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

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Ratings: 1,717
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 398
Gots: 207 | 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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Photo of Hessian257
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel pours a uber-hazed gold color with a small, but tight off-white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Hops are tropical on the nose and the malt has an 'oatmeal-esque' creamed caramel aroma...interesting. Smells good, although the nose is not overly powerful.

Taste is balanced, the malts are more caramely than the aroma would indicate and the hops are somewhat restrained. The mouthfeel is quite nice, moderate heft with a pinch of sweetness and is oh so smooth. There is a bit of earthiness as it warms up that is interesting, plus it throws down a couple different layers of bitterness on the finish. Its good, for sure...probably my favorite so far from TBK.

Photo of schwaeh
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice honey color with good clarity. I managed a 1.5 finger pillowy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Wow, seriously? This is as tropical an IPA as I've smelled. Tons of citrus, namely orange, mango, and grapefruit. A good amount of pine encompasses the aroma providing much of the body with the pale malts. A true 5.0, this doesn't need any work at all.

T: A little less fruity than the nose. I get a solid dose of orange, pineapple and grapefruit up front riding the wave of pale malt. Good citrus flavor. The finish fades from the tropical fruits into a lingering pine bitterness.

M: Slick, medium mouthfeel. Really resinous on the finish with a very long linger.

O: I didn't want this to live up to the rage it's getting right now but it is definitely upper echelon. Fairly complex flavor profile for an IPA.
I can see this as Green Flash WCIPA meets Columbus IPA, certainly a winning combination. Hopheads need to seek this out.

Photo of raveskdr
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. Straight outta the box, into the fridge, and straight into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Apple cider, through and through. Slight off white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Half pine, half tropical fruits. No malt to speak of.

T - Lots of pine and a bit slighter fruitiness in the taste. I am getting a slight spiciness that I get in rye IPA's. Really nice for sure. Hops linger a proper amount.

M - A nice balance of malt makes this very drinkable. A slight resin that lingers.

O - A super solid IPA. Glad I was able to get six of these. Would be a go to IPA if it were on shelves here in DC.

CJ

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Goryshkewych for the hookup.

Appearance: Darkish gold. Perfectly clear. Head is white with a tight bubbly head. Drops to a thin bubbly cap with ok retention. Some oily streaks of lacing.

Smell: Tangerines, mangos, pine, weed, cat pee, loads of citrus flesh. Orange, grapefruit, oily, slick. Loaded with juicy, resinous, oily hops. So dankalicious. Sweet. Some caramel malts bring some malty sweetness to the mix. Spearmint. Menthol.

Taste: Pithy tropcal fruit. Mostly tangerine mixed with a nice helping of fresh, juicy grapefruit. Some pine and mint in the back. Bitterness builds as the beer warms. What malts the beer has are mild. Some light bready undertones. Almost marmaladeish with the citrus. Massively hopped. Dank.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation on a medium body. Oily and dry, because that's possible. Lingering bitter dryness.

Overall: Jasmine's tiger can't match up.

Delightfully tropical and abrasive. Bitter and sweet in good measure. Tongue-punishing, but it has a safe word.

Photo of GCBrewery
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of PaulyB83
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottling date poured into a pint glass.

A- light amber with very slight amount of haze, medium white head that dissipates to a thin film.

S- pine, fresh peach, tangerine, some papaya and pineapple, very nice. Light malt on the end. Seem to be getting a slight alcohol smell that I was expecting from a 6.8% beer.

T- Mostly pine, floral and malt. The fruit flavors of grapefruit and a nice tropical sweetness of pineapple and papaya. Labeled as 70 IBUs but seems higher than that to me.

M- Nice medium-light, very easy drinking.

O- A really nice IPA but I wish the flavor and aroma were more in sync. Still a great mid-west, west coast style IPA.

Photo of steve8robin
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JimFries
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of stephensinner
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of muskiesman
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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.

Photo of kingjohnh
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Photo of screamking
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

Photo of portia99
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.

Photo of ONUMello
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

Photo of tranquilocigars
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of allengarvin
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.

Photo of Holland
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.

Photo of barczar
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.

Photo of output01x
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
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.

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,717 ratings.