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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
92
outstanding

669 Ratings
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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 77
Gots: 95 | 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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Photo of BarrytheBear
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cfrances33
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Bell's tulip.

Pour: A mostly clear deep amber with two fingers of off white head, with some clay hues mixed in. It looks nice.

Smell: Some orange and mango, with a substantial caramel mixed in. This beer will be very balanced before I've even had a sip. I suppose I'm okay with that.

Taste: This. I gave this a 4 at first, and halfway through, I couldn't agree with it. Call it a 4.25. Huge pineapple (really) with some oranges and mango mixed in. A VERY substantial malt backbone checks in, and prevents any bitterness to be honest.

Mouthfeel: I don't believe this is 11%. I truly don't. This drinks like Surly Furious throughout the entire glass, with some concessions made for intensity in flavor. Great.

Overall: Dammit, when I had this on tap in a janky 4oz pour at Bell's Eccentric Cafe, it wasn't good. But through a whole bottle this beer is very good. I'm glad I gave it another shot.

Photo of will1256
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich dark red color with a nice off white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- A great amount of hops. Picking up darker fruits, tons of pine and grapefruit. Pretty much no malts.

T- Pretty big hop bomb. Pine is every where and a good amount of grapefruit. Great amount of bitterness here. Not really finding any malts here at all.

M- Medium in body and carbonation seemed a bit light.

O- Very solid brew for sure. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of PoolFishGolf
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mrjbrown27
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Gtg642
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber color with lots of red tones mixed in. Creamy, off-white head that leaves just a little bit of lacing along the glass. Smells are heavy on the citrus, mainly orange and pineapple. Right next to the citrus is a huge dose of hops. Very pine-filled and weedy, what you'd expect in any imperial red. The taste hits big with the pine tree, hop bitterness up front and through the middle, getting stronger as the beer gets warmer. It's balanced so well with the sweetness from the citrus flavors - the most noticeable being orange, but pineapple, grape, and melons are also relevant. The taste it truly fantastic - the perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness and incredibly easy to drink for being 11% ABV. Mouth is medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

Awesome beer, here. A great imperial red with a nearly perfect balance of fruity sweetness and hoppy bitterness. It's kind of sad knowing this beer most likely won't be produced again!

Photo of Bonis
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mrebeka
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish amber pour into a Bells tulip, creamy offwhite foam that leaves a drippy crowning halo of lacing behind. Lasting retention, slight haze, saturated color.

Tropical aroma, cantaloupe and melon, fruity and hoppy.

Big and smooth, slightly sweet with a building bitter finish. Dank and hoppy, intense as advertised. Slight taste of alcohol, but not too distracting... it's 11% after all. Drinks like a smooth double IPA. Candied fruit sweetness, balanced by a burly malt character and a dry bitterness coupled with some drying alcohol. Overall pretty smooth, though not craving another. It reminds me of some Alpine beers, so West Coast-style indeed.

Thanks for this one Eric!

Photo of randylangford
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of 33nickadams
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent ruby-amber color with a half finger head. Lightly carbonated with some stickiness of the lacing on the sides of the snifter. Smells citrusy, slightly piney, some caramel and alcohol. Tastes citrusy and surprisingly dry for such high alcohol content. Some pininess at the back end and somewhat well balanced with sweetness from the malt. Alcohol is dangerously hidden well. Mouthfeel is full, and as I said before, dry and well attenuated. Overall, I enjoyed this one. I would have liked a little more complexity from the malt, as the hops from this one really make its mark. I'm looking forward to comparing it to my imperial red ale, which is getting dry-hopped right now. Somehow, I don't think it will compare to this one.

Edit: Had another one last night and found the nose to be very alcoholic which turned me off a little. Just editing here because I did not seem to notice it in my original review.

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, packaged on 9/13/12. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very nice, it smells like citrusy hops (mango, tropical fruit), toasted and caramel malt, pine hops, oranges, and a bit of cherry. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel and toasted malt, citrusy hops (pineapple, mango, tropical fruit), candied oranges, pine hops, and some toffee. It's sweeter tasting than I thought it would be, I was expecting a little more hoppiness but that's not a complaint at all! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. The 11% ABV is well hidden, it's very easy to drink for a beer this strong. I liked this brew a lot, I figure the rest of my 6 pack won't last too much longer. $17.99 a sixer.

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of this at my local store....it was $20 a six, so I was hesitant at first, but it payed off....it was worth it. Pours a clear coppery-amber with a minimal head. Tastes was so deep and nice, rich fruits with some nice heat from the alcohol. I really enjoyed this beer...it is not at all harsh as some strong ales are. This one is right on....don't be afraid of the price!!!

Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Nitrogenx
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.