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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 3,304
Hads: 13,087
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 806
Gots: 3,263 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-11-2001

An India Pale Ale style well suited for adventurous trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and an incredibly floral aroma.
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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for bringing this one back from Pittsburgh.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a large white head, which stays around throughout the drinking process. The aroma is lots of citrus with both orange and apricot notes. You also get some floral and pine aromas. The flavor is relatively bitter with a strong orange/citrus aftertaste. Very tasty. Thin-medium mouthfeel and lots of carbonation. A great IPA that lives up to the hype.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/27/05- Received via BA member Spinlock.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a nice looking either salmon or trout on the label. Back label has a code of 6661. Poured into my Powerhouse Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Nice semi-cloudy orange pour with a very smmoth and creamy looking head that still has some remaining at the end of the glass. Above average lacing.

Smell- Definitely one of the best smelling IPA's I have put my nose too. Nice strong hoopy scent with a good amount of pine and a really sweet candied smell as well.

Taste- Hmmmm, was expecting much more hops. Nice malt and hops, but not huge. Very well balanced though. Good amount of pine and a bit of grapefruit. Not the huge amount I was predicting though.

Mouthfeel- Above average carbonation for an IPA.

Drinkability- This along with Stone IPA, are among the best balanced IPA's I have had. This would be an excellent choice for a session beer if you aren't looking for a hop bomb.

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ha! I got it wrong, initially. Those 5L mini-kegs actually qualify as CANs as long as they are unpressurized. It's okay, since I have had Two Hearted Ale in a number of forms, including bottle and cask, also, but now it is truly in a 16-oz. CAN. I scored it at Pinocchio's (@pinbeer) and I am excited to give it a whirl. The graphics are phenomenal and the name is an allusion to a Hemingway story, doubling my interest.

From the CAN: "An Ameri[CAN] India Pale Ale with intense hop aroma and malt balance. Well suited for adventurous trips anywhere."; "Unfilterered"; "Best Kept Refrigerated"; "Unpasteurized".

Man, was the Crack! loud! I immediately got an inverted Glug started, allowing the fish plenty of slack on the line to run. The pseudo-cascade quickly settled into two fingers of dense, tawny head with excellent retention in the face of tonight's humidity. Color was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) and my old pals Croesus, Mammon and Midas suddenly appeared, clamoring for a taste. Forget it! This is all for me. The nose was big with hops, giving off scents of pine, grapefruit, pineapple and as a previous reviewer mentioned, lilac or lavender in a lightly perfume-y way. As I was typing, the head began to drop, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were immediate and unrelenting on the tongue, but underlain with a sweet maltiness so as not to be overwhelming. Jesus, but this was tasty! The fact that it is now available in a more portable form of CAN really excites me. The finish was semi-dry, with the malt really achieving a good balance with the hops so that they do not become overwhelming. This deserves a place in anyone's cooler, no matter what their destination.

My original, on-tap, review dtd 02 June 2008 with all 5s follows:

A mini-keg counts as "on-tap", does it not? If not, this will either get removed or moved to a more appropriate type.

The pour produced a big, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. The nose had a great hoppy presence. The color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. The mouthfeel was medium with a definite hop bite on the palate. The finish lingered with hops. There was great lacing produced throughout. This is unquestionably one of my favorite American IPAs of all time.

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Photo of billab914
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Pours golden yellow color with a bubbly white head. Very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma is very floral and citrusy. Taste is citrusy up front with some pine and a nice long bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a beer that I buy frequently, it's a great beer to take to parties or to have when you want a few. I consider this my go to IPA that I have readily available to me.

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Photo of Gavage
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally I was able to find this brew and boy am I glad I did. The brew pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thick 2+" head. Nice lacing develops through the drink. Carbonation levels seemed just right. The aroma was huge as floral hops, malt, and orange zest leaped out of the glass. The flavor followed the nose, as the thick sweet malt was perfectly balanced with floral bitterness and oranges.

The mouthfeel was mildly crisp at the start and finished with a smooth bitter citrus tone that lasted shortly on the tongue. Medium in body. This is a beer that could be quaffed all day long. Super brew.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass with a realy nice clean gorgegous clear orange. Small one finger head with a white cream like look.

Smell is kind of small though, but a good one of faint hop and pine. There is also some slight cream scent.

Taste is wonderful on this IPA, with a perfect orange/grapefruit balance, and tasty balance on the finish of hops ans bitter grapefruit. Real refreshing. This makes drinkability very high!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy golden-copper color, and is topped by a offwhite creamy head. The aroma is of hops; grapefruit, apricot, citrus, and perhaps some pine, which adds an astringent note. The taste of the beer is quite good, to be to the point. But let me pontificate a bit more. There is a light sweetness which contributes to the citrusy hop flavor quite a bit. It is pretty bitter in the finish as well. The hops are not totally dominated by citrus though, there is some herbal notes, some hop spicines, and some notes of pine here as well. In the end a fairly dry beer, but made so because of the generous hopping. There is some malt sweetness here which helps to hold up the hop onslaught. The hops set a tingling sensation to my tongue, that screams pay attention to my hoppiness. This is a great everday beer, though perhaps it is just missing some slight amount of hop flavor & malt backbone to push it over the edge.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours light orange and very clear. White head which quickly went to a tiny bubble film and left nice linear lacing. Nose is piney hops. Taste is also dominated by strong, piney, grainy, resiny hop flavors. Grapefuit, lemon, pine, melon and honey on the tongue. Enough of a malt center to add balance. Medium bodied, fairly thin mouthfeel. A well crafted and enjoyable American style IPA.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Flyers pint glass. Batch # is in the 8900's so this is pretty fresh I assume.

A- Two hearted has a golden to pale yellow color to itself. This is bottle conditioned so i took my time pouring and got a 1/2 inch white head. Once that died it left a strong ring around the glass with a skim of foam in the middle. Upon a closer look up to light some visible dust like particles are seen floating all around.

S- This american IPA has scents of ripe fruits such as grapefruit, oranges & other citrus flavors. Atouch of piney resin comes out also. A big dose of floral hops in here. Some sweet malts to balance it all out. No alcohol in smell with some breadyness, great smells all around.

T- The hops rush up front giving off citrus flavors galore as mentioned above. Grapefruit goodness is leading the pack with orange sweetness trailing. Much more of a bready aspect then expected based upon the nose on this. Also getting some piney resin flavors from a different hop variety. I wonder if this is due to the bottle conditioning. The malts used in this bring everything into perspective. This is one finely balanced IPA and not to bitter.

M- This one is perfect with the hops and malts working seemlessly with one another. Once some bitterness coats the tounge the malts come through and then.. nothing. This one comes and goes very quickly leaving no trace of alcohol and only a mild hop presence. Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation.

D- This is a solid IPA that is just above sessionable but oh well i'm going to drink a few of these and love it. Great price for such a gem and has good availability in my area.This will be in my sights in the future trust me. A great American IPA that isn't over the top and expertly balanced.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Halcyondays for the gift. 12 ounces of IPA, on to the beer:

Paleish orange color, with a head that retains itself well and some lacing shown off and sticking to the glass. The hops hit your face upon opening the bottle, but fades away quickly. It still deleivers some results; tangerines, oranges, and burnt sugars. This could be a sign of a bottle with a little age on it.

There's still a "sweet" hoppiness found in this beer, with a mild toasted/burnt grain background. Tangerine and orange once again come to mind. It's a little oily and smooth in the feel, though the finish hits a small bump with a somewhat rough resiny aftertaste.

Bell's still isn't distributed to California, and I've only made two trades (none involving Bell's), yet this is my fifth offering from this brewery. Following the others, THA is DoubleJ approved.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This best part of this beer is its balance, followed closely by the flavors.

Grapefruit, citrus, some bubblegum, earthy spice and a solid malt backbone show why this beer is highly rated. A bit resinous for me, and for a single IPA, but I won't dock it too many points for that just b/c maybe it really is a dIPA.

With all that said, one glass is about all I can muster here. It ain't sessionable or quaffable, but it's darn fine. I'd almost like to have it with some spicy Indian food just to see how the sweetness holds up

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, batch 9688,

A: Pours a light orange, thick fluffy white head, good lace.

S: Very intriguing tropicality - pineapple, pina colada, honey and bubblegum. Lemon meringue pie fits it to T. Fun beer to smell.

T: Some pine, sweet grapefruit, lemon. Light biscuity malt character. Lemon is big in the finish.

M: Soft carbonation, crisp, fairly clean finish for the style.

D: A good beer, I can see why it's well regarded. It doesn't stand out next to better CA IPAs but well above average in the style. Had to go to AZ to do it, but I'm glad I finally got to try this classic.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Very slightly hazy deep golden body with a small head. Nice lacing, though.

Smell - Not a huge hop aroma, really. A bit of a musty smell behind some citrus hops, followed up by a slightly sweetness.

Taste - The hops are way more prevalent here. Good balance of pine and citrus that ends with a flowery sweetness. The malt backbone is just enough to balance it, without coming off as sweet. A strong bitterness finishes it off, but it isn't too much to be unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Easy-drinking, although on the heavy side for a single IPA. This bridges the gap to DIPA, I'd say. A bit more an it would be a DIPA.

Overall - One of two go-to IPAs in my area. Sculpin beats it out, though. If the aroma were better on this one, it would delicious.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Speakeasy in Carrboro, NC. I've had a few bottles of this and enjoyed it but this was first time on tap and finally felt compelled to review it.

A: A cloudy amber with a dense off white head.
S:: Typical IPA smell, lots of hops, citrus and floral, very strong and appealing
T: I don't know, it's delicious. Doesn't taste like typical IPA, hops are well balanced with maltiness and citrus flavors.
M: Much thicker and creamier on tap than I remember the bottle being. Medium carbonation, alcohol is well hidden, not overly bitter or dry in aftertaste.
D: I really like this a lot and am curious to taste this again in a bottle since I wasn't so impressed with it before I had it on tap.

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Photo of tempest
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #7877, bottled March 27, 2007.

Ok, this might be the best looking IPA I've ever had, but not the best. The appearance has a short creamy head with thick lacing. The aroma is just a general citrus punch, a little weak. The flavor picks things up a bit, but it's not as bitter as I expected. It's a smooth bitter that puts it on par with a hearty pale ale. Still, the taste is of wonderfully fruity hop juice. Not overly powerful, but nice. I'd like a little more kick, but it's still a great beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice head and lacing, light orange in color.

S. Earthy hops, malt, pine trees.

T. A splendid blast of earthy piney hops with a sweet malt backbone. Real good.

M. Smooth, crisp, leaves mouth a bit dry.

D. This beer was great. I could drink it by the case and may have to.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received in a trade with Jay23 Thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing as it drinks. Aroma is all hops. Spicey, piney, grapefruity hops in all their glory. Taste is more hops with a little malt struggling to get through. Medium mouthfeel and ample carbonation round this brew out well. Pretty good IPA. I couldn't drink to many of these, but nice brew just the same.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. One of my absolute favorite ipas. I seem never to be in a place or time to review it properly, but I finally find myself alone with a bottle with everyone else in bed and decided to have at it. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy golden with a very healthy head that sticks around and leaves some very nice lacing. The smellis wonderful. Deep and bright aromas of citrusy hops, some slight grassiness, and a slight hint of malt in the back to balance. Perfect ipa aromas in my book. The taste is also wonderful. The same wonderful citrus flavors and bitterness, a slight sense of graininess, and the hops turn earthy and spicy as the flavor goes on. Not the most bitter beer I've had, or the one with the longest finish, or the most perfectly balanced, but the overall package is nice- quite hoppy while retaining a certain subtlety. Very nice. The mouthfeelis full and slightly grainy. I like it, but I'd be happy if it were slightly less grainy. Exquisitely tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a slightly hazy orange-gold coloring with about two fingers of big-bubbled, airy, light white head. There is a heavy, fresh green hoppy and cedar aroma to it. In mouth, the beer has a smooth, sweet citrus foundation with green, bitter hops blooming into your tastebuds. Grapefruit highlights keep everything very well balanced. There is a quick, smooth finish, with bitter hops and very slight citrus balanced aftertaste. Extremely tasty, and the beers disappeared rather quickly from my fridge.

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Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served cask-conditioned at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

One of the best examples of a well balanced IPA. Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy white head. Beautiful aroma of floral and citrus hops with a solid malt backbone. One of the smoothes easieest drinking IPAs I've ever had. A nice balance of maltiness and citrus and floral hops. Awesome!

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to warriorsoul for this one.
Appears a cloudy light golden color with a solid 2" white solid head that lasts. Plenty of lacing. Check out the bottom of the glass! Tiny bits of hops can be seen in this one. Smell is of sweet malt, citrus, and pine.
Taste is easily one of the smoothest, most balanced and tolerable IPA's out there. Citrus and piney hops mixed with a fine balance of sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly carbonated with a feel that starts at the front of the tongue and works it's way to the back of the tongue.
Drinkability is great for IPA. No sting, all bling.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of Boxing Day BIF and Pentathlete.

Pours a hazy golden colored ale with a good white head.

Smell is lots of very aromatic and fresh hops. Good mix of hops not just limited to the usual North Western USA pine and grapefruit varieties. Aromas of spices and mint with a touch of citrus and pineapple. There is a nice malt backbone here to, sweet fruit juice.

Taste is mildly sweet and candy like with a good hop hit at first. The malt is a bit honey like but there is ample bitterness to hide it here. Good floral hop flavors here along with some pine and citrus that it seems every IPA has. Spicy and woody flavors are the last level of hop flavors to emerge. An extremely full flavored IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

A super solid IPA experience here. Very tasty but after one your taste buds are a bit hop saturated so that it would be a waste of good beer to drink this just to get drunk.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade with BigDaddyWil. The trade was on hold for a while because I wanted to try this as fresh as possible. I've been assured this is the most recent batch and that it's as fresh as the night is young.

Poured into a snifter the beer is a medium gold with a two finger head. I watch it recede after 3 minutes to yield perfect, thick lacing in a consistent pattern all over the glass. This is a great looking IPA.

The aroma is of ripe apricots, citrus, and passion fruit. Pine resin is also present in the nose, but to a lesser extent. Taste is bitter up front. There is a small malt backbone underneath the hops, but not too much to make this an sweet IPA. This is definitely west coast style but there is a some balance in Two Hearted. The bitterness is medium-medium high. The hop flavor is very nice and has notes of bitter grapefruit, apricot, and lemon.

The finish is clean, dry, and low on bitterness ; it leaves my mouth and lips sticky and a faint citrus aftertaste lingers.
Two Hearted is light-medium bodied. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with good carbonation. I want to drink 5 more of these, but that's all I have left now so I'll have to savor them.

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Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aztec gold with an almost polka dot pattern imprinted by super-fine remnants of suspended yeast. It is brimming, the kind of glimmering brightness that causes me to look up, half expecting to see someone casting a spotlight on it from above. Its head defects in some places but is, generally speaking, thorough and full-bodied. Also, it leaves charming blood splatter like patterns of spotty lacing.

Never mind following the heart - follow your nose! You want super-citrusy fruity hoppiness? We got it. You want sticky, sappy, resiny hoppiness? We got it. The ulta-toasty, caramel-doused malt base - nice as it is - can hardly even be detected under all this hoppiness. It is an intoxicating acidic array, a tropical jungle full of citrus fruits, a rainbow of bright and vibrant colours. It will induce the hop-head into a zen-like state of nirvana.

Hop heads eat (literally, drink) your heart out! This tastes a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Zesty orange peel, candied grapefruit, grilled mango squirted in lemon juice, caramelized coconut, spiked pineapple puree - it is all and every ounce of flavour you can hope to find in an American IPA. The malt provides just enough biscuity caramel to keep the acidity afloat and the pungency at bay; with that help, the hops can really go to town - and they do.

Two-Hearted gets right at the heart of the matter - hops. It is the nectar of the hoppy beer gods. Hop farmers should devote a ritual involving this beer to appease the gods. Sacrifice it, sacrifice something to it, do some kind of dance, make a donation to charity in its name, pour it all over the seeds and soil - do whatever it must take to make the hop gods happy so that we can continue to rejoice in the sappy, citrusy goodness of lupullin.

This is easily one of the best IPA's - and I refuse to disclaim that as merely my own opinion. Survey 100 BA's and ask them to describe the perfect IPA. It is likely that all 100 accounts, however different in their respective portrayals, will each and every one depict, in one facet or another, the Bell's Two Hearted Ale. It is simultaneously one of the most flavourful, most aromatic, most sessionable and satisfying beers out there.

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. That must be true; the occasions I get to have this beer are few and far between but each time I come back to it, I seem to love it more than the time before. Its quaffability, its quality of ingredients, the vibrant and satiating presence of so many Centennial hops - this may honestly be the best IPA in an American market that knows no shortage of great IPA's.

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very pleasantly surprised to see this on cask today at Pizza Paradiso at the Dupont Circle location.

The beer pours the expected peachy orange color with good head retention and exceptional lacing. The nose has the prototypical perfumy citrus, white pepper and spice I've come to expect with two hearted. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except the cask conditioning has given this beer a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The beer has lost some of the hoppy bite you get on C02, but the creamy mouthfeel makes up for it in my opinion. Drinkability is very, very good, with the alcohol very well disguised.

Obviously, this beer is a masterpiece, but is an absolute joy to try on cask. Yumm....

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,304 ratings.