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

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Ratings: 1146
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%

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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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Photo of Bogforce


4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very orange in color, maybe a hint of gold orange color to it. But very orange.

S: HOPS! Citrus and tropical hop smell, that blows you away. It smells great.

T: The taste didn’t exactly match the smell but the taste was good too. All hops and no malt taste really. Hits you a lot of hops too, the citrus is there but it tastes more bitter than you would think.

M: Very light drinking beer. Only knock I would have is the amount of bitterness left on the tongue it’s a lot.

O: Overall a great IPA that smells amazing. Definitely another good IPA from Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 12:12:02 | More by Bogforce
Photo of frenchblood21


4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Goose Island tulip style pint glass.

Appearance- Beautiful burnt orange color with a half finger of snow white head. Very nice lacing throughout the whole glass.

Smell- Grapefruit and hops explode in your nose. Lemon and lime, along with a piney woodsy aroma.

Taste- Wow is this delicious! You can totally taste the hop bomb, but it is also, at the same time, so incredibly smooth. Grapefruit and hops dominate everything else.

Mouthfeel- Unusually thick for an IPA, but so good. It's like you put a grapefruit, lemon, lime, pine cone, a bunch of hops and fresh cut grass all in your mouth at one time.

Overall- Just a fantastic beer from a brewery that consistanly makes amazing tasting beers. This is their pride and joy, and I can certainly see why.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 02:55:16 | More by frenchblood21
Photo of Andrew61923


4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/15, sampled early April. Poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Clear dark orange with small white head. No lacing. Expected more inviting appearance.

S: Yes. Grapefruit, pine, just a touch of bready malt at the end. Me want now!

T: Crisp citrus and some grass. Bitter and drying at the end.

M: Very crisp. Light carbonation, but not underwhelming.

O: Met my high expectations, but didn't exceed them. Would love to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 23:49:16 | More by Andrew61923
Photo of headbucket


4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bw3 in troy, ohio. Have been seeing thiis on tap more and more places lately, along with other TBK beers, which I am very happy about.

A:a nice dark, golden, amber color. Nice head on the pour, and a decent amount of lacing left on the glass.

S: strong grapefruit and citrus hop flavor. My girlfriend keeps commenting on how she can smell the grapefruit coming out of the glass. Very nice, fruity ipa smell.

T: follows the smell very well. Great fruity hop flavor, a bit sweet but I think it works well with the strong fruit flavors. Bitter but not overpoweringly, the fruit is well integrated into the bitterness.

M:thick but not heavy, goes down very well.

O: a great ipa, strong fruit flavors, a nice level of bitterness that is well integrated into the fruit flavors, goes down very easy. I hope this becomes more readily available, I will probably drinkk this just about everytime I see it, unless there is something much more interesting available. Between this and headhunter from fatheads, northern ohio has some great ipas.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 03:34:57 | More by headbucket
Photo of BrewUSA


4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

White Rajah

Look 9/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 87/100

Refreshing full bodied IPA, big bodied and bold. Dry and bitter upfront and citrus and a touch sour on the finish. Cleveland's finest IPA, although I need to re-visit Head Hunter, which should give it a battle~

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 17:07:59 | More by BrewUSA
Photo of UpToMeBeer


4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: One-finger head, kinda fizzy... clear golden/orange color, moderate to heavy carbonation. Good lacing.

S: Citrus, hops, tropical fruits!

T: The taste really matches the Smell quite well... Even more grapefruit here. Well balanced too, though.

M: Hint of resin/stickiness, good fresh feel.

O: Overall, I found this one outstanding. Balanced, tasty .... refreshing yet bold.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 03:42:17 | More by UpToMeBeer
Photo of agomega


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a tulip glass at Senate in Cincinnati.

Appearance: Light golden yellow in color with a small white head.

Smell: Citrus aroma - especially grapefruit

Taste: Citrus flavors dominate, especially the grapefruit flavor. The taste is slightly sweet with only a slightly bitter finish. The hoppy taste is smooth and are not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and average carbonation.

Overall: This is an extremely tasty and satisfying IPA. It goes down easily and is very refreshing. I had two with dinner and I probably would have had a third if I was staying any longer. An excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 21:21:39 | More by agomega
Photo of dbc5


4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Looks great on the pour. Golden straw color with retaining 1 finger head that laces its way all through the glass.

Smell: One of the best smelling IPAs I have ever encountered. Incredibly aromatic tropical fruit. Pineapple, nectarine, grapefruit, lemon zest. Some malt in there too, but this is dominated by the citrus.

Taste: An Ohio made West Coast IPA. Citrus hops like crazy, citrus dominates the palate throughout. Some malt settles in on the back end but doesn't do much to distract from the hop bite. Great for those seeking a hop dominated single IPA.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate for the style. Medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth going down.

Overall: Fantastic IPA. This and Columbus are easily the two best IPAs produced in Ohio that I have had (I've not yet enjoyed Head Hunter). Fantastic beer and one that will likely become my new fridge staple.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 14:28:50 | More by dbc5
Photo of StoutItOutLoud


4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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, 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 19:53:57 | More by StoutItOutLoud
Photo of GOBLIN


4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brew Kettle White Rajah

Taming the savage hop

Poured into pint glass

A: A golden glow

S: Tropical fruit, caramel and, and summer day ?

T: Good balance of sweet citrus and hop bitterness

M: Sticky

O: Solid west coast style ipa from the Buckeye State !

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 02:16:36 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of bitterbeerguy


4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 23:23:21 | More by bitterbeerguy
Photo of Daehpoh


4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft at Paxton's in Loveland, OH.

Appearance is a clear golden orange with some sticky lacing left on the glass.

Smell is bursting with dank piney hops and tropical fruits. Grapefruit and mango. Fresh hop aroma with a bit of pale malt buried underneath.

Taste is strong on the pine and citrus hop flavors. Some mild sweet caramel followed by a bitter clean finish. Hop heavy but a good balance for an IPA. I think this could be the definition of what an American IPA should taste like.

Medium body and dry. This is very easy drinking with a clean finish that leaves plenty of hoppiness on the palate.

Overall an excellent IPA. This is my second time trying this brew and it is just as good as the first. Definitely recommend this for hopheads for its great flavor and aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 20:18:04 | More by Daehpoh
Photo of Auror


4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:20:16 | More by Auror
Photo of Trystero


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second sixer of the exceptional brew, the first one only lasted 1 night. 12oz bottle, aggressive pour into a HotD Tulip glass.

Appearance: Takes 3 pours to get the contents of the bottle all into the glass. Settles to 1 finger of robust white head. Luminous, vibrant golds and orange hues, like fresh squeezed citrus nectar with reasonable clarity, not entirely opaque.

Smell: Bouquet of tropical citrus juice and zestyness, pineapple, grapefruit and tangerines, coupled with floral, piney hops and slight light malts.

Taste: Initial mouth of juicey citrus, pineapple and tangerine followed but less acidic citrus notes. The middle gives way to piney, resiny hoppiness combined with a bitter acidic hop bite and barely tangible light malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and well carbonated. Easy to constanly sip, very refreshing. The bottle lists the ABV at 6.7 and it drinks very much on target.

Overall: A fantastic IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 20:57:34 | More by Trystero
Photo of brewski09


4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A - Dark golden color with a very light head that dissipates quickly, but doesn't quite leave entirely. Lots of good lacing.

S - sweet hops, pine resin and citrus dominate this one. A bit of booze hits before caramel sweetness. You really don't notice it too much though because the hops are so dominant.

T - pine and a surprising tropical fruit that I didn't pick up on the aroma. The citrus is there, but it takes a back seat to what tastes like papaya to me. This one really sticks with you in a nice way. Very impressive with the tropical hitting and sticking around. There is a mild spiciness, like a hint of Rye in this one that shows through once the palate calms down and processes it.

M - The bitterness really hits you the most in this one, setting up the overall mouthfeel. I like this, a solid bitterness on the palate, with a mild sweetness backing it up, but not offsetting it. This is a nice mouthfeel, but not for everyone.

O - I really enjoyed this one. Glad I bought a 6-pack, but wish I had done it sooner. I would like it to be just a touch sweeter on the finish, but still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 02:11:44 | More by brewski09
Photo of tsatem


3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter, thanks to ColdPoncho. No best by/bottled on date.

A: Very thin. Very light golden orange, kind of resembles apples juice. Small one finger head is pretty thick but fades quickly, decent lacing. The thinness/clarity is a little bit off-putting somehow.

S: Citrus juice! Blood orange, grapefruit, pineapple, Some grass and pine. Buttery malts. Smells great, best part of the beer for sure.

T: More muted than the smell. Lemon-lime, and pineapple comes out more. A hint of sweetness (honey?) before a very bitter finish. Doesn't taste bad, but something's missing.

M: Pretty thin actually, but it has that nice sharp IPA finish.

O: Not too bad, but the smell set up expectations that the taste didn't meet. I really like the hops that make up this nose, but something was missing from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 01:34:50 | More by tsatem
Photo of bobbypaulson


4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to a great trader for this fresh puppy. It went from the box into the fridge and in 1 hour it was cracked and down my stomach. From a 12oz bottle it pours a see through gold color with a white. The smell is citrus and fresh fruits and hops super fresh!!! If it smells as good as it tastes I’m gonna be bummed because this is my onlt (lol). WOW, this beer is so deiciouslly balanced and you taste the fruit up front with a hop finish. The taste of this beer totally lives up to the hype of the smell!!!! Super bummed that I only have had one because I could drink this one over and over and over again. Thanks Bitter!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 03:23:14 | More by bobbypaulson
Photo of jrnyc

New York

4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I think this is one of the best IPAs most people don't know about. Awesome flowery smell. Great mouthfeel, this stuff dances on my tongue. Carbonation is perfect. Great taste, every sip makes me one the next one more.

Great stuff, wish I could get this one all the time.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 22:19:24 | More by jrnyc
Photo of rogueleonardi


4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was amazing, so much flavor, the smell as I pored the bottle into a pint glass was anything but subtle. So much citrus flavor in every sip.

This is an IPA that an experienced IPA drinker and a craft beer beginner could both enjoy. With all that citrus smell and flavor I was expecting a bitter finish, but it was very smooth going down. Typical IPA golden yellow color with a thin white head that quickly diminished to nothing.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 21:39:27 | More by rogueleonardi
Photo of Adamostella


4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 15:56:34 | More by Adamostella
Photo of paultierney1


4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tough to find in NW Ohio, but I did it! From a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Nice hoppy, citrusy smell and orange/honey color -- gonna be a good one. Yes it is! Pleasantly bitter with a taste of pine, grapefruit, orange, and just enough funk. Deserves to be in the top 100. And it is! How'd I know?!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:27:24 | More by paultierney1
Photo of jjdc

District of Columbia

4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amber on the pour. Wow, outstanding hoppy nose. Pine and floral scents. This is a really well-balanced IPA. Floral, resiny, citrusy, dryer sheety hops are smoothed out by a thick, oozy slug of caramel malt. This is a classic Midwest take on a West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:07:06 | More by jjdc
Photo of brewdan


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark golden with a white head.

Smell is dominated by the hops; a huge grapefruit hop blast with a touch of tropical fruit (papaya, mango).

Taste is dominated by the hops. One sip and all you can taste for minutes is dry bitter piney grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel is good; good creamy carbonation.

Overall this reminded me of the first time I opened a Pliny and smelled those glorious hops. One of the longest most drying finishes of any IPA I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 02:52:46 | More by brewdan
Photo of 4balance

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Ommegang flute, absolutely gorgeous transparent golden bronze color with about a 1/2" of white bubbly head with a constant amount of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom center to the top, head quickly reduced to a little ring with minimal lacing.

Strong aroma of tropical fruit, hops and pine resin, spice.

Taste is citrus; hints of mango and pineapple then into the grapefruit, bitter abrasive hops, pine resin, spice—with the hops lingering on the tongue, not detecting much in the line of malt.

Mouthfeel is light - smooth with a good amount of carbonation, drying finish.

Overall, I am super stoked to be drinking this magnificent IPA courtesy of WesM63 from my home state of Ohio! Highly recommended, would drink much more often if readily available for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:14:43 | More by 4balance
Photo of cneville


4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a dark gold color, which was a little darker than expected. Nice white head that lingers throughout the beer(although that wasn't a long time for me). Smells incredible. Pine, citrus, honestly everything I would hope for in an IPA. Hops are definitely there as well. Taste does not disappoint, lots of the tropical fruit up front, followed by malts and then finishes with the hops. The balance is great here, definitely one of the best tasting IPAs IMO. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is excellent. Honestly one of my favorite beers I have ever tried, I'm lucky to have this and Columbus IPA at hand easily. I feel spoiled.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 20:59:56 | More by cneville
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,146 ratings.