Sunday, June 19, 2011

Thornbridge Jaipur IPA

It's been a while since I did a Skype collab review, so Peter of joins me to review this British IPA sent me in a trade with Peter and I both like IPAs, but neither of us has reviewed that many British IPAs, so this was a great way for both of us to explore the style at the same time.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (630) - Albany, 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).

Grade: 3/10

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