Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 3,306
Hads: 13,095
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 806
Gots: 3,265 | FT: 53
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: 3,306 | Hads: 13,095
Photo of hgrong
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7196, 2005

Pours bright orange with a huge rocky head and loads of carbonation. Visually it reminds me of Saison Dupont, but that is where the comparisons stop. The nose is absolutely gorgeous. It smells of grapefruit and spice with a slight nod towards marijauna and pine. It smells like fresh hops, perfect for an IPA. The palate is slightly more balanced. The initial palate is some sweet pale and caramel malts which are quickly washed away by a tidal wave of hops. Again, citrus and pine flavor are predominant with a deep, powerful bitterness. The mouthfeel is is crisp and refreshing due to the high carbonation and light malts.

This beer is fantastic. It is my personal benchmark for what an IPA should taste like. My only complaint is that it is significantly better when fresh which takes out any chance of aging this beer. Overall this beer is outstanding.

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Photo of nickg902
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy amber/orange color, small white head, small amounts of lacing

S: Aroma is of floral hops and a bit citrusy, perhaps a hint of alcohol

T: Exceptional. The first taste is of citrus fruits (hint of grapefruit and orange), mild yet recognizable, perfectly balanced with the hops that follow. The beer is balanced by the hoppy aftertaste, and is not overpowering.

M: Smooth, med-low carbonation

D: Easily one of the most drinkable IPAs I've had. Would definitely be able to have more than one in a sitting.

This IPA jumped high up my list and is a definite buy for anyone, not just IPA fans. I plan on getting a case soon.

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Photo of kboett77
3.32/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was always put off this beer by the freaky looking fish on the label. However, having recieved some as a gift, I thought I would give it a try. It is drinkable, with a strong grapefruit tone and a nice fullness to it. But I was no super impressed, to me it lacked some of the complexity and over tones of other IPAs. If I try it again I'll give an update as I am suprised that this well liked beer from a well respected brewery isn't doin' it for me.

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Photo of 908carson
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the go-to beer for my wife and I. Every grocery store carries it in our area, and when in doubt, we can pick this up and not be disappointed. It smell amazing, tastes amazing, and provides the perfect balance for us -- That's not to say that it is "well balanced". This is most definitely a hoppy pale ale, but one of the best, for sure.

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Photo of GRBrew
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with dinner tonight at the Winchester.

Came out with a big two inch head on it that lasted the entire beer. The head had great lacing that you would expect from this beer. The color was golden.

Arromatics were outstanding with a very crisp and clean taste.

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Photo of willPS21
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Masterful. More than I expected. I want to taste this side by side with Hopslam, of which I have some. In my head, I like Two Hearted better! I never even liked an IPA much until this, and it's the first time I've liked a beer with this degree of hoppiness. In fact, it addicted me to it. I love that faintly floral hoppy nasal aftertaste that creeps up on you five minutes later, reminding you you want another. All crisp, no muddle about it. The composition of this beer seemed so aligned. This isn't just an awesome pale ale?? It's so different than any other IPA I've had that I hope I can find more like it. I appreciate the very subtle use of spices, and the peppery spice of the hops. Some darker IPA's overdo the additive spices IMO.

To put it in context, normally I prefer to drink strictly either dark malty faintly bitter chocolate-cappucino-spice flavored RIS or Allagash, but this is a beautiful middle which I now like very very much. It has basically enlightened me.

The mouthfeel was also memorable. It wasn't thick or syrupy, wasn't too bitter and dry after swallowing, just crisp enough and clean enough, and for the ABV, I feel it was perfect.

This is one of two beers that has impressed me more than any other beyond my original expectations (mad elf the other). Bravo!!

UPDATE: This is the most consistent elite beer I've found. Even on the West Coast my brother tells me the Pliny has been slowly degrading. I also find variation between some of the IRS's I like, except Rasputin.

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Photo of DuffManOhYeah
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Two Hearted is one of my favorite IPAs. It's a beer I commonly bring to parties and a great one to pair with food.

A- A stunning gold, with some cloudiness. The rocky head is a thing of beauty with a lace that clings to the sides throughout.

S- A siren to anyone who loves hops. Very crisp and and pleasantly floral nose. My favorite aspect of the beer.

T- Goes hand-in-hand with the smell. Very floral but not overtly bitter. A very strong and citric IPA.

M- Sometimes can have a bit of a metallic aftertaste, but it really depends on the bottle. Some can be extremely good, but I've had I think 2 instances where the beer wasn't up to par,

D- A pleasant and enjoyable IPA to drink. Like I already said, the smell is what makes me keep drinking it. The bitterness also keeps bringing you back for more.

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Photo of DustinPowers74
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very solid IPA. Aroma is sweet and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit with an initial hoppy bite that quickly fades. Medium palate. Very smooth and balanced. incredible lacing and an overall extremely creamy body and mouthfeel. An excellent IPA where you can never go wrong.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear orange with a fluffy white head which lasts for quite a bit. Smell is citrus, with plenty of floral/vegetal complements - makes me think that the hops used were very fresh. Taste veers more towards the piney bitter end. Dry finish and moderate carbonation make this an easy drinker that hides its ABV well. Overall, a classic IPA - long live Bell's Two Hearted!

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Photo of CraftAle
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional IPA. The balance between hop bitterness and sweet malt body is absolutely perfect. Have also had this ale on tap at their brew pub, and it was equally good.

I was surprised to pay $2/case more at the company store than at Russo's, an aggressive beer/wine retailer in Grand Rapids. I wish Bell's would be more helpful on their label and web site about the type of hops, and the IBUs.

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Photo of DGryger
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rusty tan color body, fairly cloudy with moderate amounts of bubbles streaming up through the glass. Nice off white head rises to around 1.25-1.5” and settles down to some coarse bubbles and a good lace.

Upon opening the bottles I am greeted with a sweet malty odor. There is a little biscuity-citrusness to the smell as well. Floral notes appear as beer warms. I think aroma is the weak spot of this particular brew.

I can taste some biscuity malt notes up front with a hop bite in the middle to finish. Floral hop taste in the middle with a bitter/tangy finish. Well balanced and not a bottle full of bitter. Biscuity-bready notes become more apparent as the beer warms along with a bit of sweet alcohol.

Thin to medium bodied brew, good carbonation and goes down pretty smooth for an IPA. Little nip on the tip of my tongue as I swallow it down. Overall it has a very nice feel.

Quite tasty and easy drinking for an IPA, mostly due to the good balance between the hops and the malt. The relatively low ABV (for an IPA) make this a decently sessionable beer that I would have no problem packing away three or four. Definitely will add this to my “would buy a case of it” list.

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Photo of snatch210
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours alarmingly foamy, but that's just the beer's way of winking at you before the awesomeness to come.

smell is good. the typical grapefruit/piney notes are balanced out nicely by sweet maltiness. i'm probably crazy, but i get a little bit of cream soda. overall, a bit more subdued than i'd like, though.

taste: won't knock you back like its cousin hopslam, but you get a nice blast of hops up front before it fades into a nice, fruity sweetness with some bite on the end. the balance here -- hops to malts -- is what sets it apart from many American IPAs.

mouthfeel: i love how creamy this beer is. one of the best things about drinking two hearted.

overall, this is not the best ipa in the world. but it is a damn good one. only real flaw is a bit of a subdued smell, but i got over that years ago. best IPA i can get in my distro area for a reasonable price.

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

Very tasty, nicely hoppy beer.

It has an exceptionally floral aftertaste. Very nice and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is light, but not too light. Good nose - again, floral and very hoppy with a bit of grapefruit.

This is a very nice and drinkable pale ale.

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

Poured from a bottle into Pilsner Glass.

A: Lighter in color than most IPA's I've sampled at least. Pours a beautiful blonde color, with what seems to be plenty of carbonation. Head lingered the entire glassfull.

S: Wow. Smells great. Perfect smelling hop forward ale. Earthy, Fresh, Yes.

T: Crisp. Piney, Earthy, Citrussy, Yes.

M: Light-Bodied. Full of Carbonation.

O: Great beer. I can see what all the fuss is about. Highly suggest this beer if you have been snubbing your nose up at your local liquor store. My GF pointed out that the art looks "camo". I can see what she means, but that is not how I see it. The artwork for this beer is so simple, yet so original and unique.

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Photo of xjapanhomebrewx
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange, hinting at its citrus hop flavor and aroma character. I picked up a funny, damp smell that was a bit unusual, nothing off-putting though. Taste was full of sharp and crisp grapefruit, orange, and floral tones with the occasional tinge of grassiness (from too much dry-hopping?). Bitterness lingers a bit on the finish and mouthfeel runs a little light, but it works. Reminds me of a nicely dry-hopped homebrewed IPA. Very delicious, get some if you get the chance!

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Photo of TheKtulu7
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy dark yellow with a dense, creamy head.

S: Citrusy and a bit piney.

T: Very balanced for an IPA. Very similar for the scents too. This is definitely the best IPA I have had, although it is a style I usually only like moderately.

M: Slightly prickly and crisp.

D: Very inviting. Yes.

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

From a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Nice light bronze with a slight haze, good inch and a half of head formed when poured, nice lacing as it's disappearing from my glass.

Smell - hints of malts up front with a bit of pine and citrus as well

Taste - Light malts coming through upfront and then the bitterness of the hops comes through with the classic IPA flavor.

Mouthfeel - fairly light mouth feel as it's being sipped but still leaves a nice coating on the tongue and mouth.

Overall - a pretty good IPA, a bit more malty than most but still a solid choice if you find it.

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Photo of EJ6759
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, clear orange-golden color with a decent white head that lingers. The aroma of hops is strong, with notes of grapefruit and flowers, very good smelling. The flavor again has the hops forefront with some citrus and malt, finishing with floral flavors. Amazing flavor without overt bitterness, a really, really good IPA.

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Photo of friendofbeer
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into non-labelled tulip glass on a sunny cold afternoon.

Aroma: golden, slightly hazy, less than an inch of white foam head.

Scent: slight floral notes, fresh grains

Taste: Floral hops, balanced nicely with malt attributes

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium bodied, not super sticky like some bigger ipas can be.

overall: every time i drink this beer I am reminded why this is one of the best examples of an IPA. Really well balanced, drinkable, and something new to enjoy each time you drink it.

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

Bottled 10/19/11

A - Pours a golden amber with a fluffy white head.

S - Very citrusy, orange and grapefruit, with a background scent of pine and malts.

T - Citrus zing with each sip orange zest, then some sweet malts finish to dry hops.

M - Smooth, slightly drying with a nice hop oil coating.

O - Such an easy drinker, a delicious beer that is always in my fridge.

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Photo of Zeckster
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So my friends and I had a 16 beer bracket of locally found beers. They had to come in 6 packs and be available at the start of the bracket.


For me this won with a combination of

A - Top shelf. Golden color and nice bit of head. The lacing looked wondrous.

S - okay. a little smell of hop, but not overwhelming

T - Smoooth. Taste the hop and it chills out in your mouth.

M - Dry and crisp

D - I would like to say I could drink it all day, but totally not able to do it. Still its wonderful on a warm day.

Grab yourself a pack!

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Photo of ChuckVee
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice honey color with a big fluffy white head. The nose is intensely flowery and yeasty. Very creamy in the mouth. The flavor is a nice biscuity yeasty malt backbone bathed in a big citrusy dose of hops. Fairly long and bitter finish. Unique flavor profile amongst IPA's. Definately satisfies the craving for a hoppy beer.
I will say that this beer can be inconsisten. For every perfect fresh bottle I have had, there has been another that lost a lot of flavor, or a cask conditioned pint that was past it's prime. I find bottles from a high turnover retailer to be most relaible.

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Photo of ash111
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great beer. There are plenty of other reviews, so I won't go into great length here. But two comments.

1. This beer definitely gets better as it warms towards room temperature during drinking.

2. It reminds me of a beer brewed by the Main Street Brewery in Richmond, VA called Amelia Ale. That brewery is out of business (maybe because their brewpub sold pints for $1), so it's been years since I had an Amelia. Anyone out there remember it?

Anyway, the Bell's Two Hearted Ale is delicious. Nicely done, Bell's.

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

A - An amber color with a light cream color head of about two inches that retains nicely. A great amount of lacing. Looks like a perfect ale.

S - Vibrant floral hops and fruity flavors are very strong but they are backed up slightly by the sweet malty aroma. Definately an excellent blend of hops that is not too overpowering.

T - Slightly sweet initially but a bitter mid and smooth creamy finish. There is a very slight grainy taste present initally along with the sweetness but the hops takes control very quickly.

M - A medium bodied feel but a very smooth creamy finish. Not too bubbly, not too flat. What I would consider an excellent mouthfeel that makes you feel like your drinking a very good beer.

D - One of my favorite IPAs that I could drink over and over again. Not too overpowering but still has as much flavor as my heart desires. Bravo Bell's Brewing!

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Photo of boyfromthenorth
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer by Bells for sure. One of my favorite in the world. Anyone who drinks IPAs and has not had this- I feel sorry for you. Get it and drink it. I would love to try this wet hopped as well maybe they would do this once- would make it even better.

Thank you for creating this gold standard!

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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