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Halcyon - Thornbridge Brewery

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very good

181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | 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 BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +8%

Appearance: thoughts of lemon custard and meringue pie, with a misty lemon body and egg white, foamy head

Aroma: lemon cookie, light pine touch of candy sweetness, mango, pineapple

Taste & Mouthfeel: clean and fruity with a solid pine hop finish providing just the right balance, not overwhelming the other flavours; lemon and mango shine against, and biscuit - it's really got into my head that this is a "pie" flavoured brew, all the elements just come together in that sense (with a bunch of bitterness thrown in); perfect carbonation, medium body, doesn't feel like 7% at all

Overall: so fresh and crisp, amazing for summer, and very sessionable - which could be dangerous! This is my kind of IPA, showing off wonderful balance and bright flavours

05-19-2014 15:51:52 | More by BGDrock
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +7%

From notes.

A - Poured light golden with light haze and some floaty bits. Two fingers of fluffy white head on top with good carbonation left a good finger of retention and spotty lace.

S - Biz zippy tropical aroma. Biscuity malt, honey, sweet fruits and candy. Sweet honey notes were strong.

T - Nice tropical fruit, light passionfruit, some malt there too. Big juicy tropical fruits with orange and sweet candied fruit.

M - Good mild but noticeable carbonation, medium to full body and a nice bitterness.

O/D - Very solid. Another good Thornbridge offering. Very drinkable and complex. Delicious stuff. Well done.

05-19-2014 14:18:37 | More by tbeckett
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-18-2014 00:06:33 | More by Cramshawbar
Photo of KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-17-2014 20:54:53 | More by KrisDLSmith
Photo of WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

05-15-2014 04:42:28 | More by WeissBoy
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-13-2014 23:08:52 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-12-2014 01:18:21 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -3%

Halcyon is a very light-coloured beer, a fact that bodes well for die-hard hopheads; the amount of haziness and suspended proteins, however, indicates that little malt was spared for this 7.4% Double-ish IPA. The glass looks like it's been made-up in a frilly dress; lacing abounds.

Halcyon has a bouquet that stinks like ganja. Undeniably pungent at first sniff, this stanky herbal character is lifted only slightly by hints of zesty lime, flowery peach and bitter greens. If you haven't figured it out yet - it's hoppy. That being said, there's a lot of biscuity malt that comes through as well. This smells like it should be balanced...

Drinking Halcyon is just like eating crackers - albeit crackers that are mushy and wet, presumably because they're soaked in grapefruit juice. The flavour has lots of biscuity maltiness as well as accompanying citrus and herbal notes. There's a strong lemon-and-dill-like note that should suit white seafood just fine, and certainly enough tarragon flavour to hold up to chicken.

The more I drink it, the more I find this DIPA to have a Sauvignon Blanc-like profile: overtly herbaceous, grassy and acidic. The broad graininess aside, this beer is dominated by its hints of under-ripe pear, green apple, peach and prominently tropical flavours of passionfruit. If you're going to enjoy these flavours, mind you, be advised to do in a few months from bottling - don't wait the full year Thornbridge allots. It won't last.

Like Kipling or Jaipur IPA, Halcyon is as stinky, weedy, and tropical as any beer you'd pluck from the shelves of a southern Californian beer store - it's offerings like this that make Derbyshire seem like the new San Diego. Despite their long voyage I've really enjoyed all these hoppy offerings. Halcyon is a good one, especially for those who like their IPAs ultra green, pithy, and herbal.

05-09-2014 01:44:55 | More by biegaman
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-06-2014 01:58:06 | More by drabmuh
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

05-05-2014 21:57:03 | More by ejane
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-05-2014 12:58:07 | More by dipso123
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

05-05-2014 01:40:07 | More by phooky
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-03-2014 16:28:47 | More by Pwbres
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

From a 500 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: hazy gold in color with a full fluffy head that lasts for quite a while. There is fantastic lacing and lovely meringue like islands left after the head breaks.

S: floral and citrus hops with a lovely sweet touch. Malts and grains are there as well.

T: hoppy, citrus first with some pine followed by a sweetness from malts.

M: medium carbonation and body with a really nice finish that leaves you wanting more... Just a nice balance between dry and sweet.

O: okay, I was not expecting this to be this tasty. A really nice beer with a refreshing finish. If not for the 7.4% abv this would be down right sessionable.

04-30-2014 21:25:13 | More by polloenfuego
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-28-2014 23:22:46 | More by andrenaline
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2%

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $5.25

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruit, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, grapefruit, and malts. There is also a variety of tropical fruit flavour

Overall - A very solid brew. Borders the IPA/DIPA line but is very drinkable. Not exactly sure how fresh this beer is, but if it is a few months old, I can only imagine how good it was fresh. I picked up a few bottles and I'll grab a few more. One of the better beers from the LCBO 2014 spring release.

04-27-2014 00:10:44 | More by spinrsx
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Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +2%

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.

04-26-2014 11:59:45 | More by peensteen
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-22-2014 04:08:46 | More by LJWalker
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

500 ml bottle served well chilled into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBo for something under $5 CDN.

Appearance- Moderate pour yielded a fluffy 2.5 finger white head resting on top of a mostly clear golden ale. Some resting particulate is visible in the beer. Head lingers for a while leaving a frothy white cap on top of the beer and streaky lacing down the asides of the glass.

Smell - Earthy, citrusy lemon lime aromas, with some tropical sweetness in the way of pineapple. Sort of a grounded woodsiness about the aroma too, however that remains subdued while the extravagant fruit lies up front.

Sweet and fruity up front, definitely pineapple and other sweet tropical fruit flavors before transitioning to an earthier bitterness on the back end with trace amount of the sweetness lingering. There's not a lot else, just a simple very well constructed IPA with big tropical hop flavors and a bitter yet subdued backbone.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, yet light enough be refreshing and I would consider more than one in a sitting. Mouthfeel is light and medium bodied, yet heavier than is indicated in the light appearance.

Overall - One of those beers that isn't quite mind-blowingly good in any respect but is just a really, really solid all around IPA, that is easy to drink and enjoy. Highly recommended, and isn't so out there that beginners to craft will find this to strange for them either.

04-22-2014 03:16:03 | More by DenisKolkin
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-21-2014 08:18:10 | More by valianes
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-18-2014 06:04:50 | More by RedAleMan
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-18-2014 01:25:54 | More by WillAndSarah
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

A: This poured a cloudy straw with a little white head and sediment.
S: It smelled like sugary orange.
T: It tasted like sugary orange and cantaloupe. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was a little thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was much better than Kipling. The scent wasn't great, but the taste was enjoyable and unique. The body was good, and the finish was pretty smooth, so it was easy to drink. Nothing special, but a good enough brew.

04-16-2014 21:07:49 | More by Pencible
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-15-2014 04:47:55 | More by SammyMacAttack
Photo of Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-14-2014 17:30:21 | More by Bf_89
Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.