A fantastic beer to mark a fantastic 11-day celebration of cask ale.
The Judge for the final day of Cask Ale Week is Pete Brown, an award-winning beer writer.
Pete describes his choice as “an absolutely classy and groundbreaking fusion of cask ale tradition and new craft beer influences.”
The beer, of course, is Jaipur brewed by Thornbridge Brewery and it is their flagship beer. A citrus dominated India Pale Ale, its immediate impression is soft and smooth yet builds to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey.
It’s usually recognised as the first UK craft IPA, and was brewed with a huge amount of US hops at a time where this was very unusual, these provide a fantastic experience of grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruit with an enticing bitterness. This is balanced 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.
You can find out more about the beer here.