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

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 2,051
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 473
Gots: 323 | 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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of jamescain
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -7%
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! (746 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of cooncat
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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! (859 characters)

Photo of raveskdr
4.17/5  rDev -3%
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.

CJ (624 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,178 characters)

Photo of Doughbodyboy
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -4%
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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of Dan3279
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for the share.

A - Golden colored beer with a little bit of orange in it. Had a nice white head that left behind a little bit of lace. Pretty vibrant looking.

S - Good citrus and tropical fruits, with a little bit of cream in there. Smells sweet, with an appropriate amount of hops.

T - It's a sweeter IPA, with some sugar malts and a touch of honey. Good citrus and orange flavors, although it's not quite as hoppy as the nose would lead you to believe.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Really good, easy drinking IPA, could drink this quite regularly. Pretty easy drinking, and taste is quite nice. (640 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer shared by Huhzubendah- Thanks Matt!

The beer pours a medium orange/amber color with a thin white head. Somewhat cloudy in appearance. The nose is primarily citrus notes.. Grapefruit, etc... Maybe some candy and vanilla as well. Taste is different than the nose- pine, hops, citrus in the background- especially the aftertaste. Very tasty. Feel is medium, w/ a nice clean pine acid bite. Overall, a nice beer- I would definitely drink this again. (451 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, crystal clear glowing orange bodied IPA. Bone white fluffy head, two fingers worth, rests atop. The head works its way back rather slowly, ultimately leaving a slim cap floating atop. Spotty lacing left cemented to the walls of the glass. The appearance is top notch, I am not sure how one would improve upon this.

The aroma delivers an unexpected balance between the malt and the hop characteristics. A sweet toasted bread and caramel aromas just nudge out the hops up front. The hops are not overshadowed however, intense resinous and citrusy aromas develops underneath. I normally do not like this much malt in the nose with my American IPAs but this works. It may not be appropriate for the style but the end result is impressive.

Similarities can be found between the aroma and the flavor, however the citrus pops a bit more on the tongue. Sweet orangey citrus lands on the tongue first, a more bitter, pithy grapefruit flavor develops just behind. As the beer moves back on the palate a strong resiny flavor is picked up and lingers. The malt provides a solid base, despite the strong hop presence the malt is not buried. A toasted biscuit flavor emerges along side a noticeable but not overpowering caramel flavor.

Medium bodied IPA, the carbonation is moderate and appropriate for the style. Slight oily texture on the tongue, the feel at the end it rather soft and creamy. Finish is not bone dry but remains on the dryer side, perfectly reasonable for the style.

Overall an impressive beer. The balance exhibited really took me by surprise. The malt was a bit more prominent than what I prefer for the style but it was displayed in such a way that I easily overlooked it. Very easy to drink and rather enjoyable. I suppose they can do something right in the state to the south. (1,802 characters)

Photo of Morey
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no freshness date. Come on Brew Kettle, White Raja is certainly worthy of a bottled on date!

Pours orange in color with nice clarity. The head is off-white in color and initially stood about one finger tall. After about 5 minutes, it's settled to almost nothing. There is some pretty good lacing on the glass though.

The nose is where this beer really shines. Big juicy citrus aroma in your face. Orange, peach, white grape, and grapefruit.

Nice citrus-forward hops up front accompanied by some sweetness as well. The malt body is pretty thin allowing for the hops to shine. Not a whole lot of bitterness, and I'm actually getting a bit of the alcohol. Fruity hops and alcohol linger after the swallow.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An above average Ipa overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: A really nice beer from the Brew Kettle. The nose is elite, the taste is above average. Very close to being a top tier IPA. (941 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to Dan for sharing this.

Clear, dark copper with a light stream of carbonation supporting a persistent creamy, off white head. Clumps of sticky lacing. Resiny, bready aroma. Strong citrus undertones and mild floral bitterness. Medium thick, creamy body with light carbonation and a smooth, balanced bitter finish. Strong caramel and biscuit malt body with a potent Citra hop finish, resiny and pulpy, but not overly bitter. Very impressive (462 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears orange and fairly hazy. The head is pure white and measures about a quarter inch, leaving ample lacing on the walls of the pint glass. The aroma is quite nice, with notes of grapefruit and pine resin. The flavor brings a healthy bitterness, with lingering tangy grapefruit in the finish. The body is thin, even a bit watery. Overall, a very good beer. I would certainly have this again. (403 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, orange and pineapple like citrus. In the taste, orange and pineapple like citrus hops. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and citrus hop in the aftertaste. BIG HOPS! Big citrus and a small dry pine, quite enjoyable. (329 characters)

Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

American IPAs are the beers that got me started loving craft brewing. This is a notable example of what happens with a commitment to a style of beer from a great brewery. Thanks Matt for picking this up for me.

Pours a golden orange color with white bubbles that come to the surface right away. The color held up to the light is nearly perfect to me.

Aroma blew my socks off. Such a profound grapefruit/lemon zest aroma. I am not sure how they pack that much aroma into a beer but if I could have that smell around for a bad day you damn well better believe I would!

Taste was also superb. I was amazed how the lemon and orange zest carrier through the entire sitting. We had this with strawberries and blue cheese. If you have never tried this combo with a rockstar IPA, give it a shot. Flavor had hints of alcohol at best.

In my top 5 IPAs ever. What a wonderful brew. (875 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is a completely transparent light orange hue. Body is somewhat bright in color and carbonation bubble can be seen rising to the top. Pours with about a 1 finger foamy white head that has good retention at 1.2 finger. Little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Lots of grapefruit and citrus everywhere with a hint of pine in the background. Malt presence is very mild and nearly undetectable in the nose.

T- Plenty of grapefruit and other citrus upfront with a mild malt backbone. A moderate refreshing pine hop taste comes through for the finish with a hint of sweet citrus in the background. Finish is clean and very little hop bitterness lingers.

M- Light body with a smooth mildly oily consistency. Medium carbonation.

O- Overall this is a reall well done local Ohio IPA. It certainly stands out among the masses of other IPAs but it certainly doesn't make my top 10 list for the style. It has the IPA qualities that I like-grapefruit and pine without the accompanying bitterness. (1,004 characters)

Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours a clear bright copper/orange hue with a finger of white head that clings to the glass with every sip.

Smell- the first waft of this is very inviting and gets my taste buds salivating. Sweet tropical fruit notes like mango, passionfruit, and pineapple dominate, while a tinge of citrus hangs in the background. Based on the smell alone this beer definitely belongs in the world class IPA conversation.

Taste- has a solid malt backbone for the style, but that is obviously not what this beer is about. This is a hop forward beer with a soft bitterness from start to finish. Tropical and citrus flavors are widespread and intermingle nicely. Just as the bottle states the beer has an “assertive but smooth bitter finish”.

Mouthfeel- dry and medium bodied as expected for a west coast style ipa, good carbonation/plenty of bubbles, with a bit of oiliness from the hops.

Drinkability- very easy to drink. I wish I had more than one. This is very very good ipa and deserves it’s high ranking. Well done Ohio. I definitely will be looking forward to any more Brew Kettle beers that come my way.

Overall-This IPA is definitely in the world class IPA conversation. It’s easy to drink, smells fantastic, and has a soft yet assertive bitterness. Drink it! (1,275 characters)

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.