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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

8,758 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8758
Reviews: 2971
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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JosDinan

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden, straw in color with white lacing in my tulip glass

S: Soft sweet-smelling hoppy nose. Centennial hops?

T: A nice bitterness leads into a delicious honey-like sweetness. Finishes with some hoppy-piney-citrusy tastiness.

M: Great medium body, perfect for an IPA

O: An American classic, I love this beer & brewing clones of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 20:48:58 | More by JosDinan
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Greywulfken

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep golden ale, not quite clear, ivory head a few fingers high, smattering of lace trailed behind, persistent filmy cap

S: flowers and rain, chewy grains, notes of citric pith

T: crisp and fresh malt bill supports a gorgeous hop array, bringing many floral and citric powers to the fore

M: crisp and tight, clean and light; moderate bitterness and superior drinkability

O: top-tier IPA action here - glad Bell's has found its way to Long Island - the flavors and smells and feel are fairly style-typical, but there is something that happened in the execution of this beer that produced a product of exceptional quality. In terms of craftsmanship, it draws comparisons to the best of the rest.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 16:08:17 | More by Greywulfken
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Pahn

New York

3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Well, what do you know. It happens to be my 500th review on BA, and Larry Bell finally broke his promise to never distribute to us up here in the northeast. I've never had this purported American classic before, and it must be fresh (since Bell's appeared here in NYC in the last week or so--actually, I see it's bottled 1/23/14, drinking on 2/12/14). Poured into a red wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a frothy, longlasting one inch head that leaves a solid wall of lacing. Pours a clear orange/gold.

Smell: Floral and citrusy, some hard water aroma as well. Restrained but nice. Building orange note.

Taste: Up front, nice and piny like what used to pass for a big IPA (I like). Smoothly transitions into crystal malt sweetness, lightly sugared tropical and citrus fruit flavor, with a decently crisp and dry finish. Bit of a mineral-y undercurrent to everything, also slightly watery, both elements actually serving the beer well. As in the nose, once the orange note takes root, it builds and becomes a prominent (if not the major) flavor.

Pretty straighforward, with outstanding balance and ample complexity. I'm not really blown away by any one element, but everything works great together. Deservedly considered a classic in my opinion. Also, notably well hidden alcohol. There's a bit of heat at the end, but I would believe almost 4% or at most 5%; would never guess 7%.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth crystal malt fullness in the middle with a nice dry finish. A little watery as mentioned above, but it's actually a good thing.

Overall: Great beer. Not necessarily the beer I want to slam, but very very well done.

Sadly, I'm more "understanding why people love it" than I am "loving it." I think it's mainly the crystal malt with the Centennial single hop... I need some real bitter or dank punch to forgive this much noticeable crystal malt in an IPA (and it probably has to have even more alcohol bite; I want my low ABV pale ales bone dry with no crystal). The website mentions Bell's house yeast being a major contributor, and I must say that it's very nice (fruity esters and good attenuation).

All told it's a very good beer, worthy of its reputation.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 03:15:37 | More by Pahn
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Srkolodn

New York

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This IPA I would like to place in a seperate category that will go under "Everyday IPA's." Its not so in your face in any aspect and therefore, I could literally drink it every day, As opposed to hopslam where I would only like to drink 1 or 2 because of the intensity. This IPA is piney and has light citrus notes, it is so easily drinkable because of the great balance. It pours an outstanding color that I would like more IPA's to look like. Great brew.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 16:37:35 | More by Srkolodn
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youknowmyname

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite go to beers when I can't find something new I want to try. Bell's Two Hearted ale is a wonderful, non-imperial IPA. The reason I say that is because it seems everyone wants to go imperial these days, and most of the time, I'm drinking a few beers not just one. Nothing wrong with imperials, but they should be that special occasion beer.

Great citrus and pine flavors with a big hop punch. Fairly strong but no phenol kick. A few of these will definitely have you feeling good. Easy go to beer if you like your beers hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 00:06:31 | More by youknowmyname
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Patches0Who

Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Simply one of my favorite IPA's fantastic, piney and light citrus notes excellent balance between hop bitterness and smooth crisp and clean malt finish! Great everyday IPA easy drinking, beautiful aroma, medium body, prefect color, everything I look for in an beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:08:13 | More by Patches0Who
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Bero

Michigan

4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 02:24:32 | More by Bero
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DannyS

New York

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a magic hat keg glass.

A - Hazy but bright orange amber. Not surprising. Little head but it sticks around forever and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - It's actually pretty muted on the nose. Predominantly fruity/floral hops on the nose but it's not very strong.

T - VERY low bitterness for an IPA. Surprised at how mild the bitterness is, actually. The citric and piney hops are there but not overwhelmingly so, countered deftly by the roasty malt. That is one hell of a sessionable IPA.

M - Light on the carbonation and not heavy at all on the tongue. This beer goes down so easy I'm tempted to just crack open another and keep drinking.

Overall - 7% ABV? Sure don't taste like it! This one is subtle, fresh, strikes a killer balance of hops and malt, and finishes really clean. Unlike most IPA's that send you wave upon crashing wave of hop flavor and bitterness, this one drinks so easy that its 7% ABV will sneak up on you if you're not careful. A great choice both as an introductory IPA and an everyday brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 06:23:33 | More by DannyS
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foglemgs

Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a nice, muddy yellow color with a cream-colored head that dissipates quickly.

S: I get a lot of roasted malts in the nose, with a piney twinge. There are also some citrus notes, but I can't place the scent. Overall, it's quite a pleasant smell.

T: The flavor of malt hit me right up front. A nice, dry finish polishes this beer off.

M: Very smooth in the mouth. The carbonation bubbles nicely on the tongue and the rich flavor of malt makes you crave the next sip. This is one I could have consistently throughout the evening.

O: Another superlative beer from Bell's in Kalamazoo, MI. This, along with their Kalamazoo Stout, guarantees that they will have at least one loyal customer for many years to come.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 03:05:43 | More by foglemgs
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SplitsAtoms

Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This thing is greater than the sum of its parts. Well balanced IPA--thats probaly what stands out the most. Good hop presence up front with solid malt behind, with nothing really asserting throughout. Mouth is way too thin and overly carbonated for my taste. Also noted a bit of a sour taste that was not to my pleasure. All that said, its highly drinkable and a good representation of what i would call an introductory IPA for those not ready for or not into the huge flavors available in so many other great renditions. I would enjoy another if given, but would not seek out or purchase again at $10 a sixer locally.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:11:05 | More by SplitsAtoms
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Jmayhaus

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice hop finish with a hint of citrus, very refreshing with lunch. I poured them into a ale glass and it has a thick head, citrus smell. I wouldn't drink them all day but very light and refreshing to wash down a gourmet burger and fries.I would love to try this on tap, i would imagine it would make the experience even better.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 17:43:43 | More by Jmayhaus
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Jay_Ulreich

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer on tap, but right now its out of a bottle. And just as good I might add. Open the bottle and its like you stepped into a hop field. Pours nice with a decent sticky head. Nice lacing throughout the drink. Floral, citricy, piney- its got it all, but I beleive its centennial? Correct me if Im wrong. Anyway, it tastes soooo fresh, freshest beer I have had in a long time, Im loving it. I dont know about drinking this all day long as I already have a buzz after 2. This is just a fantastic hop lovers dream. I love this beer, Bells is by far one of my favorite breweries. Mouthfeel is just under perfect, as it is light. But othe than that its VERY hard to do better than this beer. Outstanding. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:59:12 | More by Jay_Ulreich
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FeelinitNow

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall clean glass.

A: A hazy orange/burgandy color with a sudsy viscous quality head

S: The predominant smell is lovely, a mix between grapefruit and pomegranate with other citrus fruit smells present. Other smells to note are: raisins, apple and pineapple.

T: Not overly sweet and very well balanced with the hop bitterness that rolls off the back of your tongue and stays with you for 10 seconds or so.

M: Slight carbonation that really compliments the beer as a whole. Also very creamy, nice touch!

O: There are so many quality factors you can feel as you drink this beer. It just stands way above quite a few beers and I'll definitely enjoy drinking this beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 20:00:58 | More by FeelinitNow
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James773

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice golden yellow color. Can't really say much about the head since I drink it out of the bottle (very drinkable). Floral and fruity nose, but not too strong. Flavors are very well balanced. You can definitely taste the hoppy backend but it's very well balanced by the sweeter/breadier hops flavors. Good for people getting into beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:08:16 | More by James773
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TheFizzinator

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown/murky golden color with a minimal head. Smells of peaches, nectarines, and some grapefruit notes. Not a very overpowering smell, more balanced and held in check like the beer as a whole. Sweet grapefruit comes to mind from the taste along with the peaches from the nose. So its pretty true to nose in terms of flavor profile. None of these tastes are overwhelming though. Packs a light mouthfeel with a little bit of carbonation, the muted flavor and bitterness makes this one go down very easily, so the drinkability is very high.

An enjoyable standby for most. Nothing mind blowing but it's hard to find a major fault with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 18:53:41 | More by TheFizzinator
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stella77artois

New York

3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber with a fair amount of carbonation rising. Took a slightly aggressive pour, but a 2 finger head formed. Head was thin and somewhat fizzy. Quickly dissipated to a slight white ring.

S - Not a whole lot as far as complexity, but fruity hops are noted, and a general flowery aroma. Perhaps dandellion and lilac, I suppose. Smooth and mild malts noted as well. Nice smelling beer.

T - It's a pretty mild tasting IPA in comparison to other's IMO, but it's a great one. Hops up front of course. Grapefruit, lime, dandellion and white flour in the hoppiness. A fairly strong malt backbone is present and can be noted early. Slightly bready, some caramel and angel food cake notes. Very nice tasting beer.

F - Hides the somewhat high ABV well. Very drinkable. Enough carbonation for a fizz fix, but burns slightly on the way down. Overall though, it has a good feel.

O - Happy to find a random single of a Top 250 beer at my favorite local store. Not as flavorful or powerful as some other IPA's, I might put it on the Pale Ale/IPA fringe. But the flavor is excellent, lot's of hops and a strong matl backbone. Highly recommended to any IPA or Pale Ale fans.



Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 15:39:56 | More by stella77artois
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ThisLadyLovesBeer

New Hampshire

3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A = A very pretty amber IPA, long-lasting head with lacing.
S = True to the label, it is heady with hops!
T = For the IPA lover, this would be heaven; for me, too hoppy, but IPAs aren't a favorite. Leaves a floral, hoppy aftertaste on the tongue.
M = A slight bit creamy and not overly carbonated. Quite nice!

I am not an IPA lover by any means. In fact, I am allergic to the hops as my head stuffs up almost immediately after the first few sips of drinking an IPA. But, the label didn't identify itself as an IPA, only in the verbiage on the back label did I discover its pedigree. So, in fairness, I would have to say in this review that this is one of the better IPAs I've tasted, although I would have initially skipped it if I had known it was an IPA! Very cool artwork on the label, too.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 17:52:20 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy golden-orange color, with a nice but not extraordinary off-white head. Some persistence, and definite lacing.

S - Does not come out with huge swings, but nice subtle jabs of citrus and pine. Grass and vegetative qualities underlie the stronger fruit.

T - No doubt this has citrus at the front, but perhaps most surprising for me is which - lemon notes are near the top, with tangerine and orange underlying, fading into some pine and grass, with some sweetness. Given the strength of the hop, the finish is surprising in that there's not nearly the bitter bite you might expect.

M - With moderate carbonation and only minor drying, this is a very easy beer on the tongue.

O - I really enjoy this beer, and there's no doubt for me that I will be returning to it as a regular staple. I am a huge fan of grapefruit notes and the hops that make those possible, but this makes the case for other citrus themes from the hop. Top notch.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 20:00:29 | More by Tsar_Riga
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Boozermurfin

Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always in my fridge. Always been a go to beer. Finally a review.

A - never really understood the point if this category. But what the heck, looks like a beer. Nice head amber orange color.

S - hard to beat. Beautiful aroma. Flowery, citrus, piney hop wonderfulness.

T - taste like it smells. Pich up something different everytime. Citrus orange, touch of grapefruit, sweeter tangerine maybe. Just enough malty backbone and sweetness to make you want to sip and sip again.

M - awesome everytime. Touch of creaminess before the perfect amount if carbonation hits your tongue. Goes down smooth but the hop bite is there and I find it consistent from beginning to well after swallow.

O - one of my favorites. Nothing obnoxious or mind blowing just keep drinking this and you will never grow tired or bored of.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 20:44:58 | More by Boozermurfin
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BierJager89

California

4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with a white head.

S: Tangerine, tropical fruit and papaya in the nose. Smells great.

T: Taste is pretty much the same, tangerine, lots of tropical fruit and papaya.

M: Very smooth and easily drinkable. Medium bodied.

O: This one was built up in my mind from things that friends had said, and it did not disappoint, which is quite noteworthy. So often beers are overhyped and disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 16:17:02 | More by BierJager89
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kwc017

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a green flash tulip. Lovely light straw color. Nice head and retention. Smell is amazing. Citrus, citrus and more citrus. Orange peel, grapefruit. Just an amazing smell. I think they should make a perfume that smells like this beer. Taste is just soooo good. Citrus, hops, maybe a little pine. Awesome, awesome beer. This should be a staple in every hop heads collection.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:40:09 | More by kwc017
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Date says bottled on 11/20/13

A: Orangey cloudy color white head with lots of lacing decent retention.

S: Strong scent of carmel malts and some citrus flavors.

T: Lots of malt, not a lot of hops. SOme citrus and grapefruit flavors

M: Sweet sticky mouthfeel goes down easy.

O: I've had this out of the bottle once and it was really good. This is my first review of it and I was very unimpressed. Its not bad, but it isn't the world class IPA I had anticipated. My bottle is two months old, but I wouldn't think that this would degrade that quickly. I will be reviewing this when I find some fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 06:12:00 | More by watermelon
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.96/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Murky orange. Hazy. Beautiful color gradation, (a bit darker at top, lighter on bottom). Held to light the body is yolky and bright. Creamy white head. Soapy. Average size. Average lacing which is spotty. When head is gone a veneer of smoky, misty fog permeates over the body. Remains carbonated and bubbly to finish.

S-Orange. Lemon. Lime. Mandarin orange. Grass. Mellow pine. Sweet caramel malt. Peach. Cream. Wet mildew, like a pond. Seaweed maybe. Floral. Woodsy. Perfume. Versatile smelling beer.

T-Citrus floods in. You get the classic orange, lemon and lime. Sweet tangerines even. Tropical fruits come forward: papaya & pineapple. Bitter citrus, not grapefruit, but more like tasting an orange rind/skin. A perfect malt backbone arches out in the middle. A puff cloud of grain rises. The finish is unique. The citrus hops are cooling like a mint. The hops also impart the customary bitter pine finish. A pure pine taste, like rubbing actual pine on the tongue. The smoothest and yet bold IPA you can ask for. The malt backbone is the highlight of the taste. Some kind of plant is in there. Like, aloe, or cactus. Something.

M-Refreshing moderate-medium body. More on the fluid side than chewy. Medium carbonation. Will thicken with time to a more creamier velvet state. Slightly sour citrus aftertaste. Sweet as well. Bitter resins and pine contrast beautifully with the sweet & sours. A cool minty finish is perceptible too.

O-America's IPA. All the ingredients are harmonious and deliver realistic fresh flavors. I feel like I'm eating into a juicy orange soaked in malt all drizzled in pine oil. Two Hearted Ale is not only the benchmark for IPA, but the bar that is not surpassed. Less than a handful of IPA's MATCH it, (Sculpin is one). The malt backbone makes my own straighten up and take notice of it's greatness. I'm honored at the availability of this sessionable IPA. Weird, but I cheers to a beer. Thanks for being, you.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 01:24:02 | More by shacawgo24
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ChefHopMeister

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/30/2013
Served in a chilled pint sized glass

Appearance: Sunshine golden straw. Beautiful color.

Nose: Citrus rind, spice, sweet malt

Taste: Sweet spicy bitterness, fresh hoppy pop, some sticky rich malt

Mouthfeel: Creamy, perfect carbonation

Overall: Two Hearted Ale has always been a favorite of mine of the IPA style but this batch is probably the freshest BTHA that I've come across. Well balanced and enjoyable. This one is a benchmark example of the AIPA style. Simply delicious and highly recommended, especially when introducing someone to the world of IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 19:52:39 | More by ChefHopMeister
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PA-hunter

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 05:06:37 | More by PA-hunter
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 8,758 ratings.