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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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10,395 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,395
Reviews: 3,047
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 573
Gots: 1,283 | FT: 39
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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Photo of drabmuh


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Draft at RFD, 16 ounces served in 16 ounce glass. Yellow, slightly couldy, minimal white head, low carbonation. Amazing aroma. Citrus / pine, not overly piney. Cascade / amarillo aroma, very inviting. The beer screams, drink me! This is the type of beer that reminds me I'm a hop head. Sweet full bodied nice bitterness. Not overwhelming, but characteristics of great hop flavor. Drinkability high, A truly well formed beer. A slight aftertaste, some bitterness on the back end hold son. not strong. A reasonable amount of lingering flavor. This is one of my favorite IPAs in the country.

10-02-2009 05:23:07 | More by drabmuh
Photo of SacoDeToro


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

On tap at the GABF.

Poured a beautiful amber with a nice white head.

The aroma was of citrusy hops, rich biscuity malts, and English ale yeast.

The flavor of the beer was very citrusy with lots of grapefruit. The maltiness of the beer was relatively prominent for an American IPA. Rich caramel and biscuit malt flavors.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the carbonation was spot on.

Another American classic. This beer is perfectly balanced and very distinct.

12-19-2006 21:10:38 | More by SacoDeToro
Photo of scruffwhor


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a slightly hazy amber with hints oif a grainy yellow hue. Light bubbling a lacing add to the visual experience. The aroma is like baking hop biscuits. The flavor compliments the aroma very well in not having too many off flavors from whats set in your palate. A hint of lemon grass can be detected with faint nuances of anise beleive it or not. Good IPA.

08-06-2006 00:10:30 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of laintringulis


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Served in an imperial pint glass

A: Pour a golden yellow/light orange color with 1.5-2 inches of white foam. Long lasting fine lacing on glass during drinking.

S: Strong grapefruit and citrus, light pine and floral hop aroma. Overall, somewhat delicate smelling.

T: Brief malt flavor on the front,almost biscuit-like, pleasant pine and citrus hops. Very well balanced.

M/D: light bodied without being thin. Pleasant bitterness left in the back of your throat. Very smooth, easy to drink. Refreshing. Almost, too easy. I could drink this all day long.

03-03-2010 13:16:51 | More by laintringulis
Photo of OldEngineOil


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Very good, easily accessible and affordable beer. One of the best craft beers in Michigan and it is available everywhere around that area. Bell's Expedition Stout is also a good one to try, although slightly less common, at least on tap. Maybe Michigan should shift its manufacturing from cars to beer. They seem to do pretty well on the beer end.

03-06-2011 07:04:33 | More by OldEngineOil
Photo of Gatch


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

A - Hazy gold in color w/ a fluffy, tall, white head.
S - Sugary sweetness w/ plenty of hops and fruits.
T - Much like the nose, the hops stand out with hints of summertime fruits and a presence of malt in the finish.
M/D - Clean, refreshing, and very consistent beer. I bought this in a 6-pack more than a year ago and drank the last one right now. It's still fresh and tastes almost as good as the first one. One of the best IPA's I've ever had.

06-16-2008 03:24:27 | More by Gatch
Photo of Kadonny


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a tap at TJ Everydays into a slim nonic pint glass.

A: A nice light amber orange color with a nice off white minimal head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Different than from a bottle, this nose was a bit more subdued with citrus hops and a slight malt sweetness. Far from overwhelming.

T: A totally different experience than from a bottle. The draft was so much hoppier and "lighter" feeling than from bottle, it's all in the lack of the deep strong malt gotten from bottle. The tap version had very crisp and refreshing huge citrus hop flavors, specifically orange, grapefruit and tangerine coupled with some slight pine and grass. The lingering bitterness was very crisp and enjoyable. The malt was much more subdued in the tap and I would say it is not as balanced from tap as bottle. Still, this is one kick ass beer.

M: As I said, very crisp hops coats the mouth and makes it tingle seemingly forever. No trace at all of alcohol and carbonation was just about perfect, maybe even a tad low.

D: Uber high. Very, very drinkable, this beer is sooo good it's scary.

Overall a totally different experience than from boottle. Fresh from tap no doubt the hops come through way more and the malt sits more subdued. More balanced in the bottle, but both are super great. Still one of my favorite IPAs.

06-05-2008 19:33:02 | More by Kadonny
Photo of arizcards


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Picked up a sixer from BevMo in early January for $10.49. Part of Batch 9463 born on 11-23-09.

Beer poured a golden orange with a two finger head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is a wonderful mix of floral hops and malts - still quite pungent even towards the end of the bottle! Taste is very well balanced. Cereal malts blend wonderfully with piney and citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth. Drinkability is very good. This is one of the best balanced IPAs I have ever had. At 7.0 abv it is definitely not sessionable but dangerously drinkable - found that out while drinking it on tap at Old Chicago a few weeks back! I am so happy the Cubs have Spring Training here in Arizona!

02-26-2010 00:57:05 | More by arizcards
Photo of bbothen


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into my Sam Adams beer glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a hazy pale orange/yellow color with a thick, frithy, and bubbly 2 finger deep off white head. Head has nice retention and leaves lots of sticky webbing and lacing on glass.

Tropical and piney hop aromas with some sweet maltiness, flowery, toasted grains.

Sweet caramel maltiness followed by a delicious array of bitter hoppiness, grapefruit, pine, lemon/lime zest, mango, superbly balanced flavors here.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp, clean, nice.

Drinks great. I could session these frequently, daily, hourly, all the time.

Wish this was available to me on a regular basis. Great flavors. I'm the target audience for this beer. More please.

03-05-2009 02:12:25 | More by bbothen
Photo of fuzzycasserole


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Long time BA lurker, first time reviewer; figured I'd start with something I know well and love; Bell's Two Hearted Ale. One of the first beers to get me hooked on craft, I can't say I'm not prejudging the drink I'm about to have. That said, I'll try to make this a genuine review and not a rehash of my previous experiences.

A: Pours golden yellow, slightly cloudy. 1/2 finger head which mostly dissipates quickly.

S: Citrus and pine, a Hopslam-lite aroma with less grapefruit emphasis. Inherently appealing to my nose, but with a hint of bitterness in the background.

T: The main event; the aroma is translated mostly directly to the taste, with most of the same elements dominating my palate. Two Hearted leans towards the citrus-y end of the hop spectrum and this bottle is no exception. As in the nose, a healthy but very balanced bitterness brings up the rear, more pronounced here than in the smell.

M: There is a slight thickness to this beer, but it is countered by the moderate carbonation; I've had some Two Hearted which I thought was under-carbonated, but this one is spot on.

D: I could, and have, drank more than my share of these.

05-18-2010 01:19:04 | More by fuzzycasserole
Photo of macpapi


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Let me begin by saying that this beer has moved into my top three I.P.A.'s of all time. From first to last sip, it is phenominal. Starts off pouring a hazy-orange nectar, with a full-sized head. Bubbles lace the concoction from bottom to top, actively flowing through the glass. The smell is dominated by citrus aromas, along with a slight floral hint. Citrus again is most prominent in the overall taste, along with a notable malty kick. This is not the world's hoppiest I.P.A., but does have a bit of a bite to it. The best way to describe it is smooth to the extreme. In mouthfeel, it is full, but not overly heavy. Its carbonation remains throughout and the citrus flavors that come along with initial sips hold well throughout. There is a slight bitterness at the end of each quaff, adding to its appeal. Overall, I would say that this is an excellent beer, whose complexity and smoothness make it one to experience regularly.

07-21-2005 01:05:36 | More by macpapi
Photo of ryanonline


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

pours a beautiful clear golden amber with a nice fluffy white head. good lacing.

this beer smells great a light floral hop aroma with, sort of a fruity (berry) scent behind it. backing notes of citrus, maybe pineapple.

citrus and fruity (berry again) up front, nice bitter hop finish with maybe some grapefruit. tastes very much like an ipa, a little more mellow than most but still assertive where it needs to be.

light and sort of creamy mouthfeel, there is some carbonation but it really only shows up at the end of your swallow.

this is an incredibly drinkable beer, for the flavor and abv its not heavy at all. and it just begs to be drank again (maybe that's me doing the begging?)

this has got to be one of my favorite normal (ie not imperial or doulble or any of that extra stuff) beers, can't get enough of it.

11-21-2009 03:47:29 | More by ryanonline
Photo of coldmeat23


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Freezer chilled for approx 20 minutes
BATCH: 9819 (June 18, 2010)
Thanks to Spica66 for sending a few bottles my way!

This pours a beautiful golden yellow color with serious orange tinting. A frothy head of off-white foam sits on top. Retention is very good. Lacing is soap bubble-like, but slightly sticky.

Big grassy hops explosion. Lots of floral characteristics. A nice bit of maltiness brings out some almost honey-like sweetness. Good hints of pine and citrus fruits. Grapefruit comes through nicely.
I know that this bottle is two months old, but it has a great 'fresh' quality to it.

The pine and grapefruit/citrus notes move to the forefront. The floral and grassy notes take a backseat. Slight hints of caramel malts. A nice bite, right at the end.
Simple, yet effective.

This is medium-bodied with a low-to-medium amount of carbonation. It has a nicely sharp crispness to it, which works wonderfully for the style. Very refreshing.

There is absolutely no sign of the 7.10%abv in this glass. Combine that with the crisp, refreshing flavor and you've got a very drinkable beer here!

08-19-2010 04:21:49 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of gregy55902


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz bottle. Reviewed live.

A - Pours a clear, bright-orange color with one finger of white head that recedes after about 1 minute.

S - Lovely citrus hop aroma with some piney hops and sweet malts in the background.

T - Follows the nose - intense citrus flavors followed by a bready malt backbone. This beer makes me smile when I drink it, which is rare. For a more 'mass-produced' IPA, this sets a standard that is hard to beat.

M - Great carbonation. Creamy and crisp. Perfect for an IPA.

O - When I first tried this I didn't like it, but my palate was not used to good beer yet. IMO Bell's is one of the best mico-breweries in the USA, and as this is their flagship brew it is highly recommended. This is the perfect IPA - not too complex, slightly bitter, but insanely refreshing. If you like this, check out Hopslam and the Expedition Stout. Those are other brews from Bell's that make me smile :)

PS - it's better in the bottle than on-tap

02-01-2012 06:11:33 | More by gregy55902
Photo of wahhmaster


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Had on-tap from a shaker pint glass at the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, Virginia.

Appearance: Pours a translucent brownish-gold color. Has a one-finger head that dissipates slowly leaving a nice ring of lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: Smells very strongly of grassy hops (Cascades?). Not much else comes through but the hops give this beer a nice aroma.

Taste: Very hoppy. The hops give this beer a grassy taste balanced well by the malts. It leaves a bitter, grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and refreshing. Exactly what one would expect from an IPA.

Drinkability: A superior IPA and a great beer. Despite its heavy hoppiness, this beer is extremely drinkable and quite tasty. I highly recommend it.

12-27-2009 00:43:32 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of chiefydawg


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Light gold body with micro particles dancing around busily, giving it a haze. Very well carbonated, as I got to preview the taste from the head running over. Soon recedes to a thin white head with some life to it.

Biscuity grapefruit smell. Very intertwined marriage of the two, where there is a sweet grainy hoppiness that keeps the scent from getting rindy (yes, I'm aware some of these words are not in Websters). Fresh smelling with some delicate apricot.

Same grapefruit, same sweet grain per the smell. Just a little different than many IPAs in that the balance is supreme. Another fine example of a highly-hopped beer that never gets extremely bitter just for the sake of it (not that there is anything wrong with that). Halfway down, the alcohol joins the taste party and fits right in.

This one is deceptive. For starters, it is lighter in color, has a soft mouthfeel, and is carried by a less than than medium body. Then there is the fresh sweetness like somebody added an oz of Centennial to grandma's freshly baked white bread. Oh, and it is twice as strong as your garden-variety light macros. More than one friend of mine has fallen prey to the Two Hearted. Watch out for it on tap because it could become the Two Livered.

The kind of beer that could get warm and flat and you will still happily drink it.

10-27-2008 02:22:13 | More by chiefydawg
Photo of THECPJ


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Reviewed from notes 1/8/2011

A: mostly floral hops, but faint citrus hops as well

Ap: golden-orange hue with a 2 finger off-white head, quite frothy

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, clean, and crisp finish

Af: floral hops come through, but are not obnoxious, slight citrus undertones.

O: a really well-balanced, easily drinkable IPA


01-08-2011 22:16:14 | More by THECPJ
Photo of Dunkle


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Orange with less than an inch of head. Inviting.
S: Citrus hops and orange.
T: It tastes like it smells. The hops hit you up front and then a rush of orange calms your palate. Yum. (Did I mention the oranges?)
M: Better than most IPAs. It leaves your mouth dry and makes you want to take another sip! Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated.
D: Drinkable for an IPA. I would be able to drink a six-pack in a night, but would rather only have one or two.

09-04-2010 02:19:02 | More by Dunkle
Photo of NurseJody


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

On tap at Mellow Mushroom :)

Wow - let me just say this is one of the best 'hoppy' bears I've tasted....

Upon pouring, it's an amber, dark color, yet clear. The 2 or so finger white head is quite appealing. Lacing throughout the glass as you drink...

On the nose, it's slight citrus. Very subtle, yet there.. The palate is amazing! Citrus notes as the hops stand out with a tender bite, yet it finishes oh so well. Bell's did a great job with this one! It's very drinkable!!!!

Overall, I would highly recommend this beer! If you like hops, and a slight bite, try this one, for sure!!!!

06-17-2011 01:59:01 | More by NurseJody
Photo of younger35


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Big thanks to tdp975 for this bad boy! I’ve been wanting to try this beer for quite a while. Poured the 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Drank on 7/28/2007.

Appearance- Pours an effervescent honey orange with a big creamy off-white head. The fluffy goodness stays almost the entire beer leaving thick lacing down the glass. A very very attractive beer.
Smell- Very Citrusy. Lot’s of earthy grapefruit and lemongrass really shine here. The fruit almost seems to burst out of my glass.
Taste- Much like the nose, there is a big citrus kick of hops. A nice grapefruit bitterness that leaves an almost floral sensation on the palette. There is a hint of malty sweetness that helps balance the beer but still allows the big hop punch to come through. Slight alcohol warming from the 7% but like everything else in this beer, fits nicely.
Mouthfeel- Lots of fine carbonation that gently tickles the tongue. Medium to heavy body that adds a nice slick creamyness to the feel.
Drinkability- Excellent! This is an absolutely delicious brew that I wish I had access to. As a session beer, the ABV and slight heaviness to it may hinder it slightly but that’s the only negative. This is one of the tastiest IPA I’ve had in a long time and would highly recommend it. Thanks again tdp975!

07-30-2007 16:25:26 | More by younger35
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

This is personally for me one of the stand out IPA's in the world and i'm a huge fan of IPA's. I often underrate them because I simply expect way too much, so I'll try to be fair.

Every part of this beer just works together in a rather amazing way. It's beautiful to look at, the carbonation which gives it an amazing lacing and solid head then goes on to give it a wonderful carbonated mouth feel. The aroma is powerful and quit nice. Lots of citrus grape fruit. The taste is up there with the best, I could go for a bit more hops and a touch less malt but more of preference than a flaw. Finally, this is a beer I want to session..you know till I realize that is actually does contain alcohol...a good bit as a matter of fact.

The best IPA out there? I'm not going that far but of the ones I can easily get it's in the to 3.

09-01-2010 22:09:07 | More by bobhits
Photo of Vengeance526


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a lightly hazy dark golden color with a 2-finger slightly off-white head that has decent retention and leaves a good bit of lacing.

Nice floral aroma of grapefruit, pineapple and some lighter notes of pine in the back.

Lots of hops evident in the taste but not completely overdone. Grapefruit, pineapple and some lemon all come out along with a piney finish. There is a little malt evident as well making this IPA a little more balanced. Overall very much on the hoppy side but not so much that it is a complete hop bomb.

Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. This is a classic IPA that I don't think I'll ever get tired of. Looking forward to enjoying many more of these over the years.

08-12-2009 02:56:16 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of BitterBrian


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

The label had a fish on the front, didn't look as pictured. I'm not one to be able to guess fish by looks, but I would guess it's a trout?

This poured a hazy amber into a nonick pint glass. The inch head was a creamy white (almost caramel colored) and it lasted a few minutes it is leaving heavy lacing.

The smell was of oats and yeast with a hint of apple.

The taste was a lively blend of hops and malt. a real heart warmer. Compared to the other IPAs I have had, the hops are more subdued. It was very enjoyable - I feel like I drank a good bitter. I would drink this again - in a heartbeat. - no pun intended

11-22-2005 01:01:20 | More by BitterBrian
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New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Bright light orange color with a full head that subsides fairly quickly. Leaves little lacing on the glass.

Complex aroma with citrus fruits, spice and caramel. Full flavored with great balance between hop flavors and malt. Big round bitterness on a long finish. Very bitter but not harsh.

Medium/light body with good carbonation. Very light and nimble for the abv.

Well constructed, easy to drink. One of the top American IPA's in my book.

06-13-2011 22:41:19 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of kinger


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Utterly awesome, this is another great example of what an IPA should be. Aroma is floral, citrusy, piney and hoppy, sweet and malty I could sniff this for a long time. Pour is a nice golden copper with a creamy thick white head and nice lacing. Mouthfeel is medium thick and really smooth with a creamy finish. Flavor is an intense mixture of malts and hops, truly remarkable. The drinkability of this is good the strong hop presence doesn't become overly bitter. Fantastic! Overall this will become one of my favorites.

08-05-2008 16:53:43 | More by kinger
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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