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Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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Jaipur IPAJaipur IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

418 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 43
Gots: 25 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006)
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Reviews by allergictomacros:
Photo of allergictomacros
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very slightly hazed straw with a big, billowy white head. Poured this a bit hard on account of not expecting this sort of foam.

S - Nose is very grassy, light lemon backing.

T - First impression is bitter and hoppy, but the bitterness seems to lessen quickly. Little bit of graininess and some lemon-citrus.

M - A bit of a sharp carbonation. Light body has a bit of slickness.

D - Good drinkability. Hops are strong, but have an understated quality that lets the malt come through.

allergictomacros, May 06, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First Thornbridge beer for me,I had tempered enthusiasim for this IPA.Poured a lighter golden shade with a peachy hue,a large blooming white head atop.Aromas are lighter with some biscuit malt and faint leafy hop.Flavors have a decent spice kick to them,a bit of hoppy sharpness and herb,a dryer malt base holds thru to the finish.A quaffer and not in your face hoppiness,good for the style,would love to try on cask.

As I drank more,a sweetish honey malt flavor came thru more and more.

oberon, May 26, 2010
Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

beerhunter13, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of cellarboy
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled three pints at the Map Room in Chicago.

The beer pours bright and golden, with quite a good head and excellent condition for a cask beer. Just a hint of a haze.

Aroma is quite fruity, backed by resiny hops. The fruitiness carries through into the palate, which is firmly bitter yet still well-balanced and elegant. Hop bitterness, as opposed to flavor, is clearly the feature here. The finish is clean - this is a remarkably refreshing beer given its strength and hoppiness.

This is one of the best UK cask beers I have ever sampled anywhere. I will definitely look for it on my next trip to Britain and will certainly order it any time I find it available in the US. I rank it on par with Hop Back Summer Lightning - an excellent pint!

cellarboy, May 08, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Post Road Tavern.
In a pint glass the beer was a hazy apricot color with a small white head. There was a tiny bit of lace. Not very visually appealing.
Sweet malt and citrus aroma.
Mostly grapefruit taste, also some orange and apricot. Nice biscuity background.
Well-balanced beer, very drinkable. This version on tap just wasn't a pretty beer. Maybe I'll try a bottle next time.

lordofthewiens, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

csmartin6, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BeerDrinker01
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Cervoise glass.

A - Pale yellow almost straw color with a big white cloud head!

S - Hoppy, Grassy, Citrusy, Pine, Pineapple, Grapefruit & Mango. Very clean and crisp smelling beer.

T - Pretty much the same as the nose clean grassy hops slightly piney, Citrusy, Tropical Fruits with a very light bitterness. It's a well balanced but subtle IPA.

M - Dry, Medium bodied, Moderate carbonation.

All around a nice fresh balanced IPA! Very well crafted beer & very drinkable!

BeerDrinker01, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle from the Lower Jarvis LCBO. Handsome-looking bottle with some lovely label design. Appropriate name for an English IPA as there ever was one.

Poured into a nonic. Very bright in colour, a deep golden hue, with a sturdy head of foam that displays terrific retention and lots of sticky lace. Visible carbonation.

Nose is fruity (peach, pear, apricot) and with subtle notes of floral hops.

An easy drinking IPA that is certainly milder in the hop content, but big on the soft fruit and floral flavor. Tastes a great deal like marmalade, as a matter of fact. The hop bitterness is mild, and comes in huffing and puffing at the finish line. Not quite the IPA blast I was expecting, but I'm sure it's more akin to what was consumed 140 years ago by former soldiers and companymen of the Raj.

Medium bodied, carbonation is firm, but not oppressive. A bit sticky.

An enjoyable brew, but those looking for a hoppy blast will do well to limit their search to this side of the pond.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of rob133
5/5  rDev +24.1%

rob133, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Marius, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of innominat
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

innominat, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

fionn13, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of stephenlee
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

stephenlee, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -0.7%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of dwren89
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: great clarity, surprisingly pale gold color, much lighter than most English IPA, white, sticky, fluffy head

Aroma: Strong citrus aroma of grapefruit, orange, very little to no detectable malt aroma, clean yeast

Taste: fruity, citrusy, spritzy carbonation, much more American than English, very soft pale malt backbone that is only detectable really in the body; hops flavors ring through start to finish with a mildly bitter medium finish

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, carbonation lightens the body, you can only tell its medium bodied if you hold it in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing; very easy drinking, medium bitter, somewhat dry finish

Overall Impression: For a beer that is ranked this highly on Beeradvocate’s top beers in Britain, I honestly expected more. It is a little too light in body and malt character, and uses obviously American hops, to be considered an English IPA. When compared to the best Ameican IPAs, this would not have a prayer to make the top 50. That being said, it is quite refreshing, light on the palate, and thirst quenching.

dwren89, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sankey cask pulled through a sparkler at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a murky copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth pale and caramel malts with good amounts of earthy hops. Also present in milder amounts are spicy hop aromas and very light amounts of citrus.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Soft caramel malt flavors with just a hint of buttery diacetyl kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are earthy and slightly spicy hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of citrus work their way into things, fading out to allow the earthy hops and malts to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without any problems and could easily have a few more.

Overall I enjoyed this nice English IPA from a cask, even if it wasn't a "proper" cask. A solid and well done beer that's worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of JohnW
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this beer on several occasions during past 6 months, both as a guest beer (three times) in a local real ale bar, and at a Beer Festival. Can only echo the previous two positive reviews, this is a great beer. The brewery apparently has as head brewer the guy previously at Kelham Island Brewery in Sheffield, and he sure knows his job! Pours pale golden yellow, rather lager like in colour, but a much stronger aroma - fruity, slightly sweet but zesty, but hinting at the slightly higher than average alc. Initial taste is both crisp and sharp with hints of citrus, but with body and a hint of sweetness and contrasting bitterness of hops in the finish, making it more satisfying than some thinner IPAs. Easy to drink and the higher alcohol content could just make it dangerously so! Very enjoyable, and look forward to having it again.


JohnW
B'ham UK

JohnW, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a pint glass)
A- The clear deep yellow body supports a spongy snow white head and some nice strands of tiny bubbles glide to the surface.

S- The dry herbal floral hops have a nice musty lemon quality to them with some grainy pale malt notes that turn just a bit husky.

T- The dry finish of green hops is the first thing I notice. Then more woody and floral hop flavors come in and some dry woody pungent hops linger afterword with a skunky hint, not light-struck but more hops derived.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz that complements the hops.

O- The nice dry British hops character is full with much softer pale malt flavors underneath. The dry hop character takes on an almost astringent quality but there is enough depth in the hops to counter that.

rhoadsrage, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev -0.7%

dcbeers, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Just Southern Asian and English enough for the traditional style to cry out "we're the real deal, right-o, then!"

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of pillow-like rocky, bone-white head, which leaves some stellar webbed lace around the glass in its lazy wake.

It smells of moderately bitter citrus, tropical fruit, grassy, and piney hops, mild savoury spice, and a subtle cracker graininess. The taste is grassy, floral hops, mild citrus pith, a wee bit of bready yeast, all nicely balanced by an understated bready caramel/toffee malt. A small, hardly perceptible bit of alcohol warming arises as things progress.

The carbonation is duly present, and agreeably sedate, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the hops still holding sway in that stiff-upper-lip English sort of way.

Wow - an EIPA that isn't afraid of the almighty hop, and what it can do for you, to crib from a famous American trope. A lovely, dry, and fruity India Pale Ale, by anyone's scale.

biboergosum, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of mintjellie
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow body, soapy white head. Good retention, very little lace. Aroma is floral and lemony with softer evergreen undertones. Lemon and biscuits up front followed by citrus pith and a firm bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste. Light-bodied with low carbonation. I love light-bodied beers with solid flavours in the summertime, and this strikes me as a very well made golden ale. Pretty moreish stuff.

mintjellie, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Loveyourbeer, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Graeme24, Aug 06, 2013
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Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.