This One Goes To 11 Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by rundocrun:
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A - Body is a deep ruby-orange. Minimal head that only sticks around for a couple minutes. I suppose with a beer north of 10%, its rare to have a really hefty layer of foam though. Good amount of lacing that falls ever-so-slowly down the side of the glass.
S - I definitely get a sense for the large variety of hops they used in this one. Lots of grassy aromas mixed with definite citrus, and a great layer of funky, earthy hop smell that I rarely come across. Amid the hop frenzy I get hints of the caramelized, malty backbone of the beer.
T - Up front, it is sweet, but delicately so. Light malt flavors mixed with lemony hop flavor. A surprising start to such a "intense" beer. The hop flavor lays on layers of complexity through the middle as well as a healthy dose of bitter punch. Finish sees a return to the citrus, warm but noticeable alcohol and the ever-present hefty backbone of sweet caramel malt. This makes for a tangy-sweet aftertaste.
M - Thick mouthfeel for sure. Carbonation complements the hops in this beer well. As the bubbles begin to break over your tongue, the citrus, floral, funky, etc. flavors of the hops bloom with it. The finish is smooth with just a small kick in the pants from the alcohol.
I know they may be marketing this as an age-able beer, but in my opinion it needs absolutely no maturing. The hops are assertive, but they don't invade the palate with bitterness. Malts balance well. Great fall and winter brew.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2012 01:50:24 | More by rundocrun
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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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