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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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10,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,419
Reviews: 3,048
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 578
Gots: 1,295 | FT: 39
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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Photo of Adrianized


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into a snifter

Pours a transparent yellow-orange with creamy white one finger head.

Nose is pretty light.  All I'm really getting is floral, tropical, and citrus hops; mangos, tangerines, and bananas.

Much more flavor than expected from the nose.   Big on tropical fruit; mangos and papayas, and maybe some fried plantains up front.  Balanced with a milky caramel malt in the middle, but a bit subdued.  Finishes surprisingly bitter with grapefruit and piney hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with decent carbonation.

This is a very nice IPA with tropical notes and high bitterness.  This would be a regular in my fridge if it were a local!

09-05-2011 12:49:07 | More by Adrianized
Photo of NWer


4.4/5  rDev +3%

Updating from earlier review massively to the upside (first impressions aren't always correct):
Beautiful pour into my Black Raven imp. pint glass. Abundant head that overpowers the glass. Foamy top retains well leaving nice lace as well as when I draw down during the drink.
Nice golden color. Somewhat cloudy but not much.
Sweet for an IPA but probably not by Midwest standards. Enough hop feel to satisfy but not overwhelming. Nice balance between hop feel and flowery malt flavors that make this a very enjoyable change from West Coast hop bombs.

09-04-2011 22:48:51 | More by NWer
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -8%

12oz bottle dated 7/19/11. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A: Pours golden yellow, hazy, with almost a 2-finger tight white head with fantastic retention. Leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Light citrus hops with lots of floral notes and a little bit of pine. Slightly sweet pale malts. Interestingly enough I'm also getting a smell that reminds me of chapstick. Weird.

T: Solid punch of floral hops right up front with a touch of citrus and pine. I get a bit of a lemon/grapefruit and pine presence riding over the floral notes and hitting the back/roof of the mouth with a bittering rush. That intensity fades through the middle allowing the gentle floral notes and citrus to open up nicely and lead to a fairly mellow and clean finish. There's just a touch of sweetness coming out of the toasted malt base. Alcohol is well hidden, slightly bitter finish that's very clean and crisp.

M: Medium to slightly light body, moderate carbonation. Fairly resinous and sticky with a clean taste and crisp finish.

O: A very solid IPA that is impressively clean. I do prefer more citrus/tropical fruit in hop presence, but that's just personal preference. This does have good depth of hop character that has a nice mellowing-out character as the taste progresses. If this was available locally, I'd definitely be buying more. Great stuff.

Thanks goes to Pest for the awesome extra.

09-04-2011 02:11:16 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of lurpy1


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

On tap at the Nuthouse in Lansing.

Pours a deep amber, little bit of head. Attractive beer. Citrus and floral aroma, a little bit towards the sour and acrid though.In terms of taste, this beer sort of triangulates - malt, hop, orange. Pretty tasty, nothing spectacular. The consistency is sort of oily/resiny, but smooth and pretty appealing.

Final verdict, real good everyday beer. At the end of the day this is a somewhat conservative beer, in that Bell's is not trying to hit a home run with it, just swinging for singles. But they've done a real good job, this unofficial scorer has marked it as a base hit, and a solid one at that.

09-02-2011 17:34:17 | More by lurpy1
Photo of NeutroMan


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Cloudy amber color with a sizeable rocky white head that left excellent lacing. Smells of citrus and floral hops - a nice bouquet to complement the grainy malt (though the hops clearly dominate).

Citrus fruitiness cuts through the hops, which linger in the bitter aftertaste. Doughy, biscuity malts persist throughout. Crisp and clean with a medium body. An excellent pale ale.

08-31-2011 19:06:17 | More by NeutroMan
Photo of matthewb9

New York

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%

Had this on tap at The Winking Lizard in Cleveland last week. I can't find it in New York, so I was highly anticipating this well-hyped beer.

A - Pours a nice copper orange with decent head. Nothing exceptional, but surely inviting.

S - Strong fruit aroma, but I couldn't help but notice a bit of staleness in the smell.

T - Very drinkable beer. Good balance between hop bitterness and maltiness. I was looking for a bit more of a punch in the face, but sadly, I did not get it.

M - Oddly light. I felt it was missing a bit of the complexity that typically accompanies beers of its status. Carbonation was standard for style.

O - It's a good beer, for sure. World-class? Meh. I can rattle off a number of higher quality American IPAs (IMO), but I'm glad I got a chance to check out this Bell's classic. Don't turn it down if you see it.

08-30-2011 22:44:30 | More by matthewb9
Photo of titusgroan


4.93/5  rDev +15.5%

reviewing after my second one - got this from a friend who brought a bunch of brews from up north and that i cannot get in tx. also -was sampling west texas beef jerky with my first one so i waited to review...

beautiful nose - very fruity but spicy, citrus and light light light grapefruit. beautiful orange/gold color w/ nice head. taste - for an ipa - does not kick you in the teeth - fruit bomb for sure but hops are right there and very clean. also get some outdoorsy smells/flavors... smells like rainy outdoors or something - very earthy. i could kick this back everyday and be good. i'm really enjoying swirling this around in the glass and smelling whats coming out... its like spring and summer, country ponds, lakes, outdoors - damn good ale - and damn good ipa... also the art on the bottle and the sixer pack - very nice... good stuff - PLEAE SHIP TO TX SOME DAY SOON!!! r

08-28-2011 04:57:40 | More by titusgroan
Photo of FourKicks


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12oz bottle poured into my Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

Pours a gorgeous burnt orange with two fingers of off-white head that leaves behind moderate lacing.

Awesome aroma of sweet citrusy hops. Nice grapefruit and pineapple, maybe some apricot. Little pine in there as well.

Taste has the same sweet citrusy hop array as the nose with maybe some orange thrown in there on top. Not much bitterness or alcohol to speak of.

Medium bodied, clean and crisp. Good carbonation and a nice, dry finish.

Textbook IPA. Smooth, balanced and easy drinking. Great citrus. A classic.

08-28-2011 03:03:03 | More by FourKicks
Photo of YourMomDrinksBud


4/5  rDev -6.3%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- One and a half finger head that sticks around with excellent lacing. Lots of bubbles coming up. Brew is a copper/golden color with an unfiltered haze.

S- Sweet flowers and tropical fruit (mangoes and papaya). Just a hint of yeasty funk. Smells amazing.

T- Starts floral leading into tropical fruits with a nice hoppy bite on the backside. I notice some yeast and light malts in the finish.

M- Lighter for the style, great carbonation, alcohol is well hidden. Somewhat oily and slick on the tongue.

O- Easy drinking and well balanced. I've always had a special place in my heart for Two Hearted. I just wish Bell's was distributed in CO...

08-28-2011 02:01:39 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
Photo of mattboyer182


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

A - a coppery golden color. Nice white head.probably a finger to a finger and a half.

S - Citrusy hops very floral and subtley sweet malts.

T - Again citrusy and piney hop. Just a hint of sweetness from the malts.

M - light and well carbonated.

O - very good. One of my go to ipa's.

08-27-2011 15:05:23 | More by mattboyer182
Photo of david370


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

poured into a SA pint glass..bottling date of 7/22/2011

pours an amber color with a white pillowy head and lots of lacing

lots of citrus aromas going on with some malt in the background

taste exceeds the aroma imo..nice citrus and floral on the tongue with just the right amount of bitterness lingering at the finish.

really an outstanding brew.it sells out quick in the few stores here that carry it so im aleways glad to find it

08-27-2011 02:12:50 | More by david370
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A-Pours a clear, light copper color with a pillow of a white, creamy, two finger head that had great retention and very strong sticky lacing.
S-The aroma is probably the most "tropical fruit" smelling beers I've had. The hops lend a very mango-like hop aroma to the beer. And I guess some mild fruity esthers from the yeast. Oh yes, and pinapples too! Very tropical. Great for a summertime IPA!
T-Mirrors the aroma exactly with tuns of pinapple and mango fruit with a hefty yet very clean bitterness that every American IPA ought to have.
M-The body is medium with a very clean and crisp finish.
O-Overall, I'm really enjoying this beer. Bell's really knows how to make a great beer.

08-25-2011 23:57:30 | More by hoplover82
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottled 07/22/11. Tulip glass. Thanks to scoot1969 for this.

Pours a clear golden color with a finger of off white head, decent retention and nice lacing. Smells like sweet, round citrus (orange and tangerine) layered over pine. Somehow these coexist together without really integrating; it's an interesting effect. Taste is more pine and flower forward, with the citrus almost absent, both of which mingle with some biscuity malt. Mild bitter finish. Medium bodied, with carbonation medium-high and having kind of a harsh feeling. Overall, a very solid IPA, great everyday beer.

08-25-2011 04:56:10 | More by pmarlowe
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Bell's Two Hearted Ale pours a beautiful caramel amber colour, with some lacing and very little head. The aroma is of apples and pine, with a hint of honey.

The first sip is very sweet in a highly floral way. The hop character kicks in somewhat late in the flavour, with a deepening rich bitterness, characteristic again of pine sap. I detect some vanilla and butterscotch, and, as the hops fade in the mouth, melted butter and bergamot.

As someone with mixed feelings about aggressively-hopped beer, what I love about this brew is that it doesn't shy away from a powerfully hoppy, although nuanced fragrance and taste while allowing for other, more subtle flavours to come forward.

This IPA excels at being both smooth and easy drinking, as well as bright, clean and refreshing. An all-around winner for me.

08-24-2011 02:22:40 | More by TLJ
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New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into a Bruery snifter.

Orange/amber color with white head a'top, smells of fresh citrus and wheat grass. Definitely some spice and garlic lingering in there as well. Taste is the same with not as much bite as I was expecting. Really good, though. The mouthfeel wasn't quite what I was expecting; seemed a little watery and more like a pale ale. Overall, a solid IPA and one I wish I had more of.

08-24-2011 01:27:42 | More by GabrielM
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 64 oz growler into a pint glass. Shared the growler with a friend, but that's not important. Pours a nice golden/ caramel color with a creamy head and some nice lacing.

On first smell it gives off a nice floral and citrus hop aroma. A little bit of orange peel and grapefruit to go along with it. Has a very nice malt backbone that rounds it out quite nicely. The flavor is just like the smell: floral and citrus flavors and a bit of sweet malt in the back. Has a medium mouthfeel and a good amount of carbonation.

A very well made, drinkable, refreshing IPA. Well worth tasting is you like IPAs.

08-23-2011 19:20:15 | More by PCampbell
Photo of MDDMD


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

A-golden amber color with an off-whit head slow to dissipate

S-pleasant floral, citrus and hoppy aroma

T-floral, citrus and pine with a nice blend of bitterness from the hops

F-medium body with moderate carbonation and smooth feel

O- an excellent IPA and will be one of my favorites

08-22-2011 14:21:39 | More by MDDMD
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3.93/5  rDev -8%

Very pale for an IPA, almost yellow, with a thin but persistent head. The aroma is pure floral and citrus hops with a touch of fruit. The flavour is all hops as well, more floral and citrus, not resinous or overly bitter, with the slightest hint of caramel malt. No trace of the high ABV is detectable.

08-22-2011 01:54:44 | More by
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Had 2 pints on tap at the Lakehouse in Lindenhurst, IL -

Appearance - Slightly hazy carmel/amber color, about a finger of head (head was an off-white, small tight bubbles), great lacing along the entire glass after finishing each pint.

Smell - Floral hops, grapefruit, and malt sweetness, really nice nose.

Taste - Yellow grapefruit, citrus, floral hops, nice crispness from the carb, and a slightly dry and bitter finish - alcohol perfectly hidden. *The sweetness of the malts picks up quite a bit as this ale warms, there was a muted, but definite carmel presence toward the end of the pint, which was very nice.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium mouthfeel, Really smooth, perfectly carbonated, nice clean dry finish.

Overall - Really an excellent IPA, and a great representative of the style. Great flavors, and perfectly balanced. If you like a good malt backbone and some slight carmel with your IPA, let this one warm up to 50 degrees or so. I highly recommend this IPA.

08-22-2011 00:06:19 | More by blackcompg
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Nice murky orange-amber pour, with a foamy head that leaves pillow lace. Beautiful mixture of citrus and floral notes in the nose. Well done... wonderfully hopped from beginning to end, without overtaking any of the other portions of the brew. Nice orange peel and grapefruit essence in the citrus dept. Very quaffable, as the citrus and malt combine for a perfectly round and smooth mouthfeel. Pine resin lingers in the finish, peppering the back of the mouth with a decent IBU. Again, the drinkability is very much the biggest "pro" of this brew. IPA’s are my fave (as are doubles and impy’s), and this one doesn’t disappoint. ABV doesn’t particularly show... possibly in the peppery aftereffects of the finish, there shines a note or two of alcohol, but well-integrated.

08-21-2011 20:55:34 | More by ChrisSimpson1968
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3.8/5  rDev -11%

A - Pale gold in color with a thick bubbly white head.

S- Extremely fragrant floral hop aroma

T - Sweet malty flavor balanced nicely by a hoppy bitterness.

M - Light bodied and very smooth

O - A wonderful IPA. Not one of my favorites, but very nice all the same.

08-20-2011 18:51:46 | More by clint1019
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

Thanks to Jlindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a standard tulip glass with a creamy head that leaves nice side lacing

S - Nice candy citrus hop aromas with a nice sweet malt. Not as upfront and fragrant as I would like.

T - much betterthan the nose. Good candy citrus hops with a strong sweet malt finish.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer liked the candied aspect.

08-19-2011 22:23:37 | More by rudzud
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Had a plethora of this while on my recent trip to the cabin in Crosslake, MN - perfect while fishing or just cruising the lake with friends and family. Pours golden with a very slight amount of haze but pretty clear for the most part - one finger head holds its ground for awhile but falls leaving only a thin film atop the beer and some splotchy lacing on the glass. Smells very sweet and floral with a bit of earthy hops - slight sweet caramel takes the back seat. Very drinkable and refreshing and follows the nose well only more bitter than expected, delicious nonetheless. The mouthfeel is nice with a good amount of carbonation and, once again, easy to put down. This beer is something else, not as hoppy as one would expect but it is well balanced and calm. This is my last one until next time I head up north....bummer.


08-19-2011 03:37:03 | More by antlerwrestler19
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3.33/5  rDev -22%

Appearance: Nothing remarkable. Decent foam head. Although dissipated rapidly. Nice color, typical for the style. Fine.

Smell: Huge hop nose. Slightly intimidating. I was prepared for a hop soup, not necessarily in a good way.

Taste: All hop up front, slightly overwhelming. A bit heavy handed to me. Not a lot of nuance. Bitterness follows through finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, well carbonated. Fine for the style.

Overall: It's a hop bomb. If that's your thing, it's your beer. Any nuance in malt character or secondary qualities are buried in the bitterness. There are some pleasant floral and citrusy notes in there, too. I couldn't drink more than one of these.

08-18-2011 23:05:49 | More by hooplehead
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

I had this beer, which I already love, on tap at the Bier Stube today.

The bubbly off-white head isn't massive from the tap (though the bartender makes sure to keep it that way) but has impressive staying power, never fading. Lacing makes a sheet on the glass and carbonation is lively.
The smell, as from the bottle, is foremost some nice cirtusy floral hops. Clean and raw, the flowery, earthy and herbal hops are well balanced by a very soft malt with the main purpose, it seems, of balancing.
The taste is to par with the aroma; first off comes a nicely balanced citrus and floral hops bitterness. Malts are light and some yeast give it a little bit of a firmer feel and some notes of grains. A dry finish lingers nicely, leaving notes of bitterness and a grapefruit-like citrus on the tongue. Again, the fresh rawness of the earthy, citrus and floral elements are key.
The mouthfeel is great, medium-bodied with some nice lively, but not overpowering, carbonation. It's crisp and even feels a little thick without being heady. There's just a great mix of chewy, smooth and crisp in here.

I was no less impressed from the tap, naturally. Still a great IPA.

08-18-2011 22:45:18 | More by Brenden
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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