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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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Ratings: 184 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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 -2.2%
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 -11.2%
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 +16.5%
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 +21.5%
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 -18.2%
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 -12.6%
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 +13.7%
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 +0.8%
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 +2.8%
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 -27.9%
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 -48.6%
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 -40.8%
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 +7.5%
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 -17.3%
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 +18.7%
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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Photo of kevinhulit
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the cascading head off the pour is by far the best attribute of this beer. While the hoppiness is muy appreciated, the syrupy sweetness gets in the way. copper cloudy color with pale cream cascading head. very organic unimpressive smell. taste is good but syrupy. hence heavy coating mouthfeel. a duece-duece is more than enough on this beer as far as drinkability is concerned (its a sipper). A good beer though, and worth the experience.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to gpcollen1 for this one.

A - Pours a hazy apricot orange with a big soapy 2 finger head and big patchy lacing.

S - Sweet malt, fresh cut grass, pineapple, cheesy Simcoe hops (I think). The aroma is a little more faint than I expected for a triple IPA.

T - Very sweet with a biting bitterness followed by pineapple and cheesy hops. It is a bit of a mess with a bunch of random flavors that do not compliment each other very well.

M - Thick and syrupy, bitter but the sweetness prevents a dry finish.

D - The 12% ABV is well hidden but the rest of the beer is a big mess with too much sweetness.

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Photo of crwills
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a tasting with grub, biegaman, and northyorksammy. I brought this one so... thanks me!

This was a decent DIPA, but didn't stand up to the Stone 10th we had just before it. Poured a clear amber with a decent head. Looked a little thin. Aroma is standard, strong IPA with lots of grapefruit and piney-soap hops. Taste is disappointing... citrusy and woody, but very dry and too astringent for my liking. Mouthfeel was OK, if a little thin. Aftertaste was, again, acidic and slightly unpleasant.

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Photo of rayjay
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on one courtesy of Mr. BeerBeing. Many thanks, hope it's not too late to fully experience the hops. I believe this one is about 6 months old right now.

Poured into a pint glass as I believe all IPAs should be. Pours a deep murky tan with a solid foamy white head; the bubbles are pretty large. Old school nose, full of sweet malts, dusty hop oils, and an old ale vibe. Obviously this will be a strong beer.

Hops are all over this one, but the predominant notes are from the sweet malts; there are tons of malt crammed into this bottle, and the high gravity is obvious in both the mouthfeel and the flavor profile. Alcohol is very well hidden, although it's no secret that this is a potent ale. The malts round out the aftertaste, making it hoppy but not very bitter. Definately an IPA but one foot closer to a barleywine; picture half way between 90 and 120 Minute IPAs. British influenced with a big floral and fruity explosion in every sip. Liquid fruitcake. Quite refreshing but I recommend it straight out of the fridge. Very creamy texture.

Seek out now before it ages too much! Cheers!

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Photo of bennetj17
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep rustic mahogany color, it pours a bit syrupy perhaps, and yields a nice tan foam of 1/2 inch. The aroma is much like some barleywines, loads of caramel malt and also some faint resiny hops. Plenty of alcohol fume in the mix also. Flavor is rich and alcoholic, with caramel malt and a light smoked character. Medicinal hops are more in the background in this brew and seem to provide a balance really. The bitterness in the finish is sizable. Medium body, decent foamy carbonation.

A pretty decent big brew, balanced on flavor, but maybe not so much on alcohol. Its somewhat a slow sipper but definitely worth trying. Thanks SkinnyElvis...

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. A murky, tangerine colored beer emerges. A huge, two finger head forms. Very thick and dense. Lacing all the way down the glass. The head stays until the last step. Aside from the slight cloudiness, this is a perfect looking beer.

Aroma is predominantly hops, but not overwhelmingly so. Plenty of malt to support the hops. Alcoholic esters become noticeable.

A definite hop bomb. Tons of citrusy and fruity hops flavor. Some different flavors like strawberry and raspberry are tossed in there in the finish. Lots of hop bitterness but pretty well balanced with a big caramel malt presence. Alcohol is prety well hidden for a nearly 12%. There is also a bit of sweetness involved here. Great tasting in the beginning but the huge hops presence makes the taste values decrease as the beer is consumed. First impression was a 4.5 but decreases to 4 about halfway through.

A hop lovers dream, for sure. Full bodied. The hops become somewhat of a nuisance by the end of the 22oz. One of these and I need a break before consuming something else. Definitely save this beer for number two or three in your tasting. This will kill the buds. A little expensive ($8.49 for my bomber) but worth it in my opinion.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm apricot murky body with and off-white creamy head that last a bit. There are medium sized bubbles gently gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has a slight sweet malt note that is a bit sugary with a soft green hop finish.

T- This beer has a big pungent hop bitterness with a soft pineapple sweetness and a citrus hop note. The light fruitiness is sweet really enhancing the big bitter punch in the mouth at the finish. There are hints of apricots in the malt as it warms and the hops bitterness lingers long after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and a soft alcohol heat in the finish.

D- This beer is a true hop monster with a big punishing hops finish. I can really see the malt qualities of a triple and that really boost the bitterness of the hops.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.61/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Murky braised apricot. Dense cascading head of fine soft tan bubbles that simply sits there. The head starts to drop, leaving bands of sticky lace, finally settling to a thick pasting that last for the duration. No carbonation streams are present. Surprisingly light aromas of citrus peel, orange flesh, a bit of caramel, and lemon zest. Initially thick and chewy with lots of orange peel, grapefruit juice and an ample does of sugary alcohol that trends towards stinging heat. Overt alcohol heat forces the now harsh citric hop flavors into the background. While the mouthfeel was initially smooth and creamy, it quickly became harsh and abrasive. Lightly carbonated, but still a touch fizzy. It was difficult to make it through the first pour, let alone the entire bottle. Not a particularly good value at $8.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Dark golden color and somewhat opaque. giant foamy head, slightly tan. nice lacing, the head is impressive.

S: A lot of citrus and some pine. Delicious hops smells but sweet, which I like. A slight bit of smoke.

T: A lot of flavors fighting here. Hoppy citrus comes through a bit. Strong alcohol on the finish paired with sweet malt. This is followed by a long lingering bitterness.

M: Thick full, good carbonation; really coats the mouth.

D: Drinkability was not the goal in this beer of course. 11.7% abv 'triple' IPA. Of course I enjoyed it though.

I'm happy this was a limited release, because I wouldn't buy it again.

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Eleven from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 184 ratings
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