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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: 655
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 77
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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Photo of assman79
4/5  rDev -3.8%

assman79, Oct 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

nmann08, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

bsuedekum, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

pirmannt1, Oct 18, 2012
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.

JDizzle, Oct 18, 2012
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.

MasterSki, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

meanmutt, Oct 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

profbobo, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of gutbuster
4/5  rDev -3.8%

gutbuster, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -3.8%

thewimperoo, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Deanstreat
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Deanstreat, Oct 18, 2012
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.

Ncpogs, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of vobr0002
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

vobr0002, Oct 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

C2H5, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Envelopes
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Envelopes, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-10-16 in Columbia, PA.

A - Pretty clear copper with a 1-finger off-white head and good lacing and alcohol legs.

S - Rich caramel and toffee malt, brown bread and earthy spice, citrus, hop floral and hop oils. Not completely in-your-face; just an appealing, rich, sweet and tantalyzing aroma.

T - Hop forward blast of grapefruit bitterness and some tropical sweetness, alcohol, quickly followed by a complex malty mix of caramel, toffee, roasted grain, bread, earthy spice and pepper. There's a nice dollop of sweetness in the aftertaste that mixes nicely with the alcohol and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Sticky and prickly. Enjoyable.

O - A bold, malty, double/triple.. A real nice sipper with the highish ABV and not overly-hidden alcohol flavor, when you're looking for something a little different in the barleywine / imperial amber category. I'll look for it again.

Tucquan, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of zachary80
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought the last of the batch series was 10000? Still love to see something new from Bell's.

Poured into a tulip a few minutes out of the fridge.

Body is a hazy brownish-orange. Very nice off-white head with thick lacing. Why not clear?

Pleasant blend of hops and malt in the aroma. Leads with the piney hops.

The taste is primarily sweet - too sweet for my preference, reminds me of the 2012 HopSlam. Bitterness is low, but the hop flavor is citrusey if a little recessed. Bready finish lingers for a long time.

Body is heavier than anticipated. Light alcohol presence, especially on the exhale, is expected for an 11% imperial red. Almost sticky in the mouth. Carbonation seems low.

Overall this is definitely a good beer although I am not a fan of the Imperial Red "style" that I think they were shooting for. The label describes it as amber colored with a "robust, sweet, toasted malt character" with bold hop flavor. In retrospect this fits my review pretty close, so I adjusted my score up, although I feel the hop flavor should be more present.

zachary80, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 1.5 finger cream-colored frothy head. Excellent retention especially for such a relatively small head and terrific lacing. Clear with a good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S – Lots of hops with grapefruit, orange, mango, melon, floral, and pine aromas, along with a nice backbone of caramel and bready malt. Very reminiscent of a maltier Hopslam with some additional hop aromas.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel, bready, and toasty malt and some fruity esters. Hop bitterness picks up quickly with melon, mango, grapefruit, orange, floral, grassy, and pine flavors. There is such an extraordinary hop bouquet going on here, it is unreal.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky, creamy, velvety, mouth-coating feel, and a bitter and dry finish. Lots of hop bitterness lingers, but primarily melon hop bitterness. This pairs well with the very subtle and building palate-and-throat-warming sensation from the alcohol – much more subtle than expected from an 11% ABV brew.

O – This beer was phenomenal. All the usual aspects of an amber ale were apparent except they were extremely, extremely well done. The hop profile is outstanding with a very solid malt backbone. The mouthfeel is creamy, and the alcohol is a nice subtle complement to the beer – an extraordinary feat for a beverage that is 11% ABV. In my mind, this is an amber version of Hopslam. More malt is there, a wider range of hops are there to complement the malt rather than to overpower it, the mouthfeel is full, and the ABV is extremely well-hidden. Excellent beer, Bell’s!

BlackBelt5112203, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.99 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. Brewed with numerous hops, including Galaxy, Motueka, Summer, Simcoe, Citra, and the newly released Mosaic varietal and fermented with "Bell’s signature house ale yeast".
11% ABV, bottled 9/13/12.

Pours out to a beautifully clear deep garnet, forming a small yellow head with poor retention (odd considering the copious amounts of hops) with decent lacing. Carbonation is mild, ~2.0 carbs or so. The nose is rich with sticky piney, resinous, dank and tropical fruit hops with notes of mango and pineapple. Mouthfeel is full and soft with a syrupy rich and dense body. The taste reminds me of Hopslam with a bigger, chewier, toastier malt body. In other words, a ton of hops. Alcohol is peppery and contributes to a dry finish. Bitterness is firm, but considering the huge malt body, remains balanced.

This reminds me a bit of devil dancer...a triple IPA. Huge, and something that you have to be in the mood to drink. This is a good beer, but honestly, I'm getting a little sick of these over the top hop bombs. Worth trying.

Mitchster, Oct 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

mzeld, Oct 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mkennedy119, Oct 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bryang002, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kizyle, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

MarcatGSB, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JVan, Oct 16, 2012
This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.