Two Hearts for @BellsBrewery

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I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. If Bell’s Two Hearted Ale was available in MA, I’d make it my house beer. It’s that good. It’s no light-hearted ale, but it’s not so big that you’re sorry you had a few the next morning. It’s just an exceptionally balanced IPA that’s nice to look at and even better to drink. Has anyone heard if/when Bell’s will extend their distribution to MA? 

Vitals: Served at 45F in my tulip glass. 7% ABV. 

Appearance: A-. Beautiful color and nice head that leaves beautiful lacing behind. Packaging is straightforward, with just enough info to appease me. 

Taste: A. Balanced. Amazing. 

Drinkability: B+. Very drinkable, but will still make an impression on you if you have too many in one sitting. 

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Creamy Goodness from @BellsBrewery

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This beer was a nice surprise in a shipment from a friend in Washington, DC. I’d never had it before and since this is my last bottle, I figure it deserves a review. This is the second “dueling” review I have planned with Derek. It should be noted that I’m tasting this beer after the Ghandi Bot… whatever that means. 

I’m convinced if Bell’s were available in MA, it’d be one of my favorite breweries. Oberon might just be my go-to summer beer and their Two Hearted Ale would battle for regular rotation in the old Coke machine. Of course, Hopslam is a seasonal delight that would certainly have my focus in Feb/March. 

 

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Special Double Cream Stout was a suprise and a nice one at that. It pours deep and dark with a nice head that fades relatively quickly and leaves nice lacing on the edge of the glass. It smell like a mocha frappe with a hint of malted milk balls. I love malted milk balls. 

The first taste doesn’t betray the smell. So smooth and creamy, with a nice cocoa/coffee/malty sweetness. Faint bubbles deliver a subtle hop tingle at just the right moment. This is a lot bigger than the 6.1% ABV suggests, but it’s soooo drinkable. 

It’s been about an hour since I first opened this beer and it’s just getting better by the minute. 

If anyone at Bell’s is listening, start sending me your beers ahead of your launch in MA and we’ll make sure it goes really smoothly.

Vital Stats: 12oz bottle served at 45-50F in a tulip glass. 6.1% ABV.

Taste: A-. Just what you’d expect. Nothing more. Nothing less. 

Drinkability: A-. This beer scares me. It’s too smooth for the style. 

Packaging: B. It’s attractive, but nothing special.

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Getting Hopslam’d by @BellsBrewery

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This is a super hoppy craft beer. I put it in an @alchemistbeer glass for a reason. It’s that good. I just wish it wasn’t sooooooooooo hard to get. It’s a @#$%ing seasonal and Bell’s doesn’t distribute to MA (yet), so I depend on friends in far away places to score me a couple bottles and send it my way. The touch of honey adds a nuance you don’t get in many beers. Love it. Get it. 

Vital Stats: 12oz bottle… 10% ABV… stamped 2/9/12…served in a pint glass at 45F. 

Taste: A+. Umm… yeah. 

Drinkability: B-One makes you dizzy. Two…I’m not sure. 

Packaging: A. Love the logo. Minimalist. Badass. 

 

Bell’s Oberon

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After trying Hopslam and Two Hearted Ale, I've become a huge fan of Bell's Brewery. Unfortunately, they don't distribute to MA so it's a bit of a fine art trying to get a bottle (or mini keg) into the state. Imagine my surprise when I perused the beer case at a package store in FL (on vacation) and saw a six pack of Bell's Oberon sitting there, waiting for me. 

It's a wheat ale brewed with Bell's signature ale yeast. It pours with a nice head that dissipates relatively quickly. It smells fruity with a hint of honey. The first sip is sweet, with honey and pear coming through. This is a really enjoyable, light ale that I could drink all summer long. There's a bit of hops, but not much. The finish is very fruity. Mild carbonation that suggests this could be a distant cousin of a hard cider. At 5.8% ABV, this one could sneak up on you given how drinkable it is. 

Vital Stats: Served at 45F from a 12oz bottle in a plastic Tervis Tumbler with a chili pepper on it. When in FL… 
Taste: B+
Drinkability: B+