Thornbridge Alchemy X


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Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Ashford in the Water, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Special - 2011
NOTE: The Alchemy range is made up of experimental beers brewed at the small brewery at Thornbridge Hall. The beers in the range are all different and are distinguished by a different Roman numeral in the name. Please do NOT add ratings here unless you sure that the beer you had was Alchemy X. And please do NOT add new beers unless you know the full name, including the appropriate Roman numeral.

During a recent visit to our hop supplier, we had the chance to meet Peter Glendinning, a passionate hop developer from Herefordshire, and rub and sniff his new selections. We came back with three varieties to brew with: Bishop, Archer and Duchess. Bishop is Goldings-like, delicate and earthy with lemon and toffee notes. Archer is pungent, resinous and citrussy (lemon and grapefruit) while Duchess is distinctive with mint and licorice notes.
Alchemy X is brewed using the Bishop hop.

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ladnewton (2075) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
Cask at the CPK, Pimlico on 18th May 2011. Amber with thin lacing whitish head. Gorgeously hoppy with rich grapefruit and grass notes. Slight sweetcorn note in aftertaste and a savoury touch which is welcome. Otherwise finish is lemon citric, but quite gentle. The mouthfeel is light and pleasant.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2011
Cask Handpump from the Festival Bar at the Pied Bull, Chester 29/04/2011 Malt and slight hop aromas. Amber coloured and fruity with some alcohol present. A hint of dryness in a bitter and malty finish.

Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2011
Cask at CP&K. It pours hazy dark amber, with a very thin off-white head and soft carbonation. The nose is oak, nut, toffee and dusty. The taste is full of wood, astringent, caramel, nut and polish. I am sorry to say this is a fairly boring bitter.

joe19612 (3138) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2011
Cask at the Cask Pub and Kitchen. Pours a amber brown colour with a decent head. Plenty of hops in the aroma with a hint of toffee. The taste was hoppy with a nice dry finish.

Leighton (22823) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
Cask at the Euston Tap. Pours a faintly hazy gold with a white, thick foam head. Wood, toast and burnt sugar in the aroma. Mid sweet flavor, featuring creamy candy, burnt wood, some grassy bitters. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Earthy, woody and slightly sugary finish with light grass and tree. Decent brew.

madmitch76 (26465) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
19th May 2011
On tap at the CP&K. Haxy brown beer, no real head. Dry palate. Dry even malt with a little hop bitterness. Struggling to find more to say! Ok but another pretty standard brown beer from Thornbridge. Competant but dull for this brewer. Doubly dissapointing when reading the intriguing hop descriptions.

chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2011
Cask (handpump) at the Cask Pub & Kitchen on 13 May 2011. Amber / copper colour. Never heard of the Bishop hop variety before but I wrote "seems to produce a very traditional, dusty and earthy UK hop feel". Which, judging from the blurb I later read on the Thornbridge website, seems about right. Lots of biscuity malt, and some caramel, too. Can’t say I noticed too much lemon. Nothing wrong with the beer per se but I reckon I’ve grown a bit bored with old-fashioned, UK-style brown bitters and guess I expected something more distinctive from Thornbridge. Mind you, I did have this right after drinking Black Albert on draught so most beers might have struggled to impose themselves in the circumstances.

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