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Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 160
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 06-14-2002

Formerly known as Bott Brothers ESB (the original occupants), this alehouse favorite is a complex medley of malt and hops.
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Photo of Caveworm
4.44/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and off-white, with spottier lacing, and a deep reddish-brown body.

I smell caramelized malts with a hint of earthiness.

Tastes like that also, with a full-bodied blend of "natural" flavors.

The mouthfeel here has medium-light,with carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall, I'll choose to give Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus a 4.25. A very formidable red ale, this will be picked up periodically by yours truly.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale brewed by Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus, with a ABV of 5.70% This brew pours out a nice light brown color with a nice off white head. This brew has the look of most read ales brews on the market, not say that is a bad bad thing. The smell of Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale, is sweet with grains and malts. You also pick up a hit of hops at the end of this brew. This brew has a nice smell to it. The taste of Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale , is rich roasted malts and grains. This is a nice drinking brew. There is nothing overpowering about Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale, it has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel of Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale is rich, bold, and refashioning. Overall I'm giving Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale a 4.25 out of 5. Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus, did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again,

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Photo of xare
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice reddish appearance, very small head that goes away almost immediately. Pint served to me in a pint glass at about 55 degrees - nice temp but it'll warm up fast, wish it was served a bit colder so I could drink it at a more leisurely pace.

Smell was of biscuity malt with a small touch of citrusy hops. Almost like a lighter Fat Tire aroma.

Taste is excellent - biscuity malt, a touch of citrus hops and blends very well together, definitely not very bitter at all.

Mouthfeel is good - creamy, smooth, clean, crisp, and nearly no aftertaste. You get the bitterness of the hops and then that goes away nearly immediately.

Drinkability is outstanding. I'll probably have to get growlers of this since that's the only way I know of apart from on-tap that they sell it in.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: amber in color, 1/3 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: light toasted malt, caramel, light hops

Taste: light toasted malt, caramel, toast, light hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start with a slight bitterness

Overall: Very enjoyable ESB. Kind takes some of the best of an Irish red and combines it with a regular red ale. I like the mix of sweetness and bitterness here. Certainly a beer I would do a six of if I was in the area.

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Photo of pumarocks
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this beer at Lucky's on Court Street in Downtown Athens, OH. It pours a nice scarlet red with a good head. It tasted like a fresh microbrew should. It was hoppy but not so overpowering. It was smooth with a lasting tang then a quick finish. It was a great accompaniment to the Italian sub it was served with. What a great paring! If you are ever in Athens stop by and grab a bite and a Buckeye Red!

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Photo of joepais
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Csmiley for sending this one out to me
Poured into a Sam Adams glass, it produced a two finger white head that settled to a thick lace. The body of the brew was clear amber red in color.

The aromas coming of the glass were bready yeast, and caramel malts with a light hops. The malt sweetness and hop bitters' were perfectly balanced leaning ever slightly to the bitter. This was just what I was looking for in the style. It was clean and crisp in the mouth, and very easy to drink.

This was a fun beer to drink and good for a style that you don't see much

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Photo of sholland119
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pale amber, nice but Buckeyes must bleed redder than this. A thin off white head has nice retention and a bit of stickiness.

S-Biscuity malt with a hint of roast, maybe an earthy hop or two. Nice.

T-Caramel malt and bready malt in a nice combination. Finish is nicely, and unexpectedly filled with hoppy bite. Very pleasant surprise.

M-Light to medium bodied, rich malt base for the style.

O-Very nice example of one of my less favorite styles. Good hops, nice malt.


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Photo of spangltk
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a bit cloudy wiht a thin head that quickly dissipates. Color is a nice deep amber.
S - Just a wiff of malt, very clean.
T1 - Begins with carmel but a strong bitter backbone grabs the end and continue's into the aftertaste. Inhaling aftwerwords promotes light floral notes.
T2 - This beer grows more complex. Doesn't take long for my taste buds to become accustemed to the bitterness. I then pick up sweeter maltier notes across the board.
M - Medium to Full bodied. Very nice contribution to the malt flavors in the begining and evening out the bitterness in the end.
D - This is a solid beer. If I could get this distributed to my area I would be a six pack regular.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with ruby highlights and a one finger head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of caramel malts and some pale malts with hints of citrus hops. The taste has a nice caramel malt backbone along with some pale malt. At the backend is a slight citrus and pine hop bite with a little hint of sweetness in the middle to backend. The mouthfeel is moderate to heavy carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer, nice flavor, a little weak aroma. The sweetness and hop bite bring the middle and end through nicely. An easy drink.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with a frothy off-white head that leaves coating lace.

S- Unexpected chocolately malt aroma, caramel, fruity esters, and grains

T- Toffee, big biscuit and grain flavor, mild indistinct fruitiness

M- Medium body, medium level of carbonation, fairly smooth, does not finish very dry

O- A very drinkable beer. Does not taste like any ESB I have ever had, but it is pretty good.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new name for the former ESB. The publican, Rita, told me that they had to change the name because too many people would not try something with the name Extra Special Bitter. Bitter this is not, in fact, it tends more to its malt side than the bittering hops. It has a good flavor indeed and is quite drinkable. The look is of clear amber under an ivory head. It shows good lacing effect and is smooth on the palate. A good, refreshing beer that is none the less for its name.

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Photo of blakesell
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap as part of a sampler on my first day in Columbus after moving here.

Poured from the tap into a wine style tasting glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a brown orange amber with a slight head of bone hued foam. Lacing clings to the sides and no creamy muck on the top after the head dissipates.

Smell- Amber brown malts with a sweet caramel aroma. Hops smell quite balanced. Very sweet smelling for a red ale, but oftentimes the category is a catch all for breweries.

Taste- Rich and smoth with a substantial hoppy note. A bit thin but I'll save that for the mouthfeel category. A bit of a burnt sensation, likely from darker malts. Hops more lingering on the finish with light creaminess and pine.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, light, and a bit thin and watery on the finish. Decently carbonated, medium thin bodied.

Drinkability- Quite smooth and drinkable for the swilling needs. Well worth a revisit one day.

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Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wouldn't suspect it's not a red ale from the look of it; it's got the deep amber-red color, anyway. A creamy off-white head rises and displays moderate retention before it diminishes to a thinnish foam that is able to leave equally moderate lacing in a mix of spotting and light patching.
There's balance in this beer, as should be for the style(either attempted or techinical). Clearly there are caramel malts but I do get a mineral, earthy element with a bit of toast and a sweeter, toffee-like edge in the malts.
In the flavor, the moderate hops presence is grassy and piney, and balance with the malts is well maintained. Sweetness counters the bitterness, which likewise counters the sweetness. It's nothing mind-blowing, but it makes for good drinking and is complex enough to keep it from being boring.
The mouthfeel is almost as balanced as the rest, though I can see where someone might prefer to go a touch creamier and drop off a little bit of the thickness on the palate. It's not slick, but it comes close. The medium body holds it together well.

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Photo of stercomm
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A- a reddish copper in color, very clear, got a single finger off-white head that receded quickly. Slight lacing on the glass.

S - hints of malt and a bit of pine, somewhat subdued scents

T - slight Carmel on the front end, hops show up on the finish with a citrus and pine taste, nicely balanced brew, given the label stating red ale was expecting more malts.

D - at first was a bit put off by the brew as I was expecting something different, after I adjusted my expectation not a bad beer, nicely balanced, crisp finish, a beer you can easily drink.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Had this beer on tap in the house pint glass. This beer is a deep amber red. It has a small off-white head that gives some good lace.

S: The smell is floral and light with grain notes.

T: Not bad. Very well balanced. The hoppyness isn't over the top. It's smoother than an ESB but more robust than a Red Ale. Very unique.

M: Mouthfeel was light and fizzy.

D: Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of raznug
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This beer pours a deep red color and is topped with ¾” of white head that tends to hang around in a thin layer well into the pint.
Smell: This is a rather clean smelling beer with just a small amount of malt aroma detected by my nose.
Taste: Again this is a rather clean beer with just a nice blend of malt and a small amount of hops in the flavor.
Mouthfeel: Bleeding buckeye is a light bodied red ale with a tasty blend of malt and hops and a nice clean finish.

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Photo of screamking
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours medium amber with a 1 inch khaki head. The head stays longer than I expected, over a minute. Sweet malty aroma which turns a little hoppy at the end. The hop bitterness seems to be equally matched with the malt here. Very balanced, and very easy to drink. I'm quite impressed with this one. Not every beer needs to knock your socks of with hops and strong ABV. This is just a plain, down and dirty beer. On a side note, I do think the name is kinda lame.

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Photo of 5thOhio
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish amber with a slight creamy white head, which dissipated into a skim of foam on the surface. Not much lacing. Aroma is nutty, sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and viscous with snappy carbonation. Taste follows the aroma with nutty rich malt flavors, somewhat sweet, and a little hop bite in the background.

If you're not a hop fiend or simply want a change of pace, this should do the trick. Not exceptional, but not at all bad.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep redish-brown (or should I say scarlet?). Very rich color. Small, white head on it when poured.

S: Lovely malt aromas, touch of hops. Not as strong as I prefer in this style.

T: Similar to smells. Nice middle notes of the malt, which I love. The taste seemed closer to a Scottish Ale than a Strong Bitter. Touch of hoppy aftertaste, but none of it too strong.

M: Light creaminess. Not too thick.

D: Very nice for sipping. We sat out on the patio on a warm summer evening, and this drink was perfect. Went well with my fish and chips, too.

Overall, I'd gladly pick this one up again, although I've tasted stronger ales, and have other favorites at the Elevator.

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Photo of Wildman
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a medium amber color. Formed a white head with a decent lace, even if the head subsided more than I would like. Light aroma of hops and malt. Slightly sweet, with a nice body for an ESB. I would consider it too sweet for an ESB, but not bad. As a side note, they offered to make it a Sour Apple ESB by adding the necessary liqour. If you look at an earlier Beerfly review of flavored beer here, I am not happy with this trend. As I said before, last I checked, that was not how it's done

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Photo of GilGarp
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled into the Ohio State pint glass. Go Buckeyes!

Hazy redish color and thin white head.

Sweet malty aroma and mild hops in the background.

Flavor is balanced but slightly metallic and astringent.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

I remember really liking The Elevator when we lived in Columbus. Unfortunately, this beer doesn't live up to memory.

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Photo of TuffNut87
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my hophead friends really likes this so I was wary..he loves IPA and I don't. This beer looks good, smells good, and is a pleasure to the mouth and tongue. It has a great balance between malt and hops..both can be enjoyed. The finish is clean and refreshing..not as neat as Pilsner Urquell or as malty as Paulaner Oktoberfest, but a harmonious blend of hops and malt. I am excited because it is also made right down the road in Columbus. I will make a trip there soon.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Bleeding Buckeye....while having a kick ass name....it decent. The beer poured an slightly hazy amber with white head that laced like a Vicky secret catalog. The taste and scent did not deviate much from standard red/amber ales. The taste was not as smooth as reds that I have had so I downgraded it by a 0.25. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its good.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer followed up by the Bear Ass Pale Ale.

A sturdy dark amber colored beer holds a terse head that didn't stick around as well as I would have hoped. No real lacing or frothiness. Equally sturdy of caramelized malts show a touch of toastiness and toffee. Assertive hops give a grassy, piney character to the nose and taste. The beer is somewhat combative between the hops and the malts but ultimately the malts prevail with a bit more malt sweetness than I prefer. They are obviously going for an Irish Red Ale. But the beer lacks a touch of creaminess in the mouthfeel and remains a bit heavy on residual sugars.

In the end, it's a nice beer but the qualities that make Irish Reds great has a hard time showing here.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Elevator Brewery. The color was amber, with some head. The smell seemed very off, almost rotten. The taste, however, was quite good, and the malt and hop mixed quite well in this one. Mouthfeel was smooth. As for drinkability, probably could have quite a few.

Well, being a PSU fan in Columbus, was hoping for the Buckeyes to bleed a bit, but wasn't the case that day, but an apropos name nonetheless. A solid beer, and one that I'd probably have again should I be in the neighborhood.

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Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
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