Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 57
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006

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Reviews by jbonapar:
Photo of jbonapar
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just noticed this one for sale at LCBO in Ottawa. Never heard of it, so had to try it!

Poured a realy nice, slightly hazy straw color with an amazingly thick creamy head. Insanely creamy, literally whipped cream! The taste of the cream itself was wonderfull. Sweet hoppy goodness.

The taste of the actual beer didn't disappoint either. A medium body, mild sweetness but bordering on a dryer beer but just enough to balance to floral hops. The hop bitternes builds with every sip.

I was really impressed with this. One of the better IPA's i've ever had.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  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.

Photo of cellarboy
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of BeerDrinker01
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.01/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of dwren89
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of JohnW
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

B'ham UK

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of BlazerT
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Golden, clear with nice thick, medium, white head. Good lacing. Average lasting. Starts with nice malty character, nice medium citrus zesty aroma, touch of tropical fruits. Light to medium bitter, orange peel, grapefruit, light resing flavours. Almost medium bodied, smooth, lively carbonation semi-dry. Finish is bittersweet. Very refreshing beer. Nice, well balanced, refreshing an very drinkable IPA. Solid.

Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of mintjellie
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have great respect for this brewery, and this brew again confirms it. Yes, English understated and smooth drinking craftmanship, yet delivers an IBU bitterness that wakes up the taste buds. Enjoyable drinkability, though more of a sipper to save the buds from being shredded. Like an imperial English IPA.Bottle from Premiere Gourmet.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow. Snow white head. Well-defined lacings to the finish.

Aroma is fresh hops, vibrant tropical fruit.

Hops right up front. Bitter juicy pineapple with just a hint of pine. Malt is hard to pick out. Clean grain, but the hops are certainly the star of the show.

This is a pretty simple beer. Juicy hops and that's about it. Fresh it's very tasty.

Photo of hophopandaway
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome beer. I've had it in a bottle and, like all cask beers, the flavour isn't the same because it's pasteurised, filtered and force carbonated. I digress.
This beer has a nice amberish colour and the smell is of citrus and bold hops.
When drinking the beer is full bodied with tangy malt and big citrus hop flavours and a nice long dry finnish.
There is, as one would expect, a superb creamy head that stays throughout the whole pint leaving a sexy lacing down the side of your pint glass.
Thornbridge make only superb beers and I recommend all of their ales very strongly, but the best way to enjoy them is when they have been served from a cask.
Only 5.9% needed to make what must be one of the finest beers in all the world. Take note craft brewers everywhere who can only get good flavour by making their beers as strong as wine.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask-conditioned and served via handpump at Pizzeria Paradiso in Washington DC, the Jaipur IPA was delivered to me with a short head of white foam resting atop a mainly clear golden body. The head held well, and it left short walls and sheets of lace as it went. The aroma offered notes of tart apple, marmalade, and grassy and spicy hops; all of which carried over into the flavor along with some added biscuit-like, mildly sweet malt. It was hoppy, but not overdone, and well-rounded. A solid, but again, not overly-done, bitterness anchored it, leading to a long, grassy and spicy bitter finish. The moderate carbonation and smoothness helped with that, and it was remarkably easy to drink.

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful looking in the pour. Hazy, medium straw color with a solid finger of head.
Smell of cereal, grass and floral. Nice combination.
Pleasant taste, tame at first, then lemon bitterness and a little grapefruit. A lasting and nice bitterness.
Soft texture, low carbonation and medium body.
All around an excellent IPA.

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one courtesy of Bitterbill, cheers Bill!
BBD of May 2010

Pours a semi-hazed apricot with 3 fingers of rocky eggshell colored head. Haze never totally clears, but nice lacing & head retention

S: Orchard fruit & a whisper of breadyness

T: Peaches, pear & citric hops underlined with some dry biscuitty malt up front with a layer of grapefruit as well. Grapefruit, herbal hops & a slight bit of pineapple shows up as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty & with much grapefruit & a bit of pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation & nice balance

Very good drinkability, a good EIPA from the source so to speak, with just a bit of American influence IMO. Would to get a hold of this on cask or even just a 7 day old bottle...

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - fully cloudy golden, white head retained very well leaving sticky lacing all around
S - earthy and resiny hops with a definite metallic hint, some grainy presence in the background
T - hop bomb of herbal, resin, mild grapefruit and spice, light bready malt with a metallic twinge, and some sweetercitrus on the finish
M - light and well carbonated, refreshing body with a mildly pleasant bitter finish
O - the focus here is hops as it should be, could use a little more malt flavour support, but overall an extremely drinkable beverage

Photo of eat
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bobsy for bringing this back from Buffalo.

Hazy light-gold body with a thin layer of whit head and some lacing.

Big nose: peppery, earthy/planty with sweet malt, tangerine and a little cat piss. Unique hop profile.

The interesting hops I was noticing with the nose don't come through in the flavour. Very British here, with subdued earthy hopping (including a little pine) and grainy malt. Decently balanced and decently hopped for a British IPA, though not super flavourful. The finish leaves some lingering earthy bitterness.

Medium-light body and carbonation.

No off flavours here. Along with a light body and lower ABV, this stuff ends up going down pretty easily. This seems to be one of the more highly-rated English IPAs out there; I guess when it comes down to it, English-style IPA is just not my cup of tea.

Photo of ReluctantScooper
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask, keg, bottle, fermenter-fresh.

NB - not pasturised, not filtered.

I have a love affair with Jaipur. It's one of the few beers that made me draw breath after a first sip and think... wow. Just... wow.

Jaipur has flirted with hop varieties but now seems to have settled down into a dependable friut salad feel. There's biscuity malt underneath, zesty lemons on top.

It's a grand session beer, as long as you want that session to be short and messy.

I'm proud to have been a Jaipur drinker since 2005. Long may that continue.

Photo of humpty1602
2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Im not getting the hype on this one. Light in color. Smells funky like a farmhouse ale. Tastes about the same. Slightly bitter. Plenty of carbonation. If it didn't say IPA on it, I would think I was drinking a farmhouse ale. Maybe it's old.... Was new at a respected bottleshop tho.

Photo of Stocean1
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - two finger head of white foam with sticky patchy lacing - the colour of light honey - semi-cloudy

S - citrus - grapefruit - pale malt - floral

T - citrus up front grapefruit and lemon - sweet malt - lemon butter cookie with a citrus bite - floral hops on the back end

M - medium body with some carbonation - balanced bitterness - not dry with some sweetness - crisp and refreshing

O - an excellent IPA with some Amercian IPA characteristics - definitely buy it when you see it

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a large, fading head.
Nose shows herbal, spicy and grassy hops with soft clean malt underneath.
Flavours include laid-back spicy and herbal notes along with light malt.
Carbonation is high, suiting the beer well.
Very easy-drinking and approachable.

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Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
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