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


on tap

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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (10888) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Keg at the Vintage. Pours copper red, nose is light fruit, toffee, taste is sweet, malty, burnt toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (10718) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2014
500 ml bottle. BB 06/02/15. Salhojankadun Pub, Tampere, Finland. Clear red amber colour with a mid-sized foamy tan head. Quite strong hoppy aroma with pine, mild yeast and moderate bitterness. The flavour is piney and resiny hops, moderate bitterness and mild malt. Lacks the malty body. Decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9956) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2010
Cask, Peterborough Fest 10. Copper red in colour with a beige head. Aromas are Weetabix, chocolate and rye malts with a light roast character. Floral and fruity with melon and strawberry. Earthy and peppery hops. Flavours are sweet toffee and biscuit malts with grapefruit and pine bitterness. Yeasty and dry with a resinous long lasting finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9894) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2010
2010-08-01. Crisp red amber body with a modest beige head and light lace. 3+ Smooth lovely fruity character, modest rounded citrus, light biscuity touches, modest bitterness throughout. 7+ Aroma is fruity, mild orange and citrus, muted malt accents. Smooth average palate is lightly carbonated. Less assertive than my preference but very well balanced and very drinkable. Cask at CASK Pub and Kitchen, London

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9692) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2012
Cask at Cask & Kitchen, Pimlico, Saturday 15th September 2012 Reddy brown appearance with a slight haze. Really hoppy red IPA. Perhaps a flatness on the tongue which lets it down a little, needs just a little more sparkle as it is clearly a decent beer. Mouthfeel also a little thin, but in the mouth this is fruity with a tendency towards citrus. Good but not great. A7 A3 T7 P4 Ov14 3.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2014
500ml bottle at home. Pours clear copper, thick off-white head. Aromas of dried orange peel, pot pourri and toffee. Taste is oily and rich, quite sweet and malty. Medium body. Clean finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (9555) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle at home picked up from beer gonzo, drunk in the garden on a very warm summer’s evening. Pours a rich ruby red amber colour with a loose, sticky magnolia head. Aroma is delicate hedgerow berries, tangy red currants, hints of dried orange peel, fruits and nuts. Flavour is composed of semi sweet nutty malts, dried orange rind, red berries, little toasted bread. Palate is semi sweet, rounded, moderate carbonation, and a decent crisp finish. Very well balanced and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9534) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2011
Ruby-foxy to brownish beer with almost no head. Superb grapey nose, tad vinous, C-hops of the best kind... inclucing Magnum. Glup. The citrussy hosp dominate, but there is a slight, rather pleasing caramel backing, or some baking for a good cake. Going to medium body, better carbonated than the looks suggested, and hopoil slick. Another very nice hoppy ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2014
Draft @ ML Fontainas. Cuivrée, col épais blanc cassé. Arôme est houblonné, léger tropical, malt carapils avec un bouquet grillé voire crystal. Petites effluves résiduelles sucrées. En rétro-nasal je note un bouquet tropical fort appréciable et qi met en avant des notes de papaye et de fruits fermentés. Palais est malté, cara munich, crystal ponctué par un houblonné fruité. Petite saturation sucrée qui s’éloigne d’une bitter et pour moi se rapproche plus d’une APA surtout au niveau des houblons. Note résineuse, sève, malt grillé cara tirant sur le toffee. Un peu collant sur la fin avec qcq notes agrumes; pamplemousse. Très peu

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (9236) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
50cl bottle @THT courtesy of JMGreenUK. Thick creamy off white head. Clear amber pour. Nice subtle bitterness. Another lovely Thornbridge beer

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