Nuffield (4252) - 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. 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. 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 heykevin (1287) - 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. jazz88 (2684) - 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.
dukefan (215) - 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. BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2002
This is what Bells Amber wants to be when it grows up. Beautiful red-amber color, nice off white head, good body toward the light side. Moderately malty, pushed almost to the extreme with hops. Nice clean finish. Just like all other Bells beers, the yeast character presents itself. The hops seem to keep that under control. Always decant a Bells beer. Not sure if this is still a seasonal, but I would drink it year 'round. fraternie (1033) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Amazingly good for a beer of this style, and much better than Bell's Amber. Hoppy and refreshing finish. Malt seems slightly smoked and sweet. Thin but not bland, very flavorful. Nightoneobob (37) - USA - DEC 6, 2002
.................................................. jsquire (4732) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Pretty red-orange color with frothy off-white head and a grainy nose. Malt flavor with an acidic bitterness bite to it. Better with food.