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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

8,713 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8713
Reviews: 2962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-11-2001)
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Boozermurfin

Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always in my fridge. Always been a go to beer. Finally a review.

A - never really understood the point if this category. But what the heck, looks like a beer. Nice head amber orange color.

S - hard to beat. Beautiful aroma. Flowery, citrus, piney hop wonderfulness.

T - taste like it smells. Pich up something different everytime. Citrus orange, touch of grapefruit, sweeter tangerine maybe. Just enough malty backbone and sweetness to make you want to sip and sip again.

M - awesome everytime. Touch of creaminess before the perfect amount if carbonation hits your tongue. Goes down smooth but the hop bite is there and I find it consistent from beginning to well after swallow.

O - one of my favorites. Nothing obnoxious or mind blowing just keep drinking this and you will never grow tired or bored of.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 20:44:58 | More by Boozermurfin
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BierJager89

California

4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with a white head.

S: Tangerine, tropical fruit and papaya in the nose. Smells great.

T: Taste is pretty much the same, tangerine, lots of tropical fruit and papaya.

M: Very smooth and easily drinkable. Medium bodied.

O: This one was built up in my mind from things that friends had said, and it did not disappoint, which is quite noteworthy. So often beers are overhyped and disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 16:17:02 | More by BierJager89
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kwc017

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a green flash tulip. Lovely light straw color. Nice head and retention. Smell is amazing. Citrus, citrus and more citrus. Orange peel, grapefruit. Just an amazing smell. I think they should make a perfume that smells like this beer. Taste is just soooo good. Citrus, hops, maybe a little pine. Awesome, awesome beer. This should be a staple in every hop heads collection.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:40:09 | More by kwc017
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Date says bottled on 11/20/13

A: Orangey cloudy color white head with lots of lacing decent retention.

S: Strong scent of carmel malts and some citrus flavors.

T: Lots of malt, not a lot of hops. SOme citrus and grapefruit flavors

M: Sweet sticky mouthfeel goes down easy.

O: I've had this out of the bottle once and it was really good. This is my first review of it and I was very unimpressed. Its not bad, but it isn't the world class IPA I had anticipated. My bottle is two months old, but I wouldn't think that this would degrade that quickly. I will be reviewing this when I find some fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 06:12:00 | More by watermelon
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dougfur

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice orange color, pretty clear, with a decent head. The smell is classic; citrus, pine, floral with a touch of caramel and the taste follows suit. The smell is moderate, but the taste takes it up a notch. No one would ever accuse this beer of being overstated, but you don't have to search around for the aroma, or the taste. Mouthfeel is good.
Overall, this is one of the quintessential American IPA's. It's a classic, there's hardly a time when you wouldn't be happy to drink it and I'm really happy that it's made it into NY distribution!

Serving type: growler

01-13-2014 21:15:44 | More by dougfur
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.96/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Murky orange. Hazy. Beautiful color gradation, (a bit darker at top, lighter on bottom). Held to light the body is yolky and bright. Creamy white head. Soapy. Average size. Average lacing which is spotty. When head is gone a veneer of smoky, misty fog permeates over the body. Remains carbonated and bubbly to finish.

S-Orange. Lemon. Lime. Mandarin orange. Grass. Mellow pine. Sweet caramel malt. Peach. Cream. Wet mildew, like a pond. Seaweed maybe. Floral. Woodsy. Perfume. Versatile smelling beer.

T-Citrus floods in. You get the classic orange, lemon and lime. Sweet tangerines even. Tropical fruits come forward: papaya & pineapple. Bitter citrus, not grapefruit, but more like tasting an orange rind/skin. A perfect malt backbone arches out in the middle. A puff cloud of grain rises. The finish is unique. The citrus hops are cooling like a mint. The hops also impart the customary bitter pine finish. A pure pine taste, like rubbing actual pine on the tongue. The smoothest and yet bold IPA you can ask for. The malt backbone is the highlight of the taste. Some kind of plant is in there. Like, aloe, or cactus. Something.

M-Refreshing moderate-medium body. More on the fluid side than chewy. Medium carbonation. Will thicken with time to a more creamier velvet state. Slightly sour citrus aftertaste. Sweet as well. Bitter resins and pine contrast beautifully with the sweet & sours. A cool minty finish is perceptible too.

O-America's IPA. All the ingredients are harmonious and deliver realistic fresh flavors. I feel like I'm eating into a juicy orange soaked in malt all drizzled in pine oil. Two Hearted Ale is not only the benchmark for IPA, but the bar that is not surpassed. Less than a handful of IPA's MATCH it, (Sculpin is one). The malt backbone makes my own straighten up and take notice of it's greatness. I'm honored at the availability of this sessionable IPA. Weird, but I cheers to a beer. Thanks for being, you.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 01:24:02 | More by shacawgo24
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ChefHopMeister

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/30/2013
Served in a chilled pint sized glass

Appearance: Sunshine golden straw. Beautiful color.

Nose: Citrus rind, spice, sweet malt

Taste: Sweet spicy bitterness, fresh hoppy pop, some sticky rich malt

Mouthfeel: Creamy, perfect carbonation

Overall: Two Hearted Ale has always been a favorite of mine of the IPA style but this batch is probably the freshest BTHA that I've come across. Well balanced and enjoyable. This one is a benchmark example of the AIPA style. Simply delicious and highly recommended, especially when introducing someone to the world of IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 19:52:39 | More by ChefHopMeister
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PA-hunter

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a glass. 7% abv.

Appearance- Translucent amber with a thick bubbly head.

Smell- Highly citrus with hints of grapefruit and orange.

Taste- Highly flavorful and appealing. Starts with that piney hop like taste with citrus undertones. After the pine flavor comes the hop bitterness as well. The different part of this IPA compared to others is that it still has a ton of hop flavor, but just isn't as bitter as many.

Mouthfeel- An ideal amount of carbonation with an awesome finish. Moderate in body, just right to the style.

Overall- This is one of the smoothest IPA's I have ever tried. As stated earlier, it wasn't insanely bitter but the hop prescence was more than evident. A high quality brew for sure that is full of flavor. It was so smooth it was as if it came off a tap, however this sample was from a bottle. For an IPA fan, it would be hard topping and a must try. Besides the great taste, it is an awesome beer with a trout on the label!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 05:06:37 | More by PA-hunter
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CraigS119

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at my local Publix (Tampa, FL). 6-pack for $10.99.. usually don't splurge on the non-local crafts, but I've heard good things, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

A- Pours dark golden stream. Unfiltered. Glorious. About a .25 inch of head, which is slowly dissipating into the beautiful murkiness.

A- Very hoppy and piney. Tingles the nostrils. Smells like your quintessential IPA, plus the added delicate notes of citrus.

F- Tastes very fruity/citrus-peely upfront... Then you get the carbonation and bitter tail-end. A very muli-faceted flavor profile that goes together swimmingly.

M- Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O- This is a great "My First IPA!" beer for a budding young beer connoisseur because it's fucking delish.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 00:22:15 | More by CraigS119
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Mike_Moe

Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange amber color with a blonde head.
Aroma: Malty sweet aroma.
Flavor: Full bodied roasted malt flavor.
Overall: The roasted malt flavor is up front. The brew ends with a smooth semi sweet bitterness. This is not a bad beer. It has a good malt grain base, but its missing that “umph” in flavor that would make it a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 04:17:00 | More by Mike_Moe
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lochef81

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We all know that two hearted is one of the benchmarks against which other American ipas are judged and for good reason. It is super smooth, clean, and simple. This ale Pours a gorgeous hazy Orange color with a medium head that dissipates to a lasting lacing. The aroma is pure citrus with notes of grass and very fresh on the nose. It Sips smooth but a little chewy due to the beers unfiltered quality. The flavor is bitter on the front end and malty on the rear. It is very fresh and refreshing and balanced. This is an excellent example of an American ipa. It stands along side of 60 Minute, Centennial, and Stone as dome of the finest ipas produced today. Grab a bottle and enjoy....I may even open another.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 03:49:29 | More by lochef81
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Emnmarko

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Nice, orangish clean and clear

S- Citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, and floral.

T- Citrusy notes. Crisp, lemon/grapefruit. Nice even-not over powering-hop flavor.

M- flows good down to the gut. Finishes easy not too dry.

O- This is my go to IPA. Easy to drink with a nice kick. I love a citrusy beer and this one hits the mark.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 20:50:52 | More by Emnmarko
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TheBrouMaster

Mississippi

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy golden color with avoid amount of head that leaves behind agood amount of lacing.

S- citrus leads the way, grapefruit especially, there are also smells of pine malt a hops.

T- follows the nose tropical fruits especially citrus are upfront malt is next up followed by the hops and a slightly bitter finish.

M- smooth mouthfeel with a very dry finish.

O- a very good beer, was a tad bit too citrus forward and not hop forward enough for me, but a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 20:03:29 | More by TheBrouMaster
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beerdedking

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This was one of my "starter" IPAs which introduced me to the style years ago. Essentially this a good gateway IPA for those looking to get into the style who aren't looking for a bitter bomb...

Has a nice cloudy straw appearance with frothy 1-finger head from a vigorous pour

Smell has more in common with a Saison than what you'd expect from an IPA these days...zesty, floral, hay, and lemon

Very floral and lemony up front to drink, leading into some pale malt, with NO lingering bitterness on the back end. Strange to drink and IPA without that all important dry bitter finish

Moderate/heavy carbo helps to coat the tongue with all the flowery lemons

Easy drinking and very summerlike brew which fills in the gap between PA and IPA. Approachable for IPA beginners...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 13:55:57 | More by beerdedking
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ianmatth

New Jersey

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

A - Orange color. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Fruit, citrus, and light malt.

T - Fruit, citrus, some pine, light bitterness, solid malty taste, but very clean and smooth.

M - Light and smooth, a little bit of bitterness, good malt presence.

O - A great IPA. Centennial is my favorite hop and that is probably why I like this beer so much.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 19:03:20 | More by ianmatth
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xabyss

Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It’s been too long since I’ve had a damn fine IPA. So, let’s have a damn fine IPA. Two Hearted Ale pours a hazy dull copper with half a finger or less of foamy white head that's quick to dissipate. Loads of citrus and pine hops on the nose. Herbal and earthy in the hop profile as well. Simple, clean and... whatever the smell equivalent is for "tasty." A very hop forward brew, no doubt, but the balancing power of its smooth malt backbone cannot be overstated. The finish has hints of citrus, lingering malt and then a swooping bitterness comes in to wipe the palate clear. Exquisite. Goes down way too smooth for its 7% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 22:26:26 | More by xabyss
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

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

Appearance - Orange, light copper with a slight haze. No visible carbonation. Half inch, khaki-colored head. After the head dissipates, lacing remains clinging to the side of the glass.

Aroma - You can smell the beer as soon as you crack the bottle open. You have sweetness from the malts and hops, citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange, lemon) as well as floral hops.

Taste - The grapefruit, orange, and a hint of lemon hit your tongue at the front. You get the sweetness from the beer as well. The floral flavors come in towards the back of the mouth and leave a nice, lingering bitterness. The aftertaste is a great combination of the fruits and floral flavors.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is minimal. Medium body. Bitter, but not overdone.

Overall - A delicious and flavorful IPA. Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 14:33:07 | More by ChrisL24481
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rawfish

California

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber, a mild chill haze to begin with. Thin white cap of half a finger leaves rings of great lacing on the glass. Retention was average, not much of it left after a few dregs.

Balanced malt and hop aroma, starts with warm buttered croissants of all things with a bit of bakers yeast meddling with a moderate pine, orange citrus and bright herbaceous hops character, juniper and red berries come to mind.

Malt is standard two-row, solid breadiness with a bit of raw husks showing before the hops arrive with a leafy green herbaceous and pine flavor, balanced push between malts and hops. Moderate bitterness begins to cleanse the palate before alcohol and aftertaste leak in with some lemon Pledge solvent flavor that ghosts quickly in and out.

Where this beer lacks in overwhelming flavor or aroma it makes up for with a medium body and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol pretty well hidden and easy to drink. (Can mouthfeel please be worth more on the damn BA rating scale?)

I can finally check off this beer on my IPA bucket list, a intricately crafted balanced beer but also leaves me very aware of my apparent conditioning towards the west coast varieties.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 09:11:58 | More by rawfish
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.5 - Nice orange amber color with a thick white head on it. Leaves nice lacing.
S - 4.25 - Pine, grapefruit, some earthy hops, breadiness from the malt.
T - 4.25 - Bitter pine, earthy hops, grapefruit, citrus zest, bready malt background.
M - 4.25 - Light-medium mouth feel. Aftertaste is pretty pure bitterness. Alc is well covered.
O - 4.25 - It's really good, but not as amazing as some people say.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 19:30:03 | More by ISmith87
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KTeamLSU

South Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: light orange with fluffy white head that laced the glass throughout the session

S: Nice citrus and fruit with some pine

T: refreshing hop balance, citrus and slight bitter after taste

M: Good level of carbonation that persisted

O: a beyond solid IPA and highly sessionable and regular in my fridge rotation

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 05:46:30 | More by KTeamLSU
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delta490

Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- cloudy pale gold with a big creamy white head great retention lacing

S-the aroma is a mild citrus balanced against the caramel malt sweetness

T-very light for an IPA, but good flavors of citrus and caramel come through as the beer progresses

M-thinner matching taste and aroma

O-a great flavored IPA that does not beat you up too much with the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 00:49:37 | More by delta490
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, golden-orange, with a finger of head that left a moderate lacing in the glass.

S: Lots of hops, mostly floral. A little malted grain and fruitiness as well.

T: There's a little grain and sweet malt up front, but it quickly gets knocked aside by an avalanche of hops, bitter with some citrus and fruity flavors mixed in. Yeah, this one is for the hop-heads.

M: Good carbonation, a touch dry in the finish.

O: Not amazing, but it will please any fan of IPA's. I wouldn't call it a session ale, but mine disappeared way faster than it should have.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 03:20:59 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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walkinginplace

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Light nut brown with a heavy head. This is what a beer should look like.

S: I have a pretty bad sense of smell but the hops are pretty apparent. Fruits and citruses are definitely there as well.

T: Smooth and crisp. Oaky with a distinct citrus and apple taste to it.

F: Medium bodied. Pretty highly carbonated.

Overall: Always enjoy this one but never really took the time to appreciate it until now. One of the better IPAs out there.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2013 01:08:33 | More by walkinginplace
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PAhopHead717

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps my two month old bottle lost a bit of its hop flavor but this was way less hoppy than i was expecting from the reviews. Imo this is a very balanced beer. Not on the hoppy side one bit. With that said, its still a tasty easy drinking beer. Unfiltered so keep that in mind. Id drink it again. Hopefully on tap and fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 02:41:57 | More by PAhopHead717
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Gilly1980

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. About a half-inch of head that didn't last and decent lacing. This is a well-balanced beer that isn't overly bitter. Lots of hop citrus that gives way to a slightly metallic aftertaste. The metallic aftertaste becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Overall a very good beer that I would gladly buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 00:19:40 | More by Gilly1980
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 8,713 ratings.