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

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BA SCORE
4.16/5
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679 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:
679
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
89
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 679 |  Reviews: 161
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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Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Mealhouse
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of stakem
2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pub glass. The brew appears a clear dark copper to mahogany color with a finger of tan head that dissolves slowly leaving some webby strings of lacing effect sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to the surface and a few bubbles rise to support. Overall, a very attractive looking brew with impressive head retention for it's strength.

The aroma of this brew is pretty fruity and floral from a combination of the hops as well as a mild hint of perfume-like alcohol that is mildly fusel/solvent. The malt presents itself with a bit of accenting sweetness that is nearly candy-like at times. As it warms up, it has a bit of rindy element to it somewhat reminiscent of pulp or zest of grapefruits.

The taste provides enough herbal bitterness to keep the overall package balanced. It is mildly catty with herbs, grass and pine. Whereas the aroma was more fruity and floral, the taste is more earthen, grassy and catty. The malt inclusion is mildly toasty with a hint of biscuit quality before the focus draws back into more of the hop bitterness and solvent alcohol. As the brew warms up, it seems like all other beer-related characteristics dissolve and all that is left is this solvent, neutral spirit-like alcohol that is reminiscent of low quality vodka.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. My initial impression/feeling was that this was similar to a big brother to nugget nectar. As the experience continued, it really fell apart and became nothing but a solvent/fusel alcohol mess with not enough malt backing and a hoppiness that seemingly provides bitterness but not much flavor beside the aftertaste. I am glad I got a chance to try this but not interesting in having it again... ever. I am surprised by how high the previous reviews are. This was a rare miss by Bells especially for a landmark/milestone batch number.

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Photo of jmich24
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of waltonc
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of WesM63
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark amber/copper with a 1finger head. Minimal retention with some noticeable lacing.

S: Smells of malty sweetness with a tiny bit of floral hop presence. I also get a moderate amounts of pine/resin. Leaves a little bit to be desired on the nose, a bit faint IMO.

T: Smooth and complex. Tons of malt sweetness balanced out by the citrus packed hops. (mango/grapefruit)

M: Medium body and carbonation. Silky smooth with a tiny bit of heat at the end.

O: Damn, this one knocked my socks off. I had high expectations, but after reading the bottle i was expecting a hop/malt bitterness bomb (see Nugget Nectar or Nosferatu). However, that is not the case at all. It's bitter, it's sweet, is floral and citrus-y, is super smooth,complex and deep. Extremely well crafted and highly drinkable.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled dated 09/19/2012 poured into Hoppin' Frog tulip.

Clear, dark orange elixir, one finger off-white head quickly dissipates. Plenty of lacing coats the glass.

Wonderful aroma of mango, cherries, vanilla.

Starts with sweet malt then smooth hops with a caramel stickiness. Alcohol comes through at the end.

Medium body, a bit under carbonated, resinous.

The aromas really came out when the brew was allowed to warm, but the alcohol was then more noticeable. A decent brew but a bit over the top for an Imperial Red, hence the label.

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Photo of ckobes
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. Pours a beautiful deep reddish amber with a nice rocky white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The nose is like that of an American Barleywine. I get sweet malt (lots of it), a generous dose of pine-like American hops, and a nice faint scent of alcohol.

The beer has a full body and a velvety feel. The taste follows the nose. I get sweet flavors of toffee-like malt and over-ripe fruit coating my mouth. The hops are very well-balanced with the malt and start to arrive around mid-palate. You wouldn't think of this beer as hoppy, even though it can seem quite bitter in the back of the mouth. The bitterness is primarily resiny and piney with just a little grapefruit. The balance is so well-done, it is effortless to drink. There's a substantial hit of booziness in the back of the mouth and it lingers nicely on the finish along with the hops. There are some dark fruit notes like plums and raisins that linger a bit on the finish as well.

This beer drinks like a very nice old ale or barleywine. I was only able to get one bottle of this. I really would have liked to have tried it more than once. There's a lot there that I don't think I picked up on in only one tasting. I really enjoyed this beer and would pick it up again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cfrances33
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Bell's tulip.

Pour: A mostly clear deep amber with two fingers of off white head, with some clay hues mixed in. It looks nice.

Smell: Some orange and mango, with a substantial caramel mixed in. This beer will be very balanced before I've even had a sip. I suppose I'm okay with that.

Taste: This. I gave this a 4 at first, and halfway through, I couldn't agree with it. Call it a 4.25. Huge pineapple (really) with some oranges and mango mixed in. A VERY substantial malt backbone checks in, and prevents any bitterness to be honest.

Mouthfeel: I don't believe this is 11%. I truly don't. This drinks like Surly Furious throughout the entire glass, with some concessions made for intensity in flavor. Great.

Overall: Dammit, when I had this on tap in a janky 4oz pour at Bell's Eccentric Cafe, it wasn't good. But through a whole bottle this beer is very good. I'm glad I gave it another shot.

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Photo of will1256
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich dark red color with a nice off white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- A great amount of hops. Picking up darker fruits, tons of pine and grapefruit. Pretty much no malts.

T- Pretty big hop bomb. Pine is every where and a good amount of grapefruit. Great amount of bitterness here. Not really finding any malts here at all.

M- Medium in body and carbonation seemed a bit light.

O- Very solid brew for sure. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mrjbrown27
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Gtg642
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber color with lots of red tones mixed in. Creamy, off-white head that leaves just a little bit of lacing along the glass. Smells are heavy on the citrus, mainly orange and pineapple. Right next to the citrus is a huge dose of hops. Very pine-filled and weedy, what you'd expect in any imperial red. The taste hits big with the pine tree, hop bitterness up front and through the middle, getting stronger as the beer gets warmer. It's balanced so well with the sweetness from the citrus flavors - the most noticeable being orange, but pineapple, grape, and melons are also relevant. The taste it truly fantastic - the perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness and incredibly easy to drink for being 11% ABV. Mouth is medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

Awesome beer, here. A great imperial red with a nearly perfect balance of fruity sweetness and hoppy bitterness. It's kind of sad knowing this beer most likely won't be produced again!

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Photo of Bonis
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mrebeka
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

This One Goes To 11 Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 679 ratings
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