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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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11,444 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,444
Reviews: 3,124
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 632
Gots: 1,792 | 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 ipazilla
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After reading the reviews for this beer I went out and bought a six pack. This beer has a nice floral smell and taste with a golden color. It was exceptionally smooth especially when poured in a glass. If you like a lighter body Ipa but still crave a nice pine/citrus finish this is a good beer to try.

ipazilla, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

like my bottles of hopslam, this one had a protracted wait, as it took FOREVER for my trade with jnn4v to come through (was originally expecting arrival in early march, but ended up having to wait until MID-MAY). some of his reasons were understandable, some not as much...

12oz bottle w batch code 8965. (bottled feb 3, 2009) tasted in late may 2009.

deep golden straw color, w tints of orangey honey. hazy (despite decanting). massive off-white head, recedes to rocky, fluffy multiple mini-meringues, and never really fades. good lacing, sometimes splotchy, and also with clumps of foam left on the side from the meringues.

aroma: citrusy and piney even on pouring. lots of fresh grapefruit zest and rind, plust actual citrus flesh fruitiness, blending w apple esters plus a mild caramelized maltiness underneath.

taste: bright fruity grapefruit and pine upfront, getting resinous towards the finish, w bold, snappy bitterness. malt is a bit thin in comparison, though still pleasant in its own right, just not exactly enough to balance fully.

medium body, with just quick moments of watery thinness. astringent resins, made more prominent with mild to moderate, tingly carbonation.

looks like this one held up okay.

tai4ji2x, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of fropones
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A golden orange-ish yellow pale (duh) pour with a finger and a half of white head that went down with a lot of lacing to a thin layer on top. The smell was absolutely delicious. The best smelling beer I think I've come across. Pine and sweetness, some grapefruit, a bushel of hops. Taste was overpowering at first, but after a few sips I've come to quite enjoy it. Same tastes as the smell would suggest, with a fair amount of bitterness. Finishes dry, with a delicious taste on my tongue. Silky light-medium body that allows the beer to be drank very easily. Extremely drinkable, especially for over 7% abv.

fropones, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with a white, foamy, two finger head with a nice sticky lace. Smell is grapefruit and floral hops. Taste is much like the aroma, but some sweet malt comes through, and also some orange flavor. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, and very good drinkability. This is equally good in the bottle or on tap.

hardy008, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of tomspalla
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful IPA. Very representative of the American style. Hoppy but not overly bitter with a nice floral aroma. It opens up with warmth and pairs well with spicy dishes. I highly recommend picking this beer up if you can. The hops will keep it fresh for a long time but this beer sure goes down well on a hot day.

tomspalla, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of huguey
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say? I love this guy.

On tap at the Village Inn, Gambier OH.

A: Copper, dark copper, white head, amazing lace.

S: hops, pine, bitterness, acidic in a great way.

T: bites hard, spicey and sweet.

M: the hop oil gave it a deceptively thick taste

D: I bought a pitcher.

huguey, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 9110, packaged April 27, 2009 (about four months ago) and purchased at Merchants in Dearborn MI in early July. Pours slightly murky honey-gold with a two finger dense and foamy beige head, sheet lace and good retention. Not much visible carbonation. Nose is very impressive with floral notes and a strong candy floss sweet aroma that's really quite delightful.

First taste impression was of alcohol with a barley-wine style caramel sweetness, layered and smooth with nice balance and low acidity. Very, very smooth texture and tasty. Dry aftertaste with slight astringency in the finish suggestive of brazil nut. If the alcohol had not been so much in evidence, I'd have scored it higher on drinkability. Overall, a very nice IPA that drinks more like a DIPA or a barley wine IMHO; I'd like to try this a bit fresher next time around. Certainly worth the accolades it has garnered on this site.

ThatWineGuy, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received after a friends visit home. Thank you, Mara.

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy, cloudy orangeish-yellow with just over an inch of white head that dissipated quickly, leaving a medium amount of lacing.

A very nice piney hop aroma greets the nose, with a hint of citrus mixed in. The flavors are very similar to the aromas, lots of pine and citrus, little malt, just amplified.

The body was typical for the style, not light or full. Drinkability was a little better than average since this is not a tastebud burner of an IPA. As with the other 2 Bells brews I received, if this were locally available to me I would drink it in my regular rotation.

beertunes, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance is nothing special. looks more like a pils, lager, or a golden ale than an ipa. light gold/yellow all the way through with a puffy white head that has good retention and laces the glass nicely. smells of citrusy hops, lots of hops. fruity sweet.

a great mixture of sweet fruitiness and bitter hops. both the sweet and the bitter complement the other throughout. strawberry and apricot up front, with a nice orange flavor through the middle that gives way to a hoppy, grapefruit bitterness. this is the way ipas are supposed to taste. absolutely delicious.

mouthfeel is good. medium-bodied, and carbonated well. drinkability is through the roof, of course, especially at this time in the summer.

jdklks, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i'd had it before, but here we are again for a review- poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: yields a finger and a half of fluffy white head. the body is a slightly hazy light orange - yellow. leaves a nice layer of lace on the backside of the glass.

smells really nice and hoppy. big blast of citrus dry hops! i can catch some sweetness in there as well from the malt but not too much.

obviously there's a nice nice hop flavor in there. like the aroma - big and citrusy. the hop bitterness is not nearly as big as the flavor. there's a malt backbone to keep it together, and it is fairly dry. but the focus is the hops.

the carbonation is good, feels like a medium body. slight creamy texture, not prickling on the tongue.

the abv is nicely hidden. goes down easy and i'd like to get more of it when possible.

beerorRIP, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to portia99 for this tasty beverage. Poured from bottle to Corsendonk tulip glass.

A: Golden yellow orange color with a little clarity, huuuuge head and shows no signs of fading as lots of carbonation is shooting up the edges of the glass

N: Some light malts, touch of vanilla, a floral hop aroma with light citrus and candy hops, but not a huge hop nose bite, slight brown sugar

T: Starts with a nice malty bread like base, creamy and rich, light toastiness, more floral hops shine through in the middle, light but still bitter, a touch of vanilla and sweet candy like taste round it off very well (I think this comes right from the malts), a slight juicy hop center adds a touch of pine and citrus, touch of spicy hop flavor, slight alcohol but barely, very slight fruit as well. It finishes semi dry with a great hop kick, the bitter hops hit pretty well at the end. The hops fade over time but have a great long lasting kick. A touch more sweet malts and floral hops also.

M: Semi creamy and lots of carbonation, semi think as well

Overall: This is almost perfect for an IPA. It starts with light hops and great malt backbone, finishes with a great bitter hop bite, a touch of pine and citrus as well as alcohol, some sweet candy malts and vanilla taste round it off well. Reminds me a lot of Burton Baton with a touch less malt, oak, alcohol, and bitter hops making it more drinkable but less oak and vanilla to round it off.

jlindros, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of MrIncognito
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy orangy-yellow with a fluffy white head.

S - Nice citrus hops with a whiff of sweet alcohol. Orange dominates the nose but not in an overpowering way.

T&M - Hops right up front that smack the tongue with a citrusy bitterness. Not overly orange-flavored like some IPA's, a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Livelier carbonation than expected that keeps the mouthfeel lighter but doesn't dry it out. Hoppy aftertaste that lingers with orange zest.

D - I could drink many, but the ABV prevents it. Sips nicely and I think I drank this way too fast. Crips and refreshing.

MrIncognito, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of photomike
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly-hazed golden yellow with a big, thick, billowy white head. Above average retention and stellar thick lacing all the way down the glass. About as good looking as an IPA gets.

Smell is nice as well--really nice floral hops and pine needles and not much else.

Flavor continues to impress. Floral and citrus rind hop flavors with some mild honey-orange sweetness and big time biscuity malts. Lingering bitterness and a dry finish.

Medium-bodied and lightly carbonated with a crisp, dry, very bitter finish. Really refreshing.

Were it available in my area, I'd love to kick back a couple of these in the sun. Worthy of its strong reputation.

photomike, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of mdmako
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - An amber color with a light cream color head of about two inches that retains nicely. A great amount of lacing. Looks like a perfect ale.

S - Vibrant floral hops and fruity flavors are very strong but they are backed up slightly by the sweet malty aroma. Definately an excellent blend of hops that is not too overpowering.

T - Slightly sweet initially but a bitter mid and smooth creamy finish. There is a very slight grainy taste present initally along with the sweetness but the hops takes control very quickly.

M - A medium bodied feel but a very smooth creamy finish. Not too bubbly, not too flat. What I would consider an excellent mouthfeel that makes you feel like your drinking a very good beer.

D - One of my favorite IPAs that I could drink over and over again. Not too overpowering but still has as much flavor as my heart desires. Bravo Bell's Brewing!

mdmako, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a dark golden/orange color with a 2" frothy white head that recedes slowly leaving lacing on the sides of the glass. It eventually settles into a nice ring of foam with a thick patch of foam in the middle. Initially sipping leave sheets and leggy lacing patterns of lacing on both sides of the glass. Towards the end of the beer the lacing is more speckled but it persists to the end.

Smell: The aroma has a nice floral citrus character with a hint of pine mixed in and backed up by a sweet malt background.

Taste: The flavor is definitely that of floral citrus hops (primarily grapefruit) with some fruity bitterness popping in and out as it rides on the back of the almost fruity sweet malt background that keeps everything organized and integrated.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-bodied, smooth and creamy, with moderate but continuous carbonation. The finish is long and smooth with citrus and pine bitterness fading to dryness and taking its own good time to do so and leaving one wanting more.

Drinkability: This is definitely a top notch IPA. It is very nice to drink and one of my favorites. It shows an excellent balance between hops with malt backbone keeping things smooth and easily sippable. This is clearly a beer to seek out again and again and again....

drtth, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am quite literally addicted to this beer.

A: Three fingers barely off-white head over a somewhat hazed golden. Fluffy retention and sticky lacing all over the glass.
S: Aromas are citrusy goodness. Mandarins and grapefruits, with caramel malt all the way in the back and barely discernible. I know I am going to love the taste of this beer.
T: Great citrus hops up front, and lingering in the back. There's a dark fruitiness that is also pleasant. There is a faint bready malt, which only tones the hops down in a minor way. They're really there to balance. Tons of florals. I just might die...this is exactly what I crave in an IPA!
M and D: Crisp carbonation and a smooth, medium body make this such a drinkable IPA, especially for this Ohio humidity that I am having to get used to. I can drink this stuff all day, and I just might go do that now...

washburnkid, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice, cloudy, golden-orange color with a two finger foamy head. SLowy dissipating, decent lacing. Pretty attractive beer.

S - Three feet away from the pour and this one hits my nose. First thing I smell is sweet, then a nice citrisy hops. Flowers, orange, and caramel make for a nice mix.

T - I am surprised at how much I like this. I definately taste orange, but it's orange flavor, not orange citris. The citris is there though, nice hoppy taste, and I catch the sweet, subtle carmel coming over the orange taste. Unbelievable distinction in this. Stays for a long second, than the bitter aftertaste comes in briefly as the beer leaves your mouth. Very impressed.

M - A little watery, light bodied, carbination helps to give it enough kick to balance out how light this is.

D - Easily drinkable, even for a something that has some bitter in it. Would love to have more of these.

AgentZero, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with two fingers of foamy white head.

Scent of strong hops, citrus, and sweet sugar to balance it out. One of the beers I can not get enough of the scent, awesome stuff.

Taste of hops, citrus, and sugars. Excellent, a bit more balanced that the bottled version.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice bite.

paco1029384756, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first review, so here goes nothing.

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
A: A moderately vigorous pour produces a white one-inch head atop an orange-gold body. Solid retention and lots of fine lace. Halfway through, a swirl of the tulip brings back a 3/4 inch head that never fully goes away. Fairly light for an IPA, but definitely not outside of style. Good-looking beer.
S: Hops predominate, with the major notes being citric (especially orange) and floral. A little grassy. A surprisingly sweet, caramel malt undertone backs up the hops.
T: Largely an extension of the nose, the orange hops take center stage. Surprisingly enough the caramel malts are nowhere to be found, drowned out by the bitterness of the hops - the hops are delicious, though, so I'm not complaining. The hops carry through to the bone dry finish, and are joined by just a hint of alcohol.
M: Medium-bodied and quite smooth for the generous amount of carbonation - just what I want from an IPA.
D: The clean, bitter finish leaves me itching for another sip, and I could happily drink several of these in a row. Almost scarily drinkable for an IPA over 7%.
Notes: This bottle was the next to last one from a case I bought when I visited the brewery back in June. While still delicious, I definitely would have rated the beer slightly higher for both smell and taste back when it was fresh. The first few I cracked were unbelievably alive with citrus, and were simply unforgettable. A great IPA.

woosterbill, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of jbone78
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One that i can trust to be at the store and taste the same every time.

A- Pours nice and hazy, as a dry hopped brew should.
S- not all that aromatic like an AIPA should be, but who cares.
T- this is the part that keeps you coming back! Great balance between the malts and the hops. Not a super sweet flavor or super hoppy flavor.
M- As mentioned, there is not an over malty or over hoppiness. Meaning, very smooth in my book.
D- One of my favorites.


jbone78, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of bigdan908
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was surprised to hear the words "Gee, this is fantastic" slip out of my mouth even before taking a sip. You'll soon find out why.

A - Nice golden color. It poured with a finger head which didn't last too long.

S - The floral hop smell that this beer emits is phenomenal. I clearly pick up some citrus as well as a little pine. No malt or yeast characteristic smells can be detected.

T - WOW. The hops hit out front. They taste very much as they smell. I receive the hop bitterness on the mid palette. It finished very smoothly for a big beer.

M - Just right for this particular style of beer.

D - This is a big beer. I probably couldn't drink too many of these but it's hard to tell that it is 7.1%

Overall, this is a very outstanding beer and is one of my favorite IPAs thus far.

bigdan908, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy dark golden color with a 2-finger slightly off-white head that has decent retention and leaves a good bit of lacing.

Nice floral aroma of grapefruit, pineapple and some lighter notes of pine in the back.

Lots of hops evident in the taste but not completely overdone. Grapefruit, pineapple and some lemon all come out along with a piney finish. There is a little malt evident as well making this IPA a little more balanced. Overall very much on the hoppy side but not so much that it is a complete hop bomb.

Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. This is a classic IPA that I don't think I'll ever get tired of. Looking forward to enjoying many more of these over the years.

Vengeance526, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had many of these beers over the years and have become quite fond. I am re-reviewing this one about 9 months since my last. A 6pack of 12oz bottles from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI set me back $9.49 this time. I pour into a standard pint glass to review.

Massive head that is slightly off white, very light and pillowey. Slightly cloudy golden yellow color with many rising carbonation bubbles.

Such a pleasant floral hop bouquet on this single IPA. There is the grapefruit and pine in the background, which comes more to the forefront as it warms.

Taste is also quite floral with citrus grapefruit tones showing face as well.

Medium body. Perfectly carbonated. A touch of oil from the hops. Lasting finish of pleasant floral hops. Superb drinkability.

Such a pleasure to drink this fine IPA which stands right at or near the top of its class.

ibbjamin, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of 2Stout4u
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 2nd favorite IPA, right behind Columbus Brewing Co.'s version. Basicly it's like college football Columbus, OH. is just better than Michigan!!!. My wife is opposite she says Bells then CBC. With Bells you can't go wrong. This beer is borderline Dipa, but it is much more balanced. Price is a little higher than I like but it is a nice IPA.

2Stout4u, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of BigAl723
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. The best deal in the city.

A: A dark gold with a big creamy tan head.

S: Citrus, pineapple, campfire, and hops.

T: After taking a sip I noticed grapefruit and some lemon zest. A nice hop aroma just rolls from the glass into my mouth.

M: Fairly carbonated. But just right.

D: Very drinkable. I love the ABV on this beer. It's not too weak but it's not overpowering. You can session this puppy until dawn. Well maybe not dawn but you get the point.

Overall, one outstanding beer from Mr. Bell. This IPA is the IPA that got me into IPA's a few years back. I don't drink it as much as I should because of the selection at Ashley's, but I love a Two Hearted Ale once and a while.

BigAl723, Aug 10, 2009
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,444 ratings.