Review #93 – Thornbridge Jaipur X 85/100
The Jaipur X has been released to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Thornbridge brewery. The Jaipur IPA has for a long time been one of the Thornbridge core range and is one of my favourites. For lack of a better word the Jaipur X is a more beastly version of their core IPA, with more alcohol, more malt and more hops it packs quite the punch.
Out of the bottle and into the glass the Jaipur X pours a pineapple yellow colour with a slight amount of haze and a very thin head which fizzles out pretty quickly.
On the nose I can detect quite a lot of alcohol and pine-like hop aroma laced with plenty of sharp citrus fruits – predominantly lemon and pink grapefruit.
On the palate there is no denying the strong presence of alcohol, and at 10% ABV this is to be expected, it is however not overbearing and doesn’t distract your palate from the more subtle flavours of the beer. For me, I found the initial alpha acid bitterness didn’t hit me straight away, I was however greeted with a medley of citrus and tropical fruits: sharp pink grapefruit and tangerine rind followed up by the more subtle tropical flavours of lychee, mango and pineapple all accompanied by strong menthol like flavours reminiscent of pine resin, eucalyptus and mint. The finish of the beer is eternally long with an unrelenting desert like dryness coming from a massive amount of alpha acid bitterness. My dad isn’t really a beer drinker but I gave him a sip to try and he said he had a bitter taste in his mouth 5 minutes after taking a sip, this is perhaps an exaggeration but the dry alpha acid dominated finish of the Jaipur X certainly does stick around for a good while.