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

This One Goes To 11 AleThis One Goes To 11 Ale

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637 Ratings
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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: aasher on 10-03-2012)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 20:09:15 | More by Sammy
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I find a great deal of amusement in the same back-and-forth dialogue in Spinaltap about the "...goes to ten. No, goes to 11" is very much the same argument that Bell's put up when they said that there may not be a celebratory beer for their thousand-batch series past 10,000. ...and now this!

This imperial red ale pours just as expected: Deep brownish red tint with a mahogany backdrop. Brilliant clarity further enhances the red appearance. The high octane beer releases a dense foam cap that retains and laces nicely, but does eventually succumb to the gravity of its alcohol underneath.

Hop character dominates the nose with aromas of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, fragrant herbs and grasses, and sprucy pines. Not to be completely over shadowed, the formidable malt rise to balance the hops with the scent of toffee, brittle, roasted peanuts, bread crust, and freshly toasted barley. Cherry-like esters emit from the acetone scented alcohols and further the complexity and balance.

Strong flavors of malt wash the mouth with a semi-sweet toffee and caramel blend. Toast, nuts, and biscotti works in complement to the sweeter taste and gives a moderate creamy starch taste that also supports the hops to come. The middle palate is a balance of malt and hop flavor as the taste of grapefruit pulp and pith, orange zest, apricot, mango, and freshly muddled cannabis-like grasses and chives rise to challenge the taste of sweeter and more bready malts. As the beer paces deep into taste, it develops a dry malt taste as the hops turn deeply resinous with the flavor of pine sap and pungent earth. It's this latter taste that invites the alcohol flavor of super glue and cherries that extends well past the finish.

Medium bodied, the beer's carbonation, dry-toast character, and hop dryness that keeps the beer from pushing further into fullness and heightens the sense of drinkability. But despite it's relatively high sweetness and full flavor, the beer retains a semi-dry texture throughout. But the late palate ushers in a deeply resinous bitterness with low-lying astringency, high alcohol warmth, and strong bite in the throat.

Although this one goes to 11, it definitely pushes the ranges of where red ales meet American barleywine but becomes a bit bullyish with its strong alcohols that are exposed by its attempt to dryness and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 19:14:08 | More by BEERchitect
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Is there anything Spinal Tap can't do (other than find the stage in certain arenas)? This stuff pours a clear orange-russet topped by a finger of dusty off-white foam. The nose comprises bright grapefruit zest (mostly yellow, but there's some ruby red in there, too), mandarin orange flesh, mild pine resin, light caramel, and a kiss of pineapple. The taste holds notes of ruby red grapefruit zest, yellow grapefruit rind, orange rind, light toffee, even lighter biscuit, sharp pine resin, and a touch of banana peel. All of the hops are bright, but the fruit comes across a touch too rind-y, too bitter for full enjoyment to take place. Still pretty damn solid, though. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice imperial red, one that brings the bitterness to a horizon of strength without pushing it over it (a la Palate Wrecker or some other such nonsense). Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 04:13:51 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six-pack purchased from Vas Foremost on Milwaukee. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick collar, leaving a few splotches on top, but minimal lace on the sides of the glass. Dark ruby body that's semi-transparent when held to the light. Lots of glass-coating bubbles.

S - It's a imperial red ale, so the Crystal malt is front and center. Brown sugar, caramel, toasted bread, cotton candy, and red fruits mingle with citrus, tropical fruit, and mildly spicy hop flavors. There's a bit of alcohol present as it warms up.

T - The taste is a bit more mellow, with a nice mix of sweet malts, and fruity hops. Citrus zest, tropical fruits, and caramel dominate, with surprisingly low bitterness. Alcohol is significantly better hidden here as well.

M - Surprisingly spry carbonation, with a medium-full body that adequately supports the listed 11%. Fairly dry texture initially before yielding to a mildly sticky finish. There's some definite alcohol warmth after a few ounces.

D - It's a solid beer, albeit not one of which I could consume multiple servings. Still, it may be the strongest Batch X,000 since x=7, at least out of the gate. Even though the malt bill is hefty, it thankfully doesn't get excessively cloying. Still, I wish Bell's would just bring back the Big Head if they want to use a truckload of hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 04:50:35 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:43:25 | More by emerge077
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the new Bell's stemmed tulip. Beer is brownish and mostly clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation, low retention.

Aroma is mildly hoppy (wasn't expecting that) and sort of brown sugar / malty.

People have been telling me for a few weeks how bad this beer is and that's just not true. It isn't great but for an 11% beer is sure hides it well. Medium in body and sweet throughout, an interesting beer with a decent finish. Not great but decent. One was probably enough but I wouldn't turn down another one.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 19:52:52 | More by drabmuh
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep amber color with very little head on top. For as little of a head on top there was a decent amount of lacing. Pretty impressive. The smell of the beer is hoppy, it's got a light amount of bold malt and hops on the nose. The taste of the beer is hoppy, it's got a solid bitterness to it with a decent toasted malt backbone. The mouthfeel was thick, heavy body and gently carbonated. Overall this beer was pretty damn good, glad I was able to finally try it after reading all the hype about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 20:50:07 | More by Knapp85
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 21:04:37 | More by WVbeergeek
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A : Poured a clear reddish, grapefruit like color with a nice off white creamy head. Head retention is good with spotty lacing.

S : Big hop aroma, wowzers. Did not expect this from this style. Toasted bread and light caramel behind a pungent array of hops: pine, citrus and flowers. Some alcohol in the nose but for 11% it's really subdued

.T: Light caramel malt backbone blended with some light bread and then wham. Clubber Lang hits yu with hops. Tropical fruits, pine needles and flowers sting the palate. A booze sting hits the palate. FInish is a tad hot, lightly sticky and somewhat sweet but nice and enjoyable

M: Well carbonated, medium bodied, sordove slick on the tongue, nice bitterness bites back

O: Very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 22:46:25 | More by barleywinefiend
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the BAer who brought this to the Nov. '12 Philly 'burbs bottle share.

Nice reference. (It's Spinal Tap, for you damn kids who don't know anything.) Rusty brown color, pretty clear, with a foamy white head that receded to a ringlet, leaving a bit of lacing behind on my Stone sampler glass. Good mix in the aroma of bready crystal malts and fruity hops. Taste is similar, toasted bread, sweet malts, caramel, citrus and a bit of tropical fruit, slightly herbal and not too bitter. The hops take control ultimately. Medium body, and quite drinkable, with the higher ABV pretty well-hidden. I'd like to try this one again when it's not surrounded by stouts and sours, but it was a good one nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 08:49:03 | More by Rifugium
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pub glass. The brew appears a clear dark copper to mahogany color with a finger of tan head that dissolves slowly leaving some webby strings of lacing effect sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to the surface and a few bubbles rise to support. Overall, a very attractive looking brew with impressive head retention for it's strength.

The aroma of this brew is pretty fruity and floral from a combination of the hops as well as a mild hint of perfume-like alcohol that is mildly fusel/solvent. The malt presents itself with a bit of accenting sweetness that is nearly candy-like at times. As it warms up, it has a bit of rindy element to it somewhat reminiscent of pulp or zest of grapefruits.

The taste provides enough herbal bitterness to keep the overall package balanced. It is mildly catty with herbs, grass and pine. Whereas the aroma was more fruity and floral, the taste is more earthen, grassy and catty. The malt inclusion is mildly toasty with a hint of biscuit quality before the focus draws back into more of the hop bitterness and solvent alcohol. As the brew warms up, it seems like all other beer-related characteristics dissolve and all that is left is this solvent, neutral spirit-like alcohol that is reminiscent of low quality vodka.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. My initial impression/feeling was that this was similar to a big brother to nugget nectar. As the experience continued, it really fell apart and became nothing but a solvent/fusel alcohol mess with not enough malt backing and a hoppiness that seemingly provides bitterness but not much flavor beside the aftertaste. I am glad I got a chance to try this but not interesting in having it again... ever. I am surprised by how high the previous reviews are. This was a rare miss by Bells especially for a landmark/milestone batch number.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:03:50 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 18:05:29 | More by Kegatron
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 16:55:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Adam.

The beer is a pretty amber hue, appearing transparent. The head is about an inch thick and leaves a thick ringlet of lace around the pint glass. The aroma offers a large malt bill, followed by pine, resin, hops, alcohol. Slightly fruity in the one as well. The taste, unfortunately, is dominated by alcohol. Hop, malt, and fruity malt flavors are steamrolled by a tidal wave of booze. Medium to full bodied with resinous hops sticking to the palate. Lingering alcoholic heat. Not a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 01:23:15 | More by Huhzubendah
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

A really nicet orb and somewhat cloudy glowing reddish orange body, right like a sunset. Head is off white to very light tan, with very tiny bubbles and lots of creamy character. Speckled lacing hits the glass.

Nose is hop dominant. Dry pine and resin, faint malt backbone and sweetness, no heat. Pretty impressive but nothing mindbending. Some dankness and hints of earth and soil come out later, even some pickle juice.

Palate is all hops. Big dry hop angle with an almost wet backbone. Malt sweetness angle is completely shattered and trampled by a giant viscous and oily pine flavor. No warming heat, for 11 percent which is pretty impressive. However, the beer is trampled by this hop profile with no sense of malt backbone to carry it. A somewhat creamy body but also a little flat.

Overall it's drinkable, and a classic hop bomb, but it's rather one dimensional and I am not really drawn to this at all. It feels like a big one trick pony, but it will keep the hop junkies happy.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:00:34 | More by smakawhat
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/13/2012. Pours hazy reddish orange color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, orange, pine, pineapple, citrus rind, herbal, floral, grass, toast, bread, and earthy spiciness. Excellent aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, caramel, toast, bread, herbal, floral, pine resin, citrus rind, and piney spiciness. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, bread, pine, citrus rind, floral, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; good malt/bitterness balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial red ale. Great hop flavor profile with nice malt balance; very smooth to sip on for an 11% beer. Really enjoyed this one, glad I have a few more.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 03:56:54 | More by superspak
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick single finger head with excellent lacing and retention on a murky deep orange with an odd sea foam green hue body. Aroma is fairly boozy alerting you to the flavor with notes of apricot, molasses, brown sugar and wood. Flavor is initially fairly boozy but lightens up as enjoyed and as it warmed a bit with notes of apricot, pine, cherry, candied orange on an earthy and woody caramel malt base. A very nice memorable and complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 20:06:39 | More by kylehay2004
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry orange citrus rind hops. In the taste, dry orange citrus to grapefruit citrus hops. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus and a small caramel like malt in the aftertaste. Nice hops, small malt balance, and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 16:51:56 | More by OWSLEY069
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 21:00:32 | More by bluejacket74
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The looks for an imperial red ale is spot on. Deep amber brown tone with a 1/2 inch of tan colored head. As expected lacing is sublime.

S - Oily hop resins, a touch of boozy heat, and a mild touch of caramel from the amber side.

T - Drinking this a touch warm so the first sip hit me kind of hard. Quickly the burn is replaced by a citrus like hop bitterness that fades into a sweet malt finish. It's balanced for sure but the ABV might be a touch high for the style (Like a malted up Hopslam) Good but not great.

M - Medium to heavy body. Kind of chewy and the booze factor does fade half in the glass.

Overall I am kind of glad I didn't pick up an entire six pack of this. Its almost overboard with the ABV making it a sipper. Still I am always glad to try something extreme from Bell's

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 23:19:49 | More by DrDemento456
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ZAP

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy the writeup from the brewery on this one sure seemed up my alley. I bought two sixers at $16 per sixer untasted. I guess that was about right. Maybe one sixer would have been fine.

A-A bit of a burnt orange color...1/8 inch off white head...

S-Aroma is sticky sweet malt and fruity....overripe melons, mangos and tangerines..

T-To me this tastes borders on a BW...malt is pretty sticky sweet (toffee)....there is some nice fruitness (citrus and tropical) but it strains at times to overcome the malt....I like it but don't love it.

M-Not particularly boozy....nor memorable...it's fine....just not what I was expected...a somewhat muddled profile...

O-I am glad I bought these. I would not buy anymore. Would much prefer to spend my Bells money on Hopslam and Oracle

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 06:34:45 | More by ZAP
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see an entry in the over-the-top category of American Amber ales. Pour was a nice ruby leaning toward caramel. Hopping is aggressive, with a raw hop cone note up front, sliding through into a more sophisticated bittering toward the middle. Some malt sweetness, but it is vastly overshadowed by the hops. A little white pepper from the alcohol, but the relatively big ABV is carried through without much heat. Overall, a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 21:40:46 | More by Brent
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't feel like chasing this all over the Cities, so when I ran across it at a random store, picked up a couple bottles. Always jazzed to try something new from Bell's. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is a clear, deep ruby red. I was expecting something this big & malt-ridden to be murky - not sure why. Fires up with big malt notes, bready, caramel, extra side of citrus. It even smells big.

This One Goes to 11 gets props for the cool name & great label. The beer itself is indeed an ogre of a malt-bomb, though the earthy, citrus hops get the lead role, & the aroma seems to strengthen & creep through the nasal passages. Then the malts come through & leave a trail of light bread crumbs, caramel, toffee. Touch of allspice & lingering bitterness close the deal. Amber ales are usually one & done for me, but this one is going away like there's a hole in the bottom of the glass.

Seems like I've been on a run of beers that are really good without quite touching that top-shelf status - this one's another. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 02:38:51 | More by maximum12
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a perfect pint glass.

L - somewhat hazed amber color with a off-white head that stayed around for a while leaving a few streaks behind.

S - malty, similar to a scotch ale aroma with a floral background.

T - what starts out sweet and malty takes a turn to citrus rind bitterness finishing with a sticky sweetness on the lips.

F - medium bodied, it's a little chewy, warm and it is a sipper for sure.

O - whatever style this beer may be, it is a tasty one.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:01:26 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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mynie

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One time I found myself stranded in a hotel parking lot in Hammond, Indiana. It was Dark Lord Morning, my asshole friends had left without me, and it was apparent that the cab I had summoned and hour and half before wasn't ever coming to get me. But then I see these guys loading a hatchback up with beer. Figuring they're going to the fest, I play nice and ask if I can come along. They say sure, hop in.

Turns out they were Bell's employees, including one of Larry Bell's kids (daughter, maybe?), and they were as nice as could be. They said they had a keg of batch 9000 in the trunk.

"Wow, I still haven't opened my sixer," I said.

"Th-that's probably a good thing. Let is sit for a while," said a dude.

"Like, a few years," said another, and they all laughed.

So here we are 2.5 years later and that sixer is still unopened. And, jeez, we're already two thousand batches past that one! A-and the reason I didn't buy any batch 10k--didn't even bother to read about it, as a matter of fact--was because I'm tired of aging beer, there's only so much room in my cellar. So when the dude at the liquor store told me this one was ready to drink, I was cautious but optimistic.

Chalice pour, thick and fizless. Dark red with a tiny white cap.

Smells... surprisngly tame. Like a really thick, hoppy imperial red. Nodes of melon, rusty barley, and pine.

Tastes like a fresh hop cone. At first. Then it settles down into more of a regular impy red, bordering on a double IPA. Thick, syrupy caramel malt mingles with large nodes of citrus and pine, and while everything is good it ain't exactly expertly allayed.

So... age it? Maybe? It's pretty good--certainly drinkable--but not really much of a big milestone beer.

Serving type: bottle

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