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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
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world-class

3,276 Reviews
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Reviews: 3,276
Hads: 12,964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 796
Gots: 3,146 | FT: 51
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-11-2001

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.
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Reviews: 3,276 | Hads: 12,964
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big “thank you” to BlackAngus for sending me this one in a trade.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold with a foamy, off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Heavy aroma of hops & citrus (orange, grapefruit & tangerine mostly), very pleasant.

T: Excellently balanced combination of hops bitterness and sweet citrus malt flavors. The two flavors don’t battle each other as they do in some beers; rather they blend together even into the after taste.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation and a very clean finish.

D: This beer is very tasty, goes down very easily, doesn’t fill you much and is one of those beers where each sip makes you crave the next more and more.

To put it simply, this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had. (862 characters)

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

Long lasting white to off-white head so slowly recedes above a clear honey golden colored IPA.

Citrus with some pine in the aroma, a nice hoppy blend that stay without being overbearing.

Drinking this IPA is like a mix of west coast IPA and a most traditional IPA's with outstanding results, and nice easy drinking yet hoppy drink. Blended citrus hops with a light earthy pine taste with little hints of ... maybe yeast or grains, no real answer other than just a little something hangs on the end of each drink.

A nice slightly biting dry bitter hops aftertaste lasts several seconds or well til I take another drink.

Very happy to have had the chance to drink this, and I'm sure I'll seek this beer out again and again... (729 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden as part of a mix a six. poured chilled into a willybecker and allowed to gradually warm.

A slightly hazed golden peach color with monstrous ecru cap w/ light beige accent. The head measures over an inch high and haze is not too much that you can't see some carbonation in the liquid. The bead is average sized and head looks 'whipped' up. The lace sticks like glue and retention is very good. I really like the mild citrus and herbal aroma w/ mild grassiness. There is some lemony/orange aspects w/ lots of yeast esters and some floral hop notes. The feel is moderately bitter up front w/ mild astringency and mellow acidity for the style which is nice w/ moderate carbonation level and semi spicy, semi-dry overall feel with a subtle sweetness and light chalky vegetal tinge in the finish-could be from bottle conditioning.

The taste has lots of hop flavor w/out pushing the bitterness too far forward. The taste has nice herbal hops and mild citrus and spice. There is a light tropical element and mild toasted malt in the flavor w/ hints of pear and light lime accent into to the finish. This is a great IPA, not a 'hop assault' on the palate, but just pleasant honest to goodness drinkable IPA from Bell's. I consider this a top notch example of the style as far as drinkability goes -a go-to beer for me. (1,349 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date to be found. Thanks to sakaroo for the sample.

Appearance: Overly foamy to being with, nice densely rocky head with a patch lace. Slightly hazy in the golden hue.

Smell: Big aroma of floral and citric hop, lots of hops. Faintly ester with a blanket of fruitiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body, smooth crispness and a touch of creaminess in the back. Light pale malt and yeast give a doughy biscuity flavour throughout. The hop character is strong with a semi-sharp bitterness and a long lingering citric toned flavour. Bitter dry finish.

Notes: A super hoppy brew with a puckering dryness that I would only put up against the sharpest of cheddars. A hop heads delight without a doubt. (743 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty foggy amber with a decent off white head. I could get a good whiff of this one even before I had poured it out of the bottle. Nose is perfumed pine hops. Flavor is a mouthful of hops that stays consistent. Thick hop flavors just stay with you. Feel has a good carbonation to it and a the liquid is pretty good as well. Overall this is a very good IPA. Definitely one for the hop heads. (400 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mad props to BARLEYWINEO for this one!

Pours an ever-so slightlty hazed amber with 4+ fingers of fluffed up eggshel white head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Big time citrus & piney hops, plus some breadyness

T: Big-time breadyness & grapefruitty hops up front. More grapefruit & orangey hops as this warms. Nice breadyness, with a hint of brown, sugar, booze & loads of citrussy & piney/resiny hops, yummy!!

MF: Rich, chewy medium-bodied with perfrect balance

Super AIPA, too drinkable, this is one that lives up to the hype IMO. I like my IPAs to have malt to back up the hops & this one comes through with flying colors! (640 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Pours a hazy, light, golden color, with a nice white head that leaves ample lacing. Strong nose of citrusy hops and a touch of pine. Taste is citrus, pineapple, tones of earth and grassiness. Hoppy bite, but crisp and smooth. Light-medium body, crisp and perfectly carbonated. Extremely drinkable, and I'd recommend even to people that don't care for IPAs. One of the first beers that really started getting me more into the craft scene. (479 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's my birthday! I just review Expedition Stout and was really disappointed, but I'm hoping this one is as good as it's meant to be. Here you go, Bell's, this is your second chance. Bottled 08/29/12. 7.0% ABV confirmed. Expectations are through the roof; I've hearing about this one for awhile. 355ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger frothy creamy beige head of good thickness and retention. Colour is a murky copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks like any standard IPA ought to.

Sm: Floral, pine, and citrus (lemon) notes - in that order. Light soap. Even a bit of bubblegum. There's some pleasant clean malts lurking beneath the hops. The soap concerns me (I've brewed my fair share of too-long-in-primary IPAs), but I'm hoping it's good. An average strength aroma.

T: Soap, clean malts, floral hops, more soap, some light grapefruit, and lemon on the finish. Imbalanced; the salty soap dominates. What's the hype about? Very underwhelming. It's clean, though, and it does hide its ABV well. No alcohol comes through. Definite salt on the climax; almost gose-esque.

Mf: Smooth, wet, light, and not quite refreshing. Suits the flavours alright.

Dr: Man, Bell's is pissing me off a bit. I don't get the hype about this brewery at all, and I've tried two of their higher rated brews. This one is so damn soapy it's hard to enjoy. Get rid of the soap and then we'll talk, Bell's. What a disappointment. Drinkable, but pedestrian at best.

I initially gave it a C-, but it does get better as it warms.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Is simply amazing glowing orange amber tone with an off white massive off white tinted orange cream color head that rises well above the rim of the glass holding together very nicely lacing is thick evenly spread wow what a great appearance, just absolutely perfect. Aroma: Piney with an edge of sweet peach juice malted like an extract form the hops hold dominance on all other competitive components, but citrus orange peel and flower cascades all come to play at this hop gathering. Even after getting the bottle as empty as I could, I smelled inside the bottle to be greated with a robust rush of hops, now that's what I call hop aroma. Flavor: Simply crisp bitterness blended with a malt backbone not as syrupy sweet compared to the likes of a barley wine esque Double IPA but this one holds it's ground as being one of the best IPAs I have ever tasted. Such a good IPA wish I had this one at my disposal, because this is a buy by the case beer all the way. The layers of different hops that harmonize here is uncanny I can literally pick out seperate hop components earthy tones, pine cone like, flowery, citrus zest it's all here this beer is amazing. Mouthfeel: Carbonation solid all the way through body is medium to light I wish there was just a tad more texture my only complaint. Drinkability: Dead on as can be yearning for a bigger supply than just one bottle I am really enjoying this beer it is christening the gameday as my first beer for the final meeting of the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Virginia Tech Hokies, go 'eers!!! (1,561 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head, but it leaves a near blanket of lace on the glass. The liquid is cloudy with an orange hued dirty copper color.

Very mild smell for the style. Pale grain nose is stronger than the floral hop. Well balanced but meek.

The hop is fresh tasting, providing a black pepper finish. Starts with a clean "round" pale malted barley flavor. Only a touch of sweetness. Full bodied and a below average level of carbonation. Good counterpoint to hot wings. (459 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 8636 from July 24th, 2008. Poured into a mug.

A - This is the second bottle of Two-Hearted that has bubbled over as soon as I opened it. Not sure why this keeps happening, as they both sat relatively undisturbed for quite a while. Apricot color with bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a creamy big-bubbled lace.

S - Sweet citrus, hops, some malt, a little bit floral with a hint of pine. Good balance of bitter and sweet elements.

T - Heavy hop bitterness at the front, then melts into a mix of sweet fruits like peach and citrus (grapefruit, orange, etc.). There's a slight malt character that I get mid-palate that doesn't linger very long. Very good, but not sublime.

M - Has the thickness that I demand out of my beer. No reason that IPAs shouldn't be viscous or creamy too. Not overly carbonated (perhaps because it all came out when I opened the brew?), and very smooth.

D - Bell's - please bring these back to Illinois! This is much more sessionable than Hopsolution. Second only to Masala Mama in this regard. You can't taste the 7% at all, and it's super refreshing to drink. (1,118 characters)

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

Two firkins of the cask-conditioned stuff found their way to the bar at Bryant-Lake Bowl, and the beer cognoscenti of Minneapolis flocked to fill their mugs.
I had a pint of the regular tap first, and some still rested in the glass when the "real arrived", giving me the chance to sample them side by side.
Appearance is darker, a heavier orange/amber, and the head to slim for a freshly tapped Two-Hearted. I've poured some of those with gorgeous froth that sat on the glass like soft-serve ice cream, proud as pudding. So, I missed that...
Aroma is nice, but not as pungent as the tap.
Taste is the difference. Where the tap gives you the hops on the palate in a brisk spike, a frisky tingle, then mellows and moves out, leaving nothing bu† clean, smooth drinkability, this cask version keeps the hops at play throughout the duration. The body is the main thing affected, and it's creamy, but not too much, for this is Two-Hearted. (I drink the stuff almost every single day, I should know!)
Drinkablity is big, too, and the character is really key. This was an excellent pint, a big difference, though, blast me down if you must, if prefer the CO2 version. I like that hop attack...but there's something to be said for both...hope to have it again at some other occasion in my lifetime! (1,300 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Poured an orangish/amber color with 2 fingers of white foam and moderate carbonation. Great retention.

s - Smells of hops and sweet malts. A tiny bit of citrus as well. I was actually surprised by the balance; I was expecting a lot more hops and a lot less sweetness.

t - Again, tastes strongly of hops with a little bit of bitterness, followed by sweet malts. I was again surprised how balanced it was and how much the sweet malts stood out.

m -Medium body with moderate carbonation, it has both a bit of a bitterness to it, followed by smoothness from the malts. Very nice.

d - Very nice and balanced. The hops didn't stand out as much as I thought they would, but the balance and smoothness from the malts was a pleasant surprise. Great taste and easy to drink, I'll surely be trying this again. (854 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 3/12/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, slight pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes; with well balanced malt. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Moderate floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, light pine, bread, and light honey on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of hop flavors; with a great malt balance that still showcases the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent IPA! Great balance and good complexity of hop and malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,252 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a standard pint.

A - Pours clear golden orange with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving thin sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of piney hops up front mix well with a bit of sweet caramel malt and some fresh tropical fruits. Good overall balance of hops and other flavors. A classic and still one of the best.

T - A nice mix of piney and citric hops up front that last thruout the finish. Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit and other citric fruits, and a touch of bready yeast. Finish is quite bitter, lingering for some time. Good overall balance yet still plenty hoppy. Easily one of the best widely available beers out there, regardless of style.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light feel, a bit dry, with lots of lingering bitterness in the finish.

D - I could drink this every day. One of the easiest drinking IPA's on the market. My go to beer when good beer is in short supply. (1,003 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a moderate amount of ecru head. The head has medium retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

S - delightful lemon/orange hops ("Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest") with caramel malt in the background. Fresh and a bit floral. Irresistible.

T - tastes like a fresh hop brew. Higher ABV not evident. Excellent sweet/bitter balance with a delightful dynamic interplay.

M - medium/light body with good, if slightly aggressive carbonation. Some nice dryness in the finish.

Great flavor and aroma; I'd love to try a souped-up imperial version. (652 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazed amber/yellow with a one-finger, creamy white head that slowly descends to a lasting thin cover. Broken rings of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is floral, piney, citric/tropical fruity. Robust aroma.

The taste is floral, piney, citric bitterness upfront. Malty sweetness in the back holds the hops together. As it warms, it becomes more resiny. Slight touch of peppery alcohol in the long finish.

Chewy, creamy, rich body. Hoppiness lingers.

A hop-head delight here! Wish it were available in my area. Thanks to dekker0 for this hop treat! (564 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at RFD, 16 ounces served in 16 ounce glass. Yellow, slightly couldy, minimal white head, low carbonation. Amazing aroma. Citrus / pine, not overly piney. Cascade / amarillo aroma, very inviting. The beer screams, drink me! This is the type of beer that reminds me I'm a hop head. Sweet full bodied nice bitterness. Not overwhelming, but characteristics of great hop flavor. Drinkability high, A truly well formed beer. A slight aftertaste, some bitterness on the back end hold son. not strong. A reasonable amount of lingering flavor. This is one of my favorite IPAs in the country. (588 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/10/2012

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden orange in color with some extremely light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with some much thicker patches and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a definite dominant presence of hops in the smell - I get both citrus/grapefruit as well as some floral hops. The aroma is bright but not overly intense, making it very approachable. There is also some underlying malty sweetness (I'm thinking it is more caramel like than anything else).

T: The flavor is similar to the smell but the balance between the malty sweetness and the hoppiness is even better. There is a definitely caramel malt sweetness upfront. The hops and the bitterness follow that but the bitterness is mild and not a palate destroyer. I can taste both the citrus/grapefruit as well as the floral hops with the grapefruit flavor being just a little stronger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp and very refreshing.

O: Extremely easy to drink and definitely a top American IPA - this beer is just delicious and has a great flavor and aroma. The beer has a very inviting aroma and is quite approachable even to people that are not huge IPA fans (like my wife). This beer is definitely sessionable and one that I really enjoy. I would definitely get this one again (too bad it is not distributed locally to me). (1,512 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

As I started to open the bottle I could already smell a big amount of hops that this beer had to offer! I was so excited to get that first taste! It poured a nice layer of head that was a little off white and as I drank it, it laced a little bit. The color was a orange bronze.

The aroma was of floral earthy hops. Taste was a massive amount of hops, just like the smell.

Mouth feel was bitter but left a crisp taste in the mouth. Very dry aftertaste as well.

Overall, this is one staple of an IPA. I really enjoy the style and Bell's has a very nice version of it. I highly recommend! (626 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold color. Small head with patchy lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of citrus and pine with some grapefruit and other fruits in the background. Also a little bit of grass in there as well.

T: Matches pretty well to the nose. The hop/citrus flavor hits you upfront and a really nice malt finish. The hop flavor is really nice with the grapefruit and grass coming through, but it isn't overpowering and is balanced well with the malt leaving a slightly dry, but not overly bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, but very smooth and creamy at the back end. The 7.1% is nonexistent and this beer goes down nice and easy. I only wish I could get more of it. (724 characters)

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

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt scent with a dry grainy finish. It is full of floral hops and earthy malts. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop flavor followed up with some pale malts and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine American pale ale. It has good flavor and aroma; a good drinker/sessions ale. (478 characters)

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

Review from notes taken on 3/10/11. On tap at Als of Hampden served in a nonic. This brew appears a hazed golden orange color with a thin ring of white around the edges of the glass. Bubbles constantly rise to the surface maintaining a thin lacing atop the brew.

The aroma is citrus hop goodness like orange rind, zest, flowers and grass. It is a very bright and enjoyable aroma displaying a depth of pleasant hop characteristics.

The taste is rindy and bitter with citrus hops that are backed by a bit of a toasty caramel malt sweetness that is a good contrast to the hoppiness. The hops are quite citrusy and grassy with a pleasant warming effect from the alcohol. It finishes sharp and bitey from a combination of the abv and hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking and enjoyable. Quite crisp and refreshing this is always a standby brew that is enjoyable on nearly any occasion. (937 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for bringing this one back from Pittsburgh.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a large white head, which stays around throughout the drinking process. The aroma is lots of citrus with both orange and apricot notes. You also get some floral and pine aromas. The flavor is relatively bitter with a strong orange/citrus aftertaste. Very tasty. Thin-medium mouthfeel and lots of carbonation. A great IPA that lives up to the hype. (451 characters)

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

I have had this beer many times over the years, and am quite overdue to write a review.

The appearance is clear and light orange hued. The head stands in at around an inch thick, displays lasting retention and leaving ample lacing on the pint glass. The aroma is not particularly grand, but is pleasant nonetheless. Scents include malt, floral notes, light pine. The flavor is tasty, and though the beer is primarily hop forward, it definitely has a strong malt backbone. This is a good example of what I would consider a "balanced" IPA. Though I prefer beers of this ilk to be lighter on the palate and more hop forward with a pronounced citrus component, there is no denying that Bell's Two Hearted Ale is a tasty brew. Additionally, I think this beer, like many IPAs, is a notch better on draft versus the bottle. (817 characters)

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,276 ratings.