Jaipur XMay 1, 2015
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1087
Brewed in: BAKEWELL, DERBYSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
Where to Find This Beer: Worldwide
Jaipur is one of the UK’s most popular IPAs. In this double IPA variant, all the hallmarks of the original beer are present, with tropical and citrus fruits to the fore, but here they are in overdrive, bolstered by the warmth that 10% alcohol can bring. It’s a big sappy-hoppy drink with lots of sweetness and estery fruit, and a dry, bitter, leafy finish. I prefer the subtlety of the standard Jaipur, but, for a big beer, this is nicely done.
- Jeff Evans
Thornbridge’s regular 5.9% IPA has won many awards, and this version uses the same grain and hops—Maris Otter pale malt and Ahtanum, Centennial and Chinook hops—but is bigger in every way. There’s a big blast of citrus on the nose—lemon, lime and grapefruit—with a cookie note from the malt and grassy and spicy hops. Hops build in the mouth with continuing tart fruit and rich, creamy malt. The finish is long and bittersweet with creamy malt to begin then tangy fruit and spicy, bitter hops in the finale.
- Roger Protz
Jeff Evans is author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide, The Book of Beer Knowledge and Beer Lover’s Britain. More of his writing can be found at www.insidebeer.com.
Author of 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and www.protzonbeer.co.uk.