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

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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 Sarlacc83
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From FalconA. Thanks!

A: Pours a light almost clear copper with an almost complete absence of head. Plenty of bubbles rising throughout the body.

N: Sweet juicy hops. Tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Biscuit and some caramel. Lots of citrus with a touch of dirt and leaves. I get some flowery elements, maybe some lavender.

T: Expressively bitter. There is a lot of pine and hoppiness. Very sharp, more so than I normally prefer. As I get to used to it, the residual sweetness shows up in the very back of the tongue.

M: Very, very dry and moderately resinous. Medium bodied and alcohol is barely noticeable.

O: A very solid IPA and one that I appreciate the chance to try. Blends together the citrus and the pine without overpowering the senses. not to say it's a pushover, either. Recommended.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to beerhan for running this one down for me. Cheers!

Orange-copper color, fairly bright, with a tight white head, rocky and long lasting. Sticky with a wall of lacing.

Nice citrus aroma - tangerine comes to mind. Not particularly strong or complex, but very inviting. Floral and fruity hops dominate the taste, with some bitter orange rind. Malt flavors are very apparent with caramel and toast. The malt and hops are more balanced in this one than many American IPA's, but that doesn't mean it is a sweet one. Dry with a very light bitter finish.

Medium body with a mouth-coating feel to it. So much for the argument of whether east coast or west coast IPA's are better. Between this one and Columbus IPA, the no-coast IPA's may be stealing the show.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/04/11- Review of a 12oz bottle.
A: Clear golden, constant bubbles, white head with good lacing.
S: Cheesy green pineapple, floral Italian bread, slight mushroom earthiness... good.
T: Sweet honey/cream soda, green lemon/pineapple hops, nice rustic bitterness, almost Belgian yeast character. Good.
M: Sticky, thinner, bitter froth... good.
O: Good. I like CBC IPA much better, but I'm glad another solid IPA hails from Ohio.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. No freshness date.

Appearance- Hazy orange with half a finger of bubble white head. Real nice lacing.

Smell- Ooh. Clementines, oranges, some piney earth. Solid malt backbone.

Taste- Some lemon and orange up front. Mild malt takes over and leads to a pure pine finish. No booze. Bitter, but not crazy.

Mouthfeel- Pretty low carbonation. Not too resinous. Pretty standard.

Overall- Not the best IPA I've had, but certainly not bad by any means.

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Photo of beerhan
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing find on tap at the swig in perrysburgs.

Pours lovely golden orange color with a creamy white head. Tastes like orange and citrus with a pine malt back. Tates similar to smell with a hint of spice. Very drinkable with a creamy mouthfwel. Could drink this one for a long time. Cannot wait to see this in bottles. One of the best IPAs ever.

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Photo of TequilaTom
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

WTF!!! This is only a beer in the technical sense. In reality, it is a hop delivery liquid with only 2 main purposes; (1) To dissolve any and all tooth enamel, and (2) Put you into a lupulin coma.
I bought this on a whim and was quite surprised by this little hidden gem.
The aroma is nothing short of heaven. Citrus & mango overload the olfactory senses.
The color is quite light. Nice head & carbonation.
Taste is all about the hops. If you are looking for balance, you will not find it here!
This is a beer whose main dermographic is the quintessencial hophead.
When I die, I hope this beer is available in the afterlife.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear reddish-golden body with a creamy finger of yellow-white head. Just beautiful.

Nose is very much like fresh Pliny with huge citrus hops and notable pine.

Flavor is sweet, creamy citrus hops swirled onto a light malt body. Unbalanced to the hop end in the best tradition of the West Coast IPAs.

Mouthfeel is solid, yet light creaminess with a substantial hop bite on the finish.

Really just an overall success as an IPA, as well as a well crafted beer. Not a thing to dislike about this fantastic brew. Maybe it deserves all 5s, but I guess I've become a tougher grader.

Never heard of the Brew Kettle before this one, but I will seek out their other offerings.

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Photo of Buck89
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Hazy amber color, smallish white head. Aromas of grapefruit and resin, but more muted than I expected. Taste was bold citrusy bitter hops with a clean dry finish. An outstanding west coast IPA but I expected a bit more - not sure about the freshness of this one.

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

A finger of almost white head sits atop a coppery-amber body, but not for long. It dissipates to a ring and a light dusting in a couple of minutes, and enough light lacing clings to the glass during consumption to please the eye. A small amount of bubbles are noted rising to the top of this nice translucent beer.

The nose is where this beer's experience really kicks in. As expected, the hops are at the forefront of the nose with grapefruit and passion fruit making an early showing. With a little searching one also finds ripe oranges and pine in there, with a kiss of malt to balance it out. Outstanding.

Pine and grapefruit are the first flavors to come to attention when one takes a sip of this. This is immediately followed with the taste of oranges and a hint of passion fruit, with just a whisper of malt rounding out the taste experience. As the beer warms up, the malt gets going with a decent bread character on the back end, which really just serves to make the whole thing better and more solid tasting.

This beer is medium bodied, nice and bitter and only coats the mouth a little bit. It's a little dry at the end, and leaves you with a strong bitter aftertaste that is reminiscent of pine and grapefruit, without being in your face about it.

I recently moved out of Strongsville, and let me tell you, if you want to get this beer on tap at the Kettle, you must get there early. It had a good reputation before winning "Best in Show" at the International Beer Fest in Cleveland this year, and after having done that it sells out quick. It is definitely worth every penny though.

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Photo of patpbr
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a light orange with a sturdy two finger lasting head.
S - Lots of citrus, pine, orange, and fruit.
T - Hops up front with all the above described nose coming through in the flavor. Noticing Grapefruit and pinnapple. Not overly bitter and a little sweet.
M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - In the conversation with the best in category.

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Photo of Myotus
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shoutout to Eziel for this trade!
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with 3 amazing finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates into 2 finger's worth after two minutes. Rising bubbles are subtle. Orange-yellow in color. Lacing is high and thick.
SMELL: So fruity! Strong aromas of apricots, peaches, mangos, oranges, tangerines, and papayas. Beneath the fruit aromas, lie subtle sweet and bready malt and piney hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong fruit flavors enter initially along with mild piney hop flavors. Subtle sweet bready malts enter immediately after as fruit flavors persist, but piney hop flavors grow much stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation (I love that low carbonation!!!). This is ridiculously smooth and creamy. And unlike any IPA I have ever had, the finish wasn't overly dry, just moderately.
NOTE: This was such a close second to Yellow Rose in the IPA category. I'm glad I got multiples in the trade.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very light orange/amber, very clear and transparent, great 1.5 finger. Bubbly and leaves a lot of good lacing.

S - Wow, this is just a regular IPA? It's got a TON of sweet grapefruit, a bit of pine, a dash of honey, some orange citrus. Fantastic smelling beer. Reminds me of Hopslam, honestly.

T - Superb. It's a wallop of hops, I mean right in your face. The sweetness is still there, but not as prominent as in the nose. The grapefruit comes out right away before fading into a mouthful of bitter, piney hops. A good malt backbone. It's a hop wallop, but balance.

M - Very good. Alcohol stays hidden, the taste is smooth and the bitterness doesn't dry the mouth. The taste that lingers is very pleasant.

Overall - Outstanding. One of the best IPAs out there. I can't believe how well this beer turned out. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright, we had to lighten things up a bit after that Bell's batch 10,000. That is a brutal beer. Poured into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

Appearance - A fast but gentle pour yields two fingers of luscious head. Active carbonation creates a bubbly, citrus looking brew. The beer is pale yellow with hints orange and gold. A pretty nice looking beer.

Smell - This beer has such a nice b.o. that I'd smell its underarms all day. Sweet toffee and caramel tickle the nose while hops dance back and forth. Sweet and addicting.

Taste - The intensity of the hops and alcohol really surprises you. A whirlwind of hops and viney flavors tear through a citrus grove and stir up notes of earthy wheat malt and caramel. Bitter and a bit spicy with some clove added in.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Medium-bodied and sweet on the palate. A bitter, complex concoction of hops. Active carbonation. Very dry, almost like sandpaper on the tongue. Even after having this on-tap a few months back, this beer remains a tad above average for me. Definitely a must-try, but not a regular buy from me.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NW2285 for this great brew. Pours a clear gold with billowy two finger head. Decent lacing. Fruit forward aroma. Redolent of white grapefruit, mango, with a little dank, and a slight whiff of cat pee. Outstanding flavor, juicy tropical fruits strike the palate first. Pleasant bitter aftertaste make this an extremely drinkable IPA. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes dry. Overall, a well crafted brew and a model of what IPAs should smell and taste like!

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

Thanks for Seeswo for the chance to try this.

This beer pours amber with a nice fluffy white head that stays through the entire glass. Nice lacing, too.

Citrus, pine, pineapple, and resin bollow through the air. This is an absurdly good smelling brew.

The taste is a lot of the same goodness that filled my nose. Lots of citrus and pineapple balanced by the pine and resin notes. Sweet citrus finish with a hint of pine needles. This is a fantastic brew.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Good body and carbonation.

This is a kick in the tastebuds that I could drink pint after pint of. I would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of dlello2
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice light orange color. Relatively clear. Quarter finger of head with a conservative pour.

S - Some citrus, but a great amount of hops. Some pine in there. Really pleasant!

T - This is awesome. What a great IPA... not too sweet but plenty of nectarine, grapefruit, some lemon zest. Holy hell, I'm happy drinking this one. There is maybe a touch of bitterness right at the end, but not off-putting.

M - Nearing on perfect for me. Medium-light body with a great amount of tiny-bubbled carbonation.

O - I think this is my second favorite IPA of all time... it might beat out my favorite (zombie dust) if I was in the right mood. Regardless, it is awesome.

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Photo of almostjay
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5's across the board for me. This beer is PERFECT for my taste buds. Assertive bitterness gives way to mild fruity sweetness at the finish, which is exactly what I want from an IPA.

Just awesome.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of pest (thanks Andy!), into a 7venth Sun snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful, clear golden color, with a finger or two of off-white head. Good retention, excellent lacing.

S - A little on the sweet side - light notes of caramel, pine sap, and cotton candy, with some mango and grapefruit in there toward the end.

T - Not too bitter at first, tropical fruits and sweet malt. Very bitter toward the end though, and more on the piney side for me. Long dry finish.

M - Thick, full bodied, and creamy. Great carbonation.

O - The reviews had me expecting maybe a bit more, but all in all it's a nice entry in a field crowded with major players. I'd probably seek out some more if it were available in the area, but not sure I'd go trading for it.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint. Thanks to mrfong07 for sending this one. No bottling info that I can find.

A - Pours a golden color with perfect clarity. There is little head beyond a halo but it does leave some sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Very fruity aroma with sweet tangerine, tart grapefruit, and intense pineapple. Tangy citrus hops come through. One dimensional, but delicious.

T - Starts with big tropical fruits and clover honey sweetness. Tart, almost sour, citrus pulls through hard in the middle. The finish is quite bitter with lingering weed and dank grapefruit rind. I don't detect much malt, as the sweetness is almost entirely fruity.

M - Tingly carbonation and a medium body. Easy drinking and refreshing.

O - With amazing tropical fruits and citrus, this is comparable to a great imperial IPA in flavor intensity and aroma. This is one of the best "single" IPAs I have ever had. A great example of the west coast style of IPA and I would love to have access to it.

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

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

Drank at last tasting. Thanks to my good buddy Finewinemike!

A- Pours a golden yellow orange with a small white head

S- Tons of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Very fruity with slight grass notes but not much. Some nice caramel from the malts to pull it all together.

T- Just like the aroma, strong bitter grassy hops with lots of crazy tropical citrus fruit notes.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter hoppy finish.


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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 InebriatedJoker
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Duvel Tulip - No best by date visible.(just released)

A: Pours a deep "clear" golden straw color with one and a half finger head that dissipates into a thin eggshell white frothy lacing, good carbonation...a clear Ipa ? ..Good looking beer.

S: Orange,Grapefruit, Lemon, Mango , Peaches,(maybe Apricot),Pine,Hops, very tropical.

T: Grapefruit with nice citrus hues(almost tropical) ,light malt,hints of pine ,bitter hops.

O: Overall a real good Ipa from The Brew Kettle , One I hope to always have in my fridge, .

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First tried White Rajah in a bottle a while ago and was left disappointed; had it on draft last night at J Alexanders and was blown away! Sure wish Brew Kettle bottle dated as I never know how fresh the beer is at local stores.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You can almost smell how slick & juicy this beer is, with lots of flowery, herbal hops with tinges orange citrus & a little grapefruit peel. The hops are not super bitter but are a tad astringent / medicinal. It has a medium body with a good resinousness that coats the tongue. More soft grapefruit rind and citrus hops with very little malt presence. As others have said, it is very drinkable & not some bludgeoning hop monster. Even if IPAs aren't your thing this beer is definitely worth a look as it is very smooth and even with a refreshing, juicy kick.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

White Rajah

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

Refreshing full bodied IPA, big bodied and bold. Dry and bitter upfront and citrus and a touch sour on the finish. One of Cleveland's finest IPA, although I did a head to gead with Head Hunter... Have to give it Fat Heads the title. White Rajah is a better value~

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