Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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12,705 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,705
Reviews: 3,430
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 780
Gots: 2,924 | FT: 47
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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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light copper with a solid 1.5 fingers of bubbly, delicious-looking foam.

S: Some bright citrus notes come through with hints of sweetness around them.

T: Some citrus and grapefruit hit you up front, yet this beer possesses a nice hit of malty sweetness that provides balance. A bit of alcohol warmth creeps in, but overall this is very nicely balanced. It's got a strong hops bitterness to it, but it's not overpowering. Well done.

M: Smooth with a crisp finish.

D: I wish this was sold in the Boston area! I would add this to my rotation. It's a great IPA that's probably not too far off from being a DIPA. The balance of it keeps it from going too far into that territory. An excellent brew from Bell's!

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

Thanks to Monsone for this in the 7-8-9-10 BIF

A-Pours a hazy golden/copper mix. Slight 2.5 finger off white head is foamy and slow to dissipate. It finally goes downn to a ridge rimmed cap that does the beer justice.

S-A very clean smelling grapefruit tangerine odour. Not too strong yet not weak.

T-Avery pleasing bitterness, grapefruit and other citrus. The bitterness remains throughout. The malt is slightly sweet, mostly dry and bread like. The aftertaste is very bitter and leaves a great impression.

M-A twinge above medium bodied. the carbonation is there to cut through the oiliness of the hops.

D-This is a very good IPA. A very good hop combo produces a very good punch for the hophead in me. Overall the only negative is there could be a bit more of a malt presence. Still this is better than most AIPAs and a pleasure to drink.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A. Clear amber goldish brew with an inch high head that slowly dissipates.

S. Very aggresive floral hops. Definitely a strong aroma.

T. Very hoppy citrusy beer. A very good sample of the style.

M. Great smooth drinking beer. Goes down fast.

D. A great session beer for people who like IPA's. If it were more readilly available for me, this would stay in the refrigerator.

A great session beer all around!!!!

Photo of Pauly2X
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright golden orange with a thin white head. Very effervescent, almost sparkling.

S- Strong citrusy hop smell right off the bat. Floral undertones folowed by light malt whispering "I'm here too"

T- Bitter citrus with floral coming through in the taste more than the smell would suggest. Light malt flavor wraps it all up without detracting from the hops.

M- Rather effervescent, very refreshing.

D- The only thing getting in the way here is the 7.0abv. Very drinkable for a non-session beer.

In my opinion easily among the best IPA's out there. Very seldom will you hear people disscuss IPA's without mentioning this beer.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Light orange/amber in color, with a thin white head. Serious carbonation is evident in the glass.

Aroma is big on citrus. The hops have a big grapefruit and orange punch right up front. Sweet malt and caramel attempt to make their way through and almost succeed.

The hops hit you hard again upon tasting. Citrus and floral notes that give way to such a pleasantly bitter finish. All the while a mingling of sweet maltiness with floral hoppiness just light up your senses with pleasure.

This American IPA is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Good body and quite hearty. Drinkable to be certain, but it will definitely creep up on you.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a lively, frothy head that hangs around. Looks very inviting and attractive. It has a large pine and floral aroma. You know what you are in for when you smell this beer. The hop bitterness is the first thing I taste with just a hint of malt then finishes dry and clean. The body might be a little thin but it is perfectly carbonated which enhances the bitterness of the hops brillaintly. An exellant example of an American IPA.

Photo of baos
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into Mason jar.

A: 3 finger head. Nice amber color.

S: Hoppiness, bright orange and clover notes.

T: Awesome hops with a bit of malt. Nice bitter bite that finishes dry and hoppy. Yum!

M: Needs more body I thought, but after I ate I noticed it had more body? descent but I thought it was the only thing that wasn't a-one with this beer.

D: Very good, I give her a B+

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

Pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a large, frothy, white head. Good carbonation has the beer looking alive and inviting. Excellent lacing left all the way down the glass. Strong piney hop presence in the nose, citris and flowery notes as well. Nice hop bitterness with notes of grapefruit rind, also a solid malt backbone, but the hops definitely prevail. Medium body with lively carbonation and a lightly astringent finish on the palate.

Overall, everything you could want from the style. Well balanced with enough hops to keep the hopheads happy. I will certainly be having more of this one.

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very active off white head explodes to a three finger thick bubble foam. Bubbles pop fat and leave a little lace. Body is a straw colored amber. Nose is very loud with floral citrus notes and nice hoppy sweetness, this nose is lucious and inviting. A realatively silky oilly hop feel enters the mouth and is nicely coating. Slight piney citrus rind feel is long and even. Carries a bitter zip all the way through the the mouthfeel. Not quite as polished on the edges as Bells other hop masterpiece Hopslam, but still very good.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. One of my absolute favorite ipas. I seem never to be in a place or time to review it properly, but I finally find myself alone with a bottle with everyone else in bed and decided to have at it. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy golden with a very healthy head that sticks around and leaves some very nice lacing. The smellis wonderful. Deep and bright aromas of citrusy hops, some slight grassiness, and a slight hint of malt in the back to balance. Perfect ipa aromas in my book. The taste is also wonderful. The same wonderful citrus flavors and bitterness, a slight sense of graininess, and the hops turn earthy and spicy as the flavor goes on. Not the most bitter beer I've had, or the one with the longest finish, or the most perfectly balanced, but the overall package is nice- quite hoppy while retaining a certain subtlety. Very nice. The mouthfeelis full and slightly grainy. I like it, but I'd be happy if it were slightly less grainy. Exquisitely tasty and drinkable.

Photo of zdk9
3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Ashley's in AA

A- Comes out a gorgeous copper color. A fingers worth of eggwhite head dissipates slowly leaving a nice film of foam on the top of the beer. The lacing is strong and forms solid walls on the sides of the glass.

S- Some light husky maltiness on the nose, but dominated by earthy slightly citrusy hops notes.

T- The husky straw greets my mouth first. This is quickly taken over by a dominating bitter flavor. Some citrus flavors- very pithy grapefruit and lime zest. Also some grassy tones. There is a decent complexity to the taste, but overall I found it to be weaker than expected.

M- The bitterness of the beer grabs my tongue and refuses to let go- the aftertaste only streathens its hold. There is a decent creaminess along with this.

D- I enjoyed this beer, but did find it to be too bitter for my taste.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Capital Ale House Innsbrook as part of Beer Geek Week '07.

Crack the Firkin!

A: A slightly hazy/murky deep orange with barely any head from the cask conditioning.

S: Very mellow hop profile, much less than out of the bottle. Appears rather thin, but still a hearty color and enticing bouquet.

T: Hops are out the frame on this one. Cask definitely imparts a different flavor profile for this one, as it tastes more bitter than out of the bottle, but you can definitely taste the freshness as well.

M: Rather thin, but tasty nevertheless. The carbonation is lower of course because of the natural fermentation inside the firkin, but hop residuals are all over the palate still.

D: To be honest, not as drinkable as the bottled version. Nevertheless, it was definitely worth it to taste it out of the firkin in order to see how the beer I know and love changes with its fermentation process.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Amber-orange color, rather cloudy. 1.5 to 2 inches of foamy white head that leaves a layer atop the beer. A little amount of slowly-rising carbonation is visible. Lovely, thick and sticky rings of lacing all the way down the glass.
S: Warm and nippy floral hops are right in your face. There's a hint of honey/caramel sweetness behind the hops, with some spicy citrus scents, as well. Perhaps a whiff of sweet melon?
T: Well-balanced and pleasant throughout. Floral hops lead the way, followed by a taste of citrus which blends into a caramel malt flavor. All three of these tastes follow through to the finish and fade out in unison. Hard to say which one is more prevalent in the end; it really depends on what you try to notice, since the balance between them is amazing.
M: Bitterness up front with the hop tastes, but a smoother feel is brought in by the malts. Finish is creamy and satisfying.
D: Very drinkable. Never noticed the 7% ABV.
Overall, a fantastic IPA. The malt character is more noticeable than in other hoppier IPAs that I like, but that just makes this one stand out in my mind for accomplishing this with such a perfect hop/malt balance for this style. If you see this beer, definitely try it.

Photo of blakesell
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled on cask at Boston's bistro, 9/13/07.

Appearance- Mellow hazy gold orange with a thick creamy head that doesn't die down even when I offer it money.

Smell- Malt upfront with much floral hop background. Not a lot outside of that, some river soft water scents.

Taste- Creamy and hoppy, I could drink this for quite a bit and will. Hops open up the flavor and the malt comes in and balances it well. This beer, as most real ales have a lot of complexity within.

Mouthfeel- Much like I just ate ice cream. The cream lingers and the abv doesn't hurt things either.

Drinkability- This is so much more drinkable. I could drink this all night if there weren't so many other unsampled taps in this location. I'm very glad that I have sampled it.

Photo of ianrca19
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to be honest, I've been skeptical of Bell's. They're still fairly new to the Twin Cities, and I've felt as though they're just another passing beer fad.

Well, they've just earned another Minnesota beer fan.

I love everything about this beer, right down to the six-pack packaging. The natural, washed-out looking greens and the northwoodsy fish... I have a very big soft spot for lakes and pines, and this beer hits home right off the bat. Pop the top off the bottle, and you're immediately hit with this intense, fruity/floral hoppy blast. This beer smells amazing. It pours a bright and opaque golden orange, with a thin bubbly head. Upon the first sip, your mouth is met with an intense but pleasant hop burn. I've had some IPAs that hurt to drink, but this one is definitely much more friendly. As the hops disappear, they are replaced by a sweet grapefruit flavor, just about the most perfect fruity flavor in a beer that's not put there on purpose. The finish is thick and rich, with a sweet and spicy malt finish. You do this over and over and before you know it, your beer is gone and you are sad, because this one of the best-tasting beers that I (and apparently a lot of other people!) have ever had. Good thing there's five more in the pack...

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

Thanks to franksnbeans for this extra.

Pours a slightly orange tinged yellow with almost two inches of white foam. The aroma is of citrus and pine hops, orange, grapefruit and lemon fruits as well. Nice biscuit type malt aroma. Taste is a good crisp flavor with just a right touch of bitterness. Good combination of citrus flavors and sweet malt backbone. As it warms up I detect some toasted aromas, toffee and butterscotch. Great mouthfeel and carbonation, the fizz makes it feel almost creamy. Great beer all around.

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capital Ale House as part of their Beer Geek Week:

A: Nothing special here. Crisp, if hazy orange color. Looks semi-dense, definitely not a thin brew. Very little head, but i think that was because it took a while to get the beer to me.

S/T: Grapefruit and orange peel, good dose of piny hops. Taste has a bit of sugary sweetness to balance out the citrus. Amount of hops is almost perfect - present and powerful, but not dominating.

M/D: To me, it is the mouthfeel that really distinguishes the good IPAs from the great. This is incredibly full-bodied, which really allows the flavors to linger for a while and penetrate to every corner of your mouth. Despite the great list of beers, i almost ordered another one - could have drank this all night.

Photo of kellyst
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Golden orange color. Slightly hazy. Big, fluffy white head with lots of lacing.

S – Lots of hops. Spicy, citrusy, piney.

T – Lots of flavor hops in this one. Lots of bitter hops and aroma too, but the flavor hops stand out. Sweet, earthy, citrusy, bitter. The malt backbone is perfect: providing just enough support for the big hop profile.

M – Refreshingly crisp.

D – Immensely high.

This is my favorite beer. I crave Two-Hearted’s hoppy goodness often.

Photo of NatetheGreat
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - orange-brown color with a large, thick, dense head and solid lacing throughout drink.

S - aroma was very good, heavy floral notes, somewhat perfumy and honey-like sweetness. Probably the best smelling APA I've had.

T - sweet honey like malt up front and strong floral and earthy hop finish. Nice balance, leaning toward hops, like a solid APA. Some citus (grapefruit), but not much on my palate. Bitterness is present in finish, but not overpowering IMO.

M - thicker than I anticipated for the style, but not unpleasant. Definately not a watered down feel.

D - Very good. While the alcohol is on the higher end (7%) the strong hop/malt presence masks it. Very refreshing and a great expression of the APA style. In some ways, much like Sierra Nevada, but I think the quality may be better.

Overall, this is a great pale ale, and highly recommended. More expensive than some other similar offerings, but it's worth trying.

Photo of hellcatsjg
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange color. Thick two fingered head that settles and leaves a good amount of lacing as you go.

Smell: Piney hops dominate. Grapefruit and citrus in the background. Pleasant aroma.

Taste: Citrus takes the front in the taste. Each swallow turns into a piney hoppy taste with a bit of floral hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and easy to drink. The hoppy aftertaste will be a bit much for those who do not consider themselves hopheads.

Drinkability: Good tasting brew with mabey a bit too hoppy of an aftertaste to appeal to non hop fans. Would not have more than one of these at a time. Not that it is bad, but leans a bit too much on the hops. I still believe that the 90 Minute is the ultimate beer when it comes to this style.

Photo of Atron67
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in the pitcher as a foggy amber with a solid whiteish frothy head that stuck around forever. could smell the piney hops a mile away. This tasted great with a solid hop bitterness throughout, making it a very enjoyable drink throughout there was a medium body to it throughout, and had a big carbonation. this was a great IPA

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

This beer pours a hazy amber with white head that quickly reduces. Some lacing on the glass. Smell of piney hops. Taste of same with a good malt backbone. Well balanced. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, right carbonation, oilyness and a dry finish. I only bought one, I'll need to pick this up again. Paired well the very hot Thai curry. I do not detect the citrus most others seem to, I get pine and bitterness.

Photo of irishtimepiece
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up on a recent trip to Florida along with Kalamazoo Stout and Oberon.

Pours a slighty hazy pale orange with an inch and a half of off white head. Lacing...? Lacing...? More like sheeting. The entire glass is covered with lace. Ridiculous retention as well... when I finished 20 minutes later, there was still a half inch of head sitting in the bottom of the glass.
Smell is very floral, reminds me of my local Elissa IPA.
Taste is a mix of piney and floral hops. Very subtle malt, almost masked entirely by hops.
Mouthfeel is nice. Chewy and on the lower end for carbonation.
Strength aside, highly drinkable.
A very, very nice IPA. I wish I could get it in my area.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours and orangey, amber. Big head with sticky lacing all around the glass. Aroma is distinctively citrusy and piney with some caramel while the taste reflects a lot of citrus. Big hops explode in this beer but do not overwhelm the smooth taste of this brew. Very clean and smooth despite being hopped up. Big bitter aftertaste lets you know what beer you just drank. Very dry finish. A damn good IPA not to be passed up.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, batch 7796 - packaged 1/16/07. It pours a hazed, unfiltered amber/gold, with low carbonation, and a big, three-finger head that leaves large clumps of foam on the glass. The aroma consists of floral, perfumy, and piney hops, white grapefruit, pineapple?, mango?, and a touch of biscuity malts. About the same in taste, with floral, citric, and piney hops leading the way, bringing with them a hefty bitterness that is only lightly balanced by the malts. Medium in body and carbonation, it has a long, dry, and refreshing finish - overall a pretty drinkable IPA, and a good go-to beer, but at 7%, it can sneak up on you rather easily.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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