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Halcyon - Thornbridge Brewery

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 203
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mdagnew on 03-30-2009

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Photo of biegaman
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,861 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (472 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No freshness date. Bought from John's Grocery.

A- pours a hazy straw colour, over 1 finger head of foam, leaves some lacing. Lots of sediment.

S- bitter notes of grass and tropical fruit with a mild malt sweetness.

T- pretty bitter taste here. Tropical fruitiness with grassy flavour that brings that bitter taste. Mild on the malt, not much offered by way of sweetness or balance.

M- on the high end of medium bodied, well carbonated, good mouthfeel.

O- I have no idea how fresh this bottle is but it's a good IPA, 7.4% abv per my bottle. (544 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy straw with a little white head and sediment.
S: It smelled like sugary orange.
T: It tasted like sugary orange and cantaloupe. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was a little thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was much better than Kipling. The scent wasn't great, but the taste was enjoyable and unique. The body was good, and the finish was pretty smooth, so it was easy to drink. Nothing special, but a good enough brew. (475 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer at Ginger Man in NYC (the review is taken from notes).

This beer was served in a fluted glass. The beer is hazy yellow with about one and a half fingers of foam.

The nose has a little bit of spices and a decent amount of sour presence. There is also some good hopping.

The flavor has a good saison feel to it, and the hops continue in there. It doesn't seem like a very stock Euro style beer.

There is some breadiness to this beer. It makes for a challenging sipper. (487 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (442 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (267 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label on the bottle differs from the one currently displayed on this website and describes the beer as "Imperial IPA", so I'm rating it as such.

Pale-golden body with visible effervescence and slight haze given by dry hopping gets topped by two fingers of sticky side-coating white head with good retention.

Aroma of tropical fruits with discernible mango, grapefruit and grass is backed by subdued biscuity malt.

Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation and grapefruity, grassy hop-flavor dominating over the light malt underneath. Aftertaste features lingering bitterness with restrained astringency to it.

Overall, a well attenuated fruity-grassy Imperial (!) IPA (500 ml bottle, BB 2013-05-13, into pint). (721 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (308 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not quite as hoppy as I expected, but it is citrusy, mainly lemon, and just slightly sweet - and rather appealing. It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a very thick, fine-bubbled, rather persistent white head that leaves some respectable lacing. Flavor is fairly hoppy, scarcely bitter, with an undertone of citrus that is mainly lemon and grapefruit but not too sour. Texture is smooth yet lively, leaving a nice hoppy tingle. (443 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, straw/golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, hint of pine, hint of tea, slight alcohol, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA, though it does have the subtle qualities of a good English IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, slight herbal flavors, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of floral hops, and hint of citrus hops. Overall, good appearance, blend, both body and aroma strongly dominated by hops. (557 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy lemon yellow with two fingers of bright white head.

Hoppy aroma of pine resin, green grass, and tangerine along with a bit of maltiness. High hopes for this one based on the aroma.

A surprising taste upfront of lemon, candy sugar, and medicinal herbs which I hadn't expected from an American IPA. Finishes with a medicinal maltiness.

Lighter bodied and dry with a fizzy carbonation.

I'm not sure this is what I'd call an American IPA. Honestly, I'm not sure what to call it...though it it is quite interesting. (546 characters)

Photo of OttoBomb
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into Dogfish Head signature glass (August 2, 2010). The rear label states "Hops harvested in 2009 and bottled in April 2010"

Eyes: It pours a very hazy amber-yellow. Much brighter and hazier than many IPAs. A vigorous pour creates fluffy white head that almost overflows the rim. Three fingers easy with significant lacing.

Nose: I'm not sure if my bottle is different from those of other reviewers, but the nose is extremely tame. Some pine and citrus evident but quite muted.

Tongue: An impressive hop kick starts each sip, and forebodes a bitter palate assault, but the bitterness surprisingly fades on the tail. Much more flavorful than the nose, herbal citruses, and some pine.

Mouth: Good carbonation and feel.

Libation: I like this beer, but I'm left a bit confused. It's quite drinkable, nicely smooth for the style, and the flavor profile isn't overwhelmed by bitterness or alcohol. That said, what the beer does have going for it (flavor & mouth feel), isn't fantastic. All in all I liked it, but based on the odd appearance, aroma, and flavor profiles I think I'll have to revisit this one to make a final decision on it. (1,160 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from Peckhams (£3.75):
Clear golden colour with a good sized, foamy white head on top that had good retention and only shows a slight reduction in size.

Medium, hop filled aroma with a lot of pine and some subdued tropical fruit notes coming through. The smell isn't a weak one by any means but I was expecting stronger from a double IPA. There is some citrus notes shooting through and an earthy floral scent with a touch of sourness.

Bitter pine hops and floral notes straight off the bat and this is coupled with a fruity bitterness, mainly grapefruit and a few tropical fruit flavours as well. There is some citrus too.

Strong & smooth beer with light medium carbonation and a strong citrus and alcohol laced kick. The beer is quite dry at the finish and very bitter.

An average double IPA, perhaps a little light although it smelt quite nice. Bitterness levels were what let it down, I felt it was a little to strong on the front. Still, not a bad effort from Thornbridge. (995 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is grassy, and malty with licorice and a touch of citrus. The appearance is hazy amber gold with particulates and an average head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average for the style. Overall this is drinkable but not a great beer. (254 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 500 mL brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Bottled April 2010. The body was orange with a distinct green hue. Hazy with a thin white head that stayed and left some lacing too.

The smell was floral hops and pennies. Green and leafy. The label says Target hops were used.

The taste was green and resinous. Not sharp but raw. Hard candy-like tartness. Evergreen. Understated caramel malts. This is a good UK take on the American IPA style. Interesting. I would drink it again except for the price ($8.49).

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with some slipperiness. Adequately carbonated. (595 characters)

Photo of oline73
2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on cask at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a layer of fluffy white carbonation that to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, picking up the malt up front. Reminds me a lot of sparkling grape juice.

Taste: Bready malt with some very grassy hops. The sparkling grape juice from the smell is still there. Not very bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is thin with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very different beer. It really reminded me of sparkling grape juice. I wouldn't have another. (572 characters)

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Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.