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

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1,548 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,548
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 397
Gots: 163 | FT: 19
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Rifugium, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%

I had this at a tasting in the home of finewinemike. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a layer of off white head that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt, but the star is the citrusy hops. Some pineapple and citrus peel.

Taste: Malty up front, a bit bready. The hop bitterness ramps up from there . The citrus fruit notes are here, but less so than in the smell. The finish is a bit harsh for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mild amount of smooth carbonation. The finish is mildly dry.

Overall: I thought this was a good IPA, but I would have liked a little more balance, especially in the finish. I would have another.

oline73, Oct 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks to TomTwanks for sending me a 6er of this; thanks Tom! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange-copper color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty lacing left on the glass, and one inch of lacing throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, oranges, honey, grapefruit, light pine hops, and light floral hops, Very nice and fresh, and a ton of hops. Very, very nice nose.

t - Tastes of oranges, grapefruit, citrus hops, fruity malts, honey, tropical fruits, and lemon and orange rinds. I still like the taste quite a bit, though it doesn’t seem as hoppy as the nose. A slight step down for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and no bitterness at all. Very easy to drink, a really nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a really great IPA. I thought the nose was amazing and very fresh, and it had a wonderful smooth body. The taste was not quite as nice as the nose, but still a great beer. Glad to have more bottles of this and look forward to having it again.

mdfb79, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mendvicdog, Feb 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

MarkyMOD, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

beernads, Mar 26, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -17.4%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label art and branded yellow pressure cap acquired in a trade with michaellcoates (thanks again, man!) a couple days ago and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings; it's currently #146 on the top 250 list so I'm really excited to try it. 6.8% ABV confirmed. 70 IBUs.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour. Nice thickness. Nice creaminess. Good (~5 minute) retention. No bubble show.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Nice vibrance. Bubble quantity and speed suggests ideal carbonation - as strange a barometer as they may be.

Overall, it's looking quite good for the style; no overt or obvious flaws. Maybe it's not unique or special, but it's solid across the board. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Heavy oily hop character; I dig that. Pleasant and nectary with an aromatic floral hop character. Juicy citrus - orange, watermelon, mango. No naked hop bitterness; it's hoppy yet balanced. Pale malts, clean barley. Light timid grapefruit. Honey. Maybe a hint of caramalt. The watermelon in particular is an unexpected treat. I usually don't go for tropical hop flavours, but based on the aroma they seem well-integrated. And thankfully, I don't get any pineapple from the aroma. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. Quite good for an IPA; I don't know that I've experienced an IPA aroma with this specific character (the watermelon in particular). A bit resinous. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Some bitterness is noticeable, unfortunately - but it comes late in the first act rather than on the climax, allowing the juicy citrusy hop notes to supplant it. As the second act arrives, I get watermelon, mango, orange, hop oils, resins, and a dash of grapefruit. Pale malts lend a supportive body. Clean and refreshing, aside from the pesky bitterness. It's largely well balanced and filled with diverse and deep flavour. Good intensity and duration of flavour. Some zest. Well integrated pine. A dash of orange. It's on the sweeter end for an IPA, but the sweetness is that lovely fruit-derived sweetness; this isn't the artificial sweetness you'd find in really low quality World Brews/Matt Brewing IPAs, for example. Luckily the caramalt is very buried, but I do think it'd be better without it - even if the body were a bit less satisfing as a result. Some candi sweetness about the climax goes a bit overboard; not quite cloying but definitely detrimental.

Malt doesn't "take a back seat" here; it just helps balance the hops.

Mf: Juicy, smooth, wet, and refreshing. Good carbonation. Oily. Light creaminess up front. Good presence on the palate. Good body. Good thickness. Complements the flavour profile nicely; it's a good marriage of texture and flavour.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the ABV - which is on the higher end for the style. Flavorful and tasty, White Rajah is a treat for the IPA fan. It's not quite ideal for my personal tastes; the tropical fruit does bother me a bit. But I can definitely see where a 6er of this would be a mainstay in the fridge of beer fanatics who live in the distribution area. I'd like to revisit this on-draught. My personal tastes aside, it's a well executed IPA that will please any fan of the style, and it definitely has a somewhat unique approach. I'm not sure I'd call it one of the top 250 beers currently brewed, but it's well executed. Recommended.

Low B

kojevergas, Jun 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

oriolesfan4, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

imperialking, Nov 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

InspectorBob, Aug 05, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

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

yourefragile, Feb 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

orangesol, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

drewone, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

duceswild, May 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

ejimhof, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

BARFLYB, Jul 14, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be pretty fresh. Pours slightly hazy deep gold color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, honey, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of big citrus/tropical/grassy hops with light-moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity or bright citrus/tropical/grassy hops and light-moderate malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible IPA. All around fantastic complexity of bright citrus/tropical/grassy hops with light-moderate malt balance; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. An extremely outstanding offering.

superspak, Jun 29, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

Huhzubendah, Feb 13, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

Brew Kettle : White Rajah

Poured ontap into a pint glass. A clear golden colored brew with a small white cap and plenty of lacing. Aroma is not unlike a bag of fresh hops or pellets. Concentrated hop aroma and very inviting. In the flavor, over the top pine, bitter lemon rind, and grapefruit hop profile. Really quenching and hitting all the right notes. I love how hop forward this brew is, with a great fresh pine taste. In the finish, citrus and a light earthy bitterness. Medium to light bodied feel with a good hop bite. Overall, an exceptional IPA. Would like to get this regularly.

Stinkypuss, Aug 11, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%

12oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon from bb8189. Thanks for the brew, Brian!

Poured into a CCB pub glass, forms a 1/4" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head is gone in a flash, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is stanky grapefuity hops.

Taste begins with a sedate sweetness, marajuana-type funk in the middle, and citrus hops through the close. Mouthfeel is way smooth, and drinkability is great. Cheers to GATM!

ppoitras, Jun 15, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev 0%

Review from notes

A: Pours a clear golden color, definitely on the lighter side, probably one of the lightest IPAs I have seen. A small off-white head forms upon pouring with nice retention and lacing.

S: Extremely fragrant. Lots of tropical fruit, but grapefruit is dominant with some pineapple and mango as well a good bit of pine and resin. Very little sign of malt on the aroma. The nose is pretty much perfect.

T: Not as tropical as the aroma, with a stronger pine presence. There is a lot of grapefruit and some pith/zest, as well as some pineapple, orange, and tangerine. Has a rather dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, extremely smooth with medium carbonation. Not very bitter at all. Very drinkable.

O: Really liked this beer. The aroma is one of the best I have encountered. Goes down easy and is sneaky high in abv.

mdaschaf, Sep 23, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

brandoman63, Jan 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

sendbeer, Dec 23, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

Thanks to IrishColonial for bringing a growler of this over last night. It poured a clear, orange amber color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer and sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of tropical fruit notes to it. I get some peach, pineapple and grapefruit flavors all coming out of it. Great aroma overall, I love the juicy, tropical fruit flavors to it.

The taste has more of the tropical, sweeter, juicy hop flavors to it up front. Towards the finish I start to get more of a bitter, resiny, citrus rind flavor coming out. Very nice balance of sweet, juicy and bitter, resiny hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a great beer. I loved the juicy, tropical fruit flavors and the bitter citrus rind like flavor gave it some great balance. Very drinkable and flavorful beer overall.

billab914, Jan 23, 2012
White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,548 ratings.