Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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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Photo of altctrlsdelete
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very sessionable beer I'm happy to find on tap in several establishments down here.

Pour is a beautiful orange with excellent lacing as I drain the glass.

Nice aroma of piney hops that precedes the flavor that is more of the same, but is also very well balanced against a nice malt profile. Quite tasty.

Solid feel in the mouth with a lingering aftertaste. Finishes very clean.

Hides the 7% abv very well. It's easy to drink too many of these.

Easy recommendation.

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Photo of keoki182
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hoppy aroma immediately brings to mind sugary flowers. Orange/tangerine notes rush forward as well. The color is dark gold with with a smaller white head. The mouthfeel is exceptionally full and delicious. The flavor is of course the main attraction. More citrus on the tongue, really kind of bitter but like any IPA. This is the IPA to measure against all others.

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Photo of sweetwaterman
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle purchased ~May 2011 in SE Michigan)

Appearance: A very rich honey gold. Hazy, good head that really persists.

Smell: Bold hops, very green, piney, rosemary notes

Taste: Initial sharp hops then full resinous arrival, drying, no real malt here, just straight hoppy goodness, a long dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, an easy drink.

Overall: One of my all-time favorites. Highly recommended.

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

This 12 oz brown bottle of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale poured a rich gold to light orange in color. It had a slight haze, likely due to the sediment from bottle conditioning and/or the incredible amount of hops that must have been used to brew this fine ale. Tiny bubbles evolve rapidly from the bottom of the glass, continuously replenishing the thin white persistent head.

The Aroma of Two Hearted Ale is definitely dominated by the hops, so much so that upon pouring it in the glass, hop aroma is evident from about 3 feet away! Resiny, floral and citrusy with hints of pineapple, the hop bouquet is pleasing.

Two Hearted Ale has a complex flavor as well. As with the aroma, the flavor is dominated by the hops. Hop bitterness was assertive, but pleasant. Hop flavor was citrusy and crisp with hints of grapefruit. Malt flavors were difficult to pick out through the hops, but a slight sweet malt and caramel malt character were in the background.

Two Hearted is medium bodied and has a strong carbon dioxide bite, it has a nice mouth coat and finishes sweet.

All in all Two Hearted is a great beer, especially if you love hops! If you are fortunate enough to live in a portion of the country where you can get some… do so!

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Photo of BigAl723
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. The best deal in the city.

A: A dark gold with a big creamy tan head.

S: Citrus, pineapple, campfire, and hops.

T: After taking a sip I noticed grapefruit and some lemon zest. A nice hop aroma just rolls from the glass into my mouth.

M: Fairly carbonated. But just right.

D: Very drinkable. I love the ABV on this beer. It's not too weak but it's not overpowering. You can session this puppy until dawn. Well maybe not dawn but you get the point.

Overall, one outstanding beer from Mr. Bell. This IPA is the IPA that got me into IPA's a few years back. I don't drink it as much as I should because of the selection at Ashley's, but I love a Two Hearted Ale once and a while.

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Photo of Dulliwhig
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a pint glass. It had a thick fluffy head that took a long time to settle. What it left in it's wake was sticky globs of head around the top of the glass and a finger and a half thick creamy ivory colored head. It was a hazy golden orange color with a maelstrom of tiny yeast bits dancing around and swirling.

The aroma is dominated by juicy sweet grapefruit/peach flavor and a mild and subdued pine.

The taste mirrors the smell. The grapefruit and peaches mesh together, but the grapefruit wins because of the citrus hop bitterness in the end with a drying effect.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, a bit chewy, between medium and full bodied, good carbonation.

If Troegs Nugget Nectar were an APA, this would be his twin brother!

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy orange with a solid two-finger eggshell-colored head with some decent carbonation going on. Hoppy citric and floral notes announce the presence of Centennial hops.

Taste is hoppy with some grapefruit and tangerine-like notes along with hints of pine. There is a little malt, but it is definitely hop-forward. It finishes crisp and clean with a decent, but not at all overpowering bitterness. There is no hint of alcohol in the taste at 7.1% ABV. Medium-bodied with a nice mouthfeel make this a dangerously drinkable brew.

Don't know that I'd call it a hophead's nirvana per se, but if you are looking for a balanced,high-quality, refreshing, and drinkable IPA...look no further. This is one of my go-to's for sure.

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

Served from a 12oz bottle, bottled on date: 10/06/11 (4 months old). Poured aggressively into a pint glass.

A: Looks a light golden, almost blonde ale color, very cloudy. Lots of active carbonation bubbles coming up. Finger of white head, good retention.

S: Very floral, hoppy, pine, citrus, very aromatic.

T: Whew! Definitely an IPA. This IPA style is not my cup of tea really... or glass of beer rather, but hopheads should love it. Lots and lots of pine, citrus, higher IBUs, very hop forward in the start through the mid palate. Tries to balance a tad on the finish with a bit of malts, finishes a bit sweet. Doesn't leave that bitter burning pinesol feeling in the back of my sinuses after a sip like some IPAs of this style do, so that's a plus. Also the slightly higher ABV is well masked, I don't get much booze in the flavor.

M: Medium body, slightly on the watery side, light carbonation.

D: Drinkability is hard to measure with this one because it's such a niche style. Your mileage may vary. For me, it's drinkable, but I'm not a huge fan of big IBUs and piney flavors.

O: Overall, I'm not a big fan. It's one of those styles where you either love it or hate it, and I'm rating it here for what it is, not according to my personal tastes. I know it's a good beer for those who are into the IPA style, and it deserves at least a 4/5. Love it or hate it, it is what it is, and there isn't anything "bad" about this beer, it just depends on the palate.

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Photo of hophead86
5/5  rDev +17.4%

This is such a well done IPA , this is craft beer done right . I wish it was more available in los angeles definitely would be my go to beer .This brew is so easy to drink so well balance .

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

Glad the Whole Foods in my area started carrying Bell's.

Look: Light copper orange with minimal head. Light lacing is left around the glass as you sip and enjoy.

Smell: Nice notes of the variety of hops that are used in this beer. I pick out sweet orange, tangerine, and a slight malt sugar.

Taste: Very balanced taste that starts off with the bitter bite of the citrus flavored hops followed by a nice balance of sugary sweetness from the malt. A nice representation of the American IPA style.

Feel: Light to medium mouthfeel that leaves a pleasant lingering aftertaste that diminishes slowly after every sip.

Overall: I would say I'm satisfied with this beer from Bell's Brewery. I was glad I finally was able to get some and it surely did not disappoint. I'd recommend picking this one up the next time you are looking for a smooth IPA for a 2 to 3 beer session.

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Photo of jward
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An impressive looking beer - Tupelo Honey gold with sparkling carbonation and nice lacing. The nose is piney, with an element of lemon rind. The flavor is bursting with bitter hops and strong, tangy citrus notes. A crisp mouthfeel is followed by lingering bitterness as this one goes down.

This beer, while interesting, is one-dimensional, with overpowering hop bitterness from beginning to end. Ultimately, I think that it lacks the balance of some of other highly rated American IPAs like Masala Mama or HopDevil. Interesting, but not an everyday beer for me.

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Photo of timmay41
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in northern VA for the Inauguration--Great Falls, to be exact--on a sleepy Sunday morning and went into a quaint international cafe and market. They had a small but quality selection of six packs, with the most pleasant surprise being a lone sixer of this beer, which I've only had before at Monk's Cafe. I was psyched.

Batch 8526, which I now realize means it's not at the peak of freshness. Hopefully I'll find an opportunity to review from a fresher batch, but here it goes...

A: Pours a cloudy marigold with considerable carbonation. Settles quickly and produces a thin peal white head that dissolves quickly. Not much lacing, which again may be the product of age...

S: Big citrus and some floral scents, along with malt sweetness on the back of the nose. Not the big or sharp hop bitterness I sort of expected.

T: Bland for the first few sips, but after warming up a little there's more distinctive taste--biting, dry hop notes, with hints of grapefruit and pine. The beer makes a move toward balance with some mellowing malt character. Crisp overall.

M: Carbonation kind of dominates, and the tingle lingering, clinging to the bottom sides of the tongue.

D: I really think if I had consistent access to this beer it would always already be in my fridge.

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Photo of olegv40
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich murky golden color with huge bubbles clinging to the glass. A thick soapy head formed and quickly evaporated.

Bitter orange is the predominant flavor. Very hoppy and bitter and exceptionally dry. The taste of alcohol comes in during the middle and it finishes dry and astringent in the mouth. While not the best IPA, this definitely delivers what it promises, tons and tons of hops.

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Photo of rwathree
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: this is an opaque beer that grades golden to caramel brown from bottom to top. Fluffy cap of white head with staying power, which leaves substantial lacing.

S: aroma is fairly subdued, really. I'm mostly getting light floral hops, with some citrus notes too.

T: hoppy to start - purely floral hops, lavender comes to mind - and a touch of oak. The alcohol is pretty subdued, too.

M: good carbonation and medium body.

This is my go-to beer at one of my favorite bars in town, and it definitely stands up to scrutiny. It might just be my poor sense of smell, but I'd like a bolder aroma. Two Hearted is a perfect, if dangerous, session beer.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a review on old-reliable....

A: Poured the beer into a nice sized English pub glass. The color is honey gold, and a bit hazy, with a nice off-white spider webbed lacing that slowly seems to creep up the rim of the glass.

S: Pine resin, citrus, and an overwhelming notion of plastic model glue (lemony, and oily). Hints of malt character, and salted thyme and rosemary. Fresh buttered bread, and a slight note of maple syrup.

T&M: A nice dry, crisp, floral and juicy mouthfeel. A bit creamy, but packed with hoppy bitterness and sweet citrus fruit, maybe some candied ginger on the finish. Tastes of violets and zucchini blossoms dominate the floral aspect, with tangerine being the predominate citrus flavor.

How can you not like this beer? Seriously -- it has good fruit, nice acidity, a lovely perfumed aroma, and a crisp, clean, long-lasting finish! This is the craft-beer generations go-to brew. I can only imagine how lovely this would be with Jerk Chicken, maybe some spicy enchiladas, etc. I'm so glad I took the time to review this ale...

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Photo of beerhobo22
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden color. Great Centennial hop aroma. Head retention is very good. Good balance of malt and hop bitterness. Easy to drink; definitely a go-to-ale.

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Photo of RedBeerHead
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a cloudy golden body and a white frothy head. Looks more like a witbier at first glance.

Smell is spicy with prevalent citrus tones.

Someone else described the taste as "piny" which is pretty much spot on. But the taste, like the appearance has characteristics of a wheat beer.

Very refreshing and light.

Another Good summer beer, I will certainly be having this one again.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been hesitant to try this beer just because of all the hype it seems to be getting in my circle lately. Serves me right... after realizing this is an awesome IPA, I also realize I can't get it here (get Bell's, but no THA).

A - light copper, very clear

S - beautiful, exactly what I want - bright, citrusy

T - just like the smell, VERY clean-tasting, citrusy hops

M - light, but not thin

D - If I could get it here, I would drink these all night.

EDIT: It's been two years since I first tried this beer and I've had the chance to try it multiple times and in comparison to a variety of other IPAs. As a whole, it's still a very nice IPA, but the overwhelming Centennial nose makes the beer smell cereal-sweet (i.e. fruit loops).

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Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into a glass.

A: Deep orange and cloudy. Very thick head that lingers for a long time. Heavy lacing present throughout the glass.

S: Citrusy hops dominate the nose. Some sweet malt and yeast present too.

T: Lots of citrus from the hops. Balanced, not overly bitter. Finish is dry with some residual bitterness lingering from the hops.

M: Medium bodied with a great carbonation level giving a creaminess to the mouthfeel.

D: A great beer to sip on and enjoy. Definitely recommended to those looking for a fantastic IPA. Easy to have more than one in a session.

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Photo of mmercede
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: typical copper-golden IPA color. Thin 1/4" head with minimal lacing.

S: pepper, lemon zest, pine, citrus notes, fresh baked bread. A rather reserved scent in general.

T: very balanced bittering hop profile with light citrus and pepper notes. A strong piney taste as well. A simple yet very nice malt backbone which really makes the flavor stand out to me. A perfect amount of residual sweetness.

M: A great medium bodied mouthfeel. However, I personally thought the carbonation was a bit strong.

D: I am not in love with this beer. However, it is a great go to IPA which is highly drinkable. Decent price too!

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Photo of Jfriz25
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- hazey golden color with visible particles floating around.

Smell- dominant smell is pine needles.

Taste- I get nice floral notes, more than the smell would indicate but the pine isn't far behind. Just the right amout of bitterness lingers, not enough to over power.

Mouthfeel- medium body that washes over the tounge but doesn't leave a thick resiny feel afterward.

Overall- Ill buy this for $9 a six pack all day long vs hopslam at $16. One of Bells best IMO.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick white head, beautiful lacing that clings to the glass like a magnet (to a metal glass). It has a very hoppy grassy aroma. Tastes of hops, the air in a pine forest, and more hops. Was going to rate taste 4.25 but the amazing aftertaste changed my mind, so bitter and wonderful. Tried this several months back and didnt really appreciate it until now. Fantastic ipa.

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Photo of DackAchan
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Good appearance. Golden with a hint of red, one finger head that takes a while to settle and laces well around the edges.

S- Nice hops smell. Touch of grapefruit because of the hops.

T- Excellent taste, very good IPA. Complex and rich full flavor.

M- Good mouthfeel, slightly bitter (good thing) with a touch more of a bite at the end (also good thing)

D- A good beer, with good drinkablity for an IPA. Because of the bitterness and the bite, not a good session beer.

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Photo of jdflyer06
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at One Eyed Jack's in Beavercreek, Ohio. A little known Gem.

A - light golden in color. A solid head that is fluffy and light. Fairly clear with a few floaties.

S - Very floral. The smell of hops is evident off the bat. There's another aroma that is so hard to place. At the risk of sounding like its a negative, it's almost like new car smell. But I like it!

M - Light and crisp. Very dry for the style with a refreshing finish. This one is neither dense nor sticky but retains some great flavor.

T - Not as complex as I would have imagined. Definitely some oily hop character and light citrus. Good malt body although I really wouldn't want to let this one warm up.

D - I could definitely drink a few of these. A pretty good session beer. A bit lighter than I'm used to for the style, but a solid offering overall.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,398 ratings.