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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

666 Ratings
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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 78
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of Rau71
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of righthereisay
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a single bottle. Didn't even know what type of beer it was. I've liked Bell's in the past, it looked intriguing.

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice dark amber color, great head. So far so good.

Smells great. Malty, some citrus, peach maybe. Cannot smell the alcohol. Ok this is getting better...

Taste: Ouch. First taste was "Oops, looks like I purchased one of those extreme IPAs"....couldn't taste the alcohol though which is amazing considering it is 11%. Wasn't very happy with my purchase, but hell, might as well finish it. 2nd taste, was much less hoppy. Obviously the alcohol may have loosed up my taste buds. Tastes of bread, citrus, with a nice body the rest of the bottle.

I've seen some reviews that this was sweet. I didn't think so.

I won't purchase again, but was pleased with it. It's good, not great.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle to Bruery tulip. Batch #11,000 (obviously). Bottled on 09/13/12.
Thanks to Adam for this one!

A - Deep amber in colour; barely translucent. An orange glow around the edges of the glass. Half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Sweet caramel malts up front with hints of toffee that are immediately balanced by a robust hop profile with citrus and pine aromas.

T - A big sweet malt presence up front full of caramel and toffee flavours. A massive bitterness hits the tongue next, adding pine, citrus and lighter earthy flavours and great balance. A big lingering dry and bittern finish.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Full of tongue-coating hop oils. Light carbonation.

O - This was excellent. Thanks again Adam!

Photo of danedelman
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Clayton1220
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Supergenious
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of deebo
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 11000 brewed on 9-13-12

A-Lots of lively carbonation leads to a tan small bubbled thin head that fades while lacing the glass. Amber in color and perfectly clear.

S-Rich aromas of lots of caramel and lighter toasted malts with ample whiffs of juicy hops, remniscent of pineapple with a little cherry in for good measure. Smells absolutely delicious.

T-Nice characteristics of a hopped up red. I'm not too crazy about the combination of a hopped up high alcohol red ale. A lot going on here and the components (toasted malt with hints of toffee and just a bit grainy, lots of different flavored hop with upfront juicy notes and a fair amount of piney bitterness) seem to fight a bit and the vapory alcohol definitely takes away from the enjoyment, but I guess this one should be sipped anyway.

M-It's definitely a little hot, can tell this is a high ABV beer. Mouthfeel is fairly weak for such a big beer. Just a bit cloying. Carbonation is on the high side, but I think that is necessary for this one-would be more syrupy without having the carbonated zing. Plenty of malt providing a fairly long slightly bitter finish.

O-I think the aroma is the best part of this beer. It has a really nice base and think this would be a winner if just a red ale minus the imperial. An interesting hybrid beer that might be better off being a one and done. Still a fun one to try! And you can feel its effects after only 12 oz.

Photo of Peglegtim
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't feel like chasing this all over the Cities, so when I ran across it at a random store, picked up a couple bottles. Always jazzed to try something new from Bell's. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is a clear, deep ruby red. I was expecting something this big & malt-ridden to be murky - not sure why. Fires up with big malt notes, bready, caramel, extra side of citrus. It even smells big.

This One Goes to 11 gets props for the cool name & great label. The beer itself is indeed an ogre of a malt-bomb, though the earthy, citrus hops get the lead role, & the aroma seems to strengthen & creep through the nasal passages. Then the malts come through & leave a trail of light bread crumbs, caramel, toffee. Touch of allspice & lingering bitterness close the deal. Amber ales are usually one & done for me, but this one is going away like there's a hole in the bottom of the glass.

Seems like I've been on a run of beers that are really good without quite touching that top-shelf status - this one's another. Very good beer.

Photo of illini4x4
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TonyTalon
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of fehrminator
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Photo of FullObs
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of HopsMatt
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of rpbuckeye
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ThisSpaceForRent
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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!

This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.