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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

8,689 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8689
Reviews: 2961
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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pkalix

California

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

nice cream head on top of a hazy dark yellow.
aroma is mildly of floral hops and adjunct (corn?).
taste.... definitely not a west coast IPA, but there does seem to be more flavor in these east and Midwest IPAs rather than the bitter slam.
overall, a very nice tasting brew with a little of the malt sweetness present that you don't get in the west coast IPAs until you reach the higher latitudes of abv...

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 23:50:07 | More by pkalix
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Bone53

Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2 week old bottle into a tulip glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Hazy honey golden color. One finger soapy off white/light beige head.

Smell: Mellow but very clean. Floral notes such as earthy hops and tropical fruits. Almost smells like a juice to me. I pick up toasted malts in the back end as well.

Taste: Matches the nose with extremely clean flavors. Slight hop bitterness that subsides into tropical fruits. The sweet toasted malts come through as well. The flavors linger on the palate, are superbly balanced, and the burps taste phenomenonal as well!

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Moderate bitterness yet very crisp and refreshing, especially for 7% abv.

Overall: This is one of my go to IPA's. It's very clean, refreshing, and drinkable yet all the flavors and aromas are there. I put this right next to my favorites in the style, and right under my current favorite (Head Hunter). Most likely because I can regularly find both of these within a couple weeks of bottling, but fresh is key! Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:52:50 | More by Bone53
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Gozillasnack

North Carolina

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

This is my go to beer. One of my top 3 beers. Pours a radiant gold color that has a slight haze. Aroma I'd complex and enticing, a blend of sweetness, maltiness, fruitiness, and hoppiness, none of them overwhelming yet somehow each being strong and distinct. Taste does not disappoint, it is amazingly smooth throughout, making it hard to not down a whole glass quickly. Thick feel on the pallet. Hint of citrus tickles the tongue while the malt opens and promotes Itself. Good down smooth, leaving a mild hint of hops. Always makes you want more.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:42:10 | More by Gozillasnack
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting to try for a while and overall not disappointed but doesn't compare on same level as some of my other favorites.
Golden honey pour with nice white sticky head. Smell lacks with alcohol notes and dome sticky hop resin. Taste and feel great. Sweet honey, molasses but smooth and not overly sticky. Easily will drink again

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 22:51:34 | More by alaimoa
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Seanem44

Virginia

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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glass_house

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Cloudy honey-gold with one finger of creamy white head that recedes to a thin collar with patchy lacing. Smell is light lemony citrus with soft pine and floral notes. Pleasant but underwhelming.

Initial taste is slightly sweet and tropical--faint mango, peach, and pineapple. Finishes with a relatively mild grapefruit-pine bitterness. Biscuity malts present throughout. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, but finishes a little thin. The medium, slightly prickly carbonation does give it a refreshing and drinkable character.

Overall I consider it solidly above average. I like it but always find myself wishing it had a little more to offer in the flavor and body.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:57:06 | More by glass_house
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apants007

New York

3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a bottle into my "Cheers" the TV show licensed mug.

it looks great! Light amber... a little cloudy. the best head i've seen in a while. creamy white that last for a while.

not a whole lot on the nose. a little pinesol... but not in a bad way.

the lemon hits me on the first sip. moving more into the rind and pine on the second... i guess that's the pinesol scent i got. there's a hint of smoke or toast. it moves through the citrus range and lands a bit more on a bitter orange as you get a bit more into it. lemony orange - maybe cumquat... with a bit of and iron aftertaste. a little dusty. they yeast starts tasting a little "rapid rise" as it goes on. not at all in a bad way. but a bit in a buddy gave me his homemade apple cider - made with rapid rise - kind of way.

i like it. i will buy it again. it reminds me of the regular lagunitas IPA - but a little milder - again, in a good way. but i won't show it off to someone i'm trying to impress as super dooper.

reading the bottle after my review i agree that this is well suited to an adventure to the UP. it might even be my first choice if making that trek. the iron aftertaste seems to taste like the stream water from that area. not at all a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 05:11:14 | More by apants007
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joeseppy

Illinois

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

Golden cloudy pour with a generous inch and a half white head. Impressive lacing throughout.

Sweet biscuity aroma with bright tropical floral notes-I wouldn't say incredible. Soft pine and smells good enough to drink.

A very juicy grapefruit with subtle bitterness. Lighter sweetness.

Light bodied quenchable craft. Well balanced malt and hop.

Been drinking this on and off for years and always grand to go back to an old and steady friend. Crowd pleaser and quite sessionable. Solid fare that still deserves qualitative recognition.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:53:52 | More by joeseppy
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alexk307

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours golden and hazy with little to no head.

S: Lots of sweet hops and tropical fruits. Not too strong of an aroma.

T: Big hop flavor up front with pineapple and tropical fruits, followed by a unique strong blend of malt as it finishes. The malt turns to almost a corn/grain flavor, but in a pleasant way.

M: Carbonated, compliments the style nicely.

O: A great IPA, I'm glad I got the chance to try this. Can't wait for Bell's to enter MD.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 21:43:28 | More by alexk307
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ZagZagg

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into Tulip

A: One finger white head that’s supported by some mild to weak carbonation. Clear, filtered brew with a dark straw-golden hue, looks pretty light - has some light retention.

S: Mellow fruity aromas, tropical esters, with notes of earth. Mango, with remote spices, and subdued florals, tails of dry crisp pine. Bit of swirling provokes more tropical esters – papaya and smooth pineapple.

T: Fruity and mellow up front with malt presence that’s crisp and constructive. Mid mouth picks up the nose with earthy, fresh grass, mango, and other tropical esters carrying suppressed flowery flavor. The finish revitalizes the mild straw malt with the flavor of fresh pine needles and bitter natural sap. The pine and malt interactions yield a dry character that helps to transition the fruit facets into the after taste.

M: Well-bodied, light carbonation, refreshing, doesn’t leave too much after taste, and doesn’t over or under dominate the palate at any point.

O: This is a solid AIPA, definitely a contender for one of my favorites. Eloquently combines all elements that compose your ideal AIPA. Juicy style that is both refreshing and enjoyable to sip. I’m a big fan of the tropical fruit profile and centennial holds it down in my opinion. Winner.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2014 21:17:54 | More by ZagZagg
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BTodd

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A-slightly hazy, light amber color. 1-1 1/2 fingers foam, dissipating slowly.

S-floral, citrus, touch of pine.

T-Floral hops, resinous, nice IPA.

M-Medium-full bodied, sticky, pleasant.

O-Very enjoyable IPA. More floral than pine. I tend to like the piney IPAs but this one does nicely and tastes especially good in a local pub's nonics.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 22:30:18 | More by BTodd
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seymourcox

North Carolina

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

This is my favorite beer. It was the first IPA I ever loved. I've tried many other great ones since, but this one remains the best for me. There's something about IPAs in general and this one in particular, that reminds me of a bug repellent we used as kids at the beach in Maine (and I mean that in the best possible way). When I smell this and then taste it, I'm taken back to the sounds of summer, the feel of soft white sand on my feet and the ocean breeze on a beautiful summer day, late afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 18:46:24 | More by seymourcox
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Cozuma

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: hazy golden color with thick foamy head with great retention.

S: light citrusy pine and floral aroma that is really noticeable if beer is bubbled under your tongue.

T: great IPA bitterness with a strong malty core, finishes slightly spicy on the lips and tongue.

M: good body easily drinkable not oily but not watery at all.

O: Awesome IPA I'd recommend to anyone who favors hops but is looking for a beer they could have several. It's bitter enough but not drying the way some overly hopped beers tend to get. Worth the bucks I spent on it this eve and I look forward to trying it off a tap in a few months.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 05:33:05 | More by Cozuma
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Swettenham_Shire

Ohio

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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BrewThru_29

Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden. Light color for an IPA. Solid head w/excellent lacing.

Smell is floral. Citrus fruits. Lots of grapefruit and some orange?

Flavor is slightly hop bitter up front but the aftetaste is almost sweet (in a good way) with the citrus flavors lingering.

Mouth feel is excellent. Smooth. Goes down easily for the 7% ABV.

Overall this is an outstanding IPA. It makes an appearance in my fridge fairly regularly.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 14:31:01 | More by BrewThru_29
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SLeffler27

New York

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

Two Hearted Ale fills a Blue Point snifter with hazy amber (SRM 6-8) while occasional columns of tiny bubbles add to the ¼ inch, pale orange, creamy head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma is dominated by apricot, followed by fresh orange and clear, but minimal, grapefruit and floral notes.

This offering is quite bitter up front with an equal balance of citrus flavors. Crisp and clean, with a light apricot finish that lingers. Slight warming ushers in the grapefruit flavors.

The medium body and dry finish accentuates a rough texture and light prickly carbonation.

Two Hearted Ale clearly deserves its reputation. One can easily imagine how a fresher example would be exquisite. Three months from bottling, this one still delivers while unwinding after a long day.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 12:16:38 | More by SLeffler27
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fscottkey

New York

2.88/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Cloudy rust color. Generates a 1 finger persistent head.

S: Slight floral and hop smells.

T: Hops and not much else. Nothing very powerful pushing through

M: Very easy going down - almost too easy. Like water.

O: My first sip made me think it was fairly weak for an IPA. That combined with the lack of a real presence in mouth feel left me slightly disappointed. I expected more depth and complexity for such a highly regarded IPA. It just didn't deliver for me.

* - As always - when I am this far "off" the norm I will try this again in the future and make sure I am comfortable with my review.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:10:49 | More by fscottkey
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BeerZombies1

Nevada

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

Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery
American IPA
7% ABV 55 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy slightly cloudy golden straw color. Big huge billowy head that dissipated rather quickly leaving some great lacing patterns.

AROMA: The nose was a bit subdued. Floral notes, summertime dandelions and soft grass. Nice & mellow citrus and pine hops.

TASTE: I get grain and sweet malts up front. Nice citrus wave crashes and releases some grapefruit and tropical fruits. Slight bitterness on the end.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and crisp with medium body and medium prickly carbonation. Dry snappy finish.

OVERALL: Very solid brew. I think of it as a gateway into IPA's. Not a lot of that bitterness that I'm used to but still really enjoyable.

RATING: 4/5 Zombie Heads!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 05:27:05 | More by BeerZombies1
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DagenhamDavis

New York

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle to try this bad boy once and for all. It's probably a little past its prime, about 3.5 months old. I'll try to get it fresh later on too. 12 ounces into a pint glass.
Pours a very hazy dark blonde. Bit of an off white head, but not too much. Smells great. Floral and fruity, but sharp with hops.

This beer is very hop heavy, but it's not syrup. It's very crisp, and has some fruit flavors and maybe a hint of booze. It's not wonderfully balanced with malts, but I guess that's not what the style calls for. Overall, I'd drink a bunch of these. It's a great brew. I'd like to try it on tap too.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:28:22 | More by DagenhamDavis
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Resuin

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. This was bottled on 12/09/13 so is 3 months old.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber/gold and leaves a finger+ of white, sticky head which lingers around for a while.

Smell: Resin, mango, malts, honey. Very well balanced aroma between hops and malts. Pleasant and not overbearing.

Taste: More malt dominant than the aroma. Malts, cereal, mango, hint of resin. Very easy drinking.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a light to medium body. Finishes crisp and clean.

Overall: This is a pleasant, easy drinking ipa. Well crafted, with a nice feel and hoppy aroma. Quite sessionable, and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:02:38 | More by Resuin
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dank203

New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

great stuff. smelled a lot of mango, fresh peach on the nose. lot of grapefruit in the flavor. thing I love is the trueness, done so well. really has a fruit juice texture to it. nothing is over or under done. probably one of my new fave ipas and annoying for me to get unfortunately

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 23:18:18 | More by dank203
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Maurizio

California

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright nose, bright taste with piney/sharp hop bitterness, mildly balanced with a minimum amount of maltiness. Very delicious. Drinks very clean and smoothly, no heat. I think this is a fantastic beer, much better than HopSlam for my money. Wish we could get it consistently here in CA!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 15:53:59 | More by Maurizio
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: hazy gold with a thin one finger head that breaks quickly but leaves behind some lovely lacing and some islands of foam.

S: sweet malts, malts and piney and citrus hops.

T: wow...very well balanced. All the nose comes through and there is very little bitterness. Maltiness on the tail.

M: medium body and carbonation. This beer is very easy to enjoy.

O: this one had so much hype around it, I wasn't sure what to think. I enjoyed the beer after a tough day at the office, and it turned the day around. It is balanced and enjoyable and just a great example of the style. I will get more.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 21:58:43 | More by polloenfuego
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Slgsp

New York

4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's cloudy, but not a sexy cloudy like Switchback. It's not too hoppy, but a little too sweet. LIke other Bell's, it's very very good, but not quite as good as the hype. I have yet to try a Bell's that I thought was in the league of the best I've ever had, and this one continues that pattern.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 01:23:43 | More by Slgsp
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Beer4B

Florida

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: looked like a typical IPA with no outstanding features IMO.

S: a nice sweet smell with some floral notes.

T: very drinkable IPA with a floral notes similar to wheat beers, but with great hops.

M: not much to say here

O: glad I finally tried this. Readily available even down in FL and decent for the price. Personally I'm not that in to floral and wheaty-type IPA's, but this was a good one.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 16:39:24 | More by Beer4B
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 8,689 ratings.