Thornbridge Brewery

Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom
IPA - American
Ranked #1,246
Ranked #11,248
3.99 | pDev: 10.03%
Apr 20, 2022
Jan 22, 2006
Very Good
Notes: With over 100 worldwide awards, this American style IPA has a complexity of flavour created by a six-dimensional hop experience.

Hops: Chinook / Centennial / Ahtanum / Simcoe / Columbus / Cascade

Malts: Maris Otter
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of charlatan
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by charlatan from Scotland

330ml bottle pours with a nice white head on straw coloured beer. Smells of lemon to lemongrass and a bit of grapefruit. Lemon is the dominant flavour here while the feel is thicker than anticipated even though the beer is on the dry side (my thinking is dry tends to go with thin). A laid back metallic bitterness takes over by stealth after a floral interlude and then gradually fades out. Seems to get more bitter the more I drink though. Good but not revolutionary.

Apr 20, 2022
4.25 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Feb 28, 2022
4 by Robertas from Lithuania on Feb 23, 2022
Photo of stevoj
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

Third at Holyrood 9A. Clear golden pour, skin of head. Hoppy aroma, woody, grassy, pine. Taste is a light blast of hops, a pronounced bitterness, but in moderation. This what the IPA was all about. Beautiful!

Feb 11, 2022
Photo of Sigmund
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

Rerate, 500 ml bottle, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger (also on keykeg). ABV is 5.9%. Golden colour, large white head. Beguling and complex hoppy aroma with notes of grapefruit, mango, passion fruit, pineapple. Flavour: like first sample. Resinous finish. Distinct bitterness in the aftertaste.

Original rating: Cask at the GBBF 2008. Golden colour, low head. Lovely hoppy aroma with strong notes of tropical fruits. The flavour is a hoppy explosion of citrus and tropical fruits, on a distinctly sweet base. Long hoppy aftertaste. Very good.

Jun 08, 2021
4 by paulish from New York on Jan 23, 2021
Photo of VicCooper
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by VicCooper from Ireland

Top: 1.5” white head, lasts for average time. Nice lacing remains.

Colour: it’s very light, straw in colour. Filtered, no haziness whatsoever.

Smell: it does need decanting, and even after, it’s not intense. Could be nearly anything, you really need to focus to spot some notes (lemongrass/pine(?) and something undefined sweetness).

Taste: lovely, decent bitterness, yet, not overpowering. Hints of lemongrass. Nicely carbonated (medium+). Very drinkable, doesn’t feel strong, although not as weak your typical session IPA. Refreshing with a dry finish.

Summary: if you think it’d be an aromatic hop adventure, you will be disappointed. Although 6 hops are listed on the side of the really gorgeous can, they are more like bittering ones rather than aromatic (by feel anyway). Easy to drink, it just needs more character, to be remembered.

Sep 21, 2020
3.88 by KurtisAyr from Scotland on Jul 06, 2020
3.75 by Pisshhead from Ireland on Jun 30, 2020
Photo of M4RK
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by M4RK from Northern Ireland

Bought 4 tins from Tesco - once opened lovely I was treated to lovely aromas - orange and grapefruit. Pours a gorgeous golden colour. Great taste, fruity punch - much like many of the IPA from across the pond. Great great English IPA, would without doubt purchase again.

Jun 08, 2020
3.75 by werehereforthebeer from England on May 07, 2020
Photo of James94
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by James94 from England

L: Clear yellow/green in colour, some lacing, head doesn't last that long
S: Pine, lime, hint of orange
T: Plum, jam, oaks, lime, pine, spices, something coughy syrupy
F: Smooth, but just a tad overcarbonated

O: 3.75

Apr 03, 2020
4 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Jan 16, 2020
3.99 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Dec 31, 2019
Photo of sleeveroller
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by sleeveroller

Canned version, light golden with a thick frothy head.

Looks and smells like a lager shandy. Hints of lemon.

Medium bitter taste which lingers.

Not overly carbonated nice and smooth.

Overall very nice. Goes down a little too easily which could get one into trouble in a session.

Oct 24, 2019
3.74 by Lanas from Greece on Oct 18, 2019
2.65 by stephenlee93 from England on Oct 09, 2019
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Had this at Craft in Reno. They had a keg of this and their stout I think?

Anyways, pours a yellow lager like color, expected darker on an English ipa, they seem just a tad maltier color wise. The aroma didn't seem to utilize dry hopping. Just smelled like bittering hops. Chinook.

Taste was more of the same, goes more into American ipa territory than I thought, in fact, I'm not sure what makes this an English ipa, couldn't really discern any Burton or other English yeast going on here. Just bittering hops of Chinook, Cascade and Simcoe pushing a dry pine envelope. I mean, none of these hops are English. This is the English making an American ipa. Even a hint of the Zeus hop comes out at the end with a slight weed note to it. Malt aspect stays out of heavier territory endemic to the international game. Kind of thought any notions of tropical or stone fruit are overplayed.

Expensive beer with hundreds of better options around me as an American ipa. This isn't an English ipa in my book.

Sep 20, 2019
4.11 by Eltrandos from France on Aug 30, 2019
3.79 by misteil from Ireland on Aug 01, 2019
Photo of Urban_Spaceman
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Urban_Spaceman from England

Fantastic beer! Very hoppy. grapefruit and Elderflower flavours. Full bodied but refreshing. Strong. Excellent!

Jun 09, 2019
Photo of DypsoBubble
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DypsoBubble from England

Nice rich mouthfeel. Bit of a diacetyl butterscotch to it. Slight sourness. Nice bitterness. Taste new world hops but pretty muted. Nice carbonation adding to the mix.

May 10, 2019
4.39 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on May 05, 2019
Photo of mishi_d
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by mishi_d from Romania

Clear golden color with white head, hoppy and grassy aroma, taste is the same, medium bitter, medium body, average carbonation, nothing special, just a classic english IPA.

Apr 22, 2019
Photo of Sabtos
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Clear, bright shimmering gold with a tall white head, this is surprisingly dank. Super dank and resinous, this has toasty cracker and skunky cannabis with a really big froth under the medium body finishing crisply semi-dry. I can see why this might be a big deal across the pond.

Mar 20, 2019
3.5 by quantumech from Singapore on Feb 09, 2019
Photo of MichaelGennings
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MichaelGennings from Canada (ON)

Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge, Riverside Brewery in Bakewell, U.K. 330 ml bottle. 5.9% alc.

Thin white head that disappears fast. The beer is a cloudy light yellow.

Aroma is sugar, grapefruit, white bread. The taste is juicy grapefruit and hop bitterness.

The beer has a watery mouthfeel and the body is medium.

The finish is kind of bland with only a faint hop note.

A good beer. A-

Feb 02, 2019
4.5 by igl from Russian Federation on Dec 22, 2018
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

so cool to find this on tap, not sure i have ever seen a thornbridge beer on draft before. i thought this was really solid, although maybe not at its peak of freshness. its much lighter than expected, more american too, both the malt and the yeast seem less english than i thought. the color is really pale, more yellow straw than anything else, and i dont get much english crystal in nose or taste, which usually is a hallmark of the style. i dont really miss it though, the simple grain base lets the hops shine a lot more than what i normally expect in english ipa. there is a nice light citrus thing to them, good bitterness too, and something fairly unique, vegetal and different to me, like foliage in spring or something, a cool plant-like complexion, i wonder which hops are in here, this is somewhat unfamiliar right in the middle. the yeast has a little biscuity thing going on, but is really mild, just short of flavorless, and the fermentation is really clean, this is dry and fast finishing, also unexpected in an english style, but its great with the hops, and especially nice with the explosive carbonation this has. overall a nice beer, id like to catch it a little fresher next time, but i cant complain. something a little different for the style, way more drinkable and clean than they normally are. nicely done!

Nov 02, 2018
3.94 by JonnoWillsteed from England on Oct 07, 2018
3.49 by S_McAteer_95 from Ireland on Sep 21, 2018
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(500 ml, bottle-conditioned... poured into a Belhaven pub pint)

L: orange-amber liquid, slight (chill) haze enhanced by sediment; inch-high bubbly sponge of off-white foam, thick sticky ring of lace at the top, intricate web hanging below

S: subtle aromas - green tea, earthy herbs, maybe a touch of bergamot... not much potency... delicate spicy-cookie scent gradually emerges, perhaps similar to a snickerdoodle

T: apricot jam, mild touch of honey, lingering notes of light caramel and green tea... bits of golden raisin and spicy hops begin to build in the aftertaste following the second sip... underbelly is rather malty, but on the lighter side - the soft hum of bitterness threaded down the middle gives just enough balance (though I'm sure it's faded a tad by now)... remainder of sediment poured in adds a grapefruit peel flavor

F: silky smooth, light-medium body; little bit of booze warmth (and hop spice) setting the rear palate and back of the nostrils aglow... clean, dry finish

O: took a chance on this, unable to tell the date of the bottle - seems like the bottle conditioning was its savior, because the product was of good quality, only mild signs of age... I've had this before a few times on draft, enjoyed it - I think I will definitely pick up another bottle or two, still see it around now and then

Sep 09, 2018
4.6 by sdubz from Illinois on Sep 03, 2018
Photo of REVZEB
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. Grapefruit, lemon and orange lead the aromas with hop bitters. The taste is well balanced and drinkable, with fruit nad hops playing nicely, but neither really exciting to greatness either. Well made, especially the body really fits the EIPA style to a T.

Aug 30, 2018
3.63 by bird_soul from Netherlands on Aug 29, 2018
4 by Pmicdee from Canada (ON) on Aug 18, 2018
3.31 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Aug 17, 2018
Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours clear, caution light yellow in color with minimal head. Taste is husk and lemon. Light bodied, slightly bitter with moderate carbonation. Makes for a solid ipa.

Jul 21, 2018
3.98 by robotic_being from Florida on Jul 18, 2018
3.73 by desint from Belgium on Jul 02, 2018
Jaipur from Thornbridge Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 589 ratings