Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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12,683 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,683
Reviews: 3,424
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 780
Gots: 2,899 | FT: 47
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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Ratings: 12,683 | Reviews: 3,424
Photo of DNICE555
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tria's and Union Jack's

What a great beer. A nice hoppy kick but oh so balanced. I washed a nice bowl of chili down with this one. Smelled glorious. So fresh and bold. If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life this one might be my pic.

Photo of Nuke77
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice light amber color when poured from the bottle with a nice head. The smell is grapefruit and floral. What a great taste...nice floral essence with citrus and pine. Very refreshing. It taste very fresh just asking for another sip. This is an outstanding IPA. I haven't had a better one yet.

Photo of number1bum
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a beautiful honeysuckle amber with nice clarity and a pillowy finger and a half of off-white head. Lots of bubbles and the head has good retention, leaving a film across the top and some stick on the sides.

Smell is very fragrant with flowery aromas as well as grapefruit and some honey-like sweetness. The smell is really turning me on to this beer.

Taste starts off with a citrusy sweet splash of hops, grapefruit and honey, followed by more floral and citrusy hops. There is a little bit of bitterness toward the end but this is superbly balanced and has very little lingering bitterness for an IPA. Mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied and the carbonation is just right. It's very smooth and creamy on the tongue.

I can see why this is consistently rated so highly. Awesome IPA.

Photo of pheurton
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy yellowish-orange. the aroma of this beer is the first thing you notice...powerful citrusy hops. a nice, slightly off white head. taste is all hops....grapefruit, floral, a bit spicy...without any astrigent bitterness at all. the malt is there to offer a nice balance. this beer is very impressive...extremely balanced, with tons of hop flavor that is not harshly bitter at all. one of, if not the best american ipa i've had the pleasure to have, when it's "on". i've had a few samples in which the sweet fruitiness is muted and the bitterness more pronounced, which would knock it down some for me. when it's on target though, it is hard to beat.

Photo of cr0ckett
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First review. Here goes...
12oz Bottle poured into pint glass; Batch 10200, bottle 2.4.11 (a bit older than I'd like, but still good)
Appearance: fantastic hazy yellow and amber with a bit of carbonation dancing around. Offwhite 1 1/2 finger head that leaves a bit of lacing.
Smell: Straight citrus and pine.
Taste: Citrusy: grapefruit and a bit of orange. Hops hit right away with some malts at the back end that finishes out the beer perfectly. Incredibly balanced beer. Slight layer of hops coats the mouth, though not overpowering.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with a bit higher level of carbonation. The higher carbonation works well in this beer.
Overall: Awesome. One of my favorite beers; it's hard to find a fault in it. A go-to for me and a must try for those who enjoy IPAs.

Photo of godlessape
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a snifter and let it sit there a minute or two while I gazed lovingly at the slightly hazy amber, orange sunshine body. The creamy off white head sunk some, but never to abandon. The lacing recorded every pull.
The floral and citrus notes along with the caramel Tsunami surge up and into your schnoz, ping pong around a bit, tickling the pleasure centers deep inside your skull.
As far as taste goes, all the bitterness and the typical citrus, piney, and caramel malty flavors are there and standing tall as they should in an IPA. I detect something else that blows me totally away, and that's the orange flavor dominating the after taste. It's almost like a orange creamsicle had melted into the beer beforehand.
The mouthfeel is smoooth and the carbonation perfect.
Overall, this will be the IPA that I measure all others by, and that might not be fair, or reasonable, but it can't be helped. The amplitude factor in this beer is beyond comprehension. There are of course other beers in this league, Centennial comes to mind, and SweetWater IPA, but not many more.

Photo of xgrigorix
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. No dates.

Bright gold, slightly couldy, dense white head (looks sticky) Head retains to the last drop & leaves unbelievable lace on the glass!

Nose fills with scents of pine, grapefruit, & lemon zest. All incredibly fresh smelling, completely balanced, & very inviting.

Some sticky sweetness up front, explodes into fruit salad! Melons, citrus, apples - absolutely amazing. A well hopped finish with notes of pine & lemon brings it home. Incredibly hoppy without ever becoming bitter. Medium bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation. A sublime quaffing experience.

Photo of CraftAle
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional IPA. The balance between hop bitterness and sweet malt body is absolutely perfect. Have also had this ale on tap at their brew pub, and it was equally good.

I was surprised to pay $2/case more at the company store than at Russo's, an aggressive beer/wine retailer in Grand Rapids. I wish Bell's would be more helpful on their label and web site about the type of hops, and the IBUs.

Photo of Scooter77
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Pours a rich amber/orange color with a nice 1/2-inch head that almost refuses to leave. The head slowly dies down, leaving a moderate lace on the glass. Aromas are rich with hoppy goodness and sweet citrus. All I can say about the taste is, WOW! Amazing! Fantastic! The hops seem to attack the mouth like a rabid dog on a pork chop. The hops are incredibly well balanced with some mild citrus and malt undertones. This is by far the best IPA that I’ve ever had the pleasure to taste. I’d like to offer a huge thanks to fellow BA Senior (Paul), from Minnesota, for bringing me this masterpiece.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy orange with a nice thick head with good retention. Nice heavy crusty lacing.

S: One of the most flowery hops smells I've run into in a while. Some sweetness there too.

T: So damn good-- floral, sweet citrus, and grapefruit. Its bitter front to back, but not overpowering. Its close to perfect for an IPA.

M: This is nice. Full bodied, thick and almost creamy, but not syrupy.

D: The only thing stopping me from drinking the rest of the sixpack is work tomorrow.

This is a near perfect IPA. Its refreshing and crisp enough to drink on a hot day outside, but full bodied and warming for chilling on the couch.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Tall, strong, meringuey ivory-yellow head that lasts quite a long time, and appears quite Belgian in structure. Body is orange and finely clouded.

Smell: Very yummy hops giving off a wide range of flavors - orange zest, lemon, mint, lavender, and a distinct, zesty note of ginger (very nice). Floral, citric, spicy - a bright and winsome hop bouquet backed by honey, gingerbread, and deliciously juicy caramel apple notes.

Taste: All those bright, tasty hop flavors from the nose are here, with an emphasis on orange. Despite hop dominance throughout, the sweetness adequately balances but never cloys, while providing a fruity, juicy sweet flavor. A hint of cinnamon and clove adds to the complexity and lush sweet-and-spicy character.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and medium bodied; well-tuned to the flavor.

Drinkability: Excellent, flavorful, balanced, robust, and of course, very drinkable.

Photo of waltc21
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one is not underrated for good reason. Great taste at a very reasonable price. Bell's has world class beer and this one is right at the top!

Photo of slasher007
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this beer.

Pours a cloudy reddish orange color with a big white head. On the nose the aroma is of pine, grapefruit, sweet malt and fruity. Taste is more pine, grapefruit flavor, citrus, hints of orange peels, malt backbone bringing in some balance, and a little spiciness. The mouthfeel is very smooth.
Overall a great american styled IPA from Bell's Brewery.

Photo of daledeee
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you want hoppy, this is it! The finest pale ale I have had.

When I first drink it, it seems strong. But as the glass goes down the enjoyment goes up.

Pours a beautiful head. Golden colored. Floral or piny aroma.

Hops all over the place. Some malt creeps through. Well balanced. What a joy to drink!

Why do I live in Iowa? I have to drive to Wisconsin to get this. But that makes it a special treat. This is a top beer. Possibly the best American beer. Two in the top 10 not bad for an American brewery!

Edit: Since this review, I have tried many other beers. This is still a great beer but there is strong competition from American Brewers that I found as I traveled around the country.

Photo of ipogios
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an EXCELLENT beer. A very big thank you flies out to feloniousmonk for sending me a fresh sample of this beer.

Pours a cloudy orangy colour topped by a big head. Took the glass and raised it to the level of my head and enjoyed the looks of the beer. This beer has an apperance that FORCES you to drink it. Aroma consists of hops, citrus and grapefruit. Quite complex aroma. A very hoppy yet caramelly flavour. Very drinkable beer also.

Photo of Extol
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer I'm redoing my review on. I had a 4.25 at first but that was when I was first getting into IPAs. This is a staple.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up front I must confess this is my favorite IPA. Pours a nice amber color with a perfect one finger head that leaves some light lacing. Great floral and hoppy notes in the aroma, with a hint of grapefruit. The taste is incredible. Smooth on the palate with the perfect mix of hoppy bitterness and malt balance. Hard to get enough of this delicious brew.

Photo of xav33
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Two Hearted Ale
12 oz bottle
Packaged 11/06, fished out 12/06
Moderate pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a clear amber with an average white frothy somewhat lasting head with layered rings of lacing denoting my sip timeline.

Smelt of strong oily pine resin, grapefruit rinds, fish, light peaches, strawberries, and sweet bread.

Taste was upfront medium strong bittersweet spruce and moderate bitter and sour grapefruit followed by a moderate bitter and skunky and fishy resin taste on a long peach and spruce finish. Palate was medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated, and lightly astringent.

Overall, a very satisfying soft yet hearty IPA. Excellent flavors, and well balanced in its flavor profile. I've nothing bad to say really. It's just good.

Photo of OzarkElmo
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed May 23, 2009. From bottle to tulip. Pours a hazy dark golden/orange with moderate white head. Lacing lingers throughout. Classic IPA aroma of citrus/pine/grass hops and hints of caramel malt. Very well-balanced beer with good bitter finish that does not linger. Excellent beer IMO and up at the top of American IPAs for me - Cheers to Bell's!

Photo of WholeFoodsDerek
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured in a Duvel Glass. Great head retention. Foamy. Medium orange to light amber in color.

S - Oranges, mandarins, citrus, mild hops.

T - Outstanding. Lots of Grapefruit up front followed by an extreme orange juice flavor. Almost reminds me of a mixed drink combined with "Tang" orange drink. There is a nice light hop finish. No sort of dry puckering at the end which is prevalent in a lot of IPA's.

M - Relatively light for an IPA. It is definitely easy drinking for the style.

D - I could easily drink a few of these at ease. I remember my first time trying this beer-- I had a mini-keg of it during the first democratic primaries when Obama won Iowa. That was a great night. Either way, this beer is a favorite when I'm looking for an IPA that isn't to hoppy (which isn't often because I love tons of IBU's)

Highly recommend.

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The quintessential IPA. Enough said.

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a hazy golden-rod honey with a thick white head. Good retention and solid lacing. Beautiful to look at.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, orange peel, cracker, and resiny pine hop aromas all come through. This beer smells fantastic.

T: Grapefruit, lemon, citrus, cracker, pine, smooth hop spice and crisp bitter finish. Incredibly delicious and easy drinking.

M: Medium bodied, slightly oily, fair amount of carbonation, smooth slightly dry and overall incredibly satisfying on the finish.

O: My favorite ever day beer. Truly a solid brew in every sense. I would rank this with Ballast Point's Sculpin as my favorite readily available IPA.

Photo of Ski2UDie
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Long time favorite. When in doubt Two Hearted always satisfies. Pleasantly rich smell and appearance, full complex taste, not overly bitter or grapefuity like so many IPAs, leans towards piney but still fresh and satisfying. Sure it's 7% but you can't drink just one!

Photo of weiserr
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle purchased at 1 Stop Beverage in Wyomissing, PA. The majority of craft beer at this location has to be purchased in a case.

Crimson gold w/ 1" foam to boot. Decent retention with an abundance of lacing clinging fiercely to the inner walls of my pint glass.

The smell is excellent. A wonderful blend of citrus and floral notes; this is damn near perfect for an IPA. Also detected some bready, caramel malt undertones.

Fiyah!!! Here's a situation where the taste lives up to the smell, then exceeds it. Much of the same floral and citrus action, but balanced equally by the malt characteristic. Bell's captured an ideal taste for an American IPA.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp finish. Bitter hop aftertaste - very nice.

Although I waited awhile to drink and review this beer, both experiences were worth it. An extreme pleasure to drink, I could easily spend an outing or relaxed evening consuming nothing but this. A stand-out IPA.

Photo of Vec2267
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - pale orange with a nice white head and good lacing

S - intense hops and citrus

T - a ton hops without the bitterness overwhelming the citrus

M - creamy with moderate carbonation

O - a well balanced intense beer - a hard combination to pull off

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 12,683 ratings.