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!

harrisoni's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, - AUG 26, 2010
Cask handpull at CP&K, Pimlico. Strawberry fruity. Strawberry and a touch of diacetyl. Bit of biscuit. Maybe a bit rich on the mouth. No dryness, no big hop presence on the finish. Bit of tart strawberry on finish. Good and interesting and reminded me of the BrewDog Zephyr that tasted to me of strawberry shortcake. I expected more PNW hops on an American red ale interpretation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Teran (290) - Belgrade, SERBIA - OCT 17, 2016
Nice hazy red orange colour, beige top. Superb pine aroma, orange peel. Sweet start, bitter finish, hoppy and spicy. Moderate to soft carbonation. Excellent beer. Would lile some mora alcohol, but anyway...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (1771) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 2, 2016
Handpump at Craft Beer Co. Clapham, in London. Amber cloudy pour, creamy cappuccino head. Nose: incense a bit, toffee far away. Mouth: sweet (but not too sweet) caramel, roasted malts, silky body and mild bitter finish. Liked it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fugitive (1917) - Athens, GREECE - AUG 13, 2016
Tap. Color hazy dark orange with small head. Aroma fruity, yeast, malt. Taste sweet, malt, caramel, phenol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (5006) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Bottle. Bronze and clear. Small head.Hoppy with citrus and floral flavours. Quite complex and very interesting. Back to form for this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
catinnaflat (11) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2016
Bottle from Dronfield Beer Shop. Toffee brown, clear, small off white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, and citrus fruit. Medium/full body with moderate carbonation. Dry malt taste, with mild peppery/fruity notes, slightly underpowered. Dry hop finish with hint of citrus. Pleasant but unremarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maersk (175) - MOLDOVA - JUL 28, 2016
Brownish red color, medium head. Smells honey, caramel, dark fruit, intense hops...and metal. Seems that this is a style feature as London Pride also has it (but the latter is more obvious). Palate is surprisingly sweet and malty, but it remains unnoticed as more hops cover into play in the finish. There’s an unpleasant bitter/sour spike in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShivanDragon (3508) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2016
Holiday, top-50 fun hunt. #-4. From @Bitter Virtue, 500 ml. Pours bright red/amber with a off white head. Aroma of pine, straw, hay, wheat, yeast, malt, medium hoppiness. Taste is very soft, fresh, caramel, hop, hopbitterness modest, typical English hops, the bitterness flattens quite quickly after the sip, underneath easy going and very accessible, some tea, mild and some roasted malts, medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (9533) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dchad56 (369) - - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle - high carbonation, light brown with small tan head. Strong fruity aroma, ting on tongue and in mouth. Better as fizz slows down but not really to my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wiedrzensky (793) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle. Pours is amber with thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, honey, pine and resin, toffee and herbal notes. Taste is moderate bitter, caramel and toffee mouthfeel. Medium body, slick texture, bitter finish. Very drinkable!

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