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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

11,653 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,653
Reviews: 3,141
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 646
Gots: 1,894 | FT: 41
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 webmanspidey
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice amber/orange color with loads of fizzy white head. Smell is mostly fresh pine needles, very refreshing and hoppy. Taste is caramel and sweet up front with a nice balanced hoppiness in the back. Sweetened grapefruit could be a nice way to describe this one.

When I first tried this beer years ago I remember thinking it was the most bitter and hoppy I had tried to date. Now it seems exceptionally well balanced and drinkable for an IPA. Very refreshing and sessionable and one of the best "non-extreme" IPAs I've had.

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

After giving this beer an unfavorable review the first time around. I decided to get a fresh sixer and try it again. I'm not sure if my first sixer was old or what was wrong but i wasn't really a fan of it. Maybe my pallet has developed more in the past year. Who knows?

Batch #9499 which according to Bell's website says this was bottled on Dec. 14, 2009. Making this less then 4 weeks old. So this is a super fresh sample.

Pours a golden yellow with some orange mixed in. About a finger and half head thats white in color and somewhat soapy in appearance.

Smell is awesome. Fresh candied hop aroma. Citrus and some floral notes.

This is sweeter then i would have thought. Tastes like candied white grapefruit. A quick shot of bitterness gives way to a candied sweetness that finishes clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy and smooth. Goes down with no trouble. Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

The first time i tried this i said i wouldn't seek it out again. After this six pack i can say that this is a delicious beer. Maybe the fact that it is less then 4 weeks old has something to do with it. I'm not sure. I am sure that this sixer stands no chance of surviving the night.

(EDIT:) re-reviewd on Jan. 10, 2010

Photo of Arbitrator
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of Uwftke26.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with gold highlights when held to a lamp. A two-finger off-white head recedes into a filmy collar on top of the brew, leaving thick lacing down the glass in its wake. A beautiful appearance.

S: Grapefruit hops front and center, with a lesser floral hop presence and an undercurrent of pine. Hard to detect the malts against the powerful hop bouquet, but there is a nice [small] caramel and biscuit malt nose to it.

T: Following the nose, the primary flavor is the sweet and slightly acidic flavor of grapefruit hops. A slight pine hop flavor with grassy and earthy hints. It's vaguely balanced by a biscuit malt presence with caramel decoration, but this is clearly dedicated to the hops, and it's hard to miss. The finish is a grassy and floral hop bitterness that lingers well into a sticky aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly chewy texture. Medium carbonation that results in a slightly foamy finish. I'd prefer lower carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, and there is no unpleasant oily or slick feeling with this beer. Good presence and body.

D: Quite high. I liked Bell's HopSlam, and I enjoy this one, as well. It's too bad we can't get Bell's on this side of the US, but the level of quality shown here makes me want to hunt it down.

Photo of BeerStine
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a 20oz nonic glass.

Pours a cloudy tangerine color with fluffy, white head. Smell is of citrus hops with a biscuity malt backdrop. Tastes is just like the smell. Fruity/citrus hop flavor that leaves a slight bittering aftertaste. Malts are sweet caramel and biscuit flavors. Mouthfeel is medium with medium/light carbonation. Drinkablilty is great; I could (and have) had just one or MANY of these beers in one sitting. Very versatile in that regard.

I love that this beer is available year-round at just about every store near me.

Photo of popery
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA with a huge hop profile. This beer has a ton of hops, even for an IPA. It really borders on a DIPA, like Russian River's Blind Pig. It's a slightly hazy golden liquid with a stiff, foamy head. The aroma is full of citric hops. The flavor has an excellent malt backbone that lies beneath a bouquet of hop notes that tend toward the bitter citric end of the spectrum. The smell is a bit more floral than the flavor. The beer is well-balanced and the alcohol is nicely hidden. It tastes very American but still quite different than an aggressive San Diego style. I enjoyed this beer very much. (Thanks again to deliriumfest)

Photo of farrago
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simple off-white colored head, gets close to one finger and runs off into a thin coating across the surface, the lacing shows more tenacity and stickiness. Red to brunt orange in color, takes on a more metallic yellow or rust cast around the rims, clear enough to watch the fat bubbles swim upwards. The nose offers up sweet pink grapefruit and tangerine citrus in spades, wheat, rye and soda bread notes, brawny apricot, peach, pineapple fruit scents, warm spring day explosion of fresh flowers, digs in without bruising. Medium-bodied, lively and energetic from the first sip to last, the carbonation dances a tango across the tongue. The pink grapefruit, tangerine, lime citrus slightly more bitter here, just as much as an overpowering presence. Pretty peach, apricot, pear fruit, swells until pine sap, rye and granola in addition to a malt smoothness brings things closer to earth and elongates the experience into more than a series of punctuation marks. With each bottle it's drained before you think it's even half done.

Photo of TooleBurger
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at Philly Beer Week at the Meet the Brewers event last night. I was very impressed.

It had a nice red ale look to it with minimal head. It had a nice hoppy smell and a great taste. You can really taste the hops and a little citrus twang. It is a nice American ale, almost a red ale.

It also has about the right alcohol content, so you can enjoy a few of them.

Photo of Reaper16
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised when, by some stroke of happenstance, I realized that I had not reviewed my favorite beer: Bell's Two Hearted Ale. I also hadn't had one in a couple of months (!), so I was eager to review it. From the looks of it, this bottle might have been on the shelf for a while. Served from a 12oz. bottle into the only glass I had available, a Chimay goblet.

Poured a murky, sickly shade of pale-orange. Not as yellow as I remember it usually being, but that may be due to the lighting. The 1.5-finger, rocky, off-white head dissipates at a normal rate. Lacing seems pretty good.

I love the nose on this beer. Its just so impeccably floral; its as if you were directly in a garden. Petal and plant stalk mix with loads of assertive lemony/citrus notes. This stuff smells like a hoppy brew; very appetizing.

Oh, yeah. That hits the spot. What can I say about Two Hearted that hasn' already been confirmed by legion? It hits all of the right pine and citrus hop flavors... only it hits them better than any other single IPA (in my un-exhaustive opinion anyway). Such a pleasant bitterness lingers on the tongue, compelling you to drink more.

Which you can, by the way, because even at 7% ABV, this is imminently drinkable. I always want to have more bottles. Nice, lightish mouthfeel with carbonation levels that don't lend a sharp prickly character. Just a smooth drinker all the way. I must also mention the awesome "hop-burps" that this beer delivers on.

I first drank this beer before signing up for Beer Advocate. The label, with its odd painting of a fish, forced me to purchase what I, then and now, refer to as "Fish Beer." I didn't know much about they style then, but I knew that I liked it. Nostalgia is not clouding my judgment. Two Hearted Ale remains a bright light in the beer world. Simply excellent.

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

Thanks again to JoBoTo for adding this great IPA into the shipment for trade. A very good Ale indeed.

- Love the look of these Bells I have tried... like an unfiltered Hefe.. light amber orange with a cloudy haze of goodness. Huge creamy head on this one. Batch 8752. The bottle sat, and still flowed out the bottle when opened. Great lacing, and left a nice soft later of creamy head.

- Smell is quite floral indeed.. little bit of rye, bread.. and sweet success.

- Taste is of rye, bread, and floral hop. Creamy and light. (7%? wow). Some lemon and citrus zest in there too.. almost like adding peel zest to the mix instead of Honey to the "strong ale Hopslam".

- Leaves my mouth about the same as a Widmer Hefe. Bready chewy rye aftertaste w/ light carb.

- So easy to drink... and would be so easy to slam 6 pints from tap w/out notice.

A great drinker... I am impressed by Bells. Wish they shipped to Portland Oregon on a regular bases. I wouldn't mind paying more than the usual every once in awhile.

I have noticed that their beers seem to be in the wrong classifications. I just ask myself if they use rye. Hopslam should be considered an American Strong Ale... as it doesn't state it is an IIPA I believe.

To me this is a Pale though :-/

Photo of csmiley
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8984

A - Color is medium gold and hints around at light orange in the right light. The off white head tops out at just over half inch before settling to a paper thin cap. Retention is average while light lacing is able to stick around afterwards.

S - Aroma is loaded with citrusy goodness. Lots of orange gets backed up by a lighter mango smell. Gets sugary about midway. More fruit finishes it up. Could be some grapefruit that pop in for a visit.

T - Sweet citrus flavors dominate this brew. Loads of orange with some bitter grapefruit that come together to make a very juicy beverage. The malt base really just supports the fruity hops. Some hard candy comes through at the end. Light bread flavors come through in a very distant aftertaste.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with a slightly active carbonation that tickles the palate. Finish start out sweet and fruity finishing off with a mild dry bitterness.

D - Drinkability is good. This is a juicy well balanced brew. Alcohol is hard to pick out in the flavor and aroma. The bitterness level works very well with the other flavors. The malt stays out of the way (for the most part). Bells has a good thing going with the Two Hearted. This one is easily reocommended.

Photo of johnnybgood1999
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful beer. It is an unusual light honey brown.

S: Hoppy, with more citrus than I think I've ever smelled in an IPA. A hint of alcohol is apparent as well. The citrus seems to be orange versus the typical grapefuit.

T: Really mild in the front of the mouth, then citrus takes over. The hops were not nearly as present as expected. Orange is the most prevalant flavor to me with hops coming in a fairly distant second.

M: Nothing out of the ordinary either good or bad.

D: Kinda so so here as well. I couldn't get through many of these.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a nice orange-copper color with a two-finger off-white head with great retention and lacing on about half the glass.

S: Smells of strong pine and hops with some maltiness.

T: Strong pine and citrus/floral hops with a nice caramel backbone. Nothing amazing, just a great simple IPA taste.

Overall: One of may favorites, Great oily and well carbonated mouthfeel. The best thing about this beer is the drinkability, I could easily drink this from sun-up to sun-down. Wonderful.

Photo of TheDoorman
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden color with tons of lively carbonation, white head dissipates quickly. Aroma is a bouqet of lovely citric hops. Grapefruit comes through upfront. Some grass and pine notes as well. Taste is pleasant though short of great. There's a touch of sweetness in the palate, but the hops are not as prevalent until the finish. They lack the symphonic multi-layered hop flavors that the aroma suggested. A nice dry finish. Light on the palate. Mouthefeel has some problems though. This beer is so overcarbonated that it affects the taste and entire experience. This style tends to have a good amount of carbonation, but this beer needs to tone it down a bit.

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

Poured into my Sam Adams beer glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a hazy pale orange/yellow color with a thick, frithy, and bubbly 2 finger deep off white head. Head has nice retention and leaves lots of sticky webbing and lacing on glass.

Tropical and piney hop aromas with some sweet maltiness, flowery, toasted grains.

Sweet caramel maltiness followed by a delicious array of bitter hoppiness, grapefruit, pine, lemon/lime zest, mango, superbly balanced flavors here.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp, clean, nice.

Drinks great. I could session these frequently, daily, hourly, all the time.

Wish this was available to me on a regular basis. Great flavors. I'm the target audience for this beer. More please.

Photo of cnjohn19
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i'll put this beer's appearance up against any of the beers i have reviewed since getting into craft beer reviews...light orange/yellow with a thick inviting head...great lacing...smells of wild dandelions, oranges, and hops...strong hops dominate but not too much...you'll enjoy this beer if you want to get into IPAs and might not be ready for the hoppiest drinks...

seems to foam in your mouth and the bitterness forces through your taste buds...an exceptional ipa which you can pretty much buy year round...that's what makes this beer so great...

overall, its a beer which i'll always have in my ice box...cheers!

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

I love this beer. Poured from the bottle an easy three fingers of creamy off white, long lasting head. Lacing is apparent in between each sip taken. The color is honey maple and the beer is slightly cloudy from yeast sediment.

The aroma is of fresh citrus, like the whole tree! Mostly grapefruit I would think.

The flavor leads with a sweet malt note followed closely by cirtusy hops with only slight bitterness and then roasted orange zest. I think it is the balance of hops and sweet malt that I find so appealing with this fine ale. I love big IPA's but they can get overpowering if consumed one after another. This Two Hearted Ale has such an nice combination of malt and hops with background citrus flavor, that I could easily drink glass after glass.

If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, I would give this ale serious consideration. It's a must try if you haven't done so already.

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

Look poured a thick creamy offwhite head that slowly disapated. Color is a cloudy dark yellow with decent carbination. It has a great smell of citrisy hops. Taste starts out with a slight sweet malt base with a bit of citris hops. Then finishes with finishes with a wonderful refreshness of hops with reletivly low bitterness. Then ends with a bit of drying .Mouthfeel is decent, not overtly thick. Overall another good one from Bells.

Photo of gameface23
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow with a fluffy white head. Really good lacing.

S: Nothing but grapefruity hops. Very nice.

T: Some more grapefruit taste. Great hop presence.

M: Good, not great. I drank one and thought it was on the thinner side. I had another and thought it was fuller-bodied than the first.

D: Good. 7% alcohol is hidden very well. Drinks like a 4.5 - 5% beer.

Photo of woodske1
3.13/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very average beer. I can't see why it is ranked this high overall. Not a strong taste, very generic. I think the cheap labeling makes it taste even more generic.

Nothing is bad about this beer, but nothing is that great either. It's worth trying, but just one.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a white head that leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Smell is a hoppy grapefruit.

Taste is a solid IPA... a slight malt with more prevelant hop. The hop is more grapefruit. There is little carbonation and a very nice mouthfeel on this beer. When I am in the mood for an IPA this is a really good one.

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

this is a superb IPA ..it pours a beautiful orange color with a just right head and superior lacing to the end the smell is superb you would think you are in an orange/grapefruit field in florida.. the taste is the same grapefruit/citrus with hops, malt and the 7% abv(which you dont taste) all blended perfectly. the mouthfeel is soft citrus with a perfect hop bitterness malt sweetness.. you will drink this so fast you will want another .. bells never dissapoints one of the top craft brewers in america.. if you like IPA you must try this one

Photo of zoso1967
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = Clear amber color with a good amount of carbonation for an American style IPA. Clean white head.

S = Wonderful aroma of hops. Lots of grapefruit character.

T = Lots of hop bitterness, but supported by a clean maltiness. Out of this world citrus flavors that further entice the palate. I was not able to perceive any alcohol flavor.

M = Very crisp and dry with just enough substance to support the slight warmth of the alcohol content.

D = For being a 7% beer this is incredibly drinkable.

One of my all time favorites and the beer that I judge all other IPAs by. Powerful but well balanced. I even like the fish on the bottle!

Photo of JonMich13
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Nice amber color, little head and lacing in my pour.

S = Very nice pungent hoppiness with citrus notes dominant

T = Good but something out of balance here. Very hoppy with loud grapefruit and orange peel. Lingers in the aftertaste.

M = Crisp and dry. Nice carbonation.

D = Fairly drinkable for hop fans.

Photo of biggred1
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange honey blonde body with plenty of suspended yeast and a huge,stiff foamy head that leaves tons of sticky lace on the glass. Big grapefruit and floral hop aroma. Tastes of big fresh hops with a touch of honey and fresh baked bread. Creamy mouthfeel with nice resinous hop oils. One of my all time faves.

Photo of dakid618
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with two fingers of tan head with good retention on the glass. Smell is all grapefruit citrus hops. Taste is a perfect combination of citrus hops and biscuitlike malts. Light dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable. This is a go-to beer for me and always keep some in my fridge.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,653 ratings.