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Thornbridge Jaipur Indian Pale Ale, 4 x 330ml

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The problem was that as the youthful founders of CAMRA aged, the organization began to resemble a religious organization devoted to a very specific dogma of “live” ale. Pete Brown had tried American hops for the first time at the 2004 Oregon Brewers Festival, and was telling everyone who would listen about the new flavors he’d tasted. And because BrewDog’s Punk came out roughly contemporaneously and was such a similar beer, we see how important it was to know where that line separating America and Britain lay. Nobody there really spoke about ABV because it was broadly the same, so people drank four or five pints of [Jaipur], stood up, and fell down. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

A first alcohol crispness is very quickly overwhelmed by hop bitterness, incredibly drying and then a finish of even more hop bittering.Here we have the second of Thornbridge’s special versions of Jaipur IPA brewed to celebrate 15 years of their premier beer. Venturing to this taproom on the outskirts of Bakewell seems only fitting to try this infamous yet local brew. When I visited the UK in 2011, the hottest brewery in town was The Kernel, which had several pales and IPAs on at the time.

We obviously think it’s delicious, but more importantly chief sommelier at Thornbridge James Buchanan has given the pairing a double thumbs up. It is an icon and a friend, a craft beer standard and the beginning of a trend, that would spawn a whole host of IPAs, Double IPAs and — probably — Milkshake IPAs (though Jaipur has always had a bright and gleaming clarity about it).

Drop some thoughts on the beer's attributes (look, smell, taste, feel) plus your overall impression. One becomes aware that, yes, there is a bit of malt down there underneath, with the sweetness of scone. It is perfectly traditional, with local malts and Golding hops, meant to be served on cask like scores of other bitters in the country. From the image alone, you can really see the carbonation in the beer, creating a lovely, foamy white head. 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.

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