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Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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90
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431 Ratings
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 44
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006)
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a light straw color - and I do mean straw color. The head is two fingers high, with a white shade and a foamy texture. Retention is pretty good - combined with the aforementioned texture, it leaves behind a lot of lacing. (3.75)

Smell: There are a lot of interesting hop notes. I'm picking up a ton of typically English hop notes (earth, flowers, spice, and marmalade), primarily. However, the floral notes also take on a grassy tone, redolent of a good Czech pilsner. And there even seems to be some Cascade thrown in for good measure! The malt backbone is...well, there isn't any, actually. Hops dominate; big, grassy, floral, slightly fruity hops. Basically, it's a properly English IPA brewed to American extremes. (4)

Taste: Lots of English hops make themselves known - this beer is absolutely loaded with notes of earth, grass, flowers, apricot, and marmalade. At first, the hoppiness seems a touch rough, but giving it a few more patient sips will smooth it out almost perfectly. As it warms up, I'm starting to pick up a lot of grapefruity notes. In spite of what the nose suggested, there are a hint of cookie-like malts appearing on the back end - and it's just enough. Despite the low maltiness, it's quite complex. And enjoyable, too, can't forget enjoyable. (4)

Mouthfeel: Phenomenally light and crisp. Even better, it's delicate. Seriously, how many IPAs can truly be considered delicate? It's not bone dry, though I don't really care. Carbonation is around average for the style. (4)

Overall: Why aren't more English-style IPAs brewed like this? The more I drink this beer, the more I realize Thornbridge really know what they're doing. If I could get this recipe fresher and in 6 packs, this would become one of my go-to IPAs - it says a lot that I'd buy it again considering how hard it is to find fresh in the US (plus, it's a bit pricey here). A lot of American brewers could learn from these guys - people, you don't need crystal malt to balance an IPA's hoppiness. Not at all. (4)

3.99/5: An English IPA taken to its delicious extremes

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Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.