This One Goes To 11 Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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This One Goes To 11 AleThis One Goes To 11 Ale
This One Goes To 11 AleThis One Goes To 11 Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 680
Photo of Blackop555
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Amber. Foamy, short off-white head that last a little while with a lasting ring.

Smells prune, Plum, raisin, light cherry, caramel malt and a hint of grassiness.

Taste caramel malt, bready and lots of the following Plum, prune and Dark fruit. Followed by light cherry and a hint of grassiness semi-dry finish with a malty linger. Medium body and lightly fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Four years later, this ale has impressive lacing and a nice fig and caramel taste. Aroma matches the taste. The body is medium-to-full, with low carbonation. I would suggest only minimal chilling of this before consuming.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What happens when you mix amber, orange and red? This beer. half inch of head on it. Aroma delivered on the hops when fresh. Even an ample amount of citrus and caramel.

Somewhere between dipa and barleywine rests this beer fresh. More caramel when older. And then it takes on one of those hot rock kind of malt flavorings like in Stein's throw.

One of the better barleywines out there.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

This big beer's perfumey bouquet includes traces of light prune or plum, some cherry, alcohol and vanilla.
It pours beautiful ruby amber under a 1/2" off-white foam cap.
The beer starts sweet then malt flavors become more defined followed by rich hop flavors provide balance. Pitted fruits, alcohol, and a suggestion of bourbon and vanilla round out the palate. In the finish, malty, alcoholic, hoppy flavors slowly fade.
Big and chewy, with medium low carbonation and a pleasant warming.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Amber body with a small off-white head. Surface wisps and some residual sugars show up on a swirl.

Smell - Hoppy. Piney and grassy. Caramel malt. Intense all around.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light hop and a hefty dose of caramel. Kinda reminds me of Bigfoot. Smooth caramel malt with a hop bite in the back.

Mouthfeel - Really big malt presence, but well hopped. Although I don't really see the need for it to be this big, besides the gimmick.

Overall - Tastes like one would expect a giant red ale to taste.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/13/2012. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops and balanced dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of juicy hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/hop flavor balance with zero cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial red ale with age. All around great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amberish pour capped by a finger of persistent light tan foam that laces up. Smells of caramels, biscuits, light molasses, pale and sweet malts. Nice. Tastes of caramel, doughy, bourbon elements. Smooth and nice balance here from hop, so the sweetness isn't overwhelming at all. Complexity increases as it warms. Here is dark fruit. This is almost a barleywine. Alcohol announces it's presence, but it works well, it's warming in this package. Medium bodied medium carbonation. This one isn't meant to gulp down. Sip and enjoy the complexity that emerges.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick single finger head with excellent lacing and retention on a murky deep orange with an odd sea foam green hue body. Aroma is fairly boozy alerting you to the flavor with notes of apricot, molasses, brown sugar and wood. Flavor is initially fairly boozy but lightens up as enjoyed and as it warmed a bit with notes of apricot, pine, cherry, candied orange on an earthy and woody caramel malt base. A very nice memorable and complex beer.

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

Appearance - rich deep caramel red coloring. A thin head that surprisingly stays a while.

Smell - lots and lots of malts here with a subtle sweetness as well.

Taste - very forward with the malts, as expected at 11%. You can taste the booze for sure, but the nice bittering flavor as it leaves your mouth hides some of that strong booze.

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth with very little carbonation

Overall - they took it to 11 for sure and succeeded! Nice balance for such a strong beer!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love the Spinal Tap reference this beer is deep ruddy mahogany tinted amber with a big tan head forming thick, fine speckled lacing is left behind as the head dwindles. Aroma luscious hops big malt backbone stands tall it's intense in all kind of ways, stored at cellar temp since it's release don't ask me why someone didn't drink this fresh but it's at my fingertips I can't complain. A beautiful expression of hops and malts it's big bad hoppy and fruity all in one note. Flavor is compromised of big hops, citrus, earthiness, and fruity notes collide with a big amber malt body going strong. A perfect cigar beer if there every was one, smoking a Man O War Ruination torpedo with this one as we speak...the hops collide perfectly with the smoke spicy Nicaraguan tobacco from the hands of AJ Fernandez. Big ripened fruit in the malts they called this an Imperial Red I will go on to say that is has barleywine characteristics this would be the one that shines as their standard barleywine release and it should be. Mouthfeel is oily and viscous in the best possible way really full bodied beer at it's best, hops from everywhere big enough malts to produce an 11 percent alcohol by volume beer, it's really great. Overall I want more this can't be the last of this beer, I better see it as an annual release perfect house yeast fermentation produces explicitly great beer in this case it's a strong ale/barleywine that Bell's has been lacking from their regular or rotational lineup.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a perfect pint glass.

L - somewhat hazed amber color with a off-white head that stayed around for a while leaving a few streaks behind.

S - malty, similar to a scotch ale aroma with a floral background.

T - what starts out sweet and malty takes a turn to citrus rind bitterness finishing with a sticky sweetness on the lips.

F - medium bodied, it's a little chewy, warm and it is a sipper for sure.

O - whatever style this beer may be, it is a tasty one.

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Photo of BobZ
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 9-19-12

Appearance: Bright orange/amber with a nice 1" head that hangs around, very nice lacing.

Smell: Still (after all this time) some nice hop aroma over a malty sweetness.

Taste: The hops held up very well as they balanced the beer with the caramel and toffee notes from the malt. This beer is drinking very well right now as all the flavors are working well together and no single flavor dominates. Again, a pleasant amount of hoppy bitterness balanced with malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp on the palate.

Overall: At nine months this is still a very enjoyable beer, I imagine the hops would have been far more dominant fresh.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Back label says PKGD 09/13/12

A- From a heavy pour comes a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer half patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing streaks down the glass.

S- Sweet malt aroma with notes of raisin, sherry and brown sugar. Very complex as it entices more sniffs.

T- More caramel-like sweetness with a hint of bourbon. Remarkably well-balanced with the hops providing enough bitter to counteract the sweetness and booze. Kind of drinks like a barleywine but exhibits a surprising smoothness that's uncommon for that style. Truly unique. Notes of dark fruit and rum-soaked raisins.

M- Moderate alcohol sting and a bit on the dry side. Medium carbonation and a body that leans toward the fuller side.

O- Easy drinking in the beginning but it kind of wears on you after a while and becomes a slow sipper. Still quite different from other strong ales I've had.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy amber pour with a finger of head (bright white) which quickly dissipated. smells of caramel malt, grassy and piney hops, honey. an amazingly delicious boozy amber ale profile that leans towards an american strong ale/barleywine with its heavy alcohol bite and earthy bitterness. tastes of caramel, brown sugar, grassy hops. a full bodied modest in carbonation ale, leaving a nice warmth from its alcohol percentage in place. i honestly wish i knew this was an amber ale before i decided to just hold onto it in the cellar. although, it's delicious now, i wish i had it fresh to compare.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from Fall 2012

A: Pours with a small white head that faces quickly. Dark red/copper color. Bright red in the light.

S: Mostly pine, some citrus peel, and maltiness

T: Pine, lemon citrus rind, dark fruitiness probably from the alcohol, a little bit of booze, bready/doughy maltiness.

M: Pretty big body, medium-full, almost chewy, slick and oily feeling.

O: Not quite as good as I was expecting, especially in the hops department, but I am probably mostly put off by the dark fruit flavors, which I generally don't care for.

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Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with just a little off white head. The head fades to a thin ring around the pour. The smell is sweet and malty but there is a fruity hop undertone. I'm getting mild caramel, cherry, and some citrus fruit. The taste is sweet, but there is a lot more bitterness to balance things out. Right off the bat I got some pineapple. The sweetness really shows up in the end. I'm getting a bunch of citrus peel bitterness in the finish as well. The body is on the thicker side with a good amount of carbonation and a finish that isn't as dry as you would expect it to be.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little bit of orange, red and auburn make up the color profile for this beer. Small offwhite head. 1/2" in depth I'd say.

Aroma was way hoppier than expected, waves of tropical citrus, caramel, orange, rind, grapefruit, and toastiness. A little bit of bitter alcohol wafting up to the nose as well.

Taste, delivered plenty of that citrus and caramel experience. Came on just as much like a double ipa as a barleywine, its all a matter of degrees I guess, and freshness. Plenty of caramel malt notes throughout it though. Sweet, toffee bitterness to it. Brown sugar and oranges.

Wicked funny name by the way, I got all drunk running around saying in a weak English accent "You see, this one here, this one goes to 11." Bummer we had to drink this one at Layne & Courtney's because El Dorado bar manager David Hurley decided to go back on a pre-approved bottle share situation, and lie to our face, because it was hurting his BMC sales receipts I guess. Don't support the El Dorado, they don't support beer, or honor their own word. We'll take our $$ elsewhere. Drink this beer instead. Respect beer.

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

a: reddish-orange coloring, light 1 finger cream colored head with decent lacing but beer will layer on glass as you drink.

s: pine, citrus, bread, molasses, and a little spice

t: a little citrus bite upfront followed by roasted caramel malt with a litlle fruit sweetness (maybe currant or raisin), finishing with a lasting resinous pine/rye aftertaste

m: smooth with medium carbonation and i love the resinous aftertaste

o: great beer, a little more intense when it was fresh but has held up well so far. seems to have traded some intensity for smoothness. look forward to trying it again in 3 months.

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Photo of 1up
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Spiegelau tulip, dated 9/13/12.
A - Beautiful copper/amber color with red higihlights and amazingly thick, light brown head.
S - Smells really good, cherries, tropical fruit, pine/citrus, butterscotch, grass, small amount of alcohol.
T - very smooth, can barely taste any alcohol at 11%, amazing balance. Starts sweet and finishes slightly bitter.
M - full bodied for a hoppy red ale, very smooth.
O - One of the best hoppy red's I've had, better than G'Knight and right up there with Red Rocket from Bear Republic. I love hoppy red's the most when they have tons of malt like this one. Not as big of a fan of hop unbalanced beers. Even though it's 11% and thick I still found myself downing this pretty quickly. Too bad they don't make this all year long.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter. Dated 9/13/2012. Thanks Jay!

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep golden amber with a finger of off-white head that faded rather quickly into a bubbly collar.
S: Citrus peel hop nose with hints of sweet flowers, perfume and pineapple. Maybe some honey or other sweet sugars as well.
T: Follows the nose with a powerful flavor profile. Flavors are strongly bitter yet sweet, like a strong ale mixed with a barleywine. Hop resin and pine sap dominate next to the sweeter flavors of the nose. Citrus, sap, pineapple, sweet honey and caramel.
M: Fluffy carbonation, soft bubbly and rich mouthfeel, solid bitterness, no alcohol burn, heavy body.
O: A really good brew, definitely a hoppy sipper. This definitely went to the 11. Thanks jbck109.

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Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cascading late to develop fingers worth of crisp light khaki perfectly level froth with a couple of big chunky bubbles mixed in... Minimal retention gives way to a full veil of lacing and moderately thick collar... The color is a deep dark bronzish amber... A slight bit of moderate paced carbonation bubbles rising randomly throughout... A moderate bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A wonderful mix of subdued but inviting hoppiness and a potent malty sweetness... The hops take an a muted piney character... The malt base is outstanding... Dark fruit... Caramel... Toffee... Biscuit... Perhaps even a slight hint of brown sugar...

T - A decisive malt base takes forefront on the palette... Caramel... Dark fruits... Sweet breads... Crust... Brown sugar... These all combine for a fairly complex and enjoyable fist salvo... The hops come in the next wave and do nothing more than compliment the malty goodness... The take on a piney character and add additional depth and complexity... A very light bitterness lingers on the finish...

M - Medium to full bodied... Sturdy... Rich... Slightly sticky... A very sharp carbonated bite hits the tongue... Very satisfying...

D - Another Bell's success... A big time American Red Ale that is well balanced and rather complex... I love hoppy beers that have an assertive malt backbone and this one definitely fits the bill... Perhaps not my favorite Bell's anniversary brew (Batch 9000 is tough to beat), but not too far behind either...

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Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark copper with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like oranges and nectarines, with some sweet honey and pear.
T: It tasted like orange and nectarines, with some sweet honey and sweet pear and a little pine. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice brew, reminiscent of Flying Mouflan, with clean and delicious scent and taste. The body was solid, and the finish was pretty smooth, although it was better to sip. Would probably age nicely, but it was fine fresh. Yum!

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Reddish amber with a thin line of creamy head.

S Fresh hop aroma, very oily with herbal and piney notes. Smells is amazing.

T. This is a phenomenal brew with nice juicy hop punch but has a firm malty backbone.

O. Drinks like an American double. This is a 5star recruit. I will pick this up again next year for sure.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled 13 September 2012. Many thanks to xxcarpxx for the trade.

A: Gorgeous, ruddy auburn is lightly translucent and shines with tantalizing appeal. Light tan head is subdued, but leaves heavy and comprehensive lacing.

S: Mmmm. Bright hops, slightly sour fruit, supporting sweet-strong malt base. Intriguingly and enticingly floral. Otherwise, it smells much like other 'imperial reds' I've sample (e.g., G'Knight).

T/M: This is very good. It is not exceptional. But is *very* good. The ABV is nearly undetectable, but the bitterness is welcome and omnipresent. Still, the balance is nigh impeccable, and voluminous, sweet malts mitigate the presumably high IBU. Perhaps a touch undercarbonated, but with an 11% ale, I'll turn a blind eye. The finish is hoppy, fruity, and intoxicating.

O: I love Bell's. I love this beer. Best brewery in America. That said, if you don't get your hands on one, don't work yourself into a lather. It's not THAT good. If you do, then gloat. Would drink again and again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A : Poured a clear reddish, grapefruit like color with a nice off white creamy head. Head retention is good with spotty lacing.

S : Big hop aroma, wowzers. Did not expect this from this style. Toasted bread and light caramel behind a pungent array of hops: pine, citrus and flowers. Some alcohol in the nose but for 11% it's really subdued

.T: Light caramel malt backbone blended with some light bread and then wham. Clubber Lang hits yu with hops. Tropical fruits, pine needles and flowers sting the palate. A booze sting hits the palate. FInish is a tad hot, lightly sticky and somewhat sweet but nice and enjoyable

M: Well carbonated, medium bodied, sordove slick on the tongue, nice bitterness bites back

O: Very good.

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This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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