Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

11,696 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 11,696
Reviews: 3,148
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 644
Gots: 1,947 | 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 Haybeerman
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy light gold/amber color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy light biege head with fair retention. Decanted continually.

S: Very pleasant grapefruit and citrus floral hops. Minimal malt presence.

T: Grapefruit up front then lemon peel in the bittering hop finish. Light, sweet malt in the background. Nice tasting without being overdone in hop character (not looking for a DIPA here).

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Drinks smooth with a dry cripness that still lets it go down smooth.

D: Solid APA session beer here...I had three and loved them all.

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

I've been on another IPA journey, lately, and it's been great. In order, I have visited Bell's HopSlam, Stone Ruination, and Bell's Two Hearted Ale. I'm delighted with all three, and in love with HopSlam, but the surprise of them was Two Hearted Ale. I've long been a fan of Dogfish's 60- and 90-minute IPAs, and the Hercules Double IPA has been the king of that style for me for a while. You'll have to read other reviews to see if it has retained its crown . . .

Two Hearted definitely beats it in one category: drinkability. It's a big-hopper, for sure, but it has a better balance and doesn't assault your taste buds like Hercules or Ruination. Citrus and pineapple are refreshingly pleasant, and the malt is right where it needs to be. To echo another review, it's so enjoyable that the glass is empty before you're ready, and you definitely want another. I need to test it against a few more, but for drinkability and price (compared to the very pricey competition), this may be my new favorite IPA.

Photo of jjboesen
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best beers brewed by one of the best regional breweries. The opening is a spectacle: there is a giant billowing head that climbs atop a clear liquid amber body. There is nary a carbonation bubble to be seen; however, the glass retains a modicum of clingage, consisting of small glistening slabs of floral-scented lace.

The nose is overwhelmed by intnese notes of apple and lemon, a wonderfully enticing bouquet that welcomes many senses. Additionally, there is a sweet taste of citrus that is carefully balanced with lemony hops to make for a smooth mouthfeel.

This Two-Hearted is a splendid quaff that proves to be quite a sessional beer. Yummy indeed.

Photo of sprucetip
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cold bottle into warm glass in, of all places, the Detroit airport. A place called the Online Cafe, just in case you happen to be passing through the airport and want a quality brew.

Hazy, almost golden, fluffy white head stays a while, leaves thick patches of lacing.

Initially strong grapefruity and floral hop aroma. Mellows and blends well later. Sufficient malty base is evident.

Strong and sweet malty base provides backdrop for a deep hoppy bitterness and flavor. Grapefruity and floral flavor, with moderate bitterness. Smooth and balanced.

Plenty of carbonated, fiz fades and a rich, fullish texture emerges, some mild bitterness in and after the finish, but quite crisp and clean overall.

A rare 5, but I just don't know how this one could be any more drinkable. One of the best IPA's I've had, and to have it for the first time in an airport is quite ironic.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six pack from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours only slightly hazy orangy yellow with white head and good lacing.

S: Major hoppy scent, sweet citrus

T: Similar to smell with a slightly bitter finish

M: very full bodied and well balanced, right on for a good IPA

D: major drinkability, easy to drink, no alcohol in the taste, and tastes good

Photo of unitas3
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale semi-cloudy body with decent head and good lacing. The color is a golden haze similar to Dogfish 60, but a bit more orange.

The smell is sweet with a great deal of hops and nice floral notes. The taste is well balanced (after warming up) with a nice finish. Quite dry with a good bit of pine and citrus. Good carbonation and a pleasant mouthfeel. At 7% the drinkability is rather outstanding.

A good beer to say the least, however as far as American IPAs are concerned Dogfish 90 still rules my world.

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

Very well balanced beer... Delicious! This is the kind of beer when you drink it and before you know it the glass is gone and you want another.

Favorite IPA! Light golden color with a finger head on top. Smells like grapefruit. At first taste I can feel the perfect balance of this beer. Hoppy in the best way yet smooth on the way down. An easy drinking beer for anytime or any occasion.

Photo of teovaldi
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Golden/Light amber. Nice head that fades slowly leaving beautiful lacing. Beautifully unfiltered.

S- Grapefruit/Hops

T- Grapefruit hoppiness with a citrusy finish. Not too strong or light...an excellent combo. This is 7%?

M- Good carbonation, coats the tongue.

D- My favorite beer, a great American IPA that isn't radical. Quite easy to put down a sixer- be careful.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Batch 8918.

A- Golden/light amber. Clear, but with a thin solution of sediment suspended. Pours with ~2 finger of off white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing as consumed.

S-Nice grapefruit/floral hops, with minimal malt presence.

T- Solid grapefruit hoppiness, with a citrus peel bitterness on finish. Very muted malt sweetness in the mix. This blend works, and works quite well.

M- Moderately high carbonation with a bit of a crisp bite, but still goes down quite smoothly.

D- Quite good. Would be a delight to session.

Future outlook: Another beer that I can't believe I took so long to sample. Worth it's solid reputation it would seem. Will consume again.

Photo of timmay41
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in northern VA for the Inauguration--Great Falls, to be exact--on a sleepy Sunday morning and went into a quaint international cafe and market. They had a small but quality selection of six packs, with the most pleasant surprise being a lone sixer of this beer, which I've only had before at Monk's Cafe. I was psyched.

Batch 8526, which I now realize means it's not at the peak of freshness. Hopefully I'll find an opportunity to review from a fresher batch, but here it goes...

A: Pours a cloudy marigold with considerable carbonation. Settles quickly and produces a thin peal white head that dissolves quickly. Not much lacing, which again may be the product of age...

S: Big citrus and some floral scents, along with malt sweetness on the back of the nose. Not the big or sharp hop bitterness I sort of expected.

T: Bland for the first few sips, but after warming up a little there's more distinctive taste--biting, dry hop notes, with hints of grapefruit and pine. The beer makes a move toward balance with some mellowing malt character. Crisp overall.

M: Carbonation kind of dominates, and the tingle lingering, clinging to the bottom sides of the tongue.

D: I really think if I had consistent access to this beer it would always already be in my fridge.

Photo of acrawf6
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich copper hue with a small thick white head that drops to a thin ring around the glass. The beer looks pretty clear, but i left about 3 ounces in the bottle that is full of the sediment

Smell. Very floral and piney with a bit of citrus.

Taste. I think the citrus comes out more in the flavor, and has a stronger greatfruit character to it. I still get some of the pine, but it has died down to me from the smell. Certainly a hoppy beer, but there are some good malts that come out with a touch of a caramel flavor. It has just a great flavor, but the taste also has a bit of an unfiltered characteristic to it that, honestly, i am not too big on...but other than that it is great. I get more pine in the aftertaste, but with a nice sweet caramel touch.

Mouthfeel. The beer is crisp and lively with a good amount of carbonation, and the body is a bit filling to the palate.

Overall, a very nice ipa. The first time i had it, i thought it was one of the best things that has happened to me, beer wise. But later, getting a 6-pack of it on vacation, I seemed to have lost the initial love i had for it. I still think its a great beer, but i cannot get over the unfiltered flavor that i keep getting from it...so though i really like it, it is not one of my favorite ipas, but i can certainly see why others would say it is.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Flyers pint glass. Batch # is in the 8900's so this is pretty fresh I assume.

A- Two hearted has a golden to pale yellow color to itself. This is bottle conditioned so i took my time pouring and got a 1/2 inch white head. Once that died it left a strong ring around the glass with a skim of foam in the middle. Upon a closer look up to light some visible dust like particles are seen floating all around.

S- This american IPA has scents of ripe fruits such as grapefruit, oranges & other citrus flavors. Atouch of piney resin comes out also. A big dose of floral hops in here. Some sweet malts to balance it all out. No alcohol in smell with some breadyness, great smells all around.

T- The hops rush up front giving off citrus flavors galore as mentioned above. Grapefruit goodness is leading the pack with orange sweetness trailing. Much more of a bready aspect then expected based upon the nose on this. Also getting some piney resin flavors from a different hop variety. I wonder if this is due to the bottle conditioning. The malts used in this bring everything into perspective. This is one finely balanced IPA and not to bitter.

M- This one is perfect with the hops and malts working seemlessly with one another. Once some bitterness coats the tounge the malts come through and then.. nothing. This one comes and goes very quickly leaving no trace of alcohol and only a mild hop presence. Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation.

D- This is a solid IPA that is just above sessionable but oh well i'm going to drink a few of these and love it. Great price for such a gem and has good availability in my area.This will be in my sights in the future trust me. A great American IPA that isn't over the top and expertly balanced.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange with a big yellowish/white head. The smell is mostly piney/floral hops, with a hint of acidity to it. With the smell I always expect a bitter hop bomb, but it's not. It's hoppy without being overbearing and has a nice floral finish. It's very smooth and extremely drinkable. It's our go to in the spring time at the Student Union here in Madison!

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

Beer pours out a hazy dark yellow color. Roughly three fingers of fizzy white head along with excellent lacing round out an excellent appearance. Smell consists mostly of piney and floral hops. A bit of a tart edge to it. Taste is very hoppy, but not overly bitter, a bit of a citrusy bite to finish. Overall, pretty good I'd say. I'm not normally a huge fan of IPA's or any beer that's hop dominated, but this beer's pretty smooth and easy drinking. A definite recommendation, and I would for sure drink this beer again.

Photo of beer2day
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with 1 finger head and excellent lacing. Nose is a little on the fruity side for my taste, but the actual taste of the beer brings that out less than the nose does.

Hits the tongue relatively clean, but finishes creamy, spicy, and nicely bitter. Slight citrus lemon feel.

An IPA you can drink all day.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a 22oz snifter this well reviewed ale pours copper-straw colored with a good to average creamy white head that settles out to a skin of different sized bubbles as one would find in the best IPAs.

The smell is almost exclusively floral to me. Not piney, not citrus, not grassy but floral like flowers.

Taste is awesome. Medium body, tiny but appropriate carbonation. Well represented hops in the middle but it finishes relatively clean.

On a drum kit the taste of this beer would be the snare not the kick or the cymbal. Middle of the palate, complex and resonate but it does not linger not punch you in the palate.

This is a beer that I would get more regularly if it were available to me more regularly.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Typical IPA golden/light orange. Nice off white/slightly yellow head though

S - Hops are present right up front with a nice floral finish, almost flowery.

T - Again hop bitterness is instant but the aftertaste is quite interesting. The bitterness fades and there's a nice woody/floral/slight citrus flavor....quite complex. Overall the bitterness dominates though.

M/D - It's very smooth and quite a bit of carbonation which is nice. Very easy to drink and goes down smooth.

Photo of RockerD
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This wonderful beer from humble Kalamazoo warmed my faux tulip glass with a rushing foamy head. It took about 2 minutes for the 2 hearted head to wane. It's rich slightly crepuscular singed orange color is luring me in. (as you can tell I've already fallen in love with this beer).

My nose is overwhelmed with rushes of floral and coniferous hops. Behind the tastefully put up hop wall you can smell high quality malts. Malts that you might smell in the best beers. The expensive kind.

Hints of orange, grapefruit and wildflowers dominate the tongue. Quite refreshing. Only slightly bitter. Has a nice little tingle in the aftertaste. Would probably go well with grilled fish or chicken.

I would suggest that maybe the yeast is the secret signature of this beer.

This is such a great everyday beer. It's my "session" of choice. It holds its own yet pairs well with most foods.

Photo of n811
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass revealing a beautiful light copper color and a great head with nice small bubbles. The head collapsed in that great clumpy effect that always heightens my anticipation.

Smell is a terrific light citrus with just a touch of piney-ness. I just had a Hopslam last week and the Two-Hearted has much of the same aroma, just less intense.

Taste was fantastic - a nice bitter-sweet citrusy flavor that finishes nice and dry. The hops really come through in a bold but refined fashion. Not over the top at all. I love this beer, plain and simple.

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

Pours a light golden color with a small fluffy white head consisting of the tiny bubbles produced by bottle conditioning. It smells wonderful, tangerine and citrus notes dominate. Unlike many things in life this beer tastes as good as it smells. Those tangerine, fruity notes being giving off by the hops hit you up front with a mild malt sweetness present in the middle to the end. It wasn't very bitter for an IPA but the aroma hops were very evident. This beer contains a light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. This beer hides its 7.0% abv very well and is dangerously drinkable. This beer is unlike any other IPA I have personally have had before because it seems to focus on aroma hops and really backs off on the bittering. Its a great beer and worth a try.

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

Thanks bb8189 for getting this one off my "wants" list and into my tulip!

Batch #8928

Classic burnt orange haze. Soft pour,so not much of a tiny white head. Smell is of fresh yellow pine and lemons. A tasty well balanced brew. Not a hop-bomb like these west coast IPA's I'm used to. A nice change of scenery. Easy drinkin'. Refreshing,and I can't tell its 7% at all! Nothings out of place. A really well done IPA from Bell's!

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.

Cheers!

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.

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.

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".

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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