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 geexploitation
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, bright amber with a tenacious head... gotta love those hop oils. Aroma is restrained for such a high alcohol, hoppy beer. Just a slight, funky hop aroma that's overdone by raw, peppery alcohol. On the palate, quite sweet initially before a sharp hop bitterness, with a ton of metallic flavors, takes over the mid-palate. The finish is hot with alcohol and very dry. This is a rough beer that scrapes over the palate with hop bitterness. Way, way out of balance, although that seems to be the intent. Overall, overly sweet and overly bitter, not at the same time, but in succession. Unpleasant alcoholic burn. This is a beer that only an abject hophead could love.

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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 Ego
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

you knew this was coming.. I am sure someone is trying to brew a "quad" IPA...

1.5 full fingers of creamy white head, the lacing is sticky and thick, burnt orange tone.. this looks damn good.

very sweet pine cones dipped in dark honey, it smells like pure hop oil, when you concentrate you can also detect the massive amount of alcohol in this. to be honest this is a bit lacking, it didn't blow me away with hops and is not all that interesting. I still think "Hopsickle" is the best smelling hop bomb to be had.

taste etc...
syrupy and seemingly undercarbonated, definitely feel the warming in the ABV, it is almost heart burn city on this one, not overly bitter, it maintains some sweetness throughout, after it leaves the mouth the hop oil is still all over the place, you could sip this once and taste hops for an hour! mouthfeel (aside from the carbonation) is pretty good and full. It is somewhat easy drinking but the sweetness is bothering me, at points it is cloying.

for a supposed "hop bomb" it isn't as hoppy as I would like. perhaps it is the variety of hops used? could be. there are better DIPAs out there, if you have the balls to call it a "Triple" IPA the beer should back it up. This isn't a "bad" beer or anything but somewhat misses the mark, kind of like Star Wars Episode I

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Photo of HimerMan
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle, picked up on 7/15.

Nice dark amber (with a tint of red) pour with a frothy white head - immediate intense smell of hops.

Taste - extreme hops. There is a tremendous amount of hops and alcohol present all the way through this beer. Starts off with a bitter floral and medium pine, which evolves to massive pine and massive floral. The ending is drying with a huge flavor that takes another beer or two to remove. Interesting use of Phoenix hops, this is certainly a beer for the hopheads.

I split this bottle, and would see this beer as a perfect beer to split between 2-3 people. I would find it difficult to drink more than one of these in one session.

You should try this beer only if you are fully prepared to have an insane taste of hops. I, again, urge you to split this bottle with someone as it is very overwhelming with hops, floral notes and pine.

I'm glad I tried it, and will likely have this in a beer tasting in the upcoming months.


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Photo of mattpetti
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very pretty tinted red amber. It has a large evenly balanced off-white head that distribute excellent lacing.
S: The smell is of sugar sweet fruit, followed by pine, and nice floral hops.
T: Upfront is sweet fruits, cherry mostly, with what id agree could be a cotton candy flavor as well, followed by a nice rush of bitter orange peel citrus. Then boom, there are hops. The first wave of hops is so strong its amazing. My lips could feel the impact. After the beer warms though your body adjusts and the alcohol moves toward the headline of flavors while it is hardly noticable while cold.
MF: Because of the numbing nature of the hop bitterness in the first half of this beer i can't rate it as high as i'd like. The mouthfeel is good otherwise with all of the flavors making a nice appearence. There is also some drying sensation goin on there too.
D: This is definately not a session beer, but the complex flavors make drinking this beer easy. You just have to recharge after tasting the hops explosion. I'd say their double simcoe is slighlty more drinkable, but as an anniversary this is great.

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Photo of jimman2
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours beautiful deep amber, clear, with a moderate head of foam, most of which dissipates within a few minutes. The smell is sweet and piney.

The taste is also piney with a very sharp bitterness with a little tanginess. The bitterness stayed with me longer than most of the many Double IPA style beers I have tasted. There is less sweetness present as compared to many Double IPAs. I am comparing it to a double IPA because this is the first triple IPA I have encountered and the alcohol content and style is similar to several double IPAs available. This beer actually cleared my sinuses – I could still smell this beer for several minutes after taking a sip. It is very unusual in that sense.

There are more complex beers out there – Weyerbacher’s own Double Simcoe IPA comes to mind (highly recommended to try that one). The alcohol content (11%) is well disguised. A very drinkable and unique strong IPA. Weyerbacher has been making some excellent beers lately. Excellent!

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a beautiful glowing amber with some strawberry highlights. The head is a creamy manila that was sustained by a column of little bubbles rising up from the bottom of my tulip that left some nice sheets of lace.

Smells of caramel and powdery marshmallow, paired with a lemon and mandarin orange. These two together remind me of cotton candy. There’s also a slight birch bark and cedar dryness hiding in the background. As it warmed, the alcohol became more and more prominent.

I seldom cry out in distress when I drink beer, but this managed to do the job. What we have here is proof positive that the brewing community should put a multiplier cap of two on IPAs. This one is down right silly. The flavor begins with a smooth and creamy caramel and cherry sweetness. Then, just when I thought it was safe, a slight electric lime rind started to creep along the sides of my tongue. It then picked up some smoky elements and then collapsed into a monstrous pine hop, obliterating my taste buds. I find here the sensation of pure bitterness. This is actually a really tasty beer, but the bitter is over the top. Over time, my palate got numb enough to really taste this. However, I don't think I'll be able to taste anything else for quite some time.

The mouth feel is medium to heavy bodied with a creamy micro carbonation that thickens things up a bit.

What can I say. This one’s a monster. I enjoyed this beer just for the experience, but there's no way I'd ask for another. I can't really think of a time or a place where I'd want a beer that's this hoppy.

A little much? Maybe. Tasty? Definitely.

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

This beer poured a deep copper color with hints of red covered by a thin light tan head. The nose is malty and nutty, and a slight perfume hint. The main smell I get is hazelnut. This is a bitter beer and I like it. There is a toasted malt background holding the massively bitter hops in check. There is a bit of alcohol warming in the mouth. The mouthfeel is surprisingly on the light side of medium; I was expecting a glycerin type feel from the high alcohol content. The carbonation is biting, giving a dry finish. Very drinkable; the bitterness is addictive. This is one unique brew; not many other ones out there like this, a definite must try for any hop lover.

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Photo of jove601
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very surprised when I visited my friendly beer mart on July 1st and found 3 cases of the Eleven in stock. I'm consuming this beer using none other than a Weyerbacher goblet. This beer pours a deep copper color. There is a 1/8 inch layer of head which produces a nice lacing around the glass. The bitters are very controlled in this one resulting in a beer that is a very drinkable 11.7%. The Phoenix hops have a nice perfume to the nose and are equally receptive to the palate. I personally am a very big fan of the Weyerbacher collection of beers. I was a little disappointed in last years Decadence, but this years anniversary concoction definitely meets and exceeds my expectations of a Weyerbacher beer.

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Eleven from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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