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Halcyon - Thornbridge Brewery

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89
very good

171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | 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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Reviews by Zimbo:
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spiky bitter nose in the bottle with some sweet grapefruit. Very pale slightly off clear light yellow. Easy one inch plus head. Slightly carbonic, nice light flavour but a bit dead across the palate and could do with some more depth. Good mouthfeel, herbally bitterness on the tongue from the onset which follows all the way to the end. Doesn't balance out perfectly when it finishes though. Could do with a bit more oomph and intensity for an Imperial IPA.Despite being a let down here and there I do quite like it. Sure wouldn't say no to another.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 20:04:15 | More by Zimbo
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timeo

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-02-2014 02:13:29 | More by timeo
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kew

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-22-2014 03:02:21 | More by kew
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before March 20 2015. The last two Thornbridge brews I tried (Jaipur and Kipling) were both excellent and still count amongst my favourite pale ales of all time, so grabbing this one was reflexive more than anything. Served just below cellar temperature.

Pours a lovely golden-blonde colour, slightly hazy but obscured with countless flakes of, um, stuff. Nearly two fingers of foamy, eggshell-white head erupts at the surface, but recedes steadily over the next few minutes into an uneven, frothy cap and collar, leaving behind a doily pattern ring of lacing. The aroma is fruity and zesty, with a wide range of citrusy notes including lemon, orange and lime. Rather floral, with a hint of peach and pineapple. This is shaping up to be a solid one.

The first sip does not disappoint - this is a stellar IPA. A biscuity malt backbone is definitely present, but my tongue is far too distracted by the cavalcade of beautiful hop juiciness to care much about that. Tropical fruits figure in strongly - not only citrusy grapefruit and lemon pith, but also some pineapple and passionfruit. Apricot also comes in nicely, with the pear drop note (mentioned on the back label) providing a delectable sweetness toward the finish. There's some mild resiny bitterness in the aftertaste that lingers on the palate, likely thanks to the viscous, oily mouthfeel of this one. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and relatively mild carbonation. Thornbridge is quickly becoming one of my favourite UK brewers.

Final Grade: 4.4, an excellent A grade. Despite basically being a DIPA, Halcyon is extremely drinkable, which combined with its delicious nature could become problematic. I mean, I only picked up one bottle! In all seriousness, this is a fabulous India pale ale that is well worth the $5.25 price tag in this province. This bottle was bought out of town, but if I had ready access to this stuff I would be buying it by the armful. Great beer that I highly recommend to all hopheads, and would certainly buy again - all that good stuff. An ideal selection for my 650th review on BA.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 05:34:30 | More by thehyperduck
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Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

06-13-2014 09:14:24 | More by _ph230_
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Hanselpb

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-11-2014 22:01:30 | More by Hanselpb
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FightinIrish88

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.4%

06-09-2014 16:11:23 | More by FightinIrish88
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Cycle69

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-08-2014 11:58:52 | More by Cycle69
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-06-2014 12:56:34 | More by cdwil
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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into nonic pint

a: hazy but very vibrant pale yellow -- lighter in colour than a lager. lots of floating particles. 3+ fingers of head on this one so be careful with your pour

s: pretty strong pear presence right when i opened the bottle. with the nose in the nonic, i get big floral and pear notes. peach and apricot follow. subtle malt aromas as well. smells wonderful

t: floral and pear notes up front, peach and apricot afterwards, some slight mango and lemon, then a nice pop of crackery bready malt. the bitterness comes through afterwards -- not tongue-ripping but just enough to balance the sweet fruit and malt flavours. finishes dry with some lemon notes. delicious!

m: medium bodied, medium carbonation

o: a departure from the citrus-dominant IPAs but this brew is surely unique and amazing. would definitely have this again some time in the future

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 02:26:28 | More by kevinlater
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-31-2014 05:27:11 | More by kjkinsey
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-30-2014 20:21:29 | More by poskok
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paulish

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-28-2014 11:20:03 | More by paulish
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California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-28-2014 01:03:03 | More by Bwagner1122
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Aewachiw

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-23-2014 22:41:39 | More by Aewachiw
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A - Poured light golden with light haze and some floaty bits. Two fingers of fluffy white head on top with good carbonation left a good finger of retention and spotty lace.

S - Biz zippy tropical aroma. Biscuity malt, honey, sweet fruits and candy. Sweet honey notes were strong.

T - Nice tropical fruit, light passionfruit, some malt there too. Big juicy tropical fruits with orange and sweet candied fruit.

M - Good mild but noticeable carbonation, medium to full body and a nice bitterness.

O/D - Very solid. Another good Thornbridge offering. Very drinkable and complex. Delicious stuff. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 14:18:37 | More by tbeckett
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Ontario (Canada)

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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-17-2014 20:54:53 | More by KrisDLSmith
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-15-2014 04:42:28 | More by WeissBoy
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Australia

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Halcyon is a very light-coloured beer, a fact that bodes well for die-hard hopheads; the amount of haziness and suspended proteins, however, indicates that little malt was spared for this 7.4% Double-ish IPA. The glass looks like it's been made-up in a frilly dress; lacing abounds.

Halcyon has a bouquet that stinks like ganja. Undeniably pungent at first sniff, this stanky herbal character is lifted only slightly by hints of zesty lime, flowery peach and bitter greens. If you haven't figured it out yet - it's hoppy. That being said, there's a lot of biscuity malt that comes through as well. This smells like it should be balanced...

Drinking Halcyon is just like eating crackers - albeit crackers that are mushy and wet, presumably because they're soaked in grapefruit juice. The flavour has lots of biscuity maltiness as well as accompanying citrus and herbal notes. There's a strong lemon-and-dill-like note that should suit white seafood just fine, and certainly enough tarragon flavour to hold up to chicken.

The more I drink it, the more I find this DIPA to have a Sauvignon Blanc-like profile: overtly herbaceous, grassy and acidic. The broad graininess aside, this beer is dominated by its hints of under-ripe pear, green apple, peach and prominently tropical flavours of passionfruit. If you're going to enjoy these flavours, mind you, be advised to do in a few months from bottling - don't wait the full year Thornbridge allots. It won't last.

Like Kipling or Jaipur IPA, Halcyon is as stinky, weedy, and tropical as any beer you'd pluck from the shelves of a southern Californian beer store - it's offerings like this that make Derbyshire seem like the new San Diego. Despite their long voyage I've really enjoyed all these hoppy offerings. Halcyon is a good one, especially for those who like their IPAs ultra green, pithy, and herbal.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 01:44:55 | More by biegaman
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-06-2014 01:58:06 | More by drabmuh
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Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.