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

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

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.

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Ratings: 677 |  Reviews: 160
Photo of Theniz
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the new Bell's stemmed tulip. Beer is brownish and mostly clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation, low retention.

Aroma is mildly hoppy (wasn't expecting that) and sort of brown sugar / malty.

People have been telling me for a few weeks how bad this beer is and that's just not true. It isn't great but for an 11% beer is sure hides it well. Medium in body and sweet throughout, an interesting beer with a decent finish. Not great but decent. One was probably enough but I wouldn't turn down another one.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Is there anything Spinal Tap can't do (other than find the stage in certain arenas)? This stuff pours a clear orange-russet topped by a finger of dusty off-white foam. The nose comprises bright grapefruit zest (mostly yellow, but there's some ruby red in there, too), mandarin orange flesh, mild pine resin, light caramel, and a kiss of pineapple. The taste holds notes of ruby red grapefruit zest, yellow grapefruit rind, orange rind, light toffee, even lighter biscuit, sharp pine resin, and a touch of banana peel. All of the hops are bright, but the fruit comes across a touch too rind-y, too bitter for full enjoyment to take place. Still pretty damn solid, though. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice imperial red, one that brings the bitterness to a horizon of strength without pushing it over it (a la Palate Wrecker or some other such nonsense). Not bad at all.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'This One Goes To 11' is a moderately dark amber color, and translucent, topped with a cream colored head. Very enticing. The large bubbles seem to hold themselves in place at about 1/2" high. For the aroma, this is one of the most juicy-sweet, delicious smelling beers my nose has ever had the pleasure of inhaling. This is of course thanks to the fact that this is super fresh. Very sweet candied malts, pineapple, grapefruit, and resinous hop notes are jumping out at me. A bit of cider as well. One sip was all I needed to be convinced that this beer was really 'turned up to 11!' At first the piny, resinous hop profile is the most noticeable thing, but as the somewhat sticky proverbial consistency of the beer coats my mouth I am greeted by the sweet malt backbone, which is reminiscent of caramel and apples. Although the beer is big, and dialed up to 11 in all aspects, each part of it matches the other, so ultimately I would say it is a balanced beer. The 11% ABV is rather noticeable to me, so expect a wallop of warming sensations! This is labeled as an Imperial Red, so definitely hop-heads and fans of Troegs Nugget Nectar, Speakeasy Prohibition, Full Sail Imperial Red, many of Lagunitas beers, as well as fans of Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale, Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, Rye Beers, and Founders Pale Ale take notice!

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Photo of jaasen64
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to thebigredone. Poured into Founders snifter. Packaged 9/13/12 (almost two months old), 11,000th batch.

A- Pours a translucent dark mahogony cherry reddish brown with a quarter finger of white head that dissipates to no head fairly fast. Not overly carbonated, but does have consistently rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Grassy hops, a hint of citrus hops, caramel malts, and a hint of booze. I can tell a little bit of the hops have started to fade at this point, but the aroma is still fairly pleasant.

T- Light citrusy grassy hops that are dominated a little bit more by a strong sweet malty presence of toffee and some light bready caramel that lingers on the tongue and lips. Again I can tell the hops have started to fade a bit and the malt presence is taking over. I imagine this beer might have tasted a little bit better with some more pronounced hops.

M- Smooth, fairly low carbonation, a little bit of alcohol bite but not bad at all for 11%, fairly nice drinkability.

O- This is a pretty high abv for an amber ale. At this point it is drinking a little bit maltier then hoppy (although the hops are still definitely present), I imagine if trying this fresh the hops would have given it a little bit more citrusy flavor while balancing out the sweet malts and hiding a little bit more of the alcohol. I could see this turning into a fairly decent barleywine, but I'm not sure if I would take the effort of aging it. Overall it was decent, interesting to try, easy drinking, but nothing overwhelmingly spectacular.

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Photo of xxcarpxx
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Googs
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BillyLrsn
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a taster glass.

(A)- Pours a clear amber color. Some white froth and lace formed.

(S)- Tons of sweet citrus and subtle roasted bits. It is actually barleywine-like.

(T)- Very hop forward with tons and tons of bitter citrus, and extremely sweet malts.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A massive but solid balance to it albeit a huge hop profile.

(O)- Overall, this is a fun beer to try. Easily the strongest American Red ale I have ever had; its really more like a barleywine for me than anything, so I am going to see what some time does to this; might help tone down some of the hops to create a better balance.

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Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of GPHarris
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly tan head into a tulip glass that left good lacing throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - very complex nose of caramel and toffee malts with piney and floral hops.
t - big malty backbone with some nice pine and floral hops.
m - big and chewy.
o - this is a phenomenal beer that is delicious fresh but i could see it become almost american barleywineish with a year of age. i doubt any of mine will make it that far though.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. Date of 09/13/12.

A: Pretty deep copper. Very small off-tan head recedes to just a small ring with some light lacing. Simple, but vicious looking.

S: Hops all over. Spicy, piney, resiny. Only the lightest nose of the caramel malt trying to fight through.

T: Hm. Sweeter than the nose would first suggest. Caramel and biscuity malt is rich, with notes of toffee and sweet sugar. Hops are back-ended with piney and resiny character. Never very really dominant, but provides a nice balance.

M: Definitly full on the body. Very tacky and chewy in the gums.

O: Very interesting brew overall. Kinda a barleywine, but complex in it's hop bite and not too sweet. An intense ale on it's highly hidden alcohol.

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Photo of KingBiscuit
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Adam.

The beer is a pretty amber hue, appearing transparent. The head is about an inch thick and leaves a thick ringlet of lace around the pint glass. The aroma offers a large malt bill, followed by pine, resin, hops, alcohol. Slightly fruity in the one as well. The taste, unfortunately, is dominated by alcohol. Hop, malt, and fruity malt flavors are steamrolled by a tidal wave of booze. Medium to full bodied with resinous hops sticking to the palate. Lingering alcoholic heat. Not a repeat for me.

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Photo of Durb777
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of FishPondManager
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of nrs207
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.11 out of 5 based on 677 ratings.
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