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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: 349 | 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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Photo of frenchblood21
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Goose Island tulip style pint glass.

Appearance- Beautiful burnt orange color with a half finger of snow white head. Very nice lacing throughout the whole glass.

Smell- Grapefruit and hops explode in your nose. Lemon and lime, along with a piney woodsy aroma.

Taste- Wow is this delicious! You can totally taste the hop bomb, but it is also, at the same time, so incredibly smooth. Grapefruit and hops dominate everything else.

Mouthfeel- Unusually thick for an IPA, but so good. It's like you put a grapefruit, lemon, lime, pine cone, a bunch of hops and fresh cut grass all in your mouth at one time.

Overall- Just a fantastic beer from a brewery that consistanly makes amazing tasting beers. This is their pride and joy, and I can certainly see why.

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

Undated bottle, just delivered from OH.

Clear amber with a modest bone-colored head. Medium level of sticky lacing.

Aroma: wow! Loads of hop aroma. This is strong (hoppy) even for a West Coast style IPA. A hint of malt too, I think.

Plenty of hop flavor, with plenty of pine and citrus. This is a bit aggressive, like some DIPAs. The bitterness is under control (IBU = 70), but aside from some sweetness, the malt flavor is basically MIA.

M: relatively heavy body and syrupy, for style. Good carbonation.

O: a hop forward IPA for hop heads only.

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Photo of Keffa
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Live review.

A: Pours a clear golden tinged orange, 3 finger off white head that settles into a thing cap. Leaves thick, sticky lacing everywhere and it won't let go of the glass. Perfect, really.

S: Who switched my beer? I've had this beer twice before, once on cask and once in a ~6 week old bottle. This one is nothing like those pine bombs. This one is tropical fruit, pineapple, papaya, mango, tangerine, orange, some floral notes, lightly piney, some light caramel notes behind all of it. Very, very impressive.

T: Okay, this isn't funny, who switched my beer? Follows the nose, with a nicely bitter front of tropical fruit, pine, lightly sweet malt, and finishes lightly dry and lingering bitterness. Fruit sticks through the finish too. Very impressive again. No hint of the ABV.

M: Light side of medium body, oily and coating on the palate, and lightly creamy. Only thing that doesn't wow me. In no means is it bad though.

O: So I finally give this beer a third chance, and sufice to say, I'm glad I did. When this beer is fresh, it's fantastic. I've had it faded as well, which is a markedly different beer. If you can get this beer fresh, it competes with ANY IPA in America, including my favorite in Columbus IPA. Instant entry into my top 5, and honestly, it's neck and neck with Columbus now.

There, I said it.

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Photo of Preismj
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

golden amber, light hue with a mild fluffy head to it. smells of honey and gum with a strong floral nose. delicious, but not as pleasant as the nose, to me. tastes of rose/grass/earth with a slight sweetness to it and very sharp bitterness at the end. nice carb, light bodied. Crisp, refreshing.

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

I've been drinking this for the better part of the day, okay I've only had like three or four but they're incredible. I loved the beer on tap but the bottles as fresh as these must be amazing. Please let my local store get a steady supply of these why would I want other beers when this is coming in to the area.

First off when you crack a bottle the aroma comes out and sprays you with hop love. Poured into a glass it appears as deep orange nearly copper color with a bright white head forming thick head. I bought two of the four sixpacks without hesitating, I should have grabbed a whole case at $10.99 a sixer. Anyways I've got my cousin going in tomorrow to get the rest of the beers left.

Aroma is full of grapefruit citrus peel and pineapple tropical fruit notes maybe a hint of pine cones and floral notes but it's simply hoppy as hell with the new Citra hops that have been used in most of this years hoppy must have beers. Fresh cut hops greener than most of the the ads and tax benefits of this year. Reminds me of year of the Simcoe, and year of the Amarillo hops in the past ten years. I welcome each new craze that adds to a hophead palate, I must be spoiled to be 29 yrs old and have experienced at least three to four hop crazy years.

Year of the Citra is no different and much welcomed this beer warmed up tastes great, like a clean sugar coated hop train diving down into an abyss of semi sweet coated sugars, that leave a balanced tropical/grapefruit sugar balance from the bittering aspects of the malts, wthat a great beer that is recognized as good no matter who the audience is. The damn popular kid in the class, either way there's different strokes for different folks, and most people enjoy this type of beer. White Rajah is dangerous for me and like I said since I've been drinking this the better part of the day somebody better tell me when, I'm starting to misstype, other than that quality an awesome all around hoppy offering.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a mellow carbonation ample but not overdone or in your face carrying along with it a nice resinous hop oil texture that carries each sip. Overall impression is indefinitely a good one, I can't compare this to anything I dislike, so in short this is the best part of every hoppy beer I currently enjoy.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

what a pleasant surprise, thanks to crushedvol!

a - opened the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a yellow orange that settled as a deep orange with a classicd foamy frothy white head...about a finger and a half worth. rich and transparent. some visible carbonation.

s - wonderful sweetened citric blast. really nice hops. very good balance with the sweetness. candied caramel malts blend nicely.

t - YUM. exactly the nose, but turn up the sweatiness and toss in a perfect blend of bitterness. really nice citric blast with thick piny hops. the sweetness is tamed back in the flavor by the bitterness. very nice ipa.

m - tingly and medium bodied. nice carbonation...a bit on the heavy side, but it works.

o - overall, another great ipa. i wish i could get this locally...what a treat. really nice balance of everything i like about the style...a really great offering and worth seeking out.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A finger of almost white head sits atop a coppery-amber body, but not for long. It dissipates to a ring and a light dusting in a couple of minutes, and enough light lacing clings to the glass during consumption to please the eye. A small amount of bubbles are noted rising to the top of this nice translucent beer.

The nose is where this beer's experience really kicks in. As expected, the hops are at the forefront of the nose with grapefruit and passion fruit making an early showing. With a little searching one also finds ripe oranges and pine in there, with a kiss of malt to balance it out. Outstanding.

Pine and grapefruit are the first flavors to come to attention when one takes a sip of this. This is immediately followed with the taste of oranges and a hint of passion fruit, with just a whisper of malt rounding out the taste experience. As the beer warms up, the malt gets going with a decent bread character on the back end, which really just serves to make the whole thing better and more solid tasting.

This beer is medium bodied, nice and bitter and only coats the mouth a little bit. It's a little dry at the end, and leaves you with a strong bitter aftertaste that is reminiscent of pine and grapefruit, without being in your face about it.

I recently moved out of Strongsville, and let me tell you, if you want to get this beer on tap at the Kettle, you must get there early. It had a good reputation before winning "Best in Show" at the International Beer Fest in Cleveland this year, and after having done that it sells out quick. It is definitely worth every penny though.

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Photo of adamette
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that was given to me by the fine folks at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio simply for being a good customer (believe me, the pleasure is mine!) into a clean, clear pint glass. Price tag still stuck on the cap indicates $1.85. No observed “best by” date.

A One inch very light colored head that sticks to the inside of the glass over a translucent light caramel colored body. Fine look. 3.5

S Great smelling hops that remind me very much of the smell of a Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster (their seasonal DIPA). Really, there are floral and grapefruit oil hops in there. Quite a bouquet of hops bitterness! 4.5

T Floral hops, grapefruit bitterness and even a “perfumy” (if you will) bitterness abound as the smell was very much indicative of the taste with this one. The label mentions...”malt, take a back seat” but I beg to differ. I would say that the malt, which is very much able to be tasted, is more like riding shotgun. There is a nice honey like sweetness that lingers along with the baseball bat of bitter hops in your face. I find it interesting and challenging, always a good sign. 4.5

M Huge mouthfeel with the huge hops, secondary malt and elevated ABV. That, of course, is to be expected with the style. I think that the feel is quite good with this one. 4.0

D/O Better than average for the style. I found myself returning several times for sips to see if I could detect more tastes. The style, however, is not a particularly drinkable one in my personal book. Overall this is a fine beer. It should be classified as a DIPA and that is what I rated it to. 3.5

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Thanks duff27!

A- Light caramel with 2" thick off-white head. Excellent lacing that remains on the edges of the glass throughout.

S- Sweet malts, a ton of citrus in there (pineapple, passion fruit)

T- Light sweet malt taste, a lot of citrus flavors (guava, grapefruit), and nice citrus bittering hops at the finish.

M- Medium body, but just a little thin. light, crisp, smooth finish.

O- Love this beer! Has a ton citrus that I love in ipa's and is very easy to drink without seeming watered down.

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Photo of ATPete
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks Mark

Surprised to see this on the top 100 list actually. Pours a yellow/orange color with a large fluffy white head. Big time aromas of resinous, citrusy hops, grapefruit, and cannabis. The rounder creamier end of light to medium bodied and very drinkable. This beer doesn't ever try to be anything its not, this is hop forward with balance on the back burner. Not bad.

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Photo of Adamostella
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost feel bad getting this review in as I am ultimately cutting into my own supply of this stuff!

People mention "fatigue" on a particular style often on this site and i feel like that is where I have been with IPAs, after a while, they all start to taste very similar and there isn't much differentiation.

However, when cracking open one of these it is like joy and excitement of this style returns again.

Clear pouring, clear fresh sharp pungent tropical citrus. This beer literally awakened me from my IPA slumber. It is a definite must try.

The hype is only going to build on this one, so I better stock up while I can.

Exceptional beer!

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Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a brightly shining crystal clear amber in color. The white head that develops tops off at just over a finger in height and leaves a thick, compact foam when it dissipates a bit, which itself leaves fairly hefty deposits of lacing behind.
A pungent hit of fresh grapefruit pounds the nose. It remains but gives way to resinous pine bitterness and a note of pith as well, with enough caramel malt sweetness to balance while allowing the hops to make noise. This is a great-smelling, very well balanced beer. A touch of sugars are noticeable as a note in the background, doing a good job to complement.
Grapefruit. Pine. Pith. Caramel and bready malts for balance. A touch of earthiness. There's something great here and it's more than just a smack of hops in the face; it's complexity, balance and just the way everything works together as well as the extremely flavorful nature of it. This is simply great beer.
The body is medium, and right off the bat comes a mingling of crispness and smoothness that's moderate but makes this a pleasure to drink.
There's a reason for this beer's grade, and it's well deserved.

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Photo of Cresant
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was bright golden honey with an off-white head. There was a lot of carbonation rising from the etching in the glass. Very pretty.

The smell was citrus. Satsuma and pink grapefruit juice. Dank, organic hops. Hints of alcohol. Rich and fragrant.

The taste was deep caramel topped with pretty soft citrus hops. Pineapple. Not harsh and very clean. Not as intensely hoppy as I had expected. There is a lot of hype about this beer out of Ohio, but given the chance I might just as soon grab a Columbus IPA over the White Rajah.

The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied, actually a tad thinner than expected. Modest carbonation.

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Photo of juhl31
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-the body is an amber color, almost brown. A white head sits on top and continues to do so down to a thin layer

-the nose is like everyone says...big strong citrus hops. I am catching pineapple and orange mostly

-passionfruit is really big right up front. Pineapple is also strong. This beer doesn't give itself enough malt credit though because there is a good malt sweetness that melts in after the initial hop blast

-I really enjoy the creamy, oilyness of this one. The carb is in the backseat as well which is nice

-this is a very tasty ipa. As I am rating this, I had to bump up the overall score a bit. Although there seems to be a weird rind kind of bitterness in the finish that sits

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Photo of stewart124
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden orange with a centimeter of white head.

Whoa! Loads of tropical fruits in the nose. Pineapple and clementine come to mind.

My mouth is watering...and I am not let down. This is a massive hop bomb! Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Great background bitterness with a delicious citrus punch and pineapple sweetness but yet tart. I am amazed. How did I miss this beer for so long?

The label is not misleading. White Rajah really comes through as a west coast style IPA. There is tons and tons of fruit coming from the hops. Light malty characters come through but this is all hop forward.


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Photo of beveritt
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Thanks to my drinking buddy DoctorDog for providing a six pack of this. Managed to keep my wife from drinking this one. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is predominantly green, yellow and white and has a British jack center with the words White Rajah superimposed and a starburst pattern around. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with about 3/4 finger of nearly pure white head. This settles slowly to a still complete cap and leaving behind compete lacing. The beer itself is medium yellow and clear. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of grapefruit and pine. Really an amazingly intense aroma.

Taste: Creamy upfront with a strong, but not enamel eating, hop spiciness; resiny pine with grapefruit and floral flavors. Strong malt backbone with sweet caramel taste. Fairly strong bitterness lingers well after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy and mouth-filling body. Average carbonation level.

Drinkability: An intense yet well balanced IPA. I could handle having a few of these!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, 6.8% abv. Crystal clear deep gold color. Great white head, excellent retention and lace. Great looker.

Great hop combination in the nose. Piney and citrusy nose, a bit catty as well. Great juicy aroma. A bit of malt backbone in the nose, but this is all hops.

Lighter caramel malt feel. Great juicy hop flavor. Again, pine and big citrus notes. Not overly bitter.

Medium body, softer carbonation. This is one fantastic ipa here. Great juicy flavors.

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

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

Drank at last tasting. Thanks to my good buddy Finewinemike!

A- Pours a golden yellow orange with a small white head

S- Tons of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Very fruity with slight grass notes but not much. Some nice caramel from the malts to pull it all together.

T- Just like the aroma, strong bitter grassy hops with lots of crazy tropical citrus fruit notes.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter hoppy finish.


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Photo of Sideswipe
3.34/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date. Received in a great box from beerbeerbeerbeer. Thanks Kevin! This has been a long time want.

The beer pours a crystal clear, dark coppery color. Pretty but darker than I'd expect from an IPA. A finger of foam dissipates slowly, leaving a thick coaster and sticky lacing. Fantastic aroma. Citrus fruit forward with a nice pale malt presence lurking in the background. Taste opens with grapefruit up front. Tangerine and floral notes follow. There's a hoppy bitterness that's folded nicely into a fesh baked bread malt backbone. Neither one asserting authority over the other, quite complimentary really. The finish is semi-sweet and lacking much of an aftertaste. Feel is medium bodied. Carbonation is medium to low and lends a creamy texture to the beer. White Rajah is a solid IPA. Not the hop bomb I was expecting but quite well done. Great citrus and floral characteristics skillfully integrated with a very nice malt backbone. Quite drinkable. Glad I had the opportunity.

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Photo of scott2269
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I finally found this on the shelves of one of my local shops. A 12oz. bottle poured into my DFH sniffer. Smells like 5-Alive fruit punch. Wow, this might be the best IPA I have ever tasted. This is a dry, bitter, citrus bomb. Loads of grapefruit and mango. No trace of the 7% ABV, very well hidden. This is a world class IPA.

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Photo of jaksytaw
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live tasting review.

A - Pours a darker golden/orange color with a one inch head and good retention. Also left a fair amount of lacing behind.

S - Smell was AWESOME - gives a strong citrus smell with a profound Hop blast to it. I pick up the grapefruit and orange right away with hints of others I can't describe.

T - Hits you right away with a bitter hop/citrus blast and mellows out shortly after. Very smooth with a subtle aftertaste. Alcohol is very mild to me but noticeable. This is one very good tasting IPA.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation as well.

O - I must say, this was an amazing beer from start to finish. Well put together and balanced. This is now one of my favorite IPA's. And to think, I only picked this up for a trade request and grabbed a single to try for myself.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Alchemist pint glass. No bottle date present, but my assumption is pretty darn fresh. Special thanks to beerhan for this one!

A: Pours a really clean looking yellowy orange color. Finger of big bubbled bright white head. Lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Some nice lacing.

S: Great nose on this one! Lots of fruit and pine, and also some mild malt backbone. I got the grapefruit and peach, but then really sharp pine notes. It's been a while since I really got pine from an IPA, and I don't know why.

T: A very nice first sip. Interesting tongue tingling hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then in the middle of the mouth you get the convergence of hops and malt. Then you get a really nice sharp pine hop bite to close the sip. It's a really well crafted beer.

M: Medium bodied. I couldn't say light with the hop and grain bill on this. Nice mouth coating as well.

O: Great showing from a new brewery to me at A-. I have a few others to try and if this is any indication, they'll rate out nicely too.

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Photo of Bogforce
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very orange in color, maybe a hint of gold orange color to it. But very orange.

S: HOPS! Citrus and tropical hop smell, that blows you away. It smells great.

T: The taste didn’t exactly match the smell but the taste was good too. All hops and no malt taste really. Hits you a lot of hops too, the citrus is there but it tastes more bitter than you would think.

M: Very light drinking beer. Only knock I would have is the amount of bitterness left on the tongue it’s a lot.

O: Overall a great IPA that smells amazing. Definitely another good IPA from Ohio.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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