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

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Reviews: 376
Hads: 2,112
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 22.14%
Wants: 483
Gots: 351 | 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: 2,112
Photo of Thedusanmandic
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

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Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.29/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of Mattchamp189
5/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

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Photo of bushwik
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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!!)

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Photo of cambabeer
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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!

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Photo of Scipio3
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Dark honey in the glass, with a good head and attractive lacing qualities. A big citrus hop scent, followed by nice grapefruit, pine, and mango flavors. Medium bitterness. A really solid IPA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Bottle: Poured a amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus and piney undertones is quiet nice. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with light piney notes also observable. Bitterness isn’t too intense with floral notes as dominant as I would have expected. Body is about average with good carbonation. Tasty beer with well balance bitterness level and great hops aroma. I would have liked flora notes to be even more dominant but still a very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden light amber color. Not too much head and it dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Smells is very citrus forward. Lots of grapefruit. Some piney notes, with a slight malt presence.

Grapefruit and resinous hops right up front. Good malt backbone, but reamains very crisp and citrusy. Mellows into a more piney hop mid-palate and has a big lingering grapefruit juice flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel isn't crisp, but isn't creamy.

Overall a very good IPA, definitely one of the best that I've had.

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Photo of patpbr
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a light orange with a sturdy two finger lasting head.
S - Lots of citrus, pine, orange, and fruit.
T - Hops up front with all the above described nose coming through in the flavor. Noticing Grapefruit and pinnapple. Not overly bitter and a little sweet.
M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - In the conversation with the best in category.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%

A- Crystal clear bronze gold body. Fine white head pours 2 fingers high with ok retention and low lace.

S - Smells really nice. Soft tropical citrus, peach, touch of cognac.

T - Soft smooth and sweet. Orange marmalade and juicy Clementine dominate the flavor profile. Touch of lemon pith and cilantro bitters round out the backend.

M - Smooth, medium-full body. Almost no carbonation.

4.14 White Rajah
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.70 4.30 4.30 4.43 10% 0.44
S - 4.50 4.50 4.50 4.50 20% 0.90
T - 4.30 4.25 4.25 4.27 40% 1.71
M - 3.80 2.50 2.50 2.93 10% 0.29
O - 4.25 4.00 3.75 4.00 20% 0.80

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 6/6/14

Split a bottle with the gf. Poured heavy to get a frothy head. Body is light cloudy straw color. Piney hoppy aroma. Sweet hoppy tasting. Some pine flavors. Not getting much citrus. It’s there, just not as strong. Decent beer.

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

Appearance: Light copper, slightly hazy. 1/4" very light tan foamy head. Excellent lacing. Thin froth retained.

Aroma: Piney, resiny, string fruity element, hard to pin down (citrus?), malty sweetness in the background.

Taste: Clean arrival, slight sweetness, earthy across mid-palate. VERY bitter finish. Tangible malt presence on mid-palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light; enough malt firmness.

Overall: I like this better than Headhunter; I think CBC is more balanced. A standout IPA.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.12/5  rDev -4%

A - Clear golden orange beer, large head reduces slowly to thick white cap that laces as it goes down.

S - Strong smell of mango and passionfruit, grapefruit, overripe peaches with a subtle wild hop elements of onion and sweat, a hint of dank grassiness.

T - Bright grapefruit and passionfruit flavors, followed by a grapefruit pith hit that survives through the close.

M - Good carbonation, but heavy bitterness and resin chewiness that builds.

O - Delivers on the promise of a strong, West Coast style IPA. Big flavors and big bitterness, it can blow your palate out, but it is a wonderful ride.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet maltiness with a strong undercurrent of mandarin orange. What more can I say? A great IPA with a balanced foundation, and a touch of something special that makes it worth its reputation. Very nice!

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: Golden amber. Decent froth at first, but leaves a minimal lace for head.
Smell: Piney and citrusy.
Taste: Same as smell.

This is beyond excellent. It has a great bitter and dry finish. The citrus, grapefruit, and pine are so good. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

The nose is filled with pithy grapefruit rinds and juices, with a floral touch and some pine needles. The flavor is straight to the grapefruit qualities with a nice back of honey sweetness. Added sweetness comes from a thick caramel malt. It finishes bitter with pine and dank onion but than dries out with a barley flavor. This is a very tasty beer that would be greater doubled.

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Photo of HoppyT
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a few bottles of the White Rajah in my fridge from a party the weekend before. Intending to savor the taste of some wonderful takeout, I poured a bottle into a glass. I didn't realize that I hadn't touched the takeout when I had already finished the Rajah. Best beer I've had in over a year. Timing? Beer? Who knows. But man, was it good!

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

A: deep golden and just short of clear; few fingers of ivory foam atop; slimmed to a cap of foam and left some trails behind

S: citrus and flowers over grains - bright, slightly sweet smelling

T: hop-forward ale, bringing the citrics and the orchards together - orange and grapefruit, something tropical, something pale... malt sweetness faintly of caramel and honey

M: medium body, subtle bitterness, slight bit of chew on the end, fuzz of carbonation on the tongue

O: a real nice IPA, full of the hops, with enough malt to provide a foundation. Probably a beer gets gobbled up quick when fresh. Recommended.

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