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Halcyon - Thornbridge Brewery

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89
very good

177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
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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heygeebee

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 10:15:41 | More by heygeebee
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.6%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-20-2013 21:22:10 | More by AilHead
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 22:31:49 | More by Bitterbill
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -24.6%

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

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

05-10-2013 19:23:08 | More by CTJman
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 01:07:49 | More by CrazyDavros
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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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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

05-05-2013 20:33:22 | More by GuyIncognito
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chambeam

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-21-2013 00:11:01 | More by chambeam
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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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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-10-2013 21:17:37 | More by pathman
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 19:10:24 | More by mick303
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owend

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-27-2013 20:38:28 | More by owend
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Polasiuss

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-24-2013 12:31:08 | More by Polasiuss
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shigg85

Japan

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02-23-2013 02:50:25 | More by shigg85
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ummswimmin

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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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-10-2013 13:55:43 | More by mendvicdog
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kbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-08-2013 21:30:37 | More by kbrown
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle split among three buddies

Pale golden body, a little orange. Fairly hazy with a sticky off-white cap. Some mild lacing around the glass.

The nose is of pale tropical fruits and grassy, earthy hops. Definitely a noble hop aroma with some tropical fruit thrown in. Some sweet bready malts underneath; like shortbread and biscuits.

On the palate, bready malt asserts itself well, balancing out the hop attack. Light burst of tropical fruit (mango and pineapple) and then the earth notes poke through. A mildly spicy, earthy bitterness in the finish.

Medium body, light on the carbonation. Dry finish.

This is a very nice IPA with definite English characteristics. It almost has a cask like feel to it. Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 19:53:36 | More by ColForbinBC
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inspektor

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-27-2013 07:05:23 | More by inspektor
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Adlar2789

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-21-2013 06:25:36 | More by Adlar2789
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fank2788

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing this out of the bottle after trying it first at My Place in Newtown, CT
Pale gold in the glass, a bit hazy with a thin white head that falls to a bit of lace. The smell is atypical for an strong IPA. While there is a normal amount of hop aroma, the hops used by Thornbridge for this and their other beers are far more tropical than what I'm used to in American made doubles. This beer smells like pineapples and fresh grain primarily with other citrusy and floral hop in there as well. The taste is really nice also, it matches the smell and being a British made Double IPA it's not nearly as heavy or strong as the American versions we may be more used to, however, that doesn't detract from this offering and may make it more drinkable, I had no problem having two on tap (which is a little better than the bottle). Carbonation is moderate with a finish that is spicy and tingly as a result of the bitterness. Overall this is quite a nice beer and a good example of the style if not a bit different but in good ways, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:33:11 | More by fank2788
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durlta

Iowa

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-08-2012 05:02:39 | More by durlta
Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
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