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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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8,719 Ratings

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Ratings: 8719
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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Photo of ProfPayne


4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite IPAs. In fact, it's a go to IPA, and also the beer I use to convert people who don't think they like bitter. This beer is incredibly balanced and integrated. Best consumed fresh, this beer is still great in the bottle and is almost always in my house. The fact that it's named after a Hemingway location makes it all the more special in my book!

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 21:35:01 | More by ProfPayne
Photo of dejrrma


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

20 oz for $6 at Twain's. Served in a Pint glass.

a: about an inch of the frothiest and thickest head i've ever had for any beer. a light golden orange color with tiny bubles rising to the top rapidly. thick lacing.

s:lots of lemon, piney, and hops. a little salty-smelling

t: very bitter, hoppy, slight malt presence that finishes into a pleasant sweetness. dry finish that doesn't leave you with cotton mouth, but nice nonetheless.

m- light and airy, crisp and well carbonated. very refreshing. very drinkable beer.

o- I've had this beer on several occasions. the first time it was pretty mediocre. but two other times it was awesome. i'm glad i gave this another chance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 17:14:10 | More by dejrrma
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into nonic pint.
Pours a slight haze golden color. Good head and lacing. Smell is of slight piney hops....very mild.
Taste is of mild fruity and piney hops. Great mouthfeel...not overly bitter but very well balanced. Very very good IPA and excellent on tap. I'd get again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 22:55:46 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of BMMillsy


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this many times while living in Michigan and honestly it is the perfect go to beer. Especially the case on tap. Pours a beautifully clear golden color, plenty of bubbles, with a creamy white one finger head on the top. The aroma consists of sweet pale malts, grapefruit, honey, just a hint of pine. Flavor follows as smooth as can be. Some up front bitter slowly drifts into a sweet honey grapefruit flavor and finishes with a clean crisp bite. Lively carbonation, light on the palate, and goes down way too easy. Not a world beating hop bomb IPA, but one of the most drinkable beers on earth.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 22:01:08 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of spdyfire83


4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

176th Review
Served in a half pint
On-draft at the mothership itself in Kalamazoo!

From notes.

A: Hazy orange with golden tint depending on how the light hits the glass. 1.5 (white) fingernail head.

S: Pungent (earthy) hops, sweet malt backbone, citrus, pine, and caramel. Hidden fruit esters linger on nose, but this balances so nicely with the hop and malt characters you just want to dive in and find out what this beer is all about.

T: BOOM! Hops burst forth as soon as this liquid hits the palate, but its perfection does not stop there. The bitterness and malt tango is so well executed there is negligible room to find criticism. Notes of citrus, pine, grapefruit, and caramel sweetness accent the hop profile as this beer is brilliantly well-rounded.

M: Medium bodied (creamy) with moderate carbonation.

O: This beer is quite tasty all-around. Not too much to say other than that. I've had bad experiences with bottles of this, but if you can get this on-tap and fresh, it is worth seeking out. By far my favorite offering from a short visit in Kalamazoo. Cheers Bell's!

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 11:44:57 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of escapegoat


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

Had countless times in bottle and on-tap. Based on pour from 1/4 slim in my kegerator.

A - golden with thick white head. Solid lacing as head recedes.
S - Piney, floral scent over bread malt base.
T - Chalky, soapy overtones over bready, citrusy flavor. Nearly perfect except for the overwhelming chalkiness.
M - Very good - leaves you wanting more without being cloying.
O - One of my favorites. Not perfect, but as close as it comes.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 03:36:47 | More by escapegoat
Photo of Giggy


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

A: pours a golden,orange, amber color with a slight haze from the yeast. Nice thick eggshell colored foamy head.

S: floral, citrus, intense hops, fruity yeast.

T: medium body, citrus upfront, malty pine at the end. Very crisp. Strong hops.

M: extremely dry, bitter finish.

O: goes down easy, 7.0% abv is just right.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 01:13:31 | More by Giggy
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a columbus airport bar, into a large weizen glass
I’ve had this beer many times, but finally decided to review it while I sit at the airport waiting for connection flights

A: Dark golden with 1.5 fingers of dense white head. Has good retention and leaves a solid amount of lacing.

S: Citrus hop aromas, particularly orange and grapefruit, with a subtle piney aroma as well.

T: Citrus hops again, with a nice (but not overwhelming) bitterness. Heavy grapefruit, along with some orange and lemon zest. There is also the soapy flavor that I always notice when I drink this beer, which isn’t really a positive or negative, but it makes it identifiable if nothing else.

M/D: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Served too cold at this place, but can’t fault the beer for that.

O: Certainly a good IPA. There are many better ones out there, as Two Hearted doesn’t have the depth or complex palate profile as some of the best IPAs, but its definitely worthy of a drink and a nice find at a random airport bar.

Side note- better from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 02:01:56 | More by zac16125
Photo of russwbeck


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

Enjoyed at RFD Washington before a Bell's Beer Dinner. Served with cheese.

A: The beer sits in the pint glass an orange hue, hinting towards brown at the center. About two fingers of white head builds up and hangs out for a while, lacing beautifully as it recedes. 4.5

S: The aroma is all citrus and piny hops. A nice balance between the two without much of a malt backbone. 4

T: The taste is balanced perfectly for me. Hop forward, citrus and pine all the way. Very slight maltiness does come through here. 4

MF: Light and crisp, very nicely carbonated and a high drinkability. 4.5

O: One of my favorite IPAs, I was pumped to see it offered in the “pre-game” as it wasn’t on the dinner list. 5

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 17:09:12 | More by russwbeck
Photo of buffs9


3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had both on tap and in bottle on the same day. Had to try it twice b/c I used to love this beer and was underwhelmed. Bottle was 3 weeks old.

Color: Nice golden color, some orange with a white head.

Smell: Hoppy and malty, some citrus, but not as great smelling as many IPAs.

Taste: fairly bland both on tap and from the bottle, disappointing

Mouthfeel: average, crisp.

Overall: Hoping I was just having a bad day b/c this beer used to be my go to when I lived in MI.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 00:07:33 | More by buffs9
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

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

Served on tap at Satellite.

Appearance is a clear amber with a normal sized head. Smell is of piney citrus hops, with an emphasis on pine Taste is piney with a slight lingering bitterneess. Bitterness is big but not bad. Quite refreshing actually, but with some weight. Carbed as one would expect.

O: One of my favorite IPAs, hits the highlights of the style, very representative. A bit more bitter than the average IPA. No noticeable difference between bottled and on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2011 02:23:23 | More by VaterRoss
Photo of DrDemento456


4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear amber brown with a full inch of creamy white head. Lacing is also pretty nice.

S - Pretty much a citrus bound IPA I also get some gram cracker like malt keeping the hops in check from being to pine forward.

T - Actually better than expected the bitterness seems to be more balanced giving it a juicy fresh citrus and pineapple like bitterness which finishes with the typical fresh baked sweetness of caramel and gram crackers. It's finish is just bitter enough to make you take another sip.

M - Light to medium and not cloyingly bitter.

Overall I guess I really like this beer with either some age or just on tap so I might have to track down one of the "mini kegs" Tasty stuff bells!

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 19:00:50 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Treebs


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

Had on tap at the Yardhouse in Glenview. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a slight hazy amber with golden yellow edges. A very bubbly one finger white head forms on the pour and leaves some sticky, splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Subtle citrus notes with some candied fruit sweetness mixed in for good measure.

T: This just explodes in my mouth and is definitely one of the sweeter IPA's I've ever had. Sweet pears and apples are present with a nice candied fruit and honey finish. Pale malts are present throughout, but take a back seat.

M: Medium to light bodied with a sweet and semi-bitter finish. It's come in and out like a nice little combo kicking my toungue long after the beer has left.

O: Even though this was sweeter than I expected it was never overpowering. Highly drinkable and another great go to beer when fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 17:14:58 | More by Treebs
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really my go-to beer, whether its cheap or not.

Beautiful one inch head that retains. Light golden body.

Smells of a sweet balance between a nice citric hop and honey malt. God I love Bell's malt bill. Cascade hops are everywhere.

Balance is really the key here. Those citric hops are there, but theyre kept in check by a slick, honey malt bill. The difference is that the citric hops are just another flavor in the plethora of flavors.

Sits very light with a medium body.

Fantastic. As usual.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 02:42:26 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of mjpolzin


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

Had this at Moggers in Terre Haute. (a shout out to one of my favorite bars in America that I usually only make it to once a year)

The color was a cloudy amber. The smell and taste were not as strong as my favorite pale ales but the citrus and pine notes were there that make this a very solid PA. This beer obviously has gotten very high ratings on this website and although I don't think I can give it an "A", it is a solid offering of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 02:46:10 | More by mjpolzin
Photo of Pintofbrown


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

I had this on tap at Blackstone.

App- A gold and amber body that is clear with some lazy bubbles. It has a half-finger of white cap.

Smell- This one has some citrus notes, mainly grapefruit and some orange or lemon. The pine is also a nice addition, maybe some biscuit malt in the nose too. It is subtle, but pretty complex.

Taste- This is definitely not the most hop forward IPA I have ever had. The hops are citrus in nature, grape and passion fruit. And again, that wonderful piney note is also very present into mid drink and the finish. What I think is well done is the well added malt character. They blend great with the hop finish.

MF- This one is really creamy and medium bodied. One of the best mouth feels you could possibly hope for in a good IPA.

Overall- In the end, this IPA sacrifices being aggressively hoppy to get the malt to smooth out the mouth feel and make this beer a really easy drinker. This is a fantastic IPA and one that should be readily available in any hop-head's fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 23:24:29 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of 57md


3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is light copper with two healthy fingers of head. There is some retention of the head throughout and it leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite pleasant - fresh citrus and hops are very noticeable. The flavor is lemony with a hop presence, but the body is too subtle for an IPA. This beer is enjoyable because it is complex, but it lacks the body I like in an IPA. It is certainly worth a try, but its reputation is quite inflated if you ask me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 19:40:04 | More by 57md
Photo of MsRif


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

Have had on-tap and in bottles too many times to count. Pours a nice golden color that is slightly hazy. Good head, nice retention and beautiful lacing. Smells of sweet hops and citrus with a bit of earthy notes to it. Tastes of citrus, hops and grass/earthiness. For an IPA, it is exceptionally smooth.

Light bodied...refreshing. Nice carbonation. I really enjoy this particular IPA...and I usually am not an IPA person.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 01:42:32 | More by MsRif
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

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

Two-Hearted Ale is of a slightly hazy amber hue with a nice foamy head. The aroma suggests multiple hop varieties with citrus notes dominating. More so than many other IPAs I've tried, this one has a very clear and distinct grapefruit and pineapple dominance. The flavor was very big with Tart fruits and flower petal, along some malt present with the hop bitterness. I want to emphasize that the bitterness is really turned up on this one, especially in the finish. The mouth feel is 'sticky.' This is a somewhat complex ale... if the complexity was turned up one more notch with a hint of something else I may have given this beer a perfect score.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 05:28:30 | More by Neorebel
Photo of GRBrew


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with dinner tonight at the Winchester.

Came out with a big two inch head on it that lasted the entire beer. The head had great lacing that you would expect from this beer. The color was golden.

Arromatics were outstanding with a very crisp and clean taste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 01:42:31 | More by GRBrew
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at The Blue Leprechaun in Ann Arbor, Mich. Color was orange amber. Maybe an inch of head. Some lacing on the top. Good looking film on the sides that circled all the way down the glass.

Smelled of citrus and floral hops. Good balance.

Similar to the nose, a citrus and sweet, floral taste led the way. It wasn’t as hoppy as I thought, but did end in a lingering bitter finish.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth all the way through.

Definitely the best of the four Bell’s I had on my trip to Ann Arbor. I’d love for it to come out west.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 20:20:43 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Going by memory, had this on tap at Scotty's Brewhouse in West Lafayette.

Smells really citrusy and piny right off the bat. Poured a deep gold with about a quarter inch fizzy head, pretty decent lacing.

Starts off light in the taste category for a brief moment, then boom. The hops have arrived. I would say this is the most bitter beer I've had. The finish is almost all cascade hops, with their usual pine taste.

Overall, not a bad one paired with food. To me though, you have to have something to cut the hops, a little too bitter to handle alone in mass quantities.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 01:30:09 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of CushyGig

North Carolina

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

extremely cloudy yet beautiful..like a sunset..the aroma was juicy fruity bits of mango..a little mustiness..wow that mango is crazy..with a hint of a champagne aroma at the very end after sniffing real hard for a while..and a shot of pineapple..pineapple mimosas anyone?..the first thing i notice is complete balance..the next is the subtly sweet mango fruity taste..some citrus..maybe tangerine..yet not too sweet..not too bitter either..but a delight..the next progression of flavors is as follows..a hint of yellow watermelon, soil, dirt, and earth, green veggie, spinach, celery, back to sweeter fruits, pineapple, maybe some more unripe and unsweet mango..kiwi..this is a treat..

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 20:55:34 | More by CushyGig
Photo of lurpy1


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Nuthouse in Lansing.

Pours a deep amber, little bit of head. Attractive beer. Citrus and floral aroma, a little bit towards the sour and acrid though.In terms of taste, this beer sort of triangulates - malt, hop, orange. Pretty tasty, nothing spectacular. The consistency is sort of oily/resiny, but smooth and pretty appealing.

Final verdict, real good everyday beer. At the end of the day this is a somewhat conservative beer, in that Bell's is not trying to hit a home run with it, just swinging for singles. But they've done a real good job, this unofficial scorer has marked it as a base hit, and a solid one at that.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 17:34:17 | More by lurpy1
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New York

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

Had this on tap at The Winking Lizard in Cleveland last week. I can't find it in New York, so I was highly anticipating this well-hyped beer.

A - Pours a nice copper orange with decent head. Nothing exceptional, but surely inviting.

S - Strong fruit aroma, but I couldn't help but notice a bit of staleness in the smell.

T - Very drinkable beer. Good balance between hop bitterness and maltiness. I was looking for a bit more of a punch in the face, but sadly, I did not get it.

M - Oddly light. I felt it was missing a bit of the complexity that typically accompanies beers of its status. Carbonation was standard for style.

O - It's a good beer, for sure. World-class? Meh. I can rattle off a number of higher quality American IPAs (IMO), but I'm glad I got a chance to check out this Bell's classic. Don't turn it down if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 22:44:30 | More by matthewb9
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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