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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,487 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,487
Reviews: 3,053
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 585
Gots: 1,320 | 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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dimitrius

Hawaii

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance - Rich in color, with a good off-white head. Slightly hazy.
Smell - Citrus notes, in the form of a sweet grapefruit, with floral end notes. Slight passionfruit notes as well.
Taste - Bitter hops up front, with a sweet middle and a nice nutty, malty end. I taste the grapefruit/passionfruit I smelled.
Mouthfeel - Crisp, with a nice bite and perfect carbonation.
Drinkability - I could put a few of these down with a smile.

10-30-2010 20:41:17 | More by dimitrius
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -12.6%

Reviewed from blinded tasting notes.

A. Pours a clear yellow with a white head.

S. Mild Hoppiness.

T. Fairly mild hop bitterness (especially considering that this beer was no more than 1 week off of the bottling line).

M. Thin body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D. Good, but not terribly interesting.

I've had this many times at the bar and at home and loved it. I'll still buy this fairly regularly, but it didn't really hold up very well in a blinded IPA tasting.

10-28-2010 03:15:26 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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chalsk

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours an amber orange haze with a white soapy head. Aroma of grapefruit and some pine. Very delicious. Grapefruit sweet up front with bitters on the backend. Dry finish. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Resiny towards the end. Very enjoyable. Another great beer from Bell's.

10-28-2010 01:32:13 | More by chalsk
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BuckyFresh

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. The beer pours a golden color with a frothy, two-finger head. The head on this beer is amazingly pillowy and porous, with amazing retention and lacing present. There's little visible carbonation to speak of.

Smell: Amazing floral hop aroma! Citrus fruits, pineapple, pear, and grapefruit are all present. There's also some nice malty, grainy sweetness offset by a bitter grassy character.

Taste: Creamy texture with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Decent malt profile and citrus add depth and complexity. There is just a touch of alcohol and the end to add a comforting warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, with great hop bitterness. There's a pretty long finish, but the entire tasting experience is smooth and subtle.

Drinkability: Excellent example of the variety. I could definitely have a few of these on a hot summer day (or any other day of the year for that matter).

10-27-2010 22:52:32 | More by BuckyFresh
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JizackFH

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a nice dark golden color with a pretty decent white fluffy head. Left nice lacing on the glass, and a small ring of foam hung around after the rest had dissipated. Very nice hop smell to it with some notes of citrus. I really like this IPA I think it has a good balance of hops and malt. Very nice hop presence though. Theres a slight taste of citrus and orange as well that is nice and refreshing. The mouthfeel was nice on this, it went down reeal smooth. Drinkability is good as well. I could drink these all day and nght. Good job Bells.

10-27-2010 17:01:08 | More by JizackFH
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

dark golden color with a white head. excellent lacing throughout. smell is of sweet citric hops. taste is similar to the nose with very strong lemon notes and a floral freshness to it. slight bitterness, but not much, the hops is more in the aroma. it leaves hardly any aftertaste and does not coat the mouth. very drinkable. this is one of my favorite IPAs. I was a bit worried as there was no date on this, but freshness was not an issue.

10-27-2010 01:26:37 | More by Blanco
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TheSeeker61

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

A- Poured an inch head which faded but a thin head hung around. Has a nice foggy orange look to it. Good lacing.

S- Great hoppy, herbal, floral, citrus smell. Could smell this aroma all day.

T- Had a citrus hoppy beginning and middle to slight bitter finish which gave the beer balance.

M- Really enjoyed the mouthfeel. Went down smoothly, kinda thick.

D- Can really see how IPAs drink very well in the summer, but given where I am in Georgia today in October, it's kinda warm not summer hot but this is still a refreshing brew to sip on. As I'm not a big IPA guy this one is very impressionable and I will have this one again.

10-26-2010 20:36:08 | More by TheSeeker61
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

12oz bottle, batch code #9977. according to website, bottled on 9/7/10. so about 1.5 months old, pretty fresh. and I bought from the cooler section.

looks a bright clear golden color. nice fluffy white head. decent lacing. big hoppy aroma, with a little citrus sweetness in there.

taste starts with a crisp hop bite, but finishes fairly balanced and clean. hint of grapefruit, orange?

medium to high carbonation, yet fairly smooth mouthfeel. for a hoppy IPA it's fairly drinkable.

10-26-2010 03:43:02 | More by jmdrpi
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ElGeordie

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%

Pint from the Capital Ale house.
Looks good: dark yellow with thinnish head.
Plenty of hoppy, citrussy aroma.
Nice and hoppy on the palate but fairly one dimensional - no malt notes to speak of.
Typical American IPA.
Refreshing but I don't think I could drink it all night.

10-25-2010 18:25:07 | More by ElGeordie
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jlandis

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Translucent copper orange in color with a one finger white head, The head looks rich a creamy with the densely packed bubbles.

S - A blast of citrus and grapefruit right up front with a nice subtle malt profile.

T - Bitter grapefruit dominates the palate and a nice creamy malt backbone holds it all together.

M - Creamy with just enough carbonation.

D - This is a fantastic IPA, and I'm glad I picked this up in the mixed six pack from Wegmans. This is one of those beers you could drink all night and never get tired of the flavor.

10-25-2010 14:40:53 | More by jlandis
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Boto

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Draught @ Mellow Mushroom Raleigh: The beer pours a fairly clear, orangish color. There was a bit of a white head on it. It has a very nice aroma. The main nose is that of citrus with some floral hops. Strong, but not overpowering. A hint of sweetness in the aroma also. Upfront taste of hops. Strong, but not overdone. Aftertaste has a bit of orange to it, a hint of both sweetness and tartness. Quite good!

10-25-2010 00:04:21 | More by Boto
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salvo

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours pale straw almost clear with just a light haze keeping it short of clear. Half an inch of pure white soap foamy head remains for a long time, finally subsiding as a soapy resin ring that laces the glass.

Smell is all citrus hops with just an afterthought of malt sweetness. Taste is grapefruit, with lemon and orange hints peeking through. Toasted malts make a fleeting appearance before the long growing bitterness takes over, rolling over and staying with the tongue and cheeks and palate for a long, lingering, drying, antiseptic finish.

Highly, perhaps even deceptively, drinkable at 7%, and I know Bells has been getting slammed for poor QC lately, but the last few sixers I've had from them have been flawless. I'm at the point where I always try to have these, Alpha King, and Sun King's Osiris in the fridge at all times. And keeping them around becomes its own challenge because they're all so damned tasty.

10-24-2010 21:43:16 | More by salvo
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blittle

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%

A - Nice consistent head with moderate lacing on the glass with light amber color
S - Above average for an American IPA. An even balance of floral and citrus competing with a pine aroma.
T - Just the right amount of bitterness you would expect from an IPA, but beyond that, not that exciting.
M - The perfect amount of carbonation
D - Very drinkable. Easy to continue on with the second and third.

Having tasted a number of American IPAs, this one does not rank among my favorites. Disappointing relative to the strong reviews this beer has received.

10-24-2010 20:56:24 | More by blittle
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

A: Beautiful golden yellow that produced a plentiful white head that slowly receded to a pool leaving minimal lacing
S: Citrusy and piney, otherwise known as delicious
T: hard to desribe but it starts with a sweet citrus flavor, goes a little piney, then has a little spice. It finishes with a sweet and spicy aftertaste that leaves the mouth coated. Very good
M: Not too heavy and not too light with a just right amount of carbonation
D: It's a beer I'd drink in place of water. it tastes like pliny the elder but it is much more available

Overall: very good IPA with plenty of hop flavor and bitterness with just enough malt sweetness to keep it in check. I'd recommend this beer to anyone that likes IPAs.

10-24-2010 03:19:09 | More by SHODriver
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

Up front I must confess this is my favorite IPA. Pours a nice amber color with a perfect one finger head that leaves some light lacing. Great floral and hoppy notes in the aroma, with a hint of grapefruit. The taste is incredible. Smooth on the palate with the perfect mix of hoppy bitterness and malt balance. Hard to get enough of this delicious brew.

10-23-2010 22:55:22 | More by FanofHefe
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A pint on tap at whole foods Plymouth meeting.

A- comes off the tap with a good finger of off white head that settles in a bit to a thick foamy ring and some sweet lace. Golden sunset orange yellow in color with a bit of hazy given off a nice glow.

S- citrus fruits coming off with lots of grapefruit and some orange. Pine to a lesser extent. Touches of honey like sweetness with a hint of dry biscuit.

T- lots of grapefruit up front with some lemon and orange not far behind. Slow roll into a bit if conifer like sappy quality with a hint of soapy herbatiousness. Malts play second fiddle but balance things out nicely. Some bone dry scones with a bit of honey on top. Long hoppy linger.

M- a bit less then medium in body with a bright and lively carb. Bone dry finish.

D- this is a tasty ipa I always get that hint of soap but its not a turn off. On cask this is a great beer on tap its very good.

10-23-2010 18:42:59 | More by oglmcdgl
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

12oz bottle into standard shaker. from notes.

A - pours a hazy darker yellow with a nice, fluffy white head and excellent lacing.

S - Strong, floral hops but not much else.

T - Very IPA hop forward but tastes very balanced. It's definitely not a hop bomb but gives you enough bitterness to satisfy. I noticed a touch of honey on the back end, nice!

M - Medium to lighter body, a touch thin. Lots of carbonation, but overall a good feel.

D - Easy drinker. A good fishing beer, as the label might suggest! If only it came in cans....that would be awesome.

10-22-2010 15:17:54 | More by OakedCanuck
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -4%

12oz bottle (props to the generous BA StormKing47) of batch 9990 which was bottled on September 15th and tonight is poured into my Duvel tulip.

Two Hearted Ale pours a nice dark tangerine/orange color; not 100% translucent as it has a little bit of haze to it. A nice three finger head of creamy bone colored foam rises up. Retention is very good, but lacing is a bit spotty for an American IPA. Nose is pretty good, a citrus and pine bomb, but I'm not finding any hint of malt balance. The malt definitely shows up in the taste though, equal parts caramel and bready and very good. A wave of bitterness (just a bit much for a beer of this size) washes over my palate next. I really like that this isn't just straight up citrus on the back end, a healthy dose of pine works really well. Body is a little bit light for this beer, but I think carbonation is especially key for a beer like this as it can help elevate (or dull) the hops and Bell's really nailed it for Two Hearted. It's carbed a little bit on the high end, but not anywhere close to becoming obnoxious. The only real chink in Two Hearted's armor is a level of bitterness that I think is *just* overstepping its bounds. It really is a minor quibble in the face of a great beer.

10-21-2010 02:40:32 | More by axeman9182
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weizenbob

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -4%

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.

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

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

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

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

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

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

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

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

10-15-2010 21:21:27 | More by beagle75
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 10,487 ratings.