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

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Reviews: 364
Hads: 2,048
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 472
Gots: 322 | 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

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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 HopHead84
3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4/13/2012

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. (594 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

White Rajah is on the light side of amber, showcasing gold more than anything else. A relatively pale complexion by IPA standards, only its highlights display any bronzed tones. Foam is spotty over top but is wrapped around the glass like a scarf on a particularly cold, blustery day.

Named after an English dynastic monarchy from the island of Borneo, it's appropriate the beer should smell so exotic and tropical. All sorts of citrusy fruits could be pointed to specifically, but the sum here is definitely greater than its parts and shares some of the spotlight with notes of pine resin, green tea and almost butterscotch-like malts.

If what I just described sounds appealing, please proceed with this review. If it doesn't then forget it - this beer is not for you (nor is the style for that matter, because this is precisely what to expect). The aroma and the taste might as well be identical twins; they share the exact same flavours. On the palate it's more fruits, pine, herbals, and semi-sweet malt (in that order).

A good IPA should offer plenty of bitter, bold hoppy character without being overbearing. It's a tough balance to find but, if struck, means pure nirvana. White Rajah hits the spot - lots of ripe, sweet, tropical fruitiness, countered by bitter herbals and pungency, and that in turn countered with caramelly, toasty maltiness. Capital 'B' Balance! And alcohol is entirely non-existent.

White Rajah is one of those IPAs that has a reputation that precedes it. This scenario often leads to disappointment as hoppy beers, no matter how good, don't often fare favorably to their inflated internet scores, especially when sampled away from the source. But this one did. It is exceptionally composed and characterful. A note for the old boys at The Brew Kettle: good show! (1,803 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris and Adam for this bottle. No freshness info but this was apparently very fresh.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Translucent medium yellow with a thin layer of off-white head.

S - A bright citrus nose. Grapefruit, pine, tangerine and a touch of mango. A very slight honey sweetness in the background.

T - An assertive bitterness with pine, orange zest, grapefruit and peach flavours and a very slight honey sweetness. Definitely a hop bomb.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation. (509 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 64oz growler to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/12/11
*From notes

I owe a massive thanks to Señor siege06nd for bringing a couple of growlers back from Cleveland, and generously sharing one with me.

A: Filtered, rich amber. It's certainly a good bit darker then I'd expected. A generous pour yields a 2.25 finger head. The lacing here is top notch - gobs of the white sticky stuff rims the entire glass.

S: How's it go? "Juicy Fruit, it's gonna move ya!" Damn right. This is jam-packed with an epic amount of juicy, tropical fruit and freshly sliced pineapple. This bad mamajama is a certified hop bomb.

T: There's no playing around with this one. It's all hops all the way. Malt and yeast be damned! The exotic and utterly knee quivering tropical and juicy hop oil kills it on the fore, and easily surfs onto the mid. The late-mid to finish is slightly bitter. And wouldn't you know - a touch of golden malt arrives just as it all ties together on the back end.

M: Rock solid. It's creamy and perfectly carbed. Insanely drinkable.

O: The Brew Kettle's White Rajah is one of the absolute best American IPA's I've encountered. If you're looking for your next hop fix, make sure to get your hands on what The Kettle's pushin'. This is superb stuff. Seek it out at almost any cost.

Mucho, mucho thanks, John - you're the tits! (1,329 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info.

A- Into a tulip. One-inch white foam on a clear light ruby red beer. Spotty lacing and good head retention.

S- Fresh pineapple. Smells great but you have to really get your sniffer up in there, minor complaint.

T- At first a tropical fruit sweetness but then in comes the hoptrain to wreck the palate. A lingering bitterness that stays with you after each sip. Hop hop hop on a comparitively small malt backdrop. "That's just White Rajah bein' White Rajah." Drinks its 7%abv.

M- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- Reminiscent of Furious or the like. I believe the bitterness to be too much a factor to have more than one of these. That said, I'd like to acquire more someday. Thanks to CaptCleveland for helping me tick another off the 'Merican IPA top 50 list. (793 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%

A- Crystal clear bronze gold body. Fine white head pours 2 fingers high with ok retention and low lace.

S - Smells really nice. Soft tropical citrus, peach, touch of cognac.

T - Soft smooth and sweet. Orange marmalade and juicy Clementine dominate the flavor profile. Touch of lemon pith and cilantro bitters round out the backend.

M - Smooth, medium-full body. Almost no carbonation.

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4.14 White Rajah
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.70 4.30 4.30 4.43 10% 0.44
S - 4.50 4.50 4.50 4.50 20% 0.90
T - 4.30 4.25 4.25 4.27 40% 1.71
M - 3.80 2.50 2.50 2.93 10% 0.29
O - 4.25 4.00 3.75 4.00 20% 0.80 (703 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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! (438 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle in an in person trade with eyeenjoybeer this past Friday. Thanks Michael!

This beer pours a very clear and vibrant bright copper in color with a two finger, creamy white head. The aromas are a nice mix of pineapple, grapefruit, with a light sweetness and no bitterness to speak of. The nose is a mix of Double Trouble and Dreadnaught. How in the hell did they pull that off? It smells amazing! It tastes of sweet malt with a light mix of pineapple, piny hops, and a little more malt. It's solid but doesn't come close to matching the nose. I don't really like my IPAs this sweet. For tasting as sweet as it does, it isn't very sticky and drinks pretty clean. It's pretty refreshing as well. Overall it's a very nice IPA and something that the Brew Kettle should be proud of. It's on the verge of being on the level or premiere IPAs. (856 characters)

Photo of beertunes
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. (639 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark orange, almost brown with a one finger near-white head. The head fades to the edges and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Pine - that is it.

T - Pine, then some carmely malts. Some orange pokes through in the middle also.

D - Good carbonation and an average body.

O - Good balance between pine hops and malts. (379 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this for a while now, hope it's as good as everyone tells me it is! 12 ounce bottle, 6.8% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear golden/orange color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The grapefruit aroma is strong in this brew. There's also some tropical fruit, lemon peel, pine hops and a bit of bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma. The citrusy hop flavors dominate, and there's also some pine hops and a bit of bready malt flavors noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, I wasn't disappointed at all. At $10.99 a 6-pack, I think it's worth every penny. (782 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of thegrogbog (thanks Tim!). Apparently this won an IPA contest at Fatheads, but I also heard that Fathead's beers weren't included in the competition so this shouldn't indicate any position over Headhunter. Still a good accomplishment for the Brew Kettle though.

It pours a clear pale golden color with a thick frothy foam. Lots of dry clumps of foam on the walls of the glass too. The aroma is sort of malty for an IPA, but still has good tropical fruit type hops. A little muted though, the malts seem to have taken over while in the bottle.

Well balanced flavor, not exactly a bitter take on the style, but it makes up for it in flavor. Pretty solidly midwestern styled, tasty but unfortunately not as spectacular from the bottle as it surely must be on tap. That said, my glass emptied very quickly. An easy pounder with enough flavor to satisfy a beer lover, maybe could use a little more hops muscle for those that crave a sharper edge. (967 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Clear amber/gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruits, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste oranges, grapefruits, and hops. There is also some apricot and a bit of a graininess.

Overall - Lots of hops for sure but it needs a touch more sweetness. It smells incredible though. A very good west coast style IPA, a little like Bells Two Hearted but with more oomph. (667 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thanks to Miketd for including this in the box. Poured into my duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear gold with a light one finger head that faded to leave minimal lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas are almost similar to Simcoe I want to say...light tropical notes along with some subtle pine and citrus.

T - So this is cool...Nice hop notes here, like pine, fair citrus and light tropical. The after taste though is what bumps this up to a 4.5 for me. It reminds me of one of those mango chewy candies one gets from the local Asian market. Actually chuckled when it hit me which resulted in me almost spilling beer out.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, maybe just a hair thinnish. Still, super easy drinking.

O - Overall this beer was quite nice. Glad I got a good bottle as I guess there was a batch issue last month. Awesome. (829 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a fairly large white head that leaves some solid sticky lacing.

Aromas begin with a range of tropical fruit and pineapple hops which are complemented by lemon/grapefruit citrus hops. Vibrant notes of citrus oils, pith and zest.

The tastes begin with a hint of shortbread malt but then 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 sweet light toasted breadiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter and fruity from the ample citrus forward hops which must have been added here.

Overall, this is a top notch IPA, with a nicely balanced grapefruit pith and floral tropical fruit flavor in the hop profile. Normally the standard IPA style is a miss for me because the hop bitterness is usually to resinous and overtakes the hops flavors but this is super balanced and the shortbread maltiness helps to counteract and balance the flavor profile. (1,056 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very standard looking IPA. Clear amber and bubbles constantly floating to the top. This could be why I am not getting much lace but the head is a great 1/2 inch that settles to a thick lace ring.

S - Rich in tropical and citrus hops with not very much malt so it's fairly strong and bitter. Smell is great.

T - Kind if underwhelming actually the beer has a strong alcohol taste similar to other tropical DIPA's yet this is an IPA. It does go down smooth enough with sweet hops then balancing cracker like malts that seem to dry the palate with a mildly bittering finish. It's good but could use more balance...

M - Despite the cloying alcohol it goes down smooth. Oliy is a great descriptive Medium bodied and chewy.

Overall nothing really meriting a "world class status" but an above average IPA that could use more balance. Worth picking up if you like "Captain Lawrence DIPA" (888 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.04/5  rDev -6%
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 (345 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CruisaC for the generous extra. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours a translucent amber with a fizzy, quarter inch, white head. Head eventually settles into a oily slick, with a tight band around the shoulders. The nose on this beer is fantastic! Tropical fruit is prominent off the bottle pop and is present off the pour; however, caramel & toffee dominate once the brew settles in the glass. Taste consistent with nose; however, an earthy, rind-like character cuts through the caramel and finishes with a light, lingering bitterness. Tropical fruit presence is also a bit more diminished. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation that falls just shy of prickly. There's also a slightly oily texture to the consistency. Overall, a very good IPA. I really enjoyed this beer, but perhaps it might be just a little too malt forward - not in a bad way whatsoever, but I think it might slightly detract from the hops complexities. (969 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel pours a uber-hazed gold color with a small, but tight off-white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Hops are tropical on the nose and the malt has an 'oatmeal-esque' creamed caramel aroma...interesting. Smells good, although the nose is not overly powerful.

Taste is balanced, the malts are more caramely than the aroma would indicate and the hops are somewhat restrained. The mouthfeel is quite nice, moderate heft with a pinch of sweetness and is oh so smooth. There is a bit of earthiness as it warms up that is interesting, plus it throws down a couple different layers of bitterness on the finish. Its good, for sure...probably my favorite so far from TBK. (701 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (375 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a brightly shining crystal clear amber in color. The white head that develops tops off at just over a finger in height and leaves a thick, compact foam when it dissipates a bit, which itself leaves fairly hefty deposits of lacing behind.
A pungent hit of fresh grapefruit pounds the nose. It remains but gives way to resinous pine bitterness and a note of pith as well, with enough caramel malt sweetness to balance while allowing the hops to make noise. This is a great-smelling, very well balanced beer. A touch of sugars are noticeable as a note in the background, doing a good job to complement.
Grapefruit. Pine. Pith. Caramel and bready malts for balance. A touch of earthiness. There's something great here and it's more than just a smack of hops in the face; it's complexity, balance and just the way everything works together as well as the extremely flavorful nature of it. This is simply great beer.
The body is medium, and right off the bat comes a mingling of crispness and smoothness that's moderate but makes this a pleasure to drink.
There's a reason for this beer's grade, and it's well deserved. (1,126 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to JM03 for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Had this one as a pre-game to one of my best friend’s rehearsal dinner! Served from bottle into a COAST Willi. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tropical fruit, fruit, fruit hop, pine, and pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, tropical fruit, fruit, fruit hop, tropical fruit hop, and pine hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the reviews I actually went into this one expecting a lot which is not normal at all for me. I can honestly say that this thing delivered! So much complexity going on here with tons of different hops playing around with your palate. Once you got used to one, another came in and knocked you off your feet. Really complex and satisfying throughout the entire glass. A really well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having quite a few more of. An absolute must try for any hop-head out there, you won’t be disappointed. (1,161 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant copper with a silky, frothy cream head that lingers.

Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine form the initial aroma, with resin and earthy hops adding complexity. There's a hint of onion accompanying toasted, bready malt.

Hops dominate the flavor profile, with tropical fruit quickly brewing overwhelmed by resin and onion, leading to a lingering, lightly bitter finish. Pineapple and grapefruit pith provide contrast to earthy hops.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side, accentuating the fruity hop character. Alcohol warmth is fairly subtle, but noticeable.

Excellent range of flavoring hops, with just enough bitterness to keep me wanting to drink more. (693 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, orange and pineapple like citrus. In the taste, orange and pineapple like citrus hops. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and citrus hop in the aftertaste. BIG HOPS! Big citrus and a small dry pine, quite enjoyable. (329 characters)

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

Thanks to ChrisPro for the share.

A - Golden colored beer with a little bit of orange in it. Had a nice white head that left behind a little bit of lace. Pretty vibrant looking.

S - Good citrus and tropical fruits, with a little bit of cream in there. Smells sweet, with an appropriate amount of hops.

T - It's a sweeter IPA, with some sugar malts and a touch of honey. Good citrus and orange flavors, although it's not quite as hoppy as the nose would lead you to believe.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Really good, easy drinking IPA, could drink this quite regularly. Pretty easy drinking, and taste is quite nice. (640 characters)

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.