960: Two Hearted Ale

Name: Two Hearted Ale
Brewery: Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Style: American IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7%
First Brewed: 1992

Tasting Notes
Perfumed hoppy nose with plenty of grapefruit, plus apricot and honey notes, and a whiff of alcohol. Taste is sweetly malty for a heartbeat, then you have a mess of hops in your face. Malt hangs in, barely, as the beer winds down to a dry, hoppy finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts
I have had this beer time and time again. It’s a good “go to” beer, especially when you find a bar that doesn’t have a wide selection of beers. I drink this one a lot over at Golf 365. All the guys there really dig this stuff. It’s a good, standard IPA.

The beer smells like… like an IPA. Again, this beer doesn’t knock my socks off, but it does have a familiar and repeatable flavor. It smells like any other IPA you have had, and drinks like one too. It has a hint of carbonation on the front of the palate, spread itself thin on the tongue, and finishes smooth and wet. (I use that word a lot… wet.)

The aftertaste does stick around for a little while. One thing I did learn about this beer, here on 1001 Bottles, is the high ABV. I didn’t realize it was 7%. I always assumed it was a 5 or 6%. The beer is also readily available at pretty much any and every liquor store and grocery store you can find. So if you want to try it, it won’t be hard to find.

The label on the bottle has a fish on it… I am sure that has something to do with the city it is brewed in. Having only been to Michigan once, I can’t speak on behalf of the patrons… but it just seems like a place that would breed a lot of fishermen. That’s not a bad thing, but the fish on the bottle makes sense.

I like the beer… a lot. Of course, I like a lot of IPAs. I could and will drink this beer over and over again.

Bottoms up people!

Rating: 4/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
I’ve had Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale a few times before.  It’s a pretty good beer.  Especially for an ale.  It pours out into the glass like a typical ale.  It’s a golden color, a bit darker than a domestic beer, for instance.  Not too much head.  And it’s not really thick, easy to see through the glass.  Not much smell, but again, like I said about yesterday’s beer, and like Ricky tends to say, it smells “wet”.

First taste of this beer… not too carbonated, really… but spicy and hoppy, almost like an IPA.  It’s not quite as extreme as that, though.  It does taste (at least in my book) better than your typical ale.  It actually comes across to me as just hoppy enough.  It’s not too much IPA, but not just an ale either, or I probably wouldn’t like it.  For me this would be a good everyday beer, and it has been.  I don’t drink it every day, but it’s been on tap several times at a bar just across the street from where we live, and tends to be one of my beers of choice when I’m there.  Definitely a “would buy again”.

Rating: 3/5

959 bottles of beer on the wall…

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