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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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8,707 Ratings

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Ratings: 8707
Reviews: 2962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%

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:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-11-2001)
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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: golden with a frothy head and wonderful lacing

S: extremely floral a slight malt sweetness

T: citrusy grapefruit floral and grassy. Great hop combination balanced very well by a malt backbone that is great to keep the hops in check

M: finishes very dry and exceptionally smooth. Crisp like a pilsener

O: can't wait til bells is distributed to nj. This was one great ipa

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 23:18:10 | More by Givemebeer
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle; no date

Appearance: Deep golden, slightly hazy. Very foamy head that leaves patchy lacing.

Smell: Floral hop aroma with hops…hops…and more hops. Citric and fruity.

Taste & Mouth: Smooth and somewhat creamy with some body to it. Citrus notes throughout with a slightly bitter, dry finish. Lingering, soft bitterness.

Overall: A smooth American style IPA. Easy drinking for anyone. This is easily a new favorite for me. I had heard much praise for this brew and I am happy to report that it was not just hype. Delicious all the way through.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 03:47:28 | More by JJStout83
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4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Molly's Irish pub and grille in Bethlehem, PA.

A- pours a light, cloudy, copper color. Has great lacing the entire way down until the last drop. A nice 1 inch white head sits atop the glass.

S- smells of pine, a hint of grapefruit, biscuity malt.

T- tastes very smooth for an IPA. No harsh bitterness present whatsoever and has a great malt balance. Very drinkable at 7% abv.

M- feels light and crisp on the tongue. Not an overly carbonated IPA, but rather a pleasant prickliness that lingers.

O- one of my favorite IPAs of all time! Souch flavor packed into an easy drinking, well balanced, crisp, and refreshing IPA. This is my favorite brew from Bell's due to its ongoing consistent quality and flavor. I can never go wrong with a Bell's Two-hearted!

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 03:07:13 | More by Budinetz
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-a beautiful amber/orange color with a white head

S-nice flora grapefruit smell very suddle caramel notes

T-the taste is sweet and light for an IPA for hops grapefruit is nice with resiney notes

M-a nice bitterness that doesn't does not overwhelm that is well balanced.

A very good IPA that grows on you

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 04:03:44 | More by reebtaerG
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4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured from a bottle into a chilled pint glass. cloudy amber color with a medium head that receded quickly. mixture of streaks and light lacing on the glass. Smells of strong pine, lemon and grapefruit, like expected. I could literally smell it as soon as I cracked the seal. Citrus taste with a hint of malt and wheat bread. Slightly bitter and crisp finish. Light and tingly carbonation. Very balanced, drinkable brew. You can knock a few of these back with no problem. Terrific IPA that will be a staple of my beer stash.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 22:51:19 | More by turbotype
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4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

A = a coppery amber color with crystal-like clarity. sports a 1 finger head after a gentle pour which subsides to form a thin white film of tiny bubbles. leaves thick lacing down the sides of the glass.

S = pine, grapefruit, sweet and aromatic tropical fruit, with a sweet malt profile playing in the background.

T = bitter grapefruit, touches of pine, mango and pineapple, a sweet malt and a touch of alcohol as the beer warms a bit and the glass begins to empty.

M = medium, slick, very easy to drink

O = my (current) favorite AIPA and one of my go-to beers, as well as having the privilege of being the first IPA I ever tried.. Never fails to disappoint, especially when I can get it really fresh. Everyone should try this one at least once, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 23:44:12 | More by Das_Reh
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. My roommates and I live in Chicago, so we have many an opportunity to sample all varieties of delicious brews. This was my first IPA, and so now my taste buds are permanently spoiled. The grapefruit smell is close to the inside of a baseball glove for sheer joyful aroma.

Those against hops, keep away. Those that want to drink a manly beer and then go chop down a tree or something, have a two hearted ale.

P.S. If you're a 'liter'bug like me, read Hemingway's two short stories from which this brew gets its name. They're as stellar as it's beverage namesake.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 07:02:57 | More by motownfreak15
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4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great AIPA. I have actually sold a lot of this beer at my part time work place. A great India Pale Ale with a citricy finish to it. Hard to believe that 3+ years ago I couldnt stand IPAs but now this a a favorite of mine. Well done again to the people at Bell's Brewery. Keep the products coming and flowing!!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 16:33:38 | More by yuenglingfan101
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear minimally slightly hazed light yellow amber with white head that sticks around and laces. Sweet floral hop aromas,some sense of the citrus and earthy pine undertones. Flavors of hoppy tropical fruit and citrus leading to earthy piney florals a quick sense of bready malt into a pronouncedly bitter finish that coats and lingers,very enjoyable and drinkable wish could get more than one. An alcohol element emerges as I drink adds some nice spice to this. Very good satisfyingly bitter American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 23:55:24 | More by Sensaray
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North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours an exceptionally clear pale pumpkin color with approximately 3 fingers of bone white head. Plenty of lacing coat the sides of the glass.

S: Fresh cut pine and fresh lemon juice along with tropical pineapple fruits. Pale sweet malts linger from start to finish. Scent is fresh and inviting.

T: Bright tropical fruits of pineapple with fresh citrus juices and fresh cut pine. Not resiny or woody but instead reminiscent of new pine needles. Sweet pale malts wash over the tongue. Finishes lightly bitter. Amazingly balanced.

M: Medium bodied and low to moderate levels of carbonation.

O: This beer lives up to the hype. Hops are clean and fresh and are expertly balanced by the sweet malts. Tropical flavor without being overtly sweet. Dry in the finish. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2013 16:07:25 | More by UnionJack31
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hand on a six pack of this after hearing so much about it, was a little scared that the hype may not live up to its reputation. Well, I must say it did live up to it and I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Appearance: A nice golden brown with a thin head. Very appealing to the eye.
Smell: Lots of things going on here, picked out some floral scents but couldn't really make out the rest. A hole bunch of smells coming out of this one, very pleasant.
Taste: Very nice bite from the hops but not overpoweringly bitter. Picked out some pine and a slight citrus taste. Very smooth and drinkable. Barely get the alcohol which could easily lead me to make this a session ale until I fall on my ass when I'm done.
Mouthfeel: smooth but coats the tongue to fully let you enjoy the beautiful mix of flavors, but doesn't linger too long to beat up the palette
Overall: I was very pleased to have finally tried this much hyped brew. Great mix of flavors with a nice clean finish that makes you want to go back for me.

Very interested in trying Hopslam after this.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 14:28:15 | More by MattyBones
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3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has pretty good retention. The head is almost pure cotton white but there are minor hints of yellow. The body is a medium amber that appears pale in the light. The lacing left is perforated sheeting.

Nose- Rather subdued but that may be in large part because this is almost 3 months old. Citrus notes that range from orange, lemon, to tangerine. Light peach. No real pine or resin but slight caramel. Swirling reveals heavy peach. Some melon.

Taste- Very representative of the nose but with more dominance from the caramel. Shows some of its age with the mellow hops but I rather like it. The caramel is quite smooth and mixes well with the round citrus notes of orange, lemon, and tangerine. The caramel interacts with a peach note and produces hints of honey. Light notes of tropical fruits. A tiny bit of matchstick. This may be a result of age but this beer has a sublimity I don't often associated with IPAs. The age does cut into some of the complexity that I'm sure fresh Two Hearted has. That's really my only complaint. Really good beer that is probably great fresh. Slight grapefruit. That and the minor matchstick are pretty much the only notes of bitterness. Hopheads will detest older Two Hearted.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with slight syrup and juiciness to the texture. Small amount of creaminess as well. Light carbonation with a tiny zing works well with the tropical fruits and spice of the finish.

Drinkability- Very accessible for an IPA. Can't comment on price point as I got this online. Definitely not worth 7 bucks a bottle but reasonable at the 9 to 10 bucks a six pack that this goes for in its distribution area.

Overall- Really good beer. Not your typical IPA (but this may be a result of age) but quite enjoyable. Definitely worth a try- even you find a “not so fresh” bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 03:38:13 | More by artoolemomo
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3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a medium head and pretty good retention.

Smell: Hops and more hops, with some biscuit aromas. This is going to taste bitter...

Taste: And it does taste bitter. Floral hops all the way, and not much complexity at all. There's still some of that biscuit flavor, but it's all about the hops here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly crisp.

Overall: This beer has been around awhile and was probably a favorite among hopheads before the hop craze. Now this beer tastes one-dimensional, unbalanced, and simple. In a world with more than enough IPAs, this probably isn't the accomplished beer that it once was, but it's still good.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 00:45:55 | More by DeFaz
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New York

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy. Golden and hued with orange. A creamy head of white foam tops this beer and it leaves sheets of lace as you drink. The nose is terrific with hops. First some ripe tropical fruit, mango, apricot and pineapple. Then a nice honey sweetness and a bit of faint spice. The drink has more bread than you expected form the nose. Faint grain and a brisk dryness. The fruity and floral hops fill up the palate with a bouquet of flavors. Tart citrus, stone fruit and tropical sweetness , honey and a light pine. The supple malt is a bready and shy but you can taste the grain on the palate and there's a bit of bitter. The mouthfeel is slick. Silky and creamy. Finishes dry and with a floral aftertaste.

This is not the usual in your face IPA. This one is subtle and gentle. It has a powerful hop character that presents big fruit but also the delicate floral aspects. In the drink the floral is powerful and reminds me of honeysuckle. It drinks softly like an english IPA. it's graceful and flowing.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 15:41:10 | More by utopiajane
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4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To date, one of the most fantastic examples of American IPA I've had the pleasure to enjoy. Such character in this beer... The alcohol is brilliantly masked by the piney hops while the malt plays the support role fantastically, careful not to overwhelm.

A: Damn near what my perception of what an American IPA should be. Pale, yet vibrant. Hues of amber blended nicely against the original English colour. Slightly cloudy.
4.25-would bang.

S: "Oh what a delicate floral bouquet...Nope, wait a tick, piney yum yum." The use of American hops is clearly evident among the first whiff. My guess... Centennial Hops? Fuck if I know, I'm no pro. The balance here is fantastic, but perhaps, if my own criticisms would be permitted, could use a tad more hop character. However, the simplicity does not work against it.

T: Ya ever walk into an English pub and instantly crave a pint of English "real ale". This is what I imagine the american version of that to be. The idea of California Common shakes your tongues' hand (like your fucking tongue has a goddam hand), but then pulls the ole switcharoo and is like "wait, I'm an IPA". Malty sweetness again, plays prop to the bitterness of the hops. This beer tastes almost exactly as it smells.

M: There's that distinctive grindy feeling Coca Cola leaves on your teeth after you drink it; we must find a word for it. Subtle hints of it are present here, but only barely. The "front nine" presents itself smoothly, with little, but an appropriate level of carbonation, allowing you to truly taste this brew. The "back nine" leaves a dry finish, much akin to red wine.

O: Maybe, possibly think about getting around to trying this beer. No, wait, do it. This one's a must.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 22:35:26 | More by AllForAugust
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4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a warm golden color with a sticky and lacy head. Bubbles climb slowly to the top of the glass.

Aroma of pine, resin, nice and balanced. More than just a slap of hops in your face.

Taste is excellent. Bitter without being overwhelming. Pine and resin linger on your pallet but don't overwhelm it. Refreshing and yet warming. Alcohol well hidden for a 7% beer.

mouthfeel is nice and full and sticky.

overall a great beer that really lives up to its reputation.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 21:12:47 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had this after a distant acquaintance of mine, Chris, have one to me. I have had such good things about Bells that is made seeing Chris again somewhat worthwhile. Overall this was a good beer. Had it in a bottle, and pours a very clear golden clot with little head. It smelled overly smokey to me for some reason. Not that hoppy to me but was a pleasant blend of malt and hops. A decent carbonated beer. I liked this but wasn't wowed... Hate to go against the mass opinion, but just a good beer

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 23:25:58 | More by BradMacMullin
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into pint glass

A- appearance was quite average. It's another IPA. This one was on the lighter side of the IPA color spectrum. A nice golden color.

S- A light floral note to the hops with some slight pine. The hops seem a little bitter on the nose. Some brown sugar sweetness. Some vapors that give me a hint that there is some alcohol in this one.

T- Some sweetness, some bitterness. The hops are very prominent and a little bitter but not too overpowering. Definitely getting some alcohol with this one. It tastes strong for an IPA. But, it is 7% ABV so it is strong. Any stronger and it would be a DIPA. In addition to the alcohol, some sugar on the finish. Not very complex as I am really only getting that bitter hop taste. Although it seems a bit one dimensional, it's satisfying.

M- This beer has some body to it. I wouldn't quite go as far as saying it's full bodied, but it is close. It's definitely drinkable. Carbonation is a bit low, perhaps because of the higher ABV?

O- Overall, this is a solid offering in the IPA style. It's fairly priced and it's finally available in my area in upstate New York. Before two weeks ago, I have never seen this beer before. I know this beer has been rated more times than any other IPA on this site, but honestly I don't see why. The American IPA is the top dog on the craft beer scene. Every brewery makes an IPA. Some make several. There are many many IPA's to choose from out there. Thousands. What makes this beer stand out from the others? I think it tastes pretty above average, but like I said, it's one dimensional. There's not a lot of depth. It is good. I could place it in my top ten IPA's, but it definitely wont fall in my top five. To me this doesnt live up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 22:46:25 | More by mitch3114
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured form a Boston Round growler into a pint glass. A nice, 1-finger ecru head appeared and dissipated into a thin ring around the outside of the glass. The color is golden straw in hue, and semi-hazed in texture. Really inviting.

S: Smooth and balanced, with a nice hop citrus blending evenly with an almost orang-juice sweetness. A mild malt character carries the smell through, with other notes of pine forest, wood, earth, and grass. Overall it's light on the nose.

T: Wow, this is not your standard-issue IPA, and yet follows similar flavor profiles. Some intangibles here that definitely kick it up a notch in my book. A nice, even-keeled taste in the mouth with a good hop/malt balance, followed by a slightly sharp swallow, and a bitter aftertaste. Smooth and blended the whole way, with no one flavor dominating. Tastes a lot like it smells. Flavor notes of citrus wedges dusted with sugar, flower petals, some great hop pine/floral notes right at the back of the tongue, and a light grain backbone. Superbly crafted.

M: Smooth, clean, and with just a touch of bite and bitterness on the swallow. It has all of the characteristics of a great IPA without leaning heavily on any one. Well-rounded, easy-drinking, and it feels great in the mouth.

O: This beer has all of the flavor of the IPA without some of the palate-crushing bitterness or harsh strength often seen. It's not a "big" IPA, but it's beauty is in its subtlety. Great flavors that are at times hard to place, but really a delight.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2013 01:08:32 | More by TangTKE402
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3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.
Smells fruity; not just grapefruit, but sweeter.
Tastes fruity as well. No malt to speak of, but despite this it's still tasty and interesting and doesn't just rake the palate with dish soap bitterness. The finish is certainly bitter like any good IPA, but by the end of the glass you notice the fruity hoppy flavor much more than the bite. Well done.
On the scale from balanced, complex beer to one-dimensional hop bomb:

Sierra Nevada Torpedo=Bells Two Hearted > NOLA Mechahopzilla >> Green Flash West Coast IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 23:34:04 | More by ChestSplitter
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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sippin a cool one poured into a pint glass with playoff baseball on tv...

A - Light golden amber, one finger of white lace
S - sweet citrus fruits and floral notes
T - Not a malty brew at all. Centennial hops dominate with a dry citrus and pine on the finish. Easy drinking. Hides the booze well.
M - On the thinner side. No stickiness.
O - Refreshing and easy. Not overfiling. Shining portrait of centennial hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 00:30:25 | More by Beasticles
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this elusive brew...being from the West Coast and all. Excited.

Pours a hazy apricot colored ale with a massive head that breached the glass. Damn! Big time lacing if you like that.

Getting some nice dank hop smell from that get-go. Pineapple, orange, light pear and malt. Some floral.

I must say the best thing about this is the balance. A great blend between bitter and a touch of sweetness. Nice light hoppy finish that is pleasing to the buds and keeps the salivation right on the edge to quench with another sip...only to keep the cycle going.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall this lives up to the rating and the hype. Living on the West Coast I am use to the West Coast style IPA but this is a refreshing turn from the smack in your face grapefruit/hop explosion. A remarkably easy drinking IPA that is a perfect example for breaking in novice IPA drinkers....as well as veterans doing ___(insert your activity). Honored to try this gem and happy to sing it's praises.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 16:47:32 | More by kaseydad
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

.Poured into a Turbinator style glass.

A: Big two finger head that quickly dissipates into an annulus, nice wispy lacing . Golden hue with haze.

S: Grapefruit and bitter citrus. Spicy yeast and gentle toasty malt.

T: Follows nose. Grapefruit and other bitter citrus blends into creamy dry estery/white peppery yeast. Very interesting quaff due to simplicity and good ingredients.

M: Creamy. Dry. Spicy finish. Very faint booziness at ultimate out breath. Don't burb....it ruins this pleasant finish with an astringent quality.

O: One of my favorites. Will seek out more as space in my tasting schedule is limited with the varieties I have available to me with new things coming around all the time.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 18:20:13 | More by Scrapss
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4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For me, this is the gold standard of IPAs. A revelation when I first tried it years ago, and still a reliable top-tier tap choice despite the massive increase in quality local competition throughout the country. There's a reason it has become as popular as it has without a ton of marketing money behind it. Complex, balanced, gorgeous Centennial nose — perfect for anything from a single bottle to a few pints.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 02:51:45 | More by ThreeFloyds
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3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bell's Two Hearted IPA is a decent beer. It pours a hazy golden with thick white head that is lacing. The scent carries fresh pine with slight bitter citrus. The taste starts a very slight bitter then sweetens with the malt used. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 22:27:34 | More by WoodBrew
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 8,707 ratings.