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

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Reviews: 354
Hads: 2,012
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 3.49%
Wants: 467
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
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" (888 characters)

Photo of Thedusanmandic
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly pungent citrus aroma. Off white head turns into a sticky, newly spun spiderweb lace that sits on top of a two-month-old-penny color. Hoppy slightly oncoming sucker punch followed by an oily stick-your-tongue-on-9-volt-rayovac aftertaste. My go-to "session IPA" that leaves with with a late afternoon of regrets. (320 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
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 (296 characters)

Photo of hardysf
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little disappointed in this one. Maybe just not the right day for it, as I drank a few all day ipas before it.

This pours dark for an IPA with such little malt flavor.

Smell is citra and Amarillo hops. Very fruity. It's juicy, and those are certainly the right hops for this malt bill.

Taste is Citrusy with the Amarillo hops coming through. Maybe some dried apricot.

Finishes dry. Good mouth feel. (407 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (967 characters)

Photo of cwguy5
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of cooncat
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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! (859 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of tsatem
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of HosP
3.87/5  rDev -10%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of koutkid41
3.87/5  rDev -10%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of Preismj
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (1,079 characters)

Photo of chinchill
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. (551 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
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. (807 characters)

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good refreshing, head was 1/4 " of heavy foam which laced the glass as it was enjoyed. Smell was hoppy goodness, without any bready yeast smells. Color was a orangish yellow very clear. Taste was without yeast. Great hopped unbalanced delight. (256 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a tasting in the home of finewinemike. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a layer of off white head that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt, but the star is the citrusy hops. Some pineapple and citrus peel.

Taste: Malty up front, a bit bready. The hop bitterness ramps up from there . The citrus fruit notes are here, but less so than in the smell. The finish is a bit harsh for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mild amount of smooth carbonation. The finish is mildly dry.

Overall: I thought this was a good IPA, but I would have liked a little more balance, especially in the finish. I would have another. (672 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottled on date. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale golden which a finger of white head sits atop. Excellent clarity. Very good retention and generous lacing.

S: Caramel with moderate piney hoppiness, sweet orange, and a little tropical fruit. Very subdued aroma.

T: Bread and caramel are in the forefront, a little pine and just a touch of fruit providing some support, finishing pretty dry and with moderate bitterness.

M: Medium body, round, and with crisp medium-light carbonation.

O: Not as much flavor as I would hope for an IPA. Bitterness is on the higher end, also. (577 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottle date. Big thanks to henryspam for this one.

Appearance - Clear yellow. Looks Iike a pilsener. Small white head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Citrus hop. Floral. Strong grainy malt. Light malts with a biscuit aroma. Spicy.

Taste - Hops, but the grainy malts come through more here. Spicy hops. Slightly bitter finish. Good clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Good carbonation. Grainy finish.

Overall - Solid IPA. Not world class. Other IPAs provide more flavor, but this is very clean. (534 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7%

Bottle: Poured a amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus and piney undertones is quiet nice. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with light piney notes also observable. Bitterness isn’t too intense with floral notes as dominant as I would have expected. Body is about average with good carbonation. Tasty beer with well balance bitterness level and great hops aroma. I would have liked flora notes to be even more dominant but still a very enjoyable IPA. (504 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

Drank at last tasting. Thanks to my good buddy Finewinemike!

A- Pours a golden yellow orange with a small white head

S- Tons of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Very fruity with slight grass notes but not much. Some nice caramel from the malts to pull it all together.

T- Just like the aroma, strong bitter grassy hops with lots of crazy tropical citrus fruit notes.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter hoppy finish.

SkÅL! (488 characters)

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