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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,355 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 3,355
Hads: 13,413
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 847
Gots: 3,603 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-11-2001

An 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 an incredibly floral aroma.
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Reviews: 3,355 | Hads: 13,413
Photo of tjkinate
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this beer in the mail from a trade and I was excited since it's my first from Bell's brewery.

A: Gorgeous 2+ finger head from a hard pour into a standard pint glass, it exhibited an orange amber appearance that continued to bubble well after the pour. On the down side it only displayed some lacing which I found surprising after that frothy head.

S: Noticed a higher level of malts in this IPA than usual accompanied with orange citrus finished up with those beautiful floral hops. Was less pungent than other similar brews.

T: As the smell indicated, malts were more identifiable than most IPA's, which allowed this beer to be more subtle at first and a bit sweeter. The aftertaste, on the other hand, was packed full of hops and reminded me what I'm drinking.

M: More medium bodied, low carbonation, coats the mouth thoroughly.

O: Solid entry from Bell's Brewing, I am very excited to drinking more of their offerings.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into beer glass, best by date 10025 ?

Poured a nice cloudy gold with thick two finger head medium carbonation and decent lacing that follows it down the glass.

Smell was of rich hops and mild citrus.

Taste was very nice -The hops are plentiful (as in most IPA's) citrus and floral notes .

Drinkabilty is very good - Hops and more hops - whats not to like.

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Photo of Riggsby
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Solid AmIPA. As fine as you'll get from the Mitten State. Not as floral as the West Coast class, with a bit more malt on the backend to ease away the bitter. Ernie Hemingway, a noted hard liquor swiller, might even have enjoyed this ale after a long day at his desk....

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 Pack 16oz cans - Local 44 in Philly
Canned on 7/26/15

Look - Honey orange color. Slight haze.

Smell - Sweet candied orange, very floral, hints of grapefruit and dankness

Taste - Super floral, orange, touch of grapefruit, touch of dankness, sweet malts, very balanced, very easy drinking

Feel - Medium body, sticky mouthfeel, not much bitterness at all, dry finish

Overall - I personally prefer my IPAs more on the tropical fruit/citrus side as opposed to sweet and floral but this is a damn good, quality, IPA to say the least. I can see what the fuss is about...

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Photo of optiontwo
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into generic tap glass from the tap at Barbette

Appearance: Semi-clear, bright orange with a half inch white head, good retention, and very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet orange and grapefruit right away. Slight pine but mostly fruity and sweet malts, plenty of hoppy goodness.

Taste: More than just grapefruit this beer tastes like grapefruit juice with a grassy background. Somewhere in there is some malt but there's so much hop flavor and bitterness it gets lost.

Mouthfeel: Lightly creamy, with a very crisp semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: I've had nights where I've had waaay too much of this one, but it's easy to do. I like and dislike the fact that it's 7%ABV. I guess it just depends on my mood.

Overall: This is the beer that introduced me to craft beer and delicious IPAs, it will always have a special place in my heart and when I'm at work (where we have it on tap) it's my go to beer. That being said, since I first had this I've had many amazing IPAs and Two Hearted doesn't hold the number one spot anymore. Still a great beer and I recommend trying it.

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Photo of 0110x011
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Younger35, as usual.

A - Pours a hazy gold. Dense, one finger head fades mildly fast, and leaves a thick sheet of lacing behind.

S - Nice piney hop character to start. Some herb and grassy notes as well. A bit of caramel and biscuity malt, but mostly hop forward. Not particularly pungent, but nice all around. They must save the million pounds of aroma hops for Hopslam.

T - Hop juice up front, with the pine and herb in the aroma, but an added tangerine sort of citrus. Added fruityness comes from the hop/malt interplay, adding a tropical flair. Some sweet tropcal floral notes come through in the middle, finishing with a solid hop bitterness.

M - Medium-light body, with nicely tight carbonation. Medium finish length, off-dry.

D - I could see polishing off a few pints of this without a problem.

It's understandable why this is so popular where it's available. It's a flavorful, hoppy, easy drinking IPA. I have my SoCal IPAs that I'll always love, so I won't be seeking this out any time soon, but this was a nice treat none the less.

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Photo of brendanbeer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice.

a. mellow yellow

s. its like hopslam, but cut in half. nice piny citrus, and hoppy punch... mellow.

t. exact as smell. mellow, its nice

m. carb med low, i want a but more silk, but its so smooth, nothing really missing,

d, its super drinkable, except after a hopslam, its incredibly UNDRINKABLE because i want more hopslam instead.

ITS HOPSLAM CUT IN HALF

real nice.

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Photo of gamera
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Hearted is the beer that converted me to good beer many years ago. It's hopped but not as aggressively as the more modern west coast ales. It's malty, but not as heavy as "balanced" IPAs such as 90 minute. It's very drinkable and remains a key player in my IPA conversion guide for Miller Lite drinkers...

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Photo of bulletrain76
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Bright orange with an oily head that leaves some nice lace. Big citrus candy aroma: grapefruit, orange peel, and some slight mango for good measure. Pure hops, with a good supporting malt sweetness that doesn't provide assertive character. Very citrusy flavor with lots of orange, light grapefruit, and a soft bitterness. Good balance, with a bitter, yet soft finish. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Very well done, though the hops are quite one-dimensional.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I've wanted to try this one for a while, so when I drove Shangys for my Hopslam, I figured I'd pick up a case of this as well. I was not disappointed. Pours into my tulip glass with a huge, fluffy head. Smells nicely of citrus hops. Great taste: tangy, slightly bitter, very citrusy. Creamy feal for a single IPA. Overall an excellent beer,and not nearly as expensive or hard to get as its big brother, Hopslam.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange, yellow. Nic creamy 1 inch head. Tons of lacing

Smell - Hops, some sugars, citrus, malts. Grapefruit, orange and some floral spices.

Taste - Rather bold and thick hop flavor. Not overly bitter, nor sweet. Sort of like a fresh hop beer flavor, with extra hops. Its mildly malted, and has some spices and sugars mixed in.

Mouthfeel - Its medium thickness and the alcohol is masked very well. Will bitter tounge some but certainly not a crusher. Aftertaste is sweet and hoppy.

Overall - Its pretty smooth and easy to drink. Freshness really made this beer enjoyable. Has a nice combination or hops and malts. This is totally a go to good ipa for when you want a soild beer. At 7%, you can enjoy a few without getting messed up. Soild and very good beer.

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Photo of enfield249
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden orange color. One finger of head when poured that dissipates quickly.

S - Spicy hop aroma, slight citrus behind that.

T - Almost the same as the smell. Some IPAs go for the big citrus hop flavor, but this one really seems to lean on the spicier side of hops, and it works out really well. There is some citrus in there, more orange the grapefruit, but it's on the smaller side.

M - Medium thickness, slight tingle from the CO2. It only leaves you with a little of the hop bitterness, and for an IPA I'll call it "clean" in that sense.

D - What a great beer all around. I've had IPA's at twice the price that were not this good. A great IPA to knock a few back in. Makes me think of warm weather. Well done Bells.

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Photo of elephantrider
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Bells pint glass.

A: Bright orange in color. Creamy head with some good lacing down the glass.

S: Alot of citrus in the nose. I really like the aroma on this one but seems to be one dimensional. There is just a little bit of carmel in their too.

T: All citrusy hops. Not much in the way of bitterness, but that is not what this one is supposed to deliver. Crisp finish.

M: It is definitely thin and has a light feel in the mouth.

This is a go-to beer for me. Alot of flavor and does not try to overpower.

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Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with two fingers of white foam. Settles to a half inch, leaving a couple of rings of lace. Smell: floral, apricot, orange peel, slightly lemony and woodsy. Taste: hoppy, but reasonably balanced...spicy, sweet orange citrus, pineapple aftertaste (is a flavor here), sugary pale backdrop. Medium bodied with a soft, creamy feel. It's right on par for a good IPA, nothing more or less. Bottled 6/30/2011, drank 7/28/2011.

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Photo of machostacos
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle decanted properly into my favorite pint glass

A: hazy golden amber, bright highlights, with a very full, bubbly head that lasts and lasts and lasts, leaving a thick, dripping lacing around the glass.

S: Smells of citrusy pine and grapefruit, with a hint of bitterness and pineapple.

T: Citrus zest up front, nice and bright and a little floral sweetness, morphing smoothly into fresh pine, mildly bitter grapefruit and lemon, with a smooth and pleasantly bitter finish.

M: A little thin, oily, with a good amount of carbonation. Won't raise any eyebrows, but is certainly appropriate for the style. Refreshing with a noticeable bitterness.

D: Maybe not the most drinkable IPA thanks to its lingering bitterness, but definitely a very solid IPA that stands up there with the best. One of my favorites, and I'm definitely spoiled to have access to this beer almost anywhere, living in central Michigan - I am definitely blessed to be surrounded by so much fantastic beer!!

Cheers!

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Photo of jag0007
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours cloudy, golden in color. quarter inch head with a decently hard pour. However, it laces nicely all the way down.

S - smells of pine, citrus, and hops.

T - taste almost exactly as it smells. Citrus hops flavoring with a pine bite to it. Very tolerable and quite enjoyable

M - Nice carbonation, nothing extravagant, but better than other crafts ive had.

D - can definitely see myself purchasing another pack. Enjoyable altogether.

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Photo of ChuckS
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Thin creamy, pancake batter colored head. Moderate lacing. Slightly hazy and dark yellow.

S - Aggressive resiny and citrus hop aroma with a touch of acrid pine.

T - Quite bitter with strong hops and little underlying malt. Bitterness becomes more complex and lingers. Resins are strong and dance on the edge of medicinal.

M - Slick and lively as it passes over the palate and base of tongue.

O - At first not so appealing or drinkable, but I find myself drawn to the Two Hearted sip after sip and then back to the fridge for another. It is has become a go-to bitter IPA, not as smooth and easy as some, not as punishing as the big boys.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Much thanks to Raider for this one.

Appearance
Orange-amber, with almost hidden hints of green in colour. Thin white head formed during the pour, and faded away during inspection. Scant lacings remained. Slight cloudiness was increased due to condensation on the glass.


Aroma
Sweet floral citrus and honey notes, accentuated with pine.
Reminescent of orange marmalade, fresh flowers, and the boreal forest. Impressive.


Taste
Not as hoppy as other IPAs tasted. Initial clean malt flavours of sweet buttery toffee shifted to the more bitter piney notes from the hops. Almost too well balanced(?) for an IPA. Hoppiness quickly tamed by the sweetness of the malt, and other more aggressive (hoppy) versions of the style leave me wanting more. The finish returns to where it all started, back to the sweetness of the malt, only slightly dimished by the hops.


Drinkability
Almost syrupy in substance, as i was emptying my glass i felt like a kid drinking soda pop. The fine carbonation, along with the sweet and syrupy malts contributing to this near flashback. The hops almost manage to cut through the malts, but dont quite succeed. Would be difficult to drink more than two in one sitting because of its cloying mouthfeel.

Overall
As stated earlier the balance favours the malts too much for my liking and personal interpretation of this style. The promises of the aroma were not realized upon drinking this beer. This would be an excellent IPA to try while working on one's tolerance for bolder and hoppier beers, of which there are plenty. Definately worth a try, i was impressed by its aroma, and it may suit your fancy more than mine. Really makes me want their double IPA though, can see how it may more fully realize my ideal, only needing more ETOH and hops to round out the malt.

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Photo of kez
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a "go to" IPA for me. Good crowd-pleaser for parties - especially from the can. Pours orange and cloudy. Citrus aroma. Fruit flavor is predominately oranges. Sweet. Full mouthfeel. Balanced, drinkable, and straight-forward.

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Photo of mabermud
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright, hazy orange.
S - Faint grapefruit and citrus aroma.
M - Medium body, crisp medium-dense carbonation, crisp, and clean mouthfeel.
T - Tangerines...Good balance. A little piney sweetness. A little bitter at the end.
O - Easy to drink. Nothing stands out.

Decent IPA. Worth another shot in the future.

Update
Solid beer - along the lines of Stone IPA and Founders Centennial IPA. Nice. Scores updated.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a very white rocky head. Spotty, thick lacing with bib bubbles. Powerful perfumey, piney smell that screams, "Drink me!"

Flavor is like a muted version of the smell, and it builds in the mouth over the course of a bottle. I thought it was piney but too weak to start. But by the time I was hlaf-way through it seemed perfect.

It was kind of watery, and the carbonation a bit weak, but I'll be coming back for more Two Hearted Ale.

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Photo of penn301
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First American IPA I've ever had that I actually enjoyed. It is very drinkable to the point of almost being scary at 7% abv. I never cared for the super bitter beers which is typical in an IPA. I just wish there were more IPA's like this.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a beautiful thick white head it dissipates but full coverage remains.
The aroma is full of grassy earthy hops pungent and nice.
The mouth is smooth very nice, creamy and full of hops and malt. It starts sweet and grassy turns earthy and hop flavored. It ends with a slight bitter but all around nice hop flavor.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a tulip. Pours a hazy gold color with a white head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing behind. A really well balanced, easy drinking beer. Has some citrus peel notes in it which I like. It's definitely the type of beer I'd like to have in the fridge all the time.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass. $14.00 a six pack.

A: pours a dark orange with 1-1/2 fingers worth of white head. Some good lacing.

S- citrus and floral hops. A little pine and some grains. Best part of the beer.

T: Bitter pine hops, some citrus, little malts

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, hoppy aftertaste. Goes done nice.

O: I was expecting a bit more from Bell’s since the reviews are through the roof on this. The smell is off the hook but the taste is average. Might get again if no other IPA on shelf is better, but doubt it.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,355 ratings.