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


on tap

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RATINGS: 206   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!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9166) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
themightylazza (62) - - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (2223) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2015
Mooie caramelkkeur met een goede kraag. Ruikt zoetig, hop, orange. Smaakt zoetig, fruitig, honing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (2191) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2015
Koper oranje helder bier met een goede witte schuim kraag. Ruikt fruitig, tropisch fruit, mout. Smaakt fruitig, zoet fruit, mout, bitter. Beetje als een double ipa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2400) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2015
Lovely looking Amber pour with a frothy cream head and clinging lace. Fruity, caramel aroma. Sweet fruity, caramel malt flavour. Sweet candid finish with a Syrup feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MissPxx (911) - - AUG 20, 2015
Lovely ruby red colour and very cloudy. Fruity and with a bitter taste and smooth. Very drinkable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2015
Cask at The Craft Beer Co. Low white lasting fluffy head. Clear thin looking yellow body. Weak fruity malt grass aroma. Dusty dry malt grass flavor with a nice hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sebilinz (1266) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle. Amber body with offwhite head. Aroma is malty with caramel and some earthy English hops. Taste is also slightly roasted malts with some caramel and hints of herbs. Aftertaste is nice balanced between hop bitterness and roasty malts. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oliodnb (597) - ITALY - JUL 13, 2015
50cl bottle. Pours almost clear orange amber with a beautiful lacy light beige head. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, some buttery aroma, some sweet fruits. Taste is sweet malts, butterscotch, some fruitiness again, nice balancement from the hops, vegetal notes. Medium body, medium carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjoeng (326) - - JUL 2, 2015
5.9%ABV. ESB Tapped out a deep red brown coming in at about 16ºSRM. Head of nice tan orange foam. The nose was languorously malty with nice toasted cereal aroma. The palate had a light hop balance, with an even finish. A good beer, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (13341) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2015
KRS 311214. Red amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is citrus, hop, pine. Flavour is berries, alcohol, malt, hop, citrus, pine, caramel, bread. Medium body. OK beer.

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