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Thornbridge Colorado Red

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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bakewell, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Coinciding with the release of his bottled range in the UK market, Doug joined the Thornbridge team to recreate a version of his Red Ale, which has recently medalled at the World Beer Cup and North American Beer Awards. The 5.9% beer is crammed with speciality malts and with a twist on the popular American Red Style, it has been hopped instead with a massive amount of oil-rich English hops including Admiral, Bramling Cross, Phoenix, Pilgrim and First Gold. “We wanted to take a great US style of beer and put a bit of a British twist on it,” says Brewery Manager, Kelly Ryan. “We don’t want people to dismiss the fantastic breadth of flavour and aroma that UK hops can give to a beer... not every beer should be about US or NZ hops. It was also amazing to work with such a stalwart of the US microbrewing industry”. Colorado Red, as the beer has been named in tribute to Doug’s brewery, will be released on Monday August 2nd at a Meet the Brewer event in the Cask and Kitchen in Pimlico, London. The beer is described as having hints of subtle toffee malt, complimented by a heady mix of dried fruit, candied peel, hop resin, rosewater and a fantastic blend of herbal UK hop notes. The bitterness is well rounded and the beer finishes with hints of citrus and roasty malt characteristics. Thornbridge’s very own UK Brewer of the Year!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomekk1978 (505) - POLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Barwa: głęboko miedziana (wręcz czerwona), klarowna (nieco zmętniona po dolaniu). Piana ecru, drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita i ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: słodki, karmel z landrynkami oraz wyraźnym akcentem ziołowego chmielu i nutą alkoholową. Smak: słodowy, dość wytrawny, jedynie z lekkim akcentem karmelu. Dość szybka chmielowa kontra i goryczka powyżej średniej, trochę zalegająca. Tym razem czerwone ale z dodatkiem głównie angielskich chmieli. Barwa i piana są wzorowe, aromat także niezły, jednak smak jak dla mnie zbyt wytrawny. Do tego zalegająca goryczka odbiera nieco przyjemność picia. Tragedii nie ma, ale balans mógłby być lepszy.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kita (1118) - Koper, SLOVENIA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle, 0.50l. Cloudy reddish amber color with large creamy tan-like head, nice lacing and sparkling appearance. Aroma of tropical fruits, dried fruits and caramel. Taste starts with moderate sweet toasted malt and toffee with nutty notes, following is a bit acidic, mainly from dried fruits and herbs, while finish is moderate bitter. Medium to full body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Very nicely hopped non-offensive English ale...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Psytron (1341) - Turku, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Smell of hop. Copper colour, white head. Aroma of earth, hop. Bitter. Lively carbon.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
veceo (544) - CROATIA - OCT 4, 2014
Deep red/brown color, off white head. Medium body, soft carbonation. Aroma of pine, tropical fruits, caramel. Medium sweet, light bitter taste. OK, but I would like it to be more bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfuen03 (351) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 4, 2014
Copper color, with big, porous head. Deep aroma of hops, fresh fruit, herbs, resin. Ligh body, high carbonation. Bitter, but not overwhelming, taste. Easy to drink but also deep; hints of caramel, toffee and apple. Bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suedehead288 (400) - BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2014
2014.09 - fles 50cl - helder, amberkleurig, romig schuim - neus : fruitig, rozijntjes - mond : fruitig, licht bitter, mout

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esox (1085) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Draught. Clear reddish copper colour, thick creamy head. Very hoppy aroma: orange peel, minty herbal notes, green leaves, some sweet ripes and drier, a lot most woody fruit notes. Soft caramel and slightly toasted malts beneath the hops. Slightly sweet, somewhat caramelly flavor with a hint of sour toastedness and mixed bread. Strong herbal and fruit candy hop flavor towards the finish. Slightly herbal/woody hop bite. Soft, velvety texture, medium body. Nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3441) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 11, 2014
0.5l bottle. This is a blurry amber looking one with a foamy light lacing off-white head. Really nice nose. Caramel sweet in a way, not to much with traces of red fruits and some apples. Well balanced strong bitterness. English caramel with a piney hop profile. Raspberries detected as well in his one. It has a nice oily feeling in the mouth and it’s just about average on the bubbles Some nice hints of alcohol near the finish. Really nice, and definitely mike kind of amber/bitter. 30.05.2014

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4861) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2014
23/VII/14 - 50cl bottle from Biernavigatie (webshop, NL) @ home - BB: 12/III/15 (2014-836)

Bright red beer, big creamy irregular thick yellow head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of citrus, some lychee, bit of grapefruit, mandarins, sweet ripe fruits, some mango. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit resinous, lots of grapefruit, bitter, citrus, bit of mango. Aftertaste: fruity, citrus, hoppy bitterness, some sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, bit grassy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2014
YNWA, Kolding, DK. Tap, 0614. Amber with small head. Aroma of malt. Flavor with caramel and some fruit.


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