Two Hearted Ale

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

Bell’s Brewery, Comstock, MI 49053

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Information: (From the label) “An India Pale Ale style well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula. American Malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and an incredibly floral hop aroma.”

The pour is already heavy with the rich and earthy aroma of the hops used in this amazing beer. This is one I’ve had numerous times, so I know exactly what to expect. And, beyond that, I know what I’m in for even before I taste it: heavy hops, crisp, clean flavor, and an absolutely wonderful sample from the IPA family.

But above all that; above its weighty hoppiness and its piny, bitter aroma, is something else entirely. IPA’s can be very much a harsh style of beer especially if you’re more used to a calmer Lager or Pilsner style, but that should do nothing to detract from trying this serious beer-drinkers beer. There’s something even a bit fruity about it. It’s true: under that Pale Ale blanket is something very deceiving and something very citrusy and slightly peppery. It’s a bold brew at 7.0 APV and it will nail you pretty solidly if you’re not prepared, such as trying to knock back a few of these on an empty stomach. They’re harsh, but in a good way, and they’re strong… also in a good way. This is a great brew for those snack attacks during sports (for instance, I’ll take mine during a Red Wings game any time) where it’s damn fine with a plate of nachos. Unfortunately, Bell’s beers are not available all over the US thus far, but I’m lucky enough to actually live down the road a piece from the brewery, so I can get ’em all around here. Get some if you can, it’s good stuff.

Rating: * * * *
An excellent sample of the IPA variety with its biting, yet comforting, bitter hoppiness.