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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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Reviews: 382 | Hads: 2,151
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Kafe Kerouac in Columbus, OH and drank there.

Pours a clear dark yellow/gold, with a one inch head, and great lacing down the glass.

Smells like citrus zest- some orange, peach, and grapefruit, with some underlying pine.

The taste is incredible. Quite bitter, but pleasantly so. Very fruity hops- orange, apricot, peach, grapefruit, that taste like they are covered in honey and caramel, due to the very light malt backbone. Some dank, earthy pine flavors as well. Finishes long and bitter and dry. No alcohol present.

Medium bodied, starts a little sweet, but not much, then finishes very dry. Crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation.

A classic IPA, one of the best.

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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 rawfish
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden hue with a nice tight finger high head of white. Average retention and attractive curtains of lacing.

This is tropical and juicy, big tropical and bright floral character reigned by passionfruit, pineapple and mango. Backing of pink citrus and a breezy pine. Sweetness from the malt is candi sugar, light and lightly crystalizing on the hops. I could smell this all day.

Clean bready malt, simple syrup sweetness making way for the hops. Tropical flavor doesn't carry into into the flavor, rather an even balanced trifecta of west coast hop profile awaits with citrus, grass and pine. Through the drink the pine and grassy tones begin to dominate before a lemony zip enters in the finish. Aftertaste is a bright and drying pine.

Medium, easy drinking body, carbonation is calm but adequate allowing the flavors to shine. Alcohol is barely felt and it dries very well.

One of the best IPAs I have had of late. The tropical juicy aroma is captivating, hop flavors are satisfying and the mouthfeel is silky and it releases from the palate perfectly. I need more of these asap.

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Photo of Seanem44
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I actually went back to a pub I had been to when I realized they had this and I missed it. The prior night I had Fathead Headhunter and thought that was amazing. Honestly, I think this little IPA topped it! The smell was perfect. Heavy floral and fruits, how I like it. Taste just as great. The smell translated well to the taste and had just enough sweetness and just enough bitterness. Really glad I found this one. Makes my top five IPAs up there with headhunter and jai alai. If you find this one try it and but it. Glad I had to go to Ohio for a wedding to find this.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I think this is one of the best IPAs most people don't know about. Awesome flowery smell. Great mouthfeel, this stuff dances on my tongue. Carbonation is perfect. Great taste, every sip makes me one the next one more.

Great stuff, wish I could get this one all the time.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, white head with great persitence. Nice, bright citrus aroma. Hazy straw color. Starts EXTREMELY bitter with huge notes of grapefruit and citrus rind, with a touch of pine in the back. There is (surprisingly) some malt showing through. The bitterness rapidly drops to create a slightly malty, citrus rind bitterness lingering into the finish.

This isn't too bad. Definitely West Coast styled, which isn't my favorite. I was really surprised by the malt presence here (i.e. detectable) because that's surprising for the style.

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Photo of jjdc
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amber on the pour. Wow, outstanding hoppy nose. Pine and floral scents. This is a really well-balanced IPA. Floral, resiny, citrusy, dryer sheety hops are smoothed out by a thick, oozy slug of caramel malt. This is a classic Midwest take on a West Coast IPA.

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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 macher0
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip. First beer of the evening.

A. Copper with a reddish hew. Frothy egg shell head treats to a frothy head that leaves excellent laces. Very translucent.

S. Malts and hops. Hops are mostly floral-citrus. Moderate fragrance. A little cat piss at the end.

T. Moderate hop back bone with floral hops. The hop profile goes a little toward resin but only slightly. A nice peppery tingle. A little honey in the end of the palate.

M. High carbonation. Medium body. Smooth.

O. An excellent ipa. Mostly toward the citrus side of things. Excellent clarity. No booze. I highly recommend this ale. I would love to try this on draft.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gonna start by saying I f'n love this beer. It is easily one of my new favorites now! Too bad I can't get it locally.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful clear orange with visible carbonation. An inch head that is off-white and looks like a soft pillow that I wouldn't mind sleeping on! Spotty lacing as you drink it too.

Aroma and taste - A beautiful mixture of citrus fruits (i.e., grapefruit) and floral, slight resin hop flavors.

Mouthfeel - Easy drinking, smooth, perfect amount of bitterness, medium body. I can't put my glass down!

Overall - One word, AWESOME!

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Photo of KFBR392
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden orange color. Half a finger of head on the pour and present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Heavy sticky lacing left behind at each level. Average amount of active carbonation.

Smell: Tame tropical fruits mix well with some medium bodied pine bitterness and a light caramel body on the front. Citrus picks up more on the body and continues to showcase a very breathable tropical fruit body. Pine grows more toward the back end and rides this brew out.

Taste: Citrus and tropical fruits jump the palate. Grapefruit and pine are potent on the body. The malt brings a very crisp flavor which really allows the bright hop tones to showcase themselves. Lingering bitterness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Carbonation is very well done and works well with the malt and hop tones.

Overall: Another outstanding midwest, west coast style IPA. Citrus and fruit forward with a solid malt backbone which really allows the hop to shine. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, this is one of the best around ! Looks great, aromas are fantastic, assertive hop profile and to top it off it has a solid feel as well. An ipa lover's ipa.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Golden in color with a modest white head.

Smell - A mild citrusy aroma was present with an certain Earthiness to back it up.

Taste - At the front, I noted citrus rind, lemon, grass, grapefruit, and grassy resin. For an IPA, this is quite busy and far from one-dimensional. The hops seem to mellow in the aftertaste with mild resiny after.

Mouthfeel - I would suggest this to be a pretty typical IPA in terms of mouthfeel with modest carbonation brushing away the citrus and allowing the resin to linger.

Overall - This is certainly a better than average IPA, particularly for those seeking something more than a hop-bomb.

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Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant copper with a silky, frothy cream head that lingers.

Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine form the initial aroma, with resin and earthy hops adding complexity. There's a hint of onion accompanying toasted, bready malt.

Hops dominate the flavor profile, with tropical fruit quickly brewing overwhelmed by resin and onion, leading to a lingering, lightly bitter finish. Pineapple and grapefruit pith provide contrast to earthy hops.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side, accentuating the fruity hop character. Alcohol warmth is fairly subtle, but noticeable.

Excellent range of flavoring hops, with just enough bitterness to keep me wanting to drink more.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottling date poured into a pint glass.

A- light amber with very slight amount of haze, medium white head that dissipates to a thin film.

S- pine, fresh peach, tangerine, some papaya and pineapple, very nice. Light malt on the end. Seem to be getting a slight alcohol smell that I was expecting from a 6.8% beer.

T- Mostly pine, floral and malt. The fruit flavors of grapefruit and a nice tropical sweetness of pineapple and papaya. Labeled as 70 IBUs but seems higher than that to me.

M- Nice medium-light, very easy drinking.

O- A really nice IPA but I wish the flavor and aroma were more in sync. Still a great mid-west, west coast style IPA.

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Photo of lochef81
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my goal beers on my Ohio buying trip, can't wait to try it. The pour is a pale reddish copper color with a slightly off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The aroma is super hoppy, tons of notes of citrus and tropical fruit; as well as pine and grass. This is definitely a hop forward west coast style ipa. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and resinously coating on the palate. The flavor is all hops, I'm not sure there are any malts in this ale at all. There's a ton of pine, citrus, and mango flavors in this beer. It is quite the tongue tingler. It is a one note wonder but that note is done damn well. This rivals the best west coast ipas from brewers like Stone, Lagunitas, and Green Flash.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Clear amber/gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruits, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste oranges, grapefruits, and hops. There is also some apricot and a bit of a graininess.

Overall - Lots of hops for sure but it needs a touch more sweetness. It smells incredible though. A very good west coast style IPA, a little like Bells Two Hearted but with more oomph.

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Photo of iwanatalk2sampson
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super clear, light golden color, fluffy white head,thin lace sticks to the glass.
smells of sweet citrus, tropical fruit.
tastes alot like the smell, perfect amount of carbonation with a dry and crisp finish.
body is on the light side, with a good pop from the carbonation.
extremely easy to drink, and quite pleasurable. if i could get this it would be a go to for me.this one gets an A in my book.

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Photo of Omnium
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally got to score a few of these!
Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear gold with two fingers of fizzy white head, nice tangents of lacing.
S - Really nice white grape, dank grassy pine, grapefruit juice, citrus peel, a little hint of peach.
T - The grapefruit is outta bounds on this one, this is a true west coast style, packed with tons of citrus flavor, lots of dank pine, fresh cut grass, light malt base.
M - Very dry and lingering bitterness, but its rather clean on the palate.
O - This was very good, not as good as some people make it out to be though. A True example of a west coast IPA, reminds me very much Green Flash's West Coast. Up front and in your face.

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Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark orange amber.

The aroma has sweet tropical and citrus. It has a literal aroma of dried apricot, peaches, and dried mango. Pineapple and oranges follow. A hint of a bready malt.

The flavor follows with a bouquet of fruits in the front. Peaches, papaya, oranges, red grapefruit juice, although not as bold as the aroma. The beer has gentle bready malt that gives the beer some sweetness. The finish is of grapefruit pith and peel and medium bitterness with lots of drying.

A medium minus body on this.

Next to Columbus IPA and Head Hunter, White Rajah won out slightly Head Hunter and then Columbus IPA. A very fruit forward IPA and definitely one of my favorites

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Photo of CLE4goodBeer
4.91/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful amber pour with 1/2 finger of white head and ample carbonation.

Smell: Pine, mango, citrus, bready malt. Yum.

Taste: Piney, mango hoppiness right up front. The middle has a nice malt profile, that washes over with grapefruit. The end finishes real clean and dry with a hint of piney bitterness and some grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and not too heavy. Paired with the juicy taste, this is very drinkable.

Overall: This is definitely a great IPA, and I feel lucky to have gotten this fresh. Definitely leans towards the west coast style with how much bitterness is going on here, but I like it; there's just enough malt to lend some balance.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Orange color, very transparent, a two-finger head that slowly settles
S: Bold pine and grapefruit aromas, some florals
T: Dry/earthy initially strikes me. Then the grapefruit/pine come through, then florals & a bit of bread, then back to the dry/earth to finish. Definitely a complex beer and a 'tasting experience' in that it has an enjoyable evolution in your mouth rather than being monotone
M: Medium-bodied, dry
O: This fits the IPA style well yet doesn't come across as your 'stereotypical' IPA. More unique in a good way

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Photo of koutkid41
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden orange, slight haze.
S: Pineapple, mango, a lot of tropical fruitiness
T: Fruitiness upfront that fades to a bitterness. Grapefruit, tropical. Dry malt backbone with some bread notes
M: light to medium, a little gritty
O: Amazing aroma but the flavor is just okay with a harsh bitterness.

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Photo of TequilaTom
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

WTF!!! This is only a beer in the technical sense. In reality, it is a hop delivery liquid with only 2 main purposes; (1) To dissolve any and all tooth enamel, and (2) Put you into a lupulin coma.
I bought this on a whim and was quite surprised by this little hidden gem.
The aroma is nothing short of heaven. Citrus & mango overload the olfactory senses.
The color is quite light. Nice head & carbonation.
Taste is all about the hops. If you are looking for balance, you will not find it here!
This is a beer whose main dermographic is the quintessencial hophead.
When I die, I hope this beer is available in the afterlife.

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