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


on tap

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RATINGS: 232   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Teran (290) - Belgrade, SERBIA - OCT 17, 2016
Nice hazy red orange colour, beige top. Superb pine aroma, orange peel. Sweet start, bitter finish, hoppy and spicy. Moderate to soft carbonation. Excellent beer. Would lile some mora alcohol, but anyway...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vinx (113) - ITALY - JUL 5, 2014
Very intense and complex aroma of resin, grass, citrus just like an IPA but with a really solid caramel core. It doesn’t have floral and fruity hints like the american ales, unlike them it’s more... peremptory. So beautiful red amber clean color with a big rocky white head. Highly bitter taste, as we expect from this style. Medium bodied, average carbonation, long lasting bitter finish. A very very good one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackafholmes (1000) - - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton (1811) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2010
Cask via handpump at CASK Pub & Kitchen on 2nd August 2010. Russet with yellow-tinged thin foam head. Hoppy aroma with a touch of aniseed spice in the nose. Sharply hoppy in main kick with a bitter aftertaste. A few berry fruits in background and a light textured, agreeable mouthfeel making the beer easy to drink despite its strength. A well crafted ale, a privilege to enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (8205) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2014
25 cl. draft @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Bright copper red with a big creamy off-white head. Nose is quite a bit of sweet grapefruit, touch syrupy sweetness, pine, oodles of hops, real USA style. Taste is quite a bit of hops, grapefruit, pine, light strawberry jam, touch syrupy malts, reasonable malt base, touch caramel malt feel, touch grass in the back. Quite clean, fine brew, Thornbridge continues being lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanCrusher (935) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle 0,50L. Hazy red/orange colour with big creamy, light brown head and excellent lacing. Very good aroma of pine and resin, as well as orange and caramel. Taste starts light sweet and fruity, but it turns to a bitter side fast, with nice bitter, hoppy and spicy finish. Full body, creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wiedrzensky (793) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle. Pours is amber with thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, honey, pine and resin, toffee and herbal notes. Taste is moderate bitter, caramel and toffee mouthfeel. Medium body, slick texture, bitter finish. Very drinkable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18668) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2011
Cask at the Euston Tap. Ruby-brown pour with a clingy, white head. Grapefruit citrus hops, some earth, bit of resin, honey and caramel. Medium in body with average carbonation. Resinous finish, sweet citrus, mild earth, yeah, really nice and slightly dank citrus and pine. Super solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Love this - classic thornbridge low abv but full on hops. Colour is great - excellent beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NateSeats (15) - Barlborough (nr Sheffield), Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2013
All the character and depth you’d expect from a US amber with a hint of herb mingled in with the usual citrus kick and biscuity base. Top drawer!

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