Beer of the Week: Two Hearted Ale

BY DAN VERHILLE | JUNE 27, 2013 5:00 AM

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Name: Two Hearted Ale

Product of: Bell's Brewery, Inc. Comstock, Mich.

Serving Size: 12 fluid ounces, 7 percent ABV

Serving Style: Glass bottle to pint glass

Widely held as one of the world's best beers, Two Hearted Ale appeals to all the senses and vindicates its reputation.

Smell: The aroma is predominantly floral and hoppy, with some sweet bready notes and sharp citrus following. 4.5/5

Appearance: There's a lot to like about the way this beer looks in the glass — a thin yet frothy, white head that washes down the side of the glass like a solid, quickly-rising carbonation and a pale goldenrod body. This is the kind of beer you know will be delicious before you even lift it to your lips. 4.9/5

Taste: Citrus, pine and hop flavors hit the palate immediately but quickly give way to sweet caramel and bready elements. Some floral flavors and a dry, bitter astringency finish off a round taste in a pleasing manner. 4.7/5

Bell's Two Hearted Ale is surprisingly light in flavor for its alcohol content, and even more surprisingly completely round in its impact on the senses. I highly recommend it to any beer drinker. And don't let the fish package fool you — this is a beer for everyone, not just anglers. 14.1/15

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