Thornbridge Valravn

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Style
IPA
Country
Britain
Brewery
ABV
8.8%
Bottle Size
330ml
Serving Temp
6 to 8 °C
8.8%
330ml
Britain
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Details

Oh. My. Word. This is an incredible beer from Thornbridge. Quite outstanding. It’s an Imperial Black IPA. A Black IPA is basically a hoppy porter (some think that original porters were hoppy), but this is pumped up to 8.8%. The supreme skill here however, is making it taste so light, so inviting, so fresh. There’s a huge piney hoppiness to the nose but on the mouth it delicately delivers light citrusy flavours (lemongrass is mentioned on the label and we can see that). On paper (well LCD) it shouldn’t work, but blimey does it? If we sound gushing, well, we are. This is a beer you need to have.

Brewery Info

A forerunner of the British craft beer movement, Thornbridge Brewery was started in the grounds of the eponymous Thornbridge Hall in the heart of the Peak District. Aiming to make a range of cask beers with a modern twist, they’ve won over 350 national and international awards - pretty good going for what started out as a tiny 10-barrell brewery.

A couple of interesting facts for you - the co-founder of Brewdog actually started out at Thornbridge back in the day, helping to create Thornbridge’s flagship IPA Jaipur, and in 2014 Thornbridge won “Best Drinks Producer” in the BBC Good Food Awards….beating Brewdog to the top spot. Although they’re seen as a more traditional brewer, Thornbridge also has a good mix of ‘new’ creations making them a firm favourite with us.

Reviews

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Very Enjoyable
80%
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I enjoy Thornbridge as a brewery, and this beer was no different. Very enjoyable.
Very nice BIPA.
80%
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Pours deep dark ruby brown with tall light tan head. Nose has a bit of fruity bubblegum, blackcurrant and wine gums. Flavours counter with strong bitter roast front and clean pine hop building the bitterness against the soft fruit nose. It has a soft and light body with a refreshing moderate sparkle. This has an incredible blend of soft fruity sweetness and strong roast chocolate bitterness balancing on an edge of pine freshness. Very nice.
7 / 10
80%
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Dark brown colour, no carbonation
Malty, woody, orange, liquorice and aniseed aroma
Dry, slick mouthfeel with little carbonation
Dark chocolate, hoppy, malty, coffee, marzipan and lemongrass flavour
Dry, smoky, slightly bitter grapefruit aftertaste, slightly lingering, little carbonation
Uses Sorachi Ace hops?
Great black IPA
80%
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Dark, rich and beautiful IPA bitterness. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.
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