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

Light Hearted AleLight Hearted Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,350
ABV:
3.7%
Score:
85
Ranked #27,580
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 7.65%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
59
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Light Hearted AleLight Hearted Ale
Notes: Enjoy all the benefits of a light beer, with the flavor and quality you would expect from Bell’s. Light Hearted™ is aromatic, balanced, and incredibly easy-drinking. Only 110 calories, yet all the heart.
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 59 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of mikeinportc
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/4/20 .

Translucent orangey-gold with moderate, fine white head, that lasted surprisingly long, leaving 1/4 ring, 90% single-layer coverage, and a thin spotty ring of lacing. Pretty impressive for a 3.7% ale.

Smell is light fresh bread, and light vaguely fruity aroma.Rather muted, but what's there is pleasant.
(Had a chocolate,vanilla,coconut porter about 3/4 hour ago, so may have to revisit.)

Taste is grapefruit, orange rind, light touch of pine , and finishing with a barely-there bread crust flavor, that lingers a bit with the moderate grapefruit-pith bitterness.

Feel is light but not watery, with a nice balance between lightly creamy and lightly prickly.

Overall enjoyable, & I can see getting this on a regular basis, especially in warm weather.The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
There's no mistaking this for Two-Hearted, but it doesn't have to be that , IMHO. Fine in its own right, just realize what it is.

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Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is pale malt, earl grey tea, grapefruit rind, and orange. Light bodied, high carbonation, bitter. All sorts of great flavor for the abv. A great thirst quencher. Will be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of jglenn73
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can dated 1/28/2020. Poured aggressively into a shaker pint leads to a 1/2 on of pure white head, which dissipates slowly. The beer is golden with slight haze. Almost no aroma at all. Tasting is slightly sweet up front with a more bitter finish. Overall taste is a little thin. For a “lo-cal” “light” IPA, it’s not bad, would like a little more hop character

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

I’m amazed at the amount of flavor and body packed in this 3.7% ABV beer. Nice golden yellow color with a white head, there’s citrus and pine notes on the nose, and they’re also present on the taste, with a bit of malt as well.

Henceforth, this will be my fridge beer/summer lawnmower beer. Very well done by one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Association with Two Hearted may be bringing this beer down score-wise, but at the same time I might not have bought it otherwise. It would be almost impossible task to even get half of the way to the greatness of Two Hearted, and Light Hearted doesn't do it, but that doesn't mean it isn't a solid low-cal low-ABV IPA option.

The aroma is promising, a little pine-y, a little citrus-y, you could even smell the malt in there. The flavor follows the aroma well, but then the whole thing drops into watery lightness. The flavor starts to feel like a façade after a while. It's not Bell's fault though, I think that's pretty inevitable with a beer this toned down.

Overall, this rests somewhere towards the top of the session IPA pack, but I wouldn't put it in the top 10. It's good, but I likely wouldn't get it again unless it came in 12 packs at a lower price point.

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Photo of dcotom
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce can into a stemless wine glass. Body is a golden amber color, with a thick soap-sudsy eggshell-colored white head and never-ending clouds of carbonation rising like a fountain from the bottom of the glass. In terms of aroma and flavor, this is exactly what I hoped it would be: piney, citrusy, and bitter, with a light caramel malt backbone that provides a canvas without getting in the way. Great carbonation, light body, and a crisp and dry finish round out the profile. This is an excellent pale ale, packing a great hop kick without a lot of the calories and alcohol. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A fine beer in cool retro designed cans in the perfect format. Clear, one and half finger white head, good retention. Pine, citrus, bready malt, crisp resin all the way through, without any holes or gaps in the taste. Medium lighter bodied, full flavored, easy to drink, but plenty of hop resin to remind you that this is an IPA. In some ways, it drinks like a pale ale except the hops are a bit more forward and the body remains adequate.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had no idea what to expect here so saying those expectations were met/exceeded would be a lie. a few little lies aren't so bad though. came out a lighter shade of orange/honey, pretty clear and a big ol frothy white head. beautiful lacing stuck onto the glass. nose was quite on the money with this just being baby two hearted, lots of grapefruit, lemon peel and semi-sweet maltiness. sort of subtle but still pops, there's no big surprises here, just a solid and welcoming aroma. going in for a sip, it's immediately light in the flavor department, vanishing from the palate rather quickly. Grapefruit, lemon peel, a bit of pine and a big smack of cracker/bread malts with a touch of caramel or honey, all following through one another and then leaving you with nothing but a very distant lingering spice/bitterness. Very crisp, very refreshing and obviously light while still being quite flavorful. mostly hope to find these fresh here come swimming season because they'd make a great beer for that.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can. Pours clear light amber with a big white head. Smells of grapefruit and pine with light bready malt. Smells like baby Two Hearted. Tastes of pine, caramel with no sweetness, toasted bread, and a grapefruit bitterness. It's quite light and doesn't quite have the hop or malt flavor to make me immediately think of Two Hearted. Drinks very easily (and quickly, for that matter). Good and something I'd go for over many other comparable beers.

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

Wow. I mean, wowie! I’m kinda into this one more than i thought I would be. It actually brings it like a spirting woman on pay day. Like, I’m here to give it to you, so you better be ready! I expected zero aroma, but there actually was some there! Light and citrusy, ya got it? Then on the palate is gentle, yet lovely delicate hops like a smurf on a trampoline. Let’s do this!

Way better than I expected! Get it!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 01/16/20, purchased from Taylor's Pantry in Sioux Falls, SD.
Prairie Rastal glass.

Pours a nearly clear honey golden color with just enough haze to make it slightly opaque, with a big creamy head and loopy lace as you'd expect from any 'hearted beer.

Strong grapefruit on the nose, followed with lemon peel and lemon pith. You know, it's basically textbook Centennial hops all the way home - if it works don't try to fix it, right?

Flavor comes up a little empty but isn't bad considering the ABV. It starts with grapefruit and lemon peel just like the nose, and then the finish...GRAHAM CRACKER...kablam... just smacking my palate. It's the sputum after swallowing a mouthful of graham crackers. Tons of it.

Feel is crisp and light, it almost doesn't exist, it seems to evaporate from the palate, as if it were water, yet the resins stick around as a reminder that it was beer.

Overall a pretty decent session ale. I won't go rushing back to the store for more, but it's a nice lo calorie IPA that I hope sets a marker in the sand for more breweries to aspire and surpass. And re : the graham cracker...if they can take that and make a killer vanilla brown, it would be like s'mores in a bottle. Bells, you listening bro?

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 14 2020 Review

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Canned around Jan 20.

Pour: Golden color, thick, foamy 2 finger white head. Left som bubble lacing. Pretty attractive.

Nose: pine, citrus hops, some bready malt.

Taste: follows the nose with a nice balance of hop dankness and malt backbone. Enjoyable and great taste considering the low ABV and calories.

Mouthfeel: crisp but enough malty feel to keep it from feeing like a hoppy lager.

Overall: a really good low ABV/calorie IPA. Will have to try again but I think I enjoyed it about as much as Two Hearted, which I really like.

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Excellent golden hued body, clear; peacefully rising carbonation; thick, fluffy, white head. Mild malt sweetness on the nose with a touch of spicy hop character. Nice cracker-like malt flavor; toasted grain; some peppery and pine-like hop presence. Medium-light body; sharp and crisp on the palate; primarily dry throughout.

For a lo-cal beer, I'm liking this one. Nope, it's not your daddy's Two-Hearted Ale, but it does suggest its pedigree. This beer may become part of my regular rotation as I look to trim beer calories. Good stuff.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden with 1 full finger of head and tons of sticky lace

S - Floral hops dominate

T - Malty and bitter. Lots of centennial hops.

F - Medium body and well carbonated

O - Fantastic for a session IPA. One of the best I have had. Truly is a light 2 Hearted.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A sixer of 12 fl oz pull-tab cans ran me $10.99 USD plus tax at a Whole Paycheck in New Orleans, LA (the same price as Two Hearted Ale, a beer I adore).

"Lo-Cal IPA." 3.7% ABV. No hop varietals are indicated on the label or on Bell's website, but beer publications online are saying it's brewed with Centennial and Galaxy.

Fails to showcase Centennial as well as Two Hearted Ale, lacking the pungent pine that beer brings in spades. Floral and vaguely tropical but not celebratory of either of its hop varietals. Hop pungency is poor (this has less hop pungency than Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale).

It's balanced and enjoyable, and I guess it packs more flavour in than most beers at this low an ABV, but this costs the same as Two Hearted and is nowhere near as good...it's not even in the same ballpark. As a Two Hearted Ale lover, this let me down. A shrug of a brew that just plain isn't an IPA and wouldn't even be much of a pale ale.

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of zeff80
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Poured a pale, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pine and toasted caramel. Sweet caramel with a mild bitter taste.

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Photo of Judgie
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprised to see this at my neighborhood bottle shop and had to give it a go as Two Hearted is a Top 5 beer in my house. Also package date 1/27/20 excited me. Initial look (pale yellow) and faint hop smell started to bring me down to earth and lower my expectations. But a robust head and excellent hop flavor (Centennial!) perked things right back up. As would be expected, mouthfeel was thin (suitable for pounding). I don't drink a lot of session IPA's, but I would give this one an edge over what I have had in the category. Could be real good as an early day lunch accompaniment or hair of the puppy.

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Photo of GregBlatz
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gold in color, pretty clear, a little haze.
Smells like tropical hops and sweet grain.

Tastes like it smells, but thin and refreshing.
Nice little bitterness in the finish.

I think they hit their goal on this one. It is like a tiny IPA. I really like it.

I cannot pay $10.99 a sixer though. Smaller beers have less grains, less hops, cheaper to brew the same quantity as 2 hearted.

We will see if others feel the same way. I'd buy it regularly at the right price point.

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Photo of PBIU
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So I have recently tried all the major craft brand low cal IPAs. Odell Good Behavior, Dogfish Head Slightly Mighty, One-y from Oskar Blues, Wowza from Deschutes, Easy Jack Firestone Walker, Lagunitas Daytime.

This is up there with flavor keeping in mind the specs of the beer. 3.7% abv which I think is the lowest from the list above. 8.7 carbs which is higher but in this case serves this beer well.

What I like best is that it tastes like beer. It actually has a front middle back and aftertaste. Lingering bitterness. Doesn’t fall off a cliff like some of the above or taste like they used botanicals. Odell, Lagunitas, Firestone are comps with balance and flavor.

I don’t think you can compare this with All Day because of the calories 150-160, 4.7 ABV and carbs (thinking 15g at least).

But you get a lighter candied sweetness like in Two Hearted that draws you back. Some malt flavor and body as well which is why the carbs are probably 9g.

Overall I think in the summer this is a no brainer.

Giving it a pretty solid score.

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Photo of Westmi
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap with another friend. Love regular Two Hearted, but this one is very light. We both agreed that there is no way we would purchase this over all day IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light at heart but taking their task quite seriously, how would Bell's go about making a Two Hearted Ale inspired, lo-cal, sessionable version of their famous original IPA without sacrificing its greatness.

Pale and light chrome in its pour, the racy, frothy Light Hearted Ale teases the nose with a hoppy perfume that circulate around dried citrus peels, fresh spruce and a pleasant grassy earthiness. A dry caramel and honey flavor layers upon the tongue with a brisk palate sensation of graham cracker.

Toasty, nutty and light throughout, the beer's malt influence is short and mild before turning over the more hop forward flavors on the middle palate. Grapefruit, orange and light mango come to mind as the light bodied beer races across the tastebuds, paving the way for a bitterness of pine resins, citrus peels and herbal grassiness to decorate the late palate.

Light and effervescent, the bubbly beer highlights the beer's aromatic hops and lightens its body and taste. Build for refreshment over flavor, this lighter version of Two Hearted is a tasty IPA option for those wanting less intensity, but as for its taste, it's a shell of what its former self.

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Light Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 59 ratings