Thornbridge Jaipur Indian Pale Ale, 4 x 330ml
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K.’s craft brewing revolution: the introduction of Small Brewers Relief in 2002, which gave huge tax breaks to microbreweries; the debut of BrewDog’s now-iconic Punk IPA in 2007; the opening of The Kernel Brewery in London in 2010. The trend today is this Mosaic- and Citra-dominated profile, which means any muppet can make IPA,” says Lovatt. These items are usually delivered within 24 hours, but this can vary (anywhere up to 10 working days), and is unfortunately beyond our control.
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%! Its first beers appeared in February 2005, brewed on a second hand 10-barrel kit in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. Hops, hops, hops, bitter, bitter, bitter – That’s pretty much all I can say to sum up this beer and I’ll be sticking with Thornbridge’s normal Jaipur. As I have argued, cask ale is one of the most impressive forms of beer made in the world today, and arguably the most hand-crafted.
As Webster says, this was a beer that was very much on its own in 2005, and it has also survived and continues to impress and win awards. Cask shuffles the elements a bit, smoothing the hops, accentuating the orange a bit more than the fir. As hundreds of breweries pivoted to quench drinkers’ seemingly endless thirst for juice, it would have been easy to dial Jaipur’s bitterness back, or up the dry-hopping rates.
As these streams have come together, they’ve created a third approach rooted in British tradition, but which borrows a few tricks from America.
Our latest book is Balmy Nectar, a collection of the best of our writing from here on the blog and across various magazines since 2012. A floral, citrusy beer with 60 IBUs was outside the comfort zone of nearly all British beer drinkers in 2005, and at 6%, the higher alcohol duty meant Jaipur was significantly more expensive than anything else on the bar. This Jacobean country house is located just outside of Bakewell, and dates back to the 12th Century. One of those brewers was a young Martin Dickie, who would later go on to co-found BrewDog with James Watt. By 2016, ticking culture was at its height within the craft beer industry, and a new trend was about to challenge classical IPA as the flagship style of craft beer.
This beer is a award winning Indian Pale Ale which is smooth and soft and then Jaipur releases it's hoppiness which is accentuated by a hint of honey. Following an array of awards and national recognition, Jaipur catapulted Thornbridge into the spotlight, and the need for a new craft brewery became clear. 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.
Pale gold with a firm white head, it had all the contained vibrancy you want in a great pint of cask ale. Following an array of awards and national recognition, Jaipur catapulted Thornbridge into the spotlight, demand outstripped supply and the need for a new Brewery became clear.
Brown took his time sampling each one, reveling in the hop aromas he’d just rediscovered, until he reached the last beer. Our book 20th Century Pub was released in 2017 and is an award-winning rattle through the development of the English pub from beerhouses to micropubs. In 2009 a brand new state of the art brewery was built at Riverside, Bakewell to meet with demand and allow Thornbridge to develop their range of beers. If you were going to cite one beer that helped break the dam on what cask beer should taste like, you could do a lot worse than Thornbridge Jaipur. It looked to the US craft beer scene for its marvellously hoppy character, while the name comes from the Indian city with its famous pink walls (which is why the beer’s label is the same colour), where Thornbridge founders and owners Jim and Emma Harrison were married.Balance 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. It’s an absolutely smashing beer and it sneaks up on you a little — we still have people asking for it year after year which is testament I think to how good it is. Venturing to this taproom on the outskirts of Bakewell seems only fitting to try this infamous yet local brew. 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.