This One Goes To 11 Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 75
Gots: 92 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aasher on 10-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This One Goes to 11 Ale opens with bright, juicy aromas such as tropical fruits & ripe cherries, largely derived from massive kettle & dry-hop additions of Southern Hemisphere hop varieties such as Galaxy, Motueka, and Summer. The citrus & resinous pine notes of the Pacific Northwest hop family are also well represented, making their presence known through Simcoe, Citra, and the newly released Mosaic varietal, just to name a few. A wide range of specialty malts anchor the hops to this Imperial Red Ale, contrasting the assertive bitterness & juicy aromatics with a robust, toasty depth of flavor. Fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, This One Goes to 11 Ale finishes with a lingering warmth.
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. Pours a beautiful deep reddish amber with a nice rocky white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The nose is like that of an American Barleywine. I get sweet malt (lots of it), a generous dose of pine-like American hops, and a nice faint scent of alcohol.

The beer has a full body and a velvety feel. The taste follows the nose. I get sweet flavors of toffee-like malt and over-ripe fruit coating my mouth. The hops are very well-balanced with the malt and start to arrive around mid-palate. You wouldn't think of this beer as hoppy, even though it can seem quite bitter in the back of the mouth. The bitterness is primarily resiny and piney with just a little grapefruit. The balance is so well-done, it is effortless to drink. There's a substantial hit of booziness in the back of the mouth and it lingers nicely on the finish along with the hops. There are some dark fruit notes like plums and raisins that linger a bit on the finish as well.

This beer drinks like a very nice old ale or barleywine. I was only able to get one bottle of this. I really would have liked to have tried it more than once. There's a lot there that I don't think I picked up on in only one tasting. I really enjoyed this beer and would pick it up again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber color with lots of red tones mixed in. Creamy, off-white head that leaves just a little bit of lacing along the glass. Smells are heavy on the citrus, mainly orange and pineapple. Right next to the citrus is a huge dose of hops. Very pine-filled and weedy, what you'd expect in any imperial red. The taste hits big with the pine tree, hop bitterness up front and through the middle, getting stronger as the beer gets warmer. It's balanced so well with the sweetness from the citrus flavors - the most noticeable being orange, but pineapple, grape, and melons are also relevant. The taste it truly fantastic - the perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness and incredibly easy to drink for being 11% ABV. Mouth is medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

Awesome beer, here. A great imperial red with a nearly perfect balance of fruity sweetness and hoppy bitterness. It's kind of sad knowing this beer most likely won't be produced again!

Photo of barhoc11
4/5  rDev -3.6%

This had some age on it but it was still tasty. It reminded me of a maltier barleywine and was pretty smooth.

Photo of bsp77
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich amber with thin off-white head.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, orange, pine and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, toasted caramel and toffee malt core. Nice onslaught of orange, pine and tropical notes from the hops. Not really very bitter, just hoppy and a little spicy.

Feel: Full, smooth and chewy body. Moderately low carbonation. Quite warming.

Overall: Falling somewhere between a Barleywine and an Imperial Red Ale, this is a delicious, full flavored treat. This was a nice surprise, as I did know about this beer until it appeared at my local store.

Photo of deebo
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 11000 brewed on 9-13-12

A-Lots of lively carbonation leads to a tan small bubbled thin head that fades while lacing the glass. Amber in color and perfectly clear.

S-Rich aromas of lots of caramel and lighter toasted malts with ample whiffs of juicy hops, remniscent of pineapple with a little cherry in for good measure. Smells absolutely delicious.

T-Nice characteristics of a hopped up red. I'm not too crazy about the combination of a hopped up high alcohol red ale. A lot going on here and the components (toasted malt with hints of toffee and just a bit grainy, lots of different flavored hop with upfront juicy notes and a fair amount of piney bitterness) seem to fight a bit and the vapory alcohol definitely takes away from the enjoyment, but I guess this one should be sipped anyway.

M-It's definitely a little hot, can tell this is a high ABV beer. Mouthfeel is fairly weak for such a big beer. Just a bit cloying. Carbonation is on the high side, but I think that is necessary for this one-would be more syrupy without having the carbonated zing. Plenty of malt providing a fairly long slightly bitter finish.

O-I think the aroma is the best part of this beer. It has a really nice base and think this would be a winner if just a red ale minus the imperial. An interesting hybrid beer that might be better off being a one and done. Still a fun one to try! And you can feel its effects after only 12 oz.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

This big beer's perfumey bouquet includes traces of light prune or plum, some cherry, alcohol and vanilla.
It pours beautiful ruby amber under a 1/2" off-white foam cap.
The beer starts sweet then malt flavors become more defined followed by rich hop flavors provide balance. Pitted fruits, alcohol, and a suggestion of bourbon and vanilla round out the palate. In the finish, malty, alcoholic, hoppy flavors slowly fade.
Big and chewy, with medium low carbonation and a pleasant warming.

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. Bottled 09/13/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with some orange and ruby red. Moderate bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very hop forward red aroma. Big hints of citrus hops including grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, mango, and lemon. Some earthy pine resin. Fairly floral and spicy. Smells somewhat hot and boozy. Solid red elements with good hints of toasted malts, caramel, biscuit, toffee, and cracker. This smells very sharp and big.

Taste: Just as big and full as it smells. Sharp bitterness from the hops upfront with a taste of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, lemon, and a little mango. Floral and earthy hops along with a spicy kick of pine resin. Not to be lost in the mix is a solid taste of toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and cracker. Their is also a little burnt sugar like sweetness. Alcohol heat is definitely noticeable in the taste but it isn't overwhelming. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat sticky. Somewhat hot but its manageable.

Overall: A really good brew here. Big and in your face with the hops and sweet malt but manages some balance and cleanness. A very good slow sipper.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little bit of orange, red and auburn make up the color profile for this beer. Small offwhite head. 1/2" in depth I'd say.

Aroma was way hoppier than expected, waves of tropical citrus, caramel, orange, rind, grapefruit, and toastiness. A little bit of bitter alcohol wafting up to the nose as well.

Taste, delivered plenty of that citrus and caramel experience. Came on just as much like a double ipa as a barleywine, its all a matter of degrees I guess, and freshness. Plenty of caramel malt notes throughout it though. Sweet, toffee bitterness to it. Brown sugar and oranges.

Wicked funny name by the way, I got all drunk running around saying in a weak English accent "You see, this one here, this one goes to 11." Bummer we had to drink this one at Layne & Courtney's because El Dorado bar manager David Hurley decided to go back on a pre-approved bottle share situation, and lie to our face, because it was hurting his BMC sales receipts I guess. Don't support the El Dorado, they don't support beer, or honor their own word. We'll take our $$ elsewhere. Drink this beer instead. Respect beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love the Spinal Tap reference this beer is deep ruddy mahogany tinted amber with a big tan head forming thick, fine speckled lacing is left behind as the head dwindles. Aroma luscious hops big malt backbone stands tall it's intense in all kind of ways, stored at cellar temp since it's release don't ask me why someone didn't drink this fresh but it's at my fingertips I can't complain. A beautiful expression of hops and malts it's big bad hoppy and fruity all in one note. Flavor is compromised of big hops, citrus, earthiness, and fruity notes collide with a big amber malt body going strong. A perfect cigar beer if there every was one, smoking a Man O War Ruination torpedo with this one as we speak...the hops collide perfectly with the smoke spicy Nicaraguan tobacco from the hands of AJ Fernandez. Big ripened fruit in the malts they called this an Imperial Red I will go on to say that is has barleywine characteristics this would be the one that shines as their standard barleywine release and it should be. Mouthfeel is oily and viscous in the best possible way really full bodied beer at it's best, hops from everywhere big enough malts to produce an 11 percent alcohol by volume beer, it's really great. Overall I want more this can't be the last of this beer, I better see it as an annual release perfect house yeast fermentation produces explicitly great beer in this case it's a strong ale/barleywine that Bell's has been lacking from their regular or rotational lineup.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - rich deep caramel red coloring. A thin head that surprisingly stays a while.

Smell - lots and lots of malts here with a subtle sweetness as well.

Taste - very forward with the malts, as expected at 11%. You can taste the booze for sure, but the nice bittering flavor as it leaves your mouth hides some of that strong booze.

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth with very little carbonation

Overall - they took it to 11 for sure and succeeded! Nice balance for such a strong beer!

Photo of CloudStrife
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright red with an amber hue and a 1.5 finger puffy slightly yellowed head. Just a little bit of visible carbonation. Head sticks around for a good while leaving a thin covering. A little lacing on the glass.

S: Hits you with a hoppiness, a sweet malt and a tinge of booze.

T: Yes, this one does go all out. Amplification 11. A good balance of hop and malt but on a bold level. Certainly some booze at the end

M: Thick necatary mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Sticky lingering mouthfeel. Certainly warming.

Overall if intensity is what Bells was looking for thats what they got. Could use a sit down for a year or so to mellow out.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bells, review from notes.

A: Pours an orange/copper color with a one finger off-white head on top. Nice head retention, with a small cap sticking around for a while. Thin lacing forms down the sides.

S: Surprisingly hoppy, very floral with some light fruit and a bit of pine. Nice caramel aromas on the back end.

T: Similarly hoppy with some nice citrus upfront, a bit of zest, and some earthy/grassy hops. More caramel and a bit of brown sugar as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Really liked this one quite a bit, liked how assertive the hops were.

Photo of Magpie14
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Shakespeare's in k-zoo

A: copper and gold surrounded by a reddish hue. No head or lace to speak of. Simple in appearance

S: juicy fruits in the nose. Tropical fruits mingle with soft peppery notes. Plenty of toasted malts wafting about. Slight booze

T: each sip unlocks hops ranging from sharp and peppery to leafy and fresh. Backed with sticky robust candied malts. A delicate and smooth burn follows each sip. Hands down, this beer is massive. It started with a fairly good balance and as it warmed it slowly crept into the cloyingly sweet category. But with each sip my faith is renewed with razor sharp hops cleaning and cutting to refresh my weary tongue . The dichotomy continues...

M: mouthfeel is teetering between sticky and smooth. Carbonation is low-medium.

O: this is dynamite. This is a personal favorite style of mine. Not many breweries seem to tackle red ales, let alone an imperial red and do it right. Bells has got it right as with most everything else they brew. Get it if you can

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Steve in Warren, he acquired about 4 months ago. Did not realize this bottle was at 11%. A presentable strong ale, with a good hop and toast aroma inviting me in. This reddish tinged and very heady and lacey offering had a sooth creamy mouthfeel. The hops are there in abundance, but not overally assertive. They linger on the palate. Sizable malt bill backing a big IBU. Good drinkability, the colder weather was appropriate to savor this one.

Photo of prototypic
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This One Goes to 11 pours an attractive reddish, copper color. It’s mostly clear. Backlighting gives it a really nice scarlet or garnet look. An off-white head tops it off. It’s modest and rises to about half a finger in height. It also dissipates quickly. Maybe the abv is a bit too high for it to survive. Lacing was light and spotty. Color looks good!

The nose is impressive. It kicks off with a nice, sweet caramel malt scent. A bit of toasted, bread-like malty notes follow. It smells like a nice, sturdy base. It’s quickly followed by a rush of citric hops. Grapefruit, orange, and mango are all noted. There are some piney, sprucey notes, but they’re secondary to the citrus notes. On the tail, it smells a little medicinal and features a cherry note. Alcohol is rather prominent. 11%? Yeah, I’ll buy that.

The flavor is really good. This is a nice imperial red ale. The malt base is sweet and a little sugary. Caramel and toffee flavors are most notable. There are some toasted and bready malt flavors that follow, but they’re somewhat subtle. Hops are strong and flavorful! They’re mostly citric. Grapefruit, orange, and mango flavors are abundant. Light piney notes follow. It’s a little bitter, but the malts provide quite a bit of balance. Alcohol is definitely noted. It’s there in flavor, but isn’t warm or hot. Finishes malty with a lot of delicious hop flavor.

This One Goes to 11 has a medium body. Carbonation is relatively light and soft. It feels quite smooth going down. In terms of drinkability, it feels big and strong. It’s a bit of a sipper. The 12 oz. serving size is perfect. More would be quite a challenge.

I’ll admit…I’m a Spinal Tap fan. Everything about this beer brings a smile to my face, including the name and the label. In terms of the beer, it’s damn tasty and is chock full of delicious hop flavor. My only gripe is that it’s a bit too big, but smaller would not be consistent with Spinal Tap. This is all about big and bold! Good stuff. Find a bottle or two.

Photo of freewill35
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer gave me bad dreams every time I drank it.

Photo of 33nickadams
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent ruby-amber color with a half finger head. Lightly carbonated with some stickiness of the lacing on the sides of the snifter. Smells citrusy, slightly piney, some caramel and alcohol. Tastes citrusy and surprisingly dry for such high alcohol content. Some pininess at the back end and somewhat well balanced with sweetness from the malt. Alcohol is dangerously hidden well. Mouthfeel is full, and as I said before, dry and well attenuated. Overall, I enjoyed this one. I would have liked a little more complexity from the malt, as the hops from this one really make its mark. I'm looking forward to comparing it to my imperial red ale, which is getting dry-hopped right now. Somehow, I don't think it will compare to this one.

Edit: Had another one last night and found the nose to be very alcoholic which turned me off a little. Just editing here because I did not seem to notice it in my original review.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Amber body with a small off-white head. Surface wisps and some residual sugars show up on a swirl.

Smell - Hoppy. Piney and grassy. Caramel malt. Intense all around.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light hop and a hefty dose of caramel. Kinda reminds me of Bigfoot. Smooth caramel malt with a hop bite in the back.

Mouthfeel - Really big malt presence, but well hopped. Although I don't really see the need for it to be this big, besides the gimmick.

Overall - Tastes like one would expect a giant red ale to taste.

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks go to Stakem for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

Pours a clear dark copper, with 2 fingers of rich off-white head. This maintains a solid ½ finger or so of robust froth, which leaves back sudsy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of zesty grapefruit, pine and herbs, with maltier backing notes of sweet caramel, some darker roast and then maybe even a smidge of brown sugar character. The high alcohol definitely gives this some power in the nose.

The taste has strong hop bitterness to it, with an equally strong resinous feel along for the ride as well. A sticky burnt sweetness hangs on the edges of the profile, trying its best to balance things and then eventually leaving behind a charred backend that lingers along with some leftover bitterness and pine from the hops. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a pretty lively sharpness to the carbonation that eventually does lessen some along the back and plenty of oiliness from the hops helps keep this on the smoother side as well. That 11% ABV is here and while not overly hot feeling, it does jack the intensity of this up a few levels.

I like me a good Imperial Red Ale and this one didn’t disappoint. Lots of aggressive flavors to this and the alcohol, while high, never did become overly intrusive here but instead really cranked things up to a solidly assertive degree. Nicely done.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish orange body with a nice foamy head. Spotty lacing.

The initial smell is bubble gum and tropical fruits. Unfortunately, it's followed by a strange vegetal aroma that smells like something organic decomposing.

Bubble gum, pine, and grapefruit with a sweet backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium, a little sticky, and low carbonation.

This was a good beer that I feel is similar to the oracle and double trouble.

Photo of NarrowG8
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper and smooth looking w/a creamy head

S - Caramel, liqour, cherry, toffee

T - Cherry, pepper, caramel

M - bubbly, light

O - I couldn't drink this on a regular basis but for an 11 ABV not bad. I'd save my money and buy one bottle or get on draft. Your better off buying larger quantities of a more drinkable beer.

Photo of Jaycase
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: copper, off white one finger head

s: primarily piney resinous hops

t: sweet malts at the forefront. piney hops then take over. some citrusy hops as well (grapefruit). aftertaste seems a bit off

m: medium body. carbonation appears off - seems flat.

o: Alcohol does hide itself well. Would never have guessed it was 11%. Enjoyable but I prefer Nosferatu between the two. Nosferatu is also much easier to obtain.

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish amber pour into a Bells tulip, creamy offwhite foam that leaves a drippy crowning halo of lacing behind. Lasting retention, slight haze, saturated color.

Tropical aroma, cantaloupe and melon, fruity and hoppy.

Big and smooth, slightly sweet with a building bitter finish. Dank and hoppy, intense as advertised. Slight taste of alcohol, but not too distracting... it's 11% after all. Drinks like a smooth double IPA. Candied fruit sweetness, balanced by a burly malt character and a dry bitterness coupled with some drying alcohol. Overall pretty smooth, though not craving another. It reminds me of some Alpine beers, so West Coast-style indeed.

Thanks for this one Eric!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, packaged on 9/13/12. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very nice, it smells like citrusy hops (mango, tropical fruit), toasted and caramel malt, pine hops, oranges, and a bit of cherry. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel and toasted malt, citrusy hops (pineapple, mango, tropical fruit), candied oranges, pine hops, and some toffee. It's sweeter tasting than I thought it would be, I was expecting a little more hoppiness but that's not a complaint at all! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. The 11% ABV is well hidden, it's very easy to drink for a beer this strong. I liked this brew a lot, I figure the rest of my 6 pack won't last too much longer. $17.99 a sixer.

Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cascading late to develop fingers worth of crisp light khaki perfectly level froth with a couple of big chunky bubbles mixed in... Minimal retention gives way to a full veil of lacing and moderately thick collar... The color is a deep dark bronzish amber... A slight bit of moderate paced carbonation bubbles rising randomly throughout... A moderate bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A wonderful mix of subdued but inviting hoppiness and a potent malty sweetness... The hops take an a muted piney character... The malt base is outstanding... Dark fruit... Caramel... Toffee... Biscuit... Perhaps even a slight hint of brown sugar...

T - A decisive malt base takes forefront on the palette... Caramel... Dark fruits... Sweet breads... Crust... Brown sugar... These all combine for a fairly complex and enjoyable fist salvo... The hops come in the next wave and do nothing more than compliment the malty goodness... The take on a piney character and add additional depth and complexity... A very light bitterness lingers on the finish...

M - Medium to full bodied... Sturdy... Rich... Slightly sticky... A very sharp carbonated bite hits the tongue... Very satisfying...

D - Another Bell's success... A big time American Red Ale that is well balanced and rather complex... I love hoppy beers that have an assertive malt backbone and this one definitely fits the bill... Perhaps not my favorite Bell's anniversary brew (Batch 9000 is tough to beat), but not too far behind either...

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This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.