JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Cloudy, brown, nice one finger head. Medium body, upfront sweetness, followed by some bite on the tongue. different, very nice Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2002
@ Bell's Eccentric Cafe
This beer was a dark reddish amber color and had a nice off-white head which left some lace. It had an aroma of malt and hops. The flavor was of the malt and a slight citrus taste which is common among the Bell's beers. The finish was a bit dry and it had a medium body. Not a bad beer iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Very nice indeed. Great big head that eminated a wonderful hoppy/citrus aroma. Good bitter flavour that has subtle hints of smokeyness. Another great one from Kalamazoo Bells. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2002
First beer I had at Bells. Couldn't really get a complete handle on the brew. Nice medium head on top of a copper colored beer. A good red ale. JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2002
Deb's is still my write-in candidate for the Governor of our great state of Indiana. I also continue my email campain to get a better, historical label and to get it renamed Eugene Debs Red Ale!!! The beer itself pours dark, dirty penny copper with a lively, lasting head. Strong malt nose with more alcohol in the nose than actually in the beer itself. Clean, tingly hops try hard to burst through the thick, sweet malts but are barely restrained, just as this amazing, heroic Hoosier had been during his presidential campaign of 1919/1920. Bells has another winner, please email Bells and plead for a better label and to add his first name to the brew!
Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2002
This was wonderful. Much hoppier than I expected, at least in the aroma. The flavor had a nice malty sweetness followed by some crisp bitterness. Well done indeed. tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2002
Extremely good red ale. I definately recommend it. Named after a great man too! hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2001
A very aggressive, busy beer, reminiscent of Bells' complex dark brews. Hard to place, stylistically, since it transcendently kicks the shit out of the standard American reds. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2001
A fitting tribute to one of the fathers of America's labor movement (Red ale, get it?). A huge amount of hops duke it out with a spicy complicated malt body like a bunch of strikers going at scabs with 2x4s. Not a well balanced brew, but not bad. Zach Diesel (905) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2001
Good indeed, yet my sample was semifrozen so I'm sure my rating will go up next time I try it.