Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 100% Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest and named after the Two Hearted River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this IPA is bursting with hop aromas ranging from pine to grapefruit from massive hop additions in both the kettle and the fermenter.

Perfectly balanced with a malt backbone and combined with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this beer is remarkably drinkable and well suited for adventures everywhere.

Added by Todd on 12-11-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The one, the only: Bells' Two Hearted Ale.

The Dorm Room Review

Poured into a blue solo cup from a fresh, fish-adorned bottle (4/9/13).
This review was written while listening to Moon Hooch.

Appearance: Cloudy complexion, amber color. Similar to many fantastic IPAs. The half-finger head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Quite amazing. It's difficult to avoid smelling the beer. Immediate hoppy aromas flourish, but immense grapefruit prevails. Perhaps some other fruit notes, but the strong, appealing grapefruit is certainly unique.

Taste: The taste mimics the smell fantastically. The usual suspects of American IPA characteristics are there: bitter, hoppy, refreshing. Furthermore, the grapefruit enhances the IPA taste and produces an easy-to-drink 7%'er. One could say Two Hearted is dangerous to drink; I finished half a cup in sublime enjoyment. As the bottle recommends, I can see myself enjoying several bottles of Two Hearted whilst camping on the sandy shoreline of frigid Lake Superior.

Mouthfeel: Lingering bitterness and astringency. Very pleasant. Citrus, grapefruit, desire to drink more.

Overall: Every time I try Two Hearted, I wonder why I don't have a constant stock in my minifridge (maybe because all my income goes to peanut butter and ramen). Arguably the best IPA in the Midwest market. I would love to compare this beast to other renowned IPAs, like Heady Topper and the pair of Plinys.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden amber with a fluffy off white head. retention and lacing are excellent.

S- Malt, citrus, tangerine, fropical fruit, light pine notes.

T- Bitter grapefruit rind, sweet oranges, light pineapple, excellent It has a long citrus rind finish with light pine notes throughout.

M- Slightly oily, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O- A homerun from Bell's brewery.

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We crack the top on a bottle packaged 4/30/13 and pour a brew of sunset goldenrod into our Great Lakes pints. It puts up a two finger head of tight and creamy eggnog colored bubbles, leaving sticky honeycomb lacing all around the glass as it disappears at a slower pace. A chill haze is noted to be without sediment, and carbonation appeared to be active. The nose gives bright and sweet nectary, citric, and earthy hop varietals sitting against a powdery base of toasty pales, yeasty metallics, buttery warmth, and bittered straw. To balance is fresh tangerine and apricot fruitiness, sidewalk chalkiness, floral honey, peppery spice, sourdough breadiness, and lightly crisp toastiness. Our first impression is that the blend of flavoring is great, with a solid blend of sweet, bitter, herbal, and sour all throughout. As we sip, the taste opened up with pale and chalky malts, lemon juiciness, orange flesh, honey sugars, mild phenolic clove, and powerfully citric and herbal hop spiciness. Peaking is the freshness of those dripping wet juicy hops, peppery spice, toasted breadiness, gritty earthiness, vegetal minerals, buttery toast, and soured yeast twang. The finish is awash with malty base, with soured doughiness, juicy bubblegum esters, dried apricots, foamy mustiness, shaved lemon rind, spicy herbal hoppiness, flashes of white sugar, cornmeal, and light herbal mintiness. The aftertaste breathes of resiny greenness, coiny metallics, chalky yeast, orange rind, lemony citric hops, fusel booziness, light plastics, clovey and black pepper spice, and white rice dryness. The body is medium and somewhat syrupy, and the carbonation is medium to high, with frothiness coating the mouth. The palate is left with lighter astringency and pucker, with resiny slowness. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with particularly notable finishing pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer swills easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its blend through the flavoring. Every mouthful showcased a beautiful collaboration of solid sweetness of fruit, brightly citric and deeply spicy herbal hoppiness, and a clean, crisp malty backbone. You would get sugars here, sours there, earths way over there, and freshness everywhere. You were given consistency of quality, but with refreshing “newness” with each gulp. The nose was pleasantly fresh as well, and its best quality was its spicy hoppiness. The mouth was soft, helping ease the drinkability in spite of the more bittered and sour grassy hits of malts every now and again. This is a quintessential “third coast” IPA, giving bitterness from the west, even malty sweetness and freshness from the east, and offering a beer that would pair with just about any occasion.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 14,741 ratings