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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,787 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,787
Reviews: 3,078
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 598
Gots: 1,486 | FT: 40
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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3.5/5  rDev -18%

DennisDullea, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

MalibuKyle, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Bieniek30, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Shy5, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

NeilFlaiz, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

510a, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

henshawb, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

gonzowestwood, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of WheelsPSU
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave this "classic" a shot at Rye House in Chelsea. Must be fresh since Bell's distributed to New York for the very first time this week. It kind of reminded me of an everyday IPA that is not too over the top with bitterness of the hop.

Poured a hazy goldish orange color with a small head. Decent not great lacing.

The smell was rather subdued. A light floral note with some citrus.

Citrus (orange) and pine but not too much of either (which is a good thing these days when IPA's seem to have hops for hops sake). The malt has a touch of sweetness. The beer had a watery taste to it though.

Medium bodies and a touch dry. The alcohol is well hidden.

Nothing from this beer stood out but it was still rather good. I guess the reputation from this beer left me expecting more. Although I do appreciate the single centennial hop not crushing my palate.

WheelsPSU, Feb 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

aklude, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Schulte30, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Okonokos, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jmbot4371, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ben-kebereek, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

rodemey2, Feb 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

AndrewBV, Feb 14, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle <packaged 1/23/14> poured in to a glass beer mug.

This beer was a hazy copper color with a thin head of white foam that remained as a layer leaving more lace than a Victoria's Secret fashion show.
Aroma and Taste had lots of floral and piney hops with a mid swallow citrus bite leading to a dray & bitter finish.
Goes down smooth and easy for the barely noticable abv.
Pretty damn close to perfect. No matter what Larry Bell thinks about NY, he makes a bunch of fine beers and this motherfucker is one of my favorites from his lame ass state*

*NOTE: no offense meant to most folks from Michigan. Just Larry Bell & Spartan fans!

Loco_Joe, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

yossi316, Feb 13, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden, straw in color with white lacing in my tulip glass

S: Soft sweet-smelling hoppy nose. Centennial hops?

T: A nice bitterness leads into a delicious honey-like sweetness. Finishes with some hoppy-piney-citrusy tastiness.

M: Great medium body, perfect for an IPA

O: An American classic, I love this beer & brewing clones of it.

JosDinan, Feb 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jripps, Feb 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep golden ale, not quite clear, ivory head a few fingers high, smattering of lace trailed behind, persistent filmy cap

S: flowers and rain, chewy grains, notes of citric pith

T: crisp and fresh malt bill supports a gorgeous hop array, bringing many floral and citric powers to the fore

M: crisp and tight, clean and light; moderate bitterness and superior drinkability

O: top-tier IPA action here - glad Bell's has found its way to Long Island - the flavors and smells and feel are fairly style-typical, but there is something that happened in the execution of this beer that produced a product of exceptional quality. In terms of craftsmanship, it draws comparisons to the best of the rest.

Greywulfken, Feb 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

DyingBreed, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

justabeergeek, Feb 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Josh012012, Feb 13, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Well, what do you know. It happens to be my 500th review on BA, and Larry Bell finally broke his promise to never distribute to us up here in the northeast. I've never had this purported American classic before, and it must be fresh (since Bell's appeared here in NYC in the last week or so--actually, I see it's bottled 1/23/14, drinking on 2/12/14). Poured into a red wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a frothy, longlasting one inch head that leaves a solid wall of lacing. Pours a clear orange/gold.

Smell: Floral and citrusy, some hard water aroma as well. Restrained but nice. Building orange note.

Taste: Up front, nice and piny like what used to pass for a big IPA (I like). Smoothly transitions into crystal malt sweetness, lightly sugared tropical and citrus fruit flavor, with a decently crisp and dry finish. Bit of a mineral-y undercurrent to everything, also slightly watery, both elements actually serving the beer well. As in the nose, once the orange note takes root, it builds and becomes a prominent (if not the major) flavor.

Pretty straighforward, with outstanding balance and ample complexity. I'm not really blown away by any one element, but everything works great together. Deservedly considered a classic in my opinion. Also, notably well hidden alcohol. There's a bit of heat at the end, but I would believe almost 4% or at most 5%; would never guess 7%.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth crystal malt fullness in the middle with a nice dry finish. A little watery as mentioned above, but it's actually a good thing.

Overall: Great beer. Not necessarily the beer I want to slam, but very very well done.

Sadly, I'm more "understanding why people love it" than I am "loving it." I think it's mainly the crystal malt with the Centennial single hop... I need some real bitter or dank punch to forgive this much noticeable crystal malt in an IPA (and it probably has to have even more alcohol bite; I want my low ABV pale ales bone dry with no crystal). The website mentions Bell's house yeast being a major contributor, and I must say that it's very nice (fruity esters and good attenuation).

All told it's a very good beer, worthy of its reputation.

Pahn, Feb 13, 2014
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 10,787 ratings.