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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Per bellsbeer.com/blog , "This One Goes to 11 Ale opens with bright, juicy aromas such as tropical fruits & ripe cherries, largely derived from massive kettle & dry-hop additions of Southern Hemisphere hop varieties such as Galaxy, Motueka, and Summer. The citrus & resinous pine notes of the Pacific Northwest hop family are also well represented, making their presence known through Simcoe, Citra, and the newly released Mosaic varietal, just to name a few. A wide range of specialty malts anchor the hops to this IMPERIAL RED ALE, contrasting the assertive bitterness & juicy aromatics with a robust, toasty depth of flavor. Fermented with Bellís signature house ale yeast, This One Goes to 11 Ale finishes with a lingering warmth."


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holtguy (121) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2012
This one reminds me of Kuhnhenn DRIPA, though less IPA-ey and more malty, red ale-ey. But similar piney, resiny, grapefruitey aroma and flavor. I find this beer to be a little more balanced but a little less intense. Itís still intense, mind you. Also, this beer packs a wallop at its titular 11% abv, which isnít noticeable in the flavor. The intense flavors make it a sipper, thankfully, or else Iíd be on the floor right quick.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerSquare (117) - - OCT 5, 2012
Considering the pedigree-- Bellís batch 4,000 was a formative moment in my life-- this one is interesting, but does not quite measure up. It also falls short of many of the recent "big red" competitors-- Blood of the Unicorn, Fixed Gear and Green Flashís redís come to mind, others seem to be springing up every day. But mostly it falls short because there is this amazing nose-- the initial aroma is a really unique and interesting floral, fruity blend. That aroma passes to a more alcohol-tinged roasted malt note as the beer sits, and the flavor does not reveal any of the interesting complexities that the nose does-- just tastes like a very bitter, strong red. The worst part is I fear this wonít age as well as some of the older "batches". I still have some 4,000, 7,000 and 8,000 in my cellar and will cellar a couple of these, but not with the same anticipation. Still a relatively interesting big red, but no need to deviate from the standard 1-10 scale for this one, as itís mostly a 5 or a 6.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smboselli (96) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2012
It smells awesome, burning the nose into anticipation of the bitterness to come, plus a variety of other citrus and floral aromas. Definitely intense, and at first thought maybe the aroma was a trade but actually very flavorful - more as time passes. A keeper. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UnionBeerCzar (80) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2012
On tap at the Union Woodshop, crystal clear coppery red with minimal head. Bouquet is hoppy with sweet caramely notes dominating. Drinks like a DIPA with a sweet malt backbone, alcohol certainly present. I would call it slightly "hot" with itís boozy presence most obvious on the back end. The composition for this beer feels a bit muddled, no negativity implied, fun and different + bitchin spinal tap reference of course. The finish is really were itís at super complex and lingeringness. Tubular broken bells way awesome rad

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Aroma is pineapple hops with backbone. Barely off-white head, thin, tiny bubbles. Amber color. Sweet from the git-go. Very citrusy hops but with enough pine to add some depth. Not too malty. Nice bitter finish. Bells says itís an imperial red, ratebeer says itís a double IPA- toes the line between both well. Interesting and well done but not a Hopslam.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Somewhat a perplexing ale. 12 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip since I have no clue what to serve an IRA in. Deep amber red with orange edging. Whitish head that rings around the glass then moves along. Smell is underwhelming at 50 degrees. Taffy, caramel,fresh biscuit. Taste, however, is great and robust. Hop complexity you wouldnít believe; pine resin, grass, lemon, grapefruit, ripe orange. Matched with a hearty malt bill that beefs up the body and sweetens the brew. Finishes big and clean with a hint of honey. Final thought: a barleywine by any other name would taste as sweet...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baz7778 (58) - SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2012
Big with great malt notes, holds the 11% well, a big flavorful brew that with sit you down after a couple ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfratzke (51) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Aroma of caramel, butterscotch. Reminds me of a barley wine. Beautiful copper orange color. White head fades fast. A little syrupy in a good way. Taste is bitter piney resinous caramel. A nice sipper.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmkay (50) - - OCT 13, 2012
Excellent imperial red. The fruity after taste is pronounced. Big hops throughout. I want more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KPD (41) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Had on draft at green well pub in GR. Pours a nice clear amber, medium head. Aroma is big hoppy citrus with fruit and alcohol. Wonderful. Flavor is hop up front with fruit and malt later. Big beer, big mouthfeel. Aftertaste is alcohol and hop bitterness. Great beer.


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