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Bell's Deb's Red Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
84
good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 10-02-2002)
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Photo of Ryan011235
1.94/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

On tap at King's Table

Clear tobacco brown. Decent head with skimmy retention and good lace.

This smells of toasted caramel, floral hops and herbal root. The taste is an ugly flourish of copper wire and charcoal, bitter bread and caramel wrappers that have been in tossed in a Half Price Books dumpster. The feel is sharp and brittle. High carbonation. Thankfully there isn't much of an aftertaste.

Pass on this.

Ryan011235, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -19.4%

smartassboiler, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of romulus523
3/5  rDev -19.4%

romulus523, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of clfrost
3/5  rDev -19.4%

clfrost, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of youngblood
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Advertised as a dry-hopped red ale.

Poured a ruby red, with some deep amber hints. Clean white head. No lacing to speak of.

Smells rather sweet with a hint of piney hop oil. Hard to tell as the smoke in the air is interfering with my nose.

Disappointing flavor. Fairly sweet with relatively no hop profile. Closest to an amber in style, but there's nothing special here.

Good mouthfeel. Awful smooth going down.

Low abv makes it very drinkable.

youngblood, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I had this in a sampler at the Eccentric Cafe while on our beercation in Michigan.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red amber with a finger of thick off white head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smell: Mildly sweet malt up front along with some citrus hops.

Taste: Quite malty with a mild spice. Some citrus hop bitterness balanced by a sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very nice looking beer, nice to drink but not very interesting.

oline73, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of infestaxion
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it at the world record Bell's tapping. Took notes in the kick ass notebook they gave us.

A - Hazy amber with a big fluffy cream colored head.

S - Slight hop aroma but it's very muted. Jut not much to it.

T - Grassy hops and caramel malt. Again there's just not much there. But what is there is decent. The finish is dry malt with a lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. It's the best part about the beer really.

D - It'd be easy to drink a few of these. I just kind of wouldn't want to.

infestaxion, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Amber colored beer with a bit of a foamy head. Decent retention with a bit of lace.

S - Some citrus and earthy hops, with mostly malt coming through. Nothing particularly special here, little bit of soap.

T - Taste is about like the nose, there's not really enough hop character to this and the malts seem a little bit watered down.

M - Smooth, crisp, medium bodied.

O - Not a great beer, but it's drinkable without being offensive. There's a lot of Amber/Reds I'd rather drink than this one.

AgentZero, Nov 23, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

PA-Michigander, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

mothman, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Robdiesel21
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Robdiesel21, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Beerlover
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Beerlover, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of hotsudge
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

hotsudge, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split with the wife at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Amber brew with again, almost no smell coming off of it. How can something this malty not smell like...something?

This is a massive, straight-up malt bomb with only a tingle of hop bitterness at the end that's quickly overrun. Honestly, I've never had a beer this malty in my life. The first sip or two is a turn-off, but as it warms, this grew on me. My wife hated it. Not sure I could down more than one of these, but it was worth having!

Pretty good beer. No "balance" in this one, though!

maximum12, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of TheDM
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a small head of mostly diminishing fine light brown colored bubbles and a medium amber brown colored body. It had a hoppy aroma and a somewhat smooth thick flavor of hops, malt and spices. The best thing about it was its appearance. Then, it went down from there. But, it is a very nice brew none-the-less.

TheDM, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice aber color with perhaps copper tinge.Smelled very sweet and malty and some fruit tinge from the hops,very comples.Tasted of baking spices?A little filling but that may be just me.A real complex red ale very well made in my opinion,have had it a few times.

oberon, Mar 11, 2003
Photo of alfie
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

alfie, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Magery, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of jcalabre
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 29 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
This pours cloudy, brown colored with a nice one finger head. It has a medium body, upfront sweetness, followed by some bite on the tongue. This is a nice beer. It is unique.

jcalabre, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

SportsandJorts, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

outoffocus, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of superdoopersauce
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

superdoopersauce, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spinning from the ever reliable Amber Ale, Deb's tribute brew continues Bell's attention to implacable balance, enticing flavor, and effortless ease in drinking. Once again they hit the nail squarely on the head of the classic American amber ale.

Opening with a medium deep amber hue that captures garnet red hues as the light passes through. Lightly hazed from its unfiltered character and even-keel use of hops. Capped with an off white, creamy head of foam, the charming beer invites the nose and taste buds with its sheer and strong appearance. Long lasting and lacy, the foam accompanies the beer until the very last sip.

Balanced aromas of caramel and hops become the consent thread that guides the beer from initial aromas until the racy finish. Caramel malts pin against citrus hops for an aromatic display that draws in elements of toast, nuts, light toffee, grapefruit, oranges, and light pine.

Much the same is delivered in taste, which leads with medium caramel malt sweetness, with richer and more succulent taste of toasted pecans, biscuit malt, and sweeter crusted breads. As the beer moves across the middle palate, the hops come alive with the sharp citrusy taste of white grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, and light pine refreshment. As the finish prefers the drier and toastier malt character, it seems to allow the hops to pull ahead ever so slightly, yet the beer retains a balanced taste even then.

Medium bodied early because of the malt sweetness and creamy carbonation that provides fuller texture on the front of the tongue. But the beer lightens with a consistent fade that starts with the fleeting carbonation and the transition from sweet malt to dry toast to finish. Citrusy bitterness and a mild stemmy effect accompanies moderate alcohol warmth and a minty aftertaste that closes the beer with satisfaction.

Deb's Red Ale provides an effortless drinking session that displays the straight-forward dialogue of hop and malt balance; with little else to convoluted the stage. It should be the perfect complement to artistically barbecue pizza and caramelized onions and swiss on burgers.

BEERchitect, Nov 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ejimhof, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

brez8791, Jun 10, 2013
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Bell's Deb's Red Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.