Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bell's Two Hearted Ale - Beer Review


Guest reviewer Craig K. visits on his trip from Kalamazoo, Michigan with some Two Hearted Ale and we take the opportunity to tape a review. Two Hearted Ale is an IPA from the renowned Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo.

Partial Transcript: "On tap - Two Hearted Ale

Hi, I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority. Today we are talking about Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI.

Founder Larry Bell originally opened a homebrew supply shop in 1983. He sold his first beer in 1985. Today, Bell's is consistently ranked near the top of Ratebeer's Top 100 Brewers List - It was number 5 in 2010.

Two Hearted Ale is an American IPA that comes in at 7 percent alcohol by volume. The brewery describes the beer as having a "crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma".

In general, hops refers to the cone-like flower of the female hop plant. It is one of the four main ingredients in most modern beers. Technically, you can make beer without hops, but most beer throughout the world contains it. Hops play two important roles in beer. First, the bitterness of hops balances the sweetness of the malted barley. And, it also acts as a preservative in the beer.

Q&A - How would you describe the hops? Does Bell's have a big presence in Kalamazoo? How often do you hang out with Larry Bell?

Two Hearted Ale gets a (???) on the BBA rating scale. I'd like to thank Craig for bringing us fresh Two Hearted Ale directly from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."

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