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


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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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!

DJMonarch's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (3537) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2015
Draught at Ölrepubliken, Gothenburg 2014. Clear golden beer with an offwhite head. Hoppy bready grassy and some berries ,caramell aroma. Bitter hoppy grassy floral flavour with metallic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (3403) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2015
Fra fad på M2 Cardinal mai-15: klar rødlig kobber med fint skum. Fruktig og bæraktig aroma og smak. Tørr, og med deilig bitterhet. Lett krydret. Svisker, furunål, karamell, lær, skosåler og sigarboks nevnes rundt bordet. Jeg synes uansett at den er veldig god, og med en ettersmak som jgør at jeg griper etter glasset.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tandembrauer (538) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2015
On tap at Mi2, Cardinal. Pours slightly hazy reddish amber with big off-white head. Aroma of pine needles, resin, caramel, liquorice, dried plums, leather. Taste malty sweet with hoppy bitterness, well balanced. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (414) - - APR 12, 2015
Reddish colour with off-white head. Aroma of fruits and sweet spices. Flavour is similar with hoppy and fruity finish. Very drinkable although this is not my favourite style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (518) - Mexico City, MEXICO - APR 11, 2015
Bottle, 500ml. Clear maple/copper with a frothy offwhite head. Intense hoppy caramel aroma with hints of dried fruits and toffee. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Light sweetness and bitterness with a very tasty malt character. Very pleasant, I could drink 10 of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vili (127) - FINLAND - APR 2, 2015
50cl bottle. Pours clear dark Amber with small off-white head, average lacing. Aromas of molasses, malt and grass. Taste is malty, bitter and balanced. Aftertaste is hoppy with sweetish finish. Nice and balanced but a bit boring beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (253) - MEXICO - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle, 500ml. A clear reddish beer with a big foamy white head. Aroma is of roasted malt, firewood, spices and maybe a hint of orange. Taste is bitter with a slightly metallic finish. Flat carbonation and almost no astringency. Very drinkable and very British.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1600) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2015
10.1.2014. Tumma sakea punaruskea, vaalean ruskea vaahto. Makea tuoksu, jossa hieman humalaa. Tuoksussa myös hotain kypsää/rusinaa, ei niin miellyttävää. Maussa paahtunutta mallasta, hieman makeutta ja humalan katkeroa. Hieman erilainen yhdistelmä.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zwiebel88 (578) - GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
Leider etwas älter. Hopfen vergangen, Honignoten, Harz, Malz. Am Gaumen recht herb, malzig, leichte Beerenfrüchte.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (1019) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 14, 2015
On tap @ L’Express de Lyon, Paris - FR. Color: clear amber red beer with small carbonation and small white ivory head. Smell: nice roasted malt with grassy notes. Taste: nice malt and caramel on mouth very well balanced. Good hoppy presence. Easy drinkable. Aftertaste: caramel and roasted malt.

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