Thornbridge’s Colorado Red was born out of a collaboration with the Odell Brewing Company. It’s made with a lot of English hops: Admiral, Bramling Cross, Phoenix, Pilgrim and First Gold. I haven’t even heard of half of those myself. So it’s a proper English Ale with some American perspective thrown in for good measure. More importantly though, how does it taste? Impressive. Proper. A very flavourful ale.
Otto is a more Germanic beast. It’s a Weizen Doppelbock. The minute I popped the cap off it was as if I’d stuck my face into a jar of those banana shaped sweets you sometimes get in pick and mix. Thankfully the taste is not sickeningly sweet and the result is a complex yet balanced brew which includes cloves and a touch of spice. For all that the Colorado Red is the one I’d reach for again!