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Chiron - Thornbridge Brewery

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88
very good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-20-2014 03:29:51 | More by Sammy
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-25-2014 13:02:30 | More by wl0307
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 22:06:54 | More by biegaman
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Serving type: cask

06-17-2011 23:58:52 | More by woosterbill
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 08:37:44 | More by CrazyDavros
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StJamesGate

New York

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 20:44:23 | More by StJamesGate
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dcmchew

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

10-31-2013 19:46:10 | More by dcmchew
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

10-11-2013 21:23:45 | More by aztraz
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-30-2013 20:05:45 | More by Ciocanelu
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-12-2014 21:34:44 | More by jrenihan
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FLima

Brazil

4.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 20:45:55 | More by FLima
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 02:01:54 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-23-2013 08:42:33 | More by Kirk
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pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev +1%

09-18-2012 14:58:09 | More by pixieskid
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

09-30-2012 11:44:57 | More by samEBC
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 16:03:09 | More by flyingpig
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +1%

02-04-2014 22:37:32 | More by EmperorBevis
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-23-2011 21:43:53 | More by soulgrowl
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mtbdonn

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-18-2013 11:47:06 | More by mtbdonn
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4/5  rDev +1%

05-12-2014 01:18:39 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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innominat

Ireland

4/5  rDev +1%

07-28-2013 16:32:45 | More by innominat
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 18:25:56 | More by beerdrifter
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leitmotif

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-31-2013 07:52:19 | More by leitmotif
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MarkJBurch

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

07-05-2013 20:26:31 | More by MarkJBurch
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brbrocc

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

06-23-2013 18:02:28 | More by brbrocc
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Chiron from Thornbridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.