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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Originally made for the annual E.V. Debs memorial Kazoo Night at Tiger Stadium held by the E.V. Debs Society.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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2832) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6019) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4069) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (4935) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3668) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Finally good head. Nice copper color, great smell, citrus carmel taste. A very easy, very enjoyable drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Poured a deep copper with large beige head. nice aroma of malt and hops, initial tast is of fruity hops, followed by a wonderful carmel maltyness, very easy to drink, a great amber, better than bells original. A fine brew

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1275) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Deep coppery red, with a slightly juicy hop aroma. Caramelly, wtihout being sweet. Effervescent bubbles tickle the tongue. This is a low alcohol beer of the highest quality.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2553) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Bottle. A hazy amber color with a laced tan head. Just a ton of malts mixed into a wonderful beer with a little citrus to add a sense of flair. Absolutely solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
An elegant, upscale Amber. Another hard to find, once a year Bell’s, but well worth the hunt. If you treasure a great Amber/Red, you will love this beer.


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