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

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Ratings: 1,764
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 402
Gots: 229 | FT: 20
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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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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Fat Heads IPA festival. 7%, 78 IBU. This beer won the belt for IPA and best overall beer at this festival, a HUGE accomplishment for TBK. The beer's still being tweaked a bit, but is described as:

"Our first take on a west coast style IPA featuring Citra hops"

This beer has a great storybehind the name. Fat Heads makes an excellent American IPA called Headhunter that won the silver at GABF this year in the most-entered category ever. Well, White Raja is a historical figure who went to Burnei and was determined to end headhunting. So, you can say in a way, this beer's name translates to "headhunter killer". Zing!

The beer looks great - golden with some copper highlights on the edges. There's a film of head with a white ring. Looks good but a touch sticky based on the lack of noticeable carb and head. Color and clarity are both fantastic, though, so this still scores well.

The aroma is amazing. Layers of hops give huge citrus and a touch of Simcoe catty smells. Lots of simcoe in this one, and the citra gives some great lemon and a bit of pep as well. Huge grapefruit, orange, lemon aromatics. Just a killer smelling beer.

Wow, this is amazing tasting. A touch sweeter than expected. One of the best hop bills outside of California. Really well balanced, with simcoe giving some huge kick-ass citrus and grass and perfume. Kiss of sweetness from the malt. Lemon from the citra. Oh boy, this is a game changer here. Ohio's IPA crown may be heading to Strongsville.

The body is just north of water in a good way. Not substantive or sticky with great touch of carb. Medium pleasant bitterness lingers. This beer is amazing and so drinkable. It stood out in a competition with all the big boys, including the finest from Founders, Bear Republic, Port, Fat Heads, Avery, etc. No more tweaking necessary. Put this lightning in a bottle now. Seriously, Jack, why are you still reading this? Bottle it :)

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jegross2
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Production Works. I had this beer a couple of months ago for the first time, but that bottle was noticeably stale.
Score: 91

No freshness date on the bottle, which is never good for IPA's. When I talked to someone from The Brew Kettle Production Works about this a couple of months ago, they said that adding freshness codes to their bottles was on their list of things to do. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed 03/28/12.

Appearance: Pours a consistent, translucent orangeish honey color with a finger of frothy white head that settles into a thick ring around the glass and thin film of head across the top of the beer. Above average lacing, excellent retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Orange rind, sweet citrus, fresh grass, pine, pineapple, lemon and tangerine. Orange juice, peach, pineapple juice and light caramel malt in the background. 4/5

Taste: Substantially better than the stale bottle I had! Sweet and slightly spicy citrus, hoppy orange and bitter lemon upfront. Earthy hops, bitter orange, pine and a little apricot/pear/peach flavor throughout. Sweet caramel malt, orange juice and pineapple juice backbone. The hops flavors are a lot earthier and there is a lot less of the bright tropical fruit and fresh pine that usually define citra hopped beers (e.g., Heady Topper, Zombie Dust, Anti-Hero IPA, Flower Power, etc.). Very balanced and refreshing. Finishes with a bitter, hoppy orange rind flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Oily, juicy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A solid, tasty and refreshing IPA that does not live up to the hype. Flower Power was better. I did enjoy the beer, though. It just was not worth the hassle of hunting down when Zombie Dust is being distributed in my backyard. If you do

Recommendation: Worth seeking out, but not worth going too far out of your way to acquire if you have not had Flower Power, Heady Topper or Zombie Dust yet. Hop haters be warned, this one is decently bitter. I find IPAs to be a poor starting point in the craft beer for casual beer drinkers, but if you want to try an IPA, this one is a very true-to-style tasting brew. If you do seek this beer out, make sure you get a fresh one.

Pairings: Cheese curds.

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

The nose is filled with pithy grapefruit rinds and juices, with a floral touch and some pine needles. The flavor is straight to the grapefruit qualities with a nice back of honey sweetness. Added sweetness comes from a thick caramel malt. It finishes bitter with pine and dank onion but than dries out with a barley flavor. This is a very tasty beer that would be greater doubled.

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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, 6.8% abv. Crystal clear deep gold color. Great white head, excellent retention and lace. Great looker.

Great hop combination in the nose. Piney and citrusy nose, a bit catty as well. Great juicy aroma. A bit of malt backbone in the nose, but this is all hops.

Lighter caramel malt feel. Great juicy hop flavor. Again, pine and big citrus notes. Not overly bitter.

Medium body, softer carbonation. This is one fantastic ipa here. Great juicy flavors.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,764 ratings.