Merrie | Thornbridge Brewery

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Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by firkinhophead on 12-31-2010

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was a nice reddish color with a very thin looking head on top. Almost no head left by the time I got my glass of it. The cask must of flattened this one out a little bit. The smell of the eer has some holiday spice notes on the nose, it's definitely a holiday brew for sure. The taste of this beer to me tastes like it has some mint notes coming through in it... Maybe I'm crazy but I swear thats what I am tasting in this. The mouthfeel was a little watery. Overall it was an interesting brew and I'm pleased that I got to try it.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask, via gravity-fed firkin, @ the Farmer's Cabinet (Philadelphia, PA) on 4/3/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a soapy covering of eggshell-white head. This retains a solid richness around the edges, leaving back some light spotty froth down the sides of the glass. The aroma had a sweet earthy tang to it of caramel, toast, and citrus. A gentle spiciness works itself into the nose as well, mingling with a light grassy feel.

The taste is a smooth mellow mix of caramel, citrus, bread, and earthy hop bitterness. A dry and spicy finish hangs on the tongue after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft easy crispness that glides along easily in the mouth and keeps this drinking easy despite the bold spicy backend here.

This was tasty and well balanced, with those spicy flavors really giving this some character (I believe this was advertised as being an extra-spiced version). The cask conditioning really shined here though, giving this an easy and silky body that kept this most approachable feeling. This was my first beer from this English brewery and I'd like to find some more.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Modestly hazed, amberesque body with a scant, bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: Scents of dark caramel and toffee, though not rather effusive, a goodly-sized pinch of dried herbs, and juniper giving an impression of gin.

Taste: A touch of dry caramel and dry toffee, imparting just a bit of flavor, but no real sweetness joins an herbaceous taste of unsweetened iced tea and handful of grains. Slight pine. Light bitterness. Somewhat savory, faintly tart inclusion of juniper berries which carries through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Light carbonation.

Overall: It's fine and suitable for a spiced-up English ale.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and good lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, though what I detect is decent enough. It mostly seems to consist of light malt, light sandlewood, and a hint of lavendar (which makes sense, as the menu indicates that lavendar was included in the recipe). There is a bit more flavor on the palate than what I got on the nose, but the flavor profile otherwise replicates the nose pretty closely. This ale does seem well balanced, with the light malt countered very nicely by the light hoppy bitterness and light lavendar. Mouthfeel is really pretty light, which I assume is largely due to the relatively low alcohol. However, the beer is not at all watery and doesn't lack for flavor. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile. There's nothing hot, heavy, or tiring in this beer.

Not exactly wowed by this beer, but it nevertheless struck me as a solid, well crafted ale.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with lighter pale malt influences along with citrus and leafy hops. Also present are moderate amounts of bready aromas and floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by tea-like flavors and earthy hops. Midway through the sip slight indistinct spices come into play before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer. There are a lot of things going on and nothing is overdone. An easy-drinking beer that benefits from the cask conditioning. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beer engine cask at the BSP. Tapped a couple of hour ago.

pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown with a thin but persistent head and some spotty lacing.

earthy, hay-like aroma. fresh-cracked grains, a bit of mint, undistinguished dry leafy herb.

taste is suprisingly hoppy, with some distinct piney notes, but leaning toward the herbal and grassy. faint coffee and dry malts, with a hint of coffee. the minty hops kick up in the juicy, lingering finish. distinct mineraly quality that suggests fullers earth or clay. balanced but dry and subtle. not sure if spices are added, but if so, they are not overbearing. hint of clove or nutmeg.

clean and dry, with a smooth feel, but not particularly creamy.

very drinkable. if you told me it was an english ipa, i would not be surprised. very nicely done. perhaps hinting at what the chaps on the other side of the pond are always chirping about.

EDIT (01-01-11): Poking around I found a blurb that says this is brewed with bay leaves and juniper, which would explain the vague leafy herb and pine notes, respectively. COuld find nothing about it on the Thornbridge site, and only a few reviews on that other site, all from England, but this is appearing on some NYC menus, so hoping we see some more of this around the US.

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Merrie from Thornbridge Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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