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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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date listed as 09/13/2012 so this is a fairly fresh brew, chillin for about three months in the bottle.

A - Pours a dark robust reddish copper color with about one finger of head.

S - Smells delicious, wonderful hop presence. This smells like an extremely tasty imperial red ale.

T - Mmmmm, once again, wonderful presence of the hops abound. Extremely bitter, but it doesn't make you recoil in terror. This is definitely a hophead's beer. Maybe just a slight hotness at the end from this beer's nice 11% abv.

M - Great mouthfeel, resinous sticky hop taste lingers around for a minute, with again some more hotness. Does not taste like an 11% beer though at all. This brew is dangerously smooth.

Overall, this is definitely a beer worth checking out. Very well made, high alcohol content is masked pretty well, this is definitely a beer you won't want very many of. Very glad I was able to pick one of these up, a little expensive, but definitely worth it.

Bell's This One Goes To 11 Ale ---4.5/5

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

Big thanks to thegoon55 for sending me this!

A: clear orange to amber color, but lighter than Bell's Amber or any other "amber ale" I've had according to my memory. Soft looking head leaves most of the top covered.

S: huge hop smell from citrus to pine sap, along with almost as big of a malty sweet smell with slightly toasted sugar.

T: way more malt-based than I thought it would be due to the smell, but it still has some great bitterness and pine resin flavors from the hops to balance it. Some alcohol is present as it warms.

M: big body with a perfect amount of carbonation makes this feel deliciously smooth and still allows the bitterness to come through sharply with the carbonation.

O: very good beer, but I wish I found it when it was fresh. Still, happy I was able to check it off the list.

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

Big thanks to a few different people for sending this to me recently...

A: Pours a great red/orange with about one and a half fingers of off-white head. The foam settles fairly quickly, and leaves some spotty lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is strong hops with lemony citrus shining through. But there is a solid malt presence in there as well. Smells really nice.

T: It starts out with an initial hit of citrus hops, but the malt starts to develop right after. The malt and hops mix well together, but near the finish the abv starts to make itself known. The finish is malty and boozy.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer is wet to start, but turns sticky and coats the palate. It linger for a bit and slowly slides off.

O: I really enjoy this beer. And to be perfectly honest, if you had told me this is 11% abv, I wouldn't believe you. It's incredibly easy to drink for such a "big" beer. Solid stuff. Will drink again.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish orange body with a nice foamy head. Spotty lacing.

The initial smell is bubble gum and tropical fruits. Unfortunately, it's followed by a strange vegetal aroma that smells like something organic decomposing.

Bubble gum, pine, and grapefruit with a sweet backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium, a little sticky, and low carbonation.

This was a good beer that I feel is similar to the oracle and double trouble.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Hazy red, copper color with a decent white cap. Head disappears quickly, but leaves a thing ring and some nice patches of lace.

Lots of hop aroma here! Grapefruit and pine jump out at first. Sugary, ripe tropical fruits as well. Malt is present in the nose as well, robust.

Great malt up front. Some caramel and almost toffee. Some sweetness, but the hops come in to take over. Lots of pine, slightly herbal and tropical. Bitterness is sharp, but lingers for a while. Nothing overwhelming.

Medium to full body, with softer carbonation. Some warmth from alcohol. This is a very nice beer.

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

This One Goes to 11 pours an attractive reddish, copper color. It’s mostly clear. Backlighting gives it a really nice scarlet or garnet look. An off-white head tops it off. It’s modest and rises to about half a finger in height. It also dissipates quickly. Maybe the abv is a bit too high for it to survive. Lacing was light and spotty. Color looks good!

The nose is impressive. It kicks off with a nice, sweet caramel malt scent. A bit of toasted, bread-like malty notes follow. It smells like a nice, sturdy base. It’s quickly followed by a rush of citric hops. Grapefruit, orange, and mango are all noted. There are some piney, sprucey notes, but they’re secondary to the citrus notes. On the tail, it smells a little medicinal and features a cherry note. Alcohol is rather prominent. 11%? Yeah, I’ll buy that.

The flavor is really good. This is a nice imperial red ale. The malt base is sweet and a little sugary. Caramel and toffee flavors are most notable. There are some toasted and bready malt flavors that follow, but they’re somewhat subtle. Hops are strong and flavorful! They’re mostly citric. Grapefruit, orange, and mango flavors are abundant. Light piney notes follow. It’s a little bitter, but the malts provide quite a bit of balance. Alcohol is definitely noted. It’s there in flavor, but isn’t warm or hot. Finishes malty with a lot of delicious hop flavor.

This One Goes to 11 has a medium body. Carbonation is relatively light and soft. It feels quite smooth going down. In terms of drinkability, it feels big and strong. It’s a bit of a sipper. The 12 oz. serving size is perfect. More would be quite a challenge.

I’ll admit…I’m a Spinal Tap fan. Everything about this beer brings a smile to my face, including the name and the label. In terms of the beer, it’s damn tasty and is chock full of delicious hop flavor. My only gripe is that it’s a bit too big, but smaller would not be consistent with Spinal Tap. This is all about big and bold! Good stuff. Find a bottle or two.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry orange citrus rind hops. In the taste, dry orange citrus to grapefruit citrus hops. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus and a small caramel like malt in the aftertaste. Nice hops, small malt balance, and quite enjoyable.

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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 Auror
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Hardywood Park tulip glass. Both beer and glass courtesy of a trade with RyanBeer13.

Appearance- Pours with a good sized head that recedes to a small persistent layer. Decent retention. Below average lacing levels. Beautiful reddish amber, maybe some shade of sierra color.

Smell- Sweet malts, caramel, hops, lemon peel, a whiff of alcohol. Nose is a bit weak.

Taste- There's some initial malty sweetness that gives way to a bitter hop finish. Hops becoming more bitter as I drink. Alcohol warmth evident, especially as the beer warms. Lacking complexity.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium body. Carbonation is a bit on the low end. Alcohol present.

Overall- I liked the concept (and Spinal Tap is a great movie), but this beer is a bit of a miss for me. It's somewhere in-between a barleywine and an imperial amber, but not much of the positives of either. Too boozy as well.

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Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been in cellar since 9/13/2012
This one gets all fives, just because it really didn't change since the first time I had it. I feel it got sweeter and a bit more robust on the hops of all things. Really reminded me of Devil Dancer but a bit lighter.
A: Rich hazy copper hue nice off white head on a slow pour.
S Hops great hops and some lemon zest and even some peach here and there
T Heavy and plentiful lots of different notes form honey to rich unsweetened chocolate malts, truly different!
M: Pretty normal for a imperial red
O I wish I gave this one a bit longer, there is no booze taste, just a great combo of rich and smooth. Well worth it to hang on to.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, the ale was tinted red though it showed hints of gold in the color. Only a slight head with little apparent lacing in the glass. A mild hoppy aroma was apparent initially. Then I actually was able to smell the alcohol. This beer does have an ABV of 11%, but I still think being able to smell the potency of alcohol is a little unusual. Any aroma was fairly mild. Pine and the citra hops were readily available in the initial taste. The hops opened doors to citrus fruits like grapefruit and lime. A tart maltiness laid in the background to remind drinker that this a red ale first and foremost. In the aftertaste, the hops proceed to a nice warming sensation while the bitter citrus of the hops linger on the tongue. With my pint glass half empty, I am starting to feel this one and its 11% ABV a little bit. I enjoyed the citrus notes, but wished the beer had a stronger backbone to support the hops. I believe it would make this beer go down a little smoother.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A small snifter holds this exciting brew. Hues of peach and burnt red compliment the glass alongside a small frothy head. While drinking, some lacing appears.

Candied sugar, pineapple, pine, and toasted malts meld into a wonderful aroma. Agitating the brew brings out the pine and fruit smells.

Malt heavy is the most simple way to describe the taste. Past that, toasty biscuits, pine sap, buttery caramel, and some heat in the end round out the flavors.

A lot of bitterness lingers in the mouth with a lot of drying once swallowed.

I was excited to try this and must say it is pretty unique. I would love to try this with a few more months under it's belt.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a clear amber color with three fingers of dense off white head. Retention is great.

S: Lots of citrus and piney hops here supported by a nice caramel sweetness. I also get some cocoa nibs in the background. Very well balanced sweetness and bitterness here with a nice array of flavors.

T: Caramel sweetness mixes with bready malts to create a nice malt complexity here. The beer never gets too sweet as a nice citrus hop flavor and hop bitterness keeps it in balance. This is obviously a big beer - the malt and hop flavor is huge.

M: Thick mouthfeel with strong but appropriate carbonation.

O: This is a huge beer. Big caramel sweetness and bready malts mixed well with lots of citrus hops. Booze is there, but very low for 11%. For an "American Amber," this is amazingly flavorful, yet well balanced. This is more like a Barleywine, though.

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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 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 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 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 chugalug06
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very easy going, quickly growing, yet calm, foamy, yellow tinted, head. Brew is pretty hazy amber color.

Awesome Simcoe nose on this brew. Caramel and toffee also stand out. Mildly over hopped for the style, but I'll let it slide.

Amazing flavor for being 11%... No heat. Great, malty, sweet-bitterness. Nothing is overwhelming. Toffee is prevalent along side bread-y caramel. Carbonation is high and back side alcohol is (slightly) detectable.

Uh-oh, this one goes down FAST. A killer brew from Bell's. I'm not sure I could picture a much better 11,000th batch... Congrats Bell's, keep 'em coming... Now, ship to COLORADO, please!!!

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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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Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One time I found myself stranded in a hotel parking lot in Hammond, Indiana. It was Dark Lord Morning, my asshole friends had left without me, and it was apparent that the cab I had summoned and hour and half before wasn't ever coming to get me. But then I see these guys loading a hatchback up with beer. Figuring they're going to the fest, I play nice and ask if I can come along. They say sure, hop in.

Turns out they were Bell's employees, including one of Larry Bell's kids (daughter, maybe?), and they were as nice as could be. They said they had a keg of batch 9000 in the trunk.

"Wow, I still haven't opened my sixer," I said.

"Th-that's probably a good thing. Let is sit for a while," said a dude.

"Like, a few years," said another, and they all laughed.

So here we are 2.5 years later and that sixer is still unopened. And, jeez, we're already two thousand batches past that one! A-and the reason I didn't buy any batch 10k--didn't even bother to read about it, as a matter of fact--was because I'm tired of aging beer, there's only so much room in my cellar. So when the dude at the liquor store told me this one was ready to drink, I was cautious but optimistic.

Chalice pour, thick and fizless. Dark red with a tiny white cap.

Smells... surprisngly tame. Like a really thick, hoppy imperial red. Nodes of melon, rusty barley, and pine.

Tastes like a fresh hop cone. At first. Then it settles down into more of a regular impy red, bordering on a double IPA. Thick, syrupy caramel malt mingles with large nodes of citrus and pine, and while everything is good it ain't exactly expertly allayed.

So... age it? Maybe? It's pretty good--certainly drinkable--but not really much of a big milestone beer.

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