Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bell's Two Hearted Ale Review

Name: Bell's Two Hearted Ale
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 7%

There are two breweries that are associated with Michigan when it comes to beer: Bell's and Founders. Even though they are not distributed everywhere in the US at this time, they are well known to craft beer lovers around the country as being one of the top producers of craft beer.

Today I will be focusing on Bell's Brewery. They are known to have a wide variety of beers, both year round and season. I will be focusing on what many consider to be the flagship beer of Bell's: The Two Hearted Ale, which is an IPA. From what I have gathered, the beer is named after the Two Hearted River located on the Upper Peninsula in Michigan.

It pours a bright hazy orange color with a decent sized head and a good amount of lacing along the sides of the glass.

The aroma has some yeast, malt, citrus hop and grapefruit notes. Rich but not overpoweringly so.

The flavor on the other hand has rich Citrus/Piney Hop, Yeasty, Caramel, and Malty flavor with a bitter resin aftertaste. The malt backbone in particular helps balance out the flavor quite well. Even though it is 7% ABV, you wouldn't tell by simply drinking this.

The body is light in weight and the carbonation feels mild and just right; Leaving you with a crisp feeling beer that's easy to drink.

It's easy to see why many consider this to be Bell's flagship beer: It's tasty, well rounded and easy to drink. The best part is that this beer can be good for almost any occasion, which gives it a much wider appeal.

Bell's Two Hearted Ale - 9/10

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