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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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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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Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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).

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:33:43 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of 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
Photo of RoamingGnome


4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 04:37:37 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of brewtus


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:07:46 | More by brewtus
Photo of ZAP


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
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 06:11:46 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of shand


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 01:01:57 | More by shand
Photo of 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
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 05:54:01 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of PHKrames


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 03:51:21 | More by PHKrames
Photo of BeerGuyEsquire


4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 00:59:44 | More by BeerGuyEsquire
Photo of billab914


3.95/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 00:55:12 | More by billab914
Photo of SkeeterBoganski


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 23:41:58 | More by SkeeterBoganski
Photo of CuriousMonk


4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 19:00:28 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 05:48:36 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of hardy008


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 03:44:12 | More by hardy008
Photo of JayQue


4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 03:38:57 | More by JayQue
Photo of cquinn17


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 05:39:09 | More by cquinn17
Photo of rsenters29


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

I just "LOVE" the smooth taste of everything goes to 11 ale,it is of those Imperial Red Ale that you can simply enjoy with it's sweet aroma's as it is deep,sturdy and vigorus as it balances well when compared to others likewise,so that is why this one list as one of my favorite beers bells brews!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 03:26:31 | More by rsenters29
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks surge1311 for hooking me up with this as a bonus bottle!

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a thinnish white head that reduces slowly and leaves some blotchy lacing.

S- Bread, caramel, toffee. Slight hop characteristic in the background. The aroma isn't very strong.

T- Sweet malty caramel, fresh coffee beans, toffee. Ends with a resinous pine flavor and a boozy warming feeling. The booze is quite apparent.

M- Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body.

This brew was slightly unbalanced in my opinion. It was on the sweet side, and the hops that were present didn't really mesh well with the big malt backbone. The booze was somewhat cloying and didn't really fit either.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 21:39:22 | More by gcamparone
Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Tom for sharing this
The beer pours a clear burnt orange with a quarter inch of fluffy tan head. For an 11% amber teeming with hop oils...I'm impressed by how long the head holds on and laces. The nose is indistinctly hoppy with a touch of caramel and alcohol. It smells syrupy sweet and is definitely borderline barleywine in comparison to nugget nectar. The taste is potently bitter, boozy, with caramelized sugars on the back end. Guava and pineapple are the first fruits that come to mind. It's a full bodied, smooth drinking, evening sipper that's frankly over the top. A thick coating of sweetness and bitterness sit on my palate for minutes after each sip, drawing salivary fluids down to wash away and dilute this monster sipper. This beer was definitely worth trying, but is too aggressive and potent to be a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 23:17:32 | More by ThePorterSorter
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date listed as 09/13/2012 so this is a fairly fresh brew, chillin for about three months in the bottle.

A - Pours a dark robust reddish copper color with about one finger of head.

S - Smells delicious, wonderful hop presence. This smells like an extremely tasty imperial red ale.

T - Mmmmm, once again, wonderful presence of the hops abound. Extremely bitter, but it doesn't make you recoil in terror. This is definitely a hophead's beer. Maybe just a slight hotness at the end from this beer's nice 11% abv.

M - Great mouthfeel, resinous sticky hop taste lingers around for a minute, with again some more hotness. Does not taste like an 11% beer though at all. This brew is dangerously smooth.

Overall, this is definitely a beer worth checking out. Very well made, high alcohol content is masked pretty well, this is definitely a beer you won't want very many of. Very glad I was able to pick one of these up, a little expensive, but definitely worth it.

Bell's This One Goes To 11 Ale ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 22:38:44 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Holland


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to thegoon55 for sending me this!

A: clear orange to amber color, but lighter than Bell's Amber or any other "amber ale" I've had according to my memory. Soft looking head leaves most of the top covered.

S: huge hop smell from citrus to pine sap, along with almost as big of a malty sweet smell with slightly toasted sugar.

T: way more malt-based than I thought it would be due to the smell, but it still has some great bitterness and pine resin flavors from the hops to balance it. Some alcohol is present as it warms.

M: big body with a perfect amount of carbonation makes this feel deliciously smooth and still allows the bitterness to come through sharply with the carbonation.

O: very good beer, but I wish I found it when it was fresh. Still, happy I was able to check it off the list.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 00:44:12 | More by Holland
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New York

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

Big thanks to a few different people for sending this to me recently...

A: Pours a great red/orange with about one and a half fingers of off-white head. The foam settles fairly quickly, and leaves some spotty lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is strong hops with lemony citrus shining through. But there is a solid malt presence in there as well. Smells really nice.

T: It starts out with an initial hit of citrus hops, but the malt starts to develop right after. The malt and hops mix well together, but near the finish the abv starts to make itself known. The finish is malty and boozy.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer is wet to start, but turns sticky and coats the palate. It linger for a bit and slowly slides off.

O: I really enjoy this beer. And to be perfectly honest, if you had told me this is 11% abv, I wouldn't believe you. It's incredibly easy to drink for such a "big" beer. Solid stuff. Will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 21:03:21 | More by trxxpaxxs
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 02:12:36 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of Bierguy5


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Hazy red, copper color with a decent white cap. Head disappears quickly, but leaves a thing ring and some nice patches of lace.

Lots of hop aroma here! Grapefruit and pine jump out at first. Sugary, ripe tropical fruits as well. Malt is present in the nose as well, robust.

Great malt up front. Some caramel and almost toffee. Some sweetness, but the hops come in to take over. Lots of pine, slightly herbal and tropical. Bitterness is sharp, but lingers for a while. Nothing overwhelming.

Medium to full body, with softer carbonation. Some warmth from alcohol. This is a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 01:17:20 | More by Bierguy5
This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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