- MLCC taking an obscene stance on beer’s name – The Michigan Liquor Control Board bans the sale of Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Belgian IPA.
- Goose Island Brewery of Chicago is selling to Anheuser Busch.
- Bell’s Brewery issues a cease and desist order to Northern Brewer (a home brewing supplier) for selling their Three Hearted Ale home brewing kit which is a clone of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.
All of this controversy and brew-haha makes me want to drink! Since I just happen to have a Bell’s Two Hearted Ale in the fridge, I thought I would give it a try since I’ve heard so many good things about it.
Bell’s Brewery describes this beer as follows:
“Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and 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.”
And now for the review…
- Appearance: Clear, copper color. Fluffy, slowly dissipating half inch head. Lots of fast rising bubbles. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.
- Aroma: Grapefruit and orange. Very fragrant pine/hop scent.
- Taste: Well carbonated. Starts off with some sweet malt flavor which fades quickly. Lots of citrus and hop bitterness from mid-palate to the finish. Once the hop bitterness fades, a pleasant citrus aftertaste remains which lingers for quite awhile.
- ABV: 7.0%
The Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is a very smooth and well balanced American IPA. While it definitely has that classic IPA bitterness, it’s never overpowering. It has just enough malt sweetness and citrus highlights to keep the hops in check. As of this writing, I have had five different beers from Bell’s Brewery. They range from the light and lemony Oarsman Ale to the very dark and brooding Expedition Stout. The Two Hearted Ale is my favorite of the five, and I highly recommend that you give it a try.