Chiron | Thornbridge Brewery

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83 Ratings
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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:
83
Reviews:
25
Avg:
4
pDev:
9%
 
 
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5
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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 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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Photo of Tdenham
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mdagnew
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of iRob
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mjacquard
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of windypete
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Jayamefu
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BeerTruck
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of peensteen
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%

Lightly hazed blonde-orange colour, 2 fingers of white head, lots of lace here also. Smell is hoppy and quite fruity, orange, grapefruit zest and lemon, a bit of graham cracker with a bit of an earthiness as well. Taste is bright and hoppy, more floral hop flavours than fruit but still get some minty-lemon and orange, mildly bitter throughout. Lightly carbonated, body is quite thin and a bit watery and probably the weakest point of this beer. Quite nice, drinkable with good flavour, however more body would make this a standout for me.

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Photo of stephenlee
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bylerteck
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Very hazy golden pour with good carbonation and two fingers of nice pillowy white head. Spotty lace and a good finger of retention.

S - Nice syrupy sugary fruits, citrus, nice light fruits, grassy.

T - Lighter than the aroma. Crackery malt, grape, light fruits, nice pineapple and mango element.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, and a nice mild but pleasant bitterness.

O/D - A nice pale ale. Very session able, but not as complex as some of their other offerings. Still a solid take on the style.

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Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ludachris
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

There's a slight haze to its golden amber body. Plenty of carbonation keeps the two fingers of fluffy, whipped white head afloat.

Bright and zesty. Big notes of grapefruit and peach are sharpened by a fresh grassy, almost pine-like character. Lemon peel and biscuit come out as it warms. It's fresh and clean.

Piney, grassy hops come with a zip. There's lemon peel all around. Biscuit comes after. The bitterness ends with the finish and it tidies up nicely.

Light to medium bodied with a touch of creaminess. It's clean and rounded. I prefer my pale ales with a bit more dryness but this was still quite quaffable.

A good pale ale through and through. It's bright with plenty of citrus; perfect for a summer drinker. It didn't blow me away with originality but it was well worth the pick up at the LCBO.

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Photo of davediff
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not terrible. Lesson learned, however. The Brits make some great beer, but when t comes to American styles, they need to start flying white flags.

Decent enough pour that hinted that my suspicions might be wrong about this - until I read the bottle. Never have I seen such a clear 'unfiltered' beer. Goodness me. This could be bad.

It tastes very distinctly....British....as if they wanted to possibly add some North American hops to a golden ale....cascade named specifically....yes, I can taste some cascade hops...faintly....

Bottom line? If someone offered it to me...yes, I'd drink it again. Would I buy it again? Likely not.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5 or so

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, breads/grains, lemon/apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, breads/grains, hops, and a grassiness. There is also some apricot

Overall - A nice well balanced interesting taste. Light and refreshing and great for the summer. Pricey for what it is though, so I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chiron has a beautiful apricot flavour, but it's colour is more like that of a pineapple (which, actually, it also tastes like). It has a considerably clear complexion despite that it's unfiltered; there's no sign of sediment anywhere. Its head blossoms bountifully from the pour but gradually fades.

Thornbridge has already proven their penchant for hoppy offerings with excellent brands like Jaipur IPA, Halcyon, and Kipling. This one, intended as a balanced pale ale, still has a fair amount of soapy citrus as well as floral and grassy notes, albeit in subtle quantities.

This more restrained hop presence has little to do with the malts, at least in so far as aromatics go; the grain doesn't really offer much to sniff at. It does, however, provide enough toasted biscuit and honeycomb flavour to get you licking your lips. This has a broad, full frame.

Taken together, all these elements - the rose petal, grass clipping, and citrus skin tastes of the hops and the crunchy bread crust notes of the malts - really do a strike an accord. The two get along like old college roommates. They manage to compliment one another through contrast.

Thornbridge is a British brewery capable of making American-style ales as good as anyone in the lower 48 (and, it pains me to say, better than most Canadian microbreweries seem to be capable of). As much as I enjoyed Chiron - and enjoyed it I sure did - it didn't quite warrant the asking price in this market. If I lived in the UK, however, I'd keep a case permanently on-hand.

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Chiron from Thornbridge Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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