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

Double Two Hearted AleDouble Two Hearted Ale
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #523
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,651
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 9.16%
Reviews:
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Ratings:
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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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Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 371
Reviews by MichaelRabdau:
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 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 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 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 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

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

Light amber golden color.
Muddy body.
Thick fluffy white head.
Settles to a nice cap thru out.
Soapy oily lace.
Smell is identical to Two Hearted, piney
All centennial hop profile. Juicy and dank aromas with hints of sweetness.
Taste is strong yet balanced. Nice hop bitterness. Stone fruits, some honeydew, pine and malt caramel sweetness. Abv is well hidden but still shows its presence.
Body is medium and taste lingers.
Crisp and a bit sweet on the finish yet leaves a juicy mouthful.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with the bottling date printed on the back label. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The bone white, half finger head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind a thin foam ring and lots of lacing all over the glass. It's a quite hazy, bright copper color. 

Smell: The smell is very pleasant, perfume-y even. There's some sharp citrus peel, followed by some sweeter fruit pulp. It finishes with a warmer notes of malt, bread and honey.

Taste: The crisp, waxy, lemon and orange peel taste hits the palate first. Then there's the sticky sweet maltiness and a warm alcohol note to finish things off. There's some bitterness but it's kept in check.

Mouthfeel: It's quite robust, heavier than expected which results in a mild creaminess. Carbonation is medium.

Overall: It's a good beer with a nice aroma but the taste and mouthfeel, coupled with the hefty 11% gets tiring after a while. Even at a standard 12 ounces, it's too big of a serving. This is definitely a slow sipper to enjoy in smaller quantities.

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Photo of vabeerguy
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/22/2019. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big ruby red grapefruit, mandarin orange juice, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, pine, honey, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nutty, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Mild booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/fairly earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge ruby red grapefruit, mandarin orange juice, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, pine, honey, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nutty, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of ruby red grapefruit, mandarin orange juice, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, honey, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nutty, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/fairly earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and spicy alcohol. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 11% after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/fairly earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the huge ABV, with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish; great soft feel and not overly aggressive. Amazing Centennial showcase as expected. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a nice sized balancing malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding Midwest style example as expected. Did not really prefer it over the regular overall. More candied-like citrus and a bigger malt backbone; but just as balanced from the extra hops.

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Photo of Nunya
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Double Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 371 ratings