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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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12,075 Ratings
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Ratings: 12,075
Reviews: 3,243
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 718
Gots: 2,341 | FT: 43
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 jlandis
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Translucent copper orange in color with a one finger white head, The head looks rich a creamy with the densely packed bubbles.

S - A blast of citrus and grapefruit right up front with a nice subtle malt profile.

T - Bitter grapefruit dominates the palate and a nice creamy malt backbone holds it all together.

M - Creamy with just enough carbonation.

D - This is a fantastic IPA, and I'm glad I picked this up in the mixed six pack from Wegmans. This is one of those beers you could drink all night and never get tired of the flavor.

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

Draught @ Mellow Mushroom Raleigh: The beer pours a fairly clear, orangish color. There was a bit of a white head on it. It has a very nice aroma. The main nose is that of citrus with some floral hops. Strong, but not overpowering. A hint of sweetness in the aroma also. Upfront taste of hops. Strong, but not overdone. Aftertaste has a bit of orange to it, a hint of both sweetness and tartness. Quite good!

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

Pours pale straw almost clear with just a light haze keeping it short of clear. Half an inch of pure white soap foamy head remains for a long time, finally subsiding as a soapy resin ring that laces the glass.

Smell is all citrus hops with just an afterthought of malt sweetness. Taste is grapefruit, with lemon and orange hints peeking through. Toasted malts make a fleeting appearance before the long growing bitterness takes over, rolling over and staying with the tongue and cheeks and palate for a long, lingering, drying, antiseptic finish.

Highly, perhaps even deceptively, drinkable at 7%, and I know Bells has been getting slammed for poor QC lately, but the last few sixers I've had from them have been flawless. I'm at the point where I always try to have these, Alpha King, and Sun King's Osiris in the fridge at all times. And keeping them around becomes its own challenge because they're all so damned tasty.

Photo of blittle
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice consistent head with moderate lacing on the glass with light amber color
S - Above average for an American IPA. An even balance of floral and citrus competing with a pine aroma.
T - Just the right amount of bitterness you would expect from an IPA, but beyond that, not that exciting.
M - The perfect amount of carbonation
D - Very drinkable. Easy to continue on with the second and third.

Having tasted a number of American IPAs, this one does not rank among my favorites. Disappointing relative to the strong reviews this beer has received.

Photo of SHODriver
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful golden yellow that produced a plentiful white head that slowly receded to a pool leaving minimal lacing
S: Citrusy and piney, otherwise known as delicious
T: hard to desribe but it starts with a sweet citrus flavor, goes a little piney, then has a little spice. It finishes with a sweet and spicy aftertaste that leaves the mouth coated. Very good
M: Not too heavy and not too light with a just right amount of carbonation
D: It's a beer I'd drink in place of water. it tastes like pliny the elder but it is much more available

Overall: very good IPA with plenty of hop flavor and bitterness with just enough malt sweetness to keep it in check. I'd recommend this beer to anyone that likes IPAs.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up front I must confess this is my favorite IPA. Pours a nice amber color with a perfect one finger head that leaves some light lacing. Great floral and hoppy notes in the aroma, with a hint of grapefruit. The taste is incredible. Smooth on the palate with the perfect mix of hoppy bitterness and malt balance. Hard to get enough of this delicious brew.

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

A pint on tap at whole foods Plymouth meeting.

A- comes off the tap with a good finger of off white head that settles in a bit to a thick foamy ring and some sweet lace. Golden sunset orange yellow in color with a bit of hazy given off a nice glow.

S- citrus fruits coming off with lots of grapefruit and some orange. Pine to a lesser extent. Touches of honey like sweetness with a hint of dry biscuit.

T- lots of grapefruit up front with some lemon and orange not far behind. Slow roll into a bit if conifer like sappy quality with a hint of soapy herbatiousness. Malts play second fiddle but balance things out nicely. Some bone dry scones with a bit of honey on top. Long hoppy linger.

M- a bit less then medium in body with a bright and lively carb. Bone dry finish.

D- this is a tasty ipa I always get that hint of soap but its not a turn off. On cask this is a great beer on tap its very good.

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

12oz bottle into standard shaker. from notes.

A - pours a hazy darker yellow with a nice, fluffy white head and excellent lacing.

S - Strong, floral hops but not much else.

T - Very IPA hop forward but tastes very balanced. It's definitely not a hop bomb but gives you enough bitterness to satisfy. I noticed a touch of honey on the back end, nice!

M - Medium to lighter body, a touch thin. Lots of carbonation, but overall a good feel.

D - Easy drinker. A good fishing beer, as the label might suggest! If only it came in cans....that would be awesome.

Photo of axeman9182
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (props to the generous BA StormKing47) of batch 9990 which was bottled on September 15th and tonight is poured into my Duvel tulip.

Two Hearted Ale pours a nice dark tangerine/orange color; not 100% translucent as it has a little bit of haze to it. A nice three finger head of creamy bone colored foam rises up. Retention is very good, but lacing is a bit spotty for an American IPA. Nose is pretty good, a citrus and pine bomb, but I'm not finding any hint of malt balance. The malt definitely shows up in the taste though, equal parts caramel and bready and very good. A wave of bitterness (just a bit much for a beer of this size) washes over my palate next. I really like that this isn't just straight up citrus on the back end, a healthy dose of pine works really well. Body is a little bit light for this beer, but I think carbonation is especially key for a beer like this as it can help elevate (or dull) the hops and Bell's really nailed it for Two Hearted. It's carbed a little bit on the high end, but not anywhere close to becoming obnoxious. The only real chink in Two Hearted's armor is a level of bitterness that I think is *just* overstepping its bounds. It really is a minor quibble in the face of a great beer.

Photo of weizenbob
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottom of the bottle is lined with a healthy amount of unfiltered yeast that I decide not to pour into the glass for this sample. An aggressive head forms immediately, settling down to two-fingers and refusing to go away. The brew is a beautiful golden tint. We're off to a good start.

As I bring the glass closer to my nose I'm treated to a very fragrant ale. Not surprisingly, hops is the alpha scent here, but there is more than a subtle hint of sweet citrus odors behind all of that humulus. Upon further whiffs the citrus really comes out; it's almost orange-like.

The taste is amazing! Following the scent closely, the primary flavors are hops and citrus. The hops are appropriately strong without slapping you in the face. Alcohol is noticeable, but not out of place. There's a little spruce tingle in there as well, and overall, this is an unusually balanced IPA. I am noticing a slightly bitter aftertaste, but nothing unusual for the style. The more subtle characters of the brew are a welcome addition to a style that often seems to be more about how much hops can be crammed into a bottle instead of attempting to create well rounded ale.

On the mouth, this is pretty easy-going. There is not a lot of active carbonation and the ale rolls around nicely in your mouth. The lingering aftertaste could be a bit of a turnoff to those unaccustomed to an IPA. That and the 7.1% ABV bring the drinkability down a couple of notches, but it shouldn't be a deterrent to anyone looking to try an IPA at the top of its game. I wouldn't hesitate to offer this to an IPA newbie or a veteran hophead.

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

12 oz. bottle.
Pours a clear gold copper color with some visible carbonation. Nice white head with a bit of lacing. Has a great aroma with citrus, and some floral and slightly spicy elements. Mellow flavor, but very tasty. Florals, hops, and spice, with a hint of orange. Light- to medium-bodied, and smooth with light carbonation. A great tasty, and drinkable, IPA. Wish this were available out here in California!

Photo of jsprain1
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a color similar to dull peach flesh with a one finger white head that disappates quickly but leaves some pretty awesome lacing.
S- Very rich hop aroma, fruity in nature, grapefruit, pear and maybe apricot.
T- Same here. Very grapefruity, very hoppy, some pale malt, though not entire balanced, the flavors wow you enough you kinda forget balance.
M- Not sure how an ipa could improve here. Smooth and even carbonation. Good body.
D- Near the top of ipa's. Stone and this are probably the top couple, but this is definitely an everyday kind of beer too. Nice to find an awesome beer that won't wear on me if i drink it often. oh and it hides that 7.1 well.

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

pour a cloudy gold with a rich off white 2 finger head. Yesterday's taste teste was Founder's Double Trouble,also a cloudy yellow but no head,giving it the unfortunate look of a urine sample. The frothy,durable head here is a big + for this type. I like unfiltered as it tends to add complexity.

aroma Nice. A multi hop thing and some caramel-toffee. Hops come up in the scent About what I'd hope for in this type and it's a picture pretty glass too.

Taste While the malt bill is not dominant,it's definitely involved. The balance of hops-malt may lean to the hop end but does not exclude or mask the malt side. I already knew I liked Two hearted,but it does hold up well to more detailed analysis. This is the sort of target you aim for if making an IPA/DIPA beyond the mainstream grade.

It also has a trout on the label !

Mouthfeel Carries some heft,a lot of "hoppys" are light/wet without much texture. Bell's got a great blend of texture,wetness,zing and substance. The aftertaste is your classic woodsy hop bitter,but nicely refined. The overall impression of Two Hearted is that it's a brew that had the right goal and was tweaked until it hit the target.

drinkability Very. Two Hearted takes the normally refreshing IPA a bit past the norm. One eventually can't drive or play with power tools but up to that point this goes down very very well.

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

Could simply be the Pale Ale against which all others should be judged. A hop lover's dream, for all the senses.

Taste has both clarity and complexity, with an exceptional finish. Thank-you Bell's. Brilliance in liquid form.

Unfortunately the higher alcohol content means I will probably never be able to enjoy as much of it as I would like!

Photo of KYFriedChildren
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a six pack that a friend and co-worker picked up from me as a gift.

Appearance- Pours a nice light orange color that is topped off with a white fluffy head on top. Not a bad looking beer, not at all.

Smell- Smells of citrus and fresh hops. Rivals many an IPA for pure citric hoppiness. Very nice.

Taste- Wow, kind of a bring down from the smell and the appearance. The hops and citrus are there in full force but there is also a biscuitty kind of buttery aftertaste. It doesn't seem all that balanced. A full on hop assault followed by what seems like a kind of half-assed butteriness.

Mouthfeel- Citric burn and hop oil along with the tingliness of the carbonation. Nothing special but not bad either.

Drinkability- I'm not as in love with the beer as a lot of people seem to be. I've also had it on tap and liked it a bit more but I don't have notes on it so these are my bottle notes instead. I probably wouldn't drink more than one or two on preference but those who like it would obviously have more.

Photo of beagle75
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of persistent white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Abundant bright fruit--particularly guava and orange--are featured most prominently in this beer's smell. It is otherwise characterized by some fresh floral notes, faint toast, and by a potent alkaline mineral quality.

T: Begins off-dry with assertive toasted pale malt that soon turns vinous. Flavors dry out in the middle, floral aromatic hops emerge, and weak astringency heralds the approaching finish. Bitterness is restrained, and remains decidedly floral, in the relatively short and unremarkable finish. A phantom of pithy grapefruit is detected late.

M: Thin viscosity, demonstrating agility by being both wet and slightly sticky on the palate, with light carbonation.

D: A beer that is greater than the sum of its parts--an unusual sensory profile comes together remarkably well and makes for a subtle yet interesting experience. Two-Hearted does not immediately lend itself to direct comparisons with beers of the west coast IPA archetype, but does remind of Ninkasi's Total Domination IPA. The flavors featured here do not assault the palate, and would humbly vanish in the presence of most savory food flavors.

Photo of dberthia
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had a 15.5 gallon keg of Two Hearted Ale in my kegerator that I bought from Zipps in Minneapolis.

A: Goldish Orange

Smell: Hoppy

Taste: Hoppy

Mouthfeel: Awesome balance of bitterness

Drinkability: For a hop lover you could have several!

Cheers!

Photo of nkersten
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Leffe glass. golden orange color with white straw head. Lots of lacing and bubbles. Smell is great - apricots, strawberries, and grassy bitterness. Taste is fruity wet hops, lightly toasted sweet malts, balanced bitterness. Moderate-light carbonation and dry finish. Very drinkable, this is one of my favorite midwestern IPAs.

Photo of injuredreserve
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-golden straw colored, head retention is minimal

S-piney hops, citrus, and floral presence.

T-grapefruit, HOPS and bitterness linger, nice balance

M-great mouthfeel, slightly sticky, oily. The hops definitely linger throughout

D-Give me more, easy drinker.

Photo of gopens44
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Big, foamy head. Hazy dark yellow in color

S - Piney and lemony with hints of lavender

T - Very floral with a nice balance of hop and citrus flavors. Maybe a little orange peel flavor (yes, that's citrus, but a little different)

M - Dry and not overly carbonated. Once the bitter settles down it is just extraordinarily pleasant.

D - Very much a drinkable beer. Very well balanced and wonderful aroma.

Photo of geryeb624
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours with a massive head that settles down into a nice two-finger white head. Cloudy and orange in color, with really nice lacing and head retention.

S- Really nice floral hop aromas with a hint of pine and some malt backbone. Also, some nice apricot-like fruitiness from the hops.

T- Fruitiness comes through really nicely, with citrus and apricot notes. A little floral character and pine as well, with not very much bitterness. Sufficiently malty as well, but pretty hop-forward.

M/D- Fairly thin mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Extremely drinkable stuff, goes down very easy.

Very good IPA with nice balance. Really good hop flavors with a bitterness that isn't crushing. Would drink a lot more if it were easier to come by.

Photo of Poppleton
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Surprisingly turbid with light orange coloring and ample foamy white head that clings to glass forever.

S- Strong citrus aroma to the point where I'm thinking about Skittles candies.

T- Sweet, sweet lemony citrus taste with mildly bitter aftertaste.

M-Somewhat cloying but smooth

D- If you like superhopped IPA this is your beer. Although I definitely enjoyed this beer I don't know if I could just sit and drink one after another. This is the kind of beer I'd like to order at a decent restaurant while ordering appetizers as it kind of fires up your taste buds but overindulgence would burn them out.

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

Aggressive pour yields a golden copper color, with a solid inch of foamy head. leaving lots of lacing throughout consumption. Nice citrus nose, that comes through even more in the taste. The malts seem to open up as it warms a bit. Tons of citrus and floral hop flavors, but well balanced and refreshing. A very drinkable IPA that lives up to its praise.

Photo of infi
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn. Batch #9836. From 10/6 notes.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Hazy and translucent golden-orange pour with tons of carbonation. A nice frothy and foamy white head fit beautifully in the glass' protuberance. Great head retention with even better amounts of webby lacing on the glass. The aromas were very low in many of the aspects. Not much of a hop presence: minute amounts of pine and citrus. There was some malty breadiness in the background. The three months on the shelf really become evident.

Taste was alike to the smell. Very malt-forward in sweetness and breadiness with the hops being more of a complement, rather than a component. The bitterness lingered for a few seconds before disappearing. To me, it was just a basic IPA but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt; I would definitely like to revisit with a fresher bottle.

Light bodied and carbonated, Two Hearted is very clean and crisp and incredibly easy drinking. Could definitely have a couple bottles of these, especially when fresher. Still a delicious IPA from the Midwest.

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

thanks to Dreadnaught33 for sending me this extra

A: poured golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head but it did leave some nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a bouquet of citrus orange and grapefruit pop out first mild piney hoppy notes but it did have a good malt prsence that seemed to be quite bready. I belive there was some faint pineapple as well.

T: upfront on the palate it was also quite citrusy along with a mild grassy type hoppy profile but was balnced real good by the sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium in body with a pretty nice amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, sweet,mild bitter, and slight crisp finish.

D: it drank really good and so good that it could easily become one of my favorite session beers while grillin some shrimps.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 12,075 ratings.