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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,793 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,793
Reviews: 3,079
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 598
Gots: 1,489 | 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 Damian
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
(Thanks to my girlfriend Nari for bringing this one back from Ohio.)

Poured a hazy, straw yellow with a fizzy, white, one-finger head. A touch of floating sediment was noticeable. Some drippy, short-lived streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

Aroma was quite subdued at first. Mildly hoppy with a bit of sweet malts. As the beer warmed, the hops became somewhat more pronounced and took on citrusy characteristics. Some sweet, bready malts came out as well.

The taste was much more pronounced than the aroma. Intense hops assaulted the palate from start to finish. Aggressively hoppy up front with piney, resiny, grapefruit-like cascade hops and a touch of sweet malts. The hoppiness seemed to settle mid-palate and some bready notes were apparent. Crisp on the swallow with a bitter, biting, lingering, hoppy finish. Alcohol taste was hardly perceivable, but you could feel it effects toward the end of the drink.

Medium bodied with a lush and creamy mouthfeel.

This is a hop bomb, pure and simple. It has enough hops for a DIPA but lacks the malt and alcohol presence. A good IPA overall, but I expected more complexity and/or balance.

Damian, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of Applesauce1
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this on-tap at Skipper's in Athens.

Appearance: gold-orange color with a nice 3/4" white head from the tap; looks pretty good
Smell: hops dominate
Taste: ehhh, decent, but nothing too impressive; there's a hoppiness, but a mustiness also; im not sure where the mustiness comes from, but it didnt please me too much; slight sweet malt presence
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, good carbonation
Drinkability: decent, didn't have another one on the night

Applesauce1, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cask at Maduro Madison with dirtylou and golden2wenty1

appearance: The fluffy, off-white head recedes only partially, exhibiting great retention and nice lacing. The beer is a pretty clear golden-amber in color.

smell: The aroma is full of leafy green C hops and pale, grainy husk aromas. The usual tropical fruits, though slightly muddied in the cask.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is low, and the body a full, smooth medium.

taste: At first I notice an unexpected oak flavor. Flavors of crisp hops and subdued caramel malts. Light to moderate bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: easy...There was more of a difference between this and a standard Two Hearted than I expected.

bottle dated 11.12.13 consumed 12.06.13 - just as lovely as always, floral and bright citrus rind of lemon/lime/tangerine, so fresh, exceedingly cleanly malted with a perfect bitterness, a personal favorite and key to my intro into the scene - scores left intact. going back to my roots tonight with two hearted, double cream, cherry, java, expedition, and third coast on deck.

blackie, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of kboett77
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was always put off this beer by the freaky looking fish on the label. However, having recieved some as a gift, I thought I would give it a try. It is drinkable, with a strong grapefruit tone and a nice fullness to it. But I was no super impressed, to me it lacked some of the complexity and over tones of other IPAs. If I try it again I'll give an update as I am suprised that this well liked beer from a well respected brewery isn't doin' it for me.

kboett77, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy dim copper. Thin beige head. Lace is more than adequate. Spotty, droopy lace all the way down. Aroma is a lot of hops and a little toffee malts. Not quite as "bright" of hop tones, but they make themselves known nonetheless. The flavor is great. Again, the hops aren't as "bright" as the pushed or bottled version of this, but they are very enjoyable in their citric and piney characteristics. The malts are toffeeish in nature and provide the perfect balance to the hops. The bitterness is very clean. The mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy and velvety and very little carbonation. Room temperature and perfect. This was the first time I had this on cask and it was so damn drinkable. This one is drinkable by the gallon in this form. Great beer on cask.

Bighuge, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy deep orange in color. The head is two fingers thick and white as snow. Fluffy head dissolves into thin layer that covers the top layer of the beer. Patchy, sticky lacing stays throughout the sample.

S: Floral. Pungent citrus smells abound. Dough or butter also prominent.

T: Nice citric hop bite bite on the front end. Grapefruit, lemon and even oranges saturate the tongue. Caramel malts slip in to balance the brew. A clean butter like flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Ample carbination for the style. Smooth and crisp upfront and creamy thick on the back end.

D: Drinkability is sky high. A true hop head's session beer. Extremely clean and refreshing. An easy drinker for every occasion. Always a present in my regular rotation.

Tyrawlings, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this for a second time... possibly a bad bottle the first time around. Pours cloudy and golden with a touch of amber -- looks like a cloudy Normandy cider -- with little head (this bottle is getting a little old -- or should I say, aged). The aroma is bright and gorgeous -- fruity (pears, apples, classic English stuff), hoppy, and spicy (that's baked spices, not hot spices). This being Bell's, there's an appropriately huge malt backing to all this, which provides stunning caramel malt background.

On the palate, fresh bitterness first off, then the fruits come out. At the mid-palate, the beer shifts back toward bitter, but this time the bitterness has an earthy quality lacking from the first go-round. The finish is rich and buttery, with some hop oils that stick around for a good while after swallowing. Mouthfeel features vigorous carbonation and smooth malts roughened up with hop oils.

Overall, this is outstanding. I'm sorry that I waited this long to re-try this beer after getting an obviously bad bottle. I need to try this fresh or, even better, cask conditioned. All the flavor components exist in harmony here, and all the components individually possess a high quality. Excellent.

geexploitation, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of HopDerek
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass.

Appears hazy golden amber in color with a big bubbly head that fades fast into a patchy layer of bubbles, minimal lacing. Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes of grapefruit and pineapple up front followed by a touch of malt and then a nice smooth pine needle finish. Medium in body, light in carbonation, with a smooth, drying finish. Highly drinkable IPA, not overly pined like other IPAs, very sessionable.

HopDerek, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of TexIndy
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz with a batch ID on the back label that allows you to go to website to get info on the beer like the date brewed. Was a hazy copper orange color. Had a good head that settles down to a constant foamy top. Considerable lacing throughout the drink. The mouthfeel was awesome - nice and creamy. The aroma is most definitely IPA with dominance of hops and what another reviewer called piney resin. There is also something sweet in there but I can't identify it. The taste is also awesome with a smooth start then a big bit of hops then settles down before becoming to bitter. Very well balanced. I really enjoyed this one but seems best as a regular instead of heavy player. Highly recommend. (4, RR, T, Y)

TexIndy, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts balanced, sweetness in the background but hops dominate as this IPA is true to style. $1.89 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

jdhilt, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of sullysbeer
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma: Huge Floral Hop aroma. Caramel malt sweetness and some alcohol.

Appearance: Clear golden with a creamy head retention that lasts till the last drop.

Flavor: Huge floral hop flavor and finishes with a spicy hop bitterness that lingers a bit but delicious, all balanced with a base and caramel malt sweetness. Has a touch of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy and perfect carbonation.

Overall Impression: This beer RULES on the beer engine or hand pull.

A “beer engine” or hand pump is used to siphon the beer, using air. The beer engine is a half-pint (sometimes a 1/4 pint), airtight piston chamber - pulling down on the handle raises the piston which drags up a half pint of beer. When a cask is first tapped into the beer engine, or after the lines have been washed through, the pump needs to be pulled several times to clear the lines of air or water. The line will continue to hold beer, which will tend to go stale overnight, so the first beer pulled through will be bad beer, and this will be simply thrown away. Most pubs will pull through at least a pint of beer on each beer engine before they open, while others will wait for the first order of beer on that pump before pulling through. Experienced bar staff will serve a pint with two long, smooth, slow pulls of the pump handle, plus a short third just to make sure the glass is full.

Hangin' at Bell's in 1999, every Sunday was Two Hearted Ale on the hand pull afternoons. We would go up there after a heavy night of college drinking and would cure our hangovers. If you ever catch this beer at the Brewery on the hand pull, it will probably be the only beer you drink that day. This is an India Pale Ale -IPA style beer.

sullysbeer, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of xav33
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Two Hearted Ale
12 oz bottle
Packaged 11/06, fished out 12/06
Moderate pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a clear amber with an average white frothy somewhat lasting head with layered rings of lacing denoting my sip timeline.

Smelt of strong oily pine resin, grapefruit rinds, fish, light peaches, strawberries, and sweet bread.

Taste was upfront medium strong bittersweet spruce and moderate bitter and sour grapefruit followed by a moderate bitter and skunky and fishy resin taste on a long peach and spruce finish. Palate was medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated, and lightly astringent.

Overall, a very satisfying soft yet hearty IPA. Excellent flavors, and well balanced in its flavor profile. I've nothing bad to say really. It's just good.

xav33, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of mhaugan
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to travel from Phoenix to Minneapolis to get my hands on some, but since I have a business need to do so, its not too bad. Picked up a sixer to keep in my hotel fridge.

A - Nice Amber with a decent head and some quality lacing

S - Nice and hoppy with just a hint of sweet

T - Hoppy with a great sweet, smooth finish

D - Wonderful. Once of the few IPAs that I would really call a session beer without killing all of my taste buds. The slight sweetness from the malt really helps a bunch.

mhaugan, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught at The Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill, PA on 12/8/06.

A - Light amber hue with a nice creamy white head that mostly diminished, leaving in its wake some beautiful lacing on the glass. The body was quite clear and bursting with bubbles.

S - Moderate hoppy nose with a well-balanced malty aroma as well. Lots of citrus/grapefruit hops... it even smelled a bit sticky!

T - Moderately bitter initial flavor followed by a surprisingly bitter sweet finish with an average duration.

M - The hops feel like they stick to the sides of your tongue, giving way to an almost numbing sensation. This was quite a little lively beer, with lots of carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D - Overall, this is a very well-rounded IPA that was surprisingly a bit sweeter than I had anticipated. Lots of nice, sticky hops. I would pick up a case of this sometime. Very enjoyable.

ffejherb, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of clabaugh
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours the color of a dark pumpkin rind, with a bubbly head colored a nice eggshell situated on top. Retains well, with vigorous lacing.

Smell: Invigorating floral hops that are nicely accompanied by some simple, sweet malts.

Taste: Very good. Malts and hops compliment one another aptly to produce a simple yet satisfying flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and roundly carbonated.

Drinkability: Superb. Phenomenal session beer that I could drink anytime, for a long time. Blissful simplicity.

clabaugh, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of SacoDeToro
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the GABF.

Poured a beautiful amber with a nice white head.

The aroma was of citrusy hops, rich biscuity malts, and English ale yeast.

The flavor of the beer was very citrusy with lots of grapefruit. The maltiness of the beer was relatively prominent for an American IPA. Rich caramel and biscuit malt flavors.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the carbonation was spot on.

Another American classic. This beer is perfectly balanced and very distinct.

SacoDeToro, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Nicholson's in downtown Cincy.
Served in a pub pint glass. Had a nice inch and a half frothy head. Plenty of hoppy aroma. More of the piney hop smell than anything else came through. This beer on cask is really interesting. You lose a lot of the hop bite, but this beer is so smooth and creamy that it makes up for it. Instead of getting the hop bite as soon as you drink it, it really comes through about midway through each drink. A little more subtle, but it's there.
This is very drinkable. This is so smooth that it's dangerous. All in all a good offering, but I prefer non hoppy beers for cask offerings.

FtownThrowDown, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of SMark
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, tan with a very respectable head. Lace lasted completely through drinking the pint over 30 minutes.

Definitely a lot of hops which made the mouth water in anticipation of what was ahead.

Crisp and clean with all the anticipated hops coming through. It was difficult to make this last 30 minutes.

Probably did not give enough thought to how it felt. Too excited to drink and then provide a proper evaluation. Nothing off here.

Very difficult to only drink one, but alas I was by myself and had to be able to get home. Could enjoy a few of these as I cannot imagine getting tired of it.

SMark, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of Impsonsay
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a 13oz mug

A: Pours a light goldenrod color with thick lingering head that grasps tightly along the sides of the glass.

S: Strong hints of hops and citrus

T: Strong hop and citrus bitterness. I can't help but be reminded of the taste of a gin and tonic... only with hops of course.

M: A bit thin feeling in the mouth, but strong bubbly carbonation sings in perfect harmony with the taste and smell of this brew.

D: This is a beer that made me see IPA's as something to be savored instead of my previous thoughts as just being a "sour beer".

Impsonsay, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7703, packaged on October 23, 2006. Big thanks go to Ego for the big score and letting some NJ BAs sample some of Bell's finest works.

Served in an imperial pint glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful radiant gold... it doesn't quite know whether to go more towards yellow or red. There is a slight haze, and the head swells to three fingers of thickness. The crown settles to a fat cap of foam, leaving both sheets and spots of lacing behind.

Smell- Sweet, floral notes showcasing honey and ruby red grapefruit... the nose alone is thirst quenching, mingling with the cool air above the beer and waking the taste buds.

Taste- The success of this beer is its balance. The citrusy hop character surrounds the tongue and grips the mouth, while the malts set up their bready, clean finish. The ensuing burps are wonderfully fragrant, at least from my perspective. I get to smell them instantly!

Mouthfeel- I had to bump this number up to 5. While some IPAs begin their descent after decanting in a glass for a half-hour, this only gets smoother and more enjoyable. Slick and absolutely amazing... the carbonation *swooshes* in the mouth with grace and perfection.

Drinkability- With so many IPAs available in NJ (and more are coming), this would be a real gift to hopheads in our region. This beer has it all... and it makes me want to savor each sip. My glass is empty now, and my only want is to have another.

yelterdow, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of sponberg
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's a salmon on the damned bottle. This means that the beer is good for your cholesterol, and swims upstream to spawn. What's upstream from Kzoo? Got me. Pours a cloudy gold/amber with a white head that lasts forever. Aroma of bready malt, rindy citric hops, and a fish fry.

HELlo!!! Big IPA blast right off the rip - citrusy hops all over the place along with a honey/caramel biscuity, bready malt, with the hop rindiness grabbing the tongue while the rest of the balanced honey and hops glide over the taste buds. There's some solid, highly drinkable beer in this bottle - the kind that says "yeah, it's a session, but you're gonna be calling a cab." Finishes with this great bitter-and-honey-lemon flavor that has me reaching for more.

Bless you, BA JeffKrenner, for the bottle!!!

sponberg, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of foureyedgeek
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After the recent discussion in the forums about favorite IPAs and then Bell's Two Hearted specifically, I decided it was time to revisit it.

This is from a 12 oz bottle, Batch 7720

Pours a bright golden straw color, quite clear but not completely. Nice fluffy inch or so of head, that stands up out of glass, above the rim before receding to a light bubbly foam. Laces nicely down the glass.

Smell bursts of hops, not overpowering though. Floral and citrus here. Slightly sweet. I've heard this described as beer Froot Loops (like the cereal) and that fits it well

And the taste, wow. This is such a great IPA, the balance is perfect. There a nice malt presence that, while less prominent than the hops, allows this to be a very quaffable beer. The hops make this one quite juicy and I get a little pine as well. The finish is crisp, drying and bitter.

Mouthfeel is drying and the carbonation on this one makes it quite crisp, as I said above.

This beer really excels in drinkability, its such a tasty beer and would make for an excellent session beer when your taste buds are in a bitter mood. This is one of my favorite IPAs out there, I'm glad I picked it up again.

foureyedgeek, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of vtfan77
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright gold with about an inch of white head. Some lacing remains on the glass as the head dissipates.

S- Nice hoppy smell with tart citrus and some sweet floral notes. Quite inviting.

T- Citrusy hops hit first with a nice tangy flavor. A smooth, bready malt flavor follows with a touch of honey-like sweetness. Moderate bitterness on the finish, not harsh at all.

M- Nice medium body, perhaps on the light side of medium, with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Excellent drinkability. I could definitely put down a few of these with ease.

It didn't blow my socks off, but it was a solid, flavorful, easy-drinking IPA. I will definitely get more of this in the future. Recommended.

vtfan77, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Hitman23
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice copper color, two finger head, can really see the hops and malt.

S - Unreal smell out of the bottle, the pour just adds to it. Strong IPA aroma with a hint of citrus.

T - Really gets the tastes buds going. This is one of if not the best tasting American IPA out there.

M - Bittersweet and will make your jaws clinch ever so slightly with a smooth finish.

D - Goes down nice and easy. Putting away six would be a lot of fun.

Thanks to my cousin in Madison, WI for finally giving me chance to taste this awesome craft!

Hitman23, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Atlas1
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed the last bottle of Two Hearted tonight from my local beer store. Glad I did too. Pours a nice golden orange-yellow, with a bit of haziness to it. Quite pretty. A nice two-finger head which lasted a while and left a beautiful lace down the glass. The aroma is very citrusy. Orange and lemon hoppiness. Tastes delicious too. The perfect blend of malt and hops. Very fresh. Orange hoppy flavor to finish it off. On a second gulp I get hints of lemon and starfruit. Some pine as well in the following aroma. A tasty and complex IPA for sure. Mouthfeel is solid. A fantastic beer from Bell's. Quality stuff.

Atlas1, Dec 07, 2006
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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