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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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11,874 Ratings
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Ratings: 11,874
Reviews: 3,193
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 674
Gots: 2,136 | FT: 42
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 tippebrewcrew2
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bells
Two-hearted Ale
IPA

L= 4.5 Pours a big 3 finger off white creamy head. The body is a beautiful hazy hefe orange.

S= 4.5 Bold pine and citrus hops hit the nose pretty hard in a delicious way. Faint sweetness present and no alcohol to mention.

T= 3.5 A well balanced slice of citrus and pine that builds to a bitter peak and then subsides to a sweet fruity finish.

F= 3.5 Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D= 5.0 (session) This is the perfect example of what I consider a session beer. It's not particularly high in alcohol, it's very well balanced, and you could drink more than one without feeling any ill effects. The beer changes character with a mild complexity each sip as it warms and has is a great addition to any fridge or beer collection. I would seek this beer out if you have not had it and on draft it is a must. Cheers!

Photo of jjshowal
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have thoroughly enjoyed this beer over the past few years (since I have turned 21) and am proud to say that Two Hearted is my go-to beer.

I live in Bloomington, IN and am lucky enough to have this beer available at many local bars on tap. Now lets get down to it.

APPEARANCE- Beautiful golden/amber pour with an excellent 1"-1.5" head of foam. The color and carbonation stays consistent throughout the experience followed by excellent lacing left behind on the pint glass.

SMELL- While the smell maybe intimidating for amateur IPA drinkers, it is filled with a wonderfully citrus aroma with hints of honey and apple. This is one of my favorite aspects of this beer.

TASTE- Bell's makes their IPAs in a way that you won't forget. The two hearted tastes a little mild compared to the very full aroma. However, it is exceptionally smooth and continues to be the most drinkable IPA I have tasted. On tap it is truly a treat and has a bit sweeter taste to it compared to the bottle. I strongly recommend getting it on tap if available. Plus the label on the bottle is not the most appealing.

MOUTHFEEL- Wonderfully light bitterness with a sweet and citrusy sensation on the tongue. It finishes with a slight hoppy bite, but remains very enjoyable.

DRINKABILITY AND OVERALL THOUGHTS- I remain somewhat biased towards this beer, but because a combination of its somewhat mild flavor and wonderful aroma with a medium ABV,I consider this THE perfect session IPA. If you enjoy Bell's style and IPAs I would also recommend their seasonal Hopslam IPA which I would consider a more extreme Two Hearted.

Photo of boatshoes
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Previously had this for a review on tap, but I thought I'd give it another go out of the bottle.

Appearance- Pours a very nice bright golden out of the bottle with about two fingers of white head sitting on top. Head dies back fairly quickly, but leaves a substantial coating across the top of the beer that remains throughout. Not a whole lot of lacing left however.

Smell- Nose is even better than I remember. Very fruity hops with lots of pineapple and grapefruit. Smells very juicy and not nearly as resiny as I remembered.

Taste- Palate is very solid as well though slightly misleading from the nose I thought. Still a solid punch of fruity hops to start with, again I get mostly pineapple and grapefruit rind with just a touch of piney resin here however. Flavors are a lot more mellow than the nose indicated though with a lot of sweeter/bready malts showing through towards the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is spot on and nice and creamy for the style. Drinkability is also great and the beer went down very easily.

Overall, very similar to my on tap review. A very good IPA and the only differences it seems were that I found the nose to be much better out of the bottle though the flavor slightly less interesting. Definitely give this one a shot.

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

On Cask @ Sidecar Bar & Grille

Look: Deep golden honey color, clear, thick head with great retention & good lacing

Smell: Pronounced citrus, nice floral aroma

Taste: Up Front: Pine, citrus. Finish: Tropical fruit, sweet malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation - super creamy!

Drinkability: I could pound this cask ale down all day!

Overall Impression: This beer may have benefited from me drinking the Firestone Walker Double Jack right before it. It was a very enjoyable IPA served on cask; what's not to love about that?

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

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Nice hazy honey color with an inch or so white foam on top and active carbonation in the body, good lacing too.

S - Great fruity hops right off the bat, honey, peach or nectarine smell, Just awesome smelling.

T - Good amount of hops not overpowering at all, nice amount of fruit flavors, and some floral notes.

M - Silky smooth and light on the tongue.

D - This is a great easy drinking IPA, Bell's makes some damn good IPA's, Highly recommended!

Photo of ne0m00re
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Mad Mex in Columbus in a pint glass.
A: Golden; served with a white fluffy head that died to a good lace.
S: Pine, citrus hops, earthy grapefruit, and sweet malts.
T: Bitter, slightly piney, mixed with peach and strawberry fruit character. The alcohol is mild but comes off as gin. There is well-balanced, yet strong hops character.
M: Moderately syrupy with a frothy carbonation.
D: Exceptional for an IPA.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bells Two Hearted Ale. 12oz bottle into a medium snifter.

Moderate pour pour generates a big one inch fluffy eggshell colored head, which lingers around for a good bit, leaving some nice sticking on the way down. Nice medium orange with good clarity. Pure classic IPA.

Aroma is gigantic, perfumy floral hops and juicy grapefruit. Aroma is so intense and inviting. Some faint caramel maltiness, but it is way overpowered. Prickly hop leaf in there. A little touch of alcohol too.

Taste is juicy grapefruit, not intensely bitter, but very much hop forward. A bit resiny, and hop oily as well. The perfume in the nose also lingers on the finish of this beer, and the maltyness is in there without providing anything more than a little balance. A faint toasty flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but that's fine, as IPAs that are too heavy strike me as kind of odd. The resin like quality of the hops as a nice touch to the body. The finish is actually a bit watery, but this beer is more refreshing than overwhelming. It's actually really easy to drink, and the 7% abv can sneak up with the quickness. My first IPA, and one that I will always be in love with.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light golden color with about a finger of white head and lots of sticky lacing.

S: A nice mix of earthy pine and floral hops. The centennial hops really shine in the aroma.

T: Some subtle tropical fruit (grapefruit, oranges) are the first flavors that touch the tongue. These mix together with some earthy and slightly sweet malts. The flavor then finally transitions into an appropriately bitter hop finish. Overall, the balance between sweet and bitter is very well done and results in a very enjoyable taste.

M: Medium bodied and a little oily. Just enough carbonation bite. The alcohol is barely detectable.

D: Not my favorite IPA, but a very good one nonetheless. I enjoyed the flavor's great balance between tropical sweetness and hop bitterness. I'm glad I picked up an entire 6 pack when I was in Cleveland last week.

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

A - Poured a light yellow/orange colour with one finger of foamy white head and a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Nose is bitter grapefruit hops with some floral/pine scent.

T - Bitter hops. Pine and grapefruit. Smooth - no bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - An excellent IPA. Definitley one that I will buy regularly.

Photo of sirbryan21
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Very clear light brown color very good on color not a lot of head

S: smells citrus' and earthy, not bad smell very impressed

T: IPA taste a little stong but that is to be expected with a IPA, but not to strong for a IPA
has a little aftertaste its ok

M: sipping beer not a chugging beer. very pleasant

D: its ok not my favorite beers, but i am not a IPA drinker so just my opinion though

Photo of CAP1868
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured from a 12oz bottle with a decorative trout on the front of the bottle. No born on date or expiration date is found. Pours a hazy light amber color with not much head and decent lacing throughout.

S-Great smells from this one, hoppy with some type of fruit or floral in the nose.

T-Tastes a lot like it smells, hops upfront finishing with floral and fruit in the back-end of the palate. No real bitterness to speak of, which is an interesting note in this IPA.

M-Medium bodied, like most IPA's that I have reviewed, this one has a good feel.

D-Low carbonation makes for a very drinkable IPA. In fact this may be the most drinkable IPA I have had to date. I enjoyed quite a few of these brews. I would highly recommend this brew to the most seasoned palate or to your busch light drinking friends.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a Beck's pint glass.

Appearance is golden, honey colored. Mildly hazy with a 1/2inch white head that quickly faded to a thin layer, decent lacing.

Smell is great, floral with citrus notes, most notably orange and maybe a little pineapple.

Taste is even better than the smell. The citrus is there, but you also begin to get hints of pine and the hops are outstanding. Alcohol is very well hidden for 7% ABV.

Feels fantastic in the mouth, crisp and bitter, finishes dry, leaving me craving another taste.

Still relatively new to craft beers, this one lives up to the hype for me. I can see why people tend to like it so well, and Bell's Brewery in general.

Photo of hawks10
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle from Batch #9517 (Bottled December 28th, 2009), poured into my Bell's shaker...

Pours a golden yellow with a touch of haze. A solid two finger meringue-like whit head sticks around for a while and leaves a good amount of lacing throughout the drink...

Good nose on this one, floral hops with a hint of sweet malt. A little citrus aroma peeks out...

Taste is dry and decently bitter with really no sign of the sweet malt I thought I smelled. Earthy, grassy hop flavor with a tiny tinge of alcohol showing through. A bit of the citrus in the nose comes out in the taste, but really not much. Pretty one sided, dry piny/grassy hop bitterness...

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very drying and lingering in the finish...

Pretty good IPA, lacking a little in the balance department but still a nice easy drinking hoppy brew...

Photo of 908carson
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the go-to beer for my wife and I. Every grocery store carries it in our area, and when in doubt, we can pick this up and not be disappointed. It smell amazing, tastes amazing, and provides the perfect balance for us -- That's not to say that it is "well balanced". This is most definitely a hoppy pale ale, but one of the best, for sure.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at McGrath's pub in Harrisburg.

Pours a cloudy golden wheat. Looks almost like w Hefe except there's no head to speak of. Nose is hoppy with a light citrus note.

Taste is quite bitter with a real harsh finish. There is some more of these fruity and citrusy notes as well in the taste. Mouthfeel is fairly cram and sharp. Somewhat hard to drink just because it's so harsh. This is an ipa that would improve with age.

Photo of tykees88
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Dicky's Wild Hare. Came with slight lacing to it. Good golden brown color. Smelled of grapefruit and citrus. For a 7% abv man alive could I put this one down alot. The hop flavor is awesome. There is a slight biscuit smell and flavor as well. As it warms the bitterness fades slightly. All in all a very great beer. One of my favorites.

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

Review from notes on 12/5/09. Thanks to RocPorterFanatic (Chad) for this awesomeness!

A - Golden honey, very clear, well formed and retained white bubbly head. Lots of spiderweb lacing. 4.5

S - Lots of pine and citrus in awesome balance. Touch of grapefruit but I get some juicy pineapple in there too. Just enough malt to keep a nice balance. 4.0

T - Touch of biscuit and grains, but well hopped. Pine resin, honey, red grapefruit, and much less pineapple than the aroma. Very slight warmth of alcohol in the finish. 4.5

M - Crisp, refreshing, and light body complements the huge flavor of the beer. Well carbonated. 4.0

D - Extremely drinkable for a 7% beer. This may get dangerous... 4.0

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

this beer is very iconic to me. it was basically my transition beer into the crazy world of craft and it holds a special place in my heart. it was my introduction to the hop and all it's glory. at bars around the midwest, it is not uncommon to find this beer on draft at even some of the crappiest of watering holes, and that makes me happy.
pours a slightly hazed golden yellow/amber with a one finger off white that dissipates in about a minute. the aroma is outstanding, hoppy and citrus. simple and yet brilliant. green apples, tropical fruits, and flora. the taste is grapefruit, pine hops, biscuity bread, slight caramel malt, and bitters. completely masked alcohol. the drinkability is a 5 out of 5 no question. i could drink 32 of these. always a winner. a true benchmark IPA.

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

BIG head with a LOT of lacing on top of a clear golden body.

Citrus. all you need to know is citrus in the form of Oranges, and even more specific the bitter peels, with a bit of juicy in there.
Orange Orange Orange. Cleans your mouth and gets outa there, leaves a dry finish, which makes you want to sip again instantly.

Great IPA. I personally prefer a bit more Tropical flavors for perfection, but this one is very solid and def top 10 for the style, maybe higher.

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

Pours a hazy golden with slight orangey hues. 3 fingers of head rise up over the top of my pint glass in a thick foamy head... Leaves some very heavy lace.

Smells very piney and floral. Earthy notes and citrus/grapefruit as well.

Holy tasty hoppiness! Maybe just a tad bit of roasted malt... then it's hop central! The hops are crisp, clean, and citrusy. But they remain oily enough to coat your mouth and teeth in a wonderfulness that is hard to describe.

If I'm in the mood for a hoppy beer, this one is always a good standby, I've had this many times on tap, and even more in bottles... But is a fantastic beer that I would rank up there with many of the best IPAs and DIPAs I've had -- at least in terms of drinkability!

Photo of lookitsfelias
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours beautiful cloudy gold with nice prominent foamy head, lots of lacing

S - first impression was distinctly of apricots, faint pine smell

T - surprisingly bready/biscuity malty flavor for an IPA, flowery hops are actually a little mild, but definitely there, absolutely no alcohol flavor

M - thin bodied, with mild carbonation

D - i could see myself housing a bunch of these.

Photo of soco7tyx7
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle has been hanging around for a bit but I decided that I didn't want the great flavor to spoil so I'm drinking it now!

A - Golden copper with a thick frothy soapy head. Thin head remains throughout with some thick heady lacing that hangs around till the finish

S - Awesome! sweet pinous resin with sweet caramelized sugary malts. Some citrus notes

T - Piney resin up front with some solid sweet malty backbone and a hint of citrus in the body. Finishes with a mildly bitter resin flavor that hangs around on the back of the tongue...sooo tasty!

M - Smooth, medium body, wet but a little sticky at the same time. Feels thick towards the finish

D - What an amazing IPA! This has got to be my favorite. It is so well balanced and has everything I would want in an IPA. For the ABV it is super drinkable and so enjoyable to drink. If I could only drink one IPA for the rest of my life this might just be it!

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an orangeish yellow, not as dark as the almost amber color of many american ipas. Pour provides a one nad a half finger off white head that sticks around until the beer is finished. Lacing is there, but not as sticky as the head suggested it would be.

The beer is very hoppy, with a slight malty sweetness that helps keep it balanced enough for someone who loves hops as much as i do. Grapefruit and pine are the strongest notes up front, with some nice traces of citrus showing up towards the end of the flavor.

Medium bodied, with a nice coaty mouthfeel. Carbonation keeps the beer very alive and enjoyable, but never becomes so noticeable it takes away from the tasting notes.

Awesome brew for hopheads. absolutely delicious.

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

From bottle, a nice golden color. White colored head a bit weak but persistent and frothy. Decent lacing.

Aroma rich, strong, malty, with hops and a hint of citrus. Can't wait to dive in!

Initial taste very pleasing and strong. Rich hops but not overly bitter. Leaves a somewhat unique aftertaste of rich sweet malt rather than strong bitter hops like I'm used to in an AIPA --somewhat of a surprise, yet still very refreshing. A lingering citrus background as well. Overall, an eclectic and well balanced flavor!

Mouthfeel very good. Crisp yet very light carbonation. Actually, about right to balance the rich malt flavor.

Drinkability very good. Goes down easy and smooth with good viscosity for this style.

Overall, this AIPA is a bit off-flavor as the style goes. Hops don't linger long and they are not particularly bitter. I prefer a much stronger bitter-tone in an AIPA. Still, this beer is rich and full of flavor.

Photo of willPS21
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Masterful. More than I expected. I want to taste this side by side with Hopslam, of which I have some. In my head, I like Two Hearted better! I never even liked an IPA much until this, and it's the first time I've liked a beer with this degree of hoppiness. In fact, it addicted me to it. I love that faintly floral hoppy nasal aftertaste that creeps up on you five minutes later, reminding you you want another. All crisp, no muddle about it. The composition of this beer seemed so aligned. This isn't just an awesome pale ale?? It's so different than any other IPA I've had that I hope I can find more like it. I appreciate the very subtle use of spices, and the peppery spice of the hops. Some darker IPA's overdo the additive spices IMO.

To put it in context, normally I prefer to drink strictly either dark malty faintly bitter chocolate-cappucino-spice flavored RIS or Allagash, but this is a beautiful middle which I now like very very much. It has basically enlightened me.

The mouthfeel was also memorable. It wasn't thick or syrupy, wasn't too bitter and dry after swallowing, just crisp enough and clean enough, and for the ABV, I feel it was perfect.

This is one of two beers that has impressed me more than any other beyond my original expectations (mad elf the other). Bravo!!

UPDATE: This is the most consistent elite beer I've found. Even on the West Coast my brother tells me the Pliny has been slowly degrading. I also find variation between some of the IRS's I like, except Rasputin.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,874 ratings.