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

bottled
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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6582) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (6491) - Helsinki, 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6180) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2010
Cask at Cask Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico. Pours bright red (like kola cubes), thin off-white head. Nose; strawberry, raspberry, cherry, malty. Taste; lots of red fruit, sweet, malty, soft on palate, thin, short hoppy finish, tastes weaker than 5.9%. Drinkable, but a bit too sweet for my taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6041) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2011
(Cask at Cask Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico, London, 21 May 2011) Dark reddish amber colour with foamy, beige head. Fruity, malty nose with citrus, orange peel and caramel. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, citrus, red fruit and a generous citrussy bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, fairly sweet. Nice, tasty and well made beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (5948) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2014
Draught @ Black Door, Helsinki. Pours a ruby amber colour with a creamy, lacy head. Aroma of red berries, chocolate, pine and citrus. Rich flavour of caramel, orange pith, pine, some earthiness and crisp bitterness. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Rich and tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (5934) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
On tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, pours a hazy copper / amber with a large beige head. Aroma and flavour of caramel-tinged bready malts, a little alcohol and some pine. Very well-balanced, with a good balance of hops and malt. Decent stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (5427) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2013
Draught @ Black Door
Aroma has fruity hops, some raspberries and some resiny notes. Also hints of hay. Flavour has lots of raspberries, some resiny hops and hints of fruits. Too much berries here, I expected more. Not the most typical ESB, more like amber ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
[3235-20100802] Cask. Grainy hops aroma. Clear, red amber body with a long-lasting creamy light tan head and some lacing. Bitter grainy citrus peel hops flavour. Medium body is fairly bitter. Quite tasty.
(@ CASK Pub & Kitchen, London, England)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5355) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2011
50cl, as Thornbridge Alchemy ’Colorado Red’, new exclusive English brew Anno 2010, from Den Bierzolder Heule, complex bitter brew, fruity and slightly sweet, balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew, yet expensive

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5317) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2014
Draught at Ölrepubliken, Göteborg, Sweden. CLear mahogny, medium tan head. Nutty and caramelly malt aroma with some burnt sugar, spicy and citric hops. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness.


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