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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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Reviews: 3,396 | Ratings: 13,608
Photo of wordemupg
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into tulip aug22 2010

A hazy pale golden with lots of little particles being moved around by a few bubbles floating up to a two finger head that lasted for a couple of minuets and left a few specks of lace

S big floral and tropical fruit with a little caramel, quite a nice blend of fruit with a little pine

T again plenty of tropical fruit and a little more pine then I could smell some caramels and no booze whatsoever, enough malt to balance things out preventing the hops from taking over completely

M not sure where all the carbonation comes from because I couldn't see this much in the glass but it creams it up a bit and this beer has great length and sticks to your gums a bit

D this is a great IPA and I was shocked at how easily it went down, for 7%alc it's very dangerous because I would be drinking this at the rate of water and I doubt that would end well

I need to thank irishkyle21 for sending this gem my way it's a great well rounded beer that I would be drinking all the time if I could get it in my area

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Photo of teal_surup
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite from Bell's. If I am in a bar or restaurant that carriers this , bottle or keg, iThis always my choice. Usually that's what I drink for the remainder of the stay. It's an easy drinking hoppy ale, not as bitter as many imperials or IPAs. There are citrus note but they're not overwhelming.

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Photo of watkins
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow, with a slight orange tint. Rather unassuming and unintimidating.

S: Lemons, a little grass. Nice sweet hoppiness here. Good malt.

T: Citrus in the front with a great bitter in the mid-palate, finishing refreshingly and invitingly dry. Great stuff.

M: Rather light mouthfeel for the punch this beer packs, as well as the abv.

D: Yes, please. Anytime. This is definitely one of my favorite all-around beers. Reasonably priced (though still unavailable here in SC), drinkable as hell, and just damn thirst-quenching despite the strength.

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Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aztec gold with an almost polka dot pattern imprinted by super-fine remnants of suspended yeast. It is brimming, the kind of glimmering brightness that causes me to look up, half expecting to see someone casting a spotlight on it from above. Its head defects in some places but is, generally speaking, thorough and full-bodied. Also, it leaves charming blood splatter like patterns of spotty lacing.

Never mind following the heart - follow your nose! You want super-citrusy fruity hoppiness? We got it. You want sticky, sappy, resiny hoppiness? We got it. The ulta-toasty, caramel-doused malt base - nice as it is - can hardly even be detected under all this hoppiness. It is an intoxicating acidic array, a tropical jungle full of citrus fruits, a rainbow of bright and vibrant colours. It will induce the hop-head into a zen-like state of nirvana.

Hop heads eat (literally, drink) your heart out! This tastes a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Zesty orange peel, candied grapefruit, grilled mango squirted in lemon juice, caramelized coconut, spiked pineapple puree - it is all and every ounce of flavour you can hope to find in an American IPA. The malt provides just enough biscuity caramel to keep the acidity afloat and the pungency at bay; with that help, the hops can really go to town - and they do.

Two-Hearted gets right at the heart of the matter - hops. It is the nectar of the hoppy beer gods. Hop farmers should devote a ritual involving this beer to appease the gods. Sacrifice it, sacrifice something to it, do some kind of dance, make a donation to charity in its name, pour it all over the seeds and soil - do whatever it must take to make the hop gods happy so that we can continue to rejoice in the sappy, citrusy goodness of lupullin.

This is easily one of the best IPA's - and I refuse to disclaim that as merely my own opinion. Survey 100 BA's and ask them to describe the perfect IPA. It is likely that all 100 accounts, however different in their respective portrayals, will each and every one depict, in one facet or another, the Bell's Two Hearted Ale. It is simultaneously one of the most flavourful, most aromatic, most sessionable and satisfying beers out there.

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. That must be true; the occasions I get to have this beer are few and far between but each time I come back to it, I seem to love it more than the time before. Its quaffability, its quality of ingredients, the vibrant and satiating presence of so many Centennial hops - this may honestly be the best IPA in an American market that knows no shortage of great IPA's.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At first, way too bitterly unbalanced. Much like Stone Ipa or Ruination. I like those once in a while for a hop assault, but not for more casual drinking. Anyway, the more I drank, the more the nuances showed through. Surprisingly complex and floral with a strong honey presence. Reccomended

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Photo of numenor1
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Friend brought this back from Wisconsin for me, first Bells offering i've tried.

Pours hazy light orange with a very fluffy, rocky head which never completely goes away and clumps down the glass. Smells of piny, floral, citrusy hops with a very slight funkiness to it. I like it. First up there's very soft bready malt then an incredibly full, round, lush(but not at all aggressive) orangy pine hop flavor takes over my mouth. Bready malts and a nice medium creamy mouthfeel support it throughout. An interplay of spicy hops and pale toasted malts linger on in the finish. This is really terrific. Such a round, full, yet subtle flavor. Drinkable to the end. Best IPA i've had yet; what it lacks in aggression is made up with its cunning subtlety. Sadly I only have one more bottle.

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Photo of StLThrash
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden and poured with about a 3/4 inch thick foamy head. Left nice lace throughout the glass. Kept a nice cap throughout.

S - Fruity and hoppy, but not overly hoppy. Nice balance between floral, grapefruit and hops.

T - Yum.

M - Subtle malt, but nice floral / hoppy taste. Perfect carbonation. Everything mixes well.

D - Very smooth for a 7%er... one of my favorite IPA's... other than my homebrew, of course!

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Photo of Star80
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a cloudy yellow probably due to the fine layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, and moreover due to Bell's unfiltered nature. The head has an initial whipped cream-like appearance on first pour, then forms an everlasting wispy cloud-like patch on the top of the beer with lacing on the sides of my imperial pint glass. Even more noticeable is this beer's candy-like smell with some sort of strange interplay between the malts and the wonderfully smelling floral hops. Smells more like a gumball to me than Gumballhead! Taste is where it comes together in an interesting almost butterscotch candy sweetness (diacetyl alchohol) washed back with those bitter hops! I'm not sure if this is one of the great before or after dinner beers. Despite it's paler appearance this is one rich and filling beer at 6.0% abv. Mouthfeel is about where a beer like this should be, perhaps a tad thin. Pretty dang drinkable and those hop burps are great!

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Photo of EPICAC
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at Against the Grain in NYC.

Pours a cloudy copper. Topped by a fluffy, meringue-like, white head with good retention. The aroma is hop-focused: delicious orange-blossom citrus and resiny hops. There's also a bit of a raw sugar undercurrent.

There's a toasty malt backbone with a light, raw sweetness. There's a nice citric hop flavor with a light herbal, resiny kick. Well balanced, there's a focus on the hop flavors rather than the hop bitterness. Light-bodied with a nice kick from the carbonation.

Well balanced. All of the hop flavor is there with just enough of the bitterness.

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very flavorful with lots of hoppy notes. I found it slightly acidic with a hint of nutty flavors. It is crisp, refreshing and has floral undertones.

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Photo of burnstar
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours slightly cloudy and golden with a big rocky white head that persists for quite some time. Aroma is citrusy hops, lemons, there is definitely some noticable sweetness present as well, a bit of sweet oranges, very enticing. Taste is sweet malt combined with citrusy and herbal hops- nicely balanced and similar to the smell. It finishes with a pleasing lingering hop bitterness and a distinct biscuity flavor. Mouthfeel medium and moderately carbonated- just about right for this. This stuff is very drinkable. Tastey and so nicely balanced (for an IPA) there's nothing to get tired of. In fact, I'm going to get another right now.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle purchased at Bell's. Served in a pint glass.

A: Deep golden/orange, cloudy body. Tall, foamy white head.

S: Full of sweet floral and citrusy hops.

T: Again, the taste is full of hops. Grapefruit with some slight piney notes. Seems to be balanced by some malt, as it is not overly bitter and has a slight breadiness to it. A dry finish and aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Very smoothe.

D: Very good, flavorful and well balanced. Goes down almost too easily. Hoping Bell's starts ditributing in New Jersey soon because I need to get some more of this.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass
Hazy golden wheat color- Big rocky cloud deck of clean, white foam
Fantastic perfume aroma of floral hops and juicy citrus
Taste- Big hops up front with orange rind and grapefruit juiciness close behind-a delicious finish that begs for another taste
If you dig IPA's or are a "hophead" this is a truly outstanding offering that will make you want to sit in a deck chair and stare out at a lake somewhere in Northern Michigan!
If you don't have everyday access to this beer it is definitely worth buying a case or two
Get some!!!

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Photo of alexgash
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, slightly hazy apricot body with a fluffy, yet sticky off-white head. Hugely aromatic citrus hops--orange, lemons, and grapefruit. Lean malt backing lends a nice sugary complement to the heavenly hops. Taste: some malt up front, fruity with a bit of caramel. Big citrus hops dominate. Big, but not too big, in bitterness. This has just an amazing citrus taste to it! Finish is long, acidic and bitter. Big feel for it's size, and very drinkable.

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Photo of inebrius
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thap...thap, thap. The sound of whole hop laden vines descending on your buds in a blitzkrieg of bitterness. If not for a decent dose of malt your mouth might be puckered into 2004. Bouquet of hard lemon candy and catnip. A hop assault on the senses. Aggressively carbonated and wild. Is there some airborne yeast in Kalamazoo Larry Bell has decided to culture?

This will be my last review until I can get some taste buds surgically implanted on my tongue. Yikes!

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Tallahassee brew-fest

A lot of people like to glorify bells, and proclaim this to be "the best ever" for IPA's, and I don't like to buy into the hype

I also do not like IPA's, so I'm the first to rip them apart, but I just cant bring myelf to hat this beer
Its just too good, and thats coming for a malt loving beer snob like myself

The hops character does not grate on your taste buds like so many other IPA's, and its mouthfeal/body reflects its hopp bitterness perfectly

If you see it, get it. Its a great IPA, and although its not my favorite, I feel like its a a very well made brew that deserves the reputation it has.

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Photo of Pencible
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this again, after having a bad pour on my first sampling (over a year ago). This one poured a clear gold with lots of white head. It smelled like lots of floral and grassy hops, with a bit of caramel malt. It tasted like floral and grassy hops with sweet peach and a bit of malt. It was oily with no carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was much better than my first sampling. It was delicious and clean and makes me want to drink more and more of it. My only suggestion is that it could have used a bit more body.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my utmost favorite IPAs. It has a fantastic hop character with a sweeter flavor accompanying it, I can't put my finger on what that sweet flavor is, but it compliments the hops beautifully.

A) Decent sized head upon pouring, just about to overflow my pint glass but decided not to. The color is gold with a slight red tint.

S) The smell is amazing, hoppy and fruity pebbles, awesome.

T) Hoppy, but extremely well balanced, more so than any other IPA I have tried.

M) Slightly bitter, and then sweet/citrusy, definitely delicious.

D) This is perhaps too drinkable, is there is such a thing. Absolutely delicious beer.

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Photo of montageman
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my old stand-by. No matter what kind of mood I'm in, Two Hearted does the trick. Pours an amber, orangish color. The smell is flowers, pine, and citrus. The taste is incredibly complex and wonderful - bitter, sweet at times, piney (?), and more. Easily one of my personal favorites.

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Photo of mixitchugit
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I go to a out of my way to get on tap. Good hoppy sweet smell and dark amber color. Head laces around the glass and sticks around for most of the beer. The alchol is mildly present. Good drinkability not one of pound-able beer though, meant to be enjoyed.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It's a very cloudy peach-amber with a rather sizable ivory colored head that remains rather foamy throughout. Some sticky patches of lace remain behind on the glass.

S: Wow. Incredibly rich grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas unlike almost any other IPA I've had. There's a delicate, sweet, and fresh smell on this unlike most other IPAs. If I could get this as an air freshener, I would.

T&M: Taste is of grapefruit and citrus, with a hint of pine/herbal flavor. A sweet malt base helps to balance the rather intense hop bitterness in an interesting way by making the fruity/citrus hop flavors taste sweeter. Two Hearted Ale is a damn tasty IPA. The body is on the lighter side for an IPA, though I don't feel like it detracts in any way from the flavor (this isn't a DIPA, after all). Still, a fuller body would help one to savor the beer just a bit longer before swallowing.

D: This is an IPA that goes down rather quickly because of its lighter body and nice flavor. Two Hearted Ale is in the top echelon of American IPAs and is a must have for any hop head.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the tap(at home system) into a 12oz WI Beer Fest mug.
Listening to: Smokestack Lightning - Grateful Dead.

A: A foamy, off-white head, that leaves good lacing and has good retention. The body is clear, a deep golden hue, Slight haze.

S: Piney, hop forward notes. A bit of a earthy aroma, most that of hops.

T: A perfect hoppy brew, that has a bit of malt in the backbone. A bold, yet drinkable IPA. From start to finish, this IPA does justice to the style. A bold, robust hop kick is finished off by a dry malt lingering taste.

M: I find most of the Bell's brew to have this same creamy mouthfeel, even more so on tap. A all around great feeling in the mouth, from start to finish.

D: I could drink this beer all day, a strong beer, that has just that subtle strong body to keep to on your toes, but ever so tasty to have you coming back for more.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First beer I had after making my first shopping stop in Indianapolis. Two Hearted was very near the top of my “have to find” list. Presented in a 12oz brown bottle, Two Hearted Ale had a hazy dark golden color and a firm, foamy off-white head that never really died down and generated a nice patchwork of lace.
The aromas of grapefruit, soft pine and floral hops along with a faintly yeasty smell came wafting from the glass. The taste had a lightly bready malt note initially which was promptly pushed aside by a strong grapefruit and lighter pine flavor that built through the finish and left a long bitter taste residing on the palate. The feel was medium-bodied and very smooth.
This offering from Kalamazoo Brewing is one of the best American IPA’s out there. Assertive in its hoppiness but not off-the-chart, Two Hearted Ale is one of the most well-crafted IPA’s I’ve had. I’m real glad I saved a couple to bring home to savor later.

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Photo of pb9613
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer pours the classic golden color of an american IPA with a dense white head. The head slowly dissipates but still covers the beer has great lacing.

Smell: Intense resin/pine aroma with classic grapefruit/citrus notes from the hops.

Taste: Very prominent bitterness, which is not overpowering. There are strong pine notes with background citrus hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Great smooth and creamy body, but on the lighter side than most IPA‘s.

Overall: An excellent IPA. The first time you have Two Hearted Ale, you will wonder about all the hype. But try a different IPA and them come back to a Two Hearted and you will understand how well this beer is put together.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a visually striking IPA. It pours to a giant white rocky head (pour carefully!) that sits astride a pale amber, sparkling beer muted by a promising chill haze. The sticky head leaves lots of beautiful lacing in its wake. The nose is a strong, sublime blend of citrus, florals and resinous pine with boozy undertones. The flavor hops carry through to the palate, over top of a malty foundation that gets washed over by a nice hoppy bitterness. This bitterness dominates the finish, clinging as it should for the style, joined by hints of bitter citrus and pine. The bitterness is very well-balanced relative to the flavor, being less heavy-handed than in a lot of IPAs. The fizzy carbonation is a nice counterpoint to the bitterness, and sets the medium body up for a slight creaminess that increases drinkability. (16 oz can, 32 days after pkg.)

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,396 ratings.