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

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Reviews: 350
Hads: 2,000
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 467
Gots: 305 | FT: 23
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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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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 maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptCleveland, a recent (& hopefully future) trader who jammed this little gem as an extra into a recent box.

Poured into a willing pint glass, this is a clean, filtered amber. Nose is precisely as advertised, citrus packing plant on the shores of a tropical hop island. Nice.

White Rajah punches above its weight by way of both bitterness & flavors; too many IPAs have one or the other, but not both. Not so herein. The curtain rises on a beer so oily, so full of resins, so sticky, that is barely qualifies as beer. Damn. Along with that lip-smacking stickiness is a heavy dose of passion fruit, mango, pineassle, & like that. Bittering hops smack the back-end with an open hand, keeping the tropicals from getting too sweet. Goes down like water. I suppose it is, mostly.

Excellent IPA. This is how you do things, people, throw those malts out the window & just drown me in filthy hops. All my other Brew Kettle experiences have been good, this one is exceptional. (983 characters)

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

Bottle purchased at Kafe Kerouac in Columbus, OH and drank there.

Pours a clear dark yellow/gold, with a one inch head, and great lacing down the glass.

Smells like citrus zest- some orange, peach, and grapefruit, with some underlying pine.

The taste is incredible. Quite bitter, but pleasantly so. Very fruity hops- orange, apricot, peach, grapefruit, that taste like they are covered in honey and caramel, due to the very light malt backbone. Some dank, earthy pine flavors as well. Finishes long and bitter and dry. No alcohol present.

Medium bodied, starts a little sweet, but not much, then finishes very dry. Crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation.

A classic IPA, one of the best. (686 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

thanks for giving me this beer last night duff27!

poured into Tulip glass.

Appearance: Great looking IPA. Hazy golden orangish bodied beer with a 3 to 4 finger white head. The head is dense with large and small bubbles that slowly fades down into a clumpy chuncky head. Heavy lacing everywhere on the side of the glass. The head never really died while I drank this beer.

Smell: Huge citrus, bready / biscuity notes from the nose. Very aromatic beer I could smell this while pouring it. Pine, grass, and oranges too.

Taste: Moderate bitteriness from this IPA. Pine upfront with grapefruit, oranges, pineapple. Little bit of grass and floral notes too. The malt is really well balanced with the hops. You actually taste the malts first and then slowely the bitterness builds from the hop profile. The malts are bready, biscuity and maybe even a touch of honey sweetness. Its really nice!

Mouthfeel: low to medium bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. This beer is actually kind of creamy. This beer is also crisp and clean with a bitterness that doesnt seem to linger in the aftertaste for very long. Really drinkable really balanced really nice beer!

Overall: I really liked this IPA. Nice beer from all aspects. I might have to give duff a high five for giving me a chance to drink this beer! Lots of nice citrusy hops and perfectly balanced malt profile. Seek it out! Another class act hoppy beer from Ohio(refering to Columbus IPA)! (1,453 characters)

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

what a pleasant surprise, thanks to crushedvol!

a - opened the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a yellow orange that settled as a deep orange with a classicd foamy frothy white head...about a finger and a half worth. rich and transparent. some visible carbonation.

s - wonderful sweetened citric blast. really nice hops. very good balance with the sweetness. candied caramel malts blend nicely.

t - YUM. exactly the nose, but turn up the sweatiness and toss in a perfect blend of bitterness. really nice citric blast with thick piny hops. the sweetness is tamed back in the flavor by the bitterness. very nice ipa.

m - tingly and medium bodied. nice carbonation...a bit on the heavy side, but it works.

o - overall, another great ipa. i wish i could get this locally...what a treat. really nice balance of everything i like about the style...a really great offering and worth seeking out. (916 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark orange amber.

The aroma has sweet tropical and citrus. It has a literal aroma of dried apricot, peaches, and dried mango. Pineapple and oranges follow. A hint of a bready malt.

The flavor follows with a bouquet of fruits in the front. Peaches, papaya, oranges, red grapefruit juice, although not as bold as the aroma. The beer has gentle bready malt that gives the beer some sweetness. The finish is of grapefruit pith and peel and medium bitterness with lots of drying.

A medium minus body on this.

Next to Columbus IPA and Head Hunter, White Rajah won out slightly Head Hunter and then Columbus IPA. A very fruit forward IPA and definitely one of my favorites (691 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1108th Review on BA
Bottle to HF Pint
12 oz.

Thank to Dan aka CaptCleveland for this one.

App- Pours out a very deep rusted/burnt sienna orange with a very khaki looking 2-1/2 finger head. Took a bit to settle down and left some great cling and lace down the glass.

Smell- Much like the bottle says, the beer is very floral and aromatic. A bit of hop oil, mixed with deep citrus in terms of grapefruits, tangerines and a little bit of earthiness.

Taste- On the flip side of the nose was the flavor profile. Which was its twin brother. It was almost straight hops with a great bit of earthy pine and damp caramel notes. A bit spicy but remained flavorful with a nice undernote of mild citrus.

Mouth- A bit of a medium bodied IPA with a certain light-medium carbonation level. Had a huge residual hop and piney note.

Drink- I will admit, I traded for this one for the top 100 factor and didnt read other reviews. This profile isnt my cup of tea but this had good aromatics and good layers of flavor. I would have this again and trade for it again. (1,051 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to blacknyellow20 for sending this as an extra!

A: cloudy golden color with decent carbonation, a layer of thin foam covering half of the top of the beer.

S: smell is dominated by citrus fruit, especially oranges. I also get a bit of sweet malt.

T: great balance with slight bitterness, good hop flavor of citrus and earth, and smooth finish with a malty and bitter back end.

M: medium carbonation, definitely better when it's warmer than it is right out of the fridge. Initially it's a bit heavy, but feels lighter and crisper as it gets closer to room temperature.

O: great beer, and something to seek out if you haven't had it. Reminds me of a mini-hopslam. (681 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Long time want from buschbeer, cheers man!

Pours a hazy honey-gold with a half finger of white head that fades quick. Nice nose of ripe citrus fruits with some light tropical fruits and a bit of cedar. Nice sweet(ish) pale malts with some pineapple and tropical fruits plus a splash of citrus juice cocktail. Medium+ body, medium-low fine and smooth carbonation. Great stuff (375 characters)

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

12oz bottle into Block 15 snifter. Huge thanks to Rizalini for this want.

A: Pours a light golden color with a thick but short lived oily off-white head that faded into a bubbly film leaving sticky patches of lacing down the glass.
S: Huge notes of fresh citrus hop and a touch of bready malt. I get some orange rind, cream and tropical Starburst as well.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of orange-cream popsicles, tropical fruits and a citrus. Citrus fills the finish with a bit of sweet malt and biscuit dough in the aftertaste. Fresh and clean.
M: Medium-full body, greasy and slick mouthfeel with bubbly carbonation. Goes down smooth enough.
O: An easy drinking and super flavorful ipa. Very hoppy and fresh tasting. Thanks again Bryin! (746 characters)

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

On-tap at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, OH...

A: Pours a light translucent straw/yellow with about one full finger of pure white head. The foam settles in a decent amount of time. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, passionfruit), mixed with some light citrus, and mild malt. It smells great.

T: The taste follows the nose. It's light sweetness up front and then the tropical fruits come on strong. From the middle to the finish it's all about the mango. The end of the beer really bitters up as lemon and grapefruit make an appearance.

M: Light bodied beer. It's refreshing at first sip, but the hoppy bitterness of this beer lingers for quite awhile.

O: This is a really nice IPA, and worthy of all the praise it receives. I'm a big fan of the tropical fruit notes in this beer, but I thought the finish was a little harsh. Solid stuff. I'm happy to have tried it at the place where it's made. (955 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear dark yellow color. Just one finger of creamy white head. Retention is average and a small ring of lacing is left.

5.0 S: Tremendously strong citrus and floral hoppiness. Grapefruit and pine, mango and papaya, pineapple and orange. Super clean, which is just how I like my IPAs.

4.0 T: Though still quite good, the taste can't match the intensity of the nose. Everything is still there, but just less of it than I was expecting. Pine and grapefruit are the strongest, followed by orange and mango, with the pineapple and papaya underneath it all. Moderate bitterness. Surprisingly, there's a decent malt character in this. I thought that there wouldn't be based on the color. Neutral malt sweetness with just a touch of breadiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation level is fine, but the beer weighs a bit heavy on the tongue. I'd prefer a bit more creaminess from this.

4.0 D: Despite it's faults, this is still a really solid IPA. (977 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy orangey amber in color. Forms a moderate sized creamy white head that reduces fairly quickly to a thick ring around the edges and a patchy surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma isn't all that strong, but what is there is quite intriguing: A juicy blend of orange, citrus, mango, and passionfruit.

T: Taste is quite nice. Starts off with a pale malt backbone. Then turns decidedly hoppy with notes of orange, tropical fruits and passionfruit followed by a light bit of pine. Finishes with a strong resin bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body, but the strong bitterness on the finish makes this one feel heavier in the mouth. Appropriate carbonation for the style.

O: A very nice IPA showcasing a nice spectrum of hop flavors and aromas. Drinks easily. (828 characters)

Photo of birchstick
2.95/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours copper without much of a head on it

S - nose is tons of cheddar (?!?) and some fruity notes

T - follows the nose. Musty-like cheddarness with some caramel malts. Weird, but not terrible.

< - medium body with some wateriness

D - decent IPA. Bit and bold, but with tons of weird cheese flavors of which I wasn't a huge fan. (339 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - lightly hazed golden yellow with a white head that thinned down leaving thin trails of lacing.

S - blast of tropical fruits and citrus.

T - tropical fruit sweetness and citrus rind bitterness, tart and dry on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation and smooth drinkability.

O - very good example of the style. (375 characters)

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

White Rajah pours a copper color. Looks mostly clear. A little light gives it orange highlights. It’s topped with a vanilla colored head that rises to nearly two fingers in depth. It takes quite a while to completely dissipate. Waves of sticky lace cling to the glass as it descends. Looks good.

This smells like my kind of IPA. It kicks off with a very strong citric hop scent. Grapefruit, orange, and light mango are all present and smell delicious. The malts definitely take a back seat here. There’s a hint of caramel sweetness, but it’s quickly lost in waves of hop notes. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t smell all that strong. This stuff smells great. I still can’t get over how citrusy it smells.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. The malt base is a little sweet and sugary. There’s really not much of a caramel flavor at all. I love that. The hops have a flavor that’s simply excellent. It is very citric. Grapefruit, orange, and mango flavors are noted throughout. They definitely have a bitter edge, but it’s not palate wrecking. The focus seems to be more on the hop flavor. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, but isn’t strong. Finishes with a very citrusy, tropical hop flavor. Excellent.

White Rajah has a medium body. The bubbles feel light and restrained. I wouldn’t characterize it as creamy, but it’s smooth. It definitely goes down easy. Given the excellent flavor, a few bottles of this in a sitting isn’t out of the question. It’s that good.

After hearing about White Rajah, my curiosity was definitely piqued. Could it really be that good? Actually…it is. This is one damn tasty IPA. It’s big on hops and short on malts. That’s my ideal formula for a good American IPA. The hop flavor is tremendous! If you’re into citric hops, you’ll probably love this one. There’s really not much here to criticize. It’s extremely solid all-around. Very, very impressive. (1,941 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on this one, however the beer store said it arrived 5/17. Given the taste I'd say it's quite fresh.

A: Pours a very clear amber. Big soapy and foamy white head. Head fizzes away pretty quickly, leaving moderate splotches of lacing. Nice retention at least.

S: Whoa, loaded with citrus and tropical fruits. Nice sharp bite. Strong caramel malt sweetens it up. Orange marmalade is prevalent.

T: Pungent and sharp citrus, orange marmalade and tropical fruits. Sharp (there's that word again) bitterness. Strong and tasty caramel in the middle balances it nicely but make no mistake, this one is hoppy. Wave of sharp (how many times can I use this word?) bitterness in the finish with more orange marmalade. Drying and quite bitter in the lingering aftertaste. Lots of citrus throughout.

M: Slick and oily with hop resin. Medium bodied.

O: An excellent IPA. Strong flavored caramel malt for only 6.8%. Great balance but at the same time the hops stand out very strongly and with pungent, crisp and sharp flavors/bitterness. Hard to describe, IPAs are usually well balanced (90min, pliny) or are unbalanced and super hoppy and bitter (hopsickle, ruination). This one is both at the same time. Really enjoyable IPA. (1,226 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,460 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CaptCleveland for the 6-pack! 12oz bottle poured into an imperial nonic.

A - Pours a darker golden yellow/almost orange, white frothy head, thick collar, thin cap, sticky lacing. Nice looking beer.

S - Big dank pine notes, citrus, sweet tropical fruit. The tropical fruit and dank notes are what stands out to me most. Excellent aroma.

T - Very similar to the nose, but not quite as intense. Tropical fruit, citrus, pine, slight dankness. Bitter pine finish. All very enjoyable. Pretty hefty for a 7% beer, if you ask me.

M - Light, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - A very solid IPA and just so easy to drink while being complex. Really enjoyed this one and glad I have the rest of the 6-pack to finish. Def give this one a try. (750 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @WesMantooth for this gem.

Wow, golden swirl erupts into frothy pure white tight foam that tapers back to the most graceful thin layer of tightly packed bubbles launching a floral mélange of tropical fruits, grapefruit and lemon zest that leans toward pineapple.
Taste is very juicy and forward with grapefruit, lemon, mango, and a clear malty clean sweetness that is still part of the mix. This one is similar to a DIPA, really deliscious.
Mouthfeel is juicy.
Finish lets the sweet dance with all of the hop zest. Blissful.
Overall, this is a floral, juicy, and citrusy frolic through happy hoppy fields. (618 characters)

Photo of Morey
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no freshness date. Come on Brew Kettle, White Raja is certainly worthy of a bottled on date!

Pours orange in color with nice clarity. The head is off-white in color and initially stood about one finger tall. After about 5 minutes, it's settled to almost nothing. There is some pretty good lacing on the glass though.

The nose is where this beer really shines. Big juicy citrus aroma in your face. Orange, peach, white grape, and grapefruit.

Nice citrus-forward hops up front accompanied by some sweetness as well. The malt body is pretty thin allowing for the hops to shine. Not a whole lot of bitterness, and I'm actually getting a bit of the alcohol. Fruity hops and alcohol linger after the swallow.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An above average Ipa overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: A really nice beer from the Brew Kettle. The nose is elite, the taste is above average. Very close to being a top tier IPA. (941 characters)

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

A- Body is a completely transparent light orange hue. Body is somewhat bright in color and carbonation bubble can be seen rising to the top. Pours with about a 1 finger foamy white head that has good retention at 1.2 finger. Little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Lots of grapefruit and citrus everywhere with a hint of pine in the background. Malt presence is very mild and nearly undetectable in the nose.

T- Plenty of grapefruit and other citrus upfront with a mild malt backbone. A moderate refreshing pine hop taste comes through for the finish with a hint of sweet citrus in the background. Finish is clean and very little hop bitterness lingers.

M- Light body with a smooth mildly oily consistency. Medium carbonation.

O- Overall this is a reall well done local Ohio IPA. It certainly stands out among the masses of other IPAs but it certainly doesn't make my top 10 list for the style. It has the IPA qualities that I like-grapefruit and pine without the accompanying bitterness. (1,004 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass, this is a slightly hazy orange-amber beer that develops a large inch-thick head of airy foam--it features excellent head retention, still large after a minute. The nose offers a big bouquet of citrusy hoppiness, readily scentable even while the beer is on the table. Really delicious flavor, too, with gobs of citrusy hop flavor, while the bitterness is not really all that high: emphasis is on taste. The malt adds some sweetness but not any real malty flavor. Finish leaves a lingering hop taste. Body is light despite the 6+% strength.

This was a real surprise. The other beers I've had from Brew Kettle this week have been fairly ordinary. This is a great IPA. (691 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (627 characters)

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! (895 characters)

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.