Bell's Two Hearted Ale has been one of my favorite beers for a long time. It's one of those beers that I've been meaning to review for years but somehow it just never happened. Well I say somehow, but what I really mean is I always end up drinking all of it before I get a chance to take a good picture. You see Bell's isn't available in Boston where we're based, a travesty if you ask me. As a result we only get to try it if we travel to a state that has it. Recently a good friend of ours was kind enough to bring some of from D.C. (thanks John) and so I finally got the chance to sing the praises of this perfect IPA.
OK, so maybe perfect is a strong word, but the first time I tried this beer that was my thought, there was nothing I wanted to change about it. I think one of the things I like most is the simplicity. Bell's Two Hearted is exclusivity made with Centennial hops. No fancy new strains or blends here just a pure expression of what Centennial hops can bring to the table. As soon as you pour this beer the aroma fills the air around you with notes of grapefruit and pine. The first sip is crisp and sharp with all the aroma following directly into the flavor of the beer. Citrusy grapefruit notes give way to piney bitterness that somehow manages to be insanely refreshing despite the 7% abv. I was actually shocked that this beer was 7% when I first looked it up as it just drinks so much easier than that. Additionally, while the hops are undoubtedly a huge part of this beer they never feel overpowering and are balanced out by the malt.
I used to wonder if my love of this beer was due to the fact that it was hard for me to get but, having had it many many times now, I can confidently say that's not the case. For those lucky enough to get Bell's let me express my jealousy now. For those who don't, seek this out if you're traveling.