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Halcyon - Thornbridge Brewery

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89
very good

181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdagnew on 03-30-2009)
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RichD

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-06-2014 17:55:35 | More by RichD
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev 0%

The Green Hopped 2009 Harvest version,hops harvested in 2009 and bottled in April 2010.Poured into a imperial nonic a dull hazed lighter golden with a hint of burnt orange,a large fluffy white head atop.Fruity hops really stick out in the nose,a mix of grapefruit,orange,and tropical fruit,there is a fair share resinous pine as well,a big caramel/boozy sweetness as well.Flavors are not as big as the nose, the hop flavors wich are mainly pine resin, are just a bit muted,there is a hefty caramel/biscuit sweetness that really stands out,as the beer warms more of the citric qualities show themselves.Highly drinkable for the style wich I would say is a somewhat muted version of an American DIPA wich isnt a bad thing.A nice refined beer.

06-09-2010 23:12:32 | More by oberon
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-29-2013 02:03:29 | More by tbryan5
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BeerDrinker01

United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

500ml Bottle served cold in a pint glass

Light golden with a thin head with some lacing. Smell, Tropical fruits, Passionfruit & Mango, Citrus, Grassy, Pine hops. Taste, Tropical fruits, Grass, Bitter pine hops, Citrus. Mouthfeel is Medium body with moderate carbonation balanced with a dry finish nice bitterness. Overall a very drinkable well balanced IPA from Thornbridge

01-09-2014 14:54:08 | More by BeerDrinker01
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a lot of orange citrus and bready malts. The flavor is more bready malt with a lot of hop flavor. I get both resiny and orange citrus hops. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

08-05-2010 02:52:54 | More by Mora2000
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-30-2013 19:15:45 | More by xdefeatsy
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fionn13

Ireland

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

08-22-2012 02:52:20 | More by fionn13
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2012. ABV stated as 7.4%. Picked up from my local beer specialist. Described on the label as an imperial IPA.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A bright golden-yellow with medium carbonation and faint sediment (looks like chill haze to me). Yields a large head of brilliant white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. An intense hoppy aroma bursting with fruity notes; white grapes, grapefruit and melon, along with hints of citrus. A whiff of malt in the background. Strangely, the overall effect is reminiscent of mature farmhouse cheddar - bizarre but not unpleasant!

Tastes of subtle malt with intense aromatic hops and a crisp bitter finish. Notes of tropical fruit, grapes, citrus and melon. Pretty dry; a hint of solvent upon swallowing. Again, there is a background quality that reminds me of mature cheddar (weird!). Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with good body. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops.

Lovely, even with the strange cheese effect. A fantastically aromatic IPA, with tons of fruity notes taking centre stage. The ABV goes virtually unnoticed - impressive for a 7.4% brew. Subtle malt and good attenuation take this close to perfection. Highly drinkable and highly recommended. Get one now!

01-29-2012 23:52:17 | More by jazzyjeff13
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +8%

Appearance: thoughts of lemon custard and meringue pie, with a misty lemon body and egg white, foamy head

Aroma: lemon cookie, light pine touch of candy sweetness, mango, pineapple

Taste & Mouthfeel: clean and fruity with a solid pine hop finish providing just the right balance, not overwhelming the other flavours; lemon and mango shine against, and biscuit - it's really got into my head that this is a "pie" flavoured brew, all the elements just come together in that sense (with a bunch of bitterness thrown in); perfect carbonation, medium body, doesn't feel like 7% at all

Overall: so fresh and crisp, amazing for summer, and very sessionable - which could be dangerous! This is my kind of IPA, showing off wonderful balance and bright flavours

05-19-2014 15:51:52 | More by BGDrock
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Thornbridge, is a superior quality brewery, and this effort is a very good IPA. Orange coloured body with a bit of white head. A hoppy aroma that yields a good hoppyness. I get the dry hops, it is a satisfying brew. Perhaps a bit average mouthfeel and drinkability. From Premiere. Well balanced.

03-21-2011 00:48:42 | More by Sammy
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-13-2013 20:20:58 | More by Ciocanelu
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

06-07-2013 19:30:17 | More by aztraz
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BeerDanM

Maryland

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-30-2011 21:21:07 | More by BeerDanM
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

07-21-2013 20:25:29 | More by Lanstrum
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.6%

05-21-2013 16:27:40 | More by Travcofarms
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy stark yellow. Bubble suspended in mid-beverage. Some foam sits a top. Sneaky citrus malt. Taste is a thin bitter, persistent, with very minor body. Grapefruit all over. Surprsingly light and bitter at the same time.

06-08-2013 20:44:11 | More by KTCamm
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Adlar2789

Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +11.6%

01-21-2013 06:25:36 | More by Adlar2789
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GuyIncognito

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

05-05-2013 20:33:22 | More by GuyIncognito
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -3%

500ml bottle. Pours a pale golden yellow with a slowly fading white head. Aroma is of citrus floral hops, biscuit malt, some caramel, fruity with mild grassy notes. Taste is the same as aroma with some mild bitterness. A medium body on the palate with some mild carbonation. Finish is sweet biscuit malt, mild grassy notes, fruity with some yeast followed by some good citrus floral hops for balance. Overall a well balanced, enjoyable brew for the style. A solid showing.

07-17-2013 17:37:34 | More by Samp01
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -7%

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 21, 2014.

Slightly hazy pale yellow pour building up to a full, creamy white head that slowly settles down but never disappears entirely.

The nose is quite mild for an Imperial IPA. I expected explosive hops but instead they are more subtle and they balance well with the roasted malts. There is also a kind of melon note.

Light body.

The malts express themselves more than the hops considering this is an Imperial IPA. It would not bother me as much if this was a standard English style IPA. I shouldn't say it bothers me. It was not what I anticipated. Malts mix in well. Hops linger a little at the end. I did enjoy it but I was expecting more hop bitterness.

05-21-2014 22:51:07 | More by puboflyons
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Mattgruv

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-01-2013 00:35:42 | More by Mattgruv
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PaleAndBitter

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-12-2014 19:41:43 | More by PaleAndBitter
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours gold with a small head.
Nose shows light fruit: pears, apples, elderflower. Also some sweet light malt.
Flavours instead focus on spicy and earthy hops with a soft light malt character in the background. Bitterness is not insane but stands out amongst the low malt.

05-09-2013 01:07:49 | More by CrazyDavros
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy bright yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops flavours with light sweet malt undertones. Taste is also dominated by sweet undertones with non-descript cereal notes and some citrus floral notes that are quite nice. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Prefer the Nelson Sauvin IPA by the same brewery better but still quite enjoyable.

07-07-2013 00:50:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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fank2788

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

Reviewing this out of the bottle after trying it first at My Place in Newtown, CT
Pale gold in the glass, a bit hazy with a thin white head that falls to a bit of lace. The smell is atypical for an strong IPA. While there is a normal amount of hop aroma, the hops used by Thornbridge for this and their other beers are far more tropical than what I'm used to in American made doubles. This beer smells like pineapples and fresh grain primarily with other citrusy and floral hop in there as well. The taste is really nice also, it matches the smell and being a British made Double IPA it's not nearly as heavy or strong as the American versions we may be more used to, however, that doesn't detract from this offering and may make it more drinkable, I had no problem having two on tap (which is a little better than the bottle). Carbonation is moderate with a finish that is spicy and tingly as a result of the bitterness. Overall this is quite a nice beer and a good example of the style if not a bit different but in good ways, highly recommended.

01-20-2013 01:33:11 | More by fank2788
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Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.