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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 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 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 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 chinchill
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub where it is listed as a "Red Ale ... like an ESB".

Pours dark amber with good clarity, a very fine looking head and plenty of lacing

Aroma: mild aroma lacks hop presence, as expected
The flavor is a bit more hoppy, but still more malty, as expected for style. Good bitter-sweet balance.

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Photo of shanegatter
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A little cloudy, tried pouring slow but still had a lot of head. Very interesting taste malt with some bitterness. Would drink again for something different.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review date: 5-1-15. Threshold glass. Bottle date 3-11-15.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish amber, almost brown with 1 finger beige head quickly receding. Clear with active visible carbonation. OK, some lacing. Retains a thin skim of foam.

Aroma: Very sweet, slightly roasty aroma. Quite malty, smells almost like a brown ale.

Taste: Sweet, toasty malt arrival. Sweet & Malty, slightly tart/roasty mid-palate. Finishing bitterness comes as much from the roast as the hops. Very low hopping.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of mid-weight. Less carbonation than it appears, slightly slick.

Overall: Would not call this an ESB, so much as an Amber, but it is a good, quaffable amber. I could see this being too heavy and sweet to want to session, though. Really drinks like a brown ale. Very malty and balanced. I can see myself buying this if in the mood for a sweeter beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.74/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Eh. Tastes kind of dirty. Not earthy. Dirty. Kind of like dirty water. With some amber tones thrown in. (This is an ESB? Or, supposedly one? Really?) I don't get it.

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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 Brutaltruth
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

From one of my favorite breweries in Columbus Ohio. This one pours a copper/reddish tinged
color with HUGE off white head and fantastic sudsy lacing. Nose of sweet caramel malts, a hint
of light hops, and nice bready malts. Caramel malts abound to the front and back of this one
with a light bittering hops to round it out. Ample carbonation fights against the malty sweet
characteristic of this brew and sears in the hops profile. Not really a red, and very lightly an
ESB. That said I have always enjoyed a pint of this on tap at their most impressive restaurant.
Bottled it is decent though and a great session beer. Now if only to get them to bottle the
Procrastinator dopple bock.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of lochef81
2.69/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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 BryanCarey
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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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 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 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 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 OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 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 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 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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Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
81 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.