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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

11,434 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,434
Reviews: 3,124
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 631
Gots: 1,786 | FT: 42
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 unionturf
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have seen this around and had no idea what it would be like, I've been trying singles lately and found it at Wine and More in a single so WTH. From the very first taste, WOW. Love it.

I came here and read the reviews and don't see the "bitter" some speak of. This is an excellent perfectly balanced beer that just rocketed to the top of my favorite list. I like stouts and have been "lighter" beers, this one will be hard to beat.

unionturf, May 20, 2008
Photo of Wonka
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ
Alc. 7.0% by Vol.
Bottle print-stamped '8427'

Appearance - light orange hazy body with an unexpected and persistent rise of carbonation (hints of over-carbonation); excellent inch-thick, white, frothy head at pour that has staying power; chunky lace

Smell - Spicy; pine; citrus rind; light brown sugar

Taste - biscuit and grapefruit; spicy and hoppy close; distinctive - could be picked out from a line-up

Mouthfeel - good balance of crisp and slick; appearance of over-carbonation didn't follow through in the feel which was a positive

Drinkability - relatively smooth; some dryness at close; for the last 2-3 sips, it really flattened out

I wasn't immediately bowled over in part due to the big expectations but Two Hearted has grown on me. It's a definite recommendation.

Wonka, May 18, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again thanks to go out to the BA crew at the Captain Lawrence Anniversary party. From a mini keg!

A: Tons of white head. Probably 2 fingers. Hard to tell from plastic cups. Tons of lacing as well. The beer was a cloudy copper color.

S: Sweetness is the first thing that hits you. The hops are definitely there as well. The balance was really enjoyable. Hints of citrus throughout.

T: The nice citrus hops hit you first. Then comes the bitterness. A quick flush of malt balances things out before finishing bitter. Fairly well balanced.

M: For a mini keg I though the carbonation was really good. Medium body.

D: Really nice IPA. Glad I got to try this one. Again thanks go out to fellow BAs.

aerozeppl, May 18, 2008
Photo of righlander
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok, first off... i have heard alot of people talking about how awesome this beer is so i hope that doesn't affect my review so here goes. pours a cloudy deep gold to light amber from a sturdy 12oz glass. two finger head with good lacing. smell is fruity and not as hoppy as i had hoped it would be. it tastes good but its not as hopped as i wanted for an American IPA. but none the less very well balanced. the malt almost outweighs the hops in my opinion though, not that it makes it unbalanced but, from what i was hearing this was supposed to be a hoppy IPA (which i love) and sadly, it's not. surely a solid ale but, in no way really hoppy. the look, mouthfeel and drinkability are there... but i wanted more hops! good none the less though. but strong abv.

UPDATE!!! these things kick your ass! Very very buzzable... potency wise...I can't get through a 6'er. And i'm a DRUNKO!

righlander, May 18, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color with a thick ivory head, the head maintains well and laces to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very hop heavy, my nose actually got a little frightened over the expected bitterness.

The taste revealed a much more balanced hop-malt tasste, and a pleasant underlying floral influence. Much better than I expected from the scent (not that the scent was bad, mind you; I was just expecting something far more bitter)

Great mouthfeel, well carbonated but not overdone. No negative aftertaste or dryness of the mouth.

Definately a solid IPA

donteatpoop, May 17, 2008
Photo of Yesac
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/amber. Large head that'll stick to the glass.

Smell is a sweet & flowery with a definite hoppy presence.

Taste is bit hoppy, but with a unique spice that goes away quickly on the palate. Visually carbonated, but there isn't a strong carbonated taste. The 7% is very well covered. Great balance over all.

Just an overall great IPA. Should be one of the standards for this style.

Yesac, May 17, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Comet.

16oz. pint

A: Golden orange amber. Pours with a slim head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Strong citrus and hop resin. Pine and spicy pepper. MMMmm Centennials.

T/M: Taste is much the same. Nice bitterness. Strong but not cloying. Citrus, plenty of pine and resinous hop leafs. malts are tame but balancing. Medium-light body, good carbonation.

D: Easy drinking, great for summer, and summertime foods.

pwoods, May 16, 2008
Photo of Risser09
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - 2008 Bottling - Fridge Temp

Appearance: Pours a semi cloudy golden color with a tall 3" head that is off white in color. Great retention and plenty of lace leftover on the glass. Couldn't be better than this.

Smell: A sweet lemon/lime aroma mixes with the bold grapefruit nose. Lingering pine and freshly cut grass. Honeysuckle and cherry blossom aromas make this beer quite floral.

Taste: A bitter sensation explodes on the taste buds and hangs on throughout the gulp. Extremely fresh white grapefruit, not the sugary pink ones. Hence, this isn't a sweet beer, but one with complexity. Lavender, basil and pine round out the flavor with a nice malt balance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and ample bodied with lots of liveliness and plenty of hop bitterness. Alcohol is apparent because this isn't a sugary IPA.

Drinkability: Probably as good as it gets. This is a very well rounded beer with plenty of quenchability, flavor, and ample alcohol. It would pair well with spicy foods and would cut through charred meat as well. An icon.

Risser09, May 15, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a sturdy little head that retains well and laces nicely

Smell: Grapefruit with floral tones

Taste: Opens biscuity up front, with a burgeoning grapefruit flavor developing in a very bitter direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness mellows and the malt reintroduces itself to provide a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nicely crafted IPA; not as big as some others but suits the style

brentk56, May 14, 2008
Photo of oneeye
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my E.E.B. pint glass.

A. Light amber one finger head,very sticky lace that hung around the whole entire beer.

S. Smells of floral hops and pine cones.I could smell it fom across the room.

T. Hops up front,grapefruit rind,bitter finish with more hops.

M. Sticky with low carbonation.

D. Very tasty from the begining to the end .Three of these in one sitting is perfect for me.

oneeye, May 13, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this in bottle-form at Eulogy Bar in Philadelphia...
Pours a rich amber color that was tawny with shades of copper...
Spicy, hoppy, floral aroma present that was very enticing with a dash of citrus...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a powerful suggestion of fresh hops, bittersweet grapefruit, pears, lemons, coriander, herbs, and spices...
Great mouthfeel as well - super thick, ultra-rich, and very creamy that had you coming back for more, with an equally great level of drinkability...
For a standard American IPA, this was top-notch, and an excellent, well-rounded depiction of the style...
Great stuff...
Recommended...

dsa7783, May 11, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cask conditioned pour at Dilly Deli today.

This version poured a super cloudy gold color with an AMAZING white creamy head that stays forever This is the best looking head I have seen to date. The lace was super sticky throughout . It clung and held strong the entire time. At the end of the pint, I noticed some small greenish and golden chunks lingering at the bottom. Not certain if it was reminisce from the cask or unfiltered hops!

The smell and taste were both phenomenal. Like my earlier review from the keg pour, but even richer floral, grapefruit and freshly cut grass flavors throughout. Much less carbonation, and a thicker drink then on tap - which is to be expected in a cask...

Highly recommended if you can find it cask conditioned!

beachbum1975, May 10, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light caramel orange color with nice one finger sticky foam.

Spicy floral hops dominate, bit of pine resin and touch of alcohol.

Light, but not too light, sweet malt (biscuity, hint of caramel) underscored by floral bittering throughout. Bit of woodsy spice builds at the finish to give it a little bite.

Pretty soft feeling, despite a bit of tingling from the moderate carbonation. Medium bodied. PrettyDamnDrinkable.

BeerZack, May 08, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a small head that faded quickly and aroma of pine and hop. Flavor is nice with the good crisp clean and refreshing flavor all the way down. Very easy to drink. I acquired this via a trade and wish Bells had distribution in my state. Get a box when you find this.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to dschuster03 for this extra!

Pours a slightly cloudy peachy orange with a good fluffy white head. Pretty good lace. Nose is of good citrus hop flavor and a little bit of spice. Taste is very very refreshing. A good display of grapefruity citrus hops, some good hop flavor throughout, but a nice malt backbone. This one leans on the hops side (duh) but they are not overpowering. A little extra carbonation helps this beer seem more crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is as good as I have ever found in an IPA. Overall this is a fantastic IPA. Defenitely a good summer beer, incredibly refreshing with lots of good flavor. A fantastic brew, from a fantastic brewing co. I really wish I had some more of this, because I am finding it very hard not to slam this beer. This would defenitley be a go to session beer if it was available here in Alaska. A great IPA.

Edit: Procured a case of this (thanks boralyl) and I think this may be the best session beer ever made.

AKBelgianBeast, May 06, 2008
Photo of Tucquan
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a bottle in Sauk Centre, MN

A - The beer pours a brownish-gold color with a pale-white head.

S - The aroma is floral and fruity.

T - The flavors include tart orange candy, grapefruit bitterness and mild grain. It dries quickly but leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste. The 7% ABV warms the throat and belly. The malt is muted to let the hops shine. Well done.

M - The light-medium body and medium-high carbonation.

D - Very refreshing with a great flavor. Easy to have more than one.

The blend of flavors is very nice. This is the second beer I've had from Bell's and I'd seek out more beers from them.

Tucquan, May 03, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've never really been a big "Hop-head" but this beer may change the way I see things. Some IPA's are just too bitter, but this one mixes the perfect amount of hop bittersweetness, sweet malty goodness, and a grand portion of love. It's floral, it's fruity, it's sweet up front and dry on the finish. The perfect American IPA.

KeefD, May 03, 2008
Photo of hooligan
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Universal Liquors in Holiday, Fl. Poured into a Duvel tulip (because it's all I had that was clean).

Beer pours to a thick translucent orange, with a thick slightly off-white head that dissipated quickly to a clingy lace.

Smells very floral with citrus notes. Slight caramel/apple/toast malt, and no off scents or yeasty characters.

Tongue numbing hoppiness upfront, completely encapsulating my taste buds. Chewy malt flavors are also quite prominent, but dry (dry light toast?). Beer finishes with a dry citris rind flavor (grapefruit, predominantly) that leaves a slight hop burn on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was great, chewy with an evident "fizz" but not too much. This is a potent brew, quite enjoyable - only slightly one-sided with the hefty hoppage... not that there is anything wrong with that...

hooligan, May 03, 2008
Photo of Gtreid
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber color with one finger of thick, creamy white head. Somewhat cloudy. Substantial lace, excellent retention.

A: Floral and citrus hops everywhere. Very pleasing. Excellent for the style.

T: Again very nice, hops dominate. Bready, but light and fluffy.

M: Medium body, creamy, with a nice bitter finish.

D: At 7% one of my favorite IPA's. Almost always have this one on hand. Bell's has done it again! Cheers.

Gtreid, May 02, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deep yellow, with a moderate amount of white head appearing. Smells moderately of citrus, and tastes fairly strongly of grapefruit,a teeny bit of orange, a bit of malt, with a moderately bitter aspirin aftertaste. Carbonation was just right. Not the hoppiest of IPAs, but a nice middle of the road beer that is very very drinkable.

PhxHorn, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of ASymon13
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent IPA from the Bell's brewery. It pours a solid amber color, a little on the light side for an IPA, with a nice fluffy off-white head which leaves some fantastic lacing on the glass. Floral aromas dominate the nose, with some hints of citrus and a sweet-bready malt taking a backseat.

The Centennial hops really come through beautifully in the flavor. It's like a field of flowers in your mouth, but it has enough malt there to balance it out and the hops never become overwhelming. The medium body and ample carbonation give it an excellent mouthfeel, and having a couple of these can be a real treat.

ASymon13, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, picked up on my trip to dark lord day

A: Pours a super intense fluffy and rocky yellowish white head, very very bubbly and one to one and a half inches thick. the beer itself is a cloudy banana peel and orange and looks a lot like a hefeweizen in color and clarity, and i like hefes so this one looks damn inviting but the head fades to a cap in about five minutes or so but leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Huge medicinal hop quality, like, way beyond super pine oilyness though a second pass yields mellower, fruitier characteristics like orange juice and mango and pineapple, not so much grapefruit which is a nice change of pace, but maybe too a medicinal opening for my taste.

T/MF: Hop heavy tongue ripper, that is how I would describe the mouthfeel on this baby, the taste is a bit different from other IPAs in recent memory, this one is very earthy, heavy on the pine and medicinal qualities and a bit lighter on the fruit flavors with a too bitter orange being the main citrus taste here, letting this beer warm a bit unlocks a bit more sweetness in the citrus aspect of the beer, has a bitter but sort of odd buttery finish, not sure how to explain that one.

D: To be honest I was expecting more out of this beer with all I've heard about it, not bad, pretty good, but not mind blowing and a little out of balance

bluemoonswoon, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of OldYoda
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my trusted Troeg's pint glass - a hazy orange with a modest head and excellent lacing.

Smell is hops and some citrus with a whiff of malt. The odor is smooth and invites you to dive in.

Taste is outstanding - hops dominate but well balanced by a bready malt backbone. Finishes clean and smooth.

Drinkability is outstanding - I could session this with no problem at all. Another great offering from Bell's. Bravo!!!

10/4/08 Revisiting this is a real treat. Just as good as I remembered. If anything, I enjoy this more today than I did 6 months ago. Just an outstanding American IPA.

OldYoda, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was actually surprised to see this in a little bar in Columbia Mo.
A: very nice orangish color, with very good retention of lacing.
S: very good floral hops aroma, with a hint of citrus.
T: very nice hop flavor, citrus comes very nicely behind the bitterness. switches places after the bitterness subsides.
M: very nice with little carbonation
D: I drank a few then went to something else I hadn't tried.

naterock, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

That would be cool to enjoy Two Hearted on the Two Hearted, but I'll settle for my home. Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow color with a good head. Great retention and good lacing, but doesn't last through the full tasting.

The nose emphasizes hops but with some balance (along the lines of a east coast IPA). Mostly citrus and grassy hops, but some light piney on the back end. Some sweeter malty notes as well with a touch of biscuit/bready notes. Some lighter solvent alcohol notes but not overly powering. Clean yeast though.

The taste is a bit more in balance than what the nose would indicate. The hops are the stronger of the two with a nice balance between bitterness and hop finish. Citrus and orange mostly but a bit of piney and a spiciness on the back end. The spicy hop flavor seems to come out more as it warms. The malt is limited in flavor but still represented well. Some mild bready notes with a touch of yeasty undertones.

The body has a moderate level with a light carbonation. Pretty smooth considering the ABV. Very clean with the minimal yeast characteristics. Overall very enjoyable.

Oxymoron, Apr 28, 2008
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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