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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,282 Reviews
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Reviews: 3,282
Hads: 12,975
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 797
Gots: 3,154 | FT: 51
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

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: 3,282 | Hads: 12,975
Photo of hoppymeal
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper to gold color with a creamy head that dissipates quickly. Smells of light caramel mixed with the scent of mouth watering sweet floral hop goodness. Taste is at first citrusy with grassy-ness with strong bitterness that lingers on the tongue with a very slight alcohol warmth. Nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel. My memory of this beer was more balanced but in reviewing it today the hop bitterness was very prominent. A solid IPA from Bell's that I am sure I will drink many more of. (506 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this in California. I'm a west coast punch you in the mouth hop head, but I do enjoy an everyday single IPA, as well. As far as that style goes this is a good IPA but I'm not blown away. Heavy on the grass and pine flavors with a bit more of a malt backing than say a Lagunitas single. Some grapefruit and tropical notes present on the nose and taste but not at the forefront. Definitely a beer I would go back to on draught but not on my radar anymore, living on the west coast. (498 characters)

Photo of Robomunky
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Full disclosure: I review this as a west coaster. As such, when drinking ipas I always go for the hop bombs. The bigger the better. THA is not that ipa. Coppery color, almost no head. Citrus nose. Malty and bitter. Good balance. Maybe I'm spoiled, living where I do, but I definitely don't feel like this is one of the best ipas in the country. Good though. (357 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has pretty good retention. The head is almost pure cotton white but there are minor hints of yellow. The body is a medium amber that appears pale in the light. The lacing left is perforated sheeting.

Nose- Rather subdued but that may be in large part because this is almost 3 months old. Citrus notes that range from orange, lemon, to tangerine. Light peach. No real pine or resin but slight caramel. Swirling reveals heavy peach. Some melon.

Taste- Very representative of the nose but with more dominance from the caramel. Shows some of its age with the mellow hops but I rather like it. The caramel is quite smooth and mixes well with the round citrus notes of orange, lemon, and tangerine. The caramel interacts with a peach note and produces hints of honey. Light notes of tropical fruits. A tiny bit of matchstick. This may be a result of age but this beer has a sublimity I don't often associated with IPAs. The age does cut into some of the complexity that I'm sure fresh Two Hearted has. That's really my only complaint. Really good beer that is probably great fresh. Slight grapefruit. That and the minor matchstick are pretty much the only notes of bitterness. Hopheads will detest older Two Hearted.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with slight syrup and juiciness to the texture. Small amount of creaminess as well. Light carbonation with a tiny zing works well with the tropical fruits and spice of the finish.

Drinkability- Very accessible for an IPA. Can't comment on price point as I got this online. Definitely not worth 7 bucks a bottle but reasonable at the 9 to 10 bucks a six pack that this goes for in its distribution area.

Overall- Really good beer. Not your typical IPA (but this may be a result of age) but quite enjoyable. Definitely worth a try- even you find a “not so fresh” bottle. (1,885 characters)

Photo of Martin2D
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Classic IPA coloration of amberish golden

S - Definitely a strong hop citrus

T - Disappointed by the taste in comparison to the nose. Balanced, yet not enough hop presence for me

M - Medium in carbonation and body

D - Definitely sessionable, but as always, probably not on my list of beers to acquire as there are plenty more IPA's I'd rather drink. (357 characters)

Photo of dudecandle
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass:

A: Slightly hazy body with creamy head with great lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops with a sweet malt. Subtle, but pleasant.

T: Citrus and pine hops remain the most prominent, along with an herbal dose. There's a nice balance of yeasty spice and some sweetness of vanilla and honey.

M: A bit sticky, almost cloying. Long, lasting finish.

D: Good hops, good malt, good spice. Very easy, yet very flavorful. I'm really interested in trying this fresh on tap. (483 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had this after a distant acquaintance of mine, Chris, have one to me. I have had such good things about Bells that is made seeing Chris again somewhat worthwhile. Overall this was a good beer. Had it in a bottle, and pours a very clear golden clot with little head. It smelled overly smokey to me for some reason. Not that hoppy to me but was a pleasant blend of malt and hops. A decent carbonated beer. I liked this but wasn't wowed... Hate to go against the mass opinion, but just a good beer (502 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, procured in a trade with Roke87 - thanks!

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow hue, with two fat fingers of tight foamy, creamy off-white head, which leaves random swaths of sticky, filmy lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of bready caramel cream, and citrus, herbal, and mild pine hops. The taste is more of the same - though the citrus hops wane, replaced by a growing herbal essence, and bitter, all, over a mildly sweet bready malt. No evidence of the 7 points of booze, which is nice. The carbonation is on the low side of average, and a wee bit airy, the body also just short of medium weight, and smooth enough against a surging bitter hop edge. It finishes clean, mostly, and hoppy - the green, grassy, herbal sort.

A pretty decent IPA - I'm suspecting one of two things: this bottle has a bit of age on it, or my palate is still wrecked from two weeks of drinking in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho... (958 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Bottled on October 20th, 2011.

Pale, nearly clear saffron/sunglow liquid topped by a persistent soft raft of off-white merengue. Superior retention, soapy slippery lacing.

Vibrant, clean, brisk hop aromatics suggest oranges and grapefruit along with a hint of spice.

Dry moderately bitter flavor profile is clean, malty, with a big dose of pure, somewhat generic-tasting hops. Well balanced, and quite suitable with food. The ABV is just high enough to slow you down but never overwhelms the palate.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, and crisp.

Very well crafted, expertly executed example of the style, though decidedly unexciting. (709 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely transparent gold. Substantial head. Attractive spiderweb lace.

Appealing aroma -- nice and herbal, with hints of grapefruit and flowers.

Flavor is full and well-rounded, with citrus and herbal tones. Smooth, easy-to-drink, and well-hopped, but not sharp or bitter. Very tasty!

A perfect representation of an American IPA. (332 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Nice golden orange color with a white head.

Smell: Hoppy and malty with a great sweetness too.

Taste: Hoppy with a nice sweetness to it. Very nice hop crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium coarse with a dryness aspect to the palate. A classic IPA.

Overall: The distributor told me to give this a try since I love IPA's. It is a very good beer All round it is a delicious beer. Cheers. (442 characters)

Photo of PennFBarts
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crisp, clean, golden smell and feel, with a well-balanced hop character. Centennial maybe? Each taste seemed to bring a new return to the malty underpinnings. For taste, the citrus was strong, almost piney in the finale.

Overall, a strong IPA with citrus flavors that hide the nearly 8% abv content. This is a drinker, day or night, meal or just posting up with a grille tool in hand, overlooking the pasture of animals that lurk nearby, or that overcrowded street. (466 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a light orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention. Aroma of floral hops is quiet enticing with a great semi-sweet malt base. Taste of crisp and citrus hops are well mixed with a nice solid sweet malt based. Carbonation is lively and body is about average. Overall a really good example and enjoyable take on the style thought a bit overrated in my opinion. (412 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried and true, but never reviewed...

Poured from bottle to Twins pint:

Pours a reddish burnt gold, with a healthy finger and a half of white head. Great lacing. Nice looking, lively body.

Neatly balanced - citrus hops, floral freshness, a bit of herbal earthiness, and a touch of pine. Clearly a nice wide spectrum of hop use supported by a sweet bready malt backbone.

On the tongue it takes a firmer direction towards floral and earthy hops. Malts become a bit more bold. Good and bitter... still a great deal of balance.

Honestly, it's nothing too excited but it's a classic and it never disappoints. Tasty stuff. (621 characters)

Photo of MrIncognito
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy orangy-yellow with a fluffy white head.

S - Nice citrus hops with a whiff of sweet alcohol. Orange dominates the nose but not in an overpowering way.

T&M - Hops right up front that smack the tongue with a citrusy bitterness. Not overly orange-flavored like some IPA's, a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Livelier carbonation than expected that keeps the mouthfeel lighter but doesn't dry it out. Hoppy aftertaste that lingers with orange zest.

D - I could drink many, but the ABV prevents it. Sips nicely and I think I drank this way too fast. Crips and refreshing. (603 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a rather long afternoon with the lawnmower, I’m more than ready for a cold beer. Perfect time to try out a Two Hearted Ale…then again, when isn’t it a good time to have craft classic? I decided to satiate my massive thirst with a couple glasses of cold water first, so as to not give this brew an unfair advantage in the category of refreshment. Now that I’m hydrated and out of the sun, it’s time to put this American legend to the test:

A: Pours a shining gold, with a two finger head of thick white foam. After about 5 minutes, the head fades, leaving a thin coat of lacing behind. Still bubbling from the bottom after 10 minutes. Looks like the perfect summer sipper.

S: Mellow, earthy hops that remind of a Willamette strand. A malty undertone is weak, but evident. Overall, a mild nose that still gives a good preview of the body.

T: Those hops are awesome! I just looked it up: they are the Centennial variety. It has a good, earthy blast of freshness, then an unexpected floral note jumps in. Like a freshly picked wildflower, the aromas take you to a level of satisfaction that’s hard to duplicate. Great stuff. Apart from the hops, there’s not a whole lot, though. There’s a faint wheat note every once in a while, allowing a calm melon/grapefruit to come through, but that’s it, really. Oh well, the hops are complex enough to leave any craft drinker satisfied.

M: Well, as it was with many Bell’s I’ve tried, it’s a bit runny. Just barely noticeable in this brew, though.

O: Summer beer at its best. It's not super-complex, but I don't feel that's what it was meant to be. I’ll definitely be seeking out more Centennial hops-based offerings in the future, though. To be honest, I wish it had a lower ABV. I would make this a session favorite if it were under 5%. (1,811 characters)

Photo of littlelorib
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice honey-amber color with about a finger of slowly dissipating head. Smell is heavy with grapefruit and grass. Taste is nice, bitter with citrus and just a hint of malt. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side.

Overall, a nice IPA. I'll buy this when locally available but won't go out of my way for it. (304 characters)

Photo of stxSS07
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a Killian's Pint

A- Pours a rich amber color with a little over a finger's worth of head. Carbonation streams off the bottom. Leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

S- Notes of citrus, grapefruit, sweet orange juice, and a touch of malt.

T- Nice balance of bitter piney resins with sweet citrus. Solid malt backbone and finishes with a bite.

M- A little thinner than I'd like. The carbonation plays a huge role in drying the beer out.

O- This is a very solid IPA, though it's more on the refreshing side rather than savory. (538 characters)

Photo of BrokenStones
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pale orange with a nice white head and good lacing

S - intense hops and citrus

T - a ton hops without the bitterness overwhelming the citrus

M - creamy with moderate carbonation

O - a well balanced beer - not over the top.

I will buy it when I find it..in DC tomorrow, may have to pick up a case or two. (312 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date. The number "6450" is stamped on the back labbel in a white box. I assume this is the batch number, but this is only a guess.

The beer pours with a thin lacy head over cloudy orange color. The beer shows light carbonation through the glass. The aroma has cotton candy, orange, peach, and light hops to it.

The flavor is roasty and malty. Some sweetness but very little hoppy bitterness. The floral accents and tanginess of the hops come through beautifully, but this is not an over-hopped beer that kicks you in the mouth with bitterness. Very subtle and sweet. (617 characters)

Photo of infi
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn. Batch #9836. From 10/6 notes.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Hazy and translucent golden-orange pour with tons of carbonation. A nice frothy and foamy white head fit beautifully in the glass' protuberance. Great head retention with even better amounts of webby lacing on the glass. The aromas were very low in many of the aspects. Not much of a hop presence: minute amounts of pine and citrus. There was some malty breadiness in the background. The three months on the shelf really become evident.

Taste was alike to the smell. Very malt-forward in sweetness and breadiness with the hops being more of a complement, rather than a component. The bitterness lingered for a few seconds before disappearing. To me, it was just a basic IPA but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt; I would definitely like to revisit with a fresher bottle.

Light bodied and carbonated, Two Hearted is very clean and crisp and incredibly easy drinking. Could definitely have a couple bottles of these, especially when fresher. Still a delicious IPA from the Midwest. (1,081 characters)

Photo of jtneal111
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Riley's in Madison, WI

Was looking forward to trying a few micros from over here, since we don't get them in the PNW, and I'd heard good things about Bell's beers.

A- I'm drinking this one from a bottle in my hotel room, so I can't comment too much on appearance, but it looks pretty clear with just a bit of hop haze.

S-Citrus hops up front, a bit of sweet malt.

T-Nice. Hops are pronounced but balanced reasonably well by the malt backbone. This could almost be a PNW IPA.

M- Medium body, average carbonation, hop finish is nice, not too resiny.

D- pretty drinkable, particularly given my love for DIPAs. Hops are present, but not overwhelming.

Overall, this is a very decent IPA even by west coast standards. (731 characters)

Photo of BullDurham
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color, thick bubbly head rest on top. Lace holds on to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pleasant nose. Plenty of pine, some orange and grapefruit.

Taste: This brew has more going on as it warms up. Piney hops, orange, grapefruit, touch of lemon, and a good amount of malt to keep it all even.

Mouthfeel: Felt thin to me. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Liked this beer alot. Taste and smells good, easy to drink.

Overall: Good beer, pick up a sixer and have at it. Let it warm up to get all the hidden flavors. (551 characters)

Photo of Evocatus
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a white head about a cm in thickness. Aroma has a mix of citrus fruits, hops, and sweet malts. Taste was a mix of citrus "juice", alcohol, and hops. However, the taste wasn't that strong, a bit watery. Thickness was good, not too much excess carbonation. For a 7%, isn't too strong, could drink anytime. (330 characters)

Photo of vtblackdog
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a golden yellow and pours a decent head.

Smell is not strong more of a slightly stale hop. I expected more on the hop aroma.

Taste is a typical IPA with a bitter aftertaste. Not a lot of distinction from others.

Mouthfeel is decent carbonation level.

Overall a good brew but not a distinctive IPA for me.

The code on the bottle was 10207. Was that over a year ago? (383 characters)

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,282 ratings.