This One Goes To 11 Ale
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This One Goes To 11 AleThis One Goes To 11 Ale
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American Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,358
4.16 | pDev: 9.13%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
This One Goes To 11 AleThis One Goes To 11 Ale
Notes: 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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Gajo74 from New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a clear caramel color with a large foamy and creamy tan head. The head retains very well; nice looking brew overall.

The nose opens with an inviting caramel and toffee sweetness, as well as highlighting its toasty and biscuity amber malt profile. The hops aromas range from fruity to floral, particularly evoking touches of tropical and stone fruit. Yet, it is the piney and resiny hops that soon begin to stand out in the nose, indicating what’s to come in the taste.

Medium to full bodied with a thick and chewy malt base that is doughy, biscuity and with lots of caramel; overall, this brew has a lot of rich malt sweetness throughout. Yet, the balance is fantastic with a moderate yet firm hops bitterness that provides a resiny and prickly counterpoint to the fluffy malts. This balance, along with the alcohol spice, for me evokes characteristics of Barleywine or a strong malty DIPA like DFH 90 minute. The hops flavors open with citrusy notes of grapefruit, jammy notes of peach, apricot, orange marmalade and tropical notes of mango. However, it is the earthy tastes of pine resin and dank cannabis like flavors that in many ways becomes the signature of this drink. Adding to the smoothness of the mouthfeel, the carbonation is gentle. The initially well hidden alcohol taste slowly begins to warm in the finish, which is also long with a nice balance of malt and resiny bitterness.

Fantastic brew! I’ve been sampling so many of these new breweries lately, what with their hazy/juicy IPAs and fruited sours, that I almost forgot what fine classic flavors legendary breweries like Bells can provide.

Apr 14, 2020
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Deep amber, cloudy, with 2 fingers of head and nice lacing left all over the brew and glass.

S - Roasted malts, caramel, and TONS of booze. Love this smell!

T -Sweet upfront, caramel and grains. Warms your throat and boozy towards the end. Lots of piny hop flavors. Hops explode in your mouth

F - Full body and well carbonated

O - An amazing brew. Bells kills it once again!

Apr 11, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is hops. Tastes of malt and hops up front. A good bit of hop bitterness. Good mouth feel.

Mar 31, 2020
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jopezu from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky copper with a thick white head. nose; strong caramel, bread, grapefruit, candied orange, pine, & citrus hops. taste; caramel malt, dinner roll, mellowed grapefruit & lemon, with some more-than-slight ethanol off the top. medium carbonation & mouthfeel.

Mar 17, 2020
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange, reddish gue with medium carbonation. Aroma is a bit malty/sweet with some fruity hops, taste is much the same. A little sweet and full bodied, similar to a lagunitas offering but all in all a fun malty ipa to sip through.

Feb 17, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I really like this one. Cloudy dark auburn hues. Minimal head and lacing. Smell of malt, slight pine, slight sweet caramel/honey, hint of sweet zesty hops. Taste is citrusy hops with a huge plenty bittersweet malt background, and a whole lot of booze. A whole lot. Feel is maybe the best part of it. I see people describing it as thick, but I’m not getting that. It’s medium bodied to me, very crisp, mouth watering, and for one of the strongest 11 percent beers I’ve ever had, it’s an easy sipper. I see that some people compared it to a barleywine, but it also strikes me as a milder 120 Minute. Better than the ratings. I’ll buy this every time it comes out.

Feb 13, 2020
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is malts, caramel, mild pine, fruit and a hint of syrup/honey. The flavor is fruit, caramel, mild honey/syrup, malts and a piney hop/slightly sticky sweet finish.

Feb 09, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 10/13/2019 into the test glass
A - Deep copper color, carbonation works to get topside, sign of high gravity. Quick to exit cap of off white.
S - toasted grains, orange marmalade, alcohol, sourdough toast, som,e pine threads in there.
T - Follows the nose well, add some caramel, and a bit of toffee
M - Thick on the palate, sweet start, bittering hops balance things out
O - A big sipper here, sweet and bordering on barleywine status

Feb 07, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For me, an absolute benchmark of the style. Pours a deep amber with plenty of head and residual lacing. Rich maltiness takes over the nose, completely hiding the aggressive hops that pounce on the tongue. Delightful.

Jan 28, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy brick red color with a small off white head. The head fades very fast leaving just a tiny bit of foamy lace on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is super heavy of lightly toasted caramel malt along with a toasted bready smell and some hints of pine. Along with thee smells comes a good showing of a boozy alcohol smell and a touch of earth.

Taste – The taste begins with a toasted bready flavor that has some notes of caramel and harvest fruits from the start. There is a bit of pine and grapefruit hop upfront with the former hop flavor growing in intensity as the taste advances. While the taste advances, there are also some light flavors of dark fruit and brown sugar and a rather decent presence of a boozy alcohol taste. Some herbal hop and some light oak tastes join the rest of the flavors at the end to leave one with a nice warming and boozy taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thick and heavy with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the mix of bready flavors, moderate hop, and booziness the feel is awesome and makes this on a nice slow sipper.

Overall – A nice warming brew that has a good blend of malt, hop, and booze. I actually really liked this beer and would love it if it was a mainstay.

Jan 24, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"But this one goes to 11". I love Spinal Tap, so I had to try this out. It's pretty good for a red. Smooth with a hint of cherry. Alcohol is hidden well considering "this one goes to 11". I would buy a 4 pack were it not $ 35. Not that good....

Jan 22, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice color of red poured from a 12 ounce bottle pkg 10/31/19. A sweet malty aroma. Taste is malty sweet with flavors of fruit, maybe cherries. The alcohol is not even noticeable. Mouthfeel is thick but creamy. Has a nice sweet malty feel on the tongue. Overall an interesting brew I believe I would definitely drink again Cheers Bell’s.

Jan 21, 2020
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottled 10/31/19. Pours hazy copper red with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt with piney hops and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel malt with fruity piney resiny hops and an alcohol bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice malty red with nice hops. A bit hot on the alcohol though.

Jan 12, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 10/31/19, so 2 months old.

Murky auburn-brown body. Very good off white head persists throughout leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma of toffee and boiled sweets.

Upon tasting, you have 11 hop varieties, 11 malts, and an 11.0abv. and it's a beautiful balance. You can feel the solid sweet malt background, but it's not overdone. Hops are not overly bitter, and the abv gives warmth without burning. Excellent brewing. Sweet, warm, with enough bitterness to balance it out

Mouth close to full, finish bittersweet warm candy.

Overall, an excellent drink. Moves into Barleywine territory rather than imperial red, but who's to split hairs. Sorry to have only grabbed a 4 pack

Jan 03, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed copper/amber pour with thick foamy off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Rich and malty mixed with bitter hops and pine.

T.F: Caramel malts and toasted grains to start. Some sweetness... earthy and resinous. Dank pine and evergreen. Lighter fruit. Great mix of the malts and hops. Medium bodied... well carbonated. Sticky/oily on the tongue. ABV hidden but definitely warming.

O: A fantastic big Imperial Red Ale. Love the mix of malts and hops on this one... dangerously easy to drink.

Jan 02, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a 31 October 2019 bottling date served in a lager glass.
Looks, smells and tastes as expected for an "Imperial Red IPA". It's bold, complex, a bit boozy, and (moderately for style) bitter. The body is hazy and copper colored, with a durable off-white head.
Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Jan 02, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a gimmick but taste like a gem. Fruit, sweet, and this is something a non-IPE fan would even enjoy.

Smooth finish and isn’t overpowering.

Jan 01, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent Auburn with a sliver of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Bready, some pine, expected more

T: Follows the nose, sweet breadyness and dryness dominate along with pine & a little caramel, some boozeyness on the edges up front. Woody hops, breadyness and pine all shine as this warms, plus plenty of dryness. Finishes dry, piney with a little caramel breadyness & some grapefruit sneaking in at the end

MF : Fairly chewy with subdued carbonation, lovely balance

A very nice take on the style, drinks pretty easy despite the heft

Jan 01, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly clouded, rusty-toned copper body with an inch or so of glistening, yellow-beige foam.

Smell: Moderately toasted breadcrusts, vibrantly spiced toffee and an oozing sheen of pine-scented resin. Pithy citrus rinds, sun-dried grasses, alcohol-dunked tropical fruit.

Taste: Malty, sweet flavors of breadcrusts, crackling caramel, honey and toffee. Piquant grapefruit, nectarines and apricot scattered with some stray grassiness. Sticky, sharp resins cut with some veins of raw, unflinching alcohol, turning towards a sturdy bitterness and keen hotness for its final moments, thrashing wildly like a wounded serpent.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Well warming, chewy mouthfeel.

Overall: Big and brash. Mostly brash. A blistering red given the barleywine once-over.

Dec 30, 2019
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured with copper color and murky body. The head was understandably small in size topping out at one finger thick at its peak. The smell was earthy and fruity-sweet, with aromas of damp earth, cherry, apricot, honey, and a touch of cinnamon. The taste was that of apricots, honey, caramel, and apples, There was a boozy warmth to the finish. The body felt dense and sticky. A nice sipper on this Christmas eve.

Dec 25, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours a rather hazy deep amber with a tan head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has an initial citrus and pine aroma. There are some tropical notes of pineapple and a hint of mango. There are very low bready elements in the background.

Taste: The tropical fruits flavors are strong in the flavor with some pineapple, mango, grapefruit and pine. It has a bit of a bite to it with some low cherry and bread.

Feel: It has a medium full body with strong, but not hot, alcohol warming. The bitterness takes on a dank note that is long lasting.

Overall, a great combination of aromas and flavors with well balanced alcohol warming.

Dec 21, 2019
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Marketed as an Imperial Red Ale with 11 different hops and malts, but drinks like a barleywine. And a mighty fine one at that. The hop profile is very piney and lacks the "bold citrus" the label boasts of, but that's not a drawback. This beer is all about that sweet, sweet malt. Viscous, chewy mouthfeel delivers.

Dec 20, 2019
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Danzifer from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The name is derived from a quote in the movie "Spinal Tap", which is what caught my attention, though it actually refers to the 11% alcohol content. Clean poured, dark amber color, cloudy due to being unfiltered. Smells of tropic fruit & pine. First thing I noticed upon drinking was how thick the viscosity was, almost stout-like. Very high gravity. Fairly bitter, very hoppy, with a heavy punch of smooth sweetness that lingers for a bit. Dry finish, and very warming. Overall, a damn fine IPA.

Dec 18, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, PKG 10/31/2019. Hazy rusty amber colored ale is capped with a tall, frothy beige head that sticks to the glass as it fades. Great aroma: caramel malt, grain, pine, and citrus. This one is a boozy sipper with loads of flavor; huge caramel malt backbone along with toasty grain, toffee, and earthy rye; very assertive bitter hops render pine, grapefruit, orange, and mango. Full body, creamy with resinous hop oils sticking to the palate, for 11% the alcohol is warming but not hot, excellently balanced with piney mango and citrus lingering on the semi-dry finish. Awesome to see Bell's bring this one back! Phenomenal beer!

Dec 15, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with a one finger creamy off white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is caramel malts, grapefruit and piney hops.

T - The taste is orange, grapefruit, caramel, toffee and piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft crisp finish.

O - Very tasty imperial red. Very easy drinking with the 11% ABV very well hidden.

Dec 11, 2019
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