Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
Don’t judge a book by its cover. Despite having a label that looks like something your drunk uncle created in Microsoft Paint, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is one of the most beloved IPAs this side of the Mississippi. This robust IPA—it clocks in at 7 percent ABV—is made with pungent, pine-laden Centennial hops that lend it a powerful aroma and an aggressive bitterness. Those crazy kids at Bell’s are good at what they do, though, so that bitterness is nicely countered by a nearly perfect malt bill, giving Two Hearted Ale something many IPAs in today’s hop-happy world of craft beer don’t have: balance. This beer is one of the definitive examples of what an American IPA should be. Bell's Two Hearted Ale is sometimes available at The Prohibition Taproom, Bierstube and City Tap House.