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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Eleven is made with a single variety of hops, Phoenix, from the UK. Phoenix was developed at Wye College to be a high alpha acid (bitterness) hops with a British flavor profile. Phoenix is also low in cohumulone and high in aromatic oils, so you can throw a ton of ’em in and the beer will stay smooth and aromatic. This beer has 109 IBUs in it! The taste profile is incredibly balanced and dangerously drinkable for an 11.7% brew. But don’t look for that grapefruity-piny taste you get from US hops (not that there’s anything wrong with that), these buds are fruity and earthy with an almost berry-like aroma, to give this beer a unique taste among big IPAs. Bitterness we got! And malt to back it up, with the result being a very intriguing beer you’ll just want to sip all night thanks to Phoenix hops. Cheers!


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours out a dark red color, with a thick head that never ends. Smell is hop, grass, grapefruit, pine. Taste is similar, balanced, malty, hoppy, grass, very fresh hops. This absolutely blows double simcoe out of the water. Double simcoe needs to get down on its knees and blow this beer. Very refreshing, very tasty, the ratings have clearly been reversed for this and 2x simcoe. Great beer from weyerbacher.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
22 oz bottle, 2006 post RBSG RFD tasting, in the company of aracauna, springslicker, kp, and Hopscotch. Pours a clear copper under a small creamy off-white head. Aroma is a melange of hops with a pretty heavy malt base and a little alcohol. Flavor is extremely bitter and hoppy, but rather undefined and mish-moshed. I guess that maybe I just don’t care for Phoenix hops too much apparently. The malt is certainly there, but even at these levels it doesn’t make it past all the hops. The alcohol is present most heavily in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Not bad really, but just a little over the top. I think Weyerbacher hit it just right with the Double Simcoe, tried to take it to the next level, and fell over the edge of the cliff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
RBSG 2006 - Grand Tasting. Metallic-orange body with noticeable viscosity and a receding, off-white head. Hop aroma is very earthy and woodsy with a solid malt backing and some sharp alcohol. The flavor has an unexpected papery quality and lots of hot alcohol. Off-kiltered and somewhat syrupy. I’m not a big fan of jet fuel IPAs.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Earthy, sweet, hoppy, thick, and high in alcohol. A good beer that should be better as it ages.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 RBSG 06. Huge, hop-filled nose - similar profile to their Double Simcoe, with the hops slightly more reserved on the tongue. Malt ends up predominating, esp. at the finish. Not the same hophead fest, but quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 Rerate after Numenor’s raving. Clear amber color with a thin white head. Sweet caramel aroma, hints of pineapple. Caramel and citrus hops flavor. Originally sampled at RBSG06. Rating: 7/3/8/3/13

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10427) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 Bottle... RBSG2006... Rating #2700... Clear amber ale with a large, frothy, white head. Excellent retention. The nose is all about big malt, toffee, alcohol, smoke and tons of spicy, Phoenix hops. The flavor is like a "backhand slap to the face" with more big alcohol, HUGE hops and big malt. Caramel, fruit, smoke and pure bitterness. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Tangy, violently bitter, grassy finish. Crazy hops... too much for me! Quality brew though! Amazing that there are enough hops on the planet to knock out all sweetness from a brew with so much malt... even when luke warm. Dedicated hopheads need to pick up a bomber... everyone else, a 12 ouncer! Thanks go out to kp for sharing his bottle with me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 Hops hit you like a brick up front - Great if you like the taste, probably a little much if you don’t like the hop monsters. Great when you just want something strong and hoppy. Nice belly burn!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2492) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2006
22 oz bomber. Pours an orange coppery color with a very thick creamy white head. Aroma is tangy with hints of wild strawberries, fresh flowers, watermelon and hops. Taste is slightly bitter with hints of fresh hops, orange citrus, strawberries and at first, alcohol. After a few sips, the alcohol is hidden well. Very good overall, but not your everyday drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3683) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2006
12 oz bottle. Clear ruby orange with a thick, creamy head that settles. Yeasty cherry lemon nose. A plethora of other sweet fruits and citrus with a little rubbing alcohol in the back. Quite a different hop taste for me. Sticky watermelon pickle and strawberry preserves. As it warms some grapefruit. Almond brittle sneaks in as it bitters. Moderately dry finish leaves chalky pine. Because its so sweet the alcohol doesn’t really come out, but as one rater pointed out can be felt in the belly. This is a big brew but perhaps too strident without aging. They call this a triple IPA and I would agree.


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