Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Cherries, roasted malts, and decent amount of hops on the aroma and palate. Coming in at 11%, this is nicely balanced! EricE (1372) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle courtesy of GT. Pours clear, red tinted brown with a light tan head. Lots of hops on the nose - pine, citrus. A bit of honey as well. Flavor is very sweet and peppery. Lots of hops and bitterness. Very heavy finish. brian60625 (756) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Go big or go home! That appears to be the aim of Bell’s "this one goes to 11" ale. It’s super-sacharined with boozy sweetness, and you’ll get just some of those cherries and candied tropical fruits too. The problem is, in the arms race of bold beers, this one is too eager to shoot it’s big gun and the 11% abv sprays you in the face. The malts do their best to balance things out, and that’s what makes it highly drinkable. But still, it’s a rocky ride that I’d pass on the next time I have the opportunity. tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Draft. Pours clear copper/amber with an beige head. Aroma is big caramel/toffee malt, melon/pine/resin/citrus hops. Taste is moderately bitter, melon/pine hops, big caramel malt. Palate is soft, oily, warming, big malt finish. More of a barleywine than a DIPA. theisti (4237) - Kansas, USA - OCT 30, 2012
12 oz bottle generously given to me by Scotter. Batch 11,000 bottled on 09/13/12. The pour is a hazed orange copper with a one inch light tan head. The aroma is straw floral hops, with a nice resin and caramel malt presence underneath. Nice, fresh and full nose. The taste is the strong resin hop character right away, harshly bitter, along with a strong caramel malt flavor that turns quickly to a hotly sweet alocohl burn in the finish. The palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation, and the sweetly hot, metallic, slightly oily finish. Thanks for this one Scott, I had wanted to try it.
Petrucci914 (921) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a dirty red color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is medicinal, caramel malts, resinous hops. Taste is like a barley wine.....medicinal, chewy caramel and toffee malts. demmbonz (784) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2012
(Not a hop lover) 12oz to snifter. 2 month old bottle. I cannot discern hop aromas, but it is very much all hops in the aroma. it is a beautiful deep copper color. The flavor is much like a malty red ale, but with a hop kick in the pants. I actually enjoyed this. 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
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Aroma is a bit astringent and chemically but still great hop explosion in there. Taste is a bit too sweet but understandable for the abv. Hops are huge and bitter and balancing the intense sweetness somewhat. Enjoyable. iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2013
A buddy of mine lucked into this beer at a Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids. He saw it behind the counter and luckily the woman working had no clue that she wasn’t suppose to sell it and let him purchase a six pack of this beer and he was nice enough to share a bottle with me.
Categorized as an American Strong Ale or an Imperial Red This One Goes to 11 was rather obscure on the market this year. I know this beer comes with a hefty price tag but I do think a wider release of this beer would be great because this beer packed a ton of flavor and would be a definite buy again. Nice thick head with tons of lacing, the aroma of the centennial, simcoe, and mosiac hops stand out with grapefruit and citrus, followed nicely by the caramel and toasted aromas of the malts. Flavor resembles the aroma with a deceptively smooth finish.
Bells really brings their A game with this beer and they continue to impress with their limited release beers. Not as talked about as Hopslam is when it comes out, this beer should be on your list of beers to try, especially if you are into reds, ambers, or Belgian strongs, but watch out for that ABV, it can sneak up on you.
From the brewery:
“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 Bell’s signature house ale yeast, This One Goes to 11 Ale finishes with a lingering warmth.”
STYLE: American Strong/Imperial Red
PURCHASED AT: A Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids.
Pour: Amber pour with a thick white head; great lacing on the glass.
Aroma: Grapefruit, caramel, toffee.
Taste: Very well balanced between the hops and malts, very drinkable for 11% beer.
My Recommendation: Find it, try it. A great beer to try and if you are new to this style this is a good place to start.