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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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3,355 Reviews

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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance : A cloudy amber glow, about 80% opaque, with a loosely knit three finger head that leaves webs of lacing barely connected sparsely on the sides of the tumbler glass.

Smell : Mostly tropical aromas. Freshly diced pineapple, a hint of peach, with a faint sparkle of biscuit malts. A slight sweat funk can also be smelled, but it's pretty faint here. Typical, run of the mill IPA aromas.

Taste : A nice strong fruity bite sets in, with lots of bitter rinds and pith. Mostly grapefruit, a bit of apricot, orange. Very faint pine, but subdued enough to be detected and not stealing the show. Slight dankness. The malts are both bitter biscuit and cracker-like, and the grapefruit pith carries out to the end with a slight dryness.

Feel : Substantially creamy and a total party in the mouth pumped with carbonation. I think this is what most people rave about on this beer, the feel is so smooth and it's so drinkable.

Overall : This beats most IPA's in its price range. It's flavorful enough to be enjoyed as a sipper, but quaffable enough to be a session beer. Bell's Two Hearted gets Two Thumbs from me.

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

12 oz bottle received in a trade with Jay23 Thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing as it drinks. Aroma is all hops. Spicey, piney, grapefruity hops in all their glory. Taste is more hops with a little malt struggling to get through. Medium mouthfeel and ample carbonation round this brew out well. Pretty good IPA. I couldn't drink to many of these, but nice brew just the same.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Slightly murky yellow-orange, gentle bubbles rising. Moderate off-white head that leaves resilient lacing.

S: Pine resin, some sweet citrus fruits, hearty malt that gives it a nice backbone.

T: Typical hop flavors prevail; pine approaching a mint flavor, oranges, lemongrass. Maybe even a bit of heated spice, just a bit. Malt background is very present; offers some nice countering sweetness and toffee flavors. Not overly bitter at all, and extremely clean, making it quite quaffable.

M: Fluid and just the right amount of fizz, very refreshing and drinkable.

O: A great summer session beer, great portfolio of the variety of flavors Centennials offer to give it a relatively original flavor. A good intro to the world of IPA's; not too bitter, great mouthfeel, and altogether very pleasing and accessible.

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Photo of herman77
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Review from notes on 9/2/10*

A: Deep hazy gold. Thin white head. Some lacing, thought there would be more.

S: Orange zest, floral hops and toffee malt.

T: Floral and pine hops. Lots of toffee malt, oranges and grapefruit. Medium pine hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Easy drinking for an IPA. Smooth and well balanced hop character makes it very approachable.

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

This is certainly an interesting beer. I liked it a lot better on draught, here I'm having it from the bottle. Maybe its an older bottle?? I have no idea. I'm not getting any of the centennial hops that people claim are in here.

Anyway, little disapointed with the appearance of this beer. Its bottle conditioned and the yeast isn't very flocculant...pretty powedery actually. There was definately a ton of very fine particles in the beer even after careful transportation and pouring. The nose is nice...quite spicy, can't put my finger on the type of hops used, but nice and spicy. Taste is nice as well. A little something weird going on, not quite sure what it is. The hops are quite spicy and bitterness seems quite high, but there might be something else in there as well...can't put my finger on it...wheat maybe?? I doubt it.

Pretty drinkable beer all in all.

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

Thanks to Awalk1227 for this one!
Poured to NB globe

A: Hazy golden ale. Nice, fine creamy head dissipates quickly leaving a quilt of bubbles which are patiently assisted with a low carbonation visibly rising to the surface.

S: cotton candy, sweet peach, pine and hemp are the highlights. Not a citrus bomb like many IPA's these days. Smells fresh, nice and unique among the genre. Quite enjoyable.

T: Again, cotton candy, bubble gum. Not particularly bitter. I'm a bit baffled, and intrigued by this beer. Bell's seems to have a different take on IPA's than I'm used to. Not bad, but different. I am obliged to say I like this.

M: Medium body with higher carbonation that spices the tongue. Leave mouth well moisturized and compels me to take another sip. Fun.

D: This beer is for the faint of heart. If I were having a tasting with a bunch of hopheads that just wanted a slam of hops to the face, I would not bring this. If I were to serve an IPA to oenophile, I would serve this. They have done a great job finding a beautiful combo. And lucky for them, it is a flagship!

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with some orange highlights and a thick beige colored head. Piney, citrusy sweet aromas, and a decent malt backbone evident, too. There's some tea-like sweetness from the malt and followed with a big smackdown of hops that somehow taste sweet, almost like pineapple. Very floral and citrus-like while maintaining a good balance. Its only flaw is a metallic twang; like having a penny in your mouth as you drink it. This could come from oxidation of the hop portion of the beer. Its very enjoyable and well carbonated. I liked it better on-draught.

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

Enjoyed at Taste of Tops with fellow BA tlay88.

The beer pours a mostly clear pale straw yellow, with no bubbles and a white head that seems to linger a long time, but has little stickiness and lacing.

Wow, the hops! Pine, lemons, and a candy sweetness caress the nose, and I can get the aroma from inches away.

In the taste, hops again lead the way with a muted citrus bitterness reminiscent of lemon pith. There's also an interesting sweet coconut flavor and a certain earthiness, like potatoes. This beer has the complexity of a good vodka.

THe body is somewhat light, but active carbonation wakes you up and leads you into the bright, clean finish.

This is one easy-drinking IPA. I could sip this one all night while shooting the shit with friends -- which is precisely what I did.

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Photo of bdo894
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked a yellower gold. Sort of thin looking.
Smelled hoppy, with some caramel, lemon and honey notes.
Tastes sort of lemony too, with some floral, and honey notes. Also has grassy twang.
Mouthfeel very light, immensely drinkable, easiest IPA I've drank so far.
Overall a tasty beer. Not nearly as hoppy as some imperial IPA's, but enough to be good.

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

A-This beer pours a hazy golden color with a respectable head and lacing as it subsides.
S-Strong citrus fruits and hops are immediately evident leaving the sensation of smelling tropical flowers.
T-Very crisp and clean taste and a refreshing flavor of the fruit and hops.
M-Moderate carbonation and minimal bitterness made this beer a treat to drink.
D-This is a nice light tasting beer with flavors that do not overpower you and would be great on a summer's evening on the patio.

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Photo of mmcave
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice orange golden amber with high lights concentrated around the bottom. The head is decent centered around edges. Smells great fruity maybe some pineapple, orange peels, nice aromatic hops, some spice and a lovely piny body. Honestly it smells so good. Tastes pungent, good bitter hops, a bit floral a little sweetness, some crispness and a very dry finish, not as clean as some others. This is a definitely a dry English style IPA. Personally I prefer a bit more American stickiness in my IPA, but this a a good offering from Bells.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review in a while. Here goes.

Pours a kind of pale color, still nice looking, crystal clear, until the last little bit of sediment falls in, then falls back out quickly. The head is massive, almost too big, but fits perfectly in my glass, almost an inch, maybe more, white and sticky, leaves lacing as it starts to collapse, lasts for a while. I can forgive the light color for the other nice aspects. The smell is very nice, just all centennial as far as I can smell. Flowers, resins, pollen, and a nice kick of lemon and tangerine. The malt provides a slight bready sweetness, but not sticky and bready like some. Great smell, though I might like a little more toasty malt. The taste is good, but it seems flatter on the hop front that the smell would suggest. I primarily get a light-bodies sweetness, with a strong bitterness with some slight floral, almost piney, leafiness. The fruit comes through a bit in the end, mangoes, oranges, a tiny bit of grapefruit, then it finishes with a very light, kind of sugary, though still containing some bitterness, malt body. The mouthfeel is just a bit thin. Not much breadiness, mostly some slightly sugar syrup kind of flavors. I would like a bit more. The carbonation is right on, a slight bite as it goes down. The ABV is a little higher than I'd like, though it's less apparent in the taste than I expected. Still, very enjoyable, one of the better IPAs out there, but there seems to be a bit of room for improvement.

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

Bottle shows a fish on it... after a few, it makes for interesting conversation... anyway...
A - poured a deep copper with a smallish white head that laced but didn't last.
S - picked up some floral and citrus, nice and strong.
T - good kick of bitter piney hops.
M - Some citrus aftertaste, the bitter holds the tongue.
D - Very enjoyable, I blew through the 6 pack quicker than I expected, must go get more.

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

From a 12 oz bottle stamped "8319", into a pint glass. This one's a hazed orange color with a bit of residual yeast at the bottom. Small wispy head of white suds sticks around for a while, clinging a bit to the sides of the glass on the way down. Floral and citrus hops are clearly in evidence on the nose with some hints of malt in the background. Tastes of firm floral-citrus hops right out front, with some pink grapefruit sweetness evening things out so that it's not all bitter hops. Semi-dry finish with hints of grapefruit. In the mouth, it's crisp and sharp, the carbonation nicely accenting the crisp hops character. It's nicely tingly yet smooth and wet going down. Drinkability is very good; it's crisp yet smooth and balanced. The 7% alcohol needs to be watched however for sessions.

Overall: A solid American-style IPA that's tasty and drinkable. I'd definitely look for this one again.

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

I finally found Bell's on the East Coast! It poured a light copper color, almost yellow. The aroma was citric and sweet, a great hop aroma that really made me excited to get my lips on the glass. The taste was rewarding, a nice balance and not overly bitter. It had some sweet cirtic bites that went well with the hops. An overall great IPA. I wish I was back in Michigan and could find it on tap. I loved the bottle since it mentions the Upper Peninsula, home to my old stomping grounds at NMU.

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Photo of jessycho
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks great, perfect golden honey brown. In fact, looks purer than honey.

S - Great smell! When first opened reminded me of an old breakfast cereal, can't put my finger on which one. Almost smells like a Froot Loops or Apple Jacks. Definitely traditional piney scents, with great citrus notes. You almost wish Pinesol w/ Lemon, smelled like Two Hearted.

T - Great, crisp taste. With a perfect bite, like stepping on perfectly crunchy leaves right at the break of fall. If, like me, IPAs aren't your favorite, try to hold it in your mouth and tip your head back a little forcing it to hit the back part of your tongue. You should get less pine, and much more citrus. And if you really like the pine taste, this trick might help you appreciate almost an entirely different beer.

M - Feels fine. Take smaller sips, savor it, enjoy it, embrace it. Take note of where it hits you on your hard palate (roof of your mouth) and where it naturally lands on your tongue. Not too much carbonation, which results in an overall pleasant feel, (I prefer more carbonation though).

D - Definitely one of the better drinkable IPAs. And coming from someone who's not the biggest IPA fan, that should mean a lot. If you have a friend who prefers wheat ales or lagers and you're trying to broaden their horizons. Two-hearted is a great way to get their foot in the door.


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

A: Nice dark gold color and perfect carbonation for an IPA, but this beer has become more and more filtered over the years...

S: Excellent, super piny with some grapefruit that really stimulates the olfactory! The ABV is masked pretty well; no astringent or alcohol odor.

T: Superb. Very crisp and very hoppy but no where near overwhelming. The pine and grapefruit are also visible in the taste. This would be a great "session" or "lawn mower" beer if the ABV wasn't so high.

M: Yet again, great! Thin bodied but not watery. Its everything an IPA should be, IMO.

O: Love it and am happy to have regular/year round access to such a fantastic beer. Bells does beer right.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.96/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Robomunky
3.96/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.96/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Martin2D
3.96/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.96/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.96/5  rDev -7%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
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...

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