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

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376 Reviews
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Reviews: 376
Hads: 2,110
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 22.14%
Wants: 482
Gots: 350 | FT: 24
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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Reviews: 376 | Hads: 2,110
Photo of Chuckus95
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of schwemjw
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange color with a finger and a half of white head, very clear.

Smell is very citrus and tropical like, orange, grapefruit, pine, pinapple

Taste is bright citrus, lemon and orange, malt take a back seat is a correct slogan for this beer, piney bitterness, light malt comes through towards the end. almost a light spicyness to it in the end. Really tasty stuff!

Medium light feel, with adequate carbonation, finishes a slightly dry

nice stuff, would grab it a lot if it was available to me.

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Photo of Holland
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to blacknyellow20 for sending this as an extra!

A: cloudy golden color with decent carbonation, a layer of thin foam covering half of the top of the beer.

S: smell is dominated by citrus fruit, especially oranges. I also get a bit of sweet malt.

T: great balance with slight bitterness, good hop flavor of citrus and earth, and smooth finish with a malty and bitter back end.

M: medium carbonation, definitely better when it's warmer than it is right out of the fridge. Initially it's a bit heavy, but feels lighter and crisper as it gets closer to room temperature.

O: great beer, and something to seek out if you haven't had it. Reminds me of a mini-hopslam.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From FalconA. Thanks!

A: Pours a light almost clear copper with an almost complete absence of head. Plenty of bubbles rising throughout the body.

N: Sweet juicy hops. Tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Biscuit and some caramel. Lots of citrus with a touch of dirt and leaves. I get some flowery elements, maybe some lavender.

T: Expressively bitter. There is a lot of pine and hoppiness. Very sharp, more so than I normally prefer. As I get to used to it, the residual sweetness shows up in the very back of the tongue.

M: Very, very dry and moderately resinous. Medium bodied and alcohol is barely noticeable.

O: A very solid IPA and one that I appreciate the chance to try. Blends together the citrus and the pine without overpowering the senses. not to say it's a pushover, either. Recommended.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Very cool and eye-catching label with great colors and font. Label gives ABV and IBU info, a small description of the beer, a bit of info and small description on the brewery, Label states “Taming the Savage Hop”. Really cool cap.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz English pint led to a 2½ golden white head of a light airy density atop a clear golden yellow IPA. Head retention was a solid 2min 50sec before fading to a thin coating and ring with OK lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of pineapple, mango, sweet grapefruit,orange, and other tropical fruits along with a citrus hop bite. Also has a slight resin aroma with a nice malt backbone.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is much more piney and resin based than the nose with the tropical fruits dominate on the front end. Mid point has a more citrus hop flavor along with a nice malt presence before turning again to a piney resin hop finish and aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: An above average amount of carbonation leads up to a more full medium body. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall/Comments: White Rajah is an exceptional IPA that can hold its own with most any west coast IPA available today. Very well balanced. Highly recommended!! Classified as an American IPA @ 6.8% ABV. Consumed 6/9/2013.

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Photo of zac16125
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White Rajah IPA
12oz bottle into a pint glass
no born on date

Thanks to BMart for sending this want over as an extra!

A: Pours a golden yellow that fades to a paler straw yellow in the part of the glass that narrows. Its bizarre, there is a distinct separation in the color as the glass changes shape. Ive never noticed that in a beer before and Ive used this glass probably 100 times. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass throughout the duration of the drink. 1 fingers width of slightly offwhite color head quickly dissipates to a thin film, but that film hangs around for a long time and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Citrus and tropical fruits are the first notes I get. Lots of pineapple and mango, along with some orange and grapefruit. Subtler notes of pine and sweet malts balance it all out. Very nice.

T: Combination of sweet malts, piney bitter, and citrus are the initial flavors I get. The tropical fruit notes are present, but to a less degree than the nose implied, and the piney hop bitterness is certainly stronger. I also get some citrus rind, like orange peel and lemon zest, and the sweet malts notes are more prominent than I anticipated too, theres almost a sugary or syrupy sweetness that balances out the hops very well. Really good palate profile.

M/D: Carbonation definitely on the heavy side of the spectrum, but even with that it remains fairly smooth. Medium body, with very good drinkability.

O: Really good IPA here no doubt. Definitely worth seeking out if you are a lover of the style. Glad I was able to try this. If it were available locally it would most likely be joining my IPA rotation. Thanks again BMart!

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Photo of Dope
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on this one, however the beer store said it arrived 5/17. Given the taste I'd say it's quite fresh.

A: Pours a very clear amber. Big soapy and foamy white head. Head fizzes away pretty quickly, leaving moderate splotches of lacing. Nice retention at least.

S: Whoa, loaded with citrus and tropical fruits. Nice sharp bite. Strong caramel malt sweetens it up. Orange marmalade is prevalent.

T: Pungent and sharp citrus, orange marmalade and tropical fruits. Sharp (there's that word again) bitterness. Strong and tasty caramel in the middle balances it nicely but make no mistake, this one is hoppy. Wave of sharp (how many times can I use this word?) bitterness in the finish with more orange marmalade. Drying and quite bitter in the lingering aftertaste. Lots of citrus throughout.

M: Slick and oily with hop resin. Medium bodied.

O: An excellent IPA. Strong flavored caramel malt for only 6.8%. Great balance but at the same time the hops stand out very strongly and with pungent, crisp and sharp flavors/bitterness. Hard to describe, IPAs are usually well balanced (90min, pliny) or are unbalanced and super hoppy and bitter (hopsickle, ruination). This one is both at the same time. Really enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottled on date. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale golden which a finger of white head sits atop. Excellent clarity. Very good retention and generous lacing.

S: Caramel with moderate piney hoppiness, sweet orange, and a little tropical fruit. Very subdued aroma.

T: Bread and caramel are in the forefront, a little pine and just a touch of fruit providing some support, finishing pretty dry and with moderate bitterness.

M: Medium body, round, and with crisp medium-light carbonation.

O: Not as much flavor as I would hope for an IPA. Bitterness is on the higher end, also.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works - White Rajah - 12fl oz bottle

Snagged one of these courtesy of Hendry.

Look - Pours a hazy amber brown with a small foamy head, nice sticky lacing. Not the best looking brew but I never judge a book by its cover, at least it looked fresh.

Smell - Deep caramel malts with a nice pine and citrus hop overlay. Nothing phenomenal here, pretty malty but have seen brews of this style that are.

Taste - Snappy malt quickly tamed by a hop blast, but this is then overridden by a second malt wave with a bit of sweetness to it that lingers.

Mouthfeel - Sticky and malty with a hop bitter on the palate. Good drinkability. Slightly boozy, a bit of a throat heater. Not quite as smooth as I expect from an AIPA and the hops get pushed down by the malt profile.

Overall - Not a bad beer, but much too malt forward, the smooth blending I expect in an AIPA simply was not there. I have noticed a trend towards not being particularly fond of the darker malts in these kinds of brews, so it is more personal taste than anything.

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Photo of Hendry
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber with minimal head, respectable lacing.

Aroma is mostly sweet malts with a hint of piney citrus in the background.

Flavors seem to be a tug of war between the tall malts and the hop selection, with the malts winning the battle.

Predominatley malty flavors with some piney/resiny bitterness.

Mouthfeel is lighter meadium,malts are sticky.

Overall decent, but far too much malt for my taste.

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Photo of Old_Jeffro
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first review!

A: Goldish-Copper and clear. Light white head with minimal retention. Some lacing. Minimal bubbles.

S: Sweet, floral with a metallic grapefruit smell. The grapefruit comes through stronger each time I smell it.

T: Tastes like it smells-good balance initially, then a crisp, late-arriving grapefruit taste that lingers well after a drink.

M: Very lightly carbonated, but not dull. Very smoothe.

O: Damn good IPA. Could drink every day.

Thanks to the beer guy at The Hills Market in Worthington/Columbus for this recommendation.

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Photo of TheRemyLeabeau
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down my favorite IPA. I am also lucky enough to live 10 minutes away from the brewery so I have access to it 24/7.
The smell of this beer is redunk, its smooth and slightly hoppy with a taste that WOWs just like the smell. Its pretty consistent from batch to batch, although I have purchased a sixer or two that were a little hoppier than normal but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. If given the opportunity to try this beer i strongly advise doing so, you wont regret it!

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Photo of garuda
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear copper body, white head has some retention and some lacing.

S - Solid tropical fruit nose right from when I crack the cap off the bottle with mango and pineapple.

T - Smell doesn't really translate to taste. Grapefruit flesh, with caramel and honey-like sweetness. Touch of butter. Finishes with an ambiguous, mostly flavorless bitterness with some pine.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Finishes dry. Prickly bitterness across the palate.

O - Expected a lot more out of this one. Taste just didn't pull through enough and had butter off-flavor. I'll pass on it next time I'm in town. Maybe they should bottle date?

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a hazy golden/orange in color with 2 fingers of bright white head leaving behind nice lacing. smells of grapefruit citrus, pine, grassy hops, caramel, honey, pineapple. a wonderful tasting ipa.. lots of sweet delicious citrusy grapefruit, tons of piney cascade hop flavor lingering for bitterness and pineyness.. a delicious sweet caramel/honey malt profile. this is a really great tasting ipa. medium body with moderate carbonation.. slight creamy mouthfeel.

an excellent ipa i've been meaning to try for a while now. definitely looking forward to the other bottle of this. wish we had some solid bottled ipa around these parts. flower power is the closest but doesn't even compare with the sweetness of this beer. perfectly balanced sweet and hoppy throughout the entire glass.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of patm1986
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, misterhops for this long-wanted extra.

Frothy, creamy head. Hole-y like swiss cheese, the head leaves lace like a soapy brush.
Body is light amber, golden to the edges, and nearly transparent.

First aroma is like cream soda. Weirdly, sweet cream is present, then pine, grass, copper, wheat, calendula.

Taste is really, really balanced. For every inch of bitter, there is an immediate tug back to malt. This tug ranges from citrus, floral, earthy, to sweet, grainy, and milky. It really reminds me of cream soda.

The feel is very smooth, very rich. Not too much of a tinge either. It's just pretty darn balanced.

The name of the game is balance. This baby isn't a one dimensional player. I can see the beginnings or endings of a five tool guy. But enough with the baseball references. This is a game day beer. I could drink several of these without blowing out the palette. It's so darn creamy.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Sam for this one. One of the best beers from my favorite brewery? Yes please! 12oz. bottle into a Lawson's pint.

Pours a coarse, .5 finger white head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a clear orange-goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and sparse with average cling. Average.

Nose is outstanding! Notes of citrus, mango, grapefruit, papaya and cane sugar. Very appetizing.

Opens sweet. Grapefruit, citrus, papaya, passionfruit, and other tropical flavors. Big cane sugar malt backbone. End is citrus and sap hop bitterness with some piney notes sprinkled in. Finishes bitter with a juicy, sweet and hoppy aftertaste. Very, very good.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Spritzy and bubbly in the mouth and juicy going down. FInishes messy with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable.

Easily one of the best IPAs I've had in a long time. Which is saying a lot in a style crowded with so many top-notch offerings. Honestly, to be expected from Brew Kettle, one of the most under-the-radar brewpubs in the US in my opinion.

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Photo of MatthewPlus
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

received a bottle in a trade- Thanks pschnei3!

poured a slightly hazy goldenrod in my CCB snifter. egg-shell head with good retention and moderate lacing.
Aroma is extremely enticing- lots of pine and citrus with undertones of honey and malt.
Flavor has a lot of "pop", very hop forward, but a smooth balanced finish. good bitterness up front, and a bit of honey underneath. lasting pleasant hop finish.
medium weight on the palate, not overbearing, decent carbonation.
Overall, i was pleasantly surprised with this beer. It's not quite at the level of elite IPAs (Heady, Sculpin, etc..) in my opinion, but is at the top of the new tier (jai alai, hop stoopid, etc...)
I would certainly recommend this beer.

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Photo of screamking
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into wine glass

Appearance-pours light apricot in color with a lean white head which goes away quickly. No lacing around the edges. 4

Aroma-lots of citrus, I'm getting lemon and grapefruit up front. Also, there are some fresh floral notes as well. For an IPA I would say its closer to middle of the road than to top tier. 4

Taste-lots of lemon and lots of pine. Has a stronger orange taste then grapefruit. Dried pineapple and brown sugar add to the sweetness. 4.25

Feel-solid medium bodied beer, mild carbonation on the tongue, solid coating on palate, very easy to drink. 4.5

Overall-maybe I have been having too many "great" IPA's lately, but this just seems slightly above average to me. It has all the typical characteristics of an IPA but nothing that jumps out and says I'm better then the rest. Is it a good beer...yes. Would I drink or again...yes. I just don't think I would go out of my way for it. 4.25

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Photo of sommersb
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 03-13-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Goblet
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is a clear, orange/golden colored beer capped with a finger's worth of white head. Very good lacing and good head retention.

Aromas feature a big citrus and tropical fruit character, with some floral notes as well.

Taste is similar to the nose, with strong west-coast hop bitterness and just a hint of supporting malt flavors.

Crisp and highly carbonated in the mouthfeel, medium bodied and a finish of hop bitterness.

Overall an excellent IPA in the West coast tradition. Very pronounced bitterness, but still has some balance.

Thanks to buschbeer for the try!

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Photo of VitoFerrante
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This is a beer worthy of an awesome review. I am not sure how fresh it was, but my god, the hop notes were in-your-face. For an American IPA, that has it all. For the style, it really puts many others to shame, including its local rival, the venerable Head Hunter. This is a beer to seek out. I would buy this beer whenever I see it. They need to can this beer and ship it so everyone can enjoy it. Bravo TBK!!!!

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Photo of sukwonee
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Scott for this bottle

A: Lighter brown (almost yellow) body with two finger head with good amount of lacing.

S: Some grain (???), some bittering hops, some malt... that's about it really. Very mediocre

T: okay - so this beer tastes great. In fact, it's quite awesome. IPA with nice tropical and citrous hops but also with good amount of malt. There is this... slightly off-grain-y taste. Not sure what it is but it didn't botter me as much in the taste than it did on the nose. Quite refreshing.

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium body for APA.

O: Definitely recommended. I just had Head Hunter before this and I can't decide which one I prefer over the other. They're both just okay for me.

As far as the the IPAs go, I would say VT > So CAL > OH for now.

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Photo of HopsMathias
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle.
Beautiful yellow to slightly copper color. Just slightly darker than a traditional lager or pilsner. (The first beers I drank were yellow in color so it's what I always think of for beer.)
Nice light citrusy hops aroma.
The taste of hops is definite but not overwhelming. Slight citrus taste balances the hops.
The mouthfeel is light.
Overall a good IPA that is not overwhelming with the hops.

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Photo of Auror
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my snifter. Bottled less than 1 month ago according to trading partner. Thanks kcbaby!

Appearance- Nice one finger head, which fades moderately slowly to a thick ring around the glass. Attractive honey gold color. Lacing is prevalent on the glass.

Smell- Mango, some piney hops, grapefruit, lemon, other sweet citrus smells. Not much malt or alcohol present. Very nice.

Taste- Sweet orange and tropical fruits at the start, pine in the middle on the tip of the tongue, and sweet malts take over for the finish. Tastes a bit hot surprisingly, mixing with piney bitterness that lingers. The sweetness cuts it a bit, but it's malt driven and kind of a straight sweetness without flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy body (for style) with medium-high carbonation. I yearn for a bit more creaminess to the feel, instead it's a bit oily.

Overall- Pretty drinkable, but a little too bitter for my preference. Somehow it's also surprisingly malt dominant at the same time. I guess what I'm saying is there is prevalent hop bitterness, but not as much citrusy hop flavor as the nose would have me expect.

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.