Chiron - Thornbridge Brewery
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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
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
4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
06-17-2011 23:58:52 | More by woosterbill
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
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
09-21-2012 20:44:23 | More by StJamesGate
United Kingdom (England)
4.23/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
11-17-2012 02:01:54 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
12-19-2012 20:45:55 | More by FLima
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
04-04-2013 16:03:09 | More by flyingpig
United Kingdom (England)
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
05-23-2011 21:43:53 | More by soulgrowl
Chiron from Thornbridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.