As a life-long resident of Columbus, Ohio, graduate of THE Ohio State University and die-hard Buckeye fan, I don’t freely give compliments to “that state up North.” I must begrudgingly give credit where credit is due, though, when it comes to Bell’s Brewery. All kidding aside, Bell’s produces some of the best beer around and every beer of theirs that I have tired has been of top-notch quality. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is their IPA offering and is one of their most popular brews (for good reason).
The pour is gold-orange color with about a finger of off-white head. Retention is fair, leaving behind a small ring of suds around the edge of the glass. There is not much lacing to speak of.
The aroma is full of tropical fruits and hops. I get a lot of orange, grapefruit and apricots. I also get some pine and other floral notes. There is slight hint of some caramel malt aroma hiding here as well. Finally, there is a bit of a boozy note mixed in.
This beer is sweet up front, but not overly so. The tropical fruit flavors are very prominent with the grapefruit and apricots taking center stage while pineapple and peach tag along. There is bit malt sweetness along with some pine notes, as well. The hops give a nice bite of bitterness on the pallet, but it’s not the huge barrage of bitterness you may experience with other IPAs.
The body on Two Hearted is medium with a creamy mouthfeel. There is a bit of booze taste on the finish that leaves the pallet mildly dry and wanting more.
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is a year-round offering and widely available in the Mid-West and Eastern states. Two Hearted is also often readily available on tap. Although it isn’t as big and bold and many other IPAs out there, this is a high quality beer that is a refreshing change of pace from the many overly hopped IPAs and DIPAs popping up today.