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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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8,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 8714
Reviews: 2962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%

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 SLeffler27

New York

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

Two Hearted Ale fills a Blue Point snifter with hazy amber (SRM 6-8) while occasional columns of tiny bubbles add to the ¼ inch, pale orange, creamy head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma is dominated by apricot, followed by fresh orange and clear, but minimal, grapefruit and floral notes.

This offering is quite bitter up front with an equal balance of citrus flavors. Crisp and clean, with a light apricot finish that lingers. Slight warming ushers in the grapefruit flavors.

The medium body and dry finish accentuates a rough texture and light prickly carbonation.

Two Hearted Ale clearly deserves its reputation. One can easily imagine how a fresher example would be exquisite. Three months from bottling, this one still delivers while unwinding after a long day.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 12:16:38 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of fscottkey

New York

2.88/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Cloudy rust color. Generates a 1 finger persistent head.

S: Slight floral and hop smells.

T: Hops and not much else. Nothing very powerful pushing through

M: Very easy going down - almost too easy. Like water.

O: My first sip made me think it was fairly weak for an IPA. That combined with the lack of a real presence in mouth feel left me slightly disappointed. I expected more depth and complexity for such a highly regarded IPA. It just didn't deliver for me.

* - As always - when I am this far "off" the norm I will try this again in the future and make sure I am comfortable with my review.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:10:49 | More by fscottkey
Photo of BeerZombies1


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

Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery
American IPA
7% ABV 55 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy slightly cloudy golden straw color. Big huge billowy head that dissipated rather quickly leaving some great lacing patterns.

AROMA: The nose was a bit subdued. Floral notes, summertime dandelions and soft grass. Nice & mellow citrus and pine hops.

TASTE: I get grain and sweet malts up front. Nice citrus wave crashes and releases some grapefruit and tropical fruits. Slight bitterness on the end.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and crisp with medium body and medium prickly carbonation. Dry snappy finish.

OVERALL: Very solid brew. I think of it as a gateway into IPA's. Not a lot of that bitterness that I'm used to but still really enjoyable.

RATING: 4/5 Zombie Heads!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 05:27:05 | More by BeerZombies1
Photo of DagenhamDavis

New York

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle to try this bad boy once and for all. It's probably a little past its prime, about 3.5 months old. I'll try to get it fresh later on too. 12 ounces into a pint glass.
Pours a very hazy dark blonde. Bit of an off white head, but not too much. Smells great. Floral and fruity, but sharp with hops.

This beer is very hop heavy, but it's not syrup. It's very crisp, and has some fruit flavors and maybe a hint of booze. It's not wonderfully balanced with malts, but I guess that's not what the style calls for. Overall, I'd drink a bunch of these. It's a great brew. I'd like to try it on tap too.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:28:22 | More by DagenhamDavis
Photo of Resuin


3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. This was bottled on 12/09/13 so is 3 months old.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber/gold and leaves a finger+ of white, sticky head which lingers around for a while.

Smell: Resin, mango, malts, honey. Very well balanced aroma between hops and malts. Pleasant and not overbearing.

Taste: More malt dominant than the aroma. Malts, cereal, mango, hint of resin. Very easy drinking.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a light to medium body. Finishes crisp and clean.

Overall: This is a pleasant, easy drinking ipa. Well crafted, with a nice feel and hoppy aroma. Quite sessionable, and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:02:38 | More by Resuin
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

great stuff. smelled a lot of mango, fresh peach on the nose. lot of grapefruit in the flavor. thing I love is the trueness, done so well. really has a fruit juice texture to it. nothing is over or under done. probably one of my new fave ipas and annoying for me to get unfortunately

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 23:18:18 | More by dank203
Photo of Maurizio


4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright nose, bright taste with piney/sharp hop bitterness, mildly balanced with a minimum amount of maltiness. Very delicious. Drinks very clean and smoothly, no heat. I think this is a fantastic beer, much better than HopSlam for my money. Wish we could get it consistently here in CA!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 15:53:59 | More by Maurizio
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: hazy gold with a thin one finger head that breaks quickly but leaves behind some lovely lacing and some islands of foam.

S: sweet malts, malts and piney and citrus hops.

T: wow...very well balanced. All the nose comes through and there is very little bitterness. Maltiness on the tail.

M: medium body and carbonation. This beer is very easy to enjoy.

O: this one had so much hype around it, I wasn't sure what to think. I enjoyed the beer after a tough day at the office, and it turned the day around. It is balanced and enjoyable and just a great example of the style. I will get more.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 21:58:43 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of Slgsp

New York

4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's cloudy, but not a sexy cloudy like Switchback. It's not too hoppy, but a little too sweet. LIke other Bell's, it's very very good, but not quite as good as the hype. I have yet to try a Bell's that I thought was in the league of the best I've ever had, and this one continues that pattern.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 01:23:43 | More by Slgsp
Photo of Beer4B


4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: looked like a typical IPA with no outstanding features IMO.

S: a nice sweet smell with some floral notes.

T: very drinkable IPA with a floral notes similar to wheat beers, but with great hops.

M: not much to say here

O: glad I finally tried this. Readily available even down in FL and decent for the price. Personally I'm not that in to floral and wheaty-type IPA's, but this was a good one.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 16:39:24 | More by Beer4B
Photo of DemoniChris


4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

A - Pretty yellow orange hue with a fingers worth of head that sticks around and laces well.

S - Fresh tropical fruits. Lots of peach and mango backed up by orange peel and grapefruit. Pine comes through as well.

T - Incredibly balanced and smooth. All of the nose comes through in the taste and it all blends together majestically. Bitterness is very approachable, but apparent. Surprisingly amazing!

M - Medium mouthfeel, maybe a little on the thinner side. Carbonation is very nicely done on this beer.

O - It's taken me a long time to get my hands on this beer, only because it requires a 30+ minute drive to Iowa in order to pick some up. With this being barely over a month old, I can say this beer does live up to the hype! I'll be getting more for sure!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 08:16:45 | More by DemoniChris
Photo of HopHedd

North Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A tongue-punching I.P.A. that delivers a bold and heavy taste that is sure to quench any thirst. Great alcohol % for price/flavor. Robust color as well as sharp smell that hints its heavy bitter kick taste. A very highly recommended easy/slow sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2014 01:31:24 | More by HopHedd
Photo of ItsMe


4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 1/28 drank 3/1. Less than 3 months this jawn is good to go.

kinda hazy, golden, slightly amber, two finger head poured into the snif

my nose always goes straight to the delicate bready malt goodness that blankets a sweet melon/citrus notes

so tasty. great approachable bitterness. no trace of that 7.0 abv at all.

Overall this made me nut in my overalls.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 23:21:16 | More by ItsMe
Photo of SpenCycle


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- a somewhat cloudy beer. Just a nice golden-orange hue.

S- not a great smell, little bit of dankness and floral hops.

T- the taste is outstanding. Piney and floral hops for a big bitter punch, but really clears the palate afterwards. A little sweet malt thrown in. Not a harsh bitterness, just right.

M- good carbonation, not heavy and not light. Lacing sticks around forever. Could be a session beer and it could be an easy drinker because of the 7%. Very well rounded.

O- one of the best IPAs I have ever tasted. Definitely lives up to the hype. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:11:20 | More by SpenCycle
Photo of dar482

New York

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a slightly clear golden honey orange.

The aroma has fresh hoppiness, lemon zest and citrus essence, forest green, floral, a slightly sweet breadiness, and a bit of piney resin in the back.

The flavor follows of bright forest green trees, almost like air freshner. Then of sweet honey and floral notes, a medium breadiness, and then onto a medium plus drying and slight pine bitterness finish.

The hops are not abrasive and the malt body is medium. A wonderfully clean and balanced beer. An “everyday” IPA.

(Had this next to Perpetual IPA, enjoyed that beer more for its complexity and fruity notes.)

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 05:50:37 | More by dar482
Photo of JordonHoltzman

New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a Golden haze with a thin white head about a finger thick, but didn't last long.
Lemon citrus aroma, well balanced but strong hop smell.
Taste matches the aroma, all the way through consistent citrus.
No aftertaste. Great mouth feel.
Very good IPA, definitely one I can enjoy a few of.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:45:00 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of brewskifan55


4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass

A: an opaque golden with a half finger white head that dwindles to a bubble ring. Foamy lacing.

S: piney hops, mangos, oranges. Nice.

T: Smooth, sweet with light hops followed by a perfect citrus and malt balance. Very tasty indeed. Could drink this all afternoon.

M: light with medium carbonation. Very frothy.

O: worth the hype. One of the best IPA's out there. Excellent balance of hops and citrus. Very sessionable. Drink in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 01:34:09 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of FLima


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber color with a thick thin head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Relatively light aroma of citric and tropical fruits with notes of peaches and passion fruit.
Delicious bold flavor with notes of peaches, cantaloupe melon, lemon, pine, tea leaves, spices, American yeast, bread and toasted malts. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is not felt at all.
Excellent American IPA, hoppy with a decent malty base to back it up. A beer for all, beginners to advanced drinkers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2014 18:51:51 | More by FLima
Photo of Boca-X


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

Gorgeous white head, poured from a bottle into a shaker. Sticky lacing embraces the glass. A cloudy, golden, sun kissed liquid honey graces my vision.

Hoppy, malt goodness on the nose. Citrus flower blossoms blends with the sweet bready aroma of the malts, heavenly.

Bubblegum, sweetbreads, and shortcake dance on my tongue. Apricots and grapefruit, orange peel and a hint of lemon zest...mingle with the malty sweetness...finishing with a well balance hoppy smile that has graced my face.

This is truly one of the great American beers. Complex but balanced beyond words. I dream of beer but this beer is made of dreams. Perfection.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:38:13 | More by Boca-X
Photo of osant37

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

poured into a wine glass. typical beige i.p.a head that doesnt stick around to much. pours a slightly hazy light amberish brown. this beer smells of citrus so strong. definatly an orange note but not as strong as hopslam. the taste however is grapefruit bitterness with a nice cereal or bread type backbone present after each sip. medium bodies mouthfeel typical to the style. overall you can see smell and taste where the idea for hopslam came from. great beer will definatly buy again!...cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:01:06 | More by osant37
Photo of Flopjack


4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale orange and yellow haze, about 1 finger white head

Smell - Pine, resin, grapefruit, malts, slight alcohol.

Taste - Fresh juicy tart citrus, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tangerine right at first. The middle you get pine, sticky resin, still some bitterness that is beginning to dry out then towards the end as the taste settles you get a bready roastiness that balances out the floral citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, refreshing.

Overall - Good beer. Never dissipointed other two hearted its is always so fresh. Gives you a bit of everything an IPA should and balances all the flavors well.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 01:39:17 | More by Flopjack
Photo of humuloner22

North Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, I have loved this beer from the first time I tried it although it put a damper on my LSAT scores the next morning. Which therein lies the problem. Its so tasty you want to keep drinking them, and they are 7.00% which means if you drink a six pack you have really drank way more than a six pack. This was my first real introduction to Bell's and it remains a mainstay in my fridge, and I just so happened to catch this one on sale for the bargain price of $8.99 a sixer. I figured after all these years I would review this pleasuredome of a beer. I mean Coleridge would have surely written about this one had he lived long enough to try it. What doesn't it have. Its a beautiful ale.

The color: A golden ruby color.

The smell: a gorgeous piney sweet nectar, not as much floral and tropical as mountainous and northern.

The taste: Now this is where it gets real. It has a balance like no other, and for the price its a steal. Its lovely, sweet, yet piney and bitter in the perfect kind of way. Its the foundation on which the Hopslam is built upon. Not as strong, but just a great brew all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 21:10:11 | More by humuloner22
Photo of HoppySOB


4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The brew that always goes down smooth, converted my girl to an IPA fan, and never leaves me disappointed. Citrusy, perfectly carbonated, prominent but friendly bitterness derived from the centennial hops, pleasant aroma. It is really tough to come up with any negatives for this one, and tough to stop drinking it as well! Although I am a huge fan of high IBU IPAs and IIPAs now, this is the one that seeded my passion for hoppy brews to begin with. Easily one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:35:58 | More by HoppySOB
Photo of JerUrbans


4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dirty yellow/orange color with a 1" head with big foamy bubbles and nice lacing. Smell of coriander and hops. Taste is well balanced with flavors of hops, malts, and spice. Mouthfeel is great, it's smooth and not a huge bitter aftertaste it's just the right amount.

Overall, I don't know why I haven't drank this before. For some reason just been avoiding this one...shame on me. This beer is easy to drink and tastes fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 20:23:44 | More by JerUrbans
Photo of LooseGasCap


4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bold hop notes meet the nose. Smooth drinking and light lacing on the glass. Clean, crisp grapefruit flavors with a slight bitterness in the finish. The golden amber color is a tribute to the sunsets of the Midwest. One of my favorite beers of all time.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 00:10:26 | More by LooseGasCap
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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