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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Ratings: 679 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish amber pour into a Bells tulip, creamy offwhite foam that leaves a drippy crowning halo of lacing behind. Lasting retention, slight haze, saturated color.

Tropical aroma, cantaloupe and melon, fruity and hoppy.

Big and smooth, slightly sweet with a building bitter finish. Dank and hoppy, intense as advertised. Slight taste of alcohol, but not too distracting... it's 11% after all. Drinks like a smooth double IPA. Candied fruit sweetness, balanced by a burly malt character and a dry bitterness coupled with some drying alcohol. Overall pretty smooth, though not craving another. It reminds me of some Alpine beers, so West Coast-style indeed.

Thanks for this one Eric!

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of 33nickadams
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent ruby-amber color with a half finger head. Lightly carbonated with some stickiness of the lacing on the sides of the snifter. Smells citrusy, slightly piney, some caramel and alcohol. Tastes citrusy and surprisingly dry for such high alcohol content. Some pininess at the back end and somewhat well balanced with sweetness from the malt. Alcohol is dangerously hidden well. Mouthfeel is full, and as I said before, dry and well attenuated. Overall, I enjoyed this one. I would have liked a little more complexity from the malt, as the hops from this one really make its mark. I'm looking forward to comparing it to my imperial red ale, which is getting dry-hopped right now. Somehow, I don't think it will compare to this one.

Edit: Had another one last night and found the nose to be very alcoholic which turned me off a little. Just editing here because I did not seem to notice it in my original review.

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Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, packaged on 9/13/12. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very nice, it smells like citrusy hops (mango, tropical fruit), toasted and caramel malt, pine hops, oranges, and a bit of cherry. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel and toasted malt, citrusy hops (pineapple, mango, tropical fruit), candied oranges, pine hops, and some toffee. It's sweeter tasting than I thought it would be, I was expecting a little more hoppiness but that's not a complaint at all! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. The 11% ABV is well hidden, it's very easy to drink for a beer this strong. I liked this brew a lot, I figure the rest of my 6 pack won't last too much longer. $17.99 a sixer.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of this at my local was $20 a six, so I was hesitant at first, but it payed was worth it. Pours a clear coppery-amber with a minimal head. Tastes was so deep and nice, rich fruits with some nice heat from the alcohol. I really enjoyed this is not at all harsh as some strong ales are. This one is right on....don't be afraid of the price!!!

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Couple fingers of head from an aggresive pour. This
Pours a clear amber red.

Smells of mango, caramel and a little pine.

A blend a fruity hoppiness followed by a caramelly sweet back bone. Almost woody at points. Where did they hide the alcohol?

The mouthfeel on this 11% monster is just great. It is full but not as heavy as some of these 10-plus percent dipa and imperials can get. Thank you, Bells for that.

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Photo of Raime
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an extremely dark amber with no head. Leaves trace lacing.

S - Resiny hops, cherries, pine, slight grapefruit, and almost no malt.

T - Strong hop resin up front, followed by heavy amounts of pine and grapefruit. Almost no malt presence at all. Wonderful.

M - Light bodied with almost no carbonation. Very Creamy in the mouth

O - Overall I'm glad I got to try this beer. It's absolutely wonderful for 11% and everything you could ever want in a beer

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Photo of srv33
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber, with a medium-bubble head. Scent of fragrant, floral hops, cherries, pine, grapefruit, and a touch of honey. Taste is much the same, wonderful rich citrus flavor complimented by a dark fruit component, and biscuit. I can't believe its 11%, it absolutely doesn't taste like it, its quite smooth, and the mouthfeel is almost buttery. Another homerun from Bells, well balanced, and packed with flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle aggressively poured into a Bell's short stemmed tulip glass

Pours a ruby amber with a two finger cream colored fluffy head. Excellent retention significant splotchy lacing as the head slowly recedes.The tempting aroma of citrus and juicy ripe fruit balanced by biscuity malt greets the nose. Opens with ripe fruit including Rainier cherries and rich passionfruit joined by pineapple, balanced midpalate by biscuity and bready slightly sweet caramel malt yet finishes dry with a fairly bitter grapefruit rind bite. Heavy medium-bodied to full bodied thanks to the abundant malt bill. Well carbonated and smooth and silky mouthfeel with a touch of creaminess; very little alcohol heat despite the 11% abv. Bell's has truly created an exceptionally balanced masterpiece with batch 11.000--named as an homage to one of the more memorable scenes in Spinal Tap. This one is certainly an "11" on a scale of 1 to 10. One of the most complex new brews I've had this year.

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Photo of yamar68
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's releases like these that make me truly appreciate my go-to bottle shop.

Pours a clear amber gold with a finger of boozy looking off-white head. Tremendous lacing and legs.

Caramely mango goodness... some banana and syrupy brown malts. Smooth citrus, even some oats. No obvious alcohol character.

More mango and pineapple, smooth caramel beneath that to keep things interesting and balanced. Imperial Surly Furious? I can see the resemblance. The alcohol is just short of hot. Seems appropriate actually. Dense tropical/citrus that plays well against a darker malt character.

Very well executed beer. Make it year round and consider me tickled pink.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bsp77
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich amber with thin off-white head.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, orange, pine and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, toasted caramel and toffee malt core. Nice onslaught of orange, pine and tropical notes from the hops. Not really very bitter, just hoppy and a little spicy.

Feel: Full, smooth and chewy body. Moderately low carbonation. Quite warming.

Overall: Falling somewhere between a Barleywine and an Imperial Red Ale, this is a delicious, full flavored treat. This was a nice surprise, as I did know about this beer until it appeared at my local store.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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