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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,781 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,781
Reviews: 3,077
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 598
Gots: 1,481 | FT: 40
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 6thomas3
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Ample head retention with pale snow white lacy suds clinging to the glass like a frozen stream of water, dirty amber hue with streams of tiny carbonation bubbles rising towards the top of my glass at moderate clip and in perfect synchronizing harmony

Smell - Fresh rain with a modest glimpse of alcohol infused with trace amounts of floral aromas and grass from Mother Earth's bosom

Taste - A smooth transition of bitter sharpness(if that's possible)

Mouthfeel - Liberal moathcoating with uniform bite race across the tip of your tongue to explode into a festive miracle of drinkable beer

Overall - Recommendation high; a columniation of wondrous flavors wrapped into an ABV of lucky number seven

6thomas3, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of teromous
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It pours a medium amber color that is slightly hazy, resting under about half a thumb of pure white head. It doesn't lace very well, more of a blotchy camouflage pattern.

S: It has a hoppy smell, but is interlaced with a slight spice and a bit of a bread scent. The scent is very mellowed out though and I nearly have to bury my nose to smell anything.

T: The hop flavor is more subdued in this AIPA. It is very well balanced. The hop flavor has a spice flavor and a little earthiness. The malt is very warm and a little bread flavor with a little caramel. I didn't realize this was 7%ABV and it does a great job of masking it. The flavor changes constantly from the point I drink it to a few seconds after I drink it, which says a lot about its complexity.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. It isn't quite the spark I'd expect from an AIPA, but it's about average compared to the standard IPA.

O: Overall it's a nice, well balanced IPA. I would drink it again or order it on tap if I saw it.

teromous, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of beerbully
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass

A-Pours a hazy light copper with a nice ery white 2 inch head that leaves thick lacing as it dissipates

S-smells citrus, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange

T-very crisp refreshing brew. Notes of citrus especially grapefruit

M-slight carbonation, somewhat of a dry finish

O-very good beer that I will go back to without hesitation. This beer is vey drinkable that will taste outstanding on a hot summer day

Too bad I have never seen it in New Jersey

beerbully, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Bodart
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass. Nice golden color with white head. Can smell the hops and citrus notes. Taste good hops presence along with citrus and some pine. Very brisk ipa with a slight bitter finish. You will be hard pressed to find a better ipa. This is my "go to" ipa....just now decided to sit down and review it. Excellent ipa at a very good price.

Bodart, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of STKPICR0720
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence the beer had a bright brassy color. it pours with a cloudy appearence and a little carbonation.

Aroma is of floral and pine hops aroma

Taste is medium body but full of zest and hops

Overall this is an outstanding IPA and the bells crew has once again not let me down. This IPA is a little more bitter than expected but was welcomed and I will most definatly visit this tasty experience once again.

STKPICR0720, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of rmalinowski4
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number 10276

Pours a clear golden straw color with 3 finger fluffy white head. The head drops quickly leaving some lacing and a small crown on the beer.

Smells slightly of citrus hops with a light malt backbone. The smell is light and not overpowering.

Taste starts with hop bitterness followed by a clean light malt backbone with citrus notes. the cutrus is grapefruit with some orange and tropical undertones. The finish is slightly dry and bitter.

The mouthfeel is lively with moderate carbonation and a crisp and dry finish.

Overall this is a good summer beer. It is light, crisp, and dry on the finish. A good thirst quencher on a hot day. Where this beer falls a little short for me is in the hop profile. It is a little too bitter and I would like a little more citrus to come through.

rmalinowski4, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review courtesy of trade with Shuggy
Bottle/Batch # 10138

A: Pours a light cloudy straw pale color with some darkened hues and a nice thick 2.5 finger pure white head.

S: I get a big citrus fruit aroma up front followed quickly by sweet malts and a clean yeast note to it.

T: Spicy!!!! The hop bitterness kind of took me by surprsie on this one. It snorkled up the nose and I nearly ASNR'd everywhere...swear to god. Some biscuity malts in there. Lots of earthy floral and pine hop notes with that signature citrus pucker that zings and prickles the palate. Dry crisp finish to it. Refreshing.

M: Lightly sticky mouthfeel but overall very sleek.

D: Pretty solid once you get past that first punch of hop bitters. I am sad my one sample is now gone actually. I can easily see why this is a hopfan favorite.

If 2-Hearted was a local to me it would be in my fridge alot to say the least. Some great drinking IPA! Tradesies are the best.

Nugganooch, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy copper with nice head. Looks good.

Nose is floraly hoppy, yet fairly restrained for an IPA.

Main characteristics are floral, herbal, & bitter hoppiness. Orange nib, dried herbs (almost oregano), a touch of sweet candy, and an overall tea-like bitterness also notable. Soft malt base. Hop flavor is milder than I would like to see in IPAs, yet certainly pleasant. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Batch 10234, no date notable.

MrHungryMonkey, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Roke87
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 mL (12oz) bottle, chilled, and poured into a Duvel tulip.
Bell’s batch #10166, Brewed on Jan.4/2011

Appearance- A bright golden colour, slightly hazy, poured with a finger and a half of nice white head that very slowly resides, good head retention and a maximum amount of lacing.

Smell- Very strong hop and pine smells coming from this one, you catch a little of the citrus fruit in there, along with some bready malt smells thrown in as well.

Taste- I get the malts right off the bat paired with a nice citrusy grapefruit taste, and in the finish the bitter hops take over and dominate.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied ale with average carbonation, very bitter on the palate but still very crisp and refreshing.

Overall- A hophead’s dream, lots of bitter hop flavours with a sweetness from the grapefruit in there and mild malts as well. One of Bell’s better offerings, a definite go to when shopping for beers in Michigan.

Roke87, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of vtblackdog
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a golden yellow and pours a decent head.

Smell is not strong more of a slightly stale hop. I expected more on the hop aroma.

Taste is a typical IPA with a bitter aftertaste. Not a lot of distinction from others.

Mouthfeel is decent carbonation level.

Overall a good brew but not a distinctive IPA for me.

The code on the bottle was 10207. Was that over a year ago?

vtblackdog, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of DelMontiac
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the guys at Brown Derby International Wine Center in Springfield, MO for hooking me up with Two Hearted Ale.

Poured a crystal clear golden yellow into a pint glass with a two finger white soapy head. Head retention was good. Moderate lace noted.
A little on the pale side, but still looked nice.

Aromas are straight-on grapefruit and pine sap slathered in sweet bisquity malt.

Flavors are replicated from the nose. Nicely balanced. Shades turn from citrus to sweet malt to bisquits and on to bittering hops. Not overkill, but not weak.

Feel is good, maybe thinner than most good IPAs I've encountered, but the carbonation fills the gap nicely.

This is not a knock your socks off IPA for the extreme hophead and it's not intended to be such. Overall Two Hearted Ale is higly drinkable and enjoyable. One great goto IPA if you have access in your area (which I don't). I should've bought a case...damn.

DelMontiac, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Hardshell Cafe in Soulard- Downtown St. Louis, MO. Received @ the bar in a Pint Glass and enjoyed the best ale they had on tap (others were Bud Light, Budweiser, Blue Moon- Spring Ale, Magic Hat #9, Miller Lite, and others not worth noting...)

Appearance- Has a Copper (light brown, dark orange), Semi-Cloudy body with 2.5 fingers of head. Head retention was good as well and has decent amount of lacing.

Smell- Huge hops & Christmas smell. Also a hint of some sort of clover. Can't put a finger on it but will be having again to rate again.

Taste- Has a huge (non-discriptive) hop taste, and a caramel flavor. The finish is without a doubt a Captain Crunch taste without the added milk. Just simply great!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Good Carbonation, and Smooth! Leaves that cereal taste on the palate that is very strange for an IPA but not a bad characteristic.

Overall- Bell's has always brewed many great ones and have had this several times @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO. This is a well balanced and great American IPA. Will be enjoyed soon but not more than 2 in a night. This is where they fall short... with their Drinkability. Couldn't be the ABV's, but something with the hop character being so strong.

DCon, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden orange with a big beautiful white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: A sweet aroma of citrus hops balanced by bread and malt. Scent of grapefruit in the background.

Taste: A strong bite from the citrus and pine hops is balanced by sweet malts. Bitter but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very tasty IPA that has great balance in the bitterness and sweetness.

MattyG85, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Radome
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a British pint glass.

A - Medium straw color; just slightly hazy. The head is white and fluffy and lasts as a layer several millimeters thick until the end of the glass. There's a slight oily sheen to the tiny bubbles and the lace moves and scintillates on the glass.

S - Aroma starts as warm malt, bread and toast. Then the citrusy hops jump in, reminiscent of lemons and limes. Very nice balancing act.

T - Tastes are well-balanced between sharp, citrus hops and warm, biscuity malt. In the mid-palate the hops dominate and almost seem soapy. Then they fade again and the aftertaste is amazingly dry and clean.

M - Strong, astringent hops bitterness. Some carbonation creaminess. Body light to medium. No alcohol burn.

D - A supremely balanced beer. This is a great stand by that is good any time. I like it better as it warms because the malt becomes more evident and counteracts the hops that show better when cold.

Radome, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A translucent straw colored liquid pours from the 12oz bottle into the Dogfish Head pint glass, settling a hazy light orange. There is a lot of white, large bubbled head that adds up to around 3 inches in height. Some bubbly lacing is left behind, grasping to sprawled out parts of the glass.

The scent is fruit-tootie up in here. I notice some apricots paired up with some faint citrus notes, both offered by the hop flowers used to brew this beer. Some sweet malt is picked up through the nose and leads me to believe that the hop presence will be balanced with the sweeter malts.

Sure enough! the bitterness isn't over the top whatsoever and is matched with a pleasant malt presence that creates a total package. However, the fruity hop qualities noticed in the nose aren't prominent at all in the taste. This is a bit of a letdown but I must take into consideration that this isn't a DIPA and isn't maxxed out so to speak.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing due to a light bitterness offered by the hops and a tight notch of carbonation that holds it together.

Overall, pretty good but not over the top as far as IPAs go. Good balance throughout for some nice tastes.

ChugginOil, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a light coppery Orange with some yellow highlights. Bright white head of foam. Clear. Head doesn't last too long.

S - big citrusy aroma. Lots of bready malts as well. A bit of tropical fruit esters in the background.

T - bitter. From start to finish. Bright citrusy hops. A little bit of grapefruit. Dry throughout.

M - decent carbonation. Smooth and even texture. Medium bodied.
D - solid IPA. Big on flavor and easy to drink.

Teleweizen2, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of stercomm
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A - Golden in color with a very slight haziness

S - Hoppy pine, with some grapefruit and a slight malty sweetness in the background.

T - Grapefruit and some piney hops, followed by a slight sweetness from the malt.

M - Mild, with a little carbonation

D - Well balanced brew, definitely one you could drink more than a single. Crisp and very tasty

stercomm, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of eclaycamp
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant clear gold with a frothy half inch head. Lots of carbonatation. Hefty hops hit the nose first, with lots of pine and grass characteristics. Mild cereal malt fills out the rest of the aroma, filling in the cracks left by the hops. Moderate carbonation, good mouthfeel, nice hop bitterness in the finish. Taste is hop forward, but there's a nice subtle malt sweetness that helps balance things out. The body of the beer is lightly syrupy, though the heavy carbonation helps keep it from being overpowering or cloying. Overall it's a very solid and very drinkable example of the American IPA style.

eclaycamp, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick, frothy white head. Pale yellow copper. Almost clear but just slightly hazy. Tons of bubbles.

S: Floral hops. Grapefruit. Sweet malts.

T: Floral hops. Grapefruit. A little malty. Not too bitter. Crisp. Delicious.

M: Carbonated. Crisp and smooth. Refreshing.

O: Very tasty. Would definitely recommend.

Meerkey, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Naples
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a nonic, yielding a nice 2 inch off-white head which collapsed away from the sides and cosolidated at 1 inch. Maintained a nice 1 finger creamy head, with swirling in between drinks. The body was a cloudy amber.

Initially, pine dominated the nose. As the brew warmed, the pine shared the stage with grapefruit and some subtle floral notes. By the end of the brew, the floral and fruity elements moved into the front row.

Pine was the vanguard across the palate, followed by an impressive malt/grapefruit bomb, then pithy grapefruit, ending with a resiney surprise at the back of the tongue. The bitterness lingers, but not unpleasantly.

The Two Hearted was medium light in the mouth, with medium carbonation...very smooth.

Although I am not a hophead, I found this beer to be a pleasant surprise. It's not in my wheelhouse, but can see why it is a highly regarded brew. Lots to like here. I could drink a couple of these, then probably need to switch off.

Naples, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.13/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this american IPA out of a 12 oz bottle and into a pint glass. The AIPA poured a hazy golden color and produced a nice thick 2 finger width head. Head retention on this beer is excellent and the lacing is one of the best I have seen. The aroma is nice and hoppy, a little above average for an AIPA. There were some notes of citrus. The taste of the beer is a little watery- Its a little weak with the amount of malt. Light body, it makes it a very drinkable IPA but I dont really look for that in an IPA. After the thinness subsides, there is a pronounced hop bite, but it does not linger. The finish has hints of citrus and it is slightly dry. Overall there is nothing special about this beer- does not come close to my top ten list of IPAs. But hey..its not like Bells makes a Kolsh right?

GossageBrewery, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of jifigz
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Victory Tulip.

A: The appearance of this brew is very alluring as it shines a gorgeous orange.

S: Citrusy type smells are what dominate this beer's scent for me. Smells strongly of a grapefruit.

T: The taste mimics the smell pretty closely. First initial splash that hits your mouth floods your tongue with the citrus/grapefruit flavors. Leaves a nice lasting bitterness in your mouth.

M: A little over carbonated in my opinion. I would appreciate less bubbles, but not too bad.

O: A very good IPA. Very enjoyable to have with several types of heavier and creamier flavors such as steaks and rich alfredo sauces and such. It also packs the perfect ABV in my opinion, not too strong, but definitely high enough to help a heavy drinker catch a buzz if one is wanted. All things considered, I'd still choose a Hop Devil.

jifigz, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Piney, citrus, grapefruit mostly, some toasty breadiness

L: Slightly hazy golden yellow, tight white head with great retention and amazing lacing

T: Dry rindy malt leading to medium-high piney bitterness. Finishes quite dry and clean with some citrus fruit.

M: Medium-full bodied, medium carbonation.

Just a perfect balance of sweet and bitterness. Doesn't have that hoppy finish leading to palate fatigue common in many IPAs. Wonderful.

bum732, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of DStave
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle:

A - The color of apple juice, two fingers of head.

S - I've just begun my beer journey, but the smell of this beer is amazing. Grapefruit and floral aromas invigorate the senses. Very clean.

T - Taste of pine, grapefruit with a hoppy finish. Aftertaste stays a while, though. I've had a few IPA's, and the hops seem to be what is the "thing." This definitely has that thing.

M - Very crisp and refreshing. Pretty decent carbonation, but I don't really care about carbonation. Be it a low carbonated stout or this, it doesn't matter.

Overall, it is probably the tastiest beer that I have had so far that I can actually find that is less than $10 per six pack. It makes me crave hopslam or the pliny's.

DStave, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Middle of the road darkness orange/gold hue. Exceptionally clear with effervescent bubbles rushing around. Two finger rocky white head with huge chunky lacing left behind.

Light tropical fruit notes of pineapple and mango with a some earthiness and a touch of bread.

Sweet malts up front that are immediately overwhelmed with earthy, dank, and pineapple hops flavors. A dank/resinous bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is pretty much perfect, could maybe use just a touch more carbonation.

This beer is very tasty overall. Could be amped up on the citrus/tropical fruit characteristics, but the alcohol is super well hidden, and it's very drinkable.

billshmeinke, Apr 04, 2011
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 10,781 ratings.