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 lacqueredmouse
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer by @epiclurk.

Pours a really crystal clear deep golden colour, with a firm, frothy and very persistent head of pure white. Lacing is intricate, waving and speckled. Body is pretty light and the carbonation is big-bubbled and a little bit lethargic. Looks good overall, though.

Nose, oh yes, the nose! Big, sweet pungent citrus mingled with tropical fruits, peach skin, passionfruit and freshly crushed fragrant herbs. Wow, and such potency. The lilting, lyrical tone of the flavours belies just how powerful this is. Oh, just lovely stuff...

Taste is also very good. Solid if plain malty characters give a base, while some brisk but restrained hop character provides interest on the palate. It has that hop-derived nuttiness that I associate with Mikkeller's IPAs, which gives a clean flush of the palate without leaving too much residual, biting bitterness. Feel is a little weak, and although the malt provides a base, it's perhaps not strong enough to really provide a fullness to the palate.

Still, this is a lovely little IPA from Thornbridge. It has stacks of aromatics, and a solid, drinkable basis. And that aroma, oh god, that aroma...

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

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium pure orange amber. Moderate, active head with lots of lacing and active carbonation. Nice looking. Hoppy light malt aroma. Interesting flavor progression. Starts as a medium bodied, creamy lager-like malty ale, then changes to a hoppy, spicy flavor, citrus and finishes hoppy like an IPA. Very well done. Will try again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am slowly emptying my reefer of bottles. It is not that I am totally averse to them, but I would prefer to be advancing The CANQuest (TM) instead.

From the bottle: " Thornbridge Brewery is a collaboration of innovation, passion and knowledge. Our brewers come with a variety of experience but all share the same desire to make great beers. Using the flavours of the land their aim is to put the art back into the science they were taught. Brewing has forever pushed the boundaries of technology. We found a way to use it to harness our passion for great flavoured beer. This means no pasteurisation or filtration. No stealing of delicate flavour and aroma molecules. This is Craft Beer as it should be. A complex combination of all that makes beer great. The immediate impression of Jaipur, this multi award winning India Pale Ale is soft and smooth but this rapidly builds around the mouth to a crescendo of massive hoppiness."; "Innovation-Passion-Knowledge".

In watching the first episode or two of "James May Drinks to the United Kingdom", this is the beer that Oz Clarke first buys for May, saying that it is one of his favourites. May later buys Clarke the same beer just to see if Clarke really can tell similarities and differences. Ha!

Given all of the labeling as well as being able to see suspended particulate, I went with about as gentle a pour as I have ever employed. This resulted in just a modicum of bone-white head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was a hazy sunshine yellow. Nose had a grassy, minty quality. Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was unexpectedly of fresh-squeezed grapefruit. I was in a swoon! Good on you, Clarke! I wonder how much different it is from a cask ... Finish was really hoppy and if you had told me that this was an English IPA in a blind taste test, I would not have believed it. This was a really fantastic beer. More please.

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into pint glass. Golden colour with two fingers of white head. Great big explosive nose of citrus pith, more citrus pith, bread toasting and herbs I can't quite place.

Inoffensive entry with biscuity malt, followed up with a spot of marmalade. How English. Hop flavors sneakily layer on top of it until it occurs to you that this is actually a pretty ballsy beer. Zesty - lemon, candied orange, maybe a bit of mint. Smooth as hell in the mouth - subdued carbonation and admirably more-ish. I could drink this all day, any time of the year. I've always maintained that a well-made English IPA is a thing of true beauty and this is both of those things.

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Photo of cratez
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the 401 & Weston LCBO in Toronto, ON. Part of the 2012 Spring Beer Release.

Pours a hazy, unfiltered yellow with amber edges, one finger of billowy white foam, and sheets of lacing on the pint glass. The chunky sediment detracts from an otherwise attractive appearance.

Smell is lemon zest, mango, white grapefruit, herbal, grassy, and floral hops, mild earthiness, honey-drizzled wheat crackers, slight sulphur, and lime.

Taste is big lemony, grapefruity, and soapy hop flavours balanced by biscuity malts, a honey sweetness, white cracker, and a substantial Noble-like bitterness to end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied, soft carbonation, spicy and biting bitterness lingers into the long, bone dry finish. Refreshing.

Overall, Thornbridge Jaipur is an exemplary English IPA with more intensity than traditional examples of the style. This flavourful, hoppy thirst-quencher is one of the best UK beers that I've sampled. A very impressive brew.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a large, fading head.
Nose shows herbal, spicy and grassy hops with soft clean malt underneath.
Flavours include laid-back spicy and herbal notes along with light malt.
Carbonation is high, suiting the beer well.
Very easy-drinking and approachable.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before July 24 2012. I picked up a bottle of this last month and really enjoyed it, but didn't bother reviewing it at the time... so I figured this was one worth a repurchase, what with the stock being limited (and almost expired anyway).

Pours a foggy yellow-amber colour, with plenty of visible floaties swirling through the liquid. Topped with slightly more than a finger's worth of creamy, soapy white head with good retention, taking a good 6-7 minutes to fizzle away to an uneven cap, leaving plenty of lacing behind in its wake. Zesty, citric aroma with lots of fresh lemon, white grapefruit pith and an absolute wallop of flowery hops. The bready malts struggle to be noticed behind the hops, but with some effort they can be detected.

This is just really tasty stuff. Once again, the biscuity, bready sweetness of the malt backbone is almost lost in the sea of hoppy flavours. Lemon zest seems to be the most prominent, but I can also pick out tangerine, grapefruit, pine resin and a hint of mint. It's a very fresh, floral flavour profile; easy to enjoy, with a gentle citric, slightly resiny astringency that lingers into the aftertaste. On the light side of medium-bodied, with good carbonation for the style and a smooth, crisp mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 4.25, a high A minus (nearly an A). Jaipur IPA seems to have inherited a lot of traits from American-style IPAs, but the fact that the hop flavours are not palate-scrubbingly powerful half-heartedly corroborates the idea that this is an English IPA. But this is all semantics - it's still a ridiculously tasty brew, and there is little doubt in my mind it would be a regular purchase for me if it became a general listing (instead of just seasonally-available). It is well worth the price, and I would eagerly recommend this to anyone looking for a delicious, potentially sessionable IPA.

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

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : golden color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : a very nice flowery hop and citrus aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty and citrus flavors, leading to a dry and bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the India Pale Ale Style.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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 liamt07
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, best before July 24, 2012. 500ml into a tulip.

Hazy yellowish-orange, surprisingly almost no head was formed (no hiss or pop either when I popped the cap...). Some clear bubbles form a head, but that's about it. Faint floral and lemon quality to the nose, touch of citrus zest. More citrus, lemon, and grainy flavours on the palate, definitely some English character to the malt here. Medium body, but a surprisingly very low carbonation. A good beer, but based on this experience (or bottle), I'm not sure if I'd grab another right away.

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Photo of MattPS
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

From 500mL bottle to Hess pint glass on 6/6/12
*From notes

A: A proper pour yields a big three finger white head. Good retention, solid lacing and big collar. Clean pale orange in color.

S: The nose is herbal. Lots of sage and pine resin. Rustic, yet pushing the traditional boundaries of what you'd call an English IPA.

T: Pretty bitter on the fore. Some warm butter and tons of biting resin on the mid. The the finish is juicy, with hints of vanilla and untoasted grain. Like the US meets the UK.

M: The feel is more then ok. Light to medium in body. Good carbonation, if not a bit low, making for a well put together beer.

O: A melting pot of old and new. This "real ale" is kinda rustic, yet agressive and hop forward. One of the better English IPA's I've come across. Well done.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Cloudy pale yellow body, soapy white head. Good retention, very little lace. Aroma is floral and lemony with softer evergreen undertones. Lemon and biscuits up front followed by citrus pith and a firm bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste. Light-bodied with low carbonation. I love light-bodied beers with solid flavours in the summertime, and this strikes me as a very well made golden ale. Pretty moreish stuff.

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Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Groulxsome
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: They take the word pale very seriously as far as I can tell. A straw-golden colour which is quite hazy. Beautiful lacing around the edges and nice head retention.

Smell: I'm getting very floral smells, almost like lavender. A little sharp orange peel citrus with some slightly piny notes. A little bread-y malt.

Taste: The floral smell gives way to really juicy citrus and light bread-dough like malt. Near the end the orange-citrus quickly becomes a little sour (like lemon) and then hits a really deep grapefruit bitter. A light copper note too. Complex, but subtle hops over a nice light malt.

Mouthfeel: A little watery and light with a low carbonation. I suppose it might be better on cask! Still fits the style and is quite nice, just not as great as the rest of the beer.

Overall: A really complex bit of IPA. Lots of subtly which shows off the strong distinction between big brash American IPAs and their often overlooked British/English cousins. The sweet flower aroma and the wide array of citrus flavours make this a good example of the skill and subtlety of English brewing.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jaipur is neither pasteurized nor filtered and it shows; the taxi-cab yellow beer is checkered, albeit with suspended flakes of what might be yeast particles or, more likely even, coagulated protein. Either way, it doesn't turn me off one bit - this looks hearty and healthy. Its soapy white head makes more waves than a lake full of loose rudders.

Jaipur smells as colorful as all the saris in Bollywood. It has fluorescent flair, like the lady on its label, and a bouquet of lavender and fresh-cut flowers. It's like Thornbridge held a flower contest only to use all the submissions for dry-hopping. Although hardly noticed, I'm surprised the malty notes of biscuit and toasted bread make it through at all.

While they were at it, Thornbridge may have robbed a lemon orchard as well. The taste, too, is bright and citrusy and showcases lots of mango and lemon flavor. The malts have a really agreeable doughiness to them; it sometimes tastes like country white bread served with marmalade (with rind) and a single, tiny mint leaf.

The malt is sweet but mild while the hops leave an imprint of freshly-mowed grass. Maltiness ranges from somewhat to noticeably cereal-like, while the hops are consistently drying and grassy. Its herbal-earthy enough to carry a teeny bit of spice, like you'd find an authentic pilsner. It's all very refreshing and quite minty.

English beers are usually the most familiar, but their brewers are still evidently capable of surprises. Jaipur is as sunny as any beach in India (or San Diego, for that matter). It manages to embrace the modern (read: American) style and level of hopping, but still drinks like a hearty, rustic pint of real (read: traditional British) ale. A really impressive offering.

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Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 532 ratings.
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