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Chiron - Thornbridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: soulgrowl on 05-23-2011)
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Photo of davediff
2.98/5  rDev -24%
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.

davediff, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -23.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of brbrocc
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

brbrocc, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Graeme24
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Graeme24, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

aztraz, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of BeerTruck
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

BeerTruck, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

CrazyDavros, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of stephenlee
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

stephenlee, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Sammy, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

mtbdonn, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of parintele
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

parintele, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

spinrsx, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of ludachris
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

ludachris, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

leitmotif, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jrenihan, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of JSOBB
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

JSOBB, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Cramshawbar, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

samEBC, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Kirk, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

wl0307, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

A - Very hazy golden pour with good carbonation and two fingers of nice pillowy white head. Spotty lace and a good finger of retention.

S - Nice syrupy sugary fruits, citrus, nice light fruits, grassy.

T - Lighter than the aroma. Crackery malt, grape, light fruits, nice pineapple and mango element.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, and a nice mild but pleasant bitterness.

O/D - A nice pale ale. Very session able, but not as complex as some of their other offerings. Still a solid take on the style.

tbeckett, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of peensteen
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%

Lightly hazed blonde-orange colour, 2 fingers of white head, lots of lace here also. Smell is hoppy and quite fruity, orange, grapefruit zest and lemon, a bit of graham cracker with a bit of an earthiness as well. Taste is bright and hoppy, more floral hop flavours than fruit but still get some minty-lemon and orange, mildly bitter throughout. Lightly carbonated, body is quite thin and a bit watery and probably the weakest point of this beer. Quite nice, drinkable with good flavour, however more body would make this a standout for me.

peensteen, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chiron has a beautiful apricot flavour, but it's colour is more like that of a pineapple (which, actually, it also tastes like). It has a considerably clear complexion despite that it's unfiltered; there's no sign of sediment anywhere. Its head blossoms bountifully from the pour but gradually fades.

Thornbridge has already proven their penchant for hoppy offerings with excellent brands like Jaipur IPA, Halcyon, and Kipling. This one, intended as a balanced pale ale, still has a fair amount of soapy citrus as well as floral and grassy notes, albeit in subtle quantities.

This more restrained hop presence has little to do with the malts, at least in so far as aromatics go; the grain doesn't really offer much to sniff at. It does, however, provide enough toasted biscuit and honeycomb flavour to get you licking your lips. This has a broad, full frame.

Together together, all these elements - the rose petal, grass clipping, and citrus skin tastes of the hops and the crunchy bread crust notes of the malts - really do a strike an accord. The two get along like old college roommates. They manage to compliment one another through contrast.

Thornbridge is a British brewery capable of making American-style ales as good as anyone in the lower 48 (and, it pains me to say, better than most Canadian microbreweries seem to be capable of). As much as I enjoyed Chiron - and enjoyed it I sure did - it didn't quite warrant the asking price in this market. If I lived in the UK, however, I'd keep a case permanently on-hand.

biegaman, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +2%

innominat, Jul 28, 2013
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Chiron from Thornbridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.