Today we’ve got a packed agenda in the Lost household. Headed over to Worcester for the “Veg Fest”. Then shooting back home to catch the Bruins gave. Later this evening we’re headed to NH to have dinner with the in-laws. Obviously far too busy to review any beer today…but that’s exactly why I’ve got Silvio. Today he reviews a couple of IPAs: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale & Weyerbacher Hops Infusion IPA. Silvio never intends to review beer that I already have, and it drives him nuts when he does. I’m sure he’s grinding his teeth realizing that I reviewed the Hops Infusion some time back. No worries though, as I like comparing thoughts. Gotta run now. Silvio Saturday – commence.
I’ve diverged from my wheelhouse lately, fruity beers, porters, brown ales. It’s too much for any hops lover to take. So I’m getting back to my roots this week with two IPAs, one excellent and the other pretty good.
First up to bat, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. I’m a Hemmingway fan, and he based many of his stories in northern Michigan, including one called “Big Two Hearted River.” According to the label, this beer is “suited for Hemmingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula.” Um yeah, I’m gonna try this brew. The pour was thick and foamy, a few fingers tall. The crown stuck around for a while and it had a slightly hoppy aroma. The first sip was very hoppy, but not at all overbearing. It’s a little bitter but smooth with some serious herbal notes. No real aftertaste, and the bitterness doesn’t linger. I really liked this beer, beyond just the literary reference. However, with a 7.0% ABV, you’ll feel it after a few.
Next up, Weyerbacher’s Hops Infusion IPA. No back story here, I just like this brand and wanted to try the IPA. The pour was decent with a moderate foam head, but it evaporated pretty quickly. In contrast to the Bell’s, the aroma was very hoppy. The taste was also quite bitter – much more than the Bell’s. There are some decent herbal notes but they’re pretty indistinct, pine was really the only clear flavor. All in all, the long bitter note is definitely the distinguishing characteristic. The ABV is just strong enough at 6.2%
Overall, I’d definitely grab the Bell’s again, and I could see myself making a night out of a sixer. The Weyerbacher was good, but probably a little too bitter to drink more than just a few at any one time.