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Halcyon - Thornbridge Brewery

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89
very good

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | 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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mchodge13

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

01-13-2012 02:21:01 | More by mchodge13
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oline73

Maryland

2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-11-2011 13:15:03 | More by oline73
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.6%

05-21-2013 16:27:40 | More by Travcofarms
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FightinIrish88

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.6%

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

Texas

3/5  rDev -24.6%

05-14-2013 00:13:26 | More by jenray
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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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Cresant

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 21:05:02 | More by Cresant
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IpeeA

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

06-09-2013 00:06:09 | More by IpeeA
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rderedin

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

07-20-2013 17:25:09 | More by rderedin
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nick76

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:46:13 | More by nick76
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 22:57:30 | More by flyingpig
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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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PaleAndBitter

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-27-2011 10:02:15 | More by Grebdioz
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Balvenie

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

06-21-2013 01:03:32 | More by Balvenie
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SoPeL

Poland

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-06-2014 21:25:36 | More by SoPeL
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-14-2012 06:04:20 | More by whartontallboy
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-06-2014 01:58:06 | More by drabmuh
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-17-2014 20:54:53 | More by KrisDLSmith
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greymalkin

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-04-2014 22:14:36 | More by greymalkin
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baconman91

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

08-24-2013 23:55:42 | More by baconman91
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

06-02-2013 23:44:39 | More by nickfl
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 21:11:41 | More by Monkeyknife
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OttoBomb

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 20:43:56 | More by OttoBomb
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Tone

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 13:07:11 | More by Tone
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Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.