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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

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401
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2,249
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
21.73%
 
 
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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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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 12oz Can

Appearance - Amber hue.

Smell - Malt and pine.

Taste - Malt, alcohol, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium attenuation.

Overall - Average IPA.

Grade (B)

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Photo of bb8189
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light golden color - a bit lighter than I was expecting based on the style. No haze at all. Light on the lacing as well

S- Very strong smell on this one - tons of grapefruit. This is a very impressive smell. Makes up for the appearance in my mind. Can't wait to taste

T- Sweet to start with plenty of that grapefruit coming through followed by a nice lingering bitterness. Very nice in this regard

M- Medium bodied - this is how an IPA should feel in my opinion.

O- I think this one is square in the "pretty good" range. Not quite great. Pretty good is nothing to be ashamed of though. I certainly enjoyed every drop and will seek it out again for sure.

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

Pours a clear amber with two fingers of golden white head that lingered until the bottom of my glass. Nose is pure hop awesomeness, floral, sweet citrus, honey, and pineapple. The taste is like the smell, 100% hop, with a bitter aftertaste that doesn't overpower. Carbonation is appropriate for the style, and mouthfeel was slightly creamy. Overall, this is an excellent west coast style IPA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brew Kettle.

Pours a clear golden color with a hint of apricot. Good white head and some nice ringy lacing on the way done. The nose really drops a ton of tropical notes; the Citra character is really prevalent here. Some citrus in the background. Really, really nice. The taste has the same tropical character, but unfortunately ends up really competing with a strong alcohol presence, which carries over into the feel. Dry finish and light body; nothing there to stand up to the alcohol. This would have been a lot better as a 6% beer, I think. Also pretty sure the menu had it listed above 7%. Overall, the nose was killer and the rest was a bit of a disappointment after that. High expectations, for sure.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this one looks nice. beautiful head just off white, very sticky. Nice deep brown red and gold color and vibrant carbonation. Nose is very oily and pine like. Hops in the background. Taste is hops in the front but the back and aftertaste are sweet maltiness. Cloves and spices. Somewhat buttery taste and feel. I like it a lot.

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Photo of Buck89
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Hazy amber color, smallish white head. Aromas of grapefruit and resin, but more muted than I expected. Taste was bold citrusy bitter hops with a clean dry finish. An outstanding west coast IPA but I expected a bit more - not sure about the freshness of this one.

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

Bottle courtesy of TomTwanks. Thank you for opportunity to drink a long lasting want.

From 12 oz bottle to La Chouffe tulip, White Rajah pours a clean and clear light orange. The preliminary inch thick head mellows into a thin whispy cover along with a few puddles of puff. Lacing is modest.

Smell is a pleasant mix of tropical fruits and light sweet malt. Hops present nectarine flesh, pineapple, and tangerine. Malt present as well.

Drying bitterness from front to back. Immediately a prickly bitter hop presence hits the tongue. Sweet malty pineapple juice, not dissimilar to HopSlam rides along the middle of the tongue. Back end citrus is enveloped by a huge piney bitterness that leaves a dryness in mouth and causes instantaneous evaporation of the saliva regions. Hop oils ooze all over this beer.

Mouthfeel is so damn dry. Desertification comes to mind.

Overall, I wish the taste would have matched the smell. A nice IPA that really tastes and shows more like a double. I guess that line has become so blurred anyways. If I had access to this, I would buy it somewhat regularly However, the massive drying bitterness doesn't encourage drinking many at a sitting.

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

12oz bottle, thanks Mark

Surprised to see this on the top 100 list actually. Pours a yellow/orange color with a large fluffy white head. Big time aromas of resinous, citrusy hops, grapefruit, and cannabis. The rounder creamier end of light to medium bodied and very drinkable. This beer doesn't ever try to be anything its not, this is hop forward with balance on the back burner. Not bad.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from JustDoIt1234 (thanks man!). No apparent bottle date. Served in a goblet.

Pours an attractive deep orange with a two finger cap of white froth. Head fades to a thin, persistent layer and leaves a good bit of lace.

This smells great. Welcoming, hoppy notes of oranges, papaya and grapefruit with just a hint of sweetness. Good stuff for sure.

The tropical and citrus hop flavors explode on the palate. Nectarines, papaya, grapefruit, hints of grassy, herbal hops and some faint caramel. The excellent, juicy hop flavor without excessive bitterness makes this an easy IPA to kick back.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Citrus peel, tropical fruit pulp and a little caramel rest on the tongue in the lasting finish.

With its great flavor White Rajah is a really good And extremely drinkable IPA. If I lived within distribution I'm pretty sure this would be a go-to for me.

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

Huge thanks to mtomlins for this one.

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, pine resins, floral hops, sweet caramel and light bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, grapefruit, floral notes, bitter pine resins, light caramel and some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Great IPA but it's just a touch too malty for my liking.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

We pour into our glistening new King Sue tekus, christening them on their maiden voyage. The coloring shows up a shade of golden honey. A one finger head of soapy white foam is produced, but this is transient, disappearing quickly. Flicking the wrist robustly, however, causes a wonderfully triumphant return of said head. Lacing is globular and spotty. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active throughout. The aroma is sweet and generously hopped to include notes of citric and nectary fruity hoppiness, pale and soft caramel graininess, apricot, peach, and red apple fruitiness, honey sweetness, metallic ale yeastiness, astringent detergent, tart bubblegum zing, grapefruity rind and oily zestiness, candy corn, flaked butter biscuits, peppery booze, old leather, and wet wool. The flavoring is sweeter than expected for a self-professed “west coast style IPA”. The bitterness of hops is there, but it comes as a slow, lingering tickle at the far back of the palate. Primary notes include citric and floral hop sweetness, honey and white sugar, buttery pale and caramel malts, simple malted barley, acetaldehyde, black pepper and garlic powder spiciness, melted plastic army men, microfiber fabric, concrete and mineral, pine sap and green grassy resins, peach syrup, grapefruit and tangerine fleshy sweetness, powdered Sweetart candies, chalky but savory yeast, and white grape skins. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is light and soft as well. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, but creaminess and frothiness lose out to oily coating on the swirl. The mouth is left significantly puckered after this drips away, especially as the beer comes to temperature. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks away quickly.

Overall, there is just about something here for everyone across the IPA spectrum of taste. The aroma is intensely sweet in its citric and fruity nature, and this translates well to most aspects of the taste. Where you really start to get any semblance of a bitter west coast IPA is through the aftertaste. The hops darken, giving deeper soapy, citric, and piney bitterness. So regardless of if you prefer the sweet or bitter side of the argument, you will find a reasonable medium here. While drinkability is excellent, the one negative we would have about it would be its feel. It glides across and around the mouth well enough, but it ultimately reads as a bit thin. Regardless, we are incredibly happy to have had the opportunity to stumble across this beer, as it seems a bit of a local, regional homebody of a legend.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear honey yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit. Taste is much the same with less emphasis on the tropical fruit and a malt finish. There is a medium level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an awesome smell but I wish the tropical fruit aromas came through better in the taste.

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Photo of Auror
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my snifter. Bottled less than 1 month ago according to trading partner. Thanks kcbaby!

Appearance- Nice one finger head, which fades moderately slowly to a thick ring around the glass. Attractive honey gold color. Lacing is prevalent on the glass.

Smell- Mango, some piney hops, grapefruit, lemon, other sweet citrus smells. Not much malt or alcohol present. Very nice.

Taste- Sweet orange and tropical fruits at the start, pine in the middle on the tip of the tongue, and sweet malts take over for the finish. Tastes a bit hot surprisingly, mixing with piney bitterness that lingers. The sweetness cuts it a bit, but it's malt driven and kind of a straight sweetness without flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy body (for style) with medium-high carbonation. I yearn for a bit more creaminess to the feel, instead it's a bit oily.

Overall- Pretty drinkable, but a little too bitter for my preference. Somehow it's also surprisingly malt dominant at the same time. I guess what I'm saying is there is prevalent hop bitterness, but not as much citrusy hop flavor as the nose would have me expect.

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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 KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

The nose is filled with pithy grapefruit rinds and juices, with a floral touch and some pine needles. The flavor is straight to the grapefruit qualities with a nice back of honey sweetness. Added sweetness comes from a thick caramel malt. It finishes bitter with pine and dank onion but than dries out with a barley flavor. This is a very tasty beer that would be greater doubled.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Rajah has a medium, white head, a semi-opaque, orange-gold appearance, some bubbles, and not so heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of very citrus-type hop oil and white bread, and the flavor is of the same, with citrus rind and pith. It is not too bitter or sugary. Mouthfeel is medium, and White Rajah finishes mostly dry and mild.

RJT

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Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark orange with a nice off-white head.

S: Aroma is sticky tangelo, light pine, grapefruit, a bit of pineapple.

T: Taste brings rindish orange, grapefruit zest, a bit of caramel, tangerine.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy.

O: A very good, citrusy IPA. If this was available locally I would buy sixes quite often.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty damn tasty. Mangos and peaches stand out as fruity flavors on top of the other medium-bitter hoppy flavors. Even-flavored, medium bodied, with a nice lasting head, this is generally a good, slightly fruit-forward IPA that is dry without being too bitter or sweet.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Thorpe. Review from notes at the beginning of October.

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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark orange, almost brown with a one finger near-white head. The head fades to the edges and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Pine - that is it.

T - Pine, then some carmely malts. Some orange pokes through in the middle also.

D - Good carbonation and an average body.

O - Good balance between pine hops and malts.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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 PittBeerGirl
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is a completely transparent light orange hue. Body is somewhat bright in color and carbonation bubble can be seen rising to the top. Pours with about a 1 finger foamy white head that has good retention at 1.2 finger. Little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Lots of grapefruit and citrus everywhere with a hint of pine in the background. Malt presence is very mild and nearly undetectable in the nose.

T- Plenty of grapefruit and other citrus upfront with a mild malt backbone. A moderate refreshing pine hop taste comes through for the finish with a hint of sweet citrus in the background. Finish is clean and very little hop bitterness lingers.

M- Light body with a smooth mildly oily consistency. Medium carbonation.

O- Overall this is a reall well done local Ohio IPA. It certainly stands out among the masses of other IPAs but it certainly doesn't make my top 10 list for the style. It has the IPA qualities that I like-grapefruit and pine without the accompanying bitterness.

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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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