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

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Reviews: 382
Hads: 2,151
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 21.91%
Wants: 485
Gots: 360 | FT: 23
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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States | website

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 Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears orange and fairly hazy. The head is pure white and measures about a quarter inch, leaving ample lacing on the walls of the pint glass. The aroma is quite nice, with notes of grapefruit and pine resin. The flavor brings a healthy bitterness, with lingering tangy grapefruit in the finish. The body is thin, even a bit watery. Overall, a very good beer. I would certainly have this again.

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

12 oz bottle courtesy of JM03. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass on 10/13/12.

A: Pale gold with a finger and a half head that settles. Just a bit of lacing.

S: Nice grapefruit aromas with a hint of resiny dankness to it. Sweet and citrusy. Very nice.

T: Nice citrus hop flavor then a big malt bill comes through. Grainy and some caramel malt prominent. Finishes with a lingering resin flavor and feel.

M: Medium body, average carbonation, and lingering bitterness.

O: Another great IPA that has a substantial malt bill to match the hops.

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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 FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1108th Review on BA
Bottle to HF Pint
12 oz.

Thank to Dan aka CaptCleveland for this one.

App- Pours out a very deep rusted/burnt sienna orange with a very khaki looking 2-1/2 finger head. Took a bit to settle down and left some great cling and lace down the glass.

Smell- Much like the bottle says, the beer is very floral and aromatic. A bit of hop oil, mixed with deep citrus in terms of grapefruits, tangerines and a little bit of earthiness.

Taste- On the flip side of the nose was the flavor profile. Which was its twin brother. It was almost straight hops with a great bit of earthy pine and damp caramel notes. A bit spicy but remained flavorful with a nice undernote of mild citrus.

Mouth- A bit of a medium bodied IPA with a certain light-medium carbonation level. Had a huge residual hop and piney note.

Drink- I will admit, I traded for this one for the top 100 factor and didnt read other reviews. This profile isnt my cup of tea but this had good aromatics and good layers of flavor. I would have this again and trade for it again.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a stemless wine glass.
4/3.5/4.5/4/4.25
Hazy gold with voluminous heads.
Smells vaguely hoppy and malty.
This is great! Really lush and balanced and fruity. Clementines and passion fruit. Highly enjoyable IPA. Highly recommended!

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into my teku glass

A - Pours an aggressive 2.5 finger head, white with tiny bubbles, hazy copper in body. Head lingers and leaves nice lacing on the edges. Legs run quickly.

S - I mostly get citrus. Maybe grapefruit and other non-descript citrus fruits. In the back end, I am getting some sweeter malt, maybe crystal. Weak nose.

T - Taste starts with a nice citrus blast. Mid-palate, it turns a bit piney. On the finish, I get resinous pine and a hint of sweet malt. It's very well balanced while the malt profile still lets the hops steal the show. Probably a heavy dose of citra or centennial in the later stages of the boil/dry hop.

M - Mostly dryish on the finish. Mildly bitter but not offensive.

O - The nose is weak and it's nothing special to look at but the flavor is outstanding. It's a very impressive, citrus-forward IPA that has drinkability and flavor. Well done Brew Kettle.

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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.

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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 deadonhisfeet
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really excited to finally get a chance to try this. A buddy of mine brought it back from his recent trip to Cleveland. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The appearance is a clear orange-gold color with a nice white head, but quick dissipation. The nose is outstanding. Lots of ripe tropical fruit notes like pineapples, oranges, and peaches. There's also a slightly sweet, breadiness to it also. Very nice!

The beer has a medium body and a nice firm mouthfeel. The flavor is primarily sweet in the front of the palate (wasn't expecting that) with notes of fresh bread and marmalade. The hops are very well-balanced and creep in quite quickly, but never really completely overtake the sweetness as they assault the palate. That sweetness is always there. The flavors contributed by the hops run the gamut from apricots and grapefruits to pine-like notes. The finish is nice and dry, but not as strong or lingering as some other beers. Still, a really nice beer.

Glad I was finally able to try this. I can buy Brew Kettle beers near where I live, but this one is NEVER there. I'm sure they get it from time to time, but just sell it too fast. This is a really good IPA, but I have to say that Fat Head's Head Hunter (also from Ohio) is notably better. I must point out that this bottle may be a bit old. My buddy's friend said that the current batch seems a bit ``off'', so he insisted I try one from the previous batch. I still need to try this beer fresh.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel pours a uber-hazed gold color with a small, but tight off-white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Hops are tropical on the nose and the malt has an 'oatmeal-esque' creamed caramel aroma...interesting. Smells good, although the nose is not overly powerful.

Taste is balanced, the malts are more caramely than the aroma would indicate and the hops are somewhat restrained. The mouthfeel is quite nice, moderate heft with a pinch of sweetness and is oh so smooth. There is a bit of earthiness as it warms up that is interesting, plus it throws down a couple different layers of bitterness on the finish. Its good, for sure...probably my favorite so far from TBK.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep glowing sunburst orange body that is translucent, white cap.
Nose is sweet citrus forward, like tangerenes and tangelos, a hint of mango.
Nice slightly bitter tropical citrus flavor, more tropical and bitter on the palate then the aroma was. Still on the sweeter side of citrus as the aroma was, but def more tropical aspects going on now.
medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, a bit more would make it pop a bit better.

Really solid IPA, i could drink this often.

C/3 = Average

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Photo of mtomlins
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A: Straw in color with an orange hue. Pours to a big white sudzy head that takes its time to settle. There is a lots amount of lacing and the final collar is thick and creamy.

S: Bam...Hops!! A big, sweet, citrusy nose featuring juicy oranges and tangerines. There is a bit of malt in the back and maybe a touch of pine.

T: A full on assault of hops! There are the citrus notes from the nose at the start, sweet and juicy, but the bittering hops transition in quickly and the flavor goes dry and spicy quite quickly. The finish is long, dry and BITTER! It may not be a face melting ruination of one's palate, but it is hops and only hops. There is a malt backbone to the beer, but it takes a definite back seat which ultimately delivers a beer out of balance, albeit purposefully.

M: Medium body and carbonation; smooth and round.

O: An excellent IPA, but definitely out of balance in favor of full-on hops; this is obviously the brewer's intent. This is definitely an ode to hops.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear dark yellow color. Just one finger of creamy white head. Retention is average and a small ring of lacing is left.

5.0 S: Tremendously strong citrus and floral hoppiness. Grapefruit and pine, mango and papaya, pineapple and orange. Super clean, which is just how I like my IPAs.

4.0 T: Though still quite good, the taste can't match the intensity of the nose. Everything is still there, but just less of it than I was expecting. Pine and grapefruit are the strongest, followed by orange and mango, with the pineapple and papaya underneath it all. Moderate bitterness. Surprisingly, there's a decent malt character in this. I thought that there wouldn't be based on the color. Neutral malt sweetness with just a touch of breadiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation level is fine, but the beer weighs a bit heavy on the tongue. I'd prefer a bit more creaminess from this.

4.0 D: Despite it's faults, this is still a really solid IPA.

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Photo of Danielcase
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a six pack of this for a beer tasting party.

Pop the top and pour a golden clear beer. Lots of citrus aroma and decent head retention. Nice lacing and medium mouthfeel. Bitterness creeps up on you and finishes with just a hint of sweetness. Tasty all around.

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Photo of Bone53
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shout out to The Brew Review Crew for the trade!

Appearance: Clear straw golden color with a one finger white head

Smell: Citrus hops, funky cat piss, grassy

Taste: i find the taste to be cleaner than the smell. Nicee citrus notes upfront, a subtle cat piss character mid palate along with pine and grass throughout the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; Goes down smooth with a moderate bitter finish

Overall: I enjoyed this, but i expected more and find it overrated. That simcoe cat piss character is more prevalent than i prefer. I feel like Dirt Wolf for example nails that hop profile, but this does not. I think upping the alcohol a percent would do this some good. Other than that this is a tasty beer with a smooth, refreshing mouthfeel. Id much rather have a FatHeads Head Hunter though, which is easily accesible in my area, and probably wont seek this out again

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Photo of raveskdr
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. Straight outta the box, into the fridge, and straight into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Apple cider, through and through. Slight off white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Half pine, half tropical fruits. No malt to speak of.

T - Lots of pine and a bit slighter fruitiness in the taste. I am getting a slight spiciness that I get in rye IPA's. Really nice for sure. Hops linger a proper amount.

M - A nice balance of malt makes this very drinkable. A slight resin that lingers.

O - A super solid IPA. Glad I was able to get six of these. Would be a go to IPA if it were on shelves here in DC.

CJ

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma nice mixture of pine and hemlock
Head large (5 cm), white, creamy with a few rocks, very slowly diminishing to a 3 mm layer
Lacing small islands
Body yellow, slight hop haze.
Flavor initial blast of piney goodness, fading quickly to a tropical freshness, then completely gone; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

A very nice IPA at only 70 well-hidden IBUs. Very refreshing. I’ve had this both bottled and on draft, and it’s always pleasing. Virtually every trip to Cleveland contains at least one visit to the brew kettle for fresh beer and good food.

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Photo of gopens44
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Impressive color gets me excited despite a lackluster head with whispy lacing. Nose is big grapefruit with a little nose stinging spice as well. Taste is everything all at once - grapefruit bitter, sweet malt and piney finish. Medium body and overly dry. Very nice beer.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a bright golden coloration. The head of the beer is a thick white coloration. Nice head retention that stands up to the mustache test. Thick rings of foam mark the beers passage from my glass.

S- Nice pungent grapefruit, citrus, pine resin and perhaps a bit of sweet pineapple and mango. Very well done!

T- The flavor of the beer is mildly sweetened grapefruit, oily pine, citrus zest and just a flash of sweet caramel. The hops are definately the star of this beer.

M- The body of the beer nears medium. The carbonation is on the lower side but works really well. The hops have a bit of a sticky resinous character and really hang around.

O- This is a very good IPA. I will be buying more of this beer. My normal routine hop fix is SN Torpedo. If this beer is going to be year round available it will have torpedoed Torpedo.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden almost light amber body with the appropriate creamy white head. The smell is pine needles, grapefruit rind, and some tropical fruit. The taste is rich and bitter. There is enough citrus sweetness to round everything together. The mouthfeel is full but also slick. This is about as crushable as it gets for almost 7%. This rating goes over 4.5 though when on draft at the Brew Kettle. It's as good as a citrusy IPA gets when on draft. The bottle is still in the top 10 for Midwest IPAs.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a lighter gold color with a slight bit of haze and a fairly small white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves just a bit of lacing at best.

S- Picking up quite a bit of tropical fruits here. Mainly grapefrut, tangerine and apricot. A bit of piney hops here as well.

T- Taste is pretty sweet for an IPA. Quite a bit of tropical fruits, and a touch of pine.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Not too bad at all. I hope this one hits a bottle I'd like to have this one again.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint. Thanks to mrfong07 for sending this one. No bottling info that I can find.

A - Pours a golden color with perfect clarity. There is little head beyond a halo but it does leave some sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Very fruity aroma with sweet tangerine, tart grapefruit, and intense pineapple. Tangy citrus hops come through. One dimensional, but delicious.

T - Starts with big tropical fruits and clover honey sweetness. Tart, almost sour, citrus pulls through hard in the middle. The finish is quite bitter with lingering weed and dank grapefruit rind. I don't detect much malt, as the sweetness is almost entirely fruity.

M - Tingly carbonation and a medium body. Easy drinking and refreshing.

O - With amazing tropical fruits and citrus, this is comparable to a great imperial IPA in flavor intensity and aroma. This is one of the best "single" IPAs I have ever had. A great example of the west coast style of IPA and I would love to have access to it.

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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 output01x
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in a pint glass at The Brew Kettle.

A 1/2-finger off white head sits atop a clear golden amber body with small amounts of quickly rising tiny carbonation bubbles. The head recedes after a few minutes to a thin, even dusting and thick foam ring. Slight lacing can be noticed throughout consumption.

Sticky pine needle hops aromas dominate the nose with scents of citrus hops also present. Notes of orange peel and cantaloupe give a slightly tropical feel to the nose.

Sweet, honey-like malt flavors prepare the taste buds for the approaching hops. First, spicy hops sting the tip of the tongue. Then earthy, spicy hops begin attacking the rest of the tongue while citrus notes dance in the background. A spicy, piney bitterness then descends upon the back of the tongue to finish the experience.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer coats your mouth and sticks around just long enough to remind you to take another sip. Easily drinkable and rather refreshing, this beer has earned quite a reputation in these parts, and rightfully so.

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Photo of screamking
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into wine glass

Appearance-pours light apricot in color with a lean white head which goes away quickly. No lacing around the edges. 4

Aroma-lots of citrus, I'm getting lemon and grapefruit up front. Also, there are some fresh floral notes as well. For an IPA I would say its closer to middle of the road than to top tier. 4

Taste-lots of lemon and lots of pine. Has a stronger orange taste then grapefruit. Dried pineapple and brown sugar add to the sweetness. 4.25

Feel-solid medium bodied beer, mild carbonation on the tongue, solid coating on palate, very easy to drink. 4.5

Overall-maybe I have been having too many "great" IPA's lately, but this just seems slightly above average to me. It has all the typical characteristics of an IPA but nothing that jumps out and says I'm better then the rest. Is it a good beer...yes. Would I drink or again...yes. I just don't think I would go out of my way for it. 4.25

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Photo of sukwonee
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Scott for this bottle

A: Lighter brown (almost yellow) body with two finger head with good amount of lacing.

S: Some grain (???), some bittering hops, some malt... that's about it really. Very mediocre

T: okay - so this beer tastes great. In fact, it's quite awesome. IPA with nice tropical and citrous hops but also with good amount of malt. There is this... slightly off-grain-y taste. Not sure what it is but it didn't botter me as much in the taste than it did on the nose. Quite refreshing.

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium body for APA.

O: Definitely recommended. I just had Head Hunter before this and I can't decide which one I prefer over the other. They're both just okay for me.

As far as the the IPAs go, I would say VT > So CAL > OH for now.

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.