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Old 06-27-2010, 03:06 PM   #1
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Yesterday I tried a Bell's Two-Hearted for the first time. I've been hearing a lot of rave reviews, including a clone recipe here. I noticed that the recipe uses only Centennial hops.

I really enjoyed the flavor of the beer, but ... (there's always a "but", right?) ... the aroma was really odd. The only way I can describe it is antiseptic-like. Made me think I was in a hospital or something. I handed the glass to SWMBO, and her reaction was very similar to mine. Good flavor, strange aroma.

Is this common for Centennial? Maybe it's just my preference, and I should avoid dry-hopping with it. Anyone else notice this?

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Old 06-27-2010, 06:21 PM   #2
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Do you remove chlorine/chloramine from your water? You're probably tasting chlorophenol.

See "medicinal":
http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/chapter21-2.html

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Old 06-27-2010, 06:29 PM   #3
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You would have to ask that question of Bell's.

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Sorry, knee-jerk and all.

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No worries - I'd heard that some of the Two-Hearted was recalled by Bell's, and I'm not sure if I got a skunked or a proper bottle. If that aroma is normal, I'd like to know. Maybe I could just dry-hop with Cascades, but then I might as well find a different recipe. There are lots to choose from.

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Old 06-27-2010, 08:39 PM   #6
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It's got the most floral smell of any beer I've tried. I've never noticed anything medicinal/antiseptic about it.

If you don't like Centennial, there's not much point in cloning Bell's Two-Hearted!

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If you don't like Centennial, there's not much point in cloning Bell's Two-Hearted!
True dat. But like I said, I really liked the flavor. So, "missed it by that much".
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The Two Hearted batches which were recalled were infected iirc. I do not think the aroma you mention is related. I would check the batch number for age though, 2h is mch more pleasant fresh.

Cenntential, particularly in 2H, has an almost perfect balance of floral and citric qualities. I would give cenntenial a shot before writing it off, sounds like an off bottle.

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I dunno but i had my first 2 hearted on Friday, i loveed i. And I made it today. Well actually i took the clone recipe, substituted the 8 oz cara pils for 1 lb red wheat and went all Cascade. so, totally different, but still expecting a killer IPA

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Love Two-Hearted. I'd never call it's aroma anti-septic. But I would call it Cirtusy. And yummy.

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