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: 667
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 78
Gots: 97 | 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 krazybartender
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rlee1390
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.

Photo of snatch210
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.

Photo of Shoo65
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
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

Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of brock146
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.

Photo of xnicknj
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
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.

Photo of YCantWeNotBeSober
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of assman79
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of pirmannt1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JDizzle
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle.

Looks great for an Imperial Red. Big head with nice retention. Creamy and frothy looking.

Smells pretty damn good! I get peach, mango, pine, bready malt, and crackers??

It's citrusy, bready, bitter, hot, sweeeet, and hoppy as hell. Really nice. The alcohol feels like a 11%er.

Mouthfeel is thick and coats your mouth with bitterness. Almost like after eating sour candy. The bitterness is definetly there!

Overall a good beer, not great.

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

Six-pack purchased from Vas Foremost on Milwaukee. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick collar, leaving a few splotches on top, but minimal lace on the sides of the glass. Dark ruby body that's semi-transparent when held to the light. Lots of glass-coating bubbles.

S - It's a imperial red ale, so the Crystal malt is front and center. Brown sugar, caramel, toasted bread, cotton candy, and red fruits mingle with citrus, tropical fruit, and mildly spicy hop flavors. There's a bit of alcohol present as it warms up.

T - The taste is a bit more mellow, with a nice mix of sweet malts, and fruity hops. Citrus zest, tropical fruits, and caramel dominate, with surprisingly low bitterness. Alcohol is significantly better hidden here as well.

M - Surprisingly spry carbonation, with a medium-full body that adequately supports the listed 11%. Fairly dry texture initially before yielding to a mildly sticky finish. There's some definite alcohol warmth after a few ounces.

D - It's a solid beer, albeit not one of which I could consume multiple servings. Still, it may be the strongest Batch X,000 since x=7, at least out of the gate. Even though the malt bill is hefty, it thankfully doesn't get excessively cloying. Still, I wish Bell's would just bring back the Big Head if they want to use a truckload of hops.

Photo of meanmutt
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of profbobo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of gutbuster
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Deanstreat
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Ncpogs
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to trying this beer since I heard about it. I love how Bell's does a special release for every 1,000th batch. Very fortunate to have gotten my hands on a few bottles.

A - It has a very deep Copper/Amber color to it, poured with a finger of head that dissipated shortly after pouring.

S - Has a deep warming scent with a blend of citrus and pine that was very enjoyable.

T - Very smooth with not too much bitterness. A nice subtle balance of hops and orange peel. At first it didn't have a lot of malt like I was expecting from an Imperial Red. But as it warmed up it definitely had a nice roasted compliment to the hops. A very drinkable beer, and didn't have an overpowering alcohol taste for the 11% it's rated.

M - Smooth all the way through with a nice after taste.

O - Another quality beer from Bell's. It was everything I expected from the brewery. A clean, drinkable beer with great color and smell that had some nice hop to give it some body. Worth the effort to try and get some.

Photo of vobr0002
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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