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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!


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (16863) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (1560) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2016
50cl bottle at home from Thornbridge, Buxton. Nose is fruity. Body is deep ruby amber, head is medium, cream white, creamy, fully lasting, good lacing. Aroma is fruity, floral, honey, caramel, chocolate, tea, leaves. Light to medium sweet, medium bitter. Finish is long lasting hoppy and roasty medium bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Easy dessertish beer, very tasty, great balanced aroma.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (2127) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2016
Bottle from Cambridge Wine Merchants, consumed at home. Brownish-red, light and translucent. A small film of creamy head sits on top. Delicious scent. Spruce, soft citrus, sweet herbs and turpentine. Exceedingly bitter taste, there’s a resiny sweetness which briefly surfaces but it’s drowned out by the bitter finish. Hop oil dominates the aftertaste. Body in surprisingly weak. Very good but lacking the final punch I was halfway expecting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3378) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2016
Bottle from Chatsworth house, rich Ruby to Amber red colour with a thin foamy and quickly disappearing head. Aroma is fruity pine hops black tea. Taste mid bitter

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (2576) - SPAIN - MAR 10, 2016
Bottle 50cl / Botella 50cl. @ The Beer Garden Store, Madrid, España. A: Amber / Ambar. T/S: Malt, citrusy, fruity / Malta, citrico, afrutado.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Werckmeister (1837) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 21, 2016
0,5l from bottle at Hawidere Vienna. bb 04.01.2017. copper reddish clear.small off white head. Smells citric, lychee, lemon grass, light grapefruit, but leathery. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Tastes of spices, some citric notes, peppery, lemon grass, bit unclean, currant notes, lightly sweet, berries, parfume. Finishes lightly bitter with notes of citric, leathery and grapefruit notes. okish but not a fan, a bit weird.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (1451) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2016
Tap at Pudel. Reddish amber with steady off-white head. The aroma is jammy sweet, toffee, resiny, earthy. Hint of värskekapsas : ) Tastes malty sweet with a resiny bitter twist. Soft on the palate, moderately active carbonation. Earthy dry finish. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (2725) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 13, 2016
Tap@Pudel, Tallinn. Pours ruby red-copper with whiteish head. The small head stays for some moments. Aroma is caramel, malt, some toffee. Flavor is sweet and bitter, malt, caramel, some fruits. Finish is dry bitter. Overall: ok, but not really memorable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rami_pl (1566) - Warszawa, POLAND - FEB 8, 2016
kran w Heritage Birreria, NIewysoka ladna piana, fajnie brudzi szklo, faktycznie czerwonawo-bursztynowe, opalizujace mocno piwo. aromaty slodowo-chlebowo-zbozowo-zywiczne, w tle troche jasnych owocow. w ustach dosc lepkie, z wyrazna, sympatyczna goryczka, srednio- wysycone. dobre

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (5886) - Reval, ESTONIA - FEB 6, 2016
Tap. Deep light copper color. Firm tan-yellow head, stays. Grainy, dirty, yeast, bit of hops in aroma. Moderate hops, grainy, bit of tobacco and malty in taste. Slightly buttery malts in aftertaste. Soft hoppy bitterness. Medium carbonation. Nice and fresh. Quite drinkable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ForlornHope (370) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours the promised red colour with a slightly off-white head. Great aroma: floral and dried herbs, like being in an evening herb garden. Taste is slightly sweet to start, then a massive bitterness follows. Rich malt, flavours of red fruit and more floral, sappy herb. Nicely carbonated and despite a wealth of flavours, quite refreshing. Long, dry finish. Great.


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