This One Goes To 11 Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 9/13/2012
Bell's This One Goes to 11 is an imperial red ale that makes its ethanol content known, despite trying to hide it behind its hop content. The beer has an above average aroma and flavor, but not too much so, as the ethanol tends to overtake and crowd out the more flavorful and satisfying elements of the beer (I'm not drinking a beer simply because it contains alcohol). The body is substantial and satisfying, yet interestingly oily from the hops; still, the ethanol manages to cause enough of a burn to make this unpleasant as well. In general, the beer could turn down its dial a few notches and be all the better for itself: the 11% ABV isn't its strong suit. While I didn't mind this, a bottle or two would have been adequate; similarly, I don't really feel a need to revisit this in the future.
Pours a tall, 2cm head of beige foam that has above average retention (especially for the ethanol content) and is composed of small and medium-sized bubbles. The head has about average retention, eventually descending to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass with a few small islands of lace atop the body. Lacing is above average, but not spectacular, somewhat substantial in design in a few parts, but mostly lines and spots along the sides of the glass. Body is a deep amber red color, hazy, but still somewhat transparent, with light bringing out lighter orange and red hues. Carbonation is visible, plentiful, and moderately active.
When cold, this has a nice, rich grapefruit aroma. As the beer warms, a bit of pine resin smell becomes noticeable, the grapefruit scent decreases, and the caramel malt body becomes apparent. Warming a bit further, sharp, spicy ethanol mixes primarily with the malt sweetness, and the hops drop out. Would have been quite nice if the ethanol were a bit lower.
Overall flavor is of grapefruit and bitter hops early on, with a touch of pine resin, which quickly becomes overrun by ethanol spiciness and flavor from the mid-palate forwards. Tasting opens with modest caramel malt sweetness, which is quickly eclipsed by grapefruit-like hop bitterness and a bit of pine resin-like flavor. This continues, fairly pleasantly, until slightly past the middle of the mid-palate, when the ethanol is first tasted and felt. Ethanol dominance is maintained from this point forward: instead of getting a clean kick of bitterness at close, there's spicy and somewhat harsh alcohol with malt sweetness and grapefruit hop flavor in the background. Lingering aftertaste of ethanol and lesser traces of bittering hops and malt sweetness. While not as harsh as Revelry, This One Goes to 11 is still somewhat too aggressive with its ethanol for the malt and hop character of the beer. What is perhaps worse is that the ethanol lingers long, influencing the flavor of each sip, each one becoming more ethanol-tasting than the last.
Beer is medium-heavy to heavy bodied, with medium-level carbonation for the heaviness, resulting in a slightly fizzy feel at first, gradually reducing to a slightly foamy and smooth mouthfeel. The hop resins and oils present enhance the smoothness and make this somewhat oily and slick. Ethanol is easily felt on tongue, back of throat, within nostrils, and lingers long after each sip: fairly disappointing. Modest stickiness remains on palate and lips after each sip.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2012 05:54:01 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 19:26:58 | More by Alieniloquium
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/13/2012. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops and balanced dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of juicy hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/hop flavor balance with zero cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial red ale with age. All around great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2014 03:45:09 | More by superspak
This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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