3 August 2019

Jaipur Beer (@DiscoverBrew) By @SpectreUK

A fairly reliable source (Wikipedia) tells me that "Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan." It is also known as the "Old City" or the "Pink City", so I guess that's why there is a pink dancing lady on the front of the bottle of this India Pale Ale… or possibly she fell into a vat of strawberry blamange just before they took her picture.

Anyway, brewed by the Thornbridge Brewery in Derbyshire, Jaipur is an American style IPA. This means it's packed full of American hops for a "six-dimensional hop experience." There are Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade hops, as well as Ahtanum for a bit more variety! I'm expecting a pretty bitter experience here…

With over one hundred worldwide awards this 5.9% volume Jaipur beer promises a bit of an additional kick next to all those hops. On opening the bottle there was unsurprisingly a strong hoppy smell to this golden coloured pale ale. These were predominantly herbal hops, with a little sweetness from the malts at the back of the aroma.

There's a sheer bitterness right from the start on tasting this Jaipur beer. All those herbal hops try to muscle in almost falling over each other on my tastebuds. This bitterness from the herbal hops just keeps on giving right through the flavour of each mouthful. Only towards the aftertaste does the sweetness from the pale and possibly crystal malts fight back to slightly smooth out those bitter hops into a fine finish. Jaipur is very nice and thirst quenching on a hot sunny day like today.

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