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

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Reviews: 351
Hads: 2,005
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
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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 DeFaz
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is what IPAs are about, and more. The beer pours a medium head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. This is probably the best smelling IPA I've had, as the tropical/citrus aromas are spectacular and huge. The citrus and pine flavors continue to be great, and this beer has pretty much no malt presence at all and finishes quite bitter, but that's to be expected. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but the beer finishes clean and bitter. Overall, this is an incredibly drinkable IPA for a beer with such dominant flavors. This would make for a great session ale given the thinner body. One of these is just not enough. (626 characters)

Photo of TheBrewWhisperer
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pored into a great lakes snifter, beautiful golden color

Smell: pineapples, mango, and some grapefruit all lingering this golden circle.

Taste: HOP BOMB, dang this is one smooth IPA, front of the tongue lingers a fruity ester of pineapple and mango with some grapefruit to cover up VERY little malt to balance all and all great beer

Mouthfeel: light to medium (375 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Kurmaraja for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy yellow-gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had medium retention and light lacing.

The aroma was very pine hop forward, with some light floral notes and no real malt presence. The taste was the same, mostly pine hops, with some floral notes and a very slight citrus aftertaste.

The body was thinner than I like in the style, but is fairly typical for "American" IPA's. Drinkability was good, again typical, about what one expects from an IPA. Overall, a nice, solid brew. Not really worth seeking out, but probably worth a shot if you see it. (639 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden almost light amber body with the appropriate creamy white head. The smell is pine needles, grapefruit rind, and some tropical fruit. The taste is rich and bitter. There is enough citrus sweetness to round everything together. The mouthfeel is full but also slick. This is about as crushable as it gets for almost 7%. This rating goes over 4.5 though when on draft at the Brew Kettle. It's as good as a citrusy IPA gets when on draft. The bottle is still in the top 10 for Midwest IPAs. (497 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 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. (1,728 characters)

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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, bubble gum, 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. (804 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 Farewell_Transmission
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A. Amazing color with a nice head and amazing lacing.

S. This has s amazing no weird off putting smell like some ipa. Maybe the hoppest ipa I have smelled.

T. The taste leaves something to be desired. Really strong hop flavor that lacks balance.

M. Nice and light.

O. Would drink again, this bottle was a bit older. No date on bottle. (342 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A: Straw in color with an orange hue. Pours to a big white sudzy head that takes its time to settle. There is a lots amount of lacing and the final collar is thick and creamy.

S: Bam...Hops!! A big, sweet, citrusy nose featuring juicy oranges and tangerines. There is a bit of malt in the back and maybe a touch of pine.

T: A full on assault of hops! There are the citrus notes from the nose at the start, sweet and juicy, but the bittering hops transition in quickly and the flavor goes dry and spicy quite quickly. The finish is long, dry and BITTER! It may not be a face melting ruination of one's palate, but it is hops and only hops. There is a malt backbone to the beer, but it takes a definite back seat which ultimately delivers a beer out of balance, albeit purposefully.

M: Medium body and carbonation; smooth and round.

O: An excellent IPA, but definitely out of balance in favor of full-on hops; this is obviously the brewer's intent. This is definitely an ode to hops. (1,039 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 kevanb
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Prohibition Pig snifter glass.

The beer pours a nice copper color, clear with a slight chill haze, a few bubbles rise to the top of the glass. A nice, thick, soapy white head rises out of the beer, 2 fingers high that has nice retention with a lot of soapy lace left behind. The aroma is pleasant, lots of tropical and citrusy hop fruits, a touch of wildflower, hop spice with lots of sweet, caramel malt. It's balanced, but with more malt than I'd prefer, although the hop profile comes across nicely. The flavors are right in line, grapefruit, passionfruit, tangerine, pineapple with wildflower, crisp spice and a very, sweet rich finish, laden with caramel malt. The body is nice, high carbonation than I'd expect, but fairly smooth and juicy, lightly dry, but mostly sweet and rich.

Verdict: Not a bad IPA, but relies too much on the malt bill and lacks a truly diverse hop profile. I appreciate the fruitiness and citrus flavor, but it lacks bitterness, tang and brightness. (1,009 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NW2285 for this great brew. Pours a clear gold with billowy two finger head. Decent lacing. Fruit forward aroma. Redolent of white grapefruit, mango, with a little dank, and a slight whiff of cat pee. Outstanding flavor, juicy tropical fruits strike the palate first. Pleasant bitter aftertaste make this an extremely drinkable IPA. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes dry. Overall, a well crafted brew and a model of what IPAs should smell and taste like! (477 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep gold with thin white head. Great lacing.

S - Hops followed by citrus - orange, grapefruit, and mango.

T - Sweet tropical fruits followed by a nice bitter hop finish.

M - Light body with good carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel.

O - One of the best ipa's I've had the pleasure of drinking. Definetly worth seeking out. (328 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours bit cloudy. Orange hued golden straw color with two fingers thick head with great retention leaves a decent sheet if lacing. Looks just fantastic.

Smell is big on tropical aromas. Mangos, pineapples predominantly. Subtle malt sugars compliment the aroma nicely.

Taste is bitter tropical fruits follows the nose. Lemon notes appear as well. Lots of what one might expect for the style but very well executed. Full of hop flavor and bitterness.

Nice dry finish with medium carbonation.

Would definitely include this my regular rotation if it were readily available to me. (581 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 brewski09
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A - Dark golden color with a very light head that dissipates quickly, but doesn't quite leave entirely. Lots of good lacing.

S - sweet hops, pine resin and citrus dominate this one. A bit of booze hits before caramel sweetness. You really don't notice it too much though because the hops are so dominant.

T - pine and a surprising tropical fruit that I didn't pick up on the aroma. The citrus is there, but it takes a back seat to what tastes like papaya to me. This one really sticks with you in a nice way. Very impressive with the tropical hitting and sticking around. There is a mild spiciness, like a hint of Rye in this one that shows through once the palate calms down and processes it.

M - The bitterness really hits you the most in this one, setting up the overall mouthfeel. I like this, a solid bitterness on the palate, with a mild sweetness backing it up, but not offsetting it. This is a nice mouthfeel, but not for everyone.

O - I really enjoyed this one. Glad I bought a 6-pack, but wish I had done it sooner. I would like it to be just a touch sweeter on the finish, but still a great beer. (1,172 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A – Pours a clear light golden color with a finger of slightly off white head, phenomenal lacing and great retention.

S – Citrusy rinds, slight pine, bitter hops, light spices. Smells great

T – Really impressed. Citrusy fruit sweetness quickly transcends into a very bitter resinous/piney flavor. Aftertaste is dry bitterness. A little one dimensional but a nice bitter hop wallop is always welcome.

M – Lighter bodied, good carbonation and great bitterness makes a very refreshing brew

O – Really bitter piney hop forward brew with a nice citrus/sweet fruit flavor. Drinkable, looks fantastic and has big flavor. (627 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. No freshness date.

Appearance- Hazy orange with half a finger of bubble white head. Real nice lacing.

Smell- Ooh. Clementines, oranges, some piney earth. Solid malt backbone.

Taste- Some lemon and orange up front. Mild malt takes over and leads to a pure pine finish. No booze. Bitter, but not crazy.

Mouthfeel- Pretty low carbonation. Not too resinous. Pretty standard.

Overall- Not the best IPA I've had, but certainly not bad by any means. (498 characters)

Photo of linnymtu
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely one of the best IPAs I've had. Pours on the deeper golden color side of the ipa range with a half inch of white head. The smell is fantastic, dominated by citrus and hops. Taste is similar and on the sweeter side. Hops are not dominating but a good presence. Overall a must try. (289 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Big thanks to maximumu13 for this bottle. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Light copper in color, just a little hazy. Even an aggressive pour only gives a ribbon of white head that fades to some stray foam. A few stray bubbles of visible carbonation. Doesn't look promising.

S: Big tropical fruits, melon, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit peel. Below the fruity sweetness is just a touch of bready malt sweetness, but it's hiding in the background. Not a huge amount of aroma but I think an acceptable level - and what's there smells really good.

T: Orange & grapefruit zest, juicy melon, tropical fruit, some pine resin and floral hops. There is only a little cracker malt flavor and sweetness near the swallow, but if you're not actively seeking it would go right by. EDIT: The bready malt character does start to show up more as it warms through the drink. Truly a hop bomb, and yet it lets the hop flavor profiles shine without an excessive amount of bitterness - which lingers in moderation after the swallow.

M: I'm assuming something was wrong with this particular bottle. It's quite flat, distractingly so. Can't be what was intended. Medium body, and alcohol well-hidden. But the lack of carbonation gives it a weird slick mouthfeel.

O: I want to love this beer. I almost love this beer. The flavor is good, and the hop flavors work so nicely together. But the lack of carbonation in this bottle just kills the enjoyment that should be here. I have another bottle, and I hope (!) that the carbonation level is more appropriate. Because I'm nearly convinced this should be an IPA to compete with the best of them. I'll edit the review if the second bottle proves better. (1,700 characters)

Photo of mjm47
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Holy hell this is fantastic. If this were made by Founders or 3 Floyds it would dominate the ISO portion of the trading forum no less than Zombie Dust.

Perfect balance of juicy hops with sweet malt. Smells fantastic and has just the right amount of carbonation. (264 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to my friend Jay for the growler! Poured into a NB goblet.

A: Pours a golden amber color with good clarity and evident carbonation. The head starts off at one fingers of an eggshell color, and fades to a thin collar after a short time. Spotty patches of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Welp, it's kind of what I expected - a visceral assault of Citra hops. Melon, mango, and papaya are all quite evident on the aroma, alongside some cattiness, pine, and even some sourdough bread. Malts are lightly evident, not intruding too much on the hop profile.

T: It starts off very juicy with plenty of tropical fruits like mango and papaya, along side some peach and apricot. A healthy surge of pine bitterness injects itself into the midtaste and finish. Allowing it to warm up will introduce a touch of sugar cookie from the malt backbone. Simplistic, but with superb hoppiness.

M: Very crisp and clean, which I love in my IPAs. The finish isn't bone dry, though, which means bitterness isn't reined in like it should be. This is my ONLY complaint about this brew, and it's not nearly enough to take off points here. Carbonation is about right, giving it spectacular drinkability.

O: In the right mood, I could drink this all damn day - I know for a fact this growler will get killed quickly. With a bit less bitterness, I might have considered throwing out a few 5's here and there; as it stands, still one of the better single IPAs I've ever had. (1,460 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label art and branded yellow pressure cap acquired in a trade with michaellcoates (thanks again, man!) a couple days ago and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings; it's currently #146 on the top 250 list so I'm really excited to try it. 6.8% ABV confirmed. 70 IBUs.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour. Nice thickness. Nice creaminess. Good (~5 minute) retention. No bubble show.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Nice vibrance. Bubble quantity and speed suggests ideal carbonation - as strange a barometer as they may be.

Overall, it's looking quite good for the style; no overt or obvious flaws. Maybe it's not unique or special, but it's solid across the board. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Heavy oily hop character; I dig that. Pleasant and nectary with an aromatic floral hop character. Juicy citrus - orange, watermelon, mango. No naked hop bitterness; it's hoppy yet balanced. Pale malts, clean barley. Light timid grapefruit. Honey. Maybe a hint of caramalt. The watermelon in particular is an unexpected treat. I usually don't go for tropical hop flavours, but based on the aroma they seem well-integrated. And thankfully, I don't get any pineapple from the aroma. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. Quite good for an IPA; I don't know that I've experienced an IPA aroma with this specific character (the watermelon in particular). A bit resinous. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Some bitterness is noticeable, unfortunately - but it comes late in the first act rather than on the climax, allowing the juicy citrusy hop notes to supplant it. As the second act arrives, I get watermelon, mango, orange, hop oils, resins, and a dash of grapefruit. Pale malts lend a supportive body. Clean and refreshing, aside from the pesky bitterness. It's largely well balanced and filled with diverse and deep flavour. Good intensity and duration of flavour. Some zest. Well integrated pine. A dash of orange. It's on the sweeter end for an IPA, but the sweetness is that lovely fruit-derived sweetness; this isn't the artificial sweetness you'd find in really low quality World Brews/Matt Brewing IPAs, for example. Luckily the caramalt is very buried, but I do think it'd be better without it - even if the body were a bit less satisfing as a result. Some candi sweetness about the climax goes a bit overboard; not quite cloying but definitely detrimental.

Malt doesn't "take a back seat" here; it just helps balance the hops.

Mf: Juicy, smooth, wet, and refreshing. Good carbonation. Oily. Light creaminess up front. Good presence on the palate. Good body. Good thickness. Complements the flavour profile nicely; it's a good marriage of texture and flavour.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the ABV - which is on the higher end for the style. Flavorful and tasty, White Rajah is a treat for the IPA fan. It's not quite ideal for my personal tastes; the tropical fruit does bother me a bit. But I can definitely see where a 6er of this would be a mainstay in the fridge of beer fanatics who live in the distribution area. I'd like to revisit this on-draught. My personal tastes aside, it's a well executed IPA that will please any fan of the style, and it definitely has a somewhat unique approach. I'm not sure I'd call it one of the top 250 beers currently brewed, but it's well executed. Recommended.

Low B (3,689 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris and Adam for this bottle. No freshness info but this was apparently very fresh.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Translucent medium yellow with a thin layer of off-white head.

S - A bright citrus nose. Grapefruit, pine, tangerine and a touch of mango. A very slight honey sweetness in the background.

T - An assertive bitterness with pine, orange zest, grapefruit and peach flavours and a very slight honey sweetness. Definitely a hop bomb.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation. (509 characters)

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