Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Package: 12 oz. longneck, crowned bottle. Bottle-conditioned. Space for date/lot was blank. New color label, depicting two leaping (tiger?) trout. 6.0% ABV.
Cost: $30 case at Shangy’s
Presentation: Imperial pint glass at ~45º
Appearance: As noted by so many others, this is a lovely IPA, with a burnished amber body and a voluminous (2-3 finger), dry, white head which reached a self-sustaining ¾” layer. The body approaches the ruddiness of Celebration, but wasn’t as cloudy as I expected from previous descriptions. Perhaps the 7% version was cloudier. Active, fine bubbles.
Smell: Florally hoppy, with a cushion of rich malt. I find that most IPA’s fall into two categories: the harsh, medicinal ones, and the floral, fruity ones. Thankfully, this is one of the latter. I’m told it’s the Centennial that really marks this beer’s fresh aroma. Well, whatever it is, the hops palette plays beautifully off the malts.
Taste: One of the rare beers that lives up to its hype. The initial sensation is crisply hoppy, but as it rolls around your tongue, the more complex hop notes and malts make an appearance. I would characterize this as more herbaceously hoppy than citrusy hoppy. I always seem to fall back on this characteristic, but this beer is well-balanced. It is both refreshing and satisfying. The medium finish is very crisp and clean.
Mouthfeel: Almost achieves the fine texture of cask-conditioned ale in a bottle, with more vigor. Carbonation is excellent, while the body is a touch on the watery side. I would guess the “old” 7% version was probably a bit better in this regard. I do find that many “regular” IPA’s (sub-Imperial level) tend to be brittle.
Drinkability: Comes close to defining drinkability. Only the best cask ales, Celebration, and Brutal Bitter top this for quaffability IMO.
Backwash: Probably my favorite “pure” American IPA. Excluding “Imperial IPA’s” and beers like Brutal Bitter and Celebration (once categorized as a Winter Seasonal) which are maltier and bit heartier, this really hits the bullseye. Definitely surpasses peers like HopDevil and 60 Minute IPA. All things great beer should be: complex, refreshing, satisfying and endlessly quaffable. Must be killer on draught.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2003 01:14:02 | More by Dantes
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