DrnkMcDermott (3058) - 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.
moldovan9807 (146) - Oradea, ROMANIA - APR 22, 2017
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To old to rate...but..Cloudy orange with creamy head. Citrusy nose. Sweet and medium bodied with a relatively hoppy grapefruity finish. The mouthfeel is light and creamy.
HomeWaters (1) - Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2017 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Many breweries seem to do a decent job with IPA’s, but this is still my favorite:
*The name calls to mind one of my favorite short stories, “Big Two-hearted River”
*Just looking at the trout on the label unwinds the spring in my mind a couple clicks
*It comes from Kalamazoo, where we lived 3 years and where my son was born, so experiencing it is sort of like old trout John returning to his native stream.
*I like the 16-oz. can, which is just right for throwing into or digging out of a cooler.
*When I get philosophical, I can lament the fact Bell’s still hasn’t figured out that “two-hearted” is a compound adjective, and needs a hyphen.
*It tastes great, especially with things like grilled shrimp, carrot cake, or both.
Pershing (551) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2017
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy orange with a lasting beige head that leaves a nice Brussels lace. Sweet malt with citrus hop aroma. Medium body that is slightly dry. Just the right amount of hops bitterness without over doing it. Alcohol is well hidden. Perfect finish.
Walberla (35) - Alingsås, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2017
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This ale is brought from New york to me in Alingsås from my daughter and her partner. A gift I really appreciate. Centennial hops gives a long taste-feeling. Pine and grapefruit. I can not feel the alcohol. Good balance and harmony. I long for this ale in our Systembolaget.
darthmoore (20) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2017
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2017 Pours a beautiful burnt gold with a rocky two finger head that lasts forever and leaves plenty of lovely lace. Smells of citrus, pine resin and a touch of pineapple and orange zest. Taste follows nose with fresh citrus and a palate smacking bitterness but with a nice balance of malt backbone. Medium bodied with a long tasty finish. Refreshing, delicious, near perfect.
jinroh (1451) - ESTONIA - APR 9, 2017
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amberish golden with a bit of foam. Aroma is fresh and resinous, just a small hint of honey. Taste is superbly balanced, nice herbal hops nice clean body and super drinkable beer. Could drink this by the pints when its as fresh as it is now.
lbianchi66 (378) - FRANCE - APR 8, 2017
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Robe orangée et limpide. Une jolie mousse blanche se forme mais tient peu. Arômes résineux, mielleux, malté, fruits confits. Goût agrumes, mielleux. Le résineux arrive en fin de bouche avec des fruits confits. Texture légèrement huileuse, carbonatation fine et moyennement abondante.
MBlessing (1179) - Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 1, 2017
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dunkles gelb schöner schaum, im geruch pinie citrus etwas Harz, im Geschmack leicht fruchtig citrus pinie etwas blumig harzig herb, schmeckt
westknife (92) - USA - MAR 30, 2017
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This made my two hearts grow two sizes like the grinch. Time to go save Christmas
dfinney23 (3123) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-gold pour with two fingers of white foam. Tropical and citrus fruits plus some pine resin. Good stuff.