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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,282 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 3,282
Hads: 12,979
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 797
Gots: 3,157 | 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: 3,282 | Hads: 12,979
Photo of xfactor9600
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: a golden color with a foamy white head.

S: A citrus aroma

T: A long flavorful hops that ends in an infusion of citrus.

M: Moderately carbonated, which felt just about right.

D: I notice this was on tap last night, and thought why not try it after reading favorable mentions here. I trulyu enjoyed it, and am anxious to pick up some for home consumption. (363 characters)

Photo of tgorgz
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I poured it into a pint glass, and the head just billowed up- a good, thick two-finger head. It stayed for quite some time. Not super-hazy, but enough to qualify it as "opaque".

S: About what you'd expect from an IPA- flowery, with lots of citrus. I'm detecting lemon, melon, and other tropical fruits. I'm used to lemony scents from IPAs, but this one has something different- it's the distinct melon I'm getting from the nose.

T:Very "clean" tasting, lots of citrus at the beginning. As it moves back through your mouth, the lemon becomes more pronounced. It's not as strong in the melon as I was expecting based upon the smell, however. The ending is quite bitter, but not a much as some IPA's I've tried. I think it's a good thing, as the bitterness doesn't dilute the other flavours.

M: Not as thick as other IPA's, but very clean and refreshing. The lingering, subtle bitterness is quite welcome.

D: Very, very smooth- excellent drinkability.

Overall, fabulous IPA- what else would you expect from Bell's? (1,022 characters)

Photo of brendanbeer
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice.

a. mellow yellow

s. its like hopslam, but cut in half. nice piny citrus, and hoppy punch... mellow.

t. exact as smell. mellow, its nice

m. carb med low, i want a but more silk, but its so smooth, nothing really missing,

d, its super drinkable, except after a hopslam, its incredibly UNDRINKABLE because i want more hopslam instead.

ITS HOPSLAM CUT IN HALF

real nice. (379 characters)

Photo of Hanby
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep amber colour. Very thick, almost cloudy. It has a surprising amount of head which lingers throughout.

S- Strong hoppy smell; very inviting.

T- Bold, bitter hops, and lots of them. It has a good zing; strong hops, as well as citrus and other fruity flavors. Delicious.

M- Good carbonation.

O- Very good IPA. It has an intense flavour, but it's well balanced bitterness with citrus. I'll definitely come back to Two Hearted Ale.

The first couple times I tried an IPA, I didn't like it much at all, but it grew on me, and now it's one of my favourite styles, especially for summer. (602 characters)

Photo of Mardrommar
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The label on the back describes the beer as having a crisp finish and a strong floral hop aroma. On the bottom of the label, the bottling date is listed as 02/06/13

Poured into a Libbey tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful golden color with bright yellow highlights. Formed a soapy finger-width head that dissipated within the first 5 minutes. Leaves a spotty amount of lacing that has a soapy consistency. A minor cm or so head remained throughout the duration of the drinking session.

As described, the aroma is potently floral and hoppy. A sweet, bready malt pierces the hop aroma, giving way to a floral scent. Hints of pine, grass, citrus, grapefruit, and lemon are present. The aroma is very well balanced. No one scent truly dominates (not including the sharp sweetness from the malts). Mouthfeel is light and has moderate carbonation.

The initial flavor is citrus that instantly gives way to the bready, caramel sweetness from the malts, and then transitions into a bitter, floral finish with a slight astringency. The finish is crisp and moderately dry. The finish is not extensive at all. Aftertaste is bread and hops.

This beer is extremely well balanced and highly drinkable. One of the more pleasant IPAs I’ve had in recent memory. (1,248 characters)

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

This is a really nice IPA. The beer pours a nice amber color with a couple of fingers of foam on top. As you drink, the foam sticks to the glass in random shapes and stays there.
The nose on this brew is filled with floral hops, grapefruit, and a touch of pine.
Taste is very grapefruity and citrus, with an excellent hoppy bitterness at the end. Although you can also get a slight bit of malt taste to this brew as well, somewhat toasty.
This is not a highly carbonated beer, and it feels very refreshing in the mouth. After about half the beer is down, you can begin to feel the 7% ABV.

A great IPA! Refreshing, not overly hoppy, and well balanced. (652 characters)

Photo of bigsteve45
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful Golden/Orange Color with a thick creamy head. No other way to put it besides that this is how a beer should look. Head leaves heavy lacing.

Aroma: Citrus, Floral, Slighty Sweet. Not a very strong aroma overall though.

Taste: Being used to West Coast IPAs this beer didn’t have the kick that I am always ready for. Was actually a really well balanced beer though. Sweet orange and grapefruit flavor that follows the nose and you really get a floral hoppy backbone. Smooth. Not overpowering.

Feel: No doubt that this is a very smooth beer. Medium viscosity and just the right level of carbonation

Overall: Was a really great IPA that I have always wanted to try. Was disappointed with the nose but all other aspects of the beer made up for it. A great beer that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again.

EDIT: Nose opened up ALOT as beer warmed. Still did not impress. But worth of some more points (919 characters)

Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Bell's logo pint glass.Peach colored with a white fizzy head that fades fairly quickly. Smell is grassy with citrus notes. Taste is nice bready slightly nutty body with some serious citrus notes. Grapefruit, orange with slightly sweet malty base. Hops are well balanced and coat the palate for a great lingering aftertaste. This is my favorite IPA. The carbonation, hop balance, slight sweetness are really in perfect harmony. This is one of those "deserted island" type beers. (491 characters)

Photo of irishtimepiece
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up on a recent trip to Florida along with Kalamazoo Stout and Oberon.

Pours a slighty hazy pale orange with an inch and a half of off white head. Lacing...? Lacing...? More like sheeting. The entire glass is covered with lace. Ridiculous retention as well... when I finished 20 minutes later, there was still a half inch of head sitting in the bottom of the glass.
Smell is very floral, reminds me of my local Elissa IPA.
Taste is a mix of piney and floral hops. Very subtle malt, almost masked entirely by hops.
Mouthfeel is nice. Chewy and on the lower end for carbonation.
Strength aside, highly drinkable.
A very, very nice IPA. I wish I could get it in my area. (681 characters)

Photo of Mechphisto
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A bright golden color. See through, rich amber. The head was surprisingly thick and solid. Biteable even. Leaves a very nice lacing.

S: Slightly fruity smell, but just slightly. Nice.

T: When cold, it has that crisp bitterness that masks any subtlety.
It has an odd, fishy aftertaste that reminds me of lake water... but that's probably because of the bottle label. Unfortunately as it warms up it gets noticeably sour. Like warm, old orange juice. (personal experience. Don't ask.)

M: Crisp, significant carbonation. A slight greasy feel that goes away quickly.

Not bad. No danger of it becoming my favorite beer, but certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered. I like it better cold, unlike most darker beers, and ales in general for that matter. Cold and out of the bottle instead of in a glass, it's actually very good.
And for that I bump drinkability from 3.5 to 4. (890 characters)

Photo of Guzzler78
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange. unfiltered. A white head that leaves lots of lace.
Smells hops, floral, pine and of sweet malts.
Tastes very hoppy, hints of spice and citrus. A bitter hoppy aftertaste.
A light body and somewhat dry mouthfeel.
A solid IPA style, a good drinker. (273 characters)

Photo of RppIII
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a Pint Glass

Pours an amber with hints of mahogany, the head is a phenomenal three fingers and amber white. The lacing of this beer almost outdoes the massive fluffy head and the retention never leaves the top of the beer uncovered. Once settled into the glass the beer takes on a beautiful haze letting you know that this beer is packed with flavour!

Hop citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit and some more grapefruit waft from my glass. I love the smell of the Centennial hops absolutely fantastic.

The smell is a perfect preview to the deliciousness that awaits in each mouthful of hop infused goodness. A sweet, citrusy, hop flavour of grapefruit balances well against the bittering hop characteristics of this beer. Seems to sweeten as it warms, a very bold candied sugar flavour is present for the majority of the taste, a slight bitterness presents itself almost as an afterthought and soon fades back to a light candy and citrus flavour.

Carbonation and viscosity make this beer pleasing to the palate.

A very drinkable and well-crafted beer, it has everything if not more than I would expect from an American IPA. Extremely flavourful and well balanced this beer plays on itself first by captivating you with it's deep amber and frothing white head. It takes hold with it's magnificent aroma of grapefruit, citrusy hops, and a hint of sweet fruit. The flavour drags you in with a ridiculously large grapefruit and citrus flavour congruous to the bittering subtleties of the hops. The feel of this beer in your mouth and it's sheer need to be consumed get you hooked. I set this beer as the standard to which all others in this style strive to reach. (1,693 characters)

Photo of kwc017
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a green flash tulip. Lovely light straw color. Nice head and retention. Smell is amazing. Citrus, citrus and more citrus. Orange peel, grapefruit. Just an amazing smell. I think they should make a perfume that smells like this beer. Taste is just soooo good. Citrus, hops, maybe a little pine. Awesome, awesome beer. This should be a staple in every hop heads collection. (397 characters)

Photo of lbaker
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(a) Pours a light caramel color, perfect amount of head, great lacing remains. Little bit of carbonation, pretty visible and see through. (4/5)

(s) I've got a decent sniffer, but for the amount of hops thrown in this brew its not as floral as I expected. Very unique, citrus, pine...outdoors. (3.5/5)

(t) delicious. Not too heavy, not too light. Great balance, great proportion of hops and sweets. (4.5/5)

(m) light on the tongue but not too light, great from front to back. (4.5/5)

(d) For a beer that brags on its hops this beer offers superb drinkability. Keep em coming. (4.5/5) (586 characters)

Photo of JohnF
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer a while back and again last week in the Outer Banks, NC. Perhaps this batch was placed under too much heat? Anyway, I like the IPAs with a bit more body.
This one is lighter, very crisp, with a grapefruit taste. A basically good IPA, but one of the few beers that I largely disagree with the score listed on the site. (334 characters)

Photo of Sethzilla
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First Review!

Poured in to a standard pint glass.

A: Proper pour produces a tight inch-thick head that sticks around for a while. The beer has a burnt orange color.

S: Notes of cotton candy, sweet fruit; tangerine and mango. Slight astringency in the nose as well.

T: Quite tasty! Pine notes and more tangerine/mango. There is a clean bitterness, bready malt profile and just the slightest bit of astringency.

M: Coats the mouth nicely, but the carbonation helps dry it up a little. Refreshing, and leaves me ready for the next sip! Has a certain 'juicy' quality.

O: I really enjoy this beer. Overall it is really well balanced -- the piney/floral/fruity character is held up by the malt. This beer gets a lot of hype and in my opinion, is very deserving of it. (768 characters)

Photo of awillick
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two Hearted Ale is just a good quality IPA that's distinctively bitter and complex without an overpowering after-taste. I can't detect much a flavor aside from the hops. It's genius is really its simplicity.

It sits pretty heavy with me though. Not sure if it's because of the 7% ABV or the hoppiness of the beer itself, but I'm satisfied with just one before switching to something a bit lighter. (398 characters)

Photo of TheRaven
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

This is close to the perfect IPA. Not sure why I don't give it a 5.0; I guess I just expect an orgasm from a 5.0 and the Two Hearted didn't finish me off. (154 characters)

Photo of leeenglewood
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a slight yeast haze and the head is thick and stick around till you finish your glass. Smells like fresh hops with a citrus overtone. Initial taste of hop bitterness that is very perfumey followed along by a slight malt flavor although not sweet more grainy. Aftertaste is all hops very citrusy. Very perfumery hops flavor. Mouthful is rich and oily is rather drinkable. This beer has more dry hopped flavor then any beer ive ever had before. (460 characters)

Photo of Caesar1pup
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Saw Mill Tap Room in Raleigh.

What's not to like? I have to say that this is, without a doubt, one of the best beers this guy has ever had. Hops Hops and more Hop but well balanced and very drinkable. Don't let the man get you down Two Hearted, you are the best of the best! (291 characters)

Photo of mhaugan
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to travel from Phoenix to Minneapolis to get my hands on some, but since I have a business need to do so, its not too bad. Picked up a sixer to keep in my hotel fridge.

A - Nice Amber with a decent head and some quality lacing

S - Nice and hoppy with just a hint of sweet

T - Hoppy with a great sweet, smooth finish

D - Wonderful. Once of the few IPAs that I would really call a session beer without killing all of my taste buds. The slight sweetness from the malt really helps a bunch. (503 characters)

Photo of gcarl
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice transparent amber. Hop smell is not in your face but rather faint. a nice white head holds for a moment before falling and leaving some attractive lacing.

Taste is all there. Hop bitterness upfront with a creamy malty follow through, exactly what I look for in a good American IPA.

Drinkability is unbelievable, if this was available in MA it would replace Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion as my go to IPA.

Has everything it needs....nothing it doesn't. A no frills IPA for even the most discerning palate.

GC (525 characters)

Photo of paultierney1
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Please let me know if there is a better ale out there! Two Hearted seems to be available in parts of the Midwest, but I don't think it's on the East Coast yet. What a shame!

Warning: this delicious ale (about $9 a six pack in Ohio) will ruin your drinking-out experience unless you are in a fine establishment with its own quality cask ale. I can't wait to get home in the evening to see those bottom-feeders (trout hardly) on the label.

Strong taste, but dry and clean. Fruity but not sweet. Better than the other Bells. What the heck is lacing and who cares? (570 characters)

Photo of chargerfanjess
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Poured very clear rich nut brown with red tint. excellent head that lasted forever. Superb rich malty hoppy aroma. The taste would have been a 5 but it was way too sweet and very distracting. The palate was very thick and chewy perfect for the style. Not very drinkable due to the overpowering sweetness...may be good for small snifter but real tough to finish 12 oz (383 characters)

Photo of BeerStine
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a 20oz nonic glass.

Pours a cloudy tangerine color with fluffy, white head. Smell is of citrus hops with a biscuity malt backdrop. Tastes is just like the smell. Fruity/citrus hop flavor that leaves a slight bittering aftertaste. Malts are sweet caramel and biscuit flavors. Mouthfeel is medium with medium/light carbonation. Drinkablilty is great; I could (and have) had just one or MANY of these beers in one sitting. Very versatile in that regard.

I love that this beer is available year-round at just about every store near me. (558 characters)

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,282 ratings.