Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.93/5 rDev +15.5%
2003 (Tasted side-by-side with 2002 bottling 10/2/03):
Hazy golden with fluffy white head. Excellent retention and great lacing. Floral, resinous hop aroma. Grapefruit, grass, and additional herbal and hoppy notes on the palate. Deeply complex, yet structured. Medium-bodied, mildly carbonated and irrestible, an IPA for all seasons. I wish Kalamazoo bottled this year-round, not just as a fall seasonal. One of my personal favorites.
2002 (Tasted side-by-side with 2003 bottling 10/2/03):
Murky caramel color with a thick white head. Sturdy retention, excellent lace. Nose is more subdued than its fresher brethren's, however the floral hops still loom underneath a seemingly smoky aroma. Less floral, earthy hops on the palate but more yeasty, toasted quality than noted in other bottles from 2002. The bottle conditioning imparts deeper, more complex flavors that hit the palate a bit differently than the younger, more assertive, and hoppier 2003 version. Of course, this stuff tasted the same as the new stuff a year ago. Pleasant, smooth mouthfeel with some subtle carbonation. Great for a year-old bottle conditioned IPA.
08-10-2002 22:14:37 | More by Jon
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
12oz bottle in pint glass
A: Pours a hazy light orange with a one finger white head. Nice lace.
S: Citrusy Hops
T: The hops are very present (matches the nose). Nicely bittered, a little pine in the background. I like the balance here, it is a great pale ale but it needs a little more malt.
M: Light in the mouth, very crisp. Given the lace, I would expect a creamier mouthfeel.
D: Top notch, one of my favorite American IPAs. I highly recommend giving this a try.
05-17-2007 01:04:06 | More by wspscott
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
Grabbed some of these on my AZ Hopslam run. I've been looking forward to this for a long time.
Appearance- A nice light copper color. Fairly clear. Two inches of big frothy head that laces very, very well. Good looker.
Smell- Very nice citrus and fruit punch from the hops. Mango, tangerine, some grapefruit. Very tropical. Quite nice. Tinniest hint of sweet caramel. Very nice, but not a punch in the face.
Taste- Starts off with that nice tropical fruit. Lots of sweet mango hoppiness. Very nice. Very light pale malt. Plenty of grapefruit. Disappears for a moment and then a nice bitterness on the finish. Not too dry at the end. Makes you want more.
Mouthfeel- The tiniest bit thin, but very nice.
Drinkability- Smooth and easy. Could put down a sixer of these no problem. Doesn't seem like even a 7%.
This is an excellent IPA. One of the best out there. It's just smooth and easy, but with plenty of pop. I really like it and just wish it was more available. This beer deserves the accolades.
02-04-2010 04:54:45 | More by callmescraps
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
A: It pours a medium amber color that is slightly hazy, resting under about half a thumb of pure white head. It doesn't lace very well, more of a blotchy camouflage pattern.
S: It has a hoppy smell, but is interlaced with a slight spice and a bit of a bread scent. The scent is very mellowed out though and I nearly have to bury my nose to smell anything.
T: The hop flavor is more subdued in this AIPA. It is very well balanced. The hop flavor has a spice flavor and a little earthiness. The malt is very warm and a little bread flavor with a little caramel. I didn't realize this was 7%ABV and it does a great job of masking it. The flavor changes constantly from the point I drink it to a few seconds after I drink it, which says a lot about its complexity.
M: The mouthfeel is very nice. It isn't quite the spark I'd expect from an AIPA, but it's about average compared to the standard IPA.
O: Overall it's a nice, well balanced IPA. I would drink it again or order it on tap if I saw it.
04-21-2011 20:44:54 | More by teromous
4.31/5 rDev +0.9%
12oz bottle <packaged 1/23/14> poured in to a glass beer mug.
This beer was a hazy copper color with a thin head of white foam that remained as a layer leaving more lace than a Victoria's Secret fashion show.
Aroma and Taste had lots of floral and piney hops with a mid swallow citrus bite leading to a dray & bitter finish.
Goes down smooth and easy for the barely noticable abv.
Pretty damn close to perfect. No matter what Larry Bell thinks about NY, he makes a bunch of fine beers and this motherfucker is one of my favorites from his lame ass state*
*NOTE: no offense meant to most folks from Michigan. Just Larry Bell & Spartan fans!
02-14-2014 00:25:42 | More by Loco_Joe
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a good solid orange/gold color with a small head.
Very aromatic and balanced with pure aromas of fresh picked citrus, hops, navel oranges, and some florals.
Medium bodied with a very good smooth feel. Balanced with very good depth, but slightly clipped on the middle and back end with very good flavors of fresh picked citrus, navel oranges and some hops.
A great IPA. Not too hop forward and very well balanced for both teh aromas and feel.
06-08-2012 23:19:29 | More by KDawg
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Very cloudy,orange colored body with tons of lacing.
Very citrusy,piney and grapefruit notes in the taste also.Bitterness then malt.
Nice mouthful.Little carbonation.
Nice but I like the bottled version better.Seems more hoppy.It was still nice to have though.
01-07-2008 21:33:48 | More by MmmIPA
4.63/5 rDev +8.4%
2011 update; on about month and a half old bottle.
A: This one pours an ever so hazy amber orange color and is topped with a frothy stark white head which has decent retention and lacing.
S: Grapefruit zest and pine. Gotta love it.
T: Taste follows up with what the nose suggests. Grapefruit rind and pine delightfully tingle the palate. This has a dry feeling about it with just a slight suggestion of toasted grains. Truly a fantastic beer to which all other IPA's should be judged.
O: A real classic, this beer always impresses me every time I try it.
What a great IPA this beer is...
Its not overwhelming, but is powerful enough to captivate. The factor that keeps me coming back is the fruity bouquet on the nose and backup with the flavor. It's so full of citrus and grapefruit, but in a purely essence of and bitter way. This beer is one which will be appreciated by the beer connoisseur and the nube alike.
03-19-2008 20:52:04 | More by flannelman808
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.
Golden orange in color. Ever so hazy with a finger or so of slightly off-white head which produces some heavy duty lacing.
Smells of citrus hops (mainly grapefruit) with some piney hops notes as well. No noticeable malt aroma in the nose, but man those hops smell so good, I'm not really missing it.
Taste is also dominated by big, bold, assertive hops flavors. Delectable citrus hops are the star. There is some piney flavors as well as a touch of sweet caramel which provides a malt backbone to the brew.
Mouthfeel is moderately thick and a touch oily. Carbonation is ample and provides a touch of creaminess to the beer.
Overall, what a great IPA. It packs a sizable hops punch but is well balanced and very tasty. One of my go to American IPAs.
05-15-2011 23:32:58 | More by pburland23
3.3/5 rDev -22.7%
A - Hazy golden orange, half inch of white foamy head, sticky lace coats the glass.
S - Hops come mainly in citrus form with some floral hints. A nice sweet malt sneaks in as well.
T - Very fruity to start out with the citrus hops carrying over to the taste. The malt comes through big in the middle, and a touch of bitterness rounds things out, but doesn't linger. Pretty well balanced overall, but not as hoppy as I would have expected/wanted. I prefer to leave the malts hiding in my IPAs. No alcohol is really apparent in the taste, but does warm a little in the stomach.
M - Pretty low bodied for an IPA. Not overly bitter, just right. Carbonation seems minimal.
O - Not quite what I want in an IPA, not nearly enough hop flavor. Will try this again in a couple years to once again see if I can like this beer as much as others do. I just don't see why all the fuss.
11-19-2010 04:08:11 | More by Bonis
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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