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Thornbridge Jaipur Indian Pale Ale, 4 x 330ml

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So I went to the bar, had a look at the taps, which had a weird and wonderful variety of different craft beers, but settled for Thornbridge’s Jaipur, which everyone devoured with gusto. This Jacobean country house is located just outside of Bakewell, and dates back to the 12th Century. For Lovatt and his team, the skill in making IPA is in the blend of hops—finding unique character within varieties and between them, rather than relying on one or two big-hitters and using those hops as marketing tools. Bitterness and malt character became signs of old-fashioned thinking, replaced by pillow-soft haze and tropical aroma hops.

Yet by the early aughts, cask had taken on the image of the kind of beer your grandpa drinks in merry olde pubs that were shrines to nostalgia.As keg, cask, bottle, and now canned beer, it seems to shimmer, presenting different versions of itself. From the image alone, you can really see the carbonation in the beer, creating a lovely, foamy white head. I’ve linked in reviews of all of Thornbridge’s beers here, have a look and choose your next favourite beer. With over 350 Industry recognised awards they are rightly proud to be part of the exciting Craft Beer scene. One becomes aware that, yes, there is a bit of malt down there underneath, with the sweetness of scone.

Jaipur's hoppiness builds in the mouth and bursts with powerful citrus fruit flavours, culminating in a remarkably smooth finish and making it a deliciously drinkable IPA. The Thornbridge story began back in 2005 when the founders Jim Harrison and Simon Webster recruited two young brewers to brew on a second hand 10-barrel kit in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall.Rare is the old Victorian brewery that doesn’t offer something crafty these days, whether it’s Adnams New England IPA, Hook Norton’s Crafty Fox Black IPA, or Timothy Taylor’s Cascade and Chinook-hopped Cook Lane IPA. 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. The cleaner yeast profile meant less perceived fruit character, but actually a slightly higher finishing gravity for more body and sweetness in the face of higher carbonation. We balance these with a great English malt base of Low Colour Maris Otter from Norfolk that helps keep the beer light and drinkable with enough sweetness to keep it in harmony. It’s not just an adjective for how good it is—it’s won more British brewing medals than any beer since its conception—but because even as it has grown into a national brand, it has always been an outlier.

Venturing to this taproom on the outskirts of Bakewell seems only fitting to try this infamous yet local brew.

The head is quite volatile, even chilled I had to take my time pouring although things settle down once the beer is fully in the glass. On cask, these qualities blossom in astonishing ways that Americans have just never been able to grasp or appreciate. The beer was like nothing Brits had tasted and while some thought it was too intense (and too American), others thought they saw the future of beer. It’s interesting because a lot of the time now, breweries are reactive to trends, whereas back then we had to set them. While we have taken care in preparing this summary and believe it to be accurate, it is not a substitute for reading the product packaging and label prior to use.

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