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

Bell's Deb's Red AleBell's Deb's Red Ale
BA SCORE
56.9%
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 116 ratings
Bell's Deb's Red AleBell's Deb's Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 10-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,138
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
116
Liked:
66
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
10.7%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of Ryan011235
1.97/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

On tap at King's Table

Clear tobacco brown. Decent head with skimmy retention and good lace.

This smells of toasted caramel, floral hops and herbal root. The taste is an ugly flourish of copper wire and charcoal, bitter bread and caramel wrappers that have been in tossed in a Half Price Books dumpster. The feel is sharp and brittle. High carbonation. Thankfully there isn't much of an aftertaste.

Pass on this.

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Photo of AuntBea
2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of youngblood
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Advertised as a dry-hopped red ale.

Poured a ruby red, with some deep amber hints. Clean white head. No lacing to speak of.

Smells rather sweet with a hint of piney hop oil. Hard to tell as the smoke in the air is interfering with my nose.

Disappointing flavor. Fairly sweet with relatively no hop profile. Closest to an amber in style, but there's nothing special here.

Good mouthfeel. Awful smooth going down.

Low abv makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of infestaxion
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it at the world record Bell's tapping. Took notes in the kick ass notebook they gave us.

A - Hazy amber with a big fluffy cream colored head.

S - Slight hop aroma but it's very muted. Jut not much to it.

T - Grassy hops and caramel malt. Again there's just not much there. But what is there is decent. The finish is dry malt with a lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. It's the best part about the beer really.

D - It'd be easy to drink a few of these. I just kind of wouldn't want to.

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Photo of oline73
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I had this in a sampler at the Eccentric Cafe while on our beercation in Michigan.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red amber with a finger of thick off white head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smell: Mildly sweet malt up front along with some citrus hops.

Taste: Quite malty with a mild spice. Some citrus hop bitterness balanced by a sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very nice looking beer, nice to drink but not very interesting.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of AgentZero
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Amber colored beer with a bit of a foamy head. Decent retention with a bit of lace.

S - Some citrus and earthy hops, with mostly malt coming through. Nothing particularly special here, little bit of soap.

T - Taste is about like the nose, there's not really enough hop character to this and the malts seem a little bit watered down.

M - Smooth, crisp, medium bodied.

O - Not a great beer, but it's drinkable without being offensive. There's a lot of Amber/Reds I'd rather drink than this one.

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Photo of maximum12
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split with the wife at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Amber brew with again, almost no smell coming off of it. How can something this malty not smell like...something?

This is a massive, straight-up malt bomb with only a tingle of hop bitterness at the end that's quickly overrun. Honestly, I've never had a beer this malty in my life. The first sip or two is a turn-off, but as it warms, this grew on me. My wife hated it. Not sure I could down more than one of these, but it was worth having!

Pretty good beer. No "balance" in this one, though!

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Photo of TheDM
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a small head of mostly diminishing fine light brown colored bubbles and a medium amber brown colored body. It had a hoppy aroma and a somewhat smooth thick flavor of hops, malt and spices. The best thing about it was its appearance. Then, it went down from there. But, it is a very nice brew none-the-less.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcalabre
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 29 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
This pours cloudy, brown colored with a nice one finger head. It has a medium body, upfront sweetness, followed by some bite on the tongue. This is a nice beer. It is unique.

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice aber color with perhaps copper tinge.Smelled very sweet and malty and some fruit tinge from the hops,very comples.Tasted of baking spices?A little filling but that may be just me.A real complex red ale very well made in my opinion,have had it a few times.

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Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deebo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alfie
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Bell's Deb's Red Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 56.9% out of 100 with 116 ratings
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