Halcyon - Thornbridge Brewery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
4.44/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
05-23-2013 10:15:41 | More by heygeebee
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-16-2013 22:31:49 | More by Bitterbill
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
05-09-2013 01:07:49 | More by CrazyDavros
3.63/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
05-08-2013 13:07:11 | More by Tone
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.45/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
04-16-2013 22:57:30 | More by flyingpig
3.94/5 rDev -1%
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.
03-05-2013 19:10:24 | More by mick303
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
02-22-2013 01:54:34 | More by ummswimmin
3.98/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-01-2013 19:53:36 | More by ColForbinBC
Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.