Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 3,250
Hads: 12,843
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 789
Gots: 3,028 | FT: 50
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: 3,250 | Hads: 12,843
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big foamy head! No!!! Don't overflow. No, no, no, no. Phew, the pour was fine. Brownish orange in color, like clay-dirtied water. Some sediment floating around in there. Nose is full of light hops, but... Wow! Are they ever hidden once I tasted. Last time I homebrewed I had some extra whole hops and threw some in my mouth. Taste just like that. Very green and rich and vibrant and earthy. Feels like I am hiking in oregon again. Great balance with the malts too. Just enough sweetness to not allow the bitters to be overpowering. Just little bits of citrus rinds too. Do they also cask condition this ale? I wish, I surely wish... Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice and dry finish. Actually drank it just slightly chilled and it tasted absolutely awesome. (759 characters)

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

We happened to be in Kalamazoo for a few days, and Bell's was recommended, so we tracked down the brew-pup and brewery-store - WHAT A HASSLE! After an hour of driving in circles, stopping and asking people on the streets (EVERYONE seemed to know where it was but were useless in giving helpful directions), we finally succeeded. It's near the downtown section, and none of the other places outside the city as shown on some maps etc. As a result, there wasn't enough time to stay for the pub, but we hit the store and bought a few cases-- including a case of Two-Hearted Ale.

It's rather hop-ish, typical of an IPA. If you're an IPA fan then you'll probably enjoy it quite a bit.

The basic consensus of our little group was mixed-- I thought it was pretty decent, but nothing I would seek out, again. Most of the others thought it was far too bitter. Of course they aren't much in the way of APA or IPA fans. (910 characters)

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

This is a model for the style. I usually look for a nice balance between hops and malts. This beer goes beyond striking a nice balance, instead blending the two flavors into a seamless, perfect marriage. Sweetness and bitterness, the perfect pair, with a tinge of citrus to mix things up.

The head is foamy and the mouthfeel soft and full, yet there's not a creaminess, which is a quality I often find distasteful in IPAs. The beer's ample lacing looks nice as it sticks to the glass after every lovely sip.

At 6%, this makes for a nice session beer. Its flavors will provide endless delights, yet will never overwhelm you as you drink glass after glass. Two hearts aren't enough to contain the love I feel for this beer. (728 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer might be one of the greatest American IPAs ever created. Period. Midwest represent!

My beer poured a hazy amber color with a massive, pillow-like head. The beer left an amazing head and lacing all the way down the glass. What a beautiful sight.

The aroma? Fuggedaboutit. Smell wafted as soon as the cap was lifted off the bottle. Sort of a skunky grapefruit aroma... very funky and nice. I love it.

The taste was perfectly balanced, especially for the hophead. A little caramel, a little sugar sugar, and lots of hoppy ironfist punch to the palate thickness. I love it.

What a drinkable brew. You could go so far to call it slammable.

Without question, an American Classic. Nuff said.

Booya! (720 characters)

Photo of battlekow
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden yellow, nice, long-lasting eggshell head, very good lacing. Smell and taste are very hoppy: cirtusy, zesty, perfumey, herbally. Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy. I ate this with some spicy dirty rice and it complemented it great. Hops still aren't really my thing, but even so, this is a pretty tasty beer; I can only imagine that if you like hops as much as some people here, this beer could be your constant companion. (429 characters)

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

My Bell's Two Hearted Ale was bottled on July 21, 2005 .. and it shows! As I pour this golden brew into a straight-sided pint glass, I can't help but notice the massive hop aroma; a pine forest full of aroma, accented by a little citrus. the carbonation seems good and the beer displays a good head of foam that settles to thin layer, leaving lacing down the sides of my glass. Love that hop aroma! As a homebrewer, I'm guessing that Bell's added a lot of Centennial hops late or after the boil. After smelling hops, I get to taste 'em and the resiny hop flavor nearly overcomes the presence of some good honey-ish malt and slightly toasted malt flavors. All of this leads to a big bitter finish. Perhaps not the most complex IPA, but when consumed this fresh this beer is a joyous hop explosion! (796 characters)

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

Yellow-amber in color with a thin, dense foam of white bubbles. Aroma of citrus, piney hops, and something indeterminably sweet.

Crisp, piney hops complimented by lemon, some herbal phenols, and biscuity malt. Bitter, dry finish.

Very, very enjoyable. I think I'm going to get used to having this readily available to me now that I'm in Chicago... (354 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a weekend of smallmouth fishing in Virginia I thought this beer would be appropriate with its river themed name. A thanks to felonious for this brew in BIF 19.

Poured with a huge white head that slowly worked its way down into mounds of pillowy foam. Body is apricot colored with quite a bit of haze...

Aroma is almost pure hops. Citrus mainly with a good bit of pine and some straw and caramel malt sweetness. Leads to an overall sweet floral aroma. I dont pick up much citrus in the taste however. Mainly an earthy, herbal hoppiness with pine and resin. Maybe a bit of citrus grapefruit toward the middle. A good malt character blends well to balance this brew.

Mouthfeel is relatively full with a good bit of carbonation. Drinkability is a highlight of this brew. Could easily be a fishin' beer any time of year, during hot weather to keep you cool or during the winter to liven the tastebuds while trying not to freeze. (938 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What else can be said that hasn't been said before? I acquired this beer in a trade and I was more than happy when I finally had my hands on one.

Good appearance. Orange colored with a fluffy white head that disappates fairly quickly. Average lacing on the glass. Great floral hop aroma with some spruce mixed in. Yup, you guessed it, it's got the taste to back it up too. Some citrus fruit can be tasted as well. Slightly oily mouthfeel. A very drinkable and extremely enjoyable IPA.

This is one of the best in the country folks. Awesome representation of the style. A very solid IPA. And the best part? I still have another bottle left!

Thanks to Dertbert for the bottle(s). You da man. (697 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to re-review this beer, as the first time I had it, it was of questionable age after having sat in the Iowa Beer Cache for quite some time -- original score: 3.8. Now that this beer is available in the state of Iowa, I have gone through several cases of fresh Two Hearted. It has actually supplanted Alpha King as my go-to beer, at least for the time being.

The beer pours to a light golden color with a slight peachy haze. Nice white head, though it doesn't last or lace all that well. Decent carbonation. Doesn't look all too impressive, but rest assured, there is liquid gold in that glass.

The smell is great. Has a nice lemony zest on top of the grapefruity centennial hop aroma. Slight malty sweetness below.

The taste is great. Very well balanced for an IPA. Great hops flavor without too much bitterness. Very refreshing. Very drinkable. Not too sweet, not too bitter or dry.

The body is medium to full with a crisp carbonation. Another great beer from Bell's. Make sure to check the freshness of your sample via Bell's Batch # lookup on their website, lest ye be disappointed in your old beer such as I was the first time I tried it. (1,158 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy orange with a tasty looking foamy peach-colored head, lots of suspended yeast, and some cool looking cascading carbonation. Super sweet and fruity hop aroma, can't wait. Damn, this doesn't disappoint, either. A tasty, sweet, doughy maltiness is present but is beaten severely by the copious hops. Highly herbal and lemony, the bitterness is matched by a good measure of sweetness. As the glass empties, a serious coating of lace is left cemented to the inside. The finish is dry and bitter, but not at all unpleasant. I've not usually been much of a hop head, but this was delicious and amazingly drinkable. None of the wack aftertaste and mouthfeel I've experienced with some APAs and IPAs. Easily my favorite IPA yet. (734 characters)

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

This sample thanks to TastyTaste.

Pours a hazy, lazy orange with a thick head that dissipates and leaves lacing on the glass. Lacing and I haven't even taken a sip. Awesome. Aroma is overly citrusy with a noseful of hops. A soft aroma much like sticking your nose into a bag of Centennials.Yummy and floral Taste is softly citrus with a pine/wood finish that leaves that distinct hop bitterness on the palate. Lingers Lingers. Excellent full carbonation. I really could make this a session ale. Drinkability is hight. I've gotten these on trades and via friends, so I have a high reviewing expectation and it doesn't disappoint. (631 characters)

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

Let me begin by saying that this beer has moved into my top three I.P.A.'s of all time. From first to last sip, it is phenominal. Starts off pouring a hazy-orange nectar, with a full-sized head. Bubbles lace the concoction from bottom to top, actively flowing through the glass. The smell is dominated by citrus aromas, along with a slight floral hint. Citrus again is most prominent in the overall taste, along with a notable malty kick. This is not the world's hoppiest I.P.A., but does have a bit of a bite to it. The best way to describe it is smooth to the extreme. In mouthfeel, it is full, but not overly heavy. Its carbonation remains throughout and the citrus flavors that come along with initial sips hold well throughout. There is a slight bitterness at the end of each quaff, adding to its appeal. Overall, I would say that this is an excellent beer, whose complexity and smoothness make it one to experience regularly. (931 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange color with amber hues, and a large off-white head. Smells of pineapples and floral hops. The taste is very fruity and lively with nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Overall, this is a great brew. Its taste doesn't get old, and its aroma is wonderful.

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Edit 2/22/09: Over the years I have come to love the the taste and aroma of this beer, but hate the after effects. This beer more than any other I have ever drank leads to a very bad hangover. I mean I can't drink more than one without having a terrible headache all day long the day after. (611 characters)

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

Picked up this bottle on a recent trip to Cleveland.

Pours a hazy copper with a creamy ivory head. Lots of draping lace down the side of the glass. Smells of cirtusy hops and light fruity malt.

Taste is dominated by intense floral and citrusy hops. There's some light pale malt crispness in there but this brew is all about the hops. And while the beer may be unbalanced the hops flavors are nicely balanced with each other. Bitter and sweet citrus intertwined. Long lingering bitter aftertaste and crisp. Taste leaves you craving more. Good stuff. (554 characters)

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

My god - I'm so impressed I almost don't know where to begin...

The pour is very good - a bright golden color with a large, sticky off-white head. The head dies down to a small cap which leaves lots of lacing as you go through the glass...

The smell is quite hoppy - plenty of new mown grass and citrus in this one. A bit of toasted grain as well so it's not that one sided but it's primarily hops, hops and hops.

The taste is exquisite... I keep going back and forth between rating it 4.5 or 5.0 Since it's not completely perfect I'll give it a less than perfect score - but just barely (I wish there was a 4.75!) There's a pretty simple but honest malt base here - grain/fresh bread with a bit of sweetness. The hops are ever present and they are -huge- but more importantly they're not overpowering and it's incredibly smooth. When I'm disappointed by an IPA it's usually because the brewer seems to have thought "if I throw in too many hops, people will be impressed" leaving a very unbalanced brew. This, on the other hand, is an incredibly balanced brew - plenty of subtle, complex hops notes of citrus, herb and pine with a taste I don't quite recognize but there's no doubt it's a hop.

As if the taste wasn't good enough, the mouthfeel is complete perfection. Even with the billowy head there's still plenty of fine carbonation in the beer and it couldn't go down any smoother. The feel is somewhere between velvet and silk and it's all good. No oily residue. No bitter aftertaste. Very light feel. Amazing that it isn't on tap - I've never experienced a bottled brew that has this feel.

Drinkability is off the scale. I'm already checking Mapquest to find out how far to Kalamazoo Brewing (2288 miles) This is one outstanding beer.

[Many, many thanks to TikkiGodxxx for shipping this out West - I'm now officially hooked on trades!] (1,859 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, the bottle I had was probably bad and I drink this beer basically twice a week minimum. Great beer all around and one of my favorite IPA's. So juicy and citric with a good balance hoppiness. Dry flavors mix with the malts so well and the intense citric hoppiness is great. Super drinkable IPA. Hops are amazing in this beer. On tap is better than bottle imo but cask is the ultimate best. (392 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Honey with a small white head that doesn't last too long and leaves spotty lace.

Lots of floral and citric hops in the nose. Fruity with some pine sap.

The taste is a hop head's dream. Powerful, juicy hops dominate from start to lingering bitter finish. The malts are way in the back, but make a contribution to the mouthfeel which is full for the style.

Lots of hops, but not too much to keep me from ordering more. (462 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orangish-yellow color with a thick, frothy white head that retains well, a spectacular looking beer. Aroma is grapefruit, lemon, floral and grassy hops smells, with a light, bready malt background...quite appealing. The taste is equally impressive, a moderate hop bomb thats as balanced as can be expected. Flavors of grapefruit, pine oil, lemon rind and freshly cut grass makeup the hops side, with a nice, dry bread malt flavor that balances the brew very well. The mouhfeel is lusciously creamy with a crisp carbonated bite, the finish is dry, bitter and extremely refreshing. The drinkability is quite high, and i wish i had a few more. Another excellent offering from Bell's, they're becoming one of my favorites...too bad they arent available in my state. (776 characters)

Photo of Bang34
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow/amber color with a thick white head that sticks around and leaves a nice lace on the glass. You can count how many sips you have taken by the number of rings on the glass.

The aroma is very nice and complex, floral is the first thing that comes to mind, with a little citrus and pine. Even a little fruity, there is a lot going on here, it is best enjoyed in a glass such as a tulip that concentrates the aroma as you drink.

The taste is what all IPA's should taste like in my opinion. Crisp and lite but still complex, dry and hoppy on the finish. Smooth for an IPA. A beginner might shy away at first but a developed palate will really appreciate the complexity.

Very drinkable, smooth and goes down easy, high carbonation but it allows the flavor to come out.

One of my favorite beers from one of the mid-west's best breweries. (871 characters)

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

A solid beer that should be a main-stay of any MI local drinkers rotation. It pours an apricot color with a white head that leaves me some lacing. The smell is of strong hops with high AA and enough flavor to back them up. It has a nice malty base with sweet caramel flavors to build upon all the different hop flavor that come through. A deep bittering that yeilds to soft floral and citrus tones. The finish is a little over sweet. (433 characters)

Photo of fingolfin72
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy blonde color with a white, short-lived head.

I love the nose of this beer- Pine, butter, herbs, perhaps a faint hint of maple wood. The palate is bracingly bitter, with enough dryness to make this a food-friendly, session-friendly and non-cloying beer. The bitterness is faintly reminiscent of Campari, and the body is present but lean.

This is a beer that brings back my will to live when I get home from a bad day at work. (435 characters)

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

Murky golden amber colour, topped by a half-inch slightly rocky, white head that shows good retention and some lacing. Definitely unfiltered, with small particulates in suspension, but clears up considerably as it warms. Hop aroma was evident as soon as I opened the bottle, a nice mix of citrus and spice. Mild malty nose as well, but this is only evident after it's been in the glass for a while. Malt sweetness to start, quickly followed by piney bitterness. Hop flavours (citrus and spice) show up part way through. The finish is quite long, dry and bitter, with more of a sharp orange peel flavour. High carbonation with a medium body and a bit of creaminess. Also just a bit of alcohol warming after it's swallowed, mostly after it warms a bit. (750 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to warriorsoul for this one.
Appears a cloudy light golden color with a solid 2" white solid head that lasts. Plenty of lacing. Check out the bottom of the glass! Tiny bits of hops can be seen in this one. Smell is of sweet malt, citrus, and pine.
Taste is easily one of the smoothest, most balanced and tolerable IPA's out there. Citrus and piney hops mixed with a fine balance of sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly carbonated with a feel that starts at the front of the tongue and works it's way to the back of the tongue.
Drinkability is great for IPA. No sting, all bling.

Finger licking good! (620 characters)

Photo of walleye
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy golden with off white head, with some lacing. aroma, grapefruit, yeast, lemon, orange, hops, pine. flavor, orange, hops, supriseingly the grapefruit was weak compared to the aroma, floral. bells does it for me again. a good beer will buy again (259 characters)

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,250 ratings.