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Jaipur IPA | Thornbridge Brewery

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Jaipur IPAJaipur IPA

Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006

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Reviews: 191 | Ratings: 501
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, orange, mango, lemon, herbal, floral, grass, grapefruit, bread, and earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance; very pleasant. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, bread, herbal, floral, grass, mango, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance of malt sweetness/bitterness; with zero astringent hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth and drinkable. Overall this is a highly excellent English IPA! Great flavor balance and hop complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of eriktoyra
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale golden and crystal clear liquid into the glass. The head is pale white, about one finger high and creamy.

S: Intense pineapple smell up front. Clean and crisp citrus with lots of grapefruit. Fresh!

T: Clean and nice, well balanced. Sweet pineapples, dry hay and grassy tones. Citrus marmelade. Lots of citrus tones in this one.

M: This is a beer that goes down easily. Low to medium carbonation. Light to medium body. Very refreshing.

O: A perfect IPA for a warm summer day. If you like intense citrus tones in your IPA this is a mush try.

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Photo of IPA35
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before: 20-12-12

Pale golden, a not so large white head with big bubbles. No yeast at all.

Great smell! Very floral and fruity.
Big mango, white grapes, pineapple and such. Some resin. Definitely American hops in this one.

Taste starts with more of the same, lots of fruitiness that turn towards a more dry bitterness, almost a zesty dryness. The more you drink the more the fruitiness remains. Plain maltiness but it is certainly there. Overall nicely balanced between fruitiness and bitterness.

The mouthfeel is quite thin, that makes this beer very drinkable. Medium carbonation, just fine.

Overall a very good beer, not very bold or spectacular (except for the phenominal smell) but certainly interesting enough to seek it out! A very nice beer that I would love to session.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We need to change the image. The new lable design is very jazzy.

A: Clear straw golden body. Big foamy white head.

S: Very floral and fruity.

T: Very fruity and floral. Spot on carbonation, just enough bubbling to captivate the tongue. A touch of dust in the aftertaste along with elderflower.

O: Very floral and fruity - a style I'm becoming all too familiar with, but very sessionable non the less.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle: best before 1st Nov 2012, poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard during an IPA and Porter tasting evening on 11th Aug 2012.

My cask review of this beer wasn't overly complimentary: this bottle review is a bit better.

The beer is a citrus hop brew: it's always hazy/cloudy, smells and tastes hoppy and citrusy. It's fine, but not great in my eyes.

Still can't see the fascination of this beer: nothing wrong with it, but I'm underwhelmed compared to most of my mates.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 11/12 - from Warners

Pours a light gold/straw - two finger fluffy head. Quite a surprise, was expecting darker. Spotty lace.

Hops on nose - more floral APA than earthy.

Taste is surprisnlgy lifted hop-wise again, more akin to APA than EIPA. Mere hint of the usual caramel/toffee/mandarin/marmalade. Balanced hop bitterness, not overpowering.

Mouthfeel lightly carbonated, medium bodied.

Overall , a surprise package, not a stylised EIPA by any means. Easy drinking for 6% tho. Down 0.5 for price

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer by @epiclurk.

Pours a really crystal clear deep golden colour, with a firm, frothy and very persistent head of pure white. Lacing is intricate, waving and speckled. Body is pretty light and the carbonation is big-bubbled and a little bit lethargic. Looks good overall, though.

Nose, oh yes, the nose! Big, sweet pungent citrus mingled with tropical fruits, peach skin, passionfruit and freshly crushed fragrant herbs. Wow, and such potency. The lilting, lyrical tone of the flavours belies just how powerful this is. Oh, just lovely stuff...

Taste is also very good. Solid if plain malty characters give a base, while some brisk but restrained hop character provides interest on the palate. It has that hop-derived nuttiness that I associate with Mikkeller's IPAs, which gives a clean flush of the palate without leaving too much residual, biting bitterness. Feel is a little weak, and although the malt provides a base, it's perhaps not strong enough to really provide a fullness to the palate.

Still, this is a lovely little IPA from Thornbridge. It has stacks of aromatics, and a solid, drinkable basis. And that aroma, oh god, that aroma...

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium pure orange amber. Moderate, active head with lots of lacing and active carbonation. Nice looking. Hoppy light malt aroma. Interesting flavor progression. Starts as a medium bodied, creamy lager-like malty ale, then changes to a hoppy, spicy flavor, citrus and finishes hoppy like an IPA. Very well done. Will try again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am slowly emptying my reefer of bottles. It is not that I am totally averse to them, but I would prefer to be advancing The CANQuest (TM) instead.

From the bottle: " Thornbridge Brewery is a collaboration of innovation, passion and knowledge. Our brewers come with a variety of experience but all share the same desire to make great beers. Using the flavours of the land their aim is to put the art back into the science they were taught. Brewing has forever pushed the boundaries of technology. We found a way to use it to harness our passion for great flavoured beer. This means no pasteurisation or filtration. No stealing of delicate flavour and aroma molecules. This is Craft Beer as it should be. A complex combination of all that makes beer great. The immediate impression of Jaipur, this multi award winning India Pale Ale is soft and smooth but this rapidly builds around the mouth to a crescendo of massive hoppiness."; "Innovation-Passion-Knowledge".

In watching the first episode or two of "James May Drinks to the United Kingdom", this is the beer that Oz Clarke first buys for May, saying that it is one of his favourites. May later buys Clarke the same beer just to see if Clarke really can tell similarities and differences. Ha!

Given all of the labeling as well as being able to see suspended particulate, I went with about as gentle a pour as I have ever employed. This resulted in just a modicum of bone-white head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was a hazy sunshine yellow. Nose had a grassy, minty quality. Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was unexpectedly of fresh-squeezed grapefruit. I was in a swoon! Good on you, Clarke! I wonder how much different it is from a cask ... Finish was really hoppy and if you had told me that this was an English IPA in a blind taste test, I would not have believed it. This was a really fantastic beer. More please.

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into pint glass. Golden colour with two fingers of white head. Great big explosive nose of citrus pith, more citrus pith, bread toasting and herbs I can't quite place.

Inoffensive entry with biscuity malt, followed up with a spot of marmalade. How English. Hop flavors sneakily layer on top of it until it occurs to you that this is actually a pretty ballsy beer. Zesty - lemon, candied orange, maybe a bit of mint. Smooth as hell in the mouth - subdued carbonation and admirably more-ish. I could drink this all day, any time of the year. I've always maintained that a well-made English IPA is a thing of true beauty and this is both of those things.

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Photo of cratez
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the 401 & Weston LCBO in Toronto, ON. Part of the 2012 Spring Beer Release.

Pours a hazy, unfiltered yellow with amber edges, one finger of billowy white foam, and sheets of lacing on the pint glass. The chunky sediment detracts from an otherwise attractive appearance.

Smell is lemon zest, mango, white grapefruit, herbal, grassy, and floral hops, mild earthiness, honey-drizzled wheat crackers, slight sulphur, and lime.

Taste is big lemony, grapefruity, and soapy hop flavours balanced by biscuity malts, a honey sweetness, white cracker, and a substantial Noble-like bitterness to end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied, soft carbonation, spicy and biting bitterness lingers into the long, bone dry finish. Refreshing.

Overall, Thornbridge Jaipur is an exemplary English IPA with more intensity than traditional examples of the style. This flavourful, hoppy thirst-quencher is one of the best UK beers that I've sampled. A very impressive brew.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a large, fading head.
Nose shows herbal, spicy and grassy hops with soft clean malt underneath.
Flavours include laid-back spicy and herbal notes along with light malt.
Carbonation is high, suiting the beer well.
Very easy-drinking and approachable.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before July 24 2012. I picked up a bottle of this last month and really enjoyed it, but didn't bother reviewing it at the time... so I figured this was one worth a repurchase, what with the stock being limited (and almost expired anyway).

Pours a foggy yellow-amber colour, with plenty of visible floaties swirling through the liquid. Topped with slightly more than a finger's worth of creamy, soapy white head with good retention, taking a good 6-7 minutes to fizzle away to an uneven cap, leaving plenty of lacing behind in its wake. Zesty, citric aroma with lots of fresh lemon, white grapefruit pith and an absolute wallop of flowery hops. The bready malts struggle to be noticed behind the hops, but with some effort they can be detected.

This is just really tasty stuff. Once again, the biscuity, bready sweetness of the malt backbone is almost lost in the sea of hoppy flavours. Lemon zest seems to be the most prominent, but I can also pick out tangerine, grapefruit, pine resin and a hint of mint. It's a very fresh, floral flavour profile; easy to enjoy, with a gentle citric, slightly resiny astringency that lingers into the aftertaste. On the light side of medium-bodied, with good carbonation for the style and a smooth, crisp mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 4.25, a high A minus (nearly an A). Jaipur IPA seems to have inherited a lot of traits from American-style IPAs, but the fact that the hop flavours are not palate-scrubbingly powerful half-heartedly corroborates the idea that this is an English IPA. But this is all semantics - it's still a ridiculously tasty brew, and there is little doubt in my mind it would be a regular purchase for me if it became a general listing (instead of just seasonally-available). It is well worth the price, and I would eagerly recommend this to anyone looking for a delicious, potentially sessionable IPA.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : golden color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : a very nice flowery hop and citrus aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty and citrus flavors, leading to a dry and bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the India Pale Ale Style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firm, gentlemanly, and chocked full of grace, nothing satisfies the palate like a well balanced English ale.

Burnish orange in color, the beer's mildly hazed copper tone casts a soft glow from light behind. Creamy foam caps the beer with off white pillowy character. It's staying power and lace is classic and sturdy.

Caramel soaked fruit aromas carry and rich bread flavor like shortcake and biscotti. Floral honey-like scents bridge into supple tea-like notes with fresh cut grass, citrus, and pine.

Malty sweet with flavors of caramel, honey, and biscuit for a taste that weaves into the fruit esters and triggers the taste buds with notions of appricot jam and strawberry shortcake. Herbal with the hop taste of freshly mulled herbs, grasses, and citrus zest. Dried oranges, apples, and appricots give rise to the hop bitterness and deliver a nearly American hop taste and bitterness.

Medium bodied from the richness of malt texture and low-lying creamy carbonation. But the dryness of hop resin, alcohol woody warmth, and slowly fading carbonation and malt taste allows for a crisp and semi-clean finish with lingering grassy bitterness.

Although the beer tilts decidedly toward hop flavor and bitterness, it's not without the firm support of malt flavor and feel. This beer will surely delight the palate of any fan of English beer.

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Photo of liamt07
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, best before July 24, 2012. 500ml into a tulip.

Hazy yellowish-orange, surprisingly almost no head was formed (no hiss or pop either when I popped the cap...). Some clear bubbles form a head, but that's about it. Faint floral and lemon quality to the nose, touch of citrus zest. More citrus, lemon, and grainy flavours on the palate, definitely some English character to the malt here. Medium body, but a surprisingly very low carbonation. A good beer, but based on this experience (or bottle), I'm not sure if I'd grab another right away.

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

From 500mL bottle to Hess pint glass on 6/6/12
*From notes

A: A proper pour yields a big three finger white head. Good retention, solid lacing and big collar. Clean pale orange in color.

S: The nose is herbal. Lots of sage and pine resin. Rustic, yet pushing the traditional boundaries of what you'd call an English IPA.

T: Pretty bitter on the fore. Some warm butter and tons of biting resin on the mid. The the finish is juicy, with hints of vanilla and untoasted grain. Like the US meets the UK.

M: The feel is more then ok. Light to medium in body. Good carbonation, if not a bit low, making for a well put together beer.

O: A melting pot of old and new. This "real ale" is kinda rustic, yet agressive and hop forward. One of the better English IPA's I've come across. Well done.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow body, soapy white head. Good retention, very little lace. Aroma is floral and lemony with softer evergreen undertones. Lemon and biscuits up front followed by citrus pith and a firm bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste. Light-bodied with low carbonation. I love light-bodied beers with solid flavours in the summertime, and this strikes me as a very well made golden ale. Pretty moreish stuff.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: They take the word pale very seriously as far as I can tell. A straw-golden colour which is quite hazy. Beautiful lacing around the edges and nice head retention.

Smell: I'm getting very floral smells, almost like lavender. A little sharp orange peel citrus with some slightly piny notes. A little bread-y malt.

Taste: The floral smell gives way to really juicy citrus and light bread-dough like malt. Near the end the orange-citrus quickly becomes a little sour (like lemon) and then hits a really deep grapefruit bitter. A light copper note too. Complex, but subtle hops over a nice light malt.

Mouthfeel: A little watery and light with a low carbonation. I suppose it might be better on cask! Still fits the style and is quite nice, just not as great as the rest of the beer.

Overall: A really complex bit of IPA. Lots of subtly which shows off the strong distinction between big brash American IPAs and their often overlooked British/English cousins. The sweet flower aroma and the wide array of citrus flavours make this a good example of the skill and subtlety of English brewing.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jaipur is neither pasteurized nor filtered and it shows; the taxi-cab yellow beer is checkered, albeit with suspended flakes of what might be yeast particles or, more likely even, coagulated protein. Either way, it doesn't turn me off one bit - this looks hearty and healthy. Its soapy white head makes more waves than a lake full of loose rudders.

Jaipur smells as colorful as all the saris in Bollywood. It has fluorescent flair, like the lady on its label, and a bouquet of lavender and fresh-cut flowers. It's like Thornbridge held a flower contest only to use all the submissions for dry-hopping. Although hardly noticed, I'm surprised the malty notes of biscuit and toasted bread make it through at all.

While they were at it, Thornbridge may have robbed a lemon orchard as well. The taste, too, is bright and citrusy and showcases lots of mango and lemon flavor. The malts have a really agreeable doughiness to them; it sometimes tastes like country white bread served with marmalade (with rind) and a single, tiny mint leaf.

The malt is sweet but mild while the hops leave an imprint of freshly-mowed grass. Maltiness ranges from somewhat to noticeably cereal-like, while the hops are consistently drying and grassy. Its herbal-earthy enough to carry a teeny bit of spice, like you'd find an authentic pilsner. It's all very refreshing and quite minty.

English beers are usually the most familiar, but their brewers are still evidently capable of surprises. Jaipur is as sunny as any beach in India (or San Diego, for that matter). It manages to embrace the modern (read: American) style and level of hopping, but still drinks like a hearty, rustic pint of real (read: traditional British) ale. A really impressive offering.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy pale straw, with plenty of fine bubbled carbonation. The frothy head lasts a while and coats the glass with foam. Fresh mown grass and woody hop bitters makes up the nose. Some supporting biscuit malts also show. The taste is hop forward with lots of earthy, herbal, lemony hops dominatiing a doughy malt counterpart. The mouthfeel is light with a very active carbonation. Herbal hop notes and a light bitterness make up the finish.

This is a great English IPA. Very hop forward and an excellent showcase of English hops. Seek this out.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep blonde color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of floral hops with light dry notes with clean cereal notes is quite enjoyable and seems to be split between an American and British IPA. Taste is also a great mix between some floral and hoppy notes with a dry finish with some clean cereal notes with some light residual sugar coming through. Body is about average with good carbonation. Love the mix between citrus hops and floral dry British hops notes.

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

A - Very slightly hazed straw with a big, billowy white head. Poured this a bit hard on account of not expecting this sort of foam.

S - Nose is very grassy, light lemon backing.

T - First impression is bitter and hoppy, but the bitterness seems to lessen quickly. Little bit of graininess and some lemon-citrus.

M - A bit of a sharp carbonation. Light body has a bit of slickness.

D - Good drinkability. Hops are strong, but have an understated quality that lets the malt come through.

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Photo of TerryW
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer, hazy golden yellow under a long-lived head that leaves lots of lace.

Nose is grassy and hoppy with lemon citrus. Appetizing. Taste is grapefruit peel, grass, hint of lemon in the finish. Strong bitterness that lingers for quite a long time. Comes across with a full mouthfeel, not a light brew.

Decent worth and worth a try, but a little too bitter to be a fave.

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Photo of ssmack
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with best before data 28.11.13

A milky lemon yellow colour with an inch and a half of head made up of large bubbles on the bottom and fine foam on top. Large bubbles on the side. Very good lacing from the top to the bottom.

Aromas of pin and citrus - grapefruit. Strong at first and then fades.

The taste of lemon and pine with biscuit malt. All of the tastes are melded into one. There is a grapefruit bitter aftertaste.

A medium some-what chewy feel with a bit of bite.

A refreshing and drinkable British IPA. Not quite enough malt for my palette.

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Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.