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Thornbridge Jaipur Indian Pale Ale, 4 x 330ml

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Though Dickie initially went for a job at Kelham Island, he was offered the choice of an assistant brewing role there or more freedom at Thornbridge. A little like DDH Jaipur where extra ingredients and dry-hopping created a stronger flavor to give a sort of Jaipur squared, here we have extra everything to give Jaipur raised to the power of X. It was an important moment in British brewing, as a new generation of beer drinkers found these breweries exciting in a way traditional ale breweries weren’t. Inspired by Wickett’s beers and their own experience of American craft brewing, they began by using U.

The cask ale CAMRA reveres is made of characterful local malts, English hops, expressive yeast, and is brewed to a modest strength so that when served on cask it makes for an incredible session beer. As a result, Jaipur has been the subject of more than one loving treatment, and Jonny Garrett’s recent Good Beer Hunting piece is the best. 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. 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.

Thornbridge is far from alone in still having that approach, but to be the one leading this style of brewing for 15 years makes it one of the most enduring breweries in the U. Their first brew was Lord Marples, a 4% classic bitter, which went on to become a core Thornbridge beer. Alongside this, you can find DDH Jaipur, which uses the same recipe as Jaipur, but is double dry hopped creating an even punchier tropical fruit character.

It wouldn’t matter what we did now, even if we marketed the hell out of it, we’d never be able to make a beer outsell Jaipur,” says Lovatt. Marble gets a lot of credit, too, sticking largely with the British playbook but adding ever more hop saturation. All sizes and measurements are approximate but we do try to make sure that they are as accurate as possible. We wanted to brew a beer to celebrate our 10th anniversary,’ says Webster, ‘so really it had to be a Jaipur related beer and it had to be 10%!

Craft beer, by contrast, seemed exciting and new, and people flocked into craft beer bars, free houses, and the occasional taproom (those would become popular a decade later) for vivid, exciting new beers like Jaipur. 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.

In all versions, the nose and initial impressions are purely Pacific Northwest—grapefruit, sweet orange, fir.Brown took his time sampling each one, reveling in the hop aromas he’d just rediscovered, until he reached the last beer. The balance they had struck—by putting bold American flavors into a traditional British cask format—was completely novel.

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