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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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4.28
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9.11%
 
 
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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 damndirtyape
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. 12oz bottle poured into a Riedel beer glass. Didn't see the date but the person who brought these to the tasting said they had just arrived on the shelves.

Appearance: Mostly clear amber colored beer (a hint towards the golden range of the spectrum, but still some orange present) with just a hint of haze. Very impressive thick white head with lots of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, some papaya, and a hint of pine. Quite hoppy - not detecting much underneath all those aromatic hops.

Taste: Everything one would expect from an AIPA. Hop flavor up front, with pine and citrus, a solid malt middle, and then quickly going into a hoppy bitter finish. The bitter finish does not linger long on the palate though. Bitterness was grapefruit citrus.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation and thickness. Not as much hop oils sticking to the teeth as I would have expected.

Overall: It could be that by this point in the tasting my palate is getting tired even with good swigs of water in between beers, but this one I view as nicely balanced and drinkable, but not really "wow" outstanding in taste and flavor. Still, enjoyable and well done, just not as high as many others have rated to my taste buds and nose.

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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 deadonhisfeet
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really excited to finally get a chance to try this. A buddy of mine brought it back from his recent trip to Cleveland. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The appearance is a clear orange-gold color with a nice white head, but quick dissipation. The nose is outstanding. Lots of ripe tropical fruit notes like pineapples, oranges, and peaches. There's also a slightly sweet, breadiness to it also. Very nice!

The beer has a medium body and a nice firm mouthfeel. The flavor is primarily sweet in the front of the palate (wasn't expecting that) with notes of fresh bread and marmalade. The hops are very well-balanced and creep in quite quickly, but never really completely overtake the sweetness as they assault the palate. That sweetness is always there. The flavors contributed by the hops run the gamut from apricots and grapefruits to pine-like notes. The finish is nice and dry, but not as strong or lingering as some other beers. Still, a really nice beer.

Glad I was finally able to try this. I can buy Brew Kettle beers near where I live, but this one is NEVER there. I'm sure they get it from time to time, but just sell it too fast. This is a really good IPA, but I have to say that Fat Head's Head Hunter (also from Ohio) is notably better. I must point out that this bottle may be a bit old. My buddy's friend said that the current batch seems a bit ``off'', so he insisted I try one from the previous batch. I still need to try this beer fresh.

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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 match1112
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to beerhan for sending this as an extra! poured this into a pilsner glass (because i can, and i like the way a beer looks in a pilsner glass), pours a cloudy yellowish orange with a full finger of thick white head that leaves big clumps of lacing. smells like a tropical citrisey punch with a kick. tastes like a glass full of grapefruit and other tropical fruits, just plain delicious! mouthfeel is slightly oily with a bitter bite and an extremly smooth finish. this is one hell of an ipa. gotta trase for more and so should you.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Scott for this bottle

A: Lighter brown (almost yellow) body with two finger head with good amount of lacing.

S: Some grain (???), some bittering hops, some malt... that's about it really. Very mediocre

T: okay - so this beer tastes great. In fact, it's quite awesome. IPA with nice tropical and citrous hops but also with good amount of malt. There is this... slightly off-grain-y taste. Not sure what it is but it didn't botter me as much in the taste than it did on the nose. Quite refreshing.

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium body for APA.

O: Definitely recommended. I just had Head Hunter before this and I can't decide which one I prefer over the other. They're both just okay for me.

As far as the the IPAs go, I would say VT > So CAL > OH for now.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into my teku glass

A - Pours an aggressive 2.5 finger head, white with tiny bubbles, hazy copper in body. Head lingers and leaves nice lacing on the edges. Legs run quickly.

S - I mostly get citrus. Maybe grapefruit and other non-descript citrus fruits. In the back end, I am getting some sweeter malt, maybe crystal. Weak nose.

T - Taste starts with a nice citrus blast. Mid-palate, it turns a bit piney. On the finish, I get resinous pine and a hint of sweet malt. It's very well balanced while the malt profile still lets the hops steal the show. Probably a heavy dose of citra or centennial in the later stages of the boil/dry hop.

M - Mostly dryish on the finish. Mildly bitter but not offensive.

O - The nose is weak and it's nothing special to look at but the flavor is outstanding. It's a very impressive, citrus-forward IPA that has drinkability and flavor. Well done Brew Kettle.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Golden in color with a modest white head.

Smell - A mild citrusy aroma was present with an certain Earthiness to back it up.

Taste - At the front, I noted citrus rind, lemon, grass, grapefruit, and grassy resin. For an IPA, this is quite busy and far from one-dimensional. The hops seem to mellow in the aftertaste with mild resiny after.

Mouthfeel - I would suggest this to be a pretty typical IPA in terms of mouthfeel with modest carbonation brushing away the citrus and allowing the resin to linger.

Overall - This is certainly a better than average IPA, particularly for those seeking something more than a hop-bomb.

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Photo of Hendry
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber with minimal head, respectable lacing.

Aroma is mostly sweet malts with a hint of piney citrus in the background.

Flavors seem to be a tug of war between the tall malts and the hop selection, with the malts winning the battle.

Predominatley malty flavors with some piney/resiny bitterness.

Mouthfeel is lighter meadium,malts are sticky.

Overall decent, but far too much malt for my taste.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Poured from a growler into a tulip.

White Rajah pours a clear caramel brown color. There is a frothy white head that fades to a thin cap before my glass is done.

The hoppy aroma has a some spicy pine and grapefruit but is fairly mild overall.

Each sip starts slightly sweet before a long, mild, lingering bitterness sets in. Smooth pine has a little bit of spice, and the grapefruit bitterness is more pithy than juicy.

The body is pretty much right in the middle of the spectrum. It feels heavier due to a lack of depth or variation to the flavor. Instead, it just sits on the tongue. The carbonation is on the light side, which only compounds this effect.

This was a drinkable IPA, but there are more robust options out there.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Powdery lemon zest, oranges, and floral hop notes pop out of the glass. Powerful and aggressive American hop aromatics that continue to remind me of candied oranges. Minimal sweet caramel malt aroma blends with the citrusy hop aromatics. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber pour with straw highlights. Low bone white head that retains well.

Flavor: Aggressive leafy and resiny citrus hop punch with notes of lemon, orange, and orange rind. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is bone dry and aftertaste is clean but bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly oily, and medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: West coast, easy drinking, back loaded hop blast IPA. Really good beer that is easy drinking and continues to demonstrate that the Midwest can crank out some good hoppy beers.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Definitely not a favorite from the Brew Kettle.

It poured a clear orange, not hazy like some IPAs with a little amount of head.

The aroma had a strong amount of hops and grapefruit and pineapple.

The taste is where I became disappointed. There was almost no taste of the fruit from the smell, but there was some hop flavor, not a lot and a ton of bitterness. There are notes of grapefruit and citrus, but doesn't compare to the tropical fruit smells in the aroma.

I have heard so many good things about this, but it tasted watered down so it really surprises me. Maybe it was a bad batch.

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Photo of Bonis
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes: 9/4/11
This was a beer that has had some mini hype here in Ohio. Some of my friends have tried it and liked it, so I figured I would rush out and get some when it was released in bottles. This is from their first bottled batch, very fresh (~7 days old), so we'll see how long it stays tasting that way. This was my third bottle. Figured I'd have it a couple times before reviewing.

A - Lighter golden in color, looks filtered. Nice 1.5 inch white head with some lengthy retention. Leaves solid lace. Looks decent, but I can already tell there won't be much malt flavor. Least impressive aspect of the beer, by far.

S - Who needs malts? This is straight up tropical fruit, grapefruit and tangerine, and skunky resinous dank. Mangoes, pineapple, mandarin orange. I can't say I've ever smelled a beer like this, hopwise.

T - A nice balance of pure hop flavor and complementary bittering hops all in one. A true hop bomb. Tropical flavors come in from the nose, grapefruit and orange rind mingle in, skunky resinous hops reside as well. Malts take a huge back seat, as indicated on the bottle. No alcohol until it starts to seriously warm. I'd say this is how the American IPA was meant to taste.

M - Hops oils bombard and coat my mouth with each huge gulp. Bitterness lingers a bit, but just the way it should. Carbonation is where I want it. It's there, but not too awfully much.

O - Hate to be on the hype train, but this beer was awesome. Truly an excellent IPA. Rivals Columbus IPA for the best tasting IPA in Ohio (IMO). Hope BK makes this one a regular in their lineup. It's damn near the best IPA I've ever tasted. Like I said, we'll see how it holds up over the next couple months. Oh nevermind, I won't have it that long.

9/27/2011 Notes:
After reevaluating this beer a couple times since my first review, I have to lower the scores just a tad. The hop aromas and flavors that I remembered have faded quite a lot. I know this is common for IPAs, but I have had some IPAs that held up much better than this one, and it hasn't even been 3 weeks. Again, when this beer was a week old, it was hard for me to say I tasted a better IPA, but at this point in the life of this beer, it isn't doing quite as good. Don't get me wrong, it's still in the top 3 IPAs I've had, but it just isn't holding up like I wanted.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.36/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 ounce bottle and the DFH snifter taking its maiden voyage with White Rajah. Hazy golden amber with just about a finger of off-white foam. OK retention with a bit of scattered lacing.

The nose is unquestionably the highlight of this brew. It's incredibly fruity, practically exploding with tangerine, mango, pineapple and grapfruit, plus unexpected but intriguing notes of peach and melon. Unfortunately the rest of the experience can't measure up to the lofty standards the bouquet sets. The fruity hop flavors and bitterness are solid, but an odd funky/mineral combo and a completely distracting level of booziness pretty much cancel them out. The booze in particular is just strange; not warming, just straight boozy. Fairly thickish and malty, but thankfully more pale than crystal malts.

A strange experience here. Based on the awesome nose, it seems like White Rajah could be just a few tweaks away from being pretty special. In its current state, the wonderful aromatics are the only memorable things about this brew.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful amber pour with 1/2 finger of white head and ample carbonation.

Smell: Pine, mango, citrus, bready malt. Yum.

Taste: Piney, mango hoppiness right up front. The middle has a nice malt profile, that washes over with grapefruit. The end finishes real clean and dry with a hint of piney bitterness and some grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and not too heavy. Paired with the juicy taste, this is very drinkable.

Overall: This is definitely a great IPA, and I feel lucky to have gotten this fresh. Definitely leans towards the west coast style with how much bitterness is going on here, but I like it; there's just enough malt to lend some balance.

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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 PVMT
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bodhi, Head Hunter and this are my Holy Trinity of Ohio beers. Rajah is a super-balanced West Coast styled IPA. Its flavor is crisp and bright, almost perfumey, and has a fantastic sweet finish.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A: Straw in color with an orange hue. Pours to a big white sudzy head that takes its time to settle. There is a lots amount of lacing and the final collar is thick and creamy.

S: Bam...Hops!! A big, sweet, citrusy nose featuring juicy oranges and tangerines. There is a bit of malt in the back and maybe a touch of pine.

T: A full on assault of hops! There are the citrus notes from the nose at the start, sweet and juicy, but the bittering hops transition in quickly and the flavor goes dry and spicy quite quickly. The finish is long, dry and BITTER! It may not be a face melting ruination of one's palate, but it is hops and only hops. There is a malt backbone to the beer, but it takes a definite back seat which ultimately delivers a beer out of balance, albeit purposefully.

M: Medium body and carbonation; smooth and round.

O: An excellent IPA, but definitely out of balance in favor of full-on hops; this is obviously the brewer's intent. This is definitely an ode to hops.

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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 sommersb
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 03-13-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Goblet
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is a clear, orange/golden colored beer capped with a finger's worth of white head. Very good lacing and good head retention.

Aromas feature a big citrus and tropical fruit character, with some floral notes as well.

Taste is similar to the nose, with strong west-coast hop bitterness and just a hint of supporting malt flavors.

Crisp and highly carbonated in the mouthfeel, medium bodied and a finish of hop bitterness.

Overall an excellent IPA in the West coast tradition. Very pronounced bitterness, but still has some balance.

Thanks to buschbeer for the try!

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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 jhavs
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A=Clear, bubbly, crisp looking golden color, pure white head settles from 1 finger to creamy covering, lacing loops the glass with each sip.

S=Citrus is the big up front character to this beers aroma, bit of tropical notes with some earthy, grassy hints in there as well.

T=Very tasty, clean and crisp, citrus up front with the earthy/piney/grassy following with nice balance of malt, hop flavor, and bitterness.

M=Moderate level of carbonation with medium body, nicely balanced and clean.

O=I found this exceptional. Was my favorite from a trade (and it was an extra). Very balanced, great use of aroma, bittering, and flavor hops, clean and easy to drink.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden light amber color. Not too much head and it dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Smells is very citrus forward. Lots of grapefruit. Some piney notes, with a slight malt presence.

Grapefruit and resinous hops right up front. Good malt backbone, but reamains very crisp and citrusy. Mellows into a more piney hop mid-palate and has a big lingering grapefruit juice flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel isn't crisp, but isn't creamy.

Overall a very good IPA, definitely one of the best that I've had.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours bit cloudy. Orange hued golden straw color with two fingers thick head with great retention leaves a decent sheet if lacing. Looks just fantastic.

Smell is big on tropical aromas. Mangos, pineapples predominantly. Subtle malt sugars compliment the aroma nicely.

Taste is bitter tropical fruits follows the nose. Lemon notes appear as well. Lots of what one might expect for the style but very well executed. Full of hop flavor and bitterness.

Nice dry finish with medium carbonation.

Would definitely include this my regular rotation if it were readily available to me.

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
4.28 out of 5 based on 2,258 ratings.
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