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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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9,991 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,991
Reviews: 3,028
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 554
Gots: 1,085 | 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 juhl31


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

-golden with a straight up white head

-good floral hops and not overdone at all

-nice bite up front, then the bitterness really opens up

-a bit on the dry side and a little harsh on the palate

-very drinkable. a good tasty beer overall. is an A on here for a reason

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 19:52:40 | More by juhl31
Photo of tegelaar


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

Picked it up on a beer run while in PA. I loved it when I visited Chicago.

Pours a nice golden amber color. Not much head due to my gentle pour but plenty of lacing.

Smellls hoppy and citrusy! Yumm! Tiny bit of malt smell and it just reeks of freshness.

Tastes super hoppy but you can still make out the malt backbone. Incredibly well balanced and delicious. Has almost a creamy taste to it.

Mouthfeel is light and enjoyable. Not overly carbed or syrupy.

Drinkability is dangerous as it goes down quite easy. The ABV will prevent you from over indulging too much.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 23:46:37 | More by tegelaar
Photo of Shumista


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear plastic cup because I am too lazy to do my dishes.

A- Pours a dark gold copper with a huge fluffy white head.
S- Floral, grassy hops with a biscuity malt background.
T- Very sharp grassy and floral hops, almost a bit over the top and harsh. Biscuity maltiness at the end, followed by a lingering bitterness.
M- Very good, medium carbonation, coats the inside of the mouth very pleasantly. Little bit of alchohol warmth maybe?
D- An extremely drinkable IPA, you could drink this all night.

While not my first choice for an IPA due to the fact that I always find the hoppiness a little harsh, this is no doubt a solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 02:03:21 | More by Shumista
Photo of Deuane


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

Wow! I finally land a pint of 2-Hearted on cask. At the Buckeye Beer Engine.

A-Golden copper with an absolutely lovely, thick, meringue-like, off-white head that reduced a touch and left thick, ringing lace.

S-Mangoes and tangerine with a subtle hint of sweet caramel! Whoa! This is nice!

T-Ahhh---WOW! All the hops, Oh my! The malt--mmmm! Damn, so nice. Honey covered tropical fruit compote on a fresh baked biscuit--Gees Louise this is good.

M-Medium bodied yet soft and light feeling. So smooth and creamy. LONG lingering bitterness--absolutely delicious!

D-Crazy good! This, already very good beer, is off the hizey served on cask! So glad to finally track down this one down served via the engine!

Serving type: cask

11-23-2009 13:09:00 | More by Deuane
Photo of SpdKilz


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

First off, thanks to kzoobrew for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Poured into my SA Perfect Pint with a brilliant amber/golden hazy color. Two full fingers of incredibly fluffy, white head. It is slowly receding and leaving, honestly, some damn chunky lacing. This beer looks freaking fantastic.

Smell - A pleasant hop/citrus aroma that is not overly potent but just right. Allowing the smells to differentiate themselves I can smell a bit more floral hops, sour grapefruit citrus, pine needles, and then a hint of malt that brings it together.

Taste - Honestly, not as hoppy as I expected, which is not a bad thing. It is much more balanced. Of course up front you get the hoppy/piney taste followed immediately by a wave of citrus/floral and it finishes up strong with a bit of malty sweetness. To be perfectly honest, this is not as balanced as The Oracle. I felt that had a much more pronounced citrus and malt characteristic that made it even more balanced than this beer (though don't get me wrong - compared to many a IPA/DIPA out here in CA, there is often the very unbalanced, bitter/hoppy type beer. I have found myself gravitating toward more balanced D/IPA's as of late and this would definitely be one of them). But overall, wow. A very good beer. Midwest represent!

Mouthfeel - A medium, almost syrupy mouthfeel with light-medium carbonation. Finishes with a nice spicy, crisp finish.

Drinkability - More than I'd like to admit. I'm not sure the price for a six pack of these since I am out in California, but I could easily see me using this as a session beer...a very potent 7% session beer. A very enjoyable, balanced beer that I will be sure to pick up next time I am visiting the Midwest.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 01:04:27 | More by SpdKilz
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, full finger of off white fluffy head that stays around awhile, slightly hazy goldenrod coloring, loads of carbonation, for some reason i'm really loving the fish artwork on the label, very straight forward yet, interesting.

s- not a real strong nose, some tart grapefruit, little bit of dry biscuit, pale malts.

t- pink grapefruit, grapefruit pith, sappy pine, finish is dry and super bitter - bitterness lingers for a very long time, some pineapple in the finish as well, boy do i love a well crafted ipa.

m- medium body with a good bit of slickness and hop coating.

d- this is living up to the hype, very tasty, and nicely hopped, and awesomely bitter, i could drink this all night for sure, and will definately be buying this in the future, a homerun for bells!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 22:01:16 | More by thecarster1
Photo of ryanonline


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

pours a beautiful clear golden amber with a nice fluffy white head. good lacing.

this beer smells great a light floral hop aroma with, sort of a fruity (berry) scent behind it. backing notes of citrus, maybe pineapple.

citrus and fruity (berry again) up front, nice bitter hop finish with maybe some grapefruit. tastes very much like an ipa, a little more mellow than most but still assertive where it needs to be.

light and sort of creamy mouthfeel, there is some carbonation but it really only shows up at the end of your swallow.

this is an incredibly drinkable beer, for the flavor and abv its not heavy at all. and it just begs to be drank again (maybe that's me doing the begging?)

this has got to be one of my favorite normal (ie not imperial or doulble or any of that extra stuff) beers, can't get enough of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 03:47:29 | More by ryanonline
Photo of raverjames


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

On tap at Chai's (Two Hearted release party)
A: Pale amber with white 1-finger head.
S: Grapefruit and pine. Caramel malt in the back.
T: Tropical fruits with a nice malty backbone. Everything is balanced.
M: Nice bitter bite without being offensive. Dry enough for an IPA, but still a tad sweet.
D: Excellent! Super hoppy yet balanced. This is up there with the best IPAs in the world.

So happy to have this available again. Bells never disappoints!

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2009 04:26:44 | More by raverjames
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask version at Aroma's in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy yet bright copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of citrus, spruce, and pale malts, in that order. Loads of hop aroma come out and there is less of an influence from the malts than tap versions.

Tastes very good. Pale malt flavors are a bit more pronounced than the smell would intimate but soon give way to massive amounts of grapefruit and spruce hop flavors that manage to not be over the top. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's slick with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this solidifies the fact that there is no bad way to have this beer. The cask lets the hops shine a bit more but any way you can get it this is worth a shot.

Serving type: cask

11-20-2009 03:50:37 | More by glid02
Photo of Thur123


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright, somewhat pale, and hazy orange color with a nice foamy white head that sticks around a little bit, but without ever having gotten too big. The lacing appears too good so far. The smell is bittersweet and effervescent hops with a definite balance that's skews to the hop side of things. Citrus, grapefruit and herbs accounted for.

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First thing that hits the tongue is just all the hops, which soon leave a very sweet and sour flavor in the aftertaste. Pineapples, all kinds of citrus and a bit of the grapefruit attack the taste buds but lay off quickly, while still leaving a hop edge. The mouth feel is a little watery but over all very carbonated and creamy. Overall a very choice and exact IPA with very little to complain about.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 02:31:02 | More by Thur123
Photo of ChuggyMcBeer


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Batch 9304, bottled 8/17.

A: Very hazy orange with a two finger head. A tremendous amount of lacing.

S: Hop forward, but I can tell that three months of sitting on the shelf has done this some injustice. The hops give way to the malt a bit in the nose.

T: As the smell indicates, the hops have faded a little but not too much. The finish is remarkable. I usually prefer IPA's with little to no malt backbone, but the malt character here balances the hop flavor quite nicely.

M: Well carbonated and refreshing.

D: A very well balanced IPA, I can easily see myself having way too many of these in a sitting

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 02:34:41 | More by ChuggyMcBeer
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New York

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

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

A: Pours a semi-vigorous 2.5 finger creamy, fluffy, fine white head with great retention. Brew itself is a crystal clear golden bronze, showcasing ample carbonation. Lacing is unbelievable, like a ruler on the glass.

S: Nose is strong fresh grapefruit and citrus hops. Also sweet floral esters can be faintly detected. Smell here is very pure, simple, and strong.

T: Opens bittering and citrus hops with a presence of brown sugar. These fade into a deep subdued maltiness with the hop backbone still present. Flavors fade simply and without fanfare, leaving a bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, coarse and carbonated. Mouthfeel is very clean. Finish is wet and messy and lingers a bit.

D: The perfect IPA. This one gives Sculpin a run for its money. I could and will have this again and again. One of my stand-by brews when I want something lighter and more refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 00:22:55 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Harpreet from Perry's...

Pours a nice slightly hazy medium gold color with minimal head. The smell is what I expected from an east coast IPA...sweet grapefruity scent with a faint hop presence. A very nicely balanced IPA, but as stated above, more on the sweet malty side then a hoppier IPA. Seeing a minimal head on the beer when pored, I thought it may be under carbonated, but it was actually near perfect. A very nice job to Bell's for making this well balanced IPA that is very drinkable indeed.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 22:09:44 | More by hophead247
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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy orangey-golden color with a thick two-and-a-half fingers of off-white froth that settles lazily, grasping at the walls of the glass as it fades, leaving behind a thick, broken blanket of lace.

Lots of bright, citrusy hop notes in the nose: grapefruit and orange in the foreground, some floral notes with some bubblegum peaking through, along with some faint fruity esters filling in the rear.

A light-to-moderate carbonation combines with a medium body to give an impression of fullness. The malt backbone is more bready than sweet, but a touch of sweetness does show through; hops fill out the palate, with sharp grapefruit and lemon zest, a bit of citrus pith. Quite bitter and dry, with some slick hop resin; things fall away into a bitter finish with some light toast, very dry and with a lingering grapefruit note.

Despite the heavy-handed hop impression, Two Hearted comes across mostly balanced, though perhaps with the scales leaning slightly toward the bitter end of the spectrum. Overall very pleasant and a well-crafted and drinkable IPA, and while the alcohol content doesn't soar, it's high enough to make itself known. Two of these would provide enough mind-numbingness and palatial devastation to hinder further quaffing.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 04:55:37 | More by superdedooperboy
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to rudylaw for hooking me up!

A - Pours cloudy copper with a large off-white head. Retention is good and lacing is plentiful.

S - Lots of floral hop aromas backed by an enticing honey-like sweetness. A noticeable amount of citrus comes through as well.

T - Earthy hop notes dominate up front with citrus hop flavors and a caramel-like sweetness coming through in the finish. The hops are dominant, yet this is a very well-balanced beer. Absolutely delicious!!

M - Medium-bodied with a slightly wet finish. Goes down smooth and easy.

D - Very enjoyable and incredibly easy to drink! This is a classic Eastern IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 19:29:17 | More by pwsoldier
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4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Has a pretty standard golden IPA color with a extremely slight cloudiness. Has excellent head retention that leaves some impressive lacing on the sides of the glass. Definitely gives off an awesome citrus hop aroma. The taste follows up with that same citrus hop punch. Nice hop flavor that is balanced very well. Has a slightly oily mouthfeel, but this doesn't take anything away from the beer. This is one of the easiest drinking IPAs that I have ever had. Great flavor to go with the drinkability. Definitely one of the top three IPAs I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 02:03:24 | More by ugaterrapin
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very pleasantly surprised to see this on cask today at Pizza Paradiso at the Dupont Circle location.

The beer pours the expected peachy orange color with good head retention and exceptional lacing. The nose has the prototypical perfumy citrus, white pepper and spice I've come to expect with two hearted. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except the cask conditioning has given this beer a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The beer has lost some of the hoppy bite you get on C02, but the creamy mouthfeel makes up for it in my opinion. Drinkability is very, very good, with the alcohol very well disguised.

Obviously, this beer is a masterpiece, but is an absolute joy to try on cask. Yumm....

Serving type: cask

11-12-2009 00:34:43 | More by John_M


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

Outstanding in every respect.
Quickly became a fovorite of mine.
Tastes full.
Good head, leaving lace as you drink.
Poured into glass about halfway so head could build.
I found this beer awhile ago at a World Market as a single and have been buying this, and others on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 16:39:52 | More by FLYINGSCOOTER
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: Hazy straw color. Two fingers of thick creamy head with excellent retention. This bitch is sticky as hell as tons of lacing fills my glass.

4.0 S: Floral and citrus hops dominate the nose. There's also a healthy bit of pine in there as well. Lots of fruitiness with pineapple up front and hints of mango in the background.

4.0 T: Overall it's more balanced than I was expecting. Not too bitter, but hop flavor is plentiful. Pine and citrusy mango are foremost int the taste. Also present is a pleasant caramel maltiness.

4.5 M: Medium body. Very creamy with good carbonation. Well done here.

4.5 D: Because it's relatively well-balanced, this is a very drinkable beer. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 04:53:12 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Hullabaloo2


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

Aroma - Wonderful citrus hop nose. Fruity esters and a mild malt sweetness. Notes of honey.

Appearance - Gold color with a nice hop haze. The head poured one fingerwidth and dissipated to 1/2 fingerwidth. The head is frothy and white with good lacing. Some visible carbonation.

Taste - The taste fully supports the aroma. Inital hop bitterness and citrus flavor. The malt comes in to support the bitterness and is followed by some esters. The bitterness is present the whole way through, but is not overwhelming. There is a mild lingering bitterness. Very nice flavors.

Mouth Feel - Medium body with medium carbonation. There is a bit of a carbonic acid bite. Bitterness, but smooth.

Overall Impression - This is one of the best IPAs that I've had the pleasure of drinking. It is nicely balanced torward the hops, but does not leave behind the malt backbone like many other IPAs do. This beer needs to be on your buy list.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 00:58:11 | More by Hullabaloo2
Photo of joedon


4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nearly a perfect IPA. Brilliant gold color with sticky lace. Hoppy-spicy aroma. Perfect balance between bitterness and maltiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability just right for the style.

Kind of hard to find this on tap in Minnesota but worth the effort.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 22:56:50 | More by joedon
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass after I got a sixer back through the airport. Its a lighter amber hue, clear good lacing but the head falls a bit too fast.

S- Wonderful IPA smell. Lots of Floral hops. Fresh Pine and citrus smells. There is a good bready malt tones ot the backbone.

T- Lots of Floral Hop notes. Its very crisp bitterness has a tough of earthy notes. Very good Carmel malt backbone almost leaves a dark fruit taste behind with a touch of pepper to the finish.

M- Medium body, clots of carbonation and a dry finish.

O- Wonderful IPA. Well balanced. Will have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 06:24:41 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... finger thick, pillowy white head with good retention sits on top of a cloudy golden beer with mild activity. Nice lacing

S- Definate smell of hops though its not overpowering

T- Very mild start, maybe a hint of sweet maltiness. Citrus. Grapefruit. Floral. Finishes with in your face hops... tasty

M- Pretty watery... lighter bodied with light to medium carbonation. Not an extended amount of hop aftertaste considering the huge hop flavor

D- Going down easy... trouble with such a high abv


Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 21:00:46 | More by bbeane
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint

A- The beer pours a somewhat cloudy golden color with about a finger and a half's worth of white billowy head. The head stays on for a while and leaves a good lacing on the glass.
S- A nice but not overpowering amount of hops with some nice piney scent. Also on the tail end a little bit of malt.
T- This one heck of a balanced IPA. The hops blends well with the malt and the little citrus underlying. The may even be a little orange which seems to help with the citrus.
M- The feel of this beer is pretty darn good. Nice and smooth, medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.
D- This may be the best IPA in the Midwest. The flavor is super balanced, really smooth and just an overall great beer. Hats off to my Michigan neighbors.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 23:31:46 | More by Wisconsinality
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New York

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a small off white head; smells very hoppy and sweet with a great floral hop aroma that is quite strong in a very good way.

Tastes sweet and hoppy with floral hops, pine, malt, light spices, grass and citrus. Could be some other flavors like nutmeg mixed in, but the floral hops dominate in a nice balanced way. Very light and crisp with an overall floral hoppy taste that finishes dry and leaves a very nice hop taste.

Brew has good sticky lacing as it goes down and overall is a very good beer! Recommend trying this beer and it goes down easy, has great flavor and the alcohol does not take away from the great taste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 04:18:47 | More by CHickman
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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