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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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9,935 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,935
Reviews: 3,028
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 553
Gots: 1,055 | FT: 36
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-11-2001)
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Photo of elmore


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a single 12 oz bottle bought at a local Whole Foods about 1 week ago. I have also had this on tap several times. Small head with minimal lacing. Not a lot of active carbonation. Turbid golden color that glows orange when held up to the light.

Smells of sweet citrus fruit - more of an orange rind than the more common grapefruit I pick up from IPAs. Some earthy, grainy malts. I'm picking up something a little of offputting that I can't quite describe(maybe oxidation).

Hops dominate the palate. Malts not very apparent. Dry finish. Hops don't linger.

Somewhat watery mouthfeel. Carbonation a little low from the bottle, but was more effervescent when I had it on tap.

I think overall an average IPA. This bottle may have been a little "off" judging by the low, inactive carbonation. I'm a fan of Bells (especially their Expedition Stout), but I was not very impressed with this beer even the several times I had it on tap. I'm surprised it ranks in the top 100. I have had many better IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 03:00:18 | More by elmore
Photo of csiewert


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with a finger of white foamy head that retains and laces well. The aroma has hints o piney and floral hops. The taste hits you with the piney and citrusy hop bitterness then finishes with some slight caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit overcarbed and burns slightly. Overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 23:56:23 | More by csiewert
Photo of Beasticles


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sippin a cool one poured into a pint glass with playoff baseball on tv...

A - Light golden amber, one finger of white lace
S - sweet citrus fruits and floral notes
T - Not a malty brew at all. Centennial hops dominate with a dry citrus and pine on the finish. Easy drinking. Hides the booze well.
M - On the thinner side. No stickiness.
O - Refreshing and easy. Not overfiling. Shining portrait of centennial hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 00:30:25 | More by Beasticles
Photo of jyeast101


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange in color with a half inch head. Fruity and hoppy in smell. Many tastes flow through this beer. Obiviously the hops fly through first with a bit of citrus, a dash of malt and grains, make for a balanced recipe and a smooth and drinkable India Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 18:24:27 | More by jyeast101
Photo of mountsnow1010


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice golden color with a whiite head. Nice lacing.
S - smells pretty good, a bit of grapefruit, not as strong smelling as I would have expected.
T - hoppy - bitter but not citrusy or piney especially. Missing those flavors. Disappointing, frankly.
MF - clean - flavor is good but it doesn't "stick"
D - Could have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 00:34:32 | More by mountsnow1010
Photo of ramrod666


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this ale pours a cloudy bronze with a nice 2" head. sadly the head fell fast. a thin lace decorates the glass sparsley. smell is awesome. heavy hops and floral notes are the most prevailent witha more subdued grapefruit in the back. taste is good. though not as good as i had expected given the high numbers. hops are jumbled with a heavy floral front and back and slight peppery taste resides. citrus notes but not overly so. bitter aftertaste. mouthfeel is good with decent carbonation. lighter and less syrupy than a lot in the style. drinkabilty is good. the second tasted better than the first. overall not as mind-blowing as had been led to think but, still a decent ipa.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 21:46:52 | More by ramrod666
Photo of jhu1995


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is an orange color with a nice head and good carbonation. Some lacing on the glass. Smell is very citrusy with lemon aromas coming through. Taste followed the smell with citrus and lemon flavors dominating. Would have preferred this beer to be slightly lighter in body which would have made it more drinkable, but overall a good, solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 03:01:15 | More by jhu1995
Photo of TwelveOunces


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a sam adams perfect pint.

A- Very clear golden yellow with a nice foamy 2 finger head. Pretty classic pale ale.
S- A surprisingly strong aroma when being poured and through the foam on top. centennial hops, Somewhat fruity, lemons and orange. But very skunky in a nice way. A very sweet smell coming from this one and it has a rather light characteristic.
T- Some fruit skunkyness on the way in. A surprising alcohol presence but only every so often. Not very bitter for an IPA. This really has a lot of taste characteristics similar to a gold ale or lager.
M- Not a lot of bitterness from the hops and a very light/easy to drink quality. Goes down smoother then smooth and rather refreshing.
O- I have had this a long time ago and remember it being better then it is. Id like to think that its because I got an old bottle but its less then 2 months old. Having said that, its a good beer, more along the lines of a pale ale then an IPA in my opinion. A good choice for any entry level IPA drinkers or somebody wanting a hoppy taste that wont bog them down.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:10:29 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of mwthomas


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Cloudy, golden orange color and pour produces a thin head that dissipates fairly quickly. It does leave a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Strong citrus and floral aroma from the centennial hops that mostly masks the malts.

T: Malt flavor comes through a bit stronger, but, like the smell, the hops dominate. The citrus provides a nice dry finish that balances the beer well.

M: Decent carbonation and medium bodied.

D: Definitely my favorite brew of a style that I'm slowly beginning to appreciate. Several of these can definitely be enjoyed in a session.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 20:01:49 | More by mwthomas
Photo of tdexterc


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear body with a pale honey color and a nice white 2 finger head. Lacing is exceptional as well.

S- Sweet grainy smell upfront with minimal hop presence for an IPA. What is there seems to be earthy, maybe slightly piney. Definitely not very bold thought.

T- Caramel malt is the first hit, followed by a distinct but not overpowering alchohol complexity. Hops come in afterwards showing through as piney and slightly earthy.

M- Balanced, slightly bitter, slightly sweet, medium mouth feel. Magnificent.

Over all, I think I’ve found my go-to, easy to find, smooth drinking, reasonably priced IPA for my new home. I had heard good reviews form this mid-west’s staple IPA and had been anxious to get my hands on one. I was not let down. Did it live up to the hype? No. Do they ever? Rarely. Is it still damn good? Absolutely.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 21:39:28 | More by tdexterc
Photo of DoubleJ


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Halcyondays for the gift. 12 ounces of IPA, on to the beer:

Paleish orange color, with a head that retains itself well and some lacing shown off and sticking to the glass. The hops hit your face upon opening the bottle, but fades away quickly. It still deleivers some results; tangerines, oranges, and burnt sugars. This could be a sign of a bottle with a little age on it.

There's still a "sweet" hoppiness found in this beer, with a mild toasted/burnt grain background. Tangerine and orange once again come to mind. It's a little oily and smooth in the feel, though the finish hits a small bump with a somewhat rough resiny aftertaste.

Bell's still isn't distributed to California, and I've only made two trades (none involving Bell's), yet this is my fifth offering from this brewery. Following the others, THA is DoubleJ approved.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 03:22:23 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Brian700


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice pale color and has about a quarter inch head that slowly fades into a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing this time but I remember it lacing more when I had it on tap.
The smell, Wow. As soon as you pop the top on this beer you are hit by a tremendous hop smell. Smells like Northern Brewers hops if my nose serves me correct. Probably a Northern/Cascade mix. I don't know for sure but thats what it smells like.
The taste definately follows the nose. It drastically goes from sweet to bitter. The bitter plays its part as soon as it gets to the back of the tounge. You can pick up on the oilyness probably because this is such a heavily hopped beer.
Just above average mouthfeel. Good carbonation and its flavor coats your mouth and lingers quite a bit.
Its a pretty powerful beer so I usually don't try to drink to many of them in a sitting without changing it up. It's definately a treat of a beer none the less. A good beer from a good Brewing Co. Very popular in my neck of the woods.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 05:02:17 | More by Brian700
Photo of steve8robin


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra from a trade:

A: Looks honey colored with a decent 1 inch white head.

S: Smells like a standard IPA, nothing special

T: Not a fan of IPA's, but this one tastes decent. Has the IPA taste, but more of a watered down taste so it's not so hoppy.

M: Ok amount of carbonation. Good, but not amazing.

D: Again, good, but not super special. Decent.

All in all, this is a good IPA to try at least once no matter what style you like. I need me a dark beer now.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 04:05:04 | More by steve8robin
Photo of jimdkc


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden amber with a respectable off-white head. Head initially appeared creamy, but soon the bubbles grew larger...almost spongey looking. Head eventually fell back to about a quarter inch which stayed around quite a while, leaving a good bit of lace down the glass.

Smell was at first fruity. I thought I smelled apples in the first whiff, but then couldn't find them on the second sniff. Next I got a nosefull of heavily floral, citrusy hops... almost too flowery!

Flavor was sweet malt at first, then the HOPS kick in! Again, floral flavor first, then spicy, grapefruity bitterness. Aftertaste had a definite orange-peel character that lingered a good, long while.

Mouthfeel was creamy and carbonation was just right. However, I couldn't imagine drinking a lot of these in a row!

I imagine that 2 months ago I wouldn't have liked this much. But, over the last 2 months, I've sampled a lot of different brews and I can tell that my tastes are maturing. I think I'd like to re-review this about a year from now and see what I think of it then!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 03:35:35 | More by jimdkc
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into standard shaker. from notes.

A - pours a hazy darker yellow with a nice, fluffy white head and excellent lacing.

S - Strong, floral hops but not much else.

T - Very IPA hop forward but tastes very balanced. It's definitely not a hop bomb but gives you enough bitterness to satisfy. I noticed a touch of honey on the back end, nice!

M - Medium to lighter body, a touch thin. Lots of carbonation, but overall a good feel.

D - Easy drinker. A good fishing beer, as the label might suggest! If only it came in cans....that would be awesome.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 15:17:54 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of Eriktheipaman


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold/amber With white head and very nice lacing.

The smell is just a little dull with some citrus and a little bready.

The taste is bitter on the front with a little citrus making its appearance in the middle followed up by a great bready taste coming in on the back.

It's more west coast style but with that extra, almost dry, malt kick on the back a lot of ipa's are missing.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 04:01:38 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of CreamCity

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

S- Huge hop presence, fruity, someone below me said grapefruit and I'm going to roll with that

A- Light orange copper, head has large bubbles, is dissipating quickly, not much lacing

T- Grassy, tangy, I'm really starting to think they threw grapefruit in here

M- Good carbonation, dry finish, sweet and tangy, hoppy

O- Not a fan of IPA's but I could have 1 or 2 more of these. Better than most IPA's I've had that just overload the beer with hops. This offers something different and more pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 07:41:29 | More by CreamCity
Photo of LordSMAF

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden copper color. White head about 1-1.5 inches. Nice lacing.

S - Lots of floral notes along with some hop aroma.

T - Again, lots of floral notes with some malt. Hops are up front and present here with some citrus notes sneaking around as well. Good amount of bitterness.

M - Light to medium-bodied.

D - Very drinkable. Smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 03:16:27 | More by LordSMAF
Photo of JonMich13

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Nice amber color, little head and lacing in my pour.

S = Very nice pungent hoppiness with citrus notes dominant

T = Good but something out of balance here. Very hoppy with loud grapefruit and orange peel. Lingers in the aftertaste.

M = Crisp and dry. Nice carbonation.

D = Fairly drinkable for hop fans.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 03:02:30 | More by JonMich13
Photo of imagineiii


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poored into an imperial pint glass. solid 3 finger head, maintains very well leaving a fluffy white swiss cheese lace. carbonation is very consistent, nice amber color.

S: hop acidity, citrus, lightly sweet.

T: sweet for a non-imperial IPA. citrus to the point of being tart and very well balanced but simple.

M: Light carbonation, thin for an ipa. hops dont dominate the palate but they stick around for the aftertaste.

D: as session-able as an ipa can be.

if this beer was as ubiquitous as SNPA, Id order this when Im at bars that dont have much better. But its not, and if Im stuck in a bar like this, Ill continue ordering my SNPAs. glad I tried this beer, but Im not too upset that I dont know when Ill have my next one.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 23:45:57 | More by imagineiii
Photo of HardcoreKeith


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Somehow I forgot to review this!

12 ounce bottle ... with a fish on it. I never bought this beer because the fish was unappealing to me. Then one day I saw the review and decided I had to try it. My palate has come quite a long way for me to now enjoy such bitter beers as this.

A: Hazy gold, super lacey, like a cobweb of stickiness on the glass.
S: Floral hops. Super strong hops. A symphony of hoppiness. Like sticking your face in a bag of hops.
T: Like the smell. Pretty much a hoptastic hopstravaganza. There's some malt sweetness to balance it, and it tastes more balanced as it warms up. IMO this is comparable to most double IPAs in terms of hoppiness. It's not all just bitterness though, the taste and aroma are both also really strong, and it's certainly enjoyable.
M: Dry and bitter on the aftertaste.
D: Although it's really good, I couldn't drink too much of this at once.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 04:03:10 | More by HardcoreKeith
Photo of Resuin


3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. This was bottled on 12/09/13 so is 3 months old.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber/gold and leaves a finger+ of white, sticky head which lingers around for a while.

Smell: Resin, mango, malts, honey. Very well balanced aroma between hops and malts. Pleasant and not overbearing.

Taste: More malt dominant than the aroma. Malts, cereal, mango, hint of resin. Very easy drinking.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a light to medium body. Finishes crisp and clean.

Overall: This is a pleasant, easy drinking ipa. Well crafted, with a nice feel and hoppy aroma. Quite sessionable, and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:02:38 | More by Resuin
Photo of skillerified


3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has been in cold storage for about two years.

The pour is nice, but pretty standard for the style. Rich gold color. Has an appearance similar to honey. White cream colored head. Short head, but I guess I'd expect that due to the age of the brew.

The scent is really pretty amazing. The words for it that immediately come to mind are citrus flowers. I've never smelled a real citrus flower, to the best of my knowledge, but the floral and citrus scents are so well intertwined that they seem like one. And it smells delicious to me. To be a little more specific, I get a lemony citrus scent. I'm no good at placing specific floral scents, so I won't even try. There are also hints of apple and grape. Could stand to have a little more complexity and/or added scents, but overall this is pretty phenomenal.

Taste is actually turning out to be a little disappointing. Still tasty, but it definitely lacks the firepower that the younger ones had. Fruity, but sort of indescriminately so. Apple again, I suppose. Not nearly as citric as it smells. A little white grape maybe. There are hints of clove and other spices every now and then. Still pretty good, but doesn't seem to compare favorably to fresher versions.

The mouthfeel has definitely smoothed out between this bottle and the last one I had before it (about a year and a half, I'd guess). There isn't that sharp, bitter bite that was there before. Still a good amount of carbonation buzz on the tongue. Nothing too outstanding here.

Even after two years, this brew is pretty drinkable. Unfortunately, I don't think it's really any better than the younger bottles they. The flavor is definitely subtler this time around, and that can be a good thing, but I'm just not sure it suits this beer. Definitely a brew worth purchasing though.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 04:19:58 | More by skillerified
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Totally golden with a bit of foam on the top. Nice lacing as far as I can tell. Carbonation is ok, but not very active. Good color makes this more than decent.

Smell: Freshly mowed grass and lemony hops. Also some citrus peel as well. A good and fresh scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More grass, lemon, and peel. An excellent fresh taste. Mouthfeel is not the smoothest in the world, but is pretty enjoyable. Leaves a thick, bitter feel/taste at the end.

Drinkability: A decent beer to drink with food. Bitterness could be a bit too overpowering for this though.

Overall: A good beer with some unique flavor qualities. Other than that, everything else is pretty standard.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 00:58:05 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of jacobseyb


3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice orangish golden from the bottle into a tumbler. Head was ample, though it laced minimally. Smell was citrus in nature with a nice malt backbone. Taste was orangy and grapefruity with some bitterness. Malts played a strong part. Feel was average with a nice crispness. Overall a better than average Imperial Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 01:59:04 | More by jacobseyb
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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