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

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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States

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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Photo of Daehpoh
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft at Paxton's in Loveland, OH.

Appearance is a clear golden orange with some sticky lacing left on the glass.

Smell is bursting with dank piney hops and tropical fruits. Grapefruit and mango. Fresh hop aroma with a bit of pale malt buried underneath.

Taste is strong on the pine and citrus hop flavors. Some mild sweet caramel followed by a bitter clean finish. Hop heavy but a good balance for an IPA. I think this could be the definition of what an American IPA should taste like.

Medium body and dry. This is very easy drinking with a clean finish that leaves plenty of hoppiness on the palate.

Overall an excellent IPA. This is my second time trying this brew and it is just as good as the first. Definitely recommend this for hopheads for its great flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Hopinion
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ohio has some heavy hitters in the world of the IPA: Fat Head's Head Hunter, Columbus' IPA, and The Brew Kettle's White Rajah. Each year when I return for Christmas or summer to visit my family I change my favorite. This past summer the beer that impressed me the most was The Brew Kettle's White Rajah.

Its nose is citrusy, I detect grapefruit. Its malt character helps balance the bittering from the hops, but the finish is extremely dry. White Rajah has a medium body and solid carbonation which help to showcase a perfect amount of hops and sweetness. Speaking of hops it seems like White Rajah has a few hop varieities; it kills it with Citra and Centennial (for sure) and one midwestern variety: Summit (I had to Google this, was not sure at first).

If you live in the area or have access to this beer, then buy it and you will not be disappointed. It is the best suggestion I have come across on BeerAdvocate. Probst!

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Photo of yamar68
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to brew33 for this glorious extra!

Beautiful honey gold body stuffed with small gauge beads, topped with a finger of paper white, classic west coast style IPA head.

Juicy tropical fruit presence, subtle pine qualities, just insanely dense hops... swimming in hops... smells like Jesus.

Mmmm... great citrus with caramel apple and pineapple, reminds me of Columbus IPA in how it delivers a tremendous hop profile without burning the palate, which makes for an exceedingly drinkable beer.


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Photo of projectflam86
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle lists this as 6.8% ABV and 70 IBUs.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- This nose is exceptional. Tropical hop aromas dominate with ruby red grapefruit and passion fruit being the easiest to pick out. Also a fair amount of pine and some light floral aromas. West coast all the way.

T- Nice bitterness initially that gives way to a very light but very welcome caramel sweetness in the finish. Grapefruit and pine still make up most of the flavor profile with mango, pineapple, passion fruit and a good dose of alcohol throughout. Far from balanced, but the malt backbone is noticeable.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Quite dry and assertive.

O- I have to admit, this one impressed me. I'm a sucker for west coast hop bombs so its truly nice to find something a bit more accessible in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. ozs bottle acquired in a trade with mps
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, medium amber color. Shockingly transparent. The liquid was topped by a creamy, three-finger tall, bone white, sea foam crown. Thick, drippy rings of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was really interesting. Floral hops dominated. Strong honey-like notes. Hints of lavender were noticeable. Sweet, perfumey and fragrant. Candied citrus peel cames through as the beer warmed. Some apricot notes appeared as well. There was a subtle, biscuity malt presence. Overall, very unique.

Although a bit more straightforward, the flavor profile was also excellent. Quite hoppy. The hops were well matched by a biscuit and caramel malt backbone that privided just enough sweetness. Loads of candied orange peel and juicy tangerine notes. Quite peachy. Mango was also detectible. Grapefruit came through on the back end and carried into the moderately dry and bitter finish. Hints of pine were noticeable as well.

The mouthfeel was medium-full bodied. Creamy, smooth and slick on the palate. The liquid contained a super fine, moderate effervescence. Pillowy soft and near perfect for the style.

White Rajah is an amazingly flavorful yet extraordinarily well balanced double IPA. I really wish that I had easier access to this beer.

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Photo of GreenPea
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Do you like hops?? you better if you wrestle with this one.

This brew made my night. The citrus notes are incredible with grapefruit leading the pack. Let it warm up a touch and you'll get hints of cat piss. Perhaps that's not pleasing to some but those grassy notes get me everytime.

If your a hop head this is a must try but good luck cause it aint on many shelves. Luckly I live minutes from what has to be one of the best craft beer stores in the state of Ohio which is where this one comes from.

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Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a glorious head; great stickage

Smell: As others have commented, the aromatics are tremendous, with a range of tropical fruit complementing the lemon/grapefruit citrus

Taste: A hint of shortbread malt and the hops take over, with an intense, pithy bitterness more prominent than the tropical fruit flavors; while the pith dominates, the tropical fruit flavors linger underneath, as does the shortbread, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; very bright

Overall: A top notch IPA, with a nicely balanced grapefruit pith and floral tropical fruit flavor in the hop profile

Thanks, eyeenjoybeer, for the opportunity

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Photo of Kelly88
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my bells tulip glass.

A- Cleveland browns orange with a remarkable white head that gracefully glides away to a substantial skim of white froth. Sheets of lace grope the glass. What a beer.

S- tropical fruits explode once you pop the Cap on this beer. I could literally pick out sweet mangos and tart grapefruit just from pouring this beer into a glass. Further inspection reveals a sweet honey quality and a litlle bit of toast. Very pungent

T- oranges and cantelope smack you with a bitter fruit blast on the initial taste, followed nicely in the mid palate by sharp grapefruit and piney hops. The finish is a nice combo of the honey and toast from the nose mixed with a mixture of fruity piney hops. Just crazy good. Each sip reaffirms that this beer is indeed great

M- crisp and heavy usually don't go together but in this case it works great. The tingly sensation from a bitter brew us there and is countered nicely with a creamy heavy coating effect. Slightly slick on the back end but that just makes me want to drink more of this delicious beer.

Overall I am stunned. Who knew that a relatively unknown brewery from northern Ohio could create an ipa that rivals the best the west coast has to offer, I'm looking at you Pliny and just outstanding. So impressed by the flavors and the overall package that I'm just in shock. I've been trading for highly sought after ipas for a long time and all I had to do was look in my own backyard. Doink!!!

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Photo of younger35
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously received this brew from jampics2 in a recent trade. I must admit that I've never heard of The Brew Kettle but apparently this brew did quite well against some big named IPA's. Drank from my Minneapolis Town Hall Weizen glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light yellowish with a nice one finger creamy white head. A thin cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with a bit of random spotty lacing.
Smell- SO fruity and fresh smelling holy hell! Peaches and mango galore with light hints of pineapple and grapefruit. Literally one of the fruitiest smelling brews that I have had the pleasure of sniffing. A light bit of sweetness is noticeable in the background with almost a vanilla thing going on.
Taste- Like the nose it's pretty fruity but not really with the intensity of the nose. It's actually fairly mellow but still really fruity. Hard to explain maybe. Grapefruit and pineapple are the dominant tastes and they are lovely as hell. The beer isn't overly bitter at all as there is an ever-so-slight sweet maltiness hiding behind it all.
Mouthfeel- Nice light carbonation that's soft and tingly with a medium body.
Drinkability- This beer reminds me a lot of Two Hearted and dare I say... tastes even better? It's got a touch more sweetness, especially in the finish but it has that same sort of profile. Either way, great beer that I really enjoyed. Thanks much Bobby!

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Photo of dbc5
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Looks great on the pour. Golden straw color with retaining 1 finger head that laces its way all through the glass.

Smell: One of the best smelling IPAs I have ever encountered. Incredibly aromatic tropical fruit. Pineapple, nectarine, grapefruit, lemon zest. Some malt in there too, but this is dominated by the citrus.

Taste: An Ohio made West Coast IPA. Citrus hops like crazy, citrus dominates the palate throughout. Some malt settles in on the back end but doesn't do much to distract from the hop bite. Great for those seeking a hop dominated single IPA.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate for the style. Medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth going down.

Overall: Fantastic IPA. This and Columbus are easily the two best IPAs produced in Ohio that I have had (I've not yet enjoyed Head Hunter). Fantastic beer and one that will likely become my new fridge staple.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, 6.8% abv. Crystal clear deep gold color. Great white head, excellent retention and lace. Great looker.

Great hop combination in the nose. Piney and citrusy nose, a bit catty as well. Great juicy aroma. A bit of malt backbone in the nose, but this is all hops.

Lighter caramel malt feel. Great juicy hop flavor. Again, pine and big citrus notes. Not overly bitter.

Medium body, softer carbonation. This is one fantastic ipa here. Great juicy flavors.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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 jasonpeckins32
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden in color with no head whatsoever. Smells very hoppy, as it should. A piney, resiny, punch-you-in-the-nose hop aroma.

Again in the taste I find piney, resiny, punch-you-in-the-mouth hops, only this time with lots of citrusy notes (grapefruit), and an herbal taste. Very nicely carbonated.

This beer is ALL HOPS, ALL THE TIME... and nothing more.

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Photo of Moondoggy68
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Recommended by an unknown compatriot at Joseph's. I recommended Founders Centennial IPA to him. Add this deliciously smooth IPA to the best in genre! Cheers!

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very light orange/amber, very clear and transparent, great 1.5 finger. Bubbly and leaves a lot of good lacing.

S - Wow, this is just a regular IPA? It's got a TON of sweet grapefruit, a bit of pine, a dash of honey, some orange citrus. Fantastic smelling beer. Reminds me of Hopslam, honestly.

T - Superb. It's a wallop of hops, I mean right in your face. The sweetness is still there, but not as prominent as in the nose. The grapefruit comes out right away before fading into a mouthful of bitter, piney hops. A good malt backbone. It's a hop wallop, but balance.

M - Very good. Alcohol stays hidden, the taste is smooth and the bitterness doesn't dry the mouth. The taste that lingers is very pleasant.

Overall - Outstanding. One of the best IPAs out there. I can't believe how well this beer turned out. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Brew Kettle

A- Clear golden amber color with one finger head.

S- Very strong grapefruit citrus aroma and tangerine

T- Grapefruit citrus is most prominent, some tangerine flavor, and a very assertive hop finish. Lots of sweet fruit flavor, but very prominent hop bitterness.

M- Very highly carbonated, this beer is dancing on my tongue, so refreshing and clean

O- This is a fantastic beer, great IPA, highly drinkable and flavorful with a nice bite.

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Photo of Chuckus95
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - lovely orange color with a finger of white head

S - Huge tropical fruit and citrus. Mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and grapefruit with a hint of resin.

T - More mango, passion fruit, and grapefruit, but the resin is more prevalent. There is also a hint of pine and a bit of sweet malt leading to a nice dry finish.

M - On the lighter side for an IPA (which I like). Good carbonation and nice dry finish.

O - Wow, did this beer surprise me. It is outstanding, and I think it is as good or better than many of the "Top IPAs" such as Two Hearted, Sculpin, Racer 5, 60 Min., etc.

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Photo of beerhan
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing find on tap at the swig in perrysburgs.

Pours lovely golden orange color with a creamy white head. Tastes like orange and citrus with a pine malt back. Tates similar to smell with a hint of spice. Very drinkable with a creamy mouthfwel. Could drink this one for a long time. Cannot wait to see this in bottles. One of the best IPAs ever.

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Photo of denver10
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A crisp light golden color with a half thumbs width cream colored head. An awesome sweet tropical fruit component from the hops and a nice malt underbelly give this a fantastic aroma. Flavor is really nice with the pleasantly sweet tropical fruits showing themselves with some orange on top the malt underbelly along some grassiness. Moderate to medium bitterness to this. A creamy, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, everything I want in an IPA this one offers. Definitely one of the best IPA's I have tried, wish this could make it out to Colorado.

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Photo of W_Des
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep apricot yellow color. Tropical fruit and mango in the nose. Fruity body with a nice bitterness that fades in the finish. On par with many of the top IPAs out there right now.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what else to say other than this was the first experience this Californian has had with Ohio.

I was sent Hop JuJu, Head Hunter, Chillwave, and The White Rajah.

Rajah = Grapefruit, White Grapes, Tropical Fruit, & a nice and solid pine component that had a perfect blend of malt that kept this Hop Forward.

The best beer in the bunch. I've said it, & I'll say it again. Ohio impressed me more than Vermont. I'm assuming this beer was 2 months in the bottle. If uber fresh, my score would have been higher and near a perfect 5. I'll re-review when that happens.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gonna start by saying I f'n love this beer. It is easily one of my new favorites now! Too bad I can't get it locally.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful clear orange with visible carbonation. An inch head that is off-white and looks like a soft pillow that I wouldn't mind sleeping on! Spotty lacing as you drink it too.

Aroma and taste - A beautiful mixture of citrus fruits (i.e., grapefruit) and floral, slight resin hop flavors.

Mouthfeel - Easy drinking, smooth, perfect amount of bitterness, medium body. I can't put my glass down!

Overall - One word, AWESOME!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Kafe Kerouac in Columbus, OH and drank there.

Pours a clear dark yellow/gold, with a one inch head, and great lacing down the glass.

Smells like citrus zest- some orange, peach, and grapefruit, with some underlying pine.

The taste is incredible. Quite bitter, but pleasantly so. Very fruity hops- orange, apricot, peach, grapefruit, that taste like they are covered in honey and caramel, due to the very light malt backbone. Some dank, earthy pine flavors as well. Finishes long and bitter and dry. No alcohol present.

Medium bodied, starts a little sweet, but not much, then finishes very dry. Crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation.

A classic IPA, one of the best.

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours gold. More clear than some IPA's. Super hop smell with lots of citrus. Even with a slightly stuffy nose this hits you hard. Goes from tons of citrus to bitter. Smooth transition all the way through. Love the hops in this one. Great beer. Good find by the wife on her trip through Ohio!

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