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

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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
401
Ratings:
2,248
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
21.73%
 
 
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481
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409
For Trade:
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Reviews: 401 | Ratings: 2,248
Photo of mabermud
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I started drinking this beer after I opened a Dirtwolf. This is a much more superior beer.

A - Golden, light orange hues.
S - Smells sweet with hints of orange and pine.
T - The taste is desirable and subdued. Hoppy, light citrusy pine taste + grapefruit and goodness.
M - Outstanding mouthfeel. The beer expands inside my mouth. It feels good in there. Great.
O - This is a great all around beer. It is worthy.

I would definitely buy this if it was available in my area. I could easily see myself drinking several of these in one sitting. I like it.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at slightly-cooler-than-cellar temperature.

L - Pale amber color with 1.5-finger white foamy head. A few bubbles, decent retention, nice lacing.

S - I could smell a blast of grapefruit as soon as I opened the bottle. Powerful grapefruit hop aroma with some pineapple, peach, and floral notes and some caramel malt aroma as well. Can't smell any alcohol. Smells very nice.

T - A little bit of caramel sweetness up front but this one belongs to the hops. A very tiny bit of sour citrusy acidity as it rolls over the tongue, giving way to the bitter taste of grapefruit at the finish. The tiniest hint of booze but not much at all.

F - Light-to-medium-bodied, feels pretty carbonated even though there aren't many bubbles to be seen. Definitely crisp and dry, but the bitterness doesn't stay around as much as I'd maybe like, especially with such a strong citrus hop presence.

O - This is a pretty good beer and I'd definitely get it again. Goes down very smooth and no sign of booziness. I'd maybe like to see a little more malty sweetness to go with all the hops, as that would help the balance and add to the body, but still a tasty beer.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - golden colored liquid with white head

Smell - grapefruit, mango, tangerine, pine

Taste - grapefruit, mango, pine

Mouthfeel - smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, flavors linger in the aftertaste, balanced

Overall - decent IPA worth a try

Price Point - $2.25/ 12 oz single

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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 tewaris
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Steasy66. 12 oz bottle split between two people.

Clear golden colored, perhaps a little too clear. Medium head and retention. Aroma belongs to the spicy side of hops, venturing well into the onion-garlic territory. An instant turn off for me. Tastes bitter and spicy, again in the Allium genus.

Light, dry and crisp. Overall it's not a bad beer but it's not too good either.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, crystal clear glowing orange bodied IPA. Bone white fluffy head, two fingers worth, rests atop. The head works its way back rather slowly, ultimately leaving a slim cap floating atop. Spotty lacing left cemented to the walls of the glass. The appearance is top notch, I am not sure how one would improve upon this.

The aroma delivers an unexpected balance between the malt and the hop characteristics. A sweet toasted bread and caramel aromas just nudge out the hops up front. The hops are not overshadowed however, intense resinous and citrusy aromas develops underneath. I normally do not like this much malt in the nose with my American IPAs but this works. It may not be appropriate for the style but the end result is impressive.

Similarities can be found between the aroma and the flavor, however the citrus pops a bit more on the tongue. Sweet orangey citrus lands on the tongue first, a more bitter, pithy grapefruit flavor develops just behind. As the beer moves back on the palate a strong resiny flavor is picked up and lingers. The malt provides a solid base, despite the strong hop presence the malt is not buried. A toasted biscuit flavor emerges along side a noticeable but not overpowering caramel flavor.

Medium bodied IPA, the carbonation is moderate and appropriate for the style. Slight oily texture on the tongue, the feel at the end it rather soft and creamy. Finish is not bone dry but remains on the dryer side, perfectly reasonable for the style.

Overall an impressive beer. The balance exhibited really took me by surprise. The malt was a bit more prominent than what I prefer for the style but it was displayed in such a way that I easily overlooked it. Very easy to drink and rather enjoyable. I suppose they can do something right in the state to the south.

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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 jayhawk73
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer shared by Huhzubendah- Thanks Matt!

The beer pours a medium orange/amber color with a thin white head. Somewhat cloudy in appearance. The nose is primarily citrus notes.. Grapefruit, etc... Maybe some candy and vanilla as well. Taste is different than the nose- pine, hops, citrus in the background- especially the aftertaste. Very tasty. Feel is medium, w/ a nice clean pine acid bite. Overall, a nice beer- I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of nhindian
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - White Rajah is straddles the border between a straw yellow and light orange and is nearly completely clear. A large white head bursts forth and looks like a snow cap.

Aroma - The aroma is incredibly pungent and is fresh off of the West Coast. Tons of pine and tropical fruit, peaches, and a touch biscuit malt.

Taste - Just like in the nose, the hops take center stage in the flavor. The pine notes are resinous and sticky while the fruit gives it a lighter tone. Pineapple, guava, and peach are the most noticeable flavors.

Mouthfeel - Despite the depth of flavors in this beer, it is still pretty light on the palate and easy drinking. There is no hint of the almost 7% alcohol in this beer.

Closing Arguments - This was a 'diamond in the rough' for me. The Brew Kettle was a complete unknown to me outside of the praise I've heard about White Rajah, and without that praise I doubt I would've given this beer a chance. The bottle art is non-descript and doesn't really draw me towards it, but the contents of the bottle is like liquid gold. And for $2.29 a bottle? Looks like I have a few more trips to Ohio planned ahead of me.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is what IPAs are about, and more. The beer pours a medium head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. This is probably the best smelling IPA I've had, as the tropical/citrus aromas are spectacular and huge. The citrus and pine flavors continue to be great, and this beer has pretty much no malt presence at all and finishes quite bitter, but that's to be expected. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but the beer finishes clean and bitter. Overall, this is an incredibly drinkable IPA for a beer with such dominant flavors. This would make for a great session ale given the thinner body. One of these is just not enough.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle to tulip. Acquired at Savor Market in Columbus, OH, on 9/7/2013. $11.99 for a six pack. There is no "born on" or "best by" date, but the owner said the shipment arrived 3 days before purchase. Consumed on the date of purchase.

A: golden yellow, slightly hazy, 2-finger frothy white head. good rising carbonation, good soapy lacing.

S: very, very pleasant floral and citrusy aroma, with little pineyness. orange, clementines, grapefruit, bubble gum, caramel malt. the best attribute of this beer.

T: this is not as impressive as the nose, but nice. grapefruit and spicy hops lead to crisp bitter aftertaste, with faint sweetness from the malts

M: dry finish, medium carbonation, slight stickiness.

this is a solid ipa, w/ a great aroma. interested to see if the aroma holds up over time.

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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 DoctorDog
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.
*Bottle lists ABV @ 6.8% (currently listed @ 7% here)

A- Light amber/golden and clear. ~2 fingers of white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Nice lacing.

S- Juicy mango/citrus/pineapple/pine hops...tropical fruit sweetness....

T- Mango/pineapple sweetness along with resinous piny bitterness. Delicious.

M- Moderate to slightly high carbonation with a medium feel.

O- Outstanding. What's not to like? I wanna' give out all 5's, but I'm being absurdly optimistic (i.e.- obscenely greedy) and holding out hope there's actually a better IPA out there somewhere....

Future outlook: This is one of (the?) best "single" IPA's I've ever had. Bravo. And as a bonus, a "local" brew....very glad to have grabbed a few sixers of this and not just a single...I see many more of these in my future.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep glowing sunburst orange body that is translucent, white cap.
Nose is sweet citrus forward, like tangerenes and tangelos, a hint of mango.
Nice slightly bitter tropical citrus flavor, more tropical and bitter on the palate then the aroma was. Still on the sweeter side of citrus as the aroma was, but def more tropical aspects going on now.
medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, a bit more would make it pop a bit better.

Really solid IPA, i could drink this often.

C/3 = Average

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange, big white head and spotty lacing. Notes of orange, hay, and grapefruit pulp. Thin side of medium mouthfeel. Very easy drinking IPA, classic west coast profile but don't very well.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, white head with great persitence. Nice, bright citrus aroma. Hazy straw color. Starts EXTREMELY bitter with huge notes of grapefruit and citrus rind, with a touch of pine in the back. There is (surprisingly) some malt showing through. The bitterness rapidly drops to create a slightly malty, citrus rind bitterness lingering into the finish.

This isn't too bad. Definitely West Coast styled, which isn't my favorite. I was really surprised by the malt presence here (i.e. detectable) because that's surprising for the style.

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Photo of TequilaTom
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

WTF!!! This is only a beer in the technical sense. In reality, it is a hop delivery liquid with only 2 main purposes; (1) To dissolve any and all tooth enamel, and (2) Put you into a lupulin coma.
I bought this on a whim and was quite surprised by this little hidden gem.
The aroma is nothing short of heaven. Citrus & mango overload the olfactory senses.
The color is quite light. Nice head & carbonation.
Taste is all about the hops. If you are looking for balance, you will not find it here!
This is a beer whose main dermographic is the quintessencial hophead.
When I die, I hope this beer is available in the afterlife.

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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 BrewUSA
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

White Rajah

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

Refreshing full bodied IPA, big bodied and bold. Dry and bitter upfront and citrus and a touch sour on the finish. One of Cleveland's finest IPA, although I did a head to gead with Head Hunter... Have to give it Fat Heads the title. White Rajah is a better value~

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Photo of core42
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good ipa with a great nose to it but I feel the malt bill takes away from it a bit in the taste. Maybe it was a bit too hyped up in my brain but it wasn't quite the stud that I thought it would be. STill a good ipa but there are so many great ones out there now & this seems to be a step behind

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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 rorykanderson
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a from Jungle Jim's in Fairfield. Pours an orange gold with a light head that lingers. Aroma is slightly dank and piney in the best way. Taste...wow. Such a crisp IPA. No trace of misplaced alcohol, sticky resin that coats your palette or too heavy bitterness. So damn drinkable. The malt injects a nice level of sweetness but doesn't try to balance the profile - there's no need to pull the flavor out of the hoppy sweet spot. The clean, crisp taste is what sets it apart; how this beer finishes fairly dry like a saison is beyond me. Outstanding beer.

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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 AwYeh
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, golden-yellow color with a half-finger or so of fine white head. Decent lacing around the glass.

S: Great variety of hops here; a variety of citrus (orange, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit) and floral ones really dominate the aroma. Just a hint of malts in the background really ties this one together. Not an exceptionally strong smell, but a very good one. After some reflection, I'm boosting this from 4.5 to 5. The smell distinctly reminds me of Pliny the Younger, but I'm enjoying this one more.

T: Citrus hops are once again the most notable flavor, but not quite as powerful as in the aroma. Grassy hops complement the floral ones to really round out things on the hop end. Light caramel malts provide balance and a sweetness that amplifies the flavors coming from the hops. Alcohol lends a bit of spice as well.

M: Thin to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, giving the beer a smooth, dry finish. Definitely makes me want to take another sip.

O: This beer is a bit more than a sum of its parts; after finishing up my review it went down quickly and easily. It reminds me of Bear Republic's Racer 5, and I would love to try the two next to one another. If you're a fan of that beer, it would be well worth your time to check this out. It's worth pointing out that this one would do quite well on the west coast, as someone who lives there most of the time. This will join Bell's Two Hearted as a second regular regional six-pack IPA choice during my stays in Ohio.

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

A - Poured a light orange with a sturdy two finger lasting head.
S - Lots of citrus, pine, orange, and fruit.
T - Hops up front with all the above described nose coming through in the flavor. Noticing Grapefruit and pinnapple. Not overly bitter and a little sweet.
M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - In the conversation with the best in category.

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
4.28 out of 5 based on 2,248 ratings.
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