It just started to get warm by me and being in the 80s I wanted a refreshing IPA. I walked into my beer store and I asked customer service to recommend a couple IPAs that are hopped up, bitter and true to the style. I rattled off a bunch of IPAs I have already had and the guy recommended this and Stone - Ruination I.P.A.. This same guy also was a big fan of Bell's Oberon. So after he said that, it was a no-brainer that I needed to grab Bell's Two Headed Ale. Being the store was out of 6-packs of the Stone and that was the guy's first choice I picked up a 6 of Bell's and a bottle of the Stone's IPA.
Rest assured, Bell's IPA is just as good as their Oberon. As soon as I poured this and got a good whiff of the aroma, I knew I was in for a treat. It is that good and ranks as one of the best IPAs I have ever had.
Bell's IPA poured a light amber with a very rich and well laced tan head. The head also head excellent retention.
The aroma was all about the hops as this was a bouquet of sweet flowers.
This was such a great hoppy beer and it was smooth with just the right amount of sharpness at the end to let you know this is an IPA. The grassy hops are well integrated into the malt backbone of this beer giving this IPA a multi-dimensional flavor. The malts add the smooth vanilla characteristic to the beer complimented by the bright citrus and berry flavors from the hops. The finish was surprisingly smooth and delicate. There was just a little bitterness in the back of the palate amplified by the carbonation to let you know this was an IPA.
One thing I could not taste was the alcohol. The 7.0% ABV was masked very well.
The texture of the beer was smooth and creamy. The carbonation was on the high side but it helps awaken the hops in the nose of the beer when I drank it.
Bell's Two Hearted Ale was one of those rare beers that I have come across that was about perfect. Bell's really made the hops dance in this beer.