Honey Hearted | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
86
very good
50 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by amalburg on 07-20-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
19.34%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lemmy187
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

 416 characters

Photo of 22Blue
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fredmugs
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of osuskin
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IpeeA
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cotton_27
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tshute
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Muss42
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

 927 characters

Photo of yumbeer
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

 480 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

 225 characters

Photo of eawolff99
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AgentMunky
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

 590 characters

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

 560 characters

Photo of HereforBeer
1.8/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

 293 characters

Photo of DNICE555
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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

 277 characters

Photo of CandaceLai
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of McBAINx
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Honey Hearted from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.93 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.