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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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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weizenbob

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottom of the bottle is lined with a healthy amount of unfiltered yeast that I decide not to pour into the glass for this sample. An aggressive head forms immediately, settling down to two-fingers and refusing to go away. The brew is a beautiful golden tint. We're off to a good start.

As I bring the glass closer to my nose I'm treated to a very fragrant ale. Not surprisingly, hops is the alpha scent here, but there is more than a subtle hint of sweet citrus odors behind all of that humulus. Upon further whiffs the citrus really comes out; it's almost orange-like.

The taste is amazing! Following the scent closely, the primary flavors are hops and citrus. The hops are appropriately strong without slapping you in the face. Alcohol is noticeable, but not out of place. There's a little spruce tingle in there as well, and overall, this is an unusually balanced IPA. I am noticing a slightly bitter aftertaste, but nothing unusual for the style. The more subtle characters of the brew are a welcome addition to a style that often seems to be more about how much hops can be crammed into a bottle instead of attempting to create well rounded ale.

On the mouth, this is pretty easy-going. There is not a lot of active carbonation and the ale rolls around nicely in your mouth. The lingering aftertaste could be a bit of a turnoff to those unaccustomed to an IPA. That and the 7.1% ABV bring the drinkability down a couple of notches, but it shouldn't be a deterrent to anyone looking to try an IPA at the top of its game. I wouldn't hesitate to offer this to an IPA newbie or a veteran hophead.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 18:36:55 | More by weizenbob
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mithrascruor

California

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

12 oz. bottle.
Pours a clear gold copper color with some visible carbonation. Nice white head with a bit of lacing. Has a great aroma with citrus, and some floral and slightly spicy elements. Mellow flavor, but very tasty. Florals, hops, and spice, with a hint of orange. Light- to medium-bodied, and smooth with light carbonation. A great tasty, and drinkable, IPA. Wish this were available out here in California!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 00:59:07 | More by mithrascruor
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a color similar to dull peach flesh with a one finger white head that disappates quickly but leaves some pretty awesome lacing.
S- Very rich hop aroma, fruity in nature, grapefruit, pear and maybe apricot.
T- Same here. Very grapefruity, very hoppy, some pale malt, though not entire balanced, the flavors wow you enough you kinda forget balance.
M- Not sure how an ipa could improve here. Smooth and even carbonation. Good body.
D- Near the top of ipa's. Stone and this are probably the top couple, but this is definitely an everyday kind of beer too. Nice to find an awesome beer that won't wear on me if i drink it often. oh and it hides that 7.1 well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 04:01:37 | More by jsprain1
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rembrant

Ohio

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

pour a cloudy gold with a rich off white 2 finger head. Yesterday's taste teste was Founder's Double Trouble,also a cloudy yellow but no head,giving it the unfortunate look of a urine sample. The frothy,durable head here is a big + for this type. I like unfiltered as it tends to add complexity.

aroma Nice. A multi hop thing and some caramel-toffee. Hops come up in the scent About what I'd hope for in this type and it's a picture pretty glass too.

Taste While the malt bill is not dominant,it's definitely involved. The balance of hops-malt may lean to the hop end but does not exclude or mask the malt side. I already knew I liked Two hearted,but it does hold up well to more detailed analysis. This is the sort of target you aim for if making an IPA/DIPA beyond the mainstream grade.

It also has a trout on the label !

Mouthfeel Carries some heft,a lot of "hoppys" are light/wet without much texture. Bell's got a great blend of texture,wetness,zing and substance. The aftertaste is your classic woodsy hop bitter,but nicely refined. The overall impression of Two Hearted is that it's a brew that had the right goal and was tweaked until it hit the target.

drinkability Very. Two Hearted takes the normally refreshing IPA a bit past the norm. One eventually can't drive or play with power tools but up to that point this goes down very very well.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 13:28:51 | More by rembrant
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

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

Could simply be the Pale Ale against which all others should be judged. A hop lover's dream, for all the senses.

Taste has both clarity and complexity, with an exceptional finish. Thank-you Bell's. Brilliance in liquid form.

Unfortunately the higher alcohol content means I will probably never be able to enjoy as much of it as I would like!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 20:37:48 | More by hopsolutely
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KYFriedChildren

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a six pack that a friend and co-worker picked up from me as a gift.

Appearance- Pours a nice light orange color that is topped off with a white fluffy head on top. Not a bad looking beer, not at all.

Smell- Smells of citrus and fresh hops. Rivals many an IPA for pure citric hoppiness. Very nice.

Taste- Wow, kind of a bring down from the smell and the appearance. The hops and citrus are there in full force but there is also a biscuitty kind of buttery aftertaste. It doesn't seem all that balanced. A full on hop assault followed by what seems like a kind of half-assed butteriness.

Mouthfeel- Citric burn and hop oil along with the tingliness of the carbonation. Nothing special but not bad either.

Drinkability- I'm not as in love with the beer as a lot of people seem to be. I've also had it on tap and liked it a bit more but I don't have notes on it so these are my bottle notes instead. I probably wouldn't drink more than one or two on preference but those who like it would obviously have more.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 06:29:26 | More by KYFriedChildren
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beagle75

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of persistent white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Abundant bright fruit--particularly guava and orange--are featured most prominently in this beer's smell. It is otherwise characterized by some fresh floral notes, faint toast, and by a potent alkaline mineral quality.

T: Begins off-dry with assertive toasted pale malt that soon turns vinous. Flavors dry out in the middle, floral aromatic hops emerge, and weak astringency heralds the approaching finish. Bitterness is restrained, and remains decidedly floral, in the relatively short and unremarkable finish. A phantom of pithy grapefruit is detected late.

M: Thin viscosity, demonstrating agility by being both wet and slightly sticky on the palate, with light carbonation.

D: A beer that is greater than the sum of its parts--an unusual sensory profile comes together remarkably well and makes for a subtle yet interesting experience. Two-Hearted does not immediately lend itself to direct comparisons with beers of the west coast IPA archetype, but does remind of Ninkasi's Total Domination IPA. The flavors featured here do not assault the palate, and would humbly vanish in the presence of most savory food flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 21:21:27 | More by beagle75
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dberthia

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had a 15.5 gallon keg of Two Hearted Ale in my kegerator that I bought from Zipps in Minneapolis.

A: Goldish Orange

Smell: Hoppy

Taste: Hoppy

Mouthfeel: Awesome balance of bitterness

Drinkability: For a hop lover you could have several!

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 21:13:57 | More by dberthia
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nkersten

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Leffe glass. golden orange color with white straw head. Lots of lacing and bubbles. Smell is great - apricots, strawberries, and grassy bitterness. Taste is fruity wet hops, lightly toasted sweet malts, balanced bitterness. Moderate-light carbonation and dry finish. Very drinkable, this is one of my favorite midwestern IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 00:56:02 | More by nkersten
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

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

A-golden straw colored, head retention is minimal

S-piney hops, citrus, and floral presence.

T-grapefruit, HOPS and bitterness linger, nice balance

M-great mouthfeel, slightly sticky, oily. The hops definitely linger throughout

D-Give me more, easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 02:12:27 | More by injuredreserve
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gopens44

Virginia

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

A - Big, foamy head. Hazy dark yellow in color

S - Piney and lemony with hints of lavender

T - Very floral with a nice balance of hop and citrus flavors. Maybe a little orange peel flavor (yes, that's citrus, but a little different)

M - Dry and not overly carbonated. Once the bitter settles down it is just extraordinarily pleasant.

D - Very much a drinkable beer. Very well balanced and wonderful aroma.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 13:53:22 | More by gopens44
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geryeb624

Maryland

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours with a massive head that settles down into a nice two-finger white head. Cloudy and orange in color, with really nice lacing and head retention.

S- Really nice floral hop aromas with a hint of pine and some malt backbone. Also, some nice apricot-like fruitiness from the hops.

T- Fruitiness comes through really nicely, with citrus and apricot notes. A little floral character and pine as well, with not very much bitterness. Sufficiently malty as well, but pretty hop-forward.

M/D- Fairly thin mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Extremely drinkable stuff, goes down very easy.

Very good IPA with nice balance. Really good hop flavors with a bitterness that isn't crushing. Would drink a lot more if it were easier to come by.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 05:51:13 | More by geryeb624
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Poppleton

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Surprisingly turbid with light orange coloring and ample foamy white head that clings to glass forever.

S- Strong citrus aroma to the point where I'm thinking about Skittles candies.

T- Sweet, sweet lemony citrus taste with mildly bitter aftertaste.

M-Somewhat cloying but smooth

D- If you like superhopped IPA this is your beer. Although I definitely enjoyed this beer I don't know if I could just sit and drink one after another. This is the kind of beer I'd like to order at a decent restaurant while ordering appetizers as it kind of fires up your taste buds but overindulgence would burn them out.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 00:40:48 | More by Poppleton
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prdstmnky

Vermont

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

Aggressive pour yields a golden copper color, with a solid inch of foamy head. leaving lots of lacing throughout consumption. Nice citrus nose, that comes through even more in the taste. The malts seem to open up as it warms a bit. Tons of citrus and floral hop flavors, but well balanced and refreshing. A very drinkable IPA that lives up to its praise.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 20:44:37 | More by prdstmnky
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infi

New York

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn. Batch #9836. From 10/6 notes.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Hazy and translucent golden-orange pour with tons of carbonation. A nice frothy and foamy white head fit beautifully in the glass' protuberance. Great head retention with even better amounts of webby lacing on the glass. The aromas were very low in many of the aspects. Not much of a hop presence: minute amounts of pine and citrus. There was some malty breadiness in the background. The three months on the shelf really become evident.

Taste was alike to the smell. Very malt-forward in sweetness and breadiness with the hops being more of a complement, rather than a component. The bitterness lingered for a few seconds before disappearing. To me, it was just a basic IPA but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt; I would definitely like to revisit with a fresher bottle.

Light bodied and carbonated, Two Hearted is very clean and crisp and incredibly easy drinking. Could definitely have a couple bottles of these, especially when fresher. Still a delicious IPA from the Midwest.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 18:40:01 | More by infi
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Gobzilla

California

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

thanks to Dreadnaught33 for sending me this extra

A: poured golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head but it did leave some nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a bouquet of citrus orange and grapefruit pop out first mild piney hoppy notes but it did have a good malt prsence that seemed to be quite bready. I belive there was some faint pineapple as well.

T: upfront on the palate it was also quite citrusy along with a mild grassy type hoppy profile but was balnced real good by the sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium in body with a pretty nice amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, sweet,mild bitter, and slight crisp finish.

D: it drank really good and so good that it could easily become one of my favorite session beers while grillin some shrimps.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 11:02:15 | More by Gobzilla
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samyoung

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is THE beer everyone.
From west to east coast none shines brighter. TH mixes west coast and Brit-coast IPA resulting in perfection.

A - Orange-red haze - the deep red I see is distinct.
S - Hopp-y, Hopp-y, joy, joy. It is wonderful.
T - Unlike anything you will ever taste - hops, tart, pine, and mellow citrus.
M - Thick, and thick again. TH will coat your existence.
D - The first one gives you the ability to change lives and taste miracles; however, as you go on, you may want to ensure employment.

Two-hearted reigns supreme over all!

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 07:59:44 | More by samyoung
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r0nyn

New York

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

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow hue, the color of light dried apricots. Big fluffy inch-thick head that takes its sweet time dissipating, leaving substantial amounts of sticky lacing. Smell is full of floral hop essence, along with citrus rind and just the slightest hint of malt. It actually smells quite sweet and reminds me of Troegs Nugget Nectar, which I absolutely adore.

There's a malty kick to start off, which is surprising, but quite welcome. It transitions into the floral hop bitterness, but it's a bit more subdued than I was expecting. The bitterness is definitely there and it rides long into the aftertaste, but it is well-balanced with the surprising breadiness that shows up mid-swallow. Definitely wasn't expecting that from an IPA, but it's really quite nice. Other flavors include a bit of the citrus rind from the nose and a distinct grapefruit nuance. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a chewiness that pairs well with the bready flavor. Carbonation is just right as well.

Drinkability is quite good, even for a non-IPA fan such as myself. The taste was quite a pleasant surprise for me, as it was very well-balanced. I used to shy away from beers like this, but Bell's Two Hearted Ale has shown me that IPAs can be more than just bitter bombs. Maybe this is my gateway IPA? Only time will tell. For now, I'm just wishing I had more of this stuff around here in my area!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 01:08:18 | More by r0nyn
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The American India Pale Ale, or American-Style India Pale Ale has become one of the most popular, widespread, and brewed beers in North America. The rich pale malt backbone found in the depths of an aromatically bitter and hop-crisp beer has enchanted people all across the continent. There is only one problem with this - there are probably close to 1,800 breweries in NA, and there are probably about 2,000 different Pale Ales! The Pale Ale craze is becoming a bit overwhelming; whether it is an IPA, Pale Ale, American version or a hybrid, there are just too many pale ales out there.

So what's a beer lover to do!? Well, obviously taste them all and find your favorites. Because that may take to long, I'm going to start you off in the right direction with one of the most well rounded and best constructed American IPA's on the planet. The Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Too many pales are either one sided, to aggressively hopped, not hopped enough, or are poorly built. The Two Hearted Ale is at the top of my list because it hits all the right notes in perfect harmony. It doesn't get carried away with this or that, it is just plain good.

Don't let the fish on the label or the awkward name sway you away from this beer. The Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo MI has been brewing some of America's best craft beer for 25 years. They are one of the staples of Craft Beer in the North East United States, and produce masterfully crafted beers all year round. Just this year they began a $52 million expansion plan on the brewery!

The Two Hearted Ale comes in a 355ml bottle at 7% abv. I opened it cool around 8C (45F) and poured it into a stemmed beer glass. The pour was gentle and smooth showing only hints of life as the beer crashed into itself. Quickly though a rumbling of white foam began to collide with the glowing amber golden beer and a lush and pillowy ivory white head was build close to 2 inches above the beer. It showed a smattering of tight and loose carbonation with sturdy bubbles and great retention. The beer was a beautiful sight, glowing a golden orange hue with copper and straw colors beaming through it. Bright shades of orange and apricot peer from every angle of the beer. Lightly opaque, but perfectly clean it was a masterful creation.

This beer has been build exclusively with Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest, and if you take a deep breath of this beer you will understand exactly what this hop variety stands for. Big floral aromas of spice, pine and citrus perfume out of the beer cleanly and effortlessly. Smooth pale malts show creamy and soft malt character, hints of caramel sweetness and gentle warmth. The hops are the big winner here though with bright earth, grapefruit, lemon zest and fresh aromas. It is hugely aromatic and perfectly clean.

Thankfully, and without disappointment the mouthfeel and flavor reflect the nose perfectly! The first smooth and creamy rush of Two Hearted glides over your tongue and cheeks enlightening your senses with the fresh and lively flavors of centennial hops. Zesty fresh grapefruit, lemons, pine needles and earthy fields bring a quenching and massively refreshing crisp spice to your palate. It is perfect.

Pale mats are gentle but deep enough to provide the perfect backbone to this beer. Sweet candied caramel and zesty candy fruits are packed in the center of this beer allowing the fresh bitterness to play without being overwhelming. The sweet and crisp sensations of freshly squeezed grapefruits power into your palate with a tight and floral flavor that force your palate into refreshing submission. Again, pine and earth balance off the citrus and herbal flowers make a triumphant finish.

The smooth and lightly carbonated mouthfeel balances off the beer rightly, and shows soft creaminess and a touch of crackle. The end of this beer is again, a masterpiece. It is quick and agile, finishing with fresh quenches and sweet spicy notes of citrus and earth. Pale malts again sweeten out the end and round off a beer that is maybe perfectly built. That is the real power of the Two Hearted - it is one of the most balanced, best constructed, and most easily consumable Pale Ales on the planet. And it is available in 6-packs year round.

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Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 15:07:46 | More by StephenRich
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cadizkyguy

Kentucky

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

I cannot believe I haven't reviewed this gem of a beer, which was my gateway beer to the wonderful world of craft brews. This is Bells' best creation, for me at least. Wonderful appearance, poured aggressively into a Duvel tulip. Smell is what you'd expect from an IPA, but the taste is out of this world. There is some age on this beer, bottled on Aug. 4, 2010. For me, freshness is the utmost importance with IPAs, but this beer at two months old is still excellent. Paired with some spicy Mexican food, this IPA has the right intensity to bite through the spiciness for a nice complimenting beer. Drinkability, even with a 7 percent ABV, is excellent, too. I highly recommend you seek this one out if you haven't tried it. If you find it more than two months old, don't buy -- there is fresher out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 06:11:38 | More by cadizkyguy
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shand

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with a two-finger head that stays around for a little bit before dissipating to wisps of retention. It's a wonderful amber color.

Smell: Smells delicious. Floral hops dominate.

Taste: Tastes as good as it smells. One of the best IPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little light for the style, actually. It feels good, but from the way it tastes and smells, I expected it to sit a little heavier in the mouth.

Drinkability: But because of how light it feels, these are way too drinkable. I could drink way too many of these.

This is an awesome IPA. Get it. Drink it. Be happy.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 04:26:38 | More by shand
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SanDiegoBeerLove

California

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

Batch 9846(7/7/2010) picked up in AZ.

A - Light Orange/Copper color with a finger of crude off White Head.

S - Smells of Lemon, Minerals, Honey, Citrus Flowers, and Peaches.

T - Tastes of Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Minerals, Pine, Peaches and a hint of Honey.

M - Mouthfeel is nice but a little Watery, Bitterness is good, and Carbonation is a little light.

D - Drinkability is very good but average for a similar IPA. It is a refreshing IPA that I can drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 03:51:16 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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HeadofHops

Pennsylvania

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

Wow, love this beer. Cannot say enough good things about the quality and taste of Two Hearted. Beautiful floral hop aroma is the first thing you notice about this IPA. The taste is like no other. I feel its very balanced while still providing great hop flavor. Clean, tasty finish.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 18:02:47 | More by HeadofHops
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charlesbyrd

Mississippi

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours honey-amber and slightly hazy. The head is quite prominent and just off-white. It has the look of a standard IPA.

S: Wow. At first, I got a big whiff of extremely fresh floral hop aroma, followed by a potent mix of sweet melon and grapefruit. The smell is both powerful and well balanced.

T: The taste starts off crisp and fresh with a mouthful of hops. The most noticeable note is a strong fruity sweetness that reminds me of cantaloupe. The malt backbone ties the floral, bitter, sweet, and sour notes together nicely.

M: Almost oily, with a medium body and aggressive carbonation.

D: I don't have much to put this up against, but this is by far my favorite IPA. I usually don't appreciate the overwhelming bitterness that is associated with the style, but this beer is so well balanced that the bitterness becomes just another enjoyable quality. It's fairly strong at 7.1%, though the alcohol really isn't noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:25:52 | More by charlesbyrd
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ash111

Virginia

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

Great beer. There are plenty of other reviews, so I won't go into great length here. But two comments.

1. This beer definitely gets better as it warms towards room temperature during drinking.

2. It reminds me of a beer brewed by the Main Street Brewery in Richmond, VA called Amelia Ale. That brewery is out of business (maybe because their brewpub sold pints for $1), so it's been years since I had an Amelia. Anyone out there remember it?

Anyway, the Bell's Two Hearted Ale is delicious. Nicely done, Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 23:09:27 | More by ash111
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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