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

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116 Ratings
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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:
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Added by Mitchster on 10-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of deebo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BDeibs
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Doublechar0517
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of mrebeka
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of randylangford
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of michaelsmith11
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Robdiesel21
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of ubenumber2
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of romulus523
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Bell's and Taco's event Brick Store Pub Feb 13, 2011

A - amber red, 1 finger of head and tons of sticky lace left on the glass!

S - Citrus hops and caramel.

T - toasted malt and citrusy hops. Spicy! Caramel malts and malty aftertaste.

M - Well balanced. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body

O - An excellent red ale. Drink it if you can find it!

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Photo of superdoopersauce
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of lonewolfcry
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of clfrost
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at Diamond Jim Brady’s in Novi, Michigan. It arrived in a generic chalice, showing a glowing ruby, dirty burnt sienna coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of sandstone colored foam, leaving beautiful sheets of lacing in geologic layers, following a decent retention. A brief, chill haze was noted, but no sediment was found. Carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma gave notes of lemon rind, funky green manure, dried lawn grassiness, cherry fruitiness, wheat and gingerbread crust, toasted amber and pale malts, oregano herbals, oily muddiness, plastic grocery bags, and cork. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed surprising hoppy freshness to nicely balance the deep, toasty grain bill. As we sipped, the taste opened with clean amber malts, cereal grain, herbal and floral hop juiciness, hibiscus bitterness, sweet orange blossom fruitiness, brown sugar, and lemon rind. The middle came to a peak with grainy and gritty metallics, mild florals, pear and strawberry fruitiness, hints of fresh laundry soap and cotton, coppery red malts, and a tannic, unsweetened, lemony breakfast tea to pull us to the finish. Here, a blend of continued lemon tea bite, toasty ambers, red grape skins, fresh cranberry juice, sesame seed, lightly roasted coffee malts, tangerine sweetness, continued herbal and earthy hops, dried autumn leafiness, phenolic clove and plastic, gravel, and red cherry sweetness hit the palate and washed it clean. The aftertaste breathed of cocoa, sassafras, raw ginger root, peach pit, unsweetened black and lemon breakfast teas, cantaloupe melon, amber, red, and pale malt bitterness, and juicy floral hops. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium, but frothed and prickle with some vigor on the swirl around the mouth. This afforded a nice coating around the mouth, with quick astringent dryness, and light pucker. Cream, froth, smack, slurp, sip, glug, and pop were all nice and pleasant. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability was great.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. This gave hearty, deep, and spicy amber malts, as expected, but with wonderfully juicy and heavily floral hops to balance. This was both unexpected and unique to the style, giving it a soft edge and lightly sweet drinkability. This was countered by the stark tannic flow and bitterness through the end, but again, this was befitting to the picture, and a nice juxtaposition of both flavor and mouthfeel. That said, we are happy to have stumbled across this offering, and believe that any fan of the style, or anyone who likes any of Bell’s beers will procure some enjoyment from tasting Deb’s Red Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a frothy head. Smells of citrus , breads and caramel. In the taste, nutty , toasted malt and a heavy hand of citrus hops. Well balanced with a firm semi roasted malt body. Malty notes linger and has an almost cocoa like aftertaste. Medium bodied, crisp and holds the carbonation well. Overall this is a solid ale with good character.

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1.97/5  rDev -47.7%
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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Bell's Deb's Red Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.77 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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