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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:
399
Ratings:
2,240
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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483
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409
For Trade:
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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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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 VncentLIFE
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep gold with a tight thin white head. The smell has lots of powdery sweet malt and even more grapefruit. Very faint pine needles and lemons. Hm its bitter. Almost unexpectedly. I want more of the underlying notes of bitter pine, bitter grapefruit, and tart lemon rind to come to the front, but its not. Im not sure about this one. The bitterness is drinkable, but not the best.

Man I wish this had more fruit. This bottle seems to be dominated by more of the pine than the citrus.

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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.

Terrific.

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

Presentation: Thanks to my drinking buddy DoctorDog for providing a six pack of this. Managed to keep my wife from drinking this one. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is predominantly green, yellow and white and has a British jack center with the words White Rajah superimposed and a starburst pattern around. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with about 3/4 finger of nearly pure white head. This settles slowly to a still complete cap and leaving behind compete lacing. The beer itself is medium yellow and clear. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of grapefruit and pine. Really an amazingly intense aroma.

Taste: Creamy upfront with a strong, but not enamel eating, hop spiciness; resiny pine with grapefruit and floral flavors. Strong malt backbone with sweet caramel taste. Fairly strong bitterness lingers well after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy and mouth-filling body. Average carbonation level.

Drinkability: An intense yet well balanced IPA. I could handle having a few of these!

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Photo of kirok1999
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a nice white head and sticky lacing.
Smells mostly of citrus, grapefruit, cotton candy, mild spice, just an amazing balance of contrasting smells.
Taste is citrus up front, followed by a lingering, dry finish. The whole thing comes together perfectly. Feels smooth and creamy with a nice level of carbonation.
This brew is one of the best IPA's ever. Just enough citrus to make it interesting, smooth sweetness and lingering bitterness to make it complete. I want more. Lot's more.

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Photo of cavedave
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to seeswo for yet another outstanding brew

Live review.

A beautifully clear and actively sparkling golden, topped by a finger's offwhite head that joins into a rim of crazy lace. Beer porn, man.

Med. strength aroma, but a heavenly perfume it is! Lemon, orange peel, mango, and sweet grapefruit, neutral sweet, a hint of honey, and floral notes of fine fragrance, my gosh, but it draws me like the scent of a woman, and sends my tastebuds to priapus.

Ah, now that's what I'm tlaking about, American Breewing 2011! We've arrived, man; American brewers using American hops and malt, and American craftsmanship, and American brewing genius to make Universal works of drinkable art. Exhibit A, White Rajah, starts with a zip of sweet lemon, lemon zest, orange zing, grapefruit zig, and just a hint of piny zag. It tingles and tickles the tongue through a sip that is one of those that just keeps giving, and finally crests with a breaking wave of clean bitter hop and just the right amount of sweet still in it, all the other flavors still aswirl on palate. My but this is delicious!

It's the mouthfeel, here, the center stage for a wonderful cast of flavor, which enables this beer. It's low/med. carb, very viscous and coating, easy drinking to a fault, and a finish that is the template for this style IMHO. What is crazy is it has so much resin, which can be cloying or leave a bad aftertaste in unbalanced abundance like this, but here just leaves clean wonderful flavor to linger.

My impression of this beer is if given enough of this, and sufficient time to do it, I am certain I could consume a volume equal to the amount of hydrogen in the Sun, and still be wanting more. Get this if you see it, my next step will be to mail seeswo and beg to trade for more.

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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 RuckusDu
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure on the freshness. I was told it is less than two months old. May as well give it a go. 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - finger of slightly yellow head of large bubbles. Body is clear and golden orange.

S - very good aroma of grapefruit, orange, and a musty smell.

T - Sweet start of orange and light lemon. Then the harsh hops hit making it more of a grapefruit flavor.

M - very drying. Good carbonation which holds up am average body. Bitterness his on the back of the mouth.

O - a nice beer but nothing that is a must try/have again for me. Simple

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle (no date) into imperial pint glass with a 2 finger white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Color of the beer is a clear light golden.

Aroma - citrus/grapefruit, pine

Taste - some citrus fruits, a bit of malty sweetness to balance out the big hop bite,nice bitter finish

mouthfeel - medium carb and body

overall -a very good IPA and glad I picked up a sixer when I was in Ohio. I don't imagine that I would drink it too much given the price point (11.99 / sixer ) if I had easy access to it, but it would definitely be a nice treat and I could see buying it several times a year.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 6/6/14

Split a bottle with the gf. Poured heavy to get a frothy head. Body is light cloudy straw color. Piney hoppy aroma. Sweet hoppy tasting. Some pine flavors. Not getting much citrus. It’s there, just not as strong. Decent beer.

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Photo of davey101
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint. Huge thanks to WesM63 for throwing this in as an extra!

A - Pours a burnt amber body. Two fingers of fluffy off white foam. Solid lacing and retention.

S - Clean citrus and tropical hops, touch of cracker malts. Very nice aroma.

T - Peaches, mango, and grapefruit. I feel like I repeat myself every time I review an IPA, but this is just a very solid and well balanced beer. Pleasantly bitter with a touch of malt. My only complaint is its a bit watery on the finish.

M - Crisp and well carbonated, medium bodied. High level of drinkability.

O - Been hearing a lot about this beer, and although I don't see it competing with the upper echelon of AIPA's, this is an extremely tasty and well crafted IPA.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at flipdaddy's burgers and beers

A-transparent golden

S-awesome. (Great grapefruit smell with a little bit of citrus)

T-drink it and find out. Bitches (drinks more like a dipa. Lots of grapefruit. Smooth)

M-wet. (Medium body and smooth. Lingering hop bitterness)

O-too expensive to get plastered on.(very good. But deserving of the hype that is startting to generate? Prolly not)

(What is in the () is mine)

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

Had this on tap at TBK in a pint glass. Pours a clear golden copper color with a minimal white head.

Has a spicy aroma, with plenty of white grapefruit and caramel malt. Quite citrusy, I can already tell I'm going to like this one!

Hop forward, like stabbing a straw into a grapefruit and drinking deep, this is a citrusy, hoppy brew. Mango and pineapple notes are present, but are really dominated by the white grapefruit. Smooths out mid-sip with the caramel malt starting to come through, before a dry bitter finish.

Medium bodied, this is a very refreshing bitter beer.

This is a very well rounded West-coast style American IPA. Well hopped, quite citrusy, and with a decent malt backbone, it's no wonder this won a gold medal and Best in Show at the 2011 IX Center International Beer Fest. I absolutely recommend grabbing this if you can!

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this on my last visit to Ohio at the Lizardville beer store. Great hoppy local IPA that I would be happy to have again. Nice citrus notes but easy drinkin.

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

Nice, clear golden amber pour on draft at the Magic Tree. One finger of white head which went to lace quickly... nice lacing throughout, though. Clean citrus nose, bit of pine. Astringent bitter note on the nose. Liked it a lot. Nice balance overall with big bitterness and fresh citrus coming through. Good mouthfeel though oily... hangs around a bit with the nice bitterness. Overall a really nice OH IPA choice! Brew Kettle rocks.

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Photo of stewart124
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden orange with a centimeter of white head.

Whoa! Loads of tropical fruits in the nose. Pineapple and clementine come to mind.

My mouth is watering...and I am not let down. This is a massive hop bomb! Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Great background bitterness with a delicious citrus punch and pineapple sweetness but yet tart. I am amazed. How did I miss this beer for so long?

The label is not misleading. White Rajah really comes through as a west coast style IPA. There is tons and tons of fruit coming from the hops. Light malty characters come through but this is all hop forward.

Stunning!

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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 ColdPoncho
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - beautiful copper/straw/golden body with a big offwhite head. Very pretty color, good head...doesn't get better than this.

S - This is the smell I've been missing...big pungent grassy piney citrusy hops. It's got some fruity notes...It's nearly perfect.

T - Biting citrus on the front, sweet tropical fruit in the middle, and bitter earthy notes on the back. The finish and aftertaste leave a tingle of pungent bitterness. God Damn this is good!

M - Light, but not thin. It's good, but not spectacular.

O - this is without a doubt one of the best single IPA's I've ever had. This has renewed and redoubled my love for hops. Cheers!

Edit: I'm always wary of giving 5s. But the longer I drink this, the more I realize its probably the best IPA I've ever had. It's seriously super good.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyeenjoybeer for tossing a couple of these in as extras in a trade.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden-orange hue, largely translucent. Thin head that dissipates quickly, but clings to the glass as the beer recedes into the depths of the glass. Wonderful hop aroma with some citrus and malt notes. The taste is very hop forward, with a slightly malty finish that's quite bitter. This has a wonderful level of carbonation to it with a touch of sweetness. Overall, this is a fabulous, fabulous IPA. Another winner. So many breweries pumpin' out great IPA's these days, and The Brew Kettle's White Rajah is no exception.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottling date poured into a pint glass.

A- light amber with very slight amount of haze, medium white head that dissipates to a thin film.

S- pine, fresh peach, tangerine, some papaya and pineapple, very nice. Light malt on the end. Seem to be getting a slight alcohol smell that I was expecting from a 6.8% beer.

T- Mostly pine, floral and malt. The fruit flavors of grapefruit and a nice tropical sweetness of pineapple and papaya. Labeled as 70 IBUs but seems higher than that to me.

M- Nice medium-light, very easy drinking.

O- A really nice IPA but I wish the flavor and aroma were more in sync. Still a great mid-west, west coast style IPA.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden orange color. Half a finger of head on the pour and present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Heavy sticky lacing left behind at each level. Average amount of active carbonation.

Smell: Tame tropical fruits mix well with some medium bodied pine bitterness and a light caramel body on the front. Citrus picks up more on the body and continues to showcase a very breathable tropical fruit body. Pine grows more toward the back end and rides this brew out.

Taste: Citrus and tropical fruits jump the palate. Grapefruit and pine are potent on the body. The malt brings a very crisp flavor which really allows the bright hop tones to showcase themselves. Lingering bitterness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Carbonation is very well done and works well with the malt and hop tones.

Overall: Another outstanding midwest, west coast style IPA. Citrus and fruit forward with a solid malt backbone which really allows the hop to shine. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, Erin brought it back from Ohio.

Appearance: I just don't think this could look any better. Off white head fills the top of my tulip and fades leaving beautiful sticky lacing. The body of the beer has perfect clarity and is a light, orange-gold color.

Smell: Sweet citrus and tropical fruit hops. Smells big and juicy. Hint of dank and a tiny bit of pale malt. Beautiful.

Taste: Just excellent fruity hops and substantial bitterness. The flavor is all sweet hops and bitter bite, with little malty flavor-- but in a good way. Orange, peach, grapefruit, weed.

Mouthfeel: Soft and nicely carbonated, but with a dry, crisp finish. For a beer that is relatively small compared with all the hops it carries, the dry finish accentuates the bitter bite in a slightly negative way.

Overall: I'd never heard of this beer. What a surprise. Excellent beer.

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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 ajm5108
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You can almost smell how slick & juicy this beer is, with lots of flowery, herbal hops with tinges orange citrus & a little grapefruit peel. The hops are not super bitter but are a tad astringent / medicinal. It has a medium body with a good resinousness that coats the tongue. More soft grapefruit rind and citrus hops with very little malt presence. As others have said, it is very drinkable & not some bludgeoning hop monster. Even if IPAs aren't your thing this beer is definitely worth a look as it is very smooth and even with a refreshing, juicy kick.

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
4.28 out of 5 based on 2,240 ratings.
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