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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

651 Ratings
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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 77
Gots: 98 | 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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BasterdInABasket

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled 09/13/12 (about 2 weeks old), poured into Duvel Tulip
A- Deep amber in color, hazy, pours 1 finger slightly off-white head, very thin layer of retention, minimal spotty lacing
S- Grapefruit, citrus hops balanced by bready malts and caramel and brown sugar sweetness
T- Citrus hops are present throughout, not overly bitter, grapefruit, balancing toasty, bready malts, sugary, caramel malt, high alcohol is well-hidden. Big and balanced, so good.
M- Medium-thick body, oily and chewy, a little carbonation
O- Belongs more as an American Strong Ale, but either way this is a perfectly balanced beer. Couldn't really tell it's 11%. Wish this was a regular in the Bell's line-up.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 05:28:37 | More by BasterdInABasket
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FEUO

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

10-22-2012 04:33:29 | More by FEUO
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled September 13, 2012. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy red/copper with a three finger tan head that leaves nice webs of lacing and recedes to a wispy, foamy cap and ring.

Aroma starts with some citrusy hops, grapefruit, moves to earthy hops and bready malt with some fruit (cherries) and caramel as well. Good to very good strength.

Flavor begins with big grapefruit citrus and resinous hops, some pine, big malt backbone of cherries, caramel and toffee, some sweetness, decent bitterness, bite of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and sticky, good carbonation.

Big intensity indeed, particularly in the flavor, there’s a lot going on and every aspect is big and bold. Big hops, big malts, big alcohol. Very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 02:43:56 | More by elgiacomo
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drevim

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-22-2012 01:41:35 | More by drevim
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Drk93TT

Michigan

2/5  rDev -51.9%

10-21-2012 23:25:22 | More by Drk93TT
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random846

California

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An 8oz pour in a tulip glass at The Porter in Atlanta. Pours a deep amber in color with a finger and a half of head.

S: Fruity hops, mainly grapefruit. A little alcohol but far less than the abv would suggest.

T: Again citrus fruit hops and a big sweet malty backbone keeping it all in relative balance. Surprisingly little alcohol burn (If I didn't know better I'd guess it's around 8 abv). This beer has so much flavor, it's malt and hop flavors are outstanding.

M: It's a sipper but because it gives you a lot of flavors to work through before you're ready to swallow it. Not very hot.

O: It's a really really big amber. Big hop flavors and lots of malt sweetness. Hope I can find this in bottles so I can have it a few more times.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2012 22:23:10 | More by random846
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-21-2012 21:55:17 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

10-21-2012 21:31:34 | More by Archemedies
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (batch 11000 duh, dated 09/13/12) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Rich, bronze/copper body is pretty clean, with moderate carbonation. 1-finger, light tan head drops to a thin film and leaves good sticky rings.

S- Surprisingly hoppy at the crack of the cap. Organic, spicy/leafy with some tropical fruit notes. As it opens up, it comes off as almost DIPA/barleywine territory. Some of that leathery/tobacco leaf richness.

T- Really full flavored and complex. Tons of malty goodness in the way of sweet Hawaiian bread and light caramel. Balanced by a boatload of hops that are leafy and spicy. A touch of graininess slips in with some warmth. Very clean, dry finish.

M- Full bodied and quite viscus. Good tingle from a combination of carbonation, hops, and ABV. Clean, dry finish.

O- I would put this up against any barleywine. Rich and complex. A true pleasure to sip. Everything balances nicely. It could be a permanent beer in my winter rotation if it weren't a one-off. It lives up to the name. It doesn't take something and crank it up, it kind of creates something new.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 20:15:58 | More by GRPunk
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krazybartender

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-21-2012 17:29:45 | More by krazybartender
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear, amber/ruby, some carbonation, two finger head.

S-Hops, grass, floral, caramel, great balance in the nose.

T-Mesh of grass, caramel, toast, good bitterness, floral notes, slight alcohol heat though.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation though.

O-A wonderful beer. Bell's did a great job on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 16:32:20 | More by rlee1390
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snatch210

North Carolina

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

Poured from bottle into a stemmed glass.

A: For a beer advertised on the bottle as an Imperial Red (heh), it definitely pours more amber. Not sure if I got a weird batch or what, but almost no head whatsoever. Just the tiniest lacing around the glass.

S: Hops dominate this. A little bit of malt.

T: The hops hit you first, and they stick around for a bit but fade to a bit more of a malty, toffee-ish flavor by the end of your sip. Getting an intensely strong grapefruit/citrus flavor out of it, though, minus the hops -- like a malted-up Two-Hearted or Hopslam.

M: Someone else said "nectary," and that's a great word for it. Almost like boozy grapefruit juice.

Overall, I like this a bunch, but I'm pretty biased toward fruit flavors & intensity in beer. It's definitely intense. Would be interesting with some time to mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 01:20:10 | More by snatch210
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Shoo65

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

10-21-2012 00:01:35 | More by Shoo65
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The looks for an imperial red ale is spot on. Deep amber brown tone with a 1/2 inch of tan colored head. As expected lacing is sublime.

S - Oily hop resins, a touch of boozy heat, and a mild touch of caramel from the amber side.

T - Drinking this a touch warm so the first sip hit me kind of hard. Quickly the burn is replaced by a citrus like hop bitterness that fades into a sweet malt finish. It's balanced for sure but the ABV might be a touch high for the style (Like a malted up Hopslam) Good but not great.

M - Medium to heavy body. Kind of chewy and the booze factor does fade half in the glass.

Overall I am kind of glad I didn't pick up an entire six pack of this. Its almost overboard with the ABV making it a sipper. Still I am always glad to try something extreme from Bell's

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 23:19:49 | More by DrDemento456
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-20-2012 23:02:26 | More by danthehopslamman
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brock146

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Amber colored beer with a thin, white head, that leaves nice lacing on glass. The color of the beer resembles many American brewed Oktoberfest styles I've had this fall.

S: Hop fruitiness, alcohol, and sweetness.

T: A little hop bitterness, followed by sweet malt and spicy hop flavors. Quite boozy and warming on the back end.

M: Think and malty, sticky syrup feel. Very creamy with little carbonation.

O: This is an excellent beer. A real bad boy that is not for the faint of heart. Very complex and enjoyable. I'm glad that I purchased 2 six packs. 1 for immediate drinking and one for the cellar. I will update in the distant future when I drink this beast aged.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 16:29:59 | More by brock146
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a hazed deep caramel color with cherry hues. Beige head fades into a bubbled collar of film with patchy, spotty lacing left all over the glass.

Pungent hops in the nose with citrus peel, orange, grapefruit and a hint of pine. Light bready sweetness and barely any alcohol heat.

Punchy, bitter hops right up front with a formidable dosage of citrus. Pithy, zesty grapefruit rind and orange slice through the profile, followed by a tempering backbone. Toasted dark malt with bread crust and caramel sweetness. Slap of alcohol and biting hops in the finish.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lasting on the palate. This is really a fantastically, wildly hopped red ale that blows many others of similar ilk completely out of the water. Nice job, Bells - as usual.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 04:56:22 | More by xnicknj
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CloudStrife

New York

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright red with an amber hue and a 1.5 finger puffy slightly yellowed head. Just a little bit of visible carbonation. Head sticks around for a good while leaving a thin covering. A little lacing on the glass.

S: Hits you with a hoppiness, a sweet malt and a tinge of booze.

T: Yes, this one does go all out. Amplification 11. A good balance of hop and malt but on a bold level. Certainly some booze at the end

M: Thick necatary mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Sticky lingering mouthfeel. Certainly warming.

Overall if intensity is what Bells was looking for thats what they got. Could use a sit down for a year or so to mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 03:08:00 | More by CloudStrife
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

10-19-2012 19:29:21 | More by mendvicdog
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has won me over before I even poured a glass; what’s more perfect than a Spinal Tap tribute ale?

Brewed a little over a month before the date of this tasting (“PKGD 09/13/12”).

A: Translucent dark amber-red pour with a hefty tan head. Settling down in a minute or two, what’s left is a short ring of bubbly cream just around the glass’ interior, as well as some sandy lacing.

S: A lot of roasted barley here: bready, spicy, rye-like overtones pervade the entire nose, peeling back in intricate layers of peat, pumpernickel, and walnut bread. I usually don’t enjoy a lot of that specific grain, but this is the most satisfying form I’ve seen it in; it’s bold, but more of a base for what comes next. And with a flash, there they are: sweet, citrusy, robustly peppery hops. Tangerine and cherry gummy candy overlay a spiced bite, complimenting and contrasting the malts in the same breath. Well done.

T: This reminds me a lot of Hopslam, but without that syrupy honey sweetness – even better for my palate. Still, a thick sweetness flies first, best described as a red ale sweetness of toffee and molasses. The personality of the beer isn’t taken over by syrupiness due to the earthy peat and nut flavors grounded firmly in the roasted grains; in essence, it’s dark and sweet, but only just. It sets the stage for deep alcohol and hop bitterness, layering on the tongue with an oily taste of juniper, pine (has a bit of gin character, in fact), and pepper. More balance than power, as the bitters play well with the dark malts. With a rush, the hops die down, leaving the aftertaste with a taste of just a little dark caramel and oily dryness.

M: This does not feel like a 10%+ beer, likely due to its supreme balance of dry and chewy textures. Only a moderate body for such a big beer – gone before you know it. Wish I had a bomber!

O: Think of New Belgium’s Red Hoptober with balls…that’s really the only thing I can think of. Not a lot of beers like this come around very often, so it’s tough to describe; at any rate, I like it. It may be just a preseason warm-up to Hopslam, but it surely satisfied on most of my levels for big beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 19:02:29 | More by BarryMFBurton
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YCantWeNotBeSober

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

10-19-2012 02:50:40 | More by YCantWeNotBeSober
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assman79

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-19-2012 01:12:08 | More by assman79
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

10-19-2012 00:29:42 | More by nmann08
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

10-18-2012 23:23:42 | More by bsuedekum
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

10-18-2012 23:05:36 | More by pirmannt1
This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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