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

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1,546 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 397
Gots: 162 | FT: 19
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

diehl07, Jun 04, 2013
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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.

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kojevergas, Jun 23, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -17.4%

Poured from a bottle.
Beautiful yellow to slightly copper color. Just slightly darker than a traditional lager or pilsner. (The first beers I drank were yellow in color so it's what I always think of for beer.)
Nice light citrusy hops aroma.
The taste of hops is definite but not overwhelming. Slight citrus taste balances the hops.
The mouthfeel is light.
Overall a good IPA that is not overwhelming with the hops.

HopsMathias, Feb 17, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -17.4%

The beer pours a clear amber with a thin white head. The nose is slightly hoppy and sweet, but not overbearing. It's a rather generic tasting IPA, but is quite balanced and drinkable. The aftertaste is actually sweet. This is a beer I'd enjoy more on tap...

ThePorterSorter, Aug 04, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -17.4%

From notes. Poured from a growler into a tulip.

White Rajah pours a clear caramel brown color. There is a frothy white head that fades to a thin cap before my glass is done.

The hoppy aroma has a some spicy pine and grapefruit but is fairly mild overall.

Each sip starts slightly sweet before a long, mild, lingering bitterness sets in. Smooth pine has a little bit of spice, and the grapefruit bitterness is more pithy than juicy.

The body is pretty much right in the middle of the spectrum. It feels heavier due to a lack of depth or variation to the flavor. Instead, it just sits on the tongue. The carbonation is on the light side, which only compounds this effect.

This was a drinkable IPA, but there are more robust options out there.

KickInTheChalice, Mar 19, 2012
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3.56/5  rDev -17.2%

Definitely not a favorite from the Brew Kettle.

It poured a clear orange, not hazy like some IPAs with a little amount of head.

The aroma had a strong amount of hops and grapefruit and pineapple.

The taste is where I became disappointed. There was almost no taste of the fruit from the smell, but there was some hop flavor, not a lot and a ton of bitterness. There are notes of grapefruit and citrus, but doesn't compare to the tropical fruit smells in the aroma.

I have heard so many good things about this, but it tasted watered down so it really surprises me. Maybe it was a bad batch.

JohnnyMc, Apr 01, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -16.7%

Poured from a bottle into my Deschutes tulip, reviewed from notes taken while the site was down.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color, with a thin off white head.

S - Apricot and an earthy butterscotch aroma that I usually don't relate to an IPA. Citrus and caramel aroma.

T/M - Not as hop forward as I would like, but it is the prodominant flavor. Caramel malt backbone, with a citrus hop bite. Finish of lemon zest and pine. Medium mouthfeel.

O - An interesting and good IPA. I've had better, but I've definately had worse. A little more malty thanI would prefer my IPAs to be, but thats just me.

Rizalini, Feb 26, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -16.3%

4/13/2012

Bottle shared by someone at Real Ale. Thanks!

A: Transparent golden orange with an inch of white sea foam. Great color, great retention, and great lacing.

S: Herbal and weedy with grassy notes. Light orange and grapefruit that are submissive to the herbal, weedy, and grassy characteristics.

T: Restrained citrus with firm herbal and grassy notes. Light malt presence.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Hard to say how fresh this is as it was shared by a friendly stranger. Not very bright or aromatic, and not a lot of flavor. Lots of herbal notes.

HopHead84, Apr 16, 2012
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3.61/5  rDev -16%

Big thanks to maximumu13 for this bottle. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Light copper in color, just a little hazy. Even an aggressive pour only gives a ribbon of white head that fades to some stray foam. A few stray bubbles of visible carbonation. Doesn't look promising.

S: Big tropical fruits, melon, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit peel. Below the fruity sweetness is just a touch of bready malt sweetness, but it's hiding in the background. Not a huge amount of aroma but I think an acceptable level - and what's there smells really good.

T: Orange & grapefruit zest, juicy melon, tropical fruit, some pine resin and floral hops. There is only a little cracker malt flavor and sweetness near the swallow, but if you're not actively seeking it would go right by. EDIT: The bready malt character does start to show up more as it warms through the drink. Truly a hop bomb, and yet it lets the hop flavor profiles shine without an excessive amount of bitterness - which lingers in moderation after the swallow.

M: I'm assuming something was wrong with this particular bottle. It's quite flat, distractingly so. Can't be what was intended. Medium body, and alcohol well-hidden. But the lack of carbonation gives it a weird slick mouthfeel.

O: I want to love this beer. I almost love this beer. The flavor is good, and the hop flavors work so nicely together. But the lack of carbonation in this bottle just kills the enjoyment that should be here. I have another bottle, and I hope (!) that the carbonation level is more appropriate. Because I'm nearly convinced this should be an IPA to compete with the best of them. I'll edit the review if the second bottle proves better.

macrosmatic, Jul 16, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -15.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. None to very little head or lacing. Very hoppy and citrus aromas, maybe some pine. Hops are dominant on my tongue... a very light coating otherwise very thin in taste. Overall not bad for an American Ipa. Would like to try this as a draft.

IpaRay, May 10, 2012
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,546 ratings.