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

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Ratings: 1,793
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 409
Gots: 239 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Holy hell this is fantastic. If this were made by Founders or 3 Floyds it would dominate the ISO portion of the trading forum no less than Zombie Dust.

Perfect balance of juicy hops with sweet malt. Smells fantastic and has just the right amount of carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to my friend Jay for the growler! Poured into a NB goblet.

A: Pours a golden amber color with good clarity and evident carbonation. The head starts off at one fingers of an eggshell color, and fades to a thin collar after a short time. Spotty patches of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Welp, it's kind of what I expected - a visceral assault of Citra hops. Melon, mango, and papaya are all quite evident on the aroma, alongside some cattiness, pine, and even some sourdough bread. Malts are lightly evident, not intruding too much on the hop profile.

T: It starts off very juicy with plenty of tropical fruits like mango and papaya, along side some peach and apricot. A healthy surge of pine bitterness injects itself into the midtaste and finish. Allowing it to warm up will introduce a touch of sugar cookie from the malt backbone. Simplistic, but with superb hoppiness.

M: Very crisp and clean, which I love in my IPAs. The finish isn't bone dry, though, which means bitterness isn't reined in like it should be. This is my ONLY complaint about this brew, and it's not nearly enough to take off points here. Carbonation is about right, giving it spectacular drinkability.

O: In the right mood, I could drink this all damn day - I know for a fact this growler will get killed quickly. With a bit less bitterness, I might have considered throwing out a few 5's here and there; as it stands, still one of the better single IPAs I've ever had.

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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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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.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - lovely orange color with a finger of white head

S - Huge tropical fruit and citrus. Mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and grapefruit with a hint of resin.

T - More mango, passion fruit, and grapefruit, but the resin is more prevalent. There is also a hint of pine and a bit of sweet malt leading to a nice dry finish.

M - On the lighter side for an IPA (which I like). Good carbonation and nice dry finish.

O - Wow, did this beer surprise me. It is outstanding, and I think it is as good or better than many of the "Top IPAs" such as Two Hearted, Sculpin, Racer 5, 60 Min., etc.

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4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a light orange with a nice amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom and a pure white two finger head.

S: Tropical hop bomb! tangerine, orange, pineapple balanced nicely with a candy caramel malt and just a touch of pine.

T: Zesty orange and citrus up front. Some grapefruit balanced out by some spicy earthy hop. Sweet malt in the middle, but nothing that stands out then BAM! Piney Herbal HOPS! fantastic finish on this beer that lingers on and on!

M: Mouthfeel borders on the lighter side with a good amount of carbonation. And like i said, a dry lingering finish!

O: This is awesome stuff! For me its readily available and inexpensive. I could drink it forever because the drinkability is so high! It is also bursting with flavor and has this awesome bitter dry finish. /94

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,793 ratings.