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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: 657
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 78
Gots: 99 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

illini4x4, Oct 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

TonyTalon, Oct 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

fehrminator, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an Allagash goblet. Bottled 9/13/12.

A - Pours a slightly hazy auburn color with a half finger of beige head. As the dense head dies it leaves behind a shadow of carbonation around the rim of the glass. Probably one of the most complete lacings I have ever seen.

S - A complex blend of citrus, brown sugar, toffee, and mellow floral hops. Surprisingly, the nose is free of booze. Sweet and fruity with balanced hops and malts.

T - Very sweet from the start. Lots of orange, kiwi, and molasses. Spicy bread malt backbone; rye-like. Some, but not many, citrus hops on the swallow. Warming alcohol finish. This is a well put together beer.

M - Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Easy drinking for a beer this big.

O - This is a huge, flavorful beer that doesn't need to be sipped. It is full of sweetness from citrus to candied malts. The alcohol gets lost in all of the flavor. It isn't my favorite beer, but I would definitely get it again.

NoLeafClover44, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of DMarlinJ
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DMarlinJ, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware); bottling date of September 13, 2012 printed in black ink near the bottom-right corner of the back label (“11000 PKGD 09/13/12 A”), making this bottle six weeks old on the date of consumption. I’d rather have it fresher, but this is the first I’ve seen it at all and figured it wouldn’t suffer much, given the ABV strength and malt character of the body.

Appearance (4.0): Pours a finger and a half of good, sandy-colored head that sits atop a hazy, garnet-amber body. The head recedes to a thin film, leaving a few fat spots of lace on the sides and some nice legs. Appearance-wise, this is really more in league with a barleywine, which makes sense. Given the strength (so, not a lot of head or lace), this is a good looker.

Smell (4.5): Very nice, fragrant mix of juicy, citrusy hops with a thick, chewy caramel body that has the richness and sweetness of gingerbread or bananabread (but without the spice or fruit of those). Kind of like a fruitcake, complete with dark fruit—raisins, dates, and the like. Some alcohol vapor, not in a bad way. Very, very nice nose, actually.

Taste (4.0): There’s a good bit of alcohol heat behind this, but not disproportionate to the malt richness. Rich, sweet quickbreads and dark fruit show in the malt body, with some rye spiciness and a hefty dose of barley, but not as heavy-handed as a barleywine in that regard. Some moderate bitterness, a mix of vegetal tones and citrus peel that help offset the chewy body but don’t stand above it. The alcohol heat doesn’t burn but it adds a peppery, vaporous lift for the body towards the end. Really like the rye notes here.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Full-bodied but not heavy, oily but not quite viscous, tingly but not overactive. It foams softly but fully on the way down, and the alcohol heat drags it toward a dryer finish. A very nice mouthfeel.

Overall (4.0): This is a big beer. A very big beer, but done tastefully and with a good sense of balance. Does it taste and feel like it’s 11% ABV? Yes. Is it off-putting? No. The hops are hanging on just enough to complement the malt and not leave it a one-note beer, though the malt’s got enough going on that it wouldn’t be so bad if it WERE just a malt story. I really enjoy this, it’s a good sipper—I’d wager this will age well, if I enjoyed most aged beers. This one has character, and worth picking up if you see it.

fmccormi, Oct 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

FullObs, Oct 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

thebigredone, Oct 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

HopsMatt, Oct 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Oct 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

imperialking, Oct 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Duff27, Oct 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

rpbuckeye, Oct 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ThisSpaceForRent, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11000 PKGD 09/13/12

A- pours a copper tinged red/amber with two fingers of off white almost khaki head. Solid head retention with a good amount of lacing.

S- toasty caramel toned malt envelope the nose at first. Peppery spice and citrus rind from the hops intertwine with an apricot jam like quality on the finish.

T- sweet caramel and toasted malt blanket the palate at first. Resiny hop oil with a peppery quality bring some balance and much needed relief from the initial sweetness. Citrus hop characteristics of ruby red grapefruit and orange peel gives off a juicy quality mid palate. Finishes with toasted bread smothered in apricot jam and powdered sugar with the faintest hint of alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

MF- velvity sticky mouthfeel that borders on being syrupy. Full body with low medium carbonation.

D- great drinkability for the sheer mass of the brew.

Overall a delicious concoction Bell's! Sweet yet hoppy then both at the same time. My only qualm is the nose. I wish there was a bit more hop punch but that could be from the age of the brew.

Viciousknishs, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of bengore
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a single bottle for sale at Puerto Rico Food & Liquor in Chicago. Poured into a tulip, forms a 2 finger head. Color is deep gold with sharp red hue. Aroma is very sweet, with citrus tones. Taste follows the nose, which is surprising for this one since it's bottled at 11%. I certainly would not have guessed this one to be anywhere close to 11%, as the citrusy taste masks the alcohol quite well. Overall a great beer, wish I could find some more of it!

bengore, Oct 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Ish1, Oct 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

flyersfan900, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JohnnyMc, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a gorgeous deep golden color with some amber hues. Nice white head forms to about half an inch. Dense and sticky head.

Aroma is resinous and slightly sweet. Citrus notes of grapefruit rind with some tangerine notes mixed in with some nice sweet malt notes. A bit of caramel is present.

Flavor follows the nose. Stars o with resinous piney punch with some citrus grapefruit notes following. Sweet chewy malt notes mingle with the hops providing some balance. Some caramel notes mixed with the resinous notes and the beer finishes malty and sticky but slightly hoppy and grassy. Mouthfeel is nice and slick with some sitckyness to it and a slightly bitter and citrusy hop finish.

Pretty good brew. Nice take on the American Red style. Rich malt flavors mixed in with some resinous and dank pine hop notes. The 11% is well hidden.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JohnnyHops, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Magpie14
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Shakespeare's in k-zoo

A: copper and gold surrounded by a reddish hue. No head or lace to speak of. Simple in appearance

S: juicy fruits in the nose. Tropical fruits mingle with soft peppery notes. Plenty of toasted malts wafting about. Slight booze

T: each sip unlocks hops ranging from sharp and peppery to leafy and fresh. Backed with sticky robust candied malts. A delicate and smooth burn follows each sip. Hands down, this beer is massive. It started with a fairly good balance and as it warmed it slowly crept into the cloyingly sweet category. But with each sip my faith is renewed with razor sharp hops cleaning and cutting to refresh my weary tongue . The dichotomy continues...

M: mouthfeel is teetering between sticky and smooth. Carbonation is low-medium.

O: this is dynamite. This is a personal favorite style of mine. Not many breweries seem to tackle red ales, let alone an imperial red and do it right. Bells has got it right as with most everything else they brew. Get it if you can

Magpie14, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a medium amber color and about a 1 finger, frothy head. Head retains pretty well, and lacing is good.

S- Huge, semisweet caramel malts smack you in the nose with this one. Those malts are followed quickly by a fair helping of what I believe are cascade hops. The hops provide a balance to the sweet malt scents with some very piney scents and slight hints of floral notes. Very small hints of a brown sugary-like sweetness hide under the caramel and hops.

T- Just like the scent, essentially. Big caramel flavors up front that are a little sweet. Then a nice transition into the hops. (I just checked, apparently the hops are a complex blend, but to me the simulate cascades nicely) Hops dominate the remainder of the drink, but are terrifically balanced. End of the drink is succinct, with a small amount of lingering malty sweetness and hops bite.

M- For the alcohol content, this one is tremendously drinkable. Watch out, it'll sneak up on you! The carbonation levels are slightly lower than most reds, but that can be expected with a slightly heavier beer. The body itself is fairly thick and creamy. Easy to drink with the only hint of the high ABV being in the back of the throat on the way down.

Overall, I love this beer. This reminds me of the reds and slightly darker beers that got me into craft a while ago (read Bud American Ale). The difference is that this one is miles ahead of the rest. Going to have to get more of this one.

boilermakerbrew, Oct 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

stickboy1125, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of jbierling
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep amber in color, hazy, not a large head.
Smell - Both sweet and sour with a hint of brown sugar.
Taste - Bitter fruitiness. Somewhat reminiscent of grapefruit. Hint of dough. The high ABV is not immediately apparent but quickly catches up.
Mouth-feel - Medium feel. Reasonable amount of carbonation.
Overall - Definitely not a traditional beer. Very unique.

jbierling, Oct 23, 2012
This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.