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

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Reviews: 364
Hads: 2,048
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 472
Gots: 322 | FT: 23
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: 364 | Hads: 2,048
Photo of car2052
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Very clear deep golden with a small white head.
S: I get a lot of tropical fruits- pineapple, mango. Orange, and wild berry as well. Hint of pine. Funky ammonia smell from simcoe.
T: Big hop bite on the front of the tongue. Lot of pine. Some candy grapefruit taste. A bit of some sweet tropical fruits as well. Dies down quickly to some sweet light malt.
M: Medium.
O: Pretty good. It gets better as it warms. (454 characters)

Photo of JNbeerded
3.11/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

............................................................. uhhh .................. no................. not.................good.......like..............at.........all..... (174 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Long time want from buschbeer, cheers man!

Pours a hazy honey-gold with a half finger of white head that fades quick. Nice nose of ripe citrus fruits with some light tropical fruits and a bit of cedar. Nice sweet(ish) pale malts with some pineapple and tropical fruits plus a splash of citrus juice cocktail. Medium+ body, medium-low fine and smooth carbonation. Great stuff (375 characters)

Photo of almostjay
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5's across the board for me. This beer is PERFECT for my taste buds. Assertive bitterness gives way to mild fruity sweetness at the finish, which is exactly what I want from an IPA.

Just awesome. (197 characters)

Photo of PVMT
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bodhi, Head Hunter and this are my Holy Trinity of Ohio beers. Rajah is a super-balanced West Coast styled IPA. Its flavor is crisp and bright, almost perfumey, and has a fantastic sweet finish. (194 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Bright golden honey. Head is thin and white. The lacing is more apparent and sticks around.

Smell - Grass. Tropical. Dank. Floral.

Taste - Vanilla. Bitterness is largely in the end.

Feel - Oily. Faint carbonation.

Overall - I like it. Good mix of bitter and citrus. (277 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After reading prior reviews, I'm concerned I drink a bum bottle. Regrettably, my second helping confirmed my disappointment. Looks and smells great, but the taste was overweighted citrus, and flat. Very flat. Willing to try another from this brewer, but not crazy about my first choice. (290 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A transparent burnt straw with a minimal white head.

Smell: Big juicy citrus delicately mingled with a earthy grass. Bright peach, lychee, tangerine, pine needles, and a touch of fresh cut grass. Malt is very faint in the back. Smells fantastic.

Taste: Deep fresh citrus waves over the tongue as a slightly bitter pine dances on the palate with more bright citrus brings in just of hint of malt with a touch on honey and lychee. Brilliant.

Mouthfeel: The citrus is deep and sticky on the tongue but the brew itself is crisp and clean. The hop body lingers on the finish.

Overall: An absolutely killer IPA. My favorite since Swamis and beats most by a long shot. So well crafted with the deep pungent citrus and the crisp clean body. A brilliant IPA with no room to hide any errors of which it has none to hide. Seriously hunt this beauty down (856 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden in color with no head whatsoever. Smells very hoppy, as it should. A piney, resiny, punch-you-in-the-nose hop aroma.

Again in the taste I find piney, resiny, punch-you-in-the-mouth hops, only this time with some citrusy notes (grapefruit), and an herbal taste. Very nicely carbonated.

This beer is ALL HOPS, ALL THE TIME... and nothing more. (365 characters)

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what else to say other than this was the first experience this Californian has had with Ohio.

I was sent Hop JuJu, Head Hunter, Chillwave, and The White Rajah.

Rajah = Grapefruit, White Grapes, Tropical Fruit, & a nice and solid pine component that had a perfect blend of malt that kept this Hop Forward.

The best beer in the bunch. I've said it, & I'll say it again. Ohio impressed me more than Vermont. I'm assuming this beer was 2 months in the bottle. If uber fresh, my score would have been higher and near a perfect 5. I'll re-review when that happens. (570 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - hazy golden copper head with a white head
Smell - tropical citrus fruity hoppy smell
Taste - similar to the smell but with lots bitter hops
Feel - medium full body with medium carbonation and creamy
Overall - incredible beer (231 characters)

Photo of brewale4me
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yum. They hit the mark. Gold color slight haze with white head. Grape fruit ,Peaches , and dank aromatics. Tastes of grapefruit ,orange ,vegetal leafy ,and a mild bitter finish. Light to medium mouth feel. (206 characters)

Photo of Shonkers
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite IPA (even beating the likes of Fathead's Headhunter, for crying in a bucket) and in my top 5 beers of all time. Simply fantastic and unique aroma, taste, and mouthfeel--the blend of Hops used is magical. I'm smitten...problem is that while I'm from where this nectar is brewed, I now live in South Florida--where I can't get it. (341 characters)

Photo of Thedusanmandic
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly pungent citrus aroma. Off white head turns into a sticky, newly spun spiderweb lace that sits on top of a two-month-old-penny color. Hoppy slightly oncoming sucker punch followed by an oily stick-your-tongue-on-9-volt-rayovac aftertaste. My go-to "session IPA" that leaves with with a late afternoon of regrets. (320 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

We pour into our glistening new King Sue tekus, christening them on their maiden voyage. The coloring shows up a shade of golden honey. A one finger head of soapy white foam is produced, but this is transient, disappearing quickly. Flicking the wrist robustly, however, causes a wonderfully triumphant return of said head. Lacing is globular and spotty. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active throughout. The aroma is sweet and generously hopped to include notes of citric and nectary fruity hoppiness, pale and soft caramel graininess, apricot, peach, and red apple fruitiness, honey sweetness, metallic ale yeastiness, astringent detergent, tart bubblegum zing, grapefruity rind and oily zestiness, candy corn, flaked butter biscuits, peppery booze, old leather, and wet wool. The flavoring is sweeter than expected for a self-professed “west coast style IPA”. The bitterness of hops is there, but it comes as a slow, lingering tickle at the far back of the palate. Primary notes include citric and floral hop sweetness, honey and white sugar, buttery pale and caramel malts, simple malted barley, acetaldehyde, black pepper and garlic powder spiciness, melted plastic army men, microfiber fabric, concrete and mineral, pine sap and green grassy resins, peach syrup, grapefruit and tangerine fleshy sweetness, powdered Sweetart candies, chalky but savory yeast, and white grape skins. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is light and soft as well. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, but creaminess and frothiness lose out to oily coating on the swirl. The mouth is left significantly puckered after this drips away, especially as the beer comes to temperature. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks away quickly.

Overall, there is just about something here for everyone across the IPA spectrum of taste. The aroma is intensely sweet in its citric and fruity nature, and this translates well to most aspects of the taste. Where you really start to get any semblance of a bitter west coast IPA is through the aftertaste. The hops darken, giving deeper soapy, citric, and piney bitterness. So regardless of if you prefer the sweet or bitter side of the argument, you will find a reasonable medium here. While drinkability is excellent, the one negative we would have about it would be its feel. It glides across and around the mouth well enough, but it ultimately reads as a bit thin. Regardless, we are incredibly happy to have had the opportunity to stumble across this beer, as it seems a bit of a local, regional homebody of a legend. (2,610 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @WesMantooth for this gem.

Wow, golden swirl erupts into frothy pure white tight foam that tapers back to the most graceful thin layer of tightly packed bubbles launching a floral mélange of tropical fruits, grapefruit and lemon zest that leans toward pineapple.
Taste is very juicy and forward with grapefruit, lemon, mango, and a clear malty clean sweetness that is still part of the mix. This one is similar to a DIPA, really deliscious.
Mouthfeel is juicy.
Finish lets the sweet dance with all of the hop zest. Blissful.
Overall, this is a floral, juicy, and citrusy frolic through happy hoppy fields. (618 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

White Rajah is on the light side of amber, showcasing gold more than anything else. A relatively pale complexion by IPA standards, only its highlights display any bronzed tones. Foam is spotty over top but is wrapped around the glass like a scarf on a particularly cold, blustery day.

Named after an English dynastic monarchy from the island of Borneo, it's appropriate the beer should smell so exotic and tropical. All sorts of citrusy fruits could be pointed to specifically, but the sum here is definitely greater than its parts and shares some of the spotlight with notes of pine resin, green tea and almost butterscotch-like malts.

If what I just described sounds appealing, please proceed with this review. If it doesn't then forget it - this beer is not for you (nor is the style for that matter, because this is precisely what to expect). The aroma and the taste might as well be identical twins; they share the exact same flavours. On the palate it's more fruits, pine, herbals, and semi-sweet malt (in that order).

A good IPA should offer plenty of bitter, bold hoppy character without being overbearing. It's a tough balance to find but, if struck, means pure nirvana. White Rajah hits the spot - lots of ripe, sweet, tropical fruitiness, countered by bitter herbals and pungency, and that in turn countered with caramelly, toasty maltiness. Capital 'B' Balance! And alcohol is entirely non-existent.

White Rajah is one of those IPAs that has a reputation that precedes it. This scenario often leads to disappointment as hoppy beers, no matter how good, don't often fare favorably to their inflated internet scores, especially when sampled away from the source. But this one did. It is exceptionally composed and characterful. A note for the old boys at The Brew Kettle: good show! (1,803 characters)

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good refreshing, head was 1/4 " of heavy foam which laced the glass as it was enjoyed. Smell was hoppy goodness, without any bready yeast smells. Color was a orangish yellow very clear. Taste was without yeast. Great hopped unbalanced delight. (256 characters)

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

Beautiful golden beer, incredibly active, with a solid snow white head. Retention is fantastic, leaving behind wide flat snowy fields of lacing.

Extremely tropical hoppy aroma: mango and starfruit, with pale malt sweetness behind.

Flavor follows: this is a fruity, sweet, but fairly light IPA. Carries the hop flavors of a DIPA, with the drinkability of a single.

Pineapple, mandarin orange, mango, honey; a bit of leafy green bite to the hops, as well. Slightly dank, but certainly not the primary component of the flavor.

Very lively feel, minor sting; very drinkable, fairly light; semi-dry with just a bit of oily retention.

This is an excellent, juicy, superbly drinkable IPA. Believe the hype. (705 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Light amber with a nice head and superb clarity

S: Lots of fresh mango crossed with pineapple and tangerines with a little big of light honey a little but of bread

T: Very tropical lots of fruit juiciness then a little dry but mango and papaya are noticeable then a cracker dry maltiness

M: Medium feel maybe a little thick a touch dry

O: A gorgeous beer if you like fruity juicy IPAs you will be trying to wipe the smile off your face after tasting this. You definitely can't wait to get more (536 characters)

Photo of Mattchamp189
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Don't really know how you can beat this. I don't find anything wrong with it.

Flavor, smell, mouthfeel, appearance are all top notch.

I've had a lot of the best: Heady, Pliny, Abner, Enjoy By. This beer is right there with them. I'd probably say Heady beats it but that's only if I HAVE to pick.

I travel from MD to OH for family and holidays and each time I do I seek this fresh IPA out. (399 characters)

Photo of bushwik
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Bright juicy fruit (bubble gum comes to mind here...) a highly sessionable APA that is obviously very well made. The only thing that I would say could be improved is the complexity of the malts on the finish are pretty much non-existent; I would prefer a little bit more cloyying to liken it to a WC IPA as the bottle states. Nevertheless, a very quality beer (from my hometown nonetheless!!) (392 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this one looks nice. beautiful head just off white, very sticky. Nice deep brown red and gold color and vibrant carbonation. Nose is very oily and pine like. Hops in the background. Taste is hops in the front but the back and aftertaste are sweet maltiness. Cloves and spices. Somewhat buttery taste and feel. I like it a lot. (326 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours gold. More clear than some IPA's. Super hop smell with lots of citrus. Even with a slightly stuffy nose this hits you hard. Goes from tons of citrus to bitter. Smooth transition all the way through. Love the hops in this one. Great beer. Good find by the wife on her trip through Ohio! (291 characters)

Photo of Scipio3
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

After hearing about this brew for quite awhile, I finally got a chance to try it and it lived up to the hype.
Great hoppy flavor that actually drinks like a DIPA. As good as it gets. (183 characters)

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.