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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

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53
Ratings:
168
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
22.73%
 
 
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 168
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new name for the former ESB. The publican, Rita, told me that they had to change the name because too many people would not try something with the name Extra Special Bitter. Bitter this is not, in fact, it tends more to its malt side than the bittering hops. It has a good flavor indeed and is quite drinkable. The look is of clear amber under an ivory head. It shows good lacing effect and is smooth on the palate. A good, refreshing beer that is none the less for its name.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with a frothy off-white head that leaves coating lace.

S- Unexpected chocolately malt aroma, caramel, fruity esters, and grains

T- Toffee, big biscuit and grain flavor, mild indistinct fruitiness

M- Medium body, medium level of carbonation, fairly smooth, does not finish very dry

O- A very drinkable beer. Does not taste like any ESB I have ever had, but it is pretty good.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.11/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2 bottles consumed 7 months apart. One was decent, one was nearing wretched territory; splitting the difference scorewise here.

New bottle reviewed 12/16/11:
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a LaChouffe tulip. Copperish amber with a modest off-white head and a bit of soapy lacing up top.

Nose has plentiful caramel with tobacco and a mysterious burnt character. A rather unpleasant, but distinctive surprise upon sipping. I handed it to my wife. “What’s this taste like to you?” “An old put out cigarette.” Yep, that’s what I thought, too. This one’s a real headscratcher. Plenty malty with tangy leafy hops, but the old ciggy flavor- stale tobacco and signed paper- is remarkably spot-on and completely distracting. I’ve heard of tossing all sorts of crazy stuff in the fermenter, but this takes the cake. Gross.

Original review 05-20-2011:
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a shaker pint. Hazy copper with hints of amber. A smallish but handsome initial creamy head drifts away in short order. A bit of lacing.

Smells of unbaked pie crust, caramel, some floral and light earthy hops, toasty grains. Nice combo of caramel and toasted malt flavors. Medium body in part because of the abundant carbonation; it's actually kinda thin in the finish. Lacking in the earthy and leafy hop character I prefer in ESBs, but there's a fair amount of pine and floral flavor.

Overall impression: Nothing wrong with an decent easy-drinking brew, and this one fits the bill.

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Photo of joepais
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Csmiley for sending this one out to me
Poured into a Sam Adams glass, it produced a two finger white head that settled to a thick lace. The body of the brew was clear amber red in color.

The aromas coming of the glass were bready yeast, and caramel malts with a light hops. The malt sweetness and hop bitters' were perfectly balanced leaning ever slightly to the bitter. This was just what I was looking for in the style. It was clean and crisp in the mouth, and very easy to drink.

This was a fun beer to drink and good for a style that you don't see much

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Photo of beergeek279
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Elevator Brewery. The color was amber, with some head. The smell seemed very off, almost rotten. The taste, however, was quite good, and the malt and hop mixed quite well in this one. Mouthfeel was smooth. As for drinkability, probably could have quite a few.

Well, being a PSU fan in Columbus, was hoping for the Buckeyes to bleed a bit, but wasn't the case that day, but an apropos name nonetheless. A solid beer, and one that I'd probably have again should I be in the neighborhood.

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Photo of beveritt
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Had on tap at a local restaurant. Arrived in a tall, skinny beer mug.

Appearance: No head by the time it got to the table, just some off white foam on top and a ring around the glass. The beer itself is a deep red/copper color, with maybe just a hint of chill haze.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt with metallic earthy tones.

Taste: Fairly sweet malt with hints of caramel and biscuit. Finishes with a medium bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A good beer with solid yet tame flavors. By far the best beer at the restaurant I was in. My wife had a Killian's Irish Red and it tasted like water next to this one.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
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,

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Photo of blakesell
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap as part of a sampler on my first day in Columbus after moving here.

Poured from the tap into a wine style tasting glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a brown orange amber with a slight head of bone hued foam. Lacing clings to the sides and no creamy muck on the top after the head dissipates.

Smell- Amber brown malts with a sweet caramel aroma. Hops smell quite balanced. Very sweet smelling for a red ale, but oftentimes the category is a catch all for breweries.

Taste- Rich and smoth with a substantial hoppy note. A bit thin but I'll save that for the mouthfeel category. A bit of a burnt sensation, likely from darker malts. Hops more lingering on the finish with light creaminess and pine.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, light, and a bit thin and watery on the finish. Decently carbonated, medium thin bodied.

Drinkability- Quite smooth and drinkable for the swilling needs. Well worth a revisit one day.

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Photo of UDbeernut
2.43/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

on tap poured into a pint glass

a: nice translucent amber color, slight off white head with little retention

s: nice caramel malt profile, slight hint of hops

t: caramel malt and toffee give way to a slight hop assertivness. I taste a chalkyness... not pleasant.

m&d: slightly chewy mouth, medium bodied. drinkable, but I would not ever drink this again.

Cheers!!!!

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Photo of ndekke39
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep redish-brown (or should I say scarlet?). Very rich color. Small, white head on it when poured.

S: Lovely malt aromas, touch of hops. Not as strong as I prefer in this style.

T: Similar to smells. Nice middle notes of the malt, which I love. The taste seemed closer to a Scottish Ale than a Strong Bitter. Touch of hoppy aftertaste, but none of it too strong.

M: Light creaminess. Not too thick.

D: Very nice for sipping. We sat out on the patio on a warm summer evening, and this drink was perfect. Went well with my fish and chips, too.

Overall, I'd gladly pick this one up again, although I've tasted stronger ales, and have other favorites at the Elevator.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale is a copper colored brew and a moderate pour is all that is necessary to create a thick, lumpy head of off- white colored foam. The nose is nice, with scents of caramel, earthy tones, and some nuts.

With the flavor, there are few surprises, but no real disappointments either. The taste of this beer features caramel malts, toasted malts, and light earthy hops with a touch of mineral and nutty notes. There is some fruity flavor here, but it is buried behind the caramel and toasted malt flavors, which are what stick with you the most.

This is a fairly well- balanced beer, medium in body and pleasant overall. Even if you’re not a diehard Buckeye fan, you will find many things to like about this beer. It may not rank in your all- time top ten for its style, but there is certainly enough quality here to recommend a sample or two.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.44/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | 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.

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.

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Photo of screamking
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours medium amber with a 1 inch khaki head. The head stays longer than I expected, over a minute. Sweet malty aroma which turns a little hoppy at the end. The hop bitterness seems to be equally matched with the malt here. Very balanced, and very easy to drink. I'm quite impressed with this one. Not every beer needs to knock your socks of with hops and strong ABV. This is just a plain, down and dirty beer. On a side note, I do think the name is kinda lame.

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Photo of raznug
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This beer pours a deep red color and is topped with ¾” of white head that tends to hang around in a thin layer well into the pint.
Smell: This is a rather clean smelling beer with just a small amount of malt aroma detected by my nose.
Taste: Again this is a rather clean beer with just a nice blend of malt and a small amount of hops in the flavor.
Mouthfeel: Bleeding buckeye is a light bodied red ale with a tasty blend of malt and hops and a nice clean finish.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Had this beer on tap in the house pint glass. This beer is a deep amber red. It has a small off-white head that gives some good lace.

S: The smell is floral and light with grain notes.

T: Not bad. Very well balanced. The hoppyness isn't over the top. It's smoother than an ESB but more robust than a Red Ale. Very unique.

M: Mouthfeel was light and fizzy.

D: Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of stercomm
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A- a reddish copper in color, very clear, got a single finger off-white head that receded quickly. Slight lacing on the glass.

S - hints of malt and a bit of pine, somewhat subdued scents

T - slight Carmel on the front end, hops show up on the finish with a citrus and pine taste, nicely balanced brew, given the label stating red ale was expecting more malts.

D - at first was a bit put off by the brew as I was expecting something different, after I adjusted my expectation not a bad beer, nicely balanced, crisp finish, a beer you can easily drink.

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Photo of xare
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice reddish appearance, very small head that goes away almost immediately. Pint served to me in a pint glass at about 55 degrees - nice temp but it'll warm up fast, wish it was served a bit colder so I could drink it at a more leisurely pace.

Smell was of biscuity malt with a small touch of citrusy hops. Almost like a lighter Fat Tire aroma.

Taste is excellent - biscuity malt, a touch of citrus hops and blends very well together, definitely not very bitter at all.

Mouthfeel is good - creamy, smooth, clean, crisp, and nearly no aftertaste. You get the bitterness of the hops and then that goes away nearly immediately.

Drinkability is outstanding. I'll probably have to get growlers of this since that's the only way I know of apart from on-tap that they sell it in.

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Photo of Bogforce
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pretty normal looking beer, no lacing, head goes away quickly, and has a dark orange brown color.

S: Definitely caramel smell, maybe a hint of toffee and that's bout it

T: A small citrus taste, with a small bit of caramel and some more malt taste

M: Decent mouthful very smooth

D: A fairly priced red ale that goes down smooth, pretty darn drinkable

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Photo of shanegatter
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bizarre carmelly citrus taste with a thinner than average finnish. Reminds me of a very heavy and less bright Killians. Pours much thicker but head has no retention whatsoever, at least not on my glass. Mouthfeel is thinner than average as well, for some reason I expected more of a candy-bar feel. Drinkability is simply average; this is an above average beer but they themselves can do much better.

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Photo of pumarocks
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this beer at Lucky's on Court Street in Downtown Athens, OH. It pours a nice scarlet red with a good head. It tasted like a fresh microbrew should. It was hoppy but not so overpowering. It was smooth with a lasting tang then a quick finish. It was a great accompaniment to the Italian sub it was served with. What a great paring! If you are ever in Athens stop by and grab a bite and a Buckeye Red!

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Photo of BigDRS
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

A - Color is a deep red/copper. Pour yields about a finger and a half of head. Retention is surprisingly quite nice, plus there's a decent amount of lace. Looks good so far.

S - Very muted. All I get is a bit of malt and a hint of citrus/grassy hops.

T - Malts and hops from the nose carry through. There is a hint of some caramel as well, but just a touch. Finish is crisp and quite bitter, it kind of snaps each sip to a close. The finish is a bit thin though and leaves a bit to be desired.

M - Mouthfeel is mid bodied with a noticeable amount of carbonation ... just a touch too much for my liking.

O - This is a decent, easy drinking beer. Based on the packaging I thought they were going for more of an irish red, but apparently this is supposed to be an ESB ... I'd prefer they were a bit more forward with the style instead of leaning heavily on the status of The Ohio State University to sell this beer.

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Photo of 5thOhio
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish amber with a slight creamy white head, which dissipated into a skim of foam on the surface. Not much lacing. Aroma is nutty, sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and viscous with snappy carbonation. Taste follows the aroma with nutty rich malt flavors, somewhat sweet, and a little hop bite in the background.

If you're not a hop fiend or simply want a change of pace, this should do the trick. Not exceptional, but not at all bad.

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