Bells Debs Red Ale
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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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Originally made for the annual E.V. Debs memorial Kazoo Night at Tiger Stadium held by the E.V. Debs Society.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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2008
Draft at Bell’s tasting. Poured a hazy copper color with an average creamy off-white head that was mostly diminishing and had good lacing. Good malty and citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with slick dry texture. Moderate well balanced smooth flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2009
(Draught, 6.2% abv version) Pours a cloudy deep amber body with medium creamy beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, toffee, pine, and some herbs. Flavor of caramel, bread, and hops (grapefruit, earth) with a dry, moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11172) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Served on draft at Beer Run as part of a small Bells tap takeover. Pours a hazy reddish-amber color with a medium frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of earthy, floral and citrus hops with toffee and caramel malts. The taste is bitter earthy hops and toffeeish malts. Medium bodied. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Deb’s Red Rye
Date: February 05, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: muddy rusty red, creamy beige head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, spicy, touch of citrus, light breadyness
Flavor: flavor starts off sweet before the spicy earthyness kicks in to dry it out, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (10044) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2012
A nice hearty iperial amber. Lots of hops in this one and a very tasty malt bill that has caramel and even cocoa notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (10019) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Sample at the Bell’s tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: This brew is a clear reddish-copper color with a thin off-white head that burns away quickly. Spotty lacing. Aroma of light hops, earthy malt and citrus. Light to medium body with mild hops, toasted malt and spice flavors. The finish is hoppy and malty with notes of pine and citrus in the aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9992) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
Enjoyed on tap at the brewery tasting room. A hoppy red that’s a very decent and interesting beer. A reddish tinge. Good malt backbone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (9464) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Draft. Citrus caramel malt and herbal orange peel aroma. Amber with moderate head. Sweet orange, caramel malt, and moderately bitter grapefruit peel flavor. Nice balance. Very solid hoppy amber ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (9107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2015 9oz shorty on tap at Yard House Cincinnati. Clear red / orange color. Thin off-white head. Good, thick lace. Smooth, lighter, kind of crisp carbonation. Medium-plus body. Good big hop flavor. Citrus, some pine. Like an amber-red IPA. Good bitter taste. Light sweet. Some lightly spicy, lightly toasty malts. Satisfying stuff. 7/4/7/4/14

Update rate, 9/29/15: On tap at Dutch’s. Keg dated 4/07/15, for a tap takeover we had on 9/23. Keg is labeled 6%. This is a very different beer than what I remember. Much less like an IPA now, and more like a malty sweet toasty red ale. Still a bit of earthy/piney hop in there, but it takes a third-row seat to the bigger caramel and toasty malt. Taste is bitter and astringent, with a very dry finish. Shocked that Bells puts a 6-month shelf life on their hop-forward beers. Tolerable with some food, but very disappointing without.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8853) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy reddish pour with white head, aroma brought toast, bread, dough into a bit of red fruits, hints of grass, slight orange, pine notes as well. Taste was a mix of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, hints of pine and grass with a touch of fruit, orange, finishing spicy, slightly bitter.

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