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Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red AleElevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.39%


Brewed by:
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:
Formerly known as Bott Brothers ESB (the original occupants), this alehouse favorite is a complex medley of malt and hops.

(Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 06-14-2002)
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper amber body with a cream colored off white head, forms nice speckled lacing. Aromatics carry a grainy, husk filled nutty character pretty generic Red Ale qualities, cereal grains minimal to absent hop notes comes off as an herbal earthy character if I had to pick a hop profile. Flavor has cereal grain sweetness, a hint of honey malts, even a Wheaties character...earthy herbal hops in the finish still a bit too sweet for my tastes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied texture wise with carbonation ample a bit of residual sugars cling to the palate after each sip. Overall, many more beers I'd rather consume especially considering I'm not the typical Bleeding Buckeye.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:03:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy carbonation! Normal pour with an overflowing head. Poured a copper color with a khaki colored head; quite a bit of lacing is retained on the glass. Head lingers for quite some time too. Smells of bready malts and some caramel sweetness. Maybe some butterscotch too. The taste is very similar but it has a off-putting metallic taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation too. Not really bitter either. Not a huge fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 22:19:04 | More by ChrisL24481
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lochef81

Michigan

2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Well....This is dissapointing. I grabbed one of these on a whim during an Ohio buying trip bur kinda wish I hadn't. This offering pours a very dark mahogany color with almost no head. The aroma is slightly funky with Lots of malt and a very slight hop aroma. The flavor is all roasted malts and a little hops but they seem very stale. This is dissapointing and I hope just a little old. I'd try again if I knew this was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 02:18:10 | More by lochef81
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head. The beer has very good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light aromas of earthy yeast, mineral water and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of mineral water along with notes of earthy yeast and hints of toasted malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a little lighter in body compared to other beers in the style and tastes a little like a hybrid between an ESB and an Irish Red Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:01:25 | More by metter98
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raznug

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 20:40:47 | More by raznug
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale is a copper colored brew and a moderate pour is all that is necessary to create a thick, lumpy head of off- white colored foam. The nose is nice, with scents of caramel, earthy tones, and some nuts.

With the flavor, there are few surprises, but no real disappointments either. The taste of this beer features caramel malts, toasted malts, and light earthy hops with a touch of mineral and nutty notes. There is some fruity flavor here, but it is buried behind the caramel and toasted malt flavors, which are what stick with you the most.

This is a fairly well- balanced beer, medium in body and pleasant overall. Even if you’re not a diehard Buckeye fan, you will find many things to like about this beer. It may not rank in your all- time top ten for its style, but there is certainly enough quality here to recommend a sample or two.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 03:30:00 | More by BryanCarey
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screamking

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 00:34:43 | More by screamking
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Brenden

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 22:27:12 | More by Brenden
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5thOhio

South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:10:19 | More by 5thOhio
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 15:58:05 | More by tigg924
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small earthiness and notes of spice. In the taste, a caramel like roast, and somewhat spicy, yet a bit thin. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice like aftertaste. Hint of earth and some spice, decent and average.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 19:22:23 | More by OWSLEY069
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 5.7% abv. Slightly hazy amber color, with a rocky off-white head. Nice retention, along with a good coating of lace on the sides of the glass.

Slightly toasty aroma, a bit of toffee as well. A bit of earthy hops on the back end. Pretty simple in the nose.

Toasted malt up front, with a faint bready feel. Some caramel notes, no toffee though. Malt character is not as robust as I thought it might be. Earthy hops, with a herbal edge round things out.

Medium body, with some soft carbonation. A simple beer here, nothing outstanding in either direction.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 18:33:36 | More by Bierguy5
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 00:01:04 | More by Hoptometrist
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TuffNut87

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:53:56 | More by TuffNut87
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

HV

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:11:00 | More by sholland119
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stercomm

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 21:38:45 | More by stercomm
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BigDRS

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

A - Color is a deep red/copper. Pour yields about a finger and a half of head. Retention is surprisingly quite nice, plus there's a decent amount of lace. Looks good so far.

S - Very muted. All I get is a bit of malt and a hint of citrus/grassy hops.

T - Malts and hops from the nose carry through. There is a hint of some caramel as well, but just a touch. Finish is crisp and quite bitter, it kind of snaps each sip to a close. The finish is a bit thin though and leaves a bit to be desired.

M - Mouthfeel is mid bodied with a noticeable amount of carbonation ... just a touch too much for my liking.

O - This is a decent, easy drinking beer. Based on the packaging I thought they were going for more of an irish red, but apparently this is supposed to be an ESB ... I'd prefer they were a bit more forward with the style instead of leaning heavily on the status of The Ohio State University to sell this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 03:48:08 | More by BigDRS
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2 bottles consumed 7 months apart. One was decent, one was nearing wretched territory; splitting the difference scorewise here.

New bottle reviewed 12/16/11:
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a LaChouffe tulip. Copperish amber with a modest off-white head and a bit of soapy lacing up top.

Nose has plentiful caramel with tobacco and a mysterious burnt character. A rather unpleasant, but distinctive surprise upon sipping. I handed it to my wife. “What’s this taste like to you?” “An old put out cigarette.” Yep, that’s what I thought, too. This one’s a real headscratcher. Plenty malty with tangy leafy hops, but the old ciggy flavor- stale tobacco and signed paper- is remarkably spot-on and completely distracting. I’ve heard of tossing all sorts of crazy stuff in the fermenter, but this takes the cake. Gross.

Original review 05-20-2011:
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a shaker pint. Hazy copper with hints of amber. A smallish but handsome initial creamy head drifts away in short order. A bit of lacing.

Smells of unbaked pie crust, caramel, some floral and light earthy hops, toasty grains. Nice combo of caramel and toasted malt flavors. Medium body in part because of the abundant carbonation; it's actually kinda thin in the finish. Lacking in the earthy and leafy hop character I prefer in ESBs, but there's a fair amount of pine and floral flavor.

Overall impression: Nothing wrong with an decent easy-drinking brew, and this one fits the bill.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 23:20:16 | More by PDXHops
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Bogforce

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pretty normal looking beer, no lacing, head goes away quickly, and has a dark orange brown color.

S: Definitely caramel smell, maybe a hint of toffee and that's bout it

T: A small citrus taste, with a small bit of caramel and some more malt taste

M: Decent mouthful very smooth

D: A fairly priced red ale that goes down smooth, pretty darn drinkable

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 00:02:16 | More by Bogforce
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rjochman

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 6 pack for Christmas from relatives.

A: Pours a reddish, copper color with about an inch of yellow tainted head. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Grainy and toasted malty tones.

T: well balanced taste that goes well with the smell. Good bitter/dry finish.

M: Good medium bodied and carbonation.

D: Although i got a bit of a metallic taste, it is a pretty drinkable. Definitely worth a try for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 02:57:44 | More by rjochman
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a copper/red color with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is all toasted and caramel malt. The taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also a weird metallic taste that I don't care for. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with good carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but would be better if that metallic taste wasn't there. Overall it's not a bad beer, but it's not something I'd drink very often.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 00:45:36 | More by bluejacket74
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to csmiley for the chance to try this one. Poured into a SA sensory glass this brew appears a lightly hazed amber orange color with a finger of yellowish stained head. It recedes to a thin layering atop the brew fairly quick despite the constantly rising bubbles of carbonation from the etching in the bottom of the glass. Swirls revive the head to fingers strength and finger-like patches of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is fairly grainy and sweet with a scent that is partially biscuit like, and toasty with a bit of caramelized sugary sweetness. Some hops linger in the background with a character that is floral accenting the sweetness of the malt and presents a touch of herbal quality.

The taste includes some herbal hop character that blends with a mineral quality. The alcohol comes through with an almost solvent character which is surprising how evident it is for a brew with less than 6% abv. The alcohol seems a bit exaggerated by the mineral quality that is included in this brew. The malt shows itself with a bready grain flavor that lasts inside the mouth balanced equally with the herbal hop bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is well balanced and fairly drinkable with the mineral quality being the only thing that is a bit off-putting. I notice this is listed as an ESB which conflicts with the new style label that advertises this as a Red Ale. Regardless it was decent and worth a try if you dig the style(s).

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 22:56:29 | More by stakem
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Having had this in tap a few times I forgot I haven't given this a review.

A- Its red, but a very rusty red. Coppers and browns darken it up. The body is clear and allows you to see all of the active carbonation steaming to the top where they form a massive white head. Its like a fluffy cloud. It has tremendous stay and overly adequate lacing.

S- The smell is weak but balanced. Mostly smooth malts and a secondary quality of citrus and medicinal hops.

T- The taste is in line with the smell. Very balanced with a shot if medicinal hops coming as an afterthought. The finish is bitter and damn dry.

M- Dryer than a sun-bleached bone. All of the effervescent is an indication of what this beer might feel like. Its quite prickly, overly so. This beer would be right in line with its English kin if it weren't for this.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 07:05:02 | More by MbpBugeye
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JayQue

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good basic malty beer. Pours a slightly clear amber color with a good sized white head, good retention and thick lacing.

Smell is negligible...a little malty..that's about it!

Tastes pretty good. Good malty flavor with a little bitterness at the end. Nicely balanced, not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is both rich and still light. Nothing watery and no unpleasant aftertaste or unpleasant level of alcohol taste.

Drinkability is good. A rich, tasty malty beer. I could see this in someones rotation in areas where this beer is sold.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 03:06:00 | More by JayQue
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spangltk

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 05:27:18 | More by spangltk
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Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.