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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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12,257 Ratings
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Ratings: 12,257
Reviews: 3,287
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 727
Gots: 2,502 | FT: 46
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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Ratings: 12,257 | Reviews: 3,287
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.

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

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Hardshell Cafe in Soulard- Downtown St. Louis, MO. Received @ the bar in a Pint Glass and enjoyed the best ale they had on tap (others were Bud Light, Budweiser, Blue Moon- Spring Ale, Magic Hat #9, Miller Lite, and others not worth noting...)

Appearance- Has a Copper (light brown, dark orange), Semi-Cloudy body with 2.5 fingers of head. Head retention was good as well and has decent amount of lacing.

Smell- Huge hops & Christmas smell. Also a hint of some sort of clover. Can't put a finger on it but will be having again to rate again.

Taste- Has a huge (non-discriptive) hop taste, and a caramel flavor. The finish is without a doubt a Captain Crunch taste without the added milk. Just simply great!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Good Carbonation, and Smooth! Leaves that cereal taste on the palate that is very strange for an IPA but not a bad characteristic.

Overall- Bell's has always brewed many great ones and have had this several times @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO. This is a well balanced and great American IPA. Will be enjoyed soon but not more than 2 in a night. This is where they fall short... with their Drinkability. Couldn't be the ABV's, but something with the hop character being so strong.

Photo of MattyG85
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden orange with a big beautiful white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: A sweet aroma of citrus hops balanced by bread and malt. Scent of grapefruit in the background.

Taste: A strong bite from the citrus and pine hops is balanced by sweet malts. Bitter but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very tasty IPA that has great balance in the bitterness and sweetness.

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

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

A - Medium straw color; just slightly hazy. The head is white and fluffy and lasts as a layer several millimeters thick until the end of the glass. There's a slight oily sheen to the tiny bubbles and the lace moves and scintillates on the glass.

S - Aroma starts as warm malt, bread and toast. Then the citrusy hops jump in, reminiscent of lemons and limes. Very nice balancing act.

T - Tastes are well-balanced between sharp, citrus hops and warm, biscuity malt. In the mid-palate the hops dominate and almost seem soapy. Then they fade again and the aftertaste is amazingly dry and clean.

M - Strong, astringent hops bitterness. Some carbonation creaminess. Body light to medium. No alcohol burn.

D - A supremely balanced beer. This is a great stand by that is good any time. I like it better as it warms because the malt becomes more evident and counteracts the hops that show better when cold.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A translucent straw colored liquid pours from the 12oz bottle into the Dogfish Head pint glass, settling a hazy light orange. There is a lot of white, large bubbled head that adds up to around 3 inches in height. Some bubbly lacing is left behind, grasping to sprawled out parts of the glass.

The scent is fruit-tootie up in here. I notice some apricots paired up with some faint citrus notes, both offered by the hop flowers used to brew this beer. Some sweet malt is picked up through the nose and leads me to believe that the hop presence will be balanced with the sweeter malts.

Sure enough! the bitterness isn't over the top whatsoever and is matched with a pleasant malt presence that creates a total package. However, the fruity hop qualities noticed in the nose aren't prominent at all in the taste. This is a bit of a letdown but I must take into consideration that this isn't a DIPA and isn't maxxed out so to speak.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing due to a light bitterness offered by the hops and a tight notch of carbonation that holds it together.

Overall, pretty good but not over the top as far as IPAs go. Good balance throughout for some nice tastes.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a light coppery Orange with some yellow highlights. Bright white head of foam. Clear. Head doesn't last too long.

S - big citrusy aroma. Lots of bready malts as well. A bit of tropical fruit esters in the background.

T - bitter. From start to finish. Bright citrusy hops. A little bit of grapefruit. Dry throughout.

M - decent carbonation. Smooth and even texture. Medium bodied.
D - solid IPA. Big on flavor and easy to drink.

Photo of stercomm
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A - Golden in color with a very slight haziness

S - Hoppy pine, with some grapefruit and a slight malty sweetness in the background.

T - Grapefruit and some piney hops, followed by a slight sweetness from the malt.

M - Mild, with a little carbonation

D - Well balanced brew, definitely one you could drink more than a single. Crisp and very tasty

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

Pours a brilliant clear gold with a frothy half inch head. Lots of carbonatation. Hefty hops hit the nose first, with lots of pine and grass characteristics. Mild cereal malt fills out the rest of the aroma, filling in the cracks left by the hops. Moderate carbonation, good mouthfeel, nice hop bitterness in the finish. Taste is hop forward, but there's a nice subtle malt sweetness that helps balance things out. The body of the beer is lightly syrupy, though the heavy carbonation helps keep it from being overpowering or cloying. Overall it's a very solid and very drinkable example of the American IPA style.

Photo of Meerkey
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick, frothy white head. Pale yellow copper. Almost clear but just slightly hazy. Tons of bubbles.

S: Floral hops. Grapefruit. Sweet malts.

T: Floral hops. Grapefruit. A little malty. Not too bitter. Crisp. Delicious.

M: Carbonated. Crisp and smooth. Refreshing.

O: Very tasty. Would definitely recommend.

Photo of Naples
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a nonic, yielding a nice 2 inch off-white head which collapsed away from the sides and cosolidated at 1 inch. Maintained a nice 1 finger creamy head, with swirling in between drinks. The body was a cloudy amber.

Initially, pine dominated the nose. As the brew warmed, the pine shared the stage with grapefruit and some subtle floral notes. By the end of the brew, the floral and fruity elements moved into the front row.

Pine was the vanguard across the palate, followed by an impressive malt/grapefruit bomb, then pithy grapefruit, ending with a resiney surprise at the back of the tongue. The bitterness lingers, but not unpleasantly.

The Two Hearted was medium light in the mouth, with medium carbonation...very smooth.

Although I am not a hophead, I found this beer to be a pleasant surprise. It's not in my wheelhouse, but can see why it is a highly regarded brew. Lots to like here. I could drink a couple of these, then probably need to switch off.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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