Honey Hearted
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,586
ABV:
16.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #22,274
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 18.7%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
57
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2016 vintage; drank 5/20/16 @ Village Tap.

Murky orange appearance.

Minimal off-white head; minimal lace.

Honey, Sprite & chardonnay notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Sprite, honey & wheat flavors up front' strong booze heat notes on the finish.

Cloying & boozy, but interesting in a mead sort of way. Worth trying...once.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft. Didn't expect this one to be good, just because it's essentially a barleywine. And it is. Darker copper body. Sweet barley, sweet honey, minimal hopping to it, maybe a bit of floral. Biiiiiiiiiiiig sweetness, and they definitely dumped a fair bit of honey to it. Full bodied, syrupy, without much balance to it. Boozy, earthy finish. Fun beer to try, but man...

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Photo of lemmy187
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very unique beer......unlike anything I have ever had. Pours an orange Amber colour with very little head. Love the smell.....vanilla, oak, burnt sugar, and floral hops. The nose alone let's you know this is going to be interesting. Taste is heavy on honey and sweetness......this may have been undrinkable without the balance of the oak and vanilla. Feel is a little on the syrupy side with little carbonation.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a deep burnt orange color. a small off-white to tannish head forms and has weak to moderate retention, leaving behind no lacing. Pretty dark and opaque.

Smell: strong citrus zest, oaky vanilla, booze, floral honey and some sweet malts.

Taste: opens up with a little bit of a floral honey, strongly mead like as expected. the oak barrel comes in strongly and gives of nice notes of vanilla to sugar cone. a strong booziness comes in blending well with the lingering oak taste. towards the end citrus zest comes in and all but takes over.

Mouthfeel: heavy, but not quite chewy. boozy and warming. some bitterness from the zest.

Overall: very cool beer from Bell's. it is reminiscent of two heart but becomes a whole new thing of its own. I really like the oak character and the pure strength of this one. A very cool event beer, as Bell's has many of those. Would love to see some bottles of this though.

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Photo of yumbeer
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Tap in Coral Springs. As others have said, very much like a mead. The honey is the star of the show but there's also a barrel-esque quality to it as well. Reminded me slightly of a 120, but a little more approachable/less Barleywine flavor, and much smoother with the honey backbone. High abv well hidden until you stand up from your chair and realize it's hit you. A nice treat to have tried and would certainly have again if another opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Snifter at Max's Taphouse
Deep caramel color with a minimal head and lots of legs. Sweet honey bourbon syrupy fruity nose and flavor with faint earthy pine hops. Great sipper, but hard to call this beer, more like a liqueur.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 4th Avenue Pub.
3.75/3.75/3.5/2.75/3.5
Very clear ruddy brown. Light head.
Smells big and sweet. Honeyed? Sure. Also dank, mild hops and sticky caramel.
It's incredibly, overwhelmingly sweet. 120 Minute esque, but not as hoppy. Weirdly no burn or whiff of alcohol. It's more like an agave sweetened soda. Or very mild vermouth (or vermouth and soda, with ice melted and the carbonation faded).
Surprisingly thin, considering. Low carbonation. Smooth, sweet, watery, and flat.
It's not a very good beer, but it's an acceptable elixir that lives up to its name. Not recommended.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Placid jewel tone orange, bright clarity with a thin skim on the surface and minimal spotty lacing.
Aroma has huge notes of orange zest, vanilla, and honey. Taste is similar, there's no mistaking the 16% because it's instantly warming. Juicy orange, vanilla, and honey flavors commingle, giving the impression of a creamsicle or sorbet. Rich and chewy, full bodied. Somewhat bitter with a honeyed earthy aftertaste. Smooth sipper.

The latest batch is pretty great, not sure if the last one was the same or not, but it may account for the polarizing reviews.

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at hop cat Madison.

White head. Golden color.

It basically tastes like a mead. There is some earthy flavors and some hops showing, but it is mainly honey. Pine in the finish.

Not too much heat shows if any at all. Maybe in the finish a bit.

Very interesting beer. Not really a dipa.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Over the top and a ton going on, but it all comes together for me. I can understand the mixed reviews because this one is so in your face if it doesn't work for you, it really doesn't, but I am very impressed with it, and it is incredibly easy drinking for that high of an ABV

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Photo of oneaday
1/5  rDev -74%

8oz pour on tap at Crunchys in East Lansing. I love DIPAs and Bells makes a couple of the best in Hopslam and Oracle. This sounded like a winner, but tastes like a cat with a yeast infection pissed in a DFH 120.

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Photo of jarrgal
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This tastes more like a mead, which is what I think they were going for with the name "Honey Hearted." It is exceptionally smooth given the 16.3% ABV and has a great honey flavor.

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Honey Hearted from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 57 ratings