Bell's Brewery announces release date for Oberon, Double Two Hearted & more

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  1. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (268) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Digging the look of the Oberon mini keg!

    https://www.wxyz.com/news/bells-brewery-announces-release-date-for-oberon-double-two-hearted-more
     
  2. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (773) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    I had Larry's Latest Flamingo last night and was extremely blown away by this one. If you are a fan of huge, fruit-forward sours... Pick it up!

    The passionfruit and mango notes were stunning. Puree like. Perfect amount of souring, well executed. I am for sure going to the store to find at least two six packs of this one. I would love if this was available in summer though… Sitting on the deck in the sun with this beer would be awesome.


    Well done Bells…
     
  3. wspscott

    wspscott Champion (884) May 25, 2006 Kentucky

    Double Two Hearted sounds awesome and dangerous, can't wait
     
  4. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,318) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I didn't care for it for that very reason... but glancing at it's numbers on BeerAdvocate, I'm clearly in the extreme minority of expressed opinions. I had their Lampshade Party IPA on draft on Friday and really enjoyed that... much more than the draft Double Two Hearted I've had in the past... but I look forward to giving Double Two Hearted another chance in bottles.

    It's too bad that Consecrator will be a General Store release since I was just craving that beer last week.

    The "Leaves of Grass" series is very nice news. According to Larry Bell:

     
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  5. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,356) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Double Two Hearted sounds great, hopefully we see it here as I'm a huge fan of regular TH.

    I dunno, I never "got" Oberon that much.
     
  6. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,151) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Since coming to Massachusetts recently, I've tried 4 of their beers and Oberon might be the only one I "get".
     
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  7. premierpro

    premierpro Aspirant (250) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan

    I enjoy an Oberon here and there on draft. A nice beer for a hot day!
     
  8. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Defender (630) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    I “got” Two Hearted & Oberon quickly. And enjoy Hopslam for a few pints too, now that it’s available in the NE.

    I can see how all can be off-putting to some, though.
     
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  9. core42

    core42 Zealot (523) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    Oberon is a transcendent beer here in MI as that's often the gateway craft beer for most college students. It's also an event whereas Oberon is available year round to most of the country, in the Midwest it's a summer beer so the release signals the start of Spring into summer. I used to love Oberon but now I usually have one or two on release day then drink my yearly mini keg & that's it for me
     
  10. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,356) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    It's a summer beer here too, I just always thought it was just "ok" and nothing else while others look forward to it each year. Now that you say it's a gateway beer for college students I sort of get it a bit more.
     
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  11. stevepat

    stevepat Crusader (713) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    it seems to trade largely in it's associations with the start of summer and being part of a sort of rite of passage into adulthood/gateway beer. @core42 nailed it. But it is also just 'ok'. I suppose if you like the style it's alright but I still don't fully get the love until I remember the pain of michigan winter and the joy that any hint of spring can bring
     
  12. Obsidian81

    Obsidian81 Initiate (43) Mar 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I used to be a huge Two-Hearted fan a few years ago and used to long for a chance to try the double version. I still like TH, but my palate has changed. With that said, if I see a single bottle of DTH, I will definitely pick it up.
     
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  13. JohnCJr

    JohnCJr Initiate (74) Jul 9, 2013 Kentucky

    I’m very disappointed to read Consecrator won’t be released nationally this year. I’m a bock lover, and Bell’s brews one of the best. Could someone from the brewery shed some light on this decision? I’d like to know if this is just a one year suspension (perhaps because Fat Tuesday falls much later this year), and if they are planning to resume distribution next year. Looking at my schedule to see if I can fit in a quick road trip to Kalamazoo in March.
     
  14. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (268) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Around here unfortunately because of the price ($19.99/sixer) it didn't sell well at all and we have access to a much cheaper alternative, Troegenator, year round (and also some other seasonals).
     
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  15. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Crusader (731) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey
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    Does anyone else feel sort of put off by the two-hearted ale label? Something about a fish with two hearts is not something pleasant.
     
  16. stevepat

    stevepat Crusader (713) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    the two hearted river is an esteemed fishing river, I think for trout. The fish are in the two hearted, the two hearts are not in a fish
     
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  17. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Crusader (731) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey
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    No this particular trout literally has two hearts, I am not kidding- Google it
     
  18. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (268) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Not even a little, just as a label with a cow on it doesn't bother me because it has four distinct stomachs from one. To each their own but internal biology sounds like an odd thing to be bothered by.
     
  19. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,340) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    While trout have two hearts, the beer was named after the river.
     
  20. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (3,814) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

  21. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,754) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina
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    Huge fan of Bells, looking forward to a lot of these releases. I hate to be That Guy, but I think the taste of Oberon has changed over the years, I don't care for it anymore...maybe it's just me
     
  22. djkman

    djkman Aspirant (253) Jun 18, 2012 New Jersey

    No black note stout? I am holding a 2017 bottle in my basement. Did I miss them not making it?
     
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  23. Junior

    Junior Defender (617) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    I don’t think Bell’s has ever announced the release of Black Note. 2017 was the last release. Might as well drink it.
     
  24. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (268) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Official Hazy IPA is pretty tasty, can see me drinking this often when in the mood.
     
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  25. beergorrilla

    beergorrilla Meyvn (1,293) Feb 21, 2012 Michigan
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    i just cant believe anyone gets that excited for an oberon release anymore
     
  26. Ronmarley1

    Ronmarley1 Disciple (377) Jan 20, 2014 Ohio
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    The first sight of Oberon tells me that spring and baseball are just around the corner.
     
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  27. Junior

    Junior Defender (617) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    You can’t believe someone would get excited about a seasonal release or that someone might have different preferences than you?
     
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  28. CheapHysterics

    CheapHysterics Aspirant (226) Apr 1, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Yeah, it would bother me if the fish was cut open so I could see its hearts. But it just looks like a normal fish on a label on a bottle of fantastic beer.
     
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  29. BeardedWalrus

    BeardedWalrus Disciple (316) Jun 5, 2018 North Carolina
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    Eagerly awaiting the July release of double two hearted. Assuming it lives up to expectations, it could easily become my favorite DIPA.
     
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  30. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,855) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Just saw this on twitter:
     
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  31. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Devotee (495) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    Pissed off that Bells cut distro to VA just before this release
     
  32. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,784) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Loving the Two Hearted and the Oberon. The latter being on draught at the local Old Chicago.
     
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  33. beer_thusiast

    beer_thusiast Initiate (36) Sep 5, 2015 Missouri

    I was at a Binny's last week and saw Smitten available. This is one of my favorites from years past and I'm looking forward to trying it again. I passed at the time because I was buying several Illinois beers. It's not in southwest Missouri yet unfortunately, but hopefully it will be soon. I also saw this one: https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer/specialty/song-myself. It sounds like an interesting, tasty beer and hopefully it will hit my area as well.
     
  34. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,855) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Yea, this one just hit stores around me. 'Im intrigued, but don't want to invest in a whole 6-pack. I'm planning to pick up a single or two to try. If anyone else has tried it, Id be curious to hear your thoughts.
     
  35. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,775) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Just saw this drop here also. LOL, I was having the same thoughts, I saw the sixer and walked, I wish they had singles. Waiting to hear feedback to see how this is.
    Cheers
     
  36. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,855) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    So far reviews have been positive. I grabbed 2 bottles and Im planning to drink them this weekend - Ill post some thoughts when I do.
     
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  37. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,775) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    OK cool, thanks. I should have just grabbed the six pack but was being picky. Hope its good, I am excited for the series so I wanted it to start off solid, cheers!!
     
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  38. rypkr

    rypkr Champion (863) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Frank, I bought a sixer the other week after passing on it prior. It turned out to be one of the better beers I've had this year. I'd compare it to SNPA and Boston Lager in that it's very clean and easy drinking, though slightly higher ABV than those 2. It really doesn't taste like any IPA you'll find on shelves these days. It's earthy, crisp, and just really raw and fresh tasting.

    Definitely pick one or two up if you see it in singles.
     
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  39. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,855) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I had this one on Sunday - really enjoyed it. Had the profile of a classic west coast IPA, but have to agree it was very earthy and herbal (not in the code word for dank - but literally, herbal as in herbs). I grabbed 2 bottles and that was perfect for me. I'm looking forward to the second bottle and reviewing it.
     
  40. stevepat

    stevepat Crusader (713) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Did end up finding Song of Myself, drinking the first one now. It's a little sweeter than I would prefer but it does have a refreshing spiciness to the malt and what I would call a floral/herbal bitterness. This one is coming out of the bottle while I split my attention on the last of the days duties so I will give a real shot in a glass later this week to get some of the aroma. Definitely a nice change of pace and I agree with the SNPA comparisons mostly in that's it's well balanced with a broad array of subtler flavors as opposed to the bombastic in your face flavor that is the predominant trend in US IPAs today
     
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