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Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 41
Gots: 22 | 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 sholland119
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%

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

sholland119, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

smakawhat, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Vineyardselite
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Finally got this in stock!

A: Poured from a 16oz bottle to a pint glass. A yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. A good inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice, sweet smell of citrus, hops, and a touch of malt.

T: Tasted of lemon, hops, and bready malt in the finish. The lemon was much more prominent than I expected - usually you don't get that much citrus in English IPAs. Still, very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well done, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

Vineyardselite, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

500ml bottle, consumed Mar 2011, BBE Jun 2011.

A - Pale golden body with a loosely-bubbled head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a thin covering, thick lacing and a fair bit of cling to the glass.

S - Very pleasant sweet fruity aroma with biscuity malt notes and a little citrusy hop that provides almost a citrus rind undertone.

T - Hops lead on the taste, providing a good balance between hop bitterness and the sweet malt and citrusy fruit notes that are so prominent in the aroma. Finishes with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, smooth with lingering bitterness.

O - Very pleasant overall, either on its own or as a session drink.

Wattsox, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of eat
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Thanks to bobsy for bringing this back from Buffalo.

Hazy light-gold body with a thin layer of whit head and some lacing.

Big nose: peppery, earthy/planty with sweet malt, tangerine and a little cat piss. Unique hop profile.

The interesting hops I was noticing with the nose don't come through in the flavour. Very British here, with subdued earthy hopping (including a little pine) and grainy malt. Decently balanced and decently hopped for a British IPA, though not super flavourful. The finish leaves some lingering earthy bitterness.

Medium-light body and carbonation.

No off flavours here. Along with a light body and lower ABV, this stuff ends up going down pretty easily. This seems to be one of the more highly-rated English IPAs out there; I guess when it comes down to it, English-style IPA is just not my cup of tea.

eat, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%

On cask into a snifter

A - This pours a hazy golden with a few brass notes. There is not much head but I did not expect on with the cask.
S - A very light floral hop with a little bit of fruit. It is an herbal hop and not an overly sweet hop.
T & M & O - A very smooth IPA. There was a small amount of malt taste and some very nice herbal fruit notes. Very much mimicing the nose of the beer. Once again the cask made it not carbinated, but it did make the beer creamy and more medium bodied.

I want to try this beer with some carbination on it. Until then I believe this is a good IPA but nothing that will blow you away.

-Cheers

CuttDeez, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of ReluctantScooper
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Cask, keg, bottle, fermenter-fresh.

NB - not pasturised, not filtered.

I have a love affair with Jaipur. It's one of the few beers that made me draw breath after a first sip and think... wow. Just... wow.

Jaipur has flirted with hop varieties but now seems to have settled down into a dependable friut salad feel. There's biscuity malt underneath, zesty lemons on top.

It's a grand session beer, as long as you want that session to be short and messy.

I'm proud to have been a Jaipur drinker since 2005. Long may that continue.

ReluctantScooper, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Picked a bottle of this beauty up in Buffalo. I'm not usually a great fan of English IPAs, but I do find that the best in the style can be stunning, and this is the case with the Jaipur.

Marmalade pour with a white head that laced well. Good retention. Nose has a bit of a pils feel to it - soft malt, pepper, grass, herbs, light fruit. Kind of neat. Great hop-forward flavour has a mixture of steely, grassy, herbal hops, jiving with light marmalade and fruit notes. A nice biscuit base supports everything. A dry and bitter finish rounds off the beer perfectly. Medium body with a good feel. As noted before I think this would be epic on cask.

I'd place this beer below Meantime's for my favourite in the category, but it only loses out by a whisker.

bobsy, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +3%

500ml bottle thanks to Bobsy, thanks for sharing!

Pours a light hay-like golden apricot color, clear and crisp. Nose releases some serious grassy, herbal hops with a hint of dankness - Syrian Golding. Grass, hay and a little popcorn butter and a touch of skunk - otherwise, higher marks on the nose.

Light and crisp, yet a nice round biscuity malt body. Crisp grassy hops with a dry bitter hop bite, loads of hops. Hint of metallic bite, honey, wet grass. Hefty hops and body for an English IPA, almost what a English DIPA would taste like? Really drinkable, this would be superb on cask.

ritzkiss, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of hophopandaway
5/5  rDev +24.1%

This is an awesome beer. I've had it in a bottle and, like all cask beers, the flavour isn't the same because it's pasteurised, filtered and force carbonated. I digress.
This beer has a nice amberish colour and the smell is of citrus and bold hops.
When drinking the beer is full bodied with tangy malt and big citrus hop flavours and a nice long dry finnish.
There is, as one would expect, a superb creamy head that stays throughout the whole pint leaving a sexy lacing down the side of your pint glass.
Thornbridge make only superb beers and I recommend all of their ales very strongly, but the best way to enjoy them is when they have been served from a cask.
Only 5.9% needed to make what must be one of the finest beers in all the world. Take note craft brewers everywhere who can only get good flavour by making their beers as strong as wine.

hophopandaway, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

Sammy, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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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.

smcolw, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a cloudy golden-blonde color with lots of carbonation and a two-finger head into my glass. It came highly recommended so now is my chance to see if it's worth it.

Dollop of grassy hops greet my nose. Malt seems slightly subdued as well. Not overly hoppy.

Lots of grassy hops upfront that give way to lightly-buttered malt. Think of Kipling if the focus was more on hops. Lots of flavor to tantalize the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hop bitterness. I think it's nicely done and it seems to work well with the pepperoni stick I'm eating, imparting some spiciness.

I'm no foodie but you cannot go wrong with Jaipur. Check it out.

Brad007, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Harrister101
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Cask - At The Tap in Sheffield

A -Nice Medium to light appearance, with perfect lacing.

S- Strong Hops, followed by a mixture of fruity aromas.

T- A combination of both fruity and bitter, but not overpowering

M- Very low carbination, very easy to drink. Would nearly go as far to call it a session beer if it wasnt for its ABV

Harrister101, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

nickfl, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Casey10
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

I liked this was a bit pricey and somewhat reminded more of a apa then a ipa purhaps a Belgian IPA.

A - straw yellow color with a thin white head.

S - slight grassy smell with slight lemon.

T - It's good somewhat dry tart kind as mentioned kinds of reminds me of a Belgian IPA. Hint of banana slight coriander.

M - somewhat tart feel leaves a bit of lace behind on the tounge.

D - This has good drinkability somewhat expensive but worth a try.

Casey10, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from the bottle a hazy lemon-yellow with a two fingers of white head.

Aroma of earthy hops, herbal lemon, and light malts.

Like the aroma their is bright herbal lemon notes, earthy hops, and sweet malts for a nice balance.

Light-to-medium bodied, and a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.

A very interesting and delicious IPA from the folks at Thornbridge and definitely worthy of a try.

Monkeyknife, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

claspada, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. This was the homerun of the tasting - really tasty and very sell-able.

Nice caramel appearance. Nose is minty and bright from the hops with an American-like high note. Very floral. Palate is crisp and creamy at the same time. Bitterness is solid with some freshly pulled caramel and a pleasant dry finish.

Very well balanced, but packed with flavors - impressively so considering its modest ABV. Highly recommend.

SFLpunk, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

nick76, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of nerdrocker101
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Cask at the Porter.

Pours a clear golden with a rapidly fading and loosely packed, fluffy white head.

The aroma is a little pepper with a pine bouquet.

The taste is a little woody with some flavors of bread, bitter grapefruit and pine.

Warm with low carbonation. Medium body with a lightly syrupy texture with a light bitter finish.

nerdrocker101, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Sankey cask pulled through a sparkler at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a murky copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth pale and caramel malts with good amounts of earthy hops. Also present in milder amounts are spicy hop aromas and very light amounts of citrus.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Soft caramel malt flavors with just a hint of buttery diacetyl kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are earthy and slightly spicy hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of citrus work their way into things, fading out to allow the earthy hops and malts to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without any problems and could easily have a few more.

Overall I enjoyed this nice English IPA from a cask, even if it wasn't a "proper" cask. A solid and well done beer that's worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of DrewKid4
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

Served on-cask from The Porter in Atlanta, GA

A: Pale straw with two finger wide white head.

S: Hops and some bread. Not overpowering as an English IPA should be.

T: Hops, with some malt smoothness at the end. I could taste a bit of citrus although nothing specific as it was very mild but noticeable. Overall, great taste.

M: Dry and not as bitter as I was expecting.

D: Very drinkable.

DrewKid4, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of birchstick
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Served on-tap at the 33 Wine Bar in St Louis

A - pours a pale, straw yellow with a nice one finger head

S - smells very citrusy, with tones of grass and some grainy malts

T - taste follows the nose well. Starts off with some grain malt character that is then pushed to side by very lemony and citrusy hops that have a touch of grass character to them. Very light and refreshing taste for an IPA.

M - medium body and very smooth

D - this is a really good English IPA. It is nice to take a break from the American hop bombs with this lighter, very crisp IPA that is full of lemony and citrus hop goodness.

birchstick, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured a goldish orange with minimal head on top of a light blend of herbal tea-like hops and some caramel malt. Very light and pleasant, little bland, but a good citric herbal hop like presence that is subdued and a decent sweet malt base that complements the dominant hops. Finishes crisp thanks to carbonation and minor hop bitterness and the ABV is well-hidden for such a light tasting beer that is made to enjoy on a warm summer day.

clayrock81, Aug 19, 2010
Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.