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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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11,400 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,400
Reviews: 3,119
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 630
Gots: 1,771 | 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 SteveO1231
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received a six-pack of Two Hearted Ale in a trade with HopHobo. 12oz. long neck bottle, with an orange outlined label that features an illustration of a lake trout. Batch 8918 i think?

Pours a brilliant golden yellow. Tons of carbonation, resulting in a super-thick head of white foam that settles into frothy clouds. Some excellent lacing clinging to the top ring of my Allagash glass. Two Hearted Ale has a nose is a perfect balance of malt sweet character and a bouquet of hops. I understand that this beer is brewed using only Centennial hops. They are showcased well in the aroma, floral, citrus, and a hint of pungent, blue cheesiness. Mouthfeel is absolutely outstanding, velvety smooth with a slickness probably from the abundance of hop oils saturated within the liquid. I would have to say that this IPA has got to be the most perfectly balanced IPAs that I have ever tasted. The malt sweetness balances the citrus, grapefruit juice flavor perfectly. The brew finishes with a pleasant, piney-grapefruit dryness that is both delicious and refreshing. My review might be a little biased since centennial hops are my absolute favorite but if I had access to this beer, it would constantly be found in my fridge.


SteveO1231, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of jamesdantes13
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber brew with a decent head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is dominated by hops--piney and citrus with some fruit in the background.

Hop flavor upfront; slightly floral with a lot of citrus. This is followed by a bready flavor from the malt and finishes dry. Has a light body and a crisp mouthfeel throughout.

Very easy to drink for a 7% beer due to the exceptional mouthfeel. Enough hops to quench any hophead's cravings.

jamesdantes13, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of mbrasi
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice IPA not over the top hoppy, just a mellow fragrant solid IPA. Pour is medium golden with a large fluffy head. Aroma is citrus and pine with some sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium light carbonation that you don't feel until it hits your throat. Smooth slightly bitter finish that is much more refreshing than some othe others I've had. It's one of the best IPAs out there. Top notch hops, Top notch quality.

mbrasi, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of mooseisloose
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

have seen this brew as a preferred purchase in the forums, so when I spotted one at ABC, I snagged it up to give it a whirl. Hop smell is a delicious dry hopped woodsy, piney smell. Pours to orange-yellow with a foamy two finger head that laces as it recedes. Taste is a very different hop taste than I have ever tasted before. Initial, but not for long, taste is malty, then the hops kick in. Again almost pine like hop that builds and builds in flavor, but not really bitter. It lingers in the finish but it still lets a slight bit of malts through. Silky mouthfeel but still a slight carbonation zest. This is a very different ale. Unique. The AC is not evident at all. I like it and will definitely be purchasing more of this brew. Drinkability suffers a tad for the AC but hey, if you wanna play you gotta pay. Oops it's gone! I now see on the bottle it's a Yooper style beer, that's why it's so good! Brings me back to "the woods".

mooseisloose, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of skillerified
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has been in cold storage for about two years.

The pour is nice, but pretty standard for the style. Rich gold color. Has an appearance similar to honey. White cream colored head. Short head, but I guess I'd expect that due to the age of the brew.

The scent is really pretty amazing. The words for it that immediately come to mind are citrus flowers. I've never smelled a real citrus flower, to the best of my knowledge, but the floral and citrus scents are so well intertwined that they seem like one. And it smells delicious to me. To be a little more specific, I get a lemony citrus scent. I'm no good at placing specific floral scents, so I won't even try. There are also hints of apple and grape. Could stand to have a little more complexity and/or added scents, but overall this is pretty phenomenal.

Taste is actually turning out to be a little disappointing. Still tasty, but it definitely lacks the firepower that the younger ones had. Fruity, but sort of indescriminately so. Apple again, I suppose. Not nearly as citric as it smells. A little white grape maybe. There are hints of clove and other spices every now and then. Still pretty good, but doesn't seem to compare favorably to fresher versions.

The mouthfeel has definitely smoothed out between this bottle and the last one I had before it (about a year and a half, I'd guess). There isn't that sharp, bitter bite that was there before. Still a good amount of carbonation buzz on the tongue. Nothing too outstanding here.

Even after two years, this brew is pretty drinkable. Unfortunately, I don't think it's really any better than the younger bottles they. The flavor is definitely subtler this time around, and that can be a good thing, but I'm just not sure it suits this beer. Definitely a brew worth purchasing though.

skillerified, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of droomyster
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark a slightly hazy dark gold with a medium white head. Nice hoppy aromas with multiple layers, ranging from evergreen needles to the citrus spectrum, but not in an overwhelming, steroid hopped way. No alcohol detectable. Sweet malts also insert themselves into the aroma equation. A resinous, medium full body with a lot of malt/hop tug of war on the palate, finishing dry, with an orange zest that hangs on for a bit. Drinks very beautifully. Stands up to hearty, flavorful foods but also has the balance and finesse to be enjoyed on its own. Two Hearted Ale is definitely my all-time favorite IPA.

droomyster, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of CMW
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a golden amber with a nice cloudlike one finger head that has good retention. Nice lacing appears throughout the glass. Heavy carbonation is present.

S - Floral hops are the first thing that jump out. There is also a tinge of malt present along with some citrus fruits.

T - Hops are predominant but very smooth. They have an oily quality that slides down your throat. Earthy malts that add a bit of balance. Finishes with a bit of bitterness.

M - Has a creamy feel, more than I expected, very nice.

D - This has become my go-to beer when I'm out a an event that requires drinking from the bottle. Very easy to knock out a six.

CMW, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark gold with a thick white head, lots of carbonation.

Overwhelming hoppy aroma, grapefruit/citrusy, just awesome!

Tastes just as hoppy, some spices and bready notes and nice and malty to balance it out, nice bitter finish and the alchohol is well hidden.

Creamy/velvety mouthfeel that leaves me wanting more, if only they made a beer like this in Ontario!

GodOfBeer, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Keith238
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle, pop top. No freshness dating.

Golden and slightly hazy, this brew packs a real nice hop flavor. I hold it up to DFH 60 minute with a little less grapefruit flavor. Only complaint is that every bottle poured with a ton of head. It quickly dissipates but makes pouring a little tricky if you're in a hurry to take that first sip.

Medium to high carbonation, great hop aroma and very, very drinkable. Clean, crisp and hoppy. A must try for hopheads and not too over the top for the squeamish.

Keith238, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 10/12/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a big head, white, foamy, creamy, good lacing. Cloudy amber color, good bubbles, fizz. Very strong hoppy aroma, fresh smelling. Bitter taste, some sweet mid-taste, somewhat smooth/bitter aftertaste. Creamy. A good IPA, but a little strong and unbalanced. A little acidic.

jujubeast6000, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Aenema
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a hazy honey with a thick white head.
Smell - Lots of grapefruit, lemon and floral hops.
Taste - There is a burst of grapefruit and a complex and full hoppy flavor before a moderately bitter finish. Delicious. 4.5
Mouthfeel - A light body with moderate carbonation makes this a very enjoyable beer.
Drinkability - This beer is great to drink by itself or with food. A very versatile beer that masks its' 7% alcohol content very well (some might say too well).
This is one of my favorite IPAs, I just wish it was easier to get a hold of in Maryland.

Aenema, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of umustdrink
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a new Duvel tulip... arguably the best way to drink a fine beer.

A - Mostly opaque deep orange color. Rocky white head settles at a thick half inch. Big sheets of lace.

S - Very pungent sweet floral hops, creamy bready malts, peppery spice.

T/M - Starts out creamy and lightly sweet with a slightly oily consistency. Hoppy bite comes in quickly with carbonation and some spicy toasted malts. Hoppy flavor becomes more complex - sweet, creamy, green bitterness with smoky undertones. Finish leaves a sweet, creamy flavor with a dulled type bitterness.

D - Sessionable drinkability. Not much else to say; I drink it all the time, its my favorite IPA.

umustdrink, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of witster18
2.95/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Interesting beer.
This smells of IPA and initially it tastes of IPA with strong pink grapefruit and copper malt backbone... but then there's a little bite of fake-fruity-artificialsweetness... reminds me of Leiny's sunset wheat... almost like somebody dropped a shot of that in here... WHICH IS NOT a good thing... it really hits in the aftertaste and really turns me in the wrong direction on this beer...
I give it props for the taste up front... and for the fact that it completely hides it's alcohol content... in that aspect I'm not sure if I've ever had a 7%'er that didn't have some alcohol bite... but that off-put-taste of fake sweetener is just turning me off of this one and it will be my last.
traded a 6 pack of Dortmunder Gold for two bottles(one of these) and a grolwer of Highlands organic... great quantity trade but terrible 'taste' trade...
I'll leave the two-hearted on the shelf and go with the Columbus Pale Ale or Liberty Ale the next time...

witster18, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of gyllstromk
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy copper body with a vibrant head. Nose is very floral, sweet, and clean hop aroma: perfume to me. A nice hop bitterness that is reasonably balanced. As to drinkability?: I have trouble keeping it in my fridge (where is this 7% hiding? oh yeah, in my subsequent morning). This is easily my favorite beer that is regularly available in Chapel Hill.

gyllstromk, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of optiontwo
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into generic tap glass from the tap at Barbette

Appearance: Semi-clear, bright orange with a half inch white head, good retention, and very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet orange and grapefruit right away. Slight pine but mostly fruity and sweet malts, plenty of hoppy goodness.

Taste: More than just grapefruit this beer tastes like grapefruit juice with a grassy background. Somewhere in there is some malt but there's so much hop flavor and bitterness it gets lost.

Mouthfeel: Lightly creamy, with a very crisp semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: I've had nights where I've had waaay too much of this one, but it's easy to do. I like and dislike the fact that it's 7%ABV. I guess it just depends on my mood.

Overall: This is the beer that introduced me to craft beer and delicious IPAs, it will always have a special place in my heart and when I'm at work (where we have it on tap) it's my go to beer. That being said, since I first had this I've had many amazing IPAs and Two Hearted doesn't hold the number one spot anymore. Still a great beer and I recommend trying it.

optiontwo, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of MacDomer
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't get this easily in Chicago, but picked some up over the holidays when I was in Ohio. Consumed about 5 weeks after it was bottled. Excited to try this one...

Poured into my standard pint glass. This one is a light golden orange with a big foamy head and excellent retention. Good, forward aroma of floral hops. A hint of semi-sweet malts. The taste is crisp and citrusy. Good balance and mouthfeel.

Overall, I enjoyed this, no doubt. But, given the hype and ratings, I'm left a bit disappointed. It's really good, but not great. Will have one if offered, and I'd like to have it again, but I'm happy to stick with more easily attainable IPAs.

MacDomer, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. One inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops mainly with a subtle hint of some spice. Fits the style, quite nicely. There's a crisp and not so smooth mouth feel. There's a high carbonation level and noticeable bitterness. Tastes of strong hops mostly (a good kick of bitter - yum). That is the only real flavor I can pick out. Overall, what a heck of a strong IPA.

Tone, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: hazy golden amberish, small head rentention

smell: loaded citrusy hops, grapefruit

taste: nice hop presence and more on the citrus side, sublt pine

mouthfeel: medium bodied, decent carbonation

drinkability: a good choice everytime! One of the best strong IPAs out there.

CampusCrew, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a New Belgium Globe glass.

A: Pours a pale golden orange with a bug white pillowy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Floral and citrus hops.

T: A very good and well balanced IPA. Very hoppy and slightly bitter with orange on top of pine. Light pale malt is always there. Dry finish.

M: Very good mouthfeel, creamy, well carbonated.

D: A very good and easily drinkable IPA. Hop lovers will love it, especially fans of centennial hops.

willjschmidt, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy wheat-orange body with a good-sized white head.
S: Smells mainly of floral hops. Maybe some pine, too.
T: Both citrus and floral hops. A little bit sour/bitter from the citrus flavors but balanced by some malty sweetness.
M: Good; clean and crisp. A great summer beer.
D: Didn't realize it was 7%. Masks it well. Heck for that matter a good winter beer, too.

lhaqq, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden color with two fingers of thick head that lasts quite a while, leaving a nice lace when it does leave.

Smells very complex, floral, piney, but definitely toward the hop end, which is too be expected.

Taste is great, now this is what I like in an IPA. Not a hop bomb but a very balanced beverage that allows the hop characteristics room to showcase. It's smooth, easy to drink, medium bodied and low to medium carbonation.

Would buy this again several times, maybe my favorite IPA.

sonicdescent, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of gabe23
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque honey colored brew with a frothy white head. Sticky lacing throughout the glass.

S - Floral, citrus and piney hops aroma with some sweet malty undertones.

T - Citrus hops at the forefront, quickly developing to a bitter grapefruit rind flavor. A slight malty sweetness balances things out before a dry finish.

M - Pleasant mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation.

D - Nicely balanced IPA, perfect for a session.

gabe23, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of dbONE
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another find on my recent trip to ND.
A cloudy unfiltered look with a dense clean white head.
Lots of floral and citrus hops with a touch of pine and grass.
For a midwest IPA style this is on the map with a very grapefruity citrus flavor with a clean orange peel finish. Keeping it on the coolder side helps the drinkibility. The flavor slips as it warms up.
The sticky malt finish begs for another sip.
Be sure to share your sixer because you will get bored after a few.
Still a good beer though.

dbONE, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of thekanna
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at Bar Louie in Ann Arbor, MI.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow with impressive, foamy head.

Smell: Somewhat like if you mowed your lawn around your garden in which you were growing citrus fruits and hops. Refreshing, and very natural.

Taste: Upfront you have citrus fruits (mostly grapefruit or pomelos), grass clippings of freshly-cut tall grass, and some faint flowery aromas. Hops creep up midway and then finish with a slightly artificial bitterness which seems a little inconsistent with the subtle balance of the rest of the flavors.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Somewhat creamy and very refreshing; the sensation of drinking bottled water out of the fridge on a hot day. Active carbonation keeps things perky. However, the strongly hoppy aftertaste slightly throws off delicate balance of flavors and lowers the drinkability.

thekanna, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of dolemite77
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color, the head is tremendous though, rocky and thick. Aroma is sweet malt, and HEAVY on the cascade hops. Flavor is sweetly hoppy... the malt has a nice sweetness to it that works well with the citrus hops, as well as just the plain ol' bitter hops. Woodsy and piny hops on the back end. Enjoyable beer.

dolemite77, Jan 11, 2009
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,400 ratings.