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

bottled
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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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!


DJMonarch's rating

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suedehead288 (375) - BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2014
2014.09 - fles 50cl - helder, amberkleurig, romig schuim - neus : fruitig, rozijntjes - mond : fruitig, licht bitter, mout

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esox (1079) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Draught. Clear reddish copper colour, thick creamy head. Very hoppy aroma: orange peel, minty herbal notes, green leaves, some sweet ripes and drier, a lot most woody fruit notes. Soft caramel and slightly toasted malts beneath the hops. Slightly sweet, somewhat caramelly flavor with a hint of sour toastedness and mixed bread. Strong herbal and fruit candy hop flavor towards the finish. Slightly herbal/woody hop bite. Soft, velvety texture, medium body. Nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3385) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 11, 2014
0.5l bottle. This is a blurry amber looking one with a foamy light lacing off-white head. Really nice nose. Caramel sweet in a way, not to much with traces of red fruits and some apples. Well balanced strong bitterness. English caramel with a piney hop profile. Raspberries detected as well in his one. It has a nice oily feeling in the mouth and it’s just about average on the bubbles Some nice hints of alcohol near the finish. Really nice, and definitely mike kind of amber/bitter. 30.05.2014

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4713) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2014
23/VII/14 - 50cl bottle from Biernavigatie (webshop, NL) @ home - BB: 12/III/15 (2014-836)

Bright red beer, big creamy irregular thick yellow head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of citrus, some lychee, bit of grapefruit, mandarins, sweet ripe fruits, some mango. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit resinous, lots of grapefruit, bitter, citrus, bit of mango. Aftertaste: fruity, citrus, hoppy bitterness, some sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, bit grassy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2014
YNWA, Kolding, DK. Tap, 0614. Amber with small head. Aroma of malt. Flavor with caramel and some fruit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenOver (88) - SLOVENIA - AUG 20, 2014
Pours redish-brown with a lot of head. Pretty carbonated. Smell is very pleasant, citrusy. Yaste is mild, not aggressive. The hoppy aftertaste evolves slowly and with excellent notes of freshness. A very good beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pkomar (50) - Poznan, POLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle, hoppy aroma, full of herbs and resin accompanied by dried fruits in the background. Intense and rich, great aroma. Pours clear, red with rich head leaving a very nice lacing. Taste is rather malty, with hints of caramel. good bitterness, light sweetness. medium carbonation. Finish could have been better, it’s a bit too long and stays on the palate - the only downside. Other than that, it’s a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCametron (1780) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 13, 2014
KEg at Beergeek. Pours clearish Red/Brown with a White head. Big hoppy aroma. Peach and Apricot. Slight chocolatey component to the body with some pine floor cleaner hops. Big bitter finish. Delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle from Chester Beer & Wine. Reddish brown pour with a reserved off white head. Caramel malts, fruits and some hop present in the beak. Sweetish malt led flavour with some rescuing hoppage and a little fruitiness. Dryish bitter finish. Its fine but nothing to get too worked up about.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (783) - Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Toasted almond and caramel aroma and taste. Rich and biscuity with a great bitter hop background.


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