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 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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Photo of muletrane
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle

A-pours a deep garnet color with a 2 finger khaki head fresh collar and lacing

S- sweet malts toffee,molasses,plum and currant a touch of grassy hops

T- very nice sweet malts meet grassy fruity hops slight dark fruits mix in w/o the boozy taste fresh tasting and creamy

M-creamy and smooth ABV of 11% is not detected nice hops nice fruit andnice malts

O- very nice imperial amber only got 1 bottle

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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

A - Body is a deep ruby-orange. Minimal head that only sticks around for a couple minutes. I suppose with a beer north of 10%, its rare to have a really hefty layer of foam though. Good amount of lacing that falls ever-so-slowly down the side of the glass.

S - I definitely get a sense for the large variety of hops they used in this one. Lots of grassy aromas mixed with definite citrus, and a great layer of funky, earthy hop smell that I rarely come across. Amid the hop frenzy I get hints of the caramelized, malty backbone of the beer.

T - Up front, it is sweet, but delicately so. Light malt flavors mixed with lemony hop flavor. A surprising start to such a "intense" beer. The hop flavor lays on layers of complexity through the middle as well as a healthy dose of bitter punch. Finish sees a return to the citrus, warm but noticeable alcohol and the ever-present hefty backbone of sweet caramel malt. This makes for a tangy-sweet aftertaste.

M - Thick mouthfeel for sure. Carbonation complements the hops in this beer well. As the bubbles begin to break over your tongue, the citrus, floral, funky, etc. flavors of the hops bloom with it. The finish is smooth with just a small kick in the pants from the alcohol.

I know they may be marketing this as an age-able beer, but in my opinion it needs absolutely no maturing. The hops are assertive, but they don't invade the palate with bitterness. Malts balance well. Great fall and winter brew.

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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange body with a thin head head that quickly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass

S: Very strong sweet malt, bit of alcohol, strong hops

T: Very delicious. Strong malt and hops. As it lingers it becomes much sweeter.

M: Very crisp with a nice full body.

O: Just a delicious beer that I wish they made year round.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bright ruby color. The head is a solid inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of foam. The aroma is of grapefruit, passion fruit, pine resin, and mandarin oranges. The taste is very fruity with a ton of dark citrus fruit character. Bitterness is well balanced letting the hops flavors really shine. The mouthfeel is full bodied with appropriately mild carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a really fine beer that I would love to drink again.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper and smooth looking w/a creamy head

S - Caramel, liqour, cherry, toffee

T - Cherry, pepper, caramel

M - bubbly, light

O - I couldn't drink this on a regular basis but for an 11 ABV not bad. I'd save my money and buy one bottle or get on draft. Your better off buying larger quantities of a more drinkable beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of righthereisay
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a single bottle. Didn't even know what type of beer it was. I've liked Bell's in the past, it looked intriguing.

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice dark amber color, great head. So far so good.

Smells great. Malty, some citrus, peach maybe. Cannot smell the alcohol. Ok this is getting better...

Taste: Ouch. First taste was "Oops, looks like I purchased one of those extreme IPAs"....couldn't taste the alcohol though which is amazing considering it is 11%. Wasn't very happy with my purchase, but hell, might as well finish it. 2nd taste, was much less hoppy. Obviously the alcohol may have loosed up my taste buds. Tastes of bread, citrus, with a nice body the rest of the bottle.

I've seen some reviews that this was sweet. I didn't think so.

I won't purchase again, but was pleased with it. It's good, not great.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle to Bruery tulip. Batch #11,000 (obviously). Bottled on 09/13/12.
Thanks to Adam for this one!

A - Deep amber in colour; barely translucent. An orange glow around the edges of the glass. Half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Sweet caramel malts up front with hints of toffee that are immediately balanced by a robust hop profile with citrus and pine aromas.

T - A big sweet malt presence up front full of caramel and toffee flavours. A massive bitterness hits the tongue next, adding pine, citrus and lighter earthy flavours and great balance. A big lingering dry and bittern finish.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Full of tongue-coating hop oils. Light carbonation.

O - This was excellent. Thanks again Adam!

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of deebo
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 11000 brewed on 9-13-12

A-Lots of lively carbonation leads to a tan small bubbled thin head that fades while lacing the glass. Amber in color and perfectly clear.

S-Rich aromas of lots of caramel and lighter toasted malts with ample whiffs of juicy hops, remniscent of pineapple with a little cherry in for good measure. Smells absolutely delicious.

T-Nice characteristics of a hopped up red. I'm not too crazy about the combination of a hopped up high alcohol red ale. A lot going on here and the components (toasted malt with hints of toffee and just a bit grainy, lots of different flavored hop with upfront juicy notes and a fair amount of piney bitterness) seem to fight a bit and the vapory alcohol definitely takes away from the enjoyment, but I guess this one should be sipped anyway.

M-It's definitely a little hot, can tell this is a high ABV beer. Mouthfeel is fairly weak for such a big beer. Just a bit cloying. Carbonation is on the high side, but I think that is necessary for this one-would be more syrupy without having the carbonated zing. Plenty of malt providing a fairly long slightly bitter finish.

O-I think the aroma is the best part of this beer. It has a really nice base and think this would be a winner if just a red ale minus the imperial. An interesting hybrid beer that might be better off being a one and done. Still a fun one to try! And you can feel its effects after only 12 oz.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't feel like chasing this all over the Cities, so when I ran across it at a random store, picked up a couple bottles. Always jazzed to try something new from Bell's. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is a clear, deep ruby red. I was expecting something this big & malt-ridden to be murky - not sure why. Fires up with big malt notes, bready, caramel, extra side of citrus. It even smells big.

This One Goes to 11 gets props for the cool name & great label. The beer itself is indeed an ogre of a malt-bomb, though the earthy, citrus hops get the lead role, & the aroma seems to strengthen & creep through the nasal passages. Then the malts come through & leave a trail of light bread crumbs, caramel, toffee. Touch of allspice & lingering bitterness close the deal. Amber ales are usually one & done for me, but this one is going away like there's a hole in the bottom of the glass.

Seems like I've been on a run of beers that are really good without quite touching that top-shelf status - this one's another. Very good beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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