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Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 51
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 -0.2%

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before february 2012

A- Light golden with a hint of haziness. Dense one-finger white head that shows nice retention and lacing

S- Quite strong fruit notes of citrus and grapefruit among a biscuity feel from the malts. Simple, nice aroma. Maybe the slightest hint of floral hops as well

T- Malt profile is on the back of things, but still appears to have it's own complexity, with caramel notes and some vague kind of a buttery feel that has the beer feeling quite strong in body. Then of course hops: citrus, grapefruit, mango as well as a slightly resinous feel. A nice, refreshing bitterness builds up in the aftertaste, which is quite more bitter than the palate suggested

M- Not so light in body despite the slightly lower ABV if compared to similar beers (and i mean beers that cross the borders between english and american ipas). Carbonation feels quite active and dense on both tongue and palate, but somehow manages to feel nicely delicate

O- A nicely balanced and easily drinkable ipa. Felt a bit heavy on my stomach for a couple for hours, but maybe it was just me

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Zimbo
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer just refuses to disappoint. Poured in a glass it gives an efforetless 3 inch head and a bright ever so slightly hazy yellow. Smells like it tastes with some rich restrained but obviously bitter orangemarmalade, almosy gingerish notes and an appetizing and finishes with a long very dry slightly spiky bitterness which happy slaps the inside of your mouth into grafeful submission.The head goes the distance and swoops rich foam around the glass barely reducing in volume even until the last sip. The depth of finesse eliminates any thoughts of the extreme here.

Easily the best straight IPA in the UK.
Love it.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a bubbly, lingering white head. Carbonation is very noticeable, and little particles of yeast collect at the bottom of the glass.

S: Aromas of biscuits and tropical fruit dominate the nose. The smell is straight-forward, but is interesting enough to be inviting.

T: Notes of biscuits, lemon, grapefruit, kumquat, navel orange, and pine swirl across the palate. I thought I was also able to detect the subtlest hints of mango and papaya. The finish is bitter and slightly resinous with tart citrus notes in abundance.

M: Medium bodied, firm, and dry. Carbonation is active, but unobtrusive. Very drinkable for such a complex ale.

O: This is a wonderfully flavorful, gorgeously balanced IPA that straddles the line between English and American variants of the style. Very much worth trying.

Photo of Brabander
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle a few months ago from my Scottish friend Zimbo, thanks Craig.

Tonight the weekend starts and there is no better way than open a new beer.

I poured this one in my Hoegaarden glass. Cloudy yellow fluid with millions of tiny stuff floating in the glass. Two finger white head.

I had a bit of a cold but the floral hops are very smellable, not overwhealming, just good.

Damn good taste not hta bitterness you get sometimes. Thanks for this treat Craig!!

Photo of rapayn01
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently spent just over 2 weeks traveling in England and Wales and this was easily my favorite ale. I searched for the ale in markets and pubs after first drinking it, but had no luck.

The bottle was dark, so I cannot really speak to its color. I poured a small amount into a glass so I likewise cannot really write about its head. There was nothing startling about its color.

But the taste. Oh, the taste. I drink IPA because I appreciate the high-hopping needed at the time to preserve beer for the long journey to India. In this case, the brewers have retained the high hops taste even though no long journey was required for the beer (though I had to fly 1000s of miles to have a taste).

In truth, several local (UK) relatives tried the beer and we all raved about it -- it was the only beer we came to agreement on that night.

If Jaipur IPA appears in the US, I'm buying it and recommending it to all my friends. Several UK choices are available all over my city (Fullers, Sam Smith), so I'm hopeful that it is at least possible.

2013 update: I found a bottle in a local beer store in Louisville...and it was not good. I don't know if it was ruined by light or time, but the beer (sadly) tasted nothing like what I had in the UK. And it was quite pricey to boot (something like $7 for the bottle I purchased).

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 point 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date found.

Appearance - Super cloudy yellow body. Enormous white foamy head. Decent to low stick. Great retention.

Smell - Musky corn. Wet cardboard. Yeast. Mild citrus character.

Taste - Moderately hoppy. Lime peel bitterness. Citrusy all around. Balanced. Light bodied overall.

Mouthfeel - Sharp. Medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation to smooth out the texture.

Overall Drinkability - Enjoyable. Decently complex. If I was in the mood for something bitter, or was trying to pair this with a meal, I might enjoy it substantially more because it has good balance and presentation of characters. Unfortunately, it's not so great at being a stand-alone beer on this ocassion. Still worth checking out. No off characters.

Photo of DoktorZee
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. Best before date on the bottle is 22.11.11 - well within time!

A - very sprightly and slightly cloudy yellow brew with a huge fluffy white head that resolves into a chunky finger and a half with bits of lacing down the glass.

S - moderately intense nose with notes of grassy hops and a bit of lemon.

T - nicely balanced hops attack with a grassy quality backed by a minimal malt profile; the bitterness endures and sticks at the back of the throat along with some very late floral notes. Not excessive hops or bitterness like a west coast brew, but pretty solid. Quite nice really.

M - medium body with moderate carbonation. It does coat the mouth a little, but isn't excessively oily.

D - very refreshing and crisp. Goes down easy.

Very nice IPA in the British, rather than US style. Nicely balanced with solid hop profile never quite taking over. Would recommend it.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The main trouble with English beers coming over to BC is even when they just arrive in stores thye often don't taste fresh which is a problem for a beer which relies on floral hops notes and a subtle citrus note. I liked the beer but could detect age in the flavour and a drop in the level of the hops used. It ended tasting a lot like the Brockton IPA from Granville Island when I know fresh it probably more sublime. Not worth the $7 a bottle when I can get fresh Brockton in cans for $12 a six.

Photo of Crossmd
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured upper 40s fahrenheit into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw with almost no head whatsoever. Little bit of fine lace.

Smell is only the faintest pine and some malts/breads. Not excellently projected.

Taste is a smooth, almost golden domination of malts that evolve slowly into a light hoppiness. Well made, but really. Overmalted for my palate. As far as I'm accustomed to, the IPA is characterized by a strong hop character with the malts lending themselves to only a secondary structure or backbone. -Which raises an interesting question about how we now define an IPA. With the American style commanding such a strong influence on how we think about IPAs now, how does this defy that? How is it simultaneously an homage to what IPAs really were, and simultaneously are no longer?

Overall a well made brew with definition and personality. I could'nt find a 650 for any less than 7.50USD, and while I wouldn't pay that again, i can respect this even if I don't especially enjoy it as an IPA.

85

Photo of Retail1LO
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. I got a bottle of this at The Beer Store in Southampton, PA. Pours a hazy straw color without so much as a hint of a head. Perhaps would have been otherwise with a straight down the center pour. Very interesting nose. I can't quite place it. Mild pine and citrus. Malt. That's it. MALT. The taste confirms it. The taste definitely reveals some hops, but it's still a very malt forward beer, which is different for an IPA. The mouth feel is smooth, with a bit of a sharp bitter bite at the tale end near the tip and the sides of your tongue. Overall this is very good beer. Glad I got a chance to try it. Wouldn't hesitate to order a pint of this going forward.

Photo of windypete
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first taste of a thornbridge beer!.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass leaving a nice white fluffy head that stayed for while then going completly.
A nice light citrus smell with a good crispness to it.
Taste to match the smell very crisp with citrus followed by hoppyness then a nice bitter end to it.
This dosent look like an ipa with its straw color but every thing else says ipa. On the whole a very enjoyable beer to go with a nice sunny day. Highly recomended.

Cheers!.

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3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 500ml bottle into pint glass

A- pours a light golden tea color with a fluffy head and some good lacing,minimal lacing with a fresh collar

S- pine and citrus hops abound with malts and grass,some grain and bread

T- is nice its a nice floral hops start with wet grass and malt a biiter pine taste and sweet bread

M- like a pale ale with malt and hops,medium carbonation

O- tasty and crisp a nice hop profile with malts..like a PA to me

Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Just Southern Asian and English enough for the traditional style to cry out "we're the real deal, right-o, then!"

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of pillow-like rocky, bone-white head, which leaves some stellar webbed lace around the glass in its lazy wake.

It smells of moderately bitter citrus, tropical fruit, grassy, and piney hops, mild savoury spice, and a subtle cracker graininess. The taste is grassy, floral hops, mild citrus pith, a wee bit of bready yeast, all nicely balanced by an understated bready caramel/toffee malt. A small, hardly perceptible bit of alcohol warming arises as things progress.

The carbonation is duly present, and agreeably sedate, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the hops still holding sway in that stiff-upper-lip English sort of way.

Wow - an EIPA that isn't afraid of the almighty hop, and what it can do for you, to crib from a famous American trope. A lovely, dry, and fruity India Pale Ale, by anyone's scale.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine beer, particularly on cask. I had this on handpump at the Brick Store Pub. A very nice pour with excellent clarity and a nice fluffy white head about 3/4 of an inch tall. Lovely leafy hop aromas leap from the glass. Nice herbal notes with a hint of mint peeking through. The taste is also quite nice with more leafy herbalness, an earthy bitterness, and a lovely creaminess. Soft, bitter, and creamy in the mouth, this is a beer I tend to get a glass of every time I see it on. Definitely moreish.

Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

english IPA in the sense that its made with an american temperament and english hops. must say that it quite a wonderful beer... but ever beer i've had from them has been. great hop richness and an abv of a APA. pour is yellow golden almost clear with a nice sticky head. nose grassiness. the beer itself had a wonderful feel of intense grassy lemon zest. very dry and quick finish. like bit of sweetness in there. no mineral nots. a bit chalk dry but about as much as a belgian saison.

Photo of peensteen
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Boney for the bottle.

Hazy pale golden colour, one finger frothy white head, good lacing left behind. Smell is of lots of hop, pine, malty and grainy, cereal like qualities. Taste is floral and grainy, big hop kick, pine and muted citrus, light sweetness, drying bitter finish, citrus in aftertaste. Light-med carbonation, very oily and resinous, med-full body and very nice overall. Very nice english IPA, well made and enjoyable, quite drinkable.

Photo of MrIce
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in colour with a nice off white head. The smell is aromatic, not to strong though - fresh hops some citrus fruit notes.

Light malt body covered in refreshing hop aromas. Light carbonation, some spicy notes, very refreshing. Overall the IPA is very well balanced with a good drinkability - even for non IPA - drinkers.

The hops are dominating this beer - being well balanced with the body and sweetness.

Very good IPA - enjoy it!

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - fully cloudy golden, white head retained very well leaving sticky lacing all around
S - earthy and resiny hops with a definite metallic hint, some grainy presence in the background
T - hop bomb of herbal, resin, mild grapefruit and spice, light bready malt with a metallic twinge, and some sweetercitrus on the finish
M - light and well carbonated, refreshing body with a mildly pleasant bitter finish
O - the focus here is hops as it should be, could use a little more malt flavour support, but overall an extremely drinkable beverage

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Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.