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Halcyon - Thornbridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of KTCamm
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.

KTCamm, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

aztraz, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of JArena13
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

JArena13, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Lovely85, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

nickfl, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of windypete
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

windypete, May 26, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

rolltide8425, May 26, 2013
Photo of pkenkman
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

pkenkman, May 24, 2013
Photo of heygeebee
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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
Photo of Travcofarms
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Travcofarms, May 21, 2013
Photo of AilHead
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

AilHead, May 20, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Bitterbill, May 16, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -24.6%

jenray, May 14, 2013
Photo of CTJman
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

CTJman, May 10, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a small head.
Nose shows light fruit: pears, apples, elderflower. Also some sweet light malt.
Flavours instead focus on spicy and earthy hops with a soft light malt character in the background. Bitterness is not insane but stands out amongst the low malt.

CrazyDavros, May 09, 2013
Photo of Tone
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.

Tone, May 08, 2013
Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +0.5%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
Photo of GuyIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

GuyIncognito, May 05, 2013
Photo of chambeam
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

chambeam, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
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.

flyingpig, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +0.5%

pathman, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7.4% 500 mL bottle. Poured a pale straw gold, a large head of rocky white foam. Shows nice retention and good lacing.

Smell has dried grapefruit, pine sap, tropical fruits, dry earthy notes. Fair bit of malt and some honey in the background. Some florals, nicely fragrant and balanced.

Taste has a full hop and fruity bitterness. Again quite dry, dried grapefruit, pine needles, mango, raspberry. Not too medicinal, but a nice mild astringency. The hops are not overly assertive abone the biscuity sweet malt. Finish is quite dry, coating hop and pine oils.

Mouthfeel has a big body, a soft moderate carbonation makes it really nice and easy to drink. Alcohol is only perceptible as a warming spice on the finish. Balanced feel, quite tasty.

Not the most interesting IPA ever, but it is nice. This is much more about balance over real intense depth. Falls somewhere between a regular and imperial IPA, not too big on the palate and really easy to drink. Balance is certainly quite good, and this is a beer I would for sure have again. A good brew for a UK brewer but there are better ones stateside.

mick303, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of owend
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

owend, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Polasiuss
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Polasiuss, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

shigg85, Feb 23, 2013
Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.