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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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8,701 Ratings

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Ratings: 8701
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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4.04/5  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
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4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

A - Pretty yellow orange hue with a fingers worth of head that sticks around and laces well.

S - Fresh tropical fruits. Lots of peach and mango backed up by orange peel and grapefruit. Pine comes through as well.

T - Incredibly balanced and smooth. All of the nose comes through in the taste and it all blends together majestically. Bitterness is very approachable, but apparent. Surprisingly amazing!

M - Medium mouthfeel, maybe a little on the thinner side. Carbonation is very nicely done on this beer.

O - It's taken me a long time to get my hands on this beer, only because it requires a 30+ minute drive to Iowa in order to pick some up. With this being barely over a month old, I can say this beer does live up to the hype! I'll be getting more for sure!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 08:16:45 | More by DemoniChris
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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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4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 1/28 drank 3/1. Less than 3 months this jawn is good to go.

kinda hazy, golden, slightly amber, two finger head poured into the snif

my nose always goes straight to the delicate bready malt goodness that blankets a sweet melon/citrus notes

so tasty. great approachable bitterness. no trace of that 7.0 abv at all.

Overall this made me nut in my overalls.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 23:21:16 | More by ItsMe
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- a somewhat cloudy beer. Just a nice golden-orange hue.

S- not a great smell, little bit of dankness and floral hops.

T- the taste is outstanding. Piney and floral hops for a big bitter punch, but really clears the palate afterwards. A little sweet malt thrown in. Not a harsh bitterness, just right.

M- good carbonation, not heavy and not light. Lacing sticks around forever. Could be a session beer and it could be an easy drinker because of the 7%. Very well rounded.

O- one of the best IPAs I have ever tasted. Definitely lives up to the hype. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:11:20 | More by SpenCycle
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New York

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a slightly clear golden honey orange.

The aroma has fresh hoppiness, lemon zest and citrus essence, forest green, floral, a slightly sweet breadiness, and a bit of piney resin in the back.

The flavor follows of bright forest green trees, almost like air freshner. Then of sweet honey and floral notes, a medium breadiness, and then onto a medium plus drying and slight pine bitterness finish.

The hops are not abrasive and the malt body is medium. A wonderfully clean and balanced beer. An “everyday” IPA.

(Had this next to Perpetual IPA, enjoyed that beer more for its complexity and fruity notes.)

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 05:50:37 | More by dar482
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New York

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

Poured a Golden haze with a thin white head about a finger thick, but didn't last long.
Lemon citrus aroma, well balanced but strong hop smell.
Taste matches the aroma, all the way through consistent citrus.
No aftertaste. Great mouth feel.
Very good IPA, definitely one I can enjoy a few of.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:45:00 | More by JordonHoltzman
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4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass

A: an opaque golden with a half finger white head that dwindles to a bubble ring. Foamy lacing.

S: piney hops, mangos, oranges. Nice.

T: Smooth, sweet with light hops followed by a perfect citrus and malt balance. Very tasty indeed. Could drink this all afternoon.

M: light with medium carbonation. Very frothy.

O: worth the hype. One of the best IPA's out there. Excellent balance of hops and citrus. Very sessionable. Drink in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 01:34:09 | More by brewskifan55
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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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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous white head, poured from a bottle into a shaker. Sticky lacing embraces the glass. A cloudy, golden, sun kissed liquid honey graces my vision.

Hoppy, malt goodness on the nose. Citrus flower blossoms blends with the sweet bready aroma of the malts, heavenly.

Bubblegum, sweetbreads, and shortcake dance on my tongue. Apricots and grapefruit, orange peel and a hint of lemon zest...mingle with the malty sweetness...finishing with a well balance hoppy smile that has graced my face.

This is truly one of the great American beers. Complex but balanced beyond words. I dream of beer but this beer is made of dreams. Perfection.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:38:13 | More by Boca-X
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

poured into a wine glass. typical beige i.p.a head that doesnt stick around to much. pours a slightly hazy light amberish brown. this beer smells of citrus so strong. definatly an orange note but not as strong as hopslam. the taste however is grapefruit bitterness with a nice cereal or bread type backbone present after each sip. medium bodies mouthfeel typical to the style. overall you can see smell and taste where the idea for hopslam came from. great beer will definatly buy again!...cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:01:06 | More by osant37
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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale orange and yellow haze, about 1 finger white head

Smell - Pine, resin, grapefruit, malts, slight alcohol.

Taste - Fresh juicy tart citrus, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tangerine right at first. The middle you get pine, sticky resin, still some bitterness that is beginning to dry out then towards the end as the taste settles you get a bready roastiness that balances out the floral citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, refreshing.

Overall - Good beer. Never dissipointed other two hearted its is always so fresh. Gives you a bit of everything an IPA should and balances all the flavors well.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 01:39:17 | More by Flopjack
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North Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, I have loved this beer from the first time I tried it although it put a damper on my LSAT scores the next morning. Which therein lies the problem. Its so tasty you want to keep drinking them, and they are 7.00% which means if you drink a six pack you have really drank way more than a six pack. This was my first real introduction to Bell's and it remains a mainstay in my fridge, and I just so happened to catch this one on sale for the bargain price of $8.99 a sixer. I figured after all these years I would review this pleasuredome of a beer. I mean Coleridge would have surely written about this one had he lived long enough to try it. What doesn't it have. Its a beautiful ale.

The color: A golden ruby color.

The smell: a gorgeous piney sweet nectar, not as much floral and tropical as mountainous and northern.

The taste: Now this is where it gets real. It has a balance like no other, and for the price its a steal. Its lovely, sweet, yet piney and bitter in the perfect kind of way. Its the foundation on which the Hopslam is built upon. Not as strong, but just a great brew all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 21:10:11 | More by humuloner22
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4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The brew that always goes down smooth, converted my girl to an IPA fan, and never leaves me disappointed. Citrusy, perfectly carbonated, prominent but friendly bitterness derived from the centennial hops, pleasant aroma. It is really tough to come up with any negatives for this one, and tough to stop drinking it as well! Although I am a huge fan of high IBU IPAs and IIPAs now, this is the one that seeded my passion for hoppy brews to begin with. Easily one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:35:58 | More by HoppySOB
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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dirty yellow/orange color with a 1" head with big foamy bubbles and nice lacing. Smell of coriander and hops. Taste is well balanced with flavors of hops, malts, and spice. Mouthfeel is great, it's smooth and not a huge bitter aftertaste it's just the right amount.

Overall, I don't know why I haven't drank this before. For some reason just been avoiding this one...shame on me. This beer is easy to drink and tastes fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 20:23:44 | More by JerUrbans
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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bold hop notes meet the nose. Smooth drinking and light lacing on the glass. Clean, crisp grapefruit flavors with a slight bitterness in the finish. The golden amber color is a tribute to the sunsets of the Midwest. One of my favorite beers of all time.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 00:10:26 | More by LooseGasCap
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New York

4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was primarily a lager drinker until recently because I was introduced to some bad IPA's in the past and had predetermined they would all be bitter. Having said that I especially liked this beer for it's underwhelming Hops to malt ratio.

Great color. Very nice IPA smell, not overly citrus.

Taste is just what I want in a beer. Easy to drink, no lingering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 18:35:53 | More by donbet69
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4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden under a thin white cap of head. Nose is wonderful with earthy grassy hops, and a bit of floral resin, atop a nice caramel sweetness. Smooth and full balanced flavor, with gentle caramel biscuity sweetness, light bitterness, a touch of grass, a little floral resin, and a kiss of grapefruit rind. A wonderfully balanced and tasty brew that’s tantalizingly easy to drink down.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 11:45:40 | More by jbaker67
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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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New York

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle <packaged 1/23/14> poured in to a glass beer mug.

This beer was a hazy copper color with a thin head of white foam that remained as a layer leaving more lace than a Victoria's Secret fashion show.
Aroma and Taste had lots of floral and piney hops with a mid swallow citrus bite leading to a dray & bitter finish.
Goes down smooth and easy for the barely noticable abv.
Pretty damn close to perfect. No matter what Larry Bell thinks about NY, he makes a bunch of fine beers and this motherfucker is one of my favorites from his lame ass state*

*NOTE: no offense meant to most folks from Michigan. Just Larry Bell & Spartan fans!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 00:25:42 | More by Loco_Joe
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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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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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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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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.


Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 16:37:35 | More by Srkolodn
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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
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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