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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 11,872
Reviews: 3,193
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 674
Gots: 2,134 | FT: 42
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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 blackearth
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber body with a big, fluffy white head. Aroma is dominated by citrus and slightly piney hops scents. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Great hop presence that is on the higher side of medium intensity. Just the right amount for an American Pale. Hop flavors come through from start to finish, but the malt backbone is present. Overall great drinkability.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly of hops, some citrus. Taste is hoppy, piney, some malts and bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine IPA, but nothing to separate it from the masses.

Photo of BenJames1984
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Two Hearted was one of my first IPAs and has been a favorite ever since. Its funny how I havent reviewed it until now.

On tap, at Crunchys Bar in East Lansing, as I type this.

A- Ruby-hazed amber color, with a thin white head which leaves a nice lacing.

S- A nice, hoppy sting on the nose, accented with a pine aroma.

T- Once again, I'm tasting hops and pine, with a splash of citrus...subtle touch of malts in the mist.

Mouthfeel- Goes right down, with no hesitation. Light-medium bodied. My favorite aspect of this beer.

Drinkability- I could easily drink a six pack in an evening. Amazing stuff.

Photo of drabmuh
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at RFD, 16 ounces served in 16 ounce glass. Yellow, slightly couldy, minimal white head, low carbonation. Amazing aroma. Citrus / pine, not overly piney. Cascade / amarillo aroma, very inviting. The beer screams, drink me! This is the type of beer that reminds me I'm a hop head. Sweet full bodied nice bitterness. Not overwhelming, but characteristics of great hop flavor. Drinkability high, A truly well formed beer. A slight aftertaste, some bitterness on the back end hold son. not strong. A reasonable amount of lingering flavor. This is one of my favorite IPAs in the country.

Photo of cudmud
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is just a pretty beer. Almost perfect. This beer has a nice golden color, with a wonderful stream of bubbles. It has a nice bright,white head and good lacing.

The smell is out of this world. It has a ton of aromatic hops. Behind the hops, there is a moderate hint of malt.

The taste is mostly hops, which I like. However, I don't detect much more than hops.

The brew feels good in my mouth. However, the drinkability is just short of good. I love this beer; however, I don't think I can drink more than one a night.

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

Pint on-tap at new venue "The Bishop" in Bloomington (used to be the Cinemat; now live music w/ reasonably priced pints & nice booths to boot).

Pour is a nice copper/orange, as usual, with a bit of head...half-finger or so. Nose is mostly pine, but with a definite citrus in there as well. Pine is the first thing you get upon tasting, strong enough to separate the men from the boys. Gradually the citrus aftertaste hits, so that what at first seems hoppy & biting loses some of its edge, in a good way. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, tart but smooth. Improves even as it warms, mellows out a bit. I like this in pairs, though I wouldn't readily choose this as a session beer. Still, for the ABV, pretty drinkable.

Photo of erz316
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 floz bottle with 9279 on the back into old speckeld pint glass

A - good light amber colour, maybe like light tangerine or clementine. big three finger head, solid, made of medium large bubbles, with a slightly orange colour. the head retains pretty well.

S - exceptionally good nose, great citrusy hops. the nose is so incredibly bursting with the scent of the hops. the nose exudes lemon juice, pine needles, and grapefruit pith. there is not much more, but the sheer intensity and deliciousness of the nose earns it a high marking

T - a real great beer, this one earns the kudos it gets. the initial is a tamed bitterness with a big malt backing, keeping the full bitterness at bay. the hops are more piney than grapefruity, but the overall taste is of the classic hop taste, with maybe a bit of astringent bitterness at the back of the palate. the finish is really where this beer takes off: the grapefruit taste rockets up and combines with the alcohol to make a lightly burning, bitter, and dry taste that finishes a bit on the herbal side of things; the malt, however, manages to get one last kick in and takes the very end of the finish. the aftertaste is light bitterness of hops and an overall malty feeling.

MF&D - the beer perfectly drinkable, compeltely and utterly. in fact the beer is soo good that even claire, who doesnt like hops, really likes this brew. I dont know what a perfect Am. IPA should taste like, so I will curb the rating a bit.

Photo of cvfish
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a pinkish amber color that produced a fluffy white head which had great retention and laced the side of the glass rather nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a grapefruit hoppiness that dominated the nose, but this was not a one sided thing, this beer had a very pleasant aroma that might even give Masala Mama a run for its money

T - The taste of this beer had a sweet buttery malty beginning that was quickly overtaken by an explosion of grapefruit hoppiness that was quite refreshing and tongue scraping at the same time, if its possible

M - The mouthfeel of this beer was right on the money, medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was an incredibly well crafted IPA that I would like to do a blind tasting with Masala Mama, which I had thought as the greatest IPA until I tasted this beer

Photo of mklinger
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Two fingers of head. Slightly hazy deep, deep gold. Effervescent carbonation. Looks very inviting. Leaves nice lacing behind, too.

Smell is all bright citrus, grapefruit & oranges. Slight hint of malt, too. Great, great IPA aroma!

Taste is similar to the aroma with a bit more malt and a bit less assertive hop flavor than was present in the aroma.

The lively carbonation and the hint of malt richness make for a very nice mouthfeel and an easy to drink, very inviting beer. I just don't taste the 7.1% abv in here at all. This is potentially a very deceptive beer. It would be easy to drink pint after pint of this.

Photo of smallbatchbrewer
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Warm orange-y amber hue, 2 finger head that sits nicely on top, great lacing.

S- Earthy citrus, floral, spice.

T- Citrus right off the bat, really round, and finishes with a bitter floral. There is a hint of earthiness similar to patchouli.

M- Very smooth, light carbonation, flavor doesn't linger or repeat- keeps your pallet clean, would be a great IPA for heavier flavored food.

D- I could easily recommend this beer to the experienced hop lover as well as someone with less experience with the IPA style. I fish mostly for trout, so the label is a plus :)

Photo of will4240
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had from a bottle into a pint glass with my dearest friends up at The Cabin. A memorable beer for a memorable time...

All around I would have to say that this is a pretty killer brew. I am all about the hops and the Two Hearted ale does not disappoint. Though I have had some very good IPAs in my life, this beer definitely sets the bar for beers that are widely available. Above all I loved the inherent drinkability of this brew, I could drink it til the cows came home, and then some.

Also, is there any cooler bottle in all of beerdom? I think not.

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

served in a pint glass at the boneyard in broadview,nice golden color with a fluffy white head that left some nice lacing.big hop aroma dominated by citrus with slight hints of pine.

big citrus and pine hop flavors balanced by a sweet slightly grainy malt backbone.medium light bodied.good drinkability,you can have a couple of these without frying your tastebuds. it's hard to beat this beer on tap.

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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Batch 9304

A- 3-finger head with great lacing upon consumption. Golden to orange hue with lots of tiny bubbles. Head dissipated relatively quickly.

S- Lots of citrus and floral hops

T- Up front, flavor is dominated by grapefruit with sharp, but delicious bitterness. I wouldn't quite classify the finish as a balanced malt backbone, but it definitely smoothes out towards the back of the palate. Grapefruit flavor lingers until end. As it warms, what would be called "maltiness" (though not very pronounced) becomes more apparent.

M- Great effervescence that beautifully compliments the citrusy, floral hop profile of the beer.

D- One of the easiest drinking IPAs out there (deceptively so).

One of my go-to IPAs and definitely worth the praise it has received. Randomly chosen out of the fridge for my first review after years of drinking craft beers. Simply put, one of the best American IPAs made.

Photo of beertooth
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$6 20oz pour from the beer engine at the Maproom.

A glowing ever so slightly hazy orange with a huge foamy white head that leaves thick layers of sticky, crusty lacing down the sides of the glass.

The nose is full of candied orange, sweet malt, tropical fruits and some hop spice.

The first gulp gives me orange candy, sweet doughy malt, slight hoppy bitterness, more tropical fruits. There's some slight oxidization and it's just slightly warm. Just what I like in a casked IPA!

Mouthfeel is slick and fast with very low carbonation(duh!).

Two Hearted is a damn fine IPA and I love casked beers so this is a match made in heaven for me. I could easily empty the firkin all by myself seeing how I killed this Imperial pint in about ten minutes. I better take it easy or I'll be sleeping on the couch tonight. Yeeeesh!

Photo of philipquarles
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz bottle. Drinking this while reading Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River" for the first time. Very nice hazy golden body with a big, fluffy white head that laces incredibly. Smells hugely of citrus. Grapefruit galore and pine, with a tiny bit of pot thrown in for good measure. Slightly sweet, biscuity malt, which detracts from it a bit. Initial malty-sweet taste, though with a general citric hoppiness. Grapefruit and orange juice with some pine resin. Bitter, but not overly so. This seemed too malty up-front, but the dry finish keeps it pleasant and refreshing, in the end. Medium-full body with plenty of carbonation. A nice ale, but not the magnificent creation it's cracked up to be. Ironically, the Hemingway story wasn't great either; guess I'm a bit picky as a Hem fan though. Granted, both could be better if enjoyed during a summer on the UP.

Photo of Duhast500
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a light orange/light gold with a three finger size head and some really nice lacing that stays a long time on the glass. This beer is bottled conditioned and is a slightly hazy as well.

The smell is very hoppy, a really nice floral hop flavor, very strong in the nose at first.A pleasant sweet piny type of flavor.

The taste is a nice hoppy flavor that is quite mellow. It does not present itself out front at first but hides in the background and leaves some hoppiness to be experienced on the second and third sip.There are some orange/citrus flavors with some some pleasant floral hops.

The feel of this beer is pretty light. A great easy drinking ale with a great flavor profile.

Photo of deereless
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Finger thickness of thick frothy head, patches of sticky foam along the sides of the glass, pale golden color with a slight orange hue - 4.50, S: Utterly delightful hoppy aroma, centennial hops rule - loads of citrusy smells with some nice floral aromas as well, balanced with some sweet malts - 4.50, T: Grapefruit and orange zest, a touch resiney and a hint of pine, solid hop bitterness, wonderfully balanced with pale malts, near perfect palate for an IPA - 5.00, M: A touch thinner than I might like, a little more body would be welcome though still very respectable - 4.00, D: Two Hearted was my go to beer for a couple of years and I still consider it one of if not the best examples of an American IPA, wonderful use of hops while not being overwhelmed, extremely drinkable - 4.75

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

Poured from a 120z. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell-Poured a nice hazy gold with some definite orange coloration, had quite of bit of carbonation present also. Left a nice big thick head which stuck to the glass and left nice lacing intact. Smell was of definite biscuity citrus, followed by some piney/ grapefruit notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Taste was great. Very citrusy followed by a definite piney lingering hop presence, some malty sweetness definitely there but in the back seat. Very close to what i was expecting after smelling the brew. Mouthfeel was fantastic between the hoppiness and the carbonation that followed the initial taste of the brew. Not too thick or oily at all. ABV was very will hidden in this.

Drinkability-I could, and have drank plenty of these. I seem to always catch myself craving this stuff on occassion.

Photo of gabemasiulis
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A) Golden with an off white head. Medium sized bubbles, good retention, the head peaks a bit in the glass.

S) Strong smell of Citrusy Centennial hops, overpowers the scent of any malt profile that may be present.

T) High and sweet up front, citrusy next, with a thick leafy dry hop taste, followed by a bit of a spicy finish.

M) Creamy up front, thick with hops throughout.

D) Last time I had this, it was in a 16 gallon keg. 'nuff said.

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

Another round of thanks go out to cvaypai for this one. Craig once again hooking it up with the Midwest's finest.

A: It pours a hazy burnt orange color with a small white head. Some sticky looking lacing as I drink this one.

S: The aroma really blew me away. Loads of citrus hop aroma, sweet tropical fruits, and not much malt--very nice.

T: The taste is very similar to the aroma. A great grapefruit and orange flavor, along with sweet pineapple. The finish is nice and piney, giving a bitterness to balance out the fruit.

M: The beer is medium bodied and has moderate carbonation.

D: I can see why people go nuts over this beer. Such a solid IPA, much more similar to the California IPAs than most other Midwest and East Coast offerings.

Photo of Magpie14
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: the body houses a timid burnt orange with soft golden hues and a large handful of particles floating in the mix. A few lethargic bubbles are at work beneath the large dingy white cap. Lacing is monumental with sheets coating the upper rim and thinning out as the sips continue. A soft white film resides on top as the head melted away somewhat quickly

S: smells boast centennial hops with a big flowery presence, maybe a shot of cascade smells? Smells of grapefruits and lemons come to my mind. What is most flattering is the presence and impact of the hops, so bright and crisp in the nose. This category is getting a sure-fire 5!

T: superb hops. What is even more impressive is the soft buttery pale malt character that augments the bright, flowery, candied fruit notes (grapefruits and oranges). Another notable hop flavor is the piney blue spruce notes. Otherwise, this is a harmonized hop brew with magnificent balance. As it warms it gains a soft spiced character that is to die for. The interplay between the hops and pale malt is banging with the hops having the edge and yet under control...the best beers are the hardest to describe sometimes...

M: I must say, the body is on the lighter side, which is okay. It is very nice for the style and has reasonable carbonation. The body is smooth and very agreeable. Gulping is taking control and it is going down way to fast

D: I can only say this "Very highly recommended." Top-notch Bells brew. It takes me back to my WMU days and frequenting the brewery (everyday!)

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

Nice US strong IPA. A good reference for the style with a nice balance. (These are notes for the draft tasting. It does go up a few notches in feel, drinkability and freshness, most all else remains the same.)

Presentation: Draft serving at a regular pit-stop somewhere in Washington DC. Bells Two Hearted tap marker presentation. The menu offers a short but fairly accurate and attractive description of the brew. Served in a bells tulip pint glass.

A - Nice amber color. Starts with a large head that dissipates leaving a sturdy ring on the beer and some traces on the surface. Great showy lacing as it goes down.

S - Very nice and recognizable hoppy and floral bouquet. A presence felt with emphasis early on but that remains strongly present throughout. Resin/pine accompany to built up the smell.

T - Distinctive and well balanced hop flavors. The bitterness ends on a rather smooth note.

M - Quite carbonated, but feeling about right for an IPA.

D - Very drinkable. Complex and with enough personality. Good to sustain a nice meal, or informal drinking session.

Notes: Still a favorite standard from Bells. But, this sure is an improvement in fresh tap form? Appearance and freshness enhance its drinkability quite a big deal. Still a reference standard when I recommend an IPA that without being overtly strong is one level above a regular version of the IPA, and it is great to initiate friends into other double, imperial, triple or hybrid IPAs, and particularly enticing on tap.

Photo of sweemzander
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Batch #9254.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a rather large off-white to yellow head with great retention.

(S)- Massive pineapple and grapefruit citrus fruits up front followed by a rather dry pine sol aroma.

(T)- Very dry up front with pineapple and grapefruit citrus. Slightly creamy in the middle with a dry biscuity finish.

(M)- Rather smooth and dry; this has tons of hop characters, but its implemented well creating mouthwatering citrus notes. Great carbonation level.

(D)- A great all-around beer that offers you just a bit more potency than your run of the mill IPA. Massive hop addition in this one, but is still rather fruity as opposed to just drying bitterness. Solid stuff!

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

This is hands-down the best American IPA I've had.

Orange amber with a thick creamy head and beautiful lacing. Such a complex smell, so many fruits, such a hint of spice and malt, and the grapefruit Centennial hops are just, oh god, heavenly. I would wear perfume that smelled like this, and I would want to screw my own brains out.

It's perfectly balanced with a soft caramel malt and hoppy fruity explosions, goes down like butter with a dry finish, has a lovely fine carbonation, and I drank three before I knew it--and that doesn't happen often with IPAs. Usually one or two is enough.

Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in DC. An excellent IPA.

A - Nice orangish-amber color with a thick off-white head.

S - Floral hoppy aroma with some sweet malt.

T - Fairly sweet pale and caramel malt with citrusy (orange mostly) and floral hops. Some bittering hops stand out as well, which is not a bad thing even though people make it out to be these days. Well balanced.

M - Smooth and crisp, fairly lively carbonation.

D - Very high for the style.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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