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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Bakewell, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Cask & bottle conditioned; Seasonal - Autumn. Previously 7.7%.



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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Bottle at redlight. Pour a cloudy golden color. Dry grassy hop aroma and flavor with a touch of dust. Great brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2010
bottle @ redlight redlight. Tropical fruits on the nose, mellon, starfruit with hints of pine. Pours golden blonde with a thick white head. Great lacing on the glass as i sip it. The flavor hints of the tropical fruits from the nose with a piney earthy bitterness with grassy notes and hints of sweet hay. Wonderful IPA!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nick_p (17) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle from Dr. Ink of Fulham. Pours light amber with cloudy appearance. Large frothy head leaving significant lacing on the glass. Fresh grassy hop flavours. Medium bodied with average carbonation and bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4493) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle. 2009 harvest, Bottled Arpil í09. Hazy gold color with a medium head. Light grassy hop and spice aroam. Grassy taste and quite vinous. A little spice that seems like cinnamon to me. Maybe a bit herbal as well? Very thick and creamy body. A very solid IPA and one that hits the right notes for me (actual hop flavor, not just bitter battery acid that smells great). The only main faul this beer has is the price, which is not the brewerís fault. If it wasnít made a quarter way across the world in a country whose currency is 1.75 times what our is, this would be almost like a Lagunitas sweet deal. Instead, Iím sadly unlikely to buy this again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2010
[my 100th IPA rating... I thought I already did that a while ago but I suppose the ADís moved some stuff around] Bottle 09 Harvest, bottled in April. Pours a hazy bright glowing light orange with a thin tall foamy super sticky white head. Aroma is somewhat juicy, candy, hint of butter, somewhat stinky, cat piss, guava, lightly floral, big yeast component, pleasant but certainly English. Flavor follows the same, a bit of stinkiness, candy, butter, light biscuit, grassy, pine, quite bitter, chalky, vit-C, light guava, mostly just sharp sweetness with a chalky bitterness, missing depth. Medium bodied, fluffy and corse carbonation, residual sugar is there. Choppy finish and aftertaste, just slightly hot. The sweetness is so sharp, it borders on tart and maybe even plain sour.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11593) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2010
50cl bottle. Large off-white head atop cloudy light amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pine, light bread. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, some grapefruit, light orange, alcohol. Medium body, some stickiness. Seems too big for an IPA, better considered an IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11649) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange brown with a medium, off-white head. Strong hop aroma, with citrus and light earth. Light sweetness in the front of the flavor then bitterness, with more fruits and some pine. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes with lingering, slightly astringent bitterness. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1946) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle to snifter. Pour is a unclear golden yellow with a tight soapy head that dissipates to a sticky film. Aroma is very floral sweet and and fresh piny spurce. Taste is fresh pine and evergreens with a sweet floral aftertones. Palate is crisp and clean, with a dry finish. This is a refreshing IPA, check it out pretty nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5659) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Atlanta, Ga. - Hop City Craft Beer & Wine - 500 ml bottle. Medium golden, sparkling pour wiht a sticky but thin white head that leaves nice lacing. Pleasant floral like aroma with a slight hint of mint. Flavor has a nice subtle bitterness with light citrus, some caramel, some nectarines and mango. Nice smooth, clean mouthfeel. Very refreshing on a hot summer day.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2010
500ml Bottle. Halcyon 2009 Harvest. This may seem controversial, but itís as painfull to say as to hear, but Iím not totally convinced by this new bottling of Halcyon. For starters, the only way to get rid of the ridiculous carbonation and give the beer the body it used to have is add the sediment, this greattly enhances the beer in my opinion. Last time round I didnít need to do this. Without it, the beer comes across a bit like a hoppy german beer. What I donít get is that the beer looks good and the aroma is fantastic, but the flavour doesnít seem to be there... Look, I loved this beer and looked forward to opening this new harvest, but I have to say itís painfully average... Aroma: has a definite US quality to it, a touch of bubblegum, tropical fruit, sweetness, lychee touch of sweetend grapefruit. Flavour: slight white pepper, little bit of earthiness, resin, pine, herbal notes, touch of lavender. As I write this, the flavour seems to be redeeming itself slightly, but it definitely seems subdued. Palate: well, dissapointing, very gassy, alot lighter than the last harvest I tried. Finish: nicely bitter, touch of grapefruit, very perfumed. Overall: Iím confused; the beer seems to have sparks of life in the flavour, but itís not letting rip as I had anticipated. Itís also worth poitnting out that I couldnít have enjoyed this beer without adding the sediment in the bottom of the bottle, otherwise it really would have been a hoppy lager with little body and too much fizz, so what people think of it if they hold back on adding the sediment, God knows... I worry that Thornbridge may have expanded, and this always seems to spell the end of super-high quality craftsmanship. The bottles and boxes maybe all funky looking, but Iíd have the old Halcyon over this anyday... Perhaps í09ís hop crop wasnít up to much? Please understand Iím trying to make this constructive criticism, as I love this brewery and this beer - but I calssíem hows I seesíem...


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