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Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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Jaipur IPAJaipur IPA

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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 37
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Monkeyknife


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 17:03:59 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 21:27:12 | More by claspada
Photo of SFLpunk


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 00:49:12 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of nick76


3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:22:18 | More by nick76
Photo of nerdrocker101


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

09-04-2010 16:18:09 | More by nerdrocker101
Photo of glid02


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: cask

09-02-2010 01:52:55 | More by glid02
Photo of DrewKid4

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: cask

08-31-2010 06:19:47 | More by DrewKid4
Photo of birchstick


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2010 07:33:04 | More by birchstick
Photo of clayrock81


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 11:01:48 | More by clayrock81
Photo of SteveDavies

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle-Conditioned 50cl bottle from The Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Poured into an oversize Moors glass. Pours a hazy orange colour good white head stayed on the glass the whole drink. Intense hop aroma dominates with resinous pine. I really like this beer, the hop sensation hits straight away, the citrus flavours of orange,grapefruit being prominent. Mouthfeel is comfortable without a lot of carbonation. This is a beer for the hopheads, very drinkable. I found the bottle-conditioned version more to my liking than the filtered version, having more indepth flavour and a more satisfying body feel. I'm sure that this IPA has a more USA feel than most English Indias.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 18:28:57 | More by SteveDavies
Photo of metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear pale yellow in color with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose along with notes of biscuity malts.
T: The taste has a very good balance between flavors of malts and hops and is accompanied by a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation and some dryness.
D: The beer is very drinkable and rather refreshing. The low alcohol content makes this quite sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 13:40:34 | More by metter98
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good 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

08-07-2010 20:32:41 | More by avalon07
Photo of jlindros


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap@ Armsby Abbey.

A: Golden straw yellow with a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades slowly and leaves a nice pillowy lacing.

N: Fresh hops, EKG with some light grassy and mild bitter aromas. Light golden malt character. Touch of spicy floral hops with a nice effervescence.

T: Nice! A tasty hop profile with lots of fresh hops, grass mild hops with a touch of bitterness. Lots of EKG hops. Light golden malts too. Touch of sweetness and almost taste of wheat, but i think it is tricking me.

M: Lighter body with good carbonation.

F: It finishes somewhat bitter with almost a touch of astringency. The grassy floral hop character really builds to a nice finish. Touch of malts. It is mostly dry too. The freshness of this really shows and makes the beer much more tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 20:51:37 | More by jlindros
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint served by handpump into shaker glass at the Guildforf Arms in Edinburgh

A- Dark gold body with excellent clarity, and a 1 finger creamy white head sitting atop giving excellent retention and lacing

S- Some citrus and fresh peaches, maybe even some whipped cream?

T- Mirrors the smell, lots of citrus and fresh sweet fruit balancing with the sharp hop bite that gently fades.

M- Light, almost like whipped cream, with moderate carbonation

D- Excellent flavoursome IPA with excellent balance and hop refreshment.

Serving type: cask

07-04-2010 02:38:56 | More by seanyfo
Photo of benclimbs


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours golden tan with a slight head and tons of lacing, nice looking cask ale

smell is a great mix of clean british hops, some citrusy juicy american smelling ones and a great mild malt profile

taste is just very balanced, borders on the sweet but never gets there, a little caramel, quite dry and creamy with a very nice bitter finish.

mouthfeel is smooth and lingering.

a very drinkable, proper strength (thank God!) british IPA

Serving type: cask

06-12-2010 11:33:26 | More by benclimbs
Photo of Trizzle

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale, clear with a small but persistent head, lace like your mums knickers.

Smell is pine, grassy hops and maple syrup. Yummy.

Medium full bodied slightly sweet malt up front, quickly dominated by American hops: pine, citrus, green pepper, and pleasantly dry.

Perfectly drinkable. Especially on a 24 degree (celsius) London Summer Sunday.

Serving type: cask

06-06-2010 13:05:06 | More by Trizzle
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First Thornbridge beer for me,I had tempered enthusiasim for this IPA.Poured a lighter golden shade with a peachy hue,a large blooming white head atop.Aromas are lighter with some biscuit malt and faint leafy hop.Flavors have a decent spice kick to them,a bit of hoppy sharpness and herb,a dryer malt base holds thru to the finish.A quaffer and not in your face hoppiness,good for the style,would love to try on cask.

As I drank more,a sweetish honey malt flavor came thru more and more.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 22:42:48 | More by oberon
Photo of BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a couple of half pints at a hotel down the road from the brewery after a tour of the brewery. (can't remember the name of the hotel).

Aroma: Sweet malts. Spicy hops. Floral.

Looks: Pale golden- yellow. The first glass served to me was quite hazy (inappropriately so for a cask-conditioned IPA), the second glass was crystal clear, so I guess they must have just tapped the cask. Small dense white head. Spots of lace here and there. Good head retention.

Taste:Some sweet malt notes followed up by a generous amount of hops. Spicy, grassy, some pineapple and maybe some citrus. Really nice clean bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Soft natural carbonation.

Serving type: cask

03-09-2010 01:07:01 | More by BrewSomerville
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Best Before: May 2010

Pours a nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight yeast note, some citrus. The taste is pretty nice, malty, sweet, nice little hop bite with some bitterness, slight citrus note. Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 01:32:39 | More by Wasatch
Photo of russpowell


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one courtesy of Bitterbill, cheers Bill!
BBD of May 2010

Pours a semi-hazed apricot with 3 fingers of rocky eggshell colored head. Haze never totally clears, but nice lacing & head retention

S: Orchard fruit & a whisper of breadyness

T: Peaches, pear & citric hops underlined with some dry biscuitty malt up front with a layer of grapefruit as well. Grapefruit, herbal hops & a slight bit of pineapple shows up as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty & with much grapefruit & a bit of pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation & nice balance

Very good drinkability, a good EIPA from the source so to speak, with just a bit of American influence IMO. Would to get a hold of this on cask or even just a 7 day old bottle...

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 05:44:56 | More by russpowell
Photo of Bitterbill


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased online from The Wine & Cheese Place, bottle is best by May 2010. For a 5.9% IPA, that's a pretty long life expectancy.

The bottle was filled almost to the cap and it pours a cloudy orange yellow...definitely smacks of a bottle conditioned beer. A nice fluffy 2 finger head of foam sits on top of the liquid(it looks very Hefeweizen-like) and it has some pretty good lacing. Nice.

It has a nice big smell of citrus, a dab of pine, and a good malt backbone that I expect from an IPA of the English variety. On to the taste...

And...there's some nice citrus bitterness coupled with some citrus tartness, again, nice. The malt comes through with some sweetness and breadish tones and it finishes with a sort of grassy bitterness that lasts a while in the aftertaste. Yum. I'm liking this a lot and the abv is at a low enough of a level that I could easily session on it if I had a bunch of bottles, but I don't.

A nice medium bodied brew with a fairly low level of carbonation, it is smooth in the mouth and goes down very easily. Since I'm in a complimenting mood for this beer, the head retention is excellent.

Drinkability? The flavours here don't kick you in the teeth but don't we have plenty of brews that already do that? Youbetchya! I love the "subtlety" and "smoothness" of the taste here and that makes, for me, excellent drinkability.
An excellent example of the style even though it *is* hop forward. I'm so glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 22:49:51 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of DerBayer


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had this on tap in the sloay pony and it s not bad at all.

The taste is strongly of dry hops and the firt whiff is already a tell tae sign. The beer is definitely on the bitter side as you would expect but there are some balancing malt aromas in it.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly refreshing for the style with minimal unpleasant coating and aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 20:49:54 | More by DerBayer
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed golden brass with a bubbly off-white head that reminds me of a colorblindness test. Lots of hay, orange, lemon, and arugula right out of the gate, plus a faint waft of floral honeysuckle. Malts stay well-hidden behind the veil of hops, but you know they're back there. The taste is deliciously, inappropriately hoppy; bitter orange and marjoram and a bit of leafiness are well-countered by malts with a mild but distinctively fruity sweetness. Pineapple comes to mind. The finish is lingeringly bitter and lip-smackingly, though overall the mouthfeel is pleasantly full and slick. This one is difficult to put down - I wish more UK brewers would use hops in such a bold and skillful way.

Serving type: cask

05-03-2009 08:46:13 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold, no head.

Nose is biscuity, with a nice spicy, citrusy hop presence.

Taste is beautifully integrated - spicy hop bitterness with a light orangey citrus note over a nice, biscuity, lightly sweet malt body. Fantastic with lunch, and satisfying in the way that only a well conditioned cask beer often is.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied, with a natural carbonation that just lightly pricks at the tongue. Subtle and well done.

Drinkability is fantastic - never wears on the palate.

Serving type: cask

04-01-2009 12:23:40 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a straw yellow colour with a golden hint. White head poured loose and frothy and faded quickly to light bubbly coating with thicker edging... no real carbonation... some faint lacing...

Aroma - Spicy and juicy ripe fruits (limes, grapefruit, tart apple), biscuity malts, light marmalade, floral honey, some marzipan traces, salty notes, bready, some light soapiness...

Taste... Good blast of citrus and pine hop bitterness, some slightly tart fruits (grapefruits, pineapples, limes), light biscuit malts, resiny, faint honey sweetness, some buttery notes, quite grassy and peppery, sea salt traces, some metallic hints, quite herbal...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... light bodied... A supremely drinkable brew - very sessionable

Overall - An excellent IPA - definitely the best British example i've tried... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 12:15:57 | More by mdagnew
Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.