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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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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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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Photo of Ego
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

many thanks to my ba bud epseja for hookin a brotha up!

3 fingers of large bubble head, billowing up and receding at a decent pace, golden amber in hue, lots of small bubble carbonation replenishes the head really well.. actually transforming the initial big bubble mattress with a more packed fine layer of small bubbles. good cling for a straight up AIPA. the head has been sticking around one full finger for 5 minutes now... damn.

earthy citric (orange) twang with a hint of lemon bite, hop freshness is nice, clean like spiced bath water, slight toasted caramel is lurking beneath the immediate hop hit.

taste etc...
interestingly enough the carbonation is very underwhelming... to a detriment imo, this makes this a little too syrupy carrying those hop oils across the mouth, a nice bitterness is balanced by orange sweetness which really balances out the flavor here, the flavor is nice, but something about it is bothering me... on some sips I am getting an almost too sweet sensation. maybe it is the type of hop that isn't working for me... it isn't bad perse but not for me personally.

definitely different than a lot of american IPAs... great looking brew and nice smelling as well.. but it didn't work for me personally. I wouldn't turn it down but I won't go crazy looking for it in the future. The ABV does give a slight warming sensation as well...even though it is only 6%.

bottle code: 7245

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Photo of nickg902
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy amber/orange color, small white head, small amounts of lacing

S: Aroma is of floral hops and a bit citrusy, perhaps a hint of alcohol

T: Exceptional. The first taste is of citrus fruits (hint of grapefruit and orange), mild yet recognizable, perfectly balanced with the hops that follow. The beer is balanced by the hoppy aftertaste, and is not overpowering.

M: Smooth, med-low carbonation

D: Easily one of the most drinkable IPAs I've had. Would definitely be able to have more than one in a sitting.

This IPA jumped high up my list and is a definite buy for anyone, not just IPA fans. I plan on getting a case soon.

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Photo of grub
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a pale yellow colour with about a half inch of white head. this slowly dissipates into a ring of lace around the glass.

aroma is all hops. fresh floral scent, with a hint of grapefruit.

taste is a blast of hops, followed by a punch of bitterness. much like the aroma it's fresh and floral, with just a hint of grapefruit. alcohol isn't noticeable at all, and the malt is hidden under the hops. hops are strong, but not over-the-top either.

mouthfeel is good. it's not heavy at all and if i had easy access it could certainly be a daily drinker.

overall it's a great beer, and another winner from bell's. definitely recommended to anyone who enjoys a nice hoppy american ipa.

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Photo of Cresant
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. into a Stone IPA flute/pils glass. No freshness date, but an inkjet #7327. The body was a cloudy amber/orange and the head rose to about two inches but dwindled to slight lacing. (I'm still perfecting a vigorous pour).

Smelled of apple candy and bread. A sour dish-cloth wiff appeared and faded quickly.

The taste was magnificent. Complex, first tart, then sweet, then bitter, then balanced. Cascades of different tastes kept this one very interesting. Grapefruits and creamy butterscotch alternated back and forth. The flavors seemed to meld and mellow as it warmed. A fine interplay of bitter hops and sweet malts.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with low carbonation--pleasantly moderate.

I will definitely return to this AIPA.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

can't beleive i haven't reviewed this one yet, it has been a favorite for a long time now.

This beer pours a beautiful gold with a tinge of orange and a huge pillowy head that lasts all throughout consumption and leaves wispy lacing on the glass.

The aroma of this beer is incredible. Fresh baked bread and herbal hops to the extreme, i almost like the aroma of this more than the taste, except that the taste is also awesome.

taste is a lovely balance of bready malt and floral hops with a touch of fruity hoppiness but not the grapefruit bomb that dominates many American IPAs, the finish is long and pleasant dominated by bittering hops.

mouthfeel is also excellent in this brew, very creamy with just the right carbonation.

this beer is also very drinkable, if i had to drink one beer all day this would be close to the top of my list. Also great for cooking!

Overall, this is a fantastic beer, by far my favorite IPA and, in my opinion, Bell's finest and most consistent beer. a true winner here, please try this if possible.

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

I am sorry about my rating, but I just had to. This is one of my favorite beers of all time. We are starting to see this on tap at more and more places in Minneapolis, and not just dank beer bars anymore, so I have been drinking more and more of it, and boy, it just keeps getting better. The way Guiness defines stout, and Sierra Nevada defines pale ale, I feel that two hearted ale defines IPA. It pours the same amber color of most PA's, with a slight head that has great retention and provides lacing to the last sip. The aroma is where you find out it is IPA, not a PA, with a complex, hoppy smell. The taste follows up on the smell, an array of hops from piney to fruity to citrusy, that all blend together, with the dry-apple flavor following shortly. This is at the top of my deserted island beers. Good for one or two, or great for the whole evening.

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Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a orange hue to it. White head leaving small amounts of lacing in the glass. Pine and citrus up front with a caramel and fair amount of biscuit in the background. Citrus, pine, and a lemony finish with a nice balance of biscuity flavors noticed with each sip. Higher on the carbonation scale and a medium body makes the one pretty nice to drink.

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Photo of SethB2
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow, non transparent color with a fluffy white head that leave quite a bit of lacing. This doesn't look like your typical IPA. It is a little lighter. The smell, however, smells like an IPA. Sweet grapefruit hoppiness dominates the smell. Taste is also great. The hops hit up front, but are followed by a toasted malt quality and a slight amount of sweetness. Finish is bitter and refreshing. Mouthfeel is medum and a bit dry. Drinkablity is very good. I would love to have access to this beer in the west coast. Easily competes with most IPAs I have sampled to date. Very well done.

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

The revered Two-Hearted ale, mm, finally. High expectations coming into this, I hope it lives up to the hype.

Pours from the 12 oz bottle a cloudy, translucent orange. Frothy white head adorns the top like a crown.

Smells of citrus and flowery hops, piney, smells juicy. Me likey.

The thing I like about this beer is the way the hops and malt and body seem to be one and all. A perfectly balanced beer to me. Hops aren't too dominant, although they are very present. Malt is there, again, not too sweet. I love this stuff.

I could easily put down a 6 pack of this stuff. Truely magnificent drinkability for an IPA, and incredibly balanced. One of my new favorite beers.

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Photo of belgaridub
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light golden color with a pale off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves some lacing.

Smells does not jump out at me, but with my nose up close the main thing I smell are hops. Possibly also a resiny character in the nose as well.

Taste definitely showcases the dominant hops in this beer. And what hops they are! The resiny taste also is in the background along with a light citrus that does a good job of working with the hops. The taste in this beer is just a great mouthfull of hoppiness yet still manages to not be overwhelming thanks to the citrus flavors and simply being a well made beer.

Very little carbonation in this beer. The mouthfeel seems pretty unexceptional it's pretty smooth with a medium body.

Overall, this beer showcases the powerful hops of an American IPA well. Great example of the style and a wonderful beer.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, wow, wow. This is an outstanding brew from a great brewery. Little malt on the front, great, multi-hops on the back end and lots of grapefruit flavor. You can mall through like a 6 pack in no time. Alcohol balance is super. The best part of this bronski is the smell, classic microbrew smell. The smell makes the brew plus the taste is outstanding!! Highly recommend this beer!

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Photo of shbobdb
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am conviced that, had the oils from my moustache not come in contact with this beer's fluffy head it would have lasted forever. In fact, despite the best efforts of my anachronistic fashion-statement, the head persisted for quite some time.

As for the beer itself? To be, Bell's Two-Hearted Ale is the archetypical IPA. It is everything an American IPA should be, and nothing that they oughn't be.

Here is a story: After I came back from living in Germany, I set out to convert my mother from her BMC-ways. At first, I tried the classic Weizen approach. It worked all right, I mean, she thought they were better than BMC and would even buy 12ers of Hacker-Pshorr (one step at a time people, OK?). But, she still wasn't what I would call a 'craft beer lover'. Then, one day, at a restaraunt, she tried my Bell's Two Hearted -- instantly she was hooked. The HOPS! That is what she was missing, what she was needing in her beer! It was a glorious moment!

But, like most archetypical beers, ya can't really say there is anything too special about this beer. To me, it is the benchmark of the IPA style, the beer by which all other IPAS shall be measured. It's good. But let's not get carried away singing its praises. Oh, wait, let's.

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

Pours dark amber with big creamy white head, mostly lasting. Nice lacing. Big aroma, pine and grapefruit. Smells very fresh. Flavor is grapefruit, orange peel, caramel malts, with a piney, earthy dry finish. Dances on the tongue for a wonderful mouthfeel. Fantastic texture, medium body, smooth and creamy. Very easy drinking, tough to put this one down. Outstanding IPA.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle with no dates.

Hazed straw/orange color with a large white froth that leaves lace.

Candy sweet orange peel aromas with floral, herbal and a touch of conifer. Big sweet oranges.

Orange flavors again in the flavor. Medium body with a resinous hop coating and a touch of slickness from the EtOH. Bitterness comes in with a pine note. Sweet but balanced by lemon, grapefruit and herbal notes that linger long on the palate. Tastes like orange candy with a finishing hop bite!

I've been drinking the hell out of this for a while, but I've been so busy enjoying it that I've had a hard time making myself review it. The bee's knees.

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Photo of hoffman
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Supplied to me by Fugazme. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Vigor is needed to induce head. White froth does stick around a while with some spotty lacing down the glass. The color is a thin hazy gold. The smell is robust predominately citrus and hop. A very pleasant boquet. The taste is quite nice as well. A smooth tangy citrus in front balanced by a nice tart malt in the middle and some dry hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty pleasing actually. This beer screams SESSIONABLE when you sip it. I wish I could get my hands on it more easily I would make this one a mainstay in my cooler. The mouthfeel is a bit weak and somewhat overcarbonated. But oh so drinkable...almost too easy.

I recommend for an everyday quaff if you can find it.

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Photo of biergeniesser
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz brown bottle of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale poured a rich gold to light orange in color. It had a slight haze, likely due to the sediment from bottle conditioning and/or the incredible amount of hops that must have been used to brew this fine ale. Tiny bubbles evolve rapidly from the bottom of the glass, continuously replenishing the thin white persistent head.

The Aroma of Two Hearted Ale is definitely dominated by the hops, so much so that upon pouring it in the glass, hop aroma is evident from about 3 feet away! Resiny, floral and citrusy with hints of pineapple, the hop bouquet is pleasing.

Two Hearted Ale has a complex flavor as well. As with the aroma, the flavor is dominated by the hops. Hop bitterness was assertive, but pleasant. Hop flavor was citrusy and crisp with hints of grapefruit. Malt flavors were difficult to pick out through the hops, but a slight sweet malt and caramel malt character were in the background.

Two Hearted is medium bodied and has a strong carbon dioxide bite, it has a nice mouth coat and finishes sweet.

All in all Two Hearted is a great beer, especially if you love hops! If you are fortunate enough to live in a portion of the country where you can get some… do so!

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Photo of cubedbee
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, pours a dark slightly hazy amber, two fingers of frothy off-white head, pretty decent retention, nice rings of lacing. Nose is a nice solid dose of piney and citric hops over a nice pale malt. Taste has a great orangy citric hoppiness that blends superbly with a smooth pale malt, slightest bit of caramel flavor, gentle piney finish with just the slightest bit of bitter aftertaste. Very nicely balanced APA, good hop taste without being overly bitter. Medium bodied with a moderate/high carbonation, this is a real easy drinking beer, an everyday APA that would be good to have aroud.

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Photo of pweis909
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two bottles at a recent party. Didn't notice if there was a time stamp. I drank these out of the bottle because of a shortage of glasses. The folks with glasses held a trablucent amber (not red) brew with a nice white head. Some metallic taste/smell overtones fade after a couple swallows. Maybe because I drank from the bottles? This is a fine hoppy beer, with a pleasant, lightly sweet, malt backbone. Did I mention hoppy? These would be those citrusy American hops. Best IPA I've had in a while.

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Photo of bort11
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After discussing the label on another thread, I thought I should post a review.

A- 12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. The head is a tight egg white foam peppered with larger bubbles. it stands about a finger and quickly comes down to a solid lace. The beer is a hazy honey color.

S- Honey sweet with some notes of citrus hops underneath. The combo comes off as a bit strawberry.

T- This is what an IPA is all about! Sweet bitter hops kick with a grapefruit finish. mixes in those honey notes, Malt comes through a bit as it warms in your mouth. Everything is well balanced

M- Very smooth start and the bitter creeps its way down your throat. Perfect carbonation, it tickles, there is some substance to it, it wants to linger but doesn't over stay it's welcome. The after taste floats in the mouth instead of laying down on the tongue.

D- Very drinkable. One makes me want another. This will be great for out on the deck on a hot summer night. This is one to come back to again and again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle(rom temp) a hazy medium gold with a large head of foam that hangs around for the entire session.

The smell is hoppy and spicy with big notes of citrus fruit..grapefruit.

The initial taste is just like the smell(:^) ...a very nice grapefruit bitter bite but there's enough of a fairly sweet malt character there as well to balance things out. Yum. And, at only 6%abv, I just want to drink another and another....

Bottom line: Super good American IPA that I find to be one of the most drinkable in its style. Highly recommended!

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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