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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: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (1803) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2014
Flaska från Craftbeer/Galatea via SB. Kopparröd, klar, stor vacker skumkrona som långsamt sjunker. Stor kådig humledoft med röda bär, röd grape, färskt trä. Söt karamellig smak men ändå torr för stil, sav, trä, röda bär, lite väl skarp grapebeska. Känns aningen kantig och överhumlad och mer American red ale än ESB trots UK-humlen.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daje (1858) - NORWAY - APR 13, 2014
On tap at Schouskjelleren, march 22nd 2014. Dark amber body, medium sized lasting white head. Earthy and fruity aroma with light malt and grass, hoppy taste of citrus fruits with a sweet end, leaving a bit sticky sugary aftertaste, still an enjot\yable beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TET (1433) - FINLAND - APR 8, 2014
A bottle. A dark reddish brown beer with a big, dense and blond head. The nose is caramelly malty and quite sweet but not unpleasant, fruits, lots of mandarin and blood oranges. Taste of tangy citrusfruits, some mandarin, milder caramell than in the aroma, also some wood and nuts. "Tangy bitter" hops. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, quite enjoyable. Interesting beer, lots of citrusfruits but not as US hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (1841) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Red-amber coloured with blackcurrant and raspberry flavours, more red fruit and a creamy zesty orange marmalade bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (2758) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2014
On tap at Pipes of Scotland. Dark amber with off white head. Aroma of malt, toast and floral and spicy hops. Taste is metallic, malty, toasted, roasted with earthy and spicy hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (2485) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours reddy brown with a large head. Aroma isnutty mango jelly. Taste has dried fruits and bread. Resin mango finish. Lingering bitterness. Bit too fizzy, would prefer it on cask.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (18949) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
Keg at BrewDog, Stockholm. Clear copper colour, small head. Caramel, grspefruit and black currant up front. Mid sweet with clean mouthfeel and medium body. Fudge, citrus and red berries. Long bitter finish with some resin. Very American.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3625) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Brum. Nice colour and foam head. Flavour is initially quite subtle, but as you drain the glass, you realise how beautifully balanced it is. Great hop levels. Sublime malt blend. Really good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
culchiem (2297) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2014
Draught. Deep amber with a thin head, good lacing. Aroma is pine and marmalade. Flavor is fruity, a little spruce on a marmalade base. Dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garthicus (2591) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 6, 2014
Appearance: Dark red, small off white head. Aroma: dark fruits, a little hoppy and woody. Flavour: cranberry and hops, woody, some bitterness too, a hint of hops and a woody hoppy finish. Not at l what I expected from a Thornbridge & Odell collab. Nice all the same.


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