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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: 2,112
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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Photo of beerchic
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisited this beer after not having it for a long time. Why was I not drinking this all the time? I served this to several friends at a tasting I hosted. Some rated it their favorite of the night, behind PtE, KBS, and Dark Lord.

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Photo of rjp217
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (no date) poured into my HF stemmed tulip...

A - Light orange in color with a nice frothy head. Very stick lace all over the glass and good retention throughout

S - Strong citrus aroma.... Oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, grassy

T - Huge hop bomb! More of the same citrus in the flavor, the slightest of malt in the backbone and some bready notes

M - Real light body, thin mouthfeel, hard hop bite on the finish

Overall, really reminds me of a Stone IPA. Real dank and citrusy. This is excellent and glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours bit cloudy. Orange hued golden straw color with two fingers thick head with great retention leaves a decent sheet if lacing. Looks just fantastic.

Smell is big on tropical aromas. Mangos, pineapples predominantly. Subtle malt sugars compliment the aroma nicely.

Taste is bitter tropical fruits follows the nose. Lemon notes appear as well. Lots of what one might expect for the style but very well executed. Full of hop flavor and bitterness.

Nice dry finish with medium carbonation.

Would definitely include this my regular rotation if it were readily available to me.

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Photo of Old_Jeffro
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first review!

A: Goldish-Copper and clear. Light white head with minimal retention. Some lacing. Minimal bubbles.

S: Sweet, floral with a metallic grapefruit smell. The grapefruit comes through stronger each time I smell it.

T: Tastes like it smells-good balance initially, then a crisp, late-arriving grapefruit taste that lingers well after a drink.

M: Very lightly carbonated, but not dull. Very smoothe.

O: Damn good IPA. Could drink every day.

Thanks to the beer guy at The Hills Market in Worthington/Columbus for this recommendation.

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Photo of MatthewPlus
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

received a bottle in a trade- Thanks pschnei3!

poured a slightly hazy goldenrod in my CCB snifter. egg-shell head with good retention and moderate lacing.
Aroma is extremely enticing- lots of pine and citrus with undertones of honey and malt.
Flavor has a lot of "pop", very hop forward, but a smooth balanced finish. good bitterness up front, and a bit of honey underneath. lasting pleasant hop finish.
medium weight on the palate, not overbearing, decent carbonation.
Overall, i was pleasantly surprised with this beer. It's not quite at the level of elite IPAs (Heady, Sculpin, etc..) in my opinion, but is at the top of the new tier (jai alai, hop stoopid, etc...)
I would certainly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Myotus
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shoutout to Eziel for this trade!
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with 3 amazing finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates into 2 finger's worth after two minutes. Rising bubbles are subtle. Orange-yellow in color. Lacing is high and thick.
SMELL: So fruity! Strong aromas of apricots, peaches, mangos, oranges, tangerines, and papayas. Beneath the fruit aromas, lie subtle sweet and bready malt and piney hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong fruit flavors enter initially along with mild piney hop flavors. Subtle sweet bready malts enter immediately after as fruit flavors persist, but piney hop flavors grow much stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation (I love that low carbonation!!!). This is ridiculously smooth and creamy. And unlike any IPA I have ever had, the finish wasn't overly dry, just moderately.
NOTE: This was such a close second to Yellow Rose in the IPA category. I'm glad I got multiples in the trade.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of jampics2
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Fat Heads IPA festival. 7%, 78 IBU. This beer won the belt for IPA and best overall beer at this festival, a HUGE accomplishment for TBK. The beer's still being tweaked a bit, but is described as:

"Our first take on a west coast style IPA featuring Citra hops"

This beer has a great storybehind the name. Fat Heads makes an excellent American IPA called Headhunter that won the silver at GABF this year in the most-entered category ever. Well, White Raja is a historical figure who went to Burnei and was determined to end headhunting. So, you can say in a way, this beer's name translates to "headhunter killer". Zing!

The beer looks great - golden with some copper highlights on the edges. There's a film of head with a white ring. Looks good but a touch sticky based on the lack of noticeable carb and head. Color and clarity are both fantastic, though, so this still scores well.

The aroma is amazing. Layers of hops give huge citrus and a touch of Simcoe catty smells. Lots of simcoe in this one, and the citra gives some great lemon and a bit of pep as well. Huge grapefruit, orange, lemon aromatics. Just a killer smelling beer.

Wow, this is amazing tasting. A touch sweeter than expected. One of the best hop bills outside of California. Really well balanced, with simcoe giving some huge kick-ass citrus and grass and perfume. Kiss of sweetness from the malt. Lemon from the citra. Oh boy, this is a game changer here. Ohio's IPA crown may be heading to Strongsville.

The body is just north of water in a good way. Not substantive or sticky with great touch of carb. Medium pleasant bitterness lingers. This beer is amazing and so drinkable. It stood out in a competition with all the big boys, including the finest from Founders, Bear Republic, Port, Fat Heads, Avery, etc. No more tweaking necessary. Put this lightning in a bottle now. Seriously, Jack, why are you still reading this? Bottle it :)

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big news to have this stellar brew now in bottles.
I have tried WR on tap at the Brew Kettle taproom and via growler from Whole Foods, but this is the first bottle.

Called Lizardville on Miles and they graciously held 4 12 0z bottles one of which has been poured into a DFH glass for this tasting.

Pale-yellow, clear elixir, 3mm white ring of foam with plenty of heavy lace.

The Citra hops are abundant, grapefruit, honey, pine backbone with a touch of grass; everything you want in a nice hoppy brew.

The taste does not disappoint: Grapefruit, citrus at the front, smooth hop bitterness, light caramel. Reminds me of Columbus's awesome IPA, but with an extra smoothness that lets the hops come to the forefront, but not spoil the complexity. Well done. One to seek out if the hops are your thing.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this for a while now, hope it's as good as everyone tells me it is! 12 ounce bottle, 6.8% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear golden/orange color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The grapefruit aroma is strong in this brew. There's also some tropical fruit, lemon peel, pine hops and a bit of bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma. The citrusy hop flavors dominate, and there's also some pine hops and a bit of bready malt flavors noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, I wasn't disappointed at all. At $10.99 a 6-pack, I think it's worth every penny.

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Photo of 4balance
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Ommegang flute, absolutely gorgeous transparent golden bronze color with about a 1/2" of white bubbly head with a constant amount of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom center to the top, head quickly reduced to a little ring with minimal lacing.

Strong aroma of tropical fruit, hops and pine resin, spice.

Taste is citrus; hints of mango and pineapple then into the grapefruit, bitter abrasive hops, pine resin, spice—with the hops lingering on the tongue, not detecting much in the line of malt.

Mouthfeel is light - smooth with a good amount of carbonation, drying finish.

Overall, I am super stoked to be drinking this magnificent IPA courtesy of WesM63 from my home state of Ohio! Highly recommended, would drink much more often if readily available for sure.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

thanks for giving me this beer last night duff27!

poured into Tulip glass.

Appearance: Great looking IPA. Hazy golden orangish bodied beer with a 3 to 4 finger white head. The head is dense with large and small bubbles that slowly fades down into a clumpy chuncky head. Heavy lacing everywhere on the side of the glass. The head never really died while I drank this beer.

Smell: Huge citrus, bready / biscuity notes from the nose. Very aromatic beer I could smell this while pouring it. Pine, grass, and oranges too.

Taste: Moderate bitteriness from this IPA. Pine upfront with grapefruit, oranges, pineapple. Little bit of grass and floral notes too. The malt is really well balanced with the hops. You actually taste the malts first and then slowely the bitterness builds from the hop profile. The malts are bready, biscuity and maybe even a touch of honey sweetness. Its really nice!

Mouthfeel: low to medium bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. This beer is actually kind of creamy. This beer is also crisp and clean with a bitterness that doesnt seem to linger in the aftertaste for very long. Really drinkable really balanced really nice beer!

Overall: I really liked this IPA. Nice beer from all aspects. I might have to give duff a high five for giving me a chance to drink this beer! Lots of nice citrusy hops and perfectly balanced malt profile. Seek it out! Another class act hoppy beer from Ohio(refering to Columbus IPA)!

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of Smooth-Hoperator
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) A very light, slightly hazy amber colored beer that is light enough to see through and that leaves a light thin white frothy head. This is not a very malty beer. The first time I tried this beer it left beautiful lacing all the way down the glass as I drank.

S) Pungent, citrusy, bitter, beautiful hop profile. This screams west coast style IPA.

T) While the smell is hoppy, it does not quite prepare you for the level of hops present after tasting this beer. The taste starts off light, crisp and citrusy with hints of what seems like orange and pineapple but quickly turns into a nice clean bitterness that will stay on your tounge until the next drink.

M) A very light and drinkable beer.

O) This is one of the best IPAs I've had. This is a very refreshing IPA because it's so light and citrusy, but will give you a large dose of bitter hops as well. The balance is very nice and there are no real negatives for this beer. I look forward to trying one at the Brew Kettle Taproom in the near future.


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Photo of seeswo
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a apple-juice golden with a nice white head. Looks really good. As soon as the bottle open, an aroma of piney and tropical hops make their way out. A bit of biscuit malts as well. Very nice! The taste is very similar to blind pig. Strong grapefruit and piney hop flavor up front with a middle of biscuit malt and bitterness and a finish of more of a grapefruit, tropical hop flavor. Really interesting and quite good. This is really a tasty brew with some serious hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium, with medium carbonation. I really like this beer a lot, especially if I could get it regularly around here. One of the best flyover IPAs I've had which can compete with, though probably not beat, the best of the west coast. I had this quite fresh and it is unknown how well it holds up. Enjoy!

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Photo of Dan3279
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having this one several times now I am ready to give this one a review. Now starting off I have to say that this one is a little hard to review because I have noticed some variance in flavor between bottles in the same six pack.

I poured the 12oz bottle into my DFH snifter to find a nice clear orange-copper body with a white one-inch head that left a decent little amount of lacing.

The aroma was great with citrus hops and tropical fruits dominating the nose. Not an over-powering aroma but it is very welcoming and reminds me of a west coast IPA.

The flavor is great, a west coast taste and feel found in the middle of Ohio. The citrus and grapefruit hit you first upfront, a little bit of sweetness in the middle with a nice dry finish. Now I do have to say that when I talk about a variance in flavor between bottles in the same six-pack I would get an occasion bottle with a skunky aftertaste.

Overall an outstanding beer that makes me happy that a great west coast style IPA can be found here in Ohio. If it wasn't for the variance in bottles I would buy atleast a six pack a week.

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Photo of iadler
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of exitmusic00. You're the man Matt.

A- Pours a dark orange with a fluffy two finger head that sticks around for quite some time. No lacing is left behind.

S- Fresh tropical fruits with peach, passion fruit, mango, clementines and pineapple. Orange zest and pink grapefruit follow with a bit of caramel malt. The smell is fantastic.

T- Tropical notes are not as prominent, but there is still some peach, passion fruit, mango, clementines, pineapple and a bit of honeydew. Some bitterness provided by orange zest and pink grapefruit with a bit of sweetness from the caramel malt.

M- Low to medium carbonation and medium body. Fairly creamy mouthfeel and quite drinkable.

O- Really enjoyed this IPA. One of the best smelling IPA's I've had for quite some time. There seems to be some citra hops but can't tell what other ones are present. I would love to have this more available to me as it would be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks @plutoniumpete! Great aroma with a 2 finger head that lingers for a little bit. Taste is exquisitely balanced with the bitterness perfectly contrasting the malt presence. I wish I was able to get this in the South. Great experience and glad I was able to try a bottle.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, this is one of the best around ! Looks great, aromas are fantastic, assertive hop profile and to top it off it has a solid feel as well. An ipa lover's ipa.

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Photo of pitasoup
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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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 prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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.

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