According to The Brew Kettle in Strongsville, Ohio, the White Rajah is a west coast style IPA full of citrus and tropical hop flavor with an assertive but smooth bitter finish. I’m very excited to review this one since it’s very highly rated on Beer Advocate, I love the style, and it’s very difficult to find outside of Ohio. The bottle says it has 6.8% ABV and 70 IBU. Let’s go ahead and crack it open.
Appearance- pours a clear bright copper/orange hue with a finger of white head that clings to the glass with every sip.
Smell- the first waft of this is very inviting and gets my taste buds salivating. Sweet tropical fruit notes like mango, passionfruit, and pineapple dominate, while a tinge of citrus hangs in the background. Based on the smell alone this beer definitely belongs in the world class IPA conversation.
Taste- has a solid malt backbone for the style, but that is obviously not what this beer is about. This is a hop forward beer with a soft bitterness from start to finish. Tropical and citrus flavors are widespread and intermingle nicely. Just as the bottle states the beer has an “assertive but smooth bitter finish”.
Mouthfeel- dry and medium bodied as expected for a west coast style IPA, good carbonation/plenty of bubbles, with a bit of oiliness from the hops.
Drinkability- very easy to drink. I wish I had more than one. This is very very good IPA and deserves it’s high ranking. Well done Ohio. I definitely will be looking forward to any more Brew Kettle beers that come my way.
Overall- A. This IPA is definitely in the world class IPA conversation. It’s easy to drink, smells fantastic, and has a soft yet assertive bitterness. Drink it!