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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,018 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,018
Reviews: 3,031
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 555
Gots: 1,093 | FT: 36
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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bishopdc0

Maine

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a beautiful thick white head it dissipates but full coverage remains.
The aroma is full of grassy earthy hops pungent and nice.
The mouth is smooth very nice, creamy and full of hops and malt. It starts sweet and grassy turns earthy and hop flavored. It ends with a slight bitter but all around nice hop flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 02:06:44 | More by bishopdc0
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brown2cu

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a big frothy white head that dissipates down into a fine layer of foam. Lacing is impressive; big suds creeping down the glass.

Smell: Amazing one of the best India Pale Ales I have smelled and trust me I have had quite a few heavy hitters e.g. Commodore perry Smuttynose Finest kind, this puts those to shame. Multitudes of citrus hops mingling with a fair amount of pine, a plethora of floral notes are present. Top notch stuff.

Taste: The smell I think is making me a little overly critical here but oh well. the taste is a little thin for my liking it didn't seem to pack as much of a taste punch as I was expecting initially that is. The back side of the taste is a different story altogether, a lot of tangy grapefruit counterbalanced with sweet oranges. very pleasing altogether.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated. crisp and refreshing considering the ABV, doesn't get all heavy like some other IPA's I have had

Drinkability: Man, deceptive. On a hot day or balmy summer night I feel one could go through a six pack with relative ease atleast I could. Considering the alcohol content in this one I do not know how coherent I would be afterwards though.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 05:34:52 | More by brown2cu
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ssalgado

California

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

Pours into glass an orangey color with light yellow tones and slight haze. The aroma is mellow and not overly strong. The taste explodes with strong crisp malt flavors and a nice hop finish at the end... not too bitter. The malt balances very well with the hop notes culminating in well rounded taste. Rich citrus notes do make a light appearance and make this a flavorful and well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 03:28:50 | More by ssalgado
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mountsnow1010

Vermont

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

A - nice golden color with a whiite head. Nice lacing.
S - smells pretty good, a bit of grapefruit, not as strong smelling as I would have expected.
T - hoppy - bitter but not citrusy or piney especially. Missing those flavors. Disappointing, frankly.
MF - clean - flavor is good but it doesn't "stick"
D - Could have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 00:34:32 | More by mountsnow1010
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with a light, white, foamy, lingering head.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus hop, mild malt sweetness.

Taste: Citrus hop - grapefruit balanced by a lightly sweet malt backbone, finishes mostly dry, slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Fairly standard IPA, easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 23:27:03 | More by JackieTH
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange, yellow. Nic creamy 1 inch head. Tons of lacing

Smell - Hops, some sugars, citrus, malts. Grapefruit, orange and some floral spices.

Taste - Rather bold and thick hop flavor. Not overly bitter, nor sweet. Sort of like a fresh hop beer flavor, with extra hops. Its mildly malted, and has some spices and sugars mixed in.

Mouthfeel - Its medium thickness and the alcohol is masked very well. Will bitter tounge some but certainly not a crusher. Aftertaste is sweet and hoppy.

Overall - Its pretty smooth and easy to drink. Freshness really made this beer enjoyable. Has a nice combination or hops and malts. This is totally a go to good ipa for when you want a soild beer. At 7%, you can enjoy a few without getting messed up. Soild and very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 10:33:25 | More by wvsabbath
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Pours a hazy, light, golden color, with a nice white head that leaves ample lacing. Strong nose of citrusy hops and a touch of pine. Taste is citrus, pineapple, tones of earth and grassiness. Hoppy bite, but crisp and smooth. Light-medium body, crisp and perfectly carbonated. Extremely drinkable, and I'd recommend even to people that don't care for IPAs. One of the first beers that really started getting me more into the craft scene.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 00:02:22 | More by Rifugium
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ArrogantBastage

Maryland

4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into a glass.

A: Deep orange and cloudy. Very thick head that lingers for a long time. Heavy lacing present throughout the glass.

S: Citrusy hops dominate the nose. Some sweet malt and yeast present too.

T: Lots of citrus from the hops. Balanced, not overly bitter. Finish is dry with some residual bitterness lingering from the hops.

M: Medium bodied with a great carbonation level giving a creaminess to the mouthfeel.

D: A great beer to sip on and enjoy. Definitely recommended to those looking for a fantastic IPA. Easy to have more than one in a session.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 21:14:34 | More by ArrogantBastage
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jchow79

New York

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to psukinger for the bottle acquired in a trade.

I have to admit that I sometimes judge a beer by the label. This label is not the coolest looking label. Last thing I want is for my beer to taste like trout. But I'm blown away by how good this beer is.

A: Poured into a snifter with a huge head. I think this attests to how fresh this bottle is. The color of orange rust - what a beautiful color.

S: Scents of pine and huge grapefruit. Brings me to a forest on an crisp autumn day stepping over pinecones while cutting into a grapefruit.

T: Delicious - the hope quality is apparent. Its not too strong like many IPAs can be. I'm a hope head and love bitter but this is nicely balanced and really a fantastic effort from Bells.

M: The beer is not thick and has a silky feel while rolling over the tongue

D: I feel like if I could get this on a regular basis - it would be my staple IPA. Unfortunately Bell's is not available in NY.

I think I love this beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 02:29:49 | More by jchow79
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer of the Night - Bells Brewery, Inc. - Two Hearted Ale - American IPA - 7.10% ABV

The pour on this brew was great from the start. It poured a nice, hazy, golden yellow color. It has a wondefully thick/fluffy white head. As it fades during the drink, a great webbing of thick lacing followed.

This brew had a great Hop heavy aroma. It hits the nose at even at the pop of the cap. It has a nice floral hop aroma at the front of the brew, then it follows wtih a great citrus hops aroma. I can almost smell apricots. This brew has a nice, slightly grassy aroma to it.

This brew tastes very much like the aroma. It has a nice floral hops flavor at the front, then a nice zesty citrus hop kick. Its got the great hop bitter, and touch of sweetness that gives it a wondeful flavor.

This brew is very refreshing. It goes down very smooth and it super crisp. It has a great aftertaste, that leaves you lingering for more. Its carbonated just right, that gives this brew even more greatness in texture.

Though this brew has a 7.10%, its not very heavy and can make a great session beer for an IPA. This was a great representation of the style, and another great brew by Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:15:15 | More by mattgreger
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CreamyBeer101

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IPA may be the best. Orangle colored, low to no foam head, hoppy, citrus finish, that's so enjoyable then a sixer or two wouldn't be an issue to drink in one sitting.

Whenever I go searcing for this brew it's typically sold off of all the shelves. I would like to see Bell's at some more Beer Festivals so they can get the word out on the great taste and flavor of this exceptional Michigan brew

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 19:13:25 | More by CreamyBeer101
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innersanctum

Illinois

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

Beer envy. I'll explain shortly.

Two Hearted is top of the Bell's class, and a clear stand out in its product line. If you're fond of the Midwest APA's then you will have a heart for this brew. 2H is caries an IPA designation but its character is more APA, and here's why:

The appearance is a golden coper ale, with small carbonation bubbles, a generous foamy head which leaves a creamy top.

A distinct but not overpowering citrus and floral smell.

Distinct lemony finish with citrus, and it has a crisp dry finish to the palette. Easy to drink a couple of these.

Now, back to beer envy. This is the first pack of 2H that I've had yet its been stocked on the shelves at some local stores for some time. With the popularity of other Midwest standouts such as Burning River & Daisy Cutter, beauty from Bell's holds its own.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 15:01:52 | More by innersanctum
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Mooch273

California

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful frothy white head floating above a slightly unfiltered goldish-apricot body.

S: Citrusy hops strike immediately. Smells almost sweet for an IPA.

T: Orange and apricot citrus on the initial taste with grassy notes hitting at the finish. Less bitter than I expected.

M: Mild bitterness, smooth down the pipe, and a light dryness on the tongue at the end.

D: Smooth, easy-drinking IPA that provides a nice, refreshing feel. Lack of bold flavors allow for multiple refills.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 05:39:21 | More by Mooch273
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despainmakesbeer

Kentucky

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

Light orange amber color; tap color was slightly darker than having it from the bottle Extremely clear, clear enough to watch tv through (upside down of course). Thin white head, hangs around for pretty much whole drink. Decent lacing. Fantastic aroma. Bursting citrus aroma, very sweet hoppy aroma, very bright. Good balance of sweetness. Light beginning, slight light maltness. Nice citrusy hoppy middle with Grapefruity peel aftertaste. Growler flavor was slightly darker in the sugary sweetness but still with same bright hoppiness. Overall very light, especially for having so much flavor. Everything seems very balance. Very drinkable. Smooth mouthfeel, nothing overpowering or too potent on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 00:59:28 | More by despainmakesbeer
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aficionado224

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with so many of the other reviewers of this ale that it is one of the best examples of an IPA around. It may have its equals, but there are none better among the ones I've tried. It starts out smooth, then a hoppy bitterness appears, and finally a slightly sour taste emerges, emphasis on "slight." If you tasted some that was more than that, maybe it was too old, stored wrong, etc.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 22:10:06 | More by aficionado224
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jpro

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Closed for Business - served in a "16 oz" glass...

A: Light coppery orange; nice, off-white, creamy head that leaves a few patches of lace on the glass and shows some really good retention.

S: Floral hops and light citrus hops; some lightly toasted grains and bread crust; great hop nose on this one, though.

T: Citrus rind and a little fruity; nice breadiness provides some light malt backbone; good and hoppy, yet not too crazy.

M: Pretty crisp, yet definitely not as dry as some IPAs; mouthfeel is medium bodied.

D: Pretty refreshing stuff considering the abv; tasty stuff... maybe my favorite Bell's beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 04:23:09 | More by jpro
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this on tap at Mullet's without even knowing what it was and it turned out good. I's a medium copper color with a bunch of white head. The aroma is a bit of citrus and some hops. For taste it's hops with citrus and some spices. The hops are medium level, not overbearing but enough to add some character. The body is mid-level with a somewhat clean finish. You don't really notice the alcohol with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 01:39:21 | More by DesMoinesMike
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Thanby

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy blonde with a lingering head and some lacing. Smells of citrusy hops, a little light malt, and a lemon background from the hops. Tastes primarily of northern hops with a light wheat malt, some hops citrus and light spices. Medium-full body, lots of carbonation, lingering hops in the finish. Overall a solid hoppy ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 19:51:47 | More by Thanby
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mpcrump

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange/light amber. Good head that lasts.

S: Fruity. Mostly grapefruit, a little bit of orange. Balanced with hops.

T: Nice fruity taste. Starts somewhat bitter and turns to the grapefruit.

M: Nice carbonization. Nice dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. Alchohol doesn't seem noticeable. Always leaves room for more.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 03:27:05 | More by mpcrump
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a nice golden hazy color with a pure white 2 finger head in my long hammer ipa glass. smells fainty of pine and only a tad bit of hops, nothing particularly stunning. tastes again like light pine and orange or tangerine, but one good swish makes the carbonation explode and bitterness just overwhelms. its so dry on the finish i cant see myself drinking more than one, although i can see how close this brew is to greatness... it just nearly misses for me. im almost left wanting to chug a gatorade after finishing this beer just to revitalize myself. maybe ill revisit in the future and insure a fresh bottle ( i dont know how fresh this bottle is).

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 23:15:10 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep orange body/semi-cloudy look, 2 finger fluffy head, nice lacing.

S: orange, pine, lemon, grapefruit. Very big aroma.

T: lemon grass, good malt, big long bitter finish

M: med body, oily mouth, surprising crisp/dry finish

O: This beer can get you in trouble, only rated
the drinkability a 4 instead of 5 because
one could drink quite a few and get hammered.
I'm NOT a Hop Head, actually feel myself getting
tired of so many IPAs out there,
BUT this is one of my favorite IPAs.

(updated review July 2, 2011): I WAS NOT a hop head, guess, over the past 6 months grown to really love and appreciate hoppy beers all over again and in different ways.

DELICIOUS, MUST TRY!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 19:29:54 | More by BeerLover99
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WAN2RIDE

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. pour from batch 10064, checked Bell's site and they did not have this batch in the system so no idea as to the bottling date.

Pours a beautiful honey amber with a one finger frothy head that leaves a nice lacing around the rim. A little less than clear, but not enough to say hazy.

Smells of citrus hops and tropical fruit. Not a grapefruity aroma more a sweet tangerine mixed with pineapple and mango. A bit of sweet light malts, but the hops are, as they should be, the star of the show.

Taste is excellent! While I like other IPA's equally as much this beer rates the full A+ cannot be improved rating for flavor. Crisp and sweet with the flavors following the nose letter for letter, and with a nice hop bite on the follow through. I can't think of a better example of a sweet fruity hopped IPA, equals yes, but differently not better.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, more of a pale than an IPA. I really like it and it enhances the drinkability, but most beers in this style have a little more body at this abv.

Drinkability is excellent I've definitely had more than two of these in a sitting, but the hops and alcohol sneak up on you. I have to have a water and some food to get a good taste of the third or more beer. The hops may be sweet, but they are potent and you stop getting the full flavor after number two thanks to their tongue lashing (pun intended) and the numbing of the alcohol.

All in all one of my favorites. I recommend it to all my friends if they ask about a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 23:38:24 | More by WAN2RIDE
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rhodeska

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour, beautiful orange color with a solid citrus smell and a nice head and bubbles.

solid taste, a little bit of hops, but its much more subtle than I expected. Really smooth, something that I could drink all day during the summer or fall. Really good from the bottle too, normally only had this one on tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 04:00:32 | More by rhodeska
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sisterray

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious beer.

One of the beer bros had a negative critique of the beer and questioned whether or not his experience was due to a bad batch. I'm fairly certain this was the case.

I've purchased the beer multiple times, and it's one of my favorite IPA's - let alone readily available IPA's - and I've had the same, amazing, experience every time except one.

The last time I purchased the beer, it was sour - not in an interesting, cute, fun, etc. way.

It was still drinkable - as I was working on my house and had only it on hand - but it was less than pleasant and far from its exceptional - typical - self.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 20:59:56 | More by sisterray
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bs870621345

New Jersey

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

Batch 10064, no idea how fresh at this point.

Pours honey gold with a half inch of white head. Fades to a collar and leaves a beautiful lacing down the glass.

Smell is citrus and piny hops, little malt backbone as I can tell.

Taste is bready up front with a citrus hop in the middle and bitterness on the end. A good IPA.

Mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated, should have poured it harder but a small amount of agitation fixed that nicely.

Drinkability is good, very inviting. I would drink more but I have to conserve the 6 pack.

Worth seeking out, too bad bells isn't in NJ

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 03:17:43 | More by bs870621345
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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