Year of Beer Paintings – Day 153

The daily beer painting is of Two Hearted Ale by Bell’s Brewery in Michigan.  Thanks, Patrick, for sending me this one!  I love how Bell’s just calls this one an ale, and doesn’t specify in the name what type of ale it is.  Seriously, what is an IPA, but a hop-forward ale anyways?  Why do we have to always refer to anything hoppy as an India Pale Ale, why not call it Hoppy Ale?  Especially brews like black IPA.  How can a black beer also be an India pale ale.  Furthermore, there is no way the beers made here in America with American yeast, American hops and American grains, should be considered an English style beer.  Just a little bit of a rant on beer marketing, because I love what Bell’s has done with the Two Hearted, named after an Upper Peninsula river famous for its fishing.  Fishing and beer, of course they go together!

Lets talk about the brew itself.  Now, here is a complex IPA, if I ever tasted one.  The scent is all hop flowers, with flavors of apricot and grapefruit followed by a nice malt body and a solid bitter finish.  This is one awesome IPA you should not miss if you are a hop-head!  It’s a bit on the strong side at 7% ABV, so don’t drive the fishing boat if you have had several of these brews when out on the lake.

Cheers to another super tasty beer from Michigan!  Great work Bell’s brewers!  I love every beer I have tasted from your amazing, world-class brewery!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Two Hearted Ale by Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo Michigan Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.02. Two Hearted Ale by Bell’s Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

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