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

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Ratings: 1,768
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 402
Gots: 234 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of drabmuh
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TomTwanks for sending me a 6er of this; thanks Tom! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange-copper color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty lacing left on the glass, and one inch of lacing throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, oranges, honey, grapefruit, light pine hops, and light floral hops, Very nice and fresh, and a ton of hops. Very, very nice nose.

t - Tastes of oranges, grapefruit, citrus hops, fruity malts, honey, tropical fruits, and lemon and orange rinds. I still like the taste quite a bit, though it doesn’t seem as hoppy as the nose. A slight step down for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and no bitterness at all. Very easy to drink, a really nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a really great IPA. I thought the nose was amazing and very fresh, and it had a wonderful smooth body. The taste was not quite as nice as the nose, but still a great beer. Glad to have more bottles of this and look forward to having it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of yourefragile
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

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,768 ratings.