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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,735 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,735
Reviews: 3,075
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 594
Gots: 1,460 | FT: 41
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Served in a pint glass at Paradiso.

I've had this a number of times, but never on cask. Let's do it to it. It pours a hazy orange amber topped by nearly a finger of thick creamy foam. The nose is dominated by the hops (mostly citrus with some pine thrown in for variety's sake), though a current of sweet caramel jets through like the EAC. The taste is very similar, though the balance is much better. Both camps respect each other for their ferocity and professionalism. Damn, does it make for one tasty battle. The body is a light medium, with no real carbonation involved and a severely smooth and creamy feel. This is insanely good on cask, even better than in bottles. Get some!

TMoney2591, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

This is the beer that made me appreciate IPA's.
Two Hearted is a regional staple in the Great Lakes, i'm sad to see it leave IL (temporarily I hope).

Pours a cloudy, swirling orange. Big foamy head, spots of lacing ring the glass. Looks like a fresh and lively ale, which it delivers in it's other aspects as well.

Sharp fruity hops in the aroma, abundant but not overboard. Taste follows the hoppy nose, distinctly grapefruit and pale malt. Slight dryness increases it's drinkability quite a bit.

This is great for a session...i'm going to miss this on tap around Chicago, especially the Empty Bottle (this was their best beer option). Come back Bell's!

Notes 11-2007: Sampled an "aged cask" of this recently, after a year it is way mellow, and strongly similar to hop tea. Uncarbonated, watery, with an earthy suggestion of hops, but nowhere near as balanced as it is fresh. A novelty (not altering any scores here). Do not cellar this, for the love of all things good and holy.

emerge077, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance - Pale, hazy gold with 2 1/2 inches of froth upon first pour. The head retains well and never completely disappears.

Smell - Fruity and floral; aromas of lemon, grapefruit and orange with subtle notes of pine. The nose is all hops with very little presence from the malt, which is exactly how I like my IPAs.

Taste & mouthfeel - More of a pine flavor than the aroma suggests. Fruity notes are present but subdued. The malt backbone is dry and light; it's little more than a foundation for the hops. Light on the palate and very crisp, this is highly drinkable stuff. Unfortunately for me I only have one bottle. The finish is oily and resiny but easy on the palate, leaving a pleasant hoppy bitterness with very little bite.

Notes - Easily one of the better IPAs I've had. Many thanks to dyan for the chance to try this great beer.

largadeer, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

12 oz bottle pours out a rich, amber color. Nice foamy white head. It left some lacing. Hop smell was present, specifically cascade hops. It also seemed to have an orange scent. The flavor was very interesting. It was slightly bitter and very hoppy. It was good. It had a fairly crisp mouthfeel and was definitely drinkable. Too bad I only bought one bottle

zeff80, May 11, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

12oz bottle, procured in a trade with Roke87 - thanks!

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow hue, with two fat fingers of tight foamy, creamy off-white head, which leaves random swaths of sticky, filmy lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of bready caramel cream, and citrus, herbal, and mild pine hops. The taste is more of the same - though the citrus hops wane, replaced by a growing herbal essence, and bitter, all, over a mildly sweet bready malt. No evidence of the 7 points of booze, which is nice. The carbonation is on the low side of average, and a wee bit airy, the body also just short of medium weight, and smooth enough against a surging bitter hop edge. It finishes clean, mostly, and hoppy - the green, grassy, herbal sort.

A pretty decent IPA - I'm suspecting one of two things: this bottle has a bit of age on it, or my palate is still wrecked from two weeks of drinking in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho...

biboergosum, Jul 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

A bottle that's allowed to sit for some time and then carefully poured delivers just a slightly hazy (almost clear) peachy-gold body that's topped by a frothy white head which holds fairly well. It eventually drops but keeps a really nice creamy collar, and a simple swirl of the glass brings it right back up! Additionally, it leaves some nice lace - although it's fleeting. The aroma, however, is even more astonishing than the appearance with a bright, bold combination of soft ripe fruit, tangy grapefruit and resiny pine. Intense! But it goes even one step further as the flavor is even bolder than the aroma with a searing bitterness right-up front, and from start to finish! If it weren't for the rich (almost sugary) and fruity (apricot, tangerine, mild pineapple) malt underneath this beer would be way too much! Surprisingly, and thankfully, the hop flavors are limited to the fruity side of things and the interplay between the crushing bitterness and the sweet malt is really interesting. It's kind of like a "tug of war" in the mouth. The firm maltiness is enlivened by a very fine and gently effervescent carbonation that helps this to happen. It's surprisingly smooth and creamy. This is one hell of a "take no prisoners" IPA that should clearly be sought out and destroyed - one bottle at a time! Most highly recommended.

NeroFiddled, Jan 06, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

SocalKicks, Apr 02, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -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.

Jason, Dec 19, 2003
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4.97/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 24, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Copper colored with a lot of pure white head. Good clarity, though one has to be careful not to disturb the sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

S - Citrusy, fresh hop aroma. A bit of spicy, meaty smell as well, maby a small degree of autolysis. Took me a long time to identify the last aroma note, it reminded me of Thai food... I finally decided that I can smell a little bit of basil (that is so unusual it is worth another .5 points).

T - Spicy malty and very hoppy. More spicy, phenolic character than citrus elements.

M - Pretty mouthcoating but the hopping rate makes it finish fairly dry and astringent.

D - Very good drinkable IPA. Fairly high bitterness, but I still wish I had another one of these. The only flaw is the hazey, chunky appearance, but I can live with that. Easily one of the best IPAs I have had in a bottle.

nickfl, Jul 12, 2007
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4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

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!!!

WVbeergeek, Oct 22, 2003
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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with 2 finger widths of off-white head that shrinks down into a nice foamy retention that leaves huge sticky hop lacing all over the place. The aroma is very lush with some piney floral hops intermingled with an assortment of pleasing fruity citrus notes and caramel sweetness.

The taste is a smooth blend of a dry feeling caramel and citrus backbone that gives way to a subtle tingle of resinous hops that linger for only a little bit before it melts into a final wash of fruity sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pleasant slick creamy feel.

One of, not only my favorites from Bell's, but also the IPA style as a whole. Just a really great blend of refreshing citrus and piney hops that never becomes overbearing with either, while remaining hugely quaffable with an easy going body and finish. Just a pleasure to drink.

Kegatron, Feb 21, 2008
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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%

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!

russpowell, Aug 07, 2007
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

MasterSki, Nov 30, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

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!

feloniousmonk, Oct 22, 2004
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

Slatetank, Jan 20, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

drabmuh, Oct 02, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

my personal favorite ipa. pours slightly cloudy glowing golden color with a sturdy 2 inch head. smells fruity/floral hops with bready biscuity malt undertones. taste is similar but more intense hops, residual hoppy sweetness in there as well. balanced bitterness is a radiant finish. mouthfeel is near perfect, creamy and well carbonated. this is a craft ipa in its finest form. high abv, high drinkability, fairly priced. if you havent had this one, put it on your list because its a real winner

StonedTrippin, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Thanks again to portia99 for this tasty beverage. Poured from bottle to Corsendonk tulip glass.

A: Golden yellow orange color with a little clarity, huuuuge head and shows no signs of fading as lots of carbonation is shooting up the edges of the glass

N: Some light malts, touch of vanilla, a floral hop aroma with light citrus and candy hops, but not a huge hop nose bite, slight brown sugar

T: Starts with a nice malty bread like base, creamy and rich, light toastiness, more floral hops shine through in the middle, light but still bitter, a touch of vanilla and sweet candy like taste round it off very well (I think this comes right from the malts), a slight juicy hop center adds a touch of pine and citrus, touch of spicy hop flavor, slight alcohol but barely, very slight fruit as well. It finishes semi dry with a great hop kick, the bitter hops hit pretty well at the end. The hops fade over time but have a great long lasting kick. A touch more sweet malts and floral hops also.

M: Semi creamy and lots of carbonation, semi think as well

Overall: This is almost perfect for an IPA. It starts with light hops and great malt backbone, finishes with a great bitter hop bite, a touch of pine and citrus as well as alcohol, some sweet candy malts and vanilla taste round it off well. Reminds me a lot of Burton Baton with a touch less malt, oak, alcohol, and bitter hops making it more drinkable but less oak and vanilla to round it off.

jlindros, Aug 23, 2009
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4.11/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

Rifugium, Dec 12, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark golden color with one finger of off white head that goes away and leaves just a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus and herbal hops with some malt as well.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness with a mild herbal note as well. A mildly sweet malt taste in the background. The hops stay on the tongue throughout the sip. Very crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation for the style. Smooth with a very dry finish.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. I think it is very well balanced and I'll definitely come back to it.

oline73, Mar 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

WesWes, Aug 06, 2004
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 10,735 ratings.