterness. Strong and tasty caramel in the middle balances it nicely but make no mistake, this one is hoppy. Wave of sharp (how many times can I use this word?) bitterness in the finish with more orange marmalade. Drying and quite bitter in the lingering aftertaste. Lots of citrus throughout.

M: Slick and oily with hop resin. Medium bodied.

O: An excellent IPA. Strong flavored caramel malt for only 6.8%. Great balance but at the same time the hops stand out very strongly and with pungent, crisp and sharp flavors/bitterness. Hard to describe, IPAs are usually well balanced (90min, pliny) or are unbalanced and super hoppy and bitter (hopsickle, ruination). This one is both at the same time. Really enjoyable IPA. (1,226 characters)

Photo of Nanners
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If you drink the RAJAH long enough you will notice some variation from six to six. I find that a lot with well crafted high quality beers. I won't bother you with the outstanding color and taste of this beer. I'm sure you have heard about it at this point. It is a little thin on the tongue, but to be expected with a beer that tells malt to take a hike. It is very easy drinking. The real treat with this beer is in the nose. The smell that I just want to BATH in. If I drink enough of this stuff the wife gets turned on from the smell. It's insane. Total ripe grapefruit and citrus. It plants your feet in the ground and sends your head into the clouds. This is world class midwest IPA the way it should be done. It kills cascade hops. Don't get me wrong, I lived in Portland through the nineties and still need a cascade style to break the routine, but you won't find a cascade that touches a upper mid atlantic brewed IPA. This is the beer that is changing what beer is. Crack it and stick your nose in it first thing. It gets better when it gets a little warmer. Unfortunately it does have a tendency to vary some what from batch to batch. I find that the first bottles in a batch don't have that over powering intoxicating smell. It's best to get a later bottle fresh off the line. Any way you get it, other beers are always trying to imitate. REAL AMERICAN BEER. (1,369 characters)

Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours a clear bright copper/orange hue with a finger of white head that clings to the glass with every sip.

Smell- the first waft of this is very inviting and gets my taste buds salivating. Sweet tropical fruit notes like mango, passionfruit, and pineapple dominate, while a tinge of citrus hangs in the background. Based on the smell alone this beer definitely belongs in the world class IPA conversation.

Taste- has a solid malt backbone for the style, but that is obviously not what this beer is about. This is a hop forward beer with a soft bitterness from start to finish. Tropical and citrus flavors are widespread and intermingle nicely. Just as the bottle states the beer has an “assertive but smooth bitter finish”.

Mouthfeel- dry and medium bodied as expected for a west coast style ipa, good carbonation/plenty of bubbles, with a bit of oiliness from the hops.

Drinkability- very easy to drink. I wish I had more than one. This is very very good ipa and deserves it’s high ranking. Well done Ohio. I definitely will be looking forward to any more Brew Kettle beers that come my way.

Overall-This IPA is definitely in the world class IPA conversation. It’s easy to drink, smells fantastic, and has a soft yet assertive bitterness. Drink it! (1,275 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pretty light colored IPA. Clear, dark gold with a two finger white head. Retention is decent, but fades away as the glass empties. Pretty good looking.

S: Really yummy, strong nose. Lots of tropical fruits (orange and grapefruit jump out) and a strong dollop of pine.

T: Excellent taste. Slightly herbaceous up front. Nice bit of grapefruit and guava after that. Then, there's a kiss of alcohol followed by a nice, sweet, biscuity malt. Ends slightly bitter, but not too bad.

M: Way too smooth and easy drinking. Goes down really, really quick. It coats the mouth very well with all the hoppy goodness.

O: Definitely one of the better IPAs I've had. Unfortunately, however, it seems impossible to get unless you're in northern Ohio. I stocked up when I recently went to Cleveland.... (824 characters)

Photo of Trystero
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second sixer of the exceptional brew, the first one only lasted 1 night. 12oz bottle, aggressive pour into a HotD Tulip glass.

Appearance: Takes 3 pours to get the contents of the bottle all into the glass. Settles to 1 finger of robust white head. Luminous, vibrant golds and orange hues, like fresh squeezed citrus nectar with reasonable clarity, not entirely opaque.

Smell: Bouquet of tropical citrus juice and zestyness, pineapple, grapefruit and tangerines, coupled with floral, piney hops and slight light malts.

Taste: Initial mouth of juicey citrus, pineapple and tangerine followed but less acidic citrus notes. The middle gives way to piney, resiny hoppiness combined with a bitter acidic hop bite and barely tangible light malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and well carbonated. Easy to constanly sip, very refreshing. The bottle lists the ABV at 6.7 and it drinks very much on target.

Overall: A fantastic IPA (929 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes, sampled 1/14/12.

White Rajah, FRESH 12oz bottle straight from Ohio. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a coppery golden color with a nice bright white head. Other than chill haze it looks clear...decent lacing.

S: Unbelievable and close to perfect...tons of grapefruit. There is a flowery hop sweetness...tropical fruit, citrus rind, slightly piney and resinous. Light toasted caramel malt sweetness as well, light breadyness.

T: Good bitterness upfront. Great notes of grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, caramel, lightly toasted grain, pithy pine. Good drying bitterness without being over the top...definitely hop-forward though.

MF: Slightly sticky medium body, full of hop oils and bitterness and a good amount of dryness.

O: Good grief Brew Kettle delivers here. White Rajah is really great, lots of vibrant flavors and smells really jump out at you. Thanks for this one Steve! (907 characters)

Photo of cneville
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a dark gold color, which was a little darker than expected. Nice white head that lingers throughout the beer(although that wasn't a long time for me). Smells incredible. Pine, citrus, honestly everything I would hope for in an IPA. Hops are definitely there as well. Taste does not disappoint, lots of the tropical fruit up front, followed by malts and then finishes with the hops. The balance is great here, definitely one of the best tasting IPAs IMO. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is excellent. Honestly one of my favorite beers I have ever tried, I'm lucky to have this and Columbus IPA at hand easily. I feel spoiled. (678 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a Clear rustic Orange with a light white head, small head, but a fine foam lasted through out the glass. Smells like a hop bomb, Grapefruit...and some sweetness on the end. Tastes as it smells, but better. Full Citrus Hop explosion, Grapefruit, Orange Peel, and a light sweet malt kiss, just for good measure....keeping with the east coast IPA’s. Hard to believe its not a Double IPA. Delicious. (404 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Vintage Estate

Appears an orangeish tan color with a tan head that sticks around a bit. Great lacing. Citrus, grapefruit and a sweet malt backbone comes to the forefront. Wow a nicely balanced IPA, nice citrus with a tropical fruit burst coming in after. A touch of slightly bitter dryness on the back end. Body is medium with a bit of stickiness. Carbonation is active but nicely formed and somewhat creamy. Overall a real under the radar treat if you are an IPA lover. (488 characters)

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.