Bells Red Nose ESB
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1138) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On tap. Pours a brilliant copper/amber/crimson with a fairly substantial khaki head that leaves some intricate lacing. Nose involves some light floral and pine hop notes, toasted malts, and touches of berry-fruit notes. Fairly bitter with some sweetness to balance. Lighter bodied, crisp, vibrant, with a lengthy clean bitterness on the end. Really nice brew, great with pub fare and easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3395) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Draft pour. Pours a clear amber color with a white head of foam. The aroma has biscuits, mild earthy hops, bread, dry popcorn, vanilla, caramel. Taste is crisp bready sweetness and dry herbal bitterness. Medium body and medium carbonation. Not a bad ESB all things considered. Refreshing, quaffable, tasty. Not much more I could ask for, really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1437) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Tap. Copper reddish color. Light pine hop aroma. Flavor is fantastic. Upfront pine and citrus hops that immediately drop off and are balanced by a mild caramel malt. This tastes like a baby Two Hearted that finishes smooth and clean. Super drinkable and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2873) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Tap: Clear amber with a burnt copper tint, white head fades to a ring quickly. Aroma is light with notes of caramel, piney hops, earth, mild citrus peel, & toasted nuts. Flavor follows along similarly with lots of lightly dank, pine forward hops, caramel, toast, nuts, grapefruit rind, & mild earthiness. Lingering Munich malt in the finish. Maybe a little overly hoppy for the style, but I’m okay with that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smroush (85) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Aroma is mostly pine/spruce hops. Malt is pretty subdued. Has a slightly large, creamy looking, off-white head. Beer is an attractive medium amber and is quite clear. Medium alcohol; medium body; moderate to heavy bitterness. Finish is average length, mostly the hop bitterness. Overall this is a fairly simple beer, but has good hop flavors and is quite clean and refreshing on the palate. I did not detect the classic ESB fruit flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrohia (168) - - MAR 13, 2015
Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI, draft. Not overpowering malt, which is a plus. Nice earthy aroma. Smooth. Light. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (1245) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Tap. Pours a reddish amber with virtually no head. Aroma and taste are a bit simple, bitterness forward and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3494) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Live Rate
Deal w/ it

Deep red good head & good lace.

Aroma has a real nice subdued sweetness & some toffee. Leaf rot & fruity hops play the biggest role here though.

The flavor is hop driven, similarly to two hearted in some ways, lower on bitterness... Bigger on malt with some toastiness and toffee, but fruity and mildly sweet in the same ways. Goodness... in some ways I prefer it to Two Hearted.

A really good beer somewhere between an ESB & an American Pale Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (2757) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Cerises de terre, houblons herbacés, belle onctuosité et une amertume cohérente. Bel ensemble, haute buvabilité.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1500) - Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Draft at crunchy's. Clear copper with a light beige head. Sweet fruit aroma. Bright and light with a mild grain finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Draft at Bells. Amber with no head. Aroma is pine, funk. Taste is tart lemon, grapefruit. Bitter hop finish. Nice and refreshing for this style.

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