Jaipur IPA | Thornbridge Brewery

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Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 212 | Ratings: 569
Photo of DypsoBubble
3.67/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.71/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
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-

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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

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Photo of REVZEB
4.11/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of bixby1971
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
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???

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Photo of monkist
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.....

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Photo of Abinlp
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Hanglow
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of SolentSurfer
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of rex_4539
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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;

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Photo of Beginner2
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

With 200 reviews on Jaipur, I can't add much.
Jaipur also has been reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" and also in the "1001" book. I have Had Jaipur three times and increased my initial rating slightly based on smell and taste.
Jaipur went very well with Indian food and southeast Asian food.
Versatile and I will have it again.

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Photo of sjccmd
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex hop aroma with hints of orange, white pepper, and sage. Herbal and perfumey with floral honey notes. Grassy and bright. Somewhat sweet. Very lightly bready. Balanced towards hops in the nose with complimentary fruity yeast esters.

Pours somewhat hazy light yellow. Almost wit beer in color. Small white head with good lacing.

Rush of fruit, oranges and apricots. Thoroughly bitter with light malt character. A hint of honey sweetness. Crisp and clean. Very dry. Delicate finish with lingering honey and hop bitterness.

Medium light body with medium low carbonation. Sticky hop resin lingers on and on.

Bridging the gap between English and American IPA.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got a fresh bottle of this (1 month old)...tends to be a lot of old ones on the shelves.
Pours a straw gold...lighter than expected...and very clear. Filtered, not bottle conditioned. Medium head and reasonably good lacing. Nose is a nice mix of earthy English, with some fresh pine/citrus there too, but doesn't particularly stand out. Flavor is bitter up front, with a full malt backbone for balance. Overall, solid brew that I'd like to see on cask or at least bottle conditioned.

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Photo of brureview
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale yellow color with a 3F head in a Stone Pint glass. Resolves within minutes.

Aroma is faint- fruit and malt.

The MF is quite good- malty with a medium body.

Taste: excellent. Strong fruit finished by with moderate bitterness.

Overall: A good English IPA. The taste was excellent in this beer, but the aroma was not strong. Although beer advocate recommends lower temps, the beer is at its best closer to 50°F.

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Photo of Spike
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pale gold, clear, with streams of visible carbonation. Massive, soapy head collapses slowly to a lumpy cap.

S: An abundance of pine and ripe, tropical fruits.

T: USA. Hops, hops, hops. Resin and soft, juicy citrus. Solid bitterness.

F: Excellent carbonation on the sides of the tongue (more than a sparkle, less than a fizz). Medium body with slightly oily mouthfeel and a long, dry finish.

O: Really an excellent IPA. American hops up-front with an English malt backbone. Thornbridge use Cascade, Ahtanum, and Centennial hops for this award-winning beer. This is an American IPA, for sure, but brewed for an English palate. Full of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and floral characteristics...but not overdone. One of my favourites. Need to be reminded this is 5.9% ABV with the alcohol completely hidden. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of brightonseagull
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on keg in the newly opened craft beer pub, The Libertine in Worthing, UK.

L - Very pale in colour. Looking very much like a lager despite being an ale. 1 finger head with lots of carbonation.

S - As said by others, this is the best attribute of the beer. VERY tropical notes. Mainly pineapple and mango. Smells wonderful.

T - The taste is very floral and pine-like. Very hoppy as well. This was very cold on keg and therefore I feel some of the flavour was lost. Probably more flavoursome on cask or bottled slightly chilled.

F - As above really. The pint I had in keg was very cold and highly carbonated. Gave this much more of a lager-like mouth feel. However a very crisp finish on the palate.

O - The smell really stood out for me. Didn't follow through as well with flavour and feel. Would really like to try on cask as I think it would be a much more complete IPA.

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