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Halcyon | Thornbridge Brewery

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237 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom
thornbridgebrewery.co.uk

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mdagnew on 03-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,959
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
237
pDev:
9.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
23
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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Photo of drpimento
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantabulous! Poured at a good temperature with a mammoth, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy, off-white head that settled after a bit and lots of clingy lace. Color is a clear amber yellow with some bubble trails. Aroma is great, somewhat simple, but balanced and still interesting - sweet zone between resin and citrus with a hint of weed. Flavor's like nose, but more complex: sweet up front is quickly dominated by bitter and accented by tang; flavor's being again, like nose plus yeast, apricot,- malt, grain. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish has a bit of an off-flavor, longish, and is quite drinkable with only a suggestion of alcohol. True to style. Killer beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of JavierGC
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Offa
4.75/5  rDev +19%

I find this to be an outstanding IPA,complex,engaging, sell-rounded, and highly drinkable.

Dark straw yellow, slightly hazy, it has a big white head steadily shrinking to lasting thin foamy top.

Aroma is yeasty lemon, hints of grapefruit, pineapple, bread, flowery and woody (cedar?), hint of orange marmalade - aromatic, juicy , complex and very nice.

Taste is very cedary, juicy (passionfruit), lemony, yeasty up front through the finish, some bread crust and pepper coming later.It has some definite but restrained sweetness and bitterness, balanced and slightly on the dry side. It has lingering zesty, engaging bitterness, light mineral quality, and a creamy, full feel.

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Photo of deonreds
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tasurinchi
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dedrinker
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A lighter straw golden color that surprised me a little.

A fruity biscuity aroma - stone fruits, citrus etc.

A fruity malty taste of tangerine, marmalade and scones, the hops lend a citrusy resinous character, but not in a dominant sense rather a supporting and amplifying of the fruity malt character.

Medium body - perhaps a bit more, but such texture and flavor; subtle yet rich and assertive in a non-American way. Didn't taste like no American IPA to me.

Loved it. Cask condition had a lot to do with it too I suppose.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a 1” cream colored foam cap that is persistent, clingy and lacy. S: Big earthy, woody hops with traces of citrus supported by light biscuit notes. T: The palate is maltier and fruitier than the nose. The malt is medium to medium low and supports slightly above medium hop and yeast flavors. There are tropical fruit flavors especially mango with traces of berry and citrus throughout with a hint of banana in the finish. F: Medium to medium light body and medium low carbonation. O: A very interesting IPA packed with flavor. It is much fruitier and less bitter than its American counterparts and has bit tropical fruit flavors.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.

Wasn’t sure what to expect, but boy it was Awesome. So surprised by the American IPA notes, since this is from the U.K.

Nice tight finger of creamy head that left sheets of lace. Light amber to a golden/amber color with a slight haze.

Bright, fresh citrus/grapefruit aroma with light toasty malt hints.

Flavor is incredibly bready with a wonderful fresh grapefruit pith hop feel. Slightly oily from the aggressive hop notes.

Creamy awedsome feel. Lighter body

Planned on having one and moving onto something else. I never did, I stuck with this as it was fantastic.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of bobcat1977
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Hazy yellow with a lovely fruity hoppy aroma. Taste reminds me of a slighty weaker Sierra Nevarda Torpedo, little mellower and less herbal.

Excellent beer from Thornbridge, Jaipur is great and this is one notch higher - love it.

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4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thornbridge Halcyon "Green Hopped IPA 2009 Harvest", 500-ml bottle bought at Best Yet Market in Harlem, NYC, for $8.99.

"Hops harvested in 2009 and bottled in April 2010". Bottle bought on April 2 2011. I was way too curious about this beer not to buy it. For once, I have never seen it before. Besides that, the fact that they are so proud of a "Fresh Hop IPA" that is, however, two years old made me giddy with curiosity and excitement.

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, pours thick and yummy, with a huge, frothy snow-white head reminiscent of a Belgian beer (saison, mostly). Good retention and decent lacing. Color is dirty apple juice, hazy amber. This looks good, but definitely not like an IPA!

Smell: Totally Belgian, with lots of yeast and sour apple invading the nose right away. Some lemon juice. Spice. Again, this is a saison!

Taste: Sourness, tartness. Clove, spice. More yeast, some breadiness. Sweet, fruity notes and prickly hops, but so different from the hops you expect in an American IPA! I keep thinking of Ommegang Hennepin, and maybe of a quality German Hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, full flavor, medium body. Refreshing, not too filling. Again, not an IPA here, but damn delicious!! Finishes bitter, with a carbonated bite that lingers.

Overall: Funny enough, this has got the same ABV as Hennepin, and both are immensely drinkable, refreshing and enjoyable. If you see this at your local shop and feel antsy about buying an "old" IPA, fear not. This is not really an IPA, it has aged well and it is stunning. I'm glad I bought it!!

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4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +11.3%

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Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 237 ratings
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