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. nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2008
On tap @ Bells tasting. Deep orange pour with an off white head. Aroma of citrus, toasted malt, tropical fruits...all very bright. Flavors of crisp spicy hops, toasted malt, citrus, and a bit of pine. Medium/light body bittersweet with a soft carbonation and a bitter finish. They need to remake this one as it was damn good and would be a perfect session brew for spring. Held up really well. shrubber85 (11618) - 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. tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2002
Extremely good red ale. I definately recommend it. Named after a great man too! 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
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
Is there something in the water in Kalamazoo, or just something in Larry Bell's blood, sweat and other bodily fluids that makes everything these guys make stand apart from everything else?
Cleverness abounds in Bell's country, for their red is not named after any Deborah, but the famous unionist, Eugene V. Debs. A murky red color, spicy nose, quite hoppy. Flavors of plums, raisins, cinnamon. Malt is substantial, but not dominant. Medium body, but thick and full with flavor. Remarkably soft, smooth, and spicy!
corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Draft at City Tap House.
Pours a very dark amber/mahogany coolor with golden copper hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy off-white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cp. Streaks of lacing left behnd.
Slightly earthy dry hop aroma with hints of caramel, rye, sweet alcohol and dry piny hops. Although the other notes shine through, especially rye, the nose on this beer is dominated by the hops.
Chewy medium body that is very hop forward with lots of dry piny notes That linger throughout over the sweet caramel malt backbone and rye notes into a lingern dry yet sweet finish. The rye is very prominent and slightly overpowers the sweet caramel malt backbone. Very well balanced with the dry bitter hops slightly overpowering the other flavors but the sweet malt and rye are strong enough to make this beer very quaffable.