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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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11,903 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,903
Reviews: 3,197
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 681
Gots: 2,161 | 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:
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 Gosox8787
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to jbelflower for getting me a six pack of this in our trade.

Appearance: Deep golden in color. No haze or sediment from the pour. Nice three finger white pillowy head. Very inviting and impressive.

Aroma: Pine, grapefruit and some lighter citrus. Not overpowering or particularly aromatic for an IPA but an impressive nose none the less.

Taste: Smooth grapefruit and mild citrus. Some pine notes in the background. Nice balance of sweet and bitter hops. Not much malt as the hops are definitely the draw here.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and moderate carbonation. Smooth and relatively crisp.

Drinkability: Definitely an IPA I could have a couple of. The ABV is well hidden underneath the hops and each sip leaves me wanting more. Certainly not sessionable at this ABV though.

Overall, one of the best IPAs I have ever had. In fact, I rate this second to Sculpin on that list for single IPAs. Perfectly smooth and balanced. This would be my good to six pack if it were local, but it is not. Highly recommended.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a respectably-sized white head that dissipates somewhat slowly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: So much lovely hop aroma is in this brew, it's hard to describe. Tropical aromas (mainly passion fruit, but also with mango and maybe even pineapple) dominate, but there's also a note of earthy hop behind it. This also has slight sweet buttery notes. Flowery and grapefruit notes come through a bit as the beer warms. If I could give the aroma of this one a six, I would.

Taste: Begins bitter with a slight mango taste, finishing sweet and buttery but also with a note of earthy hops and a slight nut flavor. This beer is citrusy, bitter, tropical, and sweet; yet somehow all of these seemingly contrasting flavors meld so well together, with none outshining the other, and even complementing each other.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with sharp carbonation and a dry finish that is not overwhelmingly dry. If the carbonation were just a bit less, this would feel perfect.

Drinkability: A fantastic IPA and probably the best available. I have not had an IPA with so much hop character that also was not oppressive on the palate. Very drinkable (though not quite sessionable) and this is something I wish I could regularly find in NYC. If you haven't already tried this, stop reading this and grab some- I am glad I brought this back from D.C.

Photo of JoePat
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark straw to light amber with a nice hop haze and a huge white head that sticks around for a while leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is of fresh grapefruit and it is intense. There is also a nice little sweet malt in the aroma as it warms and it is very clean and crisp smelling.

The flavor is good and clean. Flowery hop bitterness with a clean malt backbone balanced out so that it keep you wanting more. There is a little vegitable hop flavor but it is very small and easily overlooked.

The malt and hop balance is spot on making this a very smooth and drinkable beer that you just can't stop drinking.

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

Batch 9740. 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark golden color with a nice 1 finger off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Overall, a very nice looking beer.

S: Lots of citrusy hops dominate the smell. Not much in the way of pine or acidity on the nose. Lemons, grapefruit, and a little watermelon are the dominant smells. The aroma is not overwhelming but is quite pleasant and balanced.

T: I feel like this has all the characteristics of a top tier beer, just that the flavor and smell are not quite as intense as the top level beers of this class. The flavor, while not quite as intense as say a pliny or sculpin is still spot on. Two Hearted has a wonderful balance of slightly sweeter citrusy hops at the start and a bitter kick at the finish. Somewhat like abrasive.

M: Perfect level of carbonation. Nice viscosity and a great aftertaste.

D: I think I could drink this all day. It is a crisp, balanced, tasty beer. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. If you haven't tried this one you definitely should, and it shouldn't be too hard to find.

Photo of generalnotsew
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very bright golden yellow head retention fades a bit fast. Smell is very tropical laced with bitter hops. I could smell this beer all day. Piney and earthy are really nowhere to be found. I like piney and earthy but this is way different and a nice change. Nice hop bitterness upfront and has a great malt backbone. Very tangy with sweetness in the aftertaste. Gotta love this beer. Even non craft drinkers take to it pretty well.

Photo of sellmeagod
3.08/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The fish hearts beating on the label lead us to a quite enjoyable beer.

Smells of vegetables. A strong and even hoppy flavor that does never get too bitter. Strong, hearty, river-forging brew. Crisp finish and no tastes lingering long. You can crack these forgetting the 7.1 abv, which is a plus.

Photo of bobhits
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is personally for me one of the stand out IPA's in the world and i'm a huge fan of IPA's. I often underrate them because I simply expect way too much, so I'll try to be fair.

Every part of this beer just works together in a rather amazing way. It's beautiful to look at, the carbonation which gives it an amazing lacing and solid head then goes on to give it a wonderful carbonated mouth feel. The aroma is powerful and quit nice. Lots of citrus grape fruit. The taste is up there with the best, I could go for a bit more hops and a touch less malt but more of preference than a flaw. Finally, this is a beer I want to session..you know till I realize that is actually does contain alcohol...a good bit as a matter of fact.

The best IPA out there? I'm not going that far but of the ones I can easily get it's in the to 3.

Photo of SShelly
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear straw with a light white head.

Aroma is pretty restrained citrus, all hops in the nose.

Flavor has a nice moderate bitterness with lots of smooth citrus hop flavors. Leaves a nice citrus burst in the mouth. This reminds me of a slightly more restrained Alesmith ipa, kinda old school and calm, very drinkable in larger quantities.

Photo of jampics2
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Melt.

As of today, I'm sure I have been drinking a Bells Two Hearted every month for at least the last ten years. Each time I have it, I'm blown away like for the first time. I finally got around to rating this - it's about time.

Looks wonderful in the glass. Orange/copper color with a large head that sticks around and leaves great lace. The only thing that would make this better is juts a slightly more bright color.

Smell is hop heaven. Centennial makes it's appearance and gives huge citrus notes. The orange and grapefruit notes are powerful and perfume for my soul. Just fantastic, a touch of sweet malt, but over-the-top hoppiness that showcases my favorite hop.

Taste is paradise. The hops and sweet kiss of malt make this just a pleasure to drink. Lots of hops citrus notes - orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and just perfect depth. Malt is sweet and clean with just a touch of caramel. Perfect in just about every way, in fact, perfect period. This has been masterfully hopped.

Two Hearted Ale has a nice mouthfeel. Great viscosity and carbonation, just shy of perfection as it just doesn't sparkle like the best of the field. It's damn close, though. The finish is mildly bitter but pleasant. Overall, I love this beer. I think I'll drink it for the next 10 years as well. Thanks, Bells!!

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

Had this one on cask tonight at Landmark Tavern during opening day of Raleigh Beer Week. Served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a nice lasting off white head that lasted and left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was crisp citrus hops just in front of sweet malts. The taste was a nice balance with the complex hop profile just in front of a firm sweet caramel malt backbone. The beer is on the light side of medium and is quite smooth and refreshing. This is truly the kind of beer that casks were made for, truly outstanding, no wonder this cask kicked in less than 40 minutes.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Melting Point in Athens, Ga. Poured into a pint glass. Oily resinsy hoppiness lines the glass. Aroma is a beautiful grapefruit and orange citrussy juiciness. Taste has a nice malty sweetness in the background but the hops are the story. It's a beautiful blend of different hop bitterness. Deserving of all the praise it's ever gotten, this is one of the best ipa's...ever.

Photo of magnj
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my mental notes...

A - Light amber body, some carbonation, produces a large head.

S - Earthy hops are big in the nose but there is some vague sugary sweetness going on as well. Not a lot of caramel or anything, seems like a hop showcase.

T - Similar to the nose the malt profile is clean and just sweet enough to balance out the large hop additions which remind me of pine. Finishes bready and kind of thin.

M/D - Full body is light in flavor but there is sugar at the end. Easy to drink, not insanely bitter, probably a great beer locally depending on the price. I'd drink it again but only if it was easy to acquire.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (batch ID 9877) brewed in Comstock MI poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy Gold-orange color with a persistent dense 1/4" off-white head. I poured slowly so left most of the yeast in the bottle. Lacing (strands and thick walls of it) all over the glass and plenty of bubbles moving up slowly through the beer. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Floral hops with some hints of grapefruit/citrus, mangos, and a malty finish. This beer does have to warm up for all the smells to come out. Cold and everything is muted.

Taste: Very hoppy flavors up front with malt in the middle with a bitter finish and a caramel/sweet aftertaste. Strong hop flavors, but the sweetness of the malts cuts through it and blends in nicely. I know this says American IPA...but I feel like I'm drinking a DIPA. It's a very rich brew.

Mouthfeel: Spicy carbonation on the tongue, but thick and smooth as well. It sticks to the teeth a bit, but I'm not minding.

Drinkability: At this high of an ABV, this is a one beer a night beer for me, as it's so tasty I'm drinking it quick and noticing the alcohol fairly quickly. Although I drank it rather quick, I could see this as a sit and savor beer. I had it with a grilled chicken salad but I found it clashed a bit so I polished off the meal quickly so I could savor the beer alone. It's a good beer that I'll have to have again.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to chubbyswans for hooking me up with this one!

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Back label dated "9862" which translates to Bottled 7/14/2010.

Appearance: Pours a orange gold with creamy white head that leaves lots of spotting.

Nose: Got that Midwest IPA nose (reminds me vaguely of Dreadnaught/Alpha King). Some pale caramel malt intermingles with Nugget-like hops (sharp and almost minty or eucalyptal). Some candied lemon peel too. Great nose.

Palate: Crisp but has some sweetness in the middle. Medium-light-bodied with creamy, light carbonation. Pale caramel again, and sticky hops with lots of pine and herbal notes. Finish is really well balanced between bitterness and sweetness.

Notes: First off, I'd NEVER buy this based on the package if I hadn't heard of it - it looks cheap and designed for tourists. HOWEVER - this beer fucking rocks! In fact all of my housemates agree that this is the balls. Well done and I'm super jealous of people who get to drink this all the time! Thanks again chubbyswans!

Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was poured into a DFH pint glass. It poured quickly, a light burnt orange in color with a half inch white head. The smell is very floral and perfectly hoppy. There's a little sweetness to it. It tastes great. It mimics the aromas. It's very floral and has a great hoppyness to it. The sweetness is subtle. It drank very crisp and had good carbonation that tickled the tongue. It's incredibly drinkable. Overall it's a fine IPA and one of the best on the market.

Photo of gtn80
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is pure hops, very similar to Dogfish 90 minute. No fruity hop aroma, just a thick blanket of hops.

Appearance is cloudy, golden color. Small head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Taste is again pure hops, not insanely bitter, pretty well balanced with malt.

Mouthfeel is nice, viscous and a little bit oily.

Drinkability is surprisingly good for a super bitter 7% ABV beer, could definitely have a few.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy gold unfiltered color.With a nice lingering medium head.

S- Smell of hops in every smell very fruity aroma.

T- Taste of strong bold hops and citrus taste as well.

M- It's very dry and crisp. Bold with citrus flavors

D- Now this beer beside the label not being a typical Bell's label not sure what the fish theme is about but it's inside the bottle that matters.
A nice bold IPA with flavor. With the bold strong hop present and citrusy flavor coming out this beer is worth drinking again and again.


Photo of FreshHawk
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy, light golden tangelo color. Fairly full, fluffy, creamy, cloud-like head. Great retention that leaves a full and creamy lace.

S - Great, juicy, strong hop flavor with plenty of grapefruit, orange, apricot and tropical fruits along with a nice touch of floral hops. Somewhat sweet and a great balance of bitterness too. Wonderful smelling beer.

T - Nice balance between the malt and hops. A good backbone of pale malt with a slight caramel, sweetness. On top of that is a good mix of citrus and some tropical fruit hops along with floral and slightly herbal hops. The fruitiness (in particular the tropical fruit) aren't quite as strong as the aroma, but are definitely present. Has a nice bitterness that lingers a bit, but it is well balanced with the slightly sweet malt taste. On the finish some more sweet orange hop flavor comes out. Well balanced with all the flavors.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy feel. A little thin but not bad.

D - Very easy to drink and tasty beer. Extremely balanced beer with lots of flavor.

Notes: Batch 9892. Very good and easy to drink beer. Extremely balanced between hops and malt and between hop flavors. Very good, and enjoyable IPA, especially for one that is easy to get (in the Midwest at least). Not the best beer in the world, but a very tasty one that I would keep stocked.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A brownish-yellow-copper with two fingers worth of tight laced, just a smidge off white head.

S: Full nose of piney and resiny hops with a slight malt character underneath. A very hop forward IPA, yet not overly aggressive. Good balance here.

T: Big, bitter grapefruit and resiny hops that linger for quite some time. Figured the malt backbone on the nose would come through a bit more here, nevertheless it remains a very solid IPA. Good citrus notes upfront, met with grapefruit and bitter hops. Slightly dry with some white grape flavors as well.

M: Bitter and drying. Astringency is my only qualm with this one. Higher carbonation level than I am used to in an IPA as well with a mouth drying quality.

D: This beer is certainly crisp and refreshing and boasts many qualities that hop heads would love, but it just remains a bit on the bitter side for me. Easy drinking IPA with great aroma and flavor, and crisp carbonation.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess you just take some beers for granted. Quite surprised I've not yet waxed poetic on Two Hearted.

12 oz bottle semi-split with the wife while creating culinary masterpieces. Clear pale orange pour frolics in my Thirsty Troll Brewfest taster glass, residing underneath a thin fizzy white shield.

Aromas of orange marmalade, slight malt, and heavy freshly cut grapefruit.

Some grassyness upfront, followed by a bit of pine, and a long slow finish of grapefruit juiciness. A slender malt backbone provides enough support to keep this in some balance and the end is just mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with moderate carbonation. Not as dense as might be expected from a 7% beer.

Perhaps familiarity breeds content. Two Hearted is enjoyable and I could drink this til the vacas came home. Not the top shelf of IPA's, but hovering around the top of the second tier. A Tony Romo selection...discuss.

Photo of evilkalla
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I saw this beer several times but never bought any. Heard it was good so I picked up a six pack this weekend.

Serving: 12 oz bottle into an ale glass.

A: A clear, copper color with a miniscule head. Did leave some lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Fruity, pungent hops.

T: Extremely well balanced maltiness/hoppiness. The bitter isn't overpowering but definitely strong. Very good.

M: Feels great in the mouth. Just the perfect level of carbonation.

D: Pretty good for an IPA. Could definitely keep drinking it.

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

Enjoyed this little doozy while visiting a nice pub in Duluth, MN.

A - pours a nice copper golden colour, no haze, thin finger of head and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Hops are very soapy, with citrus and lemoncello on the finish. Quite nice.

T - The soapy hops come through off the top, citrus and honey come on the finish, with the slightest bitterness lingering.

M - For the hop presence, this is much less dry than anticipated, quite nice and juicy with a medium feel.

D - This stuff is addicting, goes down smooth, and has a delicious and unique hop kick to it.

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

Bell's Two Hearted Ale is a very good American IPA, that is just short of the great beers that are now being produced. This is a beer that's been a standard for so long that perhaps it's being usurped by newer offerings. However, it is still a very good beer that does not disappoint the hophead. I've had this beer on draft and in the bottle several times, and have always enjoyed it, but today, I will review it.

The beer pours a light amber that looks green when held up to the light. A soft head clings to the top of the beer and sticks lightly to the sides of the glass. The beer smells of fresh pine, just peeled orange rind, and flowery honey. The beer tastes very crisp with bitterness up front that marries with the taste of ripe peaches and malted barley. The beer is refreshing and with tannins providing good mouth feel and a dry finish. Very drinkable and deceiving for the the 7+% ABV, but definitely not sustainable for a session.

Photo of Luk13
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle 341ml. Hazy gold. Fantastic aroma of peach, tangerine and grassy hops. Flavor is well balanced between citrus, hops and pepper. Lovely dry and slightly bitter finish. Light palate, a little bit crispy. Very enjoyable. As good as it gets for an IPA.

Photo of wordemupg
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into tulip aug22 2010

A hazy pale golden with lots of little particles being moved around by a few bubbles floating up to a two finger head that lasted for a couple of minuets and left a few specks of lace

S big floral and tropical fruit with a little caramel, quite a nice blend of fruit with a little pine

T again plenty of tropical fruit and a little more pine then I could smell some caramels and no booze whatsoever, enough malt to balance things out preventing the hops from taking over completely

M not sure where all the carbonation comes from because I couldn't see this much in the glass but it creams it up a bit and this beer has great length and sticks to your gums a bit

D this is a great IPA and I was shocked at how easily it went down, for 7%alc it's very dangerous because I would be drinking this at the rate of water and I doubt that would end well

I need to thank irishkyle21 for sending this gem my way it's a great well rounded beer that I would be drinking all the time if I could get it in my area

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,903 ratings.