Thursday, 13 March 2014

Thornbridge Halcyon

Thornbridge Halcyon
Style: Imperial IPA
Alcohol Content: 7.4%
From: Bakewell, Derbyshire, England, UK
Purchased from: Beer Boutique, Putney

The subject of this review is Thronbridge's Halcyon which first came to my attention via twitter earlier this year. Two beery twitter characters i follow,(@femtobrewster and @natedawg27) recently purchased a case direct from Thornbridge and raved about it for days. So to my shame i decided to jump on the bandwagon and try some for myself. Upon my visit to the Beer Boutique last week, i snapped up a bottle quicker that you can say "I love IPA". Its see if all the fuss was justified shall we.

The Thornbridge Brewery is an independent brewery formerly situated in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall near Bakewell, Derbyshire, England. Its first beers went on sale in February 2005. Thornbridge's beers were originally brewed by Martin Dickie, a graduate of the International Center for Distilling and Brewing at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and Stefano Cossi, a graduate in Food Science and Technology at Udine University, Italy. In 2007, Dickie left to start Brew Dog however the brewery has not suffered from this loss.

More than 130 awards have been won by Thornbridge's brews since its opening, including the Silver Medal (Strong Ales) at the Great British Beer Festival (August 2006) for Jaipur IPA (and for Kipling in August 2009), the Gold Medal in August 2008 in the same category, and a Bronze Medal in the Bitters category in August 2009 also.


Colour: Pours a very, very pale yellow which is more reminiscent of a larger than an IPA. A thick brilliant white head tops this beer off perfectly and will stay with you throughout your drinking experience. A very sexy looking pint I must say.

Aroma: Like all good IPAs, this beer is heavily hopped which helps to produce an incredibly deep and complex nose. Big bold notes of tropical pineapple and mango are blended perfectly against a backdrop of oily, bitter orange hop aromas. Very inviting and in courageous you to sip more and more.

Body: Just like the colour, this drink is extremely light to drink which is incredible given the high ABV. This drink goes down a treat with a slight sweet clogging on the back of the throat.

Taste: A rich sweetness awaits you on every sip. Beautiful hints of sweet mango will fill your palate which will then give way to an unique blend of caramel and dry biscuit or hobnob. The finish is very long and complex. The high ABV warms the palate slowly melting the hop bitterness away to help return the original mango flavour rolled in juicy malt. A remarkable beer from one of the UK's leading craft breweries. I now understand what the fuss is all about, so if you see this beer for sale, buy it! Twitter will guide the way!! Follow the birdy.


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