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:
122
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.
Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 371
Photo of npolachek
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber pour - very smooth for an 11% ABV brew, Tastes of pine and citrus and has a decent hop aroma. Nothing unbelievable compared to other brews but decent.

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had a standard Two-Hearted in a while, so won't be able to do a great comparison against that, but that's fine, we'll treat this as its own beer, as it should be.

Picked up today 9/18//19, at a store where this was kept in a fridge. Package date 8/21/19

L: 4.25, pours a nice mostly clear, only slightly cloudy, burnt orange. Thin layter of light tan head, ample carbonation visible rising up the beer.
S: 4.25, resin pine aroma, tasty, but smells like the beer is going to be thick and syrupy which isn't a great thing personally, but we'll see.
T: 4, taste is pretty similar to the smell, resin pine hops, slight hints of booze in the taste, which makes sense for 11%. the taste is pretty standard for an IPA, nothing special, which is maybe a bit disappointing.
F: 3.25 very heavy mouthfeel, too heavy in my opinion. it's only a little bit sticky, but overall it's just so thick that it doesn't taste refreshing. it *is* smooth, with pretty much no alcohol burn and little bitterness. but overall, doesn't really feel how I like a beer to feel, even a double IPA.
O: 3.5 honestly, having tasted normal TH this beer sort of turns out how I would have expected. TH doesn't strike me as the kind of beer which should have it's recipe doubled, it's already a fairly intense beer in terms of hop content. This wasn't a bad beer, just probably not something I would drink again.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

**
09/18/19

Bottle to pilsner glass.

LOOK: light amber, medium eggshell head, decent retention.
AROMA: mostly light pine and wood.
TASTE: pine and cracker, gets sweet in the finish, almost like a grape/apple/wine sort of flavor, but I think it's derived from the malt. can't say that I am a huge fan of the taste, but there is a bready, malty sweetness that gets better as you ease into the beer. 11% well masked.
FEEL: moderate carbonation that gets flatter through out. Super smooth for 11%.


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

Pours a slightly cloudy orange honey color with an generous ivory head that has good staying power. Beautiful lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and pine. Flavor is bold hop bite up front with a nice malt back. Feel is medium bodied. Overall a fabulous ale.

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Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautiful burnt orange color. Slightly hazed at first but that clears up as this warms. A dense two finger egg white head forms with excellent retention and lace.
S: This has a huge aroma up front. Grapefruit and orange rind, definitely pine and resiny aromas. Before the NEIPA's came out, I could certainly think of this as "juicy" grapefruit though that doesn't really hold up so well now. A big malt presents as well toasted and caramel, but that takes a back seat to the hops for sure.
T: Follows the nose with plenty of grapefruit and orange rind. Pine resin, and a more substantial malt presents. The middle is full on chewy and sweet caramel malt and baked bread. Though finishes with a nice bitterness to balance everything out.
M/O: A big full body. Moderate carbonation that is not overly viscous at all, actually incredibly smooth. Oh, this is a good sipper. With that wonderful warming feeling without being alcoholic or solvent like.

Oh old school Imperial IPA, its been a while. I have never been the biggest IPA drinker, let alone purchaser for home consumption. I mean, I have had my fair share while out about at bars and friends houses but there are only a few a really get for the house and drink again and again. If this was a regular offering, I could see this one being in my rotation. Well done.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a Cleveland Browns pint glass

This beer pours a brilliant copper color. It is topped with a couple inches of beige head that leaves spotty lacing. It is a handsome beer overall.

The smell is quite malty with an earthy and resiny hop presence.

The taste is malty with a caramel and toffee flavor. There is some biscuit with mild bitterness. The bitterness grows with each sip.

Medium bodied with a smooth, pillowy mouthfeel

This is like an old school east coast IPA. I reminds me of 90 minute IPA or something in that vein. I would probably not drop another $18 on a six pack, but it is definitely worth a try. I think I may cellar one for science.

P.S. Couldn't they have called it Four Hearted to be more succinct?

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

Pours a lightly burnt copper color with a two finger off white head from an aggressive pour. Head falls slowly and laces fairly well for a big beer.

Aroma is big caramel malts, deep citrus notes along with big pine presence. Nice big boozy with plenty of hops for the large amounts of malt. Not quite as bright as I thought it would be more like an aged Bigfoot or something.

Taste is like the nose but better loads of hops on the palpate big citrus, dank tobacco and pine resins coat the tongue with lingering Alpha Acids. For me this is a nice treat from all those hazy fruity things everyone is doing. A big wreck your taste buds Hop Bomb of how I have missed you. Loads of caramel sweetness to carry all these hops and a alcohol presence that becomes more noticeable as it warms but seems to blend and goes well with the flavors for me.

Mouthfeel is big medium with fairly normal carbonation levels.

Overall the nose isn't as hoppy as this beer tastes at least to me and I seem to be in the minority on that point. But this is just what I was needing a big brew loaded with a shit ton of hops to ruin your taste buds. Hopefully this becomes a regular in the Bell's lineup.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery amber with excellent clarity; big rocky off white foam; good cap retention; solid ring and moderate lacing; thin legs. Sweet caramel malt nose; boozy exhale. Sweet caramel malt, hop lemon bitterness with pine overtones. Medium body, moderate minus carbonation; alcohol bite on tip of tongue; slightly sticky feel. Overall a lot of sweet malt with a phenolic boozy finish; I like, but I like Double Trouble better...

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

The clear dark golden/orange colored beer pours out into a snifter glass with a 1/2” frothy ivory head that persists fairly well for the ABV as it recedes slowly but visibly to a cap of foam while leaving a ring and some legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Eventually the cap becomes a ring around the glass and an island of foam. Sipping creates a couple of arches and lots of small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are filled with some grapefruit, some floral character and some pine resin. There’s also some nice caramel malt and a bit of honey.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with a fair amount of grapefruit and pine resin bitterness along with some floral character. The caramel malt sweetness is in the background but is also tinged with some peppery spiciness.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium-bodied and both rich and smooth with some moderate carbonation. The reasonably bitter finish contains a hint of alcohol, a bit of peppery spice and some grapefruit zest that all fade slowly to a dry slightly resinous and slightly floral finish.

Overall this is an enjoyable, sippable beer that is a good one to be sipped through an evening with a good book. There are lots of the classic Two Hearted flavors here but the extra richness and sweetness of the additional malt provides a nice counter balance that make this clearly a double Two Hearted. The alcohol isn’t really noticeable until the warmth begins to spread.

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Photo of RacerX5k
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ok, where do I even start with this one? For starters, THIS IS NOT AN DOUBLE IPA, its an Barleywine. Continue with this week's theme, very good but way overpriced beers? No. Because this isn't even very good. I had to try, and wanted to overpay at my local for a single but alas (cool word), my local sold out too quickly. So i grabbed 6 at Wegmans $17. And yes, even that's overpriced by $5. Oh well, I'll survive ...

The review? Overall drinks very much like Weyerbacher's Blithering Idiot, a mainstay if it's available in my mix a 6 for $2 a bottle. Because, while it may not be very good, it gets you there. And that's what it worth, $2 a bottle. Then drink something amazing to follow. Not very good looking, smells and tastes way too heavy, syrupy, whatever Bell's did to up the ABV obliterated the Centennial hops. Smooth, and easy to drink, does hide the alcohol well. But overall, this is Weyerbahcer's Blithering Idiot. C'mon, BA. just because Bells says it's an double IPA, doesn't make it so. Get it right. Out.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pour looked clear in the glass with a nice amber color. The head was one finger thick and the carbonation was light. The aroma was very mild for the style. The smell did not contain much hop presence at all. The taste was a bit sweet at first before some hops made there presence known towards the end of the sip. The beer was quite hot in the finish with spicy aftertaste. This reminded me of diluted 20 minute IPA. I was hoping for something great with the legacy behind this beer. Sadly it fell short of my expectations.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two times Two Hearted makes Four Hearted and, "therefour," here we are with this year's most hotly-anticipated "holy hell they're actually doing it!" beer! Wow, I didn't think this would ever make it to New England, but very glad it did. This here's a new triple IPA from the makers of HopSlam, one of the original triple IPAs. However, I will say that it is extremely different from HopSlam... let's get right into it!

Pours a deep burnished copper color with some lighter amber highlights when held to direct light. Great, buoyant head of bone-white foam that lasts and lasts. Incredible legs and even-better lacing... holy hell, is this a gorgeous brew. It all comes together so damn well. Does Bell's have a huge winner on their hands here? Signs point to yes!

The nose of this beer is absolutely immaculate. It's everything you love about Two Hearted turned up to, well, 11 (percent, that is!). Just immense pine and sticky grapefruit with a ton of resin and a helping of malt to keep things grounded. Honestly very reminiscent of my first experiences with Enjoy By, but even stronger and bolder. Tangerine and orange pith with a good amount of floral hops and light ethanol-driven spice coming out as it warms up a bit. Almost comes across with a little bit of cocoa powder for some reason; maybe has to do with the interaction between the hops and huge malt character. Anyway... superb!

On the tongue, there's definitely a big hit of caramel malt, but it's quite well-tempered by a ludicrously intense hop display. Centennial is the hop du jour here, as the bottle states, and what a hop it is! Dripping with immense grapefruit character and just utterly-saturated with oily pine resin, DTHA is definitely worthy of its name and concept. The clean finish only helps things come together superbly. Mid-palate of floral hops and more pine. Almost seems like it's going to finish on the slicker side, but it ends up dry and even. Damn, this is a really good take on Two Hearted. As opposed to a lot of beers that are "double" whatever, this actually seems like a stronger version of the original beer and not another beer entirely. Kudos to Bell's for not taking this into Barleywine territory, either... I remember first time I had Double Crooked Tree from Dark Horse, wondering how that was an IPA. This is great. Good job guys!

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

The beer pour a beautiful amber with excellent head. The nose is exceptional; imagine Bell's Two Hearted with an extra "something". The taste is divine. Seriously, Dionysus would believe that this beer was brewed specifically for his enjoyment. I poured this into a standard pint glass and enjoyed every nanosecond of my experience. The beer coated my palate in an indescribable way, almost like a blanket that just came out of the dryer...except that blanket is meant specifically for the human tongue. I would highly recommend doing whatever is in your power to purchase this beer; even if you have to camp in line for over 24 hours.

BA recommends that discuss the "feel" of the beer. The beer feel's amazing. This is the perfect beer for anyone wanting to sit back, relax, and just drink a beer.

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

Bottled on 8/21/2019. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a cloudy, bright orange-amber color with rosy hues, and nearly a finger of foamy, eggshell-colored head and lots of spotty lacing. The nose is sweet malt-forward with notes of caramel, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, bubblegum, pine needles, floral hops, and spice. The smell really opened up as the ale breathed in the glass. Wow, this is a big ale! It's dense and opens with strong and sweet caramel malt and tangerine with grapefruit and lemon in the background. It's supremely dank with strong, resinous pine at mid-palate and moderately bitter Centennial hops. It finishes more fruity than bitter. The feel is thick and oily with moderate carbonation, and while the 11% ABV is noticeable it doesn't detract from the flavors. While it's intended to be a much bigger version of Two Hearted, I find it a totally different ale. It's sweeter and fruitier and much more conducive to a single pour with a hearty meal than for casual drinking.

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

Sweeter than I anticipated but at 11% abv I guess you should expect that. Tasty beer - reminds me a little of the old Hercules DIPA from back in the day but sweeter and a little bit stronger I believe. A good hop flavor with plenty of malt in the background. I would call this a typical strong DIPA! Not sure why Bell’s felt the need to make this at this point but I’m happy to have tried it!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Clear amber. Smells of alcohol without even putting my nose to the glass. Smells of grapefruit and pine resin for hops. Strong caramel malt with a slight toasted malt aroma too. Tastes of equal parts pine resin and caramel malt. Orange and grapefruit hops temper it a bit. Booze is strong. Not terribly sweet, but it's got a hefty caramel and deep sugar flavor. Pine bitterness in the back end. Warming alcohol. It's quite a big beer, but it's pretty drinkable. At first sip, I was a little afraid it was going to be a giant mess, but I'm pleased. I'd take regular Two Hearted over this every time, but it's good for what it is.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, packaged 08/22/19. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head that stuck around for a while. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like pine and citrusy (orange, mango, citrus peel) hops, along with some caramel, bready malt and honey. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some pineapple and a little bit of booziness. There's also a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and rich with a moderate amount of carbonation. Easy enough to drink for being 11%. Nice balance between the sweet/fruity and bitter flavors. I thought this was a good overall brew, glad I bought this! $17.99 a 6-pack.

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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 RaulMondesi
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Man, this beer was like when I got my hands on the Jenny McCarthy issue of Playboy as a youngster - just so much hype going into it. And like Tebow in the red zone during his college days, did it deliver? Not exactly.

My first Two Hearted was a monumental moment. It opened my eyes to IPA’s outside of the West Coast style. I mean, my first sip had me floored like that one time Buster Douglas lucked out against Mike Tyson. And Double Two Hearted? Nope. Not even close. Not only does this beer not floor me, I’m not even woozy with glee. It’s pretty much all sweet and bitter caramel. No real complexity. Huge disappointment.

Next!

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Photo of Holderness
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Closest beer I can think of is The Waldos Special ale from Lagunitas. This is a high-ABV old school IPA that is pretty much just caramel malt and bitter, herbal hops. Not much citrus/fruitiness in either the flavors or the aromas. Mouthfeel is soft but nothing extraordinary. Overall not the biggest fan

62/100

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Photo of REVZEB
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Copper clear body with a large white head. Smells has plenty of pine, with very hoppy orange, lemon, pineapple, lime, and caramel malts. Taste is a a hype buster. So much hops that the finish is soapy. Malts are syrupy, there is some earth and dankness, but woah is it intense, and not in a good way. What made the orignal great was the balance, this is not balanced at all, so resinous it leans toward a barleywine but very bitter. Feel is syrupy, soapy, hoppy, and resinous. Thick and sticky especially as it warms. Not the beer it is hyped up to be, disappointing

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Photo of Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, packaged 8/21/19. Pours slightly hazy amber orange with a medium creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet fruity caramel malt with piney hops and a little booze.

The flavor is sweet caramel malt with fruit and a slightly harsh boozy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, some of the good from two hearted, with a bit off a barley wine flair. A bit too harsh and boozy to be really good.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Angry burnt amber, somewhat hazy, with a fluffy off-white convex dome.

Sharply resinous and oily of syrupy dank cat piss and fiery pine with a graham-like malt and an aerated boozy flavor. In the background is a note of hard orange candy.

You can't improve upon Two Hearted...especially when you basically go the route of the Planet Series.

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

Pours a hazed copper-penny color with three fingers of light tan head. Spotty, soapy lacing.

Big malty aroma with resinous pine that’s a little spicy and gives a hint of earthy honey.

The taste follows fairly closely with a nice citrus addition and a dialing up of the spice. It’s big, malty and intense. Sweet up front with lingering piney bitterness.

Creamy feeling and fairly full-bodied, although not as thick as the taste might have you imagine. Moderate carbonation.

This is a sick, old-school imperial IPA that pushes up against the TIPA / American barleywine boundary. Definitely worth trying.

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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