Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 12-11-2001

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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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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.

GC

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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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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,401 ratings.