Jaipur IPA | Thornbridge Brewery

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Jaipur IPAJaipur IPA

Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 525
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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%
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 +0.2%
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 +7.2%
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%
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%
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 HamdenHector
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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%
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 -0.2%
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%
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 -4.7%
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 +8.2%
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.

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 -4.5%
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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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly pale in appearance. Smells very appealing with leafy citrus from the hops and an underlying sweet graininess from the malt. The aroma gets a bit foul after a while, not sure what that's about. The taste is mouth-watering—lots of bitterness and acidic bite from the hops, but the hop flavor has lots of juicy grapefruit and the bitterness is neatly enveloped by creamy carbonation and light, malty sweetness. Very satisfying!

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Photo of josanguapo
2.64/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From www.elcervecero.es. playing Kings Bounty Dark Side, in Legado de Yuste cup. Unpleasant taste, like detergent, but not as bad as the Shipwrecked DIPA

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Photo of interzen
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in two half-pint lots

Look: Very, very pale yellow - almost lager-like. Thick, white head with decent retention which leaves behind a moderate amount of lacing. No sediment or haze of any description, which sort-of reinforces the 'lager' look.

Smell: Hops with a hint of sweet maltiness - the hop aromas are more towards the citrus/floral end of the scale rather than being overwhelmingly resinous but there's a wee hint of that in there as well. Overall, quite a zingy, zesty smell which improves if left at ambient temperatures for a while.

Taste: More of the same, although the malts are a bit more apparent. This is still a fairly hop-forward brew, though, with a long, grassy and slightly astringent bitterness which tails off nicely to let the malts shine through at the end. It's not a massively complex flavour profile by any means, but it's far from one-dimensional either.

Feel: If there's one failing then it's that the mouthfeel is a bit, well, lager-y - fairly watery with a fair bit of fizz. I was reminded of their Wild Swan, although admittedly that only has an ABV of around 3.5%, not nearly 6% like this.

Overall: I've yet to find a Thornbridge beer that I don't like and this one is no exception - in a lot of ways it reminded me of a stronger version of their equally good 'Wild Swan' pale ale. I don't think it's as good as their St. Petersburg stout, and although there are far hoppier IPAs out there this one is up there with the best of them in an increasingly overcrowded market. Overall, pretty darned good.

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Photo of jonb5
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at JDW Sutton (Surrey)

A: Fairly pale, Initally cloudy which cleared into a moderate haze, moderate retention and lacing.

S: Sour apples and citrus.

T: A hit of bitterness which kept on giving, some apple and tomato long lingering bitter finish.

M: Crisp, low carbonation, bitterness which gave a slightly coarse edge.

O: A good pint, it required a few sips to adjust to the bitterness, but at that point it became very quaffable.

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Photo of itomek
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous 5 cm head on a pale gold (maybe SRM 5) beer, smell is intense lemony with some cedar. Lemony, bitter taste, nicely balanced with a lingering stone fruit flavor.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold pour with thick tight head (draft pour into 12 oz tulip); grassy citrus notes; tight bubbles lace down glass; fresh cut grass and just a hint of lemon; lite mouthfeel; liquid goes down smooth; dry, grass hop finish; overall very lite and refreshing.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Golden, clear with nice thick, medium, white head. Good lacing. Average lasting. Starts with nice malty character, nice medium citrus zesty aroma, touch of tropical fruits. Light to medium bitter, orange peel, grapefruit, light resing flavours. Almost medium bodied, smooth, lively carbonation semi-dry. Finish is bittersweet. Very refreshing beer. Nice, well balanced, refreshing an very drinkable IPA. Solid.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.12/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on cask at churchkey. I realize this is an English IPA and it is meant to be this way, but I just don't enjoy these non-hoppy IPAs. Kind boring.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a light straw color - and I do mean straw color. The head is two fingers high, with a white shade and a foamy texture. Retention is pretty good - combined with the aforementioned texture, it leaves behind a lot of lacing. (3.75)

Smell: There are a lot of interesting hop notes. I'm picking up a ton of typically English hop notes (earth, flowers, spice, and marmalade), primarily. However, the floral notes also take on a grassy tone, redolent of a good Czech pilsner. And there even seems to be some Cascade thrown in for good measure! The malt backbone is...well, there isn't any, actually. Hops dominate; big, grassy, floral, slightly fruity hops. Basically, it's a properly English IPA brewed to American extremes. (4)

Taste: Lots of English hops make themselves known - this beer is absolutely loaded with notes of earth, grass, flowers, apricot, and marmalade. At first, the hoppiness seems a touch rough, but giving it a few more patient sips will smooth it out almost perfectly. As it warms up, I'm starting to pick up a lot of grapefruity notes. In spite of what the nose suggested, there are a hint of cookie-like malts appearing on the back end - and it's just enough. Despite the low maltiness, it's quite complex. And enjoyable, too, can't forget enjoyable. (4)

Mouthfeel: Phenomenally light and crisp. Even better, it's delicate. Seriously, how many IPAs can truly be considered delicate? It's not bone dry, though I don't really care. Carbonation is around average for the style. (4)

Overall: Why aren't more English-style IPAs brewed like this? The more I drink this beer, the more I realize Thornbridge really know what they're doing. If I could get this recipe fresher and in 6 packs, this would become one of my go-to IPAs - it says a lot that I'd buy it again considering how hard it is to find fresh in the US (plus, it's a bit pricey here). A lot of American brewers could learn from these guys - people, you don't need crystal malt to balance an IPA's hoppiness. Not at all. (4)

3.99/5: An English IPA taken to its delicious extremes

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

Bottle at home. Clear pale yellow with a thin white head. Notes of passion fruit, papaya, orange zest, honey. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation and a orange bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

JAIPUR, an English style IPA that works better as a farmhouse ale. If memory (and a little creative googling to back up my memory) serves me an English style IPA should be pretty high in alcohol and rocking the world in malts. The malt is there but the alcohol at a paltry 5.9% seems weak for an IPA although the flavor is a wicked whiskey barrel boozy head-dizzier that makes you feel like a hangover is imminent.

Theres no acidity here, no pleasant balance of citrus and pine, nothing to indicate I'm drinking an IPA. Like I eluded to earlier this has more qualities of a farmhouse ale mislabeled as an IPA.

Not a huge fan, if you like Fantome Saison or Four Play (both farmhouse ales) you wont mind taking a dip into this and telling all your friends how you're expanding your horizons. Outside of that this is easily forgettable, not "bad" but IPA fans wont be pleased.


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Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- hazy sunshine. Full head.

Aroma- floral, hints of pineapple, and hint of bread.

Taste- a gentle, sublime English IPA. Starts with a hoppiness that balances between mild citrus and floral, then transitions to an effervescent farmhouse ale with notes of earthiness, and finishes with mild lemon-like hops. Has some similarities to a Belgian IPA but with more balanced hoppiness.

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted July 2014. Purchased at Whole Foods in Austin.

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Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 525 ratings.
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