Today’s beer review sees us return to Thornbridge Brewery. It was the 15th Anniversary of their flagship beer, Jaipur, a couple of days ago so it felt appropriate to give this multi-award winning IPA a try!
Visually the beer is a nice clear, gold. From the image alone, you can really see the carbonation in the beer, creating a lovely, foamy white head. On the nose, there isn’t too much of note in all honesty. Perhaps an ever so slight citrus aroma. The flavour profile of Jaipur is most certainly lemon and citrus however. It’s got a good hop flavour without an overwhelming bitterness and the carbonation really pushes the beer around the inside of your mouth. As such, you are left with an amazingly smooth finish for IPA standards. This puts Jaipur in my category of dangerous beers because despite it being 5.9% ABV it certainly doesn’t drink like one. I can easily see myself losing track of how many of these of I’ve drank in a session!
A quick note on the can art: As always Thornbridge use this as the base for their core range. I imagine the orange of Jaipur is pretty iconic at this point. Although my phone camera does not like the colour combo I certainly do!
This is a seriously good IPA and I can see why it has won the awards it has. It’s a beer that is packed with six different hops but doesn’t hit you with too much bitterness. If someone were to ask me what IPA they should have if they had never had one before I would most certainly point them in the direction of Jaipur. Its balanced, flavourful and incredibly easy to drink. As I said my only concern is that it is maybe too easy to drink for the ABV!
- Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Ahtanum, Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade
- Malt: Low Colour Maris Otter
- IBU: 55
- ABV: 5.9%
- Gluten Free: No
- Vegan: No
- Purchase Price: £1.50 (4 for £6)
- Purchase Location: Tesco