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

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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 391
Gots: 122 | FT: 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

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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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-27-2013 04:00:02 | More by ShemRahBoo
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prototypic

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White Rajah pours a copper color. Looks mostly clear. A little light gives it orange highlights. It’s topped with a vanilla colored head that rises to nearly two fingers in depth. It takes quite a while to completely dissipate. Waves of sticky lace cling to the glass as it descends. Looks good.

This smells like my kind of IPA. It kicks off with a very strong citric hop scent. Grapefruit, orange, and light mango are all present and smell delicious. The malts definitely take a back seat here. There’s a hint of caramel sweetness, but it’s quickly lost in waves of hop notes. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t smell all that strong. This stuff smells great. I still can’t get over how citrusy it smells.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. The malt base is a little sweet and sugary. There’s really not much of a caramel flavor at all. I love that. The hops have a flavor that’s simply excellent. It is very citric. Grapefruit, orange, and mango flavors are noted throughout. They definitely have a bitter edge, but it’s not palate wrecking. The focus seems to be more on the hop flavor. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, but isn’t strong. Finishes with a very citrusy, tropical hop flavor. Excellent.

White Rajah has a medium body. The bubbles feel light and restrained. I wouldn’t characterize it as creamy, but it’s smooth. It definitely goes down easy. Given the excellent flavor, a few bottles of this in a sitting isn’t out of the question. It’s that good.

After hearing about White Rajah, my curiosity was definitely piqued. Could it really be that good? Actually…it is. This is one damn tasty IPA. It’s big on hops and short on malts. That’s my ideal formula for a good American IPA. The hop flavor is tremendous! If you’re into citric hops, you’ll probably love this one. There’s really not much here to criticize. It’s extremely solid all-around. Very, very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 03:41:00 | More by prototypic
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Florida9

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 01:15:20 | More by Florida9
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -7%

06-21-2013 01:40:01 | More by AlexFields
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scottfrie

California

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Block 15 snifter. Huge thanks to Rizalini for this want.

A: Pours a light golden color with a thick but short lived oily off-white head that faded into a bubbly film leaving sticky patches of lacing down the glass.
S: Huge notes of fresh citrus hop and a touch of bready malt. I get some orange rind, cream and tropical Starburst as well.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of orange-cream popsicles, tropical fruits and a citrus. Citrus fills the finish with a bit of sweet malt and biscuit dough in the aftertaste. Fresh and clean.
M: Medium-full body, greasy and slick mouthfeel with bubbly carbonation. Goes down smooth enough.
O: An easy drinking and super flavorful ipa. Very hoppy and fresh tasting. Thanks again Bryin!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:11:46 | More by scottfrie
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. Head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is full of citrus hops, orange zest, and other tropical fruits with some grapefruit and pineapple. Some sweet caramel malt as well in the background.

T - Starts off with some orange and tropical hops with some mild bitterness and a touch of caramel malt in the background. Through the middle, more bitterness comes through with some pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of pine hop. The finish is a mix of citrus hops, orange zest, bitterness, and a bit of sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry bitter finish that lingers.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice west coast IPA with an excellent hop profile from start to end.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:11:18 | More by ngeunit1
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cosmicevan

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

what a pleasant surprise, thanks to crushedvol!

a - opened the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a yellow orange that settled as a deep orange with a classicd foamy frothy white head...about a finger and a half worth. rich and transparent. some visible carbonation.

s - wonderful sweetened citric blast. really nice hops. very good balance with the sweetness. candied caramel malts blend nicely.

t - YUM. exactly the nose, but turn up the sweatiness and toss in a perfect blend of bitterness. really nice citric blast with thick piny hops. the sweetness is tamed back in the flavor by the bitterness. very nice ipa.

m - tingly and medium bodied. nice carbonation...a bit on the heavy side, but it works.

o - overall, another great ipa. i wish i could get this locally...what a treat. really nice balance of everything i like about the style...a really great offering and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 06:04:36 | More by cosmicevan
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jenray

Texas

4/5  rDev -7%

03-12-2012 02:10:31 | More by jenray
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-14-2013 02:00:55 | More by warnerry
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kscaldef

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

01-06-2014 00:52:24 | More by kscaldef
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-01-2013 01:58:33 | More by williamjbauer
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev -7%

10-07-2013 19:16:30 | More by Whiskeydeez
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-17-2013 23:52:32 | More by thegerm87
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on this one, however the beer store said it arrived 5/17. Given the taste I'd say it's quite fresh.

A: Pours a very clear amber. Big soapy and foamy white head. Head fizzes away pretty quickly, leaving moderate splotches of lacing. Nice retention at least.

S: Whoa, loaded with citrus and tropical fruits. Nice sharp bite. Strong caramel malt sweetens it up. Orange marmalade is prevalent.

T: Pungent and sharp citrus, orange marmalade and tropical fruits. Sharp (there's that word again) bitterness. Strong and tasty caramel in the middle balances it nicely but make no mistake, this one is hoppy. Wave of sharp (how many times can I use this word?) bitterness in the finish with more orange marmalade. Drying and quite bitter in the lingering aftertaste. Lots of citrus throughout.

M: Slick and oily with hop resin. Medium bodied.

O: An excellent IPA. Strong flavored caramel malt for only 6.8%. Great balance but at the same time the hops stand out very strongly and with pungent, crisp and sharp flavors/bitterness. Hard to describe, IPAs are usually well balanced (90min, pliny) or are unbalanced and super hoppy and bitter (hopsickle, ruination). This one is both at the same time. Really enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 03:39:14 | More by Dope
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-13-2013 18:09:20 | More by BMart
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

02-14-2013 03:45:46 | More by Jspriest
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petermethot

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-29-2014 22:19:05 | More by petermethot
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birchstick

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 03:11:54 | More by birchstick
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-27-2013 08:28:28 | More by DarthKostrizer
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mcallister

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper with a two inch rocky slightly off white head. Great retention.

Just an amazing nose of tropical and citrus fruits with a hair of floral eaters. Grapefruit, mango, lemon zest, orange, sunflowers and more fantastic.

Very well balanced, with a spritzy biting carbonation that really benefits the beer. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, star fruit, lemon and lime, flinty after tones leading into a floral boquet and cereal grains on the long dry finish. An amazing ipa that needs bottled soon.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 18:11:36 | More by mcallister
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-19-2013 17:05:05 | More by wagenvolks
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-05-2013 02:37:20 | More by ADTaber
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-24-2013 21:14:44 | More by ncaudle
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-14-2014 02:09:45 | More by stereosforgeeks
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is a completely transparent light orange hue. Body is somewhat bright in color and carbonation bubble can be seen rising to the top. Pours with about a 1 finger foamy white head that has good retention at 1.2 finger. Little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Lots of grapefruit and citrus everywhere with a hint of pine in the background. Malt presence is very mild and nearly undetectable in the nose.

T- Plenty of grapefruit and other citrus upfront with a mild malt backbone. A moderate refreshing pine hop taste comes through for the finish with a hint of sweet citrus in the background. Finish is clean and very little hop bitterness lingers.

M- Light body with a smooth mildly oily consistency. Medium carbonation.

O- Overall this is a reall well done local Ohio IPA. It certainly stands out among the masses of other IPAs but it certainly doesn't make my top 10 list for the style. It has the IPA qualities that I like-grapefruit and pine without the accompanying bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 17:23:36 | More by PittBeerGirl
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.