Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Groomsy:
4.44/5 rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled on 12/18/12.
A thin, eggshell head sits on top of a clear, honey-orange body on the classic American IPA. I left the yeast out, so there isn't a lot of haze in this beer. Occasional carbonation bubbles go to the top of this beer, which leaves sheets and rings of lacing down the glass.
The nose contains many of the citrus characteristics central to the American IPA (grapefruit, namely), but the bitterness takes a backseat to tropical fruit sweetness and subtle floral scents. I especially thought of mango, oranges and pineapple with some candied grapefruit. There's just enough bready/biscuity malt to back up all of the hops. While not a "typical" American IPA, and a little mild on the nose, this has a great aroma.
There's a big, juicy bitterness on the front of the tongue - this is where the grapefruit/citrus character really comes full force. The malt comes in on the middle of the palate to cut the bitterness before being washed away by a drying, piney and fruity presence of hops on the finish. The flavors don't linger too long, and this beer has supreme refreshment factor. A beautifully balanced and harmonious IPA. It doesn't have the "punch" factor like most, but it is a great beer with nuance and subtlety.
The mouthfeel of this beer, thanks to bottle conditioning, is fantastic. It slides across the tongue with a silky smoothness and has no harshness. Fruity flavors linger long into the finish without overstaying their welcome. Softly carbonated, medium bodied, and refreshing, with a slightly dry finish.
While not a bitter or brash IPA as many would expect, this is a classic. Its sweetness puts it in a league of its own, I think. Absolutely worth checking out.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2013 03:16:57 | More by Groomsy
More User Reviews:
3.06/5 rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
$ 3.50/16 oz draft at Uno’s at Birch Run
Aroma weakly citrusy
Decapitated by bartender; remaining head small (< 1.5 cm), off white, creamy, diminishing to2 mm ring
Lacing good – Narrow rings of small bubbles
Body dark yellow, hazy
Flavor begins slightly bitter then fades to nothing; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation
Very weakly flavored IPA, otherwise aroma, appearance, and palate all good.
Serving type: on-tap
07-12-2014 12:11:39 | More by Ozzylizard
4.09/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bought a six pack in Niagara Falls, USA for $10.95.
A - Nice dark amber thick white head. Good retention.
S - Slight citrus and pine. A little malt. Much less aroma than I expected.
T - Mild hops flavours and some mild malt sweetness. This beer is incredibly well-balanced and the alcohol is almost unnoticeable.
M - Very smooth and light.
O - Fantastic beer. Great stuff.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 02:55:16 | More by BakaGaijin
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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