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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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8,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 8714
Reviews: 2962
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)
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4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the Arena bar and grill in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Happy hour drafts $3 and that includes micros and imports! They gave me a 10oz pour in a goblet. Having just finished a souther tier Choklat(also $3), it took a few sips to clear that rich and flavorful beer out of my palette and when it did, boy was I excited. Hops, not as much as in Hopslam(my only other experience with Bell's)which was to be expected, hit the nose and the tongue in perfect balance. An incredibly drinkable and savorable IPA. I grabbed a six pack the next day and look forward to my next one. One other thing, the draft menu at the Arena had this listed as 5.3% ABV, it's actually 7%.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2014 22:38:15 | More by tmbgnicu
Photo of Seanem44


4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good IPA. I find the draft version to be not quite as strong as the bottle version and the hops seem watered down.. That has been my luck with IPAs on draft, and I guess there are several things that can lead to this inconsistency. The hops weren't quite as bold. The bottled version however is quite delightful.

Honestly, though not as good as Hopslam, it is very comparable and will satisfy you. On top of the that, it's half the price and easy to find. For the price alone, I feel it is a much better value than Hopslam, as Hosplam is only marginally better than two-hearted. Two Hearted is a very enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2014 13:39:55 | More by Seanem44
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite brew from Bell's so far and thankfully it's on tap nearly everywhere in Columbus, OH.

A: burnt orange with 1-2 finger white foam head
S: fruity mixed with pine/hops
T: not too dry; fruity up front mixed with hops on the finish
M: smooth and drinkable
O: delicious - Bell's Two Hearted is easily in my top 10 IPA's.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2014 02:40:29 | More by Swettenham_Shire
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North Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A tongue-punching I.P.A. that delivers a bold and heavy taste that is sure to quench any thirst. Great alcohol % for price/flavor. Robust color as well as sharp smell that hints its heavy bitter kick taste. A very highly recommended easy/slow sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2014 01:31:24 | More by HopHedd
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber color with a thick thin head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Relatively light aroma of citric and tropical fruits with notes of peaches and passion fruit.
Delicious bold flavor with notes of peaches, cantaloupe melon, lemon, pine, tea leaves, spices, American yeast, bread and toasted malts. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is not felt at all.
Excellent American IPA, hoppy with a decent malty base to back it up. A beer for all, beginners to advanced drinkers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2014 18:51:51 | More by FLima
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New York

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

I gave this "classic" a shot at Rye House in Chelsea. Must be fresh since Bell's distributed to New York for the very first time this week. It kind of reminded me of an everyday IPA that is not too over the top with bitterness of the hop.

Poured a hazy goldish orange color with a small head. Decent not great lacing.

The smell was rather subdued. A light floral note with some citrus.

Citrus (orange) and pine but not too much of either (which is a good thing these days when IPA's seem to have hops for hops sake). The malt has a touch of sweetness. The beer had a watery taste to it though.

Medium bodies and a touch dry. The alcohol is well hidden.

Nothing from this beer stood out but it was still rather good. I guess the reputation from this beer left me expecting more. Although I do appreciate the single centennial hop not crushing my palate.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2014 02:52:21 | More by WheelsPSU
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best IPA's out there today. Perfectly hopped for those of us that don't particularly enjoy the IPA's on the market that are part of what I like to call the "hops for hops sake" fad in today's craft beer world. Bell's Two Hearted doesn't overpower your taste buds with bitterness, but that doesn't mean it is lacking in flavor. Just outstanding!

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2014 16:51:30 | More by Twisted_Halo
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4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best gateway drug into the IPA world.

Mouthfeel and hoppyness are certainly well within the tolerances of the IPA-uninitiated but, even better, makes Two Hearted nicely suited for all-day drinkability, if you are so inclined.

A very mild floral fuses very well with the hop nature of this beer, masking the bite of the hops just well enough to "get you over" the IPA wall that stops many.

I rank this second only to O'Dell's IPA in terms of overall taste, this is ABSOLUTELY one of the very best beers you can drink of any type.

Very hard to find on tap outside of the northern midwest. I find very little difference between the bottled and draught examples I have tried, and I have tried many.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2014 17:31:47 | More by Skullbussa
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally found this beer locally and it was on-tap! The appearance was light, very much in the IPA wheelhouse. The aroma was of floral notes and hoppy as is indicative of IPAs. The taste was the smoothest, most well balanced IPA I've yet to enjoy. Sometimes the hoppy characteristics can overpower an IPA, but not so with this brew. The mouthfeel was perfectly enjoyable, went down smooth. Could drink multiples of this beer without issue.

This beer should be on your 'want' list if you've not yet had it. Hell, it should be on your 'want' list for whenever you want a beer period. This brew hits the spot for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2014 02:49:09 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- cloudy pale gold with a big creamy white head great retention lacing

S-the aroma is a mild citrus balanced against the caramel malt sweetness

T-very light for an IPA, but good flavors of citrus and caramel come through as the beer progresses

M-thinner matching taste and aroma

O-a great flavored IPA that does not beat you up too much with the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 00:49:37 | More by delta490
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Light nut brown with a heavy head. This is what a beer should look like.

S: I have a pretty bad sense of smell but the hops are pretty apparent. Fruits and citruses are definitely there as well.

T: Smooth and crisp. Oaky with a distinct citrus and apple taste to it.

F: Medium bodied. Pretty highly carbonated.

Overall: Always enjoy this one but never really took the time to appreciate it until now. One of the better IPAs out there.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2013 01:08:33 | More by walkinginplace
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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: golden with a frothy head and wonderful lacing

S: extremely floral a slight malt sweetness

T: citrusy grapefruit floral and grassy. Great hop combination balanced very well by a malt backbone that is great to keep the hops in check

M: finishes very dry and exceptionally smooth. Crisp like a pilsener

O: can't wait til bells is distributed to nj. This was one great ipa

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 23:18:10 | More by Givemebeer
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4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 03:07:13 | More by Budinetz
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North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours an exceptionally clear pale pumpkin color with approximately 3 fingers of bone white head. Plenty of lacing coat the sides of the glass.

S: Fresh cut pine and fresh lemon juice along with tropical pineapple fruits. Pale sweet malts linger from start to finish. Scent is fresh and inviting.

T: Bright tropical fruits of pineapple with fresh citrus juices and fresh cut pine. Not resiny or woody but instead reminiscent of new pine needles. Sweet pale malts wash over the tongue. Finishes lightly bitter. Amazingly balanced.

M: Medium bodied and low to moderate levels of carbonation.

O: This beer lives up to the hype. Hops are clean and fresh and are expertly balanced by the sweet malts. Tropical flavor without being overtly sweet. Dry in the finish. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2013 16:07:25 | More by UnionJack31
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4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For me, this is the gold standard of IPAs. A revelation when I first tried it years ago, and still a reliable top-tier tap choice despite the massive increase in quality local competition throughout the country. There's a reason it has become as popular as it has without a ton of marketing money behind it. Complex, balanced, gorgeous Centennial nose — perfect for anything from a single bottle to a few pints.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 02:51:45 | More by ThreeFloyds
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time in Michigan and first time trying this beer. This beer tastes great! Not overly hoppy but nicely hopped with a fantastic aroma. Reminded me of Odell's IPA, which is one of my favorites being from colorado. Can't go wrong with this choice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2013 18:00:41 | More by Powerturn11
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. snifter.

pours a dark copper with a nice head. smell is good and hoppy but not over the top. the taste follows suit but the flavor is really nice. its a bit citrus and a bit tropical. not fruity but not bitter. very balanced. real well done and you know they've perfected this. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall great IPA from bells available all the time

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2013 22:37:24 | More by Axnjxn
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in Arlington VA, pours a nice copper/amber color into a tulip glass. Aroma of pine and grapefruit. Taste follows the smell, but it's extremely well balanced with a nice hoppy bite on the back end. Definitely a beer I would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 19:30:18 | More by MWolverines66
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New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at North Banks restaurant on the Outer Banks. The aroma and flavor are all grassy hops... not my favorite. I'm sure this beer is a home run for a lot of people, but it's a little too grassy for me. Still, a well-crafted beer that deserves the strong ratings it gets.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 19:11:50 | More by Siebel98
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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this old reliable on tap at World of Beers. This is one of the classic, all-time American IPA's. Pours a nice, golden color with a 1 inch foam head. Intense citrus hops dominate in this one, unbelievably strong grapefruit flavor. Smells of citrus hops as well. On tap or in the bottle, it's really good. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 03:28:25 | More by CoachC
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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Two hearted is pretty solid. It is a clear gold color. Smells hoppy and is pretty darn smooth for an IPA. It has a decent head and there was a lot of lacing in the glass. It has a slightly sour aftertaste. Sounds unpleasant but it is really good. this beer also made my mouth tingle all over.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 03:33:43 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_greg
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden amber, clear, lots of thick bubbly white head. lovely lacing left behind.

S: hoppy and floral, with a bit of sweet citrus. flowers and grapefruit.

T: hoppy. floral - in a perfum-y way.. bitter. crisp. ever so slightly sweet.

M: astringent. fizzy. tingly. medium body.

O: love it. love the bitter but citrusy floral. the slight sweetness. and especially the effervescence.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 00:26:29 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_jess
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden/copper with an off-white head that lingers for quite a while. Sticky lacing.

S- Normally I have a tough time picking up on the smell of my beer when I drink at a bar. The smell of smoke and food generally mask the beer's aroma. That is certainly not the case here! This beer has a huge floral hop aroma and a wonderful bready malt base.

T- Follows nose wonderfully. One of the more floral hoppy beers I can remember. Some juicy tropical flavors and citrus also comes through, all riding on a delicious bready malt backbone. Not overly bitter as I suspect this one has a lower IBU than most of the style. Powdery yeast also comes through. Well balanced.

M- Very drinkable. Mid body. No alcohol detected. Light carbonation

O- Simply delicious. A little different take on the IPA as it packs a solid hop punch, but doesn't pound you to death with nothing but hops and massive bitterness. Certainly a must try if wanting a balanced IPA

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 01:59:37 | More by Bosoxfan20
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4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At last, Bell's Two Hearted Ale! Had this on tap at Hopleaf in Chicago, where apparently the relationship between this beer and that bar is about as institutionalized as Pliny is with Toronado Pub in SF. Served in a shaker pint glass. Review is from my notes.

Pours a gold amber clear color immediately reminds me of everything I love in IPAs. Shines beautifully in the light, completed with a cascading, massive amount of carbonation that rises to the top thanks to the Hopleaf's very own pint glasses with nucleation points (which I noticed later)! A a result, there's a half finger of head that lasts on this beer the entire time, and makes this instant eye candy. Tons of lacing stick to the glass, and every swirl further reveals this beer's oily, resinous nature that I wish were more common than not in these types of hoppy beers. Excellent stuff.

The aroma is filled with all kinds of fruity varieties that I love, ranging from bittered oranges, mangos, pineapple, and grapefruit, for starters. I'm loving the particularly earthy flavor that this beer has going for it right from the start, which is presented in the malts in a slightly sweetened, caramel-toffee combo, and within the delightfully mineral-y and integrated hop oil phenols. Slight graininess, and a kiss of alcohol that adds extra balance to the beer. I think I was whiffing at this like a total dork the entire time that I was consuming this. It's so porous and dank - yet not in an exaggerated but rather soothing manner.

The flavor is fantastic. Not only does get all of the fruity flavors in various separate stages of consumption - rather than lumping them all together in one giant, dank bouquet - but it contains an earthy, nearly rustic feel that's as great as any fresh homebrew. Oranges, mangos, pineapple, lemon, a smidgen of pine, and little bit of other dried citrus rinds mixed with some faded grassy texture. Very earthy, but in a way where you get the core of the hop flavors from the vine all the way to the soil it came from. Other than Zombie Dust and occasionally with Pliny, I've never had a hoppy beer other than this one that does it this well. Everything is well integrated, and when the hops are all said and done, you're left with a clean, hearty, slightly syrupy but never too sweet finish of grains and slight breadiness that works so well. The astringency is never too grating, and, in fact, drinking this every few minutes allows the resin to settle on the palate and bring forth more of those mineral and earthy properties.

Wow! Everyone that's ever raved about this beer was right about it's greatness. I wish I could have brought six packs of this home. I really don't need to finish with a huge closing statement about this beer. As someone who's just started homebrewing and a huge fan of hops when they're pervasive in a beer but not grating, and also with beers that strive to find so much balance and use such fresh ingredients - which many brewers fail to do with IPAs - this really is one of the hop masterpieces of this country. I hate to add so much to the hype, but find fresh batches of this and drink it on tap whenever you have the chance. If always this consistent, this is probably the best IPA brewed year-round in the country. And with that, I leave myself in mountains of hops and joy. My favorite beer I had on my trip to Chicago. One of my new favorite beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2013 22:22:10 | More by magictacosinus
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New York

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in pint glass.

Appearance: Simple amber, heavy bubbles on the body. Nothing to go crazy over. Body creates a white head rising to maybe 1/4".

Smell: light pink grapefruit scent, pretty descent wish it was more potent.

Taste: a fruity beer believe it or not, complex with citrus and hops. This beer as far as taste is concerned which in my opinion is the most important propery of all beers...incredible.

Mouth: a nice bubble texture obviously consisting of an almost heavy carbonation. Smooth...and I'm serious.

Overall: this beer is a flavor bomb, on tap here on my little getaway here in PA. Would I buy again, heck yea...I'm shooting for a few more. Salud.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2013 02:02:37 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 8,714 ratings.