Monday, April 27, 2009

Bell's Two Hearted Ale

Here's an American IPA I had the chance to sample again this weekend at the Melbourne Arts Festival at Matt's Casbah, a pretty nice place to eat downtown. Fortunately, it's one of their draught selections, but unfortunately, it was served in a plastic cup (no doubt due to the high traffic expected for the day).
Bell's Two Hearted Ale (7% abv) is one of those love-it-or-hate-it beers. As an American IPA, there's not much balance here - it's all about hops.
It's a pleasing orangey-apricot color with a creamy head that sticks around. It smells beautiful, lots of floral, fruity hops - but the taste is even more powerful than the aroma...extremely overloaded hoppiness that leans more to the citrus/fruity side. Even with the tongue-melting flavors, it never becomes overly bitter, and finishes fairly dry.
It's not the best thing to pair with food, since its taste will overwhelm pretty much everything around it, but it's not a bad selection for a night of drinkin'.

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