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

This One Goes To 11 AleThis One Goes To 11 Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #2
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,534
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.13%
Reviews:
202
Ratings:
793
From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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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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Reviews by rajendra82:
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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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poppyjohn from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Dec 29, 2012
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areich6 from Illinois

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.

Oct 12, 2012
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McUbermensch from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Jul 17, 2013
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GRG1313 from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Dec 08, 2012
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FlussigkeitMut from Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 10, 2012
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DWS

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Feb 25, 2013
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TheQuietMan22 from Iowa

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.

Nov 03, 2012
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brock146 from Minnesota

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.

Oct 20, 2012
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Reggae4203 from California

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Jul 04, 2013
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theminutemen from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jan 14, 2013
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yeaprolly from Washington

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Jun 19, 2014
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BeerMe13 from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Aug 19, 2013
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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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bpfrush from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Oct 05, 2012
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BrooBub from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Aug 05, 2013
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1up from District of Columbia

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.

Mar 15, 2013
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snatch210 from North Carolina

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.

Oct 21, 2012
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bbrown12 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Feb 04, 2013
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tesla92 from Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

May 08, 2013
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a Cleveland Browns pint glass

This beer pours a deep copper hue with burnt orange highlights. It has a slight haze and is topped with a couple inches of tan head that leaves rocky lacing.

The aroma has some caramel and biscuit along with a ton of pine and bitter grapefruit.

It starts out with caramel and citrus. Then the bitterness rushes in. It is loaded with pine and bitter grapefruit.

Medium bodied with a velvety smooth mouthfeel

This is an old school imperial red IPA. It takes me back to 2012 when I first tried it and loved it. It is still very good.

Oct 29, 2012
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Cyclone8 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Mar 16, 2013
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Jamison85 from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Mar 27, 2013
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juliusseizure from New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Jan 27, 2013
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djre4orm from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jun 13, 2013
This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 793 ratings