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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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12,249 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,249
Reviews: 3,284
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 726
Gots: 2,499 | FT: 46
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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Ratings: 12,249 | Reviews: 3,284
Photo of tsatem
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10155, bottle into a pint glass, thanks to calbertb2.

A: Aggressive pour yields a big three finger head that dissipates pretty quick. Extremely hazy, to the point that it looks like there is smoke suspended in the beer. As I turn the glass from side to side, the "smoke" moves as a unit. The orange color gets significantly darker as the glass widens toward the top. As I continue to drink the "smoke" dissipated, but man is this hazy. Lacing recedes quickly.

S: Lots or orange peel primarily, fresh citrus, with some floral and grassy notes in the background, along with a slight marl presence. The smell isn't overpowering at all, and rather pleasant.

T: Mostly citrusy hops, very close to the nose. Not too bitter but with a nice hop presence.

M: Nice and creamy. Pretty light, slightly chewy at the end.

D: Great drinkability, this is really just a very well made beer. The taste follows the nose perfectly, everything is well balanced and subtle, and nothing sticks out too much. Not over the top at all, which is very pleasant compared to a lot of IPAs (which I rather enjoy, but this is a nice change of pace).

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

Poured into a pint glass. The bottled didnt have a bottled on or bb date. It did have a lot number.

A- The bre pous a nice bright golden color that gave an inch and a half of thick white foamy head.

S- A light floral note that leads to good amount of hop. This is all evened out by a nice lightly roasted malt character.

T- The taste is almost right along with the smell. Alot of floraly type of hops that are combined with lemon and grapefruit citrus notes. I dont get a whole lot of malt but i do get some that helps even out the overall brew.

M&D- This is an nicely put together brew. Very easy to drink and just after drinking Hopslam from them as well, i still get alot of the hops and citrus that i tought would be overshined by Hopslam.

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

Thanks to Awalk1227 for this one!
Poured to NB globe

A: Hazy golden ale. Nice, fine creamy head dissipates quickly leaving a quilt of bubbles which are patiently assisted with a low carbonation visibly rising to the surface.

S: cotton candy, sweet peach, pine and hemp are the highlights. Not a citrus bomb like many IPA's these days. Smells fresh, nice and unique among the genre. Quite enjoyable.

T: Again, cotton candy, bubble gum. Not particularly bitter. I'm a bit baffled, and intrigued by this beer. Bell's seems to have a different take on IPA's than I'm used to. Not bad, but different. I am obliged to say I like this.

M: Medium body with higher carbonation that spices the tongue. Leave mouth well moisturized and compels me to take another sip. Fun.

D: This beer is for the faint of heart. If I were having a tasting with a bunch of hopheads that just wanted a slam of hops to the face, I would not bring this. If I were to serve an IPA to oenophile, I would serve this. They have done a great job finding a beautiful combo. And lucky for them, it is a flagship!

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

Pours a deep slightly hazed orange yellow color with a thick yellowish white head and a little lacing. Smells of piny hops and a little hidden malts. Tastes of piny and grassy hops with a little grapefruit and a little orange. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice carbonation. Drinkability is high for such a health ABV.

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

I may be a little bit slighted, being a Michigander, but this is one great beer. Served in a mug of 30oz size with three fingers of head. Lace you could peel off the side of the mug. Color was a rich medium brown that you could see 100 feet if it was that deep. Smell...oooo, fruit city, this is not your ordinary IPA...cherry, pear, pineapple, malt, and more malt. Taste leaves my mouth wanting more. Flavors of roasted wheat, peach, cherry, pineapple, pine, lemon, sweet malt barley, and piney hops. Mouthfeel was like drinking heavy cream. Wow, I would like to drink much more of this, but the buzz is messing with my head. This is one great beer.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I've done it out of the bottle and on tap this beer is just plain amazing. It would get a hell of a lot more respect on sites like this if it wasn't so easy to find in most areas.

A great pinky of white head and coating lacing over a dark orange semi clear body. Very nice

Smells amazing. Never is there an IPA that captures such an awesome bouquet of floral and fruity hops without being annoying in any way, in fact its down right mouthwatering. Pineapple, cherry and straight hop with malt undertone.

Taste is huge also. Flowers bloom into a fruit candy mix with great hop bitters and sturdy malts. Alcohol smothered in hard candy. So unique and delicious.

Amazing creamy mouthfeel. Legendary. What can I say? A go to beer that is so amazing on tap as most great hop beers are.

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden as part of a mix a six. poured chilled into a willybecker and allowed to gradually warm.

A slightly hazed golden peach color with monstrous ecru cap w/ light beige accent. The head measures over an inch high and haze is not too much that you can't see some carbonation in the liquid. The bead is average sized and head looks 'whipped' up. The lace sticks like glue and retention is very good. I really like the mild citrus and herbal aroma w/ mild grassiness. There is some lemony/orange aspects w/ lots of yeast esters and some floral hop notes. The feel is moderately bitter up front w/ mild astringency and mellow acidity for the style which is nice w/ moderate carbonation level and semi spicy, semi-dry overall feel with a subtle sweetness and light chalky vegetal tinge in the finish-could be from bottle conditioning.

The taste has lots of hop flavor w/out pushing the bitterness too far forward. The taste has nice herbal hops and mild citrus and spice. There is a light tropical element and mild toasted malt in the flavor w/ hints of pear and light lime accent into to the finish. This is a great IPA, not a 'hop assault' on the palate, but just pleasant honest to goodness drinkable IPA from Bell's. I consider this a top notch example of the style as far as drinkability goes -a go-to beer for me.

Photo of jds1469
2.8/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special to talk about here. Just your run of the mill IPA. For the price get a DFH 90 min. Light copper color, light hoppy smell, little flavor, thin consistency, just alright drinkability.

The taste is too boozy for how little flavor is in this beer.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Date: 18 January 2011
Glass: Standard 10oz snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured for a firm 1-finger head, reduces to wisps of foam, lacing at top of glass is bubbly and sticky, but runny as the beer goes down. Color is a clear gold with a streak of orange. Aroma is full of fresh floral hops, lemon zest, slightest hit of pine, followed by slightly sour pineapple flavor (which is actually great!). Flavor of hops begins a little bitter, and ends sweet and sticky, with similar flavors in the aroma. Like mentioned, very sweet and sticky on the mouth.

As the beer gets lower, the aroma and taste of malts come out. There is no alcohol hotness for a 7% beer, and this is a good beer compromise between a single and double IPA. I would recommend this any day, and could drink it all night.

Photo of mbusster88
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle *batch 10161.

A: Body is very hazy orange color. Head is thick and foamy with an off white color. Very good lacing on the glass and head retention is rather decent.

S: Hop profile starts right away in the nose, but is also very spicy/zesty. This tangy aroma is a bit different from a lot of IPAs I have had, but really very nice.

T/M: Great grapefruit hop profile with a malty backbone. Very well balanced and very drinkable. Smooth and refreshing, while still being hop driven and cleansing.

D: Easy drinking beer that has a great balance and great spicy hop profile that makes it a bit distinct.

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

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber with 1 finger head, lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Smells of grapefruit and floral hops. A little bit of a citrusy orange peel scent as well.

T - A good fruity sweet taste up front with hints of zest. A bit of light bitterness and heat from the alcohol finishes the taste. It's a very balanced taste with no one note pushing through.

M - A decent amount of carbonation, a nice blend of dryness in the mouth. Bitterness not at all overpowering.

D - Very drinkable, it can set rather heavy though so nice its preferred to enjoy slowly.

Overall I was very impressed by the overall balance of the beer. Nothing too overpowering and the blend of hops is nice. Nothing particularly outstanding with this beer, but it's a great American IPA.

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

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a moderate amount of ecru head. The head has medium retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

S - delightful lemon/orange hops ("Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest") with caramel malt in the background. Fresh and a bit floral. Irresistible.

T - tastes like a fresh hop brew. Higher ABV not evident. Excellent sweet/bitter balance with a delightful dynamic interplay.

M - medium/light body with good, if slightly aggressive carbonation. Some nice dryness in the finish.

Great flavor and aroma; I'd love to try a souped-up imperial version.

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

A-Golden, thick fluffy head that stay long into the drink, tons of lacing around glass

S-Citrus, grapefruit, pine

T-Citrus, yummy hops, hop-heavy, but the perfect amount for me

M-Balanced and smooth, great carbonation

D-Great flavor and smoothness lead to remarkable drinkability

Having sampled this one quite a few times in bottle and on draft, can safely say this is currently my favorite IPA

Photo of bboelens
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Pour House

A-Like muddled dark gold, with a slim stark white head, that dissipated into a fine film that lasted, leaving moderate lacing, but less than I would assume from such a highly praised beer

S-Hops, citrus, touch of sweetness

T-An extrapolation of nose, the hops and citrus are still there, but the citrus is expanded quite a bit leaving a strong orange flavoring, with a touch of vanilla at the end.

M-Smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation, nothing special here

D-Very drinkable brew, went very well with the burger I had and the game. However I think there's better examples of the style out there.

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

Appearance: Honey colored light, transparent body, with a watery looking one-finger head that dissipated quickly with ok lacing.

Smell: Piney, citrus hops...orange and grapefruit present.

Taste: A pine and orange, grapefruit presence. Sugary sweet, with floral hops. Little grassy and floral as well.

Feel: Nice balance, round with an oily chewy finish.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer. Its one that makes you drink more.

Photo of jc85
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz to a weizen glass.

Appearance- This poured a nice straw color with about a finger of white frothy head that left a good amount of lacing and retained well.

Smell- Alot of pine and some citrus, maybe some grapefruit. Alot of hops coming through as well.

Taste- This tasted just like the nose, nice hoppy upfront, some grapefruit and orange linger in the middle. Really good.

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel, medium bodied, and left almost a sticky feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability- Good drinkability, goes down extremely well, and begs for more to be popped open.

Overall, a great beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass, this is a lovely goldish orange with a frothy head that gives way to a thin cap. Lacing follows down the glass. Smell is of piney, fruity hops, with a bit of doughy malt buried somewhere in there. Taste is hops initially, but a much larger dose of malt than expected follows, with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy, but the clean finish leaves this very drinkable. Will likely be a regular in my fridge!

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

One of my favorites! I've had it on tap and by bottles numerous times poured into a pint glass. Pour is a clear amber orange with a medium head. Bursts of fresh hops and citrus. Nice malty backbone with enough sweetness to carry along the hop presence. Never overbearing or random tasting, very focused, simple, and nearly perfect. Freshness is a key here in regard to drinkability!

Photo of brendanbeer
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


a. mellow yellow

s. its like hopslam, but cut in half. nice piny citrus, and hoppy punch... mellow.

t. exact as smell. mellow, its nice

m. carb med low, i want a but more silk, but its so smooth, nothing really missing,

d, its super drinkable, except after a hopslam, its incredibly UNDRINKABLE because i want more hopslam instead.


real nice.

Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a oldfound glory. I've always known it was solid, but recently realized i like it a lot more than I originally thought.

A - Goldish amber. Thick white foamy head. abundant lacing.

S - Floral and Citrus hops.

T - Floral notes, cirtus fruit, malty backbone.

M - Full bodied. Blanced and smooth. Great palate cleanser.

D - So much flavor and so much fun. I need more of this in my life.

Photo of engagechad
3.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer as a single from Corks and Kegs in Richmond, VA - Packaged on 1-7-11 and drank on 1-11-11

I have had this beer before. I was not a fan, but then once I began to read the boards and the reviews I realized that this beer is a staple among IPA lovers so I thought that it would be in my (as well as Bells) best interest, in order to maintain integrity with my reviews to give it another shot just in case I got a funky one the first time. This one was very fresh.

Popped the cap on this after I had it sit for a few minutes to warm from being really cold in the fridge. It pours beautifully, it's a golden yellow that is very pure. The head is healthy and thick

Smells slightly of citrus, but (for me) is considerably overshadowed by some earthy pine. I usually love the piney tones in IPA's but there is too much earthyness in this for me

Taste was earthy as well, not bad at all just not my cup of tea.. er.. beer

Feels great and drinks great for a 7% beer but my main issue is the earthyness.


Photo of Ty1erC
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.*

a: it's a clear, golden beer with good retention and lacing. looks great.

s: the smell is all hops. lots of pine and citrus come through.

t: again, hops. however, the malt flavor is still distinguishable.

m: medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation.

d: this is a very drinkable, very flavorful beer. top notch.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10118

A - clear golden straw with big white head.

S - grapefruit, citra hops, predominant hops, light malt background.

T - very crisp, clean bitter grapefruit hops. touch of malty sweetness on the back.

M - carbonation is a bit low, so mouthfeel is a bit flat. but still is pleasant and somewhat robust.

D - it's so easy to drink and so hard to put down. very drinkable beer.

Photo of JayS2629
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden yellow with thin white head, nice retention, creamy lace.

S- Pungent, well balanced bouquet of hops. Sweet floral notes mixed with fruity citrus. Lemon, pine, grapefruit, honeysuckle.

T- Hops shine, sweet floral notes and hints of light sweet malts, honeysuckle, grapefruits, lemon, pine and earthy, grassy notes. Complex and juicy.

M- Crisp, refreshing, juicy, dry finish

D- Very refreshing, flavorful and enjoyable. A go-to beer as people say.

Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a thin head.

Smell: Bitey floral hops mixed with nice aromas of citrus.

Taste: Sweet citrus flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. Nice bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Probably my favorite readily available beer from Bell's. A usual choice when I come across it.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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