Bells Debs Red Ale
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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Originally made for the annual E.V. Debs memorial Kazoo Night at Tiger Stadium held by the E.V. Debs Society. A rich ale, ruby-red in color single hopped with Centennial hops. A single batch offering brewed once a summer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jedflight (4) - Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014 does not count
Very nice biscuity and toasty aromas. Bit of roast adds complexity. Very low hop aroma. Just a touch of grapefruit. Little diacetyl that dissipates fast. Appearance is more copper than red with significant haze. The head is a nice tawny persistent froth. Good lacing. The flavor is malt forward with strong caramel and toasty notes. Roast finishes the malt with just enough astringency and burnt character to add complexity. The bitterness is low but balances well. Bit of hop citrus and grapefruit on end. Overall very smooth. Goes down easy with enough creaminess and smoothness to leave a pleasant finish. Very nice. Drinking from growler from the Bells General store

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Tap at Maduro. Classic Red beer. Thick, rich, malty. Fuggles, soapy hop balance. OK, standard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3728) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2013
On tap at the GTMW2013 pre-party. Pours a rich reddish color with a tan head. Aroma of piney, resinous hops, musty cedar, red cake, Flavor is bitter with mildly sweet red malts. Lots of pine and resin bitters, with some sweet chocolate and cake malt notes. Somewhat chalky texture, full mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Finishes nice and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2013
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Tap: Translucent, red-tinted orange with a mild, gradient haze. The cap is slightly gray tinted and off-white; a small film that quickly reduces to a collar. Aroma is subdued; light citrus fruits, orange, mango, decent pine & grassy hops mingling in and out. Malts aren’t as heavy as expected; light toasted bread and a faint sweetness. Taste is much more malty; light caramel, bread, toasted crackers, upon which the hops play. Pine, light ash, grass, citrus, grapefruit peel, pineapple rinds. Nice bitterness. Finish of more bready and light toffee malt. Again, I’m not huge on red ales, but this one was quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Had on-tap at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. Maybe it’s because I had it right after Quinannan Falls Lager (which blew my mind), but I wasn’t *huge* on this. The beer looks unbelievable with spectacular lacing, but it only seemed "good" after that effing Quinannan Falls! A mild hop nose with the caramel is a nice change of pace from the Red Ales that seem to be heavy on the malt. The flavor is not much like the aroma, I found, and it lets you know that you’re drinking a red. Deb’s Red Ale has a significant caramel malt profile (as one’d expect) with almost a slight roast flavor as well. I’d try this again in a heart beat, especially as a starter beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3002) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2013
A decent amber ale. Nothing special but nothing bad to say about it. On tap at Mad Mex Robinson. Aroma was lightly grassy and floral but not much came through the dense 2 finger off white head. Taste was mildly hoppy and green with an earthy malty backbone. No flavors stuck out and all came together nicely. Just a tad boring. Nice strong carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1848) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Tap. Pours amber with creamy head. Aroma is nice sweet caramel and fruity grass. Taste is very fresh grass with a nice malty sweet bread back bone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Nothing too special here, just a really well made, flavorful, rich ale, with a nice touch of hop on the finish. I wish I could grab a growler of this locally. Would make a great summer afternoon, light drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2686) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
On tap at Maduro, pours a clear dark amber orange with a thick off white head and lots of lacing, the aroma has a touch of sweetness with a kick of floral hops mixed in as well, the flavor has a good amount of caramel and sweetness on the front end with hops coming through in the finish, nice citrus touch as well in the finish, good mouthfeel, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Draft on tap at Maduro (Madison, WI). Pre GTMW 2013. Pours a deep amber pour, decent haziness with a frothy tannish head atop, sticks around as a decent ring, laces ok. Aromas are a bit biscuity, gentle earthy hops with some toast, bread, and biscuit. Gentle sweetness is tempered. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, a bit cool and dry with decent toast, some toastiness, biscuit, and gentle grainy sweetness. Middle is gentle biscuity elements, touch of citrusy and floral hops. A bit of toast. Backend is biscuity and toasty, firmly but not overwhelming. Not an unapproachable body. But a firm biscuity presence as we round the corner. Finish is gentle dry and toasty feels, more malt driven but not sweet. A firm body, pretty drinkable. Not bad. A firm red with some decent interesting hop play.

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