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

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 76
Gots: 94 | 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:
Beer added by: aasher on 10-03-2012

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.
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Ratings: 669 | Reviews: 160
Photo of Ncpogs
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of zachary80
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Photo of Mitchster
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 3.29. Bottled 9/13/12. Served in a Southern Tier snifter.

Pours sparkling red orange with two fingers manilla head. Occasional spots of lace.

Smells of big sappy pine, floral hops and alcohol.

Taste is intense for sure. Big bitter resinous pine, grapefruit, lemon peel, flower petals, pepper, onion/ garlic, dry biscuits and booze. A big bold assault on the palate. There's no hiding the booze entirely but it's hidden pretty well for an 11% beer.

Medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Robust bitter aftertaste.

This one definately does go to 11! The most bitter imperial red I've had, rivaling many double IPAs in pure magnitude of hops. The malt body is there but this is a all out hop show. It has potential for aging into an awesome barleywine but with a damn 2 bottle limit, I can't wait for that kind of experiment. It's fantastic as is. Drink up!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Naters333
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into tulip glass. A deep amber color with an inch head that dissipates quickly.

S-All I really get is a great smell of hops. Really enjoy the smell of this beer.

T-The first taste I get is lots of hop flavors. That's really all I get. Has a deep after taste of malt or grain. It is very "boozy" to me also.

M- Mouthful is good. Very clean, but strong in my mouth

Overall- The first time I had this beer I wasn't really a fan. My second bottle was much better. I think this is not my style of beer. I did enjoy it the second time, but it was a really hard beer to figure out. A very strong beer, or "Boozy" to me the first time, but not so much the second time.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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