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

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Ratings: 1,564
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 396
Gots: 165 | FT: 17
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:
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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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

mdfb79, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of paultierney1
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tough to find in NW Ohio, but I did it! From a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Nice hoppy, citrusy smell and orange/honey color -- gonna be a good one. Yes it is! Pleasantly bitter with a taste of pine, grapefruit, orange, and just enough funk. Deserves to be in the top 100. And it is! How'd I know?!

paultierney1, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of sbricker
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

sbricker, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of jminch
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

jminch, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to beerhan for running this one down for me. Cheers!

Orange-copper color, fairly bright, with a tight white head, rocky and long lasting. Sticky with a wall of lacing.

Nice citrus aroma - tangerine comes to mind. Not particularly strong or complex, but very inviting. Floral and fruity hops dominate the taste, with some bitter orange rind. Malt flavors are very apparent with caramel and toast. The malt and hops are more balanced in this one than many American IPA's, but that doesn't mean it is a sweet one. Dry with a very light bitter finish.

Medium body with a mouth-coating feel to it. So much for the argument of whether east coast or west coast IPA's are better. Between this one and Columbus IPA, the no-coast IPA's may be stealing the show.

CliffBrake, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of TomTwanks. 12 oz bottle, no date, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours an amber color, with a big inch of creamy off-white head. Leaves lots of lacing.

S- Big aromatic citra hops, loads of citrus and tropical fruit, some pine, very light and sweet malt.

T- Dominated by a big piney, leafy bitterness, specific fruit flavors are less prominent here than in the nose. Sweet cookie malt backs up the hops, and becomes a bit more present as the beer warms.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, resiny and juicy feel, dry bitter finish.

O- A pretty damn tasty IPA, the bitterness is big and has good complexity, beer is very balanced and drinkable overall.

WillCarrera, Feb 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

SalukiAlum, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

elephantrider, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of GehenHerzog
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

GehenHerzog, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pour golden amber in color and has an inch of off white head.

S - It is loaded with citrus, mostly grapefruit, and pine. Grapefruit seems to be dominant.

T - The taste is loaded with grapefruit and pine. It starts out with great citrus flavors and finishes with resiny bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.

M - It is oily smooth.

O - This is a delicious example of a west coast IPA. It has more pine flavors than most of the midwestern IPA's that I have tried. It's one of the better IPA's I've tried in a while.

buschbeer, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ejl4, Jan 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

marine1975, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

ninner00, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

dc55110, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow, nice foamy 2 inch head and lots of sticky glass clinging lacing.

Smell - Tons of sweet floral hops, apple, orange, peach, apricot, grapefruit, pine, lemon, very tropical. A very slight malt armoa is present but really buried under the hops.

Taste - West coast citra hop kick at first sip. Smooth, floral with minimium malts. Bubblegum orange and bitter grapefruit up front. Malts are there and add some balance but not overly noticable til after a few drinks. Some added spices and slight alcohol warm round this beer out.

Mouthfeel - Its quite the mouth crusher, in a good enjoyable way. Tounge gets bitter, coated and left tingly from pine resin and such. Palette gets hops and light malt backbone. Finish is dry, bitter, yet smooth. Aftertaste is thick, bitter, and tounge has hop resin left on tounge for quite a long time.

Overall - Awesome west coast ipa made in ohio. Very easy to drink, plenty of sweet hops and done very well. Not overally easy to locate and im only 2 hours from the brewery but hopefully that will change soon. A world class beer and for the price, 9-11.99$ a six pack, very very hard to beat. Hop lovers, ipa fans, must try this.

wvsabbath, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of kaips1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

kaips1, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to IrishColonial for bringing a growler of this over last night. It poured a clear, orange amber color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer and sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of tropical fruit notes to it. I get some peach, pineapple and grapefruit flavors all coming out of it. Great aroma overall, I love the juicy, tropical fruit flavors to it.

The taste has more of the tropical, sweeter, juicy hop flavors to it up front. Towards the finish I start to get more of a bitter, resiny, citrus rind flavor coming out. Very nice balance of sweet, juicy and bitter, resiny hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a great beer. I loved the juicy, tropical fruit flavors and the bitter citrus rind like flavor gave it some great balance. Very drinkable and flavorful beer overall.

billab914, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

Gtreid, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of mattcrill
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Powdery lemon zest, oranges, and floral hop notes pop out of the glass. Powerful and aggressive American hop aromatics that continue to remind me of candied oranges. Minimal sweet caramel malt aroma blends with the citrusy hop aromatics. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber pour with straw highlights. Low bone white head that retains well.

Flavor: Aggressive leafy and resiny citrus hop punch with notes of lemon, orange, and orange rind. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is bone dry and aftertaste is clean but bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly oily, and medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: West coast, easy drinking, back loaded hop blast IPA. Really good beer that is easy drinking and continues to demonstrate that the Midwest can crank out some good hoppy beers.

mattcrill, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

Jakers90, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint. This one is super fresh, only about 10 days old. Thanks to frenchblood21 for the hookup!!

A: Like liquid gold. A shimmering golden copper color, crystal clear with a juicy, bubbly two finger white head that rapidly recedes to a quarter finger. Wonderful contrast here between crisp white head and the golden orange color. Spectacular clarity. Excellent lacing on the sides. A great looking IPA.

S: Wow, a citra bomb! Mango, pineapple, orange cream. Wave after wave of the tropical stuff assaults the nose. But it is so smooth: not a hint of booze or bitterness to be found in the bouquet. Orange zest notes are pointedly assertive here. Has to be one of the best smelling IPAs I have ever experienced. Top marks.

T: Mmmm...hop heads will be buzzing. Lots of tropical fruit, especially pineapple and orange. Pretty good malt presence too, with some sweet biscuit notes providing a solid foundation for the hops. A bit of pine resin provides an assertive bitterness through the finish, but it's very much a smooth beer. The hops here are so assertive yet they don't overwhelm. No harshness to be found. Just a smooth, creamy, hop dream. Excellent.

M: The balance and carbonation are spot on, but White Rajah might be just a little too light for it's own good. It's so delicate that the finish is almost watery because the citrus notes fade out and all you get is just a kiss of bitterness. Probably could have used just a little bit more malt to thicken things at the end. Stacked against the rest of the beer, though, it's not a big deal.

O: Brew Kettle's White Rajah is absolutely a contender for best IPA in the land. That's not to say it IS the best IPA in the land, but it can be mentioned with the likes of Russian River, Three Floyds, Kern River, Alpine, Bells, Founders, so on and so forth and not be embarrassed. This would give any one of those beers a run for its money. Fantastic beer from start to finish. Bravo, Brew Kettle!

siege06nd, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of shcufj
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall tulip glass

A: Pours a clear, golden color with a thick which bubbly head. Good head retention, little lacing

S: Strong hoppy aroma with hints of citrus and floral notes

T: strong hop flavor throughout the sip. Flavor takes a while to diminish. Notes of several different different hops used during the boil.

M: Light to medium, crisp, well-carbonated mouth feel. Slightly malty sweetness that dries out quickly, leaving the long-lasting bitter flavor

O: A very crisp, clean, and very hoppy IPA. The citrusy hops add a nice floral and citrus aroma.

shcufj, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of ghostwalker
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear reddish-golden body with a creamy finger of yellow-white head. Just beautiful.

Nose is very much like fresh Pliny with huge citrus hops and notable pine.

Flavor is sweet, creamy citrus hops swirled onto a light malt body. Unbalanced to the hop end in the best tradition of the West Coast IPAs.

Mouthfeel is solid, yet light creaminess with a substantial hop bite on the finish.

Really just an overall success as an IPA, as well as a well crafted beer. Not a thing to dislike about this fantastic brew. Maybe it deserves all 5s, but I guess I've become a tougher grader.

Never heard of the Brew Kettle before this one, but I will seek out their other offerings.

ghostwalker, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

otter20dt, Jan 19, 2012
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,564 ratings.