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

This One Goes To 11 AleThis One Goes To 11 Ale
BA SCORE
4.16/5
678 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
678
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
89
Trade:
5
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of shamrock071521
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. Bottled 09/13/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with some orange and ruby red. Moderate bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very hop forward red aroma. Big hints of citrus hops including grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, mango, and lemon. Some earthy pine resin. Fairly floral and spicy. Smells somewhat hot and boozy. Solid red elements with good hints of toasted malts, caramel, biscuit, toffee, and cracker. This smells very sharp and big.

Taste: Just as big and full as it smells. Sharp bitterness from the hops upfront with a taste of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, lemon, and a little mango. Floral and earthy hops along with a spicy kick of pine resin. Not to be lost in the mix is a solid taste of toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and cracker. Their is also a little burnt sugar like sweetness. Alcohol heat is definitely noticeable in the taste but it isn't overwhelming. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat sticky. Somewhat hot but its manageable.

Overall: A really good brew here. Big and in your face with the hops and sweet malt but manages some balance and cleanness. A very good slow sipper.

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Photo of beerhan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Balvenie
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown/amber, not much of a head, nice lacing.

Smell - Hops, malts, pineapple, grape. Some sugars and spices. Alcohol also comes out in the aroma.

Taste - First sip starts out with plenty of hops and rye. Warmth of booze mixed with grape, pineapple, lemon, orange are a main flavor. Yeasty sugars add some sweetness to counteract the bitter hops. Carmael malts add even more flavor, and balance this monster out some. Plum and rasin come out near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Big beer, strong hops nail tounge and also the malts hit it with caramel. Palate gets more hops, malts, and lots of booze. Afertaste is bitter hoppy, very alcohol warm.

Overall - A big, strong yet flavorful beer. Lots of hops, rye and malts. Nice sipper to enjoy ona cold winter night, the booze really comes out and warms whole mouth up. For being 11% it is drinkible and has some good balance. Rye fans, hopheads, must try it able to find it.

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Photo of areich6
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.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More of a burnt orange color than amber. Thin creamy head of sandy colored foam with a bit of lacing.

Some sweet malt followed up by a solid hop scent. Not a real big nose overall, but still nice.

Malty sweetness up front with notes of caramelized sugar and toffee. Big dose of hops with a lower bitterness, but lots of hoppy flavors. Earthy and citrusy, but the malt cuts the sweetness and balances the flavor. Getting a hint of onion from the hops in the finish.

Full and very smooth, a bit slick in fact.

This is a really good beer. Not one I'm going to chase around for being it is limited, but if I come across it, I will certainly grab some.

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Photo of StoutIrish
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rukasu
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured to glass from Whole Foods - Fair Lakes, VA

A - Deep red brown with a light white head that lines that glass.

S - Strong alcohol whiff with sweet, rock candy, mango, pine

T - Sweet malts, candied pit fruit, mango, with a lingering sticky hop intensity.

M - Drying tannic hops with the astringency of 11% ABV. Medium carbonation.

O - Similar to Hopslam but significantly sweeter and smoother despite the higher alcohol content. Intense, but could probably have a few in a session.

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Photo of Etan
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent to me by Zaphog. Thanks!

A: Pours a boring orange-brown with a small white head.

S: Big grapefruit hops in the aroma.

T: Huge hop resin - sweet grapefruit, pineapple, pithy orange, some piney bitterness. Some booziness, biscuity malts behind.

M: Medium-bodied, resinous hop oil coats the mouth.

O: A nice, very hoppy red ale. A bit boozy but that's to be expected at 11%.

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Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Caterwaul
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ryancl
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

Appearance- pours a clear garnet-amber hue with one finger of creamy, bubbly beige head. Minimal lacing on the glass, but retains a thin layer of froth atop the beer for the remainder of the drinking experience.

Smell-pungent hops, spicy plums, faint ginger and allspice, finishing with a roasty malt note.

Taste- a big hoppy smack, followed by red plums, acidic sugar and tropical fruit. Raisins and caramel dominate the body. Finishes with nutmeg and boozy port wine.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy with minimal fizz. A cloying, boozy stickiness hangs out on the palate a bit.

Overall. A tasty beer. I have to say that I enjoyed this one more than the few past Bell's milestone (,000) brews that I've tried. This one was a little more flavorful rather than some of the bold offerings in the past. A strong red appropriate for the season. I may cellar a few of these to see where the flavors go.

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Photo of gordavidson
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pschul4
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Study "break" basically I'm drinking this to destroy my will to study

A- Pours a great looking red/amber color that leaves some spotty lacing

S- As soon as I cracked it I could smell this beer! Big pungent brew with tons of citrusy hops, roasted barley, and alcohol. The alcohol is very present but not in a bad way

T- Still tons of alcohol but it integrates well with the other aspects of the beer. Dank hops+alcohol in the front and roasty malts+alcohol in the back

M- Pretty smooth here, really nice mouthfeel

O- Was hoping for less astringent alcohol taste but still a great beer. I recommend grabbing a 6er if you can

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Bell's describes this as an "Imperial Red" ale, and the appearance is as you'd expect: a bright amber. The smell is extremely heavy on hops, piney and bitter. Taste is a crisp, bitter, hop flavor followed by a stinging bite of alcohol. There are some bready caramel malts mixed in, but I think this one is mostly dominated by the hops. The alcohol is a little too up front for me, but otherwise it is pretty tasty.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash glass on 10/8/12

The color is a deep copper and rust color with just a touch of haze. It almost looks crimson if the light hits it in a particular way. Though reluctant, I managed to get a near three finger head out of it. The head thins in a moderate order, leaving stuccoed lace webs.

A full malt aroma of caramel and bread wastes no time pushing forth a barrage of hops. Sticky pine, grapefruit pith, orange zest and lemon. Floral overtones. After a few moments, the malts shift to more of a cracker / biscuit combo. The hop profile seems aggressive, even here.

Whoo... This is massively bitter, scathingly bitter. Pine and grapefruit dominate the flavor aspect of the hops as the bitterness is driven home with something of a near-industrial solvency. It never becomes medicinally bitter, but it sure does push the limit. The malts are there, and are supportive, but they don't much cut through the mix.

Full, sticky, resinous and oily. This is one seriously bombastic mouthfeel. It's grit and teeth are comparable to the hop profile in terms of ferocity. It ain't the carbonation, though; it's set just under the razor sharp bitterness.

I reckon this beer has accomplished what is was meant to; that is, be an unabashed assault on the beer-tingly senses. To that end, it's a success, and much more so than many shock and awe beers that crop up from time to time. I like it, but I wouldn't want to drink a whole lot of it.

Perhaps I've being lenient with this beer; as MbpBugeye said, this is right in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of herman77
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber, rusty orange that seems clear, but is a bit hazy. Small off withe head that diminishes to a light cap and collar. Lacing is spotty.

S: Very rich and sweet honey like aroma at first. Almost candy like. Lots of piney, grapefruit and floral hops as well. A bit of lingering alcohol as well. You can tell this is a powerful, strong beer.

T: Your hit with a large amount of malt at first. Its got a bit of everything: toasted malt sweetness, biscuits, rich camel and toffee. Then the hops take over. Lots of pine and grapefruit, a bit resinous as well. Floral and some tropical fruits (pineapple) can be found as well. picking up some molasses and dark fruits as well throughout. Warming alcohol in the finish, though its not that strong at all.

M: Fuller body, softer carbonation. Feels smooth and fairly thick. Nice

O: It has fairly good drinkability since the ABV is hidden pretty well even though you get some heat in the finish. Malty, hoppy goodness here. I can see why there are some mixed reviews, but it all comes down to what you like and I really like this beer. Now the question comes, do I age one out of the three I got...?

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Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of imbibehour
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

A really nicet orb and somewhat cloudy glowing reddish orange body, right like a sunset. Head is off white to very light tan, with very tiny bubbles and lots of creamy character. Speckled lacing hits the glass.

Nose is hop dominant. Dry pine and resin, faint malt backbone and sweetness, no heat. Pretty impressive but nothing mindbending. Some dankness and hints of earth and soil come out later, even some pickle juice.

Palate is all hops. Big dry hop angle with an almost wet backbone. Malt sweetness angle is completely shattered and trampled by a giant viscous and oily pine flavor. No warming heat, for 11 percent which is pretty impressive. However, the beer is trampled by this hop profile with no sense of malt backbone to carry it. A somewhat creamy body but also a little flat.

Overall it's drinkable, and a classic hop bomb, but it's rather one dimensional and I am not really drawn to this at all. It feels like a big one trick pony, but it will keep the hop junkies happy.

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Photo of divineaudio
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bells tulip.

a - pours a deep copper color, almost red, and slightly hazy. gave me a pinky of sudsy, tan foam that slowly calmed to a thin film. leaves rings of lacing in the glass.

s - grapefruit, tangerine, mango, grassy, biscuity. slightly boozy. reminds me of hopslam a little bit.

t - biscuity malt with faint toffee notes. lots of fruitiness here, grapefruit, tangerine, and something darker like plum. pine resin bitterness on the back of the tongue that hangs for a bit. finishes dry and boozy. alcohol taste becomes much more pronounced as it warms up.

m - medium body i guess, but lighter than i was expecting. adequate carbonation, medium co2 profile. significant alcohol warming going on.

o - a fine beer but a little hot, definitely needs some time to calm down. solid all around but nothing about it really blew me away. curious to see what a few months does to this.

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This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 678 ratings
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