Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

11,704 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,704
Reviews: 3,150
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 644
Gots: 1,961 | FT: 41
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 hophead247
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Harpreet from Perry's...

Pours a nice slightly hazy medium gold color with minimal head. The smell is what I expected from an east coast IPA...sweet grapefruity scent with a faint hop presence. A very nicely balanced IPA, but as stated above, more on the sweet malty side then a hoppier IPA. Seeing a minimal head on the beer when pored, I thought it may be under carbonated, but it was actually near perfect. A very nice job to Bell's for making this well balanced IPA that is very drinkable indeed.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy orangey-golden color with a thick two-and-a-half fingers of off-white froth that settles lazily, grasping at the walls of the glass as it fades, leaving behind a thick, broken blanket of lace.

Lots of bright, citrusy hop notes in the nose: grapefruit and orange in the foreground, some floral notes with some bubblegum peaking through, along with some faint fruity esters filling in the rear.

A light-to-moderate carbonation combines with a medium body to give an impression of fullness. The malt backbone is more bready than sweet, but a touch of sweetness does show through; hops fill out the palate, with sharp grapefruit and lemon zest, a bit of citrus pith. Quite bitter and dry, with some slick hop resin; things fall away into a bitter finish with some light toast, very dry and with a lingering grapefruit note.

Despite the heavy-handed hop impression, Two Hearted comes across mostly balanced, though perhaps with the scales leaning slightly toward the bitter end of the spectrum. Overall very pleasant and a well-crafted and drinkable IPA, and while the alcohol content doesn't soar, it's high enough to make itself known. Two of these would provide enough mind-numbingness and palatial devastation to hinder further quaffing.

Photo of pwsoldier
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to rudylaw for hooking me up!

A - Pours cloudy copper with a large off-white head. Retention is good and lacing is plentiful.

S - Lots of floral hop aromas backed by an enticing honey-like sweetness. A noticeable amount of citrus comes through as well.

T - Earthy hop notes dominate up front with citrus hop flavors and a caramel-like sweetness coming through in the finish. The hops are dominant, yet this is a very well-balanced beer. Absolutely delicious!!

M - Medium-bodied with a slightly wet finish. Goes down smooth and easy.

D - Very enjoyable and incredibly easy to drink! This is a classic Eastern IPA.

Photo of ugaterrapin
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Has a pretty standard golden IPA color with a extremely slight cloudiness. Has excellent head retention that leaves some impressive lacing on the sides of the glass. Definitely gives off an awesome citrus hop aroma. The taste follows up with that same citrus hop punch. Nice hop flavor that is balanced very well. Has a slightly oily mouthfeel, but this doesn't take anything away from the beer. This is one of the easiest drinking IPAs that I have ever had. Great flavor to go with the drinkability. Definitely one of the top three IPAs I have ever had.

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

Was very pleasantly surprised to see this on cask today at Pizza Paradiso at the Dupont Circle location.

The beer pours the expected peachy orange color with good head retention and exceptional lacing. The nose has the prototypical perfumy citrus, white pepper and spice I've come to expect with two hearted. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except the cask conditioning has given this beer a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The beer has lost some of the hoppy bite you get on C02, but the creamy mouthfeel makes up for it in my opinion. Drinkability is very, very good, with the alcohol very well disguised.

Obviously, this beer is a masterpiece, but is an absolute joy to try on cask. Yumm....

Photo of FLYINGSCOOTER
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding in every respect.
Quickly became a fovorite of mine.
Tastes full.
Good head, leaving lace as you drink.
Poured into glass about halfway so head could build.
I found this beer awhile ago at a World Market as a single and have been buying this, and others on a regular basis.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: Hazy straw color. Two fingers of thick creamy head with excellent retention. This bitch is sticky as hell as tons of lacing fills my glass.

4.0 S: Floral and citrus hops dominate the nose. There's also a healthy bit of pine in there as well. Lots of fruitiness with pineapple up front and hints of mango in the background.

4.0 T: Overall it's more balanced than I was expecting. Not too bitter, but hop flavor is plentiful. Pine and citrusy mango are foremost int the taste. Also present is a pleasant caramel maltiness.

4.5 M: Medium body. Very creamy with good carbonation. Well done here.

4.5 D: Because it's relatively well-balanced, this is a very drinkable beer. Well done.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Wonderful citrus hop nose. Fruity esters and a mild malt sweetness. Notes of honey.

Appearance - Gold color with a nice hop haze. The head poured one fingerwidth and dissipated to 1/2 fingerwidth. The head is frothy and white with good lacing. Some visible carbonation.

Taste - The taste fully supports the aroma. Inital hop bitterness and citrus flavor. The malt comes in to support the bitterness and is followed by some esters. The bitterness is present the whole way through, but is not overwhelming. There is a mild lingering bitterness. Very nice flavors.

Mouth Feel - Medium body with medium carbonation. There is a bit of a carbonic acid bite. Bitterness, but smooth.

Overall Impression - This is one of the best IPAs that I've had the pleasure of drinking. It is nicely balanced torward the hops, but does not leave behind the malt backbone like many other IPAs do. This beer needs to be on your buy list.

Photo of joedon
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nearly a perfect IPA. Brilliant gold color with sticky lace. Hoppy-spicy aroma. Perfect balance between bitterness and maltiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability just right for the style.

Kind of hard to find this on tap in Minnesota but worth the effort.

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass after I got a sixer back through the airport. Its a lighter amber hue, clear good lacing but the head falls a bit too fast.

S- Wonderful IPA smell. Lots of Floral hops. Fresh Pine and citrus smells. There is a good bready malt tones ot the backbone.

T- Lots of Floral Hop notes. Its very crisp bitterness has a tough of earthy notes. Very good Carmel malt backbone almost leaves a dark fruit taste behind with a touch of pepper to the finish.

M- Medium body, clots of carbonation and a dry finish.

O- Wonderful IPA. Well balanced. Will have again.

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

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... finger thick, pillowy white head with good retention sits on top of a cloudy golden beer with mild activity. Nice lacing

S- Definate smell of hops though its not overpowering

T- Very mild start, maybe a hint of sweet maltiness. Citrus. Grapefruit. Floral. Finishes with in your face hops... tasty

M- Pretty watery... lighter bodied with light to medium carbonation. Not an extended amount of hop aftertaste considering the huge hop flavor

D- Going down easy... trouble with such a high abv

CHEERS!!

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

poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint

A- The beer pours a somewhat cloudy golden color with about a finger and a half's worth of white billowy head. The head stays on for a while and leaves a good lacing on the glass.
S- A nice but not overpowering amount of hops with some nice piney scent. Also on the tail end a little bit of malt.
T- This one heck of a balanced IPA. The hops blends well with the malt and the little citrus underlying. The may even be a little orange which seems to help with the citrus.
M- The feel of this beer is pretty darn good. Nice and smooth, medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.
D- This may be the best IPA in the Midwest. The flavor is super balanced, really smooth and just an overall great beer. Hats off to my Michigan neighbors.

Photo of CHickman
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a small off white head; smells very hoppy and sweet with a great floral hop aroma that is quite strong in a very good way.

Tastes sweet and hoppy with floral hops, pine, malt, light spices, grass and citrus. Could be some other flavors like nutmeg mixed in, but the floral hops dominate in a nice balanced way. Very light and crisp with an overall floral hoppy taste that finishes dry and leaves a very nice hop taste.

Brew has good sticky lacing as it goes down and overall is a very good beer! Recommend trying this beer and it goes down easy, has great flavor and the alcohol does not take away from the great taste.

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

Cask at Churchkey. Gorgeous cloudy straw colored with a large white head that settles quickly. Aroma of freshly mown grass and cut hay. Directly bitter but not over the top, well balanced with malt and light pepper. Better on cask than tap or bottle by a long way.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Drafting Room, Exton PA

A: Color is bright copper, think penny circa 1996. Two finger thick lingering frothy head eventually becomes lacy.

S: Upfront hoppy nose that you expect from an IPA with predominantly grassy, piney aroma and suporting citrus and floral notes. Complex but inviting.

T: Big and fresh complex hop taste, well calculated malt presence with semi dry and bitter finish. Well balanced.

M: Wonderfully effervescent, yet smooth and not over-done.

D: Good choice to start the night with, great choice to have another. 7.1 % ABV is well-hidden but certainly re-introduced itself towards the end of the growler.

Great name and label deserves mentioning.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very disappointed to see that my review had disappeared for this beer. Let me re-share:

A: Pale, hazy yellow-orange with a big, sticky head and lots of lacing.

S: For an IPA, this is an close to heaven as it gets for me. A big hop nose showing great complexity. Not a single person I've held my mug up to hasn't said, "Whoa" or "Wow, that's strong."

T: Bell's hasn't just made a strong IPA here, it's a complex IPA. The malt is laid perfectly into the background, and the hops are just full, front, and center. The complexity of hop smells leads me to believe they're using more than one species of noble hops or did something to generate such complexity in the hopiness. This is a hop-lover's dream. Just perfectly balanced, with that juicy, citrustly hop flavor and some malt to balance (this is perfect...about halfway between some of the drier and maltier IPA's I've had).

M: Superb mouthfeel that is slightly dry, not overcarbonated in the least, and smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Get me another!

As mentioned when I previously reviewed this beer, I'd say it's more of a "1.5" IPA... that is, somewhere between a regular IPA in strength and a DIPA. I realize "IPA" is a relative term with broad definitions, but on average, most IPA's I've had have had a particular smell and taste strength where this beer is far above average.

What's most above average about this beer is its taste and smell. I've had stronger, but not anything that is as full and well-rounded as this IPA. This is my standard beer right now and the only beer I've ever bought more than a six-pack of. As soon as I tasted it, I just locked right on to it and realized this was something special. You owe it to yourself to verify this! Note: You must have a fresh batch. This stuff does go slightly south even after a month.

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass..batch 9345

a-rusty copper color...hazy white head...lingered for a while...great lacing and nice level of bubbles

s-sharp floral hops...citrus and pine..little grass and enough malt to keep it together on the nose

t-nice grassy piney hops up front...malt holds this together nicely in the middle...sharp bitter hops round this one out as it finishes some what dry

m-resiny and oily...prickly from the carbonation...sticky..

d-could have drank this stuff all day although it makes for a mess the next day at work...the abv is hidden well enough to make this six pack drinkable..

overall a top notch brew that im glad to have around all year...i should revisit these more often..

Photo of apbarwood
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bright, golden IPA with a rather large head of white foam. A good amount of head lasting throughout and eventually developing into a smattering of lace. An inviting aroma of fresh hops, particularly a bitter orange peel and grapefruit flavor. Those aromas carry through on the flavor with the addition of a nice malt body to counterbalance. There's a sugar cookie sweetness derived from the malt that's very pleasant and does wonders to soften the hops. The mouthfeel is light and bubbly with a highly refreshing finish that's dry but not abrasively. A great IPA for hopheads and novices alike. There's an unmistakable fresh hoppy quality that makes this a nearly flawless representation of an American IPA and yet I found it had a great malt balance, more so than many others of equal repute. A must try, for sure.

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

Has at Datz Deli in Tampa. It was poured into a Hefe glass, not to trilled about that but hey Iam at a deil with a good beer selection. Nice head the stays put for quite some time. Deep golden coloring with some nice laceing to boot.

Smells very hoppy, nice floral and pine scents. Nice and strong smelling.

Pine and a bit of citrus all the way through. Not as overpowering as the smell hints at, but nice hop bitterness.

Really enjoyed this one, can't beleive I have passed by it so many times in my local beer isle.

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

A - Poured into a clear pint glass. A fairly aggressive pour yielded a creamy, fluffy off-white two finger head that retained beautifully leaving a very nice lacing down the inside of the glass. The ale itself is a cloudy orange/amber color.

S - Mmmm, this smells like a good IPA. Grapefruit esters seem to abound with a bit of orange peel as well. Smells like this one is gonna be hoppy as hell!

T - Not as hoppy as I would have expected from the nose. It seems like this is a very citrus based beer...don't get me wrong, the hops are there and they are phenomenal, but this is certainly not "knock your taste buds out" hoppy. This is more of a citric hop that seems to be smoother than your average IPA. I'm really enjoying how smooth this beer is!

M & D - Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied. Bells has again proven to me why they deserve to be rated in my top 5 breweries. I will recommend this to all my friends that haven't had the chance to enjoy this beer yet.

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

I've had it on tap and from a bottle. It will pour with a nice finger width of white head. The beer itself is lighter than most IPA, in color, it is a slightly hazy golden hew. It's fairly bubbly with small bubbles of carbonation attempting to escape. The head remains throughout most of the beer and leaves a small ring around the glass at the end.

One quick smell reveals a fresh floral hoppy aroma. A hint of fruitiness covered by a nice earthy piney smell.

It's not as hoppy as some IPA's I've had. There is more of a spicy character to it. There is a nice bitter dry finish thanks to the citrus hops.

It has a nice amount of carbonation that pokes the tongue while you taste. Its almost refreshing and a nice compliment to the dry bitter finish.

I prefer hoppier IPA but it is a nice one, probably not for the price though.

Photo of jdskinns
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a cloudy, golden dreamboat. White head with good lacing. Smell is sweet and citrusy, full of hops. Taste followed the smell and I could have sworn I tasted Fruity Pebbles in there somewhere. Mouthfeel and body are full, definitely not lacking a backbone here. Very drinkable, a great beer for a day of grilling outside.

Photo of Knecht
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a single-finger, bone-white head that retains pretty nicely and leaves good lace on the glass. The ale is hazy golden color... surprisingly light for an IPA. The aroma smells purely of floral hoppy goodness.

The taste follows as you would expect: floral hoppy goodness with some citrus notes and an excellent malt backbone with just a touch of sweetness on the back end. The hops still linger long after I've swallowed. It has a solid medium body with good carbonation.

This beer defines "crisp and refreshing." It has an overwhelming hop presence, and yet is perfectly balanced. This is as good as IPAs get; despite the bitterness, I could session this beer all month. Wonderful.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Goden orange sunshine with a one inch rocky head that dissapates to a creamy wisp. Spider lace throughout the experience.

Smells of grapefruit rinds and pine needles inter-mingled with over rippened peaches and apricots.

Taste is a refreshing citrus blend of grapefruit, peach, mellon and apricot over a deliscious meld of cara-malts. Deliscious!

This might be the most perfect American IPA!

Photo of DarrellK
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tight white head over a pale cloudy and quire effervencent look. The nose is flowery, as an IPA should be.

The head leaves a nice lace as you prodeed through the glass. The body is reasonably full for an IPA.

The finish is a great combination of the flowery nose and a dryish, hoppy taste.

This is not one of the hit you between the eyes hoppy IPA but one that really is a standard to compare other domestic IPAs.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,704 ratings.