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

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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398
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2,230
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
21.73%
 
 
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Photo of pmarlowe
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottled on date. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale golden which a finger of white head sits atop. Excellent clarity. Very good retention and generous lacing.

S: Caramel with moderate piney hoppiness, sweet orange, and a little tropical fruit. Very subdued aroma.

T: Bread and caramel are in the forefront, a little pine and just a touch of fruit providing some support, finishing pretty dry and with moderate bitterness.

M: Medium body, round, and with crisp medium-light carbonation.

O: Not as much flavor as I would hope for an IPA. Bitterness is on the higher end, also.

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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 Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Bottle: Poured a amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus and piney undertones is quiet nice. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with light piney notes also observable. Bitterness isn’t too intense with floral notes as dominant as I would have expected. Body is about average with good carbonation. Tasty beer with well balance bitterness level and great hops aroma. I would have liked flora notes to be even more dominant but still a very enjoyable IPA.

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

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

Drank at last tasting. Thanks to my good buddy Finewinemike!

A- Pours a golden yellow orange with a small white head

S- Tons of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Very fruity with slight grass notes but not much. Some nice caramel from the malts to pull it all together.

T- Just like the aroma, strong bitter grassy hops with lots of crazy tropical citrus fruit notes.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter hoppy finish.

SkÅL!

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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 scottfrie
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works - White Rajah - 12fl oz bottle

Snagged one of these courtesy of Hendry.

Look - Pours a hazy amber brown with a small foamy head, nice sticky lacing. Not the best looking brew but I never judge a book by its cover, at least it looked fresh.

Smell - Deep caramel malts with a nice pine and citrus hop overlay. Nothing phenomenal here, pretty malty but have seen brews of this style that are.

Taste - Snappy malt quickly tamed by a hop blast, but this is then overridden by a second malt wave with a bit of sweetness to it that lingers.

Mouthfeel - Sticky and malty with a hop bitter on the palate. Good drinkability. Slightly boozy, a bit of a throat heater. Not quite as smooth as I expect from an AIPA and the hops get pushed down by the malt profile.

Overall - Not a bad beer, but much too malt forward, the smooth blending I expect in an AIPA simply was not there. I have noticed a trend towards not being particularly fond of the darker malts in these kinds of brews, so it is more personal taste than anything.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 6/6/14

Split a bottle with the gf. Poured heavy to get a frothy head. Body is light cloudy straw color. Piney hoppy aroma. Sweet hoppy tasting. Some pine flavors. Not getting much citrus. It’s there, just not as strong. Decent beer.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great IPA, subtle hop aroma, light in color, smooth with a very mild finish. Very balanced and easy to drink for an almost 7% IPA. I enjoyed this one a great deal

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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 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 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 kevanb
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Prohibition Pig snifter glass.

The beer pours a nice copper color, clear with a slight chill haze, a few bubbles rise to the top of the glass. A nice, thick, soapy white head rises out of the beer, 2 fingers high that has nice retention with a lot of soapy lace left behind. The aroma is pleasant, lots of tropical and citrusy hop fruits, a touch of wildflower, hop spice with lots of sweet, caramel malt. It's balanced, but with more malt than I'd prefer, although the hop profile comes across nicely. The flavors are right in line, grapefruit, passionfruit, tangerine, pineapple with wildflower, crisp spice and a very, sweet rich finish, laden with caramel malt. The body is nice, high carbonation than I'd expect, but fairly smooth and juicy, lightly dry, but mostly sweet and rich.

Verdict: Not a bad IPA, but relies too much on the malt bill and lacks a truly diverse hop profile. I appreciate the fruitiness and citrus flavor, but it lacks bitterness, tang and brightness.

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Photo of jegross2
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Production Works. I had this beer a couple of months ago for the first time, but that bottle was noticeably stale.
Score: 91

No freshness date on the bottle, which is never good for IPA's. When I talked to someone from The Brew Kettle Production Works about this a couple of months ago, they said that adding freshness codes to their bottles was on their list of things to do. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed 03/28/12.

Appearance: Pours a consistent, translucent orangeish honey color with a finger of frothy white head that settles into a thick ring around the glass and thin film of head across the top of the beer. Above average lacing, excellent retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Orange rind, sweet citrus, fresh grass, pine, pineapple, lemon and tangerine. Orange juice, peach, pineapple juice and light caramel malt in the background. 4/5

Taste: Substantially better than the stale bottle I had! Sweet and slightly spicy citrus, hoppy orange and bitter lemon upfront. Earthy hops, bitter orange, pine and a little apricot/pear/peach flavor throughout. Sweet caramel malt, orange juice and pineapple juice backbone. The hops flavors are a lot earthier and there is a lot less of the bright tropical fruit and fresh pine that usually define citra hopped beers (e.g., Heady Topper, Zombie Dust, Anti-Hero IPA, Flower Power, etc.). Very balanced and refreshing. Finishes with a bitter, hoppy orange rind flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Oily, juicy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A solid, tasty and refreshing IPA that does not live up to the hype. Flower Power was better. I did enjoy the beer, though. It just was not worth the hassle of hunting down when Zombie Dust is being distributed in my backyard. If you do

Recommendation: Worth seeking out, but not worth going too far out of your way to acquire if you have not had Flower Power, Heady Topper or Zombie Dust yet. Hop haters be warned, this one is decently bitter. I find IPAs to be a poor starting point in the craft beer for casual beer drinkers, but if you want to try an IPA, this one is a very true-to-style tasting brew. If you do seek this beer out, make sure you get a fresh one.

Pairings: Cheese curds.

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drgonzo3705 for filling this long-time want.

Appearance: A very pale gold topped by a few fingers of clinging, sticky head. Hard for an IPA to look much better than this.

Smell: Big floral notes with candied oranges, bready malt, a dash of pineapple and evergreen - quite nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Citrus forward, candied oranges and tangerines come to mind again, with some nice floral and pine notes peeking through. Malt is fairly forward for such a light, pale beer. It's semi-sweet and rather bready, but finishes dry with a clean, smooth bitterness that doesn't wear down the palate. That coupled with the relatively low ABV makes for a great easy-drinking IPA that I'd buy regularly were it local. Damn good.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/04/11- Review of a 12oz bottle.
A: Clear golden, constant bubbles, white head with good lacing.
S: Cheesy green pineapple, floral Italian bread, slight mushroom earthiness... good.
T: Sweet honey/cream soda, green lemon/pineapple hops, nice rustic bitterness, almost Belgian yeast character. Good.
M: Sticky, thinner, bitter froth... good.
O: Good. I like CBC IPA much better, but I'm glad another solid IPA hails from Ohio.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for the share.

A - Golden colored beer with a little bit of orange in it. Had a nice white head that left behind a little bit of lace. Pretty vibrant looking.

S - Good citrus and tropical fruits, with a little bit of cream in there. Smells sweet, with an appropriate amount of hops.

T - It's a sweeter IPA, with some sugar malts and a touch of honey. Good citrus and orange flavors, although it's not quite as hoppy as the nose would lead you to believe.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Really good, easy drinking IPA, could drink this quite regularly. Pretty easy drinking, and taste is quite nice.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of davey101
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint. Huge thanks to WesM63 for throwing this in as an extra!

A - Pours a burnt amber body. Two fingers of fluffy off white foam. Solid lacing and retention.

S - Clean citrus and tropical hops, touch of cracker malts. Very nice aroma.

T - Peaches, mango, and grapefruit. I feel like I repeat myself every time I review an IPA, but this is just a very solid and well balanced beer. Pleasantly bitter with a touch of malt. My only complaint is its a bit watery on the finish.

M - Crisp and well carbonated, medium bodied. High level of drinkability.

O - Been hearing a lot about this beer, and although I don't see it competing with the upper echelon of AIPA's, this is an extremely tasty and well crafted IPA.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: straw to golden yellow minimal white head

S: citrus. Pine. Almost an olive nose to it

T: lemon zest. Resin. Citrus pith. Pine.

F: clean and crisp bitter bite

O: really well done. Good balance. Def a west coast style

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Photo of THECPJ
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow orange with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, hops, caramel, bready, malts

taste: pine, resin, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: decent IPA that actually got better as it warmed. the pine and resin was a little harsh when cold. glad I got to try it.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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Photo of eclipse54
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from JM03; thank you! Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear orange and develops roughly an inch of fluffy white head. Solid lacing, but not a whole lot in the way of retention. Still, a good looking brew. The aroma is of sweet citrus - lots of grapefruit - floral hops, some tangerine, and loads of pine. If grapefruits grew on pine trees, then orchards would probably smell a lot like this beer. It tastes similar to the aroma, with lots of grapefruit and orange citrus in front of earthen, piney hops. A sweet, almost sugary comes through as well. Mouthfeel is bitter, crisp, clean and just dry enough on the finish without overdoing it. Carbonation feels spot on. Overall, a solid IPA that is undoubtedly worth a try. Loads of hops and citrus, just the way I like it.

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Photo of patm1986
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, misterhops for this long-wanted extra.

Frothy, creamy head. Hole-y like swiss cheese, the head leaves lace like a soapy brush.
Body is light amber, golden to the edges, and nearly transparent.

First aroma is like cream soda. Weirdly, sweet cream is present, then pine, grass, copper, wheat, calendula.

Taste is really, really balanced. For every inch of bitter, there is an immediate tug back to malt. This tug ranges from citrus, floral, earthy, to sweet, grainy, and milky. It really reminds me of cream soda.

The feel is very smooth, very rich. Not too much of a tinge either. It's just pretty darn balanced.

The name of the game is balance. This baby isn't a one dimensional player. I can see the beginnings or endings of a five tool guy. But enough with the baseball references. This is a game day beer. I could drink several of these without blowing out the palette. It's so darn creamy.

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.
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