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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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!

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Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
12oz bonus from adrian910ss. Thanks a lot for this one man! Pours a swampy reddish brown color with a big beige head that left a ton of lacing. Nose was bursting with pineapple then gave way to sweet caramel and toffee. Flavor held strong hop bitterness balanced with a wall of sweet malts. A very underrated brew in my opinion.

walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2009
notes from august of last year at kuhnhenns. poured a cloudy orange with a white head. aroma, hops, sulfer, pine , grapefruit, alcohol. flavor grapefruit, sweet alcohol, bitterness dry.

bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bomber. Pretty much what you’d expect from a two-year old IIPA: this is past its prime. Pours nearly clear copper with a lacy off-white head. Some white grape and cardboardy toffee in the aroma. Full body and moderate carbonation. Sweet toffee and citrus taste with some pine an earthy bitterness on the finish. Probably should have let this one go for a couple more years and served it as an American barleywine.

MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours fiery amber, nice beige head. Nose is on its last legs, some faint malt and the remnants of hop still hanging on, but it’s all sugary syrup and alcohol now, very toxic stuff. Flavor is even closer to the grave, just some bitter leaf notes, tea, minor chocolate actually, and large alcohol. Mouth is a little thin, but there’s still some carbonation left. Overall pretty weak, but given that this is a 2+ yr old IIPA, I think it would have been pretty good when fresh. It’s as good as the currently fresh Founders IPAs.

WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2009
old old bottle I spotted at the back of my cellar. 12oz, I thought this was long overdue to be opened. Drank at cellar temp because I’m lazy right now. Spurted too, so there you go. Pours dark orange with 1 finger tan head. Nose is sweet and dead dead dead. Taste is pretty much exactly what tye says, pine sol, blech, blech blech, nasty.

tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2009
12oz bottle. Aroma of Pine-Sol, and other solvents. Slightly resiny. Assloads of sweet malt. Poundcake. Earthy, wet leaf pile and tons of alcohol. Smells like Off bug repellent. Pours a thick, hazed, dark orange with a resilient, frothy off white head. This is no longer an IIPA. It’s now a thick, cloying, boozy ASA. Fat, chewy body. Lots of alcohol. Tons of residual sugar sweetness. Just a shade of oily high-alpha hops. Good lord... It’s like drinking floor cleaner. Fusel alcohol... Chewy malt. Slick and oily mouth feel. Ugh... never had this one fresh but time certainly didn’t treat this one well. Thanks anyway Ed!

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2009
In short: An over-the-top sugary, alcoholised, hoppy and ultimately not-cohesive boosted IPA.

How: Bottle (22oz I think). Drank some months ago (backlog)

The look: Cloudy orange body topped by a small white head

In long: Nose is floral and foresty with some alcohol fumes. Taste is rather sweet but the body lacks corpulence, this is more sugary thin caramel than corpulent round caramel. Alcohol is apparent but still feels less than the unreasonable 11.7%. A little rhubarb annoyed me. A dirtiness sensation. Unexpectedly drinkable despite its size but overall it just felt like a bunch of extreme flavours thrown at me. It’s retired now and with so many superior extreme American IPAs to chose from its disappearance has gone as unnoticed as the departure of a fat chick from a wild spring break party.

checkmatei1 (783) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Bottle: Poured an orange with not much head. The aroma was somewhat oxidized. The flavor was overpowering. Way too malty, unbalanced and way too much alcohol feel. Overall, age has not been kind to this one as it found its way down the drain. It gets an E for effort in my book since it was probably good at one point.

faroeviking (11263) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 9, 2008
Botella. Hazy orange colour with a good steady white head leaving a good lacing. Sweet and hoppy aroma. Very good mouthfeel. The flavour is dry and quite hoppy with alcohol, malt and quite sweet. Hoppy sweet alco finish. Good but the alochol is too dominent.

Pinball (12421) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2008
thanks ungstrup for sharing a retired beer i never tasted.
appears amber, small white head. sourish aleish caramellish aroma. flavor is barley wineish, subdued hops, tons of alc. i found it too alcoholic.

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