White Rajah
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

White RajahWhite Rajah
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #22
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
96
Ranked #665
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 9.03%
Reviews:
420
Ratings:
2,346
From:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  480
Gots
  436
SCORE
96
World-Class
White RajahWhite Rajah
Notes: 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
Reviews: 420 | Ratings: 2,346 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jkblr
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 07/05/19 (17 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 6.8% ABV 70 IBU. The beer pours bright light honey in color with sticky off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island leaving behind a generous lace. The aroma is strong with grapefruit, tangerine, orange and light caramel malt. The taste is slight caramel with moderate bitterness throughout and hoppy notes of tropical fruit and dank earth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, very good to excellent. Really one of the best old school IPAs out there.

 614 characters

jkblr from Indiana, Jul 23, 2019
Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very nice amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice hoppy flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A nicely balanced beer

 201 characters

VABA from Virginia, Jun 10, 2018
Photo of Harrison8
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly turbid, foggy orange with a finger of white head. Head forms fairly freely, and retains fairly well. Good lacing left behind. Aroma is pine, resin, and dank hops right at the front. They sorta stick and linger in the nostrils. A whiff of mango add a little extra depth, while throwing in a dash of sugar to the more bittery hop aroma. Flavor profile is mango, grapefruit, pine, and resin. It opens up with those sweet tropical fruit notes, but quickly works its way into a more bitter, evergreen forest-like finish. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a nice crisp finish that just has a touch of harsh carbonation to it. Overall, hops hit both sides of the spectrum, but balance and work each other out. Well rounded and developed IPA.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

 803 characters

Harrison8 from Missouri, Apr 10, 2018
Photo of PatrickCT
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden body, matte and clear. Two and a half finger white, rocky head that dissipates to a patchy cap. Spare and sticky lace.
Grapefruit and mango jump out of the bottle as I open it. The fruit mingles with some honey-like malts.
Bready malts and a honey character back up the big but balanced hop profile. Tropical fruit and grapefruit with an orange sweetness. Fresh pine towards the finish.
Medium bodied with a slight resin stickiness in the mouth feel. Medium carbonation with a dry, peppery finish.

 504 characters

PatrickCT from Connecticut, Mar 11, 2018
Photo of Jimmys
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date. 12 oz. bottle.

Pours nicely, slight haze, off white head. Good lacing and retention. Citrus rind, Stone fruit. Tropical and piney. Gets more complex as it warms. Gotta be mosaic and citra in here somewhere. Simcoe too. Very good.

 239 characters

Jimmys from Pennsylvania, Jan 21, 2018
Photo of Dogeez
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my most favorite IPAs. Slight hint of grapefruit, but not grapefruit infused - all the taste is just from the correct selection and brewing of hops.

 164 characters

Dogeez from Ohio, Dec 23, 2017
Photo of digboy
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gifted by the man TB! Probably 4 to 5 months old by now

Pours a clear and deep orange gold color (or a dehydrated man's pee color for those who need visuals). Head was thin and almost white. Aroma is a sweet caramel malt base with a bit of citrus hops coming through. Taste is really not too different from the smell. The sweet malt has a great character to it - better than most. The hop flavor is tough to single out. They say it is all hop flavor going on but I tend to disagree. This is really just a well balanced malt/hop recipe. It has a moderate level of bitterness and leaves a slightly sticky residue on the lips.

This is a great west coast IPA. I have to say that the sweetness in this one is different than most and is really appealing - deserving of an upvote. Not too malty but assertive in flavor. Very nice!

 837 characters

digboy from New Hampshire, Nov 21, 2017
Photo of woemad
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz undated bottle received from WesMantooth in the first of his BIF boxes.

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was a chill-hazed copper amber color, with a good sized beige colored head. Lots of lace.

Initially herbal hop nose. Things got a little more complex, with citrusy grapefruit notes coming out to play as it warms. Sweet malty notes emerge as well.

Bitter, grapefruit and herbal hop bite in the opening taste. Despite the label proclaiming it to be a "West Coast IPA," there's a fairly large malt backbone to this that I've come to associate with the majority of midwest IPAs I've had. Finishes dry and herbal.

Medium bodied, with a moderately resiny mouthfeel.

Not bad, but not my jam. This strikes me as a west coast IPA as it might be if brewed by someone who hasn't had one, but has read about them.

 822 characters

woemad from Washington, Oct 31, 2017
Photo of Korbynlehr
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is golden like bronze, nose is thick of hops. The taste hits quickly with the citrusy hoppy flavor. It is dry, but not too dry. This is a very good, no great beer.

 169 characters

Korbynlehr from Kentucky, Oct 24, 2017
Photo of hopflyer
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single as a gift from my local beer store. Was told it was bottled 8/2/17. Thank you Joe.

Pours to a one finger head, light gold color with good clarity.

Grapefruit and pine coupled with sugary cereal smells. Some lemon, orange, and a bit of apricot. A lot going on.

First taste i notice the apricot first along with orange flavors. The hops carry a decent bitterness which is kept in check by fruiry candy like sweetness, jolly rancher like. Taste not as citrusy as the nose suggested.

Medium bodied and lower carbonation. A touch syrupy and slight lingering bitterness.

Overall a very good IPA. Smell was excellent but the taste didn't follow all the way thru. I'd buy this often if it was available locally and affordable.

 751 characters

hopflyer from Pennsylvania, Aug 18, 2017
Photo of Kevin6234
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.
It has a golden color with a finger of white head. You smell caramel malts together with the piney hops. The taste has some citrus with the carmel malts.
The finish is a nice citrus hop that is not overpowering. The carbonation was balanced. I really enjoyed this one.

 312 characters

Photo of claminat420
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

no bottling date on 12oz bottle. thought I caught some numbers on the case box saying beginning of June.

Appearance- a hardy pour into a pint glass it's a transparent straw color with a frothy white head. leaves some lacing.

Aroma- super citrus/ pine hop action. smells of cascade amped to hell. really solid.

Taste- hops are the showcase for sure. has a bitterness to some I could see saying it's too much. very light caramel malt in the background but mostly citrusy grapefruit and pine blast all over this brew.

Mouthfeel- medium/ light bodied. kinda silky. good carbonation.

Drinkability- shoulda grabbed another six of this when I was in Cleveland.

Overall- this beer is a super solid ipa with old school hops. no tropical fruits. no super new hop everyone wants just because it's new. it's grapefruit and pine not pineapple and mango and papaya ect.

 862 characters

claminat420 from Michigan, Jul 31, 2017
Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having this on-tap. Served to me in a pint glass, this beer draws a clear, medium golden color with an amber hue and a white head that's about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured. Settles eventually to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of some toasted, bready caramel malts and citrusy, piney hops. The taste is pretty much the same, with somewhat toasted, fairly bready, caramel malts that have some sweetness that's followed by big citrus and piney hop bitterness. While the malt flavors make their presence know, the hop bitterness is certainly the dominant flavor here. And that's just fine. Has a fairly crisp, mainly smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. As a clean finish along with a fairly dry aftertaste. The bitterness longer nicely on the palate for a long time after each sip. Easy to drink in a good way. Worth a try to say the least. Hope heads will enjoy this one. I know I sure am.

Eric

 958 characters

Photo of b__a
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Easily one of the best beers I have had in Ohio, and deserving of its 'world class' rating.

There's nothing to criticize here. I try to drink this out of a tulip or a wine glass, just so that I can really take in the nose, which is all tropical---mostly I get mango and grapefruit. Those work out on the palate too, with lots of bitter hops backed by fruit, some complex (almost savory) malt, and a touch of dankness. The beer feels nice on the palate, looks great for the style, and just ticks all the boxes for me.

It'll be hard to drink anything immediately after---this beer packs a real flavor punch, and most that follow will seem tepid by comparison.

 659 characters

b__a from Ohio, May 01, 2017
Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. No bottle date evident

A: Pours a somewhat hazy golden orange in color with a 1/4 inch foamy, paper white head with minimal retention. Thick, white lacing throughout.

S: Aromas of grapefruit, peach, and orange with hints of sweet malt and piney hops.

T: Starts off with mellow grapefruit, melons, and peach followed by lighter notes of guava and passionfruit. Finishes with a mild piney, resinous hop bitterness.

F: Light to medium bodied. Smooth. Crisp with light carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Overall, this is a good IPA. Sort of a hybrid between an east coast and west coast in my opinion. Kind of a bitter hoppy, yet somewhat juicy, brew. Super crushable and easy drinking. Would love to try this fresh from the source.

 765 characters

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful and clear deep gold to amber with a foamy white head that caps and stays a quarter of an inch on the surface. Good lacing. Smells of blueberry, mango, pine of a snow dusted Douglas Fir, and a mild buttery caramel. Taste follows with mango being dominant as both a sweet and bitter component. Tropical fruits followed on the coat tails by delicious pine and mild caramel and biscuit sweetness. Feel is nice and smooth, somewhat slick and resinous perhaps due to the mild to medium carbonation, and coats the mouth. Well balanced but favors the bitter end of the spectrum. Overall, this is a wonderful IPA. Meets the tropical and juicy components as well as the bitter and sticky ones of new and old. Thanks again to Corey for this gem. Cheers!

 770 characters

Photo of Josholson666
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent West Coast style IPA here. Light gold body with a small white head, recedes to a nice thick ring. Good lacing on the glass as well.
Smells hoppy! Citrus and grassy hop smell, defined malt presence as well.
Taste follows closely, biscuty malt presence, some piney hops as well.
Nice semi-sticky mouthfeel, bitter finish but the malts help to balance.

Another excellent IPA coming from Ohio!

 403 characters

Josholson666 from Minnesota, Mar 23, 2017
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from mantoury74 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a decent burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a while.

 746 characters

TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island, Jan 21, 2017
Photo of bwood06
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
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

 1,925 characters

bwood06 from Wisconsin, Oct 23, 2016
Photo of bylerteck
2.52/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottle.

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.

 756 characters

bylerteck from Ontario (Canada), Oct 06, 2016
Photo of MalarkeyMcGee
3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

 274 characters

MalarkeyMcGee from California, Sep 15, 2016
Photo of johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

 216 characters

johnnnniee from New Hampshire, Jul 19, 2016
Photo of Big_Neezy
4.84/5  rDev +12%
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.

 350 characters

Big_Neezy from Michigan, Jun 14, 2016
Photo of ChilliHeights
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

 344 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

 418 characters

White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 2346 ratings