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Halcyon - Thornbridge Brewery

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very good

176 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-13-2013 20:20:58 | More by Ciocanelu
Photo of Lovely85


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-02-2013 23:55:15 | More by Lovely85
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:52:17 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-11-2014 22:37:22 | More by jrenihan
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 20:44:11 | More by KTCamm
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-01-2014 14:39:53 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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...

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 15:00:16 | More by mdagnew
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 11:59:45 | More by peensteen
Photo of crossovert


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, says it was bottled in april. So it is probably jsut nearing the end of it being worthy. TBH I didn't see it on the shelf until recently.

It pours a slightly hazy golden color with a hint of orange. The head is Foamy and off white and leaves some really nice lacing.

Unfortunately they used target. It smells good but not great, still has a decent smell that has lasted. There is a decent amount of malt in here too. Sorry I'm being ambiguous here but the hops don't speak to me.

Again in the flavor the hops are good but not great. It has a decent floral character with some pine and a moderate bitterness. The malt does level the hops a bit but it is a nice balance.

The mouthfeel was a tad bit watery.

Overall it is a decent IPA, nothing special, mainly hindered by the hop selection imo, but it is well-crafted.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 04:13:08 | More by crossovert
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02-24-2014 19:50:43 | More by HopStoopid120
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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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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

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 21:48:36 | More by gatornation
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02-23-2013 02:50:25 | More by shigg85
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 01:54:34 | More by ummswimmin
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-08-2013 02:06:46 | More by cadaugherty
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 05:16:14 | More by CHickman
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-23-2013 08:41:09 | More by Kirk
Photo of Cresant


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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-29-2013 02:03:29 | More by tbryan5
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-22-2014 04:08:46 | More by LJWalker
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

05-10-2013 19:23:08 | More by CTJman
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-03-2012 10:26:25 | More by pixieskid
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-13-2014 01:09:00 | More by pmarlowe
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-04-2012 01:52:13 | More by BeerOps
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-10-2012 19:39:49 | More by samEBC
Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.