BREWER: Thornbridge, Derbyshire
VESSEL: 330ml tin
Sammy’s Rating: 65%
It’s no secret that I have never been a fan of the packaging that Thornbridge have put forward. This was fairly evident in my review of Coco Cocoa a year ago. Even with the arrival of cans to the Thornbridge range my opinion remains the same… generally. But with the look of Jaipur’s striking orange dress my opinion for this one at least, is different. I really like the look of this can. It is clean and although complex, comes over as uncluttered and oozes class. Though I do think the designers have possibly missed a trick here. Jaipur is known as the Pink City due to the colour of the brickwork that dominates that magnificent place. A soft, almost purple pink tin instead of the orange here could have been a masterstroke and a lovely nod to the name of the beer but hey, it’s not happened so let’s move on. As it is the orange still looks fantastic.
Beer wise the first thing that struck me with Jaipur was the colour of this IPA.. it’s so light it looks like a flippin shandy!!! I should have been expecting it, as included in the abundance of info on the tin is the fact that this beer will appear straw like. I actually really like this appearance as it just makes it look so crisp and refreshing. Moving to the taste, I’m a fan, I’m a big fan in fact. Jaipur is wildly hoppy, very bitter with a cut of citrus right through the middle to break it all up. There is also a glimmer of honey knocking around. It’s not enough to bring a sweetness to the drink but just enough to balance it out. This brew does taste very strong, and probably should weighing in at 5.9%. For me though this just brings an extra dimension to this already cracking IPA.
Jymi’s Rating: 84%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 74.5%
MOB review next weekend: DELIRIUM NOCTURNUM by BROUWERIJ HUYGHE
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