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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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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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!


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjoeng (160) - - JUL 2, 2015
5.9%ABV. ESB Tapped out a deep red brown coming in at about 16ºSRM. Head of nice tan orange foam. The nose was languorously malty with nice toasted cereal aroma. The palate had a light hop balance, with an even finish. A good beer, but not outstanding.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (12315) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2015
KRS 311214. Red amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is citrus, hop, pine. Flavour is berries, alcohol, malt, hop, citrus, pine, caramel, bread. Medium body. OK beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (1484) - CROATIA - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle, 500 ml from Pivoljub, Ljubljana. Hazy dark orange with off white head. Hoppy aroma. Caramel malts, citrus. Nice hoppy and slightly bitterish flavor. Good one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (3537) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2015
Draught at Ölrepubliken, Gothenburg 2014. Clear golden beer with an offwhite head. Hoppy bready grassy and some berries ,caramell aroma. Bitter hoppy grassy floral flavour with metallic notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (3412) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2015
Fra fad på M2 Cardinal mai-15: klar rødlig kobber med fint skum. Fruktig og bæraktig aroma og smak. Tørr, og med deilig bitterhet. Lett krydret. Svisker, furunål, karamell, lær, skosåler og sigarboks nevnes rundt bordet. Jeg synes uansett at den er veldig god, og med en ettersmak som jgør at jeg griper etter glasset.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tandembrauer (549) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2015
On tap at Mi2, Cardinal. Pours slightly hazy reddish amber with big off-white head. Aroma of pine needles, resin, caramel, liquorice, dried plums, leather. Taste malty sweet with hoppy bitterness, well balanced. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (429) - - APR 12, 2015
Reddish colour with off-white head. Aroma of fruits and sweet spices. Flavour is similar with hoppy and fruity finish. Very drinkable although this is not my favourite style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (525) - Mexico City, MEXICO - APR 11, 2015
Bottle, 500ml. Clear maple/copper with a frothy offwhite head. Intense hoppy caramel aroma with hints of dried fruits and toffee. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Light sweetness and bitterness with a very tasty malt character. Very pleasant, I could drink 10 of these.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vili (136) - FINLAND - APR 2, 2015
50cl bottle. Pours clear dark Amber with small off-white head, average lacing. Aromas of molasses, malt and grass. Taste is malty, bitter and balanced. Aftertaste is hoppy with sweetish finish. Nice and balanced but a bit boring beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (260) - MEXICO - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle, 500ml. A clear reddish beer with a big foamy white head. Aroma is of roasted malt, firewood, spices and maybe a hint of orange. Taste is bitter with a slightly metallic finish. Flat carbonation and almost no astringency. Very drinkable and very British.


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