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Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
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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letshaveanother

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-13-2014 22:51:15 | More by letshaveanother
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-03-2013 13:02:01 | More by Chris77McGrath
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Auslander

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-23-2014 15:19:32 | More by Auslander
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lucasj82

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-31-2014 08:58:16 | More by lucasj82
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Agentveba

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-26-2014 20:41:46 | More by Agentveba
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djchrismac

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-25-2014 22:30:05 | More by djchrismac
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SouthernBuckeye

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-06-2012 02:35:35 | More by SouthernBuckeye
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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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BigDRS

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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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rjochman

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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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JayQue

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2009 14:51:47 | More by BEERchitect
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ndekke39

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2006 01:27:27 | More by ndekke39
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Wildman

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-14-2002 15:34:21 | More by Wildman
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2003 23:41:04 | More by beergeek279
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TuffNut87

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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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screamking

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
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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5thOhio

South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
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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nhirsch04

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

08-16-2013 03:43:18 | More by nhirsch04
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elkinbrown

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-16-2013 14:08:48 | More by elkinbrown
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Zanico

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

08-13-2013 23:56:12 | More by Zanico
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krome

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

04-07-2014 17:45:34 | More by krome
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oceanside

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-16-2014 19:10:23 | More by oceanside
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DeFaz

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

10-27-2013 04:26:07 | More by DeFaz
Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
79 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.