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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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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 78
Gots: 93 | FT: 6
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of peabody
3.28/5  rDev -21%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  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.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.47/5  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.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a really clear, bright medium to dark amber color, nice off white creamy foam settles to an even layer with sticky lacing.

S - Toasted caramel/toffee sits behind an aggressive wall of sweet & resiny, fruity hop rinds. Some alcohol in the nose but for 11% it's really subdued.

T - Toasted candy caramel malt gives way to light tropical fruit resin, a little bit of dark fruit and finishes with a grapefruit and pine bite. There is a lemon zest that eventually works it way out and becomes more evident in the aftertaste and coats the mouth.

M - Creamy smooth body, thick body, oily, slick, and lightly sticky on the lips.

O - This is a beer I've been really wanting to try. It's a little deceiving because the initial aroma comes across with more fruit resin and low alcohol while the palate experience is totally opposite. It would be interesting to set a few bottles aside and see how this one ages. It's a really big beer, tastes really good with a moderate amount of alcohol effervescence. I'd rate this one higher if the alcohol presence were less intense and the resinous aroma translated to the same experience on the palate.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.