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

Double Two Hearted AleDouble Two Hearted Ale
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #534
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,718
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 8.92%
Reviews:
187
Ratings:
538
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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Double Two Hearted AleDouble Two Hearted Ale
Notes: Everything you love about our classic Two Hearted® Ale... now in a double IPA. With two and a half times the amount of Centennial hops, Double Two Hearted® has intense pine and citrus notes, a resinous hop aroma and rich malt character.
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm very excited for this given how much I love the original. bottled 9/03/20
Pours a light fizzy head with med retention, fairly hazy amber to rosy color

Nose smells like a double Two Hearted but maltier, sweet candy malts, a hint of toasted sweet caramel like malts, then loads of hops, lots of fresh hops, some citrus, grapefruit and pineapple even somehow kicks in, a bit like fruit punch, light floral pine

Taste brings loads more rich malts up front, sweet almost syrupy, with heavy blond malt, a little toasty caramely, then fruity hops kick in with more citrus, grapefruit, citrus zest, and again that mild pineapple fruit punch, then the hops turn a bit spicy with some pine and a little resin late, a bit of alcohol kicks in that feels like it will get fusel but never quite gets there, some toasted copper malt notes late before finishing a bit sticky sweet, bit more alcohol, lots more hops lingering with the citrusy fruit punch and some pine and resin

Mouth is fuller bod, a touch syrupy, med foamy carb, light warming and tingly alcohol

Overall it has some points like a double Two Hearted but in the end just gets overbearing and difficult to drink, however, it's still quite nice, just not something i could have more than the 12oz of

Oct 22, 2020
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MrOH from Maryland

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light amber with some chill haze, clears as it warms. Generous off-white head, excellent retention and rings of lace
Big grapefruit zest aroma! Some pine, a bit of tropical, some caramel underneath it all
Lots of grapefruit zest and pine with a very sturdy caramel malt backbone.
Medium-heavy bodied, appropriate carbonation. Not syrupy or boozy as I was expecting.
A pleasant surprise, I was coming into this expecting it to be a hot, sticky, bitter mess. Maybe the most drinkable beer of this ABV I've ever had.

Oct 20, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear deep amber color with a finger of creamy khaki head. The head leaves a string of lacing as it settles into thin cap. Beautiful color and solid retention.

The nose brings that big, west coast style aroma with strong notes of grapefruit, caramel and pine. This is pretty much exactly what you would expect from an 11% imperial IPA.

The flavor follows the nose; oranges and grapefruit up front followed by the massive, sticky caramel malt. Finishes nicely bitter and piney.

The feel is pretty much what you'd expect. Thick, chewy, and sticky with moderate carbonation and a fair amount of booze. Sweet and resinous.

Overall, yep, this is definitely what Double Two Hearted should taste and smell like. It's a huge DIPA that doesn't hide the booze or the bitterness, but is wonderfully balanced by the sweet caramel malt and citrus notes.

Oct 18, 2020
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Mdog from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, big head.

Smell: Caramel, citrus, booze. Old school DIPA.

Taste: Moderately sweet, heavy feel, big grapefruit hop flavor backed by solid caramel backbone.

Overall: It's been a long time since I had an old school double IPA since they are out of style these days. Actually this probably would have been more of a triple IPA 10 years ago at 11%, but whatever. Big malts, big hops, big citrus, big booze, everything's big and bold and I like it!

Oct 18, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Attractive almost glowing dark orange with a finger of thick, foamy head that hung around for a while and left behind an almost solid wall of lace. Aroma is bright and floral with some depth on the nose that I can't quite put a finger on. Taste is somewhat heavy on the pine, along with the bitterness I typically associate with it. This is definitely a bit old school, and not in a bad way. Good beer.

Oct 17, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Beer is a deep, clear copper with a whispy white head. Nose is pine, tree sap, resin and an astringent brown sugar hop bitterness. I miss them old days when IPAs were IPAs. Beer opens tree sap, resin, a touch of brown sugar, dried tea leaves and bark. Amber and brown sugar in the middle complements a sticky hop bitterness. End is more brown sugar, a smidge of wet wood and more sap. Moderately bittersweet finish. Body is moderate with ample carbonation. Prickly on the palate but also a touch heavy and syrupy. Sticky, lingering finish.

I really solid beer. I'm glad Bell's did this one.

Oct 16, 2020
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this. Not the best DIIPA but good and worthy, nonetheless. Also unique in the hopping creating a nice taste. Not too bitter but full hop aroma and flavors.
Aroma is a little raw, but also complex with fruit and various greenery hits. Smallish tan head caps an amber body of orange that is not too clear. but a good October color.
I do like the body on this. Smooth, rich with fine carbonation softening it all.
Complex flavors with enough malt heft to keep the bitterness and hop flavors in check. A little spiciness to the taste.

Oct 14, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My bro-in-law gave me a bottle of this beer. It poured a clear copper with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had bitter pine hops. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with pine resin and subtle dank dark fruit notes. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

Oct 11, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Magnificent - does justice to the concept of the DIPA - it is like Two Hearted 2.0 - big bitter and caramel-sweet Centennial hops lay a sweet pine shellac across the palate - medium-bodied - nice and sticky - dankness represented solidly - a real nice throwback DIPA from the big guys at Bell's...

Oct 11, 2020
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THE_VANDAL from Arkansas

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well- I wasn't prepared for this one. Pure Centennial hops are the banner for this drink. A pine wood resin open, pour, and mouth, accompanied with a deep barley background, and subtle sweetness. Pithy nut bitterness and grains on the exhale that extend long after the swallow. This is magnificent- I could easily dwell on a 6-pack of these bad hombres.

Oct 09, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received in a LIF out of BIF#12 Estonian ticks and rockers balls. From @whyteboar

Poured into a will becher glass, two finger off white dense creamy froth , very good retention , good lacings, over a translucent copper liquid with streams of microcarbonation

Aroma is pine, whiff of orange citrus

Taste is pine over malt, hint of orange citrus

Low sudsing , creamy , hint of alcohol

Good beer

Oct 09, 2020
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Judgie from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with Pkg. date of 8/21/2020. Pours hazy but clears up nicely to a beautiful amber. Correctly poured into a smallish snifter as the booze, smell and taste resemble a nice (light) brandy. I would probably not choose this beer to refresh or to improve on regular 2 Hearted, but it is a real showcase for Centennial hops. Thank you to Bell's for providing good options for the use of this hop variety.

Oct 06, 2020
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Paradox1000 from Florida

4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this! I am not a huge fan of the Two Hearted IPA, but loved the double. My preference for double and triple IPAs may have something to do with it.

Oct 06, 2020
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
PKG: 09/03/2020

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden copper color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus thick/creamy off-white head, which also leaves a very nice medium size island, with some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), sweetness, piney. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), nice touch of sweetness, very nice pineyness. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, very drinkable for a brew this high in ABV, very chewy, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Big Beer for sure.

Oct 04, 2020
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger's worth of slightly late to develop lush light khaki froth... Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... Color is a completely translucent honey amber... A light bit of visible carbonation... A nice mix of hops - mostly sweet citrus with some subtle piney notes lying beneath the surface... The palate is pungent and earthy... A blistering assault of varying hops... On the light side of full-bodied... Sturdy and assertive... Smooth but slightly chalky through-out... A throw back non-hazy DIPA that blisters your palate in a good way... Quite enjoyable and easily recommendable...

Oct 04, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear, medium-orange color with a heavy, off-white head. SRM of 14. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of resinous, sweet, classic Two-Hearted flavors. There's sweet grapefruit, , strawberryfruit salad, stonefruit, sweet peach and mandarin orange. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor follows with more and similar flavors. Resinou, sweet, Two-Hearted cake. It's apricot, strawberry fruit salad, peach, stonefruit. Then a caramelized cardboard sweetness through the middle. Lots of alcohol before a bitter cardboard finish.

Feel: Heavy-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Thick and resinous. Leaves a strong alcohol burn and cardboard staleness on the palate.

Compared to Lagunitas Waldos' Special Ale 10/3/20: Pours a similar appearance. More classic Two-Hearted flavors of stonefruit, strawberry fruit salad, tangerine. Less grapefruit, grape, pear. Doesn't hide the alcohol as well. Winner: Waldos'

Overall: I think the magic of Two-Hearted lies at 7% ABV. This one doesn't cut it. Credit for authentic Two-Hearted flavors and I can tell it has the same hops, but the higher ABV ruins this one. It's too sweet & heavy, which gives it a stale cardboard flavor. Kind of hard to stomach for me. The alcohol burn is high. Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of imperial IPAs, and this one is difficult to muster. I probably won't finish it. That said, others may find this beer particularly satisfying, but not me. (Final Rating: 3.37)

Oct 03, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
Bottled 28 days ago

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- piney and citrusy hop nose with aromas of pine needles, orange peel and zesty grapefruit. Malty undertones add a hint of caramel and honey. A hint of floral at the end

T- resinous pine up front gives way to zesty grapefruit notes, followed by pithy orange. Mid-palate brings out a malty sweetness of caramel and honey. The finish brings out more pine that continues into the linger, as well as a hint of booze

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- a classic, well balanced IPA seems to be a thing of the past these days, but this is a solid example

Oct 03, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle dated 8/22/20 (today is 10/2) into a tulip

pours a hazy honeyed-amber tinged copper body with a lazy but frothy foamed cream colored head that has moderately high retention (sat at a finger thick for 5+ min) and leaves webs of sticky foam lacing as it settles to a murky cap with uneven halo

thick floral sweet caramel-near-honeyed malt with tones of brighter floral citrus, deep and resinous earthy pine Centennial hop, boozy heat; the aroma blossoms and hits on a floral wave length before booze disruption

taste is booze to sweet malts and citrus to booze to the resinous pine hop jolt of bitterness, before coming back around to the booze

fairly low carbonation and medium body that feels slightly prickly thanks to booze heat and low-key carbonation spikes, but flails closer to syrupy once the carbonation sensationalism has passed. finish is slightly dry but an earthy bitterness is highlighted at finish thanks to the booze heat. booze sticks around for a while in aftertaste, primarily on the tongue but also on the roof towards teeth and back of throat and the lower cheeks.

overall:
the feel of the brew completely dashed what enjoyability there was for me in the taste, which itself was a step below what the aroma was signaling. perhaps balanced with some food this would fare better, but as a sit-n-think-sipper, count me out for this one. as a massive fan of the two hearted ale, this was a minor bummer. it will, however, go a long ways in getting ones buzz on.
as i do sit here and work on the secondary benefit of the brew, and pay less attention to the feel and aftertaste, the likeability springs back up, and for that I tip the rating scale a bit, and the aftertaste serves more of a natural pause between sips than as an utter disappointment. would love to savor this one without all the boozy business though

Oct 03, 2020
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It’s got the same floral hop aroma and flavor as the regular 2 Hearted. Looks great in the glass with a big well retaining head and copper body. Where this DIPA differs from the original is that the higher ABV lowers the bitterness, more sweet and a creamier mouthfeel. I’d say it’s one par with the IPA but different. Oh crap just realized this is 11%? Wow I thought it was 8-9%. Wow, well disguised ABV.

Oct 01, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle. Got it off the shelf (thanks for not refridgeratng!) at the local municipal liquor store. The last 6-pack they had. This stuff is only a month old

Drank it out tha' bottle so no comment on the appearance. Smells stanky and alcoholly, like your uncle's armpit. Taste is very good and surprisingly easy to drink: Intense woody pine tart, with a huge malt backing. This is like eating a loaf of bread covered in Centennial Hop Jam. A meal in a bottle.

So easy to drink at 11% it should be criminal to sell this. It tastes above-average but drinks like no other DIPA I've had. If I was trying to get drunk off beer, for whatever reason I'd be doing that, this would be the beer I'd choose. Hands down. The 11% is completely masked by the expert alchemy at work here. Thanks, Bell's, I'm a better man for having tried this

Oct 01, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Been waiting to find this beer since I heard it was being created. As an avid fan of Two Hearted, how could I not want to crush a 6'er of this!? Double Two Hearted pours a deep, clear, bright-glowing orange color. Just a few tiny particles dance amongst the body of the beer. Huge, creamy, khaki colored head. It refuses to die down much and doesn't leave much lacing. Nose is like a Centennial hop COVID test to the sinuses. Explodes with citrusy Centennial. Oranges, clementines, grapefruits and pine. Really quite like a beefed up Two Hearted. Flavor is a nostalgia-inducing trip that transports me back to about 10 years ago. This is what big, heroic, aggressive Double IPAs used to taste like. Boozy, bitter, and heavy-handed on the hops. First sip triggers a physical reaction of alcohol euphoria. Grapefruit and citrus medley hops wrapped in a pine jacket. The body is big, full, sticky, bitter and boozy and I don't want it any other way. The 11% is loud and proud. Bell's is no stranger to making gargantuan Imperial IPAs (Hopslam, duh). This one, despite the ratings, I find to be about as enjoyable. I didn't expect Two Hearted to meet it's match in this beer. Two Hearted is one of the most expertly crafted IPAs of all time. Damn though, it is definitely fun having 6 of these steroid-injected siblings to sip on. This is a fun, hedonistic beer.

Sep 30, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear copper pour with big foamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Sweet, malty, pine, and hops. Booze.

T.F: Sweet malts and caramel up front. Big pine hops... evergreen and citrus rind. West Coast leaning... some herbal notes and tea. Moderate bitterness but balanced. Warming and boozy but this should drink WAY boozier than it does. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Lingering pine and resin at the finish.

O: Drinks more like a triple IPA than a double. Boozy, hoppy, tasty, and dangerous. Enjoyable brew.

Sep 29, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/3/2020
Consumed 9/26/2020

Looks like there's going to be little-to-no head upon initial pour but then a good finger and a half of infinitely creamy foam froths up from the ether. Mucho lacing as well, presenting itself in big fat sticky rings. Body lacks the distinctive orange of standard Two-Hearted, but is a nice shade of burnt orange. She's a pretty beer. Smells like standard Two-Hearted until you swirl it about and the scents intensify with an added boozy note. Apple brandy, almost. There's clearly a shit-ton of centennial hops in the stew, bringing all the resinous pine and citrus notes that you'd expect. Smells a bit strong and over-the-top, but I kind of expected that. The taste is less overwhelming and just wicked well-balanced. With all the hops, you'd expect a tongue-scorching hop bomb, but the malt really cuts the burn. Hides the 11% ABV a bit too well; I need to be careful what I drink next lest I bow to the porcelain god. Wicked creamy medium-to-full body with perhaps a touch too much carbonation, but that's a nitpick. I didn't expect to find this, but randomly came across a pair of singles and am damn glad I did. This is a great, remarkably well-balanced beer. I still prefer the standard Two-Hearted, but this is a nice treat.

Sep 27, 2020
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six-pack copped from Bottle King in Livingston. Pours a lucid, copper hue with minimal frothing. Moderate aroma replete with hints of caramel and honey. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Flavor replete with notes of licorice and gasoline. Style definitely leans more toward an American Strong Ale. A solid double, but this offering exemplifies the notion that sometimes less is more.

Sep 23, 2020
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.
The appearance is a medium amber with hazed clarity and thick pale beige cream with good head retention and lace that clings
The smell has a citrus orange rind-like aroma with herbal hop profile and alcohol scent emerges as it warms with slight malt sweet odor
The feel is bitter yet balanced somewhat by malt low astringent texture yet semi full body smooth carbonation and mild in the sweetness level with lasting bitter finish that is more on the dry side
The taste is great very citrus in hop that follows the aroma with light grapefruit bitter taste yet tangy tropical aspect with malt support and alcohol that creeps in mid palate with slight warming toward the end. The fruity yet herbal hops are extremely well placed and flavor focused with a general hopslam minus the honey effect in my view
This is a great Imperial IPA that is packed with hops even if not as aromatic as hopslam it packs the same punch not as sweet but plenty hoppy

Sep 22, 2020
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