11% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Clear pour with reddish-brown color. Low carbonation with minimal head.
Aroma: Very hoppy aroma but not overpowering. The mix of fruity and hoppy scents result in complex fragrance.
Taste: Hoppy upfront with a slight bitter twinge. Sweetness of a red in the middle with a crisp but boozy finish.
Mouthfeel: Clean mouthfeel to go along with the crisp smell and taste. Medium body.
Bell’s batch series may have ended with 10, but the West Michigan brewery upped the ante and turned it up to 11 with this imperial red ale. The strong alcohol content isn’t apparent on first pour and smell, mainly because the hops hit you directly in the nose. But after letting this one breathe, the 11% ABV came out in force. Although the hop aroma and taste can be slightly overpowering at times, the toasty and bready malt portion of the beer’s body has staying power. Bell’s This One Goes to 11 Ale is a nice choice for those cool fall days and winter nights when you need to warm your bones…or turn the intensity up.