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

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Ratings: 1,677
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 399
Gots: 193 | FT: 20
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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:
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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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

stephensinner, Nov 06, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

muskiesman, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of kzoobrew
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

kzoobrew, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Ozzylizard, Mar 14, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

kingjohnh, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of adamette
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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

adamette, Dec 05, 2011
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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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

screamking, Mar 16, 2013
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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.

portia99, Sep 13, 2013
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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

ONUMello, Jan 27, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

tranquilocigars, Sep 19, 2014
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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.

allengarvin, Jul 30, 2014
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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.

Holland, Jun 15, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

barczar, Mar 02, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

output01x, May 23, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 11/3/10

Burnt amber with a slight haziness. 1/8th inch head that skimmed quickly. Some lace at the beginning. However, no head or lace by the end.

Super dense, oily hop aromas. Juicy citrus - lemon & a little grapefruit. Some piney notes. Nice, spicy notion as well. Smells like a Founder's Double Trouble or a ramped-up Bell's Two Hearted.

Tastes an awful lot like Double Trouble too, which is a good thing. Solid foray into pine, then some spicy Amarillo. Tight, indistinguishable citrus blends in. Malts are at a minimum.

Righteously resinous, oily & sticky. The hops dominate the feel, making the medium body seem heavier. Fairly dry finish with a moderate bitterness lingering.

Very tasty & highly drinkable for 7% abv. I spoke with Chris (the brewmaster) the night before & he told me the hop bill is Citra, Simcoe, Centennial & Amarillo; a choice lineup, in my opinion.

I'll be looking for this once bottled.

Ryan011235, Nov 09, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

shcufj, Jan 20, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very orange in color, maybe a hint of gold orange color to it. But very orange.

S: HOPS! Citrus and tropical hop smell, that blows you away. It smells great.

T: The taste didn’t exactly match the smell but the taste was good too. All hops and no malt taste really. Hits you a lot of hops too, the citrus is there but it tastes more bitter than you would think.

M: Very light drinking beer. Only knock I would have is the amount of bitterness left on the tongue it’s a lot.

O: Overall a great IPA that smells amazing. Definitely another good IPA from Ohio.

Bogforce, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle via an in-person trade a Jackie O's. Thanks Paul! Poured from the bottle into a Foothills pilsner glass.

A: Completely clear goldenrod color with a very minimal egg shell head that recedes slowly, leaving no lacing at all. A thin ring remained throughout the entire glass.

S: Very sweet fruits ... mainly tangerine and apricot, with a bit of grapefruit and lemon in the background. This is a lot sweeter than other IPAs I've had, but is quite pleasant. Still hop-heavy and piney, but the hops are more of an afterthought, giving way to the sweet and citrusy fruits.

T: Sweet tangerine right up front accompanied with honey, that gives way to a more bitter/citrusy taste of grapefruit. Really delicious and a great taste transition that ushers in the hops and resiny pine quite well. Finish is hoppy with a touch of honey sweetness.

M: Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Really spot on for the style in my opinion. Very drying finish, which certainly isn't surprising or unpleasant.

D: This is really drinkable. Very tasty and crisp and balanced very well. No hint of booze in the smell or the taste. A little sweeter than other IPA's but the sweetness isn't overpowering or off-putting. I'd love to get my hands on another one of these bottles!

Mississipping, Feb 13, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A - pours a hazy dark orange color with 2.5 finger white foamy head. Nice collar and fat rings of lacing coat the glass.

S - Dank floral and citrus hop profile. Hints of pine and breadiness balance out the aroma.

T - A good amount of grapefruit starts it off, with some orange and floral hops. Finishes up with a bready malt and bitter pine. Very nice!

M - Medium body and carbonation with bitterness lingering on the palate.

O - Very nice, mostly grapefruit and bitter IPA that seems to have high IBUs. Thank you Harold for allowing me to try this out.

Ri0, Dec 14, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon from bb8189. Thanks for the brew, Brian!

Poured into a CCB pub glass, forms a 1/4" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head is gone in a flash, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is stanky grapefuity hops.

Taste begins with a sedate sweetness, marajuana-type funk in the middle, and citrus hops through the close. Mouthfeel is way smooth, and drinkability is great. Cheers to GATM!

ppoitras, Jun 16, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

rudzud, Sep 15, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle to tulip. Acquired at Savor Market in Columbus, OH, on 9/7/2013. $11.99 for a six pack. There is no "born on" or "best by" date, but the owner said the shipment arrived 3 days before purchase. Consumed on the date of purchase.

A: golden yellow, slightly hazy, 2-finger frothy white head. good rising carbonation, good soapy lacing.

S: very, very pleasant floral and citrusy aroma, with little pineyness. orange, clementines, grapefruit, caramel malt. the best attribute of this beer.

T: this is not as impressive as the nose, but nice. grapefruit and spicy hops lead to crisp bitter aftertaste, with faint sweetness from the malts

M: dry finish, medium carbonation, slight stickiness.

this is a solid ipa, w/ a great aroma. interested to see if the aroma holds up over time.

StoutItOutLoud, Sep 09, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

sukwonee, Feb 20, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden orange color. Half a finger of head on the pour and present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Heavy sticky lacing left behind at each level. Average amount of active carbonation.

Smell: Tame tropical fruits mix well with some medium bodied pine bitterness and a light caramel body on the front. Citrus picks up more on the body and continues to showcase a very breathable tropical fruit body. Pine grows more toward the back end and rides this brew out.

Taste: Citrus and tropical fruits jump the palate. Grapefruit and pine are potent on the body. The malt brings a very crisp flavor which really allows the bright hop tones to showcase themselves. Lingering bitterness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Carbonation is very well done and works well with the malt and hop tones.

Overall: Another outstanding midwest, west coast style IPA. Citrus and fruit forward with a solid malt backbone which really allows the hop to shine. Highly recommend this one.

KFBR392, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

tectactoe, Apr 08, 2014
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,677 ratings.