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

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This One Goes To 11 AleThis One Goes To 11 Ale

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158 Reviews
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Reviews: 158
Hads: 674
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 73
Gots: 90 | FT: 5
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: 158 | Hads: 674
Photo of AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled 13 September 2012. Many thanks to xxcarpxx for the trade.

A: Gorgeous, ruddy auburn is lightly translucent and shines with tantalizing appeal. Light tan head is subdued, but leaves heavy and comprehensive lacing.

S: Mmmm. Bright hops, slightly sour fruit, supporting sweet-strong malt base. Intriguingly and enticingly floral. Otherwise, it smells much like other 'imperial reds' I've sample (e.g., G'Knight).

T/M: This is very good. It is not exceptional. But still...it is *very* good. The ABV is nearly undetectable, but the bitterness is welcome and omnipresent. Still, the balance is nigh impeccable, and voluminous, sweet malts mitigate the presumably high IBU. Perhaps a touch undercarbonated, but with an 11% ale, I'll turn a blind eye. The finish is hoppy, fruity, and intoxicating.

O: I love Bell's. I love this beer. Best brewery in America. That said, if you don't get your hands on one, don't work yourself into a lather. It's not THAT good. If you do, then gloat. Would drink again and again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A buddy of mine lucked into this beer at a Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids. He saw it behind the counter and luckily the woman working had no clue that she wasn’t suppose to sell it and let him purchase a six pack of this beer and he was nice enough to share a bottle with me.

Categorized as an American Strong Ale or an Imperial Red This One Goes to 11 was rather obscure on the market this year. I know this beer comes with a hefty price tag but I do think a wider release of this beer would be great because this beer packed a ton of flavor and would be a definite buy again. Nice thick head with tons of lacing, the aroma of the centennial, simcoe, and mosiac hops stand out with grapefruit and citrus, followed nicely by the caramel and toasted aromas of the malts. Flavor resembles the aroma with a deceptively smooth finish.

Bells really brings their A game with this beer and they continue to impress with their limited release beers. Not as talked about as Hopslam is when it comes out, this beer should be on your list of beers to try, especially if you are into reds, ambers, or Belgian strongs, but watch out for that ABV, it can sneak up on you.

From the brewery:

“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.”


STYLE: American Strong/Imperial Red


PURCHASED AT: A Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids.

Pour: Amber pour with a thick white head; great lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Grapefruit, caramel, toffee.

Taste: Very well balanced between the hops and malts, very drinkable for 11% beer.

Overall: B+

My Recommendation: Find it, try it. A great beer to try and if you are new to this style this is a good place to start.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Snifter
From: Main Street Liquor in Ann Arbor
Price: $19 a 6-pack

Appearance: deep orange color with a finger of foamy head. head receded to a bit of the lacing along the side.

Smell: some sweet malts and a bit of a strong hop presence

Taste: pretty strong citrus hops, caramel malts, a bit of fruits and alcohol. definitely a hoppy barleywine taste. the sweetness prevails in the taste but the bitterness of the hops comes in for the aftertaste. really well balanced flavors, very delicious

Mouthfeel: pretty heavy in body and a bit sticky. nice level of carbonation. this one will warm you up a bit.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. I have been drinking them on occasion since the release. I enjoy in now that the hops have started to mellow out a bit. It really reveals a lot of taste that was previously masked by the hops. Can't wait to crack another one open after a bit more time to see what happens.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle sent along to me from a good friend. This one pours dark red with a small slightly off white head. Hoppy, grassy, piney, grapefruit aroma. The aromas here really sticks it to you with all the different bitter aromas. The malt backbone is there but hides behind what is a massive pine grapefruit bitterness up front. Caramel candy apple sweetness on the palate. Very slick and oily. Solid brew.

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Photo of lonewolfcry
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Figured I better drink one sooner than later.
Missed the boat on the release and only found a single - my mistake.

A ~ Nice burnt orange, with maybe a half a finger of cream colored head which gave way fairly quick to just a whisper a round the edge. No lacing, but alcohol legs are there..
S ~ Toasted malts, a little booze, almost a little wine like.
I can't really pick up the hops too much on this as other people are.
T ~ I wish I would've tried this fresher, so I could compare what 4 months does to this beer.
Nice dark fruit taste, almost like a Belgium strong dark ale. Alcohol is definitely there (which is alright with me) and I get a little of what's left of the hops at the end.
M ~ Not a lot going - fairly thin & a little sticky.
O ~ I really like the taste of this one, and that's all that matters to me in the end.
Like I said...I wish I had some more.

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber brown with a quarter inch foamy cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving thick lacing around the rim.

Toasted and fruity amber malt combines with light citrus hop notes, accompanied by a boozy note to form the aroma. Caramel, resin, and pine emerge late. Subtler than expected.

Flavor reveals more hop character. A fairly strong grapefruit note begins the lightly tart profile, leading into pretty sweet caramel and toasted, bready malt, finishing fairly bitter and resiny. Some of the amber malt fruitiness eventually comes through.

Body is moderate, slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation and a lightly astringent finish. Alcohol warmth is present, but not overpowering.

I expected a little more. Pretty hoppy. Not as boozy as I feared.

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Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (batch 11000 of course, packaged on 9/13/12) received as a great extra in a recent trade with apaisncsu. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a rather hazy amber tinted brown color with a low half finger of off-white head that dies quickly leaving only a collar of foam and some traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of malt aroma up front...rich caramel and toffee, traces of molasses, brown sugar, burnt sugar. A bit of an earthy character too. Hops give a slight orangey citrus note, but are more spicy over the top of the malt base. Smells quite barleywine-ish. This is going to be intense...as the name would imply.

T - Quite a bit of toasted malt up front complemented with some darker roasted malt flavors. Burnt sugar sits right beside the toast and complements nicely. Far less sweet than the aroma suggests. Nice hop bitterness that offsets the malt very well and gives a good, almost neutral balance to the flavor. There is plenty of caramel and toffee, but this strikes an even balance with the citrusy hop presence.

M - Full bodied with a mid level carbonation. Tingley, a touch sticky and syrupy...coats the lips and tongue after each sip. Earthy, sweet, citrusy bitter - excellent blend of flavors that work well together. Bitterness lingers past the swallow overpowering the caramel/toffee sweetness and taking control.

O - Allthough technically still an amber ale, I'd call this more of an American strong ale. Full bodied, full flavored and well balanced. Somewhere between a sipper and and a normal drinker. Alcohol is noticeable but really well contained and hidden a bit. Working well this afternoon watching some NFL playoffs.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to hanzo for tossing this my way i8n8 the LNBASS BIF. enjoyed from a bell's tulip.

a - brew poured a deep crimson amber orange with a thin off white head. beer is transparent and lacing is streaky.

s - despite the age of a few months, there is still a nice hop presence on the nose but the malt leads the way with some nice toasted biscuits. i tasted this one a few months back and there was a much stronger hop presence...but it has definitely held up. nice fruit medley and a mix and very barleywine-esque.

t - much like the nose, the flavor screams barleywine. lots of nice toasted malts. good amount of booze. caramel.

m - easy drinker for such a big beer. soft carbonation and fairly full bodied without being chewy.

o - overall, a very enjoyable beer. once i got adjusted to the booziness it was rather flavorful and enjoyable. very glad to have another taste, but from memory the hop has definitely faded on this so if you have this one, drink it up (unless you are a fan of the malt).

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bells This one goes to 11 Ale

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into CBS snifter served chilled.

A) Cranberry red with a half finger of frothy head. The head dissipates quickly to just a collar, not much lacing noted, but some alcohol legs.

S) Caramel, some tropical fruit, bit of table sugar, and some booze. Pleasantly sweet....

T) This one definitely taste better to me as it warms up a little. Nice tropical fruit and a little bit of grass. The ingredients strike a good balance. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. Good aftertaste....

M) Full bodied with moderate carbonation this one starts out fairly lively on the palate but settles down and finishes rather smoothly. I'd described the finish as dry and slightly grassy.

O) I found this to be a very enjoyable imperial red ale. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it, given it's limited distribution. However, all things considered, I'd still rather just drink a Lagunitas Lucky 13.

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Photo of brewtus
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copied from 10/20/2012 review

Pours a dark orange/ red with little head. I smell a bit of caramel, dark berries and citrusy hops. Taste starts off with a dry fruit flavor which kind of warms up before finishing with a smooth dry texture. I'm not one fore reds but this one is very good.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.30.12

A - Pours a clear ruby red-brown with a fizzy tan head that fades slowly.

S - Very sweet, bready malts and some hoppy citrus orange.

T - Dull, but sweet malts more oranges and hops in the finish.

D - Good carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Sweet malts and hoppy end, but nothing exciting.

Bottled 09/13/12A Batch 11000

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Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's This One Goes to Eleven pours out a hazy copper-red with a finger of head that retains very well. It's got a huge aroma, with lots of piney hops, caramel malts, and a strong boozy component. The taste is just great, there's a big pine and citrus hop hit up front that was probably even more massive closer to bottling, followed up by some big caramel malts and a nice warming booze component. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium and lightly carbonated. There's a nice prickliness in the back of the throat though. The drinkability is exceptional. Overall, this is an excellent, and very big imperial red ale. If you like your beers big and brash, you'll love this.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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
Glass: Tulip

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.

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Photo of PHKrames
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle at home

A-A rich amber color with a sligh cream colored head that vanished quickly

S-Very piney, some floral notes

T-Once again rather piney with a sweet finish

M-Medium bodied, very easy to drink

O-I had to double check the ABV on this as it was hidden very well. A decent hopped imperial red. A very good beer, but probably much better when fresh.

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Photo of BeerGuyEsquire
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No time for a full review. Overall this beer was good, but not great. The high ABV was not really evident, and was really hidden well by the extreme hop flavor. I recommend it, and I would drink it again. Similar to other Bell's beers in style, particularly their "no fear" in ramping up the flavor approach to american beer.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my Three Floyd's glass. Deep amber in color with a thin, sticky head to it. Nice lacing as I drank it.

Aroma has a resiny, citrus rind bitterness mixing with sugary, candied malts. It's got notes of caramel and pineapple to it. Interesting mix of flavors but they come together pretty well.

The taste shows a little more of the juicy hoppiness to it with notes of candied orange and pineapple. The finish has more of the bitter, citrus rind flavors coming out. Caramel sweetness plays a role throughout.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a pretty nice beer. It had a lot going on but it came together pretty well. The hoppiness was pretty good in it as well.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewery and October; managed to bring back a six-pack and still loving up on the last of it.

A - red-orange haze; nice half-inch head; serious lacing and retention; calm present carbonation

S - sweet sweet hops; caramel and resin; citrus and grapefruit; hints of booze

T - I'm pretty sure this is the best 'imperial Red' I've ever had; citrusy; caramel; sweet bread; really hoppy; piney; a bit of orange

M - really syrupy; medium bodied; sticky; smooth; perfect carbonation; crispy with the hop-carb bite

O - again, this is really one of my favorite beers in a style of imperial red/red ipa/whatever you'd love to call it; it's hoppy, it's sweet; it's smooth and bitey with a nice syrupy pine richness that stays through and through. Love the 11% and the flavor complements the booze content well.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Dark amber pour with a tall, frothy tan head. Strong hop resins, fresh cut pine, citrus fruit, caramel and tropical fruit make up the aroma. Taste is big pine, floral hops, citrus oils, tropical fruit, chewy malt and rich caramel. Body is medium-full and very chewy with lots of resinous notes amongst the dense, creamy carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness throughout this one. Finishes with more rich caramel, chewy malt, strong pine, hops resins, tropical fruit notes and citrus oils. It is a complex and bold DIPA.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish amber with hick haze. Small level off-white head, which quickly turns into a dusting.

Huge fruity sweet aroma, easily sensed at arm's length.

A splash of caramel sweetness coats the tongue. Plenty of semi-sweet malt depth too. Juicy fruit. Bitter nip that lingers with the fruit in the afterglow.

Medium plus body, though short of chewy.

An imperial red with big malt, but a good dose of hops too. Worth trying and savoring.

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a one finger off white head with fair retention, and decent lacing. Smells like citrus, pine, and caramel.

There is a good amount of citrus, citrus zest, and caramel malt in the taste. If is more sweet than bitter, but there is enough bitterness to keep the sweetness under control. A very nice, and well balanced tasting beer.

Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden, especially for an 11% abv beer. A very nice beer from Bell's.

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Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just what an Imperial Red Ale should be. Big sweet caramel malt presence. Good hoppy finish that in no way detracts from the malty dominant flavor. There is also a good alcohol bite. THe flavors balance...Just right.

Looks good, nice head, thick lacing. Head retention good for an 11% beer. Aroma is strong, includes sweet malts and hoppiness.

Taste is really good...just right for an Imperial Red Ale, not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp.

Overall, a good drinking experience.

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Photo of cquinn17
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a New Belgium Globe

A- Really pretty. Darkest orange/red possible, almost brown. Finger of white head which recedes quickly.

S- Some citrusy hops, sweet, bready malts and alcohol at the very end of the whiff. Smells like a hop forward imperial red.

T- Pine and citrus hops with a nice finish. Just a solid hop taste really. They don't come out as much as I expected them to, but that could be a freshness issue I guess.

M- Good carbonation, solid grip on the back of the mouth with a very dry finish.

O- I wish I would've had this when it was fresher. The hops have definitely faded but its still a solid imperial red.

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This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.