Thornbridge Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #961
Ranked #8,030
4 | pDev: 10.25%
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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
Reviews: 218 | Ratings: 585 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sigmund from Norway

4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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VicCooper from Ireland

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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M4RK from Northern Ireland

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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
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James94 from England

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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
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DypsoBubble from England

3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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mishi_d from Romania

3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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MichaelGennings from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(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
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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bixby1971 from Canada (ON)

3.24/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought this based on the reputation. Picked up from LCBO in Burlington. Opened it and a skunky smell hit me at once. Not what I was expecting nor what I had read from others. Wondering if it may have been sitting a little long on the shelves???

Mar 24, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this for my birthday from my wife, who picked it up for me because of its high reputation.
This Jaipur is one of the English breweries that follow the American tradition of beermaking, and as such this IPA is no different - it is an American IPA. Quite light, almost straw-like in color but has a lit of citrus in the nose. It is quite dry in the mouthfeel and the intense citrusy hoppiness turns into dry bitterness halfway through. It is very similar to a session IPA or an East Coast IPA for its hopping and character.
Now it became special for me and not only for its taste but for having received it as a present!

Dec 06, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even if this is labelled as an American IPA and it shows some great American hops (chinook, centennial, colombus, etc.)

It looks pretty good and attractive with a perfectly clear gold colour with a nice white head. Nice lacing all along. It almost looks a pilsner.

Pine pinions presence is strong in the aroma along with honey, biscuit, grass, pepper and some citrus.

The flavour of citrus is stronger, resinous, very herbal, peppery, some biscuit, rose. Good balance and nice bitterness.

The flavours are enhanced by the very smooth mouthfeel, gentle carbonation.

This one is a great one. Maybe the best English style IPA I've had. I could drink this one as a go-to-beer. I'd like to try this from the cask in a nice English country pub

Nov 14, 2017
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served cold into a tulip. Review from notes in Ireland (fresher sample) as well as a purchase here in Canada.

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, pale golden colored ale.Small half finger of head is poured but endures for a lengthy time.

Smell - Some lovely citrus with grapefruit and apricot leading the way. A little bit of earthiness but very balanced. North American bottle was a little skunked (brown bottles?) and less aromatic.

Taste - Some citrus for sure with grapefruit and pineapple and apricot being the stars. Healthy malt bill in the background. Flavor is a little more minerally on the North American bottle. Really assertive (but not overblown) hops presence on the European bottle.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium-light bodied and very crisp with drying finish.

Overall - An outstanding English IPA, Probably one of the defining beers of the style. The Fresher European purchase had advantages across the board and in nose and flavors these were pretty substantial. Certainly an okay buy for my North American friends, but Jaipur IPA seemed much more outstanding when purchased on its own turf. Rating is based off of review notes of European version.

Aug 20, 2017
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jazzyjeff13 from England

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2018. Picked up recently from Waitrose. A modern classic, the label mentions that this is brewed with 6 hop varieties: Chinook, Centennial, Ahtanum, Simcoe, Columbus and Cascade.

A: Poured into an IPA glass. A bright golden hue with good clarity and plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of intensely perfumed hops with notes of tropical fruit, mango, peach/apricot, citrus, peel, grass, light spice, earthy yeast and subtle malt. Superb.

T: Tastes of strident aromatic hops with notes of grapefruit, citrus, peel, tropical fruit, peach/apricot, grass/hay, faint spice, earthy yeast and pale malt. Very dry, with a crisp yet balanced bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops, bitterness and mild earthy yeast.

O: Excellent - an iconic American IPA that hints at the British roots of the style. Looks alright, though evidence of live yeast would be an improvement. The aroma and flavour are amazing; a spectrum of fruity hops notes underpinned by yeast and subtle malt. Good body. A must for hopheads everywhere - goes down far too easily.....

Apr 22, 2017
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Abinlp from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very high quality brew. I've had it on tap in Edinburgh and in the bottle here in the states. Doesn't disappoint with way.
Pours a golden color, as most U.K. IPAs do. The head is white and dense. The aroma is citrusy and floral. The taste is leans closer to the British style, more flowery with hop flavor, yet there's a lean towards an citrusy American IPA flavor as well.

I picked it up first in the US looking for that typical U.K. India ale flavor. I wasn't disappointed in that regard, but also liked the boldness of it compared to the usual Brits style. Were it less pricey this would be my go-to IPA. I think I've found it around $5.99-6.99 per bomber. Worth it though.

Dec 11, 2016
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Hanglow from Scotland

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

new 330ml bottle, I assume from their new bottling line?

Pours really pale gold, lovely big head, pin bright, looks great.

Peach and mango on the nose

More citrusy in flavour. Nice dryness, not particularly bitter but enough. Slight mineral finish. Good carb.

After a dip in form - at least percieved by me - I think this is back to being really rather good. I still prefer the cask version when on form, but this is a real good beer for not much money from Tesco.

Nov 05, 2016
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SolentSurfer from England

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good reliable IPA but only sparsely available on draught. 500ml bottles available in Waitrose typically for £2.79 but not other supermarkets. As Proper Job 500 ml bottles are constantly on offer at Tesco 4 for £6 it's no contest on value!

Sep 10, 2016
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear golden color, 2 finger white head, good lacing, plenty of carbonation.

S: Hops, tropical fruits.

T: Hoppy, bitter, malty.

F: Great carbonation results to increased drinkability and mouthfeel.

O: Very good IPA. Would gladly have it again.

Jul 25, 2016
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kitschiguy from Hong Kong

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Writing as i drink.

Poured a cloudy, very pale colour with a big fluffy head. Didn't hang around for long. Some lacing.

Nose is lots of citrus, floral and hoppy - nice.

Palate has a distinct floral character, with tropical fruit, pineapple and good good bitterness.

Mouth is ok but could be fuller for me.

Overall a very well-made beer. Bursting with flavour and hoppiness, distinctive and nice looking.

Highly recommended.

May 11, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; light lacing; lots of bubbles rising throughout;

S: citrus, earthy, pine;

T: earthy and caramel; fades quite a bit by the middle; mild bitterness on the finish;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O; very easy drinking;

May 01, 2016
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