Bell’s “Two Hearted”
This IPA pours an immensely foamy head, finely laced, with solid retention. Very pretty, a nice looking beer that’s forecasting to a good tasting beer.
The aroma is delicately floral and citric. Not at all over-the-top, just clean and fresh. It neither resinous, nor piny. Juicy, sweet grapefruit dominant. Simple, and one-dimensional.
The palate is also very soft, with bittering hops incredibly subdued. It’s like they extracted all the hop flavor and did away with bitterness. The IBU seems to be at a pale ale level. Lush, citric centered with grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon as the stars of the show. A lightly toasted ale malt comes in close balance, and rounds out the palate. On the feel, it comes across more viscous and less creamy than is typical, which is disappointing. Crisp, and fairly high in carbonation. Light, flavorful, and highly sessionable, but falls short of expectations.
Overall, nicely done. It’s actually more like a well hopped pale ale, so it just doesn’t compare to the greats out there. However, this is quite popular and I can see why. It’s drinkability is superb and it’s got a solid hop flavor minus the harsh oils. Honestly, I like the resinous IPA’s, but that’s just me. It’s most certainly an east coast IPA. Recommended, especially to those who are treading lightly on the higher hopped beer. This one might convert you.