Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 3,251
Hads: 12,849
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 790
Gots: 3,030 | FT: 50
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: 3,251 | Hads: 12,849
Photo of taigor
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with almost no head and no lacing.

S - Smell is hoppy but not too strong. Can detect some citrus and earth scents.

T - Starts fruity sweet and floral and slowly transforms into hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated.

D - Excellent IPA, very well balanced, easy going and enjoyable. Would highly recommend it. (396 characters)

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Tulip Glass.
Purchased At: Festival (Eau Claire, WI)

Appearance: Very bubbly head, nice amber color, lots of lacing along the glass.

Smell: Very pleasant hop aroma.

Taste: Splash of pine with a citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, medium body.

Drinkability: Top in its class, without a doubt. Perfectly put together beer. The balance of malt and hops is wonderful, and the hop flavor is very pleasant. This is a session beer year round. (462 characters)

Photo of schellsbeer
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Of all the different beers that I have had in 40+ years of life, this is one that definitely and constantly comes in close to the top.

My buddy Karl brought me to Bell's Brewery over 15 years ago when it was just a hole in the wall. I remember the white, small building in Kalamazoo MI. Great sandwiches, awesome beer. Now look at where they have come.

Thanks guys for an incredible beer.

Amazing taste and smell. This is a beer that in my book beats all IPAs...hands down. I love bitter and this is what this beer has. WOW.

Also, the incredible different citrus notes that come through are fantastic.

I love this beer as cold as it can get! Talk about FRESH!!

The color is an amazing brown color. The smell is like no other and the taste...OH MY WORD!!!!

Treat yourself to a one of a kind. AMAZING!!! (810 characters)

Photo of trbergman
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a golden amber with a towering, creamy white head that lasts and lasts.

S - Grapefruit, resiny pine, sweet toffee. This is how an IPA should smell.

T - Somewhat biscuity malt with notes of caramel and loads of juicy grapefruit goodness. Pungent and zesty hop bitterness that lasts from start to long after the finish. Simple, clean, and delicious.

M - Slick, medium body.

D - Good enough that I bought a case.

As I've enjoyed more of the case, I really think I need to adjust my scores for appearance and taste. Every bottle has had a luxurious head with excellent lacing. The taste is sublime - delightfully hoppy without being so overbearing that I can't enjoy two or three. (737 characters)

Photo of FUMath
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Beautiful color, clear, great lacing
Smell: Big nose of Centennial, rich smells
Taste: Great citrusy notes
Feel: Nice carbonation from bottle conditioning. Probably the best feature as it compliments the hops so well.

Overall: One of my perennial favorites. So good when its so fresh. (294 characters)

Photo of jdskinns
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a cloudy, golden dreamboat. White head with good lacing. Smell is sweet and citrusy, full of hops. Taste followed the smell and I could have sworn I tasted Fruity Pebbles in there somewhere. Mouthfeel and body are full, definitely not lacking a backbone here. Very drinkable, a great beer for a day of grilling outside. (333 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Comet.

16oz. pint

A: Golden orange amber. Pours with a slim head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Strong citrus and hop resin. Pine and spicy pepper. MMMmm Centennials.

T/M: Taste is much the same. Nice bitterness. Strong but not cloying. Citrus, plenty of pine and resinous hop leafs. malts are tame but balancing. Medium-light body, good carbonation.

D: Easy drinking, great for summer, and summertime foods. (429 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is of the 5 L mini-keg that just made its way to South Central PA. Kudos to Westy's for bringin' in a whole pallet of 'em. If you feel strongly that I should classify the serving type as something else, drop me a beermail.

A: The ale has a hazy orange color, like a tea or apple juice. The keg pours with a thick 3 plus finger head that requires two pours to fill my glass. Light hints of dried lace evidence that head.

S: The nose is hoppy delicious, thick with orange peel and citrus notes. Solid but subtle caramel malts support the hop nose.

T: Does life get any better than sittin' and sippin' on an IPA like this? The hop profile in this beer is damn near perfect, an excellent blend of citrusy tangerine and sweet but bitter orange peel. Caramel graininess mid-sip seems to rejuvenate the mouth, resetting it for the blast of hops at the end of the sip. The hop profile, either warm or cold, is a real treat, bitter without scalding the tastebuds. This is, by far, one of my all-time favorites.

M: Sweet pungent hops dominate the ale, creating an incredible hop profile that almost defies words. This is easily one of the best IPAs that you'll ever encounter.

D: With proper focus and devotion, I think that i could finish the mini keg in one day. As it is, it'll probably only last two days (this is a good one for the Ravens MNF game). This is not the only mini keg that I'll be purchasing. (1,416 characters)

Photo of claminat420
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at a pub yesterday and took some notes...

MUST SAY* i've had this from the bottle before and if i were reviewing it from that i would give it a solid A. just want to state that.

A- poured a transparent golden brown with a thick foamy white head.

S- hops, hops, and more hops!! has a nice grapefruit scent and nothing really on the malt end.

T- for ipa's and not imperial ipa's this brew has the most hop attack i've ever had without a intense bitter aftertaste that hangs.

M- light to medium bodied with just the right carbonation.

D- really good for the 7%abv. i love how after a couple the bitterness disappears completely.

Overall- this beer is one of my favorite ipa's from michigan. well this one and dark horse's crooked tree. dark horse has a nice lil malt mixture tho. i put light to medium bodied for the mouthfeel and right carbonation cuz i've noticed a nice difference between tap and bottle. the bottle i feel is alil more carbonated than i would like it to have. pretty much if you can get this on tap and you're a fan of ipa's this is a must try!! (1,079 characters)

Photo of Bero
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic IPA. One of the best there is. Just a wonderful wonderful beer. Jeepers is sure is great. Man I don't know just how much more I can say about this IPA beer that is really delicious. Really this is such a great great beer. Is this review long enough yet? (263 characters)

Photo of adams82
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly burnt orange with a huge, billowy, white head. Hops dominate the nose, slightly citric and mostly floral with some sweetness in the background. The flavor is unmistakably hoppy, more tart and citric than the aroma indicated and the hops really shine throughout each sip and don't let up. While there are all sorts of hop flavors in this, it is certainly not one dimensional as the citric hop profile is rounded out by a nice floral flavor and and some slightly sweet, lightly toasted malt character. This is a medium bodied beer with great character! The mouthfeel is slightly fluffy and this brew is highly drinkable especially on a hot and lazy summer afternoon.

This is certainly a wonderful IPA, almost a quintessential example of the style. It's complex and the hop profile is inviting rather than overpowering. I think I'll just skip my spring and head right into summer with the wonderful brew. (919 characters)

Photo of mjohn27603
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a great big head - three fingers. You can smell the hops just filling the air, also smell of grapefruit. Gold in color. First sip reveals a taste that delivers what the aroma promises. A nicely hopped beer but not overly so. The hops balances well with the citrus taste. Tastes of grapefruit rinds. This is one fresh bottle - thanks, Cloverleaf. (362 characters)

Photo of goatgoat
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tucson has Bell's? Tucson? Awesome, Batch 9768 poured into an odd looking snifter at my uncle's house.

Pours a slightly hazy honey gold. Moderate off-white foam that doesn't stick around for long. Aroma is POW in your face. Big tropical fruits, big pineapple, big in every way. The taste follows, a big hop kick. A long lasting bitterness. Resin, stick to your teeth feel.

2-hearted, hyped. Yup. Worth it, definitely. (419 characters)

Photo of GordonQuid
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Goden orange sunshine with a one inch rocky head that dissapates to a creamy wisp. Spider lace throughout the experience.

Smells of grapefruit rinds and pine needles inter-mingled with over rippened peaches and apricots.

Taste is a refreshing citrus blend of grapefruit, peach, mellon and apricot over a deliscious meld of cara-malts. Deliscious!

This might be the most perfect American IPA! (422 characters)

Photo of ralree
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
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:

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. (1,007 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

David and I both really enjoyed this one. Had on tap a few times at the Fox and Hound in Beavercreek. Not quite crystal clear, pale gold in color. I think what makes this one stand out is you get two different hop impressions. Initially, the aroma brings it with strong flowery hops, with a second layer of grassy notes too, let's call it the meadow. This carries into the taste, which backs those impressions up with enough malt, and just a touch of sweetness. The finish is more of a citrusy hop taste. A strong medium body, enough carbonation, you have a very drinkable brew. (578 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange/yellow with a beautifully frothy off-white head. Great retention. Fantastic aroma with fresh hops, citrus, potpourri, honeycomb and wheat grass. Hearty, creamy, bold, pungent aroma. Smooth earthy hops with tangy grapefruit, tart orange and lemon rinds on the first sip, moves into a creamier body with rich malts and rolled wheat flavors. Finish is smooth and dry. (385 characters)

Photo of greengorilla
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at a restaurant bar while waiting on my table. It was poured from a bottle into a pilesner glass.

It is a golden amber color with a nice thick head.

The smell is awesome. The combination of citrisy grapefruit and bitter hops is great.

I love the taste. It is one of the best tasting beers that I have ever had.

The mouthfeel was great and it went down way too easy to have such a high alcohol content.

This is a great beer. (444 characters)

Photo of kwalters
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional brew, to be sure. Before ever having taken a sip I was already enamoured by the great label, the local brewery (I'm in Michigan), and the fantastic name. The Two Hearted is a great trout stream in Michigan's upper pennisula. It also happens to be one of Hemmingway's favorites. Very cool!

Two Hearted pours like liquid gold with slight hints of orange and copper color. The wonderful flowery aroma is instantly noticeable. Drink this stuff out of a brandy snifter because you'll most definately want to stick your nose inside to soak up the scents. If you could bottle spring air, this is what it would smell like.

Now for the taste. The first sensation your tongue gets is the same as the one picked up by your olfactory nerves. Flowery, hoppy, delicious. There's also plenty of citrus flavors to enjoy as well. In fact, if Two Hearted smells like spring air, it surely tastes the way I imagine fresh orange blossoms would.

Try a bottle (or six!). You'll be belching pleasant flower burps for the rest of the evening! (1,050 characters)

Photo of everiand
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Bowling Green (can't get Bell's in TN) - 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Cloudy, orange/amber, not different from many IPAs. Poured a two-finger off-white head.

Aroma: The hops hit you right away, along with citrus (mainly grapefruit), but it's not overpowering - clean and crisp.

Taste: This is an outstanding IPA - my favorite brew right now. The hops are very prevalent, but blend smoothly with the citrus to create a great overall taste that is full bodied with the right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, dry like most IPAs.

Drinkability: For a strong IPA, this is a very drinkable beer; you have to watch yourself at 7.0% ABV. It's full-bodied, but very smooth. (697 characters)

Photo of ValerieK
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I usually like stouts. But this is delish. The floral notes make it a bit sweet, not bitter. Loved it. Lots of little bubbles. Very pleasant. Many flavor layers. Hops, floral, bit of malt too I think. (201 characters)

Photo of ianrca19
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to be honest, I've been skeptical of Bell's. They're still fairly new to the Twin Cities, and I've felt as though they're just another passing beer fad.

Well, they've just earned another Minnesota beer fan.

I love everything about this beer, right down to the six-pack packaging. The natural, washed-out looking greens and the northwoodsy fish... I have a very big soft spot for lakes and pines, and this beer hits home right off the bat. Pop the top off the bottle, and you're immediately hit with this intense, fruity/floral hoppy blast. This beer smells amazing. It pours a bright and opaque golden orange, with a thin bubbly head. Upon the first sip, your mouth is met with an intense but pleasant hop burn. I've had some IPAs that hurt to drink, but this one is definitely much more friendly. As the hops disappear, they are replaced by a sweet grapefruit flavor, just about the most perfect fruity flavor in a beer that's not put there on purpose. The finish is thick and rich, with a sweet and spicy malt finish. You do this over and over and before you know it, your beer is gone and you are sad, because this one of the best-tasting beers that I (and apparently a lot of other people!) have ever had. Good thing there's five more in the pack... (1,262 characters)

Photo of hoffhin2
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Medium size heads that lasts a while and an amber color
Smell: Very hoppy, and can smell the grains
Taste: IPAs are my favorite, therefore this beer has everything i want in one. Initial floral taste followed by a hoppy lingering taste.
Overall: This beer has been my go to for a while now and probably wont change anytime soon. (340 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours out a pale orange amber. Big hop nose: floral and citrus notes. Excellently balanced IPA. Tons of citrus hop flavor with restrained bitterness. Full caramelized maltiness without the overbearing sweetness. Smooth and moderate in body. Excellent beer. (262 characters)

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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