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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

8,722 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 8722
Reviews: 2963
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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RedwoodGeorge

California

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My god - I'm so impressed I almost don't know where to begin...

The pour is very good - a bright golden color with a large, sticky off-white head. The head dies down to a small cap which leaves lots of lacing as you go through the glass...

The smell is quite hoppy - plenty of new mown grass and citrus in this one. A bit of toasted grain as well so it's not that one sided but it's primarily hops, hops and hops.

The taste is exquisite... I keep going back and forth between rating it 4.5 or 5.0 Since it's not completely perfect I'll give it a less than perfect score - but just barely (I wish there was a 4.75!) There's a pretty simple but honest malt base here - grain/fresh bread with a bit of sweetness. The hops are ever present and they are -huge- but more importantly they're not overpowering and it's incredibly smooth. When I'm disappointed by an IPA it's usually because the brewer seems to have thought "if I throw in too many hops, people will be impressed" leaving a very unbalanced brew. This, on the other hand, is an incredibly balanced brew - plenty of subtle, complex hops notes of citrus, herb and pine with a taste I don't quite recognize but there's no doubt it's a hop.

As if the taste wasn't good enough, the mouthfeel is complete perfection. Even with the billowy head there's still plenty of fine carbonation in the beer and it couldn't go down any smoother. The feel is somewhere between velvet and silk and it's all good. No oily residue. No bitter aftertaste. Very light feel. Amazing that it isn't on tap - I've never experienced a bottled brew that has this feel.

Drinkability is off the scale. I'm already checking Mapquest to find out how far to Kalamazoo Brewing (2288 miles) This is one outstanding beer.

[Many, many thanks to TikkiGodxxx for shipping this out West - I'm now officially hooked on trades!]

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 04:39:49 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Honey with a small white head that doesn't last too long and leaves spotty lace.

Lots of floral and citric hops in the nose. Fruity with some pine sap.

The taste is a hop head's dream. Powerful, juicy hops dominate from start to lingering bitter finish. The malts are way in the back, but make a contribution to the mouthfeel which is full for the style.

Lots of hops, but not too much to keep me from ordering more.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 03:31:26 | More by ypsifly
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

Pours a cloudy orangish-yellow color with a thick, frothy white head that retains well, a spectacular looking beer. Aroma is grapefruit, lemon, floral and grassy hops smells, with a light, bready malt background...quite appealing. The taste is equally impressive, a moderate hop bomb thats as balanced as can be expected. Flavors of grapefruit, pine oil, lemon rind and freshly cut grass makeup the hops side, with a nice, dry bread malt flavor that balances the brew very well. The mouhfeel is lusciously creamy with a crisp carbonated bite, the finish is dry, bitter and extremely refreshing. The drinkability is quite high, and i wish i had a few more. Another excellent offering from Bell's, they're becoming one of my favorites...too bad they arent available in my state.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 04:49:35 | More by silver0rlead
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Higravity

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer that should be a main-stay of any MI local drinkers rotation. It pours an apricot color with a white head that leaves me some lacing. The smell is of strong hops with high AA and enough flavor to back them up. It has a nice malty base with sweet caramel flavors to build upon all the different hop flavor that come through. A deep bittering that yeilds to soft floral and citrus tones. The finish is a little over sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2005 12:57:05 | More by Higravity
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fingolfin72

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy blonde color with a white, short-lived head.

I love the nose of this beer- Pine, butter, herbs, perhaps a faint hint of maple wood. The palate is bracingly bitter, with enough dryness to make this a food-friendly, session-friendly and non-cloying beer. The bitterness is faintly reminiscent of Campari, and the body is present but lean.

This is a beer that brings back my will to live when I get home from a bad day at work.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 21:13:11 | More by fingolfin72
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky golden amber colour, topped by a half-inch slightly rocky, white head that shows good retention and some lacing. Definitely unfiltered, with small particulates in suspension, but clears up considerably as it warms. Hop aroma was evident as soon as I opened the bottle, a nice mix of citrus and spice. Mild malty nose as well, but this is only evident after it's been in the glass for a while. Malt sweetness to start, quickly followed by piney bitterness. Hop flavours (citrus and spice) show up part way through. The finish is quite long, dry and bitter, with more of a sharp orange peel flavour. High carbonation with a medium body and a bit of creaminess. Also just a bit of alcohol warming after it's swallowed, mostly after it warms a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 01:23:05 | More by DrJay
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to warriorsoul for this one.
Appears a cloudy light golden color with a solid 2" white solid head that lasts. Plenty of lacing. Check out the bottom of the glass! Tiny bits of hops can be seen in this one. Smell is of sweet malt, citrus, and pine.
Taste is easily one of the smoothest, most balanced and tolerable IPA's out there. Citrus and piney hops mixed with a fine balance of sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly carbonated with a feel that starts at the front of the tongue and works it's way to the back of the tongue.
Drinkability is great for IPA. No sting, all bling.

Finger licking good!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 03:07:24 | More by weeare138
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walleye

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy golden with off white head, with some lacing. aroma, grapefruit, yeast, lemon, orange, hops, pine. flavor, orange, hops, supriseingly the grapefruit was weak compared to the aroma, floral. bells does it for me again. a good beer will buy again

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 02:01:18 | More by walleye
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frazbri

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
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)

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 01:50:53 | More by frazbri
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ggroller

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The label on the bottle I had was different than the BA pic. Mine was of a trout's head depicted in various shades of green.

This is a cloudy beer between amber and gold in color. A very nice, sticky, resilient white meringue type head reminiscent of a good homebrew.

Wonderful citrusy hops in the nose upon smell and after the sip. Nice maltiness in the finish. Slight chewiness in the body but crisp enough in the finish to prepare me for the next sip.

I'm not a huge hop head and this is a fairly hoppy beer but one that I could easily drink in a session. I am glad I decided to add this one to my mixed sixer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 14:16:47 | More by ggroller
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Clear and slightly dark gold in colour, this beer has a fantastic spicy citrus aroma with a bit of a grassy note creeping in as well. It's a medium strengh bitterness for an IPA. It's not quite as malty or heavy bodied as other beers of this style that I've had, but that works just fine for me. Drying and drinkable, and deceptive in its strength.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 20:29:25 | More by fisherman34
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the brwerey less then a week ago. Poors in with a nice head and stays forever. Beercolor is gold but clouwdy.
Nose is quiet exceptional and it's just like hanging your nose in a bag( of very fine) hop. Further hardly anything noticeable but hey as fresh as a beer can get! Taste is almost identicly, hops, hops & more hops. Could have litle more body but hey I'm fine with just hops! Mouthfeel is off course also incredible and hey I could drink this all night long!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 12:48:24 | More by paterlodie
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

~*2<3d*~

appearance: deep amber with suspended particles and small, thin steady streams of carbonation. mammoth head dissolving with traces of cloudy wisp lacing left behind. excellent label on this beer, points for that.

aroma: big fresh citrusey hops with spicy malt sweetness and floral pep.

taste: smooth and sweet initially where the grapefruit meets some honey. tart twist. super bitter in the end.. actually shocking to me considering the sweet and fruity characteristics this beer had displayed initially. well-rounded. lingering hints of chamomile, rose and lavender.. girly flower essence in this brew.

mouthfeel: a big beer here. smooth going down but thicker and denser in my stomach. a quick beer to fill me up, postponing the cooking of my dinner by an hour or so. couldn't have more than 2 in a sitting.. wouldn't want to though, this IPA is made to savour.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 13:52:17 | More by goodbyeohio
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fun beer here. Pours a nice bronze color with a wonderfully distinct almost yellow colored head. The foamy layer suddenly dissipates, leaving strong lacings throughout the session. The nose is strong of hops paired with the fruity scents of oranges and mangoes. The taste is excellent. The flowery and orange tastes go quite well with what must be nearly the perfect amount of bitter hops. There is an aftertaste that reminds me of orange peels that almost lasts forever. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. I really enjoyed this beer, although it seemed to taste quite different than IPA's I've had in the past. This one is interesting and definitly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 03:12:08 | More by jasonpeckins32
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karst

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I usually overrate beer, am sure that I have underrated this superb beer (maybe even its taste).

From the well cared for stock of 33 Wine shop and Tasting Bar - Thanks Jake for a great pour on this one as well as the Weizen Eisbock - great to see how well you take care of beer and all your customers (beer or wine).

White head. Light clear amber. Aroma "is nothing less than a hoppy fruit explosion! A cornucopia of flavors bounce inside your nose and all along the tongue...grapefruit, strawberries,peach,apricot, melons, citrus, bananas,even. Delicate malt, providing ample balance."

Extremely smooth with enought hops to please the hop head in me and not too much to offend those wanting to taste the malt and yeast flavors.

It's truly in a league of it's own.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 03:41:54 | More by karst
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the Buckeye Brewing Company in Bedford Heights, OH.

The main reason for our journey from Mt. Vernon to scenic (sarcasm) Bedford Heights, a cask of this lovely nectar was ours for the taking.

The color is a dulled creamy orange with a miniscule head. Noticeable, but not uber-thick lacing of the glass. Toned down in the smell department from the bottle. Hoppy? Heck yeah. But not in the way I remember my bottled version. Citrus and floral hops are noted. Sugary sweetness in there as well. Fantastic flavor. The cask-conditioning makes for a silky smooth taste profile. Grapefruit detected, along with ripe fruit notes. Smooth finish. Not as pronounced hop bite as other versions. Here's a beer I could be happy with every day.

Serving type: cask

04-19-2005 01:27:31 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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ejquin

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange color with thick frothy white head.

Nose of pine, hops. and spice. Very upfront and not much dimension to it.

Tastes of full on hops. Very bitter orange fruit and pine taste. Dry and bitter in aftertaste.

Drinkibility is good.

Overall a solid IPA, but nothing exceptional to me

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2005 21:09:32 | More by ejquin
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swamiswamu

Indiana

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

Sure, it's a dry hopped Oberon, but it tastes amazing. This is one of the best non-West Coast hoppy beers out there. It pours a orangish hue with lots of head and plenty of lacing. The aroma lets you know what you are getting into. The hops dominate with a wheaty base. My only complaint is that this hop profile is awfully straight forward. Two hearted has always seemed like a homebrew gone terribly well. For a hop fix you can drink all night, this can't be beat.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2005 05:11:17 | More by swamiswamu
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axisjones

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dusty amber, slightly hazy with a rocky slightly off-white head. The lacings got Jackson Pollack all over it, gorgeous all the way down. Decent head retention as well.
Decept hop aroma, citrus and passionfruit. Its strong, but not overpowering.
The first thing that hit me when tasting was the bready malt character, but then the hops slammed in. The hops are not overkill at all, and the malt balances nicely. After drinking a lot of west coast hop bombs, this brew is more restrained in the hop department, but it is no slouch either. The bready character is balanced with a citrusy grapefruit hop flavor with a clean bitterness in the end.
The mouthfeel is very carbonated and lively throughout. Fluffy and clean all the way through. I could drink these one after the other, its well balanced and not tastebud suicide like so many other IPAs. Strong flavor but definitely not too strong.
This was a damn good IPA, with a strong enough malt presence to keep the hops in check. Exceptionally crafted and highly drinkable. Toss me another feloniousmonk, thanks for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 07:42:36 | More by axisjones
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Star80

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a cloudy yellow probably due to the fine layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, and moreover due to Bell's unfiltered nature. The head has an initial whipped cream-like appearance on first pour, then forms an everlasting wispy cloud-like patch on the top of the beer with lacing on the sides of my imperial pint glass. Even more noticeable is this beer's candy-like smell with some sort of strange interplay between the malts and the wonderfully smelling floral hops. Smells more like a gumball to me than Gumballhead! Taste is where it comes together in an interesting almost butterscotch candy sweetness (diacetyl alchohol) washed back with those bitter hops! I'm not sure if this is one of the great before or after dinner beers. Despite it's paler appearance this is one rich and filling beer at 6.0% abv. Mouthfeel is about where a beer like this should be, perhaps a tad thin. Pretty dang drinkable and those hop burps are great!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 00:07:47 | More by Star80
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whynot44

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium bodied, cloudy honey color with a substantial, lasting white head.

Aroma is intensely hoppy - grapefruit, pine, orange, fresh grass - with a biscuity malt base.

Taste is along the same lines. Starts with a definite bready, biscuity malt but then taken over by some of the best hop flavors to be found, definite citrusy grapefruit, herbal, piney, etc., aggressive but very crisp, fresh and pleasant. Definitely for hops lovers but very well balanced.

Good stuff. I want more!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 06:14:09 | More by whynot44
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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

Pours gold with an orangy tint,full of a thick haze and a rich,creamy white head.
Pungent nose with lots of citrus fruit,pine sap and light malt.
Full flavored.
Tons of fruit and zest.
Grapefruit,oranges,pears,apples,melons and pine needles.
Crisp and bitter. Like a whip cracking on the tongue.
Lingering tart finish, the grapefruit stays..
Medium bodied and very refreshing.
This baby would hold up to the hottest Thai food.
One of the best IPA's,reminiscent of Smutty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 11:04:34 | More by brewandbbq
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Secret Santa 2004 # 12

First off, Bell makes good beer, but could use a graphic designer. Nothing shouts "IPA" like half a fish.

A slightly hazy orange body, fine carbonation streams, topped by three plus fingers of tight just off white foam, which "rocky"-ed up above the rim.

Nose has a nice mix of floral and citric notes.

Nice assertive malty start, says "this is beer, not just hop juice". Of course, a beat later the hops crash the party like a swat team bursting through every door and window, pushing the malt away down the throat and taking over the room. Intersting hops too, not a grove of grapefruit, but an intriguing blend. The hops give a light sandpaper rub over the entire mouth and slowly almost fade away. Two hours later, there's still a bit of hoppiness tickling my tongue. Not overpowering, just enjoyable.

Nice mouthfeel, and damn great drinkability.

Another fine Bells beer, I've had eight and have enjoyed them all.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 04:45:21 | More by RonfromJersey
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GClarkage

California

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/27/05- Received via BA member Spinlock.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a nice looking either salmon or trout on the label. Back label has a code of 6661. Poured into my Powerhouse Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Nice semi-cloudy orange pour with a very smmoth and creamy looking head that still has some remaining at the end of the glass. Above average lacing.

Smell- Definitely one of the best smelling IPA's I have put my nose too. Nice strong hoopy scent with a good amount of pine and a really sweet candied smell as well.

Taste- Hmmmm, was expecting much more hops. Nice malt and hops, but not huge. Very well balanced though. Good amount of pine and a bit of grapefruit. Not the huge amount I was predicting though.

Mouthfeel- Above average carbonation for an IPA.

Drinkability- This along with Stone IPA, are among the best balanced IPA's I have had. This would be an excellent choice for a session beer if you aren't looking for a hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 20:04:32 | More by GClarkage
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA, one of the best you'll ever find. Pours an orangish amber with a nice 1" head that settles to about 1/4" and stays put. Smell is quite hoppy, though not as floral as I tend to like. Also has a bit of a pine scent. Taste is incredible... so smooth yet so hoppy. A very quenching beer, would go great with any number of foods. Stone IPA is still my favorite, but this is one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 19:33:57 | More by ChrisBowers
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 8,722 ratings.