DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2005 Dec 15, ’03: Served from a beer engine at the Map Room, and at English Ale temperature. Good thin yet persistent head. The hand pull yielded a beer with no bubbles, yet a firm mouthfeel. The IPA hops were actually subdued, nicely balanced between floral and bitter. Somehow I picked up a note of cherries, too. Color is lighter than the usual American IPA, closer to a Vienna or even a Pilsner. I had hoped to get a better impression of Bells than I did at their Eccentric Cafe taproom, and I was right.
Bottled, May 22, ’05. A slightly different experience from a chilled bottle, and no less fascinating. Unfiltered like the other bottled Bell’s, with quite a lot of bits floating around, that don’t detract in the least from the enjoyment. I may have waited a bit too long to open this bottle I got in November, as the floral hops I noted on draft are a little rougher, more piney and northwestern. But just another facet of a fascinating and complex beer.
phfyysik (449) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with small head. Aroma is light, some fruits, oily notes, roses, sweet flowers. Taste is light, some pine, citrus, fruits, hops, grapefruit. ABV well hidden. Quite light and therefore little bit disappointing, nothing special to me. PKGD 03/01/2016.
ClubGonzo (5224) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can from Mikkeller & Friends bottle shop, Copenhagen. Really looking forward to this legendary IPA, which hasn’t been available in Norway yet. However, my previous experiences with American IPAs imported to Europe has been less than impressive, probably due to transportation and storage issues. So this is exciting. :-) Pours a hazy deep orange body with a medium off-white head. Nose is pine, herbs, blood oranges, citrus zest, rose water and hints of bready malts, grapefruit and light syrup. Taste is pine, citrus peel, grapefruit, herbs and hints of caramel, floral notes and resin. Medium body, medium to high carbonation. My verdict: lovely aroma, but the taste, however balanced, is not as amazing as I’d hoped for. Still, a super-solid and well brewed classic-tasting American IPA.
SinH4 (2183) - Garching, GERMANY - MAY 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is grapefruit, piney, mango and toasted malts. Taste is quite grapefruity and more mango, quite piney, and a nice residual sweetness. Bitter finish with a toasty malt body. An extremely well-balanced IPA. Medium to high carbonation. Good!
likeatrainwreck (393) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious IPA. Really well balanced, incredibly drinkable. Perfect restraint in the bitterness... no hop bomb here, just a really good beer.
Rask0lnikov (502) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pale amber colour. Orange, pineapple, tangerines, lemon, hints of berries in the aroma. Refreshing and juicy. Oranges and tangerines all the way in the taste. Hints of other fruits. Bitterness in the end. Nice, silky palate. Juicy, rather light bodied, medium carbonated, really drinkable beer.
Rasmus40 (15948) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can courtesy of Mr. Orla. Hazy ornage with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - grapefruit. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 240516
Linnet (1555) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grapefruit, caramel, citric, pineapple, ABV well integrated.
Slightly hazy amber colour, medium off-white head, lacing.
Big resinous bite, mid-sweet, lots of grapefruit and light pineapple in the taste.
Medium body, average carbonation, bitter finish.
Longed to try this for years.
King_Alex_II (1052) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel orange clear color with foam ring. Very fresh grassy and forestry nose. Creamy smooth mouth feeling and nice balanced hoppy bitterness. No tartness and a smooth silky finish and light bitter aftertaste.
ronaldtheriot (1704) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 22, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale has a thin-to-medium white head, a somewhat hazy, bubbly, orange-gold appearance, with some stringy lacing left behind. The aroma is of apricot-like hop oils and sweet, white bread. Taste is of those elements, with pronounced, but in now way harsh, bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Bell’s Two Hearted Ale finishes dry and highly drinkable. RJT
VamboladeTolly (1261) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Gambrinus, Tartu. Pours golden/orange with small white head, doesnt stay. Aroma: citrus, grass, weak pine and resin, caramel, tropical fruits, actually theres a freshly catched and cut fish(like in a bottle), Taste: medium bitter with some sweetness, hay, mango, trpical fruits, grass, weak resin. Easy to drink. Well balanced, maybe too well. Medium body. Smooth bitter finish.Just a good IPA.