Halcyon | Thornbridge Brewery

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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

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Added by mdagnew on 03-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
231
Reviews:
78
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not your typical double ipa, "a little smoother, little sweeter on the taste.

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Photo of AilHead
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of _ph230_
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Kirk
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of JArena13
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Spike
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich, yellow, gold with a large, frothy head. No carbonation unless shaken. Low clarity due to plentiful, pale haze. No mention of sediment on the label. More like a suspension.

Powerful nose, brimming with oranges and melon. Some resin. Banana.

Equally powerful taste, although the resin beats out the citrus this time. A little sweetness on the tip of the tongue that is quickly subsumed by the dryness of the hops.

Lovely, slightly oily mouthfeel. The carbonation is more obvious than its appearance would suggest. Very clever. Not sure how this is done. The dryness is looong.

At 7.4% ABV not a session ale, and maybe too rich for a lunchtime brew in the beer garden. This is a big beer. But perfect for a Friday evening tipple any time of the year. In my opinion, if you're going to make an American IPA, make it big. Like this one.

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Photo of Aewachiw
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of valianes
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of ItyMeuh
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of mizx
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johntfox
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SteveDavies
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle-Conditioned 50cl bottle from The Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Poured into a Moors Beer glass. Spot on clear, pale orangey colour, light carbonation, light foamy head that cleared to light lacing. Hops dominate the aroma with orangey, citrus explosions - I love it. The taste is an experience, wow! hoppy, hoppy. The green target hops really make the difference for me. The dry bitterness is just right balance for this strength IPA. Mouthfeel is a full-bodied joy, the hop content hits straight away leaving a craving for more. For such a strong IPA I found myself drinking rather too quickly as the flavours developed and taste buds demanded more! Definitely up there as one of my current favourites

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Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale golden color was a shade lighter than expected, and the pour was filled with suspended yeast sediment stirred up during transport. The smell was unusual for the style, as I did not expect the strong lemon aroma. The sour smell did not translate into a sour taste however. The flavor was full of floral hops followed appropriately by a strong flavor of honey. The finish had a spicy quality to it. This was not exactly American in a flavor profile, nor was it British. It tasted closest to a cross between an APA and a BSPA to me. The body was medium thick, making this quite easy to drink. Quite expensive for what you get, but worth trying once at least.

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Photo of Tsotsi
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great brew. On tap at les Berthoms, Grenoble, France. It shows a golden colour with a nice thick head. The smell is spicy, fruity and malty. The taste follows with a good malt backbone alongside tropical fruits, pepper. It's crisp and not has a low sweetness. I wouldn't say it's an american dipa but it's a good mix between an english and an american ipa

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Photo of Treefig33
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of life_of_agony
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kenee
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely fruity citrus smell. Uber refreshing, light citrus flavour. Thin mouthfeel with very little alcohol taste despite being 7.2%. Really nice after taste although hardly any astringency. Bloody lovely beer. Reminds me of a summers day. More please!

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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale yellow with good foam stability. Nice lacing left on glass as foam subsides. Very good West Coast style IPA, but seems a bit unbalanced, with very strong citrus hop flavour overpowering the malt. Very good bittering and aroma, with strong citrus aroma. Very good beer, but would have liked the malt to come through a bit more. Mouthfeel was very good, and the beer had a good long finish.

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Photo of rpopescu
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 231 ratings.
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