brewess (43) - Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours golden with a white fluffy head. The lace lasts to the end of the glass. Hop aroma hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. A balanced IPA, neither the malt or the hops over-power each other.
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2003 Update: 2003-04 versions sampled in Oct, Nov '03 were firm in character but bland and totally lacking in the Two Hearted "brightness." Dec '03 versions sampled so far are much better and are beginning to approach the fantastic 2001-02 versions. The rocky, white lace left after an exhuberent pour is starting to come back. The awesome smell is evident after cracking the bottle, but still not quite as strong in the glass. I have only one question... who is the idiot that keeps this from being a year round brew?
.............................................. Prior Review: I was pleasantly surprised when I opened a bottle of this very plainly marked beer. It has a huge aroma and is somewhat overwhelming at first. Things settle down quickly though as the brew reveals itself to be one of the top IPA's around. It's a unique and well thought out beer. Consider yourself lucky if you actually find a six pack on the shelf. The 2001-02 version definitely had more personality than the 2002-03 version. I hope it's simply a case of Bell's notorious quality contol and not a fundamental "blanding-out" of the recipe.
vtmobile (43) - Alabama, USA - APR 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is a real pleasant surprise. Don't be fooled by the plain label and absence of fancy graphics. The beer pours with a nice finely laced head. the aroma is citrus, very reminiscent of some of the better Belgian's. It's strongly hopped an has a long fruitey palate. I have had it both in the bottle and on tap. The draught beer has more fruity nose and is in my opinion better than the bottled presentation. A keeper.
AmyGinger (43) - USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bells hits another homerun with this one! Nice orange/yellow finish with a little haze to it. Amazing balance of malt and citrusy hops. Starts with a great malt flavor, a little splash of the hops on the palate and then a nice malty aftertaste. Really great brew!
Markkind (43) - - AUG 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had it two months after packaging date. Lots a bit of the hop flare on the nose and taste, but the palate held up beautifully. Also very carbonated.
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deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What a beer! With a appetizing floral aroma and moderate to above average lacing. This beer is so good. In appearance very cloudy, with a very complex taste - full of citrus, malt and others that I cannot identify. The bitter flavor is strong but not overpowering. This beer finishes dramatically with a nice robust fresh hop flavor. This is absolutely, in my opinion, second to none.
MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2005 Love this beer, Pours a yellowish amber color with a large slightly off white head. Very aromatic, lots citrus grapefruit and orange with a hint of pine and perhaps a bit floral. Medium bodied with a fruity citrus hop taste and perhaps some floral overtones with excellent balance, the malt then comes in and the finish is slightly sweet mixed with the complex hops. Texture is creamy with a touch of hop resin. This beer just puts a smile on my face and makes me feel good. Excellent! re-rated on 10/30 as the more I drink this nectur the more I like it.
VegDisc41 (42) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy orangy amber color with a frothy white head. Hops and oranges in the nose and more in flowery in the taste. Mouthfeel was good. One of my favorites.
josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Appearance – Poured into my Sam Adams glass, a bright yellow with a cloudy orange center. A 1 and a half finger fluffy white head with amazingly beautiful lacing and retention. This beer is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. The bubbles flow endlessly from the laser-etching at the bottom; that never gets old!
Smell – This smells like summer. Sweet citrusy notes dominate the nose: tangerines, lemons, mangos, and grapefruits! Has a nice hint of floral hops as well.
Taste – The hop “zing” from this IPA is absolutely perfect. It hits my tongue the way it wants to be hit, not too hard, but it sure lets you know it is there. The grapefruit and tangerines come through beautifully after the hops do their job. I love this beer.
Mouthfeel – Nice and light, but not too light. It sticks around for a second to let you get the full spectrum of taste that this has to offer, then goes away with a cooling feeling that is refreshing to say the least.
Drinkability – I could drink this all morning, all day, all evening, and all night. Now if only I had a case… There is absolutely nothing wrong with this beer, it is amazing, and deserves all the praise in the world. Cheers to Bell’s for creating the perfect IPA!
beerwolf77 (42) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well here it goes. Poured into my pint glass the beer is a nice shade of gold/orange. The head is enormus. Bits of sticky lace remain after it settles down. The cap stays put on top of my glass holding in all the flavor. The smell is awesome. So piney. It has a strong grapefruit/ citrus smell as well. There’s also a lovely floral boquet that wafts up to my nose. The first sip is a punch inthe mouth. It tastes like the most floral christmas tree I’ve ever smelled. In a good way. So tart and bitter it makes me pucker. I love it. The feel seems very sticky and dry. It just sort of sets up shop in my mouth and stays there. I am really starting to appreciate hops. This beer does nothing but feed the fire that has been started. Bring on the big boys.