Here is an interesting one for the day. This one was brewed by Bell's Brewery to commemorate their 11,000th batch. They appropriately called it: "This one goes to 11 Ale". Shockingly, it has 11% ABV. I am pretty sure this one will be somewhat hard to find, so if you do, it would be worth picking up a bottle (expensive though). Also, if you have never seen This is Spinal Tap, the name is a reference to This is Spinal Tap.
It is defined as a Red/Amber Ale, but I think that it is easily blurring the lines into becoming an Imperial Red/Amber Ale. It was immensely hoppy, but actually rounded out really well. At first whiff, I was convinced that I would hate it, but Bell's is probably my No.1 brewery choice for being able to produce a balanced, yet hop forward beer. It is strong, but drinkable and actually I really enjoyed it. It is definitely too expensive for my everyday tastes, but it was worth a try.
P.S. I find it a little funny that I have consumed a few different beers and gone to a beer festival that reference Spinal Tap, yet I still haven't seen the movie.
Glassware: Tulip, Snifter, Pint
Synonym Beer: Ithaca Cascazilla
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