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Eleven | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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Reviews: 168 | Ratings: 184
Photo of Wonka
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 11-27-07

Appearance – ½ inch thick white head at pour breaks back to a paper thin layer; I was anticipating something more clear as I was dropping the light brown, Mississippi River-murk in the glass; thin, rather consistent patches of lace

Smell – more balance in the nose than in the taste; tangerine juice, light caramel, credible pine

Taste – after 1 year, the pine and citrus hop along with a zip of alcohol continue to bully the molasses and caramel from start to finish

Mouthfeel – a prickly, super zesty feel overtakes the entire tongue; a lively crispness runs to close with a bit of stickiness at the back of the tongue; overall it’s a bit heavier than I was expecting

Drinkability – crushing hop profile; veritable hop IV; I love the hops but the presentation is a bit too loud for my taste

Typically I’ll read the label before consuming but Eleven first destroyed my palate then I learned of what I was to expect. The crushing that Weyerbacher set out to accomplish survived after a year of refrigeration. I was actually disappointed before I discovered the bottle and that I hadn’t tried it fresh. Afterwards, I was left wondering what could have been by sampling it at another time (earlier or later) since it didn’t meet my expectations.

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Photo of Kendo
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is a murky golden-honey in color, with a 1.5-finger khaki head on top. Left lots of lacing on the way down.

S: Sweet, overripe fruit and what I described as "stale, earthy" hops. Alcohol is evident right away. As it warms it smells like a glass of boozy hop juice.

T: There's a bit of sugary, caramel malt sweetness, but it is quickly knocked back by the heat of the alcohol. Lingering on the palate is a juicy hop bitterness, but at about 1.5 years old, I'm guessing they were a lot stronger when this bottle was fresh. Still, those hops do coat the mouth and stay with you.

M: Pretty creamy in feel, full-bodied in heft.

D: Not so good -- alcohol definitely slows you down.

Notes: At 11.7% ABV, I wouldn't recommend you start the afternoon off with something like this, which is what I did. The strong buzz will hit you hard, and the hops -- even aged over a year -- do a number on your palate. I think I would've liked to have had this one fresh, as it's more like a hot DIPA/Barleywine blend than a "Triple" IPA as advertised.

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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 dbatch
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A double deuce poured into a snifter glass. I have had this one before, but this is the first time reviewing.

A: Very thick and creamy orange/rust color with a very full head, about an inch high. Think of the colors of University of Texas. Lots of carbonation flowing right away.

S: Sweet, caramel flavor mixed with very pungent hop odor. A little bready as well, malt is noticeable too.

T: Citrus flavor up front, but overwhelmed immediately by a strong alcohol flavor. Hint of a caramel flavor in the back, but still overpowered by the strong alcohol content. I almost want to say there is a hint of a Grand Marnier flavor in the very back end of ths beer. I wish it was 150 year old...

M: Strong carbonation bite leads to a nice smoothness, then fades to a dry, bitter feeling on the tongue. Definitely a very heavy beer.

D: Its gonna be a little tough to get this one down, but I'm sure I'm up to the task.

Overall a very hearty beer, I'd suggest splitting one to really appreciate it. I think after an entire 22 I'll have had enough for sure.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never went for this one before. Saw it at Marjetplace today and said what the hell. I know the hops may be diminished a bit but we'll see.

22 ounce bomber. Snifter glass.

A - Very nice apple cider colored opaque liquid. A big nearly white head sits atop. Looks great.

S -Oddly enough, fruit and caramel lead the way here. A faint apple smell. Smells like more of a strong ale or barleywine than a DIPA but still a nice aroma.

T - Wow. Interesting to say the least. Hops may have faded. This brew has a big flavor profile led by a tea like flavor. Then fruits come through, more of that apple flavor. Alcohol kick is definitely present. Wonder if hop bitterness has diminished, still some hops are there in that tea like flavor.

M - Big and full. Very nice feel for a high alcohol sipper.

D - Very high because I can;t stop diving back in. Still watch out, the high ABV of this sipper reminds you to proceed with caution.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with orange hues and a shallow wispy head that fades quickly. Light lacing generated. The smell is big and a mix of sweet bready malt, alcohol and citrus hops. Full bodied, the mouth feel is primarily conditioned by the 11.7% ABV. Adequately carbonated, the alcohol overwhelms the malt and generous citrus hops. The doughy malt and fruit flavors are also over crowded and the burn of the high ABV lingers excessively. Quite a sipper.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy deep orange color, with a light tan head. The aroma of alcohol and a presence of some earthiness. The taste is all hops, a bit citrusy, with an alcohol burn in the end. A sticky dry hoppiness left in the mouth. Big alcohol, smooth and a nice big hop presence in the mouth. Quite tasty.

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

This is a 650 mL capped bottle. I am doing a six month check-up on this ale because it was still too hot back in January.

A: The DIPA pours with a brilliant orange color, looking more like a tea than beer. The beer is still well carbonated. A head in the range of three fingers erupted in the glass, covering the walls with thick patches of drying foam. The body of the bubbles is retaining nicely too.

S: The nose has lost some of its strength since last check. Grainy malts have begun to sneak into the nose, providing a caramel biscuitiness that overcrowds the hops. Some citrusy notes emerge but the drop-off is significant.

T: The hop character has dropped off but the alcohol has not. The first sip reveals a whole mouthful of alcohol heat. Some hops remain but they have gone earthy, picking up a vegetal taste that is a big departure from the grapefruit bomb of earlier. As the ale warms, some of those long-forgotten hops re-emerge and ramp up the taste with grapefruit, pineapple and apricot flavors. The aftertaste is quite vegetal, fairly unusual.

M: The big alcohol body has taken center stage here, overloading the tastebuds from the start of the glass. The hops have cooled down significantly but they do re-emerge near the end to strip the enamel from your teeth.

D: The abv is too high and too in-your-face to really enjoy. The beer is still hot, even with a year under its belt. It's scary how much hop flavor was in this ale a year ago.

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Photo of sequenceman
1.55/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

22 oz bomber. I'm not sure if I can finish it. Surprising, since most of their products are really good. Maybe it hasn't aged long enough for the alcohol to mellow and blend in with the malt ... very raw alcohol and malt flavor. Apparently I haven't written enough to make this a valid comment, but I don't see the need to ramble on on the A, S, T, M, and D aspects of this over-priced, under-matured beer. My advice, if you want a readily available, and very good, triple IPA, go with DFH 120 minute.

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

Poured this one from a bomber into a pint glass. Very hazy burnt orange color. Hazy to the point that I couldn't see through it. Appeared highly carbonated and displayed good lacing and retention. Aroma of citrus hops with some apricot in the back. The taste is all hops. Some biscuity malts are present, but the hops coat your palate and overpower anything else. Obviously a strong bitterness with some alcohol presence noted. Feel is full-bodied and dry. This is not a very drinkable beer given the extreme bitterness and high alcohol content. Yet the flavors were potent but enjoyable in their excess.

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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 Suds
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold color with a little haze and a towering pile of soft white foam. The brew has an alcohol and grain aroma, backed with smells of fresh fruit, yeast, caramel, and just a bit of fresh cut wood. The flavor is sweet, with a little alcohol harshness. A nice but fleeting bitterness comes forward in the mid-taste, along with some grain. The finish is full, lingering, and warming. It's got enough complexity to keep things interesting, and is quite enjoyable.

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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 jbird1023
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours dark and cloudy amber, has a nice thick dirty white head that sticks well

S: Nose has a strong malt on it, faint bit of citrus pokes through. Strong alcohol smell overtakes all other smells

T: Very strong hops that have a good amount malt, alcohol has a strong power influence that takes over, strong amount of brown sugar comes through

M: Not the best balanced, very aggresive alcohol flavor, very thick taste that seems to linger way too long

D: Not a very drinkable beer, there is a definte lack of balance and overpowering alcohol/malt flavor that makes this one tough cookie to swallow

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Photo of AlexJ
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rich copper colored pour produced a surprisingly thick, tall head of wheat colored foam. Abundant lace and great retention for an 11.7 % brew.

Nose is very malty sweet and fruity with a strong presence of alcohol. The hops are citrussy, floral, earthy, piney, and grassy.

Flavor is sticky, syruppy malt, caramel, burnt toast, and HoneyNut Cheerios (WTF?). It is reminescent of a Barleywine in it's malt structure. It leads to an agressive but cluttered hop profile that has many different characteristics without going in any particular direction. Cutrus, pine, florals, green herbs, juniper, fruit, blah, blah, blah. Again, the alcohol is hot. Not nearly as good as Double Simcoe, which is friggin awesome.

Body is very big and syruppy, gently carbonated and has the texture of warm honey. Too thick to be very drinkable.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been a fan of practically every Weyerbacher beer I've tried and although this is not an exception, it wasn't the best DIPA I've had either. Pours a nice copper hue with lots of head. Smells and taste of lots of citrusy Simcoe hops. Floral and fruity, though the bitterness have subsided a bit in its 6 months. Easy to finish the bomber but nothing I'm crying out for getting anytime soon.

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Photo of flexabull
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice head.

Aromas are boozy, and of sour stewed fruits.

Flavors are quite boozy, this tastes like a hopped up barleywine that has been aged. There is a stewed raisin like taste, and some mineral like bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, this has a big rounded feel to it.

Drinkability is ok, this is a tasty and interesting beer, but a bit too over the top for me. A sipper for sure...

Thanks for sending this todd1!

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Photo of Alkey
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured a cloudy reddish orange color with large white head that leaves some spots of lace around the glass. Smell has a faint aroma of yeast and malt. Taste starts with yeast and malt flavors and turns to a dry bitter almost grass like hop flavor. The feel is light/medium with lots of dryness probably from the high 11.7 ABV. This is a pretty drinkable brew and not to hard to put away a bomber but I'm not a big fan of the yeasty IPA and would probably pass on this next time.

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Photo of BeerTruth
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured this 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance of this brew is of a beautiful burnt/foggy/musty orange with a very generous light khaki colored head. Lace retains throughout the entire brew an sticks very well to the glass. Smell is that of oranges and spicey pine, very hoppy..malt?..what malt? The taste was hard to grasp because it seemed each sip was different. I am normally a lover of hops, but this seemed a bit out of control. Syrupy alcohol presence makes it difficult to drink. The bitter hop taste is not balanced well with enough malt. Sometimes the finish is smokey, other times it's citrusy...this beer lacks consitence. A bit difficult to drink, I think Weyerbacher tried too hard to stand out with this one.

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Photo of Naes
1.84/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This triple IPA pours brown, almost burnt orange in color with a thick layer of off white foam which laces quite well.
The aroma is much sweeter than I anticipated. Lots of malts, caramel and brown sugar stands out to me.
The flavor was also much sweeter than I was expecting. Burnt brown sugar with some citrus hops added. Alcohol is also detectable though it is definitely hidden. The after taste becomes caramel like then the alcohol resurfaces.
Mouth feel is thicker than a regular IPA as it seems to have gobs of sugar in it.
Overall, I don’t think this should have been labeled a triple IPA as it tasted more like a barley wine to me.
It was definitely not worth the $9 that I paid for it.

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Photo of PBoegel
2.12/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I purchased two bombers of this anniversary offering from the folks at Weyerbacher.

I had a young bottle in mid September and thought it a bit too harsh and young, so I waited on the second until last night.

Poured from the bomber into a 23 oz pilsner style glass.

A: dark rusty orange, very cloudy, but with a dense inch and a half white head.

S: overload of harsh hoppiness, little complexity, some burnt sugary malt.

T: not well balanced a harsh kick with some citrus tangerine flavor followed by a cloying syrupy sweetness. Tasted under attenuated and just off, not very clean. High fusel alcohols and solvent like flavors. Some harsh astringent tannins as well.

M: okay, but too thick, even Belgian Quads/12's have some middle ground and dryness.

D: Overall a disappointing beer experience. Weyerbacher blew me away when I tried the Quad some five years ago, but has been hit and miss with their other brews in my opinion. Eleven is unfortunately a miss.

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

pours a deep deep brassy gold, with two finger head. Smells of tangerine oil and earthy hops. Flavor is sweet with earthy and sweet herbal hops. Somewhat alcoholic finish. The labels calls itself a triple IPA. Beer Advocate calls it a double IPA. I think it tastes more like an American style barleywine. Good. Solid. Not great. Free (for me).

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Photo of kernalklink
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting- poured beautifully, perfect color, amazing head and lacing; then the aromas. A piney astringent hop aroma, and malts that seem off. Taste was oily slick hops- very raw and unbalanced with a burning alcohol. Malts were not so much caramel sweet as bitter burnt bread, not too pleasant. A dry earthy finish and a mismatch of overhopping and some mismanaged malts make this one only for the most dedicated IPA enthusiasts.

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Photo of loren01
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark burnt orange color, good sized white head, good lacing
S: Heavy on the malt, citrusy hoppiness
T: Sweet, malty good hop flavor, not too bitter. Alcohol aftertaste
M: Thick, syrupy heavy bodied
D: Wow, this is one heck of a brew. If I could get this in my area I would buy this regularly. Thanks to jasonm for this bottle via trade.

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Eleven from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.
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