Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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Jaipur IPAJaipur IPA

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BA SCORE
90
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467 Ratings
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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 57
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006

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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 stcules
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oranged yellow color, lightly veiled. White foam, decnt, not very beautiful.
Very pleasant smell, fresh, citrussy, grassy touches, maybe citron. A hint of hay.
Very good taste too, same notes, pleasnt citrus notes, chamomile, hay, fresh hop.
Good malty base, then a lot of hop, fresh and pleasant. Well balanced.
A good hop in the aftertaste, not too long, with earthly and citrussy notes.
Well done and pleasant beer, great drinkability.

Photo of tbeckett
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A - Cloudy light golden. Soapy one finger white head. Spotty lace with one finger of retention. Good stuff.

S - Super hoppy. Tropical, a little grape, grass.

T - Really juicy tropical hop flavour. Orange, giant tropical hop flavour.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, nice tropical bite.

O/D - A nice IPA. Lovely interpretation of the American style. Great hop profile, light, and really drinkable.

Photo of danieelol
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours totally yellow. Nice head and lacing.

Nose is all pine and grapefruit.

Taste is all pine and grapefruit.

Slightly "softer" IPA, lacks aggressive carbonation, but still has plenty of hops and seems perfectly fresh to my palate.

Nice IPA, doesn't have the body, resin or carb of many US takes but still perfectly enjoyable. Extremely drinkable.

Evokes a somewhat bigger Stone & Wood Pacific Ale.

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 Kremlock
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale straw colour and a bit hazy. Frothy 1 inch head on top.

S: Citrus, a bit of pine,

T: Grapefuit, citrus, low breadiness flavours.

M: Low-med body, med-high carbonation, low-med bitter finish. Dry finish.

O: A good IPA but lacks a bit of the malt flavours to balance.

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 bark
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The colour is surprisingly pale, reminding of a pilsner (6 EBC) tan anything else. The white head is compact and white; some lacing occurs.

The smell is hoppy with medium bitterness (for an IPA) and quite a lot of thick sweet notes of pine needles, grapefruit and lemon curd. Minerals and dought in the background.

The taste is bitter and semi-sweet. Lots of citric fruits and -peels. Not much malts, and almost no caramel at all, it is just enough to create a balancing background to the hops. It it clean and focused. Light to medium body. Orange peels, some perfume and grapefruit juice in the aftertaste as well as some clean alcohol and hints of cereals plus a touch of butter. The finish is clean with citric bitterness.

The carbonation is strong; the many small bubbles fresh. The liquid is light and somewhat dry.

A very refreshing and innovative take on the American IPA style. Enjoyable.

Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden unfiltered with lots of white particles floating in it. 3 finger slight yellow head fades moderately fast. Little visible carbonation.

S: Malty, some sourdough, slight musty cellar like quality, grass.

T: Malt, some sourdough, dull bitterness lingers but is not overpowering. Definite English IPA. Bright, quite dry, balanced, relatively smooth.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation.

O: Good but surprised at how highly others are rating it. It is well balanced. Very versatile, as its pretty middle of the road in taste.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer color is pale yellow, slightly veiled. The head is good looking. White foamy head, sticky, cloudy looking. The aroma is fresh, refreshing hops. Fruits, tropical, citrusy. Some bitterness in the aroma too. Nice aroma. Delicious in the mouth. Floral with some citrus notes. Nice bitterness in the finish. Nicely balanced. Very good. Dry.

This one is very good. Loved it.

Photo of flyingpig
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (500ml from Waitrose, Glasgow):
Light amber with orange tinges and a very big, two fingers tall head that is part foamy, part bubbly looking and stays at about the same height for a few sips before reducing slightly in size.

Strong with pine hops coming through along with some citrus fruits, a lot spice spice and some floral hops along with plenty of tropical fruit notes. This one was a pleasant surprise on the nose with some pineapple, grapefruit and even some lychee making up the rest of the nose.

Hop filled on the taste buds with a good tropical fruit backing and plenty of pine and floral hop flavours coming through. There is a little bit of a bitter grapefruit taste but nothing too severe and there is a nice orange and citric fruit taste following on from it. As you would expect from something with so many hops coming through, it is also quite a bitter beer.

Moderate carbonation and a medium mouthfeel, this one is quite a hop filled beer and quite dry in the finish. Lots of citrus in the mix and quite fruity as well.

Nice, very much like an American style IPA which wasn't at all what I was expecting. This one is a beer I had heard a lot about prior to drinking it and my only regret is that I put off trying it for so long.

Photo of makimoo
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a bright and clear pale yellow/amber colour with a rocky head.

Aroma - Strong spice and pine hop aroma with hint of maltiness.

Flavour - Citrus flavours initially, especially grapefruit followed by a sweet lychee aftertaste. Well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation in appearance but perfect level of carb in the mouth. Provides a good explosion of flavour on the tongue. Smooth, surprisingly easy drinking beer for the ABV.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Light haze with a billowy head. Jaipur is the color of marmalade. Head retains throughout. Cask beers always look the best.

S-Balanced and light. Would definitely want more intensity here. Bready and crockery with notes of citrus and flower petals. The floral-hop aspect of the aroma is the highlight. Nothing overly engaging or complex. But in the end, it smells good.

T-Again, it lacks gusto. Ranks at about a 6 on the intensity scale. Solid notes of clean citrus. Light hoppy zest. Sugary bakery pasty maltiness. Bitterness is reasonably light. Blatantly and English IPA. Far from aggressive and all about balance.

M-90% of the time I have a tasty IPA via cask, I am floored by the feel. Here, I was only moderately appreciative. You'd expect this English ale to really shine out of the cask, but I found it to be a bit too watery. Doesn't have that silky smooth feel. Not bad, but a far cry from some awesome IPAs I have enjoyed via the cask median.

O/D-Solid beer. Can't help but feeling a bit of disappointment. Supposed to be one of the most legit EIPAs out there, and I get it on cask. Yet it fell short. A treat to try and tastier than I am willing to admit. Just expected more and shame on me for that. Still one of the better EIPAs I have had.

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 Durge
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of crnipeter
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden body capped by short white head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is citrusy (orange in particular) and grassy to earthy hops with evident sulphury notes and mildly sweet biscuity malt underneath.

Taste is very clean with fruity and grassy hop-flavor leading into dry finish with pronounced mineraly and sulphury notes. Restrained bitterness never gets harsh nor astringent.

Medium-light bodied with creamy fluffy texture.

In short, a well crafted IPA that remains smooth and non-harsh despite all the hops packed in (500 ml into tulip,BB 04-23-2013).

Photo of FLima
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice foam, that later lingers as thin crust. Incredible aroma, mango, passion fruit and some pineapple easily identifiable. Flavour follows the same fruity track, with bitterness of decent amount of hops and honey sweetness at a perfect level, as a supprot actor. Start crispy but than velvet as flavours blossom everywhere. This is how an IPA with high drinkability should be. Alcohol is a master of disguise here. Narcisism looking for perfection. Amazing.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchkey in DC, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear orange color, topped with an inch of fluffy white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Fruity and citric hops, as well as some floral and herbal hops and bready malt.

T- Similar to the nose, fruity and citric hops as well as some grass and floral hoppiness. Malt is well-balanced and has a bready, slightly caramel character.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is on the low side, smooth feel.

O- An interesting IPA, has very assertive, citric hop flavors for an English IPA, definitely give this a try.

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.

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

A: Pours a pale golden and crystal clear liquid into the glass. The head is pale white, about one finger high and creamy.

S: Intense pineapple smell up front. Clean and crisp citrus with lots of grapefruit. Fresh!

T: Clean and nice, well balanced. Sweet pineapples, dry hay and grassy tones. Citrus marmelade. Lots of citrus tones in this one.

M: This is a beer that goes down easily. Low to medium carbonation. Light to medium body. Very refreshing.

O: A perfect IPA for a warm summer day. If you like intense citrus tones in your IPA this is a mush try.

Photo of IPA35
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before: 20-12-12

Pale golden, a not so large white head with big bubbles. No yeast at all.

Great smell! Very floral and fruity.
Big mango, white grapes, pineapple and such. Some resin. Definitely American hops in this one.

Taste starts with more of the same, lots of fruitiness that turn towards a more dry bitterness, almost a zesty dryness. The more you drink the more the fruitiness remains. Plain maltiness but it is certainly there. Overall nicely balanced between fruitiness and bitterness.

The mouthfeel is quite thin, that makes this beer very drinkable. Medium carbonation, just fine.

Overall a very good beer, not very bold or spectacular (except for the phenominal smell) but certainly interesting enough to seek it out! A very nice beer that I would love to session.

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

We need to change the image. The new lable design is very jazzy.

A: Clear straw golden body. Big foamy white head.

S: Very floral and fruity.

T: Very fruity and floral. Spot on carbonation, just enough bubbling to captivate the tongue. A touch of dust in the aftertaste along with elderflower.

O: Very floral and fruity - a style I'm becoming all too familiar with, but very sessionable non the less.

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.

Photo of heygeebee
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 11/12 - from Warners

Pours a light gold/straw - two finger fluffy head. Quite a surprise, was expecting darker. Spotty lace.

Hops on nose - more floral APA than earthy.

Taste is surprisnlgy lifted hop-wise again, more akin to APA than EIPA. Mere hint of the usual caramel/toffee/mandarin/marmalade. Balanced hop bitterness, not overpowering.

Mouthfeel lightly carbonated, medium bodied.

Overall , a surprise package, not a stylised EIPA by any means. Easy drinking for 6% tho. Down 0.5 for price

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...

Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.