Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 3,250
Hads: 12,845
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 4.68%
Wants: 789
Gots: 3,027 | 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: 12,845
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)

Photo of SupaCelt
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours an orange color with a sparse mingling of chunky unfiltered goodness. A decent head forms and slowly recedes until it reaches a sustained level on the edge of the glass. Nicely carbonated. There is a requisite amount of lacing left around the circumference of the glass throughout sampling.

The smell is definitely dominated by hops. Huge orange juice aroma flies off the top of this beer. Grainy malt tones lie underneath. I actually sniffed down too deep and drew some right up into the old snot locker. That really revealed an interesting perspective. Smells good.

The first sip caused a smile to stretch across my face. Very nicely flavored. This one is not too over the top and could easily find acceptance with those who are not huge fans of the super bitter IPA styles. This is more of a fruity citrus hop showcase than an exercise in alpha acid. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A nice wet start with a pleasant dry finish that is so crisp. Very enjoyable stuff. I will definitely add this to the repertoire. Drinkability is good as I can see myself putting a goodly number of these away with ease. Nice beer.

Slainte (1,146 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a clear, golden amber color. Very tiny particles could be seen floating throughout the brew. After the whole bottle had been added to the glass, the sheer number of particles made the beer appear hazy, even though a chill haze was not present. The stark white head rose up easily to about two fingers and settled slowly, becoming fluffy as it did so. A thin skin of bubbles remained until the beer was gone. Tons of lace was left behind on the side of the glass

Smell: A great balance of juicy, citric hops and strong roasted malt. Just like a fresh hop cone balanced on a cracker and wrapped in a piece of bread. Lemon, vanilla, and hints of spice floated underneath. Very nice, overall.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied. Its downfall was that it seemed a little watery at times. However, the smoothness and chewy maltiness gave it a nice presence anyway.

Taste: A mixture of sweet and astringent malt upfront. The hops kicked in with a vengence in the middle. They provided big citrus and floral flavors, as well as a nice dose of bitterness. The hops continued well into the aftertaste. Roasted malt arose on the finish to linger with the hops. Hints of spicy alcohol poked through in the aftertaste as well. A light acidity lingered underneath everything and gained strength in the finish.

Not a lot of complexity, but nevertheless very enjoyable. A good, solid IPA. (1,473 characters)

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

Pours a really nice amber color with some slight hazy, and a big frothy white head. The smell is a grand bouquet of hops, lots of clean juicy citrous, a little pine, and some wonderful floral qualities. Taste is crisp citrous hops that move towards a bit of spiciness towards the end. Subtle creamy malts attempt to back up the hops, but to no avail. Finish is dry and clean with citrous and spice. I am thoroughly enjoying this IPA! One for the hopheads from the boys in K-zoo.

After seeing them take their stouts to the next level (with Expedition), I would absolutely love to see a double IPA from Bell's. (612 characters)

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

Pours a hazy gold with a two finger head that sticks around for the duration. First impression is spicy hops with citrus tones. Second pull is more complex, revealing an earthy, yeasty finish that balances the hops well and is more prevalant as the beer warms. Pretty highly carbonated. A very good session beer that is better on tap if you can get it. (352 characters)

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

Thanks to the very informative and generous onecrazymofo for this normally, unreachable IPA.
Pours a beautiful, golden orange w/ a full finger of creamy, tan head after a subtle poor....impressive lace.
Smells a bit sweet w/ hints of orange, grapefruit and vanilla. I can actually smell more malt than hops, which is reminding me of a Victory Hop Devil.
Taste is bitter hops in a good way....not the sweet IPA I was expecting. Again, tasting grapefruit...very refreshing and well balanced.
I could definitely make a session out of this beer....thanks again to onecrazymofo for the chance to try this very exceptional offering. (632 characters)

Photo of trumick
2.7/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a re-review. And, after opening and pouring I can already tell I am going to have to change it, somewhat.

Pours a pale, orange, cloudy color, nice 1/2 inch head with lacing all around.

Scent is of, sweet malt, knock me over citrusy hops and yeast.

Taste follows the nose with a very sweet, sugary malt flavor, supercharged citrus hops, and finishes dry. The last time I had this beer, the taste reminded me of Oberon. This bottle is not nearly as bad as Oberon. It's an ok flavor, but still unbalanced, and I would put Arcadia's and New Holland's IPAs (two more locals) above this one. If anything this is, at best, a below average, unbalanced, over-hopped, american ale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, creamy, smooth but the carbination seems a bit on the low side for the style.

Drinkability is still on the negative side of the scale. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this beer out. Hell, I wouldn't even buy it again if it were right in front of me, but if somebody handed me one at a party I wouldn't turn it down. That's not saying much, cause I wouldn't turn down a High Life either. The only way I would give this beer another chance is on tap or cask.

I still wouldn't put this beer on the Best of BA. There are at least a dozen others that should be rated above this average, boring pale ale. I like IPA's, NO, I really like IPAs and have sampled enough to know that TH would rank at the very bottom of that list. It's not terrible but it's not good either. Let me put it this way, it's not even close to a Finest Kind IPA.. (1,571 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured from a bottle to a chalice a slightly hazy copper color with a decent cream colored head and a fair bit of lace down the side of the glass. The nose has some hop flower up front, with pine hints, perhaps some grass and light citrus. The flavor has sharp citrus, grapefruit with a remarkable hop bitterness. Malt sweetness comes later with just a hint of caramel. Less of the velvety mouth feel I’ve come to love with Bell's, very drinkable. (453 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden with a nice fluffy off white head, some nice lacing. Smell hops as soon as I pop the cap floral and herbal mixture of hops, slightly different then the citrus and pine of most IPA's, with some biscuit malt in the background. Taste is hops herbal spicy mixture nice flavors mingle with biscuity malt, almost taste like some pepper present nice light clean tasting little IPA, lightly bitter after taste but no real pine resin at all. Mouthfeel is a little light but makes this brew go down that much quicker. Drinkability is good a different likeable IPA would be wonderful in the summer for a great sessions brew (634 characters)

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

Appearence: Pours a hazy copper color, with nice, quick-moving carbonation and a near-white head. The head stays almost the whole way - and leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Smells of bitter, floral hops mixed with an herbal almost fruity spicyness. A great smelling beer, full of hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A smooth, bitter hop flavor mixes with a bit of a "watered down" malt flavor. The malts are too weak, but the hops are dead on. Spicy, floral, herbal, piney, the works. They all taste great and mix well. The mouthy feel is fizzy and fun.

Drinkability and Overall: I'm glad I picked up a 6'er of this stuff. Could kill it tonight without a problem. This is very hoppy beer, that takes a hop-head too truly enjoy and appreciate. A great beer worth trying. (766 characters)

Photo of brewQ
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 6351

Chunky white biscuit foam over a clear golden orange body- lovely.
A delicate, complex mix of floral scents with some hint of spiciness in the background.

The flavor is sublime- a marriage of hops with a baseline of malt. Why don't I drink more IPAs? If this is available I will in the future.

The finish is almost abrupt but it is quite drinkable for the style.

Bonus- I called the brewery to ask about date codes. They do not date code just using sequential batch numbers. Anyway, John there was very good to talk to. This is what I like about craft brewers. (585 characters)

Photo of necoadam
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a orange color, with a shade of some peach in there as well. A nice head that settled down with time.

Smell consisted a lot of herbal hops with an underlying of sweet malts to give a good balance. Some fruit can also be detected. Grapefruit and peaches are the big fruit aromas in this one.

Taste was good as well. A good amount of hops in this one, with a nice underlying malt to really balance this IPA out. You can tell that there's some piney hops, juicy and citrusy hops. But one doesn't override the other, which is very nice to see.

Mouthfeel had a creamy body to it. Mediumish body. Finished on the bitter side, but in a good way.

Truly a great IPA. I'm not a hop-head, but it's these types of IPA's that make me crave for some IPA's.

Many, many thanks to Feloniousmonk for this bottle! (823 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feloniousmonk, you truly are your brother's keeper. Many thanks for this brew.

Huge white, frothy head.

Hops smell crisp and fresh, like you're smelling them on the vine.

Taste threw me for a loop...but a good one. Tasted like vanilla and hops. Very sweet and incredibly tasty.

This beer was a pleasant surprise. I can't compare it to anything else. Possibly worth moving to Michigan to have access to. Try it if you can. (434 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goodness gracious! From a bottle, this is a fantastic beer. Fresh and on tap, this is truly incredible. Got to the brewery at last call in the middle of an 8 hour trip home for Thanksgiving, 2004.

A tiny head, poured by the friendly bartender made me wonder if there was a problem with their tap lines. It has a nice citrusy smell, but that is not the only smell. Some carmel and malt sweet comes with it.

Absolutely astounding to taste. Mouthfeel is medium with middle-of-the-road carbonation. The sting of tiny bubbles jumping off my tongue was a nice play with the hop bitter. While many IPAs hit with bitter and finish with a citrus and faint malt, this beer is incredibly well blended. As the hop bitter strikes, it is accompanied by grapefruit and smooth enticing barley sweet. I taste lighter fruits in the background. Apricot? Certainly some pear. As a homebrewer, I know the difference between fresh and aged beers. This beer was fresh and delicious. A+. I'll be stopping in every trip home for another. If you are anywhere near Bell's brewery, you have *got* to stop in for pint (or three). (1,106 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy orange color with 3 fingers of head that don't seem to want to fall. The nose is a nice grapefruit with a bit of caramel sweetness to balance the hops. Smells really good to me. The flavor is actually a bit peppery and citriusy. I think the peppery is from the hop as well as is the citrus. The malt is in there, but the hop dominates so that the caramel just seems to fade into the back. Damn I do like this beer. One of the better IPA's I've had in a while. The feel is just a shade below moderate, a touch thin for my liking, but its not thin. Overall this beer is easy drinking and much better than I remember from when I was not a seasoned beer drinker. Damn I like it. (697 characters)

Photo of rlcoffey
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap. Orange/copper color with a half finger of head. Hard head, it laced the glass as it went down. The smell is wonderful. All centenial hops wafting a wonderful aroma. I struggle with aromas, but this is just wonderful. The taste is immediately hoppy bitter, with just a touch of citrus, blending to a smooth finish. The citrus bite hangs around with a wonderful flavor. The malt/hop balance is perfect, while obviously leaning towards the hops. The only possible weakness may be a little hop film left on the mouth. The mouthfeel isnt quite up to the rest of the beer. Very drinkable, I can never have just one.

This may be the perfect beer. Okay, maybe not, but it may be the perfect AIPA. (706 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Burnt amber pour with a mountanous peak of light beige head that retains like a champ and leaves cluttered clumps of lace.

Aroma is toffee malts, wildflower honey, and intense floral and citrus hops. Smell like I'm walking through a garden here! Sweet hop perfume, mmm.

Flavor is soft, caramel and scorched creme brule malt notes with a vigorous floral and citrus hop profile. Very well balanced, very hoppy, and oh so drinkable.

Body is between medium and large with a juicey, slick mouthfeel and soft, creamy texture. Very good all the way around! (558 characters)

Photo of silenius
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber haze with a massive creamy thick-n-rocky head that laces the bejeezus out of the glass. Particulate suspension is either yeast or some kind of chill haze.

Smell is classic Fruit Brute cereal. It is amazing that I remember that smell all these years after it was discontinuted. Damn you General Mills! In addition to the Fruit Brute, I get pine and orange peel and maybe a little Cointreau liquer. Nice.

Taste is a a light concoction of sweet malt and bitter hops. Nothing overpowering here but a decent balance. Perhaps the hop bitterness wins out.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Wonderfully light mouthfeel that makes it feel like whipped cream

These don't last long in my fridge! (709 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out of the fishy bottle a nice golden amber with a fluffly head. The color is vibrant with a bit of haze as well. The smell is upfront with a bouqet of light floral hops mingling with lemon and grapefruit tones. A treat for my nose.

First sip is a tidal wave of wonderful hoppiness. The citrus/floral mix rushes over my palate and intertwines with a nice caramel malt background. Biterness is good and this is just a tasty IPA all around. Quite unique.

Mouthfeel is a good...nice and creamy body with plenty of carbonation..maybe even a little too much. Drinkability is very good here as well. An easy drinking IPA that would be great for session. Hoppy burps are good :-). If you love hops and you've yet to try this one....what are you waiting for?? (763 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Two Hearted poured a hazy golden color. It had a thick fluffy white head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma was grapefruity, apricoty, piney hops. A little on the subdued side, but nice.

The flavor was grapefruity malts with a hoppy, bitter finish that dominated more as it sat and warmed. Just the right balance of hops, fruitiness and malts. It had a smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

Overall, an excellent IPA. A little more subdued than I expected, but very drinkable. (493 characters)

Photo of longarm
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy and dingy yellow with great lacing and carbonation.

The aroma is top notch and what hop lovers crave. Lots of citrus, leaning more towards tangerine and orange doses rather than grapefruit.

Hops seems to dominate the flavor, but doesn't detract. Light malt flavors give it a touch of sweetness but this doesn't overbear either, since some hop bitterness keeps it in check. Two words...terrifically balanced.

The body is relatively thin given the amount of flavor. Citrus flavors oddly seem to give it a little more body (is that possible???). Maybe it's the tangy aftertaste. I haven't heard of mouthfeel changing from hop flavors, but it seems to be having an effect on body and finish.

Confession that this is one of my favorite beers at the moment. It's very easy to drink and a standby when I get a craving for hops. (857 characters)

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

Two firkins of the cask-conditioned stuff found their way to the bar at Bryant-Lake Bowl, and the beer cognoscenti of Minneapolis flocked to fill their mugs.
I had a pint of the regular tap first, and some still rested in the glass when the "real arrived", giving me the chance to sample them side by side.
Appearance is darker, a heavier orange/amber, and the head to slim for a freshly tapped Two-Hearted. I've poured some of those with gorgeous froth that sat on the glass like soft-serve ice cream, proud as pudding. So, I missed that...
Aroma is nice, but not as pungent as the tap.
Taste is the difference. Where the tap gives you the hops on the palate in a brisk spike, a frisky tingle, then mellows and moves out, leaving nothing bu† clean, smooth drinkability, this cask version keeps the hops at play throughout the duration. The body is the main thing affected, and it's creamy, but not too much, for this is Two-Hearted. (I drink the stuff almost every single day, I should know!)
Drinkablity is big, too, and the character is really key. This was an excellent pint, a big difference, though, blast me down if you must, if prefer the CO2 version. I like that hop attack...but there's something to be said for both...hope to have it again at some other occasion in my lifetime! (1,300 characters)

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

This 12 oz brown bottle arrived on my doorstep via BIF XV. There is no freshness date to be found. A very artful fish (trout?) is on the label. Apparently, the beer is named after a river in Michigan, which was in a short story by Hemmingway—he’s referenced on the upper label, but I thought he was a liquor man? The label on their website has two fish, so I’m not sure if what I have is old or new.

I decided to try this beer as I sat down to watch game 7 of the ALCS. Like the crowd of navy hats in the Bronx stands, the off-white head was densely packed. It very quickly dissipated to a patchy lace. It was difficult to tease a head from subsequent pours, but that might have been because of my glass instead of the beer. Rings of carbonation lined the brew and a thin lacing traced down the glass. The body of the beer is a hazy golden color. I might be crazy, but I thought I saw a few errant chunks of yeast swirling around in my last pour from the bottle.

Giant floral and citric hop aroma.

First of all, I drank at least half the pint before paying any attention. Was it the crisp, clean, IPA goodness, or was it the excitement of the Sox defeating the Evil Empire? The hops bum rush your taste buds and quickly leave a sharp citrus acidity. Once you slow down, and allow it to smother your taste buds before swallowing, you really enjoy the moderate body of the brew. Although predominantly green hops in flavor, there is a mild bready maltiness in the flavor that is evident in the middle. Substantial, diaphragm-shaking hop belches on the back end.

This is an excellent IPA and it is clear why it is a favorite of the hopheads out there. It is now my third Bells beer and I haven’t been disappointed with any. It actually caused me to go on their website to see where they are found. Now that I know they are available in PA, my work trips there next month will have new meaning. This is a devilishly good session beer, of which I need more… (1,995 characters)

Photo of oracle
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got there the day after this cask was tapped. I believe this was a hand pumped cask as well.

It seemed to have lost something. Normally this is one of my absolute favorite beers, but this one left me a little unfullfilled.

Beer was a medium cloudy yellow, almost the color of a hefe-wiezen. Small head the disappated rather quickly.

Smell was weaker than expected as well. The strong hops presesence was still there, but I detect little else.

The taste seemed a little down as well. Hops and carmelized malt, but little of the mild fruity sweetness I've grown used to in a Bell's Two Hearted.

Very low carbonation (most likely due to the hand pumped cask).

Next time I'll just go for the regular bell's two hearted and skip the cask-conditioned stuff. (771 characters)

Photo of Brian700
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice pale color and has about a quarter inch head that slowly fades into a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing this time but I remember it lacing more when I had it on tap.
The smell, Wow. As soon as you pop the top on this beer you are hit by a tremendous hop smell. Smells like Northern Brewers hops if my nose serves me correct. Probably a Northern/Cascade mix. I don't know for sure but thats what it smells like.
The taste definately follows the nose. It drastically goes from sweet to bitter. The bitter plays its part as soon as it gets to the back of the tounge. You can pick up on the oilyness probably because this is such a heavily hopped beer.
Just above average mouthfeel. Good carbonation and its flavor coats your mouth and lingers quite a bit.
Its a pretty powerful beer so I usually don't try to drink to many of them in a sitting without changing it up. It's definately a treat of a beer none the less. A good beer from a good Brewing Co. Very popular in my neck of the woods. (1,023 characters)

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