Eleven - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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1.95/5 rDev -45.4%
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.
03-04-2009 05:09:06 | More by julian
3.35/5 rDev -6.2%
12oz received as a great extra in a recent trade pineypower27.... Huge thanks for the hookup!! Poured into my New Belgium snifter.
1" creamy head looks a little flaccid.. doesn't stick around long but leaves quite a bit of nice lace.. the brew is a completely hazy lite orange despite a very careful pour.
I know this one hasn't been brewed in a while so I am gonna be diplomatic... the nose has quite a bit of yeasty fruitiness... a whooole bunch... smells fairly sweet with more than noticeable alcohol.. hops are way muted with only remnants of citrus left.
Flavor now could be described as bordering on a Belgian Strong Pale ale.. spicy and fruity.. but certainly not hoppy in flavor... there is still a nice bitter backbone.. but not enough to balance the abundant malty sweetness... finish is almost like an alcohol soaked melon... maybe spiked with some white pepper. The body is fairly thick and the carbonation is light.. lending to very much a sipper of a brew.
Still a pretty descent beer given the age, but only a shell of it's original self... but again.. don't think of it as a DIPA anymore.
Thanks a bunch Dean... especially for the fantastic original trade.
01-13-2009 07:17:28 | More by JohnGalt1
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
On tap @ barcade from their weyerbacher event, formed a 1" tan head over the cloudy reddish brew. Dense head lasts impressively, with reasonable lacing. Aroma is fruity alcohols. Flavor is malty sweetness upfront, lightly fruity in the middle, with a gaspingly hot alcohol close. Mouthfeel is pretty good, almost chewy, and the drinkability this isnt really there, this beer is over the top, in your face, even after a few years this beer is still hot. I could only imagine what this beer was like when this beer was 1st released
11-16-2008 05:31:46 | More by bonbini26
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
22 oz bomber into tulip glass. Pours a cloudy red/orange with decent amount of head, retains to a caked on layer with lots and lots of lacing. Smell is surprising for a DIPA, big alcohol presence, lots and lots of malt, not as much hops as I was expecting. They're definitely there, but they're just overshadowed. Taste is a lot of the same--boozey spice, almost candied malt, very citrusy tart hops, maybe even some spearmint lingering in there. Alcohol is, again, very present. Drinkability is moderate, it's a really interesting beer but it's kind of hard to get through a glass. If you pick this one up be prepared to share this with one or two friends, it's way too much to handle alone. Very interesting beer, probably one of the most unique DIPA's I've ever had. Definitely not the best, but it's nice to see something so drastically different.
07-28-2008 01:50:40 | More by PlaywrightSam
2.78/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
07-01-2008 18:22:21 | More by JDV
2.55/5 rDev -28.6%
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.
05-27-2008 05:49:31 | More by 0110x011
2.53/5 rDev -29.1%
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/
04-24-2008 03:56:13 | More by bort11
1.93/5 rDev -45.9%
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!
04-13-2008 21:32:57 | More by younger35
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
I really didn't know what to make of this. I was left with an impression that it was really, really different, and not in a bad way, but also not in an exceptional one. This beer is murky and bitter in a weird way that is not harsh (as advertised) but I kind of miss some of this hop harshness; that is sort of essential component of bitter. However, I will say that this malt (& hop) bomb is intensely smooth and imparts a unique flavor. Good, I just don't know quite what to make of it.
It was very murky - like there was a lot of sediment suspended all the way through it. Aroma is very earthy; most beers have this as implied; here earthy is very pronounced. There is a ton of malt and hops in the flavor, although the hop flavor is muted - it is bitter yet smooth like no other hoppy beer I've had. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth.
Flyer was kind enough to split this with me...no idea where he got it from.
04-12-2008 17:58:06 | More by BeerBelcher
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"Triple India Pale Ale" on the front logo sticker...
Recommended to me by one of the store's employees, this beer pours a ruddy, murky, hazy, light-copper appearance with a massive foamy and frothy head that receded in a few, leaving a copious amount of lacing around the glass...
Extreme aroma of pine, grapefruit, spices, and lemons...
Taste was likewise rich, thick, and powerful... a little overboard for an Imperial IPA... way too heavy on the sugars and malts and not enough of a suggestion of bitter hops in my opinon... Slightly cloying, overbearing flavor, dominated by candied sugars, honey, and vanilla cream...
Like many of Weyerbacher's brews, this one was a little too over the top for me, and bursting with flavors in the wrong places....
This certainly could've been more mellowed out and would have made a fine Imperial IPA...
Nontheless, both the mouthfeel and drinkability took a hit due to the overly-extreme and ultra-rich flavors...
03-15-2008 19:00:26 | More by dsa7783
3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured a hazy, straw-amber with a puffy white head that simmered into a thin white layer on the top of the beer. There also seems to be what looks to be tons of suspended yeast in it. Ok, so I read a couple of the previous reviews and they talked about how this beer has mellowed. Wow, if this beer has mellowed than damn, I'm glad I got it aged. Aroma is huge. When I popped the cap on this on, all I smelled was freshly cut grass. On second smell, definite overtones of rock candy and orange zest with hints of pine resin. This has to be the most bitter beer I have ever drank. The craziest thing is that once you get past the bitterness the malt backbone really comes through. Subtle hints of toffee and then big hints of booze are in the finish of the beer. Mouthfeel is full. It was definitely fuller than I expected but it really worked for it. I don't know if most TIPA's are this think but its really enjoyable. The bitterness of the beer makes it so I have to knock it down a couple of points.
03-02-2008 00:55:35 | More by hwwty4
2.93/5 rDev -17.9%
22 oz. bottle - Aged for 1.5 years
Appearance - Cloudy and hazy with a head that dissipates very quickly. Looks like a lot of yeast particles in the beer. Some light lacing on the sides.
Smell - sweet smell with a dose of alcohol. Some pine resin
Taste - After 1.5 years there is still a strong alcohol presence with a pine and citrus combination. The hops have moderated quite q bit.
Mouthfeel - A lively mouthfeel with some syrupy overtones. Moderate feel to the mouth, not too heavy though. Very crisp and warming with the high alcohol on board.
Drinkability - I thought there would be more hops in the taste profile to be honest. Not bad but the high alcohol menas drink it slow.
This seems to be growing on my palate as I get through the first glass. Middle of the road Double IPA so far.
02-09-2008 23:19:27 | More by racer2k
4.35/5 rDev +21.8%
22oz bottle from 2006 that has been aged in the cellar for the last year and chilled before serving to around 45 degrees and poured into a pint glass
A Poured a very hazy and murky dark burnt amber color. Lots of cloudiness to this that was swirling around and eventually settled into place but still kept the very hazy overall look to it. Very nice carbonation could still be seen in several visible streams coming up from the bottom of the glass and coalescing at the top to replenish a more then adequate head of frothy white foam. Upon initial pour the head was quite large, reaching over three fingers in height before finally retreating down to a nominal level of about a half an inch across the top that hung around for essentially the entire session after that. Great side glass lace that was noticeably sticky to the touch and really coated the inside of the glass very nicely. Overall a very fine look and pretty classic for a big IPA.
S Well this has definitely started to mellow over the year and that was evident from the very first sip I took as I leaned into the glass. The huge hop presence had been toned down, albeit it was defiantly still there. It was now nice and mellow and very well mixed in with a nice sugary sweetness. Lots of malts starting to come out in the aroma now, with almost a candy like quality becoming evident, more reminiscent of some of the sweeter big IPAs like DFH Burton or Stoudts Double. There was still definitely a citrus floral quality to it with big hints of orange and tangerine easily noticeable.
T Ok, so this is a little over a year old now and was stored in a nice cool dark place the entire time, so I would expect a little bit of evolution over that time, but did not expect it to mature to the level that this obviously had. The flavor was wonderful, with all hints of the huge alcohol hotness long gone and the mouth shredding hop profile now a thing of the past. This was really mellowed out and now became a wonderfully aged IPA. The first sip I took was nice and bitter with a big orange and tangerine rush of flavor, but that quickly faded and was sweetened up by a big dose of sugary earthy malt flavors giving it a candy like taste. The finish was superb, still dry and bitter from the large doses of hops that were added, but now taking on characteristics of a fresh grassy note in the finish and a long lingering sweetness. This has really held up well with no taste at all of oxidation and just a phenomenally mellowed out profile.
M This was still a very thick, almost syrupy medium bodied IPA. The carbonation has settled down some and now there is a nice gooey and thick sticky quality to it. There were still enough of the hops left to significantly stick your gums to your teeth, but the creamy smoothness of the overall profile was just fantastic and it really made for a fine sipper.
D Now, this is no lightweight here by any means, clocking in at well over 11%abv it really can do a number on you for sure. This was a sipper and there was no doubt about that, however the hotness had all but evaporated and was replaced by a mellower, sugary, warming note that was much easier to drink and really covered up everything very well.
Overall I would have to say that this was defiantly a winner. This was my first experience aging a big IPA. I had hoped that all the alcohol would have helped the aging process and allow this one to really morph into something fantastic, and I was thrilled that this was the case here. I would have to say this is at peak now, I really cannot see it getting any better as it was damn near perfect right now. Everything has morphed and transformed into a finely crafted brew. I have one more bottle of this and I cannot wait to have it. This was really something special.
01-06-2008 13:32:26 | More by mikesgroove
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
I bought a case of this about a year ago, and stashed a bunch away. The case stated best before 2011, so I decided to put a couple away to enjoy over the next couple of years.
The Eleven poured a dark orangish color with a 1/2 inch head. The head quickly diminished to a consistant thin head. There was a fair amount of sticky lacings left on the glass. There is alot of floaters in the glass.
After sitting a year, some of the intense hoppiness has diminished, and there is more of a malty sweetness present. The finish is bitter and a little fruity, somewhat dry. There is a lingering carmel malt and hop aftertaste.
This is definitely an extreme beer, heavy flavor, body, and alcohol content. It'll be nice to see how this one changes over the years. Well worth a try!!
12-08-2007 23:11:51 | More by thartman
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
a: A light hazey golden copper color. Pours with a smallish moderately lacey head.
s: Sweet apple malts up front. Some alcohol and subdued piney hops remain. Nicely balanced and complex.
t: Rough sugary malts hit first. The hops are citric and getting pretty mild after a year and half. Leaves a bit of an alcohol burn in it's wake. While still tasty, this a 4.5 when fresh. The sweetness is taking over.
m: Thick and hearty somewhat sticky.
d: I've got a few left and I'd better get to them.
12-06-2007 17:04:08 | More by DIM
3.5/5 rDev -2%
Sampled on 11-27-07
Appearance ½ inch thick white head at pour breaks back to a paper thin layer; I was anticipating something more clear as I was dropping the light brown, Mississippi River-murk in the glass; thin, rather consistent patches of lace
Smell more balance in the nose than in the taste; tangerine juice, light caramel, credible pine
Taste after 1 year, the pine and citrus hop along with a zip of alcohol continue to bully the molasses and caramel from start to finish
Mouthfeel a prickly, super zesty feel overtakes the entire tongue; a lively crispness runs to close with a bit of stickiness at the back of the tongue; overall its a bit heavier than I was expecting
Drinkability crushing hop profile; veritable hop IV; I love the hops but the presentation is a bit too loud for my taste
Typically Ill read the label before consuming but Eleven first destroyed my palate then I learned of what I was to expect. The crushing that Weyerbacher set out to accomplish survived after a year of refrigeration. I was actually disappointed before I discovered the bottle and that I hadnt tried it fresh. Afterwards, I was left wondering what could have been by sampling it at another time (earlier or later) since it didnt meet my expectations.
11-29-2007 01:10:40 | More by Wonka
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is a murky golden-honey in color, with a 1.5-finger khaki head on top. Left lots of lacing on the way down.
S: Sweet, overripe fruit and what I described as "stale, earthy" hops. Alcohol is evident right away. As it warms it smells like a glass of boozy hop juice.
T: There's a bit of sugary, caramel malt sweetness, but it is quickly knocked back by the heat of the alcohol. Lingering on the palate is a juicy hop bitterness, but at about 1.5 years old, I'm guessing they were a lot stronger when this bottle was fresh. Still, those hops do coat the mouth and stay with you.
M: Pretty creamy in feel, full-bodied in heft.
D: Not so good -- alcohol definitely slows you down.
Notes: At 11.7% ABV, I wouldn't recommend you start the afternoon off with something like this, which is what I did. The strong buzz will hit you hard, and the hops -- even aged over a year -- do a number on your palate. I think I would've liked to have had this one fresh, as it's more like a hot DIPA/Barleywine blend than a "Triple" IPA as advertised.
10-17-2007 17:48:28 | More by Kendo
2.93/5 rDev -17.9%
Brassy orange with butter rum edges. A surprisingly large head of golden ecru results from my usual pour... and lasts quite a while considering the lack of visible bubbles. There has to be a ton of hop resins left in this sucker because the texture of the cap and the thick blanket of lace are mighty impressive.
The nose is somewhat hoppy; nowhere near what it was shortly after release (July 2006), I'm sure. The hop bill consists of 100% Phoenix, a variety that was specifically bred to have high alpha acids and characteristics that are similar to 'British' hops. I don't know about that, but they're definitely different. I'll go with muskily fruity and will try to be more specific on the palate.
I held off on drinking Eleven for the past year because I had heard that it was amazingly hot when young. If it's one thing I hate, it's a alcohol bomb that scorches the throat. Of course I was well aware that the huge hoppiness would dissipate, but my hope was that the beer would turn into some sort of barleywine/strong ale with the passage of time. I was wrong.
The hops have faded into oblivion. While a good bit of bitterness has survived, whatever good hop flavor might have been present at one time is looong gone. That would be bad enough, but the alcohol is still rompin' and stompin' around. The original 109 IBUs have undoubtedly decreased over time. The BTUs are still going strong at 25,000 or so.
At this point, Eleven tastes like a flavor-deficient blonde barleywine mixed with a big splash of grain alcohol. Whatever I had hoped to appreciate from the Phoenix hops is now nothing but a pipe dream. The beer is still incredibly malty, but the malt contributes next to no flavor and the malt sugars are efficiently scrubbed from the tongue by the solvent-like properties of the ethanol.
There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel that a better flavor profile wouldn't cure. It's large and sticky and borderline syrupy with almost no carbonation tongue tingle. The tongue tingle (and numbing) from the alcohol is another matter entirely.
I take full responsibility for guessing wrong on Eleven. I never age DIPAs since their entire reason for existing is hoppiness. If you're sitting on one these bombers, I hate to break it to you, but it's too late. Maybe Twelve will be something to celebrate.
10-09-2007 22:07:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.43/5 rDev -3.9%
A double deuce poured into a snifter glass. I have had this one before, but this is the first time reviewing.
A: Very thick and creamy orange/rust color with a very full head, about an inch high. Think of the colors of University of Texas. Lots of carbonation flowing right away.
S: Sweet, caramel flavor mixed with very pungent hop odor. A little bready as well, malt is noticeable too.
T: Citrus flavor up front, but overwhelmed immediately by a strong alcohol flavor. Hint of a caramel flavor in the back, but still overpowered by the strong alcohol content. I almost want to say there is a hint of a Grand Marnier flavor in the very back end of ths beer. I wish it was 150 year old...
M: Strong carbonation bite leads to a nice smoothness, then fades to a dry, bitter feeling on the tongue. Definitely a very heavy beer.
D: Its gonna be a little tough to get this one down, but I'm sure I'm up to the task.
Overall a very hearty beer, I'd suggest splitting one to really appreciate it. I think after an entire 22 I'll have had enough for sure.
09-18-2007 00:22:33 | More by dbatch
4.13/5 rDev +15.7%
I never went for this one before. Saw it at Marjetplace today and said what the hell. I know the hops may be diminished a bit but we'll see.
22 ounce bomber. Snifter glass.
A - Very nice apple cider colored opaque liquid. A big nearly white head sits atop. Looks great.
S -Oddly enough, fruit and caramel lead the way here. A faint apple smell. Smells like more of a strong ale or barleywine than a DIPA but still a nice aroma.
T - Wow. Interesting to say the least. Hops may have faded. This brew has a big flavor profile led by a tea like flavor. Then fruits come through, more of that apple flavor. Alcohol kick is definitely present. Wonder if hop bitterness has diminished, still some hops are there in that tea like flavor.
M - Big and full. Very nice feel for a high alcohol sipper.
D - Very high because I can;t stop diving back in. Still watch out, the high ABV of this sipper reminds you to proceed with caution.
08-13-2007 02:51:20 | More by EStreet20
3.38/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a cloudy dark amber color with orange hues and a shallow wispy head that fades quickly. Light lacing generated. The smell is big and a mix of sweet bready malt, alcohol and citrus hops. Full bodied, the mouth feel is primarily conditioned by the 11.7% ABV. Adequately carbonated, the alcohol overwhelms the malt and generous citrus hops. The doughy malt and fruit flavors are also over crowded and the burn of the high ABV lingers excessively. Quite a sipper.
08-10-2007 00:04:36 | More by jjayjaye
3.75/5 rDev +5%
Pours a cloudy deep orange color, with a light tan head. The aroma of alcohol and a presence of some earthiness. The taste is all hops, a bit citrusy, with an alcohol burn in the end. A sticky dry hoppiness left in the mouth. Big alcohol, smooth and a nice big hop presence in the mouth. Quite tasty.
07-29-2007 16:57:28 | More by OWSLEY069
3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
This is a 650 mL capped bottle. I am doing a six month check-up on this ale because it was still too hot back in January.
A: The DIPA pours with a brilliant orange color, looking more like a tea than beer. The beer is still well carbonated. A head in the range of three fingers erupted in the glass, covering the walls with thick patches of drying foam. The body of the bubbles is retaining nicely too.
S: The nose has lost some of its strength since last check. Grainy malts have begun to sneak into the nose, providing a caramel biscuitiness that overcrowds the hops. Some citrusy notes emerge but the drop-off is significant.
T: The hop character has dropped off but the alcohol has not. The first sip reveals a whole mouthful of alcohol heat. Some hops remain but they have gone earthy, picking up a vegetal taste that is a big departure from the grapefruit bomb of earlier. As the ale warms, some of those long-forgotten hops re-emerge and ramp up the taste with grapefruit, pineapple and apricot flavors. The aftertaste is quite vegetal, fairly unusual.
M: The big alcohol body has taken center stage here, overloading the tastebuds from the start of the glass. The hops have cooled down significantly but they do re-emerge near the end to strip the enamel from your teeth.
D: The abv is too high and too in-your-face to really enjoy. The beer is still hot, even with a year under its belt. It's scary how much hop flavor was in this ale a year ago.
07-23-2007 01:38:21 | More by akorsak
1.53/5 rDev -57.1%
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.
07-08-2007 23:56:24 | More by sequenceman
3.1/5 rDev -13.2%
Appearance: Pours an opaque, medium copper body with a thin, white ring of bubbles.
Smell: Strikingly herbaceous with strong, redolent notes of earthy plantlife. Its like walking into a thriving greenhouse and having the door chained shut behind you.
Taste: Again, very earthy with plenty of lush green, herby, and wooden flavors. No real discernible malt flavors, but there are some sugar-encrusted flavors that peak through the hops and bitterness now and again. Finishes with a powerful, lasting bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Just a bit oily/sticky.
Drinkability: Interesting, that's for sure, but the hop flavor didn't really appeal to me in this one.
07-01-2007 03:32:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
Eleven from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.