Eleven | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by orsulacp on 06-29-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a dark, murky, rustic orange color with a thin, creamy khaki head. When held up to the light there was a ton of peppery floaties present as well a very lazy medium carbonation that slowly rose to the surface.

S: The nose was sweet and boozy with caramel and honey with a big floral bouquet. Sampled this first green in 2006 and the aroma nearly singed my nose hairs and the alcohol definitely dominated the flavor and was over-bearing at times to say the least. Fast forward 2 years later and this beer has gracefully mellowed with age to a much more pleasant experience.

T: There was a spicy alcohol presence but was much more smoother, and quicker off the fade and mangeable. There was some musky fruit of pears and apples with a nice flowering hop bitterness. Some sour caramel, raisins are also detected. The finish was nice with a musky fade.

M: The mouthful was creamy, full bodied with a sour caramel and bittering hop fade left behind on the swallow.

O: Still a sipper but the ageing has made this a much better experience.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've officially had all of the anniversary beers from Weyerbacher now. Last night I was looking over the list of bottled beers at the Spinnerstown Hotel when I came across this old gem. I had been considering a trade for it on here but now I won't have to. The bottle ran $8 which I thought was pretty good for a 5 year old brew.

The beer poured out as a deep amber color. There was still a really good head and lacing on this brew! The smell was hoppy but it smelled more like a barley wine to me now that just an IPA. The taste was a little metallic but it wasn't too overpowering. The hops kind of mellowed a bit I'm sure. The beer tastes like a hoppy barley wine now as well. The mouthfeel was pretty thick and had a good amount of texture to it. My overall thoughts are that I wish I could have tried this when it was new. But getting it now made it very special. Happy to finally be caught up on those.

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Photo of BigMike
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2006

A: Pours a golden copper. A few floaties hanging around but it's got a beautiful two finger fluffy whipped cream like head. Tons of lacing left behind already as the head slowly dissapates.

S: Just as I imagined from a 4+ year old triple IPA. The hop characteristics are all but gone. What's left is a huge barleywine nose. Sweet, nutty, roasted caramel toffee and a light candied over ripened banana aroma with a strong alcohol presence.

T: Almost no hop presence at all. What does remain of the hops is a slight staleness almost like wet cardboard. It's not off putting or anything but its there. It's also very sweet and candylike. It doesn't seem the alcohol has smoothed at all it's right in your face. This is a face melter for sure.

M: One word on the mouthfeel....HUGE! Sticky, viscous, and thick. Coats the entire lips and mouth with sticky goodness. Still good carbonation after all this time.

Overall: I'm rating this one on what it is today and not what Weyerbacher originally intended. (hop bomb). As a 4 year old triple IPA it's transformed into a pretty decent English barleywine. Lots of sticky sweet malts and alcohol. As it drinks now it's very enjoyable. I'm glad I got to try this retired beast of a beer.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Thought this one might be way past its prime, but somewhat surprisingly it still tastes as if it were new. Medium caramel color, with a smallish light brown head. Aromas of bubblegum hoppiness, butterscotch, caramel and peach. Somewhat sickly sweet on the palate, with a big alcohol presence. I'm a huge fan of this brewery, but this one doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unintentionally cellared this for a few years. Recieved as part of a now long forgotten trade. Many thanks to whomever sent me this one.
Initial, from a distance aroma is of fruitiness like that from sweet, cheap candy. I kinda' like it. Closer to the rim show big alcohol with a boozy, bourbon quality. I like the former better, but a blending of the two would be best.
At first shows a nice dense head that leaves ample lacing, but alas it leaves in short order. Nice color with cooper showing and really quite clear.
Two primary flavors, that being alcohol and stale hops. With time and searching better flavors appears such as bubblegum and darker fruits, however the other less appealing flavors don't subside enough. A mild bitterness eventually shows which help dampen the harsher flavors.
Very rich, full and heavy body adds to the flavors to make this even more of a slow sipper. A bit of a slow burner going down.
This is so big and boozy that one is plenty and even that is tough to get through, yet somehow this was enjoyable enough in it's own way. I don't hate it and while a slog to get through I don't regret it.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Intense candy sweet smell of orange, apricot & tangerine, it smells like fruit juice quite frankly. The hops, caramelized malt and alcohol in there, but the fruitiness is so strong, it's tough to pick them up. Smoky and sweet malts start out in the taste when you first start sipping and there's a heavy alcohol burn as you would expect from a beer with an 11.70% ABV. There are flavors of tropical fruits and brown sugar. But the hops are conspicuous by their absence. Smooth for a beer with this high of an ABV, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and a little sticky.

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Photo of corby112
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very hazy dark amber color with golden caramel brown hues when held to a light source and a very thin fizzy off-white head that quickly dissipates.

Very malty and leathery aroma with only some subtle hops and lots of sweet alcohol. Smells more like an english barleywine.

The flavor again is reminiscent of an English barleywine with a strong earthy leathery malt character and lots ond sweet boozy alcohol heat. The hops are very faint and only slightly bitter. Alcohol warmth in the finish. Very disappointing.

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Photo of gford217
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of sholland119 poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky orangish brown with a tons of floaties that settles toward the bottle. There is a big creamy off-white head that leaves very good lacing.

The aroma has some malts and a ton of green apple tartness with only a hint of hops.

The taste has a toffee and caramel malt sweetness with a strong citrus-like hoppiness that seems to be melding into a cardboard type taste that's not all that pleasant. There is a tartness in the finish and a ton of alcohol, which really burns in the finish.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and slick with a soft carbonation.

This one is clearly well past its prime and the hops have soured and turned into a tinny, cardboard flavor that really limits the drinkability. Going downhill fast.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Capones Pours a cloudy light brown with a light tan head has some floaters and particles in it. The head leaves quickly. Has a good aroma of sweet malts and good crisp hops. Has a good carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent. The flavor is balance well. Not real hoppy but not too sweet. The alcohol is well hidden. Has a full body. The finish is good and it has a lasting aftertaste. It is good but definately strong.

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Photo of Amalak
4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this out of an aged bottle...perhaps two or three years old. Absolutely incredible.

Tan color, completely opaque, with a solid foamy head. Barleywine scent. Strong.

Aged and mellowed out, slightly bitter bit with an orangish taste.

Great taste and carbonation. Citrus and spice and balanced. Slight bitterness in back of throat.

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Photo of julian
2.05/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: Murky cider colored pour, slightly thick with a lasting creamy tan 1 finger head.

Smell: The aroma of malty, fermented sour green apples, hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is an unusual beer. The taste is at first overly sweet and then earthy/malty and yet slightly sour from what I can only identify as fermented green apples. It's a little hard to palette, because there's so much going on, and it's not all that great.

Drinkability: Having a hard time finishing this one. Drinkability is severely limited due to the extremely unusual and somewhat unpalatable taste.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz received as a great extra in a recent trade pineypower27.... Huge thanks for the hookup!! Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" creamy head looks a little flaccid.. doesn't stick around long but leaves quite a bit of nice lace.. the brew is a completely hazy lite orange despite a very careful pour.

I know this one hasn't been brewed in a while so I am gonna be diplomatic... the nose has quite a bit of yeasty fruitiness... a whooole bunch... smells fairly sweet with more than noticeable alcohol.. hops are way muted with only remnants of citrus left.

Flavor now could be described as bordering on a Belgian Strong Pale ale.. spicy and fruity.. but certainly not hoppy in flavor... there is still a nice bitter backbone.. but not enough to balance the abundant malty sweetness... finish is almost like an alcohol soaked melon... maybe spiked with some white pepper. The body is fairly thick and the carbonation is light.. lending to very much a sipper of a brew.

Still a pretty descent beer given the age, but only a shell of it's original self... but again.. don't think of it as a DIPA anymore.

Thanks a bunch Dean... especially for the fantastic original trade.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ barcade from their weyerbacher event, formed a 1" tan head over the cloudy reddish brew. Dense head lasts impressively, with reasonable lacing. Aroma is fruity alcohols. Flavor is malty sweetness upfront, lightly fruity in the middle, with a gaspingly hot alcohol close. Mouthfeel is pretty good, almost chewy, and the drinkability this isnt really there, this beer is over the top, in your face, even after a few years this beer is still hot. I could only imagine what this beer was like when this beer was 1st released

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into tulip glass. Pours a cloudy red/orange with decent amount of head, retains to a caked on layer with lots and lots of lacing. Smell is surprising for a DIPA, big alcohol presence, lots and lots of malt, not as much hops as I was expecting. They're definitely there, but they're just overshadowed. Taste is a lot of the same--boozey spice, almost candied malt, very citrusy tart hops, maybe even some spearmint lingering in there. Alcohol is, again, very present. Drinkability is moderate, it's a really interesting beer but it's kind of hard to get through a glass. If you pick this one up be prepared to share this with one or two friends, it's way too much to handle alone. Very interesting beer, probably one of the most unique DIPA's I've ever had. Definitely not the best, but it's nice to see something so drastically different.

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Photo of JDV
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottles from DrJay and The_Epeeist. Thanks!
Pours muddy brownish with a lasting beige head. Smell is light alcohol with a muddled malty hop mix and almost a bit chalky. Taste is muddled tree bark earthy chalky hops and just a bit all over the place. Rich mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Strange beer.

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Photo of 0110x011
2.52/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

recieved as an extra from greger. Pours a murky brown with a hint of orange, no head to speak of. Nose is citrus and caramel, with a huge alchohol scent. The booze is so strong it almost burns the sinuses. Cloyingly sweet, with some grapefruit & hop bitterness, and a serious alchohol burn. Thick & syrupy. Difficult to even sip. A messy attempt at a big beer.

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Photo of bort11
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass. Cloudy orange color. Thicker looking head that has some good retention. A couple of sticky chunks stick to the glass.

Smell has a pretty harsh aroma. Citrus notes try t break out but there si an overwhelming alcohol. Taste is not much better. Very unbalanced, with an alcohol flavor overwhelming anything else.

Mouthfeel has a creamy body. Looks like this one has closed shop. Probably for the best/

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Photo of younger35
2.07/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Received this brew as one of many extras from DrJay. This will officially be my second Triple IPA (Hopsickle). Drank out of my Laughing Dog Brewing pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super murky brownish yellow with hues of dark red. A fairly decent off white head gently formed and slowly receded while leaving a very spotty cap and thin collar. I sadly didn't get enough of this brew down to see if any lacing was left.
Smell- Bubblegum and cotton candy are bursting out of the glass on this one. Definitly plenty of hops that are a bit citrusy (some grapefruit, pineapple, orange) but mostly it's a sweet Barleywine like nose. Big on the burnt sugars and butterscotch giving me the perception that this is going to be fairly sweet.
Taste- Oh my... The Barleywine I was actually hoping for after the nose is not here. It starts sweet with a brown sugary like bite that slowly turns to something old and undrinkable. It's not overly bitter until the end when it turns bitter and stale. I'm not sure if it's the yeast (I suspect it is) but this is horrible. Maybe in its prime this was good but it's past that point. It's hard to believe such a big beer could age so badly, I'm going to say this is a bad bottle (especially after a lot of the newer reviews).
Mouthfeel- Thick and viscous with a sweet stickiness and still fairly aggressive carbonation and plenty of warming on the way down.
Drinkability- There is no drinkability here. I took only as many drinks as it would take to accurately review this thing. Somewhere along the way instead of aging into a beautifully balance DIPA or a hoppy Barleywine, this thing staled. Undrinkable and bad. Big thanks to DrJay for the opportunity!

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I really didn't know what to make of this. I was left with an impression that it was really, really different, and not in a bad way, but also not in an exceptional one. This beer is murky and bitter in a weird way that is not harsh (as advertised) but I kind of miss some of this hop harshness; that is sort of essential component of bitter. However, I will say that this malt (& hop) bomb is intensely smooth and imparts a unique flavor. Good, I just don't know quite what to make of it.

It was very murky - like there was a lot of sediment suspended all the way through it. Aroma is very earthy; most beers have this as implied; here earthy is very pronounced. There is a ton of malt and hops in the flavor, although the hop flavor is muted - it is bitter yet smooth like no other hoppy beer I've had. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth.

Flyer was kind enough to split this with me...no idea where he got it from.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"Triple India Pale Ale" on the front logo sticker...
Recommended to me by one of the store's employees, this beer pours a ruddy, murky, hazy, light-copper appearance with a massive foamy and frothy head that receded in a few, leaving a copious amount of lacing around the glass...
Extreme aroma of pine, grapefruit, spices, and lemons...
Taste was likewise rich, thick, and powerful... a little overboard for an Imperial IPA... way too heavy on the sugars and malts and not enough of a suggestion of bitter hops in my opinon... Slightly cloying, overbearing flavor, dominated by candied sugars, honey, and vanilla cream...
Like many of Weyerbacher's brews, this one was a little too over the top for me, and bursting with flavors in the wrong places....
This certainly could've been more mellowed out and would have made a fine Imperial IPA...
Nontheless, both the mouthfeel and drinkability took a hit due to the overly-extreme and ultra-rich flavors...

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Photo of hwwty4
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Akorsak.

Poured a hazy, straw-amber with a puffy white head that simmered into a thin white layer on the top of the beer. There also seems to be what looks to be tons of suspended yeast in it. Ok, so I read a couple of the previous reviews and they talked about how this beer has mellowed. Wow, if this beer has mellowed than damn, I'm glad I got it aged. Aroma is huge. When I popped the cap on this on, all I smelled was freshly cut grass. On second smell, definite overtones of rock candy and orange zest with hints of pine resin. This has to be the most bitter beer I have ever drank. The craziest thing is that once you get past the bitterness the malt backbone really comes through. Subtle hints of toffee and then big hints of booze are in the finish of the beer. Mouthfeel is full. It was definitely fuller than I expected but it really worked for it. I don't know if most TIPA's are this think but its really enjoyable. The bitterness of the beer makes it so I have to knock it down a couple of points.

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Photo of racer2k
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle - Aged for 1.5 years

Tulip Glass

Appearance - Cloudy and hazy with a head that dissipates very quickly. Looks like a lot of yeast particles in the beer. Some light lacing on the sides.

Smell - sweet smell with a dose of alcohol. Some pine resin

Taste - After 1.5 years there is still a strong alcohol presence with a pine and citrus combination. The hops have moderated quite q bit.

Mouthfeel - A lively mouthfeel with some syrupy overtones. Moderate feel to the mouth, not too heavy though. Very crisp and warming with the high alcohol on board.

Drinkability - I thought there would be more hops in the taste profile to be honest. Not bad but the high alcohol menas drink it slow.

This seems to be growing on my palate as I get through the first glass. Middle of the road Double IPA so far.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from 2006 that has been aged in the cellar for the last year and chilled before serving to around 45 degrees and poured into a pint glass

A – Poured a very hazy and murky dark burnt amber color. Lots of cloudiness to this that was swirling around and eventually settled into place but still kept the very hazy overall look to it. Very nice carbonation could still be seen in several visible streams coming up from the bottom of the glass and coalescing at the top to replenish a more then adequate head of frothy white foam. Upon initial pour the head was quite large, reaching over three fingers in height before finally retreating down to a nominal level of about a half an inch across the top that hung around for essentially the entire session after that. Great side glass lace that was noticeably sticky to the touch and really coated the inside of the glass very nicely. Overall a very fine look and pretty classic for a big IPA.

S – Well this has definitely started to mellow over the year and that was evident from the very first sip I took as I leaned into the glass. The huge hop presence had been toned down, albeit it was defiantly still there. It was now nice and mellow and very well mixed in with a nice sugary sweetness. Lots of malts starting to come out in the aroma now, with almost a candy like quality becoming evident, more reminiscent of some of the sweeter big IPA’s like DFH Burton or Stoudt’s Double. There was still definitely a citrus floral quality to it with big hints of orange and tangerine easily noticeable.

T – Ok, so this is a little over a year old now and was stored in a nice cool dark place the entire time, so I would expect a little bit of evolution over that time, but did not expect it to mature to the level that this obviously had. The flavor was wonderful, with all hints of the huge alcohol hotness long gone and the mouth shredding hop profile now a thing of the past. This was really mellowed out and now became a wonderfully aged IPA. The first sip I took was nice and bitter with a big orange and tangerine rush of flavor, but that quickly faded and was sweetened up by a big dose of sugary earthy malt flavors giving it a candy like taste. The finish was superb, still dry and bitter from the large doses of hops that were added, but now taking on characteristics of a fresh grassy note in the finish and a long lingering sweetness. This has really held up well with no taste at all of oxidation and just a phenomenally mellowed out profile.

M – This was still a very thick, almost syrupy medium bodied IPA. The carbonation has settled down some and now there is a nice gooey and thick sticky quality to it. There were still enough of the hops left to significantly stick your gums to your teeth, but the creamy smoothness of the overall profile was just fantastic and it really made for a fine sipper.

D – Now, this is no lightweight here by any means, clocking in at well over 11%abv it really can do a number on you for sure. This was a sipper and there was no doubt about that, however the hotness had all but evaporated and was replaced by a mellower, sugary, warming note that was much easier to drink and really covered up everything very well.

Overall I would have to say that this was defiantly a winner. This was my first experience aging a big IPA. I had hoped that all the alcohol would have helped the aging process and allow this one to really morph into something fantastic, and I was thrilled that this was the case here. I would have to say this is at peak now, I really cannot see it getting any better as it was damn near perfect right now. Everything has morphed and transformed into a finely crafted brew. I have one more bottle of this and I cannot wait to have it. This was really something special.

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Photo of thartman
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a case of this about a year ago, and stashed a bunch away. The case stated best before 2011, so I decided to put a couple away to enjoy over the next couple of years.

The Eleven poured a dark orangish color with a 1/2 inch head. The head quickly diminished to a consistant thin head. There was a fair amount of sticky lacings left on the glass. There is alot of floaters in the glass.

After sitting a year, some of the intense hoppiness has diminished, and there is more of a malty sweetness present. The finish is bitter and a little fruity, somewhat dry. There is a lingering carmel malt and hop aftertaste.

This is definitely an extreme beer, heavy flavor, body, and alcohol content. It'll be nice to see how this one changes over the years. Well worth a try!!

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Photo of DIM
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: A light hazey golden copper color. Pours with a smallish moderately lacey head.

s: Sweet apple malts up front. Some alcohol and subdued piney hops remain. Nicely balanced and complex.

t: Rough sugary malts hit first. The hops are citric and getting pretty mild after a year and half. Leaves a bit of an alcohol burn in it's wake. While still tasty, this a 4.5 when fresh. The sweetness is taking over.

m: Thick and hearty somewhat sticky.

d: I've got a few left and I'd better get to them.

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Eleven from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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