Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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3,245 Reviews
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Reviews: 3,245
Hads: 12,820
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 4.68%
Wants: 786
Gots: 3,009 | FT: 48
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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Reviews: 3,245 | Hads: 12,820
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i first had this beer at a bar across the street from wrigley before an afternoon game to which i had rooftop tickets. bright sunny day, bar was packed w/usual cubbie crowd of khaki-wearing, lite-swilling yuppies, but i was encouraged to see a nice tap selection (don't remember which bar at this point). this was last summer and i was still somewhat of a beer neophyte, my experience was limited to various imports, a few micros, and the beers at the local brewpub. i don't know why i picked this beer, i guess i had heard from a friend that bell's was good but thank f*cking allah that i did. this beer, although served in a 16oz plastic cup (stupid drunk cub fans-thanks), absolutely kicked my ass. this was the first beer of this quality that i had ever enjoyed up to this point. it was a nice hazy orange in color, and had an unbelievably powerful and wonderful fragrant aroma, dominated by pleasing, complex citrus (orange) notes with some floral and pine in the nose as well. that first sip was incredible, just beautifully balanced between the sweet caramel/bready malts and the delirious hops. the finish was awesome, again wonderful interplay between the malts and hops-perfect. how they made a beer taste this big and balanced at 6?% i have no idea. i only had time for two of these before we had to go the game, but the whole time i was mesmerized by this beer, despite being amidst the chaotic pre-game summer scene. i was considering ditching my party and staying at this bar for the game (the cubs suck anyways) so i could stay and have more of these.
update: have had too many times to count, perfect every time. i like that this is unique in it's light color and honeyed, floral characterisitics. also that it's always well-carbonated, moreso than most bottled ipa's, but not in a seemingly artificial manner. (1,827 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, batch #7818. According to the website, this was bottled on Feb 5, '07 - nice and fresh.

pours a pretty peachy gold color with a very slight haze, with a nearly white pillowy head of 2 fingers thickness. Average retention. No rings of lacing, but rather a thin sheet that nearly covers one side of the glass.

This definately smells fresh. Big hop aroma, very floral and quite a bit of earthiness. The aroma suggests more bittering than citrus though, which did not come through in the flavor. Very pleasant.

The aroma had me momentarily thinking ESB, but the flavor is all nice hoppy/sweet/citrusy IPA. Definately sweeter than I expected from the nose, and not what I'd call balanced - who cares - I'll call it delicious! A medium bitter bite that doesn't detract from drinkability in the least. Lighter than I expected and the hop attack never numbs the tastebuds. A surprisingly clean finish with just a bit of bittering. Carbonation is appropriate and despite the light mouthfeel this brew is very satisfying - well done!

Not available where I live...story of my life. Not the best IPA I've ever had, but definately top 20. This beer is devoid of any true flaws and has some great strengths. This goes down absurdly easy and I'd love to have a few more tonite but I must ration my supply. (1,316 characters)

Photo of meatyard
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear amber with an orange hue, The head is a good 2-3 fingers of ivory color that drops slowly leaving a good amount of lacing. The smell is a very fresh, pungent pine & citrus. It has a sharp hops and resin taste with a bitter bite and a lot of complexity in between. A nice medium mouthfeel. A very tasty, easy to drink, gone before you know it beer. Anyone liking an Am. IPA will probably appreciate another high quality Bell's beer. I'd love to be able to have a fresh one of these anytime I felt like it. (526 characters)

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

Appearance: golden orange , mostly clear , with a large , foamy offwhite head. Walls of lacing left on my pint.

Smell: Hops abound , lots of different hop scents , citrusy , some fruit cup , grapefruit, peach , floral , mango , quite complex.

Taste: A very interesting and intricate, hoppy ride. Lots of hops that are floral , semi-pungent , slightly citrusy , grapefruit, some more fruity tastes in there , nice mild underlying bisquity malt throughout. The hop flavors take their turns on the tongue , pleasantly complex. The aftertaste is citrusy/bit fruity , slighty dry , and very lasting.

Mouthfeel: smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability: A damn drinkable and fresh IPA. Great hop profile that shows lots of complexity , with a nice restraint for the amount of hops there is. Really tasty a balanced , nicely crafted brew. (842 characters)

Photo of mjc410
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour into my Sam Smith glass raises a wild inch-and-a-half head after a not-so-hard pour (I like hyphens). It falls, of course; but ever so slowly, leaving thick bubbles and lace stuck to the sides of the glass. It's only slightly off-white. The body is a bright, translucent gold with a honey coloration. When the glass is tilted, the lacing is patchy and slick. The nose is bitter and filled with citrus notes, and perhaps slight hints of white raisins. The taste is just on the bitter side of balanced, and reminds me of a rich white bread with marmalade. There's also a bit of pepper. Very nice. The mouth is quite thin, with perfect carbonation. Paired exceptionally with some sharp cheddar. I usually don't overly enjoy IPAs, and this bottle of the six pack, the very last, tasted much better than the others. Maybe I'm just in the mood, but this is a great beer. (873 characters)

Photo of jaxon53
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer in a trade (thanks markgugs). Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a hazy copper orange color, with about two fingers of thick, frothy white head that hung around almost to the end. Left sticky , thick gobs of lace on the side of the glass. Had a rather mild nose to it. Hops , grass, bread, and some sweet fruity tones. Taste was of mild bittering hops, sweet malt that balances the beer out nicely. Some citrus notes in the background as well. A pretty mild brew. Pretty well balanced in the mouth, moderately carbonated with a nice full refreshing feel to it. Drinkability is great. I have to get more of this brew. (648 characters)

Photo of BillyB
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried this at a Michael Jackson beer dinner and then got a bottle in a trade.

Pours a dark amber to light copper color. Thick 2 fingered head lasted pretty long.

Piney hop aromatics dominate but there are some complex fruity esters in there to. Berries, Pear, and citrus notes.

Bitterness is up front . Slightly sweet maltiness with just a hint of caramel.

Medium bodied and very smooth drinking. A great session beer. (436 characters)

Photo of quikfish13
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon the finish of pouring this beer, looking at the light copper tone of the body brings a warm inviting apearence. A thick foamy 2 finger head shows a light tan shade. This is all complimented upon the sweet aroma eminating from the glass. A burst of hops with a citrus (orange and lemon flavors come to mind) undertone come out full force from this beverage.

With tasting this fine Bell's beer my mouth is overwhelmed with the sweet flavor of hops. Coming out strong on the begining this is definetly a style of beer for people that want hoppiness in there beer. The malty taste comes out in the middle and at the end the bitterness hits, but does not leave a unpleasent after taste.

Leaving a pleasent feel in my mouth, with a tangy feeling brought on from the constant citrus flavors this is a beer that goes down so smooth but allows you to realize that you are drinking a beer, and not water. I personally am the biggest fan of the smell and taste but this is probably the standard that all IPAs should try and live up too. (1,036 characters)

Photo of eberkman
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy, honeylike orange-amber with a full, rocky white head that retained very well. Presented an inviting aroma of floral hops with some piney and citrus notes.

The taste was about the most perfect example of an American IPA I can think of. Strong floral hops up front, balanced out by a smooth, delicate maltiness toward the middle, transforming into a hoppy, bitter, dry finish that didn't linger too much in an unpleasant way.

Very crisp, refreshing mouthfeel with outstanding drinkability. This is one I'd desperately like to be able to have around, but Bell's doesn't distribute in Massachusetts so I'm limited to my yearly trip home to Michigan. Too bad. This would probably be my go-to, 6-pack-in-the-fridge-at-all-times beer.

I also had one last night on tap at All-Season Grill in East Lansing -- very nice as well, but I preferred it out of the bottle. (880 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of Bells' that I really like. It is way out there hops-wise, but with an appropriate balance. It just works.

I was sort of down on Bells unil I tried this and the KAlamazoo stout. Excellent stuff.

Compared to any other high-hops beers, it has the best balance. (274 characters)

Photo of DGryger
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Rusty tan color body, fairly cloudy with moderate amounts of bubbles streaming up through the glass. Nice off white head rises to around 1.25-1.5” and settles down to some coarse bubbles and a good lace.

Smell:
Upon opening the bottles I am greeted with a sweet malty odor. There is a little biscuity-citrusness to the smell as well. Floral notes appear as beer warms. I think aroma is the weak spot of this particular brew.

Taste:
I can taste some biscuity malt notes up front with a hop bite in the middle to finish. Floral hop taste in the middle with a bitter/tangy finish. Well balanced and not a bottle full of bitter. Biscuity-bready notes become more apparent as the beer warms along with a bit of sweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel:
Thin to medium bodied brew, good carbonation and goes down pretty smooth for an IPA. Little nip on the tip of my tongue as I swallow it down. Overall it has a very nice feel.

Drinkability:
Quite tasty and easy drinking for an IPA, mostly due to the good balance between the hops and the malt. The relatively low ABV (for an IPA) make this a decently sessionable beer that I would have no problem packing away three or four. Definitely will add this to my “would buy a case of it” list. (1,249 characters)

Photo of schusterbauer
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

slightly cloudy golden beer with hints of tangerine coloring. floral and hops aromas dominate. amazingly blended and balanced. fresh citric hops stand out against a smooth malt profile. fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice mixed with orange pulp. grains and spices are also noticable.

beautifully crafted, very well controlled. most brewers attempting something like this would've given into the temptation of overly sweetening and hopping to the point of ridiculousness. (470 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One bottle from a six-pack purchased from local Wild Oats on the east side of Cleveland. When the Batch ID from the back label is entered at the brewery website it is noted that this six-pack was packaged on January 16, 2007.

Great 2-finger head, residual foam and plenty of Belgian lace throughout the tasting. Strong piney-hops predominate with citrus and a behind-the-scenes malt aroma that conjures memories of DFH's 60- and 90-minute IPAs.

Wonderful hop flavor with subtle malt balance but disappears as the hops predominate and linger on the palate. Mouthfeel is a bit oily and thin.

From the aroma I expected a full throttle hop explosion but discovered an overall well balanced IPA that allows the starring hops to be well supported by a nice malt flavor. I have not been disappointed by Bell's and plan to make a pilgrimage this summer. (854 characters)

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

This golden orange IPA has a 2" rocky white head which stands up. An impressive blend of aromatic hops, citrus overtones and hints of pine this is a beer that starts out strong and finishes pretty true to deliver a well balanced IPA. Very drinkable and a real palate teaser. One of the best blends of IPA out there and worthy for any red blooded Muskie fisherman. (363 characters)

Photo of JDK
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden yellow with a one finger head that remained pretty much throughout the drink
Nice citrus smell with just a touch of pine
Medium mouthfeel with a nice citrus aftertaste that lingers quite a while. Neither the hops or malts were overpowering, everything is balanced perfectly.
This is one of the best IPA's I've tried and Bell's never disappoints with any of their releases (395 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thefatkid13 for this one :banned:

A: Dull copper pumpkin color with a lot of haze. Head is low lying made up of medium sized off white bubbles.

S: Pinecone, grapefruit rind and orange blossums.

T: Begins with pink grapefruit, kiwi and green apple to start things off. Sugary pine comes next with a substantial bitterness ensueing. Caramel apple acts as a good backbone with licks of lemon peel rounding it out. Finishes with lingering buttery watered down OJ and lymon.

M: Medium body, prickly mouthfeel at times.

D: Nice IPA with very good balance. Really opens up as it warms too. (607 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first 6 pack, got it now that we can get Bell's in IA!!! Whoo hoo!!

Anyway, it pours a big beautiful head without even trying, I poured a little rough and had to stop the ensueing head from overflowing the glass. Looks great!! The smell is very nice grassy hops that are smooth and not harsh at all. The taste is a bit reminiscent of the Bohemoth this year from FFF, so if you've had it this is very similar. The mouthfeel is very nice, only a little bit of harsh carbonation comes through. Overall I am very glad to get this fine drink in IOWA!!!! I will have many more to come. Thank you so much Bell's!! (620 characters)

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

A classic American IPA. It pours the color would expect, has a perfect head, and then the nose- wow! Great hop aromatics. The taste is just perfect- fruity, perfume hops, without any astringent bitterness. Just amazing. Malts are then as a great backbone, but this beer is about the hops as it should be. The approachableness of the hops is what really sets this apart from the crowd. Any average non hop head can have a sip of this and say- this is a really tasty beer. That is an accomplishment that can't be understated- for the masses and for the hop head. Between Two Hearted and Stone IPA for the best all round IPA in the US, in my limited experience. (658 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden/orange color with a white head that lingers around a while. Lacing is good. It smells mostly like floral and citrusy hops, very nice. The taste is obviously hoppy, with just a bit of malty sweetness, it has good balance to it. The mouthfeel is thin, but it's very smooth and crisp. Drinkability is very good too, I think it's a good sessionable beer. IMO, it's a good IPA, I'd definitely buy this again. (451 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I got sick the week before last, I didn't smoke. Only
stupid people smoke when they are sick. But when I was
not sick anymore, I decided to carry on not smoking and
see what happened.

What happened was I coughed up a bunch of squishy brown
stuff, and day by day, I started noticing things.

The first thing that really struck me was beer. Last friday, I
went down to the E' for a steak, beer, and some music, what
was happening was so vivid I took some notes.

I got a Bell's Two Hearted Ale from Amanda (along with a glass-
you can't really see and smell your brew when you suck it out of
a bottle), and started scribbling.

Two Hearted Ale pours out a fluffy head with some nice lacing
over a golden brew. The lot number on the bottle (#7591), looked
up later at Bell's website, indicated the beer was bottled back on
August 16, 2006. The nose was this remarkable blend of strawberry
marmelade, pine, and herb- which I completely missed the first time
I had some about a year ago. I thought at the time that it was it was hoppy,
but well made- I missed all the subtleties because at the time I was
sucking on a pipe a few times a day. The flavor was malt with a more
herbal hoppyness, and the aftertaste was also herbal. A lot of brewers
settle for lots of bitterness when they cook up a batch of India Pale Ale-
the fact that Bell's has the skill and insight to get as much as they can out
of their choice of ingredients is what makes their reputation. Two Hearted
Ale is what I measure all IPA's against- so far, it's the best in my book. (1,581 characters)

Photo of arguemaniac
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve heard a lot about this beer in the short time it’s been here in the NoVa area and I must say it manages to live up to the hype. Aromatic floral hops in the enticing nose. Rich, but not overly bitter hops blend well with a delicious grain palate that features great caramel malt flavors as well. My only complaint is the slightly watery mouthfeel, but even that has an upside; it adds the beer’s already excellent drinkability.

Highly recommended… (458 characters)

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

12oz bottle -> goblet
batch # 7754
packaged 12/11/2006 according to www.bellsbeer.com

Pours a mostly clear orange with a full white head that settles to a quarter inch blanket and leaves some quality albeit random lace. Carbonation appears medium and persistant.

Piney hop nose, with hints of apricots and oranges. The pineapple is all over the place.

Taste: The fruity hop nose is mimicked in the initial flavor. Not much of a malt backbone here, instead the fruity hops melt into the bitter finish with only a peak of pale sweet malty goodness. The bittering hops leave the mouth dry and the hand reaching for the h20.

Mouthfeel is crisp, mostly full and drying.

A really drinkable light ipa, with alot of hop character but seems a tad unbalanced. i think a little more malt character would make this brew even better than its reputation. Still easily drinkable and sessionable. (900 characters)

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

Crystal clear, orange hued with an incredible head that lasts from the first quaff to the bottom of the glass. Residual lace lined the glass. Wonderful presentation.

I love the dry fruitiness of these aromas intermingled with citrusy hops. Very complex aromas for an american pale ale. Just begs to be sipped!

Taste is everything one would expect from the aromas and appearance. This one does not disappoint. Complex and fruity up front, followed by a battle between hops and malt. Finishes clean and dry. The perfect balance. This beer is not overly malty and cloying like many pale ales that try to balance a gargantuan hop schedule.

Light and fluffy on the tongue. Bottle conditioning is well worth it. This beer would be disapointing if force carbonated. Finishes hoppy, but not to the point of oily and bitter on the tongue.

A very enjoyable IPA. This one is on the top of my all time favorite domestic IPA's. The dry finish keeps my palate alive and awake, waiting for that next incredible quaff. (1,015 characters)

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

Pours a lightly cloudy golden color with more than a finger egg shell head with descent hang time. Has a substantial fresh hop aroma and a notable fruity characteristic. A smooth and creamy hop flavor. A medium body that's slightly carbonated. Very drinkable. Would like to do a side by side with Southern Tier IPA. (315 characters)

Photo of david131
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a slightly cloudy copperish with a perfect looking head. The head diminishes into a beautiful lacing that lasts the whole drink.

S- Floral, sweet, and just enough malt to back it up. One of the best smelling beers I have ever had the pleasure to quaff. Words can hardly do it justice.

T- Very very balanced but hops are dominant. No "caramel" sneaking up on you, or any vegetable-y hops there either. Pure floral Centennial hops. I have often wished they made an air freshener out of this brew.

M- Very clean. The carbonation is very well done, not too much or little.

D- I could drink this beer every day at all times. (641 characters)

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,245 ratings.