Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Beer Review: Bell's Two Hearted Ale

India Pale Ale style well suited for
adventurous trips to the Upper 
Peninsula. American malts and 
enormous hop additions give 
this beer a crisp finish and 
incredible floral hop aroma.
Original Gravity
: 1.064
Alcohol by Volume
: 7.0%
Available Pakages
: 4/6/12 oz. bottles (case), 15.5 gal. keg, 5 liter 
(1.32) gal. mini keg
Dates Available
: Year Round
January 1st through December
State Availability
: FL, IA, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, OH, 
Appearance: Pours a dark gold to orange and is clear until the end of the pour when some of the sediment is picked up from the bottle. Rocky white head that reduces to one finger with great lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt but is dominated by pine, citrusy grapfruit, pineapple, and some floral hues. Grapefruit/floral hops are the showcase of this beer.

Flavor: Complex hop bitterness and flavor. The taste matches the nose. A tinge of malt sweetness up front moving into big floral, citrus, and fruit hopiness. Bitterness does not overpower this IPA and it is in a perfect balance of malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Velvety smooth on the palate.

Overall: I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is one of the best IPAs out there. This beer weighs in at 7% but it is so drinkable and flavorful they will catch up with you. This beer gives Pliny the Elder a run for it's money and I just wish Bell's would distribute to Colorado. 

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