White Rajah - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Juicy citrus character, supple caramel sweetness, and dry hop bitterness carry this beer from the initial aroma until the long-linger of crisp citrusy bitterness in aftertaste. This beer astounds at every corner.
Pouring a surprisingly clear gold color, the beer is void of any hopped haze. It is capped with a fluffy white head that's somewhat reluctant to rise, retain, or lace. But a constant swirl reveals just enough foam character to adorn the glass with spider-webbing lace.
Vibrant and fiery character of citrus oils, pith, and zest- the aromas are bright with not only citrus, but also of tropical pineapple, mangoes, and apricots but in the ripest and most pulp-like way. Informed by the mild backbone of caramel, the malt gives just enough energy to the hoppy fruit character to make them seem juicy and ripe. Very clean, the beer evokes nearly giddy emotion heading into the taste.
The juicy hop character doesn't just carry over from aroma, but they intensify as the beer leaps onto the taste buds with an oily taste of orange zest, ruby red grapefruit pulp, and ripe mangoes and apricots. Again, the underpinning of caramel malt allows the fruit flavored hops to seem dripping with candy and honey. As the malt fades, the simultaneous transition to hop fruitiness to turn resiny in bitterness for a clean, crisp, and sharp bitterness of citrus pith.
Medium bodied, only the supple caramel sweetness and creamy carbonation keeps it from absolute dryness from start to finish. But as the malt proves to be fast in fleeting, the carbonation dissipates to a creamy dryness in only the way that IPAs can. Accented by the sappy dryness of hops and the moderate warmth of alcohol, the beer is decisive with its crispness and cleanliness in the end.
Obvious and direct in its lopsided balance that strongly favors the hops, the beer avoids the furniture polish-like alcohols, grassy harshness, and out-of-scale sweetness or body that cause even minor inconsistencies found in even well made IPAs. Goes to show that this is not a well made IPA; it's an instant classic!
06-07-2012 03:55:19 | More by BEERchitect
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Huge thanks to beerhan for this doozy!
Pours a white fizzy almost soapy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with some sticky soapy lacing, over mostly clear tan peach orange-yellow colored beer.
Nose brings super fresh hops, tons of citrus with hint of orange peel, lots of tropical fruit with pineapple, grapefruit, slight hint of resin, tangerine, and a slight sweet malty backbone and slightest tickle of booze.
Taste comes with fresh tropical fruit hops, tangerine, grapefruit, nectarine, bit of pineapple, some musty resins and slight oily, light citrus and orange peel. It also has a nice sweet malty backbone, and just a touch of booze. Fairly big beer, nice malty balance with the big fresh citrus and tropical fruit hops. Finish is fairly bitter but it never gets too bitter, with a slight sweet finish, long bitter finish.
Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.
Overall pretty nice, great nose, nice fresh hops, fairly bitter maybe just the right about of bitterness and doesn't get too heavy, nice malty balance that isn't too sweet either. Great hop flavors and aromas.
10-02-2011 00:38:43 | More by jlindros
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
Thanks to Sean for sharing this at Zwanze Day 2011. Served in a Cantillon glass, before it was unexpectedly poured out by an over-zealous employee. Thankfully I was able to get a refill.
A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. Transparent golden body. Nice-looking brew.
S - Orange creamsicle, tropical fruits, a bit of tangerine zest, and sugar cookie malts. Very enjoyable and potent aroma.
T - Taste is a little more understated, with the sugary malt obscuring the various fruity hop flavors a bit - instead of a rich cornucopia of flavors it's more smoothed out. There's still some citrus rind as well as mild bitterness in the finish.
M - Medium body, lower carbonation, juicy texture, and a dry finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. This is pretty much how I like my IPAs.
D - A solid, enjoyable IPA. The taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma, but I'd gladly have this one again - hopefully a six-packs finds it way to me in the near future.
09-19-2011 01:53:50 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev -7%
Appearance: Light copper, slightly hazy. 1/4" very light tan foamy head. Excellent lacing. Thin froth retained.
Aroma: Piney, resiny, string fruity element, hard to pin down (citrus?), malty sweetness in the background.
Taste: Clean arrival, slight sweetness, earthy across mid-palate. VERY bitter finish. Tangible malt presence on mid-palate.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light; enough malt firmness.
Overall: I like this better than Headhunter; I think CBC is more balanced. A standout IPA.
09-02-2014 02:25:31 | More by SaltofOH
4.12/5 rDev -4.2%
A - Clear golden orange beer, large head reduces slowly to thick white cap that laces as it goes down.
S - Strong smell of mango and passionfruit, grapefruit, overripe peaches with a subtle wild hop elements of onion and sweat, a hint of dank grassiness.
T - Bright grapefruit and passionfruit flavors, followed by a grapefruit pith hit that survives through the close.
M - Good carbonation, but heavy bitterness and resin chewiness that builds.
O - Delivers on the promise of a strong, West Coast style IPA. Big flavors and big bitterness, it can blow your palate out, but it is a wonderful ride.
08-30-2014 04:25:36 | More by Tsar_Riga
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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