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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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12,086 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,086
Reviews: 3,244
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 718
Gots: 2,346 | 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 Morey
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This old time favorite pours copper orange in color and has a nice white foamy head that is still one finger thick after about ten minutes or so. Unbelievable head retention too.

Smells of citrus fruits and sticky hop juice. What's not to like? And it's bold and in your face too!

Taste is citrusy and bitter with just the right amount of malty sweetness in the background. Nice lingering hop finish that lets you know that you're sippin' on an Ipa, but not super overpowering either.

Medium mouthfeel with a nice hop bite.

I could (and have) easily drink a sixer.

Morey's Bottom Line: This used to always be my favorite beer, and I'm finding out (after not having it for quite some time) that it still is. Hop Wallop, Nugget Nectar, and Hoppe are all great beers, but I'd have to say that Two Hearted is my favorite Ipa of all time.

Photo of king75
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- a light golden color, with about a one inch white foamy head.

S- pine and citrus, along with some hops

T- Wow this is good, has a nice bitter bite up front with the pine and hops coming through. Then finishes smooth and crisp with a nice clean citrus end.

M- definitely leaves a nice puckering of the cheeks.

I really like this beer. I had heard good things and this one lived up to the hype. Drinkabiltiy would be higher but after a 4-5 of these you'd be gone.

Photo of CBOLAND17
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great american IPA very similar to the DFH 60 minute IPA due to the intense hoppy aroma and taste. A full bodied ale power packed with hop flavor but also a good malty character to it. When you open this beer it smells of hops and tastes like you are drinking pure hops.

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

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a decent sized sample I consumed at an epic tasting event held with the members of the SMBDC. I've previously reviewed this beer on tap, and my numbers this time around are different.

It's a golden beer with suspended bubbles and a white soapy head. I can smell graham cracker and warm chunky hops. I can taste good bitterness and crystal sugars; there is a little fruit flavor as well. It has medium carbonation and body but a decent coat. It's very drinkable, no single aspect is very overpowering.

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

Poured with a thick almost 3 finger head that lingered for a long time. It pours a darker yellow and smells florally.
I am not a huge Hop Head so I can be very picky when it comes to the IPAs I drink. This one goes down easy. The head sticks all over the glass as I drank it.
It has that bitter hops taste but its blended so smoothly and has a great crisp after taste. Easily one of the best IPAs I have ever had.
I highly recommend this Bell's favorite.

Photo of HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass. This Bell's offering pours a lightly hazed golden straw in color with a pourous half inch cap which offers a brief retention yet better than anticipated lacing.

Nice citric and pine hop nose with a balancing malt backbone expands a bit with warming to become dominated by apricot and orange. Nice aromas that require a bit too much digging however.

Flavor follows and the orange notes yield a slightly watery taste yet they linger fairly well and are accompanied by some spice notes. Yet citrus notes dominate the flavor unlike any centennial IPA I've encountered. That's not a bad thing, just different and without the depth expected, and apparently a yeast character.

Easy drinking IPA yet one that doesn't cause me to linger.

Note: A revisit with perhaps a fresher brew yields a slightly better flavor and feel and adds a a nice hop spice to it all. Review adjusted appropriately.

Photo of rand
2.93/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This was a surprise in a nice trade I did with joel6615. Thanks Joel!

From bottle to pint glass

A: Pours an opaque yellow-orange that forms tendrils of suspended yeast and carbonation. A frothy 2-inch head forms that leaves layers of lacing. This really has a sea-foam consistency.

S: Light citrus and pine with plenty of honey malts in the back. The citrus profile suggests notes of apple, along with the standard grapefruit-y scent.

T: Light, fruity, floral tones meet you at the front of the sip, combined with bitter grapefruit. Pine is almost non-existent. There's plenty of malt support, and the beer quickly takes on a bready quality, but the malts have a sugary sweetness that doesn't compliment the bitter tones. The lack of hop bite leaves the brew with a relatively stale quality. Although not cloying, the finish is strangely sweet for an IPA.

M: Rich, hearty and viscous, espeicially for a single IPA. Carbonation is spot on and helps wash away some of the residual sweetness.

Drinkability and notes: If I had this beer by itself, I probably wouldn't complain, but there are far better IPA's out there. It wasn't hard to drink , and, by itself, is somewhat refreshing, but the hop/malt balance is off. Given the BA popularity and rave reviews I was expecting more.

Photo of brewdub17
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very pale bronze color that has implements of brass coloring in some areas. A very nice lacing is left, hanging over the beer.

Smell: A sweet malty smell is the base of the smell. A citrus, spicyness follows very nicely. A pleasant blend of malts and select hops.

Taste: The spicy notes from the hops that are noticed in the smell are first noticeable and the sweet malts are found after. Yet again, the balance is very pleasant and satisfying.

Mouthfeel: The spicy and citrus tones pierce the tongue well, while the malty flavor covers the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: Though you may not be able to polish a couple too many off, you'll want to. The balance of the hops and malts make the want for more unwavering.

Photo of Jeriba
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, batch number 9846 (that makes it about 2 1/2 months old, for those keeping score). Enjoyed from my Lost Coast pint glass.

A: Fairly clear yellowy orange in color, with about 1 1/2 inch head. Left a bit of lacing along the top edge of the glass.

S: Plenty of grapefruit and lemon, with a hit of pine and dry hop. Very little malt aroma.

T: Light, fruity and floral with lots of pungent grapefruit. There is a touch of sweet malt, but it is well balanced and not overpowering.

M: Thin with medium-low carbonation relative to other IPAs I have reviewed recently. It is also lacking that dry, astringent feel of a very hoppy IPA.

D: This one is a little too drinkable. If the ABV and price were a bit lower, I would call this a "session IPA."

Two Hearted is by no means a hop bomb IPA, but a perfect choice if you're in the mood for something mellow. I would recommend this one as a "starter" IPA for people who want to experiment with the style but haven't yet succumbed to hop addiction.

Having said that, I would like to try a fresher batch of this beer. I spent 5 minutes digging around for the pack with the highest batch number and still came home with one over 2 months old. Curse you, Bell's esoteric batch numbering system!!

Photo of 321jeff
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, batch 9905

Pours a light amber with a fluffy white head that recedes to a thin layer, leaving some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is of citrus and bubblegum with an underlying malt backbone that is also present.

Tastes just like it smells, lots of citrus hops with a strong malt sweetness to even things out.

This one goes down smooth with the help of a full body (for an IPA) and just the right amount of carbonation.

Although my experience with single IPA's is somewhat limited, Two Hearted is by far my favorite of the style and I grab it whenever I come across a fresh sixer.

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***Batch 9836 (bottled June 28, 2010)***

Purchased at Whole Foods of Orlando and enjoyed this on Sept. 5, 2010.

Appearance: Lots of carbonation with a thick and long lasting (slightly off-white) head and a chilled yellow golden body.

Smell: Tangerine and peaches, all sweet with maybe a hint of grapefruit though minus the bitterness.

Taste: Good bitterness upfront though the fruit being more grapefruit than anything. Still a touch of sweetness though definitely won over by the bitter edge.

Mouthfeel: Quite low carbonation with a medium body and a pretty good balance overall.

Drinkability: Super well and i could certainly see myself getting this again.

Overall: A slightly bitter IPA that remains balanced. One of the best i've had a well worth going for.

Photo of cetherid
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass


a yellow-orange beer. a small white head. nothing really unique.


I get a big whiff of piney hops. a nice fruity hops presence in there as well. smell of citrus, but also some other fruit in there that I can't quite point out. A very beautiful smelling beer.


a nice hoppy presence initially..gives you that little burn on the tongue, then really smooths out at the end with the malt flavor. my first true IPA I'm reviewing and surprisingly I like it.


about medium bodied. a good amount of carbonation. Anice little tingle on the tongue.


I traditionally haven't liked hoppy beers like IPAs, but that was probably because I was drinking the wrong ones. The is bitter but smooth and I could definitely have 2-3 in a sitting.

Photo of Andyc101
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy, amber-orange color. Lots of tiny bubbles with a one finger head.

S - a citrusy fruity smell to it. I like it.

T - it tastes as it smells along with a very bittery, hoppy, spicy taste.

M - shocks your tongue and tingles even after it is swallowed. mouth feels hoppy (happy) afterwards.

D - Fun beer. I would drink this often.

Photo of BigBlacke
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted this beer. I thought the label looked sketchy, but the beer inside was unbelievable.

Appearance was a nice light amber cloudiness with an excellent sticky head.

Smell is a rude awakening of floral hops. Immediately gets the taste buds going.

Taste is impeccable. Without a doubt one of if not the best IPA Ive ever had the luxury of consuming. Perfect carbonation with a nice heavy bite of floral hops.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth as it lingers. Crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability is exceptional. If you are an IPA fan and have not tried this, you are wrong. Exceptional IPA with the perfect combination of hops, carbonation and scent. Unbelievable great job Bells!!!

Photo of newk340
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a light golden amber color that has a thin white head.

S: certainly some citrusy hops are present, but there is an ever-so-slight hint of pine that laces the aroma.

T: a blast of hops that is certainly not unpleasing to the palate. the hops are very balanced so the beer is not overly bitter. an exceptionally smooth swallow.

MF/D: a faint hint of carbonation sizzles the tongue, but there is a dry, smooth swallow that makes this a very sessionable summer afternoon IPA.

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

had a Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA earlier in the day. i'll compare the two. i found these two beers to be somewhat similar both in appearance and smell. two hearted being less fruity but both give off an herbal shampoo scent. both had a nice golden orange color but Torpedo had a noticibly longer last large head and more lacing.
overall i think i like this beer more than Torpedo but it will take future tests to confirm that.
a-golden orange, nice head, lasted a while
s- hops and flowers with a hint of citrus
t- same as smell
m-nice thickness and oil texture
d- definitely try this. i will be drinking this pretty often.

Photo of NODAK
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is pretty heavy on the grapefruit hops, which I've read is from the hopping of Centennial hops. That is definitely the aroma here. This is not a West Coast IPA right here, folks.

Taste has a nice grapefruit component to it, but I do get an aside of floral character there as well. I'd still say it's more on the citrus side than floral, however.

Towards the finish, a nice fruity, honey sweetness comes through just enough to give a decent bit of balance to the beer before giving way to a somewhat resinous finish.

As far as bitterness goes, it's probably on the medium to somewhat higher end for IPAs. Maltiness is somewhat low. Drinkability is quite high, but then again I like the hop qualities this IPA uses.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden color. Lots of tiny bubbles bubbling their way to the top of the glass. Thick, nearly two-finger head poured just about perfectly. As the head recedes, some moderate-to-heavy lacing is evident. Dimples in the head, along with those bubbles I was talking about. Very nice!

Smell: At first, all I can sense are some very fragrant floral hops. After a moment, grapefruit and/or coriander come into play. These are supplemented by a nutmeg-like undertone, and a mild ethyl afterthought.

Taste: Amazing blend of flavors! Everything I mentioned before melds into one very enjoyable conglomeration. The only point I would bring up is that the alcohol isn't very well hidden...you can definitely tell this is a 7% ABV beverage.

Mouthfeel: When you first begin your drink, the beer seems electric as it hits your tongue. A nice bite up front. As the carbonation does its magic, things mellow out just a tad allowing you to savor the taste. Rinses fairly cleanly, with just a touch of hop and grapefruit aftertaste.

Drinkability: It would be perfect, were it not for the noticeably higher alcohol content. I could drink this every night, but I couldn't drink more than two or three, even on a long night. Great beer in moderation!

Photo of culver501
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-straw colored, low carbonation, head retention is minimal, sediment (a lot left in the bottle, more than I expected for this)

S-piney hops, citrus (orange or grapefruit)

T-Hops, Hops, Hops! beautiful, floral, aromatic, reveals deeper layers of bitterness as the taste lingers

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

D-Awesome. Don't sense the alcohol. One of my new favorite hop-packing beverages

Photo of milkbaby9
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Samuel Adams sensory glass. Sparkling clear gold with 3 finger white foamy head that stays around a while. Recedes to a 1 finger head leaving great lacing.

Aroma is all hops: grapefruit, fresh green vines, green pine needles, a touch of grass. Taste starts sweetly malty and builds up a spicy hoppy crescendo similar to the aromas, lotsa pine and bitter grapefruit. The grapefruit bitterness hangs on the roof of my mouth as the sweet malt lasts on and on with a touch of honey lemon.

Medium carbonation seems to increase the spicyness on the tongue. Relatively light bodied. Very drinkable as the sweet malt is strong enough to hold its own against the hops and bitterness.

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

A- Yellowish orange; more gold and less orange than a typical IPA. Semi-translucent with medium carbonation and an average head. Considerably nice lacing.

S- Pine and grapefruit lead with a hop background. Very much floral hops. Would give it a higher rating if it were more detectable though.

T- Citrus kick right away before dropping a hint of roasted/bready malts, and then a bitter smooth hop finish. Leaves a fairly crisp finish, and the hops seem to stick around well long after your sip is done. It isn't abrasively bitter, but it maintains a somewhat elegant taste profile with the clean hops, and the crisp malt character.

M- Medium full body feel in your mouth. Very creamy and smooth. The alcohol gives a nice tingle on your tongue as well. Has a nice clean feel which I quite enjoy too.

D- A solid all around beer. Almost like a half-way to a double IPA based on the flavor, but closer to a normal IPA. It's good easy drinking, and a solid example of the style. Sadly, I don't think it lives up to the hype, but I can't deny that it's still a great beer.

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

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint. Medium gold/tan color and a mice one finger head. Stuck around awhile. Aroma was of spucy hoppy grapefruit. Taste was strong and deliciously hoppy with a nice malt backbone. I got the weird fruity flavor some have described as well. Medium body and carbonation made it easy to drink for such a strong tasting brew. Packs a wallop of flavor.

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

A - Poured from the bottle, i got a nice creamy off-white one finger head. Color is a hazy, light golden orange. Great retention that leaves a full and creamy lace.

S - I love citrusy IPA's, and this is a great one. Juicy, strong hop aroma with lots of grapefruit, orange, apricot and a nice touch of floral hops. Wonderful smelling beer.

T - Great balance between the malt and hops. A tad sweet, but over all a good backbone of pale malt with a slight caramel, sweetness. Has a nice bitterness that lingers a bit, but its well balanced.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy feel.

D - Wish i had more. This is the last bottle from an east coast trade. Very easy to drink and tasty beer. Extremely balanced beer with lots of flavor. This is a formidable contender from the east in a style that i favor. If this was a local beer, i would definitely put this in my IPA rotation.

Photo of jewel942
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the opportunity to sample several out of the firkin at Ashley's in Ann Arbor - came for the Hopslam which was out, but boy was this a great surprise.

Firstly, the ABV was quite a bit higher than the 'regular' Two Hearted... was stated as over 10%, although I don't recall exactly. Regardless, there was no strong alcohol overtone; definitely there but not objectionable in any way.

Head was nominal, typical for a firkin pour, excellent lacing and retained the foam layer pretty well. Color was a nice hazy golden hue, made better by the dim lighting at the Ashley's bar.

The aroma was Two Hearted, but better - more hops, more citrus, more everything. Best brewed aroma ever for me, save for a chocolate porter but that was something entirely different.

Same thing with the flavor, it was like Two Hearted with several highly enjoyable added layers of initial flavors and aftertastes. This was absolutely one of the top 5 brew experiences of my 30+ (won't say what the + represents) years of beer enjoyment.

Mouthfeel was better than usual for this level of IPA, seems the firkin processing smoothed things out a bit, less astringency and aftertaste.

If you have the chance to try Two Hearted from the cask - not to be missed!

Photo of herman77
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Review from notes on 9/2/10*

A: Deep hazy gold. Thin white head. Some lacing, thought there would be more.

S: Orange zest, floral hops and toffee malt.

T: Floral and pine hops. Lots of toffee malt, oranges and grapefruit. Medium pine hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Easy drinking for an IPA. Smooth and well balanced hop character makes it very approachable.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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