Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of stercomm
3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of BigDRS
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.

Photo of PDXHops
2.1/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Photo of Bogforce
3.4/5  rDev -2%
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

Photo of rjochman
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of stakem
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).

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of JayQue
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.

Photo of spangltk
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of goblue3509
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 12/17/09

Copper color with highlights of crimson & amber. ½ inch head dissipates quickly, though swirling revives a thin layer. Retention isn't too great overall. Thin streaks of lace.

Caramel & grains are the predominant aromas. Earthy hops give way to floral notes. For the most part, it smells pretty dry. Maybe some pale malts in there.

The hop presence is decent enough but is far from biting - pine & floral notes. Plenty caramel overtones & toasted malts, as well. The flavors blend nicely as the beer warms.

Medium body with moderately zesty carbonation. It seems a little thin at times. Clean finish without much lingering afterward.

Reasonably good drinkability. It's nothing special but not bad. I much prefer their Horus.

Photo of joepais
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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

Photo of UDbeernut
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

on tap poured into a pint glass

a: nice translucent amber color, slight off white head with little retention

s: nice caramel malt profile, slight hint of hops

t: caramel malt and toffee give way to a slight hop assertivness. I taste a chalkyness... not pleasant.

m&d: slightly chewy mouth, medium bodied. drinkable, but I would not ever drink this again.

Cheers!!!!

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bizarre carmelly citrus taste with a thinner than average finnish. Reminds me of a very heavy and less bright Killians. Pours much thicker but head has no retention whatsoever, at least not on my glass. Mouthfeel is thinner than average as well, for some reason I expected more of a candy-bar feel. Drinkability is simply average; this is an above average beer but they themselves can do much better.

Photo of beveritt
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Had on tap at a local restaurant. Arrived in a tall, skinny beer mug.

Appearance: No head by the time it got to the table, just some off white foam on top and a ring around the glass. The beer itself is a deep red/copper color, with maybe just a hint of chill haze.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt with metallic earthy tones.

Taste: Fairly sweet malt with hints of caramel and biscuit. Finishes with a medium bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A good beer with solid yet tame flavors. By far the best beer at the restaurant I was in. My wife had a Killian's Irish Red and it tasted like water next to this one.

Photo of xare
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of blakesell
3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of pumarocks
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Photo of ndekke39
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.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of beergeek279
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.

Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
79 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.