Mango Halcyon by Thornbridge

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Beer Name: Mango Halcyon

Brewer: Thornbridge Brewery, Bakewell, Derbyshire, England

Date Sampled: 6th May 2017

ABV: 7.4%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

Established in 2005, Bakewell based Thornbridge have to be recognised as a true pioneer in terms of the UK craft scene. Whilst their range may not be as eclectic or fuss worthy as some of their contemporaries, Thornbridge began experimenting with their beer before many other 'craft breweries' were conceived. Jaipur, their ever popular IPA, is world renowned and when I tried it on my recent trip to Buxton it impressed me hugely.

I picked up this bottle of Mango Halcyon in Beer District, a lovely little bottle shop in Buxton, just a short drive away from Thornbridge's brewery in Bakewell. This mango infused Imperial IPA scores well on Rate Beer and represents one of the more modern 'fashionable' beers in the Thornbridge range.

It pours a lovely cloudy yellow, the colour of ripe mango flesh, with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

It has a fragrant nose, with mango aromas evident along with pine and some pithy citrus fruit.

It has a relatively light body, but is relatively well carbonated, the bubbles dancing off your tongue like a fizzy soft drink.

The mango from the nose does follow through into the taste, but it doesn't hang around long. Instead there's a sticky punch of resinous pine and a finish full of grapefruit bitterness.

When you put Mango in the name of the beer I'm really hoping that the flavour of that soft sweet flesh will be front and centre, much in the way that Northern Monk showcase Passion Fruit in their amazing Lassi IPA. In Mango Halcyon that is not the case, but, that doesn't make it a bad beer.

In fact, in a market place somewhat dominated by NE style juice bomb IPAs, it's actually quite refreshing to find a beer that, whilst having some fruit flavour thrown into the mix, still tastes like a beer.

It may not blow away the 'craft beer' aficionados but Thornbridge's Mango Halcyon is a very refreshing imperial IPA that tastes pretty good on this hot summer's day.

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