Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Bakewell, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 1158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Cask, keg & bottle; Regular.

A citrus dominated India Pale Ale, its immediate impression is soft and smooth yet builds to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey. An enduring, bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color and a forthy white head. Aroma is slightly skunky, with notes of sweet malts, lots of citrus hops and some floral notes. The flavor isn’t skunky though, I get alot of citrus, some of the floral notes and the sweet malts. The body is medium with a dry mouthfeel. Overall an ok take on the American IPA, sucks that it was skunky though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1677) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
I received a 500ml bottle from a friend in England. I poured it into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: bright, almost fluorescent banana-skin yellow. Slight hazy. Forms a fluffy, white head which retains well and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Due to the olive-green bottle this beer has clearly skunked as if it were in a light green bottle like Heineken. A deep inhalation reveals some citrusy notes, but otherwise it’s not very aromatic.

Taste: Sometimes a skunky-smelling beer isn’t quite as foul in the taste, but Thornbridge Jaipur was just as bad in the palate. From start to finish there’s a sharp sour tang with an accompanying hop bitterness. If I really dig deep I notice some lemony qualities, but they are buried by the skunky sourness. The bitterness almost seems salty in a way and perhaps if I had some food to go with this beer it would help balance out the flaws.

I know the beer isn’t meant to taste this way, but I have to review what’s presented before me and even though the bottle’s freshness date would seem to indicate it’s quite a fresh beer, there’s plenty of things that could account for the skunkiness. I can tell there’s something more genuine, refined, and authentic to this palate at the core, but the spoilage is obscuring it.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick, tepid and noticeably dry while in the mouth.

Drinkability: While only 5.9% ABV, Jaipur drinks as if it were a beer twice its size. The salty bitterness is very strong on the tongue and the dry, salty aftertaste is as far from refreshing as you can get. I could tolerate the palate, but I had to drink it in sips. I think a fresher bottle would be more drinkable.

Overall, a very disappointing experience especially considering this was a gift from a friend directly from the source (or the home country at least).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (3508) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2011
Sampler at CBF 2011-05-27. Murky yellow with a white film. Floral, citrus aroma. Bitter and fruity, light sweet flavors. Medium body. Light dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle. Hazy golden colour with a thick white head. Fruit forward citrus and meaty melon flavour. Mouth drying with a nice lingering aftertaste. Noticeable lighter balanced malt base with some cookie notes. Refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2011
"Rare keg ordered for JP henley’s in St. Augustine. Light english IPA with lemon citrus taste, bready malts and a hoppy finish. Pretty good but 9 dollars a glass!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2011
On cask. Poured a clear gold with a white head that dissipated completely. Aroma had a sweetness form the honey with backing light pine and grassy hops. Flavor began with the same honey sweetness and was joined by a light pine and grassy hop to meld the beer together a bit. Didn’t really work for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2876) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2011
Tasting at the 18th Mondial de la bière, June 8, 2011. Blonde a little hazy, small head. Hop aroma of resinous spruce, hazelnut notes. Taste of hopped nuts and bark, creamy bitterness. Different and original, a pleasant IPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2011
Hazy hay-yellow color, small white head. Aroma of light caramel, lemon, sugar and honey. Very bright and well balanced, albeit a bit pedestrian. Taste is very nice, quite organic, citrusy and hoppy. Sweetness is moderate and the bitterness constitute the majority of the taste.Quite nice on a hot day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7812) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle. pours hazy yellow with a medium white head. The aroma is citrus, caramel, peach and light grape fruit. The flavour is pine, citrus, grape fruit and caramel. Bit tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
agl108 (1051) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2011
On draft at The Winking Lizard, Peninsula. Poured a light, cloudy orange with thin white head. Flavor of oranges, grapefruits, grass, and pine. Bitter, dry finish. Thin. Not a bad effort.

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