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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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3,333 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,333
Hads: 13,230
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 820
Gots: 3,393 | FT: 51
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: 3,333 | Hads: 13,230
Photo of AlexJ
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Burnt amber pour with a mountanous peak of light beige head that retains like a champ and leaves cluttered clumps of lace.

Aroma is toffee malts, wildflower honey, and intense floral and citrus hops. Smell like I'm walking through a garden here! Sweet hop perfume, mmm.

Flavor is soft, caramel and scorched creme brule malt notes with a vigorous floral and citrus hop profile. Very well balanced, very hoppy, and oh so drinkable.

Body is between medium and large with a juicey, slick mouthfeel and soft, creamy texture. Very good all the way around!

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light copper-amberish color with orange highlights. The head is a off-white color, and leaves good lace. On the nose the aroma is of pine, grapefruit, hoppy and fruity. On the palate more pine, grapefruit flavor, citrus, hints of orange peels, delicate malt backbone bringing in some balance, and a little spiciness. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the finish is some-what dry.
Overall a great american styled IPA...

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Photo of letsgopens
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This IPA pours a darker golden amber with a bright white head that holds very well and clings to the glass leaving great big walls of foamy lace.

Big, hoppy, piney aroma. Sweet, malty citrus: orange peel and grapefruit. Slightly spicy, but mostly lots of pungent floral/bitter hops. Exactly what I look for in this style.

Even more hops, bitter and mouthwatering. Some toasty malt and citrus. Subtle notes of pine and spice. Really well balanced and complex in flavor. Not a jumble of flavors; everything is well pronounced and organized. The flavors blend beauitfully.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and bitter but with a good lingering hoppiness. Not too dry. One of my favorite everyday IPAs. Also one of the best representations of the style that I can think of. Flavorful and very well balanced. Really excellent.

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Photo of nomad
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful straw gold with a slight haze. Had a pocky head settling to frothy clumps, other times to a smooth sheen. Also had bulbous but inconsistent staining, and slick but nice lacing. Plenty of good miniscule carbonation rising quite quickly underneath helped support the efforts.

Smelled of grapefruit that tranquilize my nose with citric juice headiness, then tickled me with a textured pine scent, and occasionally threw me some hop leaf scents, too. All of these together tended to create a husky and peculiarly expressive combination. It opened to a depth of sweet apricot scents like putting your nose in grandma’s best marmalade. Settles into a glorious ambrosia of delights that is sometimes gilded by floral edges. Not bad, I guess, eh?

Taste was of a quite true grapefruit flavor followed by big floral hops. Had high-alpha bitterness but was soft and blended in impact, and supported by an easy pale sort of malt backbone. Unbelievably easy on the palette considering the complexity of hops. The finish was so tender, leaving some tart hop flavors and an ounce or two of dryness, but overall an easy load on the tongue. Burps up tasty grapefruit juice with spiky pine, for me a sign of a well-hopped beer. Highly drinkable, this beer’s session-like mouthfeel could use a touch more body and less carbonation.

Large enough to show its bold stripes, subtle enough to blend them together, this is a highly complex (in a quiet way) yet highly drinkable beer. Surprising power and complexity for a low abv IPA, yet delicately so. The best of the pale sort of American IPAs.

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Photo of emmasrue1
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Smooth, crisp tasting beer with an outstanding color. Drink it from a very nice pilsner. A real treat. Most of our friends and relatives are crazy for this beer. It is one of my favorites. The smell is strong and powerful and the taste is excellent. 9-6-2014 This beer gets better every time I drink it. It is my favorite

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What's up with these Michigan brewers? It seems most of the really good American beers available in Georgia are from Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado and California. Perhaps they've had supportive legislation longer than other states; I don't know. We don't get a lot of the great California beers, but it's hard to complain overall. But Michigan? Michigan brewers are something special, in my opinion. I don't mean to slight our Georgia breweries like Terrapin, Sweetwater, ABC etc. They make great beer too.

Another great Michigan beer: Two Hearted Ale. I've pondered the fish on the bottle only to infer a reference to the fish's two-chambered heart.

After an aggressive pour into a Sierra Nevada Becker there's 3 fingers of foamy, off-white head. Beneath is a beautiful copper/orange slightly hazy brew. The head fades slowly leaving plenty of lacing. A superior pour.

The aroma is an immediate rush of citrus hops. I pick up plenty of grapefruit and oranges followed by a sweet candy-like smell that really is tantalizing. The taste is similar. I also taste tangerines or clementines that add a complementary sweetness. My first few samples of Two Hearted Ale seemed slightly unbalanced toward the bitter side. As my newbie palate has developed or my addiction to hoppy beers has increased, this seems almost a perfectly balanced American version of an IPA. Considering the style, I don't know how this beer could taste any better.

Its slightly tingly mouth feel is quite refreshing. The body is medium, again perfect for the style. Perhaps it's more carbonated than I prefer, but that may be due to all the stouts and porters I've been drinking lately. Perhaps I'm just trying to find something that's not perfect with this IPA. It's unquestionably drinkable. I could drink a few of these easily.

Perhaps the best IPA I've had, right up there with, or probably even better than Smuttynose IPA, another favorite. The hop aroma and taste are different than any other IPA I've tried. They give Two Hearted Ale its unique and delicious flavor.

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Photo of eends33
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this on draft when i was visiting my family out of state and i was blown away this is a very well balanced ipa one of the best ipa's ive had to date i reccomend everyone trying it if you can get a hold of it...they dont sell it around my area but my goal is to get my hands on hopslam...i was very impressed with the two hearted ale !

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Photo of m_hall
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Standard pour from a 12 oz bottle (dated 04/03/2015) into a tulip. Color is a faintly hazy orange-gold, topped by a two-finger rocky white head. Lacing is very good.

Aroma is hoppy, as expected, with bright citrus-grapefruit and evergreen notes, with bread-y malts hovering in the back.

Taste starts with a rich malt front- caramel and biscuit- that is followed by assertive hop bitterness. The sweetness of the malts and the citrus-rind hops compliment each other very well, with peppery notes and subtle fruity esters coming in from the background. The finish is dry and pine-y. Tremendously well-balanced throughout; even as the beer warms in the glass the hops somehow never become obnoxious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and slightly oily, with fairly vigorous carbonation. Just substantial enough while being easy to drink.

I've been hearing for years how amazing this beer is, but until now it hadn't been available in my area. So when I happened to see it for sale (in my local Food Lion, no less) giving this one a try was an imperative. I was prepared for disappointment... but for once all the hype was totally justified. For me IPA's are are hit or miss- when they're done right they're great, but when even a little wrong they're terrible one-dimensional hop-bombs. This beer definitely gets it right: All of the strong hop notes that an IPA should have are there, but they live in perfect harmony with wonderful caramel malts and fruity yeast flavors. Even those who normally eschew IPA's should at least give this one a try- it's a remarkable beer that's the standard for what an American IPA should be.

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Photo of davedahl
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic IPA. Bell's nailed it.

Two Hearted pours a brilliant clear golden-tan. A big head subsides but hangs around - literaly. The sticky lacing lay's tracks the whole pint through. Thanks to the hops....

The aroma is an immediate waft of hops followed by a slight malt and slight breadiness.

As expected upon tasting - the hops is what hits ya first. Immediately the hops slugged every available taste bud. Not a sharp smack but a dull heavy slug. The amber malt backbone the comes through but relents to the persistent, but very enjoyable, hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is big, full. Slightly slick(?) nah maybe not - whoa more hops! Nice well-rounded mouthfeel. Finish is a lingering and very enjoyable hop taste.

Not a hop-bomb but you'll get a mouthful and won't be disappoined.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a glass. 7% abv.

Appearance- Translucent amber with a thick bubbly head.

Smell- Highly citrus with hints of grapefruit and orange.

Taste- Highly flavorful and appealing. Starts with that piney hop like taste with citrus undertones. After the pine flavor comes the hop bitterness as well. The different part of this IPA compared to others is that it still has a ton of hop flavor, but just isn't as bitter as many.

Mouthfeel- An ideal amount of carbonation with an awesome finish. Moderate in body, just right to the style.

Overall- This is one of the smoothest IPA's I have ever tried. As stated earlier, it wasn't insanely bitter but the hop prescence was more than evident. A high quality brew for sure that is full of flavor. It was so smooth it was as if it came off a tap, however this sample was from a bottle. For an IPA fan, it would be hard topping and a must try. Besides the great taste, it is an awesome beer with a trout on the label!

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Photo of STEG
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of coreyfmcdonald, pours an amber orange hue with a wonderful fluffy head. Smell is a bit lighter than most DIPA's but grapefruit, pine resin, and brown sugar/caramel are present. Taste is exceptional, ginger grapefuit and pine are all dominant with some dark brown sugar in the back with a spice ridden aftertaste. Probably my favorite DIPA even moreso than PTE. Mouthfeel is viscous and slightly chewy. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Molly's Irish pub and grille in Bethlehem, PA.

A- pours a light, cloudy, copper color. Has great lacing the entire way down until the last drop. A nice 1 inch white head sits atop the glass.

S- smells of pine, a hint of grapefruit, biscuity malt.

T- tastes very smooth for an IPA. No harsh bitterness present whatsoever and has a great malt balance. Very drinkable at 7% abv.

M- feels light and crisp on the tongue. Not an overly carbonated IPA, but rather a pleasant prickliness that lingers.

O- one of my favorite IPAs of all time! Souch flavor packed into an easy drinking, well balanced, crisp, and refreshing IPA. This is my favorite brew from Bell's due to its ongoing consistent quality and flavor. I can never go wrong with a Bell's Two-hearted!

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Photo of Tilley4
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievable IPA here.

Nice hazy orange, nice foamy head. Looks really good.

Smells delicious as well. Very citrusy and hoppy, lots of grapefruit here. Very sharp and crisp smelling.

Extremely juicy citrusy hops on this with a small malt to back it up but this is mostly hops. Nice, crisp, sharp, clean citrusy hops....very nice.

The only thing that keeps this from being a true session beer is the 7%. Any more than 3-4 of these and I'd be fading out.

An excellent brew, excellent...This is one of my all time favorite brews....

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Michigan native Shaun Hughey. Contrary to what the prior posters decreed, this is super sexy label art. As a matter of fact, everything about this beer is set up to turn a man on. If only it were available out here in ''Ahregone''!

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Photo of richkrull
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from Trader Joe's in Madison last weekend. This will definitely not be the last time I have this beer. Fantastic IPA in my opinion. Poured a slightly cloudy light copper color with very little head. Great hop aroma. Taste is fantastic. Plenty of hops but very well balanced and easy to drink. Very smooth. I will be looking for this one again very soon.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a towering white head that rises almost 2 inches above the trusty Duvel tulip glass rim, that slowly settles atop cloudy orange liquid. One of the best aromas I have ever smelled in a beer is present here, a massive perfume of super fresh piney/sweet hop flowers...like putting your nose into a bag of fresh hop pellets, just wonderfully appetizing! The taste matches the nose note for note...superbly tasty hoppiness without being a tongue scorcher, flowery hops give way to fruity and malty flavors that come full circle back to the excellent hoppiness. Finishes up sublime and delicious...one of the ultimate IPA's out there!

Hats off to proc for the experience!

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle to a tulip. Color is dark honey gold with orange tint. Smells of lemon and honey and malt. Taste follows smell with lemon and honey tapering to malt. Feel is great. Slightly creamy think. Finishes smooth and malty. Got this beer on a trip to Alabama. Would keep all the time if I could get it in my part of Texas. Great beer.

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Photo of BB1313
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this one before. In my opinion, this is just about the perfect IPA. I have a couple others I love just as much, but technically this is just about perfect. Pours a beautiful hazy golden, nice bright white head and good lacing. Smells great, lots of citrus and tropical fruits up front. The flavors are immaculate and subtle. The bitterness from the hops is great, but nowhere over the top. The keyword is balance. Mouthfeel is great, perfect carbonation. It's very smooth, feels medium-bodied, maybe pushing full. Drinkability is off the charts! Alcohol is unnoticeable and the flavors are outstanding, making it very drinkable. All around enjoyable beer, even if IPAs aren't your thing.

I tend to take this beer for granted. I don't drink it nearly as much as I should. What sets this one apart from other IPAs is the flavors and balance. Pure winner from Bell's!

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I flippin love this beer. Aroma is soft citrus/floral notes, but also somehow briny and evocative to me of the seashore or (as more appropriate for Michigan) a day out on the lakes. The mouthfeel is rather full-bodied for an IPA. Carbonation is not noticeable. Very little bitterness/dryness--just a faint note from the hops. What is amazing here is the beautiful balance between the malts and hops, and the easy drinkability that somehow highly rewards every sip. And again, I find this beer highly evocative--really reminds me of laid-back days in the great, wild outdoors. One of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an American pub glass, at fridge temperature.

A: Poured a rather hazy copper into the glass, even though I was careful not to disturb the yeast layer at the bottom of the bottle. Some chill haze, I suspect, is evident. The head was a nice dense foam, just a little off-white, that stayed with the beer. Some lacing.

S: Has a nice floral aroma, almost like lavender, rather than the grapefruit nose often present in American IPAs. Some spiciness, perhaps a little pine, as well, and some malt notes. Very nicely hop forward yet still balanced.

T: Noticeable hop flavor is the first impression, followed by nicely balanced malt sweetness. A subtle spiciness is present throughout. The malt yields to a lingering, dry and bitter finish, that manages not to overwhelm. This is an exceptional American IPA; probably the best I've had. The hops are well featured, but the beer maintains balance and does not take on any of the astringent character so common to the style.

M: Light to medium bodied, with pleasant carbonation.

D: This is a dangerously easy beer to drink. Despite its fairly high alcohol content (this site says 6% but the bottle says 7%) and the aggressive use of hops, the beer's perfect balance makes it a real joy to drink.

Overall: Perhaps my favorite thing about this beer, aside from its wonderful taste, is that it is bottle conditioned. Surprisingly few American craft brews are. This living beer is an outstanding examplar of the style.

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Photo of Brunite
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much really needs to be said here.

All aspects of this beer make it a top model for the style. Taste and smell are perfect. Love the grapefruity citrus notes perfectly balanced against the malt sweetness. Hopslam's little brother and one of my favorite beers. When the Hopslam is gone...this replaces it!

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Photo of El_Farto_Magico
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours the golden amber that you would expect from a top IPA.

Smell: Citrus, hops, not overwhelming. Very inviting.

Taste: Tastes like freshly shaven and clean vagina. This beer is among the most smooth and IPAs you'll have.

Feel: It feels wet and cold when I stick my finger in the beer.

Overall: This bad boy is a 4.75. Excellent go to beer. Enjoy it in the summer as you kick off your shoes and relax on the back porch.

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Photo of frazbri
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden-copper and slightly hazy, topped by a light, fluffy white head of moderate size. Abbundent aromas of citrus and pine needles. Grapefruit and pine resin flavors, a hint of sweetness and a powerful bitterness. Medium carbonation and body.

Two Hearted Ale is an outstanding west cost IPA. (it just comes from Michigan) This is a showcase for hops. If you are a hophead, you must give this a try. If you aren't, it is still worth a taste. (it may suprise you)

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Photo of TheBear11D
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours a golden yellowish orange color with a white foamy head that leaves an eternity of lacing.

Pine hops with grapefruit noticeable. This beer is all about the hops.

Pine and grapefruit hops standout. No malt is noticeable. The aftertaste is all pine hops. Has a phenomenal flavor that seems to last for eternity!

Medium body with complimentary carbonation.

Incredible! Has great flavor and aroma. A great, strong IPA!

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Photo of mentor
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goodness gracious! From a bottle, this is a fantastic beer. Fresh and on tap, this is truly incredible. Got to the brewery at last call in the middle of an 8 hour trip home for Thanksgiving, 2004.

A tiny head, poured by the friendly bartender made me wonder if there was a problem with their tap lines. It has a nice citrusy smell, but that is not the only smell. Some carmel and malt sweet comes with it.

Absolutely astounding to taste. Mouthfeel is medium with middle-of-the-road carbonation. The sting of tiny bubbles jumping off my tongue was a nice play with the hop bitter. While many IPAs hit with bitter and finish with a citrus and faint malt, this beer is incredibly well blended. As the hop bitter strikes, it is accompanied by grapefruit and smooth enticing barley sweet. I taste lighter fruits in the background. Apricot? Certainly some pear. As a homebrewer, I know the difference between fresh and aged beers. This beer was fresh and delicious. A+. I'll be stopping in every trip home for another. If you are anywhere near Bell's brewery, you have *got* to stop in for pint (or three).

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,333 ratings.