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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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11,652 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,652
Reviews: 3,140
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 646
Gots: 1,894 | FT: 41
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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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an orangeish yellow, not as dark as the almost amber color of many american ipas. Pour provides a one nad a half finger off white head that sticks around until the beer is finished. Lacing is there, but not as sticky as the head suggested it would be.

The beer is very hoppy, with a slight malty sweetness that helps keep it balanced enough for someone who loves hops as much as i do. Grapefruit and pine are the strongest notes up front, with some nice traces of citrus showing up towards the end of the flavor.

Medium bodied, with a nice coaty mouthfeel. Carbonation keeps the beer very alive and enjoyable, but never becomes so noticeable it takes away from the tasting notes.

Awesome brew for hopheads. absolutely delicious.

Photo of Kitt
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle, a nice golden color. White colored head a bit weak but persistent and frothy. Decent lacing.

Aroma rich, strong, malty, with hops and a hint of citrus. Can't wait to dive in!

Initial taste very pleasing and strong. Rich hops but not overly bitter. Leaves a somewhat unique aftertaste of rich sweet malt rather than strong bitter hops like I'm used to in an AIPA --somewhat of a surprise, yet still very refreshing. A lingering citrus background as well. Overall, an eclectic and well balanced flavor!

Mouthfeel very good. Crisp yet very light carbonation. Actually, about right to balance the rich malt flavor.

Drinkability very good. Goes down easy and smooth with good viscosity for this style.

Overall, this AIPA is a bit off-flavor as the style goes. Hops don't linger long and they are not particularly bitter. I prefer a much stronger bitter-tone in an AIPA. Still, this beer is rich and full of flavor.

Photo of willPS21
4.5/5  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.

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

Served in a pint glass at the Buckeye Beer Engine.

Poured a cloudy honey yellow with an orange hue. The head was perfect, two fingers of thick white beauty that stuck around throughout most of the glass. Lots of heavy lacing. The aroma was just as beautiful as the appearance. Lots of sweet tropical fruits, pine, slight hint of citrus, dough, and a wood pulp scent. Very complex and balanced. The flavors follow suit with the nose. Very pleasant and great balance of the flavors. Lots of hop flavors mixed well with the malty sweetness. It has a medium body, it feels creamy almost; must be the cask. It has a nice bitter finish. Each sip begs you to take another. So many subtle flavors, each on teasing you to figure them out. Nice body, not to heavy. Goes very well with pup grub.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden color with an intense, thick,soapy white heading. Lacing is just a mess all over the glass and leaves ringlets all the way to the last drop.

Smell is extremely hoppy with a quick follow up of sweet almost sugary maltiness.Fruity aroma's in there,as well as some bubblegum aroma before immediately being caught by the heavy bitter hoppiness.

Taste is a bit off. A very smooth but yet flat taste. Kind of one dimensional. IT is very hoppy and bitter but there is almost no malty backbone that can balance out this amazing hoppiness.

Mouth I would say is lighter bodied with intense carbonation. Slight oiliness that coats the palate and keep it green.

Drink is good. This is easily a session beer and can be enjoyed at anytime but can be a little sneaky.

To me if you can get this on tap it is much better.Something a tad off when bottled.

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

Served in an imperial pint glass

A: Pour a golden yellow/light orange color with 1.5-2 inches of white foam. Long lasting fine lacing on glass during drinking.

S: Strong grapefruit and citrus, light pine and floral hop aroma. Overall, somewhat delicate smelling.

T: Brief malt flavor on the front,almost biscuit-like, pleasant pine and citrus hops. Very well balanced.

M/D: light bodied without being thin. Pleasant bitterness left in the back of your throat. Very smooth, easy to drink. Refreshing. Almost, too easy. I could drink this all day long.

Photo of
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Two Hearted poured into standard pint glass garners big foamy off-white head three fingers high. The color of the brew is lighter than one would expect from a big flavorful IPA, something almost close to a macro brew. One whiff of this lad and there is no doubt that Two Hearted is not some crappy macro brew. Fine white silky lacing is left on my glass as I sip away. An abundance of floral hops hits the nose hard. Two Hearted is one of the best smelling beers in all the land. The first swig of this brew and you will be about knocked over by the hop punch. Citrus and piney hop notes continue to evolve and make this one of the best IPA's available. Two Hearted has a level mouthfeel that easily hides the 7% ABV. The drinkabilitiy is dangerously smooth as Two Hearted has lead to too many rough mornings by people who have mistakenly made Two Hearted their session beer for an evening.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a clear strong golden color with some orange hues. A nice white head of about 1 inch is presented with some chunky bubbles. The head is nice and sticky.

S - Some nice grainy hints are intermingled with the citric and grapefruit hints form the hops. There are some pine notes as the nose finishes off. Some flowery hints as well with the rest of the mellow nose.

T - The taste is very similar to the nose expect for that the taste is a little more vivid. Begins with some nice grain like malt character that is matched with some citric and mild grapefruit rind hints. Pretty simple IPA but still good. Although I like Bells HopSlam I feel like their year-round IPA is Amazing.

M & D - Light body with nice CO2 and a light and subdued feel. Refreshing with a slightly higher ABV.

Photo of bartle
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle batch #9345
Thanks Mike!!!

This pours a beautiful rustic amber - orange witch a very dense white head with great retention and beautiful lacing. Very clear.

The aroma is citrus of grapefruit, tangerines, navel oranges, hints of mangoes and a very pleasant bouquet of pine finish. There is a very faint sense of vanilla that wafts in and out of the nose with the light malt background. I love centennial hops!

This is bitter on the front on the tongue. The pine and florals strike first, the middle is the orange, grapefruit rind, and tangerines, a great balance of caramel sweetness from the malt. That touch of vanilla from the nose. Very balanced, but hop forward. This is juicy and on the sweet side, not astringent or dry.

This is full bodied, moderately creamy and some sugar left on the palate. No hot sensations from the alcohol.

This is my favourite "go to" beer. For a 7%ABV it does not taste like that. It really is juicy and bitter, with a superb malt backing. Balanced! Delicious.

Photo of mjaskula
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours golden with an off-white head that thins and leaves some nice lacing. I would have liked it to be a little darker, as it is a bit pale.

The hop aroma in this beer is just amazing. Floral, citrusy and fruity sweet and strong. The flavor has plenty of bitterness, but it's not over the top, it's nice and balanced with malt. Mouthfeel is dry, leaving you wanting more. It's not overly bitter, so it's very drinkable. One of my new favorites.

Photo of rawthar
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

A- Nice amber, sandy color, transluscent, yet clear. The one-finger head doesn't last long, but the bubbly collar clings.

S- Killer hop aroma, equal parts dry pellets and juicy citrus. Reminds me of what a tangerine orchard would smell like at the first blossom of the year, with a bit of piney, grassy bite. Hints of sugary malts run right to the top of the nasal cavity. This is one of the best there is.

T- Definitely driven by the hops, but these hops create some complex flavors. The hints of citrus are still there, but the flavor doesn't exhibit quite the sweetness of the aroma. There's a bit of a cough syrup flavor hidden in there. If you like your hops bitter, you can find it here, but the balance here ensures you don't leave with a bitter look on your face.

M- A nice, smooth, creamy carbonation (almost like a Boddington's or Guinness) without that sharp edge that some of the more bubbly beers display.

D- Awesome at home for a single during the week, even better out at McShea's on draft for an extended drink.

Photo of Brez07
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass

A: A nice golden orange that has a 1 finger white head. This however does not last long. I didn't notice much lacing while drinking

S: Sweet hop profile. Some bready malts. Also citrus (orange and grapefruit) and maybe a little apple

T: Hop and citrus (mostly orange) dominate the palate. A nice sweet fruit taste that blends nice with the kick of hops

M: Light to medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Dry, crisp and nicely carbonated

D: So smooth and easy to drink. A top 5 IPA for me

Photo of Evocatus
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a white head about a cm in thickness. Aroma has a mix of citrus fruits, hops, and sweet malts. Taste was a mix of citrus "juice", alcohol, and hops. However, the taste wasn't that strong, a bit watery. Thickness was good, not too much excess carbonation. For a 7%, isn't too strong, could drink anytime.

Photo of joshstevens87
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a yellow slight orange with a inch or so white head which leaves a nice lacing
S-big hops witha blend of grapefruit and pine which comes off very full and complex with a little bit of a biscut malt in the background
T-again a big hop presence with a nice malt backbone very complex yet still very refrshing
M-very light with a good carbonation when comined with the hop presence gives a very rough fell in your mouthvery refreshing
D- highly drinkable, very light and refreshing while still providing a big ipa hop presence a great balance of ipa flavor while still being very refreshing

Photo of kreeper
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light with a clean head, clean/crisp, but with a BOLD taste.
Bell's has many great brews which I enjoy, but this one stands out...
A great beer, I had plenty of these to know it is one my top 10 brews!.
very nice aroma and Bold taste, great from the tap or bottle.

Photo of klkatz
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to what I would call a light honey color. The smell is amazing, a floral, citrusy aroma - that smells like hops... if you've ever had a handful of hop pellets - that's what it smells like.

Crisp taste, very hoppy at first, but not late, but the taste does stay a good while... decent mouthfeel.

definitely my type of beer.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, pale yellow with a slight orange hue and a white head that fades gradually, becoming patchy. Nice, thick ring remains around the perimter, however. Good lacing.
Smell is strong, floral hops with a good amount of malts accompanying. Notes of pineapple, pine come in with the hops as well.
Taste is assertive hops with a strong malt profile. Acidic citrus notes, with pineapple and some lemon peel, perhaps a bit of orange peel as well. Good malt backbone. Touch of alcohol in the taste.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with some good bite midway through. Slightly sticky on the finish. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is very good. Very well-balanced, and easy to drink for a fairly high ABV IPA. Tasty.

Photo of greengorilla
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at a restaurant bar while waiting on my table. It was poured from a bottle into a pilesner glass.

It is a golden amber color with a nice thick head.

The smell is awesome. The combination of citrisy grapefruit and bitter hops is great.

I love the taste. It is one of the best tasting beers that I have ever had.

The mouthfeel was great and it went down way too easy to have such a high alcohol content.

This is a great beer.

Photo of cratez
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, FL. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick ring of foamy white head and threads of lacing on the pint glass. Smell and taste are flowery hops, pineapple, mango, tangelo, fresh oranges, sweet pale malts, and mildly bitter white grapefruit to finish. Juicy, crisp mouthfeel has an citric hop bite. Lots of fruit flavour, not much dryness. Unusually refreshing for an IPA. One of the rare examples that would appeal to beer geeks and newbies alike. I can see why this is a Top 100 U.S. beer.

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

Picked up a sixer from BevMo in early January for $10.49. Part of Batch 9463 born on 11-23-09.

Beer poured a golden orange with a two finger head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is a wonderful mix of floral hops and malts - still quite pungent even towards the end of the bottle! Taste is very well balanced. Cereal malts blend wonderfully with piney and citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth. Drinkability is very good. This is one of the best balanced IPAs I have ever had. At 7.0 abv it is definitely not sessionable but dangerously drinkable - found that out while drinking it on tap at Old Chicago a few weeks back! I am so happy the Cubs have Spring Training here in Arizona!

Photo of evansrdbrew
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on: 2/23/10
7.0% ABV
12 oz. in pint glass

A= Beautiful fine-bubbled (mostly) 1/2" head which dissapiated leaving a nice lace on the glass. A single layer of tiny bubbles covers the top of this deep warm yellow slightly opaque brew.

S= Nice tangerine-citrus aroma with a light malt aroma. Very nice and fresh smelling.

T= Hop Dominate the profile! Citrus-grapefruit, with a good piney finish. Fantastic hop flavor and a very quiet malt flavor.

MF= Good tingle on the tongue. Delicious lasting bitterness. Nice light coating of the entire mouths. WONDERFUL!! has a little late dryness.

D= Highly drinkable IPA. Taste and mouthfeel bring you back sip after sip, and glass after glass.

Overall, my favorite offering from Bell's and a go to beer.

Photo of xjapanhomebrewx
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

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

Enjoyed at Taste of Tops with fellow BA tlay88.

The beer pours a mostly clear pale straw yellow, with no bubbles and a white head that seems to linger a long time, but has little stickiness and lacing.

Wow, the hops! Pine, lemons, and a candy sweetness caress the nose, and I can get the aroma from inches away.

In the taste, hops again lead the way with a muted citrus bitterness reminiscent of lemon pith. There's also an interesting sweet coconut flavor and a certain earthiness, like potatoes. This beer has the complexity of a good vodka.

THe body is somewhat light, but active carbonation wakes you up and leads you into the bright, clean finish.

This is one easy-drinking IPA. I could sip this one all night while shooting the shit with friends -- which is precisely what I did.

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

Bottle into pint glass:

A: Slightly hazy body with creamy head with great lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops with a sweet malt. Subtle, but pleasant.

T: Citrus and pine hops remain the most prominent, along with an herbal dose. There's a nice balance of yeasty spice and some sweetness of vanilla and honey.

M: A bit sticky, almost cloying. Long, lasting finish.

D: Good hops, good malt, good spice. Very easy, yet very flavorful. I'm really interested in trying this fresh on tap.

Photo of boudreaux
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours 3 finger-thick head; thick, puffy, leaves clear lacing on surface; beer looks dark-golden, with haze from bottle-conditioning.

S: hop overload (in a good way); sweet, candied citrus fruit flavor; piney notes; FRESH.

T: hop blast, and all the other things i mentioned about the smell; additional astringent alcohol notes.

M: creamy, but surprisingly smooth

D: uh-oh; too drinkable for a beer with this amount of alcohol.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,652 ratings.