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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,793 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,793
Reviews: 3,079
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 599
Gots: 1,489 | 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 neonbrown82
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to re-review this beer, as the first time I had it, it was of questionable age after having sat in the Iowa Beer Cache for quite some time -- original score: 3.8. Now that this beer is available in the state of Iowa, I have gone through several cases of fresh Two Hearted. It has actually supplanted Alpha King as my go-to beer, at least for the time being.

The beer pours to a light golden color with a slight peachy haze. Nice white head, though it doesn't last or lace all that well. Decent carbonation. Doesn't look all too impressive, but rest assured, there is liquid gold in that glass.

The smell is great. Has a nice lemony zest on top of the grapefruity centennial hop aroma. Slight malty sweetness below.

The taste is great. Very well balanced for an IPA. Great hops flavor without too much bitterness. Very refreshing. Very drinkable. Not too sweet, not too bitter or dry.

The body is medium to full with a crisp carbonation. Another great beer from Bell's. Make sure to check the freshness of your sample via Bell's Batch # lookup on their website, lest ye be disappointed in your old beer such as I was the first time I tried it.

neonbrown82, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of thechaacster
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a tasty looking foamy peach-colored head, lots of suspended yeast, and some cool looking cascading carbonation. Super sweet and fruity hop aroma, can't wait. Damn, this doesn't disappoint, either. A tasty, sweet, doughy maltiness is present but is beaten severely by the copious hops. Highly herbal and lemony, the bitterness is matched by a good measure of sweetness. As the glass empties, a serious coating of lace is left cemented to the inside. The finish is dry and bitter, but not at all unpleasant. I've not usually been much of a hop head, but this was delicious and amazingly drinkable. None of the wack aftertaste and mouthfeel I've experienced with some APAs and IPAs. Easily my favorite IPA yet.

thechaacster, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of twilight
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This sample thanks to TastyTaste.

Pours a hazy, lazy orange with a thick head that dissipates and leaves lacing on the glass. Lacing and I haven't even taken a sip. Awesome. Aroma is overly citrusy with a noseful of hops. A soft aroma much like sticking your nose into a bag of Centennials.Yummy and floral Taste is softly citrus with a pine/wood finish that leaves that distinct hop bitterness on the palate. Lingers Lingers. Excellent full carbonation. I really could make this a session ale. Drinkability is hight. I've gotten these on trades and via friends, so I have a high reviewing expectation and it doesn't disappoint.

twilight, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of macpapi
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me begin by saying that this beer has moved into my top three I.P.A.'s of all time. From first to last sip, it is phenominal. Starts off pouring a hazy-orange nectar, with a full-sized head. Bubbles lace the concoction from bottom to top, actively flowing through the glass. The smell is dominated by citrus aromas, along with a slight floral hint. Citrus again is most prominent in the overall taste, along with a notable malty kick. This is not the world's hoppiest I.P.A., but does have a bit of a bite to it. The best way to describe it is smooth to the extreme. In mouthfeel, it is full, but not overly heavy. Its carbonation remains throughout and the citrus flavors that come along with initial sips hold well throughout. There is a slight bitterness at the end of each quaff, adding to its appeal. Overall, I would say that this is an excellent beer, whose complexity and smoothness make it one to experience regularly.

macpapi, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange color with amber hues, and a large off-white head. Smells of pineapples and floral hops. The taste is very fruity and lively with nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Overall, this is a great brew. Its taste doesn't get old, and its aroma is wonderful.

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Edit 2/22/09: Over the years I have come to love the the taste and aroma of this beer, but hate the after effects. This beer more than any other I have ever drank leads to a very bad hangover. I mean I can't drink more than one without having a terrible headache all day long the day after.

KarlHungus, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle on a recent trip to Cleveland.

Pours a hazy copper with a creamy ivory head. Lots of draping lace down the side of the glass. Smells of cirtusy hops and light fruity malt.

Taste is dominated by intense floral and citrusy hops. There's some light pale malt crispness in there but this brew is all about the hops. And while the beer may be unbalanced the hops flavors are nicely balanced with each other. Bitter and sweet citrus intertwined. Long lingering bitter aftertaste and crisp. Taste leaves you craving more. Good stuff.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My god - I'm so impressed I almost don't know where to begin...

The pour is very good - a bright golden color with a large, sticky off-white head. The head dies down to a small cap which leaves lots of lacing as you go through the glass...

The smell is quite hoppy - plenty of new mown grass and citrus in this one. A bit of toasted grain as well so it's not that one sided but it's primarily hops, hops and hops.

The taste is exquisite... I keep going back and forth between rating it 4.5 or 5.0 Since it's not completely perfect I'll give it a less than perfect score - but just barely (I wish there was a 4.75!) There's a pretty simple but honest malt base here - grain/fresh bread with a bit of sweetness. The hops are ever present and they are -huge- but more importantly they're not overpowering and it's incredibly smooth. When I'm disappointed by an IPA it's usually because the brewer seems to have thought "if I throw in too many hops, people will be impressed" leaving a very unbalanced brew. This, on the other hand, is an incredibly balanced brew - plenty of subtle, complex hops notes of citrus, herb and pine with a taste I don't quite recognize but there's no doubt it's a hop.

As if the taste wasn't good enough, the mouthfeel is complete perfection. Even with the billowy head there's still plenty of fine carbonation in the beer and it couldn't go down any smoother. The feel is somewhere between velvet and silk and it's all good. No oily residue. No bitter aftertaste. Very light feel. Amazing that it isn't on tap - I've never experienced a bottled brew that has this feel.

Drinkability is off the scale. I'm already checking Mapquest to find out how far to Kalamazoo Brewing (2288 miles) This is one outstanding beer.

[Many, many thanks to TikkiGodxxx for shipping this out West - I'm now officially hooked on trades!]

RedwoodGeorge, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of granger10
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, the bottle I had was probably bad and I drink this beer basically twice a week minimum. Great beer all around and one of my favorite IPA's. So juicy and citric with a good balance hoppiness. Dry flavors mix with the malts so well and the intense citric hoppiness is great. Super drinkable IPA. Hops are amazing in this beer. On tap is better than bottle imo but cask is the ultimate best.

granger10, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Honey with a small white head that doesn't last too long and leaves spotty lace.

Lots of floral and citric hops in the nose. Fruity with some pine sap.

The taste is a hop head's dream. Powerful, juicy hops dominate from start to lingering bitter finish. The malts are way in the back, but make a contribution to the mouthfeel which is full for the style.

Lots of hops, but not too much to keep me from ordering more.

ypsifly, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orangish-yellow color with a thick, frothy white head that retains well, a spectacular looking beer. Aroma is grapefruit, lemon, floral and grassy hops smells, with a light, bready malt background...quite appealing. The taste is equally impressive, a moderate hop bomb thats as balanced as can be expected. Flavors of grapefruit, pine oil, lemon rind and freshly cut grass makeup the hops side, with a nice, dry bread malt flavor that balances the brew very well. The mouhfeel is lusciously creamy with a crisp carbonated bite, the finish is dry, bitter and extremely refreshing. The drinkability is quite high, and i wish i had a few more. Another excellent offering from Bell's, they're becoming one of my favorites...too bad they arent available in my state.

silver0rlead, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of Bang34
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow/amber color with a thick white head that sticks around and leaves a nice lace on the glass. You can count how many sips you have taken by the number of rings on the glass.

The aroma is very nice and complex, floral is the first thing that comes to mind, with a little citrus and pine. Even a little fruity, there is a lot going on here, it is best enjoyed in a glass such as a tulip that concentrates the aroma as you drink.

The taste is what all IPA's should taste like in my opinion. Crisp and lite but still complex, dry and hoppy on the finish. Smooth for an IPA. A beginner might shy away at first but a developed palate will really appreciate the complexity.

Very drinkable, smooth and goes down easy, high carbonation but it allows the flavor to come out.

One of my favorite beers from one of the mid-west's best breweries.

Bang34, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of Higravity
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer that should be a main-stay of any MI local drinkers rotation. It pours an apricot color with a white head that leaves me some lacing. The smell is of strong hops with high AA and enough flavor to back them up. It has a nice malty base with sweet caramel flavors to build upon all the different hop flavor that come through. A deep bittering that yeilds to soft floral and citrus tones. The finish is a little over sweet.

Higravity, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of fingolfin72
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy blonde color with a white, short-lived head.

I love the nose of this beer- Pine, butter, herbs, perhaps a faint hint of maple wood. The palate is bracingly bitter, with enough dryness to make this a food-friendly, session-friendly and non-cloying beer. The bitterness is faintly reminiscent of Campari, and the body is present but lean.

This is a beer that brings back my will to live when I get home from a bad day at work.

fingolfin72, May 26, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky golden amber colour, topped by a half-inch slightly rocky, white head that shows good retention and some lacing. Definitely unfiltered, with small particulates in suspension, but clears up considerably as it warms. Hop aroma was evident as soon as I opened the bottle, a nice mix of citrus and spice. Mild malty nose as well, but this is only evident after it's been in the glass for a while. Malt sweetness to start, quickly followed by piney bitterness. Hop flavours (citrus and spice) show up part way through. The finish is quite long, dry and bitter, with more of a sharp orange peel flavour. High carbonation with a medium body and a bit of creaminess. Also just a bit of alcohol warming after it's swallowed, mostly after it warms a bit.

DrJay, May 26, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to warriorsoul for this one.
Appears a cloudy light golden color with a solid 2" white solid head that lasts. Plenty of lacing. Check out the bottom of the glass! Tiny bits of hops can be seen in this one. Smell is of sweet malt, citrus, and pine.
Taste is easily one of the smoothest, most balanced and tolerable IPA's out there. Citrus and piney hops mixed with a fine balance of sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly carbonated with a feel that starts at the front of the tongue and works it's way to the back of the tongue.
Drinkability is great for IPA. No sting, all bling.

Finger licking good!

weeare138, May 23, 2005
Photo of walleye
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy golden with off white head, with some lacing. aroma, grapefruit, yeast, lemon, orange, hops, pine. flavor, orange, hops, supriseingly the grapefruit was weak compared to the aroma, floral. bells does it for me again. a good beer will buy again

walleye, May 19, 2005
Photo of frazbri
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden-copper and slightly hazy, topped by a light, fluffy white head of moderate size. Abbundent aromas of citrus and pine needles. Grapefruit and pine resin flavors, a hint of sweetness and a powerful bitterness. Medium carbonation and body.

Two Hearted Ale is an outstanding west cost IPA. (it just comes from Michigan) This is a showcase for hops. If you are a hophead, you must give this a try. If you aren't, it is still worth a taste. (it may suprise you)

frazbri, May 19, 2005
Photo of ggroller
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The label on the bottle I had was different than the BA pic. Mine was of a trout's head depicted in various shades of green.

This is a cloudy beer between amber and gold in color. A very nice, sticky, resilient white meringue type head reminiscent of a good homebrew.

Wonderful citrusy hops in the nose upon smell and after the sip. Nice maltiness in the finish. Slight chewiness in the body but crisp enough in the finish to prepare me for the next sip.

I'm not a huge hop head and this is a fairly hoppy beer but one that I could easily drink in a session. I am glad I decided to add this one to my mixed sixer.

ggroller, May 17, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and slightly dark gold in colour, this beer has a fantastic spicy citrus aroma with a bit of a grassy note creeping in as well. It's a medium strengh bitterness for an IPA. It's not quite as malty or heavy bodied as other beers of this style that I've had, but that works just fine for me. Drying and drinkable, and deceptive in its strength.

fisherman34, May 13, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the brwerey less then a week ago. Poors in with a nice head and stays forever. Beercolor is gold but clouwdy.
Nose is quiet exceptional and it's just like hanging your nose in a bag( of very fine) hop. Further hardly anything noticeable but hey as fresh as a beer can get! Taste is almost identicly, hops, hops & more hops. Could have litle more body but hey I'm fine with just hops! Mouthfeel is off course also incredible and hey I could drink this all night long!

paterlodie, May 10, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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appearance: deep amber with suspended particles and small, thin steady streams of carbonation. mammoth head dissolving with traces of cloudy wisp lacing left behind. excellent label on this beer, points for that.

aroma: big fresh citrusey hops with spicy malt sweetness and floral pep.

taste: smooth and sweet initially where the grapefruit meets some honey. tart twist. super bitter in the end.. actually shocking to me considering the sweet and fruity characteristics this beer had displayed initially. well-rounded. lingering hints of chamomile, rose and lavender.. girly flower essence in this brew.

mouthfeel: a big beer here. smooth going down but thicker and denser in my stomach. a quick beer to fill me up, postponing the cooking of my dinner by an hour or so. couldn't have more than 2 in a sitting.. wouldn't want to though, this IPA is made to savour.

goodbyeohio, May 09, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fun beer here. Pours a nice bronze color with a wonderfully distinct almost yellow colored head. The foamy layer suddenly dissipates, leaving strong lacings throughout the session. The nose is strong of hops paired with the fruity scents of oranges and mangoes. The taste is excellent. The flowery and orange tastes go quite well with what must be nearly the perfect amount of bitter hops. There is an aftertaste that reminds me of orange peels that almost lasts forever. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. I really enjoyed this beer, although it seemed to taste quite different than IPA's I've had in the past. This one is interesting and definitly worth a try.

jasonpeckins32, May 09, 2005
Photo of karst
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I usually overrate beer, am sure that I have underrated this superb beer (maybe even its taste).

From the well cared for stock of 33 Wine shop and Tasting Bar - Thanks Jake for a great pour on this one as well as the Weizen Eisbock - great to see how well you take care of beer and all your customers (beer or wine).

White head. Light clear amber. Aroma "is nothing less than a hoppy fruit explosion! A cornucopia of flavors bounce inside your nose and all along the tongue...grapefruit, strawberries,peach,apricot, melons, citrus, bananas,even. Delicate malt, providing ample balance."

Extremely smooth with enought hops to please the hop head in me and not too much to offend those wanting to taste the malt and yeast flavors.

It's truly in a league of it's own.

karst, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the Buckeye Brewing Company in Bedford Heights, OH.

The main reason for our journey from Mt. Vernon to scenic (sarcasm) Bedford Heights, a cask of this lovely nectar was ours for the taking.

The color is a dulled creamy orange with a miniscule head. Noticeable, but not uber-thick lacing of the glass. Toned down in the smell department from the bottle. Hoppy? Heck yeah. But not in the way I remember my bottled version. Citrus and floral hops are noted. Sugary sweetness in there as well. Fantastic flavor. The cask-conditioning makes for a silky smooth taste profile. Grapefruit detected, along with ripe fruit notes. Smooth finish. Not as pronounced hop bite as other versions. Here's a beer I could be happy with every day.

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of ejquin
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange color with thick frothy white head.

Nose of pine, hops. and spice. Very upfront and not much dimension to it.

Tastes of full on hops. Very bitter orange fruit and pine taste. Dry and bitter in aftertaste.

Drinkibility is good.

Overall a solid IPA, but nothing exceptional to me

ejquin, Apr 16, 2005
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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