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

White RajahWhite Rajah
BA SCORE
95.3%
Liked This Beer
4.3 w/ 2,290 Ratings
White RajahWhite Rajah
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#535
Reviews:
411
Ratings:
2,290
Liked:
2,183
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
9.07%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
482
Gots:
417
Trade:
25
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,290 |  Reviews: 411
Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Eziel
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Brew Kettle : White Rajah

Poured ontap into a pint glass. A clear golden colored brew with a small white cap and plenty of lacing. Aroma is not unlike a bag of fresh hops or pellets. Concentrated hop aroma and very inviting. In the flavor, over the top pine, bitter lemon rind, and grapefruit hop profile. Really quenching and hitting all the right notes. I love how hop forward this brew is, with a great fresh pine taste. In the finish, citrus and a light earthy bitterness. Medium to light bodied feel with a good hop bite. Overall, an exceptional IPA. Would like to get this regularly.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of enelson
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

White Rajah is on the light side of amber, showcasing gold more than anything else. A relatively pale complexion by IPA standards, only its highlights display any bronzed tones. Foam is spotty over top but is wrapped around the glass like a scarf on a particularly cold, blustery day.

Named after an English dynastic monarchy from the island of Borneo, it's appropriate the beer should smell so exotic and tropical. All sorts of citrusy fruits could be pointed to specifically, but the sum here is definitely greater than its parts and shares some of the spotlight with notes of pine resin, green tea and almost butterscotch-like malts.

If what I just described sounds appealing, please proceed with this review. If it doesn't then forget it - this beer is not for you (nor is the style for that matter, because this is precisely what to expect). The aroma and the taste might as well be identical twins; they share the exact same flavours. On the palate it's more fruits, pine, herbals, and semi-sweet malt (in that order).

A good IPA should offer plenty of bitter, bold hoppy character without being overbearing. It's a tough balance to find but, if struck, means pure nirvana. White Rajah hits the spot - lots of ripe, sweet, tropical fruitiness, countered by bitter herbals and pungency, and that in turn countered with caramelly, toasty maltiness. Capital 'B' Balance! And alcohol is entirely non-existent.

White Rajah is one of those IPAs that has a reputation that precedes it. This scenario often leads to disappointment as hoppy beers, no matter how good, don't often fare favorably to their inflated internet scores, especially when sampled away from the source. But this one did. It is exceptionally composed and characterful. A note for the old boys at The Brew Kettle: good show!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

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.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of spinrsx
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Clear amber/gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruits, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste oranges, grapefruits, and hops. There is also some apricot and a bit of a graininess.

Overall - Lots of hops for sure but it needs a touch more sweetness. It smells incredible though. A very good west coast style IPA, a little like Bells Two Hearted but with more oomph.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to Dan for sharing this.

Clear, dark copper with a light stream of carbonation supporting a persistent creamy, off white head. Clumps of sticky lacing. Resiny, bready aroma. Strong citrus undertones and mild floral bitterness. Medium thick, creamy body with light carbonation and a smooth, balanced bitter finish. Strong caramel and biscuit malt body with a potent Citra hop finish, resiny and pulpy, but not overly bitter. Very impressive

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

From 64oz growler to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/12/11
*From notes

I owe a massive thanks to SeƱor siege06nd for bringing a couple of growlers back from Cleveland, and generously sharing one with me.

A: Filtered, rich amber. It's certainly a good bit darker then I'd expected. A generous pour yields a 2.25 finger head. The lacing here is top notch - gobs of the white sticky stuff rims the entire glass.

S: How's it go? "Juicy Fruit, it's gonna move ya!" Damn right. This is jam-packed with an epic amount of juicy, tropical fruit and freshly sliced pineapple. This bad mamajama is a certified hop bomb.

T: There's no playing around with this one. It's all hops all the way. Malt and yeast be damned! The exotic and utterly knee quivering tropical and juicy hop oil kills it on the fore, and easily surfs onto the mid. The late-mid to finish is slightly bitter. And wouldn't you know - a touch of golden malt arrives just as it all ties together on the back end.

M: Rock solid. It's creamy and perfectly carbed. Insanely drinkable.

O: The Brew Kettle's White Rajah is one of the absolute best American IPA's I've encountered. If you're looking for your next hop fix, make sure to get your hands on what The Kettle's pushin'. This is superb stuff. Seek it out at almost any cost.

Mucho, mucho thanks, John - you're the tits!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.13/5  rDev -4%
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 fredmugs
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thanks to Miketd for including this in the box. Poured into my duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear gold with a light one finger head that faded to leave minimal lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas are almost similar to Simcoe I want to say...light tropical notes along with some subtle pine and citrus.

T - So this is cool...Nice hop notes here, like pine, fair citrus and light tropical. The after taste though is what bumps this up to a 4.5 for me. It reminds me of one of those mango chewy candies one gets from the local Asian market. Actually chuckled when it hit me which resulted in me almost spilling beer out.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, maybe just a hair thinnish. Still, super easy drinking.

O - Overall this beer was quite nice. Glad I got a good bottle as I guess there was a batch issue last month. Awesome.

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Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Donkster46
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of petermethot
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is gold in color with a finger of white head. There is a really nice citrus hop nose on this one. Plenty of tropical and fruity notes, too. Similarly intense hop notes on the palate. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus characteristics with a moderate bitterness to it. There is a hint of bready malt in the background. Medium body with medium carbonation. Nicely done.

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Beer rating: 95.3% out of 100 with 2,290 ratings
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