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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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9,995 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,995
Reviews: 3,028
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 554
Gots: 1,087 | 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 BigAl723


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
Photo of 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
Photo of meatmallet


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
Photo of mayor55


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
Photo of Cyberkedi


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
Photo of baggio


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


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
Photo of 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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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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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
Photo of ChuckVee


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
Photo of 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
Photo of crossovert


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
Photo of barleywinefiend


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
Photo of atis


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
Photo of jrallen34


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
Photo of beerwolf77


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

Well here it goes. Poured into my pint glass the beer is a nice shade of gold/orange. The head is enormus. Bits of sticky lace remain after it settles down. The cap stays put on top of my glass holding in all the flavor. The smell is awesome. So piney. It has a strong grapefruit/ citrus smell as well. There's also a lovely floral boquet that wafts up to my nose. The first sip is a punch inthe mouth. It tastes like the most floral christmas tree I've ever smelled. In a good way. So tart and bitter it makes me pucker. I love it. The feel seems very sticky and dry. It just sort of sets up shop in my mouth and stays there. I am really starting to appreciate hops. This beer does nothing but feed the fire that has been started. Bring on the big boys.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 02:00:08 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of alovesupreme


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

May not have been perfectly fresh but consumed day of purchase.
Dark yellow with a white head with good lacing.
Citrus, some orange possibly blood orange along with grapefruit.
Orange, and grapefruit with a malt finish with a taste that I cant identify yet but is also present in Alpha King.
Full body very nice for an IPA.
Great beer I would love to have more often, unfortunately I had to go to florida to get it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 03:41:31 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of Lolli1315


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

A- A hazy orange color. Unfortunately, it was poured for me at a bar and there was not much of a head. I have had one of these before so I am guessing it was the pour.

S- The most abundant smell is citric. Hop aroma also comes through much more than any malt.

T- The citric flavor comes through just like in the aroma. There is a finish of bitterness that is evident, but certainly not overly bitter. Finishes dry and refreshing.

M- Medium or moderate body.

D- Very easy to drink these and with a 7.10% ABV, one could find his or herself in trouble.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 03:09:27 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

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

A: Hazy dark orange in appearance with a nice noticeable white head and great lacing.

S: Florals are top notch, star of the show they are. Piney hops and fruity aromatics of grapefruit and tangerine zest.

T: Bitter hop action in the front of pine resin that washes out clean.

M: Fuller in body, very sticky, nicely carbonated.

D: All day along if it were available near me. Great beer to session for all the hop lovers out there, and for that comes recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 18:55:05 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of ocelot2500


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

Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a thick white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell is of floral hops mostly with a little citrus.

Taste is of the floral hops on a bready malt backbone. This is not particularly balanced well, but I still find it enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly crisp. It ends very dry though.

This is fairly drinkable, but the dryness does seem to be getting to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 23:57:07 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of jdflyer06


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

Had on tap at One Eyed Jack's in Beavercreek, Ohio. A little known Gem.

A - light golden in color. A solid head that is fluffy and light. Fairly clear with a few floaties.

S - Very floral. The smell of hops is evident off the bat. There's another aroma that is so hard to place. At the risk of sounding like its a negative, it's almost like new car smell. But I like it!

M - Light and crisp. Very dry for the style with a refreshing finish. This one is neither dense nor sticky but retains some great flavor.

T - Not as complex as I would have imagined. Definitely some oily hop character and light citrus. Good malt body although I really wouldn't want to let this one warm up.

D - I could definitely drink a few of these. A pretty good session beer. A bit lighter than I'm used to for the style, but a solid offering overall.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2009 03:14:52 | More by jdflyer06
Photo of bgreg3


4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

heard about this from a forum post someone was comparing it to my drink of choice alpha king , so I had to see what the hype was about.

app.- beautiful looking murky orange , with foam that sticks high for ages , just like an IPA should.

smell- Strong spices come through my nostrils and then after a big whiff I smell small citrus and of course lovely floral hops.

Taste- There is some malty sweetness to the beginning of it then I taste some odd ass spice or something that I can't quite figure out what it is. The finish is a floral hop taste not overwhelming though , my issue from giving this higher than 4 is it never balances, but still tastes amazing.

MF- About medium but it has a very wet finish even more so then alpha king and A-king is wet like pussy.

Drinkability- despite the wet finish , this is a very very drinkable IPA especially considering it's 7% ABV , wow , give me 3 more.

I still prefer my alpha king, but it's a damn close fight.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 23:41:41 | More by bgreg3
Photo of kegger22


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

Poured cloudy amber with a two finger head that stayed throughout. Aroma was orange and very nice. The taste was grapefruit without the hoppy bitterness, milder hop taste Stone's Ruination IPA. this one a definate winner, but AleSmith IPA still the gold standard in my unworthy opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 20:50:21 | More by kegger22
Photo of alleykatking


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

Finally decided to review this one..

A- Poured out a semi-hazy golden copper color. This beer is a lot lighter than most IPA's I drink. Nice 2 finger off white head stays for a short bit before leaving tons of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- The nose to start off with is floral hops coming through. Almost right away though you get a strong aroma of citrus hops knocked in with some bitter piney hops as well. Light tones of bready malts with this to finish it up with the aroma.

T- I got a nice bitter hop taste right off the get go forming into a citrus taste. The bready malts were a little sweet but balanced out the bitterness which if not for the sweetness would have ruined this beer. Nice crisp semi-bitter hop finish on the tail end of this beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. This beer as always has perfect carbonation. The beer itself comes and goes in a heartbeat across the palate but leaves a nice hoppy taste in your mouth. Oily resin from the hops is left on the tounge.

D- This beer you can not just have one of. Everytime I go out and see it on tap I smile and order one. Then it usually turns into a couple more. Great IPA and great company.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2009 21:39:28 | More by alleykatking
Photo of ericbeer


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

I agree with VikeMan fully. I also am NO expert on IPA's, but I will tell you that I can appreciate a great one. I bought a bottle of this, and poured it into a 22 oz. glass. Slightly foggy, golden yellow in color. Very drinkable, but like any IPA, there is limit. I would definitely buy this again. I paid $5 for the bottle; well worth it!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 21:09:46 | More by ericbeer
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 9,995 ratings.