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 Sammy
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big head with soapy bubbles, with lace. Funky smell, astringency and drying finish in 109 ibu. Must keep drinking, for hop fix. Crwillis bottle, thanks Craig. Didn't realize how high the alcohol was and it was hidden. Not best I have had for the style, which are often overated for me.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of brentk56
2.37/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a terrific head that lasts forever and leaves copious lacing; unfortunately, this blonde bombshell disappoints once you get to know her

Smell: Caramel, pineapple and way too much fusel alcohol getting in the way of everything

Taste: Starts with an immediate blast of fusel alcohol that just builds and builds; underneath that there are some nice flavors going on - caramel malt and pineapple and some pine but they just get lost in the shuffle of a bitter, alcohol-laden finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a term I would associate with this beer, unfortunately

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hopdog: Poured a cloudy light brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of hops is quite easily noticeable but as well there is a good malt backbone as well as something sweet (honey?). Taste is a well balance mix between some medium bitter hops without any citrus profile and some sweet malt. Body is quite full and alcohol is well hidden. This is very well done and I appreciate the initiative to brew a IIPA without big citrus hops as I believe it has been done quite a few time before.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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

I have heard mixed reviews about this beer and I shyed away from it for awhile cuzz of the price but I went ahead and got some this weekend.Awesome pour into an imperial pint glass a slight hazed deep golden with peach colored tint with a huge blooming head that left sheets of lace as it settled into a soapy-like top slowly.Picked up some big pinapple and brown sugar notes in the nose the pine a little subdued under the fruity pineapple notes,the flavors didnt match the nose in my mind somewhat stinging alcohol and quite herbal and spicey although that spice might be mistaken for alcohol burn somewhat resiny but the citrus and pine are still subdued.It is pretty tasty and bordering on American Barley Wine territory but not a typical DIPA flavor wise.Is it worth the money...no but Its still a pretty good beer and if offered I wouldnt hesitate to drink it again.

The more I drank the more the sticky sweetness came thru, wow very sticky

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher's Eleven really takes things up a notch!

This brash and bold ale pours a mostly-clear (it's just so viscous that you could never really see your fingerprints through the glass), gold-orange-copper body beneath a massive head of frothy ivory lace. The head retention is excellent and it leaves walls of thick, craggy lace about the glass.

The nose is surprisingly restrained for a self-proclaimed "triple" IPA; but there are some piney and gently citrusy/fruity/minty hops there; and to a certain extent, the huge head holds the aroma back by containing it. The head is beautiful though!

In the mouth, an over-abundance of malt leaves it stunningly dextrinous and creamy (almost chewy!), but a zesty carbonation is able to liven the tongue and cut through its maltiness, keeping it from becoming sticky.

The hops and alcohol hit you straight away at the first sip, but the pillowy soft, gently sweet, and mildly caramelish malt follows, softening the blow. The hops are pungent, softly piney, minty, sublimely fruity (or is that from the yeast?), leafy, and perhaps spicy - but that's hard to tell as a swish of alcohol enters fairly abruptly and never does get the hint to go home. After a few sips you'll start to feel the warming in your mouth, throat, and belly; and not far beyond that your palate will become dulled. The bitterness is rock solid, but not abrasive, and the huge maltiness balances nicely. Where are the hops though? You just can't pick them out in the mix. Nor can you really taste the malt, for that matter. The bitterness, hop acidity, and alcohol are always present though. It's just muddled...

As it warms, however, it becomes much clearer and far more enjoyable. The alcohol is still there proclaiming it's strength at every opportunity, but the malt and hop flavors start to balance and make sense. If you view this as a super-strong English-style IPA it makes far more sense than what you might expect from an American double-IPA. And, I think, at cellar temperature, I'd quite enjoy a half-pint of this after one of two "regulars".

Overall impression: an over the top beer that's been fired so high into the sky that it's lost touch with earth. Massive and bold, but somehow lacking finesse.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from phisig137, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy orange color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: 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.

T: 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.
There they are! Just had to let the beer warm a little and the hop bomb comes out and once it does, you only get a touch of the sweetness. Despite the intensity of the hops strangle-hold, the taste is quite complex and unique.

M: Smooth for a beer with this high of an ABV, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and a little sticky.

D: Tasty due to its complexity, kind of filling, the ABV gives you a swift kick in the head; this one is definitely a sipper. Despite the complex and unique taste of this beer, there are a lot of other 2IPA’s that I’d rather drink (even though Weyerbacher calls it a “Triple IPA”). Given how unique this beer is and how unique Decadence was, I’m eagerly anticipating whatever Weyerbacher comes out with for their 12th anniversary.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an opaque, medium copper body with a thin, white ring of bubbles.

Smell: Strikingly herbaceous with strong, redolent notes of earthy plantlife. Its like walking into a thriving greenhouse and having the door chained shut behind you.

Taste: Again, very earthy with plenty of lush green, herby, and wooden flavors. No real discernible malt flavors, but there are some sugar-encrusted flavors that peak through the hops and bitterness now and again. Finishes with a powerful, lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Just a bit oily/sticky.

Drinkability: Interesting, that's for sure, but the hop flavor didn't really appeal to me in this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brassy orange with butter rum edges. A surprisingly large head of golden ecru results from my usual pour... and lasts quite a while considering the lack of visible bubbles. There has to be a ton of hop resins left in this sucker because the texture of the cap and the thick blanket of lace are mighty impressive.

The nose is somewhat hoppy; nowhere near what it was shortly after release (July 2006), I'm sure. The hop bill consists of 100% Phoenix, a variety that was specifically bred to have high alpha acids and characteristics that are similar to 'British' hops. I don't know about that, but they're definitely different. I'll go with muskily fruity and will try to be more specific on the palate.

I held off on drinking Eleven for the past year because I had heard that it was amazingly hot when young. If it's one thing I hate, it's a alcohol bomb that scorches the throat. Of course I was well aware that the huge hoppiness would dissipate, but my hope was that the beer would turn into some sort of barleywine/strong ale with the passage of time. I was wrong.

The hops have faded into oblivion. While a good bit of bitterness has survived, whatever good hop flavor might have been present at one time is looong gone. That would be bad enough, but the alcohol is still rompin' and stompin' around. The original 109 IBUs have undoubtedly decreased over time. The BTUs are still going strong at 25,000 or so.

At this point, Eleven tastes like a flavor-deficient blonde barleywine mixed with a big splash of grain alcohol. Whatever I had hoped to appreciate from the Phoenix hops is now nothing but a pipe dream. The beer is still incredibly malty, but the malt contributes next to no flavor and the malt sugars are efficiently scrubbed from the tongue by the solvent-like properties of the ethanol.

There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel that a better flavor profile wouldn't cure. It's large and sticky and borderline syrupy with almost no carbonation tongue tingle. The tongue tingle (and numbing) from the alcohol is another matter entirely.

I take full responsibility for guessing wrong on Eleven. I never age DIPAs since their entire reason for existing is hoppiness. If you're sitting on one these bombers, I hate to break it to you, but it's too late. Maybe Twelve will be something to celebrate.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I see where they were heading but I'm not sure I like the destination of this Weyerbacher brew...appears a cloudy apricot orange nearly opaque, I can't really see my hand on the other side of the sampling snifter. Forms a large off white head leaves even bands of lacing around the glass. Aromatics contain citrus, flowers, and heavy alcohol with some sugary malt components mainly syrupy pineapple character. Taste has a hot raw alcohol infused with green vinous hop bitterness high alpha acids apparent with citrus peel tones, no real sweetness that I'm pickin' up but as it warms there is a touch of sugary alcohol in the finish but overall it's firey rough alcohol with a raw unrefined heaping load of hops. Mouthfeel is oily with hop resins it's medium to fuller bodied beer with a sturdy pronounced carbonation. Drinkability is rough hard to swallow and it's beginning to induce heart burn it's pretty damn non refreshing and not something I will be reaching for any time soon. Triple IPA whatever it's too extreme for it's on good yet there are some positives here give it a try.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, without freshness indication, this bold brew was allowed to warm up for about 20-30 mins and was enjoyed with some walnuts and crackers. Pours dark coppery amber, clear, with a few bubbles continuing to rise to the top. Dark tan long lasting head leaving pleanty of sticky lacing. The nose here is boldly of tons of malt, piney hops and alcohol. This is a very big and bold brew, over the top overloads of hops, waves of malt and pleanty of warming alcohol. Nice night capper or would be great with some stinky cheese.

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Photo of jwc215
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orangish amber with a white creamy head that remains a lasting thin head. Some vanishing lace left on glass. Nice head retention for abv level.

The smell is musty - alcohol and apple. Some caramel comes through. Only hints of citrus.

The taste is better than the smell - but not much. An unusual sour apple taste is present along with the typical citrus - orange. Sour and bitter with some brown-sugar sweetness from the malt holding the hops together.

Chewy and full. Leaves a decent, though somewhat metallic, feel.

It's okay, but not what I would look for in the style. Better examples of style out there.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I just uncapped the bottle, and out wafts a thick, sticky, resiny pine aroma...this is intriquing....let's bring it in for further inspection.

Appearance: a mixture of crimson and orange, lighter and clearer at the glass' bottom, very appealing, with a slim, but solid layer of creamy froth atop.

Aroma: there's that pine, and then comes the fruit, bittersweet stuff....pineapple and peach, melon and mango, orange and lime...quite the cornucopia!

Taste: bam! bang! a big, fat download of hop and malt onto the palate, sits heavy, but spreads delciousness. Potent stuff, maintaining an indelible presence on the senses. Juicy fruit, palpable malt, dripping hops, bumping bitterness, and truly tasty.

Higher than normal alcohol is starting to show itself and get busy on the brain. This is my nightcap, though, so I'm not worried. Can't see have more than one of this in a sitting, that's for sure. If you're at the bar, I'd suggest dropping off your car keys. A celebratory brew, indeed, and a big, fat acheivement, one of the best I've ever had from these guys.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to NeroFiddled for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark golden amberish color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white head which lasted along time, nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet, malty, hoppy, slightly spicy, citrusy, and some caramel. The taste is very balanced between the malts and hops, nice touch of citrus, and caramel. The alcohol is very well hidden for a brew with this high ABV. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty DIPA, highly recommended.

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Photo of Gavage
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy copper color with a huge 3"+ fluffy head that lasts a while.

Smell: a nice mix of sweetness, bitterness, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: this is one malty beer. Extremes of sugar sweetness and pine bitterness seem to meet around the middle, while grapefruits and alcohol provide some depth. Definite tastebud workout here.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, nice and smooth and dry at the finish. Heavy in body. Very long aftertaste of sweetness and bitterness.

Drinkability: as this warmed I found this to be leaning towards the sweeter side. Along with the strong alcohol levels, this is a pure slow sipper.

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Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks CRWills for sharing!
Pours a crisp, golden brown colour with a good amount of head that steadily sits atop. Some amber hues beneath the suds. An overly bready malt undertones an otherwise hoppy aroma. A little bit of alcohol in the nose, otherwise a pretty customary hop presence for the DIPA, and nothing overly fetching. First sip would come as an unpopular surprise for most of us sampling the beer as the flavour would take a complete 180. Really off-putting and generally strange tastes would reveal themselves, no indication to expect this flavour. A very unique, unfamiliar - albeit weird and grungy - taste of strong hop resin. Incredibly astringent, belligerent even! A vineous 'green' birch bark taste, like prying open a live tree branch. A very bizarre hop bill. To its credit a fairly clean finish and alcohol very well contained. Still, however, I was more than put-off by its strange, astrigent flavour.
I was happy to hear others at the table who had previously tried it could reassure me this wasn't an off bottle, because despite appreciating that it was an untypical DIPA, I couldn't find much else I liked.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is deceptively carbonated; poured carefully at first it seems to not produce much of a head, but then quickly starts to blossom to a four-finger thickness. The head is a light tan color and sits atop a very hazy, orangish-amber colored brew. The aroma smells of orange zest, slightly cheesy hops and dusty malt. Touches of pine and perhaps a hint of menthol round out the hop aromatics. The hop-citrus notes also take on notes of tangerine and orange juice. The hop aromatics are quit a bit more muted than I was expecting, in fact the whole aroma is a touch more muted that I expected.

Sweet, and quite hefty, this beer has a thick enough body to be a Barleywine. There is an unfortunate, overly harsh note in the finish that is both astringent and phenolic like to the point of heavy plastic. In fact this reminds me specifically of an unpleasant flavor that I just can’t quite place; perhaps it is something medicinal. Whatever it is, it might just be some interplay between the hops and alcohol, but it might also be something off. Otherwise the hop character is quite citrus like; notes of orange zest, grapefruit, tangelo and lychee are all quite noticeable.

Wait, I almost have it, that harsh flavor, is very reminiscent to the aftertaste in a cheap tequila. How did they get that flavor in this brew. If it wasn’t for that off taste, this might actually be pretty tasty. It is way too thick to be a Double IPA, but that is just a personal opinion on style.

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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 yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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