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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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11,082 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,082
Reviews: 3,105
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 611
Gots: 1,637 | FT: 42
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 soulgrowl
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Tall, strong, meringuey ivory-yellow head that lasts quite a long time, and appears quite Belgian in structure. Body is orange and finely clouded.

Smell: Very yummy hops giving off a wide range of flavors - orange zest, lemon, mint, lavender, and a distinct, zesty note of ginger (very nice). Floral, citric, spicy - a bright and winsome hop bouquet backed by honey, gingerbread, and deliciously juicy caramel apple notes.

Taste: All those bright, tasty hop flavors from the nose are here, with an emphasis on orange. Despite hop dominance throughout, the sweetness adequately balances but never cloys, while providing a fruity, juicy sweet flavor. A hint of cinnamon and clove adds to the complexity and lush sweet-and-spicy character.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and medium bodied; well-tuned to the flavor.

Drinkability: Excellent, flavorful, balanced, robust, and of course, very drinkable.

soulgrowl, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was the first and only so far beer I have had from Bell's. I have to say I am very impressed. A great buddy and fellow BA recommended this one since he knows I love IPA's and that Dogfish Head 90 minute is my favorite. He said this was better than DFH-90, but I have to say it does fall a little short of that mark for me. Don't get me wrong I loved the beer, but it did not have that fruity lick your lips dimension.

This beer was poured into a Duvel glass and had a nice 1 inch head that dissapated into a thin lacing that never left. So far, so good! The smell was good with a clean hoppy, but not overbearing aroma. This calls to you and says - "don't be scared, I won't bite." This is definately a cross-over beer for anyone afraid of IPA's.

The mouthfeel is a little watery for my liking. I think it is refreshing - but you have to understand that my ideal beer is DOUBLE IPA so anything short of a 9% ABV hopped to absolute perfection is going to feel a little watery to me. At least I am honest.

Ok, so back to Bell's 2 Hearted Ale. I think the finish ends a little too abruptly for me. I would like this beer a bit better if it had a little more depth of flavor. But if you are looking for a beer you can basically drink all day and tastes amazing this is it.

I would recommend it to anyone and I would definately buy more than a sixer. Enjoy!

PerzentRizen, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- O'Reilly's Irish Pub

from notes

A- 16 oz draft arrives at my table an amber gold color. A nice little lacing is left behind on my glass.

S- a hoppy grapefruit/orange aroma. Very citrusy. slight malts that have hints of toffee or caramel.

T- A hoppy grapefruit. it tastes like i actually bit into a grapefruit. orange or coriander. slight bready/biscuit rounds out.

M- juicy yet dry. hoppy and citrusy.

D- easy to put down and very smooth. a six pack would be great.

Dodo2step, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of trill
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of tayner, probably the most generous lady in the history of ever.

Pours from the bottle clear and golden, with a small, bubbly head. Aroma is mild but fragrant hops, more floral and grassy that citrusy. There's also a lot of malt there, honey, fresh bread, and a hint of lemon juice. Taste is soft, mild, but dominant bitterness, backed by some very flavorful malt that tastes almost like pancakes or waffles. Nice tea-like flavor around the edges. Mouthfeel is balanced, carbonation not-quite-prickly, more viscous than most IPA's, but the strong bitterness in the finish keeps it to style.

trill, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

floral hops in abundence, this is bid and bitter and hides the alcohol well, this starst sweet and has a smothness in all areas of the beer, this is about as good as it gets. this beer is one that i have to get more of for sure. i want to thank my aunt and uncle for bringing me home this beer from vacation. this is a beer that i could drink every day if it were avalable heer.

orcasteve, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is hazy but brightly golden-orange with an off-white head. Great lacing. Aroma...ahhhh...take a big whiff of citrusy-orange and lucious Centennial hops along with semi-sweet biscuity malts. Flavor is bursting with those lucious hops. There's almost a juciness to the mouthfeel from the flavorful hops and semi-sweet "graham cracker-like" malts. Hop bitterness is moderate but very smooth so that the finish is semi-dry and not harsh at all which makes it very refreshing.

beerkittycat, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of brewmudgeon
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


1/27/11; just picked up some 8 day old 2 hearted. as with the hopslam this year, the nose is a little muted despite the freshness. not as bad as batch, 9725 was it? but it's not the floral punch i was expecting. still a very good and friendly ipa. looking forward to getting some fresh lakefront and letting these 2 go head to head--over the course of several batches.

4.5 orangy amber, great lacing
4.5-5 pine, mixed citrus, abundance, some nougetiness (like smuttynose ipa), something a little puckering in the smell. [of late, though, a bit too much pale sweetness] [then sometimes very little nose at all]
4-4.5 recall thinking this beer seemed a little powdery and challenging, but not this time. there is only the slightest hint of that quality--perhaps a fresher bottle? wonderful flowery citrusy finish. maybe a touch on the sweet side? the batches also vary considerably one to another. not exactly a reliable beer.
4.5 medium body with some hoppy slickness, near perfect carbonation.
4 (from 4.5) yeah, this is a good one for sure. shouldn't have stayed away so long. the first 6-pack was likely old, particularly given the source (b it only). [as of 2010, less impressed despite trying several different batches. never know what you're going to get.]

earlier review:

i don't really care too much what the beer looks like, unless it has the look of infection or total flatness. this one looked fine, though the head was gone pretty quick.
earthiness in the smell complementing the cascade aromas
calibrated more to the bitterness and earthiness than sweetness, which i often appreciate in an ipa. there may be something of a powdery quality, or does it just get so dry it seems that way? either way, i find it pleasant.
the carbonation is lively but not overdone, and the body is about medium.
the firm bitterness and drying finish generally help drinkability, but this one can be puckering and demanding on the palate.

brewmudgeon, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of wheatyweiss
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours a medium straw, with a nice pillowy head that recedes slowly.

Aroma is of hops up front and caramel malt. Sweet clover honey and yeast.

Taste is astringent hops FOLLOWED by malt. Piney, citrus hops with a grassy fresh bite. Caramel malt with a biscuit flavor that rides in the background. Hops are a little overpowering here. The hops make the beer a little soapy, almost acidic.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, good and clean.

A good ale. Not great, good.

wheatyweiss, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of RedChrome
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange colored body. White thick head was and inch and a half and faded slowly. A few streams of average sized carbonation. Sticky clumps of lace.

A very nice hops oil aroma was strong up front. Pine needle scents blended very nice with a light citrus blend. A very minor sweet biscuit presence in the very end.

A super hop explosion. Citric flavors are mainly grapefruit. Pine resin taste is a bit subdued from the aroma. A minor bread taste, but slightly underpowered.

A sticky thick fluid on the surfaces. Carbonation has a hard time holding against the thickness.

A very good brew. Great with a plate of mild buffalo wings. A nice offering from Bell's. A bit unbalanced, but some good flavors nonetheless.

RedChrome, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of mashedpotatoes
2.7/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is orange-ish haze. Head wells up to a solid 3 finger pillow on a regular pour. Smell is incredibly citrusy. Taste is even more citrusy, like a mixture of lemon and orange rinds. Lots of complicated floral notes but most notably are the hops, just exploding all over the place. Mouthfeel is not bad, average thickness with actually quite a pleasant aftertaste. Drinkability is just average I would say due to the complicated flavor and high Abv%.

mashedpotatoes, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Biggness
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a semi cloudy amber with a 2 fingered head with tons of lacing. The smell is very nice, hints of vanilla and citrusy hops. The flavor as well is very nice, I only get a hint of the vanilla which I got from the nose, a wonderful level of citrusy hops mixed in with a solid malt backbone. The mouthfeel is nice, I did a heavy pour and it still seems a little overcarbonated. A highly drinkable beer and I wish it was available on Long Island!

Biggness, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, orange color with a moderate sized off-white head. Aroma is very floral hoppy with citrus fruits. The hops are definitely citrusy sweet with some orange, grapefruit and lemon and a soft finish. Slight bitterness and rather easy drinking. I'd definitely get it again.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of ClassicBrad
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite IPAs and a great brewery. The beer is a hazy, burnt orange with a healthy head that simmers down to a sticky lacing, smells primarily of citrusy, tart hop presence, and drinks like a beautifully balanced IPA. The mouthfeel leaves no more to be desired and an easy drink. Very enjoyable and a definite go to in any future hop fixes.

Bell's continues in their steak of solid brews.

ClassicBrad, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of SilentSabre
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a haul the the guy across the road from me brought back from a trip he took. Many thanks to him (Bill) for sharing a few bottles with me.
This looked okay, but honestly, I expected a little bit darker colour. Head was very nice, though, being a white, pillowy, froth that stuck around for a good 4 minutes. Perhaps longer. It could be a shade or two darker, but head retention was unmatched!
Smell was freshly sawn pine timber. Period. Lots of hops in the nose. Maybe a modest measure of grapefruit rind, but I got mostly pine resin. Nice, if it is a hop explosion that you seek. Hop flavour is actually much more modest than I was anticipating up front, then becoming a bit more assertive in the middle, with a nice, even if a little muted, malt character showing itself a few seconds after you swallow. Somewhat balanced, I suppose. A good beer that I am very glad I finally got the opportunity to try.

SilentSabre, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of kennyo
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours with a nice 3/4" white soapy/foamy head that sticks to the glass or the entire beer. A deep gold color, clear, carbonaton bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Carbonation level appriate for style. Beautiful hop aroma. Sweet malt taste, nice hop bitterness on back of throat and tongue. A snmooth, very good drinking ale.

kennyo, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Ryanbob
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper with a fair amount of haze. Poured into imperial pint glass with a small head.

Smell - Mild citrus hoppiness.

Taste - A full on bright, citrus hoppiness up front. Highly carbonated with a nice smooth bubblebath mouthfeel. Lingering earthy bitterness in the aftertaste. As the beer warms more sweet, nutty grains come out, but the hops are the star of this show.

Picked this one up on a vacation to Michigan. This is a great hoppy ale. I was expecting something milder and was pleasantly surprised. Thank you Michigan & Bells.

Ryanbob, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A heavily-hazed gorgeous sunset orange beer. A dollop of barely offwhite head lays on top of this one and fades at an average pace, huge sheets of sticky white lacing left in its wake. Truly an attractive and inviting beer.

Aroma: Sweet, crisp but smooth malts, strawberries, orange and lemon notes, faint tropical fruits, floral aromatics,

Taste: Pale, creamy, sweet malts, a steady and solid but not overwhelming level of bitterness, and an array of floral, leafy, and citrusy notes that change as the beer warms. There's plenty of tart citrus and orange zest, a strong herbal note that stays with you throughout the sip, and plenty of lighter estery notes. A pretty complete hop profile, and an impressive array flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very milky and creamy, and therefore necessarily smooth. Not as oily or slick as you'd imagine it probably should be with this level of hops. A pleasant-feeling beer.

Drinkability: I've reviewed this one out of the bottle before - how does it compare on tap? It looks a lot nicer - the colors and head are both superior. Everything else seems to be pretty much the same, however. Guess this is one that holds up well, either way. Not my favorite IPA, but definitely a solid example of the style, and one of the better Bell's brews. Still recommended!

CrellMoset, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 8619 (packaged on 7.10.08) purchased on 08.02.08 from Steve's Licker in Madison, WI.
Cloudy orange with a teriffic glowing 2 fingers of near-white head. Smell of citrus, apricots and freshly baked pretzels.
A faint touch of wheat on the tip of my tongue, followed by a lovely array of chalky, citrus and pine hop flavor. The flavor is very apparent, yet somehow restrained by the malt that is there. Very long lasting on the palate too, and finishes very hoppy. Touch of soft pretzel malt taste in the mouthfeel, somehow in the middle of the hop beauty. Spotty lacing in the glass. Extremely drinkable for a 7% IPA with this much flavor.

RustyDiamond, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got on tap at American Ale House in State College, PA

A: Deep copper with a slight white head that leaves a nice lace

S: Smell of very nice floral hops along with a good amount of citrus hops

T: Taste is initially of citrus hops, but it blends nicely with a malt sweetness and minor caramel. The finish is of a piney hop taste that leaves a dryness feeling

Overall a great IPA

treyrab, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a beautiful clear copper gold color with a thick frothy white head. It looks like a marketing photo of a beer in the glass. If it had some more lacing, I would give it a 5.

S: An abundance of citrus and piney hop aromas dominate the nose. Orange is the most noticeable of the citrus aromas to me. It has just the right amount of grainy malt aroma to mix with the hops. One of the more pleasantly smelling beers I can recall.

T: This is a very good beer. The hops and malts are extremely balanced. In fact, possibly the most balanced IPA I can recall tasting. The only reason I didn't give this one a 5 is because I was hoping for more of the citrus flavor from the hops instead of the pine flavor. That might be a bit picky, but I would still drink this one as often as possible if I didn't have to get it from another state.

M: Medium body beer with just the right amount of carbonation. It is enjoyable to roll around in the mouth.

D: IPAs may not generally be the most drinkable style with the amount of hops they have. This one is so balanced that the drinkability is outstanding. The alcohol is well hidden in this one as well. I could easily knock back 6 of these (if I could actually buy them here).

GatorBeerNerd, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of johnd513
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am reviewing this beer from the bottle but I am also a big fan of the mini kegs which my family traditionally gets around Christmas time. This beer pours an amber color with a huge thick creamy white head. Smells and tastes citrusy (and of course hops!). Orange flavors are present as well as a wonderful chewy hop flavor. The drinkability is high on this one. I could easily drink three of these but the abv is too high for it to be a session beer for me. This beer is very well balanced and has a clean taste to it. This is a beer that I go back to more than others. By far one of my favorite IPA's. Highly recommended.

johnd513, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the great IPAs, this beer consistently lives up to its reputation.

Pours a clear medium amber with a fluffy white head and nice lacing.

Lots of citrus hops, also some pine hops mixed with a clear malt backbone. Extremely well balanced and inviting.

And so is the taste. Exceptionally well balanced all the way through. The citrus hops dominate the front with the piney bite in the back, and a crisp sweet maltiness throughout. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel is clean with a light lingering hoppiness. A great sessionable beer, well almost as it's a bit high in ABV but it does not wear out the palate even after a few.

Great beer.


sholland119, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark gold with a foamy white head that holds and laces beautifully. The smells is a wonderful aroma of hops. This is truly a fantastic smell of sweet citrusy hops. The taste is again all hops. The Centennial flavor is amazing! There is medium-full bodied with some nice carbonation and a bit of dryness. Overall just amazing on drinkability if I could get this locally, I would drink it all the time.

MSchae1017, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from Reed415 in a recent trade. Thanks!

Pours a cloudy dark shade of gold with a thick, creamy, frothy two-finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving lots of lacing.

There's a lot of floral hops in the aroma, as well as grapefruit, orange zest, mango, and some sweet caramel in the background.

Taste begins with some sweet but bitter grapefruit before some caramel malts balances things out. Lots of grassy, floral hops and citrus flavors, with a bit of toasted bread, before a long, dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly oily.

Just about perfect drinkability. A wonderful IPA that I will definitely seek out again.

MrMonkey, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- golden to orange with a small white head on it.

S- very strong odor of citrus piny floral hops.

T- grapefruit and strong citrus hops finish with a balanced malt start. very bitter aftertaste

M- medium bodied with good carbonation

D- very easy to drink and refreshing. one of the better IPAs ive come across recently and im glad i picked this one up. especially since two hearted is one of the bells that wont be coming to IL, at least not right away

jwinship83, Aug 09, 2008
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,082 ratings.