Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bell's Brewery Two Hearted Ale

Popularity among styles of beer come and goes but I’ve noticed that the popularity of IPA’s has stayed. IPA’s are as popular today as they were over ten years ago. This is an old style that dates back to when England (Great Britain) was colonizing India. Here we have Bell’s Brewery (Comstock Michigan) Two Hearted Ale, 7.0% ABV. Bell’s uses exclusively Centennial Hops from the Pacific Northwest and Bell’s own house yeast. Bell's Two Hearted Ale pours a cloudy, murky, dark orange color with a one and a half finger white heat that fades kind of quickly and leaves decent lacing in the glass. The very least amount of light came through the glass and there is some carbonation spotted. The aroma is strong with earthy floral notes and hints of pine. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale has a big floral hop flavor to it upfront that is grapefruit like with a nice malted backbone following that. There are hints of an earthy pine note there as well but it is a faint taste to say the least. I found Two Hearted Ale to be a little in your face with it’s taste. That’s not something I prefer. But it was not SO intense for my taste. The mouth feel is medium with a nice malted earthy floral grapefruit finish with a malted grapefruit aftertaste. Overall this is not a great beer but an okay beer. So I would say that Bell ‘s Two Hearted Ale receives a C+. I found the hop profile to be a little to in your face but the malts used to balance it out and keep it from being extremely hoppy. I think the malt backbone on Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is the best part of it. It really helps keep the hop profile down a bit and make it more drinkable and yet somewhat enjoyable. I would kind of recommend Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. So go and try it if you haven’t. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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