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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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12,091 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,091
Reviews: 3,246
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 719
Gots: 2,349 | FT: 43
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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Photo of EStreet20
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, SA perfect pint.

A - Semi-coudy, golden colored brew with a little orange tinge. Lots of tiny bubbles feed a nice white head. Good retention/lacing.

S - Nice nose. Citrus/floral hop smell. Sweet, fruity ike sugary mlat as well, the citrus balances nicely with it making the beer smell somewhat like pineapple and very inviting.

T - A nice dry IPA. Lets the hops shine through. Bitter taste with some citrus fruits.

M - A nice medium body. Fairly well carbonated bottle conditioned IPA.

D - Very nice, a great combination of the hops/malt plus Bells' house yeast makes this a homerun of an American IPA.

Photo of Trueant1
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Ipa orange color with a nice white head. Not a lot of classic IPA smells going on here. Great bitterness on the tounge with an outstanding malt balance. Resin oils and sweet apricots abound. This is a great tasting Ipa with exceptional balance. Would like to session these very soon.

Photo of dmfrench
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright, crisp, super drinkable resiny grapefruit dIPA.

A: Clear golden body with a persistent one finger white frothy head.

S: A ton of grapefruit and resiny hops and a bit of buttery biscuit malt underneath.

T: Bright, acidic fruity and resiny hops, carried deep into the tongue by carbonation. One of the most crisp beers I've encountered. Light but firm buttery biscuit malt foundation.

M: High carbonation and enough texture to hold on to without being heavy.

D: Perfect balance between flavor and weight.

Photo of orangesol
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a standard pint.

A - Pours clear golden orange with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving thin sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of piney hops up front mix well with a bit of sweet caramel malt and some fresh tropical fruits. Good overall balance of hops and other flavors. A classic and still one of the best.

T - A nice mix of piney and citric hops up front that last thruout the finish. Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit and other citric fruits, and a touch of bready yeast. Finish is quite bitter, lingering for some time. Good overall balance yet still plenty hoppy. Easily one of the best widely available beers out there, regardless of style.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light feel, a bit dry, with lots of lingering bitterness in the finish.

D - I could drink this every day. One of the easiest drinking IPA's on the market. My go to beer when good beer is in short supply.

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

This was a typical good IPA. Having had Bell's Hopslam and enjoying it so much, I am rather jaded drinking other beers. This one had good scent, bite, and flavor but is just missing that extra bit to put it over the top. Bell's still remains a top brewery and is yet to disappoint me.

Photo of BB1313
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this one before. In my opinion, this is just about the perfect IPA. I have a couple others I love just as much, but technically this is just about perfect. Pours a beautiful hazy golden, nice bright white head and good lacing. Smells great, lots of citrus and tropical fruits up front. The flavors are immaculate and subtle. The bitterness from the hops is great, but nowhere over the top. The keyword is balance. Mouthfeel is great, perfect carbonation. It's very smooth, feels medium-bodied, maybe pushing full. Drinkability is off the charts! Alcohol is unnoticeable and the flavors are outstanding, making it very drinkable. All around enjoyable beer, even if IPAs aren't your thing.

I tend to take this beer for granted. I don't drink it nearly as much as I should. What sets this one apart from other IPAs is the flavors and balance. Pure winner from Bell's!

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

A: Amber body with a two finger head. Good lacing.

S: Honey sweetness and grapefruit hops dominate.

T: Taste follow the smell. The grapefruit and tropical fruits are strong, but a soft sweetness is ever present.

D: Easy to down these, the 7% is completely hidden.

Overall: This is the standard no-coast IPA. Bitter, but never puckering; sweet but never cloying. A must try for any hophead.

Photo of ramseye4
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 821 Cafe in Richmond. Pours a thin looking golden color with minimal head but good lacing. Aroma is piney hops, citrussy fruit, typical IPA fare, though very well executed. Bitter hops appear in the taste with grapefruit and mild alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but bitterness is outstanding. Drinkability is through the roof, mild mouthfeel great taste and unnoticeable ABV make this easily downable.

100th review!

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

Bottle poured into a Sniffer.

A - A lovely orange heading towards amber. The head lingers on and leaves significant lacing on the glass.
S - Pine, malt, citrus. As the beer warms, the pine gives way to the malt sweetness.
T - (Cold) - Hop and malt are in great balance, with hops dominating in the end. Aftertaste is bitter and dry. It's very nice.
(Warm) - This beer appears to be more malt forward as it warms, but the hop aftertaste is still there and bold as ever.
M - High carbonation, medium body.
D - This tastes great, but it's a sipping IPA. I couldn't put away more than two of these in a night.

A great IPA that doesn't slap you in the face with hops. It's very well balanced, and at a ABV that should have it in the imperial IPA range. A lovely beer for a cold, snowy night.

Photo of mmercede
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

Photo of IceTrey9785
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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...

Photo of jmvecchio1
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L-Amber with a thick rocky head that dissipates slowly. Leaves nice lacing.

S-Wow! A burst of floral and citrus hops on the nose. This is a wonderfully done West Coast IPA.

T-Crisp and creamy, hoppy (citrus), but with a nice malty/biscuity backbone.

D-Easy drinking beer for IPA lovers.

Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My opinion on this is that If a beer is ever made with a better mouth and drinkability, they'll have to add a 5.5 and 6 to the scale. Good as it gets. Appearance is good but nothing remarkable It's typical of the class in color and top which doesn't warrant a 5. Smell is tangy and citrusy. Hops are prominent and there is some backbone with a decent malt-sweetness there. Taste is very good. Easy on the tongue, while finishing with a very light sweet creaminess. Alcohol is not apparent which added to just the right amount of carbonation, makes the mouthfeel just incredible. So smooth, so drinkable. And not just for a draft or bottle but all night long, all week long, all month long, and any time of year.

Another success for Bells. Their lineup isn't perfect but still stands out as one of the top breweries in my opinion. I hate it when they place sixers of TH in the case beside sixers of DFH 60-min because it forces me to buy both. And at ten bucks, who wouldn't?

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a slightly hazy golden color with a beautiful two-finger head that lasts a while and laces very well.

S: Heavy citrus, light floral hoppiness, and some caramel malt as well for balance.

T: Incredibly juicy grapefruit and orange, mild hoppiness, caramel malts, and some cereal flavor at the end.

M: This has a medium-light body with average carbonation and a smooth finish.

D: Due to the citrus juiciness, this is probably the best IPA I've ever had.

Photo of Stro23m
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me persoanlly this is the perfect IPA, There isnt one bad thing to say about it. This may just be my favorite beer of all time.

I love hops and this beer has plenty but its not overpowering, Bells has blended everything in this beer perfectly from hops to alcohol content.

If you like IPA's this is king of the hill.

*note- this is my opinion please dont get mad im not stating this like its a fact just what i think.

A- Orangeish/Red

S- Hops and citrus

T- hops and love

M- to be 7% this is lovely and easy drinking

D- again being 7% alcohol this beer is easy to drink 6 of for me no problems.

This beer isnt cheap or anything, you may pay 10$ or more a six pack but the quality is there.

I wish more people understood that you have to pay for quality with anything in life.

For instance... you guys do realize theres a reason you can get a 24 pack of keystone light for 13$ right??? the answer being the lack of quality

Photo of welldigger888
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler in to imp. pint,Slight hazed orange goodness hue with a snow white head and good lacing.
Citrusy on the front mid and finish, awesome!
The citrus continous strong wih the right amount of golden bisciut.
Creamy sweet goodness, the carbonation is nice and soft. Medium mouthfeel.
This is a highly sessionable IPA, I love it.

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

Nice blend of hops and sweetness making for a great beer to drink on a weekend night. The initial flavor is a bit hoppy but not in an overwhelming way. Nice color, taste, smell and aftertaste. I would highly recommend this beer with a nice slice of pizza or a good cheese. I am extremely impressed with the smoothness of the taste of a hoppy beer.

Photo of PhatAtUT
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy. not much head. light amber in color.
S: my bottle isnt the freshest. aroma is somewhat faint. biscuity but sweet. citrusy.
T: smooth. not too hoppy. well balanced. not as sweet as the smell.
M: great mouthfeel. not too thin. perfect carbonation.
D: could drink all night.

had it fresher before, but overall an outstanding standard ipa.

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

Presentation: Poured into a 'Deadlift' glass from a growler purchased at Green's off Piney Grove in COLUMBIA, SC. Only 2 weeks old from the brewer! I can't believe I haven't rated this fresh yet!!!

A: Slightly hazy with a nice golden orange color. Thick white head with moderate lacing.

S: Big aroma of floral and citrus hops. Loads of grapefruit and pineapple. Mild sweet fruitiness.

T&M: Very smooth with a moderate body. Crisp and light pale malt. Mainly fruity, hoppy character. Slightly bitter dry finish.

This is not my favorite of the IPA's, but it is excellent and worth every penny.

Photo of beersensei305
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-pours a hazy brone with a big fluffly fomay head with amazing stickniess and retention

b-great citrus hoppy scent but common to most ipas and not awe inspiring but good

t-nice malty charatcter with typical hoppiness good balance grapefruity and piney

m-medium bodied and syrupy

d-its taken me a long time to try this one out because of how common it is. yet i really really enjoy this ipa and will drink this one frequently now

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

Batch 10197, 12 days old according to the batch finder on Bells' website. Fresy fresh, so no excuses. This is an old standby, so time for a review.

Pours a gourgeous golden yellow with just the right amount of little white bubbles (carbonation) that hang on for a while. Nice looking IPA, minimal haze.

Sweet flowers with some tropically influenced (mango?) citrus on the nose. I usually shy away from floral IPAs, but this works really well. The sweetness is stronger than usual. The pine isn't strong.

Tastes are consistent with the nose. Floral sugars (what I imagine nectar from a flower to taste like), wrapped with some mango citrus, with just a bit of pine. Not much resin. Bitterness in check. The sweetness is light, it's not syrupy or thick. Clean and crisp, 12 days old helping that. No buttery notes.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. ABV in my IPA sweet spot.

Quite a well crafted IPA. I generally prefer more enamel peeling pine and resin, but that's personal preference. I have always enjoyed drinking this beer. It's a good gateway beer for non-craft people too, have converted a few with this one.

Photo of coachdonovan
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back when I was just getting into craft beer, I remember seeking out this beer because it was so highly rated. I probably didn't know much about beer styles then, and I scoffed at the label description, "incredibly floral hop aroma," because who the hell wants his beer to smell like flowers? But at the first sniff (and sip) I was sold. Now let's see how this holds up seven or eight years later.

Pours a light gold that brings fruit to mind- apricot, peach. Pretty close to clear as the tiny bubbles float up. Head settles quickly and is the color of not-quite-fresh snow. Of course now I understand that hops don't smell like flowers, but this beer smells like hops, although it's not as pungent as others I've come across. The hops aren't scathing on the tongue, and the finish is fairly clean, and I get some late malt sweetness.

I'd like to try a fresher version of the beer - this one was bottled about nine months ago. At the end of the day it's still good and will always have a special place in my heart, but it makes me sad that it doesn't stack up with IPAs I've had since then.

Photo of AwYeh
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy apricot-golden color with one finger of foamy white head. Nice lacing and lots of carbonation bubbles flowing.

S: Orange, pineapple and grapefruit form a powerful hop combo to start things off, and then are joined by a healthy touch of pine and some lightly toasted caramel malts. Well balanced and enjoyable, this one comes close to a 5.

T: Caramel malts just a bit more noticeable here in the front of the body, but hop bitterness quickly floods the palate- more grapefruit and pine especially, with a piny, slightly earthy finish.

M: Medium body; lively, tingly carbonation compliments the bitter taste excellently. Semi-dry, bitter finish coats the palate.

D: A great beer, and one I return to frequently. While I love the bitter qualities of this beer in a glass or two, that's usually enough for me to have my fill, even if I'll be back next week for more.

Photo of mavbrew
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Brooklyn snifter, labeled 10155 on bottle.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a finger thick, off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves lace retention.

S: This beer has more of a citrus scent to it than a hop scent, unlike Hopslam, but it has a slight floral hop scent to it.

T: The taste is like the nose, there are some citrus notes up front, which are followed by the sweet malts. The hops show up in the finish and leave bitters long after, the finish is also slightly dry.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a smooth and crisp feel throughout.

D: This is a nicely balanced beer, not a trace of alcohol. Starts off sweet and finishes bitter and drinks really smooth and crisp. Not sure if having a Hopslam beforehand hurt the scoring or not, but it is good nonetheless.

Photo of henryd30
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a shaker and the aroma is AWESOME. The pour yielded a 3 finger head that has only half dissipated after 1 full minute.

S: It's like orange grapefruit salad that is served on a pine bough.

T: I just took my first sip - very flavorful - probably a little stronger than I expected from both a hops and sheer flavor standpoint. Initially bitter but finished smooth. I would say hoppy up front with a smooth finish, almost sweet malt aftertaste.

M: Smooth and crisp.

D: Really enjoy the beer, as a relative noob to craft beer, I can see from this example what all the buzz is about. Will have another...now!

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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