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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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8,758 Ratings

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Ratings: 8758
Reviews: 2971
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 Rio


3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, cloudy color of gold, maybe leaning a bit towards a wet straw color. Decent head formed, a bit of an off-white color, which thinned out to a nice layer across the top that looks like it's gonna hang around a while.

Smell is heavy in the hops, bit of a hint of spice hidden behind there. Moderate thickness to it, smooth and crisp, leading off with a bit of a malt taste, and giving way to the hops. The end is a bit too bitter and dry for my taste.

I think this is a very drinkable beer. Not too heavy, feels pretty good in the mouth, though that dry bitterness at the end may be a bit of a turn-off.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 02:01:14 | More by Rio
Photo of CSquared

North Carolina

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

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Cloudy medium golden straw color. Medium white head with mild lacing.

Aroma: Aroma is simply amazing from this beer. Huge hoppy nose. Sweet and resiny. Floral and citrus notes. Very slight alcohol nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Slightly sweet at start to a huge hop presence. Awesome resiny, citrusy complex hop profile. Fades quite fast with a clean finish. Medium body.

Drinkability: Top 3 on my list of IPAs, and definitely the most drinkable. Was surprised to find it was only 6% ABV, felt stronger than that. Unfortunately only got 6 oz of this beer, but looking forward to our next encounter....

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 23:08:29 | More by CSquared
Photo of Southernbrew


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

Orange with a 1/2" bubbly head.

Big citrus hop smell, with a solid biscuity and malt backbone, well balanced.

Medium body, quite crisp. Loads of grapefruit flavor initially along with a light floral hoppiness and sweetness. It becomes slightly bitter in the middle and finishes with a light dryness.

A very good IPA, well balanced in every way, but definitely a choice beer for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 04:20:04 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of gentlebubbles


4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5



Slightly hazy gold. Huge resiny floral hops. Creamy thick head that slowly sighs to a film on the sides of the glass. Luscious resiny, lemony, slightly sweet malt carried by tender carbonation. Lingering candylike finish. Yum, yum, yum.

Am I glad I was "forced" to buy a whole sixpack of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 01:36:06 | More by gentlebubbles
Photo of Maestro


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

I love the label on this bottle! Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a thick, white head. The smell is very hoppy, with some grassy notes. There is also a bit of citrus/fruit character in the nose. The taste is quite bitter, with a ton of citrus. There are some mild malt tastes but they are masked by the extreme bitterness. Drinkability is good, considering the bitterness. This is a great IPA. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 01:16:10 | More by Maestro
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a hidden treasure! When I describe this beer as a hidden treasure I am referring to the fact that I kept reaching for other beers for the last few weeks before I decided to try this beer. To me this beer embodies the characteristics of a wonderful IPA, I would rank this as an all time favorite IPA.

The beer poured into the pint glass with a meringue head. The original inch of head diffused until there was a quarter of inch leaving artistic lacing patterns around my glass. The color of the beer seems to be a straw with a beech tone.

The floral spiciness that is followed by the rich grapefruit hops aroma is captivating.

Very enjoyable as you roll the beer over the tongue dispersing the spicy tanginess.

The carbonation seems to spread the beer throughout the crevices of my mouth as the hops revitalize the taste buds. You must be prepared for this beer, some might find this as unpleasant.

This is one drinkable beer. I would gladly buy more of this beer and enjoy it when I am looking for a really solid IPA to sooth my hoppy cravings. What a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 06:04:05 | More by Ninjaworm
Photo of Optimator


3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to stonecrusher for recommending this one. Poured a rich, somewhat cloudy golden amber with a firm full head. The head dissipated rather quickly, leaving an appealing lace down the side of the glass. This beer had a wonderful hop aroma; slightly bitter, but not at all obnoxious. I also noticed subtle citrus and wheat components.

The first taste was quite good. It had a somewhat sweet initial flavor with a rather tame hop bite going down. This beer had a pleasant and surprisingly complex set of flavors for an IPA. Usually, I've tasted hops, more hops, or 'I can't choke this down anymore' hops, and nothing else. But this one was definitely the exception.

This was a good American IPA and for those who like the style will find this one extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 17:54:42 | More by Optimator
Photo of crookedhalo


3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with some orange highlights and a thick beige colored head. Piney, citrusy sweet aromas, and a decent malt backbone evident, too. There's some tea-like sweetness from the malt and followed with a big smackdown of hops that somehow taste sweet, almost like pineapple. Very floral and citrus-like while maintaining a good balance. Its only flaw is a metallic twang; like having a penny in your mouth as you drink it. This could come from oxidation of the hop portion of the beer. Its very enjoyable and well carbonated. I liked it better on-draught.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 17:31:34 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt scent with a dry grainy finish. It is full of floral hops and earthy malts. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop flavor followed up with some pale malts and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine American pale ale. It has good flavor and aroma; a good drinker/sessions ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 01:04:29 | More by WesWes
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
Photo of ramrod666


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
Photo of wyllder


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
Photo of GCBrewingCo

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
Photo of moulefrite


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
Photo of jayb


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
Photo of mattcrill


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
Photo of deejaydan


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
Photo of ken3c


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
Photo of Lupe

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
Photo of DPMomutant


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
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 8,758 ratings.