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Thornbridge Epic Halcyon

Thornbridge Epic Halcyon
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Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Bakewell, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
Brewed with Luke Nicholas, brewer of New Zealand’s Supreme Champion Beer, Epic Pale Ale, this version of Halcyon is all about the hops. We increased the bitterness to over 100 IBU (International Bitterness Units) & added a ridiculous amount of hops at dry hopping. All these hops give masses of fruit characters, gooseberry, pineapple, guava, peach & more. Finishes with a long intense bitterness & balanced malt sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2009
Cask at University Arms, Sheffield, RBESG 09. Massive thanks to Alex Buchanan from Thornbridge for supplying this beer in the pub. Flowery aroma, more flowery hop than the regular version. Then really piney resiny after with great hot hops on the end. So resiny it’s untrure

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2009
Cask Conditioned Gravity Dispense Merton BF. A hazy light amber coloured beer with a whitish head and lacing. Surprisingly subdued aroma with hops as expected but no more than a 5% golden really. The hops in the mouth though kick you right in the throat with deliciously big bitter flavours. Lime jelly, grapefruit, tangerine, depth, warmth, wow factor and overall, drinkability. I want more of this little beauty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (6497) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2009
RBESG Sheffield, day 2, University Arms. Cask, kindly provided by the brewer. Light hazy orange amber colour, soapy white head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel. Flavour is fruity, grapefruit, malty, caramel, bittersweet toffee finish. Medium bodied. A very good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2009
Cask, gravity at Merton Summer Beer and Cider Festival, 17-07-09 Pours amber with quite a haziness, in fact the look of this beer was it’s only real weak spot, there was a small white head that swiftly departed. Aroma is big on tropical fruits but also a goodly dash of citrus thrown in for good measure. Tastes great, bags of grapefruit zipping around along with some softer fruits like peach and apricot, which you start to notice once your tongue recovers from the rasping workout that the bitterness gives it. I had a small ones of these over the weekend and it was up there with my favourite beers of the weekend but not quite taking the top spot. A8 A2 F8 P4 Ov16 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sm89walt (1972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2009
Cask - Fat Cat, Norwich. Cloudy - chunks and all - dark yellow with a large, bubbly dome-like white head that leaves a fine, lasting layer of froth. Fresh, fresh, hops ’n’ hops, oh yes. Fruity hoppy aromas of pineapple, orange and plenty of grapefruit. Each sip is like a mouthful of grapefruit sprinkled with demerara with a fluffy, sweet yet crisp bitter finish. Plenty of flavour, but surprisingly balanced with a lasting, lasting, lasting grapefruity finish. Coating mouthfeel leaving plenty of flavour on your palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 3, 2009
In NZ at The Malthouse, from special mini keg sent over. Was surprised how balanced this was, not the big hop head I was expecting. Shame there wasn’t more...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2009
Deep hazy amber with a lasting fluffy off white head. Lots of fruit, tangerine, peach & pineapple among others and a sweet slightly caramelly malt base. Taste much the same lovely bitter fruity hops, nelson sauvin? and sweet malts underneath. Coats your mouth, has great length and leaves you wanting more. Epic indeed!

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