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

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 claspada
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a fairly large white head that leaves some solid sticky lacing.

Aromas begin with a range of tropical fruit and pineapple hops which are complemented by lemon/grapefruit citrus hops. Vibrant notes of citrus oils, pith and zest.

The tastes begin with a hint of shortbread malt but then 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 sweet light toasted breadiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter and fruity from the ample citrus forward hops which must have been added here.

Overall, this is a top notch IPA, with a nicely balanced grapefruit pith and floral tropical fruit flavor in the hop profile. Normally the standard IPA style is a miss for me because the hop bitterness is usually to resinous and overtakes the hops flavors but this is super balanced and the shortbread maltiness helps to counteract and balance the flavor profile.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of thegrogbog (thanks Tim!). Apparently this won an IPA contest at Fatheads, but I also heard that Fathead's beers weren't included in the competition so this shouldn't indicate any position over Headhunter. Still a good accomplishment for the Brew Kettle though.

It pours a clear pale golden color with a thick frothy foam. Lots of dry clumps of foam on the walls of the glass too. The aroma is sort of malty for an IPA, but still has good tropical fruit type hops. A little muted though, the malts seem to have taken over while in the bottle.

Well balanced flavor, not exactly a bitter take on the style, but it makes up for it in flavor. Pretty solidly midwestern styled, tasty but unfortunately not as spectacular from the bottle as it surely must be on tap. That said, my glass emptied very quickly. An easy pounder with enough flavor to satisfy a beer lover, maybe could use a little more hops muscle for those that crave a sharper edge.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date. Bought warm in Ohio but in the fridge the last week. Clear golden yellow color, fairly pale. White head. Big hop aroma and flavor, fruity, floral. All hoping the taste, no malt flavor at all, I'd like more balance. Thinner mouthfeel, I'd prefer more body.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CruisaC for the generous extra. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours a translucent amber with a fizzy, quarter inch, white head. Head eventually settles into a oily slick, with a tight band around the shoulders. The nose on this beer is fantastic! Tropical fruit is prominent off the bottle pop and is present off the pour; however, caramel & toffee dominate once the brew settles in the glass. Taste consistent with nose; however, an earthy, rind-like character cuts through the caramel and finishes with a light, lingering bitterness. Tropical fruit presence is also a bit more diminished. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation that falls just shy of prickly. There's also a slightly oily texture to the consistency. Overall, a very good IPA. I really enjoyed this beer, but perhaps it might be just a little too malt forward - not in a bad way whatsoever, but I think it might slightly detract from the hops complexities.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, OH...

A: Pours a light translucent straw/yellow with about one full finger of pure white head. The foam settles in a decent amount of time. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, passionfruit), mixed with some light citrus, and mild malt. It smells great.

T: The taste follows the nose. It's light sweetness up front and then the tropical fruits come on strong. From the middle to the finish it's all about the mango. The end of the beer really bitters up as lemon and grapefruit make an appearance.

M: Light bodied beer. It's refreshing at first sip, but the hoppy bitterness of this beer lingers for quite awhile.

O: This is a really nice IPA, and worthy of all the praise it receives. I'm a big fan of the tropical fruit notes in this beer, but I thought the finish was a little harsh. Solid stuff. I'm happy to have tried it at the place where it's made.

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Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptCleveland, a recent (& hopefully future) trader who jammed this little gem as an extra into a recent box.

Poured into a willing pint glass, this is a clean, filtered amber. Nose is precisely as advertised, citrus packing plant on the shores of a tropical hop island. Nice.

White Rajah punches above its weight by way of both bitterness & flavors; too many IPAs have one or the other, but not both. Not so herein. The curtain rises on a beer so oily, so full of resins, so sticky, that is barely qualifies as beer. Damn. Along with that lip-smacking stickiness is a heavy dose of passion fruit, mango, pineassle, & like that. Bittering hops smack the back-end with an open hand, keeping the tropicals from getting too sweet. Goes down like water. I suppose it is, mostly.

Excellent IPA. This is how you do things, people, throw those malts out the window & just drown me in filthy hops. All my other Brew Kettle experiences have been good, this one is exceptional.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow orange with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, hops, caramel, bready, malts

taste: pine, resin, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: decent IPA that actually got better as it warmed. the pine and resin was a little harsh when cold. glad I got to try it.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a stemless wine glass.
4/3.5/4.5/4/4.25
Hazy gold with voluminous heads.
Smells vaguely hoppy and malty.
This is great! Really lush and balanced and fruity. Clementines and passion fruit. Highly enjoyable IPA. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Rutager
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Long time want from buschbeer, cheers man!

Pours a hazy honey-gold with a half finger of white head that fades quick. Nice nose of ripe citrus fruits with some light tropical fruits and a bit of cedar. Nice sweet(ish) pale malts with some pineapple and tropical fruits plus a splash of citrus juice cocktail. Medium+ body, medium-low fine and smooth carbonation. Great stuff

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel pours a uber-hazed gold color with a small, but tight off-white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Hops are tropical on the nose and the malt has an 'oatmeal-esque' creamed caramel aroma...interesting. Smells good, although the nose is not overly powerful.

Taste is balanced, the malts are more caramely than the aroma would indicate and the hops are somewhat restrained. The mouthfeel is quite nice, moderate heft with a pinch of sweetness and is oh so smooth. There is a bit of earthiness as it warms up that is interesting, plus it throws down a couple different layers of bitterness on the finish. Its good, for sure...probably my favorite so far from TBK.

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

This brew is a brightly shining crystal clear amber in color. The white head that develops tops off at just over a finger in height and leaves a thick, compact foam when it dissipates a bit, which itself leaves fairly hefty deposits of lacing behind.
A pungent hit of fresh grapefruit pounds the nose. It remains but gives way to resinous pine bitterness and a note of pith as well, with enough caramel malt sweetness to balance while allowing the hops to make noise. This is a great-smelling, very well balanced beer. A touch of sugars are noticeable as a note in the background, doing a good job to complement.
Grapefruit. Pine. Pith. Caramel and bready malts for balance. A touch of earthiness. There's something great here and it's more than just a smack of hops in the face; it's complexity, balance and just the way everything works together as well as the extremely flavorful nature of it. This is simply great beer.
The body is medium, and right off the bat comes a mingling of crispness and smoothness that's moderate but makes this a pleasure to drink.
There's a reason for this beer's grade, and it's well deserved.

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

what a pleasant surprise, thanks to crushedvol!

a - opened the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a yellow orange that settled as a deep orange with a classicd foamy frothy white head...about a finger and a half worth. rich and transparent. some visible carbonation.

s - wonderful sweetened citric blast. really nice hops. very good balance with the sweetness. candied caramel malts blend nicely.

t - YUM. exactly the nose, but turn up the sweatiness and toss in a perfect blend of bitterness. really nice citric blast with thick piny hops. the sweetness is tamed back in the flavor by the bitterness. very nice ipa.

m - tingly and medium bodied. nice carbonation...a bit on the heavy side, but it works.

o - overall, another great ipa. i wish i could get this locally...what a treat. really nice balance of everything i like about the style...a really great offering and worth seeking out.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to my friend Jay for the growler! Poured into a NB goblet.

A: Pours a golden amber color with good clarity and evident carbonation. The head starts off at one fingers of an eggshell color, and fades to a thin collar after a short time. Spotty patches of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Welp, it's kind of what I expected - a visceral assault of Citra hops. Melon, mango, and papaya are all quite evident on the aroma, alongside some cattiness, pine, and even some sourdough bread. Malts are lightly evident, not intruding too much on the hop profile.

T: It starts off very juicy with plenty of tropical fruits like mango and papaya, along side some peach and apricot. A healthy surge of pine bitterness injects itself into the midtaste and finish. Allowing it to warm up will introduce a touch of sugar cookie from the malt backbone. Simplistic, but with superb hoppiness.

M: Very crisp and clean, which I love in my IPAs. The finish isn't bone dry, though, which means bitterness isn't reined in like it should be. This is my ONLY complaint about this brew, and it's not nearly enough to take off points here. Carbonation is about right, giving it spectacular drinkability.

O: In the right mood, I could drink this all damn day - I know for a fact this growler will get killed quickly. With a bit less bitterness, I might have considered throwing out a few 5's here and there; as it stands, still one of the better single IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to JM03 for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Had this one as a pre-game to one of my best friend’s rehearsal dinner! Served from bottle into a COAST Willi. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tropical fruit, fruit, fruit hop, pine, and pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, tropical fruit, fruit, fruit hop, tropical fruit hop, and pine hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the reviews I actually went into this one expecting a lot which is not normal at all for me. I can honestly say that this thing delivered! So much complexity going on here with tons of different hops playing around with your palate. Once you got used to one, another came in and knocked you off your feet. Really complex and satisfying throughout the entire glass. A really well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having quite a few more of. An absolute must try for any hop-head out there, you won’t be disappointed.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, orange and pineapple like citrus. In the taste, orange and pineapple like citrus hops. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and citrus hop in the aftertaste. BIG HOPS! Big citrus and a small dry pine, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for the share.

A - Golden colored beer with a little bit of orange in it. Had a nice white head that left behind a little bit of lace. Pretty vibrant looking.

S - Good citrus and tropical fruits, with a little bit of cream in there. Smells sweet, with an appropriate amount of hops.

T - It's a sweeter IPA, with some sugar malts and a touch of honey. Good citrus and orange flavors, although it's not quite as hoppy as the nose would lead you to believe.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Really good, easy drinking IPA, could drink this quite regularly. Pretty easy drinking, and taste is quite nice.

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

12oz bottle into Block 15 snifter. Huge thanks to Rizalini for this want.

A: Pours a light golden color with a thick but short lived oily off-white head that faded into a bubbly film leaving sticky patches of lacing down the glass.
S: Huge notes of fresh citrus hop and a touch of bready malt. I get some orange rind, cream and tropical Starburst as well.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of orange-cream popsicles, tropical fruits and a citrus. Citrus fills the finish with a bit of sweet malt and biscuit dough in the aftertaste. Fresh and clean.
M: Medium-full body, greasy and slick mouthfeel with bubbly carbonation. Goes down smooth enough.
O: An easy drinking and super flavorful ipa. Very hoppy and fresh tasting. Thanks again Bryin!

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Photo of rjp217
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (no date) poured into my HF stemmed tulip...

A - Light orange in color with a nice frothy head. Very stick lace all over the glass and good retention throughout

S - Strong citrus aroma.... Oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, grassy

T - Huge hop bomb! More of the same citrus in the flavor, the slightest of malt in the backbone and some bready notes

M - Real light body, thin mouthfeel, hard hop bite on the finish

Overall, really reminds me of a Stone IPA. Real dank and citrusy. This is excellent and glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @WesMantooth for this gem.

Wow, golden swirl erupts into frothy pure white tight foam that tapers back to the most graceful thin layer of tightly packed bubbles launching a floral mélange of tropical fruits, grapefruit and lemon zest that leans toward pineapple.
Taste is very juicy and forward with grapefruit, lemon, mango, and a clear malty clean sweetness that is still part of the mix. This one is similar to a DIPA, really deliscious.
Mouthfeel is juicy.
Finish lets the sweet dance with all of the hop zest. Blissful.
Overall, this is a floral, juicy, and citrusy frolic through happy hoppy fields.

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Photo of Dope
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on this one, however the beer store said it arrived 5/17. Given the taste I'd say it's quite fresh.

A: Pours a very clear amber. Big soapy and foamy white head. Head fizzes away pretty quickly, leaving moderate splotches of lacing. Nice retention at least.

S: Whoa, loaded with citrus and tropical fruits. Nice sharp bite. Strong caramel malt sweetens it up. Orange marmalade is prevalent.

T: Pungent and sharp citrus, orange marmalade and tropical fruits. Sharp (there's that word again) bitterness. Strong and tasty caramel in the middle balances it nicely but make no mistake, this one is hoppy. Wave of sharp (how many times can I use this word?) bitterness in the finish with more orange marmalade. Drying and quite bitter in the lingering aftertaste. Lots of citrus throughout.

M: Slick and oily with hop resin. Medium bodied.

O: An excellent IPA. Strong flavored caramel malt for only 6.8%. Great balance but at the same time the hops stand out very strongly and with pungent, crisp and sharp flavors/bitterness. Hard to describe, IPAs are usually well balanced (90min, pliny) or are unbalanced and super hoppy and bitter (hopsickle, ruination). This one is both at the same time. Really enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear dark yellow color. Just one finger of creamy white head. Retention is average and a small ring of lacing is left.

5.0 S: Tremendously strong citrus and floral hoppiness. Grapefruit and pine, mango and papaya, pineapple and orange. Super clean, which is just how I like my IPAs.

4.0 T: Though still quite good, the taste can't match the intensity of the nose. Everything is still there, but just less of it than I was expecting. Pine and grapefruit are the strongest, followed by orange and mango, with the pineapple and papaya underneath it all. Moderate bitterness. Surprisingly, there's a decent malt character in this. I thought that there wouldn't be based on the color. Neutral malt sweetness with just a touch of breadiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation level is fine, but the beer weighs a bit heavy on the tongue. I'd prefer a bit more creaminess from this.

4.0 D: Despite it's faults, this is still a really solid IPA.

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Photo of birchstick
2.95/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours copper without much of a head on it

S - nose is tons of cheddar (?!?) and some fruity notes

T - follows the nose. Musty-like cheddarness with some caramel malts. Weird, but not terrible.

< - medium body with some wateriness

D - decent IPA. Bit and bold, but with tons of weird cheese flavors of which I wasn't a huge fan.

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

Clear golden hue with a nice tight finger high head of white. Average retention and attractive curtains of lacing.

This is tropical and juicy, big tropical and bright floral character reigned by passionfruit, pineapple and mango. Backing of pink citrus and a breezy pine. Sweetness from the malt is candi sugar, light and lightly crystalizing on the hops. I could smell this all day.

Clean bready malt, simple syrup sweetness making way for the hops. Tropical flavor doesn't carry into into the flavor, rather an even balanced trifecta of west coast hop profile awaits with citrus, grass and pine. Through the drink the pine and grassy tones begin to dominate before a lemony zip enters in the finish. Aftertaste is a bright and drying pine.

Medium, easy drinking body, carbonation is calm but adequate allowing the flavors to shine. Alcohol is barely felt and it dries very well.

One of the best IPAs I have had of late. The tropical juicy aroma is captivating, hop flavors are satisfying and the mouthfeel is silky and it releases from the palate perfectly. I need more of these asap.

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Photo of Holland
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to blacknyellow20 for sending this as an extra!

A: cloudy golden color with decent carbonation, a layer of thin foam covering half of the top of the beer.

S: smell is dominated by citrus fruit, especially oranges. I also get a bit of sweet malt.

T: great balance with slight bitterness, good hop flavor of citrus and earth, and smooth finish with a malty and bitter back end.

M: medium carbonation, definitely better when it's warmer than it is right out of the fridge. Initially it's a bit heavy, but feels lighter and crisper as it gets closer to room temperature.

O: great beer, and something to seek out if you haven't had it. Reminds me of a mini-hopslam.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1108th Review on BA
Bottle to HF Pint
12 oz.

Thank to Dan aka CaptCleveland for this one.

App- Pours out a very deep rusted/burnt sienna orange with a very khaki looking 2-1/2 finger head. Took a bit to settle down and left some great cling and lace down the glass.

Smell- Much like the bottle says, the beer is very floral and aromatic. A bit of hop oil, mixed with deep citrus in terms of grapefruits, tangerines and a little bit of earthiness.

Taste- On the flip side of the nose was the flavor profile. Which was its twin brother. It was almost straight hops with a great bit of earthy pine and damp caramel notes. A bit spicy but remained flavorful with a nice undernote of mild citrus.

Mouth- A bit of a medium bodied IPA with a certain light-medium carbonation level. Had a huge residual hop and piney note.

Drink- I will admit, I traded for this one for the top 100 factor and didnt read other reviews. This profile isnt my cup of tea but this had good aromatics and good layers of flavor. I would have this again and trade for it again.

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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.
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