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Old 06-19-2009, 08:40 PM   #1
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Default Just tried Bell's Two Hearted Ale...

And I hated it! My friend traveled all the way to Virginia to get this from NY. Maybe I am just too used to imperial styles but I didn't taste anything good about this beer. It tasted very watery and the hop taste was very week. There was hardly any nose to it either. To me it was like an IPA light. I know its rated 100 and for the most part I agree with rate beer but I just coudn't with this one. Anyone else think so?

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Old 06-19-2009, 08:52 PM   #2
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Maybe you got a bad one? It's not nearly as hoppy or bitter as some other IPAs, but it's not watery by any means. It's very well balanced and has a really nice hop flavor and aroma. Give it another shot if you are able to get your hands on one.

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Old 06-19-2009, 09:00 PM   #3
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it's also bottle conditioned (similar to SN ales) so maybe that batch was treated poorly by the seller... i.ei hot then cold then hot again then sold....

That said an IIPA it is not (and not meant to be) IMO it's in my top three of ipa's because I feel it's very flavorful and not over the top on bitterness.

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Old 06-19-2009, 09:03 PM   #4
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It is one of my favorite beers, and I would not come anywhere close to describing it the way you did. You must have had a bad one.

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Old 06-19-2009, 09:11 PM   #5
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You had a bad one or think your beer penis is huge. Sorry. Milds can be fantastic beers too. Just because it doesn't remind you of paint thinner doesn't mean it isn't a great beer.

TH is one of the best IPA's available. fact. There are bigger ones, or you may prefer others, but it is a great beer none the less.

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lol @ the beer penis comment!

I love the TH, but I don't expect everyone to. It's no big deal if you didn't like it. I'm a little skeptical of idea of getting a 'bad beer', but I don't see why everyone needs to like every beer. I definitely think it's a mild IPA, but I find it delicious and that's fine by me.

The great thing about beer is there are many many different beers to choose from, even within a style and they don't all taste the same. At least you know you tried a popular beer and it just doesn't suit your tastes. No big deal.

Everybody and their mother seems to love blue cheese around me...but I hate it. Same applies here.

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I can only think you must have gotten a bad one (or six). I can see how maybe it's not to everyone's taste, but watery? No, I've never had one that way.

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Old 06-19-2009, 11:57 PM   #8
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Oh, you musta' had a bad one. The hop aroma is really big. As said above, it's not bitter, but big on flavor and aroma.

I am used to big IPA's and IIPA's, too, so I doubt that's it.

I have had some really bad bottles of reliable favorites before. Try some fresh stuff and don't give up!

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Thanks for the replies. My buddy who isn't as much of a hop head as me liked it so maybe I do need to try it again. I think with some beers you need to try them at least 2 or 3 times to really see if you like it or not. I noticed that the clone recipe has centennial hops in it..Maybe I'm just not a fan of that? I dont know. Unfortunately my friend only gave me 1 two hearted. I think he has more so maybe I can try it again.

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Oh, you musta' had a bad one. The hop aroma is really big. As said above, it's not bitter, but big on flavor and aroma.
Thats the exact opposite of what I got from it the multiple times I've tried it. There is no hop flavor or aroma in that beer. There is only bitterness, and not that much of it either. I would rank Two Hearted in the bottom quarter of the IPA's I have tried.
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