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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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.

Added by AtLagerHeads on 06-14-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
168
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
22.73%
 
 
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 168
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 BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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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 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 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 stakem
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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).

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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 bluejacket74
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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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 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 Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Elevator changed the name on this one from Bott Brothers ESB in an attempt to avoid scaring customers away with the word "bitter" and to cash in on OSU. Whatever. On draught at Players Sports Bar in the Adam's Mark hotel in downtown Columbus. Pours a rich amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is fairly hoppy with malt undertones. Medium-bodied and really not all that bitter after all. Slightly sweet finish after you get through the initial hops aftertaste. Not a great beer but I wish every hotel bar had an option like this.

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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 JayQue
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 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.

HV

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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 Ryan011235
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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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 goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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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.

Cheers

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Photo of gopens44
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Wildman
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a medium amber color. Formed a white head with a decent lace, even if the head subsided more than I would like. Light aroma of hops and malt. Slightly sweet, with a nice body for an ESB. I would consider it too sweet for an ESB, but not bad. As a side note, they offered to make it a Sour Apple ESB by adding the necessary liqour. If you look at an earlier Beerfly review of flavored beer here, I am not happy with this trend. As I said before, last I checked, that was not how it's done

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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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3.52 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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