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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

9,905 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,905
Reviews: 3,027
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 552
Gots: 1,042 | 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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drtth

Pennsylvania

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

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a dark golden/orange color with a 2" frothy white head that recedes slowly leaving lacing on the sides of the glass. It eventually settles into a nice ring of foam with a thick patch of foam in the middle. Initially sipping leave sheets and leggy lacing patterns of lacing on both sides of the glass. Towards the end of the beer the lacing is more speckled but it persists to the end.

Smell: The aroma has a nice floral citrus character with a hint of pine mixed in and backed up by a sweet malt background.

Taste: The flavor is definitely that of floral citrus hops (primarily grapefruit) with some fruity bitterness popping in and out as it rides on the back of the almost fruity sweet malt background that keeps everything organized and integrated.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-bodied, smooth and creamy, with moderate but continuous carbonation. The finish is long and smooth with citrus and pine bitterness fading to dryness and taking its own good time to do so and leaving one wanting more.

Drinkability: This is definitely a top notch IPA. It is very nice to drink and one of my favorites. It shows an excellent balance between hops with malt backbone keeping things smooth and easily sippable. This is clearly a beer to seek out again and again and again....

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 01:03:41 | More by drtth
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washburnkid

New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am quite literally addicted to this beer.

A: Three fingers barely off-white head over a somewhat hazed golden. Fluffy retention and sticky lacing all over the glass.
S: Aromas are citrusy goodness. Mandarins and grapefruits, with caramel malt all the way in the back and barely discernible. I know I am going to love the taste of this beer.
T: Great citrus hops up front, and lingering in the back. There's a dark fruitiness that is also pleasant. There is a faint bready malt, which only tones the hops down in a minor way. They're really there to balance. Tons of florals. I just might die...this is exactly what I crave in an IPA!
M and D: Crisp carbonation and a smooth, medium body make this such a drinkable IPA, especially for this Ohio humidity that I am having to get used to. I can drink this stuff all day, and I just might go do that now...

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 20:05:16 | More by washburnkid
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice, cloudy, golden-orange color with a two finger foamy head. SLowy dissipating, decent lacing. Pretty attractive beer.

S - Three feet away from the pour and this one hits my nose. First thing I smell is sweet, then a nice citrisy hops. Flowers, orange, and caramel make for a nice mix.

T - I am surprised at how much I like this. I definately taste orange, but it's orange flavor, not orange citris. The citris is there though, nice hoppy taste, and I catch the sweet, subtle carmel coming over the orange taste. Unbelievable distinction in this. Stays for a long second, than the bitter aftertaste comes in briefly as the beer leaves your mouth. Very impressed.

M - A little watery, light bodied, carbination helps to give it enough kick to balance out how light this is.

D - Easily drinkable, even for a something that has some bitter in it. Would love to have more of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 03:04:16 | More by AgentZero
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with two fingers of foamy white head.

Scent of strong hops, citrus, and sweet sugar to balance it out. One of the beers I can not get enough of the scent, awesome stuff.

Taste of hops, citrus, and sugars. Excellent, a bit more balanced that the bottled version.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice bite.

Serving type: cask

08-16-2009 02:02:49 | More by paco1029384756
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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

My first review, so here goes nothing.

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
A: A moderately vigorous pour produces a white one-inch head atop an orange-gold body. Solid retention and lots of fine lace. Halfway through, a swirl of the tulip brings back a 3/4 inch head that never fully goes away. Fairly light for an IPA, but definitely not outside of style. Good-looking beer.
S: Hops predominate, with the major notes being citric (especially orange) and floral. A little grassy. A surprisingly sweet, caramel malt undertone backs up the hops.
T: Largely an extension of the nose, the orange hops take center stage. Surprisingly enough the caramel malts are nowhere to be found, drowned out by the bitterness of the hops - the hops are delicious, though, so I'm not complaining. The hops carry through to the bone dry finish, and are joined by just a hint of alcohol.
M: Medium-bodied and quite smooth for the generous amount of carbonation - just what I want from an IPA.
D: The clean, bitter finish leaves me itching for another sip, and I could happily drink several of these in a row. Almost scarily drinkable for an IPA over 7%.
Notes: This bottle was the next to last one from a case I bought when I visited the brewery back in June. While still delicious, I definitely would have rated the beer slightly higher for both smell and taste back when it was fresh. The first few I cracked were unbelievably alive with citrus, and were simply unforgettable. A great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 22:06:03 | More by woosterbill
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jbone78

Florida

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

One that i can trust to be at the store and taste the same every time.

A- Pours nice and hazy, as a dry hopped brew should.
S- not all that aromatic like an AIPA should be, but who cares.
T- this is the part that keeps you coming back! Great balance between the malts and the hops. Not a super sweet flavor or super hoppy flavor.
M- As mentioned, there is not an over malty or over hoppiness. Meaning, very smooth in my book.
D- One of my favorites.

-Bye

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 23:07:07 | More by jbone78
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bigdan908

North Carolina

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

I was surprised to hear the words "Gee, this is fantastic" slip out of my mouth even before taking a sip. You'll soon find out why.

A - Nice golden color. It poured with a finger head which didn't last too long.

S - The floral hop smell that this beer emits is phenomenal. I clearly pick up some citrus as well as a little pine. No malt or yeast characteristic smells can be detected.

T - WOW. The hops hit out front. They taste very much as they smell. I receive the hop bitterness on the mid palette. It finished very smoothly for a big beer.

M - Just right for this particular style of beer.

D - This is a big beer. I probably couldn't drink too many of these but it's hard to tell that it is 7.1%

Overall, this is a very outstanding beer and is one of my favorite IPAs thus far.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 03:38:10 | More by bigdan908
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy dark golden color with a 2-finger slightly off-white head that has decent retention and leaves a good bit of lacing.

Nice floral aroma of grapefruit, pineapple and some lighter notes of pine in the back.

Lots of hops evident in the taste but not completely overdone. Grapefruit, pineapple and some lemon all come out along with a piney finish. There is a little malt evident as well making this IPA a little more balanced. Overall very much on the hoppy side but not so much that it is a complete hop bomb.

Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. This is a classic IPA that I don't think I'll ever get tired of. Looking forward to enjoying many more of these over the years.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 02:56:16 | More by Vengeance526
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ibbjamin

California

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

I've had many of these beers over the years and have become quite fond. I am re-reviewing this one about 9 months since my last. A 6pack of 12oz bottles from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI set me back $9.49 this time. I pour into a standard pint glass to review.

Massive head that is slightly off white, very light and pillowey. Slightly cloudy golden yellow color with many rising carbonation bubbles.

Such a pleasant floral hop bouquet on this single IPA. There is the grapefruit and pine in the background, which comes more to the forefront as it warms.

Taste is also quite floral with citrus grapefruit tones showing face as well.

Medium body. Perfectly carbonated. A touch of oil from the hops. Lasting finish of pleasant floral hops. Superb drinkability.

Such a pleasure to drink this fine IPA which stands right at or near the top of its class.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 04:25:42 | More by ibbjamin
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2Stout4u

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 2nd favorite IPA, right behind Columbus Brewing Co.'s version. Basicly it's like college football Columbus, OH. is just better than Michigan!!!. My wife is opposite she says Bells then CBC. With Bells you can't go wrong. This beer is borderline Dipa, but it is much more balanced. Price is a little higher than I like but it is a nice IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 01:32:33 | More by 2Stout4u
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BigAl723

Michigan

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

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. The best deal in the city.

A: A dark gold with a big creamy tan head.

S: Citrus, pineapple, campfire, and hops.

T: After taking a sip I noticed grapefruit and some lemon zest. A nice hop aroma just rolls from the glass into my mouth.

M: Fairly carbonated. But just right.

D: Very drinkable. I love the ABV on this beer. It's not too weak but it's not overpowering. You can session this puppy until dawn. Well maybe not dawn but you get the point.

Overall, one outstanding beer from Mr. Bell. This IPA is the IPA that got me into IPA's a few years back. I don't drink it as much as I should because of the selection at Ashley's, but I love a Two Hearted Ale once and a while.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 19:20:20 | More by BigAl723
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bonbini26

New Jersey

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

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one-finger creamy white head. Swiss cheese lacing down the glass. The smell is suttle, yet strong of floral, piney, citris fruit. Taste is the same with floral, piney, citrus bitterness upfront, with just enough malty sweetness to balance it. Alcohol is very well hidden, in the chewy creamy, rich bodyChewy, creamy, rich body. Hoppiness lingers. Excellent hop balance with this one, very easy drinking. My last one i sipped just because i didn't want it to end! Please come to New Jersey, until then PA road trips.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 18:27:49 | More by bonbini26
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meatmallet

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a medium sized white frothy head. Lots of carbonation streaming from the bottom.

Smell: Citrus with a wonderful floral and pine hop smell. Not overpowering but just right.

Taste: Malty and sweet at the beginning and then the hop flavors take over. The citrus taste is pleasant and not overpowering and the floral and pine hops blend well together. There is a semi-bitter hop finish at the end which leaves a smooth aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Actually has a light but sticky mouth feel. Carbonation is just right. The hop finish and aftertaste is really good.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 23:18:37 | More by meatmallet
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mayor55

Illinois

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

Poured in to a tulip glass. Light amber color, kind of light for a typical IPA. Very thick foamy white head, also unusual for an IPA. Excellent taste and mouthfeel. Very hoppy nose. Medium bitter. excellent beer. I could drink a few of these. Doesn't seem like 7.1% alcohol. Pretty high carbonation. Best beer I've tried in a while. WORLD'S GREATEST BEER

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 22:36:21 | More by mayor55
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly hazy golden amber with a fairly thick off-white head. Aroma is fairly strong and quite hoppy, promising a good IPA. Flavor is strongly hoppy but only slightly bitter and has just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is smooth and fizzy, quite lively on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 19:35:44 | More by Cyberkedi
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baggio

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle@Akkurat

A: Golden copper with a big, white, head.

S: Citric notes, Hops, Caramel, Pine.

T: Toffee, Caramel, Pine, Citric Notes, Hops.

M: Very balanced IPA with nice initial sweetness and some refreshing bitterness at the end making this an easy drink.

Damn good IPA. Period.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 12:27:57 | More by baggio
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to both d0b and beerlovingrl for multiple bottles of this fine IPA from two different trades.

The beer pours a hazy amber/orange with a thin soapy white head that leaves minimal lacing.

The smell is all grapefruit, orange and zesty lemon peel (even for a bottle that was kind of forgotten in the back of the fridge). There is a slight malty sweetness in the background, but you get mostly hops.

The taste is slightly more fresh cut grass than the citrus and lemon of the smell, but definitely all bitter hops with very little malt to balance it out.

The beer is superdrinkable. The alcohol is barely present, the carbonation is spot on for the style and the hops aren't overpowering but they are the dominant feature. This is a very sessionable IPA that I wish was available in New England all the time.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 02:11:34 | More by rpstevens
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KBoudreau66

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received via trade from tburkhart. Thank you.

12 ounce poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark orange color with a golden tint. One finger of foamy white head that dissipates to a thin layer. Good lacing down the glass

The nose consists of a huge citrus hop aroma. Strong grapefruit and lemon peel. There's a slight malt in the undertone, but it's really tough to get a hold of with the hops kicking ass all over the place.

Taste falls right in line with the nose. It didn't let me down at all. Strong grapefruit hop flavor. Slight malt backbone. This beer is right up my alley with the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and nicely carbonated.

This is right in line with most other IPA's. Maybe a little bit less so on the drinkabilty side, because the hop flavor is so strong that it will ruin your pallet for the rest of the night. Overall a good offering, and definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 23:30:22 | More by KBoudreau66
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claykeller

Arkansas

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

Appearance: Nice clear dark-ish golden color. Dense half inch head with lacing all the way down.

Smell: The first thing my friends notice about this beer is the floral aroma. Someone said the other day that it smells like flowers! The floral aroma is the best I've personally ever experienced from a beer.

Taste: Good balance between the bitterness and malt with a great example the biscuit-y flavor that I love. Doesn't get much better for me. Even the flavor of the burp is good, not harsh or burning.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and clear, not thick, but a solid mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Great drinkability, not so strong that you have to drink it slowly, but complex enough that you want to savor it. Pretty strong ABV, as is typical with a strong IPA, but a couple of these go down great with friends and meal.

Notes: This is currently my favorite beer. Looking to find some like it that have the floral aroma and balance that this beer has. So far I haven't found any. If you are a hophead, you will love this beer and be surprised by the aroma and flavor. Enjoy!!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 04:41:37 | More by claykeller
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ChuckVee

Michigan

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

Nice honey color with a big fluffy white head. The nose is intensely flowery and yeasty. Very creamy in the mouth. The flavor is a nice biscuity yeasty malt backbone bathed in a big citrusy dose of hops. Fairly long and bitter finish. Unique flavor profile amongst IPA's. Definately satisfies the craving for a hoppy beer.
I will say that this beer can be inconsisten. For every perfect fresh bottle I have had, there has been another that lost a lot of flavor, or a cask conditioned pint that was past it's prime. I find bottles from a high turnover retailer to be most relaible.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 19:29:15 | More by ChuckVee
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kbnooshay

New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous hazy orange golden color with a huge-superfrothy head. Aroma is super super SUPER FRESH and citric! This is one incredibly doughy and yeasty brew. Flavor is very similar, soooo doughy. The more you sip the more bitter it gets. Citrus and pine flavor stays tough throughout. This is fairly dry. Feel is super chewy, creamy and full.

I wish this stuff was distributed up here.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 02:14:26 | More by kbnooshay
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crossovert

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a nice off white head. Some lacing that slides.

Smell is of aromatic hops and some fruit. Very citrusy. Very intoxicating.

Taste is excellent, a nice bite of hops, and a balanced malt attack. Hops are citrusy and bitter and the malt is mild and semi sweet. Goes down smooth with a carbonation bite at the end and a dry citrus finish.

Overall, a great beer, not too expensive, seems like it could become a regular for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 23:12:57 | More by crossovert
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Thanks Drunkmonk for the hookup.

Poured a nice golden color with good carbpnation and a small white head. Nose is floral and grapefruit. Taste is nice with hop bitterness in the beginning and middle and cleans up at the end. Very smooth and the ABV is well hidden here. Well balanced and very, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 01:19:51 | More by barleywinefiend
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atis

Finland

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

Pours slightly hazy orange with white 1/2 finger head with excellent retention, patchy lacing. Aroma is citrus floral hops, some pine, faint fruity esters.

Taste is similar to aroma, citrusy floral hops, strong pine and grapefruit with somewhat sharp bitterness, dry finish and citrus aftertaste.

It felt very, very good after a dinner in the garden, but the bitterness seemed slightly too sharp for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 15:25:22 | More by atis
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jrallen34

Illinois

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

I drank this from a bottle into a pint glass.

This beer pours a slighty cloudy gold with a white head, no real lacing.

It smells very very fruity, citrus dominating, with a slight note of hops.

It tastes wonderful. It is sweet and citrus but has a great bitter taste at the end. The thing that makes it great is that the bitter note is the best IPA end I've had and allows you to drink a ton of them.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 15:11:56 | More by jrallen34
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 9,905 ratings.