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

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376 Reviews
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Reviews: 376
Hads: 2,110
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 22.14%
Wants: 482
Gots: 350 | FT: 24
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:
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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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Kelly88
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my bells tulip glass.

A- Cleveland browns orange with a remarkable white head that gracefully glides away to a substantial skim of white froth. Sheets of lace grope the glass. What a beer.

S- tropical fruits explode once you pop the Cap on this beer. I could literally pick out sweet mangos and tart grapefruit just from pouring this beer into a glass. Further inspection reveals a sweet honey quality and a litlle bit of toast. Very pungent

T- oranges and cantelope smack you with a bitter fruit blast on the initial taste, followed nicely in the mid palate by sharp grapefruit and piney hops. The finish is a nice combo of the honey and toast from the nose mixed with a mixture of fruity piney hops. Just crazy good. Each sip reaffirms that this beer is indeed great

M- crisp and heavy usually don't go together but in this case it works great. The tingly sensation from a bitter brew us there and is countered nicely with a creamy heavy coating effect. Slightly slick on the back end but that just makes me want to drink more of this delicious beer.

Overall I am stunned. Who knew that a relatively unknown brewery from northern Ohio could create an ipa that rivals the best the west coast has to offer, I'm looking at you Pliny and just outstanding. So impressed by the flavors and the overall package that I'm just in shock. I've been trading for highly sought after ipas for a long time and all I had to do was look in my own backyard. Doink!!!

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adamb!

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.

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Photo of jegross2
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Production Works. I had this beer a couple of months ago for the first time, but that bottle was noticeably stale.
Score: 91

No freshness date on the bottle, which is never good for IPA's. When I talked to someone from The Brew Kettle Production Works about this a couple of months ago, they said that adding freshness codes to their bottles was on their list of things to do. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed 03/28/12.

Appearance: Pours a consistent, translucent orangeish honey color with a finger of frothy white head that settles into a thick ring around the glass and thin film of head across the top of the beer. Above average lacing, excellent retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Orange rind, sweet citrus, fresh grass, pine, pineapple, lemon and tangerine. Orange juice, peach, pineapple juice and light caramel malt in the background. 4/5

Taste: Substantially better than the stale bottle I had! Sweet and slightly spicy citrus, hoppy orange and bitter lemon upfront. Earthy hops, bitter orange, pine and a little apricot/pear/peach flavor throughout. Sweet caramel malt, orange juice and pineapple juice backbone. The hops flavors are a lot earthier and there is a lot less of the bright tropical fruit and fresh pine that usually define citra hopped beers (e.g., Heady Topper, Zombie Dust, Anti-Hero IPA, Flower Power, etc.). Very balanced and refreshing. Finishes with a bitter, hoppy orange rind flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Oily, juicy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A solid, tasty and refreshing IPA that does not live up to the hype. Flower Power was better. I did enjoy the beer, though. It just was not worth the hassle of hunting down when Zombie Dust is being distributed in my backyard. If you do

Recommendation: Worth seeking out, but not worth going too far out of your way to acquire if you have not had Flower Power, Heady Topper or Zombie Dust yet. Hop haters be warned, this one is decently bitter. I find IPAs to be a poor starting point in the craft beer for casual beer drinkers, but if you want to try an IPA, this one is a very true-to-style tasting brew. If you do seek this beer out, make sure you get a fresh one.

Pairings: Cheese curds.

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of krembl
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with two fingers of golden white head that lingered until the bottom of my glass. Nose is pure hop awesomeness, floral, sweet citrus, honey, and pineapple. The taste is like the smell, 100% hop, with a bitter aftertaste that doesn't overpower. Carbonation is appropriate for the style, and mouthfeel was slightly creamy. Overall, this is an excellent west coast style IPA.

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Photo of cwguy5
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served in a Kiuchi "pint" glass. sampled on 9.22.11 and reviewed from notes.

A - golden color with half-inch, foamy, white head; good retention and heavy lacing

S - apricot, pineapple, sweet overall

T - mild tropical flavors not quite as strong as aroma would suggest; a bit of maltiness in the middle with a mildly dry, bittering finish

M - light bodied with active, moderate carbonation; crisp overall mouthfeel; bitter linger that sits at the front of the mouth

O - good flavors but not wild about the lingering bitterness. just not my style i'm afraid but a very drinkable beer. not as crazy as some people about this though.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden body with stark white head. Good contrast.

Well pronounced citrus and floral hops in the nose. It's very aromatic, and fresh at that.

This is exactly how I love my IPAs... fresh citrus forward. The scales are tipped heavily in favor of hops. There's only the slightest trace of bready malt.

Mouthfeel is fresh and clean. Moderate carbonation.

This is a top notch IPA in terms of aroma and taste. What a great beer.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MarkIntihar for including this as an extra to me!

A: One-finger white frothy head, clear golden color, okay carbonation, good lacing

S: Wow, this is more than expected, a lot of good aroma going on here, citrus, fresh hops, tropical fruits

T: Damn this beer because I can't get in here in WI, very good stuff, a lot of what is in the nose, nice slightly bitter finish

M: Good stuff, smooth, could use a touch more carbonation, damn, it's gone already

O: Superb American IPA, I will be seeking this out again and again

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

thanks for giving me this beer last night duff27!

poured into Tulip glass.

Appearance: Great looking IPA. Hazy golden orangish bodied beer with a 3 to 4 finger white head. The head is dense with large and small bubbles that slowly fades down into a clumpy chuncky head. Heavy lacing everywhere on the side of the glass. The head never really died while I drank this beer.

Smell: Huge citrus, bready / biscuity notes from the nose. Very aromatic beer I could smell this while pouring it. Pine, grass, and oranges too.

Taste: Moderate bitteriness from this IPA. Pine upfront with grapefruit, oranges, pineapple. Little bit of grass and floral notes too. The malt is really well balanced with the hops. You actually taste the malts first and then slowely the bitterness builds from the hop profile. The malts are bready, biscuity and maybe even a touch of honey sweetness. Its really nice!

Mouthfeel: low to medium bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. This beer is actually kind of creamy. This beer is also crisp and clean with a bitterness that doesnt seem to linger in the aftertaste for very long. Really drinkable really balanced really nice beer!

Overall: I really liked this IPA. Nice beer from all aspects. I might have to give duff a high five for giving me a chance to drink this beer! Lots of nice citrusy hops and perfectly balanced malt profile. Seek it out! Another class act hoppy beer from Ohio(refering to Columbus IPA)!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. Head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is full of citrus hops, orange zest, and other tropical fruits with some grapefruit and pineapple. Some sweet caramel malt as well in the background.

T - Starts off with some orange and tropical hops with some mild bitterness and a touch of caramel malt in the background. Through the middle, more bitterness comes through with some pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of pine hop. The finish is a mix of citrus hops, orange zest, bitterness, and a bit of sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry bitter finish that lingers.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice west coast IPA with an excellent hop profile from start to end.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at slightly-cooler-than-cellar temperature.

L - Pale amber color with 1.5-finger white foamy head. A few bubbles, decent retention, nice lacing.

S - I could smell a blast of grapefruit as soon as I opened the bottle. Powerful grapefruit hop aroma with some pineapple, peach, and floral notes and some caramel malt aroma as well. Can't smell any alcohol. Smells very nice.

T - A little bit of caramel sweetness up front but this one belongs to the hops. A very tiny bit of sour citrusy acidity as it rolls over the tongue, giving way to the bitter taste of grapefruit at the finish. The tiniest hint of booze but not much at all.

F - Light-to-medium-bodied, feels pretty carbonated even though there aren't many bubbles to be seen. Definitely crisp and dry, but the bitterness doesn't stay around as much as I'd maybe like, especially with such a strong citrus hop presence.

O - This is a pretty good beer and I'd definitely get it again. Goes down very smooth and no sign of booziness. I'd maybe like to see a little more malty sweetness to go with all the hops, as that would help the balance and add to the body, but still a tasty beer.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear orange with a 1.5 finger white foamy head with good retention and spotty lacing.

Smells of fresh citrus with some bready malt to back it up. A touch of grapefruit and pine too.

Starts out with a light orange flavor with some cracker grain flavor. Quickly is overwhelmed by a huge grapefruit hop rush and finishes bitter and mostly dry. There is a bit of that underlying bready malt, but the grapefruit powers through it.

Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation levels.

Been wanting to try this for a while and it is one tasty beer. It's not the most overly complex beer I've had, but I'm a sucker for grapefruit bombs.

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Photo of jamescain
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SA perfect pint. Thanks to bb8189 for including this in your BIF box.

Pours a clear amber with orange hues and a creamy white head that clings to the side of the glass and slowly fades to a thin lacing over the top of the beer. The aroma is a burst of grapefruit, peach, and other tropical fruit with a touch of citrus. The aroma really surprised me and was awesome. The flavors include grapefruit, a toffee malt backing, citrus and pine. Medium body with medium-low carbonation and a dry lingering finish. Overall I knew nothing about this beer and it was an extra, but I really enjoyed it and would definitely seek it out again if I had the chance.

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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drgonzo3705 for filling this long-time want.

Appearance: A very pale gold topped by a few fingers of clinging, sticky head. Hard for an IPA to look much better than this.

Smell: Big floral notes with candied oranges, bready malt, a dash of pineapple and evergreen - quite nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Citrus forward, candied oranges and tangerines come to mind again, with some nice floral and pine notes peeking through. Malt is fairly forward for such a light, pale beer. It's semi-sweet and rather bready, but finishes dry with a clean, smooth bitterness that doesn't wear down the palate. That coupled with the relatively low ABV makes for a great easy-drinking IPA that I'd buy regularly were it local. Damn good.

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Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Block 15 snifter. Huge thanks to Rizalini for this want.

A: Pours a light golden color with a thick but short lived oily off-white head that faded into a bubbly film leaving sticky patches of lacing down the glass.
S: Huge notes of fresh citrus hop and a touch of bready malt. I get some orange rind, cream and tropical Starburst as well.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of orange-cream popsicles, tropical fruits and a citrus. Citrus fills the finish with a bit of sweet malt and biscuit dough in the aftertaste. Fresh and clean.
M: Medium-full body, greasy and slick mouthfeel with bubbly carbonation. Goes down smooth enough.
O: An easy drinking and super flavorful ipa. Very hoppy and fresh tasting. Thanks again Bryin!

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Photo of starrdogg
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

Pours a clear amber/orange with a nice white head. Smell is excellent, a very nice fresh hops blast. Flavor is nice, but doesn't quite live up to the nose. It has a nice balanced hop flavor with a mix of tropical fruit and pine, but the fact that nothing stands out is disappointing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall this is a nice, tasty ipa, but this doesn't stand out as anything incredible.

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Photo of cooncat
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local pub.

The beer is very clear, and orange-apricot in color. A small head of eggshell color was minimal and not long lasting. A small amount of lacing was deposited on the glass as I sipped.

The nose isn't particularly strong, but its definitely hoppy. Strong citrus notes are prominent, with little in the way of malt making it into the nose.

The taste is very hoppy, and it's pretty citrusy. If I had to guess, I'd say there is centennial, simcoe and amarillo in there ... at least that's what it tastes like to me. Heavily weighted to the hop side ... not a good balance. A bit more malt would've added to the mouthfeel as well, which is medium-light.

Overall, I found White Rajah as a decent IPA, a bit unbalanced towards the hop side, but enjoyable. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you're a hop-head.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of raveskdr
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. Straight outta the box, into the fridge, and straight into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Apple cider, through and through. Slight off white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Half pine, half tropical fruits. No malt to speak of.

T - Lots of pine and a bit slighter fruitiness in the taste. I am getting a slight spiciness that I get in rye IPA's. Really nice for sure. Hops linger a proper amount.

M - A nice balance of malt makes this very drinkable. A slight resin that lingers.

O - A super solid IPA. Glad I was able to get six of these. Would be a go to IPA if it were on shelves here in DC.


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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of TomTwanks. Thank you for opportunity to drink a long lasting want.

From 12 oz bottle to La Chouffe tulip, White Rajah pours a clean and clear light orange. The preliminary inch thick head mellows into a thin whispy cover along with a few puddles of puff. Lacing is modest.

Smell is a pleasant mix of tropical fruits and light sweet malt. Hops present nectarine flesh, pineapple, and tangerine. Malt present as well.

Drying bitterness from front to back. Immediately a prickly bitter hop presence hits the tongue. Sweet malty pineapple juice, not dissimilar to HopSlam rides along the middle of the tongue. Back end citrus is enveloped by a huge piney bitterness that leaves a dryness in mouth and causes instantaneous evaporation of the saliva regions. Hop oils ooze all over this beer.

Mouthfeel is so damn dry. Desertification comes to mind.

Overall, I wish the taste would have matched the smell. A nice IPA that really tastes and shows more like a double. I guess that line has become so blurred anyways. If I had access to this, I would buy it somewhat regularly However, the massive drying bitterness doesn't encourage drinking many at a sitting.

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Photo of Doughbodyboy
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this pours a clear dark amber to brown with a white head that hangs around for quite a bit. the smell oh boy the smell! this is the best part of this solid brew. it hits you with a stong mango note with some carmel hints as well. the taste is deffinatly fruity. i'm pulling out some mango and pineapple. the malt character in this is slightly stong for an IPA but not bad. it is nice and refreshing in the mouth. overall i am a big fan. i like the fruitiness and crisp hop finish of this one.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of beergod1
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a Clear rustic Orange with a light white head, small head, but a fine foam lasted through out the glass. Smells like a hop bomb, Grapefruit...and some sweetness on the end. Tastes as it smells, but better. Full Citrus Hop explosion, Grapefruit, Orange Peel, and a light sweet malt kiss, just for good measure....keeping with the east coast IPA’s. Hard to believe its not a Double IPA. Delicious.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1108th Review on BA
Bottle to HF Pint
12 oz.

Thank to Dan aka CaptCleveland for this one.

App- Pours out a very deep rusted/burnt sienna orange with a very khaki looking 2-1/2 finger head. Took a bit to settle down and left some great cling and lace down the glass.

Smell- Much like the bottle says, the beer is very floral and aromatic. A bit of hop oil, mixed with deep citrus in terms of grapefruits, tangerines and a little bit of earthiness.

Taste- On the flip side of the nose was the flavor profile. Which was its twin brother. It was almost straight hops with a great bit of earthy pine and damp caramel notes. A bit spicy but remained flavorful with a nice undernote of mild citrus.

Mouth- A bit of a medium bodied IPA with a certain light-medium carbonation level. Had a huge residual hop and piney note.

Drink- I will admit, I traded for this one for the top 100 factor and didnt read other reviews. This profile isnt my cup of tea but this had good aromatics and good layers of flavor. I would have this again and trade for it again.

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Photo of Dan3279
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having this one several times now I am ready to give this one a review. Now starting off I have to say that this one is a little hard to review because I have noticed some variance in flavor between bottles in the same six pack.

I poured the 12oz bottle into my DFH snifter to find a nice clear orange-copper body with a white one-inch head that left a decent little amount of lacing.

The aroma was great with citrus hops and tropical fruits dominating the nose. Not an over-powering aroma but it is very welcoming and reminds me of a west coast IPA.

The flavor is great, a west coast taste and feel found in the middle of Ohio. The citrus and grapefruit hit you first upfront, a little bit of sweetness in the middle with a nice dry finish. Now I do have to say that when I talk about a variance in flavor between bottles in the same six-pack I would get an occasion bottle with a skunky aftertaste.

Overall an outstanding beer that makes me happy that a great west coast style IPA can be found here in Ohio. If it wasn't for the variance in bottles I would buy atleast a six pack a week.

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.