Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

Bleeding Buckeye Red AleBleeding Buckeye Red Ale
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Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Ohio, United States
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
3.48 | pDev: 13.22%
May 12, 2018
Jun 14, 2002
Bleeding Buckeye Red AleBleeding Buckeye Red Ale
Notes: Formerly known as Bott Brothers ESB (the original occupants), this alehouse favorite is a complex medley of malt and hops.
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Rated: 3.5 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky

May 12, 2018
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Rated by ChilliHeights from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Average Red Ale with a great name for a columbus brew. Fun to serve in th fall for OSU games. Needs a little better flavor and bitterness.
Apr 13, 2018
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Reviewed by davisrin from Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
They call it a red ale, but I don't know what that means. Not much smell, mild taste at first with a nicely bitter aftertaste. There was a lovely, beige head that subsided into a lasting cover to the beer. I will admit that I appreciate that it's local to me. Not my first choice for a beer, but good overall.
Mar 24, 2018
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Reviewed by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle

Pours clear amber brown, eggshell head retains well as a film.

Smells of biscuit, brown sugar, caramel and pecan.

Flavor is of biscuit, buckwheat, maple, caramel and toast. Mildly grassy finish.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Decent drinkable medium ale. Good body and aroma. Worth trying.
Feb 12, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by C_Adams from Ohio

Oct 20, 2017
Rated: 3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Aug 28, 2017
Rated: 3.63 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Mar 18, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by akopczyk from Ohio

Mar 06, 2017
Rated: 3.54 by Marzen_Fan from Ohio

Feb 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

2/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Received two cans as a gift. It's the thought that counts. Surely it isn't the taste.
This one is pretty awful. Dirty smell and dirty malt taste with the wrong kind of bitterness. I dumped the beer and never opened the second can.
No redeeming quality here.
Dec 05, 2016
Rated: 2.79 by Brian29 from Ohio

Dec 02, 2016
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a proper straight-sided mug. This was a bit of a gusher, with the foam coming out of the bottle upon opening and a very tentative pour yielding almost a full glass of head. Very nice once it settled. Deep copper-colored body, with the generous eggshell colored head sticking around for quite a while. Seems to be pretty representative of the ESB style, except that this sample had a lot of carbonation. Light caramel and some fruity tartness on the palate, with a dry finish and a little lingering bitterness. What else is there to say except "Go Bucks!"
Nov 12, 2016
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki headh with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, an y east earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Irish red/ESB style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Jul 24, 2016
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Reviewed by gopens44 from Virginia

3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Looks great with its thick and foamy beige head sitting on top this crystal clear redness that's happening.

I get a lot of sweet malty fun in the nose, as it's a little reminiscent of that fresh malts smell that's you get in a brewery, but on the sweeter side.

Taste immediately rings the nose true as it leans to malty sweet and a little tart fig or something similar. Following is a bitterness that is fairly nondescript, like bitter soda water. Subsequent tastes bring out more berry, maybe even cola. Nothing overly hoppy.

A little sweetness lingers, but mostly the aftertaste is a bit like a vegetable aftertaste.

I wasn't really expecting much from this one (not reason other than the "the" Ohio State University association. ...) but turns out to be a pretty nice little beer.
Apr 18, 2016
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Reviewed by Stevem68 from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a deep Amber color. Aroma is malts and a funky tart note, not sour but tart. Flavor is malt forward with a bready mouthfeel and a crisp finish. Overall this could be way better, but not bad.
Feb 14, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

Feb 02, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

2.84/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Toasty red malt is a little metallic and the hop bite is sharp and bitter. The style is not currently my cup of tea but this isn't a particularly good one either.
Dec 26, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by StretchZep from Ohio

Dec 23, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by gbw5009 from Massachusetts

Dec 22, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Dec 06, 2015
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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +25%
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,
Nov 22, 2015
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Reviewed by Caveworm from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +27.6%
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.
Nov 22, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by ckollias from Maryland

Nov 21, 2015
Rated: 2.93 by tomahite from Minnesota

Oct 25, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by jspragur from Ohio

Sep 30, 2015
Rated: 3.35 by Nbdreher

Sep 29, 2015
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The Bleeding Buckeye....while having a kick ass 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.
Aug 30, 2015
Rated: 3.18 by Loudog1411 from Michigan

Aug 19, 2015
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -4%
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.
Aug 07, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by wvsabbath from West Virginia

Aug 01, 2015
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Reviewed by shanegatter from Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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.
Jul 18, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by Hootie159 from Massachusetts

Jul 14, 2015
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Reviewed by SaltofOH from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | 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. (Re-reviewed 5-12-17 at work! Hoppier than I remember.)

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. (On re-review, less sweet than I initially remember).
Jul 03, 2015
Rated: 3.49 by paresis from Massachusetts

Jun 12, 2015
Rated: 3.62 by Zonian1 from Ohio

May 24, 2015
Rated: 2.87 by Eastside151 from Ohio

May 22, 2015
Rated: 3.42 by Eziel from Ohio

May 21, 2015
Rated: 3.89 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Mar 26, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by dlin0sbb from Ohio

Feb 28, 2015
Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 180 ratings