Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by RDAdams:
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
One of the benefits of trekking north into the land of William Penn is that beer stores only sell beer by the case. We stopped at the Beer Mill in West Chester where a case of four six packs cost less than $2 a bottle.
AROMA: Using its intense floral hops supported by a firm, complex malt background, it yells at your senses "I am American IPA".
APPEARANCE: It pours an almost solid gold color and is clear as a Bell (pun intended). The head was softly off-white and 1.5" thick. The head dissolved slowly, and lingered throughout the drink.
FLAVOR: It has the intense citrus floral hop complexity (orange, lemon, and definitely grapefruit) on a malt platform of barley, biscuit, and possibility wheat. What it lacks is the malt backbone found in a Dogfish 60 Minute IPA and in most English IPA's. Thus, as good as thus beer is and as good as the hops are, more malt would make this a better beer.
MOUTHFEEL: This is a full bodied beer made to have a medium bodied mouthfeel by the carbonation. It is creamy on the palate with a crisp, dry finish. The aftertaste is hops with a burning sensation on my tongue. The balance would br significantly improved with a malt backbone
DRINKABILITY: This is definitely not a session beer. Since it is not pasteurized, its shelf life is questionable. But I plan to keep a six pack in my refrigerator for at least a year to see if bottle aging decreases the hops flavor compared with the malt flavor.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2010 23:09:02 | More by RDAdams
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4.1/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Two Hearted Ale fills a Blue Point snifter with hazy amber (SRM 6-8) while occasional columns of tiny bubbles add to the ¼ inch, pale orange, creamy head that quickly dissipates.
The aroma is dominated by apricot, followed by fresh orange and clear, but minimal, grapefruit and floral notes.
This offering is quite bitter up front with an equal balance of citrus flavors. Crisp and clean, with a light apricot finish that lingers. Slight warming ushers in the grapefruit flavors.
The medium body and dry finish accentuates a rough texture and light prickly carbonation.
Two Hearted Ale clearly deserves its reputation. One can easily imagine how a fresher example would be exquisite. Three months from bottling, this one still delivers while unwinding after a long day.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 12:16:38 | More by SLeffler27
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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