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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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12,241 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,241
Reviews: 3,283
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 726
Gots: 2,495 | FT: 45
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 Illtryit
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No born on or expiration date on bottle, took a chance and bought this from my grocery store instead of my liquor store...hopefully I'm reviewing Bells best and freshest effort.

Pours a light copper, clear and a 1 inch head which dissapates to a film. Leaves sticky lacing all overf my mug.

Smell is all citrus and hops.

Taste like citrus. Lemon and Grapefruit. Hoppy bite in the aftertaste, then citrus again.

Mouthfeel is crisp, but not over carbonated. Hearty with a littel alcohol bite to it.

Overall, this is a satisfying beer. Right up there with 5 barrel as my favorite pale ale. Glad I bought it.

Photo of BigDRS
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottled poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a somewhat hazy apricot color. Nice two finger head that leaves a good looking film on top with a good amount of lace.

S - Wow - this smells amazing. Lots of rich pine and citrus notes. Very hoppy.

T - Delicious. Loads of hops. Lots of pine, a bit of sweetness, a bit bitter at the end, and everything one would want out of a big IPA. Goes down maybe a bit too smooth, but overall very nice.

M - A bit thin/watery at first, but opens up a lot mid-way. Leaves a bit to linger on my palate after each sip.

O - A wonderful IPA. I've seen this on the shelf at local grocery/liquor stores for a while but hadn't picked it up until today ... kicking myself that I didn't try this sooner.

Photo of jar2574
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big huge frothy head that sticks around a while. Lots of carbonation. Orange/yellow color with average clarity. Lacing could be better as it goes down the sides.

Smells delicious. Hoppy, fruity, citrus and honey.

Taste is extremely smooth and mellow. More dominated by malts than hops. More sweet than bitter. There's the sweetness of honey, but not overpowering. There's a slight bitterness but not as much as you'd expect from an IPA. Some dryness in the aftertaste as well.

Not an overly complex beer but it's got to be one of the most drinkable beers ever, especially for having a 7% ABV. Really goes down easy. Would be a great way to introduce a rookie to good beer.

Photo of ElGallo
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a big snifter. Batch 10193, bottled January 24, 2011.

Looks pretty tasty in the glass, a hazy golden color. Smell is of faded hops, some bready, biscuit notes, and even some subtle apple fruitiness.

Taste is smooth and delicious. The hops have faded after 3 months in the bottle, but there is a subtle creaminess, fruit notes, biscuit notes, and tasty malts. All the flavors are balanced. No bitterness or aftertaste. Just a smooth, solid, tasty beer.

Would have liked to try this fresh, but even after several months in the bottle, this is a great beer. Looking forward to a fresh bottle in the future.

Photo of zoolzoo
2.09/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks awalk1227!

Bottle dated 3/29/11

A: Golden, hazy, unfiltered. Frothy white head, sticky.

S: Im surprised and disappointed by the aroma, not pulling alot out of this one. Saltine or stale cracker malt profile. Hop aromas are mostly watered down pine.

T: Not much going on here either. Cracker like malt profile accented with pine sap hops, finish is dry and bitter. Not much citrus, no zing. Drinkable but boring.

M: High carbonation combined with copious amounts of generic bitterness creates a mouthfeel that is just short of scathing.

O: Sorry, I dont get it.

Photo of Fluke828
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Liefmans Goudenband gold-rimmed Cervoise-style glass.
Batch # 10269
Bell's Batch Finder = A bottled date of March 22nd, 2011

A-> Pours a beautiful pale hazy and clear copper. Normal pour yields close to 3 fingers worth of thick, white head that has very stubborn retention and stupendous lacing. Some terrific nucleation as well.

S-> Bouquet is of citrus and muted pine aromas at first. Upon further examination, some deeper malt undertones are detected, seemingly of the sweet variety. More sniffs reveal a definite honeydew melon smell with some mango/pineapple in there as well. Pine hop resins tail this one up. Really complex in the nose.

T-> Not as hoppy when it first hits as I was anticipating. Not a fault however as the amazing balance of this brew begins to introduce itself. Get the floral hops in the middle with some nice subtle pale malts in harmony with everything else that is going on here. Something just struck me as a tad stale or dated or something...can't quite put my finger on it...still delicious though...

M-> Nice. Very well balanced and refreshing, with a crisp and clean feeling on the palate. Finish is a tad on the dry side.

O-> Could really see myself sitting on the front porch looking out at the ocean enjoying this brew. Great representation of the style however, as with many beers, not sure I get all the hype surrounding this one. Doesn't mean I didn't like it or that it isn't a good beer, because it is. Just couldn't get past the fact that it tasted and smelled faintly stale or somewhat dated even though it was barely 5 weeks in the bottle...will be trading for more of this, hopefully a little closer to it's bottling date.

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

On Tap at the Bulldog in Minneapolis

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 if I could get this in Cali. Not to mention my last name is the same as the Name.

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

In a recent trade with Pixieskid. Thanks man!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger, medium, fluffy, white head with good retention. Amber orange or gamboge in color, clear, with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam wisp and clings to the sides. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving lots of clingy lacing down the glass. Very nice looking.

SMELL: Nice nose on this one, and plenty bold enough. Pale and caramel malts with citrus aromas. Pineapple and honeydew melon with citrus fruits in there too. Light grapefruit aromas, but mostly melon and citrus fruits. Some mild floral hops round out a pleasant and enticing nose. Nice.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel notes and honeydew melon. Citrus and plenty of grapefruit and bitter pine after the swallow. Much more bitter than the nose had suggested. Bold and lingering bitter hop and pine aftertaste, with just a touch of sweet melon as balance, just won’t quit. Very good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Light and creamy on the palate, goes down very smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Very nice, refreshing feel on this one. Perfect for summer.

OVERALL: This brew has just redeemed Bell’s in my book. Up to this point, everything I’ve had form them has been just alright, but this one, however, is world class. Easily the best Bell’s I’ve had to date, and probably one of the best IPAs in the field. Lots of flavor and aroma, and a great look and feel to support it. This is a year-round brew apparently, and I can see why. Thanks again Pixieskid. Recommended.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A clear yellowish orange. Pours a decent one fingered head that lasts but diminishes quickly.

Smell: Caramel notes with floral and piney hops. Comes off as rather sweet and slightly orangey.

Taste: Slight caramel malty undertones covered by citrus and grapefruit hops. Unfortunately the tastes don't mix really well together.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with an inconsistent watery and creamy feel.

Overall: Not a bad IPA and worth a sit down during a hot day.

Photo of palma
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

unfiltered looking orange yellow body. Nice small head. lace lingers long time. good rings.
aroma is fruity hops, big time. some alcohol fumes in the aroma as well.
Taste is piney hops throughout. strong bittering hops in the end. Dry and sharp orange peel taste hits entire mouth in the after taste. some minor medicinal notes toward the end as well. Still, a good unbalanced IPA flavor but I've had better.

Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely transparent gold. Substantial head. Attractive spiderweb lace.

Appealing aroma -- nice and herbal, with hints of grapefruit and flowers.

Flavor is full and well-rounded, with citrus and herbal tones. Smooth, easy-to-drink, and well-hopped, but not sharp or bitter. Very tasty!

A perfect representation of an American IPA.

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

A: Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and nice lacing as well.

S: Lots of citrus and pine hops, with some malty sweetness. Very inviting.

T: Citrus and grapefruit up front, with a full hop bitterness. Some fruity sweetness follows (more so than the smell implies) and mellows out the bitter flavors. The bitter hops linger for a while.

M: Crisp and clean, with a nice carbonation. Refreshing! Finishes a little dry.

D: Flavors are well balanced, making this a very drinkable beer. Great example of an IPA.

12oz bottle. Batch 10207 (packaged 02/09/11).

Photo of bfirkin45
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I found this to be a solid beer, refreshing with decent hops notes and a good aftertaste.

Appearance: Light-honey color with a lingering head that creates rings as I drink from my pint glass.

Smell: Other types of beers have a larger smell profile and spectrum but for an IPA, this beer has a good fruit and airy smell to it. More malty than hoppy.

Taste: I like to think that Bell's named this beer two hearted for the two distinct tastes that I happen to experience when I drink it. First, I get a smooth yet bitter hops taste that brings in a zesty feel while after lingering for a moment, the second taste is the malty overtone that clears up my mouth. It is refreshing and leaves me wanting more.

Feel: It lingers but does not leave me with an overbearing taste once I swallow it. Carbonation adds to the refreshment of the beer.

Highly recommend this beer.

Photo of jerskine
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thick foam, tons of micro bubbles, nice amount of lacing... nice hazy copper-orange hue; has all the looks of a delicious IPA

S: definite floral aroma with some honey; a hoppy smell that is typical for an IPA

T: excellent citrus, hoppy flavor hits at first; was looking for more after the initial hit of hops but didn't find much... regardless, a very nice balance of hops in this one

M: very smooth, well carbonated as it goes down

O: this was my first Bell's beer and I was pretty impressed; very drinkable and not to overbearing, yet satisfying enough for your average hop-head

Photo of 6thomas3
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Ample head retention with pale snow white lacy suds clinging to the glass like a frozen stream of water, dirty amber hue with streams of tiny carbonation bubbles rising towards the top of my glass at moderate clip and in perfect synchronizing harmony

Smell - Fresh rain with a modest glimpse of alcohol infused with trace amounts of floral aromas and grass from Mother Earth's bosom

Taste - A smooth transition of bitter sharpness(if that's possible)

Mouthfeel - Liberal moathcoating with uniform bite race across the tip of your tongue to explode into a festive miracle of drinkable beer

Overall - Recommendation high; a columniation of wondrous flavors wrapped into an ABV of lucky number seven

Photo of teromous
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It pours a medium amber color that is slightly hazy, resting under about half a thumb of pure white head. It doesn't lace very well, more of a blotchy camouflage pattern.

S: It has a hoppy smell, but is interlaced with a slight spice and a bit of a bread scent. The scent is very mellowed out though and I nearly have to bury my nose to smell anything.

T: The hop flavor is more subdued in this AIPA. It is very well balanced. The hop flavor has a spice flavor and a little earthiness. The malt is very warm and a little bread flavor with a little caramel. I didn't realize this was 7%ABV and it does a great job of masking it. The flavor changes constantly from the point I drink it to a few seconds after I drink it, which says a lot about its complexity.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. It isn't quite the spark I'd expect from an AIPA, but it's about average compared to the standard IPA.

O: Overall it's a nice, well balanced IPA. I would drink it again or order it on tap if I saw it.

Photo of beerbully
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass

A-Pours a hazy light copper with a nice ery white 2 inch head that leaves thick lacing as it dissipates

S-smells citrus, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange

T-very crisp refreshing brew. Notes of citrus especially grapefruit

M-slight carbonation, somewhat of a dry finish

O-very good beer that I will go back to without hesitation. This beer is vey drinkable that will taste outstanding on a hot summer day

Too bad I have never seen it in New Jersey

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

Poured into pilsner glass. Nice golden color with white head. Can smell the hops and citrus notes. Taste good hops presence along with citrus and some pine. Very brisk ipa with a slight bitter finish. You will be hard pressed to find a better ipa. This is my "go to" ipa....just now decided to sit down and review it. Excellent ipa at a very good price.

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence the beer had a bright brassy color. it pours with a cloudy appearence and a little carbonation.

Aroma is of floral and pine hops aroma

Taste is medium body but full of zest and hops

Overall this is an outstanding IPA and the bells crew has once again not let me down. This IPA is a little more bitter than expected but was welcomed and I will most definatly visit this tasty experience once again.

Photo of rmalinowski4
3.46/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number 10276

Pours a clear golden straw color with 3 finger fluffy white head. The head drops quickly leaving some lacing and a small crown on the beer.

Smells slightly of citrus hops with a light malt backbone. The smell is light and not overpowering.

Taste starts with hop bitterness followed by a clean light malt backbone with citrus notes. the cutrus is grapefruit with some orange and tropical undertones. The finish is slightly dry and bitter.

The mouthfeel is lively with moderate carbonation and a crisp and dry finish.

Overall this is a good summer beer. It is light, crisp, and dry on the finish. A good thirst quencher on a hot day. Where this beer falls a little short for me is in the hop profile. It is a little too bitter and I would like a little more citrus to come through.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review courtesy of trade with Shuggy
Bottle/Batch # 10138

A: Pours a light cloudy straw pale color with some darkened hues and a nice thick 2.5 finger pure white head.

S: I get a big citrus fruit aroma up front followed quickly by sweet malts and a clean yeast note to it.

T: Spicy!!!! The hop bitterness kind of took me by surprsie on this one. It snorkled up the nose and I nearly ASNR'd everywhere...swear to god. Some biscuity malts in there. Lots of earthy floral and pine hop notes with that signature citrus pucker that zings and prickles the palate. Dry crisp finish to it. Refreshing.

M: Lightly sticky mouthfeel but overall very sleek.

D: Pretty solid once you get past that first punch of hop bitters. I am sad my one sample is now gone actually. I can easily see why this is a hopfan favorite.

If 2-Hearted was a local to me it would be in my fridge alot to say the least. Some great drinking IPA! Tradesies are the best.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy copper with nice head. Looks good.

Nose is floraly hoppy, yet fairly restrained for an IPA.

Main characteristics are floral, herbal, & bitter hoppiness. Orange nib, dried herbs (almost oregano), a touch of sweet candy, and an overall tea-like bitterness also notable. Soft malt base. Hop flavor is milder than I would like to see in IPAs, yet certainly pleasant. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Batch 10234, no date notable.

Photo of Roke87
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 mL (12oz) bottle, chilled, and poured into a Duvel tulip.
Bell’s batch #10166, Brewed on Jan.4/2011

Appearance- A bright golden colour, slightly hazy, poured with a finger and a half of nice white head that very slowly resides, good head retention and a maximum amount of lacing.

Smell- Very strong hop and pine smells coming from this one, you catch a little of the citrus fruit in there, along with some bready malt smells thrown in as well.

Taste- I get the malts right off the bat paired with a nice citrusy grapefruit taste, and in the finish the bitter hops take over and dominate.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied ale with average carbonation, very bitter on the palate but still very crisp and refreshing.

Overall- A hophead’s dream, lots of bitter hop flavours with a sweetness from the grapefruit in there and mild malts as well. One of Bell’s better offerings, a definite go to when shopping for beers in Michigan.

Photo of vtblackdog
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a golden yellow and pours a decent head.

Smell is not strong more of a slightly stale hop. I expected more on the hop aroma.

Taste is a typical IPA with a bitter aftertaste. Not a lot of distinction from others.

Mouthfeel is decent carbonation level.

Overall a good brew but not a distinctive IPA for me.

The code on the bottle was 10207. Was that over a year ago?

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

Thanks to the guys at Brown Derby International Wine Center in Springfield, MO for hooking me up with Two Hearted Ale.

Poured a crystal clear golden yellow into a pint glass with a two finger white soapy head. Head retention was good. Moderate lace noted.
A little on the pale side, but still looked nice.

Aromas are straight-on grapefruit and pine sap slathered in sweet bisquity malt.

Flavors are replicated from the nose. Nicely balanced. Shades turn from citrus to sweet malt to bisquits and on to bittering hops. Not overkill, but not weak.

Feel is good, maybe thinner than most good IPAs I've encountered, but the carbonation fills the gap nicely.

This is not a knock your socks off IPA for the extreme hophead and it's not intended to be such. Overall Two Hearted Ale is higly drinkable and enjoyable. One great goto IPA if you have access in your area (which I don't). I should've bought a case...damn.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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