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

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #512
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,603
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 9.16%
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
438
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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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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Reviews by FBarber:
Photo of FBarber
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color. Completely clear and lightly effervescent. Thin velvety off-white head shows exceptional head retention dissipating quite slowly but never completely. Really a lovely looking DIPA. Sticky white lacing coats the glass.

Aroma has strong notes of grapefruit and pine up front. Notes of pine sap, sweet honeysuckle, caramel malts and some light brown sugar notes. A really hefty aroma for a DIPA.

Taste follows the nose - notes of caramel malts, pine sap, pine, grapefruit, honeysuckle and oranges. Veers dangerously close to being too sweet, but as it is, it works. The really interesting part of this is how hot it is - there is a noticeable alcohol warmth that grows as the beer is consumed. Lovely balance of hops, bitterness and rich caramel malts. Id personally prefer the heat to be reigned in, but its still a nice beer.

Feel is medium to full bodied for style. Smooth, slick and oily. Mild carbonation.

Overall Its a beast of a DIPA. As some have noted, this does have some similarities to an American barleywine ... but its not quite that. Really enjoyed drinking a couple of these over the last week or so. While I did enjoy it, Its not one Id purchase regularly.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite IPAs because it isn't in a pissing contest to be the hoppiest, bitterest beer on the market--just one of the best. Pours a nice golden color with a small head and some sticky lacing. Hints of flowers and notes of bitterness with a strong emphasis on the malts. And what's wrong with that? Nothing. In the background you get some citrusy flavor as well. Extremely easy to drink, with medium carbonation that leaves a nice finish. Take it easy on these, they'll catch up to you quickly.

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

If big is good, then bitter has got to be better, right? That statement certainly rings true with Bell's Brewery at the helm. The upgrade of Two Hearted Ale into imperial status sends the culinary art of the beer higher without sacrificing the original recipe's premiere drinkability.

Double Two Hearted Ale has a slightly richer hue of burnt orange than the regular version, but with the same sturdy, froth, persistent and lacy foam stance as is expected. Its strong and fruity fragrance fills the nose with a host of tropical, citrus and bubblegum aromatics. Sweetnened with caramel and honey, both the nose and initial taste is delighted with rich maltiness of graham cracker and grilled angel-food cake.

Bold, bright and full of fresh fruit flavor, the middle palate basks in the sweet honey malt while the taste of pink grapefruit, tangerine, nectarine, mango and apricot, using the malts as a radiant, ripe and vivid fruit display. As the hops trend from succulent to dry and bitter, the beer's balance becomes more hop dominant and less dependent on malt. Softly resinous with spruce, freshly muddled grasses and bass wood, the finish is smoothly bitter and complex.

Medium-full and lusciously sweet on the palate, the beer's malty weight keeps the session savory and fructose-like. Trending malty-dry and bitterly fruit-forward, the beer's finish is spicy with light gin-like booze and an aftertaste of citrus and tropical fruit peel.

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

Two Hearted was the first IPA I ever tried, so I’m super pumped to finally try this. Color is burnt orange with some hop haze and an off-white head. Big resiny pine notes on the nose, along with healthy citrus notes.

Taste is citrus up front, followed immediately by a heaping helping of resiny pine. Delicious, with a bit of a boozy burn. Mouthfeel is oily and very full.

This is truly Two Hearted’s big brother. Well done by one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Curt3
4.98/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow, awesome beer! I had no idea that it was 11.5% alcohol. It is super smooth and very tasty. A beautiful golden color with a pleasant scent. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of MichaelRabdau
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Take the masterpiece of two hearted ale, give it steroids, pour it into a snifter, breathe it in then slowly let it swell on your tongue and welcome the experience of celebrating Christmas in your mouth. Game over. Home run.

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Photo of diemilio
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love two hearted, it is probably my favorite widely-distributed IPA; and this double version of it doesn't disappoint.

On a snifter, from a growler filled at The Tap on Ponce (Ponce City Market in Atlanta).

Look - Crystal clear, beautiful amber in color, very small head, tons of glass lacing.

Smell - Two hearted on steroids. grapefruit, some floral an citrus notes, tons of honey.

Taste - Mostly grapefruit upfront, but with a very VERY sweet finish; I wasn't overly excited about this though. Also, coming at 11.5%ABV, you can definitely taste and feel the warmth of the alcohol in it; it is not as drinkable as other higher ABV beers like, let's say, Hopslam.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Very low carbonation; however, I am going to blame the growler store for that.

Overall - Pretty good, but definitely not a crusher. It is a good beer to sip on over a long period of time, and every once in a while. I definitely prefer the regular version of two hearted just because of it's drinkability without compromising on flavor; the double is just not as balanced.

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

I like this very much and more than the regular Two Hearted (which I also enjoy). This is scary smooth given the alcohol content. It's slightly sweeter than the original.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slight hazed glowing light golden orange color with a n off white fresh head, looks great. Smell is citrus,malt and pine drops. Taste follows nose very citrus forward with fresh oranges mild and sweet, pine resin mixes and adds some bitterness sweet malts in finish. Mouth feel soft and creamy with citrus up front nicely balanced pine bitterness in finish, ABV well hidden. Very good. This 2IPA version makes me want to re-visit regular 2Hearted..

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice DIPA! Aroma is lots of pine and grapefruit, with chewy caramel and biscuit. Flavor is big on pine and pith, with a sweet slap of malt and and but of a booze burn. Very much Two Hearted x2

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Like most I was not very impressed with this beer. Sure the AVB was somewhat hidden but it was kind of a malty mess. The hops aren't very bitter just kind of acidic and it mostly tastes like hoppy grapefruit candy. Not terrible but not the best IPA I've had in awhile.

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Photo of gopens44
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a ton of foamy beige head, but enough to inspire a fairly wet and uniform lacing. Burnt orange color is very reminiscent of the lighter original but separates itself from the latter with a non Northeast haze. Nose jumps out with a fruity spiciness not unlike those Christmas spice gummies. Backing that experience is a tiny bit of veggie before a hint of that caramel malty backbone. Taste immediately demands attention as it is all at once a bitter, orangey, hot blast that seems like its out to quickly prove that it is not regular Two Hearted. No, this thing is closer to being something that Stone would have made 10 years ago. It’s menacing and masterfully balanced. Finishes with the same attitude as there’s just barely some dryness as it exits with a slightly sweet bitterness.

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

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

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brocktune
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmukid87
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ckeegan04
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of ju53o8nyg9
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

12oz bottle. Pours a brownish orange with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is piney and resinous with a hint of orange. Bready malts as well. The taste is sticky pine and resinous hops. Some dark bread and more piney bitter bite. Herbal and citrus hop notes towards the end along with some caramel. Piney finish. Tastes about as boozey as I expected. Oily mouthfeel with a medium body. Worth seeking out. Also, thank you Bell’s for putting this in the rarely found nowadays 6 pack.

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Double Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 438 ratings