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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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10,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,046
Reviews: 3,031
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 556
Gots: 1,109 | 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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Photo of rhodeska


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
Photo of sisterray


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

Picked up at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA on recent beer run. Paid around $2 for the bottle.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A-Slightly hazy, orange color. Big, 2-3 finger frothy head that disapates ever so slightly within a few minutes. Even after 5 minutes, about a 1 finger head remains. Good lacing on the glass throughout the entire session.

S-Familar IPA aromas of citrus and hops. Slight fruity smell as well.

T-Good combination of citrus (grapefruit) and a really nice malt backbone. Pine and hops are there but not a hop-bomb by any means. Nice combination of fruit, pine and hop flavors dominate this IPA.

M-Lots of carbonation. Even after enjoying this for 10-15 minutes, still getting a decent amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

D-A very nice, very drinkable IPA. Even though the ABV is around 7%, this could be a session beer, in my opinion.

Overall-A highly enjoyable beer. Being a fan of IPA's, I can really appreciate the subtle flavors that every brewery tries to impart into their beer. Bell's has done a fine job with this IPA. I'd gladly purchase again.


Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 00:31:09 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a typical orange for an IPA. Little bit of hop haze with a fingers worth of white head..

S: centennial hops!! Ripe fruits. Mainly grapefruit, but nothing too intense. Maybe even some citrus like orange & lemon.. Sweet malts pull through to add a nice touch..

T: lots of ripe fruits in the mouth. Again the predominant flavor is grapefruit.. Its not extremely strong & bitter but enough to let you know its there.. Finishes with citrus peel like bitterness but not as strong as other IPAs. Only a small hint of booze detection. The sweet malts are also noticeable.

MF: medium bodied with carbonation just a tad bit high for me, but still very acceptable.. Clean finish leaves u wanting more.

D: a very easy drinker especially @7%

Overall a very solid IPA.. Nicely balanced IMO

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:38:30 | More by aval89
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North Carolina

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

A: The beer looks is a dark orange, brown color. You cannot see through the beer. The head is a finger high and a creamy color. The head keeps good retention throughout the drink.

S: This smell has strong citrus notes an hops. The smell is very defined and makes you want to immediately sip the beer. The smell has an underlying sweetness to it which sets it aside from other IPAs. I would say this puts the smell in the higher range for me. The sweetness adds to the bitter citrus notes of the hop.

T: The nose of this beer has a subtle sweetness with dominating tart citrus notes like grapefruit. If you hold it in your mouth then it the hops start to become apparent but not dominating over the tart citrus and sweet notes. The finish has a lighter than usual hop taste to it. After the hoppiness goes down, a new sweet taste becomes the dominating flavor. It literally tastes like an orange. I have never tasted such a flavor in a beer before, and this aspect is what pushed the taste into the higher ratings for me. The beer becomes more tasteful after the temperature decreases.

M: The IPA is surprisingly full bodied for an IPA. The carbonation is pretty high but it balances well with the beers taste.

D: I could drink only a few of these because of the high ABV. I would recommend drinking it in Summer and not the Winter like I did. Overall a quality IPA but not if you like higher IBU beers. I highly suggest buying this beer whenever you can.

Serving Type: Bottle to a Delirium Tremens tulip glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 04:33:46 | More by Boitnott
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance looks great. Pours nicely with a perfect head.

Smell is huge. Lots going on. The typical hoppy, citrus smells, but also some floral and other smells happening too.

Taste is great. Bursting with hops but so many more layers to it.

Mouthfeel is fairly light for an IPA which makes it easier to drink than most.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 20:06:01 | More by Lillenk
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-The beer poured a hazy dark golden color. The thick, pillow-like head that capped the beer was an off white and lasted for almost the enitre duration of the drinking session.

S-For a supposed IPA I would have expected more hops in the aroma. My bottle might have been dated but it still smelled pretty good. There was a faint fruitiness (like marmalade or jelly) that was mixed with a more pronounced citrus/pine-like aroma. This ended with a hint of herbs or grassiness.

T-Initially, there was some fruit flavor and sweetness that transitioned into a more malty flavor but this changed over to the bitterness from the hops. While the IBU's in the beer weren't over the top, they did seem to balance the beer out well. There was a slight astringent flavor left after you swallowed along with a grassy herbal flavor from the hops.

M-My bottle had a low carbonation level and a light to medium body.

D-This was a good, balanced beer that lived up to some of the hype that has been put out about it. It is very drinkable due to it's lower body and low level of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 12:16:05 | More by krausenman
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bright copper in color with a slight haze and a strong, rocky white head. Excellent head retention that reduces to a thick white cap. Floral and citrus hop aromas including grapefruit, orange and lemon. A nice sweet malty undertone is able to sneak through to the intense hop flavor. Medium bodied with nice carbonation and a resiny feel. Very complex hop flavors, floral, orange, lemon, and grapefruit with a sweet maltiness beneath. Citrus flavors taper to allow the malty sweetness to intensify and then a light pine hoppy finish . Many flavors and aromas in this IPA. Pretty fantastic stuff. Went down smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:01:15 | More by IronLover
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New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden orange with a slight inch of foam at top also leaves laces around the glass.

S - Citrusy hops with slight hint of malts.

T - A true beer, the hops and malts both combine to give a very fruity taste. Really Enjoyable.

M - I enjoy this beer very much because of the low body and very little bitterness for an IPA.

D -Definitely a beer that can be drunk on the regular. I will always want this IPA before others if it is available.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 19:12:56 | More by thedoubler55
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

7.0% ABV (a relatively new thing from the old 7.1)
OG: 1.064
Batch # 10064 poured into a Bell's tulip on 11/18/2010.

This review is special because this beer is special. This is one of the few top-notch beers that are never hard to find and never fail to delight. Strangely Bell's batch finder is returning an error for the batch number entered but I am positive that it was bottled within a month, because the previous batch of this ale is about that old.

Appearance 5/5
Slightly hazy, amber orange colored with a moderate dull white head with medium retention and excellent lacing.

Aroma 4/5
Smells of tropical fruit, specifically mango, along with massive citrus and some dry hopping induced grassy notes. Perhaps some malty sweetness is present too. A very good aroma but not strong enough.

Taste 4.5/5
Bitter, and flavorfully so, with some sweetness that combined with hops gives an impression of tropical fruit and lemon peel. Nothing too complex, but very good! The finish is not bone dry, but is still very clean with some residual bitterness and citrus flavor. Slightly warming.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium body because of a good malt backbone, with perfect carbonation and crispness.

Drinkability 4/5
Alcohol is a little on the high side; otherwise I could keep drinking this without getting bored.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 07:41:04 | More by tewaris
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4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Hennepin glass.

Batch 10025.

A: Poured copperish orange, small white head that settle into patches on top, leaves micro-bubble lacing all over the glass.

S: Goodness. Citrus and flowers. Caramel malt. A little pine. Did I mention it smells like hops in a glass? Love this aroma.

T: Wow. I have had this beer several times now, and this is the freshest I have had yet, and holy crap is it good. Citrus fruit, floral hop and a slight sweetness from the malt. Somewhat bitter, but the citrus and malt squash the bitterness from taking over. Only thing I could ask for is a little more hop flavor.

M: Well carbonated, slick, and finishes with a clean bitterness. Nothing super, but still good.

D: Oh yes please, two please. I could drink these all night. Alcohol is hidden, the hops are nice and the malt keeps up just enough.

One of my favorites so far. Such a fantastic beer, whether on tap or in bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 07:08:46 | More by Keffa
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3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden orange, half inch of white foamy head, sticky lace coats the glass.

S - Hops come mainly in citrus form with some floral hints. A nice sweet malt sneaks in as well.

T - Very fruity to start out with the citrus hops carrying over to the taste. The malt comes through big in the middle, and a touch of bitterness rounds things out, but doesn't linger. Pretty well balanced overall, but not as hoppy as I would have expected/wanted. I prefer to leave the malts hiding in my IPAs. No alcohol is really apparent in the taste, but does warm a little in the stomach.

M - Pretty low bodied for an IPA. Not overly bitter, just right. Carbonation seems minimal.

O - Not quite what I want in an IPA, not nearly enough hop flavor. Will try this again in a couple years to once again see if I can like this beer as much as others do. I just don't see why all the fuss.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 04:08:11 | More by Bonis
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured in a Duvel Glass. Great head retention. Foamy. Medium orange to light amber in color.

S - Oranges, mandarins, citrus, mild hops.

T - Outstanding. Lots of Grapefruit up front followed by an extreme orange juice flavor. Almost reminds me of a mixed drink combined with "Tang" orange drink. There is a nice light hop finish. No sort of dry puckering at the end which is prevalent in a lot of IPA's.

M - Relatively light for an IPA. It is definitely easy drinking for the style.

D - I could easily drink a few of these at ease. I remember my first time trying this beer-- I had a mini-keg of it during the first democratic primaries when Obama won Iowa. That was a great night. Either way, this beer is a favorite when I'm looking for an IPA that isn't to hoppy (which isn't often because I love tons of IBU's)

Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 04:16:09 | More by WholeFoodsDerek
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is finally time to review my favourite IPA... (well, it is tied with Surly for the lead :D)

It pours a light copper color with a decent white head and nice lacing. It is a bit cloudy from the yeast in the bottle. The smell is very fruity and floral, along with some pine and citrus hop smells.

The taste of this beer is a beautiful contrast between sweet, fruity malts and spicy, piny and citrus hops. It is so smooth and flavourful. Something about the bottle conditioning makes it silky smooth, like no other IPA. It is really great.

Something about this beer (yeast perhaps) makes it much easier to drink than others. It has tuns of flavour but is not harsh or overpowering in the slightest. If I could, I would go back and give every beer I have ever reviewed a lower drink-ability rating, because this beer is king!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 02:45:35 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Totally golden with a bit of foam on the top. Nice lacing as far as I can tell. Carbonation is ok, but not very active. Good color makes this more than decent.

Smell: Freshly mowed grass and lemony hops. Also some citrus peel as well. A good and fresh scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More grass, lemon, and peel. An excellent fresh taste. Mouthfeel is not the smoothest in the world, but is pretty enjoyable. Leaves a thick, bitter feel/taste at the end.

Drinkability: A decent beer to drink with food. Bitterness could be a bit too overpowering for this though.

Overall: A good beer with some unique flavor qualities. Other than that, everything else is pretty standard.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 00:58:05 | More by tjsdomer2
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Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz bottle

Pours a clear crisp amber with a thick foamy white head. The nose is dominated by citrus & floral hops but also backed by a bready malt. The sip yields a fine and smooth drinking IPA, bitter at first which quickly fades and leaves a creamy citrus pine taste finishing crisp. This beer is delicious. Medium bodied mouthfeel, I feel like this beer hits all the right notes. High drinkability and really it's a shame I wont be able to make this brew a habit since distribution in NY isnt happening. Hopefully this changes with Bell's expansion in the next few years because I'd make this a regular purchase on USA beer runs. Had to make the rare 3 hour trp to MI to finally try it, and yes it was worth it.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 22:19:04 | More by heebes
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap in pint glass at new wave cafe in philly

Pours a clear dark golden with orange hues and a nice filmy head. Retains well w tons of ringy lacing while drinking.

Sweet juicy hops with boatloads of citrus in the nose and a touch of fruit sweetness.

Plenty of bitterness up front with piny floral hops. Juicy citrus and zest with rind is prominent. Some lighter malt base and caramel holds flavor together but allows hops to shine. Finishes crisp and refreshing with some lingering bitterness.

Lighter medium body, dry and sticky feel. Excellent drinkability and flavor, and the alcohol is totally masked. Easily one of my favorite year round IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 16:24:30 | More by xnicknj
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Two Hearted pours a hazy copper with a rich one finger white head that clings to the glass. The aroma is a floral, citrusy and rich hoppy that is pleasant to smell. This is an excellent example of an IPA. The taste is outstanding with a nice balance of hops that is not overly bitter and a slightly sweet finish. There is a perfect amount of carbonation and drinks very smooth. This is a very drinkable IPA and I would highly recommend this beer to someone who is ready to try an IPA for the first time since this is not overly bitter, yet it has a nice hoppy flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 12:50:26 | More by mweso2000
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4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A terrific American IPA.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tumbler. (Hey, what am I gonna do? I'm reviewing this beer from a motel room on visit to the midwest.) Pleasing amber color with light persistent foam. Cloudier than most APAs.

Sweet citrus hop aroma predominates, though closer inspection reveals a hint of biscuity malt.

Taste... well, this is how it's done, people. Strong citrusy hop flavors are nicely balanced against a surprisingly light but sweet malt backbone.

Surprisingly light body.

Ridiculously drinkable. I could pour these down (if you'd give half a chance, I will).

I've seen polls that placed this beer second only to PtE in popularity, and I can see why. I can't imagine anyone (except perhaps the most pucker lipped hopheads) not enjoying this, and I would certainly rate it among the best American IPAs. I would give Pliny a solid edge by virtue of its fuller body, and its yeasty subtleties. Forced to choose at gunpoint, I might also take a Ruination, for sheer hoppy indulgence. But make no mistake: this is an outstanding beer, fully deserving of its great reputation, and competitive with the very best in its style. I'm jealous of you guys who get to drink it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 03:46:28 | More by MLucky
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. 2 finger frothy white head with good retention. Color was a honey orange.

Smell was big fresh hops with a strong citrus background. More grapefruit than orange but both there.

Taste matches the smell of fresh hops which mute out some of the fruit.

This beer is well carbonated. Has typical ipa aftertaste.

I would say this is a great and very drinkable ipa but not my favorite. I look forward to trying it from the tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 00:24:52 | More by mpm180
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generally, I'll reach for a Porter or Stout before grabbing an IPA but I'm trying to stay open to trying all different styles of beer and I'm glad that I am. This was terrific.

Poured from bottle to a pint glass.

A - a rich yellow with an orange-ish tint.

S - greeted with the scent of hops and some citrus, more hops than citrus

T - a strong hops flavor with the hints of citrus that I could smell, a bit of a background flavor of grapefruit and grain

M - an easy to drink beer with a thin mouthfeel

D - very easy to drink, I think I've found an IPA that I'll drink again and again

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 15:51:36 | More by gonzogrover
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into beer glass, best by date 10025 ?

Poured a nice cloudy gold with thick two finger head medium carbonation and decent lacing that follows it down the glass.

Smell was of rich hops and mild citrus.

Taste was very nice -The hops are plentiful (as in most IPA's) citrus and floral notes .

Drinkabilty is very good - Hops and more hops - whats not to like.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 23:06:56 | More by InebriatedJoker
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1.73/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

When I first tasted this beer (I purchased a six pack) at Capone's Bottle Shop in Norristown, PA), I believed it was the best IPA that I've ever tasted...Citrus, Hops, etc... Everything that you would expect from a good IPA. Then I purchased a case of it. It was a different story! The citrus bite was replaced by a hint of sourness. Bottle after bottle I tried with the same result. Who knows, maybe I got a bad case. But I'm not willing to shell out another 30 plus dollars to give it a second try.

The question remains: What does the real "Two Hearted Ale" taste like? My first experience or my second?

I even emailed the President of Bell's with no response. Maybe they don't want my expendable beer dollars.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 19:17:05 | More by knephews
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fruity hops hit the nose right off - could smell it as soon as the barkeep pulled the draft handle (it was only a few feet away). The head is solid white with a silky sheen and slowly recedes in the pint glass with a few lingering legs. A very light haze permeates the golden honey-colored brew.

Grapefruit dominates the flavor profile, with some spruce notes and a hint of sweetness cut by the alcohol content. On tap, it has plenty of carbonation to excite the taste buds and smooth out the bitterness from the hops, which leaves a post-it note on the back of the palate as a reminder.

A regular beer of choice for me whenever available, on tap or bottled.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 04:07:52 | More by tubacharlie
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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