Thornbridge Valravn

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6 to 8 °C
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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.


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