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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

649 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 77
Gots: 99 | FT: 4
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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djtomain

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-07-2012 00:35:04 | More by djtomain
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-06-2012 15:19:04 | More by smartassboiler
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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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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

11-06-2012 07:14:57 | More by mynie
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PaulMc

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-06-2012 04:47:30 | More by PaulMc
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BrettD

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-06-2012 03:55:08 | More by BrettD
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BeerOps

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-06-2012 02:39:55 | More by BeerOps
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Crosseye


2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

11-06-2012 02:31:20 | More by Crosseye
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-06-2012 01:36:22 | More by JRod1969
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-05-2012 22:29:20 | More by millerbuffoon
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beesy for my test bottle of this!

Pours deep amber with a creamy 2 finger off white head. Very sticky lacing down the glass.

Aggressively hopped in the nose. Sweet citrus hops along with a load of resin. Booze is a bit present in the nose and a rich caramel aroma as well.

Tastes like candy coated hops. Tropical fruit and citrus up front lead into a heavy caramel presence and a sting of booze. Finishes with super resin and grapefruit leaving a stinging afterbite of hops and alcohol.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation levels. Booze is a little bit too present, but not completely over the top.

Enjoyable beer, but yet again a hoppy offering has exceeded my palate's ABV and the booze detracts a bit from the overall flavor. Not sure if this one will be any good or a complete mess with a little time, but I'll cellar one to see.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 17:45:51 | More by jmarsh123
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

11-05-2012 06:29:21 | More by Crimsontider22
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-05-2012 02:31:24 | More by baybum
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peabody

Kentucky

3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one probably needs to sit a while. Pours out a slightly brown with not a lot of bubbles. Lacing for sure though.
Smell is dates and bread with some raisin and alcohol.
Taste is very warm with alcohol first then the malt and sugars. Kind of one sided as I couldn't get the "red" in this brew.
Mouthfeel is very sticky and boozy. Needs some time to 'cure' some.
Overall I didn't get much out of this one. Just a really boozy sugar malt concotion.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:47:36 | More by peabody
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jereb33

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-05-2012 01:41:35 | More by jereb33
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squidrobot

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-05-2012 00:36:29 | More by squidrobot
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-04-2012 23:30:47 | More by derkfromwi
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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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OldBill


5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-04-2012 15:07:49 | More by OldBill
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-04-2012 02:57:19 | More by UltimateLivewire
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Myst

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-04-2012 02:18:33 | More by Myst
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matthageman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-03-2012 16:53:59 | More by matthageman
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “PKGD” date is “09/13/12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium copper. A finger of eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave a lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Resinous pine, invigorating citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, orange), tropical fruit, caramel, and toffee.

Taste: The pine, citrus, and tropical fruit are most prominent but are balanced by the maltier components. The hoppiness is not intense but there is a boozy sting. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Drinkability: Superb. It is a touch boozy but is well-crafted; the aromas and flavors stand out as unique to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 04:34:52 | More by TheQuietMan22
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karatebartender

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

11-03-2012 04:17:44 | More by karatebartender
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guillemiro

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-03-2012 04:13:43 | More by guillemiro
This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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