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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,781 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,781
Reviews: 3,077
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 598
Gots: 1,481 | FT: 40
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 Absumaster
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An orange, light amber beer with a small head.

Smell is hoppy, resinous and piney. There is also some fruitiness with peaches, honey and some hard candy.

Taste is bitter, but not extremely mouth puckering. The hops are citric and piney, with no grapefruit to be tasted. Malt is just faintly present and plays hardly any role. Yeast profile is fruity with some peach and hard candy. Balance is pretty much absent, but for hopheads this beer is great, it all revolves around the hops, rest is just supporting.

For me it is not clear why this is ranked so much higher than other IPAs, it is very good, but there is not earth shakeing difference. It is probably all these hopheads ;-)). Thanks to todd1 for this great beer.

Absumaster, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of rowew
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Short description of the style, indecipherable bottling code.

Appearance: Bright orange with a medium sized head, decent retention.

Smell: Immediate whiff of citrusy hops when I opened the bottle. Citrusy hops and just a bit of grassiness. Only the slightest hint of malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: This one is definitely not going for balance - its strongly hop dominated. Tart citrus flavors in the beginning with just a bit of resiny pine as well. Finishes dry and bitter.

Overall impression: Definitely for hop heads only - this is a quality IPA if you appreciate the over the top hop character.

rowew, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of nriech
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden orange, decent offwhite head. Medium amount of lacing.

Smell: Tons of hops, very piney, citrusy and fresh. The kind I love to smell almost as much as to drink.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine up front. Decent bittering and a little sweet. Good overall balance. The hops linger around for a good amount of time but not until unwelcome. Not sticky or high in alcohol in taste at all.

Overall a good contender for the 60 min IPA. Tastes a little fresher but I will have to drink a few more before I consider making a switch.

nriech, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy golden color with lots of tiny suspended particles, a nice off-white head, nice active carbonation, and good lace. Intense citrusy hop-pellet like aroma -- fresh !! Nice hoppy flavors; not really bitter; nice resiny character. Light-medium bodied with a light dry hoppy finish.

Awesome fresh hop monster ! Pricey but worth it. My favorite Bell's brew so far and the best IPA I've had in a long time.

Per BB website: OG 1.058 & 7% ABV.

Batch # 7754 ('6329' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 02/15/07

($8.49 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Matteox3
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA. Variety Case.

This orange colored brew was very aromatic. I keep hearing this called an IPA, and I guess that would suit it best, but I found this beer to be very very similar but more original than the typical American IPA. Most of the originality stems from the aroma, very very fruity. I loved Bell's take on the IPA.

However, I found this to be harder to drink than most IPA's. But please dont let that keep your from trying this beer, its excellent in my opinion.

Matteox3, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dear friend brought this back from Minnesota on recent business trip. 12oz brown bottle with a salmon on the label. Poured into a mini tulip it forms a sticky white head that leaves chunky lace. Orange body.

Speaking of oranges this is full if bitter orange zest. I thought I found the greatest IPA in the land when I tried green flash but this is as good if not better. "Lively" would be a good term to describe this brew. "Fresh" would be another. Its just got that freshly picked from the garden type feel to it. Carbonation is super fine and gives it a cascading drop after each pull. Sweetness is more evident as it warms a bit but it is still acting as support and balance.

Notes: One of the best....If not the best Ipa's I've had to date.

DogFood11, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle cloudy orange-gold. Came with a healthy head and left with nice lacing.

Floral hops and grapefruit greet the nose.

Hops, hops, and hops with the grapefruit make it something special.

Mid-bodied with light carbonation.

This is a great IPA. Very drinkable and one I'll always have in the fridge.

Monkeyknife, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of jockstrappy
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper color with a small white head. Aroma is a balanced combination of floral hop notes and mild pear. Taste begins with a generous floral hop punch as soon as it hits the mouth. A slight bread-like malt backbone can be noticed in the roof of the mouth right before a dry, hoppy finish that leaves you no choice but to take another sip. Being fairly light in both body and carbonation make this one easy on the palate, and quite easy to throw back several in a sitting. Very nice year-round beer!

jockstrappy, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i first had this beer at a bar across the street from wrigley before an afternoon game to which i had rooftop tickets. bright sunny day, bar was packed w/usual cubbie crowd of khaki-wearing, lite-swilling yuppies, but i was encouraged to see a nice tap selection (don't remember which bar at this point). this was last summer and i was still somewhat of a beer neophyte, my experience was limited to various imports, a few micros, and the beers at the local brewpub. i don't know why i picked this beer, i guess i had heard from a friend that bell's was good but thank f*cking allah that i did. this beer, although served in a 16oz plastic cup (stupid drunk cub fans-thanks), absolutely kicked my ass. this was the first beer of this quality that i had ever enjoyed up to this point. it was a nice hazy orange in color, and had an unbelievably powerful and wonderful fragrant aroma, dominated by pleasing, complex citrus (orange) notes with some floral and pine in the nose as well. that first sip was incredible, just beautifully balanced between the sweet caramel/bready malts and the delirious hops. the finish was awesome, again wonderful interplay between the malts and hops-perfect. how they made a beer taste this big and balanced at 6?% i have no idea. i only had time for two of these before we had to go the game, but the whole time i was mesmerized by this beer, despite being amidst the chaotic pre-game summer scene. i was considering ditching my party and staying at this bar for the game (the cubs suck anyways) so i could stay and have more of these.
update: have had too many times to count, perfect every time. i like that this is unique in it's light color and honeyed, floral characterisitics. also that it's always well-carbonated, moreso than most bottled ipa's, but not in a seemingly artificial manner.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, batch #7818. According to the website, this was bottled on Feb 5, '07 - nice and fresh.

pours a pretty peachy gold color with a very slight haze, with a nearly white pillowy head of 2 fingers thickness. Average retention. No rings of lacing, but rather a thin sheet that nearly covers one side of the glass.

This definately smells fresh. Big hop aroma, very floral and quite a bit of earthiness. The aroma suggests more bittering than citrus though, which did not come through in the flavor. Very pleasant.

The aroma had me momentarily thinking ESB, but the flavor is all nice hoppy/sweet/citrusy IPA. Definately sweeter than I expected from the nose, and not what I'd call balanced - who cares - I'll call it delicious! A medium bitter bite that doesn't detract from drinkability in the least. Lighter than I expected and the hop attack never numbs the tastebuds. A surprisingly clean finish with just a bit of bittering. Carbonation is appropriate and despite the light mouthfeel this brew is very satisfying - well done!

Not available where I live...story of my life. Not the best IPA I've ever had, but definately top 20. This beer is devoid of any true flaws and has some great strengths. This goes down absurdly easy and I'd love to have a few more tonite but I must ration my supply.

udubdawg, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of meatyard
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear amber with an orange hue, The head is a good 2-3 fingers of ivory color that drops slowly leaving a good amount of lacing. The smell is a very fresh, pungent pine & citrus. It has a sharp hops and resin taste with a bitter bite and a lot of complexity in between. A nice medium mouthfeel. A very tasty, easy to drink, gone before you know it beer. Anyone liking an Am. IPA will probably appreciate another high quality Bell's beer. I'd love to be able to have a fresh one of these anytime I felt like it.

meatyard, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Byeast
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden orange , mostly clear , with a large , foamy offwhite head. Walls of lacing left on my pint.

Smell: Hops abound , lots of different hop scents , citrusy , some fruit cup , grapefruit, peach , floral , mango , quite complex.

Taste: A very interesting and intricate, hoppy ride. Lots of hops that are floral , semi-pungent , slightly citrusy , grapefruit, some more fruity tastes in there , nice mild underlying bisquity malt throughout. The hop flavors take their turns on the tongue , pleasantly complex. The aftertaste is citrusy/bit fruity , slighty dry , and very lasting.

Mouthfeel: smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability: A damn drinkable and fresh IPA. Great hop profile that shows lots of complexity , with a nice restraint for the amount of hops there is. Really tasty a balanced , nicely crafted brew.

Byeast, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of mjc410
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour into my Sam Smith glass raises a wild inch-and-a-half head after a not-so-hard pour (I like hyphens). It falls, of course; but ever so slowly, leaving thick bubbles and lace stuck to the sides of the glass. It's only slightly off-white. The body is a bright, translucent gold with a honey coloration. When the glass is tilted, the lacing is patchy and slick. The nose is bitter and filled with citrus notes, and perhaps slight hints of white raisins. The taste is just on the bitter side of balanced, and reminds me of a rich white bread with marmalade. There's also a bit of pepper. Very nice. The mouth is quite thin, with perfect carbonation. Paired exceptionally with some sharp cheddar. I usually don't overly enjoy IPAs, and this bottle of the six pack, the very last, tasted much better than the others. Maybe I'm just in the mood, but this is a great beer.

mjc410, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer in a trade (thanks markgugs). Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a hazy copper orange color, with about two fingers of thick, frothy white head that hung around almost to the end. Left sticky , thick gobs of lace on the side of the glass. Had a rather mild nose to it. Hops , grass, bread, and some sweet fruity tones. Taste was of mild bittering hops, sweet malt that balances the beer out nicely. Some citrus notes in the background as well. A pretty mild brew. Pretty well balanced in the mouth, moderately carbonated with a nice full refreshing feel to it. Drinkability is great. I have to get more of this brew.

jaxon53, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of BillyB
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried this at a Michael Jackson beer dinner and then got a bottle in a trade.

Pours a dark amber to light copper color. Thick 2 fingered head lasted pretty long.

Piney hop aromatics dominate but there are some complex fruity esters in there to. Berries, Pear, and citrus notes.

Bitterness is up front . Slightly sweet maltiness with just a hint of caramel.

Medium bodied and very smooth drinking. A great session beer.

BillyB, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of quikfish13
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon the finish of pouring this beer, looking at the light copper tone of the body brings a warm inviting apearence. A thick foamy 2 finger head shows a light tan shade. This is all complimented upon the sweet aroma eminating from the glass. A burst of hops with a citrus (orange and lemon flavors come to mind) undertone come out full force from this beverage.

With tasting this fine Bell's beer my mouth is overwhelmed with the sweet flavor of hops. Coming out strong on the begining this is definetly a style of beer for people that want hoppiness in there beer. The malty taste comes out in the middle and at the end the bitterness hits, but does not leave a unpleasent after taste.

Leaving a pleasent feel in my mouth, with a tangy feeling brought on from the constant citrus flavors this is a beer that goes down so smooth but allows you to realize that you are drinking a beer, and not water. I personally am the biggest fan of the smell and taste but this is probably the standard that all IPAs should try and live up too.

quikfish13, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of eberkman
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy, honeylike orange-amber with a full, rocky white head that retained very well. Presented an inviting aroma of floral hops with some piney and citrus notes.

The taste was about the most perfect example of an American IPA I can think of. Strong floral hops up front, balanced out by a smooth, delicate maltiness toward the middle, transforming into a hoppy, bitter, dry finish that didn't linger too much in an unpleasant way.

Very crisp, refreshing mouthfeel with outstanding drinkability. This is one I'd desperately like to be able to have around, but Bell's doesn't distribute in Massachusetts so I'm limited to my yearly trip home to Michigan. Too bad. This would probably be my go-to, 6-pack-in-the-fridge-at-all-times beer.

I also had one last night on tap at All-Season Grill in East Lansing -- very nice as well, but I preferred it out of the bottle.

eberkman, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of schoolboy
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of Bells' that I really like. It is way out there hops-wise, but with an appropriate balance. It just works.

I was sort of down on Bells unil I tried this and the KAlamazoo stout. Excellent stuff.

Compared to any other high-hops beers, it has the best balance.

schoolboy, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of DGryger
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Rusty tan color body, fairly cloudy with moderate amounts of bubbles streaming up through the glass. Nice off white head rises to around 1.25-1.5” and settles down to some coarse bubbles and a good lace.

Smell:
Upon opening the bottles I am greeted with a sweet malty odor. There is a little biscuity-citrusness to the smell as well. Floral notes appear as beer warms. I think aroma is the weak spot of this particular brew.

Taste:
I can taste some biscuity malt notes up front with a hop bite in the middle to finish. Floral hop taste in the middle with a bitter/tangy finish. Well balanced and not a bottle full of bitter. Biscuity-bready notes become more apparent as the beer warms along with a bit of sweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel:
Thin to medium bodied brew, good carbonation and goes down pretty smooth for an IPA. Little nip on the tip of my tongue as I swallow it down. Overall it has a very nice feel.

Drinkability:
Quite tasty and easy drinking for an IPA, mostly due to the good balance between the hops and the malt. The relatively low ABV (for an IPA) make this a decently sessionable beer that I would have no problem packing away three or four. Definitely will add this to my “would buy a case of it” list.

DGryger, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

slightly cloudy golden beer with hints of tangerine coloring. floral and hops aromas dominate. amazingly blended and balanced. fresh citric hops stand out against a smooth malt profile. fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice mixed with orange pulp. grains and spices are also noticable.

beautifully crafted, very well controlled. most brewers attempting something like this would've given into the temptation of overly sweetening and hopping to the point of ridiculousness.

schusterbauer, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of CaptCleveland
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One bottle from a six-pack purchased from local Wild Oats on the east side of Cleveland. When the Batch ID from the back label is entered at the brewery website it is noted that this six-pack was packaged on January 16, 2007.

Great 2-finger head, residual foam and plenty of Belgian lace throughout the tasting. Strong piney-hops predominate with citrus and a behind-the-scenes malt aroma that conjures memories of DFH's 60- and 90-minute IPAs.

Wonderful hop flavor with subtle malt balance but disappears as the hops predominate and linger on the palate. Mouthfeel is a bit oily and thin.

From the aroma I expected a full throttle hop explosion but discovered an overall well balanced IPA that allows the starring hops to be well supported by a nice malt flavor. I have not been disappointed by Bell's and plan to make a pilgrimage this summer.

CaptCleveland, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of browner
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This golden orange IPA has a 2" rocky white head which stands up. An impressive blend of aromatic hops, citrus overtones and hints of pine this is a beer that starts out strong and finishes pretty true to deliver a well balanced IPA. Very drinkable and a real palate teaser. One of the best blends of IPA out there and worthy for any red blooded Muskie fisherman.

browner, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of JDK
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden yellow with a one finger head that remained pretty much throughout the drink
Nice citrus smell with just a touch of pine
Medium mouthfeel with a nice citrus aftertaste that lingers quite a while. Neither the hops or malts were overpowering, everything is balanced perfectly.
This is one of the best IPA's I've tried and Bell's never disappoints with any of their releases

JDK, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thefatkid13 for this one :banned:

A: Dull copper pumpkin color with a lot of haze. Head is low lying made up of medium sized off white bubbles.

S: Pinecone, grapefruit rind and orange blossums.

T: Begins with pink grapefruit, kiwi and green apple to start things off. Sugary pine comes next with a substantial bitterness ensueing. Caramel apple acts as a good backbone with licks of lemon peel rounding it out. Finishes with lingering buttery watered down OJ and lymon.

M: Medium body, prickly mouthfeel at times.

D: Nice IPA with very good balance. Really opens up as it warms too.

Westsidethreat, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first 6 pack, got it now that we can get Bell's in IA!!! Whoo hoo!!

Anyway, it pours a big beautiful head without even trying, I poured a little rough and had to stop the ensueing head from overflowing the glass. Looks great!! The smell is very nice grassy hops that are smooth and not harsh at all. The taste is a bit reminiscent of the Bohemoth this year from FFF, so if you've had it this is very similar. The mouthfeel is very nice, only a little bit of harsh carbonation comes through. Overall I am very glad to get this fine drink in IOWA!!!! I will have many more to come. Thank you so much Bell's!!

Erdinger2003, Feb 10, 2007
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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