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

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Reviews: 353
Hads: 2,011
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 467
Gots: 308 | 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 pmarlowe
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottled on date. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale golden which a finger of white head sits atop. Excellent clarity. Very good retention and generous lacing.

S: Caramel with moderate piney hoppiness, sweet orange, and a little tropical fruit. Very subdued aroma.

T: Bread and caramel are in the forefront, a little pine and just a touch of fruit providing some support, finishing pretty dry and with moderate bitterness.

M: Medium body, round, and with crisp medium-light carbonation.

O: Not as much flavor as I would hope for an IPA. Bitterness is on the higher end, also. (577 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip pint.

Orange-hued apricot body with a small white head. The head quickly becomes a film that offers a mere 60% coverage. No lacing. The color is great, but all other attributes of the appearance are disappointing.

Smells glorious: citrusy fruit and tropical fruit notes kill it. I can also tell by smell that this beer is going to be pretty bitter. There is a wonderful aroma here that makes me think of candied pineapple. Smells terrific.

The flavor lets me down a hair sadly-- some bready malt up front with a sugary sweetness (and feel?!) and them the hops just don't seem to live up to the nose. Big dry boozy finish with strong bitterness. The overall feel of the beer is oily and medium-feeling. Firm carbonation, but something at the end remind me of day-old tonic water.

Overall-- I'm sure that if this were available locally I would probably pick it up often enough... But as it is, this beer *almost* works for me. It has good potential... (975 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a bright golden coloration. The head of the beer is a thick white coloration. Nice head retention that stands up to the mustache test. Thick rings of foam mark the beers passage from my glass.

S- Nice pungent grapefruit, citrus, pine resin and perhaps a bit of sweet pineapple and mango. Very well done!

T- The flavor of the beer is mildly sweetened grapefruit, oily pine, citrus zest and just a flash of sweet caramel. The hops are definately the star of this beer.

M- The body of the beer nears medium. The carbonation is on the lower side but works really well. The hops have a bit of a sticky resinous character and really hang around.

O- This is a very good IPA. I will be buying more of this beer. My normal routine hop fix is SN Torpedo. If this beer is going to be year round available it will have torpedoed Torpedo. (907 characters)

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

Beautiful golden beer, incredibly active, with a solid snow white head. Retention is fantastic, leaving behind wide flat snowy fields of lacing.

Extremely tropical hoppy aroma: mango and starfruit, with pale malt sweetness behind.

Flavor follows: this is a fruity, sweet, but fairly light IPA. Carries the hop flavors of a DIPA, with the drinkability of a single.

Pineapple, mandarin orange, mango, honey; a bit of leafy green bite to the hops, as well. Slightly dank, but certainly not the primary component of the flavor.

Very lively feel, minor sting; very drinkable, fairly light; semi-dry with just a bit of oily retention.

This is an excellent, juicy, superbly drinkable IPA. Believe the hype. (705 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that was given to me by the fine folks at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio simply for being a good customer (believe me, the pleasure is mine!) into a clean, clear pint glass. Price tag still stuck on the cap indicates $1.85. No observed “best by” date.

A One inch very light colored head that sticks to the inside of the glass over a translucent light caramel colored body. Fine look. 3.5

S Great smelling hops that remind me very much of the smell of a Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster (their seasonal DIPA). Really, there are floral and grapefruit oil hops in there. Quite a bouquet of hops bitterness! 4.5

T Floral hops, grapefruit bitterness and even a “perfumy” (if you will) bitterness abound as the smell was very much indicative of the taste with this one. The label mentions...”malt, take a back seat” but I beg to differ. I would say that the malt, which is very much able to be tasted, is more like riding shotgun. There is a nice honey like sweetness that lingers along with the baseball bat of bitter hops in your face. I find it interesting and challenging, always a good sign. 4.5

M Huge mouthfeel with the huge hops, secondary malt and elevated ABV. That, of course, is to be expected with the style. I think that the feel is quite good with this one. 4.0

D/O Better than average for the style. I found myself returning several times for sips to see if I could detect more tastes. The style, however, is not a particularly drinkable one in my personal book. Overall this is a fine beer. It should be classified as a DIPA and that is what I rated it to. 3.5 (1,640 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For my 499th review, I have a nice surprise from local brewer, Brew Kettle. #498 was a bummer in a can from Finch's, but this was great before it hit my lips. The nice "floral" aroma hits before you can take a sip, true to the style.

It sits a little homely yellow in the glass but it quickly redeems itself on a fantastic aroma. Similarly it has a bitter aftertaste that happily (hoppily) lingers for a good long while. Very nice. (432 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 WillCarrera
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of TomTwanks. 12 oz bottle, no date, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours an amber color, with a big inch of creamy off-white head. Leaves lots of lacing.

S- Big aromatic citra hops, loads of citrus and tropical fruit, some pine, very light and sweet malt.

T- Dominated by a big piney, leafy bitterness, specific fruit flavors are less prominent here than in the nose. Sweet cookie malt backs up the hops, and becomes a bit more present as the beer warms.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, resiny and juicy feel, dry bitter finish.

O- A pretty damn tasty IPA, the bitterness is big and has good complexity, beer is very balanced and drinkable overall. (679 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy oranigsh color with a frothy three finger head which reseds to a tight skin and gives way to good lacing up and down the glass. The aroma is fantastic big earthy and piney hop smell balanced out with a nice citrus smell. The flavor is like the nose, a nice beefy hop character of earth and pine the citrus brings a great balance to the flavor. The mouthfeel is well carbonated. The drinkability is very high and easy drink with a great nose and a complex tatse that keeps you wanting more. (511 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear copper body, white head has some retention and some lacing.

S - Solid tropical fruit nose right from when I crack the cap off the bottle with mango and pineapple.

T - Smell doesn't really translate to taste. Grapefruit flesh, with caramel and honey-like sweetness. Touch of butter. Finishes with an ambiguous, mostly flavorless bitterness with some pine.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Finishes dry. Prickly bitterness across the palate.

O - Expected a lot more out of this one. Taste just didn't pull through enough and had butter off-flavor. I'll pass on it next time I'm in town. Maybe they should bottle date? (629 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was bright golden honey with an off-white head. There was a lot of carbonation rising from the etching in the glass. Very pretty.

The smell was citrus. Satsuma and pink grapefruit juice. Dank, organic hops. Hints of alcohol. Rich and fragrant.

The taste was deep caramel topped with pretty soft citrus hops. Pineapple. Not harsh and very clean. Not as intensely hoppy as I had expected. There is a lot of hype about this beer out of Ohio, but given the chance I might just as soon grab a Columbus IPA over the White Rajah.

The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied, actually a tad thinner than expected. Modest carbonation. (697 characters)

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 Damian
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. ozs bottle acquired in a trade with mps
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, medium amber color. Shockingly transparent. The liquid was topped by a creamy, three-finger tall, bone white, sea foam crown. Thick, drippy rings of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was really interesting. Floral hops dominated. Strong honey-like notes. Hints of lavender were noticeable. Sweet, perfumey and fragrant. Candied citrus peel cames through as the beer warmed. Some apricot notes appeared as well. There was a subtle, biscuity malt presence. Overall, very unique.

Although a bit more straightforward, the flavor profile was also excellent. Quite hoppy. The hops were well matched by a biscuit and caramel malt backbone that privided just enough sweetness. Loads of candied orange peel and juicy tangerine notes. Quite peachy. Mango was also detectible. Grapefruit came through on the back end and carried into the moderately dry and bitter finish. Hints of pine were noticeable as well.

The mouthfeel was medium-full bodied. Creamy, smooth and slick on the palate. The liquid contained a super fine, moderate effervescence. Pillowy soft and near perfect for the style.

White Rajah is an amazingly flavorful yet extraordinarily well balanced double IPA. I really wish that I had easier access to this beer. (1,340 characters)

Photo of Auror
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my snifter. Bottled less than 1 month ago according to trading partner. Thanks kcbaby!

Appearance- Nice one finger head, which fades moderately slowly to a thick ring around the glass. Attractive honey gold color. Lacing is prevalent on the glass.

Smell- Mango, some piney hops, grapefruit, lemon, other sweet citrus smells. Not much malt or alcohol present. Very nice.

Taste- Sweet orange and tropical fruits at the start, pine in the middle on the tip of the tongue, and sweet malts take over for the finish. Tastes a bit hot surprisingly, mixing with piney bitterness that lingers. The sweetness cuts it a bit, but it's malt driven and kind of a straight sweetness without flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy body (for style) with medium-high carbonation. I yearn for a bit more creaminess to the feel, instead it's a bit oily.

Overall- Pretty drinkable, but a little too bitter for my preference. Somehow it's also surprisingly malt dominant at the same time. I guess what I'm saying is there is prevalent hop bitterness, but not as much citrusy hop flavor as the nose would have me expect. (1,121 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a hazy golden/orange in color with 2 fingers of bright white head leaving behind nice lacing. smells of grapefruit citrus, pine, grassy hops, caramel, honey, pineapple. a wonderful tasting ipa.. lots of sweet delicious citrusy grapefruit, tons of piney cascade hop flavor lingering for bitterness and pineyness.. a delicious sweet caramel/honey malt profile. this is a really great tasting ipa. medium body with moderate carbonation.. slight creamy mouthfeel.

an excellent ipa i've been meaning to try for a while now. definitely looking forward to the other bottle of this. wish we had some solid bottled ipa around these parts. flower power is the closest but doesn't even compare with the sweetness of this beer. perfectly balanced sweet and hoppy throughout the entire glass. (781 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 ChrisL24481
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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! (567 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of derkfromwi
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (532 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bodega. Part of a featured line up from The Brew Kettle.

This is pretty spot on as far as color is concerned. Its not too dark, or too light. Just a nice middle round rich gold color. Moderate haze but small head and not much lacing. Its hard to really judge these criteria when its served in a shaker pint.

I couldnt stop smelling this one. Huge juicy wafts of tropical fruits. They say its an attempt at a West Coast style IPA, but to me its very Midwest. Not much pine, its really all exotic fruits. Pineapple, tangerine, mango and lemon-lime. Superb.

The taste is just as good. Very juicy and tropical. Pineapple, tangerine and lemon-lime dominate. Its pretty sweet and citrusy throughout. The finish yields what bitterness this beer has. Even then its just a very enjoyable amount of bitterness to give the beer a slight bite at the end. This is a very impressive beer.

I must have more of this. I hear that TBK is planning to going to 6-packs and this beer might be seeing the bottling line in the future. Here's hoping. (1,043 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Goryshkewych for the hookup.

Appearance: Darkish gold. Perfectly clear. Head is white with a tight bubbly head. Drops to a thin bubbly cap with ok retention. Some oily streaks of lacing.

Smell: Tangerines, mangos, pine, weed, cat pee, loads of citrus flesh. Orange, grapefruit, oily, slick. Loaded with juicy, resinous, oily hops. So dankalicious. Sweet. Some caramel malts bring some malty sweetness to the mix. Spearmint. Menthol.

Taste: Pithy tropcal fruit. Mostly tangerine mixed with a nice helping of fresh, juicy grapefruit. Some pine and mint in the back. Bitterness builds as the beer warms. What malts the beer has are mild. Some light bready undertones. Almost marmaladeish with the citrus. Massively hopped. Dank.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation on a medium body. Oily and dry, because that's possible. Lingering bitter dryness.

Overall: Jasmine's tiger can't match up.

Delightfully tropical and abrasive. Bitter and sweet in good measure. Tongue-punishing, but it has a safe word. (1,009 characters)

Photo of scott2269
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I finally found this on the shelves of one of my local shops. A 12oz. bottle poured into my DFH sniffer. Smells like 5-Alive fruit punch. Wow, this might be the best IPA I have ever tasted. This is a dry, bitter, citrus bomb. Loads of grapefruit and mango. No trace of the 7% ABV, very well hidden. This is a world class IPA. (325 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden orange. perfect frothy white head. This beer looks incredible!
Smells hoppy and citrus heavy. Grapefruit, a touch of pine. Smells wonderful.
Tastes like it smells. The bitterness is just a hair more than I'd like. piney but also citrus heavy on the tongue. The malts are barely present but fill out the body nicely.
Nice solid mouthfeel. Rich, full, well carbonated.
Overall, top notch. I'm quite impressed! (436 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Thanks duff27!

A- Light caramel with 2" thick off-white head. Excellent lacing that remains on the edges of the glass throughout.

S- Sweet malts, a ton of citrus in there (pineapple, passion fruit)

T- Light sweet malt taste, a lot of citrus flavors (guava, grapefruit), and nice citrus bittering hops at the finish.

M- Medium body, but just a little thin. light, crisp, smooth finish.

O- Love this beer! Has a ton citrus that I love in ipa's and is very easy to drink without seeming watered down. (526 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)

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.