Friday, August 06, 2010

Beer of the Week (Vol. LXV)

Another edition of Beer of the Week brought to you by the stout-hearted folks at Glen Lake Wine & Spirits who can help provide the liquid courage you need for any adventure.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a wild and untamed land filled with unusual and dangerous creatures. And the outdoors can present challenges too. Visitors who dare venture into the many small-town taverns are advised to maintain a safe distance and not to make eye contact with the locals. Don't feed the Yoopers (paranoia).

Fortunately, one of the best craft breweries in the country has the perfect beer for any souls brave stupid enough to take on the UP. From Kalamazoo, Michigan we have Bell's Brewery's Two Hearted Ale

India Pale Ale style well suited for adventurous trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma.

Brown bottle. Orange border frames a charcoal-gray textured label with a fish (lake trout?) looking for trouble.

Beer Style: IPA

Alcohol by Volume:7.1%

COLOR (0-2): Cloudy medium-golden brown. 2

AROMA (0-2): Lovely scents of citrus and hops. 2

HEAD (0-2): White and full. Good lacing. 2

TASTE (0-5): Again a lot of citrus flavor (grapefruit and orange) and heavy hops with some sweet and piney tones. Medium-bodied. Considering the ABV, it's really rather drinkable. 4

AFTERTASTE (0-2): Crisp bitter finish and good follow through. 2

OVERALL (0-6): Another excellent offering from Bell's. The hops are definitely there, but not overpowering. Smoother and more well-rounded than some of the other IPAs out there, A great beer to pair with food, it's also a nice stand alone taste experience to enjoy in any season. 5

TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 17