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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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!


harrisoni's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (16047) - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rami_pl (1065) - 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 (4780) - 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 (286) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redders1974 (555) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2016
Nice colour and small head hints of mango lychee in the taste great hops coming through well rounded and excellent example of an esb

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yiannnos (1217) - , CYPRUS - JAN 8, 2016
Draught. Clear red colour. Malty caramel aroma. Slightly sweet, malty, caramel taste, ok

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MayumiH (585) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle at home. Just heard Fargo 3 is coming up. Oooh I can’t wait! Ok, beer. I was drinking this on Christmas Eve, I think. It was alright.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leebotton (383) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2015
Somewhat orange citrussy, fruity, toffee nose. Complex but delightful. Quite an alcohol rich nose. Red amber with an off-white head tinged orange. Flavour is orange peel and toffee with some frequencies removed and a little spice. Pretty bitter with a smooth texture. It’s fine, like Thornbridge usually is.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1462) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2015
Keg at Heaton Hops, Heaton Chapel. Hazy amber shade. Short off-white cap. Lots going on here. Plenty of tangy, jammy, earthy hedgerow fruit notes. Taste is dry and quite strong bitterness. Well put together and a great showcase for these hops.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerViking (3589) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2015
Keg at the Magpie, dark mahogany with a fine lacing beige head, herbal and faintly antiseptic nose, odd mix of strong herbal notes and toffee on the palate.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
themightylazza (108) - - NOV 6, 2015
Today is a great day for beer drinking, this is a great example of a red ale, crimson coloured with a berry aroma. There is caramel in the palate but it is restrained and therefore not cloying, the toasted malt taste gives this a very pleasant autumnal feel. There is a dryish hopped finish which rounds this off nicely, typically thoughtful stuff from quality brewers


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