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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Originally made for the annual E.V. Debs memorial Kazoo Night at Tiger Stadium held by the E.V. Debs Society.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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2009
On tap at Maduro, part of the GTMW pre-party: We had to get it because it’s my mother-in-law’s name. pours a hazey amber colour with a large beige head. Noticeable hops on the nose, with some grapefruit citrus notes. Taste has very strong caramel malt notes backed by some cinnamon and apple flavours. Suprising from it’s hoppy nose. OVerall though, wicked nice beer"

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Draft at the Cafe. Pours a dark red/brown with a beige head. Nose is strongly crystal malt, though very fresh. No stale notes, some caramel comes through and distant floral/fruity hops. Taste is the same, though a bit robust and almost roasty. As far as a nice red ale goes, it’s hard to be the freshness on this one. Interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2009
On tap at Maduro. Poured deep peachy-amber with a creamy, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up soft, aged caramel, redder fruit, and nutty notes with dry herbal, spicy pine, and earthy accents.. English toffee on the back.. excellent! The flavor found caramel, berries, and rich bready notes at the core with dry earthy and fruity bitterness around.. finished a touch astringent, but with a solid caramel and fruity backing.. tasty! The palate had a creamy middle with great balance between the malts and complementary bitterness.. spicy and engaging too.. somehow.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
On tap at Eccentric Cafe. Pours a mostly red body with a brownish tint to it and just a light haze to it. Thin, off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing. Aroma is malty with plenty of caramels and a light chocolate. A moderate amount of earth and citrus with a bit of a berry booze. Flavor is a little rough, but still tasty. Very bright citrus, some chocolate, a medium earthy bitterness, and a bit of a warming booze. An ESB type of bitterness that lasts from beginning to end. Finishes dry after a medium body with plenty of bright citrus, earthy bitterness, and lightly sweet malts. Overall, a unique amber, but tasty. I like the slight rough taste it provides.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5505) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2009
(Draught at Beer Seller in Indianapolis) another beautiful reddish brown beer with creamy head that stays around a good while. Nose of toasted malts, brown sugar, light crisp hops. Taste is very creamy, crisp but bitter hop bite that becomes off-putting against the sweetness, toasted malt, sweet brown sugar, roasty/burnt linger on the palette and quite creamy. Mentioned it twice but it is very much that way. Carbination is velvety and reminds me of a nitro tap almost. A very solid amber beer with great sweet brown sugar linger all the way through. The toasty finish on this is so freaking good, best thing about it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2009
on tap @ Maduro during GTMW Reddish pour thick white head good lace light carmel and a good hop flower aroma. Good creamy full pal well coated Dry finish with a fair hopping of grassy hops light citrus in the afteraste some good carmels the traditional red grains an extra sweet almost brown sugar shot a very nice easy drinkin red reminiscent of hop rod, but I guess copying a good beer is never a bad thing

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Tap at Maduro’s. The beer kind of reminds me of Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Red but is much lighter and not quite as good. Hops didn’t really fit, but I guess that’s because this is an Amber Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (2980) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2009

3/28/2008: Bell’s Deb’s Red smells more like an IPA than an Amber Ale. It has lots of fresh Centennial dry-hop aroma. The hoppiness carries through the flavor atop a caramel and rye-like maltiness. This beer has a moderate bitterness the lingers through the dry finish. The beer itself is a murky brown-amber with a frothy head. For an Amber Ale, this beer is quite good.

Draught (pint) at Dilly Deli in Mariemont, Ohio. Rating #37 for this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2009
If this was an IPA as they say it is, it would be mediocre. As an amber its pretty good. Nose is caramel malt and some citrusy fruit. Pours a somewhat murky reddish orange with a tan head. The plastic outdoor cup doesnt help at all, but the taste is ok.some caramel, pine, and fruit are the biggest flavors here with a light bitter to it. Good stuff, though I had higher hopes for my 60th Bells rating. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2008
On tap @ Eccentric cafe 3/16/08. This is the one beer I really wish I could get outside of the EC. It is delicious, and probably one of my favorite amber examples. Flavor is smooth, toasted sweet caramel malts, but has a very crisp dry finish that makes it a great brew for the warm weather.


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