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Thornbridge Equinox

Thornbridge Equinox
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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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This beer has been brewed with a large amount of Vienna malt, as well as Maris Otter and Amber malts. Hop wise, we went for Warrior, Chinook, Perle, Ahtanum, Magnum and Centennial, so has a bunch of character and bitterness. In fact, here are my tasting notes for it. Hints of biscuity malt, bananas, oranges, some berry fruit. Clean and crisp in the mouth with more light malt characters coming through. Subtle dryness blends into a rich, lasting bitterness, balanced well by a hint of caramel sweetness. A citrus peel after-bitterness lingers.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2011
Cask. A hazy golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and spices as well as lighter notes of fruits, leading to a dry and bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2010
Cask, Coach & Horses, Dronfield. Thornbridge’s first decoction mash brew and a complex one to boot. There’s a sharp, oily hop bite that sometimes masks the subtle flavour echoes (honey nuts, those sticky-cereal bars of dried fruits and banana). There’s sustained bitterness and lingering citric hop sliding on a caramel banister down your gullet but it’s a bit too shouty for a session.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2010

Cask (handpump) @ The Grove, 2 Spring Grove Street, West Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England HD1 4BP.

Clear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, grapefruit. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20100119]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2010
Cask. Clear golden with a white head. Lightly flowery hop aroma. Medium body, light caramel notes with a rather sophisticated and perfumy hop aroma. Fairly bitter finish. 190110

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (12660) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2010
Cask handpull at Cask & Kitchen, Pimlico. A Vienna IPA. OK I am expecting this to be glorious. Some grapefruit hop on aroma. Good hop sting in mouth. Vienna malts are quite pronounced in the flavour in the mouth. The hops are assertive, then really juicy and fruity on the finish. They blend well with the malts. The finish goes on and on and on. Great condition too. Oh man that is glorious. Full Vienna malts and juicy pink grapefruit flavours.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (13176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2010
cask at guilford ... dark amber bubbly white head ... big swee resiny little pine hop nose .... juicy ... syrupy ... deep and rich ... soft toffeee ... pine and grapefruit ....light bitter linger ...little chalky .... almost seem to coat the mouth....thanks to guilford manager for txt that this was on....

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2010
A sweet refreshing ale ideal for the thirsty traveller which well me and ang were at the time. Hoppy; well balanced, fantastic mourish nose of honey and dried fruits. Taste of fruits, citrus, honey, sweet summer stuff and a superb mind melter. One for the summer festivals. Get them in fast!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (9623) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2010
Cask conditioned at Merton Beer Winter Beer Fest 2010. Gold to amber with white head. This sent musical notes dancing across my tongue. Intensely hoppy, I initially miss spelled this as happy and I could have stuck with that, bittersweet, grapefruit fruity and sharp. The best I’ve had for a long time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2010
Cask gravity, The Flowerpot, Derby. Amber gold with a slim failing head and few specks of lace. Fresh hop/urinal aroma with a sprinkle of.. garam masala. Soapy hop; lime and pineapple, bite of cake. Astringent more than aromatic; good fierce hop finish, oily roasted peanut and Brazil nut afters. Ordinary.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7023) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2010
Cask, handpump at The Coach and Horses, Dronfield, 29-01-10 Described on the pumpclip and by Thornbridge as a Vienna/IPA not exactly sure where a beer that is a hybrid of these two styles should slot so I plumped for the former. Pours dark gold/light amber with a white filmy head, the aroma is quite subtle but some light hedgerow fruits and hops show. The taste is initially hoppy but this is soon reigned in by plenty of tasty malts, a trickle of honey sweetnessand with little streaks of bitterness mostly citric zapping away in the mouth. The bitterness lingers for some time but its more than balanced out by the maltiness, a very nice beer, that I thought I wouldn’t get to try until Merton Beer Festival next weekend. A6 A5 F8 P4 Ov14 3.7


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