Bell's Two Hearted Ale. I don't get it...

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  1. jojo2112

    jojo2112 Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Okay, I've now tried this one twice. I love IPAs and that's pretty much all I drink. I had Two Hearted Ale a couple months ago and don't recall ever being more disappointed by a highly rated IPA. So the other day I saw one in the store and decided to give it another try thinking maybe I had an old one or just an off day. Same result, mostly. I guess I can say it was slightly better this time, but not much. I did note the bottled date this time and it was 3/18/2015. Is this one of those IPAs you need to drink right away? It just tastes like a hopped up lager to me.

    For the record, I love Hopslam.
  2. GusPercy27

    GusPercy27 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2015 Massachusetts

    I had the same experience when I tried it for the first time on tap in DC. I didn't get the hype at all. However, I had my buddy from New York pick me up a month old six pack and it was a completely different experience. I can say it's right up there with sculpin for me as far as shelf ipa's go.
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  3. FutureJack

    FutureJack Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2007 California

    I think it gets a certain amount of cred for being an early staple in the modern craft beer boon. Much like Arrogant Bastard, Pliny, etc.

    That said, I only had it for the first time about 3 or 4 years ago and still think it's delicious. Amazing floral and tropical notes without anything being in your face about it. It's a subtle beer. But a damn great one.
  4. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Grand Pooh-Bah (4,030) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Not sure how to respond to that. I've loved it since I first drank it in the late 90's.

    I think it is best on draft.

    Maybe you don't like Centennial.
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  5. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Grand Pooh-Bah (5,290) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    In what way does it taste like a lager?
  6. FutureJack

    FutureJack Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2007 California

    It's not 300 IBUs?
  7. jojo2112

    jojo2112 Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2014 Pennsylvania

    It just didn't have that pop that a good IPA (to me) typically has. This wasn't a drain pour for me, but a good IPA has me wanting more and to keep drinking it. This one I was just kind of hoping to finish it so I could move on to something better.

    If I ever find it super fresh (like less than a week) I promise I'll try it again.

    And I don't think it's the centennial hops since I like a lot of other beers that use those, including Founders.
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  8. gdegraff1

    gdegraff1 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 Florida

    I think its just ok, nothing to get overly excited about as many other craft beers are much better.
  9. draheim

    draheim Grand Pooh-Bah (3,979) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    OP, maybe you are just accustomed to more West Coast style, very hop-forward IPAs. Two Hearted is more balanced, maybe a little more "old school." I love me some SoCal/West Coast IPAs, but I'd still drink Two Hearted regularly if I could get it here.
  10. Shluffy

    Shluffy Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2013 Wisconsin

    That's too bad. I love that beer. But there are plenty of other beers for you to enjoy, so drink on. Maybe come back to it in a year or two and you'll think differently. I know I've had that happen to me with a few beers
  11. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Grand Pooh-Bah (5,290) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    You aren't drinking the right lagers if you associate lagers with beers that don't "pop."
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  12. Ranbot

    Ranbot Pooh-Bah (2,327) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    For me Two-Hearted > Hopslam
  13. GlassOfHops

    GlassOfHops Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2013 South Carolina

    I've never been too impressed with it, but I have found it to always be a little better on tap. Just not really my kind of IPA I guess.
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  14. mohawk5

    mohawk5 Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2014 New Jersey

    Don't blame the hype. It's a very good beer. Goes down so well. If you were expecting a whale then that's probably why you were disappointed. It's all in your head.
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  15. frazbri

    frazbri Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    What's to get? The consensus on BA says its a good beer. You don't care for it. Yippee Kai Yay.
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  16. bennetj17

    bennetj17 Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2005 Arizona

    First time I tried Two Hearted was from a trade back in 06. I thought it was amazing. I still think it's a great beer today, there are just a lot more choices now, so perhaps it doesn't stand out as much.
  17. PaulyB83

    PaulyB83 Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2013 Michigan

    One of the best single hopped beers out there, Centennial is the pepperoni of hops.
  18. leantom

    leantom Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2011 Indiana

    Just because an IPA doesn't contain suspended hop particles doesn't mean it's bad.
  19. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Pooh-Bah (1,643) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    OP doesn't get it because OP wasn't drinking it prior to 2009 when these kinds of things were really special, not to mention as @yemenmocha stated, the late 90's.
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  20. MisSigsFan

    MisSigsFan Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 California

    I'm with you. I thought it was just okay. I feel like I'm really not a fan of all Centennial hop beers, or maybe I've just grown tired of them.
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  21. knoxbeer

    knoxbeer Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2011 Tennessee

    Its a great beer. If you don't enjoy it, leave the rest for us to have!
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  22. TillTheMedicineTakes

    TillTheMedicineTakes Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2014 Colorado

    I agree. WAY over hyped. Maybe if you can't get good IPA's it's good.
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  23. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Grand Pooh-Bah (4,626) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    I'm in the same boat. It's fine, but I really don't think it stands out in the crowd.
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  24. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Grand Pooh-Bah (4,626) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Is "pepperoni" a compliment or a dig?
  25. chrisjws

    chrisjws Pooh-Bah (2,621) Dec 3, 2014 California
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    I don't think its an "I don't get it" thing as much as an "I'm damn wrong" thing.
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  26. ICMTM

    ICMTM Crusader (496) Mar 20, 2014 California

    Maybe you just didn't like the beer? It's ok to disagree with the masses.
  27. SoleBriety

    SoleBriety Maven (1,433) Oct 10, 2013 California
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    It's probably the best single hopped beer for me, IMHO. Now that SD gets it regularly, it'll be in my fridge on constant rotation.
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  28. Sqhead

    Sqhead Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2007 New Jersey

    I do not care for it either, give me a Sculpin, Racer 5 or Union Jack anytime. Here in NJ I would put Kane, Carton and the lesser known Spellbound ahead of Two Hearted when it comes to IPA's.
  29. TongoRad

    TongoRad Grand Pooh-Bah (3,826) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    If it wasn't floral, you didn't have it fresh enough.
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  30. dank203

    dank203 Initiate (0) May 21, 2012 New Jersey

    if u don't like it then do not drink it. highly rated does not mean you must like it too
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  31. scottakelly

    scottakelly Initiate (0) May 9, 2007 Ohio

    Agree with the other comments on how great it is. Its balanced for an IPA. To me perfectly so. But I think the balance is what its detractors dislike.
  32. SteelersX

    SteelersX Savant (1,094) Jan 30, 2011 New York

    There is no hype on this beer at all.

    It is simply a great IPA.

    The problem is getting it fresh.
  33. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Pooh-Bah (2,721) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    One of my favorites. Interestingly enough, I didn't like it the first time. (Don't remember why) However, I do recall being blown away the second time I tried it. Maybe for you (OP) 3rd time will be the charm?
  34. meb3476

    meb3476 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Remove the hype then ask yourself if it tastes good. I can't get it in MA so whenever I'm in NYC, FLA or SC I drink as much as I can.
  35. fredmugs

    fredmugs Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    Since when is Two Hearted over hyped? This is the beer that made me like hops (after drinking it several times). Now it's a session beer for me. It's rolling a 4.27 on here and I'm not sure you can call anything under 4.5 over hyped.
  36. miketd

    miketd Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio

    Yea, it's not hyped, it is just one of the first decent beers in its class. But at this point, there is no reason for me to drink it with all the other stuff out there that is way better.
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  37. msscott1973

    msscott1973 Maven (1,483) Dec 28, 2013 North Carolina

    I like both Two Hearted and Hopslam, but I think they taste pretty similar.
  38. jrnyc

    jrnyc Pooh-Bah (2,916) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    Heard so much about this beer, then it came to New York. Major disappointment when I tried it.
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  39. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    For the record, I prefer Two Hearted over Hopslam any day and I'm one of those who doesn't understand what you mean by it tasting like a hopped up lager since I don't know what you mean by hopped up and since Celebrator and Prima Pils (or Pilsener Urquell) are so different from each other in ways other than the hops used or how they are used.

    That said, I'd suggest your disappointment might possibly be from having Lululin Threshold Shift (LTS) which is often a result of drinking too many beers that depend on using lots and lots of hops and lots of buttering from hops as well.

    Try not drinking any IPAs or DIPAs for two weeks. Then if you try the fresh Two Hearted and still find it lacking, it's just not a beer for you and you can move on with your life and focus on other beers.
  40. SaisonRichBiere

    SaisonRichBiere Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2011 Michigan

    One of my all time favorites, but it is better fresh.
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