Punctilious Beer Review: Bell's Brewery - Two Hearted Ale

Punctilious Beer Review: Bell's Brewery - Two Hearted Ale

Beer Name: Two Hearted Ale

Brewery: Bells Brewery

Style: IPA

ABV: 7%

Bottle Date: 11/06/16

Similar Beers: [TBD]

Description:

Brewed with 100% Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest and named after the Two Hearted River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this IPA is bursting with hop aromas ranging from pine to grapefruit from massive hop additions in both the kettle and the fermenter.

Perfectly balanced with a malt backbone and combined with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this beer is remarkably drinkable and well suited for adventures everywhere.

Tim’s Review:

Review Date: 12/25/16

Poured From: Bottle

Rating: 94/100 - “outstanding”

Aroma: 9/10

mmmmmmm… hops…. This beer is literally the textbook definition of what I’m looking for in a hop aroma out of an IPA. Loads of orange citrus, perfectly married with a plethora of pleasing coniferous notes. I’m reminded of a wonderful winter scene in the middle of a pine forest, clean, piney, and peaceful. Somehow, someway, there is like an orange tree in there? I don’t know how that would really work, butt fuck it, I’m the one writing this and you aren’t, in my winter pine scene there is a damn orange tree, so sue me.

Appearance: 8/10

A fantastic dark golden amber clear color, complete with a solid finger of nice solid white head. The head lingers for a while and will stay with you for a long portion of your beer drinking. Definitely looking more along the lines of a west coast style of IPA with the darker amber, which matches with the bold hop aroma.

Flavor: 10/10

Clean to the max, exactly what I’m looking for in an IPA. The beer is extraordinarily hop forward, some great bitterness to the front of the beer, still not overbearingly so in the least. The middle of the beer is a great collection of sweet citrus flavors of orange, tangerine, and clementines. The finish is a nice fade of bitterness slowly disappearing from your mouth. I can not find an off taste, and I am trying very hard, but there doesn’t seem to be a single one.

Feel: 8/10

Crisp. Feels great when drinking. There is a nice effervescence to the beer, combined with a nice bitter mouth-feel. The finish is super clean and concise.   

Overall: 10/10

Just a super great beer, incredibly quaffable. The beer is a great representation of an IPA, lots of hop bitterness and aromas without being too overwhelming. Actually has more ‘hoppy-ness’ than a lot of “double” IPAs I’ve had recently, which honestly isn’t a bad thing. In a world of New England style IPAs that are packing a punch of all fruit and no bitter hops, it is surprisingly refreshing to have a beer that is sticking to the roots of the style. Not that innovation is a bad thing, it can just get old, and who among us doesn’t yearn for ‘the good ole days’ every once in a while? For me those ‘good ole days’ are back when IPAs had triple digit IBUs, this one doesn’t get up there, but it has a great bitter base.

Closing Thoughts:

Oh, I’m glad this was Two Hearted. I really enjoy this beer, as hopefully the review mirrored. One of my first foyers into the world of hoppy IPAs, Bells Two Hearted has been a constant throughout my beer drinking life. There isn’t much to say, this is a fantastic beer that I haven’t had in a few years due to moving out of the midwest, and coming back to it just now has been a great time. If you’re lucky enough to live where this is distributed, chances are you understand the awesomeness that is this beer. Or it’s also possible that you have completely overlooked the fact that you are able to drink a shining example of what an IPA can be simply because you’re exposed to it at all times, as happened to me. But let me tell you, don’t let this go, I feel like Billy Madison telling the kid to “stay here for as long as you can, never leave”, stay with this beer and re-appreciate it for what it is, a great IPA. 

 

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