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Eleven - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: orsulacp on 06-29-2006)
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Photo of sequenceman
1.53/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

22 oz bomber. I'm not sure if I can finish it. Surprising, since most of their products are really good. Maybe it hasn't aged long enough for the alcohol to mellow and blend in with the malt ... very raw alcohol and malt flavor. Apparently I haven't written enough to make this a valid comment, but I don't see the need to ramble on on the A, S, T, M, and D aspects of this over-priced, under-matured beer. My advice, if you want a readily available, and very good, triple IPA, go with DFH 120 minute.

Photo of orfeu
1.7/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours golden amber into a nonic with a surging mass of ecru foam that overflowed the glass. That head isn't going anywhere any time soon, I can tell. Super sticky lacing all around. I bought this back when it came out in July, and it's been sitting in my cellar ever since. So, I'm not surprised that the nose reveals nothing but the faded glory of what I imagine may have been a pretty nostril-stinging lupulin assault. That said, the aroma is still fairly pleasant, with soft fruit notes of candied plum, mandarin orange sections, and a little bit of medicinal-smelling juniper essence. Part of the reason I held onto this so long without opening it is that I was frankly scared to drink an almost 12% abv IPA too soon. Half a year has not resulted in much masking of this alcohol. It surrounds what little remains of the other flavors (a citrusy cocktail of mandarin and grapefruit sections in syrup) with a nearly fusel heat. Burps are unpleasant alcohol-fests. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel -- how could it not be? -- but surprisingly not very sticky. Well, almost everything I feared would be wrong about this beer actually was. It wasn't cloyingly sweet (something I've grown to despise in DIPAs), nor was it too sticky on the palate. However, this is a messy booze bomb that may once have had some redeeming qualities for those who merely seek big hop flavor and big alcohol. Not for me, and at this point, probably not for many others either. Pass on this one.

Edit: The warmer this got, the more disgusting it became. Within five minutes of entering this review the rest of this stuff just went right down the drain. In a word: Barf.

Photo of Naes
1.8/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This triple IPA pours brown, almost burnt orange in color with a thick layer of off white foam which laces quite well.
The aroma is much sweeter than I anticipated. Lots of malts, caramel and brown sugar stands out to me.
The flavor was also much sweeter than I was expecting. Burnt brown sugar with some citrus hops added. Alcohol is also detectable though it is definitely hidden. The after taste becomes caramel like then the alcohol resurfaces.
Mouth feel is thicker than a regular IPA as it seems to have gobs of sugar in it.
Overall, I don’t think this should have been labeled a triple IPA as it tasted more like a barley wine to me.
It was definitely not worth the $9 that I paid for it.

Photo of younger35
1.93/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Received this brew as one of many extras from DrJay. This will officially be my second Triple IPA (Hopsickle). Drank out of my Laughing Dog Brewing pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super murky brownish yellow with hues of dark red. A fairly decent off white head gently formed and slowly receded while leaving a very spotty cap and thin collar. I sadly didn't get enough of this brew down to see if any lacing was left.
Smell- Bubblegum and cotton candy are bursting out of the glass on this one. Definitly plenty of hops that are a bit citrusy (some grapefruit, pineapple, orange) but mostly it's a sweet Barleywine like nose. Big on the burnt sugars and butterscotch giving me the perception that this is going to be fairly sweet.
Taste- Oh my... The Barleywine I was actually hoping for after the nose is not here. It starts sweet with a brown sugary like bite that slowly turns to something old and undrinkable. It's not overly bitter until the end when it turns bitter and stale. I'm not sure if it's the yeast (I suspect it is) but this is horrible. Maybe in its prime this was good but it's past that point. It's hard to believe such a big beer could age so badly, I'm going to say this is a bad bottle (especially after a lot of the newer reviews).
Mouthfeel- Thick and viscous with a sweet stickiness and still fairly aggressive carbonation and plenty of warming on the way down.
Drinkability- There is no drinkability here. I took only as many drinks as it would take to accurately review this thing. Somewhere along the way instead of aging into a beautifully balance DIPA or a hoppy Barleywine, this thing staled. Undrinkable and bad. Big thanks to DrJay for the opportunity!

Photo of julian
1.95/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: Murky cider colored pour, slightly thick with a lasting creamy tan 1 finger head.

Smell: The aroma of malty, fermented sour green apples, hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is an unusual beer. The taste is at first overly sweet and then earthy/malty and yet slightly sour from what I can only identify as fermented green apples. It's a little hard to palette, because there's so much going on, and it's not all that great.

Drinkability: Having a hard time finishing this one. Drinkability is severely limited due to the extremely unusual and somewhat unpalatable taste.

Photo of ithinkimasofa
2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of PBoegel
2.1/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I purchased two bombers of this anniversary offering from the folks at Weyerbacher.

I had a young bottle in mid September and thought it a bit too harsh and young, so I waited on the second until last night.

Poured from the bomber into a 23 oz pilsner style glass.

A: dark rusty orange, very cloudy, but with a dense inch and a half white head.

S: overload of harsh hoppiness, little complexity, some burnt sugary malt.

T: not well balanced a harsh kick with some citrus tangerine flavor followed by a cloying syrupy sweetness. Tasted under attenuated and just off, not very clean. High fusel alcohols and solvent like flavors. Some harsh astringent tannins as well.

M: okay, but too thick, even Belgian Quads/12's have some middle ground and dryness.

D: Overall a disappointing beer experience. Weyerbacher blew me away when I tried the Quad some five years ago, but has been hit and miss with their other brews in my opinion. Eleven is unfortunately a miss.

Photo of mattcrill
2.25/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Spicy hops, a bit of alcohol burn, slightly flowery hop notes.

Appearance: Hazy honey color with a huge fluffy tan head. Streaming carbonation through the body.

Flavor: Honey sweetness followed quickly by leafy hop notes ramping up to punishing bitterness. Alcohol burning along the back of the palate. The honey sweetness wants to push through to balance this out but it just can't. The leafy, slightly stale hop notes lead me to wonder about the freshness of the hops used.

Mouthfeel: Astringent and dry. Medium bodied but hard to handle.

Overall impression: Too much nasty bitterness and alcohol. I was seriously bummed. After having the Double Simcoe IPA I thought this would be better. I would avoid this one.

Photo of brentk56
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a terrific head that lasts forever and leaves copious lacing; unfortunately, this blonde bombshell disappoints once you get to know her

Smell: Caramel, pineapple and way too much fusel alcohol getting in the way of everything

Taste: Starts with an immediate blast of fusel alcohol that just builds and builds; underneath that there are some nice flavors going on - caramel malt and pineapple and some pine but they just get lost in the shuffle of a bitter, alcohol-laden finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a term I would associate with this beer, unfortunately

Photo of Viggo
2.42/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for hooking me up DrJay! Pours a slightly hazy red/orange, thick off white head forms, small bubbles, nice lacing and retention. Smell is very sweet, citrusy bomb, rubbing alcohol, apples and pears, some toffee. Taste is very medicinal, alcohol out of control, weird bitter citrus, apples, not sure I understand whats going on. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, medium bodied, medium carbonation, very hot. Carbonation to me was too high, just made the alcohol even hotter. Not sure what to think, some of these Weyerbachers I've had seem to be big for the sake of being big, I don't get what they're trying to do. Don't think I'd try this one again.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weyerbacher- 11

Appearance- cloudy yelowish orange with a huge frothy head.
Smell- Pine, strong acidic cherry and grape, and alcohol.
Taste- Pine and a strong cherry malt with huge hits of alcohol. The alcohol is the dominent flavor.
Mouthfeel- Sweet with pine and malt at first but the alcohol takes over and chokes you. The alcohol burns when you swallow and the aftertaste alcohol flavor is overpowering.

Overall- C'mon now, Too much alcohol not enough hops. Plain and simple. Is this is a novelty/ gimmick beer ( A Triple IPA)?!

I'll stick to the other Weyerbacher offerings.

Photo of bort11
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass. Cloudy orange color. Thicker looking head that has some good retention. A couple of sticky chunks stick to the glass.

Smell has a pretty harsh aroma. Citrus notes try t break out but there si an overwhelming alcohol. Taste is not much better. Very unbalanced, with an alcohol flavor overwhelming anything else.

Mouthfeel has a creamy body. Looks like this one has closed shop. Probably for the best/

Photo of BeerTruth
2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured this 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance of this brew is of a beautiful burnt/foggy/musty orange with a very generous light khaki colored head. Lace retains throughout the entire brew an sticks very well to the glass. Smell is that of oranges and spicey pine, very hoppy..malt?..what malt? The taste was hard to grasp because it seemed each sip was different. I am normally a lover of hops, but this seemed a bit out of control. Syrupy alcohol presence makes it difficult to drink. The bitter hop taste is not balanced well with enough malt. Sometimes the finish is smokey, other times it's citrusy...this beer lacks consitence. A bit difficult to drink, I think Weyerbacher tried too hard to stand out with this one.

Photo of 0110x011
2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

recieved as an extra from greger. Pours a murky brown with a hint of orange, no head to speak of. Nose is citrus and caramel, with a huge alchohol scent. The booze is so strong it almost burns the sinuses. Cloyingly sweet, with some grapefruit & hop bitterness, and a serious alchohol burn. Thick & syrupy. Difficult to even sip. A messy attempt at a big beer.

Photo of hopsaplenty
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Murky braised apricot. Dense cascading head of fine soft tan bubbles that simply sits there. The head starts to drop, leaving bands of sticky lace, finally settling to a thick pasting that last for the duration. No carbonation streams are present. Surprisingly light aromas of citrus peel, orange flesh, a bit of caramel, and lemon zest. Initially thick and chewy with lots of orange peel, grapefruit juice and an ample does of sugary alcohol that trends towards stinging heat. Overt alcohol heat forces the now harsh citric hop flavors into the background. While the mouthfeel was initially smooth and creamy, it quickly became harsh and abrasive. Lightly carbonated, but still a touch fizzy. It was difficult to make it through the first pour, let alone the entire bottle. Not a particularly good value at $8.

Photo of Enola
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is interesting. There is a thick foamy head and ample lacing. The smell is bad and disgusting. The smell of this beer is enough to scare me away. It is not what I expected from it. Certainly the low point of the beer. The taste is actually not too bad. A hint of vanilla and the hops are evident. A very thick brew and sticky sweet. Kinda like a syrup. The alcohol is also evident. Very evident. The drinkability is good but carelessness may lead to the inability to remain quite during a traffic stop. I don't think I'll be drinking this beer again.

Photo of Grundle20
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance:
The beer is a murky orange copper color when poured in to a pint glass. There is a minor head that maintains a film on the surface of the beer but aside from that has pour retention. There's little lacing to speak of.

Smell:
The first thing I thought is that this beer smelled exactly like gourmet strawberry twizzlers. There's a little more depth with strong caramel malts and thick oily hops but all in all they build up a nice and unique strawberry scent.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Straight up this is just unpleasant. More power to them for trying but the beer to me is completely unbalanced and shooting for some shock factor. There's a lot of cooked/steamed vegetable off flavors paired with truly paramount hop bitterness. The alcohol is also completely apparent and down right boozy. All I have to say is ewww....

Drinkability:
It's not drinkable, period.

Bottom Line:
I love experimentation and thinking outside the box and that's what they've done here but it's just not good. I can't think of an occasion or a reason to drink this beer. Perhaps with some severe aging it would mellow out but as is where is this beer is disgusting.

Photo of Westsidethreat
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy orange toffee color, very attractive. Head is full and creamy, a solid finger high. Color is the same tone as uncooked oatmeal.

S: Lot of alcohol on the nose. Can find pineapple, caramel malt, bubble gum and kiwi.

T: Begins very fruity and tropical at the tip of the tongue. Alcohol as very present and accounted for. Pine hops then move towards the center of the tongue accompanied by massive fruity esters. Then the bitterness hits. This bitterness can only be described as "dirty". Like pinecones rolled around in dirt. This dirty tastes goes the distance and doesn't let up. Finishes bitter, lightly fruity and yes, dirty.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel. Quite nice.

D: I didn't finish this beer. I really didn't work for me.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I went back to the cellar to see if this beast has calmed down after 6 months. Still the alcohol taste is overwhelming and this is a tough one even to sip. The hops used are a little odd so the taste is a not a typical DIPA. It is improving with time but still needs some more so that hopefully it will turn into a hoppy barleywine. Cheers to Weyerbacher for trying to brew something different.

Photo of JDV
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottles from DrJay and The_Epeeist. Thanks!
Pours muddy brownish with a lasting beige head. Smell is light alcohol with a muddled malty hop mix and almost a bit chalky. Taste is muddled tree bark earthy chalky hops and just a bit all over the place. Rich mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Strange beer.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle

Pours a hazy orange amber with a fluffy eggshell head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sticky sweet with a boatload of hops. Some grassy and piney smells with a slight citrusy character.

Very sweet and hoppy upfront with some grassiness and piney flavors along with a mild citrus taste. Then, it slams you with a mountain of IBUs that almost make you pucker. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Unbalanced.

Huge body - a bit syurpy. Good carbonation.

A bit of a disappointment after the Simcoe DIPA. This beast is just out of control. It's good qualities are overshadowed by the lack of balance.

Photo of HimerMan
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle, picked up on 7/15.

Nice dark amber (with a tint of red) pour with a frothy white head - immediate intense smell of hops.

Taste - extreme hops. There is a tremendous amount of hops and alcohol present all the way through this beer. Starts off with a bitter floral and medium pine, which evolves to massive pine and massive floral. The ending is drying with a huge flavor that takes another beer or two to remove. Interesting use of Phoenix hops, this is certainly a beer for the hopheads.

I split this bottle, and would see this beer as a perfect beer to split between 2-3 people. I would find it difficult to drink more than one of these in one session.

You should try this beer only if you are fully prepared to have an insane taste of hops. I, again, urge you to split this bottle with someone as it is very overwhelming with hops, floral notes and pine.

I'm glad I tried it, and will likely have this in a beer tasting in the upcoming months.

Cheers.

Photo of rodrot
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a copper color with a tiny head that lingered in the glass. Aroma was very malty and fruity with a slight earthy hop smell in the nose. My first sip was a shock. Hot, burning alcohol up front then malty sweetness in the middle and then finishes with a soft hop bitterness. Very restrained in the hop department. Mouthfeel was fairly thick. Drinkability was low due to the hot alcohol in every sip. This beer is very unbalanced. It reminds me of a souped up version of Youngs Special London Ale, but not nearly as good. I love strong beers, but this one is a mish mash of flavors that can never quite get it together. Between the strong alcoholic burn, the soft character of the English hops and the high level of sweetness, it just doesn't work. Not recommended.

Photo of kernalklink
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting- poured beautifully, perfect color, amazing head and lacing; then the aromas. A piney astringent hop aroma, and malts that seem off. Taste was oily slick hops- very raw and unbalanced with a burning alcohol. Malts were not so much caramel sweet as bitter burnt bread, not too pleasant. A dry earthy finish and a mismatch of overhopping and some mismanaged malts make this one only for the most dedicated IPA enthusiasts.

Photo of Anthony1
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Intense candy sweet smell of orange, apricot & tangerine, it smells like fruit juice quite frankly. The hops, caramelized malt and alcohol in there, but the fruitiness is so strong, it's tough to pick them up. Smoky and sweet malts start out in the taste when you first start sipping and there's a heavy alcohol burn as you would expect from a beer with an 11.70% ABV. There are flavors of tropical fruits and brown sugar. But the hops are conspicuous by their absence. Smooth for a beer with this high of an ABV, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and a little sticky.

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Eleven from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.