Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! This is the first time in as long as I can remember that I actually looked forward to the NFL. I’ve never been a big NFL fan, but with the dearth of college football until yesterday (still no UCF), I got overly excited. While perusing the aisles at Total Wine stocking up for one of my best friend’s bachelor party, I saw something that caught my eye.
Bell’s is one of my favorite breweries and the Two Hearted APA is world class. I saw a new release which is titled “Double Two Hearted,” and after looking into it, this turns out to be a monster at 11% ABV and 2.5x the hops as the original Two Hearted. Crazy high hops and ABV? Sign me up!
Appearance: This behemoth of a DIPA (Double IPA) pours a fiery orange with a one finger, tannish head that hangs around for much longer than I expected at this level of ABV.
Aroma: There is this piney, earthiness with notes of honey. This isn’t over sweet by any means, and is definitely a unique aroma profile.
Taste: Let’s be real for a minute, taste is about 80% of what decides if this is a good beer or not. Being said, Bell’s managed to expertly balance earthy and pine bitterness with honey-like boozy sweetness from the massive malt bill.
As it warms I’m getting some apricot and grapefruit hop notes as well, which is still somehow expertly balanced. While this is designed to be a slow sipper, it’s not as much a challenge to the palate as some of the other complex beers I’ve had. There is a bitter aftertaste that goes on forever and helps you slow down and really appreciate the complexity.
Mouthfeel: This is a very heavy beer that is oddly reminiscent of Port wine on the tongue. The mouthfeel complements the beer very well and doesn’t drag you down.
Value: It was $22/sixer or $5/each, so not the cheapest. But if I wanted to drink Busch Lattes, I would’ve bought some lattes.
Overall: Guys, this is one fantastic beer. I’m going to give it a 9.5/10. The flavor profile is fantastic, as it is complex, hoppy, malty and it doesn’t hit you over the head with booziness despite being 11% ABV. The mouthfeel is full and well rounded which enables the drinker to enjoy it fully.
The only *slight* detraction I have is that the bitter aftertaste will hang around until you have another sip or something else to cleanse the palate. For the price, I’m not sure if there is a better beer out there for any Hop-Heads like me. This is an absolute must try.
Until next time, tight lines and cheers!