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

bottled
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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (9880) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle shared at the DTE tasting thanks to Jmgreenuk. Pours clear amber with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, fruit and caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (9788) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Keg at the Vintage. Pours copper red, nose is light fruit, toffee, taste is sweet, malty, burnt toffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9602) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9520) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9296) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9242) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9177) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2010
Cask Handpump at the Cask Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico 02/08/2010 Big hop aroma. Amber red coloured a little rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a hint of dryness and bitterness in a malt finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9031) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8957) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2010
Cask conditioned handpump Sheffield Tap Sheffield. A reddish brown coloured beer with an off-white head and lacing. Very much a US amber ale type beer in its nose with good hops and sweet fruity berry notes. Pretty sweet in the mouth and quite restrained. Certainly not the hop monster the pump clip promises. Again I have to wonder whether the tight sparkler has helped diminish some of the flavours? The hops taste almost safe.


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