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

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Reviews: 364
Hads: 2,048
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 472
Gots: 322 | FT: 23
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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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: 364 | Hads: 2,048
Photo of Omnium
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +10%
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 (691 characters)

Photo of CLE4goodBeer
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (570 characters)

Photo of koutkid41
3.87/5  rDev -10%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of TequilaTom
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle (no date) into imperial pint glass with a 2 finger white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Color of the beer is a clear light golden.

Aroma - citrus/grapefruit, pine

Taste - some citrus fruits, a bit of malty sweetness to balance out the big hop bite,nice bitter finish

mouthfeel - medium carb and body

overall -a very good IPA and glad I picked up a sixer when I was in Ohio. I don't imagine that I would drink it too much given the price point (11.99 / sixer ) if I had easy access to it, but it would definitely be a nice treat and I could see buying it several times a year. (614 characters)

Photo of Hopinion
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ohio has some heavy hitters in the world of the IPA: Fat Head's Head Hunter, Columbus' IPA, and The Brew Kettle's White Rajah. Each year when I return for Christmas or summer to visit my family I change my favorite. This past summer the beer that impressed me the most was The Brew Kettle's White Rajah.

Its nose is citrusy, I detect grapefruit. Its malt character helps balance the bittering from the hops, but the finish is extremely dry. White Rajah has a medium body and solid carbonation which help to showcase a perfect amount of hops and sweetness. Speaking of hops it seems like White Rajah has a few hop varieities; it kills it with Citra and Centennial (for sure) and one midwestern variety: Summit (I had to Google this, was not sure at first).

If you live in the area or have access to this beer, then buy it and you will not be disappointed. It is the best suggestion I have come across on BeerAdvocate. Probst! (927 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

White Rajah

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

Refreshing full bodied IPA, big bodied and bold. Dry and bitter upfront and citrus and a touch sour on the finish. One of Cleveland's finest IPA, although I did a head to gead with Head Hunter... Have to give it Fat Heads the title. White Rajah is a better value~ (423 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A - pours a hazy dark orange color with 2.5 finger white foamy head. Nice collar and fat rings of lacing coat the glass.

S - Dank floral and citrus hop profile. Hints of pine and breadiness balance out the aroma.

T - A good amount of grapefruit starts it off, with some orange and floral hops. Finishes up with a bready malt and bitter pine. Very nice!

M - Medium body and carbonation with bitterness lingering on the palate.

O - Very nice, mostly grapefruit and bitter IPA that seems to have high IBUs. Thank you Harold for allowing me to try this out. (596 characters)

Photo of mnphish
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this in a trade from CincyTrigger, thanks for sending it my way. Beautiful looking orange hued IPA with a two finger head. Lots of tropical juicy fruits on nose as aromas of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit shine through. There isn't much for booze or malts, fine by me! That's good stuff. There is some quality grapefruit and pine flavor to be had. Faint malts are hidden in there somewhere. Not overly bitter. Would definitely like to drink this stuff again. (465 characters)

Photo of Santanax
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thank you Ohio!!!! Wow!!! Smells of honeydew melons emanate from the bottle as soon as its opened... very nice rich sweet malts accompanied with rich fruitiness...reminds me of lychee, pineapples and melons....SUPERB IPA!!! WOW!!!! I must seek out more.. got one as an extra in a trade and i am hooked...i want at least a 6er to the face...Sooo gOOD!!! (352 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is what IPAs are about, and more. The beer pours a medium head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. This is probably the best smelling IPA I've had, as the tropical/citrus aromas are spectacular and huge. The citrus and pine flavors continue to be great, and this beer has pretty much no malt presence at all and finishes quite bitter, but that's to be expected. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but the beer finishes clean and bitter. Overall, this is an incredibly drinkable IPA for a beer with such dominant flavors. This would make for a great session ale given the thinner body. One of these is just not enough. (626 characters)

Photo of TheBrewWhisperer
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pored into a great lakes snifter, beautiful golden color

Smell: pineapples, mango, and some grapefruit all lingering this golden circle.

Taste: HOP BOMB, dang this is one smooth IPA, front of the tongue lingers a fruity ester of pineapple and mango with some grapefruit to cover up VERY little malt to balance all and all great beer

Mouthfeel: light to medium (375 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Kurmaraja for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy yellow-gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had medium retention and light lacing.

The aroma was very pine hop forward, with some light floral notes and no real malt presence. The taste was the same, mostly pine hops, with some floral notes and a very slight citrus aftertaste.

The body was thinner than I like in the style, but is fairly typical for "American" IPA's. Drinkability was good, again typical, about what one expects from an IPA. Overall, a nice, solid brew. Not really worth seeking out, but probably worth a shot if you see it. (639 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with lots of thick carbonation bubbles floating to the top, creating a thick white foamy head, a few floating swimming around

S- bright citrus hops with some dank aromas, hemp, honey, some fruity esters, just a hint of bready malt

T- fresh grapefruit juice flavors with some orange zest, light grassy notes with tropical pineapple, sweet honey mid-palate leads to a clean and dry finish with lingers of citrus

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, ABV is barely noticeable

O- this packs the flavors of a DIPA, yet is extremely drinkable. Bright citrus notes highlight this one, and lingers on the palate like very few regular IPA's, an outstanding beer (757 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip. Long time want of mine...

A - Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with just a touch of amber. A small white head forms briefly and falls to leave behind a rocky collar of white foam that in turn transforms into lots of webby lacing on the glass.

S - Right out of the bottle and on the pour the room fills with hops filled with tropical fruit aromas. Mangos and pineapple dominate with hints of grapefruit and pine which sit a bit in the background. A bit dank overall...malt base is a touch sweet with a bit of yeast, lots of bready malt, touch of caramel. Mild alcohol presence in the aroma.

T - Quite flavorful...full of hop flavors more than bitterness, which I enjoy. Tropical fruits found in the aroma continue thru to the flavors - lots of pineapple and mango...sweet and juicy. Citrusy, grapefruity flavor and corresponding bitterness kick in just behind the tropical. Pine seems to come in towards the swallow and melds with some sweet, caramelly and bready malt base. Bitterness is at just a medium level. Lots of hop flavor, lower than average bitterness...really drinkable IPA.

M - Thick and rather full bodied...a bit sticky and sweet but stays short of being syrupy. Heavy in tropical fruit flavors. Carbonation is a lightish medium, mildly prickly.

O - Very good IPA. Feels a bit more like a DIPA in a lot of ways. The really prominent tropical nature and the firm malt base give this a bit of a heavier feel. Super thick body for an IPA adds to the heavier feel. DIPA with the alcohol of a standard IPA...I don't see anything wrong with that...means I can have more and still be functional in the am - a definite positive. Glad to finally get to try this one. (1,728 characters)

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle to tulip. Acquired at Savor Market in Columbus, OH, on 9/7/2013. $11.99 for a six pack. There is no "born on" or "best by" date, but the owner said the shipment arrived 3 days before purchase. Consumed on the date of purchase.

A: golden yellow, slightly hazy, 2-finger frothy white head. good rising carbonation, good soapy lacing.

S: very, very pleasant floral and citrusy aroma, with little pineyness. orange, clementines, grapefruit, bubble gum, caramel malt. the best attribute of this beer.

T: this is not as impressive as the nose, but nice. grapefruit and spicy hops lead to crisp bitter aftertaste, with faint sweetness from the malts

M: dry finish, medium carbonation, slight stickiness.

this is a solid ipa, w/ a great aroma. interested to see if the aroma holds up over time. (804 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is gold in color with a finger of white head. There is a really nice citrus hop nose on this one. Plenty of tropical and fruity notes, too. Similarly intense hop notes on the palate. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus characteristics with a moderate bitterness to it. There is a hint of bready malt in the background. Medium body with medium carbonation. Nicely done. (375 characters)

Photo of Farewell_Transmission
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A. Amazing color with a nice head and amazing lacing.

S. This has s amazing no weird off putting smell like some ipa. Maybe the hoppest ipa I have smelled.

T. The taste leaves something to be desired. Really strong hop flavor that lacks balance.

M. Nice and light.

O. Would drink again, this bottle was a bit older. No date on bottle. (342 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of Nanners
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If you drink the RAJAH long enough you will notice some variation from six to six. I find that a lot with well crafted high quality beers. I won't bother you with the outstanding color and taste of this beer. I'm sure you have heard about it at this point. It is a little thin on the tongue, but to be expected with a beer that tells malt to take a hike. It is very easy drinking. The real treat with this beer is in the nose. The smell that I just want to BATH in. If I drink enough of this stuff the wife gets turned on from the smell. It's insane. Total ripe grapefruit and citrus. It plants your feet in the ground and sends your head into the clouds. This is world class midwest IPA the way it should be done. It kills cascade hops. Don't get me wrong, I lived in Portland through the nineties and still need a cascade style to break the routine, but you won't find a cascade that touches a upper mid atlantic brewed IPA. This is the beer that is changing what beer is. Crack it and stick your nose in it first thing. It gets better when it gets a little warmer. Unfortunately it does have a tendency to vary some what from batch to batch. I find that the first bottles in a batch don't have that over powering intoxicating smell. It's best to get a later bottle fresh off the line. Any way you get it, other beers are always trying to imitate. REAL AMERICAN BEER. (1,369 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Prohibition Pig snifter glass.

The beer pours a nice copper color, clear with a slight chill haze, a few bubbles rise to the top of the glass. A nice, thick, soapy white head rises out of the beer, 2 fingers high that has nice retention with a lot of soapy lace left behind. The aroma is pleasant, lots of tropical and citrusy hop fruits, a touch of wildflower, hop spice with lots of sweet, caramel malt. It's balanced, but with more malt than I'd prefer, although the hop profile comes across nicely. The flavors are right in line, grapefruit, passionfruit, tangerine, pineapple with wildflower, crisp spice and a very, sweet rich finish, laden with caramel malt. The body is nice, high carbonation than I'd expect, but fairly smooth and juicy, lightly dry, but mostly sweet and rich.

Verdict: Not a bad IPA, but relies too much on the malt bill and lacks a truly diverse hop profile. I appreciate the fruitiness and citrus flavor, but it lacks bitterness, tang and brightness. (1,009 characters)

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.