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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,418 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,418
Reviews: 3,048
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 578
Gots: 1,294 | 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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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Single bottle (batch ID 9877) brewed in Comstock MI poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy Gold-orange color with a persistent dense 1/4" off-white head. I poured slowly so left most of the yeast in the bottle. Lacing (strands and thick walls of it) all over the glass and plenty of bubbles moving up slowly through the beer. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Floral hops with some hints of grapefruit/citrus, mangos, and a malty finish. This beer does have to warm up for all the smells to come out. Cold and everything is muted.

Taste: Very hoppy flavors up front with malt in the middle with a bitter finish and a caramel/sweet aftertaste. Strong hop flavors, but the sweetness of the malts cuts through it and blends in nicely. I know this says American IPA...but I feel like I'm drinking a DIPA. It's a very rich brew.

Mouthfeel: Spicy carbonation on the tongue, but thick and smooth as well. It sticks to the teeth a bit, but I'm not minding.

Drinkability: At this high of an ABV, this is a one beer a night beer for me, as it's so tasty I'm drinking it quick and noticing the alcohol fairly quickly. Although I drank it rather quick, I could see this as a sit and savor beer. I had it with a grilled chicken salad but I found it clashed a bit so I polished off the meal quickly so I could savor the beer alone. It's a good beer that I'll have to have again.

08-28-2010 22:11:46 | More by damndirtyape
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks to chubbyswans for hooking me up with this one!

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Back label dated "9862" which translates to Bottled 7/14/2010.

Appearance: Pours a orange gold with creamy white head that leaves lots of spotting.

Nose: Got that Midwest IPA nose (reminds me vaguely of Dreadnaught/Alpha King). Some pale caramel malt intermingles with Nugget-like hops (sharp and almost minty or eucalyptal). Some candied lemon peel too. Great nose.

Palate: Crisp but has some sweetness in the middle. Medium-light-bodied with creamy, light carbonation. Pale caramel again, and sticky hops with lots of pine and herbal notes. Finish is really well balanced between bitterness and sweetness.

Notes: First off, I'd NEVER buy this based on the package if I hadn't heard of it - it looks cheap and designed for tourists. HOWEVER - this beer fucking rocks! In fact all of my housemates agree that this is the balls. Well done and I'm super jealous of people who get to drink this all the time! Thanks again chubbyswans!

08-28-2010 04:18:36 | More by SFLpunk
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aasher

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

This one was poured into a DFH pint glass. It poured quickly, a light burnt orange in color with a half inch white head. The smell is very floral and perfectly hoppy. There's a little sweetness to it. It tastes great. It mimics the aromas. It's very floral and has a great hoppyness to it. The sweetness is subtle. It drank very crisp and had good carbonation that tickled the tongue. It's incredibly drinkable. Overall it's a fine IPA and one of the best on the market.

08-28-2010 03:06:42 | More by aasher
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gtn80

Maine

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

Aroma is pure hops, very similar to Dogfish 90 minute. No fruity hop aroma, just a thick blanket of hops.

Appearance is cloudy, golden color. Small head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Taste is again pure hops, not insanely bitter, pretty well balanced with malt.

Mouthfeel is nice, viscous and a little bit oily.

Drinkability is surprisingly good for a super bitter 7% ABV beer, could definitely have a few.

08-27-2010 23:30:51 | More by gtn80
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SamuelJackson45

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

A- Cloudy gold unfiltered color.With a nice lingering medium head.

S- Smell of hops in every smell very fruity aroma.

T- Taste of strong bold hops and citrus taste as well.

M- It's very dry and crisp. Bold with citrus flavors

D- Now this beer beside the label not being a typical Bell's label not sure what the fish theme is about but it's inside the bottle that matters.
A nice bold IPA with flavor. With the bold strong hop present and citrusy flavor coming out this beer is worth drinking again and again.

Cheers...

08-26-2010 06:52:39 | More by SamuelJackson45
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

A - Hazy, light golden tangelo color. Fairly full, fluffy, creamy, cloud-like head. Great retention that leaves a full and creamy lace.

S - Great, juicy, strong hop flavor with plenty of grapefruit, orange, apricot and tropical fruits along with a nice touch of floral hops. Somewhat sweet and a great balance of bitterness too. Wonderful smelling beer.

T - Nice balance between the malt and hops. A good backbone of pale malt with a slight caramel, sweetness. On top of that is a good mix of citrus and some tropical fruit hops along with floral and slightly herbal hops. The fruitiness (in particular the tropical fruit) aren't quite as strong as the aroma, but are definitely present. Has a nice bitterness that lingers a bit, but it is well balanced with the slightly sweet malt taste. On the finish some more sweet orange hop flavor comes out. Well balanced with all the flavors.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy feel. A little thin but not bad.

D - Very easy to drink and tasty beer. Extremely balanced beer with lots of flavor.

Notes: Batch 9892. Very good and easy to drink beer. Extremely balanced between hops and malt and between hop flavors. Very good, and enjoyable IPA, especially for one that is easy to get (in the Midwest at least). Not the best beer in the world, but a very tasty one that I would keep stocked.

08-26-2010 04:33:23 | More by FreshHawk
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

A: A brownish-yellow-copper with two fingers worth of tight laced, just a smidge off white head.

S: Full nose of piney and resiny hops with a slight malt character underneath. A very hop forward IPA, yet not overly aggressive. Good balance here.

T: Big, bitter grapefruit and resiny hops that linger for quite some time. Figured the malt backbone on the nose would come through a bit more here, nevertheless it remains a very solid IPA. Good citrus notes upfront, met with grapefruit and bitter hops. Slightly dry with some white grape flavors as well.

M: Bitter and drying. Astringency is my only qualm with this one. Higher carbonation level than I am used to in an IPA as well with a mouth drying quality.

D: This beer is certainly crisp and refreshing and boasts many qualities that hop heads would love, but it just remains a bit on the bitter side for me. Easy drinking IPA with great aroma and flavor, and crisp carbonation.

08-26-2010 00:46:27 | More by kiddynamite920
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

I guess you just take some beers for granted. Quite surprised I've not yet waxed poetic on Two Hearted.

12 oz bottle semi-split with the wife while creating culinary masterpieces. Clear pale orange pour frolics in my Thirsty Troll Brewfest taster glass, residing underneath a thin fizzy white shield.

Aromas of orange marmalade, slight malt, and heavy freshly cut grapefruit.

Some grassyness upfront, followed by a bit of pine, and a long slow finish of grapefruit juiciness. A slender malt backbone provides enough support to keep this in some balance and the end is just mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with moderate carbonation. Not as dense as might be expected from a 7% beer.

Perhaps familiarity breeds content. Two Hearted is enjoyable and I could drink this til the vacas came home. Not the top shelf of IPA's, but hovering around the top of the second tier. A Tony Romo selection...discuss.

08-25-2010 22:31:47 | More by BarrytheBear
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evilkalla

Alabama

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

I saw this beer several times but never bought any. Heard it was good so I picked up a six pack this weekend.

Serving: 12 oz bottle into an ale glass.

A: A clear, copper color with a miniscule head. Did leave some lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Fruity, pungent hops.

T: Extremely well balanced maltiness/hoppiness. The bitter isn't overpowering but definitely strong. Very good.

M: Feels great in the mouth. Just the perfect level of carbonation.

D: Pretty good for an IPA. Could definitely keep drinking it.

08-25-2010 21:35:35 | More by evilkalla
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Enjoyed this little doozy while visiting a nice pub in Duluth, MN.

A - pours a nice copper golden colour, no haze, thin finger of head and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Hops are very soapy, with citrus and lemoncello on the finish. Quite nice.

T - The soapy hops come through off the top, citrus and honey come on the finish, with the slightest bitterness lingering.

M - For the hop presence, this is much less dry than anticipated, quite nice and juicy with a medium feel.

D - This stuff is addicting, goes down smooth, and has a delicious and unique hop kick to it.

08-24-2010 22:25:41 | More by andrenaline
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Bell's Two Hearted Ale is a very good American IPA, that is just short of the great beers that are now being produced. This is a beer that's been a standard for so long that perhaps it's being usurped by newer offerings. However, it is still a very good beer that does not disappoint the hophead. I've had this beer on draft and in the bottle several times, and have always enjoyed it, but today, I will review it.

The beer pours a light amber that looks green when held up to the light. A soft head clings to the top of the beer and sticks lightly to the sides of the glass. The beer smells of fresh pine, just peeled orange rind, and flowery honey. The beer tastes very crisp with bitterness up front that marries with the taste of ripe peaches and malted barley. The beer is refreshing and with tannins providing good mouth feel and a dry finish. Very drinkable and deceiving for the the 7+% ABV, but definitely not sustainable for a session.

08-24-2010 19:12:12 | More by Soonami
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Bottle 341ml. Hazy gold. Fantastic aroma of peach, tangerine and grassy hops. Flavor is well balanced between citrus, hops and pepper. Lovely dry and slightly bitter finish. Light palate, a little bit crispy. Very enjoyable. As good as it gets for an IPA.

08-23-2010 17:56:00 | More by Luk13
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

12oz bottle poured into tulip aug22 2010

A hazy pale golden with lots of little particles being moved around by a few bubbles floating up to a two finger head that lasted for a couple of minuets and left a few specks of lace

S big floral and tropical fruit with a little caramel, quite a nice blend of fruit with a little pine

T again plenty of tropical fruit and a little more pine then I could smell some caramels and no booze whatsoever, enough malt to balance things out preventing the hops from taking over completely

M not sure where all the carbonation comes from because I couldn't see this much in the glass but it creams it up a bit and this beer has great length and sticks to your gums a bit

D this is a great IPA and I was shocked at how easily it went down, for 7%alc it's very dangerous because I would be drinking this at the rate of water and I doubt that would end well

I need to thank irishkyle21 for sending this gem my way it's a great well rounded beer that I would be drinking all the time if I could get it in my area

08-22-2010 18:18:49 | More by wordemupg
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bosox941827

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass; poured cold and tasted as it warmed.
A - Deep orange, with a nice head which dissipated fairly quickly to lacing, which clings down the glass. Looks clear (no yeast, etc.), but a bit of chill haze at beginning.
S - In a word - awesome. One of the best noses ever; let's see we've got mango, apricot, orange rind, pineapple and candy. Usually am not good at getting aroma off beer, but this one is an exception.
T - As advertised by the nose; lots of piney hops throughout the palate, backed by an (almost) sweet background of malt. The palate is very consistent; no real changes in taste through the palate, but the hop flavor does linger for a bit. A *bit* on the sweet side for me, but that's a minor complaint.
M - Smooth, almost creamy with "tiny" bubbles feel and feels a bit heavy/syrupy, which goes along with the sweet flavor.
D - Above average but the heaviness may wear a bit; could wreck a few of these for sure, though.

Impressed with this one, more so than with other Bell's offerings I've had. Recommended.

08-21-2010 22:22:08 | More by bosox941827
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

4.4/5  rDev +3%

Poured into a straight glass, that's my best option at this condo in Gulf Shores. Next time I'm bringing my own glassware. I can't get this back in BR though, so I'm not complaining.

A deep yellow color with a big fizzy head. Decent looking beer.

Great nose. Mild hoppiness with a malt balance. Taste is more of the same. I really like the balance this beer displays and would recommend it whole heartedly to anyone trying to get into hoppy beers.

08-21-2010 16:25:09 | More by theboozecruise
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JohnWaynes44

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

This one was somewhat unimpressive in the pour that built a messy high head that was gone very quickly. Some sticks to the glass though for an extended stay. Bright floral hops in the nose. Lemon and coriander permeate as well. Pungent budding hops with earwaxlike bitterness. Malts and some sweet character pull back the hops briefly, but I am reminded of them again with a chalky bite of bitterness. Balanced, probably not, but enough to make it a go-to for the hop cravings.

08-20-2010 01:46:30 | More by JohnWaynes44
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

On tap at Tria's and Union Jack's

What a great beer. A nice hoppy kick but oh so balanced. I washed a nice bowl of chili down with this one. Smelled glorious. So fresh and bold. If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life this one might be my pic.

08-19-2010 23:49:18 | More by DNICE555
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curly31989

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

This has become one of my go two beers especially when I don't feel like dropping a ton of money.

A- It pours a deep golden yellow with a off white foaming head that last for a long time.

S- There are a lot of things coming off this beer. There are some citrus, grassy hops, and malt.

T- This tastes like grapefruit with a good malt backbone too it. The carbonation leaves a great crisp bite at the end that beckons for another sip.

I really enjoy this beer. It's really well balanced with the perfect amount of carbonation. For those that enjoy the seasonal, HopSlam, this is a bit of step down in flavor and hops which I prefer. I feel blessed to be able to pick this up from nearly every local store. However, be aware this is 7.1% abv, you won't realize it when your drinking it.

08-19-2010 15:27:44 | More by curly31989
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Freezer chilled for approx 20 minutes
BATCH: 9819 (June 18, 2010)
Thanks to Spica66 for sending a few bottles my way!

This pours a beautiful golden yellow color with serious orange tinting. A frothy head of off-white foam sits on top. Retention is very good. Lacing is soap bubble-like, but slightly sticky.

Big grassy hops explosion. Lots of floral characteristics. A nice bit of maltiness brings out some almost honey-like sweetness. Good hints of pine and citrus fruits. Grapefruit comes through nicely.
I know that this bottle is two months old, but it has a great 'fresh' quality to it.

The pine and grapefruit/citrus notes move to the forefront. The floral and grassy notes take a backseat. Slight hints of caramel malts. A nice bite, right at the end.
Simple, yet effective.

This is medium-bodied with a low-to-medium amount of carbonation. It has a nicely sharp crispness to it, which works wonderfully for the style. Very refreshing.

There is absolutely no sign of the 7.10%abv in this glass. Combine that with the crisp, refreshing flavor and you've got a very drinkable beer here!

08-19-2010 04:21:49 | More by coldmeat23
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patpbr

Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +8%

Appearance-somewhere around copper

smell- sweet with some citrus

taste- just an amazing mix. hops and floral

mouthfeel- good mix of carbonation nice crisp finish

drinkability-" well suited for adventurous trips o the upper Peninsula."

one of my Favorites

08-18-2010 01:43:19 | More by patpbr
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rmolledo

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Pumpkin Pie/Copper in color with a small white head. Decent Lacing.

S: Sweet Malty. Alcohol tingle. Beautiful Earthy/Floral Hop Aroma.

T: Nice and Sweet not overly bitter but a dryer finish. I get a Earthy piney Hop flavor and a complex malt flavor.

MF: normal carbonation level for an IPA. has some nice body.

D: An excellent IPA. Probably in my top 5. Doesn't taste strong but gives me a warm buzz before i'm halfway done (empty stomach).

08-17-2010 22:06:26 | More by rmolledo
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HosP

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

One of my favorite beers. Anytime I go get a pick 6 pack I have to throw one of these in.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden orange. Nice white foam head that leaves decent lacing on the glass.

S - Nice big floral nose. Citrus, lemon scents from the start to finish.

T - Lots of nice floral, citrusy hops. Sweeter at the front with bitterness following. Nice malt backbone takes a backseat to the hops, but keeps the beer in balance very nice

M - Medium body. Good carbonation. Bitterness towards the end like I want from an IPA.

D - Great IPA. Lots of great flavor that you'd almost guess it's closer to a DIPA. The balance makes for a perfect drink. Couldn't pass up a glass of this anywhere.

08-16-2010 02:36:35 | More by HosP
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coryking

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

A fantastic beer! If I could only have one beer on a desert island....

A: A nice glowing orange with an eggshell colored frothy sticky head that retains nicely and sticks to the glass repeatedly.

S: Big citrus hop note with a nice bready, yeasty malt backbone. Some nice esters bouncing around in their that in my opinion compliment the balance.

T: One of the best single IPAs. The malty bread mixed in with apricots, some other citrus fruits, some herbal spice with a nice drying bitterness at the end make for a real treat.

M/D: Light to medium body with a nice creamy amount of carbonation and just the right amount of dryness and bitterness make me want to immediately take another sip. Very nicely crafted!

08-14-2010 14:38:36 | More by coryking
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Many thanks to (busternuggz) for this!

Look is nice and pale goldern, nice white fluffy head, tons of lacing.

Smells is sweet, floral, citrus and freshly bitter.

taste has a very nice initial bitter bite, that morphs into an orange-like citrus and finishes with fresh picked hops. Theres a slight maltiness for substance.

The feel bites; finishes clean and sweet with a very subtle hint of tart.

Easy and wildly enjoyable to drink.

08-14-2010 03:21:34 | More by EgadBananas
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3%

Served in a pint glass at Paradiso.

I've had this a number of times, but never on cask. Let's do it to it. It pours a hazy orange amber topped by nearly a finger of thick creamy foam. The nose is dominated by the hops (mostly citrus with some pine thrown in for variety's sake), though a current of sweet caramel jets through like the EAC. The taste is very similar, though the balance is much better. Both camps respect each other for their ferocity and professionalism. Damn, does it make for one tasty battle. The body is a light medium, with no real carbonation involved and a severely smooth and creamy feel. This is insanely good on cask, even better than in bottles. Get some!

08-14-2010 00:48:59 | More by TMoney2591
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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