Chiron - Thornbridge Brewery
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2.98/5 rDev -24.6%
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.
08-14-2014 01:54:36 | More by davediff
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
08-06-2014 00:21:44 | More by spinrsx
4.23/5 rDev +7.1%
500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for under $5 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass. Best before March 4, 2015.
Appearance - rich golden honey brown in color, also very clear and a plethora of tiny bubbles make their ascension to the surface. Just over two fingers of velvety white head, the retention time is impressive and some lacing left on the glass. Very impressive looking.
Smell - big burst of citrusy fruit with plenty of pineapple and grapefruit. There's also a caramel malt base but it is hidden subtlety behind the citrus punch. Very strong aromatics for a pale ale.
Taste - citrusy, with pineapple and grapefruit behind the leaders although I believe there's a lime flavor in there as well. Again the caramel is hidden but comes out a bit on the back half of the sip. Simple yet really well executed and tremendously flavourful for a 5% brew.
Mouthfeel - ballistic carbonation creates a tingling sensation on the tongue which works really nicely with the citrus punch. Still relatively light bodied and a medium finish.
Overall - as far as APA's go, this is a great one, with tons of aroma and flavor and a great feel, yet this is light and very refreshing. Right now wishing I have another waiting for me in the fridge.
08-05-2014 22:14:04 | More by DenisKolkin
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-22-2014 22:06:54 | More by biegaman
4.23/5 rDev +7.1%
500ml bottle into nonic pint. "best before 04.03.15", enjoyed on july 15, 2014
a: clear vibrant apricot/light orange with a foamy two fingers of off-white head
s: grapefruit, pear, and malt are dominant, but i detect apricot, lemon, hints of orange, and floral notes as well. shy flashes of tropical fruit too?
t: a really delicate and mellowed out melange of grapefruit, pear, mango, orange, apricot, and pine. mid-tasting exhibits delicious biscuity malt flavours and a perfect, moderate tea-like bitterness that lingers and dries the palate well. the pine and mango notes become much more prominent as the beer warms
m: light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. suitable for the style
o: a balanced, tasty, and fantastic pale ale. this is the second beer i've tried from thornbridge, the first being their halcyon IPA (which is amazing), and now i'm really eager to delve into the rest of their brew catalogue. i recommend this beer to everyone
07-15-2014 21:19:52 | More by kevinlater
3.55/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
07-11-2013 08:37:44 | More by CrazyDavros
Chiron from Thornbridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.