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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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11,057 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,057
Reviews: 3,103
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 607
Gots: 1,618 | 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 soupyman10
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man this beer is good. I've had it a number of times in a number of forms, and although they're all excellent, I think I prefer it on tap. The flavor's are an amazing mix of piney hops and a perfect sweet caramel malt. There's just an amazing mix of sweet and bitter that somehow makes this one immensely drinkable. Body is perfect for the style. It's a dog race between this one and the Hopslam for more insanely amazing Bell's most delicious hop bomb.

soupyman10, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two hearted looks amazing. Deep golden tangerine color with a ginormous cap of the creamiest, fluffiest, light lemony cream colored lid that I have ever seen.

Sweet smells of soft flowers, grapefruits, tangerines, and sweet pine.

Amazing feel to this one. Medium bodied with such a soft creamy-full carbonation. Flavors of sweet flowers, apricots, and tangerines with a light, soft, angel food cake malt base. Then the pleasant bitterness of grapefruit and pine needles come in to complete the package.

Hmm. Two hearted is pretty awesome. I don't think much more needs to be said about it.

Slynger, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of demitriustown
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy orange/amber pour with foamy white head. Aroma is hop driven, small amount of malts. sticky bread, and some spice. Taste-Hoppiness is definite, light fruity notes, malt backing, light spice. palate is very lightly carbonated, bitter, and long. Overall this is a very nice IPA. Definitely among the best of the style!!!

demitriustown, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of rpardon7
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Color was a hazy golden yellow with a nice light head that receaded to ring the glass.

S- great smell, definately can smell the noble hops in this beer. Slight citrus and pine notes.

T- Tried this beer after a friend recomended it to me since I like the Dogfish head 60 min. Very similar in taste except a bit sweeter and a little bit better balanced, not as hoppy as the 60min.

M- Very clean and crisp, light carbonation but full taste. Very nice.

D- Excellent drinkability, very refreshing nice beer with good taste.

rpardon7, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of BgThang
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Kegatron for this in trade as an extra!

A - golden slightly hazed. the head dissipated quickly.

S-Orange peel, tangerines, fruit, maybe some honey

T- hoppy, floral, citrusy, slight malty

MF - the mouthfeel on this is great. nice even balance of hops and malt. I can see why this is a highly rated beer.

D- I could easily make this my session beer. Makes me want to drive back a keg of this goodness.

Another fine example of beer from bell's

BgThang, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of tdrshayden
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber in color.
The aroma and flavor was a little malty and more hoppy with some spicy floral hops poking through.
The finish is definatley hoppy that didn't seem to last too long, but left a nice citrusy aftertaste.
I prefer the draft over the bottle. An easy to American IPA

tdrshayden, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy gold in color w/ a fluffy, tall, white head.
S - Sugary sweetness w/ plenty of hops and fruits.
T - Much like the nose, the hops stand out with hints of summertime fruits and a presence of malt in the finish.
M/D - Clean, refreshing, and very consistent beer. I bought this in a 6-pack more than a year ago and drank the last one right now. It's still fresh and tastes almost as good as the first one. One of the best IPA's I've ever had.

Gatch, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy golden-tangerine with a creamy beige head with a nice big cluster of soap bubbles on top. lace makes a thick wave with a parallel line of bubbles above it like some crazy japanese abstract art. settles down to a layer similar to an extremely lacey baby swiss cheese.

S- very fruity pineapple, pine resin, and grapefruit, in that order. very impressive, very herbal-fruity aroma maybe centennial and amarillo hops? or something similar. shit. an absolute perfect amount of sweet toasted caramel malt in the background to accentuate the hop aroma. light toffee sweet smells and burnt marshmallow and tangerine & clementine notes as it warms. a beautiful bouquet gives the chicken foot to my precious goose island.

T- taste is a bit more harshly bitter than the fruity aroma with a briney pickle taste throughout. still very grapefruit though, it's mostly herbal and resinous hops and a medicinal bitterness. toasted cereal character comes on as it warms and the astringency kinda moves to the back allowing a stronger pine taste to pull through. inhaling while i take a sip brings out a fresh pineapple flavor to the herbal hoppy fruity finish.

MF- resinous and nearly full, carbonation is on the high end and seems to add to is viscosity rather than break it up and let it flow. nice dry finish but still with that sticky-cheeck feeling.

D- nicely drinkable, but a little to far toward the chemical end for me. though i'm technically a hop head, in a regular IPA i'd like to taste a little more malt present, a little more than just dry toast.

hustlesworth, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a two finger off-white head that never seems to leave. Takes a few minutes for the big head to dissipate then the very lively carbonation keeps a nice pillowy cap on it that leaves some heavy lacing.

Aroma is strongly citrusy with some fruity notes. There are also floral and piney hop aromas detected. All this over a nice biscuity malt backbone.

Taste is screaming juicy hops. Citrus flavors of grapefruit and lemon with a slight spiciness. After the hop explosion it finishes nice and dry with a sweet biscuity malt flavor that blends exquisitely with the lingering taste of hops on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium and very crisp.

A fantastic IPA. The hop flavor here is just bursting with juiciness. Some might call it a hop bomb, but I find it to be quite balanced. I can put down a sixer of these no problem. Probably not the best idea though being a 7% ABV brew. Very sessionable even considering that fact.

roadhouse, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of ShrLSU
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Props go out to Kadonny for sending this to me via a great trade.

A: Beautiful amber color with a slight head that tapers off and leaves slight lacing

S: Big time floral and citrus hop notes. A little bit of malt but mostly the lovely hop scent!

T: Very citrusy and hoppy. Some slight malt in the middle but mostly the floral and citrus like hops. This is extremely well balanced. Hoppy like the Hopslam but less citrus and more balance.

M: Good carbonation. very zesty and alive in your mouth. a light bitter aftertaste.

D: This is just a flat out great IPA. It's my second favorite next to the Hopslam, and Nugget Nectar. Very flavorful and just all around delicious. Thanks again to kadonny for the great trade.

ShrLSU, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a unibroue tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a murky dark gold color with a creamy, pillowy white head of a finger length

Smell - Oh so citrusy with a nice blend of sweet malts and floral hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel - This beer has great balance! At first there's a crisp carbonation bite with a taste of sweet malts. Stays active all the way to the back of the tounge, where a nice splash of floral bitter hops shakes the mouth to life. Wonderful grapefruit taste to acconut for the citrus.

Drinkability - This beer is balanced to perfection. Not too sweet and not too malty makes for a hell of a fantastic session beer. Incredibly tastey and easy to drink.

ryrust5301, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained at Four Winds in Pensacola. Poured into a nonic.

A: A nice light amber color. with a nice full head. Head recedes to nice ring that leaves big, sticky lacing.

S: Nice bready malt, with big floral and citrus hops. Smells very inviting.

T: Grapefruit hits first, then a nice light biscuity malt. Citrus and floral hops are very present in this brew but it is incredibly balanced. Very impressive.

M: A nice medium carbonation. The beer has a coating ability that really lets the malt shine. Still very clean and crisp with a light bitter aftertaste.

D: This beer is very accessible for an IPA. Very smooth and easy drinking. Now I know why everyone speaks so highly of this brew.

everetends, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of slatetupelo
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice hazy copper/golden color with a white two inch head that remains and leaves great lacing throughout. Lots of carbonation.

S - Mostly earthy hops with some floral and citrus hints

T - Good hoppy bitterness that isn't overpowering and actually kind of mild. There are some hints of citrus fruits but not much. Overall it's really balanced. Light to medium bodied. Love the grapefruit taste here.

D - I really, really enjoy this but I am biased towards IPAs. I could pound a few of these any day of the year, they go down incredibly smooth.

slatetupelo, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This beer poured a very clear deep golden color with very fine particulates noticable in bright light. The initial 2" foamy white head eventually sank to a thin skim, but left impressive sticky lacing down the glass.

S= I detected alot of flowery and citric hop notes in this one. Along side the fruitiness though was a delicious biscuity malt aroma as well. I also got a bit of alcohol in the nose if the beer was swirled.

T= The fantastic balance of the pale malt and yeast gave this brew biscuity flavors weighing against the big juicy, citrusy hop explosion. I would characterize the hop flavors as strong with serious bitterness and a long dry finish.

MF= This had a truly medium body with a crisp feel on the tongue. Cabonation level was superb throughout.

D= Larry Bell has done it again! This is a fantastically drinkable ale, and quite deceptive. The 7% abv is not readily apparent and will sneak up on unsuspecting drinkers... I would make this one of my number one session beers, but alas I live in Illinois and the a**hole distributors have caused this fine ale to disappear from my state.

spointon, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of Drewcifer
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a finger-plus of rocky, foamy off-white head.

A very pleasant, slightly subdued scent of fresh floral and citric hops, with a very slight malt sweetness detectable.

Well balanced taste - Grapefruit hops are foremost, but evened up by slightly sweet, biscuity malts and floral hops.

Medium bodied, well-coating if not a bit sticky, lighter carbonation than I was expecting.

Overall, pretty drinkable. Not the most impressive IPA I've ever had, but well-balanced, very much on top of the style.

Drewcifer, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of robbyc1
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Love the fact that they put a batch # on the back that you can put into their website and get info on it. This one was bottled 11/20/07.

Nice lacing head, light cloudy deep yellow.

Fresh hops and a hint of malt on the nose.

Very balanced, my favorite view of tastes, hoppy and dry on the finish, in the middle just enough malt to balance. Would like a bit more malt but very refreshing.

Frothy and bubbly mouthfeel, just right for an IPA.

Best attribute is that it is very easy to drink this, could have several, not a session though at 7%, but very nice, hides the abv very well. I prefer New Glarus' IPA, and Goose Island's is a match for this, but worth looking for.

robbyc1, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap at TJ Everydays into a slim nonic pint glass.

A: A nice light amber orange color with a nice off white minimal head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Different than from a bottle, this nose was a bit more subdued with citrus hops and a slight malt sweetness. Far from overwhelming.

T: A totally different experience than from a bottle. The draft was so much hoppier and "lighter" feeling than from bottle, it's all in the lack of the deep strong malt gotten from bottle. The tap version had very crisp and refreshing huge citrus hop flavors, specifically orange, grapefruit and tangerine coupled with some slight pine and grass. The lingering bitterness was very crisp and enjoyable. The malt was much more subdued in the tap and I would say it is not as balanced from tap as bottle. Still, this is one kick ass beer.

M: As I said, very crisp hops coats the mouth and makes it tingle seemingly forever. No trace at all of alcohol and carbonation was just about perfect, maybe even a tad low.

D: Uber high. Very, very drinkable, this beer is sooo good it's scary.

Overall a totally different experience than from boottle. Fresh from tap no doubt the hops come through way more and the malt sits more subdued. More balanced in the bottle, but both are super great. Still one of my favorite IPAs.

Kadonny, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer when I don't know what I want. Every time I pop a new one it reminds me of what beer can be. Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. This beer pours a hazy, raw honey orange with a billowing 2 finger head that left sticky lacing down the chalice. The aroma is a explosion of citrus. Grapefruit is predominant with bits of orange and lemon. Also sweet grassy notes come through on the finish. The taste is what hops done correctly taste like. Grapefruit and lemon balance with just a bit of spicy/grassy notes. All the hops are balanced extremely well with a malty sweetness that comes out on the finish. The mouthfeel is full and leaves a wonderful coating of hoppy bitterness all around your mouth. This beer isn't a hop monster, its well balanced and goes down smoothly. The only knock is it comes in a little high on the alcohol content to be a session beer. Thanks Bell's Brewery for making one of the Worlds best beers.

hwwty4, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'8386' packaged on March 24, 2008. Just over 2 months ago, but still tasting very fresh.

I've had this many times, and it's about time to re-review it.

A: Tarnished gold with a fluffy white head, not much retention, but some nice lace.

S: Wonderful hoppy nose, with grass, pine & tangerine. Some underlying biscuity malt.

T: Assertive bitterness, but smooth. Plenty of hop flavour (grass, nectarine, tangerine, pine, slightly steelie). Light toffee & biscuity malt with hints of fruity ale esters.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body; moderate carbonation. Slight hop acidity.

D: Exceptionally drinkable for its weight.

Derek, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Pours a very deep amber color with a moderate head and no real retention or lacing. Has a very floral scent with notes of citrus and plenty of hops. Has a very hoppy first impression and fades very well to a great bitterness, grapefruit flavor comes through in the finish. Goes down suprisingly smooth for as hoppy as it is. Could easily drink more than one of these and ranks as one of my favorite IPA's ive had, hopheads rejoice.

SpecialK088, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Shared with some friends while homebrewing. Pours a very light and clean orange color with a nearly white head.

Sweetness dominates the nose. Pineapple and grapefruit take center stage, with a good floral aroma in place in the back. The taste is refreshing citrus. There is also a floral hop character and only mild bitterness to finish it. This is an awesomely mild IPA.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, if not a little oily. However, I think I could drink these all night. A fantastic brew.

daythree16, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra (!!!!) in a trade with dschuster03...thanks, Dave!!

Oh. Hell. Yes. Beer pours a cloudy, honey/orange color, nice fluffy white head, some pretty good lacing. Smell is grapefruit, hoppy madness!! Taste is a spicy, citric explosion, with some faint grassy notes, and a sweet malty finish. Bitterness lingers....excellent aftertaste. For me, this is what an IPA is all about...truly one of the finest I've had.

corey0212, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rather hazy, orangish copper in color with a one finger head that fades rather quickly.
The nose is very sweet and citrusy. Bready malts melding with the very potent hops of citrus notes.
An assault of hops is my initial note.
Oranges, grapefruits are dominant. Has a decent malt backbone but the hops rule in this one.
Just the way I like it. Very good brew for sure.

dmamiano, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into imp pint glass. Pours golden orange with a big fluffy white head. Smell of orange and grapefruit with pine in the back. Very sweet smelling. Initial sweet taste, then hops, then a crisp finish. One of the reason Bell's is one of the top brewers in America.

aubuc1, May 31, 2008
Photo of Ricochet
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Electric orange. Almost like you could plug something into it. Slight head with no lace.

S: Like a sweet mixed drink. Cherry, grapefruit and other citrus. Nice.

M: Nothing overpowering until the swallow where there was a distinct grapefruit like burn and a bitter wash with bitter aftertaste.

T: Tart and bitter from strong grapefruit, a strong cherry accent and raisins. It was candy like and dry. Cherry tastes are unusual, but mixed well and alcohol was strong.

D: As IPAs go, this one was different. Not really my taste, and I don't think I'd reach for it because the cherry tastes I picked up just didn't sit well.

Ricochet, May 30, 2008
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,057 ratings.