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

White RajahWhite Rajah

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BA SCORE
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1,159 Ratings
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Ratings: 1159
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jampics2 on 10-18-2010)
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for the share.

A - Golden colored beer with a little bit of orange in it. Had a nice white head that left behind a little bit of lace. Pretty vibrant looking.

S - Good citrus and tropical fruits, with a little bit of cream in there. Smells sweet, with an appropriate amount of hops.

T - It's a sweeter IPA, with some sugar malts and a touch of honey. Good citrus and orange flavors, although it's not quite as hoppy as the nose would lead you to believe.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Really good, easy drinking IPA, could drink this quite regularly. Pretty easy drinking, and taste is quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 00:23:42 | More by AgentZero
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largadeer

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drgonzo3705 for filling this long-time want.

Appearance: A very pale gold topped by a few fingers of clinging, sticky head. Hard for an IPA to look much better than this.

Smell: Big floral notes with candied oranges, bready malt, a dash of pineapple and evergreen - quite nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Citrus forward, candied oranges and tangerines come to mind again, with some nice floral and pine notes peeking through. Malt is fairly forward for such a light, pale beer. It's semi-sweet and rather bready, but finishes dry with a clean, smooth bitterness that doesn't wear down the palate. That coupled with the relatively low ABV makes for a great easy-drinking IPA that I'd buy regularly were it local. Damn good.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:39:57 | More by largadeer
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jegross2

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Production Works. I had this beer a couple of months ago for the first time, but that bottle was noticeably stale.
Score: 91

No freshness date on the bottle, which is never good for IPA's. When I talked to someone from The Brew Kettle Production Works about this a couple of months ago, they said that adding freshness codes to their bottles was on their list of things to do. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed 03/28/12.

Appearance: Pours a consistent, translucent orangeish honey color with a finger of frothy white head that settles into a thick ring around the glass and thin film of head across the top of the beer. Above average lacing, excellent retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Orange rind, sweet citrus, fresh grass, pine, pineapple, lemon and tangerine. Orange juice, peach, pineapple juice and light caramel malt in the background. 4/5

Taste: Substantially better than the stale bottle I had! Sweet and slightly spicy citrus, hoppy orange and bitter lemon upfront. Earthy hops, bitter orange, pine and a little apricot/pear/peach flavor throughout. Sweet caramel malt, orange juice and pineapple juice backbone. The hops flavors are a lot earthier and there is a lot less of the bright tropical fruit and fresh pine that usually define citra hopped beers (e.g., Heady Topper, Zombie Dust, Anti-Hero IPA, Flower Power, etc.). Very balanced and refreshing. Finishes with a bitter, hoppy orange rind flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Oily, juicy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A solid, tasty and refreshing IPA that does not live up to the hype. Flower Power was better. I did enjoy the beer, though. It just was not worth the hassle of hunting down when Zombie Dust is being distributed in my backyard. If you do

Recommendation: Worth seeking out, but not worth going too far out of your way to acquire if you have not had Flower Power, Heady Topper or Zombie Dust yet. Hop haters be warned, this one is decently bitter. I find IPAs to be a poor starting point in the craft beer for casual beer drinkers, but if you want to try an IPA, this one is a very true-to-style tasting brew. If you do seek this beer out, make sure you get a fresh one.

Pairings: Cheese curds.

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 02:13:29 | More by jegross2
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davey101

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint. Huge thanks to WesM63 for throwing this in as an extra!

A - Pours a burnt amber body. Two fingers of fluffy off white foam. Solid lacing and retention.

S - Clean citrus and tropical hops, touch of cracker malts. Very nice aroma.

T - Peaches, mango, and grapefruit. I feel like I repeat myself every time I review an IPA, but this is just a very solid and well balanced beer. Pleasantly bitter with a touch of malt. My only complaint is its a bit watery on the finish.

M - Crisp and well carbonated, medium bodied. High level of drinkability.

O - Been hearing a lot about this beer, and although I don't see it competing with the upper echelon of AIPA's, this is an extremely tasty and well crafted IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:15:12 | More by davey101
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brew Kettle.

Pours a clear golden color with a hint of apricot. Good white head and some nice ringy lacing on the way done. The nose really drops a ton of tropical notes; the Citra character is really prevalent here. Some citrus in the background. Really, really nice. The taste has the same tropical character, but unfortunately ends up really competing with a strong alcohol presence, which carries over into the feel. Dry finish and light body; nothing there to stand up to the alcohol. This would have been a lot better as a 6% beer, I think. Also pretty sure the menu had it listed above 7%. Overall, the nose was killer and the rest was a bit of a disappointment after that. High expectations, for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 12:57:22 | More by Thorpe429
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bb8189

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light golden color - a bit lighter than I was expecting based on the style. No haze at all. Light on the lacing as well

S- Very strong smell on this one - tons of grapefruit. This is a very impressive smell. Makes up for the appearance in my mind. Can't wait to taste

T- Sweet to start with plenty of that grapefruit coming through followed by a nice lingering bitterness. Very nice in this regard

M- Medium bodied - this is how an IPA should feel in my opinion.

O- I think this one is square in the "pretty good" range. Not quite great. Pretty good is nothing to be ashamed of though. I certainly enjoyed every drop and will seek it out again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 02:10:22 | More by bb8189
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks Mark

Surprised to see this on the top 100 list actually. Pours a yellow/orange color with a large fluffy white head. Big time aromas of resinous, citrusy hops, grapefruit, and cannabis. The rounder creamier end of light to medium bodied and very drinkable. This beer doesn't ever try to be anything its not, this is hop forward with balance on the back burner. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 14:58:48 | More by ATPete
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of TomTwanks. Thank you for opportunity to drink a long lasting want.

From 12 oz bottle to La Chouffe tulip, White Rajah pours a clean and clear light orange. The preliminary inch thick head mellows into a thin whispy cover along with a few puddles of puff. Lacing is modest.

Smell is a pleasant mix of tropical fruits and light sweet malt. Hops present nectarine flesh, pineapple, and tangerine. Malt present as well.

Drying bitterness from front to back. Immediately a prickly bitter hop presence hits the tongue. Sweet malty pineapple juice, not dissimilar to HopSlam rides along the middle of the tongue. Back end citrus is enveloped by a huge piney bitterness that leaves a dryness in mouth and causes instantaneous evaporation of the saliva regions. Hop oils ooze all over this beer.

Mouthfeel is so damn dry. Desertification comes to mind.

Overall, I wish the taste would have matched the smell. A nice IPA that really tastes and shows more like a double. I guess that line has become so blurred anyways. If I had access to this, I would buy it somewhat regularly However, the massive drying bitterness doesn't encourage drinking many at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 00:38:59 | More by BarrytheBear
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at slightly-cooler-than-cellar temperature.

L - Pale amber color with 1.5-finger white foamy head. A few bubbles, decent retention, nice lacing.

S - I could smell a blast of grapefruit as soon as I opened the bottle. Powerful grapefruit hop aroma with some pineapple, peach, and floral notes and some caramel malt aroma as well. Can't smell any alcohol. Smells very nice.

T - A little bit of caramel sweetness up front but this one belongs to the hops. A very tiny bit of sour citrusy acidity as it rolls over the tongue, giving way to the bitter taste of grapefruit at the finish. The tiniest hint of booze but not much at all.

F - Light-to-medium-bodied, feels pretty carbonated even though there aren't many bubbles to be seen. Definitely crisp and dry, but the bitterness doesn't stay around as much as I'd maybe like, especially with such a strong citrus hop presence.

O - This is a pretty good beer and I'd definitely get it again. Goes down very smooth and no sign of booziness. I'd maybe like to see a little more malty sweetness to go with all the hops, as that would help the balance and add to the body, but still a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 04:42:38 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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krembl

California

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with two fingers of golden white head that lingered until the bottom of my glass. Nose is pure hop awesomeness, floral, sweet citrus, honey, and pineapple. The taste is like the smell, 100% hop, with a bitter aftertaste that doesn't overpower. Carbonation is appropriate for the style, and mouthfeel was slightly creamy. Overall, this is an excellent west coast style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 18:00:16 | More by krembl
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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from JM03; thank you! Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear orange and develops roughly an inch of fluffy white head. Solid lacing, but not a whole lot in the way of retention. Still, a good looking brew. The aroma is of sweet citrus - lots of grapefruit - floral hops, some tangerine, and loads of pine. If grapefruits grew on pine trees, then orchards would probably smell a lot like this beer. It tastes similar to the aroma, with lots of grapefruit and orange citrus in front of earthen, piney hops. A sweet, almost sugary comes through as well. Mouthfeel is bitter, crisp, clean and just dry enough on the finish without overdoing it. Carbonation feels spot on. Overall, a solid IPA that is undoubtedly worth a try. Loads of hops and citrus, just the way I like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 20:03:07 | More by eclipse54
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, misterhops for this long-wanted extra.

Frothy, creamy head. Hole-y like swiss cheese, the head leaves lace like a soapy brush.
Body is light amber, golden to the edges, and nearly transparent.

First aroma is like cream soda. Weirdly, sweet cream is present, then pine, grass, copper, wheat, calendula.

Taste is really, really balanced. For every inch of bitter, there is an immediate tug back to malt. This tug ranges from citrus, floral, earthy, to sweet, grainy, and milky. It really reminds me of cream soda.

The feel is very smooth, very rich. Not too much of a tinge either. It's just pretty darn balanced.

The name of the game is balance. This baby isn't a one dimensional player. I can see the beginnings or endings of a five tool guy. But enough with the baseball references. This is a game day beer. I could drink several of these without blowing out the palette. It's so darn creamy.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:24:08 | More by patm1986
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my snifter. Bottled less than 1 month ago according to trading partner. Thanks kcbaby!

Appearance- Nice one finger head, which fades moderately slowly to a thick ring around the glass. Attractive honey gold color. Lacing is prevalent on the glass.

Smell- Mango, some piney hops, grapefruit, lemon, other sweet citrus smells. Not much malt or alcohol present. Very nice.

Taste- Sweet orange and tropical fruits at the start, pine in the middle on the tip of the tongue, and sweet malts take over for the finish. Tastes a bit hot surprisingly, mixing with piney bitterness that lingers. The sweetness cuts it a bit, but it's malt driven and kind of a straight sweetness without flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy body (for style) with medium-high carbonation. I yearn for a bit more creaminess to the feel, instead it's a bit oily.

Overall- Pretty drinkable, but a little too bitter for my preference. Somehow it's also surprisingly malt dominant at the same time. I guess what I'm saying is there is prevalent hop bitterness, but not as much citrusy hop flavor as the nose would have me expect.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:20:16 | More by Auror
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear honey yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit. Taste is much the same with less emphasis on the tropical fruit and a malt finish. There is a medium level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an awesome smell but I wish the tropical fruit aromas came through better in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 00:45:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark orange with a nice off-white head.

S: Aroma is sticky tangelo, light pine, grapefruit, a bit of pineapple.

T: Taste brings rindish orange, grapefruit zest, a bit of caramel, tangerine.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy.

O: A very good, citrusy IPA. If this was available locally I would buy sixes quite often.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 23:49:06 | More by Etan
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aasher

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle in an in person trade with eyeenjoybeer this past Friday. Thanks Michael!

This beer pours a very clear and vibrant bright copper in color with a two finger, creamy white head. The aromas are a nice mix of pineapple, grapefruit, with a light sweetness and no bitterness to speak of. The nose is a mix of Double Trouble and Dreadnaught. How in the hell did they pull that off? It smells amazing! It tastes of sweet malt with a light mix of pineapple, piny hops, and a little more malt. It's solid but doesn't come close to matching the nose. I don't really like my IPAs this sweet. For tasting as sweet as it does, it isn't very sticky and drinks pretty clean. It's pretty refreshing as well. Overall it's a very nice IPA and something that the Brew Kettle should be proud of. It's on the verge of being on the level or premiere IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:10:46 | More by aasher
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark orange, almost brown with a one finger near-white head. The head fades to the edges and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Pine - that is it.

T - Pine, then some carmely malts. Some orange pokes through in the middle also.

D - Good carbonation and an average body.

O - Good balance between pine hops and malts.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 03:37:44 | More by HuskyinPDX
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Alchemist pint glass. No bottle date present, but my assumption is pretty darn fresh. Special thanks to beerhan for this one!

A: Pours a really clean looking yellowy orange color. Finger of big bubbled bright white head. Lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Some nice lacing.

S: Great nose on this one! Lots of fruit and pine, and also some mild malt backbone. I got the grapefruit and peach, but then really sharp pine notes. It's been a while since I really got pine from an IPA, and I don't know why.

T: A very nice first sip. Interesting tongue tingling hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then in the middle of the mouth you get the convergence of hops and malt. Then you get a really nice sharp pine hop bite to close the sip. It's a really well crafted beer.

M: Medium bodied. I couldn't say light with the hop and grain bill on this. Nice mouth coating as well.

O: Great showing from a new brewery to me at A-. I have a few others to try and if this is any indication, they'll rate out nicely too.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 13:47:45 | More by inlimbo77
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Thorpe. Review from notes at the beginning of October.

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 07:57:15 | More by womencantsail
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is a completely transparent light orange hue. Body is somewhat bright in color and carbonation bubble can be seen rising to the top. Pours with about a 1 finger foamy white head that has good retention at 1.2 finger. Little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Lots of grapefruit and citrus everywhere with a hint of pine in the background. Malt presence is very mild and nearly undetectable in the nose.

T- Plenty of grapefruit and other citrus upfront with a mild malt backbone. A moderate refreshing pine hop taste comes through for the finish with a hint of sweet citrus in the background. Finish is clean and very little hop bitterness lingers.

M- Light body with a smooth mildly oily consistency. Medium carbonation.

O- Overall this is a reall well done local Ohio IPA. It certainly stands out among the masses of other IPAs but it certainly doesn't make my top 10 list for the style. It has the IPA qualities that I like-grapefruit and pine without the accompanying bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 17:23:36 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears orange and fairly hazy. The head is pure white and measures about a quarter inch, leaving ample lacing on the walls of the pint glass. The aroma is quite nice, with notes of grapefruit and pine resin. The flavor brings a healthy bitterness, with lingering tangy grapefruit in the finish. The body is thin, even a bit watery. Overall, a very good beer. I would certainly have this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 22:51:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer shared by Huhzubendah- Thanks Matt!

The beer pours a medium orange/amber color with a thin white head. Somewhat cloudy in appearance. The nose is primarily citrus notes.. Grapefruit, etc... Maybe some candy and vanilla as well. Taste is different than the nose- pine, hops, citrus in the background- especially the aftertaste. Very tasty. Feel is medium, w/ a nice clean pine acid bite. Overall, a nice beer- I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 21:19:48 | More by jayhawk73
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

Pours a clear amber/orange with a nice white head. Smell is excellent, a very nice fresh hops blast. Flavor is nice, but doesn't quite live up to the nose. It has a nice balanced hop flavor with a mix of tropical fruit and pine, but the fact that nothing stands out is disappointing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall this is a nice, tasty ipa, but this doesn't stand out as anything incredible.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 05:03:57 | More by starrdogg
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CruisaC for the generous extra. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours a translucent amber with a fizzy, quarter inch, white head. Head eventually settles into a oily slick, with a tight band around the shoulders. The nose on this beer is fantastic! Tropical fruit is prominent off the bottle pop and is present off the pour; however, caramel & toffee dominate once the brew settles in the glass. Taste consistent with nose; however, an earthy, rind-like character cuts through the caramel and finishes with a light, lingering bitterness. Tropical fruit presence is also a bit more diminished. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation that falls just shy of prickly. There's also a slightly oily texture to the consistency. Overall, a very good IPA. I really enjoyed this beer, but perhaps it might be just a little too malt forward - not in a bad way whatsoever, but I think it might slightly detract from the hops complexities.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 01:07:53 | More by Jwale73
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mfavoino

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of JM03. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass on 10/13/12.

A: Pale gold with a finger and a half head that settles. Just a bit of lacing.

S: Nice grapefruit aromas with a hint of resiny dankness to it. Sweet and citrusy. Very nice.

T: Nice citrus hop flavor then a big malt bill comes through. Grainy and some caramel malt prominent. Finishes with a lingering resin flavor and feel.

M: Medium body, average carbonation, and lingering bitterness.

O: Another great IPA that has a substantial malt bill to match the hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 00:28:23 | More by mfavoino
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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