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

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White RajahWhite Rajah

Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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

Added by jampics2 on 10-18-2010

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Photo of bwood06
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My wife recently took a work trip to Cincinnati & naturally I requested that she bring back some beer from Ohio, specifically beers that I am unable to get in Chicago. She came back with 3, 2 of which I have already had (but really liked) and 1 which I had never had before. This beer is that one.

This beer pours a white head that is frothy with just a little bit of creaminess to it and dissipates ultra slowly. The beer itself is clear and a golden amber color, leaning more towards the golden, with moderate carbonation visible. There are also trails of yeast the form tendrils coming down from the bottom of the head which makes for a very cool effect. 4.25/5 The aroma is very citrus centric with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, and tangerines. There is a bready undertone that adds an earthy layer to the sweetness of the citrus. This is a very bright, fruity, and sweet aroma that is quite enjoyable just to smell. 4/5 The flavor starts out with tangerine sweetness and just a hint of white bread before moving into the pure hop profile of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. As the beer warms there is a bit of bready malt that comes through underneath the hops, adding a subtle layer of earthiness that cuts into the citrus This is a pretty sweet IPA that has a good bitter backbone. The bitterness is moderate and lingers slightly. 4.25/5 The mouthfeel starts off with a light carbonation tickle that moves toward a slightly drying, medium body that drinks heavier than it tastes. The dryness lingers very lightly after swallowing. 4/5 This is a really good IPA that finds a nice balance between sweet and bitter while remaining focused on the massive hop profile. I can easily see why this rates so high on BA and I concur with that rating. What floors me more than anything...is that my wife somehow picks up these awesome beers without knowing what they are! 4.25/5

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Photo of bylerteck
2.52/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25


A - Hazy amber with good carbonation and a two finger dense off-white head. Good lace rings and a half finger retention.

S - Candied pineapple. Sweet malt. Diacetyl.

T - Diacetyl in the finish. Lot's of candy and minimal sweet fruity hops. Honestly, very little going on for an IPA. Tons more malt than expected and very little explosive hop character. Sweet malt all the way through.

M - Good bitterness, medium carbonation, medium body.

O/D - If you're gonna write "malt, take a back seat please" on your bottle, it probably shouldn't be malty. This there was some initial fruity hops, it's just not enough for the style and the diacetyl is obviously showing. I will not finish this. Likely a bad bottle, but it's what I have in front of me.

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Photo of MalarkeyMcGee
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Ironic name given that this pours a dark muddy Amber. Really not an attractive beer.

S: Piney and malty.

T: Malty but with a curious sort of lightness and hop quality to it.

F: Pretty standard IPA

O: Overt malt character is not my cup of tea, but still pretty good.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at the Winking Lizard Cleveland
Slightly hazy orange amber with a decent tightly bubbled off white head that persists. citrus and tropical with plenty of pine and a bit of biscuity malt to counter. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of Big_Neezy
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought this IPA on my trip to Toledo, OH last year.

Excellent example of a well thought out IPA. Excellent aromatics. You can really pull the citrus notes out s well as tropical fruits. Hard for me to pinpoint which one but almost mango-like. Nice balance of sweet to bitter. Bronzish/copper in color on the pour.

I look forward to OH again.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice to be in Ohio so that I can great get the White Rajah and Hop Ju Ju. A very nice IPA with nice bitterness and citrus flavors. A little rougher than the Hop Ju Ju but I like bitter and aggressive. This is that. Have only had in a bottle so hard to see the color but nice aroma. Will pick up another 6 pack when I see it again in the store.

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

I was nervous that the "white" in the title was going to be another typical Belgian style IPA.....NO....this beer is very very good. It poured a copper clear with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had nice orange peel spice. The taste reflected the scent but had touches of pine as well. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall....yeah its that good...definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of Smk54
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a goblet. Very light Amber. Light aroma. Pale head with minimal lacing. Big piney hops up front. No bitter aftertaste. Very thin mouthfeel. Decent IPA but less than what others think, IMHO!

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Photo of agloege
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. It is very hoppy without being overly bitter. The best description I can offer of it is the flavor is citrusy. It has hints of grapefruit without coming across as a flavored beer like a shandy. For the IPA lover in the Cleveland area it is a legend.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty damn tasty. Mangos and peaches stand out as fruity flavors on top of the other medium-bitter hoppy flavors. Even-flavored, medium bodied, with a nice lasting head, this is generally a good, slightly fruit-forward IPA that is dry without being too bitter or sweet.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazed apricot color with a small white head and lacing that stays thru-out, smells of tropical and pine hops with sweet malts, taste follows the nose citrus and tropical hops are followed with a bitter pine hop, mouth feel was dry and some what bitter on the finish, liked this IPA ,did not like the dry / bitter finish, smell > taste , but overall a very nice brew

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Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient sheet of lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Balanced aroma of citrusy hops and cereal grain malt sweetness.

T- Great delivery of hop flavor and bitterness with lots of malt backing. Has that aggressive but balanced thing going on. Also a bit of piney resinous quality.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A spectacular single IPA that I've been dying to try and can say that all the hoopla is well-deserved. I liken this to Flower Power, only a bit more amped up. Has that cereal grain malt sweetness that I so like to go with the hop attack.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had.

(L) It has a somewhat murky amber hue with a thin white head.

(A) The aroma is tropical fruit and some dankness.

(T) There’s some bready malt back bone, pine, grapefruit, mango, dankness, all very flavorful and well balanced.

(F) Its smooth and crisp and juicy, and easy to drink too quickly. It is a top notch IPA in my opinion.

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

The Brew Kettle Production Works - White Raja. 6.8% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Look: Nice translucent orange body, and retains a one finger sized white, bubbly head shortly, before ending up as a ring of lacing.

Smell: Tons of sweet, juicy tropical fruits, with some bitter hops underneath.

Feel: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Taste: Bitter hops immediately up front, unlike the aroma. The juicy orange, mango, grapefruit, and citrus/tropical provide some additional sweet flavor near the back. Within the aftertaste, some light bready malt appears.

Overall: Great combination of juicy fruits and bitter hops, with the malt coming into play within the aftertaste. Nice refreshing fruity IPA.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled not sure of the bottle date, but it is fresh. Pours an attractive orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves crazy lace behind.

Smell is apricot, blood orange, passion fruit, pine trees, and some red grapefruit.

Taste follows apricot immediately, candy apple, pine, passion fruit, and with as always with any great IPA grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, perfect carbonation plenty, not dry, and drinkability is off the charts.

Overall yes, this is a very very good IPA, many thanks to @WesMantooth for this treat.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lighter amber colour with a decent half finger of classic bubbles.

Nose starts off with some delicate fruits. Apricot makes an appearance as well as bready malts and bright citrus.

Incredibly well balanced and approachable. Bitter finish, but it sneaks up on you behind a frontal sweep of the same sweet citrus and floral hops. The citrus builds into that finish with juicy grapefruit giving way to its pithier instincts. I even get that tingling along the corners of my lips from when eating grapefruit or other highly acid citrus fruits.

Highly carbonated but clean. Pithy finish lingers and cloys to the tongue.
Comes together mastefully with nuance and rich flavour tapestry. If you like pithy grapefruit and can get it you owe it to yourself to at least try this one.
Another fantastic Ohio IPA courtesy of @WesMantooth and his incredible first salvo NBS BIF #3 box. Thanks Corey!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass.

Clear golden-orange body, two finger white head, good retention, lots of lacing. Smells of caramel, tapioca, heavy grassy and citrusy hop aromatics, even a little bit of lemon. Flavour is more of the hops here, with a fair bit of grass, more bitter grapefruit, touch of mango, graininess, fair bit of caramel sweetness that balances things out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, appropriately bitter with a bit of citrus and grassy hop notes. Overall, a very good IPA that probably makes for a great staple IPA in NE Ohio, unfortunately we don't get this in Wisconsin. Glad to have this one for sure.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Deep orange amber pour, thin white head that maintains a thin layer, little lacing. Nice ripe fruity aroma. Taste is sweet bready malt and bitter grapefruit and pine hops. The hops win out with long lasting bitterness. Medium soft mouth. Good brew overall.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a thin off white head.

Smell: Sweet citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and sweet citrus, well balanced flavor.

Overall: Excellent IPA! Definitely will have this one again.

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Photo of gopens44
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Impressive color gets me excited despite a lackluster head with whispy lacing. Nose is big grapefruit with a little nose stinging spice as well. Taste is everything all at once - grapefruit bitter, sweet malt and piney finish. Medium body and overly dry. Very nice beer.

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Photo of thezach
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really can't fault this beer for nearly anything. Delicate floral, juicy, hops with a hint of pungency on the finish. Balanced towards the bitterness. Very soft pleasant malts and smooth as. It's a pale yellow, with a white head. Really nice. Perhaps light for the winter, but probably the only thing a person could want in the heat.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells like buttery popcorn. Like the sticky movie theater floor beneath my feet. Nice. Has a sweet biscuity flavor. Lemon zest. Bready. Unique IPA! My kind of malt bomb.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

This beer is just crafted so well. It isn't all citrus and fruit juice like a lot of the descriptions convey. There is a biscuity, crackery crispness to this beer than makes it stand out from your typical IPA. I realize that may sound weird, but what's even weirder is their All 4 One session IPA has these notes, but even more prominently (their more recent batches have fallen behind White Rajah though).

In the end, it may not look as expected, it may smell a little jarring with more than just your typical hop bomb or citrus, but when all of these pieces come together, it's truly a refreshing, unique brew.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color, slightly cloudy. Full aromatic hop nose -- sets the stage for a taste that does not disappoint. Strong citrus hops, grapefruit flavor -- exactly what I hope to find in a WC IPA. A nice bitterness that lingers long after swallow. Appropriate carbonation.

One of my favorites. Even though it is not available locally, I try to maintain a small stock of this gem in my beer fridge. Props to the bartender at Brews in Granville, Ohio who recommended this one.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/3/15

A: Golden orange with honey highlights - nicely clear, some light chill haze - pours with a medium sized, bright white head, fades to a few wisps, maintains a small collar, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: In a word, citrus - well-rounded citrus aroma, with some orange slices, grapefruit flesh, citrus zest, pith - very floral , some herbal notes - big, resinous pine notes - no malts to speak of, other than a touch of light bread - some alcohol aroma

T: Resinous, with straight-up hops - orange and grapefruit flesh, oil, rind, and pith - floral and herbal, with a touch of grass - very resinous, with some leafiness - above-average level of bitterness, straight-up aspirin - lightly earthy but mostly clean -touch of pale malts and some crackers - some booze flavor

M: Medium body, oily smooth, medium carbonation, finishes with some more oil

O: Wait, White Rajah isn't a Witbier?

I thought I already reviewed this one a few year ago, but I have no record of it. Reviewing this is a bit odd because it's decidedly straightforward. This is an aggressively hopped IPA with a complete emphasis on the hops. The alcohol is oddly apparent to me, but otherwise it's very nice.

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