Halcyon | Thornbridge Brewery

HalcyonHalcyon
BA SCORE
83%
Liked This Beer
3.99 w/ 235 ratings
HalcyonHalcyon
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mdagnew on 03-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,683
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
235
Liked:
195
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
9.27%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 80
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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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are quite inviting indeed with notes of cut grass, citrus, pine, and limes; quite complex indeed.

The tastes are delicious as well. Starts with light caramel malts and then the hops steal the show. Citrusy and earthy hops all over the place with the main flavors of orange and lime. These are all held together by honey undertones from the malts. The bitterness is apparent towards the end, and lingers in the aftertaste, but in a pleasant way.

Overall this a is superb English/American IPA. Not sure it warrants the inflated price tag but there is a superb balance between the hops and the malts here, making drinkability high and in the end making it worth it I guess.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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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Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy straw with a little white head and sediment.
S: It smelled like sugary orange.
T: It tasted like sugary orange and cantaloupe. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was a little thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was much better than Kipling. The scent wasn't great, but the taste was enjoyable and unique. The body was good, and the finish was pretty smooth, so it was easy to drink. Nothing special, but a good enough brew.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not quite as hoppy as I expected, but it is citrusy, mainly lemon, and just slightly sweet - and rather appealing. It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a very thick, fine-bubbled, rather persistent white head that leaves some respectable lacing. Flavor is fairly hoppy, scarcely bitter, with an undertone of citrus that is mainly lemon and grapefruit but not too sour. Texture is smooth yet lively, leaving a nice hoppy tingle.

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Photo of Mattias
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weird. Looks and feels like a kellerbier. Pretty good taste tho'.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a small head.
Nose shows light fruit: pears, apples, elderflower. Also some sweet light malt.
Flavours instead focus on spicy and earthy hops with a soft light malt character in the background. Bitterness is not insane but stands out amongst the low malt.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy stark yellow. Bubble suspended in mid-beverage. Some foam sits a top. Sneaky citrus malt. Taste is a thin bitter, persistent, with very minor body. Grapefruit all over. Surprsingly light and bitter at the same time.

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Photo of CTJman
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled
Golden with a slight haze. Fluffy head. Soapy aroma with notes of cookie dough and pine needles. Resinous flavour with notes of pine needles and grape fruit. Big and long bitternes

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Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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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Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Harvest: Pours cloudy light orange in color with a 1 finger creamy white head that faded slow and left great lacing. The head was very thick and creamy, and lasted quite a while.

Smells of huge hops, floral hops, citrus hops and piney hops, with caramel, sweet malt, flowers, grass, light grains, light yeast, and a hint of spices like pepper and coriander. The hops dominate the aroma, but there are plenty of earthy notes mixed in this smell.

Tastes like it smells, with floral hops, citrus hops, caramel, sweet malt, grass, grapefruiy, light yeast, spices, coriander and maybe some orange peel; slight bitterness to it, but it was subtle and didn't take away from the flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost oily, smooth and airy with light carbonation, a medium body and a sweet semi-dry finish. Really tasty IPA that goes down smooth and easy. Too expensive to drink all the time, but this beer was a treat.

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Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of peensteen
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed verypale blonde colour, more than a finger of white head, quite a bit of lace. Smell is bright and floral at fisrt, grassy with citrus fruit secondary, hoppy with white grapefruit and orange, just a bit of crisp crackery malt. Taste is hoppy and dry, some initial citrus replaced by grassy piune, a bit of crisp malt, dank pine, dry aftertaste with a slight honey sweetness, Dry medium body, medium carbonation. Solid stuff, not exceptional but incredibly drinkable, would certainly have this again.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy lemon yellow with two fingers of bright white head.

Hoppy aroma of pine resin, green grass, and tangerine along with a bit of maltiness. High hopes for this one based on the aroma.

A surprising taste upfront of lemon, candy sugar, and medicinal herbs which I hadn't expected from an American IPA. Finishes with a medicinal maltiness.

Lighter bodied and dry with a fizzy carbonation.

I'm not sure this is what I'd call an American IPA. Honestly, I'm not sure what to call it...though it it is quite interesting.

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Halcyon from Thornbridge Brewery
Beer rating: 83% out of 100 with 235 ratings
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