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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

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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Ratings: 680 |  Reviews: 161
Reviews by Brent:
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see an entry in the over-the-top category of American Amber ales. Pour was a nice ruby leaning toward caramel. Hopping is aggressive, with a raw hop cone note up front, sliding through into a more sophisticated bittering toward the middle. Some malt sweetness, but it is vastly overshadowed by the hops. A little white pepper from the alcohol, but the relatively big ABV is carried through without much heat. Overall, a very nice beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of areich6
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark copper color with little head.

S: Smells great. I can detect the scents of grapefuits and lemons.

T: Hops are the main feature in the taste. The citrusy fruits that the scent promises do not come out as much as I expected, but they can stiill be detected.

M: Very light and smooth, very drinkable. I could easily drink several of these and enjoy all of them. At 11% the bite from the alcohol was not nearly as intense as I expected.

O: A solid beer. Reminds of a more alcoholic version of Two Hearted.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “PKGD” date is “09/13/12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium copper. A finger of eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave a lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Resinous pine, invigorating citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, orange), tropical fruit, caramel, and toffee.

Taste: The pine, citrus, and tropical fruit are most prominent but are balanced by the maltier components. The hoppiness is not intense but there is a boozy sting. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Drinkability: Superb. It is a touch boozy but is well-crafted; the aromas and flavors stand out as unique to the style.

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Photo of brock146
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Amber colored beer with a thin, white head, that leaves nice lacing on glass. The color of the beer resembles many American brewed Oktoberfest styles I've had this fall.

S: Hop fruitiness, alcohol, and sweetness.

T: A little hop bitterness, followed by sweet malt and spicy hop flavors. Quite boozy and warming on the back end.

M: Think and malty, sticky syrup feel. Very creamy with little carbonation.

O: This is an excellent beer. A real bad boy that is not for the faint of heart. Very complex and enjoyable. I'm glad that I purchased 2 six packs. 1 for immediate drinking and one for the cellar. I will update in the distant future when I drink this beast aged.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a stemmed glass.

A: For a beer advertised on the bottle as an Imperial Red (heh), it definitely pours more amber. Not sure if I got a weird batch or what, but almost no head whatsoever. Just the tiniest lacing around the glass.

S: Hops dominate this. A little bit of malt.

T: The hops hit you first, and they stick around for a bit but fade to a bit more of a malty, toffee-ish flavor by the end of your sip. Getting an intensely strong grapefruit/citrus flavor out of it, though, minus the hops -- like a malted-up Two-Hearted or Hopslam.

M: Someone else said "nectary," and that's a great word for it. Almost like boozy grapefruit juice.

Overall, I like this a bunch, but I'm pretty biased toward fruit flavors & intensity in beer. It's definitely intense. Would be interesting with some time to mellow out.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 680 ratings