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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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12,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,092
Reviews: 3,246
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 719
Gots: 2,350 | FT: 43
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 mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

a - Poured an orangish/amber color with 2 fingers of white foam and moderate carbonation. Great retention.

s - Smells of hops and sweet malts. A tiny bit of citrus as well. I was actually surprised by the balance; I was expecting a lot more hops and a lot less sweetness.

t - Again, tastes strongly of hops with a little bit of bitterness, followed by sweet malts. I was again surprised how balanced it was and how much the sweet malts stood out.

m -Medium body with moderate carbonation, it has both a bit of a bitterness to it, followed by smoothness from the malts. Very nice.

d - Very nice and balanced. The hops didn't stand out as much as I thought they would, but the balance and smoothness from the malts was a pleasant surprise. Great taste and easy to drink, I'll surely be trying this again.

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

This beer is the reason I love beer. It's my gold standard which I compare all other hoppy beers to.

The most perfect combination of hops I have yet to come across. beautiful balance of floral and citrus notes. beautiful amber/apricot pour. smooth and perfect finish.

I cannot recommend this beer enough.

Those Bells boys in Kalamazoo know what they're doing. I've only been disappointed with 1 or 2 out of the 10-15 beers of theirs that I've tried.

Photo of fattire513
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the taste of this one, nothing jumps out at me as far as flavor, not too light, but more on the hoppy side. Strong, but very drinkable on a nice day as it is today. Out of the bottle the color is a light orange head lasted for a couple minutes. The smell of this one does not pop out at you as some IPA's do, but the taste is a reminder of what a good IPA should be. Overall a great beer and will definitely be drinking more of these guys.

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

Thanks to Icetraxx for this beer. Pours a light orange color, with a hoppy aroma, not too sweet and nothing really grabs me. Good taste, the hops are balanced out by a sweet taste that I did not smell. Im not the largest fan of IPA's but it was not bad by any means.

Photo of tjinohio
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of the beer is a wonderful orange-amber in keeping with an American IPA.

The color also prepares you for the bouquet which is sweet with an orange citrus scent with a hint of coriander.

That coriander and citrus also comes out in the taste. There is a good hops bite, but it is well balanced with the other flavors.

The mouthfeel is good. Nice level of carbonation.

This is very drinkable beer. It goes down smoothly. The balance of the bitterness of the hops with the sweet of the citrus makes it a comfortable beer to drink, unlike some IPA's which are more of an assault (as wonderful as that assault might be) on the pallet.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. It is always better than solid; every time I drink it I am pleasantly surprised.

I haven't had it on tap since last year, in Chicago. I was understandably stoked when I saw this shiny new handle at my favorite Mexican restaurant.

A – Wow. Impressive. Hazy copper-orange hue, with one finger of white foam and huge chiffon-esque sheets of lacing. Amazing.

S – Floral and dank; this is a very aromatic brew. And so pleasantly exotic.

T – Dank, resiny, and piney; multifaceted hop flavor. This beer is so herbal, citric, and evergreen; the richness of flavor is also quite complex despite relying solely on hops. The malt backbone is an interesting rich bitter base, not caramel-y at all. Very enjoyable, and just about the top of the style.

M – IPA. Good. I hate describing a good IPAs feel. Not too thick or thin, syrupy or watery, prickly or flat.

D – Hell yeah. Probably best on-tap, too.

Photo of goldbot
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, listed as batch 9547. According to the website this was bottled on 1/19/2010. Tasted on 1/30/2010.

Pours golden orange in color with good medium thick, foamy white head. Decent carbonation in the beer with a slight chill haze. The head stays solid almost indefinitely with a lot of lacing, as expected.

Good citrus hops aroma here, lots of grapefruit and orange, and there is also a strong herbal/grassy hops smell. A touch of pine as well mixed with the grassy aroma. Taste is again a planty hop flavor with citrus and a bit of pine as well, but it is not quite "sticky" with pine and hops like some stronger IPAs. No particular malt flavor but rather the hops are balanced with a nice sweetness and body which mixes well with a light bitterness. No alcohol heat, aftertaste is somewhat bitter and leaves a planty feel in the mouth and throat.

A light to medium body and it clings to the tongue a bit. This beer seemed like Hopslam light to me, but definitely in a good way. While not having the heavier bitterness and hoppiness of its DIPA counterpart, this beer still offers a tasty, balanced beer.

Photo of adamette
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken last night. Poured from nitro tap into a clean, clear 16 oz. pint glass at a cost of $6.

A Translucent orange yellow body under a very creamy head that lingered for at least 5 minutes. Good lacing left on the inside of the glass as well. 4.0

S Floral and very fragrant hops with a background of sweet malt that presents as a butterscotch sweetness. Hops predominate here, though. 4.0

T The big, bitter hops with the medium butterscotch like malt presence predominate in that classic 2 Hearted taste. I do not notice a difference in the cask with the smell or taste. 3.5

M This is where the cask presentation really changes things. First, the beer is near room temperature and it has a kind of "classic" beer feel as in this is the way that the brewer's intended to present it. I really like the feel of this cask version. 4.5

D Fair to good. The hop levels are too high for me but there is enough balance to make this a really interesting beer, one that I would certainly look for again. 3.5

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A wholly exceptional beer, a sweet tang of malt, a slap of centennial hops, a beer to be emulated and loved by the many. I went as far as having a friend drive a case from Michigan to WA so I could relive memories.

Prem showed up at 5 with a keg of Two Hearted. Three of us sat around, drinking mason jars off the beast and laughing about school and life and girls and money and beer. With prodding the house turned to anarchy, many showing up to sip the magic brew and tastes the goddesses toes. Woke at 4 am, walked to work at 5. I sobered up around 9. Two Hearted is perhaps the best beer to learn about beer with, and it will live in my soul until this brain is rotten and dusty.

I miss you Prem, may china treat you well

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

A: Pours a yellowish orange with a huge pillowy 3 finger white head. The head dissipates slowly leaving great lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Smell is dominated by citrus hops, mango and grapefruit.

T: Starts off with hoppy bitterness and grapefruit followed by a nice balance of malts. There is also a bit of spice that is present. This is a very tasty beer, nice and refreshing.

M: Medium bodied with a nice medium carbonation. Nice and clean finish.

D: Drinkability is great! The nice hop bitterness and clean finish leave you wanting more. I can see myself drinking a quite a few of these on a warm summer day.

Photo of ebolden
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I hardly know what to say about this beer. I have more Two Hearted under (beneath?) my belt than any other beer. Impeccably balanced hops and malt hid the abv so well that I only recently discovered how high it is-- by chancing upon the mini-keg version.

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

Grabbed some of these on my AZ Hopslam run. I've been looking forward to this for a long time.

Appearance- A nice light copper color. Fairly clear. Two inches of big frothy head that laces very, very well. Good looker.

Smell- Very nice citrus and fruit punch from the hops. Mango, tangerine, some grapefruit. Very tropical. Quite nice. Tinniest hint of sweet caramel. Very nice, but not a punch in the face.

Taste- Starts off with that nice tropical fruit. Lots of sweet mango hoppiness. Very nice. Very light pale malt. Plenty of grapefruit. Disappears for a moment and then a nice bitterness on the finish. Not too dry at the end. Makes you want more.

Mouthfeel- The tiniest bit thin, but very nice.

Drinkability- Smooth and easy. Could put down a sixer of these no problem. Doesn't seem like even a 7%.

This is an excellent IPA. One of the best out there. It's just smooth and easy, but with plenty of pop. I really like it and just wish it was more available. This beer deserves the accolades.

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

Thanks go out to abuliarose for splitting this with me and to adamharbaugh for shipping it out to her. Awesomeness all around. Poured into a pint glass, Bell's Two Hearted Ale produces a slightly hazy, golden-orange body with a thick, sticky, white head on top. Patches of lacing slide along the glass.

The aroma carries a nice helping of citrus laden hops and a sweet malt backbone. Hops move from grassy citrus to floral like quality. Nice blend.

Tipping back the glass sends a wave of bitter, spicy hops across the tongue, followed by sweet, caramel malts. A nicely balanced flavor profile that still puts the hops front and center like it should.

Mouthfeel has a bitter edge to it that is actually refreshing. Malts are chewy and robust. Sticky hops, always a good sign for a quality IPA.

Drinkability is great. This IPA has plenty of hoppiness to keep pulling you back and an ABV that almost pulls it into the sessionable range. After having one, you'll be looking for another.

Overall, what can I really add that hasn't already been said? This is an excellent IPA and deserves the rating it gets. Maybe even a better one. If I had access to this all the time, I'm sure there would always be one in the fridge. Nice work Bell's!

Photo of abuliarose
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A special thanks goes to adamharbaugh for this beer trade. We get no Bell's around here, and from what I've heard this is the Bell's brew to get.

Pours a pleasingly hazy deep golden amber with a thick creamy head. Pretty lacing. Nice bubbling. Smells fresh and hoppy with good light cirtus presence. All things I like to see and smell in an IPA.

Tastes really well-balanced. Well-arranged malt profile on first sip, betraying just the right amount of sweetness (less than Hopslam) and bitterness. Nice citrus rind character throughout, kind of orange-grapefruit tasting. Solid bitterness to round it out at the end, really bringing out the hops. Carbonation is rounded and tingly, complimenting the citrus flavor nicely, but dies down to reveal smooth liquid, soft maltiness that's almost silky. On the heavier end of light-bodied. Very, very drinkable. This is one I would go to again and again for all those traditional foods one drinks beer with. As it is, this glass is being drained entirely too quickly!

Overall a very nice IPA. I am a lucky girl to get to try this one.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

Batch 9480

It pours with a nice two finger head protecting a crystal clear amber body. The head quickly disappears to a fine layer of bubbles provided by the bottom etching in the glass.

The aroma is huge in orange hops with just a little bit of grassy types. Not really any malt balance in the nose.

The taste has a medium citrus orange bitterness up front. It is fairly bright and fresh. The malt backbone is much more represented in the taste than the nose. It is very balanced which is what i like in a regular IPA.

This beer is probably the most easy drinking IPA or beer at an ABV of 7% I've encountered. The carbonation seems to be at a perfect level in order to take that bitterness away so the palette doesn't become fatigued after several. I could drink a 6-pack of this no problem and I see why they sell 5-liter mini-kegs.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a big white head that fades to a small layer and leaves tons of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is huge with tropical fruits, grapefruit, hops, and a malt sweetness in the back.

T: Tropical fruits and a grapefruit style bitterness on first sip. Big fruity hoppy bitterness and a nice sweetness on the finish. Very balanced and begs for another sip. Pretty refreshing and one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

M: The feel is on par with the style, crisp yet creamy.

D: I would buy this all the time if it was available in TX. Excellent example of an American IPA and very tasty.

Thanks to hayesez for hooking me up with this!

Photo of devilben02
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from my home tap, this one has a golden orange color with a billowy, off-white head. The color is deceptively light compared to the flavors packed inside. Very fragrant, with the aroma having a complex hop character that is both citrusy and earthy. The flavor amplifies these characteristics, with notes of grapefruit, pine, and grass. This is not just another hop-bomb, though, as there is also at least a bit of balance from an underlying caramel malt sweetness (but the malt aspect is certainly subtle compared to the hops). The mouthfeel is both crisp and resinous somehow, with a refreshing, hoppy bite that morphs into a sticky, lingering bitterness. Overall, it's wonderfully bitter, yet quite drinkable, especially considering the 7% alcohol. I've had Dogfish 60-minute and Foothills Hoppyum on my tap before this one, and Two-Hearted is as good if not better in some aspects. It is certainly a go-to beer for the style.

Photo of twaddlac
3.37/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy, jaundice color, little head, little lace, no visible nucleation points.

S- Coriander, honey and citrus. Slight hops, nothing too impressive here.

T- Initial sweet taste; honey, coriander, and slight citrus. Aftertaste of slight hops which leave an astringent taste.

M- Medium body, medium-heavy carbonation with a dry finish.

D- Good beer, nothing too exciting about this one, but it can be drank in large quantities. Overall, it's pretty balanced, but nothing too special about this beer.

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Hazy gold in color with a sticky, white, 2 finger head. The aroma is full of grape fruit and mango. The flavor follows and has a long lingering finsish. A solid medium bodied brew that is very drinkable. A solid middle of the road IPA.

Photo of schanker21
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks and smells like an IPA. Golden-orange in color with a nice orangeish head that retains very well throughout the entirety of the glass. The smell is floral and citrus. Taste reflects the smell and is very well-balanced. The drinkability is where I think this IPA really shines though. Far smoother than any other IPA I've ever had. It's not usually a quality I expect from an IPA, and I don't think I've ever encountered this level of smoothness in any other IPA. Overall very good.

Photo of rebel1771
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy amber color with a fluffy white head that rings the glass in a nice lace.

S: Tons of pine in the aroma along with a strong citrus blast with maybe just a hint of candied fruit.

T: Powerful grapefruit flavor up front that fades slightly to a just barely there pine note. Soapy mouthfeel.

D: Not my favorite American IPA but pretty tasty none the less.

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

Not giving many new details that you haven't already read. In summary - this is the most drinkable of this style that I have had.

The balance is incredible, it is not guilty of overkill on any one thing (hop aroma, malt, bitter, etc.) just damn well balanced. A standby for sure.

Photo of afausser
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little surprised that I haven't reviewed this one yet...reviewed on tap (though I will note that I have consistently liked this one better from the bottle, FYI).

A: Pours a light, wheaty amber with a near finger of head in the pint class in which it is poured. The retention isn't too great, but the lacing is huge--a sticky, persistent sheet. There's also a good deal of carbonation bubbles.

S: Plenty of floral notes as well as heavy hops. It's a sweet one--and I've not yet come across anything that quite approximates it. There's definitely pine and citrus accompanying the hops, but it's not overwhelming by any means.

T: I think this is the only Bell's I've had to date that I haven't gotten a cherry note from--and it really stands apart from their other beers stylisticly to me. There's the requisite amount of hops, pine, and grapefruit, but what makes this stand apart is the honey and floral notes. Don't get me wrong--it certainly isn't like Hopslam, etc.--many of the same tastes are there but are blended quite differently. Just a touch of bread and malts, but definitely largely dominated by floral hops, juicy oranges, and lemon/grapefruit zest.

M: Quite crisp and bubbly, and pops in the mouth quite a bit, which is great considering the brew isn't particularly hot or spicy. The carbonation is quite dense, and quite persistent, but this works very very well with Two Hearted. Little to no aftertaste--just a bit of a kick from the bubbles and from the hops.

D: Easily drinkable--though it's in the mid-range as far as ABVs are concerned, it still drinks pretty well. Definitely a unique brew and very interestingly blended. It's a great session beer, and while I've had it enough times for it to lose a bit of its novelty, I'm still coming back to it. I'll have to do a review out of the bottle at some point--I swear it's better (though maybe the kegs I've had it from weren't the best?) and might bump the rating up a bit.

Photo of Onenote81
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap today for lunch at Brixx in GSO. Came out a musrk dark gold with a thin white head on top. Retained a bit, but it left great perfect sip rings after every swig. Scents of floral hops, citrus rinds and sweet candy. This smells really inviting. The body is smooth and slightly oily on the tongue. Crisp carbonation backs it up well. Nice sharp bitter hops right away, but nothing that is too harsh or scalding. Finishes sweet like honey biscuits. Wow. I've had this in bottle form, but much prefer it on tap. Excellent.

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

Top hit of a fresh keg at the Tav on Germain in St. Cloud. While the rotation here is slow for reasons beyond there control, it at least rotates, which is more than can be said for any other bar within a 50 mile radius.

A: Heavy foam on the pour but the bartender poured poor/it was the first pour or close to it. The head is was white and frothy smooth. The Beer is golden with a tint of orange. Great active carbonation.

S: Fresh piney-citrus hops, a perfect blend at a perfect strength, with just the perfect little touch of sweetness.

T: Very close to the smell, maybe a little more citrus from the hops, and there's more malt. There is absolutely no alcohol.

M: As with all good IPAs, it's creamy with a full body, but that's tempered by the biting of the hops.

D: Fantastic. I can never believe this beer is 7% abv. I could drink a pitcher of this beer myself easily, but it satisfies even with just a pint.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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