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Jaipur IPA - Thornbridge Brewery

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 43
Gots: 27 | 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 joemcgrath27
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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

joemcgrath27, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of StaEva
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

StaEva, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of BDTyre
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

BDTyre, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of wcintula
4.22/5  rDev +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.

wcintula, Jul 27, 2011
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.

(3.9; 4.00 3.50 4.00 4.00 4.00)
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

StJamesGate, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Yojimbo1941, Jul 08, 2011
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.

haz77, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of dubsola
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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

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

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

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.

dubsola, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of NATOuk
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

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.

Medium bodied with light but punchy carbonation

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.

NATOuk, Jun 22, 2011
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.

IronDjinn, Jun 21, 2011
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.


woosterbill, Jun 20, 2011
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.

burnheartsMKE, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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 -11.7%
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 +4%
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 -5.5%
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 +6.5%
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%
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 +3.2%
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 +7.7%
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 +0.7%
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
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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -12.2%
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 -13.4%
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 -0.5%
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
Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.