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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: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlazerT (104) - POLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. Copper/deep red with ligh brown, quite densed, medium head. Very good lacing. Good head retention. Aroma of malts - caramel, toffee along with resin, red fruits and some citrus. Sweet dusty flavour, earthy, definetely bready and some toffe flavours. Clean citrus hops taste, but not so intense. Medium bodied, semi-dry, medium carbonation, smooth texture, bitter and malty finish. Good ESB, well balanced, highly drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabuzzer (130) - - JAN 23, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours deep red with foamy white head. Sweet fruity aroma, taste is sweet, caramel, fruit with lingering bitterness. Very me

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanCrusher (679) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle 0,50L. Hazy red/orange colour with big creamy, light brown head and excellent lacing. Very good aroma of pine and resin, as well as orange and caramel. Taste starts light sweet and fruity, but it turns to a bitter side fast, with nice bitter, hoppy and spicy finish. Full body, creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Excellent!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2189) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle from the Thornbridge Christmas case. Reddish-brown pour with an off-white head. Lots of red fruit in the aroma with a splash of apricot and some sweet spice notes. Flavours of caramel, raspberry, strawberry and red apple. Crisp, fruit laden finish. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (6111) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus, some peach, malt, and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with some floral notes, biscuit and cheesy hops. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (14344) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. An unclear, copper colored beer topped by a dense, finger-thick light beige head. Lightly meaty aroma with citruspeel hoppyness. Some pine cones and caramel. Some cheesy hop notes in the flavor, a good bitterness, and caramel in the back. Nuts and a bready touch. Medium body, soft carbonation. Semi-dry on the palate. Lasting piney and citruspeel-ish finish with a good bitterness. Quite decent this one, but sort of boring anyway. Drinks easily. 141231

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (3166) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2014
500ml bottle from AleselA, Glasgow - clear amber brown, lot of tiny bubbles, good creamy beige head, pine aroma with a bit of malt, intermittent lacing, citrus and malty, very well balanced, just a little too high carbonation

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BobyFischer (118) - FRANCE - DEC 27, 2014
Belle robe rouge, à peine trouble.Belle mousse fine, collante, blanche.Superbe nez, ample, fruité, houblons amers, pèches, ananas.Bouche assez aqueuse, corps léger à moyen pour une IPA, tout en finesse.Petit biscuité, belle amertume.Fruité délicat.Très bonne IPA rousse, légère, délcate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (5882) - ITALY - DEC 3, 2014
on tap bel ambrato buona schiuma piuttosto persistente lieve resina malti tostati quasi torrefatto radice lievi astringenze buona intensa discreta secchezza

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koshack (272) - Gdańsk, POLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Piękna , drobna piana. Kolor beżowy, zostawia piękne ślady na szkle i jest trwała. Kolor pięknej miedzi, lekko zamglone. Aromat wyraźnie chmielowy, lekko ziołowy. Lekko słodki. Na początku lekko winne nuty, ale się rozwiały, został głownie chmiel. Bardzo dobry aromat, niemalże jak APA. W smaku zdecydowane chmiele, z lekkim karmelem. Goryczka zaznacza się, ale szybko przemija. Wyczuwalny karmel. Wysycenie spore, ale nie za wysokie. Bardzo pijalne.


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