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Chiron - Thornbridge Brewery

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18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 67
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Thornbridge Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: soulgrowl on 05-23-2011

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 67
Photo of thehyperduck
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,689 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%

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. (541 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

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. (517 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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. (810 characters)

Photo of davediff
2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,236 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Taken 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. (1,530 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (947 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle from Peckhams deli, Glasgow (£2.75):
Bright golden with a thick looking, bubbly white head on top that turns to a thick lacing.

Strong pine and grapefruit aroma from this one with a few citrus notes coming through as well. There was also a nice few tropical fruit notes in the mix with some passion fruit and sweet juices making an appearance too.

Tropical fruits upfront along with some pine and a mild grapefruit flavour that isn't overly bitter. There is some nice bitter hops and a good amount of pine with a citrus tang. Again nothing overly strong but there is a nice mango and passion fruit flavour in the middle with a touch of spice too.

Smooth with a medium body and a small amount of spice. There is a good citrus tang and moderate to strong bitterness levels but overall the beer is pretty refreshing.

Good tropical fruits, notable passion fruit and to a lesser extent mango with a fair amount of citrus too. The bitterness wasn't overdone and the beer maintained a good balance throughout. (1,020 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden color, it poured just a thin head with short retention but leaving laces.
Wonderful hoppy aroma, as usual for a Thornbridge, floral and fruity, highlighting mango and passion fruit.
Similarly flavor is also hoppy, a bit tangy, resiny and floral as well. Aftertaste is bitter and dry.
Light body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
Excellent beer, UK beer with America hops, a winning combination. (414 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,348 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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! (638 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden to light amber body capped by a finger thin white head that creates short lived sheets of lace quickly broken into patches sliding down the sides .

Citrusy hops reminiscent of tangerine interplay with biscuity malt. There's a light mineraly touch to the nose.

Although the beer is classified as American pale Ale it cannot hide its English roots - likewise the aroma flavor too delivers a mineraly kiss pointing that high sulphate water has been used. Citrusy hops with grassy element dominate over the clean malt-flavor while hop-bitterness remains restrained without any trace of astringency or harshness. Smoothly drinking and very true to the style.

Body is moderately carbonated with crispy texture.

In short, a great English interpretation of American interpretation of originally English style (500 ml into tulip, BB 04-30-2013). (860 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus, melon and some sticky hop bud on the nose with a bit of sour melon underneath. Pale sunglow with a steady off white carpet of head that rims and leaves plenty of trailers. Light cracker and tangerine jam up front with some peaches and golden crunch biscuit then lots of clementine hops with slight evergreen.
Waxberry and lemon peel finish and Light, some cling, slight oil, crisp.

Pale Ale, Munich and Cara malts, Crystal Cascade and Chinook hops - with those ingredients and "American Pale" right on the label, why is this in as an ESB?

Lots of those compellingly tasty light mandarin notes that Lagunitas does so well. Munich might explain a bit of lagery toast in the malts. Body is well judged, aroma wins out over IBUs and hops are incredibly bright, nectary and fresh.

A top quality version of a familiar taste. (830 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask half-pint at the Euston Tap.

A: Clear, pale amber body with a 1/2" of thick, creamy white head on top. Fantastic retention and lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Very hoppy, with tons of floral + pine notes. Light lemony citrus. Not much malt presence, and that's fine by me. I can't believe I found a genuinely hoppy cask bitter. Outstanding!

T: Minty, herbal, and floral hops. Some stone fruits + citrus. Lightly sweet pale malt. Cleanly bitter, fruity finish. Very tasty.

M: Light-to-medium body with moderate, fine carbonation. Typical cask feel.

O: This was a really great beer, one of the best real ales I encountered during my two weeks in England. Thornbridge know what they're doing.

Cheers! (697 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze amber, approaching crystal clarity. No head but that's more a matter of dispense than anything. Lavender and kiwi lead the way, with lemon and oregano not far behind. Honey and fresh grain malts support the aromatics nimbly. Fruity and balanced on the palate, with a delicate fizz to accent the crisply floral hop character. For the strength I would generally hope for a bit more oomph, but even so this is almost endlessly drinkable. (441 characters)

Chiron from Thornbridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.