White Rajah - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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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.
06-23-2013 23:39:26 | More by kojevergas
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.
02-17-2013 02:47:04 | More by HopsMathias
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...
08-04-2012 02:53:15 | More by ThePorterSorter
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.
03-19-2012 18:32:31 | More by KickInTheChalice
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.
04-01-2012 15:37:35 | More by JohnnyMc
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.
02-26-2012 09:14:12 | More by Rizalini
3.6/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
04-16-2012 16:57:32 | More by HopHead84
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.
07-16-2013 03:16:22 | More by macrosmatic
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.
05-10-2012 05:13:31 | More by IpaRay
3.63/5 rDev -15.6%
A: Pours a hazy golden color, white head. Sticky lacing, nice rings.
S: Well balanced aroma, with flowery and citric hops poking through quite nicely.
T: Taste is pretty well balanced as well. Sweet malt and citric / floral hops blending quite nicely. An assertive bitterness, and a hint of alcohol round out the finish.
M: Medium in body, high carbonation. Hop bitterness is amplified by tight carbonation.
O: A solid IPA, though nothing remarkable.
10-03-2011 22:44:08 | More by zoolzoo
3.65/5 rDev -15.1%
Bottle into tulip pint.
Orange-hued apricot body with a small white head. The head quickly becomes a film that offers a mere 60% coverage. No lacing. The color is great, but all other attributes of the appearance are disappointing.
Smells glorious: citrusy fruit and tropical fruit notes kill it. I can also tell by smell that this beer is going to be pretty bitter. There is a wonderful aroma here that makes me think of candied pineapple. Smells terrific.
The flavor lets me down a hair sadly-- some bready malt up front with a sugary sweetness (and feel?!) and them the hops just don't seem to live up to the nose. Big dry boozy finish with strong bitterness. The overall feel of the beer is oily and medium-feeling. Firm carbonation, but something at the end remind me of day-old tonic water.
Overall-- I'm sure that if this were available locally I would probably pick it up often enough... But as it is, this beer *almost* works for me. It has good potential...
08-05-2012 00:38:47 | More by AleWatcher
3.65/5 rDev -15.1%
A: Pilsner golden. Effervescent, white head. Lots of lace (for who ever the hell cares).
S: Corn, honey, a touch of rye, not much hop aroma, but a clean and fresh smell. I really like to corn.
T: Like a petit barleywine, this is pretty malt forward. I can't really pick apart much about the hops, other than some drying on the finish. Some more flavors from the smell come through, but milder.
M: Very approachable - effervescent, but not desctructive, carbonation. Moderate drying.
O: Not what I dream up when I think IPA, more like a session barleywine. Worth the try.
03-30-2012 00:09:29 | More by CharlieMurphy
3.73/5 rDev -13.3%
Bottle poured into a DFH snifter, thanks to Thorpe for giving this to me as an extra. At the time of this review, this beer is the #6 top American IPA and is flirting with the top 100, currently the #79 beer on the Top Beers - United States list. Just a few away from the cutoff, unfortunately except for providing one more review for it, my review probably won't help its stats.
Beer is dark amber, darker than expected, with a soft off white head of small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.
Aroma is really nice, gets me excited, quite the complex hop aroam, minimal malt, nice pine and citrus notes, very nice.
The beer almost immediately disappoints me when I taste it. It is pretty heavy on the palate and leads off with a strong malt presence, too much for an IPA for sure. The hops are present and the beer rallies at the end but overall I've had much MUCH better IPAs. There have been a couple of highly rated IPAs lately that have not lived up to the hype for me. Oh well. Onward and upward.
10-04-2011 03:47:19 | More by drabmuh
3.73/5 rDev -13.3%
Not sure on the freshness. I was told it is less than two months old. May as well give it a go. 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
A - finger of slightly yellow head of large bubbles. Body is clear and golden orange.
S - very good aroma of grapefruit, orange, and a musty smell.
T - Sweet start of orange and light lemon. Then the harsh hops hit making it more of a grapefruit flavor.
M - very drying. Good carbonation which holds up am average body. Bitterness his on the back of the mouth.
O - a nice beer but nothing that is a must try/have again for me. Simple
07-01-2012 15:29:33 | More by RuckusDu
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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