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Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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Reviews: 186
Hads: 478
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 60
Gots: 56 | 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 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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with lots of fresh citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some great citrus forward aromas and tasty flavors that make it very easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear pale yellow in color with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose along with notes of biscuity malts.
T: The taste has a very good balance between flavors of malts and hops and is accompanied by a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation and some dryness.
D: The beer is very drinkable and rather refreshing. The low alcohol content makes this quite sessionable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev -11%
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.

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

Firm, gentlemanly, and chocked full of grace, nothing satisfies the palate like a well balanced English ale.

Burnish orange in color, the beer's mildly hazed copper tone casts a soft glow from light behind. Creamy foam caps the beer with off white pillowy character. It's staying power and lace is classic and sturdy.

Caramel soaked fruit aromas carry and rich bread flavor like shortcake and biscotti. Floral honey-like scents bridge into supple tea-like notes with fresh cut grass, citrus, and pine.

Malty sweet with flavors of caramel, honey, and biscuit for a taste that weaves into the fruit esters and triggers the taste buds with notions of appricot jam and strawberry shortcake. Herbal with the hop taste of freshly mulled herbs, grasses, and citrus zest. Dried oranges, apples, and appricots give rise to the hop bitterness and deliver a nearly American hop taste and bitterness.

Medium bodied from the richness of malt texture and low-lying creamy carbonation. But the dryness of hop resin, alcohol woody warmth, and slowly fading carbonation and malt taste allows for a crisp and semi-clean finish with lingering grassy bitterness.

Although the beer tilts decidedly toward hop flavor and bitterness, it's not without the firm support of malt flavor and feel. This beer will surely delight the palate of any fan of English beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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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.

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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.

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

A - The beer has a hazy, copper colored body that is topped by a two finger head of fluffy white foam. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Musty, herbal hops with rich, toasted malt. Red apple, grapefruit, and toffee in the background.

T - Light, bready malt up front with some weak toasted notes. Musty hops in the middle and herbal notes of red apple, rye, and a hint of grapefruit. The beer finishes with musty hop notes, toasty biscuit malt, and some lightly fruity yeast.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a nice, British IPA. The musty hop character works nicely with the dry, toasty malt. There is nothing complex going on here, but the beer is sessionable despite its alcoholic strength.

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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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap@ Armsby Abbey.

A: Golden straw yellow with a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades slowly and leaves a nice pillowy lacing.

N: Fresh hops, EKG with some light grassy and mild bitter aromas. Light golden malt character. Touch of spicy floral hops with a nice effervescence.

T: Nice! A tasty hop profile with lots of fresh hops, grass mild hops with a touch of bitterness. Lots of EKG hops. Light golden malts too. Touch of sweetness and almost taste of wheat, but i think it is tricking me.

M: Lighter body with good carbonation.

F: It finishes somewhat bitter with almost a touch of astringency. The grassy floral hop character really builds to a nice finish. Touch of malts. It is mostly dry too. The freshness of this really shows and makes the beer much more tasty.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains citrus, light caramelized malts and earthy hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced and starts with mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on cask at the Dandelion, Philadelphia, PA

Poured clear, light gold, with a bit of a white head. Floral aroma, with a floral taste, accompanied by very light citrus hopiness, and a bit of breadiness. Extremely mild and smooth for an IPA. Light, crisp mouthfeel, and easy drinkability. Very easy-going for an IPA, and surprisingly light on the hops. I prefer my IPAs hoppy, but this was a pleasant surprise.

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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...

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts with a decent, two-finger head. This recedes as a dense dome and never has less than a quarter-inch of foam on the surface. Leaves spotty lace. The brew is cloudy but has a dark gold color with a moderate orange hue.

Sadly, this bottle was slightly skunked. This was distracting from the bittering hop nose, which had a citrus rind element to it. Good balance, there is a noticeable pale malt presence to the nose as well.

I like the mouthfeel. It's similar to skim milk with a fine level of carbonation. The flavor has grown on me. It's starts with a great pale grain base. The hop is strong but not overwhelming. The aftertaste is peppery with a touch of grapefruit. It doesn't have the "roundness" of some British IPA's, but it is extraordinarily easy to drink. The low abv would make it a good IPA to have many.

A second tasting of the beer was even better in terms of the smell--no skunk! The malt was much more present in this tasting--soft and balanced.

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

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, orange, mango, lemon, herbal, floral, grass, grapefruit, bread, and earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance; very pleasant. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, bread, herbal, floral, grass, mango, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance of malt sweetness/bitterness; with zero astringent hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth and drinkable. Overall this is a highly excellent English IPA! Great flavor balance and hop complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow in color with light amounts of floating particulates. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to thin patches and a thicker ring around the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts along with the dominate aroma of tropical hops. There are also some lighter notes of citrus and grapefruit hops. Very inviting.

T: The flavor also follows the aroma, starting with some biscuit malts and then followed by the hop punch - tropical with some hints of citrus and grapefruit. There is a lingering bitterness but it not intense but rather subtle. There is a fair amount of complexity in the flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry. Some resiny/oily feel from the hops, kind of sticks to your tongue and teeth.

O: Really enjoy the English IPA as a different type of IPA than the ones I have been drinking a lot of recently (West Coast and DIPAs), the lower ABV and slightly lighter hop bitterness is a nice change. Very easy to drink and the lower ABV definitely makes this one sessionable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am slowly emptying my reefer of bottles. It is not that I am totally averse to them, but I would prefer to be advancing The CANQuest (TM) instead.

From the bottle: " Thornbridge Brewery is a collaboration of innovation, passion and knowledge. Our brewers come with a variety of experience but all share the same desire to make great beers. Using the flavours of the land their aim is to put the art back into the science they were taught. Brewing has forever pushed the boundaries of technology. We found a way to use it to harness our passion for great flavoured beer. This means no pasteurisation or filtration. No stealing of delicate flavour and aroma molecules. This is Craft Beer as it should be. A complex combination of all that makes beer great. The immediate impression of Jaipur, this multi award winning India Pale Ale is soft and smooth but this rapidly builds around the mouth to a crescendo of massive hoppiness."; "Innovation-Passion-Knowledge".

In watching the first episode or two of "James May Drinks to the United Kingdom", this is the beer that Oz Clarke first buys for May, saying that it is one of his favourites. May later buys Clarke the same beer just to see if Clarke really can tell similarities and differences. Ha!

Given all of the labeling as well as being able to see suspended particulate, I went with about as gentle a pour as I have ever employed. This resulted in just a modicum of bone-white head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was a hazy sunshine yellow. Nose had a grassy, minty quality. Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was unexpectedly of fresh-squeezed grapefruit. I was in a swoon! Good on you, Clarke! I wonder how much different it is from a cask ... Finish was really hoppy and if you had told me that this was an English IPA in a blind taste test, I would not have believed it. This was a really fantastic beer. More please.

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

Poured at Church Key into a tumbler.

A real lovely 14 karat dark butter gold looking body, slightly clear. Some simple soapy white bubbles as common from the cask. Looks good.

Bouquet is grassy soft, almost fresh hop smelling, some sort of spice on this I can't get. It's quite good wish I could say more.

Small hint of butter, and a nice small subtle bitter hop with baked bread. This is a real nice balance between hop and bread that I am really enjoying, it's like a great marriage.

Great out of the cask, and solid. Nothing fancy, challenging or complex, just flat out good and very drinkable.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.25/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine beer, particularly on cask. I had this on handpump at the Brick Store Pub. A very nice pour with excellent clarity and a nice fluffy white head about 3/4 of an inch tall. Lovely leafy hop aromas leap from the glass. Nice herbal notes with a hint of mint peeking through. The taste is also quite nice with more leafy herbalness, an earthy bitterness, and a lovely creaminess. Soft, bitter, and creamy in the mouth, this is a beer I tend to get a glass of every time I see it on. Definitely moreish.

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Photo of liamt07
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, best before July 24, 2012. 500ml into a tulip.

Hazy yellowish-orange, surprisingly almost no head was formed (no hiss or pop either when I popped the cap...). Some clear bubbles form a head, but that's about it. Faint floral and lemon quality to the nose, touch of citrus zest. More citrus, lemon, and grainy flavours on the palate, definitely some English character to the malt here. Medium body, but a surprisingly very low carbonation. A good beer, but based on this experience (or bottle), I'm not sure if I'd grab another right away.

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Photo of corby112
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at The Dandelion.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with sheets of chunky, soapy lacing.

Delicate floral hop aroma that is nicely balanced by a toasted biscuit malt backbone. Slightly earthy with hints of grass and pine needle as well as some faint citrus peel. Slightly creamy with a nice graham cracker/biscuit malt character countering the earthy/floral notes.

Creamy medium body that is fuller than expected with a crisp floral hop bite up front that isn't too bitter, lingering over the malt backbone into a slight dry finish. Slightly earthy without being cloying or too dry or bitter with subtle sweet citrus notes and a perfect biscuity malt backbone. Although there is a prominent malt presence underneath, it isn't overpowering and the hops are given plenty of room to shine through. All of the hop flavor without the tongue-coating dryness. Perfectly balanced yet this beer is one of the hoppiest British beers I've ever had. The drinkability of this beer is off of the charts. I drank the first imperial pint so quickly that I needed to order a second to go with my meal.

I love real ales on cask but am not the biggest fan of English IPAs. This beer was a perfect example of both. I highly recommend that you seek this beer out on cask if you have the chance.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer by @epiclurk.

Pours a really crystal clear deep golden colour, with a firm, frothy and very persistent head of pure white. Lacing is intricate, waving and speckled. Body is pretty light and the carbonation is big-bubbled and a little bit lethargic. Looks good overall, though.

Nose, oh yes, the nose! Big, sweet pungent citrus mingled with tropical fruits, peach skin, passionfruit and freshly crushed fragrant herbs. Wow, and such potency. The lilting, lyrical tone of the flavours belies just how powerful this is. Oh, just lovely stuff...

Taste is also very good. Solid if plain malty characters give a base, while some brisk but restrained hop character provides interest on the palate. It has that hop-derived nuttiness that I associate with Mikkeller's IPAs, which gives a clean flush of the palate without leaving too much residual, biting bitterness. Feel is a little weak, and although the malt provides a base, it's perhaps not strong enough to really provide a fullness to the palate.

Still, this is a lovely little IPA from Thornbridge. It has stacks of aromatics, and a solid, drinkable basis. And that aroma, oh god, that aroma...

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jaipur is neither pasteurized nor filtered and it shows; the taxi-cab yellow beer is checkered, albeit with suspended flakes of what might be yeast particles or, more likely even, coagulated protein. Either way, it doesn't turn me off one bit - this looks hearty and healthy. Its soapy white head makes more waves than a lake full of loose rudders.

Jaipur smells as colorful as all the saris in Bollywood. It has fluorescent flair, like the lady on its label, and a bouquet of lavender and fresh-cut flowers. It's like Thornbridge held a flower contest only to use all the submissions for dry-hopping. Although hardly noticed, I'm surprised the malty notes of biscuit and toasted bread make it through at all.

While they were at it, Thornbridge may have robbed a lemon orchard as well. The taste, too, is bright and citrusy and showcases lots of mango and lemon flavor. The malts have a really agreeable doughiness to them; it sometimes tastes like country white bread served with marmalade (with rind) and a single, tiny mint leaf.

The malt is sweet but mild while the hops leave an imprint of freshly-mowed grass. Maltiness ranges from somewhat to noticeably cereal-like, while the hops are consistently drying and grassy. Its herbal-earthy enough to carry a teeny bit of spice, like you'd find an authentic pilsner. It's all very refreshing and quite minty.

English beers are usually the most familiar, but their brewers are still evidently capable of surprises. Jaipur is as sunny as any beach in India (or San Diego, for that matter). It manages to embrace the modern (read: American) style and level of hopping, but still drinks like a hearty, rustic pint of real (read: traditional British) ale. A really impressive offering.

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Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
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