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Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 474
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 59
Gots: 55 | 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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Photo of josanguapo
2.64/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From www.elcervecero.es. playing Kings Bounty Dark Side, in Legado de Yuste cup. Unpleasant taste, like detergent, but not as bed as the Shipwrecked DIPA (153 characters)

Photo of humpty1602
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of MikeyBadnews
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
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 (884 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on cask at churchkey. I realize this is an English IPA and it is meant to be this way, but I just don't enjoy these non-hoppy IPAs. Kind boring. (155 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
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! (973 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of dwren89
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey golden shade with a peachy hue, a small white head atop, dissipates averagely.

Aromas are lighter with some biscuit malt and faint leafy hops. Really not much hops though, not typical of any IPA style but I will hold judgement.

Flavors have a decent spice kick to them, a bit of hoppy sharpness (all earthy/citrus hops but they are balanced well, subtle), malts are drier than I would have anticipated from the nose. Mouthfeel is good on carbonation and the malt backbone is just enough to keep the bitterness from everwhelming. I wish I could try this fresh or on tap/cask to truely judge/appreciate.

A good beer; a citrus dominated India Pale Ale, but I would call it an ESB if I didn't know better. (725 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at TJ's, 4/13/11.

A-Clear straw gold with a very thin white head that leaves some nice white lacing.

S-Biscuit malt, some noble hops, very light aroma for the style.

T-Crisp biscuit malt with a light finish of noble hops. The mild bite is fine for the style.

M-light bodied and crisp, slightly buttery.

O-If this were 4.5% ABV, I'd think more highly of it. Too much alcohol and too little flavor for my taste.

HV (425 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy to try this at My Place in Newtown, CT, this English IPA shows a clear pale amber color with a fair white head and very little signs of lacing. The aroma brings solid pine citrus hop and biscuit malt hints. Not bad as English styled IPA's go. The flavor brings very much the same profile as the aroma, no surprises, decent enough and probably a bit more hop than many other British hop brews. I find it to be medium bodied with decent carbonation for a very solid, liquacious feel with a little tinglation. Very nice IPA, not highly memorable but plenty drinkable and worth a revisit anytime. (598 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 500 ml brown bottle, best before date on back label listed as 07.12.11. Pours out a hazed straw colour, chunky foamy off-white head. Lots of thick, sticky lacing.

Spicy, herbal hops appear first on the nose, along with some dry grains, while bright sweet citrus esters show up later.

Neutral bready malt up front in the flavour that quickly is overlapped with leafy, spicy herbal hops, finishing with more citrus character hops. Very clean finish and aftertaste, the hops are utilized well without being allowed to roam free and go wild.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, a bit soapy in texture, low carbonation.

Quite the easy-drinker for the style, it holds its own and delivers a hop kick that is more than simply one-dimensional. Malt presence is pretty absent, this one is all about the hops. (843 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The main trouble with English beers coming over to BC is even when they just arrive in stores thye often don't taste fresh which is a problem for a beer which relies on floral hops notes and a subtle citrus note. I liked the beer but could detect age in the flavour and a drop in the level of the hops used. It ended tasting a lot like the Brockton IPA from Granville Island when I know fresh it probably more sublime. Not worth the $7 a bottle when I can get fresh Brockton in cans for $12 a six. (497 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before 24.07.12. Poured in to Founders Tulip.

A - Medium bright yellow, very slightly hazy. One finger of bright white head formed with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - Big grassy hop aroma up front with some earthy tones balanced by some sweet bready malts. Bitterness is seemingly low to moderate.

T - A fairly big bitterness up front. Big grassy hop profile with a touch of lemon. The malt base provides some sweetness and some grainy/bready notes. The finish is better and dry.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. (540 characters)

Photo of shanblur
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Local Option in Chicago. Served in a tulip. Slightly hazy straw color. Thick white lacing clings to the glass. Muted hops and malts with a distinct floral aroma. Wheat flavor with a floral hops finely integrated. Not overpowering. Medium body with a light carbonation. A nice easy drinker. Recommended. (312 characters)

Photo of jampics2
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard. Served in a pint glass for about $7.

The beer looks nice in the glass. It's a mostly translucent orange color with copper highlights and a touch of gold around the edges, slightly hazed with alluring depths. A beautiful white head leaves great lace.

The smell is OK. I'm not a fan of traditional English IPA's compared to American ones, but I can throw out my preference enough to say this has a good hop bill, full of citrus and flowery notes, atop a solid malt base.

The taste is also good, but nothing great. Some grassy hops have touches of citrus and flowers and the malt base has caramel notes with a touch of breadiness. Some spice and biscuit are noted, along with grapefruit and lemon notes and a touch of honey. The fruitiness emerges and the tart touches subside, resulting in lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel is acceptable. The beer is a bit chewy and grainy in my mouth, but the medium body is bolstered by a decent carbonation. The overall score is between average and good. If you love English IPA's, this is your beer. Not my thing, but a good example of the style overall. (1,126 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold pour with thick tight head (draft pour into 12 oz tulip); grassy citrus notes; tight bubbles lace down glass; fresh cut grass and just a hint of lemon; lite mouthfeel; liquid goes down smooth; dry, grass hop finish; overall very lite and refreshing. (254 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer, hazy golden yellow under a long-lived head that leaves lots of lace.

Nose is grassy and hoppy with lemon citrus. Appetizing. Taste is grapefruit peel, grass, hint of lemon in the finish. Strong bitterness that lingers for quite a long time. Comes across with a full mouthfeel, not a light brew.

Decent worth and worth a try, but a little too bitter to be a fave. (383 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a clear golden color with a thin fizzy white head on it. The lacing it very light but does show around the glass. The smell of the beer is lightly citrusy with a good amount of malts in there too. The taste of the beer is a little on the weak side, I do like the flavor flavors it does have though. Mouthfeel was pretty thin actually, the carbonation was limited but had enough to kelp it interesting. Overall it's a pretty nice regular ipa. (464 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at JDW Sutton (Surrey)

A: Fairly pale, Initally cloudy which cleared into a moderate haze, moderate retention and lacing.

S: Sour apples and citrus.

T: A hit of bitterness which kept on giving, some apple and tomato long lingering bitter finish.

M: Crisp, low carbonation, bitterness which gave a slightly coarse edge.

O: A good pint, it required a few sips to adjust to the bitterness, but at that point it became very quaffable. (444 characters)

Photo of BlazerT
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of uno99
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to try this one ever since it was mentioned and featured on the UK show "Oz and James Drink to Britain". I'd recommend this show to any beer geek; it's a fantastic trek across England in search of the perfect drink, and offers alot of laughs and insight.

A: Poured straight into the bottom of my Duvel Tulip did this beer justice. The head is huge and bright, and leaves some fantastic lacing and a little mound of foam floating on the top.

S: Quite ripe and fresh smelling despite the few month old bottle. Not sure what these hops are but they aren't particularly floral or citrus. Somewhere in the middle. Slight honey, earth scent.

T: Hops are more citrus on the finish. Lemon and grassy. Finish is long and pleasant.

M: Love the dry and long finish. carbonation is fairly high but some swirling gets rid of that a bit.

Overall, I wasn't blown away by this but its certainly sessionable and well crafted. I would love to try the cask version or a fresher bottle. (979 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep blonde color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of floral hops with light dry notes with clean cereal notes is quite enjoyable and seems to be split between an American and British IPA. Taste is also a great mix between some floral and hoppy notes with a dry finish with some clean cereal notes with some light residual sugar coming through. Body is about average with good carbonation. Love the mix between citrus hops and floral dry British hops notes. (529 characters)

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Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.