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

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Reviews: 373
Hads: 2,084
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 22.14%
Wants: 481
Gots: 334 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of AwYeh
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Momar42
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of gradergator
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of tewaris
3/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Juicy citrus character, supple caramel sweetness, and dry hop bitterness carry this beer from the initial aroma until the long-linger of crisp citrusy bitterness in aftertaste. This beer astounds at every corner.

Pouring a surprisingly clear gold color, the beer is void of any hopped haze. It is capped with a fluffy white head that's somewhat reluctant to rise, retain, or lace. But a constant swirl reveals just enough foam character to adorn the glass with spider-webbing lace.

Vibrant and fiery character of citrus oils, pith, and zest- the aromas are bright with not only citrus, but also of tropical pineapple, mangoes, and apricots but in the ripest and most pulp-like way. Informed by the mild backbone of caramel, the malt gives just enough energy to the hoppy fruit character to make them seem juicy and ripe. Very clean, the beer evokes nearly giddy emotion heading into the taste.

The juicy hop character doesn't just carry over from aroma, but they intensify as the beer leaps onto the taste buds with an oily taste of orange zest, ruby red grapefruit pulp, and ripe mangoes and apricots. Again, the underpinning of caramel malt allows the fruit flavored hops to seem dripping with candy and honey. As the malt fades, the simultaneous transition to hop fruitiness to turn resiny in bitterness for a clean, crisp, and sharp bitterness of citrus pith.

Medium bodied, only the supple caramel sweetness and creamy carbonation keeps it from absolute dryness from start to finish. But as the malt proves to be fast in fleeting, the carbonation dissipates to a creamy dryness in only the way that IPAs can. Accented by the sappy dryness of hops and the moderate warmth of alcohol, the beer is decisive with its crispness and cleanliness in the end.

Obvious and direct in its lopsided balance that strongly favors the hops, the beer avoids the furniture polish-like alcohols, grassy harshness, and out-of-scale sweetness or body that cause even minor inconsistencies found in even well made IPAs. Goes to show that this is not a well made IPA; it's an instant classic!

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Photo of M1A2
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Opened the bottle and it poured a deep orange with a white head...about a finger worth. some visible carbonation.

S - Citra hop blast with grapefruit, mango, tropical fruit and just dank fresh hops, It smells so good. The malts clearly take a backseat on this.

T - SCORE! exactly the nose, but a little more bitterness and bite. really nice citric blast in your mouth, a great ipa.

M - Tingly and medium bodied. nice carbonation..

O - Overall, a great ipa! really nice balance of everything i love about the style...a really great beer and worth seeking out.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appeared a perfectly clear, beautiful golden color with a 3 finger perfectly white head that left some nice lacing on my glass.

Smelled of citrus fruits including blood oranges, grapefruits, pineapple, and kiwi - mixed with some piney hops. Nice maltiness in the background.

Taste is phenomenal. First you are hit with some nice citrus sweetness, followed by a hop kick at the end.

Mouthfeel is good for the style.

Overall this is a very nice IPA. Yummmm.

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Photo of 4balance
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Ommegang flute, absolutely gorgeous transparent golden bronze color with about a 1/2" of white bubbly head with a constant amount of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom center to the top, head quickly reduced to a little ring with minimal lacing.

Strong aroma of tropical fruit, hops and pine resin, spice.

Taste is citrus; hints of mango and pineapple then into the grapefruit, bitter abrasive hops, pine resin, spice—with the hops lingering on the tongue, not detecting much in the line of malt.

Mouthfeel is light - smooth with a good amount of carbonation, drying finish.

Overall, I am super stoked to be drinking this magnificent IPA courtesy of WesM63 from my home state of Ohio! Highly recommended, would drink much more often if readily available for sure.

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Photo of Andrew61923
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/15, sampled early April. Poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Clear dark orange with small white head. No lacing. Expected more inviting appearance.

S: Yes. Grapefruit, pine, just a touch of bready malt at the end. Me want now!

T: Crisp citrus and some grass. Bitter and drying at the end.

M: Very crisp. Light carbonation, but not underwhelming.

O: Met my high expectations, but didn't exceed them. Would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of pest (thanks Andy!), into a 7venth Sun snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful, clear golden color, with a finger or two of off-white head. Good retention, excellent lacing.

S - A little on the sweet side - light notes of caramel, pine sap, and cotton candy, with some mango and grapefruit in there toward the end.

T - Not too bitter at first, tropical fruits and sweet malt. Very bitter toward the end though, and more on the piney side for me. Long dry finish.

M - Thick, full bodied, and creamy. Great carbonation.

O - The reviews had me expecting maybe a bit more, but all in all it's a nice entry in a field crowded with major players. I'd probably seek out some more if it were available in the area, but not sure I'd go trading for it.

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Photo of IpaRay
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. None to very little head or lacing. Very hoppy and citrus aromas, maybe some pine. Hops are dominant on my tongue... a very light coating otherwise very thin in taste. Overall not bad for an American Ipa. Would like to try this as a draft.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a medium bright orange gold, crystal clear, and a layer of soapy looking foam and no carbonation.

S - Some citrus fruit and some grassy, herbal, and pine notes.

T - Grassy herbs, light citrus, crisp malt, and lemon. Leaves a combination of sweet citrus resin pine bitter aftertaste that lingers for a long time.

M - Full medium body.

O - Worth seeking out, solid and delicious.

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Photo of dlello2
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice light orange color. Relatively clear. Quarter finger of head with a conservative pour.

S - Some citrus, but a great amount of hops. Some pine in there. Really pleasant!

T - This is awesome. What a great IPA... not too sweet but plenty of nectarine, grapefruit, some lemon zest. Holy hell, I'm happy drinking this one. There is maybe a touch of bitterness right at the end, but not off-putting.

M - Nearing on perfect for me. Medium-light body with a great amount of tiny-bubbled carbonation.

O - I think this is my second favorite IPA of all time... it might beat out my favorite (zombie dust) if I was in the right mood. Regardless, it is awesome.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by someone at Real Ale. Thanks!

A: Transparent golden orange with an inch of white sea foam. Great color, great retention, and great lacing.

S: Herbal and weedy with grassy notes. Light orange and grapefruit that are submissive to the herbal, weedy, and grassy characteristics.

T: Restrained citrus with firm herbal and grassy notes. Light malt presence.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Hard to say how fresh this is as it was shared by a friendly stranger. Not very bright or aromatic, and not a lot of flavor. Lots of herbal notes.

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Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy orangey amber in color. Forms a moderate sized creamy white head that reduces fairly quickly to a thick ring around the edges and a patchy surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma isn't all that strong, but what is there is quite intriguing: A juicy blend of orange, citrus, mango, and passionfruit.

T: Taste is quite nice. Starts off with a pale malt backbone. Then turns decidedly hoppy with notes of orange, tropical fruits and passionfruit followed by a light bit of pine. Finishes with a strong resin bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body, but the strong bitterness on the finish makes this one feel heavier in the mouth. Appropriate carbonation for the style.

O: A very nice IPA showcasing a nice spectrum of hop flavors and aromas. Drinks easily.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: One-finger head, kinda fizzy... clear golden/orange color, moderate to heavy carbonation. Good lacing.

S: Citrus, hops, tropical fruits!

T: The taste really matches the Smell quite well... Even more grapefruit here. Well balanced too, though.

M: Hint of resin/stickiness, good fresh feel.

O: Overall, I found this one outstanding. Balanced, tasty .... refreshing yet bold.

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Photo of HosP
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to pest for this brew. Poured 12 oz into FFF pint glass.

Pours fluffy two finger head. Clear deep amber in color. Very sticky lacing on the glass. Lots of floral hops in the nose. Sweet malts and piney hops at the end. Malts come through more in the flavor. Hops take more of a backseat. Pine and floral hops mixed together at the end. Lighter body, good carbonation. A little thin in the feel. Very nice beer to start off spring. Solid overall, glad I got to try.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For my 499th review, I have a nice surprise from local brewer, Brew Kettle. #498 was a bummer in a can from Finch's, but this was great before it hit my lips. The nice "floral" aroma hits before you can take a sip, true to the style.

It sits a little homely yellow in the glass but it quickly redeems itself on a fantastic aroma. Similarly it has a bitter aftertaste that happily (hoppily) lingers for a good long while. Very nice.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Definitely not a favorite from the Brew Kettle.

It poured a clear orange, not hazy like some IPAs with a little amount of head.

The aroma had a strong amount of hops and grapefruit and pineapple.

The taste is where I became disappointed. There was almost no taste of the fruit from the smell, but there was some hop flavor, not a lot and a ton of bitterness. There are notes of grapefruit and citrus, but doesn't compare to the tropical fruit smells in the aroma.

I have heard so many good things about this, but it tasted watered down so it really surprises me. Maybe it was a bad batch.

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Photo of Kelly88
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my bells tulip glass.

A- Cleveland browns orange with a remarkable white head that gracefully glides away to a substantial skim of white froth. Sheets of lace grope the glass. What a beer.

S- tropical fruits explode once you pop the Cap on this beer. I could literally pick out sweet mangos and tart grapefruit just from pouring this beer into a glass. Further inspection reveals a sweet honey quality and a litlle bit of toast. Very pungent

T- oranges and cantelope smack you with a bitter fruit blast on the initial taste, followed nicely in the mid palate by sharp grapefruit and piney hops. The finish is a nice combo of the honey and toast from the nose mixed with a mixture of fruity piney hops. Just crazy good. Each sip reaffirms that this beer is indeed great

M- crisp and heavy usually don't go together but in this case it works great. The tingly sensation from a bitter brew us there and is countered nicely with a creamy heavy coating effect. Slightly slick on the back end but that just makes me want to drink more of this delicious beer.

Overall I am stunned. Who knew that a relatively unknown brewery from northern Ohio could create an ipa that rivals the best the west coast has to offer, I'm looking at you Pliny and just outstanding. So impressed by the flavors and the overall package that I'm just in shock. I've been trading for highly sought after ipas for a long time and all I had to do was look in my own backyard. Doink!!!

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adamb!

A: Pilsner golden. Effervescent, white head. Lots of lace (for who ever the hell cares).

S: Corn, honey, a touch of rye, not much hop aroma, but a clean and fresh smell. I really like to corn.

T: Like a petit barleywine, this is pretty malt forward. I can't really pick apart much about the hops, other than some drying on the finish. Some more flavors from the smell come through, but milder.

M: Very approachable - effervescent, but not desctructive, carbonation. Moderate drying.

O: Not what I dream up when I think IPA, more like a session barleywine. Worth the try.

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.