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Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 48
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of rapayn01
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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 -15.4%
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 -0.5%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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 -7.2%
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 -4.7%
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 +11.2%
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!.

Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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%
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 +5.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +11.9%
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 -1.5%
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

Photo of StaEva
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy yellow color. nice loose bubbly head, very white and sudsy looking.

smells of slight amonia, almost cat-pissy, but in a good way! Nice English grassy/lemony hop aromas. Not much malt.

taste follows smell, but less cat-piss in the mouth. very dry, pretty bitter, slight lemony-malt happening in the middle. light and crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.

overall a very good beer, but not something I'd frequently go out of my way for.

Photo of BDTyre
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice English IPA, but a bit of a surprsing pour. Very, very pale - almost like a wheat beer...definitely not the IPA colour I'm used to. Foamy white head.

Smooth, yeast-y malts, low citrusy and grassy hop scent.

Good hop kick, but definitely nice malt body to it. A good, English feel and taste. Like toffee, definite citrus. When taken with spicy food, the hops really come alive (though the malt kind of withers).

Good, natural carbonation. Even at 5.9%, a decently sessionable IPA.

Photo of wcintula
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased after a very high recommendation and I did not know what to expect.

A surprise from the get-go, the beer pours with a very hazy blonde body with small head with big pockets. The head reduces to thin rim around the edge of the glass, and I'm getting no lacing, but that could be me. The nose is great with grapefruit hoppiness and tart lemon-y grassy, sour yeasty smells.

Very dry IPA which is an awesome way to go, highlighting the hops even more. Great bitterness and resin-y flavor with moderate-medium body with fair carbonation. This beer is excellent and I applaud it. Bravo, Thornbridge.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale lemon with bone white head that instantly clings and climbs and leaves cathedral lace. Sour grain and musty lemon oil nose. Lemon curd and cut hay with piles of grapefruit hops. Sweet-tart melon comeback, lemon peel finish and tart astringent linger. Medium, soft, chewy, dry.

Lean and mean IPA - not a speck of Crystal that I can taste. Almost intentionally out of balance. Among the most American IPAs out of the UK, or in British ale terms, a super-Blonde. Almost Chardonnay-like in it's dry, fruity bite - grassy and tart with minimal sweetness.

Not complex, but know exactly what it's trying to do. A winner.

cask
(3.9; 4.00 3.50 4.00 4.00 4.00)
05/08/2010
On cask at the GBBF*.
Pours pale axelrod with thin foam that holds. Lemon and sweet grain on the nose with a whiff of diesel. Lemon barley malts with cutting bitterness of big grapefruit hops. Fresh apricot on the finish, bone dry linger. Light, some chew, some burn.
Great IPA, but how English is it, really? Would love to know if the bittering hops or the body (Maris Otter?) show some evidence of English ingredients I'm missing, because to me it tastes like it could be from Oregon.
* gold medal, 2010

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - straw and golden hue, light white head

S - clean hoppy smell with some very light barnyard characteristics, honeyed malt, fresh grain, lemon

T - smooth hops, honey, bright citrus, white bread drizzled with a small amount of honey. Delicious. Some bitterness on the backend but very smooth flavors.

M - light medium

O - very drinkable, not what you necessarily expect from an IPA, little high for a session beer at 5.9% but this is very good. $10 for a 1 pint 0.9 fl oz bottle at Brasserie V.

Photo of haz77
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale gold with a thick 2 fingers of white head. Looks to have very little carbonation. A thick cap firmly sits atop the liquid.

S - Lime zest, herbal hops, peach, mown grass.

T - Initially citrus comes through and becomes more rounded in the middle as the creaminess of the mouthfeel smoothes it out. Ends with a nice tangy herbal hop bite and a long finish of tobacco and pine

M - Really good. Moderate, initially cleansing carbonation disappears in the middle of the drink and a velvety mouthfeel takes over in the middle of the drink. This is nicely offset by the refreshing kick of hops that comes though at the end.

D - Not the most overly complex IPA, but nicely balanced and an impressive mouthfeel.

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

Bottle from Utobeer in London Bridge, drank from pint glass in park on sunny afternoon. Rather nice label.

Appearance
Light golden colour, slightly hazy complexion, fair amount of carbonation for an English ale - head and bubbles stayed through whole pint.

Aroma
Medium fruity/florally smell. Not too strong, not too weak.

Taste
Same overtones in taste but with underneath, a slight tang, perhaps slightly sour? Not especially hoppy for an IPA, making it quite easy drinking.

Mouthfeel
Full, smooth.

Overall: Surprisingly delicious - interesting enough, but not overpowering, potentially making it a good session beer. Having recently been to Jaipur, India, it is apt - one of the cleaner Indian cities, this beer is not massive like other IPAs, but interesting enough to raise eyebrows. Can only assume the skunky taste other reviewers found was due to a bad batch.

Photo of NATOuk
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Pours a hazy straw-like colour, active carbonation but doesn't form a massive head, instead a fine white coating on top of the liquid gives way to a ring around the glass

Aroma
Sweet notes of light malts, fresh aromas of citrus fruit, some grassiness and perhaps a touch of wheat in there somewhere. The aroma is distinctive but not overpowering or too weak.

Taste
Starts out very mellow, a little biscuit malt sweetness at the front of the mouth and towards the middle, just when you think it's not going anywhere a touch of bitterness creeps in and builds up to a very surprising but welcome hop peak at the back of the mouth with some of citrus and pine notes. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied with light but punchy carbonation

Overall
A very good IPA, I've been a little weary of English IPAs of late having developed a taste for the massive American IPAs but this is a great example of what England can do, it's got a good alcohol strength, a pleasant taste with a good hop profile. This is definitely a great savouring beer but would also work well in session quantity.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 500 ml brown bottle, best before date on back label listed as 07.12.11. Pours out a hazed straw colour, chunky foamy off-white head. Lots of thick, sticky lacing.

Spicy, herbal hops appear first on the nose, along with some dry grains, while bright sweet citrus esters show up later.

Neutral bready malt up front in the flavour that quickly is overlapped with leafy, spicy herbal hops, finishing with more citrus character hops. Very clean finish and aftertaste, the hops are utilized well without being allowed to roam free and go wild.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, a bit soapy in texture, low carbonation.

Quite the easy-drinker for the style, it holds its own and delivers a hop kick that is more than simply one-dimensional. Malt presence is pretty absent, this one is all about the hops.

Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.