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Thornbridge Jaipur Indian Pale Ale, 4 x 330ml

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A first alcohol crispness is very quickly overwhelmed by hop bitterness, incredibly drying and then a finish of even more hop bittering.

Craft breweries of Thornbridge’s vintage gingerly experimented in the American mode—big, boozy hop bombs. Whilst we endeavour to make sure that glass bottles are packed as well as possible we cannot send out replacement for any breakages. We balance these 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 all in harmony. It may not be reproduced in any way whatsoever without Wm Morrisons Supermarkets Limited prior consent, nor without due acknowledgement.However, it is the bitter, lingering aftertaste that holds on your tongue, creating an elongated drinking experience. 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. Harrison found a partner in Simon Webster and they hired two young brewing-school graduates, Italian Stefano Cossi and Scotsman Martin Dickie, giving them wide latitude in the brewhouse.

A lot of breweries have a flagship brand they want to get further afield so they tone down the ABV or reduce the bitterness.The problem was that as the youthful founders of CAMRA aged, the organization began to resemble a religious organization devoted to a very specific dogma of “live” ale. While Punk IPA flew out the door at BrewDog bars, supermarkets, and Wetherspoon chain pubs, Jaipur stuck to its traditional northern outlets, venturing down south only to appear in discerning pubs, and mostly still on cask. At the time, the great threat was not lager—cask’s ultimate reaper—but artificially-kegged beer large ale-producers tried to pass off as authentic cask. These items are usually delivered within 24 hours, but this can vary (anywhere up to 10 working days), and is unfortunately beyond our control.

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.Dickie remembers tales of regulars switching their weekend sessions to Jaipur and going missing for three days after. An example of such a manor is Thornbridge Hall, an estate dating to the 12th century in the trees and hills of the Peak District. It may not have been the first beer to find a way to bridge the two traditions, but it was by far the most prominent and influential. It’s got a good hop flavour without an overwhelming bitterness and the carbonation really pushes the beer around the inside of your mouth.

The Lord Marples beer was born - a 4% traditional bitter - named after one of the previous occupants of Thornbridge Hall. Based in the heart of the Peak District, Thornbridge Brewery gets its name from their original dwelling - Thornbridge Hall. He’d founded Thornbridge Brewery in one of the mansion’s outbuildings at the suggestion of his friend David Wickett, owner of Kelham Island Brewery, which had won Champion Beer of Britain with its Pale Rider American Pale Ale the summer before. We are often told “this is the beer, that got me into beer” and we are always very proud to hear this.Yet by the early aughts, cask had taken on the image of the kind of beer your grandpa drinks in merry olde pubs that were shrines to nostalgia. A much stronger, pure hop smell meets me, like I’m in the brewhouse and things are still fermenting around me. The brewery made around 20,000 hectoliters (17,000 barrels) of Jaipur last year—more than 50% of its output—and has even started brand extensions, such as the coveted Double IPA version, Jaipur X. In understanding that, and in trusting the instincts of those at that original garden party, Thornbridge’s Jaipur has transcended the very scene it helped to create. 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.

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