drfabulous (4654) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I buy a six almost every week. There are few beers that taste like Two Hearted: hops like no other. Bell’s is our state’s best kept secret. Even local bars don’t carry this on tap for some odd reason. Brilliant beer.
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Did enjoy this one very much. Very full and dark IPA with nice hoppiness everywhere. Not over the top and drinkable. Glad I finally was able to taste a Kalamazoo beer.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up this bottle on a recent trip to Cleveland.
Pours a hazy copper with a creamy ivory head. Lots of draping lace down the side of the glass. Smells of cirtusy hops and light fruity malt.
Taste is dominated by intense floral and citrusy hops. There’s some light pale malt crispness in there but this brew is all about the hops. And while the beer may be unbalanced the hops flavors are nicely balanced with each other. Bitter and sweet citrus intertwined. Long lingering bitter aftertaste and crisp. Taste leaves you craving more. Good stuff.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 Bottle for this rating, but I have had it at the brewery also. Two Hearted Ale pours a deep yellow( not quite orange) with a nice off-white head. I had forgotten how good the hop aroma is with this beer. It reminds me of smelling the hops in the package as I add them to homebrew. It has an excellent hop flavor, but isn’t particularly bitter at first, BUT, it then finishes very dry. I love very hoppy beers, but this is just slightly thin in body. It is very good, but its thinness keeps it from being one of the truly elite American IPAs to me. Overall- very good!
JFGrind (1895) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on draft @ the Hop Leaf in Chicago. Golden, bubbly appearance and a citrus nose. Two hearted Ale is an excellent hoppy IPA bolstered by a malt backbone. Bitter aftertaste has your lips waiting for another sip.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from ughsmash. First off, I’m sure there’s a story behind it, but I’m not really positive that I want to look at a picture of a fish while drinking a beer. This is an excellent IPA, and has very intense aromas and flavors, but it lacks complexity. First pop the cap, and you’re ready for salad. Very hoppy aroma. The hops in the flavor are wonderfully balanced by a malty sweetness. And, this balance is throughout the trip, across the tip of the tongue, as it lingers in your mouth, and finally as it hits the back of your throat, the hops and malt are there in equal amounts. Where this one lacks is that’s all there is. Deep, but not wide. Either way, it’s a good IPA. Again, thanks to Ughsmash for a great trade!
xdream (16) - Madison, Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice hoppy smell. After the first sniff I knew I was in a great tasting IPA. It had a nice orange color. The taste was hoppy up front, then balanced out by a sweet malt taste. This went very nice with spicy and sweet black beans
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2008 Bottle and draft. Hazy, golden body with a large, lasting, creamy off-white head. Big floral and citrus aroma with notes of grapefruit and orange. Hints of toasted grain and dough. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and moderately acidic. Dry, lasting finish. Tastes of citrus, perfume emerge along with some spice hints, particularly coriander. Medium body with a velvety texture. Lively carbonation. An outstanding, world-class IPA. I have had this beer many times, both on draft and bottled and it has never failed to please. Rerate 12-23-08.
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden color, vey clear fro the bottle. Very nice off-white to white head. Lite malt aroma with stong hop aromas. Earthy to grassy in aromas no to very little yeast aromas. Strong hop bitterness with malt just to balance.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Orange coloured. Nice very hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavour with lots of fruitiness and bitterness. Tasty.