Friday, May 13, 2011

IPA round-up No. 4 – Bell’s Two Hearted Ale review

I will be wrapping up FatCat’s 2011 IPA shootout by reviewing the top four. And without further adieu, the number four beer in our shootout is Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.


ABV: 7.0%

IBU: Not disclosed

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale was my initial favorite to win the shootout. It is one of the best IPAs available in this area. The Two Hearted poured with a huge persistent head, white in color. The smell is bright and citrusy. This brew is super smooth and refreshing. It is so delightfully refreshing you can put a couple of these down without realizing you are drinking a high abv IPA. That is of course, until you stand up from your lawn chair. The real signature of this brew is the slight lemony flavor mixed in with the hoppy goodness. The other IPAs in the shootout did not have this lemon taste and is part of the reason the Two Hearted is so refreshing. Yes I know I’ve used “refreshing” several times here but that is immediately what I think when I think of Two Hearted. It’s like peanut butter and Jelly, Two Hearted and refreshing, see it works! One of the most intriguing aspects of the Two Hearted Ale is that it uses one type of hop and one hop only. The Centennial hop is the only hop used and is added several times throughout the brewing process.


Man that is one delicious hop!


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