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Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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Jaipur IPAJaipur IPA

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440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 48
Gots: 33 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mintjellie
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Groulxsome
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: They take the word pale very seriously as far as I can tell. A straw-golden colour which is quite hazy. Beautiful lacing around the edges and nice head retention.

Smell: I'm getting very floral smells, almost like lavender. A little sharp orange peel citrus with some slightly piny notes. A little bread-y malt.

Taste: The floral smell gives way to really juicy citrus and light bread-dough like malt. Near the end the orange-citrus quickly becomes a little sour (like lemon) and then hits a really deep grapefruit bitter. A light copper note too. Complex, but subtle hops over a nice light malt.

Mouthfeel: A little watery and light with a low carbonation. I suppose it might be better on cask! Still fits the style and is quite nice, just not as great as the rest of the beer.

Overall: A really complex bit of IPA. Lots of subtly which shows off the strong distinction between big brash American IPAs and their often overlooked British/English cousins. The sweet flower aroma and the wide array of citrus flavours make this a good example of the skill and subtlety of English brewing.

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy pale straw, with plenty of fine bubbled carbonation. The frothy head lasts a while and coats the glass with foam. Fresh mown grass and woody hop bitters makes up the nose. Some supporting biscuit malts also show. The taste is hop forward with lots of earthy, herbal, lemony hops dominatiing a doughy malt counterpart. The mouthfeel is light with a very active carbonation. Herbal hop notes and a light bitterness make up the finish.

This is a great English IPA. Very hop forward and an excellent showcase of English hops. Seek this out.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very slightly hazed straw with a big, billowy white head. Poured this a bit hard on account of not expecting this sort of foam.

S - Nose is very grassy, light lemon backing.

T - First impression is bitter and hoppy, but the bitterness seems to lessen quickly. Little bit of graininess and some lemon-citrus.

M - A bit of a sharp carbonation. Light body has a bit of slickness.

D - Good drinkability. Hops are strong, but have an understated quality that lets the malt come through.

Photo of TerryW
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of moneyfunnel
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ssmack
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with best before data 28.11.13

A milky lemon yellow colour with an inch and a half of head made up of large bubbles on the bottom and fine foam on top. Large bubbles on the side. Very good lacing from the top to the bottom.

Aromas of pin and citrus - grapefruit. Strong at first and then fades.

The taste of lemon and pine with biscuit malt. All of the tastes are melded into one. There is a grapefruit bitter aftertaste.

A medium some-what chewy feel with a bit of bite.

A refreshing and drinkable British IPA. Not quite enough malt for my palette.

Photo of Jeffo
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Geers in Gent a while back.

From a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours perfectly clear gamboge or amber orange with medium levels of large, bubbly carbonation. A one finger, medium looking, foamy white head forms and shows great retention, eventually fading to a big foam cap and leaving lots of nice lacing down the glass. Really nice lacing, though the large bubbles look a little unnatural.

SMELL: Nice, big hoppy nose for sure. Pale malts and touches of caramel as well, but the hops steal the show here. Lots of floral aromas with honeydew melon and light citrus aromas as well. Hoppy, floral and enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts and melon sweetness up front. Honeydew melon, caramel sweetness, and then lots of nice floral and citrus hop flavor show up afterwards. Orange peel and lemon bitterness at the finish into a mild yet lingering aftertaste of bitter hops, citrus, and some caramel and melon sweetness as balance. Very flavorful and well put together.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Nice and refreshing feel, though perhaps a touch too light.

OVERALL: Solid English IPA. Lots of flavor and complexity for the style, and plenty easy to drink as well. Would gladly drink this regularly down at the local pub. Cheers!

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, finger of soapy head with solid retention and sticky lacing.

S - Soapy citrus, quite floral with hints of basil and fresh greens.

T - Surprisingly bitter, though the floral bouquet of hops comes through nicely balanced with the citrus notes. Some caramel comes through on the finish to balance it out and a sour leafy bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M - Smooth and finishes wet.

O - A tasty english IPA, solid hop presence, unique flavours that are sure to please most critics. Some musty notes keeps it out of the realm of an American IPA. Well worth grabbing a bottle, and I will likely grab a few more before they disappear at my local LCBO.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before July 2012

A- Hazy yellow pour with loads of sediment floating around the glass. Three finger soapy, sticky white head leaving huge wisps of lacing around the glass.

S- Lemon, grapefruit and a touch of orange. Cereal and sweet malt. There is a bit of spiciness.

T- Grapefruit, strawberries, sweet malts and a touch of pine. There is a bit of lemon and a yeast spiciness.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

O- Quite good for an English IPA. The English styles or IPA and Barleywine aren't really my cup of tea but this really stands out.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow with decent white head. As I'm not a lager fan I don't find it terribly pleasant to look at, but the taste is surprisingly flavourful and more than compensates.

Aroma is predominantly of bread and grains. However the taste starts with a caramelized malt sweetness that transitions into a delightful hop bitterness. Very dry finish that lingers, with pleasing citrus tones underneath.

All in all, a lot more flavour than I'd expect from anything classified as an English IPA and a truly pleasant surprise!

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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the LCBO on King Edward Ottawa for 4.50$

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Grains/bread, malts, caramel, noble hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste noble hops, caramel, grains and malts. There is also a bit of an lemon and grapefruit flavour and a touch of pine/wood. It ends with a hoppy and citrus zest bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Not what I was expecting, but still a very good beer. It reminded me a pilsner at times. There are still shades of a EIPA and an American IPA as well, just the amount of noble hop flavour throws it off a bit. A little pricey for me to stock up on this one, but well worth a try.

Photo of Stocean1
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - two finger head of white foam with sticky patchy lacing - the colour of light honey - semi-cloudy

S - citrus - grapefruit - pale malt - floral

T - citrus up front grapefruit and lemon - sweet malt - lemon butter cookie with a citrus bite - floral hops on the back end

M - medium body with some carbonation - balanced bitterness - not dry with some sweetness - crisp and refreshing

O - an excellent IPA with some Amercian IPA characteristics - definitely buy it when you see it

Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.