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 #587
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,934
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 8.92%
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
641
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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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dbell23 from Tennessee

4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In general I like Bell's dipas. Hopslam is a fabulous beer, one of my favorites. Two Hearted is a really good beer and my favorite to have with food. Double Two Hearted is right in there with the others eventhough its hard to come by in Hooterville where I live.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Burnt orange with a small head that quickly recedes with good lacing.

Smell is slightly hoppier than its little brother but certainly in the same ball park. Piney with maybe some mild breadiness.

Taste is a hoppier version of the original, really nice. Lingering hop taste, more than the little brother. Very nice west coast dipa.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but not particularly smooth.

Overall a very good dipa that I get whenever the opportunity presents itself. Highly recommended.

Nov 06, 2021
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Pivopijak from Washington

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

draught
Medium orange, with a bit of amber on the edge of glass. Moderate, spiced, medium roasted malt, with a little fruity touch to the aroma. A concentrated and noticeably bitey, not bad though, and a bit of medium roasted malt. Sweetness shows up with some fruitiness. Finish blends an easy hop bite with some sweet spiced malt flavors. No alcohol detected in the flavor, nor the mouthfeel.

Oct 29, 2021
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Packaged July 26th 2021.

Beaming copper red and bronze body with real nice clarity. Fine rows of microscopic carbonation, reaching to even and fine creamy four finger with ease khaki colored head. Big retention and staying power, great looking big beer, almost strong ale like.

Even with a bid of age, the brew delivers. Biscuit malt and cracking toast with graham cracker sweetness. Soft pine like hop and light sap and honey flavors come whaffing out nicely. Comes out like breakfast cereal a bit, but still quite nice.

Palate delivers richly. Big malt and hop angle nicely balanced. Graham cracker malt and soft bodied mouthfeel with a hint of graham and vanilla sweetness. Pine and citrus oils all over coming in with a nice soft coating on the tongue. Finishes with nice citrus oils and a little bit of sappy pine flavors balancing nicely, with a big rich ale strength.

A nice take on an imperial IPA that kind of gets into that strong ale category somewhat. Nicely done here.

Oct 15, 2021
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Beejay from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: deep amber color with a light white head.

S: sweet with grapefruit and resin.

T: make sweetness, moderate bitterness, v with slight resiny pine, and grapefruit.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation, and a good mix of bitter cling and malt syrup.

O: overall I think this is a damn impressive beer. Aces.

Oct 02, 2021
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MattDecker from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: amber hazy
Smell: Piney Resin hop,
Taste: carmel malty, sweeter than I remember the two hearted OG, piney citrus, also straight piney, bitterness on the end, but doesn't cloy on the tongue
Feel: medium full,
Overall: very nice, I really like it which is surprising as I am not a fan of the OG two hearted ale, go figure

Oct 02, 2021
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The original, but on steroids. This is how I would couch this version of the Bell's staple. It looks just as good but it is super bitter on the nose and tongue, and overall, it is a really good tasting brew. I still think I like the original better, but this is really damn good.

Sep 19, 2021
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.
Bottled 7/13/21

L: Amber, chill hazed but clear, three finger bone white head, foam is thick, persistent and leaves lace
S: Large resinous pine and citrus aroma, really nice
T: Same as nose, assertive but not aggressively bitter, hop forward over a sticky caramel malt backbone, not overly sweet but sweet enough to keep the hops in check
F: Medium-full smooth body, carbonation seems high but this is too heavy too be crisp though it finishes with a bit of bite and some prickle
O: Very drinkable for 11%, possibly dangerously drinkable, big aroma and flavor, I don’t think I’ve had a better west coast/old school DIPA, fantastic

Sep 13, 2021
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Beersnake1 from California

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice transparent orange with very light tan head. Nose is pine, toffee, leather, damp wood, and some malty sweetness. Really nice balance of sweet and bitter. The taste is definitely along the lines of a big American barleywine. This and Bigfoot have a lot in common. The hops are still prevalent, with a nice sweetness in the middle. Toffee, figs, resin, raisins, a floral note, hay, grass, leather, and oak. Very smooth and drinkable despite the higher ABV. This would be a masterpiece to age. I will definitely pick up a couple and put them in the cellar for 5-10 years. My guess is that it will become more malt forward. Mouthfeel is fairly light. Overall, this is a fantastic beer.

Sep 13, 2021
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Shiredave from New York

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

12oz. bottle. At 11% I'm not really concerned with the packaging date.
Crystal clear, amber a shade lighter than the bottle it came in with a solid, dense 1 inch head of antique white foam. Clumps and arcs of lace cling all around.
The aroma is a blend of heady malt sweetness, floral brightness and pine pitch. Great malt depth in the nose, raw grains and brown sugar with hints of higher alcohols and mower chewed spruce tips.

Flavors boarder on barleywine intensity. Huge malt character tempered with lots of classic Centennial hop complexity.
The hefty caramelized grain surrounds the tongue in a blanket of candied barley malt but is then swept away by the aggressive hop fangs that chomp through the candy coating and sears the palate mid swallow.

The body is full or nearly so and the finish is long and peppery with hints of butterscotch and real Scotch.
A bit "hot" and over hopped but still a satisfying sipper.

Sep 08, 2021
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass. Packaged 07/14/2021 PRN 34033.

Appearance: Mostly clear dark amber, with an off-white head and lots of persistent lacing.

Smell: Lots and lots of pine and citrus, with an underlying wildflower honey sweetness.

Taste: Quite rich. Strong pine and citrus up front and at the finish, with a nice sweet malt middle that has honey notes to it for balance vs. all the hops.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and smooth, just right carbonation, sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable - the alcohol is completely hidden in this beer. I could easily have another one, but I'd likely be getting lit in short order. This beer is like hop candy, and is a very enjoyable beer. Makes me wish I had picked up a 6 pack of it. I'll definitely have to find this one again.

Sep 05, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the rear label, in white text: "PKG 07/26/2021 PRN 34200"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a medium-dark shade of orange and bronze which is a bit reminiscent of a tigers eye gem. It has a very cloudy appearance. Fuzzy shadows are barely visible through the beer although it is lighter in color. It has a creamy textured head that is medium-sized and tobacco-stained off-white in color. It has very good retention and outstanding lacing.

Aroma: Candied orange peel and lemon zest come through on the nose with a hint of pine in the back. The aromas are nice but a bit muted. The lemon zest character fades in and out but when it comes through it has a bright presence which is enjoyable.

Taste: Up front there is a caramel flavor with a light bit of lemon bite on the tip of the tongue, and a mild sugary sweetness. The middle of the mouth has more of a pronounced lemon flavor and maintains a very light bit of sweetness that adds to the lemon without being cloying. The back of the tongue picks up a little bit of pine and kicks in just a hint of cedar as it rolls off the tongue. The light bit of woody character at the end it interesting.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium-full and very smooth. It cleans up very nicely after each sip in that it doesn't leave residual sweetness on the tongue, but it does manage to leave behind some bitterness and a touch of citrus which tends to help compound and layer the complexities of the beer. Bitterness is between medium and medium-high depending on whether you allow it to layer or cleanse your palate.

Overall: The rear label states that this contains "Alc. 11.0% by vol." and it does a fantastic job of hiding such a high ABV. It drinks noticeably well. The beer label states that this is a "Double American IPA" and it definitely meets the mark. It is an interesting beer because I probably wouldn't buy it as a substitute for another Double IPA, but rather as a third offering when it comes to an IPA and Double IPA. I could see myself buying this again when I want something different that is a step higher than the standard Double IPA. I would recommend this more to a person who enjoys a hop-forward American Barleywine. It is worth buying a six-pack of this rather than a single. I could definitely buy it again but once more it wouldn't be a Double IPA replacement.

Sep 05, 2021
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sjrider from California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour- clear orang/gold color with fat white head leaving scads of lacing. Nose is hop forward with citrus and pine. Taste follows with some sweet malt. Finishes with a hint of alcohol creep.

Sep 05, 2021
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 7/21/21 into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy deep orange-gold, with a substantial off-white head. Great lacing. Initial impression is quite malty and somewhat boozy, with orange and a touch of pine - enhanced by letting it warm a little. Mouthfeel is nice and sticky; alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. Finish is initially sweet, fading to a very slight bitterness. Overall, this is pretty sweet, quite malt-forward, and packs a significant punch. It is emphatically NOT Two-Hearted with a bunch more hops, so if that's what you're expecting you'll be disappointed. But if you like sweet and boozy DIPAs, this might be your ticket.

Aug 29, 2021
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Double Two Hearted Ale has a medium, off-white head and a translucent, bubbly, orange appearance, with moderate lacing. The aroma is of muted juice and pale malt. The taste is of bold, sweet white bread and bread crust, with strong, but not harsh bitterness. Double Two Hearted Ale has a high-medium body and a dry, sticky finish.

RJT

Aug 28, 2021
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a teku from the glass.

Appearance: Slight hazy amber to gold color.

Smell: Malt aroma which dissipates quickly.

Taste: malty sweetness with hints of light floral and touch bitterness.

Mouth: Sticky brew with a boozy finish, granted to each their own.

Overall: Good brew. Honestly took me by surprise but it's definitely a west IPA with a hint of cane sugar used for the priming.

Aug 26, 2021
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robwired from Kansas

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You mean I've never reviewed a favorite annual?! After this, I will have 1 and 1/6th of a six-pack left.
The aroma is pleasing with its maltiness. (I've never reviewed this. Huh. Well, it decided what beer to drink tonight.) Packaged 07/13/21, it poured a bright white finger of foam that rings the glass as it's sipped down with light lacing.
Its flavor is malt-forward with the doubling of hops that contribute to the 11% ABV and an overall malty sweetness. A cautionary note: One is too easy to drink.

Aug 26, 2021
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Nass from Florida

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The pour is burnt orange. The taste is like the regular two hearted ale except some more heat that lingers a little bit on the finish due to the higher abv. In addition to, I also noticed that it's a little sweeter than their regular Two Hearted Ale other than that it's a very good Triple IPA. Cheers! A-

Aug 19, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with over a finger of head. The nose has malty and earthy notes along with some dank hoppiness that has a bit of a stale essence (this sample was bottle just over a month before my opening it).

The flavor is very malt-forward with a drying bitterness on the finish. The body is hearty even for a double digit abv IPA.

There was no indication that this offering had an 11% abv. It was very drinkable in spite of it heartiness.

Aug 18, 2021
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
A hazy, sunstone orange, snowcapped with persistent, pearl-white foam.

Bouquet:
A giant basket of malty biscuits with glints of grapefruit and honey baked in. Develops pungent fruit aromatics. In time, the massive malts are slowly encased in crystalline caramel.

Feel:
Deep and rich, bold and burnished. An afterglow of boozy warmth lingers at the edge of perception.

Taste:
A heavily malted, caramel concoction shot through the middle by a rail spike of piney hops and zesty orange marmalade. Dank hops rise from wet, crumbly earth at the end, grappling the tongue in short but potent linger.

Aug 16, 2021
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CHickman from New York

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

It’s definitely the original Two Hearted on steroids, with aggressive sweet malt and caramel up front, along with some alcohol burn to negate the hoppy bitterness. Piney notes strike before the grapefruit, biscuit and citrus waves wash it all down. Much more drinkable than it should be, I enjoyed this bad boy quite a bit.

Aug 15, 2021
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 7/21/21 into the test glass.
A - Dark honey backdrop, outstanding carbonation, relentlessly feeds a never dissapearing cap.
S - Wrap pine in honey, add a touch of caramel, and spruce sap
T - More honey, then walls of Centenniel, pine, orange reduction, marmalade on crisp toast
M - Thick, on the palate, sweet luxurious start, continues toward a thick and luxurious finish
O - A big offering that holds no punches. A bold one up of a classic. A fine Double IPA by a fine Brewer.
Worth seeking out.

Aug 13, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 7/26/21, so ~ 2 weeks old. I've had this a few times before, beyond the suggested 3 month-old shelf life, (& it was good ;)) , so this 6/pk seems the ideal candidate to review. :) Away we gooooooo.......! :)

Fairly clear orange-amber, with one finger of white head, that leaves a 1/8" ring, and a few small spots of lacing.

Smells of caramel, toffee, a hint of orange marmalade , and a bit of fresh biscuity malt. No boozy aroma, or other hints of the 11% abv.

Tastes of light, solventy pine, caramel, dry orange and grapefruit rind, and a slight hint of alcohol. It seems half beer/half spirits, in a pleasant way . :)

Feel is smooth, slightly slick and syrupy, with light, very,very fine, soft carbonation tingle . No alcohol warmth at at all, except deep in the chest, about halfway through.

Overall, very enjoyable, and dangerously easy-drinking.

Aug 11, 2021
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frankdank from North Dakota

3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep orange, darker than Two Hearted.
Aroma is heavy on malts, caramel.
Taste is interesting. Double TH is too sweet, unbalanced as malts overwhelm the hops.
Feel is thick, syrupy.
A good idea but the final product is a bit of a mess. I'd like to see an imperial version of this beer that isn't 11 percent ABV. As is, it's a boozy, malty novelty that is inferior to the IPA it's derived from.

Aug 09, 2021
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minterro from California

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single from Bottle Craft in San Diego, CA for $3.50.

A&S: Copper colored beer. The head pours a half finger of creamy off white head that hangs around in a layer and has excellent lacing. Aroma contains earthy hops and caramel malts and brown sugar.

T&M: Great balance of malts and hops. Hops have earthy and dank tones. Very hot and little too sweet. Mouth feel is almost a little too thick.

Overall: As advertised, it's a big time high-powered two hearted.

Aug 07, 2021
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one heck of a beer. Better than a 92 I reckon. Packaged 7/12/21, consumed 7/31/21 so thanks to my local monger for getting it to me in a hurry. I think it shows... Shelf life is stated to be 3 months so do not dally!
L: from the bottle. It’s sharp - a looker
S: really stands out on this. Lots of sweet citrus and other tropical fruits. Really, really nice. I don’t understand other comments about alcohol in the nose - I don’t smell it at all. Just nice tasty notes.
T: delivers on the nose with some abv heat coming through. Definite pine that isn’t in the nose. Tasty bitterness on the finish. I like this. A lot!
F: feeling fine, thanks for asking. 11 % will do that to you.
O: I like it. Well done bells!

Aug 01, 2021
Double Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 641 ratings