Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale | Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Ohio, United States
elevatorbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
174
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
13.14%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
39
For Trade:
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of nmann08
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +3.4%
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 +5.1%
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 -4.6%
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 WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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 WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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 stakem
3.57/5  rDev +2%
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 RblWthACoz
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
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 jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Eziel
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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 bluejacket74
3.26/5  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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of atone315
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Sabtos
2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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 -3.4%
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 Hootie159
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zonian1
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5 out of 5 based on 174 ratings.
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