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Review by joe1510 on 12/10/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
22oz. Bomber

I've been looking forward to trying this. According to the bottle it's a "Triple IPA". As soon as I popped the cap I felt as if I was all of a sudden in the middle of a forest of pine trees.

Eleven poured a bright glowing orange into a snifter. A 2+ finger dense creamy eggshell head sits up top. The head fades down to thick 1 finger and leaves chunky lacing just from receding. Sluggish carbonation bubbles rise against the sides of the glass. Wow! This stuff looks amazing. I have to do it. The appearence gets a 5. The head is tenacious.

With the high alcohol in this one I thought I'd get one of two things. Either big sweet malts or a strong alcohol aroma. In a very nice surprise I get neither. BIG pine hops and oils take over the entire aroma but in the background there is slightly sweet sugary character that is right on.There is a small aspirin scent at the finish. My mouth is watering uncontrollably.

The taste is craziness. The best way I can describe it is chewing on a handful of pine needles. When you're half done throw in a caramel and some smarties. When all that is chewed up, the flavors mingled together, and ready to swallow stick an aspirin in your cheek and let it dissolve for a few seconds. When you swallow, swallow everything at once. That is identical to what this beer tastes like. The hops are way bigger than the malt but the malt is there. The aspirin is felt in the back of the throat and nose with a short numbness. This is so unusual tasting and damn is it good. I'm diggin this stuff.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly good for a brew of such high alcohol. It's thick and syrupy but somehow not cloying. It's coating and but goes down smooth. Again, very unusual characteristics.

The drinkability takes a hit because I personally dont think I could drink a lot of this because of the aspirin and high alcohol. I am going to polish off this bomber though.

This beer isn't for everyone and I'm sure there is a lot of people that won't like it at all but it's a must try for a hophead. There are some qualities I could see people not liking but it's definately worth trying simply for how unique it is. I feel lucky to have gotten a bomber.

Reviewed: 11/19/06

Re-Review: 5/3/09

This brew took on some characteristics that suit it quite well. The nose is filled with spicy apricot and a touch of smoke. Flavor is smoky as well with apricot playing a huge roll on the swallow. Perfect, mellow, moderate somewhat sticky body. Eleven is a brew I didn't see aging so well but is actually a treat 3 years after the fact. It still makes my teeth hurt.


Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 3 8 0
Review from 11/16/06

Thanks to bakes for this bottle.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy rusty orange color. Tons of very tight bubbles moving around the glass. One inch head is thick and creamy looking.

S - Candy sweet. Big juicy hops. Pineapple and grapefruit. Candy sugar?

T - Sweet up front, very sweet. Moves into a bitter citrus bite. Not really the juicy sweet west coast type citrus hoppiness, more of a bittering bite to it. Finishes with an alcohol taste that is present, but not huge. Big bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium, almost full. Juicy and sticky. Carbonation is made of fine bubbles that can be a bit much at times.

D - For a beer with almost 12%, this is pretty easy to drink. Good beer overall.

Served In: Pint Glass

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