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Chiron - Thornbridge Brewery

Not Rated.

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very good

20 Reviews
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Reviews: 20
Hads: 71
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: soulgrowl on 05-23-2011

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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 71
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as an American pale ale.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A bright golden-amber hue with faint haze and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thin surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of juicy hop notes: grapefruit, orange rind, mango, passion fruit, citrus and tropical fruits. Underpinned by mild hints of caramel malt and dry yeast. Stunning and utterly delicious.

Tastes of intense fruity hops with a subtle malt backbone and a strident bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, mango, tropical fruit, earthy yeast, stewed hops and faint caramel malt. Slightly spicy and peppery. A powerful, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is dry, tingly and smooth, with good body. Rather astrigent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, fruity notes and yeast.

Superb - an amazingly flavoursome brew at an easy-drinking strength. It looks lovely, and the aroma is sublime. Both aroma and flavour are saturated with intense fruity hop notes. The mouthfeel is pleasant; the relatively light body seems to allow the liquid to stimulate every tastebud. This is fantastic - if you are a hophead then this is the brew for you. Well worth sampling.

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Photo of Graeme24
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of davediff
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not terrible. Lesson learned, however. The Brits make some great beer, but when t comes to American styles, they need to start flying white flags.

Decent enough pour that hinted that my suspicions might be wrong about this - until I read the bottle. Never have I seen such a clear 'unfiltered' beer. Goodness me. This could be bad.

It tastes very distinctly....British....as if they wanted to possibly add some North American hops to a golden ale....cascade named specifically....yes, I can taste some cascade hops...faintly....

Bottom line? If someone offered it to me...yes, I'd drink it again. Would I buy it again? Likely not.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a large, white head.
Nose shows mandarins and passion-fruit along with some floral and herbal notes.
More floral hops and citrus fruit as flavours along with some bready malt. Very drinkable stuff.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bjd88
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of vinicole
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of killcore
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerdrifter
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Miorge Mihoublon. Clear golden pour with snow white two finger head with good retention but minimal lacing. Huge perfumey citrus nose with hints of lemon and grapefruit along with biscuity malt and a touch of grass. The taste is dominated by juicy citrus as well. Very herbal with hints of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, and apricot along with some subtle pine and caramel malt. The mouthfeel is nearly perfect with a nice tangy, slightly fizzy, and totally juicy finish. This is the epitome of a great session beer. I am totally convinced that Thornbridge cannot make a bad beer!

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3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5 or so

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, breads/grains, lemon/apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, breads/grains, hops, and a grassiness. There is also some apricot

Overall - A nice well balanced interesting taste. Light and refreshing and great for the summer. Pricey for what it is though, so I probably won't buy it again.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

There's a slight haze to its golden amber body. Plenty of carbonation keeps the two fingers of fluffy, whipped white head afloat.

Bright and zesty. Big notes of grapefruit and peach are sharpened by a fresh grassy, almost pine-like character. Lemon peel and biscuit come out as it warms. It's fresh and clean.

Piney, grassy hops come with a zip. There's lemon peel all around. Biscuit comes after. The bitterness ends with the finish and it tidies up nicely.

Light to medium bodied with a touch of creaminess. It's clean and rounded. I prefer my pale ales with a bit more dryness but this was still quite quaffable.

A good pale ale through and through. It's bright with plenty of citrus; perfect for a summer drinker. It didn't blow me away with originality but it was well worth the pick up at the LCBO.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle picked up at a London, ON LCBO; best before March 4 2015. Looks like this is a leftover from last summer's release, given the expiry date.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, with visible flecks of stuff slowly hovering throughout the highly effervescent liquid. Two fingers of fluffy, soapy white head is produced at the surface, slowly dissipating into a lumpy cap and collar, along with plenty of lacing. Thornbridge makes some beautiful-looking beers, that's for sure. The aroma is fruity and zesty, consisting of notes of orange, lemon pith, mango and pineapple, with lesser hints of apricot and grainy, crackery malt sweetness.

This is a tasty, light and refreshing pale ale, though it obviously would have tasted better 6 months ago. The malts provide a mild grainy sweetness that dominates the first half of the profile, with a touch of honey and crackers. Citrusy lemon and orange, along with hints of tropical fruit - pineapple and mango, mostly, with maybe some passionfruit - round out the tail end, with a faintly pithy bitterness fading into the aftertaste. Light in body, with zippy carbonation levels that provide a crisp, lively feel on the palate. This one is easy to drink, although it does feel a little thinner than the abv would suggest.

Final Grade: 4.13, an A-. I've tried a handful of Thornbridge beers over the past couple of years, and while Chiron is not exactly my favourite offering of theirs, it's still a pretty solid American-style pale ale. I'll keep this one in the back of my mind, and remember to pick up a fresher bottle if/when this stuff is imported again, because it definitely shows a lot of promise as a sessionable hopped ale.

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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Chiron from Thornbridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.