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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 Alextricity
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to get my hands on this beer for a number of months. I was fortunate enough to find a bottle, but wasn't able to get more.

Appearance: A very nice orange-red color. No haze. A pretty nice creamy head that's about 3 fingers in height, but it goes away after about a minute. Lacing is pretty good on this.

Smell: All hops, really. Massive hop aroma. A lot of the citrus and piney aromas.

Taste/feel: Mm. Quite interesting. When I first took a sip, I got a massive amount of bitterness. Soon after, you get a good burst of malts. I found that surprising at first, but then I realized I was drinking an Amber. The after taste is probably the best part about 11 Ale. I get a lemon-like aftertaste with the malts and hops. It lingers for a little while, and I like it quite a bit. I'm surprised I'm giving this beer a 4, because I find this to me IMMENSELY bitter. This One Goes to 11 indeed. Very intense -- almost too much so for me. Regardless, a quality beer. The feel is a nice one ... pretty smooth, with a low/medium carbonation. I enjoy it, but I won't cry knowing this is more than likely my last one.

Photo of FeelinSurley
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of agwalters
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a deeply-layered brew and hard to work through the amazing flavors it holds. Lots of tropical fruits on the nose that eventually dissolve in to a sweetly caky scent. A real interesting beer by Bell's here. Wasn't prepared to like this as much as I did, but one that I may now need to be sure I'm grabbing another bottle or two of soon.

Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one goes to 11 Ale. Thanks big man.

Amber-red colored with medium head and retention. Good hoppy notes in the aroma riding on a good malt character. Tastes very tropical-citrus without being sweet, a little boozy, perfect level of bitterness and an amazingly clean finish. Little thin on the body but not that I mind. It's a pretty good double IPA but not exactly my type.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Photo of bertram
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hessian257
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of thatdavegy
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of N3ptune
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jaycase
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: copper, off white one finger head

s: primarily piney resinous hops

t: sweet malts at the forefront. piney hops then take over. some citrusy hops as well (grapefruit). aftertaste seems a bit off

m: medium body. carbonation appears off - seems flat.

o: Alcohol does hide itself well. Would never have guessed it was 11%. Enjoyable but I prefer Nosferatu between the two. Nosferatu is also much easier to obtain.

Photo of jjanega08
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 11000 PKGD
09/13/12 A

A= Pours a super dull looking amber color almost a brownish amber with a nice haze to it and a thin active head on it that rises to a half finger and falls fast to a ring around the glass. Nice lacing is left despite the small head.

S= Smells nice and tangy with some fruity hops coming through and some caramelly malt. A true mix of hops and malt.

T= The taste is a strong strong hop punch up front. Big resin hops and a strong pine flavor. A little tropical fruit hop punch and a ton of sweet sugar malt to back it all up. The finish is a little buiscuity and there is a bit of an alcohol presence.

M= The mouth is a little thick and syrupy for me.

O= This is a solid beer. It isn't quite what everyone has made it out to be but it's good. A little strong on the alcohol and a little too syrupy for me but it's stll a nice brew. I got another bottle to share with some friends and I will enjoy it stil but it's not the amazing masterpiece I've heard it to be.

Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of stewart124
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber to ruby red with a fine bit of lace.

Pine and resin in the nose.

Big bold taste with a huge chewy mouthfeel. You can almost chew the hops. Plenty of bitterness and sticky hop resin. There appears to be some caramel malt backbone but it is hidden behind a barrage of hops. The alcohol is hidden as well but this doesn't drink like a regular amber ale and pushes the envelope even compared to those west coast amber ales. A touch if vanilla and caramel in the finish.

Finishes dry and this is very drinkable. Lots of lingering pine and hop resin on the tongue. Simply delicious and it truly goes to eleven. Well done Mr. Bell.

Photo of jriggins6
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Steimie
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I find a great deal of amusement in the same back-and-forth dialogue in Spinaltap about the "...goes to ten. No, goes to 11" is very much the same argument that Bell's put up when they said that there may not be a celebratory beer for their thousand-batch series past 10,000. ...and now this!

This imperial red ale pours just as expected: Deep brownish red tint with a mahogany backdrop. Brilliant clarity further enhances the red appearance. The high octane beer releases a dense foam cap that retains and laces nicely, but does eventually succumb to the gravity of its alcohol underneath.

Hop character dominates the nose with aromas of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, fragrant herbs and grasses, and sprucy pines. Not to be completely over shadowed, the formidable malt rise to balance the hops with the scent of toffee, brittle, roasted peanuts, bread crust, and freshly toasted barley. Cherry-like esters emit from the acetone scented alcohols and further the complexity and balance.

Strong flavors of malt wash the mouth with a semi-sweet toffee and caramel blend. Toast, nuts, and biscotti works in complement to the sweeter taste and gives a moderate creamy starch taste that also supports the hops to come. The middle palate is a balance of malt and hop flavor as the taste of grapefruit pulp and pith, orange zest, apricot, mango, and freshly muddled cannabis-like grasses and chives rise to challenge the taste of sweeter and more bready malts. As the beer paces deep into taste, it develops a dry malt taste as the hops turn deeply resinous with the flavor of pine sap and pungent earth. It's this latter taste that invites the alcohol flavor of super glue and cherries that extends well past the finish.

Medium bodied, the beer's carbonation, dry-toast character, and hop dryness that keeps the beer from pushing further into fullness and heightens the sense of drinkability. But despite it's relatively high sweetness and full flavor, the beer retains a semi-dry texture throughout. But the late palate ushers in a deeply resinous bitterness with low-lying astringency, high alcohol warmth, and strong bite in the throat.

Although this one goes to 11, it definitely pushes the ranges of where red ales meet American barleywine but becomes a bit bullyish with its strong alcohols that are exposed by its attempt to dryness and drinkability.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. Bottled 09/13/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with some orange and ruby red. Moderate bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very hop forward red aroma. Big hints of citrus hops including grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, mango, and lemon. Some earthy pine resin. Fairly floral and spicy. Smells somewhat hot and boozy. Solid red elements with good hints of toasted malts, caramel, biscuit, toffee, and cracker. This smells very sharp and big.

Taste: Just as big and full as it smells. Sharp bitterness from the hops upfront with a taste of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, lemon, and a little mango. Floral and earthy hops along with a spicy kick of pine resin. Not to be lost in the mix is a solid taste of toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and cracker. Their is also a little burnt sugar like sweetness. Alcohol heat is definitely noticeable in the taste but it isn't overwhelming. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat sticky. Somewhat hot but its manageable.

Overall: A really good brew here. Big and in your face with the hops and sweet malt but manages some balance and cleanness. A very good slow sipper.

Photo of beerhan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Balvenie
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown/amber, not much of a head, nice lacing.

Smell - Hops, malts, pineapple, grape. Some sugars and spices. Alcohol also comes out in the aroma.

Taste - First sip starts out with plenty of hops and rye. Warmth of booze mixed with grape, pineapple, lemon, orange are a main flavor. Yeasty sugars add some sweetness to counteract the bitter hops. Carmael malts add even more flavor, and balance this monster out some. Plum and rasin come out near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Big beer, strong hops nail tounge and also the malts hit it with caramel. Palate gets more hops, malts, and lots of booze. Afertaste is bitter hoppy, very alcohol warm.

Overall - A big, strong yet flavorful beer. Lots of hops, rye and malts. Nice sipper to enjoy ona cold winter night, the booze really comes out and warms whole mouth up. For being 11% it is drinkible and has some good balance. Rye fans, hopheads, must try it able to find it.

Photo of areich6
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark copper color with little head.

S: Smells great. I can detect the scents of grapefuits and lemons.

T: Hops are the main feature in the taste. The citrusy fruits that the scent promises do not come out as much as I expected, but they can stiill be detected.

M: Very light and smooth, very drinkable. I could easily drink several of these and enjoy all of them. At 11% the bite from the alcohol was not nearly as intense as I expected.

O: A solid beer. Reminds of a more alcoholic version of Two Hearted.

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More of a burnt orange color than amber. Thin creamy head of sandy colored foam with a bit of lacing.

Some sweet malt followed up by a solid hop scent. Not a real big nose overall, but still nice.

Malty sweetness up front with notes of caramelized sugar and toffee. Big dose of hops with a lower bitterness, but lots of hoppy flavors. Earthy and citrusy, but the malt cuts the sweetness and balances the flavor. Getting a hint of onion from the hops in the finish.

Full and very smooth, a bit slick in fact.

This is a really good beer. Not one I'm going to chase around for being it is limited, but if I come across it, I will certainly grab some.

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