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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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10,387 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,387
Reviews: 3,047
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 573
Gots: 1,279 | 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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4.78/5  rDev +11.9%

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!


10-15-2010 21:13:57 | More by dberthia
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

10-12-2010 02:12:27 | More by injuredreserve
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4.1/5  rDev -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.

10-11-2010 13:53:22 | More by gopens44
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4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

10-11-2010 05:51:13 | More by geryeb624
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

10-11-2010 00:40:48 | More by Poppleton
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

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

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

10-07-2010 18:40:01 | More by infi
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4.1/5  rDev -4%

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.

10-06-2010 11:02:15 | More by Gobzilla
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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

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!

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

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

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!

10-06-2010 01:08:18 | More by r0nyn
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Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

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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10-05-2010 15:07:46 | More by StephenRich
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

10-05-2010 06:11:38 | More by cadizkyguy
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4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

10-04-2010 04:26:38 | More by shand
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

10-01-2010 03:51:16 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

09-30-2010 18:02:47 | More by HeadofHops
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4.1/5  rDev -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.

09-30-2010 01:25:52 | More by charlesbyrd
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

09-29-2010 23:09:27 | More by ash111
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4%

A - Pours with about a finger of a bubbly white head. The beer is a hazy orange. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Definite hops. A strong pine resin aroma with hints of earthy floral and grapefruit. Smells great, the smells are pronounced well.

T - There are subtle biscuity malts in the background, however the two distinct tastes are hops and citrus. The citrus is quite strong in this beer, as many other reviewers have pointed out. The citrus is so pronounced that it seems to fill in the void between the hops and malts and subdues the malts. It isn't a bad taste by any means, it is still very good, it's just not your typical composition.

M - I like the level of carbonation, sits in the mouth smoothly but doesn't feel sticky. Good mouthfeel.

D - I don't find the citrus in this to really be offputting or cause the drinkability to suffer. It's not as bitter as i like, but it is a solid tasting beer that i would be glad to down a few of at a time.

09-29-2010 03:10:00 | More by StarshipPoopers
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%

Batch # on this beer was 9803, which translates to a bottling date of June 14, 2010.

Appearance: This beer looks incredibly promising when it is poured. It is a hazy golden orange color with a little more than 3 fingers of white head. Lacing looks great when it reduces; clumpy, fluffy, open and abundant that clings all over the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, pine, and floral hops are all interwoven together nicely in this beer.

Taste: I get pale biscuity malts and some citrus up front, with both pine and floral hops on the back end for nice bitterness. However, overlaying all of this and in some cases completely overpowering it is grapefruit. Honestly it almost tastes like grapefruit juice was poured into this beer as it was being bottled. I was initially intrigued by it because it ends up making this an incredibly bitter IPA. However, I ended up deciding that I wasn't a big fan.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Smooth and creamy with great fine carbonation. A really nice overall mouthfeel. Due to the excessive grapefruit taste I couldn't rate the drinkability higher that a 4, however. I can appreciate the bitterness of the beer, but I don't feel like it's bitterness from the hops as is the case with most IPAs. I'm of two minds (or hearts) on this one.

09-29-2010 02:14:38 | More by zhanson88
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Pre-drink confession: This is probably the eight or ninth time I've tried this. I've just always forgotten to review because I was too busy being happy. Anyways, poured into a pint glass:

A - Pours a nice, shiny gold with a 1-finger head, white and sustaining. I might need a crystal ball to see through the haze, but there's nice carbonation and sticky, sticky lacing on the way down. Good look about it.

S - Fruity and floral hops with a nice, sweet malt. All of the grounds are covered. Even a pleasant bread scent to go along with it. Really... I want to say balanced nose on this one.

T - Really complex brew, I have to say. Kind of follows the nose, with the citrus flavors showing up first. It's almost tart, but before it becomes too much, the taste melts into a pinier stage than before. They didn't bother trying to cover up the alcohol, which normally would bother me, but it somehow cancels out any sharpness from the other flavors. Gosh... this is just excellent.

M - Smooth, medium body that just flows right down the throat. Carbonation is spot-on. What I'd expect from an IPA!

D - Sometimes I have to remind myself that I can only spend so much on beer at a time. This is yet another beer that forces me to hesitate. High marks.

Overall/notes - I can't say too much here. I've had this on-tap and in the bottle, and both are extremely delicious. Much better than their Pale Ale. Certainly ranks among the best IPAs I've had so far. Going to kick back and watch a movie with a second one!

09-28-2010 03:07:09 | More by bbkd3b


4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Pale Golden Copper. Thick frothy white cap. Tightly etched rings of lace.

Bursting with floral, resins, orange, spicy hops aromas. Mildly toasty bread/cracker.

Crisp citrus and floral resins. mild toastiness, cracker, a touch of sweetness. Spicy floral resinous bitterness. Nice bitter bite, but not a palate wrecker. Skewed towards the hops in this one.

Crisp, slightly sticky and drying. med body, great feel. Slow steady med carbonation.

Awesome drinkability. Such a drinkable IPA. Crisp, refreshing, tasty ass shit! One of my go-to beers in late college. As responsible as SNPA for my craft beer and hop addiction. Bell's please distribute to WA. I'd buy the 2Hearted all the time.

09-27-2010 18:14:08 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

I've had this bottle for quite a while, and it is still very tasty. One of the brothers said he couldn't find a freshness date, and another gave it a C mentioning it might have been a bad bottle. Bell's prints the batch number on the back of the bottle near the bottom. Mine was 9754, which I typed into the batch finder here:


Here are the stats:
Bottled on May 27th, 2010
Alcohol by Volume: 7.0%
Original Gravity: 1.064
Shelf Life: 6 months from package date

A: Gold color, not much head, not much retention. No lacing. Average.

S: Nice smell, fruity, rather hoppy, loads of brown sugary malt.

T: Sweet malt makes this a real treat. Hops add a wonderful bitter taste up front as well. Fruity taste is in the background, and it adds a nice touch. True mastery of the style here! Just a tad of smoke in the aftertaste.

M: Pretty light, non-astringent, dry, medium-body. Wonderful.

D: Goes down great. Good alone or with food for sure.

09-26-2010 00:55:09 | More by ralree
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4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

This old time favorite pours copper orange in color and has a nice white foamy head that is still one finger thick after about ten minutes or so. Unbelievable head retention too.

Smells of citrus fruits and sticky hop juice. What's not to like? And it's bold and in your face too!

Taste is citrusy and bitter with just the right amount of malty sweetness in the background. Nice lingering hop finish that lets you know that you're sippin' on an Ipa, but not super overpowering either.

Medium mouthfeel with a nice hop bite.

I could (and have) easily drink a sixer.

Morey's Bottom Line: This used to always be my favorite beer, and I'm finding out (after not having it for quite some time) that it still is. Hop Wallop, Nugget Nectar, and Hoppe are all great beers, but I'd have to say that Two Hearted is my favorite Ipa of all time.

09-25-2010 21:43:21 | More by Morey
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

A- a light golden color, with about a one inch white foamy head.

S- pine and citrus, along with some hops

T- Wow this is good, has a nice bitter bite up front with the pine and hops coming through. Then finishes smooth and crisp with a nice clean citrus end.

M- definitely leaves a nice puckering of the cheeks.

I really like this beer. I had heard good things and this one lived up to the hype. Drinkabiltiy would be higher but after a 4-5 of these you'd be gone.

09-25-2010 13:07:31 | More by king75
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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