Friday, October 26, 2012

Bell's Two Hearted Ale - Gus #10

Today's brew comes from Bell's Brewery out of Kalamazoo and Comstock Michigan.  It's another India Pale Ale.  This one again receives a lot of attention on the big beer rating websites and through out forums.  Since it garnered so much attention I decided to seek it out.  It's not available anywhere around me as Bell's does not distribute here.  A good friend of mine found it for me in Birmingham, AL and brought me some when she came to visit.  Thanks Katy!  Let's get to the review of Bell's Two Hearted Ale.

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Information from Bell's website:
"Bell's Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma an malt balance.  Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas.  A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.

Alcohol by Volume:  7.0%
Original Gravity:  1.064
Shelf Life:  6 months
Dates Available:  Year Round
Available Packages:  Bottle, draft, and 5 liter (1.32 gal.) mini-keg (limited)

I poured this brew into a pint/shaker glass.

Appearance:  Hazy dark orange, almost amber in color.  It's definitely lighter around the edges of the glass.  A yellowish-orange overall.  Poured with a very bubbly finger and a half head.  Super sticky lacing all around the glass.  Not really any alcohol legs to speak of.  A very nice looking IPA.  Take a look at the lacing below.  Nuts!

Aroma:  Huge sweet fruit notes.  Mango mixed with some ruby red grapefruit.  It actually smells "juicy" if that is even possible.  Little bit of that tangy "sweet tart" candy aroma that I prefer in my IPAs.  That sour, tart candy smell always makes my mouth start watering as soon as I pick it up.  Also pick of some of that piney resin aroma they described.  Smells like it's going to be a good brew.

Taste:  Very sweet flavor right up front.  Fruity and juicy much like the aroma.  Citrus notes that overwhelm your nose when you turn the glass back.  A smooth, medium mouthfeel with a spicy, honey flavored finish.  Aftertaste has a hint of apple and sweet, sour candy note.  Very refreshing!

Verdict:  I can definitely see why this brew is so heavily regarded.  Such a good representation of the style.  Super easy to drink.  I'd love to have this with a nice tuna steak sandwich or a big club sandwich.  Wish we got this brew here.  This was picked up by one of my friends in Alabama.  Since they are getting it maybe soon we will too.  I'm going to give Bell's Two Hearted Ale an A.  Very good stuff.  I could see it being a staple in my fridge if we do start to get access to it.

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