Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,249 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 3,249
Hads: 12,831
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 787
Gots: 3,015 | FT: 48
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: 3,249 | Hads: 12,831
Photo of ggroller
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The label on the bottle I had was different than the BA pic. Mine was of a trout's head depicted in various shades of green.

This is a cloudy beer between amber and gold in color. A very nice, sticky, resilient white meringue type head reminiscent of a good homebrew.

Wonderful citrusy hops in the nose upon smell and after the sip. Nice maltiness in the finish. Slight chewiness in the body but crisp enough in the finish to prepare me for the next sip.

I'm not a huge hop head and this is a fairly hoppy beer but one that I could easily drink in a session. I am glad I decided to add this one to my mixed sixer. (622 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and slightly dark gold in colour, this beer has a fantastic spicy citrus aroma with a bit of a grassy note creeping in as well. It's a medium strengh bitterness for an IPA. It's not quite as malty or heavy bodied as other beers of this style that I've had, but that works just fine for me. Drying and drinkable, and deceptive in its strength. (348 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the brwerey less then a week ago. Poors in with a nice head and stays forever. Beercolor is gold but clouwdy.
Nose is quiet exceptional and it's just like hanging your nose in a bag( of very fine) hop. Further hardly anything noticeable but hey as fresh as a beer can get! Taste is almost identicly, hops, hops & more hops. Could have litle more body but hey I'm fine with just hops! Mouthfeel is off course also incredible and hey I could drink this all night long! (482 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

~*2<3d*~

appearance: deep amber with suspended particles and small, thin steady streams of carbonation. mammoth head dissolving with traces of cloudy wisp lacing left behind. excellent label on this beer, points for that.

aroma: big fresh citrusey hops with spicy malt sweetness and floral pep.

taste: smooth and sweet initially where the grapefruit meets some honey. tart twist. super bitter in the end.. actually shocking to me considering the sweet and fruity characteristics this beer had displayed initially. well-rounded. lingering hints of chamomile, rose and lavender.. girly flower essence in this brew.

mouthfeel: a big beer here. smooth going down but thicker and denser in my stomach. a quick beer to fill me up, postponing the cooking of my dinner by an hour or so. couldn't have more than 2 in a sitting.. wouldn't want to though, this IPA is made to savour. (888 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fun beer here. Pours a nice bronze color with a wonderfully distinct almost yellow colored head. The foamy layer suddenly dissipates, leaving strong lacings throughout. The nose is strong of hops paired with the fruity scents of oranges and mangoes. The taste is excellent. The flowery and orange tastes go quite well with what must be nearly the perfect amount of bitter hops. There is an aftertaste that reminds me of orange peels that almost lasts forever. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. I really enjoyed this beer, although it seemed to taste quite different than IPA's I've had in the past. This one is interesting and definitly worth a try. (658 characters)

Photo of karst
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I usually overrate beer, am sure that I have underrated this superb beer (maybe even its taste).

From the well cared for stock of 33 Wine shop and Tasting Bar - Thanks Jake for a great pour on this one as well as the Weizen Eisbock - great to see how well you take care of beer and all your customers (beer or wine).

White head. Light clear amber. Aroma "is nothing less than a hoppy fruit explosion! A cornucopia of flavors bounce inside your nose and all along the tongue...grapefruit, strawberries,peach,apricot, melons, citrus, bananas,even. Delicate malt, providing ample balance."

Extremely smooth with enought hops to please the hop head in me and not too much to offend those wanting to taste the malt and yeast flavors.

It's truly in a league of it's own. (786 characters)

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

On cask at the Buckeye Brewing Company in Bedford Heights, OH.

The main reason for our journey from Mt. Vernon to scenic (sarcasm) Bedford Heights, a cask of this lovely nectar was ours for the taking.

The color is a dulled creamy orange with a miniscule head. Noticeable, but not uber-thick lacing of the glass. Toned down in the smell department from the bottle. Hoppy? Heck yeah. But not in the way I remember my bottled version. Citrus and floral hops are noted. Sugary sweetness in there as well. Fantastic flavor. The cask-conditioning makes for a silky smooth taste profile. Grapefruit detected, along with ripe fruit notes. Smooth finish. Not as pronounced hop bite as other versions. Here's a beer I could be happy with every day. (746 characters)

Photo of ejquin
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange color with thick frothy white head.

Nose of pine, hops. and spice. Very upfront and not much dimension to it.

Tastes of full on hops. Very bitter orange fruit and pine taste. Dry and bitter in aftertaste.

Drinkibility is good.

Overall a solid IPA, but nothing exceptional to me (296 characters)

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

Sure, it's a dry hopped Oberon, but it tastes amazing. This is one of the best non-West Coast hoppy beers out there. It pours a orangish hue with lots of head and plenty of lacing. The aroma lets you know what you are getting into. The hops dominate with a wheaty base. My only complaint is that this hop profile is awfully straight forward. Two hearted has always seemed like a homebrew gone terribly well. For a hop fix you can drink all night, this can't be beat. (466 characters)

Photo of axisjones
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dusty amber, slightly hazy with a rocky slightly off-white head. The lacings got Jackson Pollack all over it, gorgeous all the way down. Decent head retention as well.
Decept hop aroma, citrus and passionfruit. Its strong, but not overpowering.
The first thing that hit me when tasting was the bready malt character, but then the hops slammed in. The hops are not overkill at all, and the malt balances nicely. After drinking a lot of west coast hop bombs, this brew is more restrained in the hop department, but it is no slouch either. The bready character is balanced with a citrusy grapefruit hop flavor with a clean bitterness in the end.
The mouthfeel is very carbonated and lively throughout. Fluffy and clean all the way through. I could drink these one after the other, its well balanced and not tastebud suicide like so many other IPAs. Strong flavor but definitely not too strong.
This was a damn good IPA, with a strong enough malt presence to keep the hops in check. Exceptionally crafted and highly drinkable. Toss me another feloniousmonk, thanks for the bottle! (1,090 characters)

Photo of Star80
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a cloudy yellow probably due to the fine layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, and moreover due to Bell's unfiltered nature. The head has an initial whipped cream-like appearance on first pour, then forms an everlasting wispy cloud-like patch on the top of the beer with lacing on the sides of my imperial pint glass. Even more noticeable is this beer's candy-like smell with some sort of strange interplay between the malts and the wonderfully smelling floral hops. Smells more like a gumball to me than Gumballhead! Taste is where it comes together in an interesting almost butterscotch candy sweetness (diacetyl alchohol) washed back with those bitter hops! I'm not sure if this is one of the great before or after dinner beers. Despite it's paler appearance this is one rich and filling beer at 6.0% abv. Mouthfeel is about where a beer like this should be, perhaps a tad thin. Pretty dang drinkable and those hop burps are great! (952 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium bodied, cloudy honey color with a substantial, lasting white head.

Aroma is intensely hoppy - grapefruit, pine, orange, fresh grass - with a biscuity malt base.

Taste is along the same lines. Starts with a definite bready, biscuity malt but then taken over by some of the best hop flavors to be found, definite citrusy grapefruit, herbal, piney, etc., aggressive but very crisp, fresh and pleasant. Definitely for hops lovers but very well balanced.

Good stuff. I want more! (493 characters)

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

Pours gold with an orangy tint,full of a thick haze and a rich,creamy white head.
Pungent nose with lots of citrus fruit,pine sap and light malt.
Full flavored.
Tons of fruit and zest.
Grapefruit,oranges,pears,apples,melons and pine needles.
Crisp and bitter. Like a whip cracking on the tongue.
Lingering tart finish, the grapefruit stays..
Medium bodied and very refreshing.
This baby would hold up to the hottest Thai food.
One of the best IPA's,reminiscent of Smutty IPA. (484 characters)

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

Secret Santa 2004 # 12

First off, Bell makes good beer, but could use a graphic designer. Nothing shouts "IPA" like half a fish.

A slightly hazy orange body, fine carbonation streams, topped by three plus fingers of tight just off white foam, which "rocky"-ed up above the rim.

Nose has a nice mix of floral and citric notes.

Nice assertive malty start, says "this is beer, not just hop juice". Of course, a beat later the hops crash the party like a swat team bursting through every door and window, pushing the malt away down the throat and taking over the room. Intersting hops too, not a grove of grapefruit, but an intriguing blend. The hops give a light sandpaper rub over the entire mouth and slowly almost fade away. Two hours later, there's still a bit of hoppiness tickling my tongue. Not overpowering, just enjoyable.

Nice mouthfeel, and damn great drinkability.

Another fine Bells beer, I've had eight and have enjoyed them all. (959 characters)

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

Tasted at Bastante St. Louis...

Wow.... I mean wow....

Anyway, pours cloudy orangish- yellowed with nice white head that sticks to everything. The smell is wonderful- powerful, floral, citrusy and a hint of pine resin. The taste gives more wonderful grapefruit along with the pine and flowery tastes, and just a hint of grass and spice. I've never tasted a hoppy ale that balances the different hop flavors so well; the bitterness is actually a little less than expected, but perfectly restrained. Oh, and don't forget the toasty, biscuity flavors that are underneath all those hops- yum. Feels full, coating the whole mouth. A few little hop burps follow after awhile (completely pleasant). Has a sticky feel as well that's very nice. I could drink these and drink these and drink these...

Overall, really incredible. The best of the American style IPA's that I've had. Anybody who's had a bad one must have been victim to Bell's occasional bottling QC problems (or bad storage). Really, on tap, this is magnificent. (1,027 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/27/05- Received via BA member Spinlock.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a nice looking either salmon or trout on the label. Back label has a code of 6661. Poured into my Powerhouse Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Nice semi-cloudy orange pour with a very smmoth and creamy looking head that still has some remaining at the end of the glass. Above average lacing.

Smell- Definitely one of the best smelling IPA's I have put my nose too. Nice strong hoopy scent with a good amount of pine and a really sweet candied smell as well.

Taste- Hmmmm, was expecting much more hops. Nice malt and hops, but not huge. Very well balanced though. Good amount of pine and a bit of grapefruit. Not the huge amount I was predicting though.

Mouthfeel- Above average carbonation for an IPA.

Drinkability- This along with Stone IPA, are among the best balanced IPA's I have had. This would be an excellent choice for a session beer if you aren't looking for a hop bomb. (970 characters)

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA, one of the best you'll ever find. Pours an orangish amber with a nice 1" head that settles to about 1/4" and stays put. Smell is quite hoppy, though not as floral as I tend to like. Also has a bit of a pine scent. Taste is incredible... so smooth yet so hoppy. A very quenching beer, would go great with any number of foods. Stone IPA is still my favorite, but this is one of the best. (396 characters)

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

A clean golden colored beer. Has a big fluffy bright white head, that leaves some nice lace.The aroma is very hoppy, citrusy (serious grapefuit character) with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. There is a sweetness to the hoppiness in the strat of the taste. Followed by a smoothing out with a gentle malt push in the middle. All finishes clean and well balanced. (373 characters)

Photo of masterbruewer
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden orange color with thick white head that stayed a while. Good lacing, light carbonation

Smell was piney hops and citrus.

The taste is hoppy, almost pungent at first. Settle into a pleasant mix of pine and citrus hops. No strong after taste. A powerful flavor but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel isn't thick but is "chewy."

Very enjoyable. I'd drink another (379 characters)

Photo of jward
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An impressive looking beer - Tupelo Honey gold with sparkling carbonation and nice lacing. The nose is piney, with an element of lemon rind. The flavor is bursting with bitter hops and strong, tangy citrus notes. A crisp mouthfeel is followed by lingering bitterness as this one goes down.

This beer, while interesting, is one-dimensional, with overpowering hop bitterness from beginning to end. Ultimately, I think that it lacks the balance of some of other highly rated American IPAs like Masala Mama or HopDevil. Interesting, but not an everyday beer for me. (564 characters)

Photo of nogoodreason
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I kept resisting the urge to do so, but damn... here it is. I have to give this beer the big 5. There's simply not anything wrong with it. It's the perfect American IPA. Untouchable.

It pours out clean and clear (if poured carefully) with an agressive and sticky bone head. Color is reminiscent of a sunset or the flesh of a peach. The lacing sticks all the way down.

Oh, the nose on this beer. Oh my golly. Oh my gollly. It's like home-made shortcake, glazed with citrusey pulp, vanilla and orchid petals. Hoppy to the extreme but showing a wonderful sweet malt base.

It's full, but not fat or bloated in the mouth. Perfectly carbonated, keeping it light, but not thin... just right.

When it hits your tounge, it's citrus bitter, rolling directly into sweet shortbread and vanilla malts. Plenty of fruit character shows, with some apricot and other fleshy stone fruits. The hop flavor doesn't back off though, it's there, and very strong, a lucious mix of citrus fruits, grapefruit, satsumas (mmmm) and the lovely spring like flavor of flower petals. All of this is rolled up into an ellegant dance of malt and hops... perfection. Seriously.

This is a beer to cherish and savor slowly. Every sip is an excuse to inhale the insanely wonderful aroma and to roll this heavenly ale around your tongue. I can't see how this beer could get better. Don't listen to the haters... they're just blinded by the light. (1,430 characters)

Photo of foXXtail
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful looking beer. It pours pale amber with just a touch of cloudiness and a medium-thick but very dense head. The lacing on this beer is something impressive – it practically leaves a sheet of foam all around the glass on the way down. Light estery aromas rise off the beer – honey and cherry are heaviest with a spice sting in the back ground.

The spicy hop and bright effervescence hit hard and heavy at the front, then gives way to honey and cherry sweetness with a touch of vanilla. The sweetness fades as the hops come back, this time piney, and linger on the palate as long as I would let them. I paired this with some strongly spicy jambalaya, and it held it’s own. It’s quite a strongly hopped beer, but has a terrific hop/malt balance. Got this on a keep the glass special, and I’m happy to keep a memory of this great IPA. (856 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Re-reviewed 8/18 - Oh... had fresh on tap - NOW I see.

Absolutely a beauty! .Drink’em up at any chance. Previous ratings were:
appearance: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3


Don’t know about this one. Pour produced a hazy amber orange, which was good. But there was this suspended cloud of yeast (?) floating around in the glass – nasty looking ! Aroma was OK, the citrus was nice, but the flora was too much for me. Flora also came across to strong in the flavor – citrus and hops were powerful and expected. Don’t really like fruit in my beer, not that flower power. May need to get another bottle or 2 of Two Hearted, and some other IPAs, for further review. (704 characters)

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

My palate sure has come a long way in a mere 10 months. I definatly appreciate this beer a lot more than I did on my first review. Though, even then I could tell it was something special. It is certainly hoppy, but it is fairly balanced with a nice malt foundation, and that distinctive Bell's ale yeast lends something special to this refreshing thirst quencher. Grapefruity hops abound, very nice. Everything in my earlier review still applies, but I definatly underrated this beer before at a 3.6 overall.


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Original Review 2/28/05:
This is easily one of the more drinkable IPA's I've ever had. Not sure that's saying much though....

Pours a medium toned gold in color with a two-fingered white head to compliment. Nose was piney, quite hoppy but with notes of citrus, almost lemony in a way. Taste was actually quite nice, and actually leaning toward the well-balanced side if you taken into consideration that it's an American IPA which tend to lean toward the mega overly hopped side in my honest opinion. Fairly enjoyable though and quite drinkable, and I don't really even enjoy IPA's that much.

Slàinte! (1,127 characters)

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

Yow. This one caught me off-guard with its uniqueness. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a steady stream of tiny bubbles journeying upward toward a creamy, small but mighty head. Smells like a barrel of fresh hop flowers - seriously. It's maybe the most floral smelling beer I've ever had. The smell was so floral, it actually caused a sensory flashback to my days of homebrewing. Wicked. While still mostly floral, as it sat for a bit, a sweet apricot smell also began to emerge as well. Phew. Taste was as expected but somehow less severe than its aroma forecast: Way spicy up front, coupled with some sweet flavors that sit back and let the hops take charge but still keep them in some sort of balance. Can't put my finger on the sweet flavors but thankfully they're there. Maybe it's a kiss of honeysuckle. Finish is of sour lemon and then a puckering, bitter finish that forces another sip almost immediately after swallowing. If you let the bitterness sit in your mouth, it overtakes it and lasts and lasts and lasts, revealing some piney flavors late in the taste. For the first time in my life, I can't honestly say the hop burps sent a rush of tears into my eyes. Mouth is a creamy medium-bodied and chock full o' tightly knit, miniscule bubbles... a blanket of effervescence. This stuff is obviously one for the hop heads yet still completely embracable by someone like myself that requires some sort of balance. Why did I only buy one?! (1,449 characters)

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,249 ratings.