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

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Ratings: 1,550
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 398
Gots: 162 | FT: 18
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:
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

(Beer added by: jampics2 on 10-18-2010)
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

meerkat2, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

scott2269, Nov 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

bigclydeoliver, Feb 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

superjose, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Mscarpen, May 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

KFrank729, Feb 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

mhammo129, Feb 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

carrollmel7, Jun 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

baconman91, Jan 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

jstewart1130, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

primrose54, May 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

tsauce2, Oct 05, 2013
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4.98/5  rDev +15.8%

A - Opened the bottle and it poured a deep orange with a white head...about a finger worth. some visible carbonation.

S - Citra hop blast with grapefruit, mango, tropical fruit and just dank fresh hops, It smells so good. The malts clearly take a backseat on this.

T - SCORE! exactly the nose, but a little more bitterness and bite. really nice citric blast in your mouth, a great ipa.

M - Tingly and medium bodied. nice carbonation..

O - Overall, a great ipa! really nice balance of everything i love about the style...a really great beer and worth seeking out.

M1A2, May 25, 2012
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4.97/5  rDev +15.6%

American IPAs are the beers that got me started loving craft brewing. This is a notable example of what happens with a commitment to a style of beer from a great brewery. Thanks Matt for picking this up for me.

Pours a golden orange color with white bubbles that come to the surface right away. The color held up to the light is nearly perfect to me.

Aroma blew my socks off. Such a profound grapefruit/lemon zest aroma. I am not sure how they pack that much aroma into a beer but if I could have that smell around for a bad day you damn well better believe I would!

Taste was also superb. I was amazed how the lemon and orange zest carrier through the entire sitting. We had this with strawberries and blue cheese. If you have never tried this combo with a rockstar IPA, give it a shot. Flavor had hints of alcohol at best.

In my top 5 IPAs ever. What a wonderful brew.

bitterbeerguy, Feb 11, 2012
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4.95/5  rDev +15.1%

Had it on tap and bottle. Pours a beautiful semi-
transparent yellow with some nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is more like a DIPA with citrus and pine jumping out at you. It tastes just like it smells. A rich mouthfeel that seems to make me want to almost chug it. An outstnding Midwest IPa. This is my new go to beer.

gradergator, Jun 21, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +14.7%

Bought multiple 6-packs of this stuff from Jungle Jim's and plan on savoring the stuff over the next few weeks.

A - Poured a light, golden yellow into a standard pint glass, sustaining a 1/4-inch head that left moderate lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Smells like heaven. And if you're not sure what heaven smells like.. buy or trade for some of this, pour it into a glass & smell it. A nice floral scent accentuated by grapefuit and a good wiff of the well-balanced citra hops.

T - Outstanding. Hops definitely hit you but are not overpowering, balanced perfectly with the malt and the refreshing, tropical flavor that comes across with the hint of lemon and grapefruit.

M - Goes down easily with no bitterness left in the mouth.

Overall - My first TBK beer and the finest American IPA I've ever tasted. Bell's Two-Hearted has been dethroned as the best readily available American IPA in SW Ohio. Here's to hoping that production of White Rajah continues year round, unabated!

Aristotle1, Sep 10, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +14.7%

Tough to find in NW Ohio, but I did it! From a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Nice hoppy, citrusy smell and orange/honey color -- gonna be a good one. Yes it is! Pleasantly bitter with a taste of pine, grapefruit, orange, and just enough funk. Deserves to be in the top 100. And it is! How'd I know?!

paultierney1, Feb 05, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +14.7%

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.


stewart124, Nov 16, 2011
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4.92/5  rDev +14.4%

bufleraj, Aug 24, 2014
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JDCop34, Aug 29, 2014
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4.91/5  rDev +14.2%

A - golden haze with an orange / copper color.
S - As good as it gets.
T - Excellent hop bitterness, orange zest, citrus
M - Mild carbonation, medium mouthfeel

Overall - One of the most underrated IPAs out there. Delicious, incredible aroma and just an all around excellent beer. If you haven't had one yet, find one. Can go head to head with any of the West Coast top guns.

CLE4goodBeer, Feb 08, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +14%

White rajah pours a light, golden hue with no haze. A two finger head forms with no effort and leaves thin lacing as it recedes. The label reads: "taming the savage hop".

The smell is intense and spills over the glass filling the air with grapefruit rind, ripe mango, and other tropical aromas. A slight pine scent pricks at the nose as well.

James Brooke must have loved tropical fruits because this brew is dominated by their flavors. I'm picking up a host of them including mango, lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple. After the initial fruit blast some sweet malts come in pairing up with them and presenting ripened pineapple juice. Some bitter hops quickly follow and round it out creating a very complete and outstanding ipa profile. The finish is slightly piney and dry leaving a thirst for more.

I originally tried this on tap at Jackie o's and came away unimpressed. Admittedly I probably destroyed my palate with hogwash and therefore didn't represent the beer well. A local shop had this in bottles so thankfully I decided to give it another shot as this is arguably the best American ipa I have ever had. The fact that its available to me year round gives it the edge over the likes of hopslam, oak jai alai, and double jack-all world class brews.

sweatervest27, Oct 03, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +14%

Pours a clear golden with a nice frothy head that's a plus, a full 2 fingers and durable leaving a lot of lace and hop oils on the glass.

Aroma is a winner, you think in terms of the biggest bestest hop bombs you've had, many of those DIPA not IPA. Potent scent from this very fresh bottle. Last week, this was nowhere to be seen and Brewkettl had only sold bottles. Rajah features Citra, and I don't know if it includes others. The Scent is pungent with citrus, evergreen and herb in the mix and the brighness you'd crave in a fresh hop bomb.

The taste? If you like hops this is a GEM. Cold,I get more Grapefruit+tangerine, with a shift to Pineapple + a hint of honey as it warms, as if It starts as Kern Citra or Hop Stoopid, then as it warms changes to Nugget Nectar and then Hopslam.

Last week in Columbus I scored 3 exceptional IPA's including Columbus IPA and Widmer IPA's featuring Nelson Sauvin and Citra hops. This is an IPA in that class and beyond. As the aroma hinted, this is an IPA that really slams you with hops...in the kindest way. The malt sings backup and does it well. The hops don't go TOO grapefruit,instead have a fine complexity, nice traditions.

I went to a tasting in town, we shared a Kern Citra, later did a side by side of Columbus IPA and Rajah for Ohio IPA champion...Rajah won, and Rajah held up well vs Kern's Citr DIPA too. It ought to stand up even vs legends like Nugget Nectar and Hopslam.

This summer I got my intro to Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious and Columbus IPA...2 super IPA's. I also had Super Juice and Smells Like Weed, Dark Horse's tap only hop monsters and a couple of DIPA classics,Hop Stoopid and Kern Citra. That I'm buying White Rajah 2 sixers at a time if I see it...says a lot.

Mouth....An IPA needs body but has to be snappy,brisk,bittered,ultra refreshing with the right carbo and finish. White Rajah nailed it.

Drinkable/overall...Drinkable is what an IPA has to do. Here's a star of drinkable. I want more.

rembrant, Sep 15, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +14%

A - beautiful copper/straw/golden body with a big offwhite head. Very pretty color, good head...doesn't get better than this.

S - This is the smell I've been missing...big pungent grassy piney citrusy hops. It's got some fruity notes...It's nearly perfect.

T - Biting citrus on the front, sweet tropical fruit in the middle, and bitter earthy notes on the back. The finish and aftertaste leave a tingle of pungent bitterness. God Damn this is good!

M - Light, but not thin. It's good, but not spectacular.

O - this is without a doubt one of the best single IPA's I've ever had. This has renewed and redoubled my love for hops. Cheers!

Edit: I'm always wary of giving 5s. But the longer I drink this, the more I realize its probably the best IPA I've ever had. It's seriously super good.

ColdPoncho, Sep 11, 2011
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,550 ratings.