Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bells Brewery Inc. - Two Hearted Ale

ABV 7.0% (Bottle approx. 355ml ) American IPA

The Brewery - http://www.bellsbeer.com/
“Bell's Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. We strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and beers.”


The Brew
“Bell's 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.”

The Pour
Frothy, cloudy and very much like a wheat beer.  A generous 2 finger head that stays on like a Guinness with lots of sudsy lacing.  A pure delight to pour.  The colour is glowing pumpkin orange in hue, also reminiscent of some wheat beers.  This is all very interesting so far!

Aroma
Wonderfully floral.  Like flowery perfume, but not off putting like it was on someone in an elevator with you.  More like catching a whiff of blooming trees while out walking.  There are also lots of hoppy juicy grapefruit aromas to delight the senses.

Taste
Generously hoppy, but again, extremely well balanced with splashes of bright citrus and just enough hop stickiness.  The mouthfeel is like a light and frothy wheatbeer and so invites swishing, which you’ll want to do to catch all the flavours.

Overall Impressions
Superb medium strength (I'm talking taste) IPA, I would have no problem grabbing a six pack for an evening and making friends with all of them, which I can’t say about some other IPA’s that are excellent, but pack way to much punch to session.  I just wish I’d let it warm up a bit so I could get some of the peach and mango notes I’ve read about.  Well done Bell’s!  I’m gonna get a case next time I’m down south.
I give it an A or a 9/10.

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