Jaipur IPA | Thornbridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom
thornbridgebrewery.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
526
Reviews:
199
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.73%
 
 
Wants:
72
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84
For Trade:
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Ratings: 526 |  Reviews: 199
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have great respect for this brewery, and this brew again confirms it. Yes, English understated and smooth drinking craftmanship, yet delivers an IBU bitterness that wakes up the taste buds. Enjoyable drinkability, though more of a sipper to save the buds from being shredded. Like an imperial English IPA.Bottle from Premiere Gourmet.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with lots of fresh citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some great citrus forward aromas and tasty flavors that make it very easy to drink.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a clear golden color with a thin fizzy white head on it. The lacing it very light but does show around the glass. The smell of the beer is lightly citrusy with a good amount of malts in there too. The taste of the beer is a little on the weak side, I do like the flavor flavors it does have though. Mouthfeel was pretty thin actually, the carbonation was limited but had enough to kelp it interesting. Overall it's a pretty nice regular ipa.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear pale yellow in color with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose along with notes of biscuity malts.
T: The taste has a very good balance between flavors of malts and hops and is accompanied by a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation and some dryness.
D: The beer is very drinkable and rather refreshing. The low alcohol content makes this quite sessionable.

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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 biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Just Southern Asian and English enough for the traditional style to cry out "we're the real deal, right-o, then!"

This beer pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of pillow-like and rocky bone-white head, which leaves some stellar webbed lace around the glass in its lazy wake.

It smells of moderately bitter citrus, tropical fruit, grassy, and piney hops, mild savoury spice, and a subtle cracker graininess. The taste is grassy, floral hops, mild citrus pith, a wee bit of bready yeast, all nicely balanced by an understated bready caramel/toffee malt. A small, hardly perceptible bit of alcohol warming arises as things progress.

The carbonation is duly present, and agreeably sedate, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the hops still holding sway in that stiff-upper-lip English sort of way.

Wow - an English IPA that isn't afraid of the almighty hop, and what it can do for you, to crib from a famous American trope. A lovely, dry, and fruity India Pale Ale, by anyone's scale.

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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 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 nickfl
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer has a hazy, copper colored body that is topped by a two finger head of fluffy white foam. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Musty, herbal hops with rich, toasted malt. Red apple, grapefruit, and toffee in the background.

T - Light, bready malt up front with some weak toasted notes. Musty hops in the middle and herbal notes of red apple, rye, and a hint of grapefruit. The beer finishes with musty hop notes, toasty biscuit malt, and some lightly fruity yeast.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a nice, British IPA. The musty hop character works nicely with the dry, toasty malt. There is nothing complex going on here, but the beer is sessionable despite its alcoholic strength.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First Thornbridge beer for me,I had tempered enthusiasim for this IPA.Poured a lighter golden shade with a peachy hue,a large blooming white head atop.Aromas are lighter with some biscuit malt and faint leafy hop.Flavors have a decent spice kick to them,a bit of hoppy sharpness and herb,a dryer malt base holds thru to the finish.A quaffer and not in your face hoppiness,good for the style,would love to try on cask.

As I drank more,a sweetish honey malt flavor came thru more and more.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap@ Armsby Abbey.

A: Golden straw yellow with a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades slowly and leaves a nice pillowy lacing.

N: Fresh hops, EKG with some light grassy and mild bitter aromas. Light golden malt character. Touch of spicy floral hops with a nice effervescence.

T: Nice! A tasty hop profile with lots of fresh hops, grass mild hops with a touch of bitterness. Lots of EKG hops. Light golden malts too. Touch of sweetness and almost taste of wheat, but i think it is tricking me.

M: Lighter body with good carbonation.

F: It finishes somewhat bitter with almost a touch of astringency. The grassy floral hop character really builds to a nice finish. Touch of malts. It is mostly dry too. The freshness of this really shows and makes the beer much more tasty.

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

Cask-conditioned and served via handpump at Pizzeria Paradiso in Washington DC, the Jaipur IPA was delivered to me with a short head of white foam resting atop a mainly clear golden body. The head held well, and it left short walls and sheets of lace as it went. The aroma offered notes of tart apple, marmalade, and grassy and spicy hops; all of which carried over into the flavor along with some added biscuit-like, mildly sweet malt. It was hoppy, but not overdone, and well-rounded. A solid, but again, not overly-done, bitterness anchored it, leading to a long, grassy and spicy bitter finish. The moderate carbonation and smoothness helped with that, and it was remarkably easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains citrus, light caramelized malts and earthy hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced and starts with mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

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

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow in color with light amounts of floating particulates. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to thin patches and a thicker ring around the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts along with the dominate aroma of tropical hops. There are also some lighter notes of citrus and grapefruit hops. Very inviting.

T: The flavor also follows the aroma, starting with some biscuit malts and then followed by the hop punch - tropical with some hints of citrus and grapefruit. There is a lingering bitterness but it not intense but rather subtle. There is a fair amount of complexity in the flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry. Some resiny/oily feel from the hops, kind of sticks to your tongue and teeth.

O: Really enjoy the English IPA as a different type of IPA than the ones I have been drinking a lot of recently (West Coast and DIPAs), the lower ABV and slightly lighter hop bitterness is a nice change. Very easy to drink and the lower ABV definitely makes this one sessionable.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on cask at the Dandelion, Philadelphia, PA

Poured clear, light gold, with a bit of a white head. Floral aroma, with a floral taste, accompanied by very light citrus hopiness, and a bit of breadiness. Extremely mild and smooth for an IPA. Light, crisp mouthfeel, and easy drinkability. Very easy-going for an IPA, and surprisingly light on the hops. I prefer my IPAs hoppy, but this was a pleasant surprise.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
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