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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class
3,421 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
3,421
Ratings:
13,700
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
21.6%
 
 
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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by Todd on 12-11-2001

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Reviews: 3,421 | Ratings: 13,700
Photo of Hallu
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one spoke to me very clearly when I smelled it : candied tangerine, like the one you would find on a French "baba au rhum" or what the Americans would call a babka. It's a very very pleasant smell, so different from most IPAs. It's like 50 % grapefruit, 50 % tangerine, and it smells so fresh... Well done Bell's, this is a first for me. I've had peach, pineapple, grapefruit obviously, even ginger/galanga, but never tangerine. The taste is great as well, very balanced, very pleasant. Not as fruity, it's more bitter and you taste the malts very well. I don't see the floral notes many are mentioning, but I understand why it's become a classic.

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Photo of culver501
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-straw colored, low carbonation, head retention is minimal, sediment (a lot left in the bottle, more than I expected for this)

S-piney hops, citrus (orange or grapefruit)

T-Hops, Hops, Hops! beautiful, floral, aromatic, reveals deeper layers of bitterness as the taste lingers

M-great mouthfeel, slightly sticky, oily. The hops definitely linger throughout

D-Awesome. Don't sense the alcohol. One of my new favorite hop-packing beverages

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Photo of thebarnesbomb
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle to pint glass with one inch head.

A- Color of honey, I was expecting a darker amber hue, but this looks pretty good too.

S- The hops are exceptionally apparent, with very little else pulling through. Almost musty smelling. But again, very hoppy.

T- As is expected from an IPA, and at $9 a six-pack, the crisp quality resounds. The bitterness of a mulitude of hops lingers in the long aftertaste. Some faint taste of orange rind is also present with the aftertaste. Some creaminess as well as it goes down. It almost tastes like a wheat ale?

M- Some body to it, just right, what I expected in this brew. No watery presence at all, but a little body for you to work with.

D- Fair, I think the problem was my expectations were a bit high upon receiving this brew. Unfortunately for me, there is a bit of a wheat ale taste to it, which for me is a huge turn off. This is mostly taken over by the hops, which are abounding in this drink. Would come highly suggested for hop loving drinkers that don't mind a little hint of wheat.

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Photo of robocrouch
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass with a very good looking orange/golden color. Very nice looking brew.

S: Outrageously tasty smell. Smells of fresh hops just picked from the vine. Couldn't wait to try this beer;

T: Good lord. This is an IPA for hop heads. Very balanced with a great hop presence. The taste is so flavorful and smooth and the alcohol is hidden better then Waldo. One of the best IPAs I have had.

D: Overall an outstanding beer and one of the best IPAs I have had.

Two Thumbs Way Up

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Photo of HarrySTruman
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber, almost orange, single finger head. Noticeable lacing, but not over the top.

Smells of pine resin with a hint of floral accents. Smell matches the taste almost perfectly. Smell is very potent.

Drinks smooth. The alcohol is hidden very well on this one. Not nearly as bitter as some IPA's. Hoppiness isn't over the top.

A very good beer overall. Certainly worth drinking on multiple occasions, great that it is year round and easy to find fresh. Not that expensive either (10.99 a 6 pack for a 7% ABV beer is right in the middle of the price range, imo). A great job from Bell's.

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Photo of BobaFret
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - A hazy light orange. Almost looks like a DIPA/IIPA.

S - A mix of floral hops, malt, and sweetness.

T - A superb balance of everything that you get from the smell. Hops up front, followed by a nice maltiness.

M - Medium body.

O - An outstanding IPA that is highly drinkable/sessionable.This is one beer that every BA should try, especially those that are hopheads. Buy it by the case!

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Photo of samyoung
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is THE beer everyone.
From west to east coast none shines brighter. TH mixes west coast and Brit-coast IPA resulting in perfection.

A - Orange-red haze - the deep red I see is distinct.
S - Hopp-y, Hopp-y, joy, joy. It is wonderful.
T - Unlike anything you will ever taste - hops, tart, pine, and mellow citrus.
M - Thick, and thick again. TH will coat your existence.
D - The first one gives you the ability to change lives and taste miracles; however, as you go on, you may want to ensure employment.

Two-hearted reigns supreme over all!

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Photo of DukeofAle
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another very well made AIPA that for me just is not a standout in anyway. Lacks the strong citrus aroma and taste of some others, such as Racer 5, Bridgeport, Mojo. This beer has no major faults - I just think ther are some better choices in this category.

The color is a light, sienna-orange than most. Decent head and retention. Taste is good but the hops do not come across as well as some. Drinkabilty is good. To me, an AIPA should pack some punch, bring out the citrus- grapefruit charactor of the hops, and be a bit "bigger".

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Photo of Birchgrove77
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from batch 9059 poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice golden color, with hints of orange hue, with a nice half-inch white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a lot of lacing on glass.

S: Nicely balanced aroma. Hop aroma hints at pine and lemon zest, but seems to be dominated with grassy notes. Malt quality lies faintly beneath the hops and seems to hint at honey.

T: Piney hop quality tickles the front of the tounge, but explodes with a grassy/herbal (basil) note in the back of the throat. Nice residual sweetness remains with hints of grapefruit. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of Jeriba
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, batch number 9846 (that makes it about 2 1/2 months old, for those keeping score). Enjoyed from my Lost Coast pint glass.

A: Fairly clear yellowy orange in color, with about 1 1/2 inch head. Left a bit of lacing along the top edge of the glass.

S: Plenty of grapefruit and lemon, with a hit of pine and dry hop. Very little malt aroma.

T: Light, fruity and floral with lots of pungent grapefruit. There is a touch of sweet malt, but it is well balanced and not overpowering.

M: Thin with medium-low carbonation relative to other IPAs I have reviewed recently. It is also lacking that dry, astringent feel of a very hoppy IPA.

D: This one is a little too drinkable. If the ABV and price were a bit lower, I would call this a "session IPA."

Two Hearted is by no means a hop bomb IPA, but a perfect choice if you're in the mood for something mellow. I would recommend this one as a "starter" IPA for people who want to experiment with the style but haven't yet succumbed to hop addiction.

Having said that, I would like to try a fresher batch of this beer. I spent 5 minutes digging around for the pack with the highest batch number and still came home with one over 2 months old. Curse you, Bell's esoteric batch numbering system!!

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Photo of flyingspatula
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites! When it was on sale for $6.99 at Big Red for a month, I probably bought 30 six-packs! It also makes a bad-ass black and tan. Way better than Bass and Guiness, and my last name is Bass. This is one of the best beers I've ever had. Great look, taste, buzz, everything!

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Photo of bramsdell
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A: Deep golden body with a 1.5 finger white head. The head actually never fully recedes. I'm halfway through the whole thing right now and there is still a full, white head that remains. I am extremely impressed.

S: Wonderful. I am not a huge hop-head, but I am always willing to try something new. The first smell is that of the hops. A general hops scent, maybe a little piney, but nothing specific. The reason that this beer blew me away was the fact that I could smell the malts almost immediately. The secondary rush of smell is fantastic. The malt aroma is subtle, but it is thick, mild and almost roasted. The balance of smell is probably my personal favorite of any IPA I've had.

T: Well, the smell was wonderful...and the taste follows. Just like the smell, hops hit first, a little bitter, a little citrus-y. There is also a hint of pine in those first notes. However, there is none of the super-bitter feel that so many IPA seem to have these days. Hops are great, but a balanced beer is so nice, and this is a balanced beer. The initial hoppiness is mellowed out quickly by a richer malt flavor. The final flavor left on the tongue is hoppy, reminding the drinker that this is, after all, a full IPA.

M: Again, it's great. Light and crisp, for sure, due to those hops. However, the beer is thicker than the crispness would indicate. Also a nice level of carbonation.

O: Great beer. Nothing else need be said.

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Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPA's for everyday drinking. It pours with a nice head and has a piney citrusy smell to it with a little bit of sweetness. It is very hoppy with a complex taste which is very drinkable with a nice balance between piney and fruity hops.

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Photo of luvND
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz bottle with a fish on it
A: Hazy orange, nice thick head with lace
S: Citrus hop, a little cheddar
T/M: Nicely balanced, hops and malt are in harmony, good bitterness
M: Very nice, lingering aftertaste, but not unpleasant
D: Very drinkable, I could easily put down a few of these
Notes: This is a hell of an IPA and as the previous review noted, also a great value. Certainly not the best, but very good and true to style.

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Photo of a10t2
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Swirling golden-orange with a thick white head and good lacing.

S: Citrus hop aroma with just a hit of grassy and earthy undertones.

T: Pure hop heaven, with the citrusy Centennial hops dominating from beginning to end. Malts are so light as to be basically undetectable.

M: Lighter and thinner than I would expect, probably due to the increased alcohol and overall paleness of the malt. Pleasant.

D: I can drink this beer for an entire double-header and never get tired of it, it's so refreshing and smooth.

This is my go-to IPA; I almost always have it on tap and have yet to find another that is so consistently enjoyable.

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Photo of WindUpBird
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a lovely amber/honey color with a vigorous creamy head that leaves a delicate lace on the glass as it recedes. The smell is piney citrus with and underlying sweetness. The taste is satisfyingly complex with layers of hoppy goodness supported by a perfectly subtle malty foundation underneath. The mouthfeel is clean and refreshing...a lovely ipa.

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Photo of trill
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of tayner, probably the most generous lady in the history of ever.

Pours from the bottle clear and golden, with a small, bubbly head. Aroma is mild but fragrant hops, more floral and grassy that citrusy. There's also a lot of malt there, honey, fresh bread, and a hint of lemon juice. Taste is soft, mild, but dominant bitterness, backed by some very flavorful malt that tastes almost like pancakes or waffles. Nice tea-like flavor around the edges. Mouthfeel is balanced, carbonation not-quite-prickly, more viscous than most IPA's, but the strong bitterness in the finish keeps it to style.

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Photo of dizknee24
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Weizenbob for this one. Appreciate it very much.

A dark dark amber. Translucent barley see through it.

S wow hops are right in your face. A sweet hop aroma and floral scents.

T for the amount of hops in this, I got a nice crisp bitter taste rather than the overpowering hops I taste in other IPAs

M thick as a brick. I love this stuff

O overall I am so glad i have these. I need to trade for some more for sure.

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Photo of cocogan
3.42/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got on-tap at Blue Door Pub

Visual: Gold in color, no head, minimal lacing.

Aroma: Was hard for me to get a good smell, not sure if it was the beer or the atmosphere, but I picked up bits of lemon and toasted malt.

Taste: Nuts, earth, grass, and lemon rind. Hops finish dry in yo mouth.

Mouth: Average, medium body, normal carbonation for an ipa.

Drunkability: Wouldn't have a problem tipping a few of these back but it would not be my first choice for an ipa. The taste is missing something, just a bit too dull maybe.

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Photo of innersanctum
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer envy. I'll explain shortly.

Two Hearted is top of the Bell's class, and a clear stand out in its product line. If you're fond of the Midwest APA's then you will have a heart for this brew. 2H is caries an IPA designation but its character is more APA, and here's why:

The appearance is a golden coper ale, with small carbonation bubbles, a generous foamy head which leaves a creamy top.

A distinct but not overpowering citrus and floral smell.

Distinct lemony finish with citrus, and it has a crisp dry finish to the palette. Easy to drink a couple of these.

Now, back to beer envy. This is the first pack of 2H that I've had yet its been stocked on the shelves at some local stores for some time. With the popularity of other Midwest standouts such as Burning River & Daisy Cutter, beauty from Bell's holds its own.

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Photo of ScrewBud
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - typical IPA, little hazy
S - dank, fresh cut grass
T - crisp and woodsy, kinda unique in a good way
F - again crisp refreshing
O - pleastly surprised, was recommended by someone who didn't like IPA. Thanks Casey.

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Photo of mgeraci
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was pleasant. A nice first impression along with a nice after taste. I was not in the least bit disappointed. This lives up to my expectation of an IPA just fine to date. Definitely give Two Hearted Ale a taste. I think beers like this among many others are starting to convince me I'ma big fan of IPAs.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Glass

Bottle a little over two weeks old

Appearance - Poured a hazy copper/orange colour with a nice two fingers of white head

Smell - Typical IPA smell, mango, grapefruit, and a fair amount of orange

Taste - Similar to the smell tropical fruits with orange, nice bitter finish

Overall - A well made IPA, glad I picked up a six pack

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Photo of Beerds
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hadn't had this in a while and wanted to try it again. Picked up a 6 pack 10 days old and it didn't disappoint. Was pleased to see beer that fresh from a brewer so far north of me. Will add this in the rotation for sure!

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Photo of plumberman63
2.54/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice amber/ orange color with a good head. Has a sweet citrus/hoppy aroma. Taste follow with a bitter citrus peel flavor. Has a decent feel not watery or thick. Bitter is not my style of beer(got from my daughter see likes fruit ipas).But I've had worse.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,421 ratings.