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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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3,332 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,332
Hads: 13,224
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 819
Gots: 3,386 | FT: 50
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: 3,332 | Hads: 13,224
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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Photo of n2185
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden honey color with nearly two fingers of thick, creamy head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing.

S: A good mix of citrus and pine on the nose. Some sweet orange at first followed by grapefruit rind and pine aromas.

T: Grapefruit rind up front followed by some nice pine flavors and a decent amount of bitterness in the aftertaste. There's definitely a decent malt backbone here to balance out the bitterness, as the bitterness does not overstay its welcome and coat your tongue like in other really bitter IPAs.

M: Medium body with light-medium carbonation. The carbonation is not as heavy as it may seem at first, but still manages to accentuate the pine flavors nicely.

D: A pretty drinkable IPA. There's a nice amount of pine and bitter citrus flavor in there, but the bitterness doesn't overwhelm the palate, making it easy to drink several in a sitting. Overall, one of the better regularly available IPAs out there.

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Photo of ComputerBeer
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber copper with a nice head. Intense hop aroma, pine and citrus aroma, very North American hop profile. Strong bitterness, perhaps distracting from body of the beer. Finished clean. Some more complexity in the malting would be nice, balance? There is a good hop finish in flavor, but it goes to quickly because of over bitterness.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice copper amber color with a finger of a white soap bubble head. Its sticking around pretty nicely.

S: Very floral and piney smelling. A bit of fresh citrus zest in the nose as well.

T: Has some spice in it, very earthy. The hops are present but not in your face. More citrus is coming with each sip. A bitter and very dry finish. Don't get much malt, the hops and resin flavors dominate

M: very easy drinking. it has a medium body with just a small amount of carbonation. goes down smooth!

O: This will definitely stand out as a very earthy APA. Would go great on a camping trip. I could drink this alone or with a meal. Very good beer!

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

Appearance 4.0: Beautiful, deep golden color. Gorgeous, 1" head faded to a respectable 1/4" that stuck around the entire session. Excellent lacing.

Smell 4.0: Beautiful bouquet of hoppy goodness: grapefruit rind, candied orange rind, pine...I also detect the spiciness of...is that Marris Otter malt?

Taste 4.0: Front is slightly spicy and smooth. Middle is where a lovely blend of hops jumps up and hits you in the center of the palate: grapefruit, pine, piquant alkaline bitterness...so refreshing. Finish is smooth and refreshing with a nice balance of malt and dryness. Aftertaste is high in the palate and features an invigorating alkaline hoppiness.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Pleasant, smooth and a complement to the taste of the beer.

Overall 4.0: Excellent beer and an outstanding IPA. Expertly blended hops and malts make this a great session beer...just don't let that big ABV sneak up on you. This is a BIG beer, but the balance and structure make it a great beer just to have with a burger or pizza...anything really. I like to have my beer with a side of N2 O2...that's right just air. Anyway, this brew is great and definitely worth a purchase, but watch it...some stores charge up to $11+ for a six pack. Shop around and you should be able to get it for less than $10.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: creamy looking orange-tinted yellow with a nice creamy head, seems viscious, great lacing

S: Orange-cicle sweetness, a bit of minty bitterness, bright

T: orange blossom/honey sweetness, citrus zest bitterness

M: Smooth and sparkling with carbonation until a rather tannic bitterness that dries out the tongue

D: For 7.1% it is very drinkable, and the profile has a little of everything to offer. I'd like a little less dryness if anything.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deep yellow, with a moderate amount of white head appearing. Smells moderately of citrus, and tastes fairly strongly of grapefruit,a teeny bit of orange, a bit of malt, with a moderately bitter aspirin aftertaste. Carbonation was just right. Not the hoppiest of IPAs, but a nice middle of the road beer that is very very drinkable.

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque golden colour with a nice 2 fingers of head. The nose has lots of fruity and citrus hops to it and not a lot of malt. There is a lot of balance in the flavor of this beer. It has lots of citrus hops with a big bready and carmelly malt flavor, there is even a bit of lemon that I detect. It is medium bodied and is fairly drinkable.

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Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy & golden in color with a white head & great lacing.

S - Overall it's sweet & hoppy but with huge citrus notes (grapefruit & otanges).

T - A lot of hops in the beginning. It evolves to a sweet citrus flavor. The bitterness isn't overpowering & pleasant.

M - It's about what I expect for an IPA. Good mouthfeel & medium carbonation.

O - A nice, citrusy IPA. Not overly bitter & very paletteable.

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Photo of olegv40
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich murky golden color with huge bubbles clinging to the glass. A thick soapy head formed and quickly evaporated.

Bitter orange is the predominant flavor. Very hoppy and bitter and exceptionally dry. The taste of alcohol comes in during the middle and it finishes dry and astringent in the mouth. While not the best IPA, this definitely delivers what it promises, tons and tons of hops.

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Photo of SmasNadroj
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At first sip, this seems like a great session beer. The heads a little lacking but it leaves ok bubbly curtain lacing. Pours a nice glowing copper-gold color, very inviting. I like the obscure fish label with the almost hunter orange on it, quite rustic. It just looks like it belongs on a camping or hunting trip

Smells a little weaker than it tastes, honestly. Some citrus from the hops and a bit of orange zest is mostly what I get from the nose. Faint smell of alcohol too

Crisp, clean, refreshing and understated. An exemplary american ipa with a little bit of caramel sweetness to it, good silky slick mouthfeel too.

Overall, its a damn good beer- I can't pick out many things I dislike per se, but somehow it leaves me wanting more (besides a 2nd glass) pick one up for yourself and decide, its definitely worth a go

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright, cloudy amber hues and a huge khaki, dense, billowy head that eventually settles to an odd looking globule that resembles a volcano. Awesome. Modest but chunky lace.

S - Citrus, cinnamon spices and soft pine. Yum.

T - Like it smells. Piney hoips that don't clobber you but are more than obvious. Has some peach-like accent to it. Delicious!

M - Soft carbonation provides decent creaminess which makes for a lip-smacker of a brew.

D - With the ABV in-check this is one helluva brew.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Stable in ST Louis.

I have had this many times both on tap in a bottle. It was one of my favorite beers. Nicely balanced and crisp. It is a good session beer that works with all types of food. Light citrus flavors balanced out by the hops. Great color.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, orangish-copper color with a thick, chunky, off-white head. Leaves an excellent amount of lacing. The aroma is all citric, flowery hops. The flavor again is citrus hops, leaving the malt pretty much covered up. From beginning to end this one is all hops. It has a long dry, bitter finish. Overall this one is a good beer, I really like the aroma. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Decanting the sediment, the beer is a crystal clear golden copper. Great off-white head with a mixed bubble, nice lace and great retention.

S - Herbal hops with an fruity sweetness of honey, honeysuckel, and strawberry jam.

T - Slowly opens with a touch of honey before the doors open on a huge herbal hop center. The finish drops off into a lingering dry, floral, bitter backend.

M - Smooth, medium-light body with nice carbonation.

O - A solid IPA with a firm bitter character.

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Photo of gcarl
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice transparent amber. Hop smell is not in your face but rather faint. a nice white head holds for a moment before falling and leaving some attractive lacing.

Taste is all there. Hop bitterness upfront with a creamy malty follow through, exactly what I look for in a good American IPA.

Drinkability is unbelievable, if this was available in MA it would replace Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion as my go to IPA.

Has everything it needs....nothing it doesn't. A no frills IPA for even the most discerning palate.


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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper body with a large, foamy white head.

Smell: Pale malt aroma with notes of flowers, zesty citrus, and cooked pineapple rings.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a light touch of caramel sweetness. Fruity, even juicy citrus and pineapple flavors. Moderate bitterness and acidity. Crisp, relatively clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine example of an IPA!

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Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught at The Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill, PA on 12/8/06.

A - Light amber hue with a nice creamy white head that mostly diminished, leaving in its wake some beautiful lacing on the glass. The body was quite clear and bursting with bubbles.

S - Moderate hoppy nose with a well-balanced malty aroma as well. Lots of citrus/grapefruit hops... it even smelled a bit sticky!

T - Moderately bitter initial flavor followed by a surprisingly bitter sweet finish with an average duration.

M - The hops feel like they stick to the sides of your tongue, giving way to an almost numbing sensation. This was quite a little lively beer, with lots of carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D - Overall, this is a very well-rounded IPA that was surprisingly a bit sweeter than I had anticipated. Lots of nice, sticky hops. I would pick up a case of this sometime. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6/16/14 into an IPA glass—thanks @PuckIt!

Look: translucent deep yellow with a huge head that decays to leave a nice film of froth.

Smell: hard to place at first, then it hits me: Starburst or Skittles.

Taste: much less sweet than the nose would have you believe. Lots of very grassy tones, along with a ton of fragrant flowers. Maybe a bit of citrus, though it really just blends in with the florals. A bit of malt evident on the back end. Honestly too floral for me.

Feel: lighter body, especially for the abv; pretty damn smooth, and not as dry as some heavily floral IPAs tend to be.

Overall: I can see why this is so well regarded. It's a good IPA; if I liked the floral IPA style more, I'd have to seek it out, but as it is, I'm fine knowing it'll likely be a while before I get to try this again.

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Photo of HugePlume
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Taken direct from notes: " 1 finger head dissipates slowly. Awesome lacing. Nose starts as cool mellow hops. Sour-ish yeast taste fights with smooth persistent hop bitterness. Cracker malt foundation. Complex. Unique.

I admit I did not get a great look at the color of this, so I graded it slightly down in the interest of not assuming anything.

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Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy bronze in color with a huge fluffy, bubbly head that lasts.

Flowers, spices, pepper and citrus (orange?) in the nose makes you want to take a gulp.

Flowery hops and citrus dominate the taste.

The feel is subtle, not the biting of hops like an IPA. It starts off gentle, almost sweet from the citrus before giving way to a peppery bite in the finish.

Can't wait for another.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass. This Bell's offering pours a lightly hazed golden straw in color with a pourous half inch cap which offers a brief retention yet better than anticipated lacing.

Nice citric and pine hop nose with a balancing malt backbone expands a bit with warming to become dominated by apricot and orange. Nice aromas that require a bit too much digging however.

Flavor follows and the orange notes yield a slightly watery taste yet they linger fairly well and are accompanied by some spice notes. Yet citrus notes dominate the flavor unlike any centennial IPA I've encountered. That's not a bad thing, just different and without the depth expected, and apparently a yeast character.

Easy drinking IPA yet one that doesn't cause me to linger.

Note: A revisit with perhaps a fresher brew yields a slightly better flavor and feel and adds a a nice hop spice to it all. Review adjusted appropriately.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, picked up on my trip to dark lord day

A: Pours a super intense fluffy and rocky yellowish white head, very very bubbly and one to one and a half inches thick. the beer itself is a cloudy banana peel and orange and looks a lot like a hefeweizen in color and clarity, and i like hefes so this one looks damn inviting but the head fades to a cap in about five minutes or so but leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Huge medicinal hop quality, like, way beyond super pine oilyness though a second pass yields mellower, fruitier characteristics like orange juice and mango and pineapple, not so much grapefruit which is a nice change of pace, but maybe too a medicinal opening for my taste.

T/MF: Hop heavy tongue ripper, that is how I would describe the mouthfeel on this baby, the taste is a bit different from other IPAs in recent memory, this one is very earthy, heavy on the pine and medicinal qualities and a bit lighter on the fruit flavors with a too bitter orange being the main citrus taste here, letting this beer warm a bit unlocks a bit more sweetness in the citrus aspect of the beer, has a bitter but sort of odd buttery finish, not sure how to explain that one.

D: To be honest I was expecting more out of this beer with all I've heard about it, not bad, pretty good, but not mind blowing and a little out of balance

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Photo of Arborescence
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's: Two Hearted Ale

Appearance: Golden, with just a touch of haze. Pours a rather modest, clean white head.

Aroma: Rich, fruity hops, honey. Refreshing! There may be some slight malt sweetness underlying, but it's pretty much covered by the hops.

Taste: Very well balanced with strong but not invasive hops. It's stronger than UK IPAs, but not overly strong by US standards; quite easy to drink really.

Mouthfeel: Rounded, light carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall: Good IPA. It can't compete with something like Dogfish Head 90min, but I like it in that it's not trying to be 'in your face' hoppy. Rather, it's a pleasant yet robust, hoppy brew.

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Photo of Gasp100
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orange/amber with a frothy white head and considerable lacing. The smell was pine and citrus bigtime. The taste was piney, acidic, citrusy but just too astringent for my taste. The first couple of sips were a little jarring, but once my taste buds got comfortable I started to feel the overall balance and crispness of the brew. Still, a little too heavy on the citrus aspect and after about 2 I was done. This is a great IPA but I did not find this to be my favorite style of IPA overall -- there is something different between the East Coast brewer's IPA's (Sly Fox, Victory) and the West Coast (other area's) which I can't put my finger on but I know I like the East Coast's IPA brews better (more balance, malt, not as much citrus/acidic taste?).

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,332 ratings.