This One Goes To 11 Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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This One Goes To 11 AleThis One Goes To 11 Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Amber / 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.

Added by aasher on 10-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
677
Reviews:
160
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
89
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 677 |  Reviews: 160
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Steve in Warren, he acquired about 4 months ago. Did not realize this bottle was at 11%. A presentable strong ale, with a good hop and toast aroma inviting me in. This reddish tinged and very heady and lacey offering had a sooth creamy mouthfeel. The hops are there in abundance, but not overally assertive. They linger on the palate. Sizable malt bill backing a big IBU. Good drinkability, the colder weather was appropriate to savor this one.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep amber color with very little head on top. For as little of a head on top there was a decent amount of lacing. Pretty impressive. The smell of the beer is hoppy, it's got a light amount of bold malt and hops on the nose. The taste of the beer is hoppy, it's got a solid bitterness to it with a decent toasted malt backbone. The mouthfeel was thick, heavy body and gently carbonated. Overall this beer was pretty damn good, glad I was able to finally try it after reading all the hype about it.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I find a great deal of amusement in the same back-and-forth dialogue in Spinaltap about the "...goes to ten. No, goes to 11" is very much the same argument that Bell's put up when they said that there may not be a celebratory beer for their thousand-batch series past 10,000. ...and now this!

This imperial red ale pours just as expected: Deep brownish red tint with a mahogany backdrop. Brilliant clarity further enhances the red appearance. The high octane beer releases a dense foam cap that retains and laces nicely, but does eventually succumb to the gravity of its alcohol underneath.

Hop character dominates the nose with aromas of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, fragrant herbs and grasses, and sprucy pines. Not to be completely over shadowed, the formidable malt rise to balance the hops with the scent of toffee, brittle, roasted peanuts, bread crust, and freshly toasted barley. Cherry-like esters emit from the acetone scented alcohols and further the complexity and balance.

Strong flavors of malt wash the mouth with a semi-sweet toffee and caramel blend. Toast, nuts, and biscotti works in complement to the sweeter taste and gives a moderate creamy starch taste that also supports the hops to come. The middle palate is a balance of malt and hop flavor as the taste of grapefruit pulp and pith, orange zest, apricot, mango, and freshly muddled cannabis-like grasses and chives rise to challenge the taste of sweeter and more bready malts. As the beer paces deep into taste, it develops a dry malt taste as the hops turn deeply resinous with the flavor of pine sap and pungent earth. It's this latter taste that invites the alcohol flavor of super glue and cherries that extends well past the finish.

Medium bodied, the beer's carbonation, dry-toast character, and hop dryness that keeps the beer from pushing further into fullness and heightens the sense of drinkability. But despite it's relatively high sweetness and full flavor, the beer retains a semi-dry texture throughout. But the late palate ushers in a deeply resinous bitterness with low-lying astringency, high alcohol warmth, and strong bite in the throat.

Although this one goes to 11, it definitely pushes the ranges of where red ales meet American barleywine but becomes a bit bullyish with its strong alcohols that are exposed by its attempt to dryness and drinkability.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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 emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish amber pour into a Bells tulip, creamy offwhite foam that leaves a drippy crowning halo of lacing behind. Lasting retention, slight haze, saturated color.

Tropical aroma, cantaloupe and melon, fruity and hoppy.

Big and smooth, slightly sweet with a building bitter finish. Dank and hoppy, intense as advertised. Slight taste of alcohol, but not too distracting... it's 11% after all. Drinks like a smooth double IPA. Candied fruit sweetness, balanced by a burly malt character and a dry bitterness coupled with some drying alcohol. Overall pretty smooth, though not craving another. It reminds me of some Alpine beers, so West Coast-style indeed.

Thanks for this one Eric!

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks go to Stakem for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

Pours a clear dark copper, with 2 fingers of rich off-white head. This maintains a solid ½ finger or so of robust froth, which leaves back sudsy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of zesty grapefruit, pine and herbs, with maltier backing notes of sweet caramel, some darker roast and then maybe even a smidge of brown sugar character. The high alcohol definitely gives this some power in the nose.

The taste has strong hop bitterness to it, with an equally strong resinous feel along for the ride as well. A sticky burnt sweetness hangs on the edges of the profile, trying its best to balance things and then eventually leaving behind a charred backend that lingers along with some leftover bitterness and pine from the hops. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a pretty lively sharpness to the carbonation that eventually does lessen some along the back and plenty of oiliness from the hops helps keep this on the smoother side as well. That 11% ABV is here and while not overly hot feeling, it does jack the intensity of this up a few levels.

I like me a good Imperial Red Ale and this one didn’t disappoint. Lots of aggressive flavors to this and the alcohol, while high, never did become overly intrusive here but instead really cranked things up to a solidly assertive degree. Nicely done.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the BAer who brought this to the Nov. '12 Philly 'burbs bottle share.

Nice reference. (It's Spinal Tap, for you damn kids who don't know anything.) Rusty brown color, pretty clear, with a foamy white head that receded to a ringlet, leaving a bit of lacing behind on my Stone sampler glass. Good mix in the aroma of bready crystal malts and fruity hops. Taste is similar, toasted bread, sweet malts, caramel, citrus and a bit of tropical fruit, slightly herbal and not too bitter. The hops take control ultimately. Medium body, and quite drinkable, with the higher ABV pretty well-hidden. I'd like to try this one again when it's not surrounded by stouts and sours, but it was a good one nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my Three Floyd's glass. Deep amber in color with a thin, sticky head to it. Nice lacing as I drank it.

Aroma has a resiny, citrus rind bitterness mixing with sugary, candied malts. It's got notes of caramel and pineapple to it. Interesting mix of flavors but they come together pretty well.

The taste shows a little more of the juicy hoppiness to it with notes of candied orange and pineapple. The finish has more of the bitter, citrus rind flavors coming out. Caramel sweetness plays a role throughout.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a pretty nice beer. It had a lot going on but it came together pretty well. The hoppiness was pretty good in it as well.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bells, review from notes.

A: Pours an orange/copper color with a one finger off-white head on top. Nice head retention, with a small cap sticking around for a while. Thin lacing forms down the sides.

S: Surprisingly hoppy, very floral with some light fruit and a bit of pine. Nice caramel aromas on the back end.

T: Similarly hoppy with some nice citrus upfront, a bit of zest, and some earthy/grassy hops. More caramel and a bit of brown sugar as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Really liked this one quite a bit, liked how assertive the hops were.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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