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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006

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Reviews: 196 | Ratings: 519
Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle thanks to Bobsy, thanks for sharing!

Pours a light hay-like golden apricot color, clear and crisp. Nose releases some serious grassy, herbal hops with a hint of dankness - Syrian Golding. Grass, hay and a little popcorn butter and a touch of skunk - otherwise, higher marks on the nose.

Light and crisp, yet a nice round biscuity malt body. Crisp grassy hops with a dry bitter hop bite, loads of hops. Hint of metallic bite, honey, wet grass. Hefty hops and body for an English IPA, almost what a English DIPA would taste like? Really drinkable, this would be superb on cask.

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Photo of hophopandaway
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome beer. I've had it in a bottle and, like all cask beers, the flavour isn't the same because it's pasteurised, filtered and force carbonated. I digress.
This beer has a nice amberish colour and the smell is of citrus and bold hops.
When drinking the beer is full bodied with tangy malt and big citrus hop flavours and a nice long dry finnish.
There is, as one would expect, a superb creamy head that stays throughout the whole pint leaving a sexy lacing down the side of your pint glass.
Thornbridge make only superb beers and I recommend all of their ales very strongly, but the best way to enjoy them is when they have been served from a cask.
Only 5.9% needed to make what must be one of the finest beers in all the world. Take note craft brewers everywhere who can only get good flavour by making their beers as strong as wine.

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

Starts with a decent, two-finger head. This recedes as a dense dome and never has less than a quarter-inch of foam on the surface. Leaves spotty lace. The brew is cloudy but has a dark gold color with a moderate orange hue.

Sadly, this bottle was slightly skunked. This was distracting from the bittering hop nose, which had a citrus rind element to it. Good balance, there is a noticeable pale malt presence to the nose as well.

I like the mouthfeel. It's similar to skim milk with a fine level of carbonation. The flavor has grown on me. It's starts with a great pale grain base. The hop is strong but not overwhelming. The aftertaste is peppery with a touch of grapefruit. It doesn't have the "roundness" of some British IPA's, but it is extraordinarily easy to drink. The low abv would make it a good IPA to have many.

A second tasting of the beer was even better in terms of the smell--no skunk! The malt was much more present in this tasting--soft and balanced.

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden-blonde color with lots of carbonation and a two-finger head into my glass. It came highly recommended so now is my chance to see if it's worth it.

Dollop of grassy hops greet my nose. Malt seems slightly subdued as well. Not overly hoppy.

Lots of grassy hops upfront that give way to lightly-buttered malt. Think of Kipling if the focus was more on hops. Lots of flavor to tantalize the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hop bitterness. I think it's nicely done and it seems to work well with the pepperoni stick I'm eating, imparting some spiciness.

I'm no foodie but you cannot go wrong with Jaipur. Check it out.

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Photo of Harrister101
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cask - At The Tap in Sheffield

A -Nice Medium to light appearance, with perfect lacing.

S- Strong Hops, followed by a mixture of fruity aromas.

T- A combination of both fruity and bitter, but not overpowering

M- Very low carbination, very easy to drink. Would nearly go as far to call it a session beer if it wasnt for its ABV

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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 Casey10
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this was a bit pricey and somewhat reminded more of a apa then a ipa purhaps a Belgian IPA.

A - straw yellow color with a thin white head.

S - slight grassy smell with slight lemon.

T - It's good somewhat dry tart kind as mentioned kinds of reminds me of a Belgian IPA. Hint of banana slight coriander.

M - somewhat tart feel leaves a bit of lace behind on the tounge.

D - This has good drinkability somewhat expensive but worth a try.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy lemon-yellow with a two fingers of white head.

Aroma of earthy hops, herbal lemon, and light malts.

Like the aroma their is bright herbal lemon notes, earthy hops, and sweet malts for a nice balance.

Light-to-medium bodied, and a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.

A very interesting and delicious IPA from the folks at Thornbridge and definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey golden shade with a peachy hue, a small white head atop, dissipates averagely.

Aromas are lighter with some biscuit malt and faint leafy hops. Really not much hops though, not typical of any IPA style but I will hold judgement.

Flavors have a decent spice kick to them, a bit of hoppy sharpness (all earthy/citrus hops but they are balanced well, subtle), malts are drier than I would have anticipated from the nose. Mouthfeel is good on carbonation and the malt backbone is just enough to keep the bitterness from everwhelming. I wish I could try this fresh or on tap/cask to truely judge/appreciate.

A good beer; a citrus dominated India Pale Ale, but I would call it an ESB if I didn't know better.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. This was the homerun of the tasting - really tasty and very sell-able.

Nice caramel appearance. Nose is minty and bright from the hops with an American-like high note. Very floral. Palate is crisp and creamy at the same time. Bitterness is solid with some freshly pulled caramel and a pleasant dry finish.

Very well balanced, but packed with flavors - impressively so considering its modest ABV. Highly recommend.

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Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is sweet and hoppy with citrus, grass, carrots, and caramel malt. The appearance is hazy amber with a huge head for an IPA. The taste is like the aroma but a touch of vegetables and astringent chemicals. Not a good way to finish but thankfully the bad stuff was the weakest part. The palate is thick for an IPA. The beer is drinkable overall but not a great beer.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Porter.

Pours a clear golden with a rapidly fading and loosely packed, fluffy white head.

The aroma is a little pepper with a pine bouquet.

The taste is a little woody with some flavors of bread, bitter grapefruit and pine.

Warm with low carbonation. Medium body with a lightly syrupy texture with a light bitter finish.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sankey cask pulled through a sparkler at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a murky copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth pale and caramel malts with good amounts of earthy hops. Also present in milder amounts are spicy hop aromas and very light amounts of citrus.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Soft caramel malt flavors with just a hint of buttery diacetyl kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are earthy and slightly spicy hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of citrus work their way into things, fading out to allow the earthy hops and malts to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without any problems and could easily have a few more.

Overall I enjoyed this nice English IPA from a cask, even if it wasn't a "proper" cask. A solid and well done beer that's worth a shot.

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Photo of DrewKid4
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-cask from The Porter in Atlanta, GA

A: Pale straw with two finger wide white head.

S: Hops and some bread. Not overpowering as an English IPA should be.

T: Hops, with some malt smoothness at the end. I could taste a bit of citrus although nothing specific as it was very mild but noticeable. Overall, great taste.

M: Dry and not as bitter as I was expecting.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of birchstick
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the 33 Wine Bar in St Louis

A - pours a pale, straw yellow with a nice one finger head

S - smells very citrusy, with tones of grass and some grainy malts

T - taste follows the nose well. Starts off with some grain malt character that is then pushed to side by very lemony and citrusy hops that have a touch of grass character to them. Very light and refreshing taste for an IPA.

M - medium body and very smooth

D - this is a really good English IPA. It is nice to take a break from the American hop bombs with this lighter, very crisp IPA that is full of lemony and citrus hop goodness.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a goldish orange with minimal head on top of a light blend of herbal tea-like hops and some caramel malt. Very light and pleasant, little bland, but a good citric herbal hop like presence that is subdued and a decent sweet malt base that complements the dominant hops. Finishes crisp thanks to carbonation and minor hop bitterness and the ABV is well-hidden for such a light tasting beer that is made to enjoy on a warm summer day.

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

Bottle-Conditioned 50cl bottle from The Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Poured into an oversize Moors glass. Pours a hazy orange colour good white head stayed on the glass the whole drink. Intense hop aroma dominates with resinous pine. I really like this beer, the hop sensation hits straight away, the citrus flavours of orange,grapefruit being prominent. Mouthfeel is comfortable without a lot of carbonation. This is a beer for the hopheads, very drinkable. I found the bottle-conditioned version more to my liking than the filtered version, having more indepth flavour and a more satisfying body feel. I'm sure that this IPA has a more USA feel than most English Indias.

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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 avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice, sweet smell of citrus, hops, and a touch of malt.

T: Tasted of lemon, hops, and bready malt in the finish. The lemon was much more prominent than I expected - usually you don't get that much citrus in English IPAs. Still, very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well done, drinkable beer.

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

Pint served by handpump into shaker glass at the Guildforf Arms in Edinburgh

A- Dark gold body with excellent clarity, and a 1 finger creamy white head sitting atop giving excellent retention and lacing

S- Some citrus and fresh peaches, maybe even some whipped cream?

T- Mirrors the smell, lots of citrus and fresh sweet fruit balancing with the sharp hop bite that gently fades.

M- Light, almost like whipped cream, with moderate carbonation

D- Excellent flavoursome IPA with excellent balance and hop refreshment.

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

pours golden tan with a slight head and tons of lacing, nice looking cask ale

smell is a great mix of clean british hops, some citrusy juicy american smelling ones and a great mild malt profile

taste is just very balanced, borders on the sweet but never gets there, a little caramel, quite dry and creamy with a very nice bitter finish.

mouthfeel is smooth and lingering.

a very drinkable, proper strength (thank God!) british IPA

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Photo of Trizzle
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale, clear with a small but persistent head, lace like your mums knickers.

Smell is pine, grassy hops and maple syrup. Yummy.

Medium full bodied slightly sweet malt up front, quickly dominated by American hops: pine, citrus, green pepper, and pleasantly dry.

Perfectly drinkable. Especially on a 24 degree (celsius) London Summer Sunday.

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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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Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
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