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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

11,661 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,661
Reviews: 3,142
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 645
Gots: 1,902 | 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 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.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lucky enough to find this on tap, oh goody!

Pours a tangerine/light brown color with a pure white head. Quite clear, lacing plasters the entire surface on the way down.

Smells like a hoppy blast of goodness. Hops galore, pine, maybe some of that tangerine, a sweet candied smell develops as the beer warms slightly.

Taste is wonderful. I'd had this bottled once before and didn't think it could be appreciated more.
All the afore-mentioned items from the smell, but it has a great backup dancer to keep the whole show alive: malted barley. Mmm, just the right amount of balance to prevent this from becoming too polarzingly hoppy.
For an IPA (i.e. not a DIPA) this is incredible. Tastes better than most doubles, but I enjoy wet-hopping more so I may be biased against the extra bitterness of a Double IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full without being thick.

2 words describe this beer: 'fan', and 'tastic'.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Light golden orange in color, a bit hazy. Rocky, white head with good retention.

Aroma is very citrusy. It isn't in-your-face hoppy, but very well balanced and crisp.

Taste is heavy on the hops, but has a well rounded malt base as well. I think this is a great tasting IPA.

Very drinkable, and a very smooth beer all around.

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into large wine glass at Crush wine bar.
Pale hazy gold in color. Head was thin and lacing was minimal. Not sure if the type of glass was the reason for this or not. Smells floral and fresh like the first day of spring. The palate on this beer is quite pleasing. Citric and piney with soft bitterness. Malt and hop selection mesh well making for a balanced IPA with loads of flavor without being too aggressive like many highly hopped beers. Moderate in body and very dry with a crisp feel on the tongue. One of the most drinkable IPA's that I've had, thanks to the softness of the bitterness. We shall meet again. Soon.

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

(a) Pours a light caramel color, perfect amount of head, great lacing remains. Little bit of carbonation, pretty visible and see through. (4/5)

(s) I've got a decent sniffer, but for the amount of hops thrown in this brew its not as floral as I expected. Very unique, citrus, pine...outdoors. (3.5/5)

(t) delicious. Not too heavy, not too light. Great balance, great proportion of hops and sweets. (4.5/5)

(m) light on the tongue but not too light, great from front to back. (4.5/5)

(d) For a beer that brags on its hops this beer offers superb drinkability. Keep em coming. (4.5/5)

Photo of RTrain12
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle.

Color is a light amber/gold. Half inch head that fadded away quickly.

Smells very good with a sent of fresh hops.

This is a very good tasting ale. I would say it is just right. Not to over powering with hops.

It goes down smooth with a light carbonation.

Good drinkability! I could see my self drinking a couple of these.

Overall I think this is a very good beer! I have had other beers from Bell's and have always been happy. I also notictied at the liqour store that you know can get a 5 liter (1.32) gal. mini keg of Two hearted ale for your fridge! I thought that was pretty cool.

Photo of urwithdave
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my imperial pint glass

A- Orange and copper with a hint of a light brown. Two fingers worth of a nice foamy head. Retains 3/4/'' of head all the way down. Leaves nice lacing as well.

S- Hops and citrus....mainly grapefruit. A slight hint of flowers thrown in the mix.

T- It's a little more maltier than I expected. I get the citrus, again, mostly grapefruit. The hops aren't really jumping out on me to much with this one. I'm also getting another flavor that I can't quite pinpoint....maybe apple???

M- Very thin not much carbonation here.

D- I could drink it all night. Goes down SUPER easy. Overall pretty good beer.

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

received in trade from kadonny, poured into pint glass.

a- light orange to brown, white sudsy foam, look like apple juice with a head. great lacing and lots of carbonation.

s- smells like a winner, lots of acidity and bitterness coming out right from the stench. if you have ever cracked open a rangpur and gave it a nice big old whiff this is what it smells like. a mix of oranges, lemons and grapefruit.

t&m- see definition of rangpur!! this thing really tastes like a hybrid of a highly acidic mandarin orange and a lemon (rangpur). slight hints of hay and straw, compliment the acidity and bitterness this one has to offer.

d- easily one of the best IPAs out there, dangerously drinkable. delicious and not overly bitter, easy to session upwards of 4 or 5 of these guys without burning a hole in your stomach.

i did give this one straight 4's because although it is a truly great beer, i feel like something isnt there that is making it highly rememberable and that will stick out like a sore thumb in my mind.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no idea why this beer is in the top 100. It's a good beer don't get me wrong but I think this beer is not as good as alot of other IPA's out there.

Pours a hazy golden color. I had to pour it pretty hard just to get a head to form and then it went away. No lacing.

Smells of some almost noble hops. A little citrus. And some malt. Not alot of aroma going on and this is a pretty fresh bottle.

Taste is good, but I feel I could name off a whole bunch more IPA's that are better tasting to get the top 100 spot. American hop taste and some decent malt. The thing I think is the reason why it should get a little higher rating is you can't taste the 7% ABV at all. It tastes like a session IPA. But still green flash, stone, 60min, all better than this.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints

overall it's a good beer so try it if you can but I just dont think it's as good as some others that are not in the top 100.

Photo of nukem5
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour delivers a beautifull copper orange color with a rich thick creamy layer of foam.

S: Floral, nutty, fruity. Very nice hop scent rises to nose.

T: Smooth hops blend with light malts and mix for a pleasant taste.

M: Medium body with all the head expexted more carbonation texture but was creamy.

D: Definitly a drinker but be carefull at 7.1%

Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Poured an orangish/amber color with 2 fingers of white foam and moderate carbonation. Great retention.

s - Smells of hops and sweet malts. A tiny bit of citrus as well. I was actually surprised by the balance; I was expecting a lot more hops and a lot less sweetness.

t - Again, tastes strongly of hops with a little bit of bitterness, followed by sweet malts. I was again surprised how balanced it was and how much the sweet malts stood out.

m -Medium body with moderate carbonation, it has both a bit of a bitterness to it, followed by smoothness from the malts. Very nice.

d - Very nice and balanced. The hops didn't stand out as much as I thought they would, but the balance and smoothness from the malts was a pleasant surprise. Great taste and easy to drink, I'll surely be trying this again.

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

This beer is the reason I love beer. It's my gold standard which I compare all other hoppy beers to.

The most perfect combination of hops I have yet to come across. beautiful balance of floral and citrus notes. beautiful amber/apricot pour. smooth and perfect finish.

I cannot recommend this beer enough.

Those Bells boys in Kalamazoo know what they're doing. I've only been disappointed with 1 or 2 out of the 10-15 beers of theirs that I've tried.

Photo of fattire513
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the taste of this one, nothing jumps out at me as far as flavor, not too light, but more on the hoppy side. Strong, but very drinkable on a nice day as it is today. Out of the bottle the color is a light orange head lasted for a couple minutes. The smell of this one does not pop out at you as some IPA's do, but the taste is a reminder of what a good IPA should be. Overall a great beer and will definitely be drinking more of these guys.

Photo of WwRGSwW
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Icetraxx for this beer. Pours a light orange color, with a hoppy aroma, not too sweet and nothing really grabs me. Good taste, the hops are balanced out by a sweet taste that I did not smell. Im not the largest fan of IPA's but it was not bad by any means.

Photo of tjinohio
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of the beer is a wonderful orange-amber in keeping with an American IPA.

The color also prepares you for the bouquet which is sweet with an orange citrus scent with a hint of coriander.

That coriander and citrus also comes out in the taste. There is a good hops bite, but it is well balanced with the other flavors.

The mouthfeel is good. Nice level of carbonation.

This is very drinkable beer. It goes down smoothly. The balance of the bitterness of the hops with the sweet of the citrus makes it a comfortable beer to drink, unlike some IPA's which are more of an assault (as wonderful as that assault might be) on the pallet.

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

This is one of my favorite beers. It is always better than solid; every time I drink it I am pleasantly surprised.

I haven't had it on tap since last year, in Chicago. I was understandably stoked when I saw this shiny new handle at my favorite Mexican restaurant.

A – Wow. Impressive. Hazy copper-orange hue, with one finger of white foam and huge chiffon-esque sheets of lacing. Amazing.

S – Floral and dank; this is a very aromatic brew. And so pleasantly exotic.

T – Dank, resiny, and piney; multifaceted hop flavor. This beer is so herbal, citric, and evergreen; the richness of flavor is also quite complex despite relying solely on hops. The malt backbone is an interesting rich bitter base, not caramel-y at all. Very enjoyable, and just about the top of the style.

M – IPA. Good. I hate describing a good IPAs feel. Not too thick or thin, syrupy or watery, prickly or flat.

D – Hell yeah. Probably best on-tap, too.

Photo of goldbot
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, listed as batch 9547. According to the website this was bottled on 1/19/2010. Tasted on 1/30/2010.

Pours golden orange in color with good medium thick, foamy white head. Decent carbonation in the beer with a slight chill haze. The head stays solid almost indefinitely with a lot of lacing, as expected.

Good citrus hops aroma here, lots of grapefruit and orange, and there is also a strong herbal/grassy hops smell. A touch of pine as well mixed with the grassy aroma. Taste is again a planty hop flavor with citrus and a bit of pine as well, but it is not quite "sticky" with pine and hops like some stronger IPAs. No particular malt flavor but rather the hops are balanced with a nice sweetness and body which mixes well with a light bitterness. No alcohol heat, aftertaste is somewhat bitter and leaves a planty feel in the mouth and throat.

A light to medium body and it clings to the tongue a bit. This beer seemed like Hopslam light to me, but definitely in a good way. While not having the heavier bitterness and hoppiness of its DIPA counterpart, this beer still offers a tasty, balanced beer.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,661 ratings.