Tasting the Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

October 5, 2010

The American India Pale Ale, or American-Style India Pale Ale has become one of the most popular, widespread, and brewed beers in North America. The rich pale malt backbone found in the depths of an aromatically bitter and hop-crisp beer has enchanted people all across the continent. There is only one problem with this – there are probably close to 1,800 breweries in NA, and there are probably about 2,000 different Pale Ales! The Pale Ale craze is becoming a bit overwhelming; whether it is an IPA, Pale Ale, American version or a hybrid, there are just too many pale ales out there.

So what’s a beer lover to do!? Well, obviously taste them all and find your favorites. Because that may take to long, I’m going to start you off in the right direction with one of the most well rounded and best constructed American IPA’s on the planet. The Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. Too many pales are either one sided, to aggressively hopped, not hopped enough, or are poorly built. The Two Hearted Ale is at the top of my list because it hits all the right notes in perfect harmony. It doesn’t get carried away with this or that, it is just plain good. Read the rest of this entry »

Bell’s Best Brown Comes Back With A Sweet New Label

July 30, 2010

Some of the world’s best beer is brewed in Kalamazoo Michigan at the Bell’s Brewery. Not only have I loved Bell’s products for a long time, but I have always admired their branding. It seems like to many craft breweries will do anything to generate excitement about their products that labels were and still are becoming more and more outrageous. I do love the excitement and energy, but I think that they is something to be said for the classic, and simplistic nature of Bell’s labels.

Their newest is truly beautiful to me. Bell’s Best Brown has always featured an owl, but they have now taken this beer into the modern world where it belongs. Can’t wait to try it again. Read the rest of this entry »

“Calculated Spontaneity; Preparation of a Dinner with Beer” Part 2: Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout

April 3, 2010

Part 1

On a slightly separate note, while typing this I am enjoying the Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout. So…. I may as well talk about it. I bought a single 355ml bottle of it while in Ohio last weekend. I’ve always loved what Bell’s Brewery can do, and I’ve yet to enjoy this example – till now! Out of the fridge, I let it sit to warm for about 20 minutes. It pours smooth and creamy, close to oil-like forming a soft, short off-white head that resembles the color of the label itself. The nose is filled with roast, dry espresso, and lactose. At 6.1% I’m expecting something medium rich, roasty, with light espresso and cocoa and a tiny bitter finish. Read the rest of this entry »