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 #481
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,646
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 10.07%
Reviews:
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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: 61 | Ratings: 222
Photo of YonderBrew
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured clear
S: Consumed from both growler from eccentric cafe and bottle in past week.
T: Overall, good balance.
M: Mouthfeel slightly lower than expected for 11% beer, but still great.
O: Excellent beer overall. I would purchase this again and again at $18 per six pack.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark copper color with beautiful clarity and very cream off white colored foam that sticks around long after the pour and doesn't dissipate.

S - Sweet caramel malt, juicy grapefruit, sticky floral, and resiny pine.

T - Resiny / sticky floral, citrus, some minimal sweet caramel malt, a little bit of peppery spiciness and ends on the sweet side with sticky pepper floral and citrus dominating the finish.

M - Thick, full bodied, and silky smooth on the tongue, there is some warming on the way down (heat is minimal).

O - It's just like Two Hearted but only on steroids. Bell's did a great job keeping all the nuances of this Classic IPA in tact while amping it up to 11% which is barely detectable. Very nicely done and recommended.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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 barnzy78
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, PKG 08/22/2019. Deep caramel/amber colored body with a tall & foamy beige head that leaves thick foamy lacing stuck to the glass as it fades. Boozy aroma with citrus, pine, bread, and caramel. Big, bold flavors similar to Two Hearted only more intense: caramel, bread crust, pine, citrus, and a bit floral. Full body, sticky & resinous, moderate carbonation, excellently balanced finish. Just as expected - exceptional!

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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 AyatollahGold
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle into a Willi Becher glass, this beer pours out a golden color with some amber highlights. Fairly clear and forms a thin crown that is bone white in color.

The nose brings pine covered in a syrupy caramel sweetness. Big, warm booziness is present throughout.

The taste brings in touches of dank pine before transitioning to the syrupy crystal and caramel malts with a touch of honey. Booziness lingers with warmth.

Big, boozy, full and syrupy.

Overall, it’s just a big drink. I think it does take some aspects from two hearted away and covers it up with the huge syrup and booziness, but it’s still enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of Raime
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's has long beem my favorite brewery but being from Michigan I may be a bit of a Russian judge. Found a bottle today and while I usually drink on Friday nightd exclusively if at all, I couldn't stop salivating at the though of this beer sitting in my fridge so I elected to bust one open. My expectations are higher than Snoop Dogg.

Look - Nice murked amber/golden as is famous of Two Hearted. Head is a finger of froth that settles down rather quickly. Carbonation appears low ( Thank you Satan, shouldn't agitated my new found GERD from my aging body ). Lace is moderate.

Smell - Dank Pine and caramel malt. Only a tinge of alcohol. Wet.

Taste - Wet and pine loaded on the forefront with that classic two hearted fruityness. Some caramel sweetness in a way I've never seen in an IPA of any time before. Alcohol is tame and only a distant dream.

Feel - Sticky and thick bodied with a low carbination. Sweet. Alcohol stays on the downlow.

Overall - It's a sweeter Two Hearted Ale with more booze though hidden until you feel it after working your way through the bottle. Exactly as I was hoping. While those who are NEIPA brah's probably won't be satisfied, this is the epitome of a well executed Michigan TIPA. While I don't think it's exactly earth shattering, it is indeed very good and I think everybody should try it.

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Photo of Matgic11
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was confusing. I’ve enjoyed two hearted ale for over a decade. To call this beer “double” two hearted ale would be like making a Top Gun 2 about figure skating instead of fighter pilots.

This beer is different. Its good, but it’s not a two hearted relative, two hearted in and of itself it way overrated anyway.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.17/5  rDev 0%
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 davsucks
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Two Hearted is my favorite beer and thankfully Double Two Hearted (why is it not called Four Hearted??) does not disappoint. It pours a beautiful copper color, and smells of pine. Not surprisingly, it tastes strongly of pine initially and mellows out into lemony alcohol on the finish. Honestly tastes just like two hearted but way bigger. I sincerely hope they make this a year round offering because the its an amazing beer and would be a mainstay in my fridge, plus as an added bonus the label is beautiful.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brief Review:

O: Well, the sacred Two-Hearted Ale finally gets the variant treatment (with more on the way), and it's a doozy. Not sure what to make of this beer, though. Lots of hype behind it, but I'm afraid it doesn't quite meet it. This is a BIG DIPA. It almost borders on TRIPA territory like Devil Dancer. Very thick and chewy, surprisingly sweet, and massively bitter on the back end. The finish is like trying to swallow a mouthful of fresh hops. I'll credit them for literally making an Imperial Two-Hearted (they did to that well). This is a specimen of a beer, just going for it on all fronts. But since I'm not the world's biggest fan of regular Two-Hearted, or just IPAs in general, anymore, it's hard for me to really get into this. Think super sweet DIPA like Hoptimum or a Stone DIPA. If that's how you like 'em, then this may be up your alley. 5 years ago, I'd probably rave over this beer. But as I get older, I just can't handle all these hops anymore!

Recommendation: Actually a very fine brew from Bell's, their best in some time. They do it justice, and if you like huge, sweet DIPAs, then try to track this down.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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 AgentMunky
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at Alewife. From notes. Review 26 June 2018.
4.5/4.5/4.25/4/4.25
Dark, opaque brown-yellow with a finger of creamy head.
Smells sweet, rich, and deep. Honey and hops. Mostly pine, some savory notes.
Delicious DIPA very true to classic style, but almost unrecognizable as Two Hearted. Rich, sweet, and very fruity, nearly tropical. The endtaste is balanced and bitter.
Overall delicious. Bell's does DIPA really well. Heartily recommended.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange/golf color with a great body. Taste about what I think a double version of 2 hearted would be. Super smooth, but a much stronger malt base. Doesn’t quite seem like 11%.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz crowler picked up at sabatinis in exeter pa on friday. poured into a pint glass.

superb looking pint. deep amber body, big foamy white head leaving great looking lacing.

malty floral aroma

great tasting beer. be warned that the 11.5abv is nigh on undetectable. Smooth taste with a solid malt background giving way to a nice bitey peppery hop presence. very nice balance here, perhaps even slightly favoring the malt.

mouth close to full, finish mildly hoppy and finally there is a warmth in the back of the throat from the abv.

overall, at 11.5abv, this is a dangerously drinkable DIPA. Enjoy responsibly.

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Photo of Sandis
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Pundit_of_Potability
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Pittsford Pub in Pittsford, NY.

This pours a light amber-ish-orange color, with a foamy head, and big sheets of lacing down the glass.

This smells pretty intensely of bready and caramelly malt, with a spicy and grapefruit hop character in the background. This unfortunately smells like quite the malt bomb.

It unfortunately tastes like an extreme malt bomb. It tastes like a less well done version of 90 Minute. The wonderful balance of regular Two Hearted is gone. Malt dominates the admittedly nice hop character, spicy and just slightly fruity, giving it a barleywine-type feel. I am very disappointed, just way too much sweet caramel flavor here.

This has a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. It's well carbonated, but it certainly could be crisper.

Regular Two Hearted craps all over this beer. Disappointing stuff.

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Photo of Curt3
4.98/5  rDev +19.4%
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 HopHunter19
4.99/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - nice golden Amber clear color with a white head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing
S '- peach, tangerine, flowery, papaya, candied orange, like those sugar coated gummy candies, pineapple
T - HUGE orange and flowery notes, peach, tangerine, pineapple, orange, clementine, papaya
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is orange, citrus, flowery hops
O -so that question of hopslam < two hearted? Double two hearted proves two hearted is better. But for fuck sake, like I've said before they're not the same beer at all. Hopslam is a honey triple ipa with little hop definition because it's whole point is to be a triple ipa. Two hearted is a crafted double ipa completely separate from hopslam. Double.two hearted blows hopslam out of the water.

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Photo of Pencible
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like orange and grapefruit, with lots of sugary malt.
T: It tasted like apricot and grapefruit and lemon, with some artificial sweetener. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a nice strong IPA, but not as hoppy and a little more sweet than I prefer. The body was a little weak too, and the finish was a little hot, so it was better to sip. Nice to try, but not top tier.

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Photo of diemilio
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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 MichaelRabdau
5/5  rDev +19.9%
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 MP81
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was excited to try this one, as I am a fan of the regular Two Hearted. I was not disappointed. Great taste, and a nice color.

Hoppy, but may actually be slightly smoother than the regular Two Hearted - but even more delicious.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear either deep gold or medium amber. Beautiful in appearance.

Moderate alcohol in the nose but tempered with a resin, floral bitter note. Floral is strong than resin. A tiny bit of orange.

Strong resin and floral with orange in the taste. Alcohol note but adds. Very good.

Heavy body. Slight thin but still thick. Tiny carbonation for texture.

Very good. Unique beer and not just a super two hearted

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Double Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 222 ratings