White Rajah - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
06-26-2012 00:45:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
On tap at the Brew Kettle.
Pours a clear golden color with a hint of apricot. Good white head and some nice ringy lacing on the way done. The nose really drops a ton of tropical notes; the Citra character is really prevalent here. Some citrus in the background. Really, really nice. The taste has the same tropical character, but unfortunately ends up really competing with a strong alcohol presence, which carries over into the feel. Dry finish and light body; nothing there to stand up to the alcohol. This would have been a lot better as a 6% beer, I think. Also pretty sure the menu had it listed above 7%. Overall, the nose was killer and the rest was a bit of a disappointment after that. High expectations, for sure.
04-29-2011 12:57:22 | More by Thorpe429
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a glorious head; great stickage
Smell: As others have commented, the aromatics are tremendous, with a range of tropical fruit complementing the lemon/grapefruit citrus
Taste: A hint of shortbread malt and 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 shortbread, into the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; very bright
Overall: A top notch IPA, with a nicely balanced grapefruit pith and floral tropical fruit flavor in the hop profile
Thanks, eyeenjoybeer, for the opportunity
09-24-2011 19:14:06 | More by brentk56
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
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!
06-07-2012 03:55:19 | More by BEERchitect
4.72/5 rDev +9.8%
deep orange amber, and absolutely crystal clear. There was a radiance about it that was outstanding. Tons of carbonation rippling up toward the surface, three-inch head of white foam formed on the top settled down into a nice one finger high pillow
t pungent, ripping citrus hops you could imagine. Just absolutely the freshest grapefruit smell. slightest bit of sugar on the back end sweetening it up, but otherwise this was just a hop driven monster of an IPA. dripping fresh hop taste. Really extremely sharp, crisp, and just unbelievably fresh, As it warmed some slight bready characters came out, but nothing was toppling the huge hop taste. In fact, it made a nice transformation over to a pine resin like flavor as it warmed, and got even stickier. The finish was huge, dry, and bitter, perfect.
09-15-2011 01:44:27 | More by mikesgroove
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
Bottle courtesy of Thorpe. Review from notes at the beginning of October.
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.
01-09-2012 07:57:15 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
09-27-2012 01:02:35 | More by Knapp85
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
Thanks to drgonzo3705 for filling this long-time want.
Appearance: A very pale gold topped by a few fingers of clinging, sticky head. Hard for an IPA to look much better than this.
Smell: Big floral notes with candied oranges, bready malt, a dash of pineapple and evergreen - quite nice.
Taste & mouthfeel: Citrus forward, candied oranges and tangerines come to mind again, with some nice floral and pine notes peeking through. Malt is fairly forward for such a light, pale beer. It's semi-sweet and rather bready, but finishes dry with a clean, smooth bitterness that doesn't wear down the palate. That coupled with the relatively low ABV makes for a great easy-drinking IPA that I'd buy regularly were it local. Damn good.
03-06-2012 03:39:57 | More by largadeer
4.3/5 rDev 0%
Holy nose! I took a whiff of this thing right off the pour and it was super resin. Flavor is very much the same. Strong tones of it. Whew! Meaty this beer is (read that in a Yoda voice). Just wads of pine on top of gobs of it. And I like it. Smooth feel. I found Columbus IPA and this one at the same store and felt pretty lucky. In the end, I think this one wins the battle of the Ohio IPA heavyweights.
05-30-2014 03:31:27 | More by RblWthACoz
5/5 rDev +16.3%
I've been drinking this for the better part of the day, okay I've only had like three or four but they're incredible. I loved the beer on tap but the bottles as fresh as these must be amazing. Please let my local store get a steady supply of these why would I want other beers when this is coming in to the area.
First off when you crack a bottle the aroma comes out and sprays you with hop love. Poured into a glass it appears as deep orange nearly copper color with a bright white head forming thick head. I bought two of the four sixpacks without hesitating, I should have grabbed a whole case at $10.99 a sixer. Anyways I've got my cousin going in tomorrow to get the rest of the beers left.
Aroma is full of grapefruit citrus peel and pineapple tropical fruit notes maybe a hint of pine cones and floral notes but it's simply hoppy as hell with the new Citra hops that have been used in most of this years hoppy must have beers. Fresh cut hops greener than most of the the ads and tax benefits of this year. Reminds me of year of the Simcoe, and year of the Amarillo hops in the past ten years. I welcome each new craze that adds to a hophead palate, I must be spoiled to be 29 yrs old and have experienced at least three to four hop crazy years.
Year of the Citra is no different and much welcomed this beer warmed up tastes great, like a clean sugar coated hop train diving down into an abyss of semi sweet coated sugars, that leave a balanced tropical/grapefruit sugar balance from the bittering aspects of the malts, wthat a great beer that is recognized as good no matter who the audience is. The damn popular kid in the class, either way there's different strokes for different folks, and most people enjoy this type of beer. White Rajah is dangerous for me and like I said since I've been drinking this the better part of the day somebody better tell me when, I'm starting to misstype, other than that quality an awesome all around hoppy offering.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a mellow carbonation ample but not overdone or in your face carrying along with it a nice resinous hop oil texture that carries each sip. Overall impression is indefinitely a good one, I can't compare this to anything I dislike, so in short this is the best part of every hoppy beer I currently enjoy.
12-22-2011 05:50:53 | More by WVbeergeek
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
Thanks to Sean for sharing this at Zwanze Day 2011. Served in a Cantillon glass, before it was unexpectedly poured out by an over-zealous employee. Thankfully I was able to get a refill.
A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. Transparent golden body. Nice-looking brew.
S - Orange creamsicle, tropical fruits, a bit of tangerine zest, and sugar cookie malts. Very enjoyable and potent aroma.
T - Taste is a little more understated, with the sugary malt obscuring the various fruity hop flavors a bit - instead of a rich cornucopia of flavors it's more smoothed out. There's still some citrus rind as well as mild bitterness in the finish.
M - Medium body, lower carbonation, juicy texture, and a dry finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. This is pretty much how I like my IPAs.
D - A solid, enjoyable IPA. The taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma, but I'd gladly have this one again - hopefully a six-packs finds it way to me in the near future.
09-19-2011 01:53:50 | More by MasterSki
3.73/5 rDev -13.3%
Bottle poured into a DFH snifter, thanks to Thorpe for giving this to me as an extra. At the time of this review, this beer is the #6 top American IPA and is flirting with the top 100, currently the #79 beer on the Top Beers - United States list. Just a few away from the cutoff, unfortunately except for providing one more review for it, my review probably won't help its stats.
Beer is dark amber, darker than expected, with a soft off white head of small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.
Aroma is really nice, gets me excited, quite the complex hop aroam, minimal malt, nice pine and citrus notes, very nice.
The beer almost immediately disappoints me when I taste it. It is pretty heavy on the palate and leads off with a strong malt presence, too much for an IPA for sure. The hops are present and the beer rallies at the end but overall I've had much MUCH better IPAs. There have been a couple of highly rated IPAs lately that have not lived up to the hype for me. Oh well. Onward and upward.
10-04-2011 03:47:19 | More by drabmuh
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Huge thanks to beerhan for this doozy!
Pours a white fizzy almost soapy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with some sticky soapy lacing, over mostly clear tan peach orange-yellow colored beer.
Nose brings super fresh hops, tons of citrus with hint of orange peel, lots of tropical fruit with pineapple, grapefruit, slight hint of resin, tangerine, and a slight sweet malty backbone and slightest tickle of booze.
Taste comes with fresh tropical fruit hops, tangerine, grapefruit, nectarine, bit of pineapple, some musty resins and slight oily, light citrus and orange peel. It also has a nice sweet malty backbone, and just a touch of booze. Fairly big beer, nice malty balance with the big fresh citrus and tropical fruit hops. Finish is fairly bitter but it never gets too bitter, with a slight sweet finish, long bitter finish.
Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.
Overall pretty nice, great nose, nice fresh hops, fairly bitter maybe just the right about of bitterness and doesn't get too heavy, nice malty balance that isn't too sweet either. Great hop flavors and aromas.
10-02-2011 00:38:43 | More by jlindros
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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