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

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Ratings: 1,365
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 392
Gots: 123 | 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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oline73

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a tasting in the home of finewinemike. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a layer of off white head that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt, but the star is the citrusy hops. Some pineapple and citrus peel.

Taste: Malty up front, a bit bready. The hop bitterness ramps up from there . The citrus fruit notes are here, but less so than in the smell. The finish is a bit harsh for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mild amount of smooth carbonation. The finish is mildly dry.

Overall: I thought this was a good IPA, but I would have liked a little more balance, especially in the finish. I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 14:05:28 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-21-2011 19:05:17 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-12-2014 01:20:19 | More by mendvicdog
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kojevergas

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label art and branded yellow pressure cap acquired in a trade with michaellcoates (thanks again, man!) a couple days ago and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings; it's currently #146 on the top 250 list so I'm really excited to try it. 6.8% ABV confirmed. 70 IBUs.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour. Nice thickness. Nice creaminess. Good (~5 minute) retention. No bubble show.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Nice vibrance. Bubble quantity and speed suggests ideal carbonation - as strange a barometer as they may be.

Overall, it's looking quite good for the style; no overt or obvious flaws. Maybe it's not unique or special, but it's solid across the board. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Heavy oily hop character; I dig that. Pleasant and nectary with an aromatic floral hop character. Juicy citrus - orange, watermelon, mango. No naked hop bitterness; it's hoppy yet balanced. Pale malts, clean barley. Light timid grapefruit. Honey. Maybe a hint of caramalt. The watermelon in particular is an unexpected treat. I usually don't go for tropical hop flavours, but based on the aroma they seem well-integrated. And thankfully, I don't get any pineapple from the aroma. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. Quite good for an IPA; I don't know that I've experienced an IPA aroma with this specific character (the watermelon in particular). A bit resinous. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Some bitterness is noticeable, unfortunately - but it comes late in the first act rather than on the climax, allowing the juicy citrusy hop notes to supplant it. As the second act arrives, I get watermelon, mango, orange, hop oils, resins, and a dash of grapefruit. Pale malts lend a supportive body. Clean and refreshing, aside from the pesky bitterness. It's largely well balanced and filled with diverse and deep flavour. Good intensity and duration of flavour. Some zest. Well integrated pine. A dash of orange. It's on the sweeter end for an IPA, but the sweetness is that lovely fruit-derived sweetness; this isn't the artificial sweetness you'd find in really low quality World Brews/Matt Brewing IPAs, for example. Luckily the caramalt is very buried, but I do think it'd be better without it - even if the body were a bit less satisfing as a result. Some candi sweetness about the climax goes a bit overboard; not quite cloying but definitely detrimental.

Malt doesn't "take a back seat" here; it just helps balance the hops.

Mf: Juicy, smooth, wet, and refreshing. Good carbonation. Oily. Light creaminess up front. Good presence on the palate. Good body. Good thickness. Complements the flavour profile nicely; it's a good marriage of texture and flavour.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the ABV - which is on the higher end for the style. Flavorful and tasty, White Rajah is a treat for the IPA fan. It's not quite ideal for my personal tastes; the tropical fruit does bother me a bit. But I can definitely see where a 6er of this would be a mainstay in the fridge of beer fanatics who live in the distribution area. I'd like to revisit this on-draught. My personal tastes aside, it's a well executed IPA that will please any fan of the style, and it definitely has a somewhat unique approach. I'm not sure I'd call it one of the top 250 beers currently brewed, but it's well executed. Recommended.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 23:39:26 | More by kojevergas
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-26-2014 19:57:12 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-30-2011 05:13:42 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-19-2013 23:45:33 | More by MarkyMOD
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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

12 oz bottle, thanks to Dan for sharing this.

Clear, dark copper with a light stream of carbonation supporting a persistent creamy, off white head. Clumps of sticky lacing. Resiny, bready aroma. Strong citrus undertones and mild floral bitterness. Medium thick, creamy body with light carbonation and a smooth, balanced bitter finish. Strong caramel and biscuit malt body with a potent Citra hop finish, resiny and pulpy, but not overly bitter. Very impressive

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 05:43:05 | More by yourefragile
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2013 17:16:59 | More by oriolesfan4
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-05-2013 18:53:43 | More by InspectorBob
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-06-2013 05:01:00 | More by orangesol
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 23:44:32 | More by ppoitras
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7%

05-29-2012 02:57:00 | More by duceswild
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

04-24-2012 01:29:26 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

Brew Kettle : White Rajah

Poured ontap into a pint glass. A clear golden colored brew with a small white cap and plenty of lacing. Aroma is not unlike a bag of fresh hops or pellets. Concentrated hop aroma and very inviting. In the flavor, over the top pine, bitter lemon rind, and grapefruit hop profile. Really quenching and hitting all the right notes. I love how hop forward this brew is, with a great fresh pine taste. In the finish, citrus and a light earthy bitterness. Medium to light bodied feel with a good hop bite. Overall, an exceptional IPA. Would like to get this regularly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 16:45:54 | More by Stinkypuss
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

07-14-2013 15:09:02 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

The beer appears orange and fairly hazy. The head is pure white and measures about a quarter inch, leaving ample lacing on the walls of the pint glass. The aroma is quite nice, with notes of grapefruit and pine resin. The flavor brings a healthy bitterness, with lingering tangy grapefruit in the finish. The body is thin, even a bit watery. Overall, a very good beer. I would certainly have this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 22:51:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

01-30-2013 04:44:48 | More by brandoman63
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-21-2013 06:27:47 | More by drewone
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be pretty fresh. Pours slightly hazy deep gold color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, honey, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of big citrus/tropical/grassy hops with light-moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity or bright citrus/tropical/grassy hops and light-moderate malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible IPA. All around fantastic complexity of bright citrus/tropical/grassy hops with light-moderate malt balance; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. An extremely outstanding offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 02:51:07 | More by superspak
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

A: Pours a clear golden color, definitely on the lighter side, probably one of the lightest IPAs I have seen. A small off-white head forms upon pouring with nice retention and lacing.

S: Extremely fragrant. Lots of tropical fruit, but grapefruit is dominant with some pineapple and mango as well a good bit of pine and resin. Very little sign of malt on the aroma. The nose is pretty much perfect.

T: Not as tropical as the aroma, with a stronger pine presence. There is a lot of grapefruit and some pith/zest, as well as some pineapple, orange, and tangerine. Has a rather dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, extremely smooth with medium carbonation. Not very bitter at all. Very drinkable.

O: Really liked this beer. The aroma is one of the best I have encountered. Goes down easy and is sneaky high in abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 19:25:20 | More by mdaschaf
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-23-2012 05:39:03 | More by sendbeer
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beertunes

Washington

3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Kurmaraja for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy yellow-gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had medium retention and light lacing.

The aroma was very pine hop forward, with some light floral notes and no real malt presence. The taste was the same, mostly pine hops, with some floral notes and a very slight citrus aftertaste.

The body was thinner than I like in the style, but is fairly typical for "American" IPA's. Drinkability was good, again typical, about what one expects from an IPA. Overall, a nice, solid brew. Not really worth seeking out, but probably worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 05:10:40 | More by beertunes
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow orange with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, hops, caramel, bready, malts

taste: pine, resin, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: decent IPA that actually got better as it warmed. the pine and resin was a little harsh when cold. glad I got to try it.

Cheers,
the CPJ

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 15:55:41 | More by THECPJ
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-21-2013 06:36:10 | More by zestar
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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