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

This beer was a pleasant surprise. I am used to drinking super-hoppy and bitter beers. However, this beer had a nice bit of hops but it was very smooth and very easy to drink. On top of the hops, I also got subtle notes of citrus, pine, and grass. Would definitely want to drink again.

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Photo of humpty1602
2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Im not getting the hype on this one. Light in color. Smells funky like a farmhouse ale. Tastes about the same. Slightly bitter. Plenty of carbonation. If it didn't say IPA on it, I would think I was drinking a farmhouse ale. Maybe it's old.... Was new at a respected bottleshop tho.

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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 BuckyBeerBeaver
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thornbridge branded beers were first brewed in early 2005 after the establishment of a 10 barrel brewery on the grounds of Thornbridge Hall in Derbyshire, England. The initial focus was on producing a range of cask beers that used traditional recipes but provided a modern twist through the use of a wide range of hops, malts and innovation. The brewery has won a succession of awards since its opening (over 200 national and international awards) and a new 30 barrel, state of the art brewery and bottling line ("Riverside") was built at Bakewell, England in September 2009 to meet increased demand. Thornbridge continues to operate from both brewery sites.

Bucky snagged a 500 ml bottle of the brewery's Jaipur India Pale Ale ("Jaipur"), which was 5.9% alcohol by volume with a best before date of November 28, 2013 printed on the back. A little wary about this one...half-expecting a nuclear hop bomb. An overly aggressive pour produced about 2.5" of fluffy, snow-white head that lasted for quite some time, leaving some beautiful, sticky lacing down the glass as it retreated. The beer itself was a cloudy, yellow/gold colour, taking on more of the golden hue when backlit. Jaipur's aroma was dominated by grapefruit, with undertones of pine and orange. Its flavour began with a slightly sweet, juicy mix of grapefruit, orange and pine, transitioning to a distinctly bitter finish which lingered as a long-lived aftertaste. Definitely bitter, but not so bitter as to overwhelm all else and ruin the experience. Thornbridge has the balance just right on this one. Jaipur had a fairly active but suitable level of carbonation, and I would describe the beer as light to medium bodied. Though I'm not a huge fan of IPAs generally, this is probably the nicest one that I have tried to date and I would certainly drink this beer again. At $4.95 per 500 ml bottle it is pricey, but quality (and British beers sold in Canada generally) usually are.

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

Undated bottle at cellar temp into an imperial pint
Aroma flowery
Head large (6 cm), white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing into large chunks of foam floating
Lacing good
Body light yellow, hazy, some sediment in bottle
Flavor begins slightly hoppy with no alcohol, no diacetyl, and no malt presence. Ends with a slight bitterness.
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

This is a nice example of a strong Brit IPA, much weaker than we are used to here in the colonies. If you can find one, a nice change from our usual hop bombs, smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0,5 liter bottle
Had this with a hot chicken curry. Great combo.

First smell from the bottle is citrus and pine. IPA.
Pale golden colour, nice creamy head after a good pour. Clear and good carbonation.
NIce strong hoppy smell, as said, and yet the taste is quite mild in it's bitterness.
Mouthfeel is soft for an IPA, to my experience. Very well balance between crispness and smoothness. Refreshing.
All in all this is a great beer, imo.
Glad to have tried this. It's expensive where i live, but it's worth the experience.

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Photo of BeerDrinker01
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Cervoise glass.

A - Pale yellow almost straw color with a big white cloud head!

S - Hoppy, Grassy, Citrusy, Pine, Pineapple, Grapefruit & Mango. Very clean and crisp smelling beer.

T - Pretty much the same as the nose clean grassy hops slightly piney, Citrusy, Tropical Fruits with a very light bitterness. It's a well balanced but subtle IPA.

M - Dry, Medium bodied, Moderate carbonation.

All around a nice fresh balanced IPA! Very well crafted beer & very drinkable!

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a British rendition of the USA style IPA.

It looks pale like a lager. Head retention and lacing is excellent. The one I'm reviewing has the kind of three dimensional rocky head I normally only expect on a Duvel!

The aroma is the strongest point of this beer. It's all about juicy citrus and tropical fruits. It's one that you smell and go "ooh that's nice". Really lovely inviting hoppy aromatics.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Quite smooth and easy to drink as it enters your mouth but leaves a very pleasant but pretty bitter aftertaste. Lots of juicy flavours.

For those of us who can't easily obtain too many American IPAs with big hoppiness and citric flavours this is a beer that gives us a flavour of that style. It can often be found in one UK supermarket only a month or two old so it's nice and fresh and bright tasting.

Very similar to Punk IPA but I would say a notch better due to slightly stronger (but similar) flavours.

My mark out of one hundred would be 89.


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Photo of shand
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you find this beer fresh, drink it. Drink all of it. The floral hops in here are out of this world. A nice biscuity malt backs it all up. Very light, very delicate, and very good. If this came in reasonably-priced six-packs here in the US, I'd drink it all the time. Easily the best IPA out of England I've had so far, and actually rather unique.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale and clear yellow color making a medium very bubbled, fluffy soapy white head. Medium to low retention and lots of spotty and soapy lacings left in the glass

S: Great in the nose. Wonderful hops. Piny, herby and citric. I would dare to say that the hops profile is quite American. Remind me Citra and Simcoe. Very malty too. Similar to Maris Otter but a bit more crispy

T: Very malty upfront with strong notes of pine and citrus hops. Moderate hops bitterness. An English IPA after all. Quite dry and crispy. Not totally made of Maris Otter but it dominates it

M: Light and watery body. Medium carbonation. Malty and piny aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Excellent English IPA with an American influence

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a decent off-white foam head. Nice sticky lace down the pint.

Terrific nose on this one/ Floral, with honeysuckle and a touch of sour mash. Some good grapefruit rind, but not overly citric. Yeast and toasted malt in the background.

This is a very nicely balanced beer. Toasted malt, some yeast, bread/toast up front with an immediate pop of hops. Resinous hops. Bitterness comes in and builds as the malt dissipates, leading to a long balanced and smooth bitter finish consisting of hops and brown bread crust. How nice is this?

Medium bodied, good solid carbonation.

I'm slowly learning that good English IPA means balance. Damn right. This has it all. Been staring at this one literally for years and never pulled the trigger because it is always $10-$12 for a 1 pint 9 oz bottle. Sometimes you need to pay a little to get something good. This is worth the price. Loved it.

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Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 522 ratings.
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