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

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Ratings: 1,793
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 409
Gots: 238 | FT: 20
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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

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

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HopHead84
3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4/13/2012

Bottle shared by someone at Real Ale. Thanks!

A: Transparent golden orange with an inch of white sea foam. Great color, great retention, and great lacing.

S: Herbal and weedy with grassy notes. Light orange and grapefruit that are submissive to the herbal, weedy, and grassy characteristics.

T: Restrained citrus with firm herbal and grassy notes. Light malt presence.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Hard to say how fresh this is as it was shared by a friendly stranger. Not very bright or aromatic, and not a lot of flavor. Lots of herbal notes.

Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

White Rajah is on the light side of amber, showcasing gold more than anything else. A relatively pale complexion by IPA standards, only its highlights display any bronzed tones. Foam is spotty over top but is wrapped around the glass like a scarf on a particularly cold, blustery day.

Named after an English dynastic monarchy from the island of Borneo, it's appropriate the beer should smell so exotic and tropical. All sorts of citrusy fruits could be pointed to specifically, but the sum here is definitely greater than its parts and shares some of the spotlight with notes of pine resin, green tea and almost butterscotch-like malts.

If what I just described sounds appealing, please proceed with this review. If it doesn't then forget it - this beer is not for you (nor is the style for that matter, because this is precisely what to expect). The aroma and the taste might as well be identical twins; they share the exact same flavours. On the palate it's more fruits, pine, herbals, and semi-sweet malt (in that order).

A good IPA should offer plenty of bitter, bold hoppy character without being overbearing. It's a tough balance to find but, if struck, means pure nirvana. White Rajah hits the spot - lots of ripe, sweet, tropical fruitiness, countered by bitter herbals and pungency, and that in turn countered with caramelly, toasty maltiness. Capital 'B' Balance! And alcohol is entirely non-existent.

White Rajah is one of those IPAs that has a reputation that precedes it. This scenario often leads to disappointment as hoppy beers, no matter how good, don't often fare favorably to their inflated internet scores, especially when sampled away from the source. But this one did. It is exceptionally composed and characterful. A note for the old boys at The Brew Kettle: good show!

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ppoitras
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottle date. Big thanks to henryspam for this one.

Appearance - Clear yellow. Looks Iike a pilsener. Small white head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Citrus hop. Floral. Strong grainy malt. Light malts with a biscuit aroma. Spicy.

Taste - Hops, but the grainy malts come through more here. Spicy hops. Slightly bitter finish. Good clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Good carbonation. Grainy finish.

Overall - Solid IPA. Not world class. Other IPAs provide more flavor, but this is very clean.

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

From 64oz growler to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/12/11
*From notes

I owe a massive thanks to Señor siege06nd for bringing a couple of growlers back from Cleveland, and generously sharing one with me.

A: Filtered, rich amber. It's certainly a good bit darker then I'd expected. A generous pour yields a 2.25 finger head. The lacing here is top notch - gobs of the white sticky stuff rims the entire glass.

S: How's it go? "Juicy Fruit, it's gonna move ya!" Damn right. This is jam-packed with an epic amount of juicy, tropical fruit and freshly sliced pineapple. This bad mamajama is a certified hop bomb.

T: There's no playing around with this one. It's all hops all the way. Malt and yeast be damned! The exotic and utterly knee quivering tropical and juicy hop oil kills it on the fore, and easily surfs onto the mid. The late-mid to finish is slightly bitter. And wouldn't you know - a touch of golden malt arrives just as it all ties together on the back end.

M: Rock solid. It's creamy and perfectly carbed. Insanely drinkable.

O: The Brew Kettle's White Rajah is one of the absolute best American IPA's I've encountered. If you're looking for your next hop fix, make sure to get your hands on what The Kettle's pushin'. This is superb stuff. Seek it out at almost any cost.

Mucho, mucho thanks, John - you're the tits!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris and Adam for this bottle. No freshness info but this was apparently very fresh.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Translucent medium yellow with a thin layer of off-white head.

S - A bright citrus nose. Grapefruit, pine, tangerine and a touch of mango. A very slight honey sweetness in the background.

T - An assertive bitterness with pine, orange zest, grapefruit and peach flavours and a very slight honey sweetness. Definitely a hop bomb.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of beertunes
3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Kurmaraja for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy yellow-gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had medium retention and light lacing.

The aroma was very pine hop forward, with some light floral notes and no real malt presence. The taste was the same, mostly pine hops, with some floral notes and a very slight citrus aftertaste.

The body was thinner than I like in the style, but is fairly typical for "American" IPA's. Drinkability was good, again typical, about what one expects from an IPA. Overall, a nice, solid brew. Not really worth seeking out, but probably worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of IPAchris
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark orange, almost brown with a one finger near-white head. The head fades to the edges and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Pine - that is it.

T - Pine, then some carmely malts. Some orange pokes through in the middle also.

D - Good carbonation and an average body.

O - Good balance between pine hops and malts.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

Fresh growler. Still don't particularly care for this. Somewhat vegetal taste and heavy fuzzy mouthfeel.

Photo of vfgccp
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%

A- Crystal clear bronze gold body. Fine white head pours 2 fingers high with ok retention and low lace.

S - Smells really nice. Soft tropical citrus, peach, touch of cognac.

T - Soft smooth and sweet. Orange marmalade and juicy Clementine dominate the flavor profile. Touch of lemon pith and cilantro bitters round out the backend.

M - Smooth, medium-full body. Almost no carbonation.

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4.14 White Rajah
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.70 4.30 4.30 4.43 10% 0.44
S - 4.50 4.50 4.50 4.50 20% 0.90
T - 4.30 4.25 4.25 4.27 40% 1.71
M - 3.80 2.50 2.50 2.93 10% 0.29
O - 4.25 4.00 3.75 4.00 20% 0.80

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
96 out of 100 based on 1,793 ratings.