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Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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Jaipur IPAJaipur IPA

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 42
Gots: 25 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006)
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Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handpump half-pint at the Coal Hole.

A: Slightly hazy gold body under a thin white head. Not much in the way of retention, but nice lace. Not bad.

S: Bitter, floral hops, bready malt, and a hint of sour, fruity funk - lacto?

T: Definitely a little funky, but not in a terrible way. Sour fruit opens things up, followed by some biscuity malt and a hugely bitter, grapefruity finish. Flawed, but nice intensity.

M: Hugely effervescent for cask, with tons of fine soft carbonation filling out a medium body.

O: I assumed at first that this was an example of a poorly-kept cask, but it didn't taste stale or oxidized - just slightly infected with crisply sour lacto (and hence the fault of the brewer, and something I believe deserves to be mentioned in a review). I kind of enjoyed it, but can't score it too highly for the style. If I get a chance to try it again, I certainly will - the grapefruit finish suggested that a cleaner version might be really tasty.


woosterbill, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of burnheartsMKE
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt lucky to be able to sacrifice this limited real-British cask ale as my offering to the Milwaukee Beer Week gods. Easily tapped, this sacrament exploded with one swoop of my rubber mallet.

Light citrus and a modest malt filled with a subtle nuance that only an ale of British origin can perform. Without a moment of refection, Jaipur could easily pass as a flat, “watery” and not-overtly hopped (ie: boring) pale ale. But with a bit of consideration this beer sings for you a history of repressed passions, longing and and unbridled excitement of what the future may hold; the natural carbonation bubbles with a youthful energy and that light citrus on toast flavoring sets my mind on continental breakfasts in rustic tropical hotels (thinking of coconut water as a comparison to the beer’s mouthfeel).

My only regret is that not more people got to try it fresh from the cask. I suppose, after all, that us Americans prefer a bit more oomph in our ales. However, I can hardly imagine even the most bombastic of palettes turning down a second pint. “Moreish” indeed.

burnheartsMKE, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 17/6/11

A green hints in a slightly hazy golden yellow body with a massive three finger head that leaves thick partial rings of lace well down the glass even after falling to a thin film

S grassy and citric hops with some caramel malt and butter

T Am I picking up Czech hops in an English IPA? a little pine on top of that? perhaps a little West Coast citrus to confuse matters even further, lets throw some butterscotch, caramel, toffee, and biscuit that I normally associate with the style and you get one of the most complex hop profiles I've encountered

M full bodied for the color with good carbonation and lingering flavors, need more?

O I do love the American IPA but this is a great representative of its style and there's just so much going on that I can't begin to describe how impressed I am

I took a shot in the dark buying this one but I'm so stoked I did, worth looking for if you can appreciate something other then a big alpha acid enamel stripper the Brits don't get(or need to with gems like this).

wordemupg, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Post Road Tavern.
In a pint glass the beer was a hazy apricot color with a small white head. There was a tiny bit of lace. Not very visually appealing.
Sweet malt and citrus aroma.
Mostly grapefruit taste, also some orange and apricot. Nice biscuity background.
Well-balanced beer, very drinkable. This version on tap just wasn't a pretty beer. Maybe I'll try a bottle next time.

lordofthewiens, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Winking Lizard in Bedford Heights in a pint glass. Pours a straw yellow with a white foam head that slowly reduces to leave a lid of foam.

Has very little aroma, but this is likely due to WL's insistence on pouring beer too cold.

This is a dry, dry bitter beer, and by that I mean the English bitter, not the American bitter. Tastes of lemon pith and tobacco, gripping the tongue with tremendous astringency before drying the throat.

Medium bodied, but what is most noticeable is its dry presentation.

I like a good, dry beer, so this is right up my alley. I would have this again, but I can see how it would not be for everyone.

TheHoppiest, May 30, 2011
Photo of pburland23
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at State Line Liquors yesterday.

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a hazy, golden amber. Produced about a finger or so of off white head. Really good head retention.

Smell consists of citrusy hops...apricots, oranges with some biscuity malt.

Taste starts out with lemon flavor, then some bready malts before finishing with a lingering hops bitterness. Really nice tasting IPA. Well balanced and delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation is spot on. At 5.9%, it's not quite sessionable, bit it's still very drinkable.

Overall, I love English IPAs, but they're difficult to find here in the States. Glad to see Jaipur on the shelf. Fantastic beer.

pburland23, May 29, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Rifugium, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a slim 500ml brown bottle, “unfiltered and unpasteurised”, so claims the back label; BB 22/11/2011, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pale golden in colour, coming with very smooth carbonation and a frothy white beer head that lasts well on the top.
S: the nose is full of orangey citrus bouquet plus floral hints, hand in hand with semi-sweet and honey-ish pale malts as well as a wee bit of saltiness. Refreshingly hoppy, however the balance is retained b/w malts and hops.
T: a refreshing flow of juicy peachy, grapefruity and floral hoppiness runs on top of a good body of mildly sweet pale malts that lends a proper weight on the palate; the moderate zesty bitterness manifests itself smoothly afterwards, coupled with a well-tuned level of lingering sour-ish citrus-ness, leading towards a nice and long, tannic, chewy, yet also aromatic palate in the end.
M&D: smoothly carbonated and medium-plus bodied IPA for the 5.9% alc. content, this bottle-conditioned version (well, at least it’s unfiltered and unpasteurised according to the back label) is no less good than the draught/cask version as far as I’m concerned. If one is after a well-balanced English IPA, I think this is a perfect choice due to its high level of drinkability and marvellous balance pleasantly felt on both the nose and the palate.

wl0307, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

corby112, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper colored with a rocky white head holding good length and leaing a creamy white lace and topper.

White pepper, kumquat, light citrus, earthy malts, some tart berry type fruit esters in the nose. Flint really comes through.

Clean, crisp, refreshing. Great balance of earthy, flinty, biscuty malts to the earthy, floral, citrusy hops. Still some berry like notes on the finish. Nice and dry not overly bitter from hops but a food that could pair well with many of dishes.

mcallister, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy pale straw with a solid inch of beautiful white head that recedes slowly leaving nice lacing, but never disappears.
Aroma - Subtly sweet malt nose with tons of citrus, a little pepper, and a little earth. Definitely hops dominated, but balanced. Very unique smell, and really unlike any IPA I've had, British or American. It is actually more like a Belgian IPA in aroma and appearance.
Flavour - Flavour presents a little malt sweetness with loads of earthy, spicy hops and an intense but not overbearing bitterness.

, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of jampics2
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard. Served in a pint glass for about $7.

The beer looks nice in the glass. It's a mostly translucent orange color with copper highlights and a touch of gold around the edges, slightly hazed with alluring depths. A beautiful white head leaves great lace.

The smell is OK. I'm not a fan of traditional English IPA's compared to American ones, but I can throw out my preference enough to say this has a good hop bill, full of citrus and flowery notes, atop a solid malt base.

The taste is also good, but nothing great. Some grassy hops have touches of citrus and flowers and the malt base has caramel notes with a touch of breadiness. Some spice and biscuit are noted, along with grapefruit and lemon notes and a touch of honey. The fruitiness emerges and the tart touches subside, resulting in lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel is acceptable. The beer is a bit chewy and grainy in my mouth, but the medium body is bolstered by a decent carbonation. The overall score is between average and good. If you love English IPA's, this is your beer. Not my thing, but a good example of the style overall.

jampics2, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of sholland119
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.


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

smakawhat, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Vineyardselite
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 31, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.


CuttDeez, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of ReluctantScooper
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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%
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.

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

smcolw, Feb 05, 2011
Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.