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


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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 (9158) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Zekada (229) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle at Bishops Arms, Helsingborg. Bitter damp smell of malts. Pours amber red with a small beige head. Taste is damp malts and is very bitter. Palate is oily and easy. Not a very nice beer, the taste just isn’t inviting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kavu (2349) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2014
0,5l bottle @ Metro, Lahti. Pours clear amber with a medium head. Aroma is fruity malts. Flavor is fruity malts and hops. Quite ordinary, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (925) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 8, 2014
500ml bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a slightly amber color forming medium creamy tan head. Good retention and lots of thin lingering lacings left in the glass. Strong caramel and caramel malts in the nose. Sweet and fruity. Quite hoppy and flowery too. Strong caramel in the mouth too. Good citrus and grassy hops character. Good bitterness. Medium body and excellent drinkability. [ BA Review @ 7/16/2014 ]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11260) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2014
On tap at Christian Firtal. Slightly hazy red amber with a lasting white head. Strong, bready and caramel malty aroma, with a fruity note. Sweet fruity flavour, with weak but clean citrus hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14085) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2014
Tap @ C4, Odense. Pours dark ruby amber with a small white head. Nutty and sweet malty. Toffee, dark fruit and an almost sweet dusty oxidized note. Medium bodied. Late whisper of citrus. Decent although not my style of beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackafholmes (294) - - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle from sharrow vale beer shop. Pale red ale with a foamy off white head. Aroma is malts a bit nutty with grassy dry hops with resin. Taste is malty and balanced with lovely hoppy bitterness. Prickly carbonation nice oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6260) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2014
Biggish beige head. Clear deep dark red body with light carbonation. Resiny tropical fruit aroma with toffee notes. Dryish earthy orangey taste with spicy herbal notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, slightly fizzy mouthfeel. Dry orangey peppery spicy aftertaste with cardamom notes. A bit odd, but not at all bad. (0.5l bottle, from wine monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (3327) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2014
Light brown colour with thin, lacy head. Initially a very hoppy aroma. As the beer warms some fruity malts come through too. Flavour features candy and sweet fruits. The finish is quite dry and hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomekk1978 (544) - Ząbki, POLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Barwa: głęboko miedziana (wręcz czerwona), klarowna (nieco zmętniona po dolaniu). Piana ecru, drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita i ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: słodki, karmel z landrynkami oraz wyraźnym akcentem ziołowego chmielu i nutą alkoholową. Smak: słodowy, dość wytrawny, jedynie z lekkim akcentem karmelu. Dość szybka chmielowa kontra i goryczka powyżej średniej, trochę zalegająca. Tym razem czerwone ale z dodatkiem głównie angielskich chmieli. Barwa i piana są wzorowe, aromat także niezły, jednak smak jak dla mnie zbyt wytrawny. Do tego zalegająca goryczka odbiera nieco przyjemność picia. Tragedii nie ma, ale balans mógłby być lepszy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kita (1162) - Koper, SLOVENIA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle, 0.50l. Cloudy reddish amber color with large creamy tan-like head, nice lacing and sparkling appearance. Aroma of tropical fruits, dried fruits and caramel. Taste starts with moderate sweet toasted malt and toffee with nutty notes, following is a bit acidic, mainly from dried fruits and herbs, while finish is moderate bitter. Medium to full body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Very nicely hopped non-offensive English ale...

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