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

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Ratings: 1,403
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 390
Gots: 131 | 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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Ratings: 1,403 | Reviews: 297 | Display Reviews Only:
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Skye1024

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-30-2012 01:55:50 | More by Skye1024
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mfarkas2

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7%

04-27-2012 02:50:40 | More by mfarkas2
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Sesmu

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

04-26-2012 04:40:22 | More by Sesmu
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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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bishocr

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-23-2012 13:21:28 | More by bishocr
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lpotter

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-23-2012 12:37:43 | More by lpotter
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martja

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-22-2012 02:59:18 | More by martja
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-20-2012 04:06:44 | More by jacewg
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nanobrew

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-17-2012 22:16:22 | More by nanobrew
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HopHead84

California

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 16:57:32 | More by HopHead84
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-15-2012 03:22:52 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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lumpy1126

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-14-2012 02:11:44 | More by lumpy1126
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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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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: One-finger head, kinda fizzy... clear golden/orange color, moderate to heavy carbonation. Good lacing.

S: Citrus, hops, tropical fruits!

T: The taste really matches the Smell quite well... Even more grapefruit here. Well balanced too, though.

M: Hint of resin/stickiness, good fresh feel.

O: Overall, I found this one outstanding. Balanced, tasty .... refreshing yet bold.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 03:42:17 | More by UpToMeBeer
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HosP

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to pest for this brew. Poured 12 oz into FFF pint glass.

Pours fluffy two finger head. Clear deep amber in color. Very sticky lacing on the glass. Lots of floral hops in the nose. Sweet malts and piney hops at the end. Malts come through more in the flavor. Hops take more of a backseat. Pine and floral hops mixed together at the end. Lighter body, good carbonation. A little thin in the feel. Very nice beer to start off spring. Solid overall, glad I got to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 02:29:09 | More by HosP
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equincel

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-01-2012 23:48:39 | More by equincel
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schoolboy

Ohio

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

For my 499th review, I have a nice surprise from local brewer, Brew Kettle. #498 was a bummer in a can from Finch's, but this was great before it hit my lips. The nice "floral" aroma hits before you can take a sip, true to the style.

It sits a little homely yellow in the glass but it quickly redeems itself on a fantastic aroma. Similarly it has a bitter aftertaste that happily (hoppily) lingers for a good long while. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 19:28:30 | More by schoolboy
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Definitely not a favorite from the Brew Kettle.

It poured a clear orange, not hazy like some IPAs with a little amount of head.

The aroma had a strong amount of hops and grapefruit and pineapple.

The taste is where I became disappointed. There was almost no taste of the fruit from the smell, but there was some hop flavor, not a lot and a ton of bitterness. There are notes of grapefruit and citrus, but doesn't compare to the tropical fruit smells in the aroma.

I have heard so many good things about this, but it tasted watered down so it really surprises me. Maybe it was a bad batch.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 15:37:35 | More by JohnnyMc
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-31-2012 23:46:43 | More by atone315
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-31-2012 23:38:56 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Kelly88

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my bells tulip glass.

A- Cleveland browns orange with a remarkable white head that gracefully glides away to a substantial skim of white froth. Sheets of lace grope the glass. What a beer.

S- tropical fruits explode once you pop the Cap on this beer. I could literally pick out sweet mangos and tart grapefruit just from pouring this beer into a glass. Further inspection reveals a sweet honey quality and a litlle bit of toast. Very pungent

T- oranges and cantelope smack you with a bitter fruit blast on the initial taste, followed nicely in the mid palate by sharp grapefruit and piney hops. The finish is a nice combo of the honey and toast from the nose mixed with a mixture of fruity piney hops. Just crazy good. Each sip reaffirms that this beer is indeed great

M- crisp and heavy usually don't go together but in this case it works great. The tingly sensation from a bitter brew us there and is countered nicely with a creamy heavy coating effect. Slightly slick on the back end but that just makes me want to drink more of this delicious beer.

Overall I am stunned. Who knew that a relatively unknown brewery from northern Ohio could create an ipa that rivals the best the west coast has to offer, I'm looking at you Pliny and just outstanding. So impressed by the flavors and the overall package that I'm just in shock. I've been trading for highly sought after ipas for a long time and all I had to do was look in my own backyard. Doink!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 23:21:44 | More by Kelly88
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CharlieMurphy

New York

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adamb!

A: Pilsner golden. Effervescent, white head. Lots of lace (for who ever the hell cares).

S: Corn, honey, a touch of rye, not much hop aroma, but a clean and fresh smell. I really like to corn.

T: Like a petit barleywine, this is pretty malt forward. I can't really pick apart much about the hops, other than some drying on the finish. Some more flavors from the smell come through, but milder.

M: Very approachable - effervescent, but not desctructive, carbonation. Moderate drying.

O: Not what I dream up when I think IPA, more like a session barleywine. Worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 00:09:29 | More by CharlieMurphy
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jegross2

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 02:13:29 | More by jegross2
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krembl

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with two fingers of golden white head that lingered until the bottom of my glass. Nose is pure hop awesomeness, floral, sweet citrus, honey, and pineapple. The taste is like the smell, 100% hop, with a bitter aftertaste that doesn't overpower. Carbonation is appropriate for the style, and mouthfeel was slightly creamy. Overall, this is an excellent west coast style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 18:00:16 | More by krembl
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cwguy5

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served in a Kiuchi "pint" glass. sampled on 9.22.11 and reviewed from notes.

A - golden color with half-inch, foamy, white head; good retention and heavy lacing

S - apricot, pineapple, sweet overall

T - mild tropical flavors not quite as strong as aroma would suggest; a bit of maltiness in the middle with a mildly dry, bittering finish

M - light bodied with active, moderate carbonation; crisp overall mouthfeel; bitter linger that sits at the front of the mouth

O - good flavors but not wild about the lingering bitterness. just not my style i'm afraid but a very drinkable beer. not as crazy as some people about this though.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 04:03:47 | More by cwguy5
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,403 ratings.