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

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Reviews: 354
Hads: 2,013
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
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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

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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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Photo of beergod1
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a Clear rustic Orange with a light white head, small head, but a fine foam lasted through out the glass. Smells like a hop bomb, Grapefruit...and some sweetness on the end. Tastes as it smells, but better. Full Citrus Hop explosion, Grapefruit, Orange Peel, and a light sweet malt kiss, just for good measure....keeping with the east coast IPA’s. Hard to believe its not a Double IPA. Delicious. (404 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1108th Review on BA
Bottle to HF Pint
12 oz.

Thank to Dan aka CaptCleveland for this one.

App- Pours out a very deep rusted/burnt sienna orange with a very khaki looking 2-1/2 finger head. Took a bit to settle down and left some great cling and lace down the glass.

Smell- Much like the bottle says, the beer is very floral and aromatic. A bit of hop oil, mixed with deep citrus in terms of grapefruits, tangerines and a little bit of earthiness.

Taste- On the flip side of the nose was the flavor profile. Which was its twin brother. It was almost straight hops with a great bit of earthy pine and damp caramel notes. A bit spicy but remained flavorful with a nice undernote of mild citrus.

Mouth- A bit of a medium bodied IPA with a certain light-medium carbonation level. Had a huge residual hop and piney note.

Drink- I will admit, I traded for this one for the top 100 factor and didnt read other reviews. This profile isnt my cup of tea but this had good aromatics and good layers of flavor. I would have this again and trade for it again. (1,051 characters)

Photo of Dan3279
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having this one several times now I am ready to give this one a review. Now starting off I have to say that this one is a little hard to review because I have noticed some variance in flavor between bottles in the same six pack.

I poured the 12oz bottle into my DFH snifter to find a nice clear orange-copper body with a white one-inch head that left a decent little amount of lacing.

The aroma was great with citrus hops and tropical fruits dominating the nose. Not an over-powering aroma but it is very welcoming and reminds me of a west coast IPA.

The flavor is great, a west coast taste and feel found in the middle of Ohio. The citrus and grapefruit hit you first upfront, a little bit of sweetness in the middle with a nice dry finish. Now I do have to say that when I talk about a variance in flavor between bottles in the same six-pack I would get an occasion bottle with a skunky aftertaste.

Overall an outstanding beer that makes me happy that a great west coast style IPA can be found here in Ohio. If it wasn't for the variance in bottles I would buy atleast a six pack a week. (1,101 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for the share.

A - Golden colored beer with a little bit of orange in it. Had a nice white head that left behind a little bit of lace. Pretty vibrant looking.

S - Good citrus and tropical fruits, with a little bit of cream in there. Smells sweet, with an appropriate amount of hops.

T - It's a sweeter IPA, with some sugar malts and a touch of honey. Good citrus and orange flavors, although it's not quite as hoppy as the nose would lead you to believe.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Really good, easy drinking IPA, could drink this quite regularly. Pretty easy drinking, and taste is quite nice. (640 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer shared by Huhzubendah- Thanks Matt!

The beer pours a medium orange/amber color with a thin white head. Somewhat cloudy in appearance. The nose is primarily citrus notes.. Grapefruit, etc... Maybe some candy and vanilla as well. Taste is different than the nose- pine, hops, citrus in the background- especially the aftertaste. Very tasty. Feel is medium, w/ a nice clean pine acid bite. Overall, a nice beer- I would definitely drink this again. (451 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, crystal clear glowing orange bodied IPA. Bone white fluffy head, two fingers worth, rests atop. The head works its way back rather slowly, ultimately leaving a slim cap floating atop. Spotty lacing left cemented to the walls of the glass. The appearance is top notch, I am not sure how one would improve upon this.

The aroma delivers an unexpected balance between the malt and the hop characteristics. A sweet toasted bread and caramel aromas just nudge out the hops up front. The hops are not overshadowed however, intense resinous and citrusy aromas develops underneath. I normally do not like this much malt in the nose with my American IPAs but this works. It may not be appropriate for the style but the end result is impressive.

Similarities can be found between the aroma and the flavor, however the citrus pops a bit more on the tongue. Sweet orangey citrus lands on the tongue first, a more bitter, pithy grapefruit flavor develops just behind. As the beer moves back on the palate a strong resiny flavor is picked up and lingers. The malt provides a solid base, despite the strong hop presence the malt is not buried. A toasted biscuit flavor emerges along side a noticeable but not overpowering caramel flavor.

Medium bodied IPA, the carbonation is moderate and appropriate for the style. Slight oily texture on the tongue, the feel at the end it rather soft and creamy. Finish is not bone dry but remains on the dryer side, perfectly reasonable for the style.

Overall an impressive beer. The balance exhibited really took me by surprise. The malt was a bit more prominent than what I prefer for the style but it was displayed in such a way that I easily overlooked it. Very easy to drink and rather enjoyable. I suppose they can do something right in the state to the south. (1,802 characters)

Photo of Morey
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no freshness date. Come on Brew Kettle, White Raja is certainly worthy of a bottled on date!

Pours orange in color with nice clarity. The head is off-white in color and initially stood about one finger tall. After about 5 minutes, it's settled to almost nothing. There is some pretty good lacing on the glass though.

The nose is where this beer really shines. Big juicy citrus aroma in your face. Orange, peach, white grape, and grapefruit.

Nice citrus-forward hops up front accompanied by some sweetness as well. The malt body is pretty thin allowing for the hops to shine. Not a whole lot of bitterness, and I'm actually getting a bit of the alcohol. Fruity hops and alcohol linger after the swallow.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An above average Ipa overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: A really nice beer from the Brew Kettle. The nose is elite, the taste is above average. Very close to being a top tier IPA. (941 characters)

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 (462 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
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. (403 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, orange and pineapple like citrus. In the taste, orange and pineapple like citrus hops. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and citrus hop in the aftertaste. BIG HOPS! Big citrus and a small dry pine, quite enjoyable. (329 characters)

Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

American IPAs are the beers that got me started loving craft brewing. This is a notable example of what happens with a commitment to a style of beer from a great brewery. Thanks Matt for picking this up for me.

Pours a golden orange color with white bubbles that come to the surface right away. The color held up to the light is nearly perfect to me.

Aroma blew my socks off. Such a profound grapefruit/lemon zest aroma. I am not sure how they pack that much aroma into a beer but if I could have that smell around for a bad day you damn well better believe I would!

Taste was also superb. I was amazed how the lemon and orange zest carrier through the entire sitting. We had this with strawberries and blue cheese. If you have never tried this combo with a rockstar IPA, give it a shot. Flavor had hints of alcohol at best.

In my top 5 IPAs ever. What a wonderful brew. (875 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is a completely transparent light orange hue. Body is somewhat bright in color and carbonation bubble can be seen rising to the top. Pours with about a 1 finger foamy white head that has good retention at 1.2 finger. Little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Lots of grapefruit and citrus everywhere with a hint of pine in the background. Malt presence is very mild and nearly undetectable in the nose.

T- Plenty of grapefruit and other citrus upfront with a mild malt backbone. A moderate refreshing pine hop taste comes through for the finish with a hint of sweet citrus in the background. Finish is clean and very little hop bitterness lingers.

M- Light body with a smooth mildly oily consistency. Medium carbonation.

O- Overall this is a reall well done local Ohio IPA. It certainly stands out among the masses of other IPAs but it certainly doesn't make my top 10 list for the style. It has the IPA qualities that I like-grapefruit and pine without the accompanying bitterness. (1,004 characters)

Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours a clear bright copper/orange hue with a finger of white head that clings to the glass with every sip.

Smell- the first waft of this is very inviting and gets my taste buds salivating. Sweet tropical fruit notes like mango, passionfruit, and pineapple dominate, while a tinge of citrus hangs in the background. Based on the smell alone this beer definitely belongs in the world class IPA conversation.

Taste- has a solid malt backbone for the style, but that is obviously not what this beer is about. This is a hop forward beer with a soft bitterness from start to finish. Tropical and citrus flavors are widespread and intermingle nicely. Just as the bottle states the beer has an “assertive but smooth bitter finish”.

Mouthfeel- dry and medium bodied as expected for a west coast style ipa, good carbonation/plenty of bubbles, with a bit of oiliness from the hops.

Drinkability- very easy to drink. I wish I had more than one. This is very very good ipa and deserves it’s high ranking. Well done Ohio. I definitely will be looking forward to any more Brew Kettle beers that come my way.

Overall-This IPA is definitely in the world class IPA conversation. It’s easy to drink, smells fantastic, and has a soft yet assertive bitterness. Drink it! (1,275 characters)

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. (1,155 characters)

Photo of paultierney1
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
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?! (298 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (848 characters)

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! (1,970 characters)

Photo of shcufj
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of beesy
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a fairly clear light orange color with a 1.5 finger slightly off white head that vanishes fairly quickly leaving a small foam film with some CO2 pockets visualized.

S - lots of hops; citrusy and tons of tropical fruit

T - very hop forward IPA with a firm, somewhat rough, bitterness paired with some citrus and tons of tropical notes throughout. A nice bitterness lingers on the palate - for a long time. Contrary to them listing this as a smooth bitterness, I feel it's slightly harsh like a Columbus bitterness - which I really enjoy in an ipa.

M - just a touch of slickness, but fairly light indicating a nice dry IPA

D - Somewhat high. The 7% ABV is well hidden by being fairly crisp, which equates to being super easy to drink.

Overall, a very nice IPA. It seems a lot of breweries are playing with the tropical hops like citra and galaxy and pairing them with amarillo, cascade and other citrus hops. Ithe aroma is fantastic and reminds me a lot of Zombie Dust because of all the Citra hops. I had this side by side with a bottle of 01/03/12 bottled PtE and the aroma in this far exceeds that of PtE, which I was surprised with. (1,207 characters)

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.