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

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Reviews: 353
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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 JCaweinstein
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Agressive pour leaves a3 finger, bubbly white head on this crystal clear pale gold colored beer.
Hardcore grapefruit citrus, very potent and very good.
Taste is just like the smell, big citrusy grapefruit. Not much of a malt presence here and that is ok.
Starts with a bitter punch in the mouth followed with a bitter punch in the mouth on the finish
I love the aroma and flavor of this beer. Both are very big and very bold. It smells just like it tastes. (456 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info.

A- Into a tulip. One-inch white foam on a clear light ruby red beer. Spotty lacing and good head retention.

S- Fresh pineapple. Smells great but you have to really get your sniffer up in there, minor complaint.

T- At first a tropical fruit sweetness but then in comes the hoptrain to wreck the palate. A lingering bitterness that stays with you after each sip. Hop hop hop on a comparitively small malt backdrop. "That's just White Rajah bein' White Rajah." Drinks its 7%abv.

M- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- Reminiscent of Furious or the like. I believe the bitterness to be too much a factor to have more than one of these. That said, I'd like to acquire more someday. Thanks to CaptCleveland for helping me tick another off the 'Merican IPA top 50 list. (793 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptCleveland, a recent (& hopefully future) trader who jammed this little gem as an extra into a recent box.

Poured into a willing pint glass, this is a clean, filtered amber. Nose is precisely as advertised, citrus packing plant on the shores of a tropical hop island. Nice.

White Rajah punches above its weight by way of both bitterness & flavors; too many IPAs have one or the other, but not both. Not so herein. The curtain rises on a beer so oily, so full of resins, so sticky, that is barely qualifies as beer. Damn. Along with that lip-smacking stickiness is a heavy dose of passion fruit, mango, pineassle, & like that. Bittering hops smack the back-end with an open hand, keeping the tropicals from getting too sweet. Goes down like water. I suppose it is, mostly.

Excellent IPA. This is how you do things, people, throw those malts out the window & just drown me in filthy hops. All my other Brew Kettle experiences have been good, this one is exceptional. (983 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear dark yellow color. Just one finger of creamy white head. Retention is average and a small ring of lacing is left.

5.0 S: Tremendously strong citrus and floral hoppiness. Grapefruit and pine, mango and papaya, pineapple and orange. Super clean, which is just how I like my IPAs.

4.0 T: Though still quite good, the taste can't match the intensity of the nose. Everything is still there, but just less of it than I was expecting. Pine and grapefruit are the strongest, followed by orange and mango, with the pineapple and papaya underneath it all. Moderate bitterness. Surprisingly, there's a decent malt character in this. I thought that there wouldn't be based on the color. Neutral malt sweetness with just a touch of breadiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation level is fine, but the beer weighs a bit heavy on the tongue. I'd prefer a bit more creaminess from this.

4.0 D: Despite it's faults, this is still a really solid IPA. (977 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White Rajah pours a copper color. Looks mostly clear. A little light gives it orange highlights. It’s topped with a vanilla colored head that rises to nearly two fingers in depth. It takes quite a while to completely dissipate. Waves of sticky lace cling to the glass as it descends. Looks good.

This smells like my kind of IPA. It kicks off with a very strong citric hop scent. Grapefruit, orange, and light mango are all present and smell delicious. The malts definitely take a back seat here. There’s a hint of caramel sweetness, but it’s quickly lost in waves of hop notes. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t smell all that strong. This stuff smells great. I still can’t get over how citrusy it smells.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. The malt base is a little sweet and sugary. There’s really not much of a caramel flavor at all. I love that. The hops have a flavor that’s simply excellent. It is very citric. Grapefruit, orange, and mango flavors are noted throughout. They definitely have a bitter edge, but it’s not palate wrecking. The focus seems to be more on the hop flavor. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, but isn’t strong. Finishes with a very citrusy, tropical hop flavor. Excellent.

White Rajah has a medium body. The bubbles feel light and restrained. I wouldn’t characterize it as creamy, but it’s smooth. It definitely goes down easy. Given the excellent flavor, a few bottles of this in a sitting isn’t out of the question. It’s that good.

After hearing about White Rajah, my curiosity was definitely piqued. Could it really be that good? Actually…it is. This is one damn tasty IPA. It’s big on hops and short on malts. That’s my ideal formula for a good American IPA. The hop flavor is tremendous! If you’re into citric hops, you’ll probably love this one. There’s really not much here to criticize. It’s extremely solid all-around. Very, very impressive. (1,941 characters)

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

Big thanks to seeswo for yet another outstanding brew

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A beautifully clear and actively sparkling golden, topped by a finger's offwhite head that joins into a rim of crazy lace. Beer porn, man.

Med. strength aroma, but a heavenly perfume it is! Lemon, orange peel, mango, and sweet grapefruit, neutral sweet, a hint of honey, and floral notes of fine fragrance, my gosh, but it draws me like the scent of a woman, and sends my tastebuds to priapus.

Ah, now that's what I'm tlaking about, American Breewing 2011! We've arrived, man; American brewers using American hops and malt, and American craftsmanship, and American brewing genius to make Universal works of drinkable art. Exhibit A, White Rajah, starts with a zip of sweet lemon, lemon zest, orange zing, grapefruit zig, and just a hint of piny zag. It tingles and tickles the tongue through a sip that is one of those that just keeps giving, and finally crests with a breaking wave of clean bitter hop and just the right amount of sweet still in it, all the other flavors still aswirl on palate. My but this is delicious!

It's the mouthfeel, here, the center stage for a wonderful cast of flavor, which enables this beer. It's low/med. carb, very viscous and coating, easy drinking to a fault, and a finish that is the template for this style IMHO. What is crazy is it has so much resin, which can be cloying or leave a bad aftertaste in unbalanced abundance like this, but here just leaves clean wonderful flavor to linger.

My impression of this beer is if given enough of this, and sufficient time to do it, I am certain I could consume a volume equal to the amount of hydrogen in the Sun, and still be wanting more. Get this if you see it, my next step will be to mail seeswo and beg to trade for more. (1,779 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a tasting in the home of finewinemike. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a layer of off white head that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt, but the star is the citrusy hops. Some pineapple and citrus peel.

Taste: Malty up front, a bit bready. The hop bitterness ramps up from there . The citrus fruit notes are here, but less so than in the smell. The finish is a bit harsh for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mild amount of smooth carbonation. The finish is mildly dry.

Overall: I thought this was a good IPA, but I would have liked a little more balance, especially in the finish. I would have another. (672 characters)

Photo of GreenPea
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Do you like hops?? you better if you wrestle with this one.

This brew made my night. The citrus notes are incredible with grapefruit leading the pack. Let it warm up a touch and you'll get hints of cat piss. Perhaps that's not pleasing to some but those grassy notes get me everytime.

If your a hop head this is a must try but good luck cause it aint on many shelves. Luckly I live minutes from what has to be one of the best craft beer stores in the state of Ohio which is where this one comes from. (503 characters)

Photo of dbc5
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Looks great on the pour. Golden straw color with retaining 1 finger head that laces its way all through the glass.

Smell: One of the best smelling IPAs I have ever encountered. Incredibly aromatic tropical fruit. Pineapple, nectarine, grapefruit, lemon zest. Some malt in there too, but this is dominated by the citrus.

Taste: An Ohio made West Coast IPA. Citrus hops like crazy, citrus dominates the palate throughout. Some malt settles in on the back end but doesn't do much to distract from the hop bite. Great for those seeking a hop dominated single IPA.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate for the style. Medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth going down.

Overall: Fantastic IPA. This and Columbus are easily the two best IPAs produced in Ohio that I have had (I've not yet enjoyed Head Hunter). Fantastic beer and one that will likely become my new fridge staple. (916 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/04/11- Review of a 12oz bottle.
A: Clear golden, constant bubbles, white head with good lacing.
S: Cheesy green pineapple, floral Italian bread, slight mushroom earthiness... good.
T: Sweet honey/cream soda, green lemon/pineapple hops, nice rustic bitterness, almost Belgian yeast character. Good.
M: Sticky, thinner, bitter froth... good.
O: Good. I like CBC IPA much better, but I'm glad another solid IPA hails from Ohio. (427 characters)

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

My second sixer of the exceptional brew, the first one only lasted 1 night. 12oz bottle, aggressive pour into a HotD Tulip glass.

Appearance: Takes 3 pours to get the contents of the bottle all into the glass. Settles to 1 finger of robust white head. Luminous, vibrant golds and orange hues, like fresh squeezed citrus nectar with reasonable clarity, not entirely opaque.

Smell: Bouquet of tropical citrus juice and zestyness, pineapple, grapefruit and tangerines, coupled with floral, piney hops and slight light malts.

Taste: Initial mouth of juicey citrus, pineapple and tangerine followed but less acidic citrus notes. The middle gives way to piney, resiny hoppiness combined with a bitter acidic hop bite and barely tangible light malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and well carbonated. Easy to constanly sip, very refreshing. The bottle lists the ABV at 6.7 and it drinks very much on target.

Overall: A fantastic IPA (929 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a bright golden coloration. The head of the beer is a thick white coloration. Nice head retention that stands up to the mustache test. Thick rings of foam mark the beers passage from my glass.

S- Nice pungent grapefruit, citrus, pine resin and perhaps a bit of sweet pineapple and mango. Very well done!

T- The flavor of the beer is mildly sweetened grapefruit, oily pine, citrus zest and just a flash of sweet caramel. The hops are definately the star of this beer.

M- The body of the beer nears medium. The carbonation is on the lower side but works really well. The hops have a bit of a sticky resinous character and really hang around.

O- This is a very good IPA. I will be buying more of this beer. My normal routine hop fix is SN Torpedo. If this beer is going to be year round available it will have torpedoed Torpedo. (907 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a nice white head and sticky lacing.
Smells mostly of citrus, grapefruit, cotton candy, mild spice, just an amazing balance of contrasting smells.
Taste is citrus up front, followed by a lingering, dry finish. The whole thing comes together perfectly. Feels smooth and creamy with a nice level of carbonation.
This brew is one of the best IPA's ever. Just enough citrus to make it interesting, smooth sweetness and lingering bitterness to make it complete. I want more. Lot's more. (514 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to drgonzo3705 for this bottle

A: nice straw yellow, a touch of golden hue - one finger of white head. no lacing but the foam does not subside slowly.

S: wow, aggressively dry hopped - pine, citrus, apricot, cat pee...big ass ipa here. I'm going to guess a lot of simcoe and centennial, certainly more of the the other standard c hops?

T: not as bitter as I'd imagine from the smell. grapefruit bitterness, i'd continue to guess simcoe but who knows. that's all i taste really...a bit of malt to balance this out. still quite fresh, green almost, better than expected for what the grain bill might be.

M: light-medium to medium body. not too much going on in regards to mouthfeel. Medium at best, the usual IPA levels. I might have expected thicker since there ought to be more body to back up the perceived hops, guess not.

O: a pretty fantastic ipa, i'd love to compare this side by side to the highly rated ipas, but i'd certainly ask for this again, despite my aversion to simcoe. (999 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to beerhan for sending this as an extra! poured this into a pilsner glass (because i can, and i like the way a beer looks in a pilsner glass), pours a cloudy yellowish orange with a full finger of thick white head that leaves big clumps of lacing. smells like a tropical citrisey punch with a kick. tastes like a glass full of grapefruit and other tropical fruits, just plain delicious! mouthfeel is slightly oily with a bitter bite and an extremly smooth finish. this is one hell of an ipa. gotta trase for more and so should you. (542 characters)

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

A proud brew out of my home state!

Pours a slightly burnt copper, clear, with a big sudsy head.

Lots of amarillo hops,with tropical fruit, and resiny sweetness, mild malt notes as well.

Wow. This is tasty. Tropical fruit, sweet fruits, citrus, lightly bitter middle, and a crisp fresh finish.

Medium bodied with a nice, slightly prickly carbonation.

This is tasty! Proud to be from Ohio because of this one. A must try for any IPA fan! (440 characters)

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

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.
*Bottle lists ABV @ 6.8% (currently listed @ 7% here)

A- Light amber/golden and clear. ~2 fingers of white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Nice lacing.

S- Juicy mango/citrus/pineapple/pine hops...tropical fruit sweetness....

T- Mango/pineapple sweetness along with resinous piny bitterness. Delicious.

M- Moderate to slightly high carbonation with a medium feel.

O- Outstanding. What's not to like? I wanna' give out all 5's, but I'm being absurdly optimistic (i.e.- obscenely greedy) and holding out hope there's actually a better IPA out there somewhere....

Future outlook: This is one of (the?) best "single" IPA's I've ever had. Bravo. And as a bonus, a "local" brew....very glad to have grabbed a few sixers of this and not just a single...I see many more of these in my future. (841 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-MMMM! Super-fragrant citrus hops boquet. I would buy an air freshener of this in a heartbeat if available!
Taste-Big, bold, juicy West-Coast hops all in your face. Yum! Fruit cocktail,apricot/pineapple,
and sugared grapefruit balanced with snappy, fresh flavorfull hops that practically dance on the tongue. Truly a hop-head's delight! Highly recommended. (473 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark orange, almost brown with a one finger near-white head. The head fades to the edges and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Pine - that is it.

T - Pine, then some carmely malts. Some orange pokes through in the middle also.

D - Good carbonation and an average body.

O - Good balance between pine hops and malts. (379 characters)

Photo of cneville
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a dark gold color, which was a little darker than expected. Nice white head that lingers throughout the beer(although that wasn't a long time for me). Smells incredible. Pine, citrus, honestly everything I would hope for in an IPA. Hops are definitely there as well. Taste does not disappoint, lots of the tropical fruit up front, followed by malts and then finishes with the hops. The balance is great here, definitely one of the best tasting IPAs IMO. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is excellent. Honestly one of my favorite beers I have ever tried, I'm lucky to have this and Columbus IPA at hand easily. I feel spoiled. (678 characters)

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for Seeswo for the chance to try this.

This beer pours amber with a nice fluffy white head that stays through the entire glass. Nice lacing, too.

Citrus, pine, pineapple, and resin bollow through the air. This is an absurdly good smelling brew.

The taste is a lot of the same goodness that filled my nose. Lots of citrus and pineapple balanced by the pine and resin notes. Sweet citrus finish with a hint of pine needles. This is a fantastic brew.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Good body and carbonation.

This is a kick in the tastebuds that I could drink pint after pint of. I would love to try this on tap. (624 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a DFH snifter, thanks to Thorpe for giving this to me as an extra. At the time of this review, this beer is the #6 top American IPA and is flirting with the top 100, currently the #79 beer on the Top Beers - United States list. Just a few away from the cutoff, unfortunately except for providing one more review for it, my review probably won't help its stats.

Beer is dark amber, darker than expected, with a soft off white head of small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is really nice, gets me excited, quite the complex hop aroam, minimal malt, nice pine and citrus notes, very nice.

The beer almost immediately disappoints me when I taste it. It is pretty heavy on the palate and leads off with a strong malt presence, too much for an IPA for sure. The hops are present and the beer rallies at the end but overall I've had much MUCH better IPAs. There have been a couple of highly rated IPAs lately that have not lived up to the hype for me. Oh well. Onward and upward. (1,037 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CaptCleveland for the 6-pack! 12oz bottle poured into an imperial nonic.

A - Pours a darker golden yellow/almost orange, white frothy head, thick collar, thin cap, sticky lacing. Nice looking beer.

S - Big dank pine notes, citrus, sweet tropical fruit. The tropical fruit and dank notes are what stands out to me most. Excellent aroma.

T - Very similar to the nose, but not quite as intense. Tropical fruit, citrus, pine, slight dankness. Bitter pine finish. All very enjoyable. Pretty hefty for a 7% beer, if you ask me.

M - Light, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - A very solid IPA and just so easy to drink while being complex. Really enjoyed this one and glad I have the rest of the 6-pack to finish. Def give this one a try. (750 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color, white head. Sticky lacing, nice rings.

S: Well balanced aroma, with flowery and citric hops poking through quite nicely.

T: Taste is pretty well balanced as well. Sweet malt and citric / floral hops blending quite nicely. An assertive bitterness, and a hint of alcohol round out the finish.

M: Medium in body, high carbonation. Hop bitterness is amplified by tight carbonation.

O: A solid IPA, though nothing remarkable. (455 characters)

Photo of bobbypaulson
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to a great trader for this fresh puppy. It went from the box into the fridge and in 1 hour it was cracked and down my stomach. From a 12oz bottle it pours a see through gold color with a white. The smell is citrus and fresh fruits and hops super fresh!!! If it smells as good as it tastes I’m gonna be bummed because this is my onlt (lol). WOW, this beer is so deiciouslly balanced and you taste the fruit up front with a hop finish. The taste of this beer totally lives up to the hype of the smell!!!! Super bummed that I only have had one because I could drink this one over and over and over again. Thanks Bitter!!! (631 characters)

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.