Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery
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Reviews by mrfrancis:
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a bubbly, lingering white head. Carbonation is very noticeable, and little particles of yeast collect at the bottom of the glass.
S: Aromas of biscuits and tropical fruit dominate the nose. The smell is straight-forward, but is interesting enough to be inviting.
T: Notes of biscuits, lemon, grapefruit, kumquat, navel orange, and pine swirl across the palate. I thought I was also able to detect the subtlest hints of mango and papaya. The finish is bitter and slightly resinous with tart citrus notes in abundance.
M: Medium bodied, firm, and dry. Carbonation is active, but unobtrusive. Very drinkable for such a complex ale.
O: This is a wonderfully flavorful, gorgeously balanced IPA that straddles the line between English and American variants of the style. Very much worth trying.
11-09-2011 14:10:52 | More by mrfrancis
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3.95/5 rDev -2%
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.
05-26-2010 22:42:48 | More by oberon
4.47/5 rDev +10.9%
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!
05-08-2007 14:17:39 | More by cellarboy
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
06-02-2011 21:26:31 | More by lordofthewiens
United Kingdom (England)
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
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!
12-19-2013 15:19:03 | More by BeerDrinker01
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
04-09-2012 20:44:37 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.26/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
06-12-2013 21:12:07 | More by dwren89
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
09-02-2010 01:52:55 | More by glid02
United Kingdom (England)
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
02-05-2007 22:02:12 | More by JohnW
4/5 rDev -0.7%
(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.
04-30-2013 18:23:42 | More by rhoadsrage
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
08-22-2011 00:03:39 | More by biboergosum
4.23/5 rDev +5%
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.
05-24-2012 19:02:52 | More by mintjellie
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
02-13-2011 03:13:33 | More by Sammy
Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
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