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Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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Jaipur IPAJaipur IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

407 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 42
Gots: 22 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

HankC, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of humpty1602
2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

humpty1602, May 07, 2014
Photo of MikeyBadnews
2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

JAIPUR, an English style IPA that works better as a farmhouse ale. If memory (and a little creative googling to back up my memory) serves me an English style IPA should be pretty high in alcohol and rocking the world in malts. The malt is there but the alcohol at a paltry 5.9% seems weak for an IPA although the flavor is a wicked whiskey barrel boozy head-dizzier that makes you feel like a hangover is imminent.

Theres no acidity here, no pleasant balance of citrus and pine, nothing to indicate I'm drinking an IPA. Like I eluded to earlier this has more qualities of a farmhouse ale mislabeled as an IPA.

Not a huge fan, if you like Fantome Saison or Four Play (both farmhouse ales) you wont mind taking a dip into this and telling all your friends how you're expanding your horizons. Outside of that this is easily forgettable, not "bad" but IPA fans wont be pleased.

Cheers

MikeyBadnews, Aug 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

mick_cooper, Jul 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

cfalovo97, Nov 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Bellonc, Nov 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Lupie, Feb 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

jenray, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

fostachild, Apr 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

SpillyBeers, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handpump half-pint at the Coal Hole.

A: Slightly hazy gold body under a thin white head. Not much in the way of retention, but nice lace. Not bad.

S: Bitter, floral hops, bready malt, and a hint of sour, fruity funk - lacto?

T: Definitely a little funky, but not in a terrible way. Sour fruit opens things up, followed by some biscuity malt and a hugely bitter, grapefruity finish. Flawed, but nice intensity.

M: Hugely effervescent for cask, with tons of fine soft carbonation filling out a medium body.

O: I assumed at first that this was an example of a poorly-kept cask, but it didn't taste stale or oxidized - just slightly infected with crisply sour lacto (and hence the fault of the brewer, and something I believe deserves to be mentioned in a review). I kind of enjoyed it, but can't score it too highly for the style. If I get a chance to try it again, I certainly will - the grapefruit finish suggested that a cleaner version might be really tasty.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

oso, Mar 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Paulkasykes30, Mar 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Mattias, Mar 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

SimonTja, May 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

drpimento, Aug 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

HATS4BATS, Mar 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Dreadnaught33, Jul 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

kelvarnsen, May 07, 2012
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 BlackHaddock
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle: best before 1st Nov 2012, poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard during an IPA and Porter tasting evening on 11th Aug 2012.

My cask review of this beer wasn't overly complimentary: this bottle review is a bit better.

The beer is a citrus hop brew: it's always hazy/cloudy, smells and tastes hoppy and citrusy. It's fine, but not great in my eyes.

Still can't see the fascination of this beer: nothing wrong with it, but I'm underwhelmed compared to most of my mates.

BlackHaddock, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is sweet and hoppy with citrus, grass, carrots, and caramel malt. The appearance is hazy amber with a huge head for an IPA. The taste is like the aroma but a touch of vegetables and astringent chemicals. Not a good way to finish but thankfully the bad stuff was the weakest part. The palate is thick for an IPA. The beer is drinkable overall but not a great beer.

nick76, Oct 04, 2010
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3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the LCBO. Had a best before of july sometime this year. Pours a bright golden yellow with a good amount of head. Tastes of grassy and lemon like notes. Has a crisp taste to it, but the flavour fades kinda quickly to an average finish. Don't think I will go out of my way for this one again.

WeedKing4, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 point 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date found.

Appearance - Super cloudy yellow body. Enormous white foamy head. Decent to low stick. Great retention.

Smell - Musky corn. Wet cardboard. Yeast. Mild citrus character.

Taste - Moderately hoppy. Lime peel bitterness. Citrusy all around. Balanced. Light bodied overall.

Mouthfeel - Sharp. Medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation to smooth out the texture.

Overall Drinkability - Enjoyable. Decently complex. If I was in the mood for something bitter, or was trying to pair this with a meal, I might enjoy it substantially more because it has good balance and presentation of characters. Unfortunately, it's not so great at being a stand-alone beer on this ocassion. Still worth checking out. No off characters.

ZenAgnostic, Oct 24, 2011
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Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.