Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 44
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006)
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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!

Photo of FriedGold2112
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of HamJam
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

Photo of fostachild
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of jbonapar
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just noticed this one for sale at LCBO in Ottawa. Never heard of it, so had to try it!

Poured a realy nice, slightly hazy straw color with an amazingly thick creamy head. Insanely creamy, literally whipped cream! The taste of the cream itself was wonderfull. Sweet hoppy goodness.

The taste of the actual beer didn't disappoint either. A medium body, mild sweetness but bordering on a dryer beer but just enough to balance to floral hops. The hop bitternes builds with every sip.

I was really impressed with this. One of the better IPA's i've ever had.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly clear straw colour with a modest puffy marshmallow-like foam head. Impressive long lasting retention and fantastic lacing.

S: Citrus & floral hop aromas, semi-grassy, sweet butterscotch, spices, and underlying biscuit-like aroma. Overall slightly faint but very enjoyable aroma that's well balanced.

T: Tart grapefruit, grassy, spices (pepper & clove), and a steady biscuit-like malt backbone. Smooth and very well balanced. Quite easy-to-drink.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Creamy with a slight oilyness with lingering bitter and dry characteristics.

D: Very good English IPA that is very well balanced and easy-to-drink. Quite impressed.

Photo of traumaqueen
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of WMEugene
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB July 24, 2012

Beer is a very light golden colour, slightly cloudy. Far lighter in colour than a typical IPA (from either side of the pond). A medium sized white head results from a vigorous pour. Good retention and lacing. I see from the ingredients that there is wheat in the beer, which may explain the colour, which is rather similar to some wits.

Scent is hop focused, with floral and grassy notes abundant. Citrus scents stand out as well, grapefruit and lemon, more so than in some English IPAs. Some biscuity malt beneath. Not a strong smell, but certainly a nice one.

Taste follows the nose. Grassy and citrus flavours, fairly bitter. A biscuity malt backbone. Certainly has some American qualities to it as far as the hop flavours- sits somewhere between and English and American IPA to me. I think there is some crispness from the wheat, but that may be power of suggestion.

Strongly carbonated, too much for me. Otherwise a nice medium body, somewhat chewy.

Overall, very nice. Perhaps not the most traditional English IPA but a very nice beer.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle from the Lower Jarvis LCBO. Handsome-looking bottle with some lovely label design. Appropriate name for an English IPA as there ever was one.

Poured into a nonic. Very bright in colour, a deep golden hue, with a sturdy head of foam that displays terrific retention and lots of sticky lace. Visible carbonation.

Nose is fruity (peach, pear, apricot) and with subtle notes of floral hops.

An easy drinking IPA that is certainly milder in the hop content, but big on the soft fruit and floral flavor. Tastes a great deal like marmalade, as a matter of fact. The hop bitterness is mild, and comes in huffing and puffing at the finish line. Not quite the IPA blast I was expecting, but I'm sure it's more akin to what was consumed 140 years ago by former soldiers and companymen of the Raj.

Medium bodied, carbonation is firm, but not oppressive. A bit sticky.

An enjoyable brew, but those looking for a hoppy blast will do well to limit their search to this side of the pond.

Photo of uno99
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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

Lemon yellow body with good solid white head with staying power.

Aromas of hops, floral gums and lemon zest.

Biting citrus burst of flavours Staring with a cutting fresh bitter hop note and sustaining through real full on IPA quality's.

All this backed up with a decent mouthfeel and pitch perfect carbonation.


Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.