Bells Debs Red Ale
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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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Originally made for the annual E.V. Debs memorial Kazoo Night at Tiger Stadium held by the E.V. Debs Society.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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2008
On tap. Pours a clear light red color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is toasty, grainy malts, and a nice floral/citrusy hop balance. The hoppiness is very nice but it is quite tamed - I can only guess that this is quite and old sample, it certainly does not seem very fresh. Taste is smooth, malty, mildly hoppy and low in bitterness. A bit watery but that could just be the slight staleness. Grateful for being able to try this one, would love to get the opportunity to try this fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2008
On tap @ Brewís Cafe: Pours amber with a light tan head. Aroma, caramel malts, fruity/citrusy hops, some pine. Flavor, citrus, pale malts, very crisp, and fresh. An herbal/piny bitterness on the finish. This was very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2008
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe, a beer Iíve been searching out now for the 5+ years Iíve been on RB. Deep red-brown body, thin buff head. Toasty nose with piney hops. Medium-bodied, nutty, and chocolatey, with a firm piney hops bite. A nice red ale. This batch was listed at 7% ABV at Bellís.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2008
had this on tap at crunchys in east Lansing. Flavor was slight citrus and a nice hop profile balanced by nice biscuity malt. Very drinkable and nicely balanced. Best red ale Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
Is there something in the water in Kalamazoo, or just something in Larry Bell's blood, sweat and other bodily fluids that makes everything these guys make stand apart from everything else? Cleverness abounds in Bell's country, for their red is not named after any Deborah, but the famous unionist, Eugene V. Debs. A murky red color, spicy nose, quite hoppy. Flavors of plums, raisins, cinnamon. Malt is substantial, but not dominant. Medium body, but thick and full with flavor. Remarkably soft, smooth, and spicy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3299) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Cloudy amber with just a little bit of head. Nose is citric and floral. Nicely balanced--hoppy, sweet, and lightly tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Copper hue with a rocky off-white head and very good lacing. Malty and piney aroma with hints of grapefruit, earthy yeast, and hay field. Nice balance on the tongue between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Dash of spice and tart fruit thrown about for good measure. Bitter and smoky undertone finish. The thin to medium-bodied brew has a fizzy and slighty metallic mouthfeel. If the taste didn't fade towards the finish, I would have rated this beer among the best in the standard Ale style. Still it is very quaffable and worth trying at least once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Bottled. When I poured this beer into my glass, it poured a mall tan head that had medium sized bubbles that fully diminished. The lacing was good on the sides of glass. The body was clear and the hue was reddish. It had a moderate hoppy aroma and also an aroma of clove and a hint of citrus. There was no carbonation present with this beer. It was bitter tasting from start to finish and the bitterness seemed to linger for a while after finished this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5067) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 29, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2003 This brew pours a small head of mostly diminishing fine light brown bubbles and a medium amber brown body. It had a hoppy aroma and a somewhat smooth thick flavor of hops, malt and spices.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3809) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2003
This beer is a lot like sports in that it is a game of two halves. To begin with, I misinterpreted this beer from its name. "Red ale" made me think it was a mild amber-like beer, although coming from Bells I did suspect they'd make it interesting. (When I first saw the name "Eugene V. Debs" I saw it on the board of a legal history class I had as an undergradute, and I thought it was a court case: Eugene *versus* Debs...silly me. But now I understand how this is a play on Debs' "red" communism.) At any rate, this started boldly, reminding me of an English strong ale or mild barleywine, so full of raisin and vintage flavors in a malty body. It had tang and zing, with a bubbling carbonation released in the mouth. But it faded for me into a sour and slightly watery ale, leading me to wonder whether this was inspired by a Flemish red ale. Wonderful aroma and hazy red-brown body (with lasting bit of off-white head)...but those flavors...they collapsed in the second half for a real disappointment.

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