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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: 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 Powderhornphil
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Couple fingers of head from an aggresive pour. This
Pours a clear amber red.

Smells of mango, caramel and a little pine.

A blend a fruity hoppiness followed by a caramelly sweet back bone. Almost woody at points. Where did they hide the alcohol?

The mouthfeel on this 11% monster is just great. It is full but not as heavy as some of these 10-plus percent dipa and imperials can get. Thank you, Bells for that.

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an extremely dark amber with no head. Leaves trace lacing.

S - Resiny hops, cherries, pine, slight grapefruit, and almost no malt.

T - Strong hop resin up front, followed by heavy amounts of pine and grapefruit. Almost no malt presence at all. Wonderful.

M - Light bodied with almost no carbonation. Very Creamy in the mouth

O - Overall I'm glad I got to try this beer. It's absolutely wonderful for 11% and everything you could ever want in a beer

Photo of srv33
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber, with a medium-bubble head. Scent of fragrant, floral hops, cherries, pine, grapefruit, and a touch of honey. Taste is much the same, wonderful rich citrus flavor complimented by a dark fruit component, and biscuit. I can't believe its 11%, it absolutely doesn't taste like it, its quite smooth, and the mouthfeel is almost buttery. Another homerun from Bells, well balanced, and packed with flavor.

Photo of jbaker67
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Hopstout
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Oboogie
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle aggressively poured into a Bell's short stemmed tulip glass

Pours a ruby amber with a two finger cream colored fluffy head. Excellent retention significant splotchy lacing as the head slowly recedes.The tempting aroma of citrus and juicy ripe fruit balanced by biscuity malt greets the nose. Opens with ripe fruit including Rainier cherries and rich passionfruit joined by pineapple, balanced midpalate by biscuity and bready slightly sweet caramel malt yet finishes dry with a fairly bitter grapefruit rind bite. Heavy medium-bodied to full bodied thanks to the abundant malt bill. Well carbonated and smooth and silky mouthfeel with a touch of creaminess; very little alcohol heat despite the 11% abv. Bell's has truly created an exceptionally balanced masterpiece with batch 11.000--named as an homage to one of the more memorable scenes in Spinal Tap. This one is certainly an "11" on a scale of 1 to 10. One of the most complex new brews I've had this year.

Photo of yamar68
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's releases like these that make me truly appreciate my go-to bottle shop.

Pours a clear amber gold with a finger of boozy looking off-white head. Tremendous lacing and legs.

Caramely mango goodness... some banana and syrupy brown malts. Smooth citrus, even some oats. No obvious alcohol character.

More mango and pineapple, smooth caramel beneath that to keep things interesting and balanced. Imperial Surly Furious? I can see the resemblance. The alcohol is just short of hot. Seems appropriate actually. Dense tropical/citrus that plays well against a darker malt character.

Very well executed beer. Make it year round and consider me tickled pink.

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bsp77
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich amber with thin off-white head.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, orange, pine and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, toasted caramel and toffee malt core. Nice onslaught of orange, pine and tropical notes from the hops. Not really very bitter, just hoppy and a little spicy.

Feel: Full, smooth and chewy body. Moderately low carbonation. Quite warming.

Overall: Falling somewhere between a Barleywine and an Imperial Red Ale, this is a delicious, full flavored treat. This was a nice surprise, as I did know about this beer until it appeared at my local store.

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of djschnabel
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of eorwar
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BB1313
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #11000. Bottled on 9/13/12. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent burnt orange. Fluffy white head fades pretty quickly, but leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are very pleasant. It has a touch of that "garlic & onion" aroma, which can be polarizing, but I love it. There's also a nice amount of mango, pineapple and orange zest in the nose blended with a touch of caramel malts. The flavors are very nice and have alot going on. Very sweet. Very tropical with a subtle amount of pine resin. Of all the hops used, Simcoe seems to shine the most. The Citra and Galaxy hops make their mark as well. The caramel malts definitely play a big role in cutting down on the aggressive bitterness. It's a pretty sweet beer, but far from cloying. The mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied, very thick, slick, fluffy and creamy, with the right amount of active carbonation. There's a minor touch of heat, but it's basically non-existent. At 11% abv, this is dangerously drinkable and extremely smooth.

Balance is the key with this one. There's a great balance between the hops and malts. It's a great Imperial Red Ale.

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an imperial amber to commemorate Bell's 11,000th batch with the name being a reference to the movie Spinal Tap.

This One Goes to 11 pours a medium bodied bright bronze in color with a slightly soapy, one finger head that quickly reduced to a lacing around the glass. Good looking imperial amber. The nose is big and complex. There is plenty of sweet malt, some cherry, a slight oakiness, some onion (Warrior hops?), and a touch of alcohol. The flavors too, big and malty. It drinks an off dry, featuring a nice balance of sweeter malt, high alcohol, and a lot of hopping. It's near barleywine territory. The flavors are sweet and slightly fruity, again with the sweet cherry character. As you continue to drink the hoppiness increases and the alcohol presence lessens, increasingly drinkability. Overall I thought this was a really nice imperial amber. I didn't expect it to have this much hop character so it was a nice surprise. Grab it while you can. If it's anything like the rest of the "Thousand Batch Series" this won't be on shelves for long. I especially love the Spinal Tap reference!

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