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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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8,707 Ratings

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Ratings: 8707
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 GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hands down, my new favorite IPA. Poured a good yellow color with minimal head which disipated. A great citrisy hops smell. The taste, though, is phenomenal. Not bitter, but full of hops flavors. They dance around in your mouth and interact. Citrus, pine, etc. I'm not sure what kind of hops they are using but it seems fresh and wonderful. The most drinkable IPA I have ever had. I love bitterness, but the lack of it while still having hops character is a huge plus.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 15:57:28 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of indiapaleale


3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally found Bell's on the East Coast! It poured a light copper color, almost yellow. The aroma was citric and sweet, a great hop aroma that really made me excited to get my lips on the glass. The taste was rewarding, a nice balance and not overly bitter. It had some sweet cirtic bites that went well with the hops. An overall great IPA. I wish I was back in Michigan and could find it on tap. I loved the bottle since it mentions the Upper Peninsula, home to my old stomping grounds at NMU.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 05:50:47 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of bigbeerdrinka


4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber with golden hues beaming all over. A firm bubbly white head appears about a half inch thick leaving a nice lace. Aromas of piney, resiney, and citrus hops along with light malt dominate. Initially this beer hits up front with sweet citrusy hops and a caramel toffee malt body. Following, more hops just come into play leaving a zesty piney flavor that just lingers on the tongue. This beer finishes hoppy and sweet, with some more zest and yet a final lingering bitterness that just makes it perfection. The body to this beer is light while it has a crisp carbonation that just keeps this beer refreshing. Overall a wonderful brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 01:52:41 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this ale pours a cloudy bronze with a nice 2" head. sadly the head fell fast. a thin lace decorates the glass sparsley. smell is awesome. heavy hops and floral notes are the most prevailent witha more subdued grapefruit in the back. taste is good. though not as good as i had expected given the high numbers. hops are jumbled with a heavy floral front and back and slight peppery taste resides. citrus notes but not overly so. bitter aftertaste. mouthfeel is good with decent carbonation. lighter and less syrupy than a lot in the style. drinkabilty is good. the second tasted better than the first. overall not as mind-blowing as had been led to think but, still a decent ipa.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 21:46:52 | More by ramrod666
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off: big thanks to deejaydan for the chance to sample this.

Pours a slightly cloudy, light amber with a small head.

Nose is a wonderful candied smell, combining apricot and rose in what is the best smelling IPA to date for me.

First hit on the palate is hoppy and perfumed, with an almost rosebud taste to it. Midsip balances out with a sweet, candied malt flavor. Perfume flavors are almost too much here, but luckily they don't linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, with medium carbonation. Slightly resinous from the sugars but this doesn't detract at all.

Rather easy to drink. Might have scored higher here if not for the rather perfumed feel of it.

Overall, I can certainly see why this is so highly rated. Just a bit too much perfume for me to place it on the throne, but I would certainly have this again if given the chance.


Serving type: bottle

07-21-2004 12:55:38 | More by wyllder
Photo of IrishRedRock


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

A bit lighter in color than I expected, kind of a light-apricot orange, with a fair amount of yeast floatation. Thin white head. Fresh citrus nose - tangerine and lemon juice with a musty hop aroma. I'm surprised at the maltiness of this beer, actually; I thought I'd be in for more hops than anything else. Don't get me wrong, this beer brings the hops, but a caramel malty presence makes itself known. Citrus fruit abounds in the flavor as well, and this seems to be slightly fuller and creamier than many of its other American counterparts. Very very well balanced, though being the hop addict I am I could ask for a bit more in the bitterness department. But now I'm being a pain in the ass...this is a great beer, and extremely drinkable at that.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 22:45:03 | More by IrishRedRock
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured hazy yellow golden with chunks and a huge off-white almost yellow head that laced the glass.

The aroma was citrusy hops that rivaled coriander. In the background was a slight malt presence.

The flavor was muted with the same citrusy/coriander flavor, but malt and hops are in well achieved balance with just a slight nudge toward hops which makes the beer extremely drinkable. The complexity of the flavor increases as the beer warms.

The finish was dry and citrusy well into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle brought to NC by AKSmokedPorter.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 01:05:25 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a pleasure to take in. It looks like drawn butter to accompany lobster. This baby looks thick, and sports a very nice pillowy, creamy head that features tons of stick and gobs of splotchy lace. Aromas are at once citrusy, orange and lemon dominate. The mouthfeel is medium to full with ample crispness and a nice bitter tang. Flavors favor the citric end of the hop spectrum, though ample malt nuances serve to balance this fine beverage. A classic IPA, and a delight to indulge in.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 01:42:30 | More by moulefrite
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard some good things about this brew, so i figured i would give it a shot. here goes.
poured a hazy watered down orange soda color. a nice head appeared and dissapeared quickly. lowered to a thin film. lacing was minimal. Smell was very citrusy, like grapefruit, or tangy oranges. Maybe a little peach as well. Taste corresponded with smell. There is definite bitterness as well that is quite delightful, also a bread-like characteristic. Nice carbonation that sparks the flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium, more towards creamy than watery, but neither of two extremes. The finish is dry and bitter . oddly, this could be a rather refreshing brew despite the dryness. Mmm. good beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 03:53:33 | More by jayb
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/amber color with a billowy white head. Beautiful lacings all the way down the glass. Smells floral and hoppy. The aroma definitely tells me this is going to be a punch-in-the-face IPA. Taste is wonderfully dry, hoppy, and bitter. A little floral, bready, citrus after-taste. Goes down great on a hot day. I know people are very critical of over-hopped IPA's and I could see why people would put this two-hearted in that category but I found this to be quite enjoyable. I would recommend this one to all.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 22:25:27 | More by mattcrill
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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The IPA from Bells. Well, if you like hop squeezins, this should be your cup of tea. I love the look of this in the glass, nice pale yellow color, frothy white head. It looks like it was dry hopped to me. Smell and aroma are, well, hops.... very close to over the top for me, I could barely pick up any malt at all. A solid beer, but a bit too much hop juice for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 18:39:57 | More by deejaydan
Photo of mobyfann


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.79 for a 12 oz. bottle...

The appearence is very nice, a hazy-like lager colored base with a beautiful lumpy ultra-thick head that retains very well and a few signs of lacing is there too. The aroma seems very nice but all I got out of it was sweetness and fruitness, still good, but I found it more undefined than most brews.

The taste is pretty good, a little heavy on the carbonation and a bit heavy of the alcholic taste as well, pretty hoppy but still fairly refreshing. The mouthfeel is ok where 'all the above' in the taste comment applies here... but it still doesn't go down too smooth. The drinkability is pretty good for an IPA, nothing more.

Final Thought: I was a bit disappointed by this, I was assuming a competator brew with Stone IPA but it didn't even compare. Still a pretty quality brew from a top notch brewery!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 01:14:27 | More by mobyfann
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a good head. Bubbles are varied in size and creates a very unique lacing with every beer. Head lasts throughout.

Smell is incredibly floral and pleasant.

Taste is very well rounded. Not too bitter but very tasty.

Very nice carbonation from the bottle conditioning produces a very nice bubbly mouthfeel.

The bottle warns that it needs to be decanted and you should heed that advice. The last sip is quite bitter and not as pleasant as the rest of this beer. Leave it in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 00:24:40 | More by ken3c
Photo of egajdzis


3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle poured a hazy gold color with a white head and nice lacing on the glass. Mild citrus hop aroma. Sharp, tart, and bitter citrus hop taste. Very West Coast like IPA. It is possible that this bottle may have aged some. I wonder if a fresh one would bring out more in the aroma and flavor department?

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 23:28:55 | More by egajdzis
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New York

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden peach topped with a frothy white head thay leaves nice lace behind. Bold aroma that combines citrus and floral hops, herbal notes, and fruit. Bitterness greets your palate along with grapefruit and other citrus flavors. As the hop assault back away, a bready-biscuity maltiness shows up along with some fruity sweetness. Floral hops come in next to tie things up. Finishes with a puckering dryness. Well balanced for an American IPA, bitterness is assertive, but does not overpower. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium-full in body. Highly drinkable, goes down with surprising ease.
A damn good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 22:10:20 | More by Lupe
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3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly aggressive pour does produce a big head on this one, but it normally gets a decent-sized head anyway. It sits on top of a cloudy golden colored brew. This is healthy in both head retention and lacing.

The smell is very hoppy and citrusy. Not a big surprise for an IPA. Does smell stronger than the ABV suggests.

The taste is pretty true to the smell. Citrus in front and hoppiness in the end. The taste is good but I can't find more characteristics to it.

A very good mouthfeel to this beer. Carbonation is lively but not excessive. The body is smooth and full. Finish is fairly dry.

Although the taste is not spectacular, the beer is good enough for a session and is, fortunately, not too big so you can enjoy a few.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 05:25:31 | More by DPMomutant
Photo of BobLuvBeer


4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw to Orange in color. Has the cloudy appearance of a weiss. Pours with a thick, foamy head, which settles into a nice layer of suds. Noticeable lace throughout. Strong citrus hops on the nose. Initially a nice balance of hop with malt on the tongue. Hops remains dominant however, and overtakes the palate. The hops do a dance in the mouth which goes as: First to play is flavorful, floral to citrusy hop then blends nicely into a tangy bitterness, which melts and coats the mouth. The bitter flavor lingers and slowly fades away, leaving just a trace of its original flavor on the back of the mouth and edges of the cheeks. Brown 12oz.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 23:17:07 | More by BobLuvBeer
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Excellent world class IPA. Very crisp and lemony citrus. Grapefruit Bitter sipping with fruity salt, and bitter aftertaste with high but effective complementary hops. Lots of initial and remaining foam. Light texture. Floral aroma. Had this five years later on tap at the brewpub and it is flavourful.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 00:04:53 | More by Sammy
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3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gave a nice strong pour and got a ton of beaten eggwhite head, from the sides though, you could see the bubbles getting larger . Head settled down fairly quick to a reasonable quantity and seemed to have a little density to it. Scented of grapefruit and slight pineyness. Medium golden, good amount of carbination. There is alot going on in that pint glass, tons of sediment all over. Whispy to no lacing.

Nice little bite of hops, grapefruit rind, some spiceyness. Bit of fruit flavor playing around in the background, but not so that it stands out much. Nice malt flavor. Good light body with great drinkability, nice session beer, goes down very easy!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 23:54:20 | More by shapudding
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy, burnished gold, a thick, nearly white froth blooming with a vigorous pour. The yeast is well integrated, creating an even haze. The head settles into a large bubbled, splotchy mist, keeping all the way through. Large clumps of sticky lace cling to the glass.
The aroma is dominated by a greasy, oily hopping. Huge amounts of pine and grapefruit, similar to a double IPA in it's strength. Some floral and herbal notes, the hops almost sweetish in their juiciness. Plenty of toasty, sweetish malt bolster the hops, with a soft touch of floral and pear esters. A good deal of apricot, along with a touch of orange.
The flavor blooms with fruit and malt immediately, tons of peach and apricot sailing atop a base of toasty sweetness. A bit of cereal graininess right up front, along with powdery yeast, adding a slightly unrefined touch to the mouthfeel. The fruity sweetness continues into the middle, meeting the first traces of hop flavor, mostly a soft floral tone. Gobs of white grape and pear, sliding into an oily, rather piney hop finish. Grapefruity citrus, with a touch of orange juice sweetness, adding a moderate amount of bitterness. Certainly balanced. The swallow reveals a bit of alcoholic warmth, rather fruity in nature, completing the beer with a last bit of sweetness. A soft residue of sugar cookie dough-like yeast. A lingering apricot flavor, with piney hops clinging to the tongue for ages. Medium bodied, with a gentle, easy-going carbonation, just enough to move the brew across the palate. The mouthfeel starts out grainy, changing to an oily, soapy slickness, and dries out a bit in the end with a powdery yeast texture.
A splendid IPA, unlike any other I've tried, with it's fruity character. The balance is perfect, and the slightly unrefined feel adds to the beer's charm. Bell's makes some awesome beers, and this is one of their best. Do not go to Michigan without bringing home a sixer of this.
Thanks to Mikeys01 for the bottle!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2004 02:41:14 | More by UnionMade
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West Virginia

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

medium hazy orange with a fluffy white head

smells is strong of hops and spices

taste is wow with hops..very strong up front and never lets down.

good amount of carbonation with a faily thin mouthfeel

pretty easy to drink one or two at a time...but anymore would sacrafice the unique taste for me.

pretty damn good, and definitely different. it takes similar to other IPA's that ive had, but stronger and more crisp.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2004 01:29:09 | More by Gritsak
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4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Be careful pouring this one and many (most/all?) of the Bell's. There's about 1/8 inch of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. I always pour very slowly and stop when the sediment is about to leave the bottle - it definitley spoils the appearance and (IMO) the taste as well.

Other than that - I love this beer! The smell is very much IPA, but it has a very unusual taste. Almost too strong - right on the border between great and bizarre, which makes it interesting.

The mouthfeel is a bit harsh - acidic? I don't know - but that's why I reduced the drinkability too. Smell & taste keep me coming back. Sediment and mouthfeel give me pause.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 15:47:43 | More by TheOtherMike
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy golden color with a tall foamy heady that would do a Duvel proud. The underlying natural carbonation is steady and delicate. The aroma is fresh hops with pine resin and hay. The taste is that of pine resin and pepper like hop heat tempered with the flavors of mandarin orange, caramel malt, and the gritty, earthy yeast. The beer is creamy smooth like a stick of butter melting on your tongue. This is a very good and well balanced IPA that lacks a lot of complexity, but turns that into a strength rather than a weakness.

Thanks Foxman for making this one a part of the BIF 7.0 package. I owe you one.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 02:50:16 | More by rajendra82
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with tiny suspended particles. A good sandy head. The aroma starts off a ragged tangle of citric centennials. The hops mellow as the beer warms, letting a soft fruitiness through in the aroma and an off dry maltiness through in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 05:31:21 | More by aracauna
Photo of studentofbeer


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

Today I pulled out a Bell's Two Hearted Ale, which is labeled an "India Pale Ale style well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula" in the description on the back of the label. The beer is apparently a reference to Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River"—a story I've never read.

Still, I had the beer, and that might be enough.

The pour produced a giant foamy white head, flat and dense, that made its way most of the way to the top of the imperial pint glass. The nose is all Centennial (I orginially thought Cascade) and has grapefruity, citrus scents. You get a hint of bready malt, but whew, those hops knock you out.

As for color, it's a hazy, dirty yellow when you look straight through the glass, and a light, nice burnished brass color when you look down through more liquid.

A sip reveals a substantial but relatively relaxed bitterness, with some lemon, fruit and bread providing a backbone. Nonetheless, the hops are the star of the show, and leave a lasting hop-flavor bitterness in the aftertaste that doesn't go away. The beer laces beautifully.

The beer weighs in at 6 percent, but the body feels rather light. The beer seems to just slide happily down my throat, a tribute to its superb balance of hop flavor, bitterness and malt, as well as a soft carbonation and lasting creamy head that keep the beer very smooth.

The body of the beer and the seductive creaminess are what set this beer apart. The flavors and aromas are rather straightforward—strong hop flavor and bitterness with a bready malt background and a burst of fruit sweetness. That direct appeal and the subtle, creamy texture make this a great choice for a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 12:59:12 | More by studentofbeer
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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