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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

8,701 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8701
Reviews: 2962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%


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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mjd83goblue

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, Batch 7508 (we're halfway to Batch 8000!)

A: Orangish, somewhat cloudy, with shades of red. 1 1/2" of foamy head drops to a thin cover that stays.

S: The predominant smell is citrusy piney good old Centennials. However, you can tell by the smell that this has the malt to stand up to them. There is also something else that I can't put my finger on that sets it apart from other IPAs, maybe some darker fruits?

T: The epitome of a balanced IPA. A huge bitter hopbomb that is set off perfectly by the maltly sweetness. Maybe a touch bitter in the finish, but thats the way I like it.

M: Medium body, a little oily

D: 6% is a little high if you want it to be a big session, but I drink this by the 6 pack.

This is currently my go-to beer when I'm just looking to have a couple (or few...), replacing SNPA and SABL. A great beer in every aspect, and I can usually get it for around $9/6er.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 03:56:35 | More by mjd83goblue
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maximum respect to hoppymeal for sending me four bottles of this beer in our recent trade. Poured into a nonic, Two Hearted Ale is undoubtedly hazy, golden amber with a dense and rocky small white head and sticky lacing. Sparse carbonation. Profoundly zesty citric hop aromas, with grapefruit and pine notes abiding. A substantial caramel malt scent is also detectable. Sharp grapefruit bitterness leads the hop profile here, with young spruce cone and apricot flavors arriving late in the sip. Some mineral notes ride along with a rather understated caramel malt bill that is all but obliterated by the brash (but not overwhelming) hops. Bready aftertaste. Peppery mouthfeel, juicy too. Pretty dry finish -- actually, pretty dry overall. Very nice mouthfeel on this just about medium-bodied ale. This is a ridiculously flavorful IPA which makes it incredibly drinkable. Easily one of the best of its style in the world.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 02:29:41 | More by orfeu
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Matthew

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Orangish to light copper in color with a near perfect inch of frothy and sticky head. Good lacing and head retention.
Candied hops. Thats the best way I can describe this unique smelling IPA. The hop character in the nose itself is mostly of citrus, mainly grapefruit, orange rind, and very subtle hints of pine. But all of those characters smell like they have been coated with the candy you coat candy apples with.
Hop bite upfront consisting of a piny like flavor that gives way to a grapefruity bitterness. Fruit tartness leads to a nice sweet bready malt backbone that holds this unique and bold hop character in its place.
Nice full and nicely carbonated mouthfeel for the style.
A very drinkable IPA from Bells that has really impressed me. Too bad I only have 2 bottles.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 01:27:02 | More by Matthew
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schusterbauer

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

slightly cloudy golden beer with hints of tangerine coloring. floral and hops aromas dominate. amazingly blended and balanced. fresh citric hops stand out against a smooth malt profile. fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice mixed with orange pulp. grains and spices are also noticable.

beautifully crafted, very well controlled. most brewers attempting something like this would've given into the temptation of overly sweetening and hopping to the point of ridiculousness.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 19:04:15 | More by schusterbauer
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Duster72

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass, a very nice slighlty cloudy orange hue. Smallish head; very sticky lacing. Very pleasant aroma of citrus hops. You could almost just smell this beer. Excellent balance of citrus and hops flavor. Just bitter enough, but not enough to pucker your mouth. Predominantly orange flavors with some grapefruit in the mix. Finish is dry and clean. Exceptional drinkability. My favorite 60 minute IPA so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 18:05:18 | More by Duster72
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color, with a wavy head that's characteristically smooth for a heavy-loaded IPA. Smell is perfect: many layers, but mostly floral hops of the cascade and fuggles variety, but also a certain sweetness that's hard to put your finger on. The taste is big and chewy, with the same hop character as in the smell. Terrifically balanced though, many times beers have a one-dimentional hop taste and this seems to totally buck that trend. As the glass empties the taste seems a little less spectacular but just as dense, a feat of a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 00:07:06 | More by Toddv29424
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JayQue

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great IPA, in the same class as Celebration Ale. Pours a hazy straw gold color with a nice size white head that hangs in there. Sheets of lacing on the glass. Good strong IPA smell, hops and citrus.

Fantastic taste!!! Hops bitterness and pine and citrus. Rich and varied taste, I could sip this one all day. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Certainly would not enjoy a lesser tasting beer after one of these. Drinkability is good, this would be a three-and-out session beer, but it would be a good session. I can't get Bells products here (This one came from D's 6 packs and dawgs near Pittsburg). If I could buy them here or if I could find this beer on tap in Tidewater VA...life would be good.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 17:42:45 | More by JayQue
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Reed415

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a darker amber color with a lasting head

S - Piney Citrus hops, Hophead's delight

T - Same as the aroma. Hops,hops, and more hops, some caramel malt is lingering in there. It has some DIPA flavors

M - Light-Medium Bodied, Smooth!

D - If you love hops, pick this beer up

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 20:36:44 | More by Reed415
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mareyna82

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite everyday beer that I wish I could have in my fridge all the time. Unfortunately, I can't get it anymore because of the crazy distribution laws in Illinois.

It pours a hazy orange with beautiful floral aromatics shooting out of the bottle. It has nice frothy white head that sticks to the glass. The nose is all hops, very floral and colorful. the taste is like heaven. perfect hop blend that jolt the taste buds. and a great bitter finish that isn't overwhelming.

Could be the best interpretation of an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 06:14:59 | More by mareyna82
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber/orange hue with a good sized pearl white head. The head collapses fairly quickly, but this beer leaves some of the best lacing on the sides of the pint glass that I've seen. The nose makes itself known while pouring the beer into the pint glass. Heavy scents of pine, ripe grapefruit, and orange rind. The floral nose is well done and matches perfectly with the taste. The flavor profile is the winner for me here. Starts out with bitter hops but the delicate pale malt comes into play to round out the bitterness. Fresh citrus fruit flavor, pine, and the sweet malt just work so well. Medium body and medium carbination leaves a slight dry sensation after the drink. The mouthfeel is actually a little creamy as well. I could drink this pretty much anytime of the year. Great offering from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 23:17:25 | More by TheodorHerzl
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DrinkinBuddy

New York

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice hazy copper with a delicious 1 1/2 finger sticky white head. Smell is amazing citrus/ pine, just an amazing and tranquil experience. Taste is mind-blowing as well. Citrus splash with the absolute balance of piney hops to send you wanting more with every sip. The absolute best ipa I have ever had. A complete pleasure to be experienced. Mouth feel is perfectly balance with carbination and thickness totally coinciding for a great mix. I could definately drink this IPA all day long.. I am totally amazed by Bell's 2 hearted...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 05:11:12 | More by DrinkinBuddy
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BeaBeerWife

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome IPA, nice story behind it too. As American IPA's get more and more popular, I think it's important to recognize this one as one of the early wave makers. Pours a wonderful sticking head, smells perfect, tastes reaaal nice. What is really weird, is flashing-back to my days of beer ignorance and trying this beer for the first time thinking what a bitter smelly beer! Now IPA's are my fav.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 04:43:51 | More by BeaBeerWife
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weasbri

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange color, with a nice head filling to the top of the glass, and retaining well throughout.
Aroma is of pine and very floral hops. Perhaps a touch of lemon too.
The flavor is a mouth full of flowery goodness, grapefruit, and bitter hops. The sharp hop bitterness lingers at the back of the mouth, but is just pleasant enough, though perhaps not so for non-hop heads.
Really nice beer, I could just sit and sniff it for hours.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 22:36:59 | More by weasbri
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MPLS

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer seems like the most dominant AIPA on tap in Minneapolis and for good reason.

A: Sweet sweet sweet amber topped with some small head. Lacing present. Carbonation evident.

S: Smells citrus and sharp floral notes.

T: Love the citrus taste closest to grapefruit. Very pleasant dryness lingers (best part of the beer) and makes me want to take another sip.

M: Lively, exciting carbonation.

D: My AIPA of choice in Minneapolis bars. I would consider this the beer that got me into craft beer. I remember having kegs of this stuff for a few summer parties that we threw. I can remember people drunkingly criticizing the beer, but I did not pay them much attention.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2008 01:34:37 | More by MPLS
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After giving this beer an unfavorable review the first time around. I decided to get a fresh sixer and try it again. I'm not sure if my first sixer was old or what was wrong but i wasn't really a fan of it. Maybe my pallet has developed more in the past year. Who knows?

Batch #9499 which according to Bell's website says this was bottled on Dec. 14, 2009. Making this less then 4 weeks old. So this is a super fresh sample.

Pours a golden yellow with some orange mixed in. About a finger and half head thats white in color and somewhat soapy in appearance.

Smell is awesome. Fresh candied hop aroma. Citrus and some floral notes.

This is sweeter then i would have thought. Tastes like candied white grapefruit. A quick shot of bitterness gives way to a candied sweetness that finishes clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy and smooth. Goes down with no trouble. Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

The first time i tried this i said i wouldn't seek it out again. After this six pack i can say that this is a delicious beer. Maybe the fact that it is less then 4 weeks old has something to do with it. I'm not sure. I am sure that this sixer stands no chance of surviving the night.

(EDIT:) re-reviewd on Jan. 10, 2010

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 00:38:07 | More by BigMike
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours nice orange amber color with 2" head that dissipates slowly leaving lots of nice lacing.

S- Floral nose with lots of citrus and hoppy scents. Maybe a tiny bit of malt sweetness but hop oil and piney grapefruit dominate.

T- Initial citrus flavor with hops dominating in the finish. One of the best pine and grapefruit hop flavors that I have ever had. Only the slightest bit of malt sweetness is present just long enough to give your palate a break from the delicious hoppy bitterness.

M- Good carbonation and medium bodied. Long hoppy finish.

D- Overall an awesomeAmerican IPA with a fantastic taste and smell. Very drinkable if you like hops!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 21:52:30 | More by projectflam86
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drink1121

California

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was great. I wanted my brother to see the difference between an American Pal Ale and an American India Pale Ale.

So we drank this next to a Flying Dog Doggie Style APA. This beer blew it out of the water, even though my brother liked the APA more, cause this one was "too hoppy" for him.

Everything was great about this beer. Taste was perfect.
I am glad my brother didnt like it, so I could have it all.
Drinkablity is slightly down because of the intense hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 15:57:59 | More by drink1121
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep orange that was not clear, but there was visible carbonation flowing to the top. The beer had a thick, dense big white head that was well retained. Also there were noticeable particles floating in the beer. A portion of the head was retained throughout the beer.

The aroma is a nice strong hoppy aroma with a nice floral background.

The taste is very good. Hoppy with floral and citrus notes and just the right touch of malt. Well balanced with a nice bitter aftertaste.

The beer has a medium body to it; it is smooth, rich and very drinkable. Overall, to date this is the best American IPA I have had and I am pretty sure that it will be tough to top. Exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 03:09:49 | More by PhillyStyle
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joedon

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nearly a perfect IPA. Brilliant gold color with sticky lace. Hoppy-spicy aroma. Perfect balance between bitterness and maltiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability just right for the style.

Kind of hard to find this on tap in Minnesota but worth the effort.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 22:56:50 | More by joedon
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dpasotti

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear dark straw color, but turns a hazy solid gold after the yeast is added (the only way to drink a Two Hearted). Beautiful ecru head lasts forever and produces thick, intricate lacing patterns down the entire length of the glass. The aroma is very distinctive and consists of citric C-hops, strawberry jam, and a honey-like sweetness.

The flavor is amazing. Orange and strawberry initially with a light toasty malt backing and bittersweet grapefruit finish. Lingering astringent bitterness keeps you coming back.

Two Hearted is medium-bodied and just slightly coats the mouth with oily hop goodness. Moderate alcohol level is hidden well, unlike many beers from Bell's. An infinitely-drinkable, well-balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 04:10:17 | More by dpasotti
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chickenflea

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12-oz bottle. Slightly hazy golden color. Stiff ample white head that persisted for 15 minutes. Strong pleasant citrus aroma. Medium body with a creamier texture than I expected. Mild sweetness blending quickly into orange and then orange peel. Hoppy without being overpowering. Immensely drinkable. My favorite IPA. No, wait. My favorite beer, period. I continue to be impressed with the offerings from Bell's!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 00:24:11 | More by chickenflea
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BigDoug

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Two 12 oz bottles poured into my 22 oz glass mug.

This is my favorite session IPA. I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet.

Pours a very nice deep copper gold color. Very dense creamy slight off white head. The head stays there forever. Falls to a thick creamy cap on top of the beer. Leaves above average lacing.

The smell is fantastic. Almost smells like a Hopslam but a little more citrusy. Light malt in the backround. Faint aroma of alcohol. Very floral hops. Centennial if I'm not mistaken.

The taste is where it's at! Very very lovely hop flavor with a pinch of pale malt. Perfect bitterness. It's bitter but the flavor really makes the bitterness seem very faint. It's a hopheads session beer for sure. I could drink a sixer of this without any problem.

Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Very creamy. A little thin but not watery by any means. Medium carbonation. A swirl around the glass makes it even more creamy and build the head right back up. Just fantastic feel to this beer.

The drinkability is right where the taste is, which is perfect. I could drink this everyday for the rest of my life and would not complain. The only thing that stops me from drinking a case of this beer in a couple days is the 7% ABV which will make it's appearance after drinking 2 or 3 of them. A sixer is plenty and boy is it just a great beer! Bell's nailed this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 19:14:10 | More by BigDoug
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bell's Hearted Ale poured a golden color, with a bit of a smaller head. It smelt very hoppy. The taste was rather unique. There is a initial strong hoppy taste, but a very smooth finish. This makes it easier to drink, but a little bit of a weaker flavors, but IPA fans will still enjoy. Overall a very good beer, a bit more mild then other IPAss but will not disapoint.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:01:26 | More by vette2006c5r
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally, finally, I get to try some Bell's Two Hearted. Big thanks are due to Shawn for bringing a bottle along to our farewell Derek tasting (which seems premature as he's still around for another 6 weeks).

Pours a hazy orange with a finger of off-white head, which collapses to a skiff and leaves some nice sheets of lacing. the odd bit of chunky sediment leads me to believe this beauty is bottle conditioned. Great citrus nose mixing in with fresh pine resin and a firm caramel background. Its the standard combo for the style, but it smells incredibly fresh and vibrant.

Great balance in the flavour between super-fresh grapefruit/pine notes from the hops, and a big caramel backing. Likewise, sweetness and bitterness are perfectly weighted for an IPA. Its actually a stunningly simple beer, but its executed so flawlessly that there's no hesitation in giving it top marks. Its quality even extends to the mouthfeel, which is medium-weighted with a drying finish that accentuates the bitterness nicely.

Very, very well done, and a deserved bright light in the beer sky. Its got a somewhat high ABV that precludes sessioning, and even starts pitching towards an imperial version, but man oh man, do Bell's know how to do hops!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 18:56:35 | More by bobsy
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ralree

Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this bottle for quite a while, and it is still very tasty. One of the brothers said he couldn't find a freshness date, and another gave it a C mentioning it might have been a bad bottle. Bell's prints the batch number on the back of the bottle near the bottom. Mine was 9754, which I typed into the batch finder here:

http://bellsbeer.com/batch-search/?batch_no=&select=batch_finder

Here are the stats:
Bottled on May 27th, 2010
Alcohol by Volume: 7.0%
Original Gravity: 1.064
Shelf Life: 6 months from package date

A: Gold color, not much head, not much retention. No lacing. Average.

S: Nice smell, fruity, rather hoppy, loads of brown sugary malt.

T: Sweet malt makes this a real treat. Hops add a wonderful bitter taste up front as well. Fruity taste is in the background, and it adds a nice touch. True mastery of the style here! Just a tad of smoke in the aftertaste.

M: Pretty light, non-astringent, dry, medium-body. Wonderful.

D: Goes down great. Good alone or with food for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 00:55:09 | More by ralree
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