Bells: "This One Goes to 11 Ale," My Beer Of The Year

Not sure if this beer debuted this year, or has been a seasonal favorite for awhile, but whatever the case, this is the best beer I have drank in 2012.

As a matter of fact, this brew is in my Top 5 of all time!

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Starting with a copper color that would make the tanning mom jealous, and ending with a creamy froth that leaves sneakerheads  jealous of the laces.

The last sip gives way to one big band of leftover foam and the smell of bready malts when finished.

Tons of citrus and pine flavors initially, but a well balanced beer throughout consumption.

At 11%, you should make this no more than a two session beer!  It has the power to wreak havoc on the sponge that soaks this nectar up.  Eleven is near perfection folks, seek it out!

Bells This One Goes to 11 Ale - Imperial/Double IPA

Now swilling at The Long Room in the North Center, Ravenswood area.

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Brewed by Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Kalamazoo, Michigan USAServe in Snifter, Tulip

bottled
common
on tap
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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11% Share this beer with friends!
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 Bell’s signature house ale yeast, This One Goes to 11 Ale finishes with a lingering warmth."

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  • Some of the best beer I've ever had is not available in the US:

    Caledonian 80: Tried this at the Highlander Pub in Ottawa, ON on a business trip back in 2007. Smooth, slightly creamy, nice foamy head. I was in beer heaven.

    Prior to that the best beer I'd ever had was Caffrey's. Also on a business trip to Ottawa (in 2005). Caffrey's used to be available in the US but in the early-mid 2000s ownership changed and now Caffrey's is no longer available stateside. Not quite as dark as Guinness and a hell of a lot smoother.

    Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville has come up with a reasonably close approximation-- McCaffrey's which is the "house beer" at BallyDoyle's three suburban locations.

  • I love Two Brothers, but I need to try that McCaffrey's Ale. I have not had that yet. Caledonian 80 sounds great too, thanks for the good tips!

  • Haha.. "Tanning mom copper," next up from Crayola. Bell's is such a great brewery eh? I've got to seek that one out. A couple of the best I've tried this year have got to be from Two Bros, as well: Revelry Imperial Red and the Pillar of Salt white rye bomber. Also have to shout out just about everything I've tried from another local one, Revolution Brewing. Go windy!

  • Revolution ROCKS! Yeah Bells is really fun too, you'd love it. I really want to try that Imp. Red you're talking about, Revelry. That Pillar of Salt a year round thing>? Both great beers it sounds like?

  • In reply to radstarr:

    I think the Pillar is running out. One of those limited edition bombers, but you can find a few still in places.

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