Thornbridge – Jaipur X

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Brewery: Thornbridge – @Thornbridge

Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA / Thunderdome IPA

ABV: 10%

Purchased From: Source Deli –  @SourceDeliPaul

Pouring and Look: The body is a crisp amber gold, clear with a frothy white head. It’s how I imagine God’s piss would look. The head dissipates very quickly, I’m not too sure if this is now an analogy for God’s penis but i’d expect more staying power if it was.

Smell: Smell where art thou?! Okay, that was a little unfair but the smell is really subtle, initially, you get the citrus from the hops with a hint of a caramel with a malty base. BEWARE: You may snort some beer accidentally by trying to get your nose close to the smell.

Taste: Firstly, you’re hit with the bitter, sharp, crisp, citrus taste. You’re getting the usual suspects – minus Kevin Spacey – grapefruit with the softer but sugary blood orange. After the initial hit the taste opens up with a malty, caramel base.

Thoughts: The flavours in this IPA are blended really well, the hoppy first hit is balanced against the caramel, malty aftertaste, it works really well. The only issue I have with this beer is that the bottle says Imperial IPA with an ABV of 10%, now that comes with some responsibility. At 10% I want the taste volume turned up to 11 but it isn’t with this beer. Everything is well balanced, the flavours are subtle and varied, if this was a 5% IPA I’d be banging the war drum and raving about it. For a 10% Imperial IPA ,that costs the same as other IPA at that ABV, I expect really BIG flavours, unfortunately, this subtly tasty beer didn’t live up to my expectations given the ABV and price tag.

To get over the disappointment I had to listen to Tina Turner’s “We don’t need another hero”. I have a message for Tina and it this “you may not need another hero but the rest of the world certainly does”.

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