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

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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4.28
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Photo of Nanners
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If you drink the RAJAH long enough you will notice some variation from six to six. I find that a lot with well crafted high quality beers. I won't bother you with the outstanding color and taste of this beer. I'm sure you have heard about it at this point. It is a little thin on the tongue, but to be expected with a beer that tells malt to take a hike. It is very easy drinking. The real treat with this beer is in the nose. The smell that I just want to BATH in. If I drink enough of this stuff the wife gets turned on from the smell. It's insane. Total ripe grapefruit and citrus. It plants your feet in the ground and sends your head into the clouds. This is world class midwest IPA the way it should be done. It kills cascade hops. Don't get me wrong, I lived in Portland through the nineties and still need a cascade style to break the routine, but you won't find a cascade that touches a upper mid atlantic brewed IPA. This is the beer that is changing what beer is. Crack it and stick your nose in it first thing. It gets better when it gets a little warmer. Unfortunately it does have a tendency to vary some what from batch to batch. I find that the first bottles in a batch don't have that over powering intoxicating smell. It's best to get a later bottle fresh off the line. Any way you get it, other beers are always trying to imitate. REAL AMERICAN BEER.

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Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours a clear bright copper/orange hue with a finger of white head that clings to the glass with every sip.

Smell- the first waft of this is very inviting and gets my taste buds salivating. Sweet tropical fruit notes like mango, passionfruit, and pineapple dominate, while a tinge of citrus hangs in the background. Based on the smell alone this beer definitely belongs in the world class IPA conversation.

Taste- has a solid malt backbone for the style, but that is obviously not what this beer is about. This is a hop forward beer with a soft bitterness from start to finish. Tropical and citrus flavors are widespread and intermingle nicely. Just as the bottle states the beer has an “assertive but smooth bitter finish”.

Mouthfeel- dry and medium bodied as expected for a west coast style ipa, good carbonation/plenty of bubbles, with a bit of oiliness from the hops.

Drinkability- very easy to drink. I wish I had more than one. This is very very good ipa and deserves it’s high ranking. Well done Ohio. I definitely will be looking forward to any more Brew Kettle beers that come my way.

Overall-This IPA is definitely in the world class IPA conversation. It’s easy to drink, smells fantastic, and has a soft yet assertive bitterness. Drink it!

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Photo of TTAmod
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pretty light colored IPA. Clear, dark gold with a two finger white head. Retention is decent, but fades away as the glass empties. Pretty good looking.

S: Really yummy, strong nose. Lots of tropical fruits (orange and grapefruit jump out) and a strong dollop of pine.

T: Excellent taste. Slightly herbaceous up front. Nice bit of grapefruit and guava after that. Then, there's a kiss of alcohol followed by a nice, sweet, biscuity malt. Ends slightly bitter, but not too bad.

M: Way too smooth and easy drinking. Goes down really, really quick. It coats the mouth very well with all the hoppy goodness.

O: Definitely one of the better IPAs I've had. Unfortunately, however, it seems impossible to get unless you're in northern Ohio. I stocked up when I recently went to Cleveland....

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Photo of Trystero
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second sixer of the exceptional brew, the first one only lasted 1 night. 12oz bottle, aggressive pour into a HotD Tulip glass.

Appearance: Takes 3 pours to get the contents of the bottle all into the glass. Settles to 1 finger of robust white head. Luminous, vibrant golds and orange hues, like fresh squeezed citrus nectar with reasonable clarity, not entirely opaque.

Smell: Bouquet of tropical citrus juice and zestyness, pineapple, grapefruit and tangerines, coupled with floral, piney hops and slight light malts.

Taste: Initial mouth of juicey citrus, pineapple and tangerine followed but less acidic citrus notes. The middle gives way to piney, resiny hoppiness combined with a bitter acidic hop bite and barely tangible light malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and well carbonated. Easy to constanly sip, very refreshing. The bottle lists the ABV at 6.7 and it drinks very much on target.

Overall: A fantastic IPA

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes, sampled 1/14/12.

White Rajah, FRESH 12oz bottle straight from Ohio. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a coppery golden color with a nice bright white head. Other than chill haze it looks clear...decent lacing.

S: Unbelievable and close to perfect...tons of grapefruit. There is a flowery hop sweetness...tropical fruit, citrus rind, slightly piney and resinous. Light toasted caramel malt sweetness as well, light breadyness.

T: Good bitterness upfront. Great notes of grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, caramel, lightly toasted grain, pithy pine. Good drying bitterness without being over the top...definitely hop-forward though.

MF: Slightly sticky medium body, full of hop oils and bitterness and a good amount of dryness.

O: Good grief Brew Kettle delivers here. White Rajah is really great, lots of vibrant flavors and smells really jump out at you. Thanks for this one Steve!

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Photo of cneville
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a dark gold color, which was a little darker than expected. Nice white head that lingers throughout the beer(although that wasn't a long time for me). Smells incredible. Pine, citrus, honestly everything I would hope for in an IPA. Hops are definitely there as well. Taste does not disappoint, lots of the tropical fruit up front, followed by malts and then finishes with the hops. The balance is great here, definitely one of the best tasting IPAs IMO. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is excellent. Honestly one of my favorite beers I have ever tried, I'm lucky to have this and Columbus IPA at hand easily. I feel spoiled.

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Photo of beergod1
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a Clear rustic Orange with a light white head, small head, but a fine foam lasted through out the glass. Smells like a hop bomb, Grapefruit...and some sweetness on the end. Tastes as it smells, but better. Full Citrus Hop explosion, Grapefruit, Orange Peel, and a light sweet malt kiss, just for good measure....keeping with the east coast IPA’s. Hard to believe its not a Double IPA. Delicious.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Vintage Estate

Appears an orangeish tan color with a tan head that sticks around a bit. Great lacing. Citrus, grapefruit and a sweet malt backbone comes to the forefront. Wow a nicely balanced IPA, nice citrus with a tropical fruit burst coming in after. A touch of slightly bitter dryness on the back end. Body is medium with a bit of stickiness. Carbonation is active but nicely formed and somewhat creamy. Overall a real under the radar treat if you are an IPA lover.

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Photo of Bonis
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes: 9/4/11
This was a beer that has had some mini hype here in Ohio. Some of my friends have tried it and liked it, so I figured I would rush out and get some when it was released in bottles. This is from their first bottled batch, very fresh (~7 days old), so we'll see how long it stays tasting that way. This was my third bottle. Figured I'd have it a couple times before reviewing.

A - Lighter golden in color, looks filtered. Nice 1.5 inch white head with some lengthy retention. Leaves solid lace. Looks decent, but I can already tell there won't be much malt flavor. Least impressive aspect of the beer, by far.

S - Who needs malts? This is straight up tropical fruit, grapefruit and tangerine, and skunky resinous dank. Mangoes, pineapple, mandarin orange. I can't say I've ever smelled a beer like this, hopwise.

T - A nice balance of pure hop flavor and complementary bittering hops all in one. A true hop bomb. Tropical flavors come in from the nose, grapefruit and orange rind mingle in, skunky resinous hops reside as well. Malts take a huge back seat, as indicated on the bottle. No alcohol until it starts to seriously warm. I'd say this is how the American IPA was meant to taste.

M - Hops oils bombard and coat my mouth with each huge gulp. Bitterness lingers a bit, but just the way it should. Carbonation is where I want it. It's there, but not too awfully much.

O - Hate to be on the hype train, but this beer was awesome. Truly an excellent IPA. Rivals Columbus IPA for the best tasting IPA in Ohio (IMO). Hope BK makes this one a regular in their lineup. It's damn near the best IPA I've ever tasted. Like I said, we'll see how it holds up over the next couple months. Oh nevermind, I won't have it that long.

9/27/2011 Notes:
After reevaluating this beer a couple times since my first review, I have to lower the scores just a tad. The hop aromas and flavors that I remembered have faded quite a lot. I know this is common for IPAs, but I have had some IPAs that held up much better than this one, and it hasn't even been 3 weeks. Again, when this beer was a week old, it was hard for me to say I tasted a better IPA, but at this point in the life of this beer, it isn't doing quite as good. Don't get me wrong, it's still in the top 3 IPAs I've had, but it just isn't holding up like I wanted.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You can almost smell how slick & juicy this beer is, with lots of flowery, herbal hops with tinges orange citrus & a little grapefruit peel. The hops are not super bitter but are a tad astringent / medicinal. It has a medium body with a good resinousness that coats the tongue. More soft grapefruit rind and citrus hops with very little malt presence. As others have said, it is very drinkable & not some bludgeoning hop monster. Even if IPAs aren't your thing this beer is definitely worth a look as it is very smooth and even with a refreshing, juicy kick.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden hue with a nice tight finger high head of white. Average retention and attractive curtains of lacing.

This is tropical and juicy, big tropical and bright floral character reigned by passionfruit, pineapple and mango. Backing of pink citrus and a breezy pine. Sweetness from the malt is candi sugar, light and lightly crystalizing on the hops. I could smell this all day.

Clean bready malt, simple syrup sweetness making way for the hops. Tropical flavor doesn't carry into into the flavor, rather an even balanced trifecta of west coast hop profile awaits with citrus, grass and pine. Through the drink the pine and grassy tones begin to dominate before a lemony zip enters in the finish. Aftertaste is a bright and drying pine.

Medium, easy drinking body, carbonation is calm but adequate allowing the flavors to shine. Alcohol is barely felt and it dries very well.

One of the best IPAs I have had of late. The tropical juicy aroma is captivating, hop flavors are satisfying and the mouthfeel is silky and it releases from the palate perfectly. I need more of these asap.

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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 BigRedDog
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden light amber color. Not too much head and it dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Smells is very citrus forward. Lots of grapefruit. Some piney notes, with a slight malt presence.

Grapefruit and resinous hops right up front. Good malt backbone, but reamains very crisp and citrusy. Mellows into a more piney hop mid-palate and has a big lingering grapefruit juice flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel isn't crisp, but isn't creamy.

Overall a very good IPA, definitely one of the best that I've had.

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

First tried White Rajah in a bottle a while ago and was left disappointed; had it on draft last night at J Alexanders and was blown away! Sure wish Brew Kettle bottle dated as I never know how fresh the beer is at local stores.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a hazy golden/orange in color with 2 fingers of bright white head leaving behind nice lacing. smells of grapefruit citrus, pine, grassy hops, caramel, honey, pineapple. a wonderful tasting ipa.. lots of sweet delicious citrusy grapefruit, tons of piney cascade hop flavor lingering for bitterness and pineyness.. a delicious sweet caramel/honey malt profile. this is a really great tasting ipa. medium body with moderate carbonation.. slight creamy mouthfeel.

an excellent ipa i've been meaning to try for a while now. definitely looking forward to the other bottle of this. wish we had some solid bottled ipa around these parts. flower power is the closest but doesn't even compare with the sweetness of this beer. perfectly balanced sweet and hoppy throughout the entire glass.

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Photo of Andrew61923
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/15, sampled early April. Poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Clear dark orange with small white head. No lacing. Expected more inviting appearance.

S: Yes. Grapefruit, pine, just a touch of bready malt at the end. Me want now!

T: Crisp citrus and some grass. Bitter and drying at the end.

M: Very crisp. Light carbonation, but not underwhelming.

O: Met my high expectations, but didn't exceed them. Would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep gold with thin white head. Great lacing.

S - Hops followed by citrus - orange, grapefruit, and mango.

T - Sweet tropical fruits followed by a nice bitter hop finish.

M - Light body with good carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel.

O - One of the best ipa's I've had the pleasure of drinking. Definetly worth seeking out.

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Photo of toppoop
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a translucent amber gold with a very light head which is gone almost immediately. Head settles into a slight ring around the edge with decent lacing. Floral notes and grapefruit hit the nose first with a bit of caramel malt. Perfect amount of bitterness in the taste with a will balanced malt and hop profile. Grapefruit definitely dominated the taste but isn't overwhelming. Bitterness tingles the palate almost perfectly. No pocket effect. Overall an excellent brew great for the warm weather after some gardening.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to thebouch01 for this brew!

Pours a pale golden honey with 2 fingers of some of the creamiest head I have ever seen. Excellent lacing to boot.

The nose is an explosion of tropical fruits and citrus hops. A little sweet but very inviting.

The taste follows the nose. Great tropical fruits, mainly pineapple, and an excellent amount of citrus hops.

This beer is light to medium in body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking, great sting on the tongue with the carbonation/hop combo and finishes with a drying citrus hop coating on my tongue.

Overall, this was a fantastic IPA. I love me some tropical hop bombs!!! Will be looking for more of these for sure.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear fizzy orange, with a huge tropical nose. Lots of apricot, mango, pineapple essence anchored by zesty earthy hop spice that tickles the nose. Flavor is a bit sweet at first, but balances out with some spicy hop bitter by the end. Feel is smooth with appropriate bubbly fizz. Great example of the style.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to beerhan for running this one down for me. Cheers!

Orange-copper color, fairly bright, with a tight white head, rocky and long lasting. Sticky with a wall of lacing.

Nice citrus aroma - tangerine comes to mind. Not particularly strong or complex, but very inviting. Floral and fruity hops dominate the taste, with some bitter orange rind. Malt flavors are very apparent with caramel and toast. The malt and hops are more balanced in this one than many American IPA's, but that doesn't mean it is a sweet one. Dry with a very light bitter finish.

Medium body with a mouth-coating feel to it. So much for the argument of whether east coast or west coast IPA's are better. Between this one and Columbus IPA, the no-coast IPA's may be stealing the show.

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Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a brightly shining crystal clear amber in color. The white head that develops tops off at just over a finger in height and leaves a thick, compact foam when it dissipates a bit, which itself leaves fairly hefty deposits of lacing behind.
A pungent hit of fresh grapefruit pounds the nose. It remains but gives way to resinous pine bitterness and a note of pith as well, with enough caramel malt sweetness to balance while allowing the hops to make noise. This is a great-smelling, very well balanced beer. A touch of sugars are noticeable as a note in the background, doing a good job to complement.
Grapefruit. Pine. Pith. Caramel and bready malts for balance. A touch of earthiness. There's something great here and it's more than just a smack of hops in the face; it's complexity, balance and just the way everything works together as well as the extremely flavorful nature of it. This is simply great beer.
The body is medium, and right off the bat comes a mingling of crispness and smoothness that's moderate but makes this a pleasure to drink.
There's a reason for this beer's grade, and it's well deserved.

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Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
4.28 out of 5 based on 2,249 ratings.
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