Chiron | Thornbridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by soulgrowl on 05-23-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
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5
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of poskok
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Swindybobs
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sephyrott
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrDell
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Badg
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woosterbill
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.32/5  rDev +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!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of crnipeter
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden to light amber body capped by a finger thin white head that creates short lived sheets of lace quickly broken into patches sliding down the sides .

Citrusy hops reminiscent of tangerine interplay with biscuity malt. There's a light mineraly touch to the nose.

Although the beer is classified as American pale Ale it cannot hide its English roots - likewise the aroma flavor too delivers a mineraly kiss pointing that high sulphate water has been used. Citrusy hops with grassy element dominate over the clean malt-flavor while hop-bitterness remains restrained without any trace of astringency or harshness. Smoothly drinking and very true to the style.

Body is moderately carbonated with crispy texture.

In short, a great English interpretation of American interpretation of originally English style (500 ml into tulip, BB 04-30-2013).

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

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for under $5 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass. Best before March 4, 2015.

Appearance - rich golden honey brown in color, also very clear and a plethora of tiny bubbles make their ascension to the surface. Just over two fingers of velvety white head, the retention time is impressive and some lacing left on the glass. Very impressive looking.

Smell - big burst of citrusy fruit with plenty of pineapple and grapefruit. There's also a caramel malt base but it is hidden subtlety behind the citrus punch. Very strong aromatics for a pale ale.

Taste - citrusy, with pineapple and grapefruit behind the leaders although I believe there's a lime flavor in there as well. Again the caramel is hidden but comes out a bit on the back half of the sip. Simple yet really well executed and tremendously flavourful for a 5% brew.

Mouthfeel - ballistic carbonation creates a tingling sensation on the tongue which works really nicely with the citrus punch. Still relatively light bodied and a medium finish.

Overall - as far as APA's go, this is a great one, with tons of aroma and flavor and a great feel, yet this is light and very refreshing. Right now wishing I have another waiting for me in the fridge.

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

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

500ml bottle into nonic pint. "best before 04.03.15", enjoyed on july 15, 2014

a: clear vibrant apricot/light orange with a foamy two fingers of off-white head

s: grapefruit, pear, and malt are dominant, but i detect apricot, lemon, hints of orange, and floral notes as well. shy flashes of tropical fruit too?

t: a really delicate and mellowed out melange of grapefruit, pear, mango, orange, apricot, and pine. mid-tasting exhibits delicious biscuity malt flavours and a perfect, moderate tea-like bitterness that lingers and dries the palate well. the pine and mango notes become much more prominent as the beer warms

m: light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. suitable for the style

o: a balanced, tasty, and fantastic pale ale. this is the second beer i've tried from thornbridge, the first being their halcyon IPA (which is amazing), and now i'm really eager to delve into the rest of their brew catalogue. i recommend this beer to everyone

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Photo of Spike
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very clear, rusty orange. Light carbonation visible. The sizable, soapy head has great lasting power and leaves some spots of lacing.

S: Delicate aroma. Not quite in the background, but certainly subtle. American hops, resin, spices, pine. Aroma became more prominent as the beer warmed.

T: Follows the nose. I like it very much. It's a lovely APA produced in the UK. It's hops-forward for sure, but not overpowering.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Some spicy bite at the sides of the tongue. Nice oily lick but not overdone.

O: This would make a very pleasant session beer. Delicious, American-style, hoppy, pale ale. Part of a mixed case delivered direct from the brewery. Will order again.

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Photo of mizx
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Martine
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber into a tulip glass from a pint bottle. The white head is 2-3 fingers high, foamy, moderately retained, and leaves moderate lacing on the glass. It dissapates to white froth after a minute or so.

The aroma is quite heady with grapefruit, pear, pine resin, and hops. There is thick citrus base to this beer, incorporating both ends of the spectrum of ripe-yet-pithy, on the nose. Those piney aromas give the ale a fresh, grassy scent, which mixes pleasantly with a lot of hops.

The mouth is positively filled with hops; this is a resiny, piney pale ale which draws on a lot of grapefruit, pear, mango and lychee flavours from sip to swallow yet doesn't overdo it. There is a hop bitterness on the tongue the entire time, but it never peaks like so many other pale ales, rather rolls pleasantly in the mouth, and you get the aromatic flavours on the finish instead. This gives a very fresh, floral aftertaste layered with light biscuit malts, and a balanced bitterness.

It feels rather full for a medium bodied beer, lightly carbonated, and quite beautifully oily. So many PA's let themselves down with a watery body, but this has a bit of solidity to it which is a breath of fresh air. The thicker feel combined with nice aromatic, fresh fruity flavours, make it equally enjoyable as a session-er and an easy goer.

Would recommend.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle picked up at a London, ON LCBO; best before March 4 2015. Looks like this is a leftover from last summer's release, given the expiry date.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, with visible flecks of stuff slowly hovering throughout the highly effervescent liquid. Two fingers of fluffy, soapy white head is produced at the surface, slowly dissipating into a lumpy cap and collar, along with plenty of lacing. Thornbridge makes some beautiful-looking beers, that's for sure. The aroma is fruity and zesty, consisting of notes of orange, lemon pith, mango and pineapple, with lesser hints of apricot and grainy, crackery malt sweetness.

This is a tasty, light and refreshing pale ale, though it obviously would have tasted better 6 months ago. The malts provide a mild grainy sweetness that dominates the first half of the profile, with a touch of honey and crackers. Citrusy lemon and orange, along with hints of tropical fruit - pineapple and mango, mostly, with maybe some passionfruit - round out the tail end, with a faintly pithy bitterness fading into the aftertaste. Light in body, with zippy carbonation levels that provide a crisp, lively feel on the palate. This one is easy to drink, although it does feel a little thinner than the abv would suggest.

Final Grade: 4.13, an A-. I've tried a handful of Thornbridge beers over the past couple of years, and while Chiron is not exactly my favourite offering of theirs, it's still a pretty solid American-style pale ale. I'll keep this one in the back of my mind, and remember to pick up a fresher bottle if/when this stuff is imported again, because it definitely shows a lot of promise as a sessionable hopped ale.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Chiron from Thornbridge Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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