Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bell's Two Hearted Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Fill date: 3/27/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Strong American hop aroma of mostly floral and citrusy notes, but also a slight presence of berries and green tea. Malt base is present, but nondescript and no implied sweetness. Clean fermentation. No alcohol. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of deep amber/flame orange (7-9 SRM). Large off-white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-high hop flavor throughout with a significant floral flavor and slight orange juice concentrate or citrus pith. Bitterness is firm and strong enough to take notice of, but not to throw the balance off. Malt base is much richer than the  nose would indicate with a remarkable caramel and honey-like taste and moderate sweetness. There is a faint grassy/spicy sensation as it finishes. Both the malts and hops linger, though the aftertaste is surprisingly sweet. Alcohol enhances the malt base and the overall body, but is clean and tame. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-low carbonation. A bit thicker and less crisp than the average IPA. Quite smooth and easily drinkable at 7% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: One of the most popular American IPAs for a reason; it definitely exemplifies the style well. An old school recipe that still holds up. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

NOTE: See my 2010 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/03/bells-two-hearted-ale-chadz-beer.html

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