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Colorado Red - Thornbridge Brewery

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Colorado Red
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86
very good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Trizzle on 05-22-2011)
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne. Mentioned in the tasting notes that this is meant to be an American Red-style, brewed with English hops.

Pours a solid amber hue, relatively hazy with a full and foamy head of yellow-white. Lace is streaking an intricate. Colour has a slight brownish-yellow tinge to it when it's tilted—that's a bit wack, but otherwise, it looks pretty good.

Nose has a butterscotch-resin hybrid that reminds me of Simcoe: piney, honeycomb and sweet. Beyond that are deeper woody characters: cedar, a bit of bark and always that rounded, sweaty sweetness with a whiff of something more organic to it. It's not bad, but not overly exciting.

Light malt on the entry, before some resiny, oily hops come through giving a piquant, piney bite to the sweetness. Rather dank towards the back, before clearing up on the finish, where's it's clean and light without much residual flavour. Feel is very light and it doesn't hold on to the malt.

Overall, it's light, and tasty enough in its way. But it is rather dull, and I'm not overly enthusiastic about it.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 02, 2013
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On cask at Black Sheep, Dublin.

Chestnut with steady off white froth.
Bark and berry plus some orange - malty nose.
Cranberry, some treacle tart, and bread then resin and blood orange hops.
Candy apple finish and stone fruit linger.
Medium, chewy, round.

Very much a Best Bitter. American hop character is understated at best. I'm puzzled why an American brewery and an American-leaning British brewery would together make a beer that's more English than either of them would make alone.

Underwhelmed.

StJamesGate, Nov 12, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber colour - not quite red - with beige foamy head, sticking around nicely with some sticky lacing. Nice enough, but not quite red enough.

Smells quite American-hoppy and nice. Touch of malt on the front with a slight bready hint, then loads of grapefruit, lemon and pine needle. Quite nice.

Cereal grain notes upfront with a touch of oats and rye, before hops take over. They are a bit sweet, unfortunately, with a big green apple character. Develop more dank notes on the back which provides the bitterness needed but come s a little late to cut out the sweetness and seems more of an unconnected afterthought. Not bad palate overall though.

Body is full but still a bit of carbonation through. Alright.

Drinks OK, fairly subtle red-style ale.

laituegonflable, Dec 06, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apparently a collab w/ Odell.

Almost brown Red body with not much head, less retention and no lace. Some sexy yellow and orange highlights.

Aroma is honey and spicy black pepper. Caramel, honeycomb, grassy hops, a touch of warming alcohol.

The flavour is a near perfect balance of traditional English hops, a touch of US grapefruit and a very generous big hit of caramel malt. I hesitate to say sweet as the hops are good and bittering but it's close. A complimentary prickling alcohol as well.

Syrupy smooth, medium light body with no carb.

I'll make the facile comparison to Fullers ESB: A tad boozier and the US influence is obvious and works well. Good shit.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle with minimal information on the label, the word ' Alchemy' the beer's name and ABV. After some searching on the internet I found out that this beer is part of the alchemy series. The Alchemy range is made up of experimental beers brewed at the small brewery at Thornbridge Hall. Too bad this beer has no best before date but I'm guessing this bottle isn't that fresh anymore. Poured into a snifter.

A: Light brown body with a red glow when backlit. It has a decent head, an average retention and it leaves a nice lacing. Looks a bit unusual colourwise, almost like a dubbel.

S: The aroma consists of exotic fruits, resin, sweet caramel and some herbs, pepper.

T: The taste is similar to the nose. First you get the resinous hops with a grapefruity flavour. Which is balanced out with some slight roasted maltiness. Followed by a soft peppery touch. Long lingering medium-bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied. High drinkability

O: This beer let's the hops take the lead without completely eclipsing the malts. It's hoppy without being overly bitter. The flavourprofile is obviously US influenced and not what I would expect from an ESB but still it's a very nice session beer. I'll probably never come across this one again but I'd buy this again.

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Colorado Red from Thornbridge Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.