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Colorado Red | Thornbridge Brewery

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Colorado RedColorado Red

Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer was first brewed in collaboration with our friends from Odell Brewing Company, Colorado. Colorado Red pours a deep red with pungent aromas of only the best English hops. Flavours are of rich, dried fruits, candied peel and fragrant fresh hops.

Added by Trizzle on 05-22-2011

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of innominat
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spike
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear. Dark reddish brown. One finger of dense, tan head that has good retention. Plenty of lacing. A few stray bubbles.

Sweet malt nose. Toffee. Quite prominent.

English hops are obvious. Earthy bitterness. Some coffee as well. Malt sweetness in the finish.

Medium body. Rich, sweet finish from roasted malts. Good level of bitterness. Some alcohol present.

A very well balanced ESB. Very nicely done with an excellent mouthfeel. Plenty of bitter hops. 2-3 pints on a Friday night in the local pub? Perfect.

I assume the collaboration with Odell Brewing Company has contributed the malts to produce the reddish colour and also a mouthfeel that is slightly richer than a typical English bitter. Otherwise, this is essentially a very good quality English strong bitter in the traditional style.

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Photo of DispyDnb
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenlee
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of poskok
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tsotsi
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark orange/red colour, rich head, extremely good lacing.
Smell and taste: orange peel, marmelade, caramel, hazelnuts. Medium body, medium bitterness.
It would be shame if this will never going to be brewed again. It's certainly one of the best ESB-s I've had. It reminded me of Young's London Special Ale: similar flavours, colour and lacing, but it has more of that hazelnuts aromas and flavours. Even close to Fuller's 1945.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Copper/deep red with ligh brown, quite densed, medium head. Very good lacing. Good head retention. Aroma of malts - caramel, toffee along with resin, red fruits and some citrus. Sweet dusty flavour, earthy, definetely bready and some toffe flavours. Clean citrus hops taste, but not so intense.
Medium bodied, semi-dry, medium carbonation, smooth texture, bitter and malty finish. Good ESB, well balanced, highly drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2015. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label states that this beer was first produced in collaboration with Odell brewing in Colorado; a red ale hopped with English varieties.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich, hazy coppery-red hue with fine sediment and plentiful carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of caramel malt and fruity hops with hints of subtle grapefruit, citrus, white fruit, grass/hay, barley sugar and earthy yeast. Pleasant though a tad subdued.

T: Tastes of fruity aromatic hops and caramel malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of mild grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, subtle white fruit, grass/hay, grain, barley sugar, earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and good body. Perhaps a shade too thin for the strength. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and caramel malt.

O: Tasty, if not as exuberant as I initially anticipated (I think I thought it was stuffed with US hops). Looks great, with a superb, lingering head that stays the course. The aroma and flavour are lovely, with grassy hops balanced by grainy caramel malt and an unobtrusive bitterness. Decent body. A solid red ale with a pleasant character - worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of k3ve
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of leitmotif
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of DirkNachbar
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.


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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Colorado Red from Thornbridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 27 ratings
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