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

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BA SCORE
84
good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
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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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-27-2013 04:28:48 | More by ejimhof
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clay23

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-22-2013 03:32:24 | More by clay23
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captainbearcat

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-15-2013 22:30:58 | More by captainbearcat
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Jamison85

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-15-2013 04:01:01 | More by Jamison85
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Boilerfood

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-15-2013 01:10:27 | More by Boilerfood
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance: Arrives with a copper color and a rather modest head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Caramel forward with fruit and earth tones; hints of pine underneath

Taste: Caramel sweetness hits the tastebuds first, with a build-up of fruit and earth tones; in the middle, the piney hops make an entrance creating a balance between the sweet and bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad Amber but at the end of the day, it is still an Amber

07-13-2013 01:36:18 | More by brentk56
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%

Had on-tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe.

Maybe it's because I had it right after Quinannan Falls Lager (which blew my mind), but I wasn't *huge* on this. The beer looks unbelievable with spectacular lacing, but it only seemed "good" after that effing Quinannan Falls! A mild hop nose with the caramel is a nice change of pace from the Red Ales that seem to be heavy on the malt. The flavor is not much like the aroma, I found, and it lets you know that you're drinking a red. Deb's Red Ale has a significant caramel malt profile (as one'd expect) with almost a slight roast flavor as well. I'd try this again in a heart beat, especially as a starter beer.

07-08-2013 03:47:12 | More by Alextricity
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Sparty55

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-21-2013 23:20:35 | More by Sparty55
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sliks96

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-19-2013 03:06:54 | More by sliks96
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%

On tap at Pete's Place. Deb's Red pours a translucent, red-tinted orange color with a mild haze falling all the way from the top to the bottom. The cap is slightly gray-tinted and off-white; it comes out pretty small already, so it doesn't take long for it to become nothing but a skin. However, nice sheets of lace are left near the top of the glass while this happens.

At first, the aroma is a bit subdued, but it grows a bit with some warmth. It smells like you'd expect a red ale to smell; citrus fruits, orange, mango, with decent pine and grassy hoppage mingling softly. The citrus aromas seem a bit stronger than the pine, but overall, they're pretty evenly matched. Malts aren't quite as heavy as in many red ales, though a good amount of toasted bread is noticeable hanging out in the background.

Malts are more amped up on the palate; very faint caramel, bread, and toasted crackers lay the foundation for a dump truck of hops. Pine, light ash, grass, citrus and grapefruit peel, pineapple rind... The nose has carried over and transferred nicely to the flavor profile. A light bitterness strikes up front and slowly fades over the course of the sip.

The aftertaste is comprised of a comeback from the once-forgotten malts; a light toffee and toasty bread flavor coats your palate a bit after the beer has left your mouth. The body is medium, and the mouth feel is a bit sticky and resinous, almost like you're sucking the oils out of a hop. Carbonation is on the high side, but it's working for the style.

Overall, a very decent ale; though there isn't necessarily anything that puts this red ale head and shoulder above the others, it exhibits great balance and great drinkability. Very enjoyable for me, especially considering it's a style I'm not particularly fond of. You can still chalk up another successful brew for Bell's - is there anything they can't do?

06-12-2013 11:42:52 | More by tectactoe
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salinasa

Delaware

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-12-2013 01:33:53 | More by salinasa
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-10-2013 20:43:26 | More by brez8791
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metter98

New York

3.99/5  rDev +7%

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with strong notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of sweet caramel malts along with notes of citrusy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the combination of sweet caramel malts and citrusy hops in this beer.

05-30-2013 14:10:36 | More by metter98
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-29-2013 23:01:17 | More by smithj4
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josephwa

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-22-2013 20:52:48 | More by josephwa
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stewart124

Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +9.7%

On tap at the Yard House, Cincinnati.

Pours a medium to dark amber with creamy slightly off-white head.

Citrus in the nose and some light raisin notes.

Smooth and has a medium mouthfeel with a puckering bite that is more than I anticipated. Citrusy hops and some resiny, oily characters on the palate. This is more balanced towards the hops and yet maintains a good caramel note without becoming cloying. Medium caramel adds some fruity characters that compliment the hop bitterness.

Pleasing to drink and finishes fairly dry. Nice to see a hoppy amber ale out there on the market from Bell's. Another very solid beer in their portfolio.

04-06-2013 00:29:22 | More by stewart124
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-27-2013 00:04:59 | More by hollywood_15063
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Bill235

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-24-2013 16:51:48 | More by Bill235
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-02-2013 10:02:07 | More by beergorrilla
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silversumo

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-30-2012 20:23:34 | More by silversumo
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

11-27-2012 16:50:08 | More by BEERchitect
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-17-2012 19:36:16 | More by SportsandJorts
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Magery

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-09-2012 06:19:55 | More by Magery
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barczar

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -4%

Pours a cl.ear amber with copper highlights and a solid one inch beige head that lingers as a foamy cloud.

Caramel malt dominates the aroma, with floral hop character and a touch of resin at the finish.

Odd flavor, fairly fruity malt character, probably attributable more to hops, but hits early. Citrus tones resonate throughout, with perfumey hops contributing to the relatively dry finish. The bready malt backbone is biscuity, and no match for the hops.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency at the finish.

Overall, not what I expected from the description. The perfumey hops almost leave an impression of staleness. Malt could've been a bit more of a complex player.

11-07-2012 22:02:35 | More by barczar
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a6ladd


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

10-05-2012 20:42:02 | More by a6ladd
Bell's Deb's Red Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.