Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 3,306
Hads: 13,091
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 806
Gots: 3,263 | FT: 53
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: 3,306 | Hads: 13,091
Photo of RageLotus
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass out of bottle.

A: Hazy look with a golden / tan appeal. Leaves some head after poured which is a plus.
I also believe the bottle lable should be taken into the apearance category makes me want to hang out at the river and wet a line while enjoying it.

S: Initial grapefruit with a hint of grassy aroma. Very pleasing to the nostrils.

T: Once applied to mouth it kicks off a few flavors of many higher ABV brews that I enjoy. I always like to know I'm getting something for the money. Leaves a pleasant after taste on the back of tongue which lasts suprisingly long. Might be slightly bitter, but in a good way.

M: Has some bubble to it, for sure not a flat effect. Almost makes you want to chew when held in mouth for a few seconds. This is one that personally I could drink a "few" of on one of those nights if you know what I mean. Very hearty, no pun intended.

O: I'm glad this is a year round brew. In my book, it is one of those tasty sixers that I appriciate to have on hand at the local beer store when needed. Very impressed, probably the fourth time I have had this one and it seems to taste better every time I taste it. I am a big fan of quite a few Bells concoctions but this isn't the reasoning for liking's just a good beer ladies and gentlemen.

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Photo of belgaridub
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light golden color with a pale off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves some lacing.

Smells does not jump out at me, but with my nose up close the main thing I smell are hops. Possibly also a resiny character in the nose as well.

Taste definitely showcases the dominant hops in this beer. And what hops they are! The resiny taste also is in the background along with a light citrus that does a good job of working with the hops. The taste in this beer is just a great mouthfull of hoppiness yet still manages to not be overwhelming thanks to the citrus flavors and simply being a well made beer.

Very little carbonation in this beer. The mouthfeel seems pretty unexceptional it's pretty smooth with a medium body.

Overall, this beer showcases the powerful hops of an American IPA well. Great example of the style and a wonderful beer.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A brownish-yellow-copper with two fingers worth of tight laced, just a smidge off white head.

S: Full nose of piney and resiny hops with a slight malt character underneath. A very hop forward IPA, yet not overly aggressive. Good balance here.

T: Big, bitter grapefruit and resiny hops that linger for quite some time. Figured the malt backbone on the nose would come through a bit more here, nevertheless it remains a very solid IPA. Good citrus notes upfront, met with grapefruit and bitter hops. Slightly dry with some white grape flavors as well.

M: Bitter and drying. Astringency is my only qualm with this one. Higher carbonation level than I am used to in an IPA as well with a mouth drying quality.

D: This beer is certainly crisp and refreshing and boasts many qualities that hop heads would love, but it just remains a bit on the bitter side for me. Easy drinking IPA with great aroma and flavor, and crisp carbonation.

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Photo of jpiper
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at Buckeye Beer Engine.

A dark golden with a nice off white foam which stuck with the beer and followed it in rings down the glass as I drank.

A richer smell than some hoppy beers. Still floral and a little citrus, but there's sweetness in this one as well.

It has a decent balance of hops and malt. Plenty of bright citrus and bitter grapefruit peel, not spicy, but bitter. And there's malt sweetness on the front end, but it doesn't stand up to the hops. The hop character isn't quite special enough to get excited.

Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than most, but still pretty typical IPA.

I can pound a good IP all day long - and this one is plenty delicious.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark, coppery gold in color, pours with a small white head that receded quickly. Lots of lacing on this one, very sticky stuff

S - Some floral fruits in the nose, even a hint of grapefruit.

T - Lots of bittering hops in this one, just how I like it! Despite the darkish color, malty sweetness is kept to a minimum. Nice dry finish.

M - A little creamy, but nothing too extraordinary.

D - This is a great beer, very sessionable. Its a shame its not available in NYC.

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Photo of MP72
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- a light copper color with a nice fluffy white head.

S- Grapefruit bigtime ,, hops galore.

T- nice malt profile with a grafefruit overtone.Hops are very present and upfront.

M- Typical for style

D- Very nice drinkable IPA. A little strong to make a session of but a beer I will certainly drink again.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thin (for an IPA), slightly cloudy, orangey amber. A huge head on this thing that just kept on growing.

S - Hoppy, with a big pine note. It's as if I opened a bottle of Pine*Sol.

T - I am enjoying thwe hops in this, but it is perhaps a bit more floral and less citrusy than other IPAs I have enjoyed.

M - Very thin, I understand this isn't an Imperial, but it too thin for an IPA. Something leads me to beileve they watered this down a bit.

D - It goes down well, keeps clean and has a considerably low ABV. A very easy drinker.

This is a good IPA, but not a great IPA. Perhaps I was expecting a bit more from this, but it seems that Bell's weakened it up to get it selling a bit better. I liked it, but I don't think I'll be getting it again.

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Photo of Jesswellick
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very hoppy taste, but not overwhelming at all. Gives a bite that keeps you wanting more. The light mouth feels allows for easy drinking. The carbonation leaves a lingering tickle in your throat. But the hops do leave a slight after taste, probably the only downfall to the beer

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a burnt orange color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is piney grapefruit with some malts. Not really aromatic. Taste is a nice tingly pine hop bite followed by some juicy grapefruit. Pretty noticeable malt presence. Very well balanced. Medium bodied with a tingly amount of carnonation. Oily mouthfeel. Not an in your face hop bomb but a good marriage of hops and malts. I think its been said before but this reminds me a bit of Racer 5. Overall, solid IPA for sure.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice surprise from guy who did some construction on house.
L - copper with minimal head (pour temp was a bit cold), some lacing throughout
A - nice pine sent - not overpowering, hop aroma, malt
T - pine, hop flavors and malt flavors
F - medium body, good carbonation, a little sweetness from malt.
O - hope I'm not under rating - similar beers are often overpowered with pine or malt - this is very drinkable and well 'balanced' - we need a synonym...

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Photo of lochef81
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We all know that two hearted is one of the benchmarks against which other American ipas are judged and for good reason. It is super smooth, clean, and simple. This ale Pours a gorgeous hazy Orange color with a medium head that dissipates to a lasting lacing. The aroma is pure citrus with notes of grass and very fresh on the nose. It Sips smooth but a little chewy due to the beers unfiltered quality. The flavor is bitter on the front end and malty on the rear. It is very fresh and refreshing and balanced. This is an excellent example of an American ipa. It stands along side of 60 Minute, Centennial, and Stone as dome of the finest ipas produced today. Grab a bottle and enjoy....I may even open another.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, golden-orange, with a finger of head that left a moderate lacing in the glass.

S: Lots of hops, mostly floral. A little malted grain and fruitiness as well.

T: There's a little grain and sweet malt up front, but it quickly gets knocked aside by an avalanche of hops, bitter with some citrus and fruity flavors mixed in. Yeah, this one is for the hop-heads.

M: Good carbonation, a touch dry in the finish.

O: Not amazing, but it will please any fan of IPA's. I wouldn't call it a session ale, but mine disappeared way faster than it should have.

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Photo of redearth329
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - clear gold, 1 finger white sticky head, medium texture. Light to medium carbonation.

S - Grapefruit and lemon. A vague herbal note.

T - Hoppy, but not crazy. First thing I tasted was malt and honey, actually. Then grapefruit followed by lemon. Actually, it's more like lemon thyme (not lemon and thyme -Lemon thyme). The herbal and citrus notes are really well integrated together. There's also a semi-artificial quality to the lemon --like Fruit Loops almost.

M - light to medium body. Malt backbone. Great amount of fine carbonation.

O - a great IPA. Really like this. This would have paired really well with a lemon thyme panna cotta we used to serve at a restaurant I used to work at.

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Photo of OldYoda
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my trusted Troeg's pint glass - a hazy orange with a modest head and excellent lacing.

Smell is hops and some citrus with a whiff of malt. The odor is smooth and invites you to dive in.

Taste is outstanding - hops dominate but well balanced by a bready malt backbone. Finishes clean and smooth.

Drinkability is outstanding - I could session this with no problem at all. Another great offering from Bell's. Bravo!!!

10/4/08 Revisiting this is a real treat. Just as good as I remembered. If anything, I enjoy this more today than I did 6 months ago. Just an outstanding American IPA.

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Photo of dolemite77
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color, the head is tremendous though, rocky and thick. Aroma is sweet malt, and HEAVY on the cascade hops. Flavor is sweetly hoppy... the malt has a nice sweetness to it that works well with the citrus hops, as well as just the plain ol' bitter hops. Woodsy and piny hops on the back end. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of cetherid
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass


a yellow-orange beer. a small white head. nothing really unique.


I get a big whiff of piney hops. a nice fruity hops presence in there as well. smell of citrus, but also some other fruit in there that I can't quite point out. A very beautiful smelling beer.


a nice hoppy presence you that little burn on the tongue, then really smooths out at the end with the malt flavor. my first true IPA I'm reviewing and surprisingly I like it.


about medium bodied. a good amount of carbonation. Anice little tingle on the tongue.


I traditionally haven't liked hoppy beers like IPAs, but that was probably because I was drinking the wrong ones. The is bitter but smooth and I could definitely have 2-3 in a sitting.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rather hazy, orangish copper in color with a one finger head that fades rather quickly.
The nose is very sweet and citrusy. Bready malts melding with the very potent hops of citrus notes.
An assault of hops is my initial note.
Oranges, grapefruits are dominant. Has a decent malt backbone but the hops rule in this one.
Just the way I like it. Very good brew for sure.

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Photo of budsboy
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light orange with a quickly disappearing white bubbly head and some pretty sticky lacing.

Fragrant this is. Smells wonderful. Floral hops indeed. There's a spiceness in there too that I can't quite figure out.

Taste is sharp, floral and hopped up. Bitter bitter dry finish. I'm usually not much for the hopsters, but the floral essence of this one is pleasing. Bold, foreward beer.

Medium bodied, heavier than I expected from the looks of it. It isn't the kind of beer I could double up on, but one here and there would be a pleasure.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy golden, with a tinge of orange. Creamy half-finger head

S: Citrus notes, some breadiness. Pineapple and other tropical fruit. A little hint of caramel.

T: Nicely balanced mild sweetness enhancing the tropical notes, then a clean bitter finish

M: Pleasant, moderate carbonation. Flavors linger on the tongue nicely.

O: Very pleasant drinking, would definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of Breen
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour/Appearance: 1 finger head maintained through the imbibing with moderate lacing. Rich amber in color.

Smell: A strong citrus and floral bouquet.

Mouthfeel: a full-bodied beer, with a dry finish.

Taste: Heavy floral notes, some spiciness and citrus hops.

Overall: This is my second try of a Bell's product. I enjoyed this one a little more than the first.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Still one of the most talked about beers in the US, its notoriety and cult-like following amongst hopheads attests to it greatness. And despite much change in the IPA world over the last decade, Two Hearted is still an IPA to reckon with thanks to its delicious hop-centric blend, balance and sheer drinkability.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 7.0%

LOOK: Hazed golden amber, epic head

SMELL: Orange zest, dried grass, crackers, passion fruit, estery, grapefruit pulp, yeast

TASTE: Deep smoothness, medium bodied, oily hoppiness, orangey, bready, nutty yeast, peppery, leafy, floral, semi-pungent bitterness, slightly dry finish

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with an impressive white craggy head that melts to very sticky lacing covery the top of the brew.
Aroma is sort of an orange type of citrus hops...not too intense and not bitter at all. A nice little bit of sweet malt as well.
Taste comes through as light pale malt and then light citrus hops...more in an English type than an American to me. Definately not a west coast type.
This is a very easy drinker and easy summer quencher.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bell's Two Hearted IPA is a decent beer. It pours a hazy golden with thick white head that is lacing. The scent carries fresh pine with slight bitter citrus. The taste starts a very slight bitter then sweetens with the malt used. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a sessionable IPA.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide flute glass. Opaque golden colored with two fingers of white head that held well.
Smells of bright citrus, grapefruit and lemon.
The taste was bitter from beginning to end with a malty sweetness always on the edge but never quite breaking through. The hops' bitterness lasted long after.
Smooth texture, bubbly and medium bodied.
A robust drink. I really liked this take on the IPA. There is a lot of malt balancing out the hops and they compliment each other well.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm just enjoying IPAs more and more these days. Two Hearted Ale is another fine example of Bell's offerings. Rich and complex, with enough alcohol strength that this cannot be session beer. Great foam head and carbonation, nice hop character. Not my favorite IPA, but will definitely purchase this one if I'm back in the Midwest.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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