Review of Bells Two Hearted Ale
Posted on April 16, 2010 by mike
When thinking about what beer to review this week I headed over to the fridge to see what is cued up. I ended up seeing Bell’s Two Hearted Ale first and thought to myself, “Hmmm, I did an IPA last week, let’s see what this one tastes like.” I found a lot of similarities between this weeks review beer and last weeks. I’m starting to determine that, while I like American IPA’s, but I’m not a fan of what seems to be an apparent sweetness that is associated with this style. Find out more about Bell’s Brewery by checking out their site!
Review of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
The dead looking fish on the front can somewhat turn me off from wanting to pick this beer up off the shelf. However, the colors are nice and classic with a nice looking design. The text is informative and attempts to be inspiring, but feels a bit to classic for me. Finding the ABV and that its an American IPA before picking it up helps me to decide that I’d like to try this beer.
A deep golden hue with lots of carbonation comes off this beer instantly. The head is fluffy like a cloud and laces the glass for pretty much the length of the drinking session.
It starts hoppy, but slowly becomes a sweeter as time passes. Upon smelling it a few times I can really start to smell a yeasty fruitiness in my nose.
The first drink attacks my tongue with an intense army of little acids that are digging out my taste buds and kicking them around my mouth. After that initial drink, things calm down and balance out a little more. However, I am surprised by the amount of sweetness that carries throughout this beer. I can’t pin point if its all malt of divided in half with the hops.
A medium bodied mouth feel. It definitely has some body and carbonation. It doesn’t stick to the inside of my mouth, teeth or ribs at all. Very smooth.
Some people think I shouldn’t “down” my beers and just enjoy them. I agree somewhat, but I feel being able to finish off a beer quickly is a good test of drinkability. That being said, I think this beer definitely can be finished off quickly if you need to leave or something, but I don’t think its a beer I would drink all night long. It just has a bit to much apparent sweetness for my preference.
I like the beer and think everyone should give it a try, especially people who like hops. It fits the style darn near perfectly and is enjoyable. I just personally don’t think I could drink a lot of them because of the sweetness in the American IPA style. So overall, its a great American IPA!
What is your take?
Have you tried Bell’s Two Hearted Ale? What did you think?