White Rajah - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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4.31/5 rDev +0.2%
Huge thanks to my friend Jay for the growler! Poured into a NB goblet.
A: Pours a golden amber color with good clarity and evident carbonation. The head starts off at one fingers of an eggshell color, and fades to a thin collar after a short time. Spotty patches of lacing are left on the glass.
S: Welp, it's kind of what I expected - a visceral assault of Citra hops. Melon, mango, and papaya are all quite evident on the aroma, alongside some cattiness, pine, and even some sourdough bread. Malts are lightly evident, not intruding too much on the hop profile.
T: It starts off very juicy with plenty of tropical fruits like mango and papaya, along side some peach and apricot. A healthy surge of pine bitterness injects itself into the midtaste and finish. Allowing it to warm up will introduce a touch of sugar cookie from the malt backbone. Simplistic, but with superb hoppiness.
M: Very crisp and clean, which I love in my IPAs. The finish isn't bone dry, though, which means bitterness isn't reined in like it should be. This is my ONLY complaint about this brew, and it's not nearly enough to take off points here. Carbonation is about right, giving it spectacular drinkability.
O: In the right mood, I could drink this all damn day - I know for a fact this growler will get killed quickly. With a bit less bitterness, I might have considered throwing out a few 5's here and there; as it stands, still one of the better single IPAs I've ever had.
06-25-2013 00:11:57 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.55/5 rDev -17.4%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label art and branded yellow pressure cap acquired in a trade with michaellcoates (thanks again, man!) a couple days ago and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings; it's currently #146 on the top 250 list so I'm really excited to try it. 6.8% ABV confirmed. 70 IBUs.
Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour. Nice thickness. Nice creaminess. Good (~5 minute) retention. No bubble show.
Body colour is a semitransparent translucent orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Nice vibrance. Bubble quantity and speed suggests ideal carbonation - as strange a barometer as they may be.
Overall, it's looking quite good for the style; no overt or obvious flaws. Maybe it's not unique or special, but it's solid across the board. I'm excited to try it.
Sm: Heavy oily hop character; I dig that. Pleasant and nectary with an aromatic floral hop character. Juicy citrus - orange, watermelon, mango. No naked hop bitterness; it's hoppy yet balanced. Pale malts, clean barley. Light timid grapefruit. Honey. Maybe a hint of caramalt. The watermelon in particular is an unexpected treat. I usually don't go for tropical hop flavours, but based on the aroma they seem well-integrated. And thankfully, I don't get any pineapple from the aroma. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. Quite good for an IPA; I don't know that I've experienced an IPA aroma with this specific character (the watermelon in particular). A bit resinous. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.
T: Some bitterness is noticeable, unfortunately - but it comes late in the first act rather than on the climax, allowing the juicy citrusy hop notes to supplant it. As the second act arrives, I get watermelon, mango, orange, hop oils, resins, and a dash of grapefruit. Pale malts lend a supportive body. Clean and refreshing, aside from the pesky bitterness. It's largely well balanced and filled with diverse and deep flavour. Good intensity and duration of flavour. Some zest. Well integrated pine. A dash of orange. It's on the sweeter end for an IPA, but the sweetness is that lovely fruit-derived sweetness; this isn't the artificial sweetness you'd find in really low quality World Brews/Matt Brewing IPAs, for example. Luckily the caramalt is very buried, but I do think it'd be better without it - even if the body were a bit less satisfing as a result. Some candi sweetness about the climax goes a bit overboard; not quite cloying but definitely detrimental.
Malt doesn't "take a back seat" here; it just helps balance the hops.
Mf: Juicy, smooth, wet, and refreshing. Good carbonation. Oily. Light creaminess up front. Good presence on the palate. Good body. Good thickness. Complements the flavour profile nicely; it's a good marriage of texture and flavour.
Dr: Extremely drinkable for the ABV - which is on the higher end for the style. Flavorful and tasty, White Rajah is a treat for the IPA fan. It's not quite ideal for my personal tastes; the tropical fruit does bother me a bit. But I can definitely see where a 6er of this would be a mainstay in the fridge of beer fanatics who live in the distribution area. I'd like to revisit this on-draught. My personal tastes aside, it's a well executed IPA that will please any fan of the style, and it definitely has a somewhat unique approach. I'm not sure I'd call it one of the top 250 beers currently brewed, but it's well executed. Recommended.
06-23-2013 23:39:26 | More by kojevergas
4.29/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks to Chris and Adam for this bottle. No freshness info but this was apparently very fresh.
Poured in to snifter.
A - Translucent medium yellow with a thin layer of off-white head.
S - A bright citrus nose. Grapefruit, pine, tangerine and a touch of mango. A very slight honey sweetness in the background.
T - An assertive bitterness with pine, orange zest, grapefruit and peach flavours and a very slight honey sweetness. Definitely a hop bomb.
M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.
06-22-2013 14:55:10 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.54/5 rDev +5.6%
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass
A - lovely orange color with a finger of white head
S - Huge tropical fruit and citrus. Mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and grapefruit with a hint of resin.
T - More mango, passion fruit, and grapefruit, but the resin is more prevalent. There is also a hint of pine and a bit of sweet malt leading to a nice dry finish.
M - On the lighter side for an IPA (which I like). Good carbonation and nice dry finish.
O - Wow, did this beer surprise me. It is outstanding, and I think it is as good or better than many of the "Top IPAs" such as Two Hearted, Sculpin, Racer 5, 60 Min., etc.
06-19-2013 14:36:03 | More by Chuckus95
4.6/5 rDev +7%
A: a light orange with a nice amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom and a pure white two finger head.
S: Tropical hop bomb! tangerine, orange, pineapple balanced nicely with a candy caramel malt and just a touch of pine.
T: Zesty orange and citrus up front. Some grapefruit balanced out by some spicy earthy hop. Sweet malt in the middle, but nothing that stands out then BAM! Piney Herbal HOPS! fantastic finish on this beer that lingers on and on!
M: Mouthfeel borders on the lighter side with a good amount of carbonation. And like i said, a dry lingering finish!
O: This is awesome stuff! For me its readily available and inexpensive. I could drink it forever because the drinkability is so high! It is also bursting with flavor and has this awesome bitter dry finish. /94
06-18-2013 19:24:25 | More by schwemjw
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a light orange color with a finger and a half of white head, very clear.
Smell is very citrus and tropical like, orange, grapefruit, pine, pinapple
Taste is bright citrus, lemon and orange, malt take a back seat is a correct slogan for this beer, piney bitterness, light malt comes through towards the end. almost a light spicyness to it in the end. Really tasty stuff!
Medium light feel, with adequate carbonation, finishes a slightly dry
nice stuff, would grab it a lot if it was available to me.
06-15-2013 22:17:42 | More by nickapalooza86
4.21/5 rDev -2.1%
Big thanks to blacknyellow20 for sending this as an extra!
A: cloudy golden color with decent carbonation, a layer of thin foam covering half of the top of the beer.
S: smell is dominated by citrus fruit, especially oranges. I also get a bit of sweet malt.
T: great balance with slight bitterness, good hop flavor of citrus and earth, and smooth finish with a malty and bitter back end.
M: medium carbonation, definitely better when it's warmer than it is right out of the fridge. Initially it's a bit heavy, but feels lighter and crisper as it gets closer to room temperature.
O: great beer, and something to seek out if you haven't had it. Reminds me of a mini-hopslam.
06-15-2013 19:41:24 | More by Holland
3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
From FalconA. Thanks!
A: Pours a light almost clear copper with an almost complete absence of head. Plenty of bubbles rising throughout the body.
N: Sweet juicy hops. Tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Biscuit and some caramel. Lots of citrus with a touch of dirt and leaves. I get some flowery elements, maybe some lavender.
T: Expressively bitter. There is a lot of pine and hoppiness. Very sharp, more so than I normally prefer. As I get to used to it, the residual sweetness shows up in the very back of the tongue.
M: Very, very dry and moderately resinous. Medium bodied and alcohol is barely noticeable.
O: A very solid IPA and one that I appreciate the chance to try. Blends together the citrus and the pine without overpowering the senses. not to say it's a pushover, either. Recommended.
06-15-2013 04:20:09 | More by writerLJBerg
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Presentation: Very cool and eye-catching label with great colors and font. Label gives ABV and IBU info, a small description of the beer, a bit of info and small description on the brewery, Label states “Taming the Savage Hop”. Really cool cap.
Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz English pint led to a 2½ golden white head of a light airy density atop a clear golden yellow IPA. Head retention was a solid 2min 50sec before fading to a thin coating and ring with OK lacing.
Smell/Aroma: Smells of pineapple, mango, sweet grapefruit,orange, and other tropical fruits along with a citrus hop bite. Also has a slight resin aroma with a nice malt backbone.
Flavor/Taste: Taste is much more piney and resin based than the nose with the tropical fruits dominate on the front end. Mid point has a more citrus hop flavor along with a nice malt presence before turning again to a piney resin hop finish and aftertaste.
MouthFeel/Drinkability: An above average amount of carbonation leads up to a more full medium body. Very smooth and drinkable.
Overall/Comments: White Rajah is an exceptional IPA that can hold its own with most any west coast IPA available today. Very well balanced. Highly recommended!! Classified as an American IPA @ 6.8% ABV. Consumed 6/9/2013.
06-10-2013 00:50:46 | More by thegodfather1076
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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