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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by Todd on 12-11-2001

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Reviews: 3,417 | Ratings: 13,687
Photo of luvND
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz bottle with a fish on it
A: Hazy orange, nice thick head with lace
S: Citrus hop, a little cheddar
T/M: Nicely balanced, hops and malt are in harmony, good bitterness
M: Very nice, lingering aftertaste, but not unpleasant
D: Very drinkable, I could easily put down a few of these
Notes: This is a hell of an IPA and as the previous review noted, also a great value. Certainly not the best, but very good and true to style.

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Photo of ski271
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy gold with an orange tinge to it. Head is small, white, foamy and slowly to diminish. Some light attractive lacing. Smell is of, no surprise, hops but with a nice biscuit-like malt balancing it out a bit. Lots of citrus and floral scents. Taste follows suit with the wonderful flavors and bitterness that are bold but do not overpower and shut out the moderate-light bready malt. It has a medium-long finish that is fairly sweet with a lingering dryness. It has a medium body, lightly oily texture, and moderate carbonation. This is a wonderful IPA that is a pleasure to drink and is definitely worth seeking out.

On-tap 5-17-07 - same as above for the most part, just better. 4.5's across the board

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

The appearance of this brew is "Noice Egyptian!" Color is gold and the beer is fairly clear. It is not crystal clear, its more of a murky clear. Pours with a beautiful creamy golden tinged white head. Lacing is excellent, head retention is also superb. One great looking beer.

The nose of this beer is quite appetizing. Big floral and citrus aroma. Hops dominate the aroma of this beer as is appropriate for this style.

Hop influence is apparent in this beer. Quite a bitter brew, very appropriate stylistically. Floral (and some citrus) characteristics are the backbone of this beer's flavor profile. The hop character is pronounced, don't get me wrong, but I would like to see a bit more hop flavor, I think that some stronger hop flavor might just add to this brew, or maybe my palate is off today. Aftertaste is dry, floral hops that linger in the mouth

Mouthfeel of this beer is also great, medium bodied with a dry finish that leaves you begging for more. Low carbonation, just enough to playfully dance the tongue and give rise to the realization that this is a carbonated beverage. This beer is a sipper, don't try to drain this quickly, what would be the good in that? As with all great beers it needs to be appreciated. Don't gulp this one down, sit, realx and enjoy the flavor of this great IPA. Definitely worth the money, will be buying this one again. However, Stone IPA is still my default.

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Photo of shivtim
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two Hearted is a beautiful deep clear gold with a tinge of rusty brown. It's got a small head that fades, and the lacing is nice. The nose is all floral hops... not too complicated here. Taste is as expected heavy hops up front (not overdone), but with a nice amount of malts to balance it out, a surprising tiny hint of pine, and finally a slightly bitter finish. Excellent combination. Mouthfeel is very good, and drinkability on this one is high. No wonder it's one of Bell's more popular brews.

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Photo of blodgetm
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed the first time I had this beer. It is a nice, light, summer IPA. The color is a nice clear amber, with an even head. Upon first smelling it, your nose is overwhelmed with the scent of fresh, crisp hops. And that is pretty much how it tastes, very clean and jumping with fresh hop flavor. It is not one of the strongest IPA's when it comes to hops, and that's a good thing. There is a nice balance between the malts and the bittering and finishing hops. This is an IPA you could drink all night if you wanted to, and not feel as though you've been kissing a pine tree.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass. Clear golden color with thick white foam. It smells just like an IPA should, lots of hops.

The flavor is all hops, kind of one-dimensional. I didn't find this near as good as Stone or Dogfishhead. It seems over-hyped on BA to me... I had it a few times last year and never rated it. I remembered not being overly impressed, but decided to try it one more time when I saw it was ranked #35 on BA.

I recommend skipping this beer.

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Photo of xymyl
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may have just become my favorite IPA, I can't say for sure though. Will have to go back and try many IPA's again to compare. Could take years to evaluate and compile.

If your wife wants flowers get her a dozen of these. She won't be disappointed, unless she's a an incurable sentimentalist.

It has the full hop profile of something with a constant hop addition but it is still pretty clean. Sweet, fruity, floral nose. Great citrus, malt, floral and bitter note interplay in the flavor. A very interesting and satisfying beer.

Personally, I have never thought that an IPA could or should be balanced, but if any IPA is balanced then this is it. It has great full-spectrum bitterness akin to Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, but the way everything comes together here is just a bit more drinkable. This beer makes me feel safe.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Two Hearted poured into a standard pint glass and purchased at Minnotti's in Westlake, OH.

The beer poured a nice orangish, deep gold with a finger plus of brilliant white head. The nose was straight, simple hops, and the flavor hoppy and extremely drinkable. This is a beer I could drink all night long, again and again, with an intense hop flavor and crisp, very clean finish.

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Photo of HellsBELLS24
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Higly hoppy IPA.

An excellent brew. One of my favorite IPA'S. This beer on tap tastes so fresh it is like eating fresh hops whole. If you are a hop lover, Larry Bell did a nice job on the 2 hearted.

The two hearted name is derived from the two hearted river in michigans upper peninsula.

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Photo of GregoryVII
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Old Chicago. This beer had a hazy amber/straw color and more head on tap then when I had it in the bottle. The hop aroma was very fruity with only a hint of pine. Two Hearted's taste is a burst of citrus hops that left me with a strange hint of pineapple. The mouthfeel was medium in body, and I swore I could almost feel the hops swishing between my teeth (not literally). Two Hearted Ale is beer I could drink endlessly on a nice summer day.

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Photo of roggae
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i found this beer very drinkable and very fruity. the appearance is a bit cloudy due to the unpasturized nature, but that did not distract orm the taste. the taste was very pleasurable and i really enjoyed the fruity/hoppy balance. i would gladly pay money for this beer again.

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Photo of Illinick
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice label, but Bell's always seems to cheese it up with the copy on the back.
A: Golden amber in color with a very slightly off white head that retains as a semi-thin layer throughout. Good glass clinging lacing throughout.
S: Fresh hops with citrus peel notes and a slight citrus zest smell. Some biscuit notes and some floral scents in there as well as a slight herbal scent. The hop smell dominates the nose.
T: Well done hop flavors, slightly bitter. Tart citrus and floral notes that are offset by biscuity, sweet bread malts. The fresh hop flavors really win out here; however, the brew is balanced nicely. Some slight grass and herbal notes also.
MF: Slightly chewy and medium-light that finishes dry.
Overall: A really well done IPA. I put this up there at the top of my best IPAs list. A high quality brew that offers just about everything you look for in the style.

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Photo of wingman14
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy dark orange with a slight white head that fades quickly. The smell of this beer is original, like nothing else I have encountered. Full of fruity, not so much citrus as actual fruit smells and a great deal of hops. A full character just from the smell. The taste does not disappoint. I am not an avid IPA drinker but this one is tops in my book. A full body of flavors and characters revisiting the smells. I didn't like the overpowering carbonated feel, taking away from the mouthfeel and overall drinkability. I would recommend this brew to all IPA fans, this brew is better than most IPAs. Enjoy!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppymeal for this hop hop hoppy ipa.

A: Just looks like a perfect ipa. Pours a golden orangey color with a one and a half finger white frothy head that retains nicely and leaves great lace.
S: Dominant grapefruit notes fill the nostrils together with oily resiny pine hops. Wonderful smelling ipa
T & D: Tastes of grapefruit and pine hops cover the mouth. Great fruity/piney aftertaste thats slight dry and slightly bitter. Very well balanced ipa with the hops and malt dancing together in unison. Slick through the mouth with a slight oilyness at the middle of the tongue.
D: Definately a highly drinkable ipa. Great smelling and tasting with a smooth mouthfeel make this an easy drinking, session ipa. Can't wait to crack the others I've got. Bell's does well in every style.

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Photo of mcallister
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper with a generous half inch head. Highly carbonated Bubbles cling to the side of the glass. Upon drinking leaved thick thick sticky lacing.

Wonderfully delightful citrus hop aromas. With smells of lemon, and other citrus fruits and a nice malt background. Very etheral aroma. MMM

Impeccably balanced IPA. At entrance a blast of citrus, while hop oil coats the palate, finishes with a refreshing malty carbonated blast. Full of other delights as well on the mid palate, melon, lemon, and some earthy pine.

Great mouthfeel and terrific drinkability. Hard to top this IPA.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a tan two finger head that gradually receded to a one finger head with excellent retention, staying all the way to the end, and left nice lacing all the way down. Color was a cloudy ( not hazy, but cloudy ) yellow-amber, less orange-copper than is typical for an IPA.

Smell - hops, hops, and hops. Pine, resin, grapefruit, lemons, floral. Small hint of bready, caramelly malt.

Taste - exactly like the smell. Pine, resin, wood, earth, citrus, grapefruit, lemons, counterbalanced with bread and caramel. Then lemony, citrusy, with tea-like and bready caramel finish and aftertaste of the same. Hops are aggressively dominant here, and malt barely hangs in there, but bravely so. This is deliciously bitter, done in AIPA mode.

Mouthfeel -full, smooth, a little chewy, some good hop oil slickness. Pleasantly drying, pleasantly bitter.

Drinkability - goes down easy and is delicious. Could down many of these in a session anytime, and in fact, will.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Hearted Ale is now considered one of Bell's flagship beers for a reason. The pour on this is nice, deep gold with a light white head on top of it. A tonne of carbonation is visible in the ber and the head stays around as long as the beer does. The smell is extremely hoppy and floral with a noticeable pine dominance.

The taste on this is a textbook American style IPA, it's all about the hops, which sets up shop on the back of the tongue and relents for a moment only to show up at the front of the tongue and on the top of the mouth. Floral is dominant, but some citrus is also present. A good malty aspect to it as well, with solid hop bittering sensations and overall very drinkable beer.

Two Hearted Ale is a very solid, drinkable example of the American IPA style. I'm not a huge fan of hop dominant beers, but when I feel like an IPA this is the one I often find myself reaching for.

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Photo of sacfly
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, no fresh date noted.
Poured a slightly hazy yellow with a thick head of medium white bubbles. Smell was a spectacular orange citrus. Sweet and bordering on perfumey.

Taste was of orange sweet tarts. A bit of grapefruit as well. Almost perfect blend of sweetness and bitterness. The bitterness is balanced by a generous malt contribution in the finish.

This reminded me of a Dreadnaught light. Not too light bodied, but very easy to drink. Well done. Wish they had it in my area as it would become one in heavy rotation.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden color topped by a bleach white head with decent retention that leaves loads of lacing down the glass.

Sweet floral hops take over and perhaps some lemony citrus hop smell. What a wonderful smell!

Sweet hops dominate the taste but is followed by some thin pale malt taste. Finishes sweet and dry. MMMmmm.

Full hop flavor that leaves the mouth dry and dying for MORE MORE MORE! This is a wonderful beer. I can't wait to have some more. I repeat, please distribute to the south, Bell's.

Thanks to CRJMellor for sending me this WONDERFUL beer. Bless that man.

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Photo of drunkmonk
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to warriorsoul for the chance to try this.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Carolina Brewery pint glass.

A-straw colored apperance. Creamy head that dissapates to a beautiful lacing.

S-Nice floral scent. Not as "in your face" hop presence as some ipa's.

T- Very nice balence of hops and malt. Nice dry finish with subltle hop flavor on the tongue.

M- Moderate, almost creamy/buttery.

D-This beer is made for beautiful days on the deck, such as this one or at cookout's with freinds and family. This would be a great session IPA, but alas, this is my only one. Gotta seek this one out again.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been on my must-review list for some time. I finally picked up a bottle at Fathead's in the southside of Pittsburgh. It poured a pale gold, somewhere between hazy and clear. Not mirky but not transparent. Interesting. It had a foamy white head and left some of the most impressive lacing about the glass I've seen in an American micro. It lasted 'til the beer was gone.
Lovely aroma; hoppy but it wasn't that kick-in-the-face bitter hoppiness. More of a pleasant bouquet. You could almost taste a sweetness to the beer just by smelling it. Also a dry or wheaty smell comes through. Not much malt presence.
There is a complexity to this beer I rarely find. It was hoppy, yes, but damn it was so much more. Look past the hops (if you can) and you discovera world of subtelty; vanilla, sweet fruits, possible roasted malts? Theres more here than meets the eye.
The feel was much of the same; exquisite. A smoothness rarely found with an IPA. It wasn't harsh at all, but not weak. It was semi-full-bodied, but more smooth and creamy. The bittersweet hoppiness fades into a smooth creaminess then into an almost buttery aftertaste that lingers the whole sitting. I'm going out on a limb and saying this might be the top two or three most drinkable IPAs I've ever had. And this is definitely an IPA for people who can't tolerate the bitter hop assault of "normal" IPAs or doubles IPAs. Hats off, Bell's. This is truly a wonderfully crafted, nearly perfectly balanced beer.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely burnished bronze color in the glass. Just a hint of chill haze, but perfectly acceptable. Head fell quickly, but enough stuck around for the trip through the beer to let me know it was there.

The aroma... wow! Face full o' hops. Very, very nice dry hop aroma. One has to assume they dry hop this ale. That's too much grassy, citrusy goodness to get just from late addition aroma hopping. And what an aroma it is. As the beer warms, a trace of malt comes through. Or maybe it's just that your nose is so hopped out by that point, it's dying to smell anything except the hops. Whatever it is, it's good. Really good.

Oh, the sweet bitterness. The hops attack you right up front. But wait.. what's this? There's a big amount of sweetness here too. This isn't just hop juice. This is a truly well crafted IPA. Big hop nose, bitterness right in your face, yet a big enough malt flavor to counter all of that. And it's a clean malt flavor, to boot. A touch of caramel, but mostly just plain old pale malt. Very smooth, and considering the aroma, extremely well balanced. Just a slight hint of warmth at the end of the sip, which I would think would be from something other than the alcohol, since 6.0% ABV isn't that high. This is very, very well made.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy, almost stout-like. Not heavy, not chewy... full, without really being a full-bodied beer. Quite interesting. Almost the beer version of a David Blaine illusion. Is it, or isn't it? In the end, it's just about what it ought to be, but it takes a rather raoundabout way to get you there.

This is quite the drinkable IPA, to say the least. Balanced, in spite of the aroma, hearty without being overwhelming, creamy without being chewy... I imagine a beer could be better put together than this, but it would take a damn good effort. Extremely well done.

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Photo of PeatReek
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle came to me via parental roadtrip; I gotta admit it's an old favorite, but I'll try to review objectively. Ish. The pour is a crystal clear straw color, yellow with just a tinge of orange. Head is thick and a bit yellowish with thick lacing on the glass. Huge centennial aroma! By which I mean, hints of lemon and deep, dark pine. Taste is a centennial assault; big and orangey, lemony, again with a huge pine backup. The hop flavor tastes thick though the body is clean and crisp. Just a tinge of sweetness in the aftertaste, matched by a stiff bitterness that contributes to the "clean" feeling. Carbonation is actually a little low if anything - I could use a bit more fizz on the tongue to complement the stiff hop punch, but it's oh so drinkable as is. Glad I have 5 more of these.

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Photo of gbarron
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. No dating. Love the fish on the label.

A - light glowing orange, very pale for an IPA. Almost looks like a wheat beer. Head is small, off-whtie. Retreats to a ring as the drink goes down, leaves just a little lacing.

S - great aroma on this one. Soft, floral. Really, like sticking your nose into a magnolia flower or something, sweet. Not getting much citrus, but all sorts of fresh, sweet fruit.

T - unique, tasty beer. Floral hop flavor equisitely balanced against toasty, caramel fresh, soft malt flavor. Can't say enough good things about how well this beer is crafted and balanced. Sweet, tangy hop flavor, assertive, but not over-the-top bitterness set up against a soft, toasty bread backbone.

M - carbonation average, finishes slightly sweet. Thin to medium-thin bodied.

D - I could drink this as a regular beer any day of the week.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours out a rich, amber color. Nice foamy white head. It left some lacing. Hop smell was present, specifically cascade hops. It also seemed to have an orange scent. The flavor was very interesting. It was slightly bitter and very hoppy. It was good. It had a fairly crisp mouthfeel and was definitely drinkable. Too bad I only bought one bottle

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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