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Halcyon - Thornbridge Brewery

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89
very good

184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
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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5/5  rDev +25.6%

BeerDanM, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

ejane, May 05, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +20.1%

Fantabulous! Poured at a good temperature with a mammoth, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy, off-white head that settled after a bit and lots of clingy lace. Color is a clear amber yellow with some bubble trails. Aroma is great, somewhat simple, but balanced and still interesting - sweet zone between resin and citrus with a hint of weed. Flavor's like nose, but more complex: sweet up front is quickly dominated by bitter and accented by tang; flavor's being again, like nose plus yeast, apricot,- malt, grain. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish has a bit of an off-flavor, longish, and is quite drinkable with only a suggestion of alcohol. True to style. Killer beer.

drpimento, Sep 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

fionn13, Aug 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

hansavijaticar, Jan 04, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +13.8%

A lighter straw golden color that surprised me a little.

A fruity biscuity aroma - stone fruits, citrus etc.

A fruity malty taste of tangerine, marmalade and scones, the hops lend a citrusy resinous character, but not in a dominant sense rather a supporting and amplifying of the fruity malt character.

Medium body - perhaps a bit more, but such texture and flavor; subtle yet rich and assertive in a non-American way. Didn't taste like no American IPA to me.

Loved it. Cask condition had a lot to do with it too I suppose.

dedrinker, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

xdefeatsy, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Ciocanelu, Nov 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

GuyIncognito, May 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

TheGoldenJ00, Oct 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Azpittil57, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

inspektor, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

poskok, May 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

dcmchew, Nov 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

pkenkman, May 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Had this on cask at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.

Wasn’t sure what to expect, but boy it was Awesome. So surprised by the American IPA notes, since this is from the U.K.

Nice tight finger of creamy head that left sheets of lace. Light amber to a golden/amber color with a slight haze.

Bright, fresh citrus/grapefruit aroma with light toasty malt hints.

Flavor is incredibly bready with a wonderful fresh grapefruit pith hop feel. Slightly oily from the aggressive hop notes.

Creamy awedsome feel. Lighter body

Planned on having one and moving onto something else. I never did, I stuck with this as it was fantastic.

Reagan1984, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

timeo, Jul 02, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

Thornbridge Halcyon "Green Hopped IPA 2009 Harvest", 500-ml bottle bought at Best Yet Market in Harlem, NYC, for $8.99.

"Hops harvested in 2009 and bottled in April 2010". Bottle bought on April 2 2011. I was way too curious about this beer not to buy it. For once, I have never seen it before. Besides that, the fact that they are so proud of a "Fresh Hop IPA" that is, however, two years old made me giddy with curiosity and excitement.

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, pours thick and yummy, with a huge, frothy snow-white head reminiscent of a Belgian beer (saison, mostly). Good retention and decent lacing. Color is dirty apple juice, hazy amber. This looks good, but definitely not like an IPA!

Smell: Totally Belgian, with lots of yeast and sour apple invading the nose right away. Some lemon juice. Spice. Again, this is a saison!

Taste: Sourness, tartness. Clove, spice. More yeast, some breadiness. Sweet, fruity notes and prickly hops, but so different from the hops you expect in an American IPA! I keep thinking of Ommegang Hennepin, and maybe of a quality German Hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, full flavor, medium body. Refreshing, not too filling. Again, not an IPA here, but damn delicious!! Finishes bitter, with a carbonated bite that lingers.

Overall: Funny enough, this has got the same ABV as Hennepin, and both are immensely drinkable, refreshing and enjoyable. If you see this at your local shop and feel antsy about buying an "old" IPA, fear not. This is not really an IPA, it has aged well and it is stunning. I'm glad I bought it!!

DoubleSimcoe, Apr 03, 2011
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4.44/5  rDev +11.6%

Adlar2789, Jan 21, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +11.6%

From Slowbeer. BB 2014.

Appearance - light golden, two finger head, tons of spotty lace

Smell - tangerines, passionfruit, mango, peach, hops.

Taste - tropical fruits, mango, balanced hops, moderate malt

Mouthfeel - smooth, medium bodies, slightly alcoholic warmth

Overall - wow! Thornbridge just keep on delivering. As with their other beers, a very integrated and balanced taste without being massive, or more importantly needing to. A very atypical APA, or AIPA, as per Thornbridge norm. Tropical heaven.

heygeebee, May 23, 2013
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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!

jazzyjeff13, Jan 29, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. This is the more recent blue labeled version. Clear straw colored pour with two finger head with decent retention and great lacing. The nose is huge and unique. Intense herbal hops with tons of tropical fruits. Hints of grapefruit, mango and pine. I'm not sure what hops were used in this, but I'd bet Nelson Sauvin. The taste follows suit with the resiny, fresh hops really coming through. A very unique, perfumey flavor that really sets this beer apart from the pack. Hints of mango, pine, and grapefruit that's complemented nicely by a solid, sweet caramel base. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily with a great crisp, tangy finish. The 7.4% ABV is on the lower end of an Imperial IPA which adds to the drinkability. This is yet another awesome beer from Thornbridge. It mirrors the previous beers I've tried as that it's hugely flavorful and incredibly drinkable.

beerdrifter, Mar 09, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

thehyperduck, Jun 20, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

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

kevinlater, Jun 04, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

It's a hazy muted amber in colour, with a substantial head, and persistent lively carbonation. Hints of cut grass in the aroma, along with pine, and limes. There is an unexpected light smokiness at the top, followed by fruity citrus flavours of oranges and limes, with traces of fresh mint, all held together by honey undertones from the malts. The bitterness is apparent towards the end, and lingers in the aftertaste. There is a superb even balance between the hops and the malts here, making drinkability high.

PartyBear, Sep 08, 2009
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Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.