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

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Ratings: 1,723
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 399
Gots: 206 | FT: 20
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:
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

(Beer added by: jampics2 on 10-18-2010)
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of mcallister
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper with a two inch rocky slightly off white head. Great retention.

Just an amazing nose of tropical and citrus fruits with a hair of floral eaters. Grapefruit, mango, lemon zest, orange, sunflowers and more fantastic.

Very well balanced, with a spritzy biting carbonation that really benefits the beer. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, star fruit, lemon and lime, flinty after tones leading into a floral boquet and cereal grains on the long dry finish. An amazing ipa that needs bottled soon.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

A - Pours a medium bright orange gold, crystal clear, and a layer of soapy looking foam and no carbonation.

S - Some citrus fruit and some grassy, herbal, and pine notes.

T - Grassy herbs, light citrus, crisp malt, and lemon. Leaves a combination of sweet citrus resin pine bitter aftertaste that lingers for a long time.

M - Full medium body.

O - Worth seeking out, solid and delicious.

Photo of hoppymcgee
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Adamostella
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost feel bad getting this review in as I am ultimately cutting into my own supply of this stuff!

People mention "fatigue" on a particular style often on this site and i feel like that is where I have been with IPAs, after a while, they all start to taste very similar and there isn't much differentiation.

However, when cracking open one of these it is like joy and excitement of this style returns again.

Clear pouring, clear fresh sharp pungent tropical citrus. This beer literally awakened me from my IPA slumber. It is a definite must try.

The hype is only going to build on this one, so I better stock up while I can.

Exceptional beer!

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear amber with a thin white head. The nose is slightly hoppy and sweet, but not overbearing. It's a rather generic tasting IPA, but is quite balanced and drinkable. The aftertaste is actually sweet. This is a beer I'd enjoy more on tap...

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of seeswo
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a apple-juice golden with a nice white head. Looks really good. As soon as the bottle open, an aroma of piney and tropical hops make their way out. A bit of biscuit malts as well. Very nice! The taste is very similar to blind pig. Strong grapefruit and piney hop flavor up front with a middle of biscuit malt and bitterness and a finish of more of a grapefruit, tropical hop flavor. Really interesting and quite good. This is really a tasty brew with some serious hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium, with medium carbonation. I really like this beer a lot, especially if I could get it regularly around here. One of the best flyover IPAs I've had which can compete with, though probably not beat, the best of the west coast. I had this quite fresh and it is unknown how well it holds up. Enjoy!

Photo of MacQ32
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A – Pours a clear light golden color with a finger of slightly off white head, phenomenal lacing and great retention.

S – Citrusy rinds, slight pine, bitter hops, light spices. Smells great

T – Really impressed. Citrusy fruit sweetness quickly transcends into a very bitter resinous/piney flavor. Aftertaste is dry bitterness. A little one dimensional but a nice bitter hop wallop is always welcome.

M – Lighter bodied, good carbonation and great bitterness makes a very refreshing brew

O – Really bitter piney hop forward brew with a nice citrus/sweet fruit flavor. Drinkable, looks fantastic and has big flavor.

Photo of Brew33
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of nrbw23
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a lighter gold color with a slight bit of haze and a fairly small white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves just a bit of lacing at best.

S- Picking up quite a bit of tropical fruits here. Mainly grapefrut, tangerine and apricot. A bit of piney hops here as well.

T- Taste is pretty sweet for an IPA. Quite a bit of tropical fruits, and a touch of pine.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Not too bad at all. I hope this one hits a bottle I'd like to have this one again.

Photo of Tucquan
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2012-06-22 in Columbia, PA. It was bottled less than a week ago.

A - Clear golden-orange with a 1.5 finger white head and very nice ringed lacing.

S - Sweet tropical fruit aromas from 2 feet away. Up closer there's some peach, mango, orange, pineapple, grass, hop floral and hop bud.

T - Lightly roasted pale malt and a hint of caramel malt, sweet and perfectly-ripened peaches, tangerines and pineapples, a mild candied spice and orange zest. The bitterness isn't intense; being more balanced initially with the other flavors but it and the bright citrus flavor lasts loooong into the finish.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Resinous and reasonably oily and prickly.

O - A delicious and fresh tasting IPA with a lot of character. Between this and Fat Head's Headhunter, Cleveland is definitely a destination city for hop heads. Seek this one out; it's top tier!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pour golden amber in color and has an inch of off white head.

S - It is loaded with citrus, mostly grapefruit, and pine. Grapefruit seems to be dominant.

T - The taste is loaded with grapefruit and pine. It starts out with great citrus flavors and finishes with resiny bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.

M - It is oily smooth.

O - This is a delicious example of a west coast IPA. It has more pine flavors than most of the midwestern IPA's that I have tried. It's one of the better IPA's I've tried in a while.

Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Huge thanks to my friend Jay for the growler! Poured into a NB goblet.

A: Pours a golden amber color with good clarity and evident carbonation. The head starts off at one fingers of an eggshell color, and fades to a thin collar after a short time. Spotty patches of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Welp, it's kind of what I expected - a visceral assault of Citra hops. Melon, mango, and papaya are all quite evident on the aroma, alongside some cattiness, pine, and even some sourdough bread. Malts are lightly evident, not intruding too much on the hop profile.

T: It starts off very juicy with plenty of tropical fruits like mango and papaya, along side some peach and apricot. A healthy surge of pine bitterness injects itself into the midtaste and finish. Allowing it to warm up will introduce a touch of sugar cookie from the malt backbone. Simplistic, but with superb hoppiness.

M: Very crisp and clean, which I love in my IPAs. The finish isn't bone dry, though, which means bitterness isn't reined in like it should be. This is my ONLY complaint about this brew, and it's not nearly enough to take off points here. Carbonation is about right, giving it spectacular drinkability.

O: In the right mood, I could drink this all damn day - I know for a fact this growler will get killed quickly. With a bit less bitterness, I might have considered throwing out a few 5's here and there; as it stands, still one of the better single IPAs I've ever had.

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mpayne5
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jampics2
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Fat Heads IPA festival. 7%, 78 IBU. This beer won the belt for IPA and best overall beer at this festival, a HUGE accomplishment for TBK. The beer's still being tweaked a bit, but is described as:

"Our first take on a west coast style IPA featuring Citra hops"

This beer has a great storybehind the name. Fat Heads makes an excellent American IPA called Headhunter that won the silver at GABF this year in the most-entered category ever. Well, White Raja is a historical figure who went to Burnei and was determined to end headhunting. So, you can say in a way, this beer's name translates to "headhunter killer". Zing!

The beer looks great - golden with some copper highlights on the edges. There's a film of head with a white ring. Looks good but a touch sticky based on the lack of noticeable carb and head. Color and clarity are both fantastic, though, so this still scores well.

The aroma is amazing. Layers of hops give huge citrus and a touch of Simcoe catty smells. Lots of simcoe in this one, and the citra gives some great lemon and a bit of pep as well. Huge grapefruit, orange, lemon aromatics. Just a killer smelling beer.

Wow, this is amazing tasting. A touch sweeter than expected. One of the best hop bills outside of California. Really well balanced, with simcoe giving some huge kick-ass citrus and grass and perfume. Kiss of sweetness from the malt. Lemon from the citra. Oh boy, this is a game changer here. Ohio's IPA crown may be heading to Strongsville.

The body is just north of water in a good way. Not substantive or sticky with great touch of carb. Medium pleasant bitterness lingers. This beer is amazing and so drinkable. It stood out in a competition with all the big boys, including the finest from Founders, Bear Republic, Port, Fat Heads, Avery, etc. No more tweaking necessary. Put this lightning in a bottle now. Seriously, Jack, why are you still reading this? Bottle it :)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,723 ratings.