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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Jaipur- A legend in its time?

You know that beer right? The one with all the hype. In every beer community whether it be in Chicago, Kent or Brussels there are always a handfull of beers that get an unbalanced amount of airtime on blogs and in conversation about beer. Not that I think all hyped beer is a bad thing right enough. There are many breweries and beers that I would probably never have touched hadnt it been for someone blogging and hyping up the beer. Whether it be Mark Dredge and his praise for Marble or Richard at MyBreweryTap telling me that I had to try some Crown Unpronouncable IPA.



One beer that springs to mind when I think about hyped UK beer is Thornbridge Jaipur. From the very first smell of this beer I could tell I was in for something that I hadnt quite bargained for. The aroma was fresh, a little pine and a balance of citrus and malt. The nose is very well balanced but that doesnt quite prepare you for just how balanced this beer actually is. Every sip of Jaipur is a pleasure with its perfect balance of sweet malt and a shovel full of citrus and pine hop. It is quite simply a piece of art in a glass.

Jaipur makes me wonder why more UK breweries dont give a little bit more trust to the powers of the hop. Jaipur is a perfect example that you can make (under UK standards) a well hopped beer and still balance it out and make it perfectly quaffable. It has inspired me more to finally seek out Thornbridge on cask and this is a little trip I am already working on. Naturally I'd also love to see the brewery but maybe I will wait till after September so that they dont think that I am a spy!

So thanks Thornbridge, thank you for restoring my faith in English IPA. I have another two offerings to drink from Thornbridge in the coming weeks, St Petersburg and Halcyon thanks to MyBreweryTap and I am looking forward to these even more now. Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing a part of my craft beer education. Next review should be coming very soon for Great Divide Hercules Double IPA too

4 comments:

  1. I'm a passionate advocate for Jaipur. Because it's a damn good beer. Full stop. I think it's written about widely but never really hyped; it doesn't need to be.

    I've been criticised for writing about Jaipur 'too often'; well, when I find another local beer that's as consistantly tasty, I'll write about that as well!

    And it's not 'spying', it's networking and development. If you do come down to Derbyshire, bring a cask of Punk with you. A side-by-side tasting of the two is always entertaining...

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  2. I think Jaipur is a little less aggressive than Punk and a bit sweeter. Otherwise, it's rather like discussing the differences between different pressings of the same record.

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  3. The St Petersburg is really great - a rich, warming but very drinkable stout - from first sip I was hooked, so look forward to hearing your thoughts on it!

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  4. As for spying, I should think that Martin already has a rough idea of how Jaipur is made.

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