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Halcyon - Thornbridge Brewery

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89
very good

185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
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:
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(Beer added by: mdagnew on 03-30-2009)
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Aewachiw, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

valianes, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ItyMeuh, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Kenee
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely fruity citrus smell. Uber refreshing, light citrus flavour. Thin mouthfeel with very little alcohol taste despite being 7.2%. Really nice after taste although hardly any astringency. Bloody lovely beer. Reminds me of a summers day. More please!

Kenee, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of SteveDavies
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle-Conditioned 50cl bottle from The Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Poured into a Moors Beer glass. Spot on clear, pale orangey colour, light carbonation, light foamy head that cleared to light lacing. Hops dominate the aroma with orangey, citrus explosions - I love it. The taste is an experience, wow! hoppy, hoppy. The green target hops really make the difference for me. The dry bitterness is just right balance for this strength IPA. Mouthfeel is a full-bodied joy, the hop content hits straight away leaving a craving for more. For such a strong IPA I found myself drinking rather too quickly as the flavours developed and taste buds demanded more! Definitely up there as one of my current favourites

SteveDavies, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of polloenfuego
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: hazy gold in color with a full fluffy head that lasts for quite a while. There is fantastic lacing and lovely meringue like islands left after the head breaks.

S: floral and citrus hops with a lovely sweet touch. Malts and grains are there as well.

T: hoppy, citrus first with some pine followed by a sweetness from malts.

M: medium carbonation and body with a really nice finish that leaves you wanting more... Just a nice balance between dry and sweet.

O: okay, I was not expecting this to be this tasty. A really nice beer with a refreshing finish. If not for the 7.4% abv this would be down right sessionable.

polloenfuego, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com...

Poured a hazy golden orange colour. White head poured tight, thick and foamy with a meringue like topping then faded slowly to good covering with thick edging... barely any carbonation bubbles... lots of sticky lacing lines...

Aroma - Strong piney sap resin, quite rubbery, lemon and lime citrus notes, soapy, talcum powder traces, light tobacco smoke, green tea, quite herbal, cut wet grass...

Taste - Very citrusy - grapefruits and limes, strong piney hop bitterness, floral and herbal, some soapy traces, orange peel / pith, faint vanilla sugar sweetness, light vegetal traces...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... light / medium bodied... an extremely quaffable brew even at 7.7%

Overall - An excellent example of a dry hopped IPA... recommended...

mdagnew, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy, orange amber color. Good starting head that leaves a lot of blanketing lace.

Hop flower aroma with a mild malt background.

Nice malty start. Interestingly, the hop stays muted until the swallow. The aftertaste is good blend, tipping the scale on the hop side. The body is rich and the carbonation is low. There is very little alcohol on the tongue.

Overall, this is a solid IPA that is deceptively easy to drink.

smcolw, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a sightly opaque honey hue with orange undertones. Head is a beauty. Big, foamy and frothy. Bleach white in color. Head leaves tons of fluffy islands along the glass. Body really shines.

S-Huge initial clementine whiff. Cracker and buttered biscuit malt. I am also getting some nice grassy hop notes. Hops are exotic and very enticing. Hints of pineapple, mango and apricot. This nose deserves a very high grade. Tropical and right down my alley.

T-The flavor starts off tropical then absolutely morphs into a fistful of grass rammed into my mouth. Light pale malt with caramel and cracker. Hops are a bit less fruity and tropical unfortunately. But it is still pretty tasty. Solid yeastiness as well. Moderate bitterness. The flavor is not as forceful as the nose.

M-From the bottle, it almost tastes like its from a cask. Great feel. Light bubbles. Velvety. Dry but not overwhelmingly bitter. Goes down far too quick.

O/D-I liked this slightly more than Jaipur but considerably less than Kipling. Its a solid DIPA that drinks like a beer than is about 5% ABV. The nose was superior to the flavor, but it was still an above average brew. I find that Thornbridge is one of the best import breweries at doing hoppy brews. Definitely worth a buy…Went down scary fast.

VelvetExtract, Dec 02, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria, Virginia.

A: This beer appears a hazy, straw yellow hue with an inch of fluffy, white head.

S: Hops, citrus, subtle malt, alcohol.

T: A decent harvest ale with nice citrus flavors, backed by a sturdy malt bill.

M: Medium body with a solid level of carbonation present. A warming sensation with subtle alcohol notes is present in the finish.

D: A tasty beer that I enjoyed and would not mind having again.

Huhzubendah, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of peensteen
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed verypale blonde colour, more than a finger of white head, quite a bit of lace. Smell is bright and floral at fisrt, grassy with citrus fruit secondary, hoppy with white grapefruit and orange, just a bit of crisp crackery malt. Taste is hoppy and dry, some initial citrus replaced by grassy piune, a bit of crisp malt, dank pine, dry aftertaste with a slight honey sweetness, Dry medium body, medium carbonation. Solid stuff, not exceptional but incredibly drinkable, would certainly have this again.

peensteen, Apr 26, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(2009 Harvest) Purchased at the RAIB stall, GBBF 2010; bottle-conditioned in a slim 500ml brown bottle, BB 17/10/2010, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: the back label describes this vintage using Target hops in the late-hopping - don't know if this element is different every year?

A: dark yellow-ish golden in colour, translucent (I tried to avoid the yeast sediments during the pour), coming with healthy streams of small- & mid-sized fizz and topped with a well-lasting white cottony foamy head.
S: pronounced aroma of fruitiness dominates the nose along with a semi-assertive dose of sour-nectar or fermented pineapple-ish yeasts, hinting at very clean & sour-ish honey, sweet citrus, floral cordial, kiwi-fruit and goose-berry like berry fruits. Hop resins do no manifest themselves in the same way as American counterparts, actually being balanced off a bit by the yeasty elements. The very pale-coloured malts come understated, making up only secondary aroma in the balance. But I think the yeasty intervention somehow disturbs the preferable balance, making it unnecessarily sour-ish overall.
T: superior to the nose, the semi-lubricating and mildly effervescent swallow of citrus, light pears and unripe lychee-fruits comes pretty clean, treading lightly on a soft platform of aromatic pale malts; gradually, a wave of citrus-peel-ish tannins and chewy mouthfeel expands and occupies the rear of the tongue, not without more fruit tannins at play. Not aggressively bitter or hoppy as one might expect from an AIPA, the aftertaste seems to be aiming for some kind of a harmony b/w fresh hop aroma, tannins, deeper hop bitterness and lingering undertones of lovely pale malts, which I think has been achieved elegantly. The second pour includes the yeasty remnants in the bottle, rendering a slightly fuller mouthfeel with pleasantly spicy undertone.
M&D: very well bottle-conditioned, the mouthfeel is refreshing, not at all overly fizzy but lively enough to skilfully lift the weight (7.7%abv.). The body is around medium to me, as it's so easy to drink, not for a second does it require a pause. I think this green-hopped ale is still in the tradition of British IPA, using British hops and carefully crafted+presented with a balance in mind. The overall performance would be better if the sour-ish elements on the nose could be skilfully balanced off, though.

wl0307, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Harvest: Pours cloudy light orange in color with a 1 finger creamy white head that faded slow and left great lacing. The head was very thick and creamy, and lasted quite a while.

Smells of huge hops, floral hops, citrus hops and piney hops, with caramel, sweet malt, flowers, grass, light grains, light yeast, and a hint of spices like pepper and coriander. The hops dominate the aroma, but there are plenty of earthy notes mixed in this smell.

Tastes like it smells, with floral hops, citrus hops, caramel, sweet malt, grass, grapefruiy, light yeast, spices, coriander and maybe some orange peel; slight bitterness to it, but it was subtle and didn't take away from the flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost oily, smooth and airy with light carbonation, a medium body and a sweet semi-dry finish. Really tasty IPA that goes down smooth and easy. Too expensive to drink all the time, but this beer was a treat.

CHickman, Nov 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

hoppymcgee, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark straw colour, slightly hazy, with a bright white head leaving lots of lace. Bright citrus aromas, floral and spicy hops. Lots of citrus on the taste, with a predominant lemony note. Mild biscuity malts. Somewhat herbal too. Nice somewhat crisp feel, lighter body, easy drinking.

Interesting, quite good for an English brewed IPA, quite good overall.

EgadBananas, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light yellowish golden amber. Nice two finger, fine white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by tropical fruit, a bit of grapefruit and citrus hops. Flavor is a sweet malt body with tropical fruit, grapefruit and mild citrus hops. Finishes a bit dry with a long citrus and hop bitter aftertaste. Decent flavor progression for an IPA. I like the good malt support and hop finish, but would like to see a bit more fresh hop flavor in the main taste. The tropical fruit flavors are a nice change for an IPA. I enjoyed this. Nice medium body with some creaminess. Well made.

LiquidAmber, Jul 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

WillAndSarah, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some fine particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down and left a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface and sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits in the nose—mango seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the hops contribute flavors of mangoes and other tropical fruits and a light to moderate amount of bitterness. As the beer begins to warm up, some hints of caramel malts become detectable.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a great IPA if you like hops with flavors of tropical fruits. It’s relatively light-bodied in nature compared to other beers in the style and has no traces of alcohol in the taste.

metter98, Jul 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

dipso123, May 05, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +0.5%

mendvicdog, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

pathman, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 500 ml bottle with 2 year old hop for a harvest ipa i had to try this one

A- pours a nice light copper color with a 1 finger off-white head some nice lacing and a fresh collar

S-Mmm smell is hops both floral and citrus a touch of pine,sweet caramel malts and bread

T- follows the nose lots of floral and and some bitter pine hops,offset with some citrus hops and sweet caramel.wet grass a little lemon and baked bread

M- prickly ,crisp,a touch bitter with hops carbonation is medium+ a clean finish with a definite hop bite

O- 2 year old hops in a harvest ipa?..this one works and is very good

gatornation, Aug 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

EmperorBevis, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Hoppy_McGee, May 14, 2014
Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.