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Eleven | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 kevinhulit
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.9%
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 +11%
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 +7%
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 +20.2%
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 +20.8%
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 -26.7%
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 +8.1%
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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Photo of orfeu
1.81/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours golden amber into a nonic with a surging mass of ecru foam that overflowed the glass. That head isn't going anywhere any time soon, I can tell. Super sticky lacing all around. I bought this back when it came out in July, and it's been sitting in my cellar ever since. So, I'm not surprised that the nose reveals nothing but the faded glory of what I imagine may have been a pretty nostril-stinging lupulin assault. That said, the aroma is still fairly pleasant, with soft fruit notes of candied plum, mandarin orange sections, and a little bit of medicinal-smelling juniper essence. Part of the reason I held onto this so long without opening it is that I was frankly scared to drink an almost 12% abv IPA too soon. Half a year has not resulted in much masking of this alcohol. It surrounds what little remains of the other flavors (a citrusy cocktail of mandarin and grapefruit sections in syrup) with a nearly fusel heat. Burps are unpleasant alcohol-fests. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel -- how could it not be? -- but surprisingly not very sticky. Well, almost everything I feared would be wrong about this beer actually was. It wasn't cloyingly sweet (something I've grown to despise in DIPAs), nor was it too sticky on the palate. However, this is a messy booze bomb that may once have had some redeeming qualities for those who merely seek big hop flavor and big alcohol. Not for me, and at this point, probably not for many others either. Pass on this one.

Edit: The warmer this got, the more disgusting it became. Within five minutes of entering this review the rest of this stuff just went right down the drain. In a word: Barf.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

**Served from a 22 oz. bottle at cellar temperature (64 degrees) and poured into a pint glass

A semi-agressive pour reveals a heaping amount of slightly off-white head (6 cm) with great sustain, and even while dissipating, leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Body is amber in color and clear with lots of bubbles viewed rising to the top.

As it sits over 18" away, I can smell the hops if that's any indiciation what I'm in for with this one. Strong hops aroma along with a slight maltiness that reminds me of spring and fresh cut grass in the morning. Also a little biscuit aroma in there as well. Not overly dynamic, but effective.

Much sweeter up front than expected, with the tops coming quickly behind it. As it allow it to settle in my mouth a small amount of carbonation is detected along with a rather large amount of alcohol burn that tends to warm my belly and even throat. Just as on the nose, a nice biscuit taste comes through as well, along with the sugary sweetness of what seems to be chocolate (not that I think choco malts were used). As I sip some more, maybe it's not chocolate I taste but more caramel in there from the malts. Maybe a little too sweet. Although the hops are definitely present, they are not overpowering. Aftertaste reminds me of the fresh-cut grass I discussed in the smell portion of the review.

As stated prior, carbonation takes a back seat to the alcohol presense. Full-bodied and maybe even a bit chewy.

I'm sure at the end of this bottle, I'll forget what Jack Bauer is doing and I'll damn myself to hell for drinking this night ender! ha Actually, this would be a very nice 22-ozer to share. But, I think I'll drink it all myself instead. I definitely recommend to any hophead.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a massive craggy off white head that seem to never melt but leaves behind very sticky lacing as you drain the glass.
Aromas seem subtle for a 'triple' IPA...sweet amber malts blended with an orange or Mandarin type hops.
Taste is very sweet amber malt that evolves to brown sugar sweetness then citrus peel hops.
Aftertaste is mostly about the citrus peel hops.
Mouthfeel starts smooth and creamy then turns to slightly bitter and drying without ever losing the sugary stickiness of the immense malts.
Alcohol is totally lost in the sweet malts and bitter hops but a warming permeates the body as you drink this elixir

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.44/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber.

Pours a slightly cloudy orange-amber color with a decent-sized, off-white head. Good retention.

Smell is a fantasticly fruity, sweet tropical fruits, pineapple and passion fruit hop aroma. Awesome and a little different from most double or triple IPA's.

Taste is similarly sweet with tropical and citrus fruits then a bit of malt and bread finished off with a slightly bitter pine-hops aftertaste.

Smooth mouthfeel. Totally hides alcohol and is dangerously drinkable.

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

Wonderful creamy head that lasts a long time. Hazy even though it's not very cold. Kind of orange looking. Aroma - holy hops. Very heavy, if not downright overpowering hops, but can't really discern much in the way of citrus/grapefruit. Syrupy mouthfeel. Almost has a barleywine taste and characteristic to it. Moderate alcohol taste. One is all I can drink of these.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I went back to the cellar to see if this beast has calmed down after 6 months. Still the alcohol taste is overwhelming and this is a tough one even to sip. The hops used are a little odd so the taste is a not a typical DIPA. It is improving with time but still needs some more so that hopefully it will turn into a hoppy barleywine. Cheers to Weyerbacher for trying to brew something different.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very hazy and cloudy peach color with a massive light brown to beige sticky head. Heavy lacing that sticks and forms to the snifter. The head and lacing make the beer. What a head and what retention.
Aroma is subdued for the style. Maybe it's the alcohol that's hiding the aroma. I get a wiff of pine and alcohol in the smell and that's it.
This is a big, bold and brash flavor. For the most serious hopheads only. The flavor is predominatly piney hops and alcohol. Not much else there. If there is anything else the alcohol mask it.
Mouthfeel is syrupy, thick and chewy.
The alcohol flavor and not the alcohol itself hurt the drinkability of this beer. If you plan on drinking the bomber make sure you have a driver. It's that kind of beer.
Thanks to Enola for picking this up for me.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.36/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was way better than expected. An absolutely top notch DIPA (TIPA?).

Pours a strange murky orangeish brown with beautiful lacing and three fingers of foamy white head. I couldn't fathom a more handsome beer. The aroma is sweet, with some piney hops in the background. Could be a bit more pronounced, but what's there is good.

The taste is quite sweet. Honey covered apricots with some piney hops in the finish. Beautifully balanced. Mouthfeel is perfect. It's well carbonated, yet quite smooth. It's quite thick, which reminds you of the ABV. Pretty drinkable considering the ABV. I could see drinking two or three if the mood struck.

Ovrerall, very solid brew. Glad I decided to give it a try.

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Photo of Grundle20
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The beer is a murky orange copper color when poured in to a pint glass. There is a minor head that maintains a film on the surface of the beer but aside from that has pour retention. There's little lacing to speak of.

The first thing I thought is that this beer smelled exactly like gourmet strawberry twizzlers. There's a little more depth with strong caramel malts and thick oily hops but all in all they build up a nice and unique strawberry scent.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Straight up this is just unpleasant. More power to them for trying but the beer to me is completely unbalanced and shooting for some shock factor. There's a lot of cooked/steamed vegetable off flavors paired with truly paramount hop bitterness. The alcohol is also completely apparent and down right boozy. All I have to say is ewww....

It's not drinkable, period.

Bottom Line:
I love experimentation and thinking outside the box and that's what they've done here but it's just not good. I can't think of an occasion or a reason to drink this beer. Perhaps with some severe aging it would mellow out but as is where is this beer is disgusting.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy orange toffee color, very attractive. Head is full and creamy, a solid finger high. Color is the same tone as uncooked oatmeal.

S: Lot of alcohol on the nose. Can find pineapple, caramel malt, bubble gum and kiwi.

T: Begins very fruity and tropical at the tip of the tongue. Alcohol as very present and accounted for. Pine hops then move towards the center of the tongue accompanied by massive fruity esters. Then the bitterness hits. This bitterness can only be described as "dirty". Like pinecones rolled around in dirt. This dirty tastes goes the distance and doesn't let up. Finishes bitter, lightly fruity and yes, dirty.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel. Quite nice.

D: I didn't finish this beer. I really didn't work for me.

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

Poured a hazy amber color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is loaded with hops, forcing any other sensations to the background.
Taste is also loaded with hops, but a nice sweet maltiness does well balancing them
Full, dry mouthfeel, that is at the same time creamy.
Alcohol is only slightly noticable.
A bit over the edge for my tastes. Definitely a sipper.

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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 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 CAMRAhardliner
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with languid carbonation. The first pour produced a foam over, this head is huge. It looks exactly like whipped cream and has infinite retention. It lasts till the end and coats the glass in chunky lace swathes. The aroma is full of floral, fruity hops. I definitely smell the pineapple other reviewers have mentioned. Thick bready malts are also abundant, but secondary to the hops.

Hops take the lead in the taste too. The profile is sweeter than the typical C hops with none of the pine and almost none of the grapefruit. Im not sure what hops are used but they taste like pineapple and apricots. The wallop of hops competes with a hefty alcohol boozeyness that is always noticeable. Grainy malts are noticeable in the back but the barrage of hops and alcohol buries them. The mouthfeel is medium but somewhat syrupy with light carbonation. The finish is quite bitter but not as bitter as most DIPAs, booze is prevalent.

This is a very intense beer with a most unique hop character, its slightly reminiscent of their Double Simcoe IPA. Maybe there are Simcoes in this? For an 11.7% brew the alcohol was actually quite well hidden.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, 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 and drinkability are reasonable for the style, but toning down just a bit would add so much to the experience.

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Eleven from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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