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:
371
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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 micada
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty tasty. Fresh 2019 bottle poured to a tulip. Nose is piney, bready aroma. First sips are very malty, bready, followed by a hop bite that fades quickly. Very balanced from a malt to hop perspective. Slightly heavy mouthfeel, but doesn’t pass to syrupy. ABV hides, but only briefly. Two in, and I’m done for the night.

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

$18.99 for a 6'er of 12's at Family Fare. 11% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep rich amber (suspect filtered given all the hops and no sediment in the bottle), forming a modest off yellow head with good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is just like two hearted but with a bit more caramel, light raisins, and dates from the malts. Boatloads of centennial with the mango, pineapple and light spicy pine resin. The mouthfeel is syrupy, dense bodied, prickly from the hops and the alcohol. Lightly warming as it goes down. The taste is what you would expect for a double two hearted...just like two hearted but bigger with a hefty malt body. No off flavors or aromas. The bitterness remains well-balanced. The alcohol remains relatively well hidden in flavor.

This is nice. It's interesting. Is more better? That's to be decided. For the price, I don't entertain buying more and will chalk it up as a tasty experiment. I would rather drink Official than this. I'm curious if they filtered this (I HIGHLY suspect so. Their yeast is flocculant, but c'mon... considering the massive hops involved, it shouldn't be this pretty), and if so, what it would taste like unfiltered.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
2/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled 8/21/19; drank 9/8/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice eggshell head; frothy lace.

Stale hops, baking soda, mild caramel & faint trash water notes in the nose. Yikes!

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Stale hops & trash water flavors up front; mild caramel & faint baking soda notes on the finish.

American barleywine trash; by far the worst beer I've ever had from a brewery I love. I hope they discontinue this one...

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker then the NEIPAs I’ve been drinking as of late. It looks nice but the style just isn’t as pretty as the bright hazy IPAs now. Maybe that’s an unfair critique though as this is a different style. Smell I get pine and malt. I get that on the tongue too. It’s a heavy full bodied beer for sure. It hides the high alcohol well. It’s a really strong IPA, so this is impressive. I feel like the last time I had a Hopslam I felt like it was too strong. This has more balance if say. Overall I’m enjoying this but wish it came in a 4 pack instead of 6 as I might tire of it by then.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled August 21st 2019.

Pours a hazy gold, loads of bubble action, a firm inch of foam.

The smell is of bitter hops, alcohol, and a big bill of sweet malt. 11% abv and it sure smells like every bit of it.

Hop bitterness taste that gets overrun by the alcohol and the strong malty sweetness. I'm drinking out of a Melvin Brewing glass so I know aboot double IPAs and know what fits in my comfort zone for the style. This is an outlier for me.

Smooth thickish mouthfeel, which is fine.

Dang, this is a chore to drink. Two Hearted yes, Double Two Hearted no.

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Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber with one finger of cream colored head. Below average head retention

S: Cakeyness, pineapples, fades a bit once warm, a little boozeyness late

T: Follows the nose, dryness, a touch of pine & grapefruit as well up front. Dryness, pineapple cake, piney & woody hops once warmed up. Finishes dry with a little kiss of pineapple boozeyness, grapefruitty & piney hops

MF: Fairly chewy, medium carbonation, great balance

Tons of flavor, dangerously drinkable. I was lucky enough to try the draft version a few days ago, very much the same beer, right now. Probably will hide a bottle just to see what it morphs into with some age on it

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got at Fareway of all places.
Deep gold color, pine notes, lots of fizz. The taste hit hard with pine and some sharp hops, with some resin hanging on for a while. The alcohol hits you towards the end of the bottle. This is a damn fine DIPA. Picture an older Hopslam formula without the honey.

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

12oz bottled 8/22/19 (14 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 11% ABV. The beer pours bright dark honey amber in color with sticky light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin film and leaves some lacing. The aroma is strong with pine, candied citrus and slight booze. The flavor is semisweet caramel with loads of pine and citrus before a strongly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Slightly boozy as it warms. Overall, very good. A touch too sweet for me. All the great things about Two Hearted are there, just in bold font.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Brewed in Aug 2019 but missed exact bottling date. Poured into a pint glass

Pour: deep gold color with a hint of amber and some haze. Two finger white foamy head they leaves a cloudy surface and some lacing.

Nose: pine, citrus but pretty mellow considering it’s a DIPA. Subtle bready malt.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose but much more in your face with moderate bitterness through. Somewhat sweet finish. Reminds me a lot of a hoppier Hopslam. Plenty of bready malt balances the piney hops and bitterness. Some alcohol burn but fairly well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Rich, pillowy feel. Moderate to low carbonation, or at least that’s how it feels.

Overall: I really like this. It’s got way more punch than two hearted and a little more than Hopslam. Balanced pine/citrus, malt sweetness and bitterness. Drinks fairly easy for a big beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 8/22/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep golden with a subtle haze but still has some clarity to it; fluffy off-white head that falls leaving nice bubbly retention and solid lacing. The aromas are floral along with some citrus. Some caramel. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More floral notes upfront along with some citrus in the finish. Some grapefruit, lemon and orange. Some soap. Some pine sap and resin. Solid bitterness. Strong malt backbone. It's on the sweeter side, but it's not cloying or anything like that. The hops slightly cut down on the sweetness. It finishes slightly warm along with some alcohol notes, but it's not hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, slightly slick and syrupy. This one makes for a nice sipper.

This is a pretty solid brew. Very nice showcase of centennial hops. It's a big beer that drinks big. It kind of has an "old school DIPA" vibe going on, which I can appreciate. It's not really flashy, but it's simply enjoyable, well crafted and fun to drink. Not bad at all. I really do like it.

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Photo of YonderBrew
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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 +1%
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 +1.4%
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 barnzy78
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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 detpizzaboi
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big juicy, bitter, dank, sweet syrupy DIPA. Beautiful crisp clear amber in the glass, smells great, taste is so smooth, nice dry finish. They need to make more of it.

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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 AyatollahGold
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +0.7%
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%
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 +0.5%
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 davsucks
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
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 +8.4%
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 +4.8%
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 AgentMunky
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +5.3%
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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Double Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 371 ratings