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

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 2,051
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 474
Gots: 323 | 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

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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 Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to JM03 for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Had this one as a pre-game to one of my best friend’s rehearsal dinner! Served from bottle into a COAST Willi. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tropical fruit, fruit, fruit hop, pine, and pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, tropical fruit, fruit, fruit hop, tropical fruit hop, and pine hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the reviews I actually went into this one expecting a lot which is not normal at all for me. I can honestly say that this thing delivered! So much complexity going on here with tons of different hops playing around with your palate. Once you got used to one, another came in and knocked you off your feet. Really complex and satisfying throughout the entire glass. A really well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having quite a few more of. An absolute must try for any hop-head out there, you won’t be disappointed. (1,161 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking clear golden color with a white frothy head on top. The lacing was sticky and the retention was great. The smell of the beer gave off massive amounts of hoppy citrus aromas and pine notes. The taste of the beer was sweet in the very beginning before transitioning over to the bitterness of the hops. Lots of pine resin and tropical fruit flavors in this beer. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly carbonated with a slight thickness to it. Overall it's a damn good IPA. (502 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really excited to finally get a chance to try this. A buddy of mine brought it back from his recent trip to Cleveland. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The appearance is a clear orange-gold color with a nice white head, but quick dissipation. The nose is outstanding. Lots of ripe tropical fruit notes like pineapples, oranges, and peaches. There's also a slightly sweet, breadiness to it also. Very nice!

The beer has a medium body and a nice firm mouthfeel. The flavor is primarily sweet in the front of the palate (wasn't expecting that) with notes of fresh bread and marmalade. The hops are very well-balanced and creep in quite quickly, but never really completely overtake the sweetness as they assault the palate. That sweetness is always there. The flavors contributed by the hops run the gamut from apricots and grapefruits to pine-like notes. The finish is nice and dry, but not as strong or lingering as some other beers. Still, a really nice beer.

Glad I was finally able to try this. I can buy Brew Kettle beers near where I live, but this one is NEVER there. I'm sure they get it from time to time, but just sell it too fast. This is a really good IPA, but I have to say that Fat Head's Head Hunter (also from Ohio) is notably better. I must point out that this bottle may be a bit old. My buddy's friend said that the current batch seems a bit ``off'', so he insisted I try one from the previous batch. I still need to try this beer fresh. (1,472 characters)

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

Pours a clear amber color with a fairly large white head that leaves some solid sticky lacing.

Aromas begin with a range of tropical fruit and pineapple hops which are complemented by lemon/grapefruit citrus hops. Vibrant notes of citrus oils, pith and zest.

The tastes begin with a hint of shortbread malt but then the hops take over, with an intense, pithy bitterness more prominent than the tropical fruit flavors. While the pith dominates, the tropical fruit flavors linger underneath, as does the sweet light toasted breadiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter and fruity from the ample citrus forward hops which must have been added here.

Overall, this is a top notch IPA, with a nicely balanced grapefruit pith and floral tropical fruit flavor in the hop profile. Normally the standard IPA style is a miss for me because the hop bitterness is usually to resinous and overtakes the hops flavors but this is super balanced and the shortbread maltiness helps to counteract and balance the flavor profile. (1,056 characters)

Photo of birchstick
2.95/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours copper without much of a head on it

S - nose is tons of cheddar (?!?) and some fruity notes

T - follows the nose. Musty-like cheddarness with some caramel malts. Weird, but not terrible.

< - medium body with some wateriness

D - decent IPA. Bit and bold, but with tons of weird cheese flavors of which I wasn't a huge fan. (339 characters)

Photo of dcloeren
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to thebouch01 for this brew!

Pours a pale golden honey with 2 fingers of some of the creamiest head I have ever seen. Excellent lacing to boot.

The nose is an explosion of tropical fruits and citrus hops. A little sweet but very inviting.

The taste follows the nose. Great tropical fruits, mainly pineapple, and an excellent amount of citrus hops.

This beer is light to medium in body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking, great sting on the tongue with the carbonation/hop combo and finishes with a drying citrus hop coating on my tongue.

Overall, this was a fantastic IPA. I love me some tropical hop bombs!!! Will be looking for more of these for sure. (694 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 AleWatcher
3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip pint.

Orange-hued apricot body with a small white head. The head quickly becomes a film that offers a mere 60% coverage. No lacing. The color is great, but all other attributes of the appearance are disappointing.

Smells glorious: citrusy fruit and tropical fruit notes kill it. I can also tell by smell that this beer is going to be pretty bitter. There is a wonderful aroma here that makes me think of candied pineapple. Smells terrific.

The flavor lets me down a hair sadly-- some bready malt up front with a sugary sweetness (and feel?!) and them the hops just don't seem to live up to the nose. Big dry boozy finish with strong bitterness. The overall feel of the beer is oily and medium-feeling. Firm carbonation, but something at the end remind me of day-old tonic water.

Overall-- I'm sure that if this were available locally I would probably pick it up often enough... But as it is, this beer *almost* works for me. It has good potential... (975 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear amber with a thin white head. The nose is slightly hoppy and sweet, but not overbearing. It's a rather generic tasting IPA, but is quite balanced and drinkable. The aftertaste is actually sweet. This is a beer I'd enjoy more on tap... (257 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 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 denver10
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A crisp light golden color with a half thumbs width cream colored head. An awesome sweet tropical fruit component from the hops and a nice malt underbelly give this a fantastic aroma. Flavor is really nice with the pleasantly sweet tropical fruits showing themselves with some orange on top the malt underbelly along some grassiness. Moderate to medium bitterness to this. A creamy, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, everything I want in an IPA this one offers. Definitely one of the best IPA's I have tried, wish this could make it out to Colorado. (541 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, Erin brought it back from Ohio.

Appearance: I just don't think this could look any better. Off white head fills the top of my tulip and fades leaving beautiful sticky lacing. The body of the beer has perfect clarity and is a light, orange-gold color.

Smell: Sweet citrus and tropical fruit hops. Smells big and juicy. Hint of dank and a tiny bit of pale malt. Beautiful.

Taste: Just excellent fruity hops and substantial bitterness. The flavor is all sweet hops and bitter bite, with little malty flavor-- but in a good way. Orange, peach, grapefruit, weed.

Mouthfeel: Soft and nicely carbonated, but with a dry, crisp finish. For a beer that is relatively small compared with all the hops it carries, the dry finish accentuates the bitter bite in a slightly negative way.

Overall: I'd never heard of this beer. What a surprise. Excellent beer. (863 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (969 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure on the freshness. I was told it is less than two months old. May as well give it a go. 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - finger of slightly yellow head of large bubbles. Body is clear and golden orange.

S - very good aroma of grapefruit, orange, and a musty smell.

T - Sweet start of orange and light lemon. Then the harsh hops hit making it more of a grapefruit flavor.

M - very drying. Good carbonation which holds up am average body. Bitterness his on the back of the mouth.

O - a nice beer but nothing that is a must try/have again for me. Simple (566 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, OH...

A: Pours a light translucent straw/yellow with about one full finger of pure white head. The foam settles in a decent amount of time. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, passionfruit), mixed with some light citrus, and mild malt. It smells great.

T: The taste follows the nose. It's light sweetness up front and then the tropical fruits come on strong. From the middle to the finish it's all about the mango. The end of the beer really bitters up as lemon and grapefruit make an appearance.

M: Light bodied beer. It's refreshing at first sip, but the hoppy bitterness of this beer lingers for quite awhile.

O: This is a really nice IPA, and worthy of all the praise it receives. I'm a big fan of the tropical fruit notes in this beer, but I thought the finish was a little harsh. Solid stuff. I'm happy to have tried it at the place where it's made. (955 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2012-06-22 in Columbia, PA. It was bottled less than a week ago.

A - Clear golden-orange with a 1.5 finger white head and very nice ringed lacing.

S - Sweet tropical fruit aromas from 2 feet away. Up closer there's some peach, mango, orange, pineapple, grass, hop floral and hop bud.

T - Lightly roasted pale malt and a hint of caramel malt, sweet and perfectly-ripened peaches, tangerines and pineapples, a mild candied spice and orange zest. The bitterness isn't intense; being more balanced initially with the other flavors but it and the bright citrus flavor lasts loooong into the finish.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Resinous and reasonably oily and prickly.

O - A delicious and fresh tasting IPA with a lot of character. Between this and Fat Head's Headhunter, Cleveland is definitely a destination city for hop heads. Seek this one out; it's top tier! (895 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, golden-yellow color with a half-finger or so of fine white head. Decent lacing around the glass.

S: Great variety of hops here; a variety of citrus (orange, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit) and floral ones really dominate the aroma. Just a hint of malts in the background really ties this one together. Not an exceptionally strong smell, but a very good one. After some reflection, I'm boosting this from 4.5 to 5. The smell distinctly reminds me of Pliny the Younger, but I'm enjoying this one more.

T: Citrus hops are once again the most notable flavor, but not quite as powerful as in the aroma. Grassy hops complement the floral ones to really round out things on the hop end. Light caramel malts provide balance and a sweetness that amplifies the flavors coming from the hops. Alcohol lends a bit of spice as well.

M: Thin to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, giving the beer a smooth, dry finish. Definitely makes me want to take another sip.

O: This beer is a bit more than a sum of its parts; after finishing up my review it went down quickly and easily. It reminds me of Bear Republic's Racer 5, and I would love to try the two next to one another. If you're a fan of that beer, it would be well worth your time to check this out. It's worth pointing out that this one would do quite well on the west coast, as someone who lives there most of the time. This will join Bell's Two Hearted as a second regular regional six-pack IPA choice during my stays in Ohio. (1,496 characters)

Photo of Momar42
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delivered fresh in a growler from my Cleveland buddy Jason...thanks!

A - Crystal clear yellow with nice head that diminishes quickly leaving clumps off white bubbles and lacing on the glass.

S - citrus hoppy aroma. Not as strong as I would have liked but its about a week in the growler so I can accept that. What is there is spot on for an IPA and it invites you in.

T - Same as the nose but more so. Hop bite is mild but nice. Citrus on the front and easy smooth finish.

M - Perfect carbonation and creaminess mixes with the hops wonderfully. Coats without being cloying and finishes perfect.

O - Had high hopes for this beer and it really delivered. Compared with the heavy hitters in this category it holds itself up VERY well indeed. Maybe too mild on the hop aroma and slightly less so in the taste for some, but this is an IPA not a double. It might not be THE best IPA out there, but it certainly is in the conversation. If you can find it, drink it. Well done. (974 characters)

Photo of gradergator
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it on tap and bottle. Pours a beautiful semi-
transparent yellow with some nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is more like a DIPA with citrus and pine jumping out at you. It tastes just like it smells. A rich mouthfeel that seems to make me want to almost chug it. An outstnding Midwest IPa. This is my new go to beer. (323 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Steasy66. 12 oz bottle split between two people.

Clear golden colored, perhaps a little too clear. Medium head and retention. Aroma belongs to the spicy side of hops, venturing well into the onion-garlic territory. An instant turn off for me. Tastes bitter and spicy, again in the Allium genus.

Light, dry and crisp. Overall it's not a bad beer but it's not too good either. (383 characters)

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.