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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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: 3,397 | Ratings: 13,612
Photo of Parmesan
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

Look: Pours a clear golden amber color. Nice frothy and creamy head with nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Lots of citrus fruit. Hints of grapefruit and quite a bit of lemon/lemon peel.

Taste: As with the aroma, lots of citrus, grapefruit and lemon. Very nice bitterness balances it out at the end, with a little malt at the end.

Feel: Tastes a lot smoother than some of the IPAs I've had and it has pretty light mouth feel.

Overall: Really nice IPA definitely recommend it. Glad it came to Denver for a week.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

had this saturday night at a restaurant in prescott az
was stoked to find it as we have no distribution from bells in my home state of Colorado
poured from a 120z bottle dated 7.15.15 into a pint glass
looks amber/ gold with a creamy head
smells citrus grape fruit
taste clean dry slightly citrusy not overly hoppy
feel is lighter than many ipa's i like with a dry crisp after taste
overall a very solid, dangerously drinkable ipa(i was able to limit myself to just 2 as it was my mothers 72nd bday and i was being a good boy) would drink again!!! bring bells to Colorado!

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Photo of Skogger
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There's a reason I come back to this beer, time and time again. It has a great crisp bite to it. A wonderful light amber color and a good amount of frothy smooth head. It is greatly paired with some grilled steak or pork. If you're an ipa lover, I would recommend this in a heartbeat.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance : A cloudy amber glow, about 80% opaque, with a loosely knit three finger head that leaves webs of lacing barely connected sparsely on the sides of the tumbler glass.

Smell : Mostly tropical aromas. Freshly diced pineapple, a hint of peach, with a faint sparkle of biscuit malts. A slight sweat funk can also be smelled, but it's pretty faint here. Typical, run of the mill IPA aromas.

Taste : A nice strong fruity bite sets in, with lots of bitter rinds and pith. Mostly grapefruit, a bit of apricot, orange. Very faint pine, but subdued enough to be detected and not stealing the show. Slight dankness. The malts are both bitter biscuit and cracker-like, and the grapefruit pith carries out to the end with a slight dryness.

Feel : Substantially creamy and a total party in the mouth pumped with carbonation. I think this is what most people rave about on this beer, the feel is so smooth and it's so drinkable.

Overall : This beats most IPA's in its price range. It's flavorful enough to be enjoyed as a sipper, but quaffable enough to be a session beer. Bell's Two Hearted gets Two Thumbs from me.

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Photo of BeerCannuck
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very balanced profile with clean dry finish. Definite grapefruit on nose and taste with slight sweet tropical undertones. A very well made beer that certainly rivals the smoothness and drink ability of west coast standard such as Sculpin. I wish it was
distributed to the bay area.

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Photo of emount91
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy dark orange, carbonation actively rising, off white head that retains very well. smell isn't very strong, get an irony/tinny smell, with a warm background, can't really smell hops. taste is a nice balance of hops and malt at first, with the malt fading out and the hops lingering. little bit of everything: citrus, flowers, herb, pine, fruit, bread, crackers, bitterness. very good and balanced. mouth feel is decent, a little thick and could use a little more fuzziness. overall decent beer.

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Photo of youcantmakeme
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is probably the ipa i like the most out of all that i have tried (not a lot) . It's easy to drink (smooth) and refreshing. The reason why I say it's been the best so far is because they don't try to spice it up much if you know what I mean. Its like they took a larger (pick your favorite one) and put in a machine where slightly amped the malt to like a 3/5 and the hops to about the same. So in other words imo it's well balanced. The only reason why I don't give this beer a five is because it's a little expensive compared to others when it seems like most ipa should be like this but somehow they go and funk it up and make something undrinkable. K.I.S.S.

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Photo of Prasm
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very lemony on the nose with caramel undertones. Zesty hop driven lemon flavors up front, nice mouth-feel, flavors persist quite nicely and linger for quite a while. This is a great beer for a hot Summer day.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very excited to find a four pack of cans while visiting Cincinnati. Pours a crisp gold with a moderate head that lasts. Aroma of bread, orange, apricot with a taste profile in complete alignment...maybe a touch of honey? Is that peach? Very nuanced but almost in a humble non-assuming way. Provides an excellent balance of hops and malt to create a really drinkable IPA. Hype or not, this is a great beer that you want to savor by enjoying a few cans during a sitting. The balanced approach is what sets it apart.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: straw/orange, hazy, effervescent; medium frothy white head, long lasting, good lacing

Smell: big initial hit of piney/citrusy hops (grapefruit thanks to the centennial hops); sweet malts come through too. Not my favorite hop smell, but it smells pretty good here

Taste: pithy grapefruit bitterness right up front and dominates through until the end; finishes with a dry hoppy aftertaste; I prefer European hops, but this tastes pretty good overall

Mouthfeel: creamy, but thinner than I expected for the ABV

Remarks: great example of the style

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Photo of rjd722
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could probably be considered a Two Hearted Ale convert. I've had a few bottles in my life, but I hadn't really taken my time to appreciate this beer in proper glassware. Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass, the color was an orange-yellow with a nice, solid foam head that hung around for a little and then faded to a coating with decent lacing. Initial burst of floral with hints of citrus and then a sweet malt backdrop. Incredibly drinkable and with the perfect balance of hoppy bitterness and sweet malt. Great level of carbonation and finish, the layer of citrus that coats your tongue on the way through is awesome.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle to a tulip. Color is dark honey gold with orange tint. Smells of lemon and honey and malt. Taste follows smell with lemon and honey tapering to malt. Feel is great. Slightly creamy think. Finishes smooth and malty. Got this beer on a trip to Alabama. Would keep all the time if I could get it in my part of Texas. Great beer.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mighty fine brew here, those Centennial hops providing such a nice array of hop flavor and aroma, from floral to citrus to an ever so lightly green/dankness, perhaps better expressed as a light sharpness of character, if that isn't too oxymoronic. Pretty in the glass, clear copper glory, pillowy foam stop. Good carb levels. Befitting bitterness levels. A well deserving standard bearer of the style.

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Photo of Gregg03
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received in a sampler set and what a surprise. Very hazy color but beautifully so. Nice hop flavor without overpowering the balance, eg Hop Devil is very nicely balanced for a hoppy beer with a bit stronger flavors (one of my favorites), this is less pronounced, so it's even more roundly drinkable without losing its personality. This and Hop Devil are now my go-to IPAs, depending upon if I want a bit more or less kick. If person doesn't really like this as a craft beer, I'm not sure what that person would look for in a craft beer! Nicely brewed!!

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Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the Two Hearted Ale in both the 12oz bottle and 16oz can. Both had sweet, honey and apricot aromas with well balanced malt and hop flavors. Smooth feel in the mouth with a long and easy finish. A very nice sophisticated beer.

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Photo of JackiO
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Aroma: Initial blast of floral hops. Toasty/bready and slightly sweet malt follow which almost gives the impression of a candied orange blossom. Very clean, no distinct esters.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange. Thick, dense lasting white head.

Flavor: Floral and lightly citrusy hops are forward. Moderate bitterness. Moderate toast and bready malt. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall: It took a long time for me to try this beer because I thought it was overhyped. I could not have been more wrong. This is absolutely everything I want in a beer. The malt character is more distinct than most IPA's which makes it very balanced. The hops are definitely the star, but the malt gives this beer substance. The flavors are beautifully mixed. It is hard to top this one.

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

Fresh 16oz. can poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A= Amber with slight orange haze. White head, thick and creamy, settles to ring around the glass.

S= Citrus, orange and some lemon zest. Pine and malt follow.

T= Balance of malt, malt sweetness, and high dosing of citrus hops. Smooth and rich, full flavored.

M=Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Good balance and tasty, easy to drink, would drink multiple. Not a world-changer, but a good go-to.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Dark orange/amber color. Pours a one finger head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma- Juicy hop aromas with sweet citrus, peach, and mango. Some malt sweetness, but the hops dominate.

Taste- Follows the nose closey with juicy hops up front that yield mild bitterness. The malt is balanced between caramel sweetness and bready malts adding dryness in the finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a sweet/clean finish.

Overall- This would be a go-to if it were in my distro. Great balance between juicy hops and sweet/dry malts. A top tier ipa for sure that definitely competes with the best ipas.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 Pack 16oz cans - Local 44 in Philly
Canned on 7/26/15

Look - Honey orange color. Slight haze.

Smell - Sweet candied orange, very floral, hints of grapefruit and dankness

Taste - Super floral, orange, touch of grapefruit, touch of dankness, sweet malts, very balanced, very easy drinking

Feel - Medium body, sticky mouthfeel, not much bitterness at all, dry finish

Overall - I personally prefer my IPAs more on the tropical fruit/citrus side as opposed to sweet and floral but this is a damn good, quality, IPA to say the least. I can see what the fuss is about...

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Photo of Apellonious
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An old standard that, for whatever reason, I have not reviewed on BA. 16 oz can born on 5/04/15 poured into a IPA glass.

A - Cloudy orange with golden highlights. Two finger fluffy white head.

S - Citrus/orange heavy. Biscuit and malt. Hops (pine) on the finish.

T - Similar to the nose. Based on the age, the malts are more present than the hops in relation to some previous hads.But it is still balanced and tasty.

M - Carbonation is medium low, mouthfeel is creamy.

O - One of my favorite IPAs. This held up well, even though it was in a warm can, and should be included in IPA 101 for anyone starting out with the style.

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Photo of Christopher_Forbes
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not personally a fan of ipa's or similar hoppy ales. But bells two hearted is a relatively smooth, tasteful brew. I recommend to anyone who actually goes for the hops.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Two fingers of creamy beautiful white head dissipates a little quicker than I expected. Pretty lacing. Fairly active carbonation. Color is a hazy amber-copperish.

Smell: Floral citrus hops. Blood or mandarin oranges. Undertones of biscuit.

Taste: Orange citrus up front. Biscuit malts on the mid palate. Piney bitter finish. Supremely well balanced. Fairly complex.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly sticky. Delightfully crisp.

Overall: Pretty dang great. Every ingredient is in near perfect balance and has a plesant citrus hop profile. This one's a win for me. I think I like Fresh Squeezed from Deschutes just a little bit more but this one is right up there.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug.

A: Pours a vibrant golden orange with a thick, 3 finger cap of white foam that sits atop the beer perfectly. Lots of carbonation bubbles and multiple rings of lacing down the glass.

S: Aroma is mainly floral hops and biscuity malts. Some light pine and citrus hop aromas as well.

T: Crisp, refreshing flavors of floral hops with a good amount of biscuity malts balancing it all out. Faint pine and citrus, but nowhere near as strong as the floral hop aromas.

M: Clean, crisp mouthfeel with a medium body and moderate bitterness. Medium-high amount of carbonation.

O: Overall I thought this was an excellent IPA with perfect balance that could be great to pair with a variety of different foods. It has good hop flavors that are strong but not overwhelming, and the perfect amount of malt to balance it all out. I could see this becoming a staple in my fridge, especially at $12 a 6 pack.

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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 sjdevel
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is plenty of foam when poured from a 12oz. bottle (2 - finger head). It is a nice clear yellow / gold color. It remains quite effervescent and continues to lace after the head fades out.

Very strong fruity floral hop scents and tartness. There is a slight tart aroma as well.

There is an immediate hop bitterness that bursts out at first. Soon after the initial bite, a smooth and sweet yeasty taste fades in. This is a rich malty and fruity flavor that doesn't stick around for long as there is another phase of hop tartness and a very full floral rush, followed by a dry finish.

This beer has a low-medium body that has a medium dryness on the tongue.

This is a great, and I mean great, IPA. I didn't believe the hype about this beer as it is one of the top rated IPAs around. I grew up in Michigan and never had any of Bell's beers when I lived there (very sad now) but am glad to have tasted a few on my trip to visit family. I would definitely buy this (and even order online and have it shipped) as I think this is what an IPA should taste like. Its not crazy bitter (IBU) or overwhelmingly floral-hoppy, but a great all around full flavored and well balanced IPA.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,397 ratings.