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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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9,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,909
Reviews: 3,027
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 552
Gots: 1,045 | 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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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear, light golden color with a nice four-finger head which has decent retention and lacing.

S: The smell is of spicy hops, not too heavy but apparent and the focus. The beer has a light grapey scent too along with some bread characteristics. It smells like an IPA but isn't in your face like some.

T: Taste is citrusy and winey, and a bit spicy like pepper. The alcohol is present in the mix but not strong, the hop bitterness comes into play late and lingers on the tongue. A good mild balance of all the flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is light, a tad oily but not heavy. Lots of carbonation, which gives a nice feel. The carbonation is heavier than other IPAs but gives a nice contrast to the smooth flavors.

D: Drinkability is good. I could drink a few of these, for the style of beer and the alcohol content the mix is nice and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 02:59:47 | More by greenjeff4141
Photo of alcstradamus


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A--Murky golden yellow, poured a little too hard but pulled back and still got 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Decent lacing and very good head retention.

S--Sweet and malty with a big blast of citrus hops. Lemon, orange, and pear.

T--Very well balanced IPA that hits most of the right notes. Enough bready maltiness to give it a small sweet kick and then good hop bitterness to wash it down. Lots of flowery notes in the hops. This might be the best American IPA I've had yet. I jumped into DIPA's first so when going back I tend to find a lack of flavor in many IPA's, but this is definitely an exception.

M--Slightly too watery, doesn't really coat the mouth like I would hope but it washes down clean with no bad lingering tastes

D--This is it here, I think this is the beer I would use to introduce someone new to IPA's. Wish this wasn't 7% because it has the flavor profile for a great session beer but with catch up quick with you if you drink it too fast.

Two Hearted Ale is definitely a world class beer. Give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 23:54:54 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of wesbrownyeah


3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Two Hearted Ale

Appearance is a funky orange fluid with a heavy carbonated head of one inch that slowly falls leaving plenty of lacing.

Smell is fresh cut hops that are also followed by a malty goodness. Alittle oil scent as well.

Taste is off balance. I taste metals, sulfer, hops and malt.. in that order... wierd. Try again... this time left alittle foam on my upper lip but still has the same taste with lingering after taste.

M-D- When it comes down to mouthfeel and drinkability i love all ipas and will forever. But for this one it leaves me wandering what went wrong.
M- Not the smoothest beer and leaves mouth feeling dry and unsatisfied.
D- Will have again not sure when.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2009 18:56:09 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of sarahspat


3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Monstrous, space-hogging head. I mean, I poured firmly, but this is a little ridiculous. It looks very soft and fluffy and is off-white with an orangish tint to it. Very little lacing. The liquid is cloudy; golden, yellowy hues.

The nose contains tropical fruits and floral notes, and a little piney, peaty mustiness. I hate to say it, but there's also, a weird kind of plastic-like smell. It tastes much like it smells. There's some great hops notes going on here: pineapple, apricot, grapefruit, cotton candy. All the bitterness you would expect for an American IPA. An unwelcome metallic taste appears as it warms. Not cute. Light mouthfeel, and probably over-carbonated.

This used to be one of my favorite IPAs. However, for some reason this bottle featured a weird plastic-ness to it. I don't know if it's because my palate has changed or some other reason, but this beer is a but a shadow of my memory of it. The bad flavors are not overpowering, but enough for me to dock the taste and smell for it. Having said that, I won't dock them as much as I would if I were basing the scores on this bottle alone. Two Hearted Ale no longer deserves the position of a "fall back" beer. I will drink it in situations where nothing else of quality is available, but I will not seek it out on its own right anymore.

Edit: I drank two bottles (from the same batch) and they both had the weird plastic flavor. I will not raise my score on this review, even though I have had better TH's in the past. I don't know what's up with Bell's' quality control, but I think TH deserves lower scores if they are going to sell beers with a flaw this noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 02:51:56 | More by sarahspat
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: A bit lighter than an amber, the two hearted ale pours a full orange color with a rich, creamy head. Leaves slight, but noticeable lacing down the side of the glass in rings at the level of rest.

Smell: A strong caramel malt aroma with citrus hints, along with a strong hop character.

Taste: A strong malt flavor greets the palette, with the orange and apricot citrus flavors creeping in. The hops bring in the more detailed grapefruit and peach flavors. A nice bitter pinch at the end of the sip is nicely offset by a caramelized sweetness, leaving my mouth with a wonderful taste.

Mouthfeel: A full, somewhat grainy feel. More creamy than carbonated.

Drinkability: A good beer with a strong, balanced flavor. Definitely a nice beer to enjoy with a flavorful sandwich. This beer has enough flavor to keep me interested and is balanced enough for me to really savor it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2009 17:14:42 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my stand by IPA's. Very nice looking beer here. Pours semi-gold and amber with a very fluffy pure white head.Sticks around for a bit and then laces the glass as the brew disappears. This smells very piney and floral, with some underlying citrus (although quite faint). The hops are obviously the focus of this IPA and oils taste wonderful. Strong pine dryness coming through with a sweet malt backbone. Bit of raison underneath? Quite complex for an IPA. Very nice mouthfeel, smooth and slightly sticky. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 15:43:18 | More by youngblood
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Poured the fishy bottle into a tulip as it was the only clean glass. Paired with a porter-laced irish chedder. Mmmmm!

Appearance - A pretty golden color all the way through. Held to the light it is luminously yellow, straw-colored but more vibrant in hue than your average straw colored beer. Ivory head caps a bubbly body, leaving lacings all up and down the inside of the tulip.

Smell - Citric, piney hops. The malt doesn't come through very well in the aroma, perhaps a bready note here or there?

Taste - Here's where the beer really shines. It is definitely hops forward, but there's a very substantial maltiness as well if one pays attention to the overall flavor. It's a biscuity, grain flavor, like baked bread. The hops are citric, but also floral and piney, a characteristic I prefer because too many IPAs I have tasted are grapefruit or tangerine bombs with nary a note of malt, or even a non citric hop to be found. This is a more balanced brew with a solid malt backbone and a more complex hop bouquet. Luckily this brew also escapes one of the worse pitfalls that IPAs can fall into: extreme bitterness. This has a bitter taste about mid swallow, and a dry finish, but the aftertaste is all hops. Despite this, there's no lingering bitterness, and the bitter tastes in the drink are balanced by the malt.

Mouthfeel - Light, yet substantial. The carbonation is moderate, not too much or too little.

Drinkability - A bit higher ABV than my usual brews, but definitely refreshing and thirst quenching in any situation. I have drank myself stupid on my friend's two hearted (wouldnt waste mine that way) and I can assure you it's just as tasty and drinkable after ten than after one.

A Note - This will start to lose hop flavor after a month or so in the fridge, and less in the cellar. Some people might not like this, but I say it is about equally good after losing some hops than before. It allows the tasty malts to really shine, and two hearted has a delicious grain bill, so maybe take a bottle when you grab a sixer and stick it somewhere for a month or two. Try it then if you're open minded enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 05:09:06 | More by BacklitAvenger
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nearly clear golden-amber w/frothy white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S-Fresh floral and herbal hops, pale malt, light citrus, light biscuity notes, faint honey, grapefruit.

T-Even floral hops and pale malt, biscuity midpalate w/herbal character, and finish brings nice bitter hops w/aftertaste of light grapefruit rind.

M-Moderate-bodied w/even, prickly carbonation. The balance favors hop bitterness, but features a greater share of floral and herbal varieties, and less citrus hops than a lot of the American IPAs that are popular. This results in a reduction of the grapefruit/tangerine rind that sometimes dominates the finish and tips the balance overwhelmingly in favor of citrus hops.

D-One of my all-time favorite go-to beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 02:48:10 | More by BoitSansSoif
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Amber in color...nothing too special. Lots of hoppy/citrus smell but really nothing else to note. Tastes like it smells, hops/floral/citrus with a clean finish. Mouthfeel is okay but really nothing to note...light carbonation and light body. I like this beer, but there are other IPAs I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 23:16:50 | More by Sean9689
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this from bottles and in pint glasses.

Aroma: Wonderfully floral and hoppy, fruity citrus and pine smell does not overwhelm.

Taste: A less bitter IPA, taste mostly follows the nose, definitely refreshing, the alcohol is not noticeable

Mouth feel: If beer were soda.... light and fizzy

Easy drinkability, this is a light floral IPA which doesn't exactly fit the IPA mold, not intensely hoppy but tasty and refreshing, I could drink a large quantity of this. This is a good beer to give someone who has only ever had beer with LITE in the name, to break them of their foolishness.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 13:59:22 | More by Imsothirsty
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Classic IPA coloration of amberish golden

S - Definitely a strong hop citrus

T - Disappointed by the taste in comparison to the nose. Balanced, yet not enough hop presence for me

M - Medium in carbonation and body

D - Definitely sessionable, but as always, probably not on my list of beers to acquire as there are plenty more IPA's I'd rather drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 06:52:51 | More by Martin2D
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North Carolina

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

I'm doing head to head of Two Hearted and Founder's Centennial IPA since they are both IPAs from Michigan and both are hopped with exclusively (i think) Centennial hops.

Both are dark, hazy gold/tawny. Two hearted is maybe a little ligher in color. Both pour nicely.

Both have nice IPA noses. Founder's nose might be a little more spicy and pungent but not necessarily better smelling. Two Hearted's nose might be called "floral".

Two Hearted is a lovely beer. Sharp piney hops up front but with a lovely body.
The Founder's is very nice as well but it is somewhat marred by an odd aftertaste. Again, it might slightly hoppier but that doesn't mean it is as good. Despite the same hops, and the beers do taste very similar, the two beers have their differences. I think I've got to say that two hearted is better.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 04:38:59 | More by nms1987
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Flying Saucer, Charlotte.

Pours golden with medium white head, dissipates quickly - solid lacing.

Nose is clean sweet citrus. Very vibrant.

Flavor is well balanced - nice caramel malt body counterbalances the big citrus hops that assert themselves early and often. Fairly straightforward beer, but executed with deftness.

Nice body, sticky mouthfeel. Moderately bitter, hoppy finish.

Great balance, great beer. One of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 14:40:39 | More by JohnQVegas
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2.9/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured very nicely with a perfect amount of head that stayed for a nice visit and laced well in the glass. Smell was of hops and citrus fruit and wasn't as aromatic as I was expecting. Taste was somewhat citrusy, hoppy, with a brief staccato in flavor, and finished with good bitterness and very light piney flavor. Mouthfeel was good and it was well carbonated. One was enough though and I won't pick this brew up again for a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 15:43:02 | More by Ohiovania
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2.6/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Translucent, dark gold. White foam has large bubbles. Leaves a faint trail of lacing.

S: Sweet, some wheat, touch of honey.

T: Hops hit right away. Very floral. Herbs. Slight sweetness. But not really complex. Almost like an over-hoppy macro. Not really impressed.

M: Fairly well-balanced carbonation.

D: Not really flavorful enough to want more than one. Just overwhelming hops, but otherwise flat.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 14:41:17 | More by dananabanana
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Awesome golden amber color with a pillowy white head.

S - Deliciously hoppy to the extreme. Flowery, sweet aroma takes a back seat to the hops.

T - Smooth, hoppy, dry aftertaste, malty and sweet characteristics balance out very well.

M - Creamy and dry

D - For an IPA, its a pretty drinkable beer. 2 might be my limit though. Its abounding flavors would try to suck me into drinking it all night tough.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 01:13:23 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Two Hearted has been a favorite of mine for awhile, I would call it my go-to beer. I finally decided to review it.

A- Pours a cloudy dirty orange, bordering on a rust color. I went a little violent on the pour whoops, but it produced a huge bright white head. One thing I enjoy about the appearance of this beer is how I can always see bubbles rising from the bottom. The head died a bit, but left good lacing down the glass.

S- Smells like a citrus hops variety with some spice in it. The citrus reminds me of peaches. This beer smells as good as it looks. The hops arn't overpowering. I like how when I really stick my nose in there I can pick out other scents, with hopslam I can't do that.

T- The taste is much less bitter than some IPA's. But is more sweet, a faint hint of alcohol can be found in the after tastes.

M- The mouth feel is great, very light. The carbonation bubbles explode as they hit your tounge leaving this excelent feeling. The beer doesn't dry the mouth at all, it kinda leaves a film actually. This beer is very refreshing by the way.

D- For me this is one of the most drinkable beers. They go down so smoothe, and quick! The alcohol is a bit high at 7% but not overwhelming after two or three. So not a session beer but if it had a lower abv it certainly would be.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 19:09:59 | More by brow1901
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a pint glass. It had a thick fluffy head that took a long time to settle. What it left in it's wake was sticky globs of head around the top of the glass and a finger and a half thick creamy ivory colored head. It was a hazy golden orange color with a maelstrom of tiny yeast bits dancing around and swirling.

The aroma is dominated by juicy sweet grapefruit/peach flavor and a mild and subdued pine.

The taste mirrors the smell. The grapefruit and peaches mesh together, but the grapefruit wins because of the citrus hop bitterness in the end with a drying effect.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, a bit chewy, between medium and full bodied, good carbonation.

If Troegs Nugget Nectar were an APA, this would be his twin brother!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 23:23:13 | More by Dulliwhig
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South Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Acquired in a trade with Wutz. Thanks buddy!

Pours a hazy golden orange. Two fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention, loads of lacing.

Aroma is big time citrus and pine. Grapefruit is the dominant citrus smell. Malt sweetness behind the hops.

Taste is all hops. Pretty good hop balance between the citrus and the pine. Excellent pale malt backbone.

Smooth drinker. Fairly light body, but still has a nice creaminess. Appropriately carbonated and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 02:20:17 | More by Gyle41386
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in my stemless wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy light copper with a fluffy off-white head, about two fingers. Pretty good head retention. Decent lacing.

S: The nose is a big blast of grapefruit and pine. A bit of pineapple. Very nice blend of hops. Some orange marmalade from the sweet malts.

T: Wow, there's no doubt that the hops are the star of the show here. Some citrus/grapefruit bitterness followed by some resiny, piney hops and some pineapple. The malt backbone is there just enough to keep it balanced. A slight spicy bite in the back is pretty nice as well.

M: Mouthfeel is very good. Just the right level of thickness. Carbonation may be just a touch higher than I would like, but it's close.

D: This does pack a punch at 7%, but I could put 3-4 of these away in a session, easily. Very tasty IPA, one of my favorites. If I can't find anything else appealing, Two Hearted always saves the day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 00:28:50 | More by Packforever1976
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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

Pours a hazy yellow with a hint on orange. Produces a nice white head with nice lacing.

Smell is citrus, pine & some sweetness of honey.

Taste is piney hops balanced by a nice malty backbone & and little honey sweetness. This is one very drinkable IPA. 7% ABV is well hidden.

This is a very nice IPA, well balanced and very drinkable. Would make a good session beer if it were not for the high ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2009 14:22:58 | More by FLBeerGuy
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North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, slightly-hazy golden orange, with three fingers of frothy white head. The head subsided slowly, leaving a thin layer of foam for most of the glass. Good bit of lacing

Smell: Pine, grass, slightly citrusy hops. Hints of a bready and honey sweetness behind the hops, but the hops dominate.

Taste: Bitterness of piney hops, with a surprisingly malty, bready finish. There is a hint of the hops in the aftertaste, but the aftertaste is much more balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, but a little too thin. The lack of body makes all of the flavors seem a little bit muted.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable. If it weren't for the relatively high ABV, this would make a great session beer. One of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 21:29:50 | More by StarlightSeraph
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pretty orange-yellow with a couple of fingers of head and great lacing. Looks like a really nice IPA.

S- Hops! Floral and citrusy first (lemon zest, grapefruit), with some piney hops following. A little malt, but the hops are all over the aroma.

T- This is a great beer, in my opinion. Again, hoppy--the piney-ness takes a backseat to the citrus, especially the grapefruit. Pleasant bitterness, little bite at first, but as the bottle goes on it mellows out a little. Nice malt backbone as one gets into it too. Well balanced.

M- Creamy with good body. Nicely carbonated. More body than most IPAs I've had.

D- Love this beer. 7% ABV kind of disqualifies it for a session brew, but it's one that I sure could have a couple of.

Great taste, great balance, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 18:35:17 | More by LordAdmNelson
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One bottle was given to me by a friend of mine. This would be my 1st Bell's anything beer and so far im glad it's the 1st.

a- Color is a burt orange/golden with a very nice 1-1.5" head and lacing sticks to the glass like glue.

s- Smell is of citrus and piney hops with a hint of grapefruit and I swear honey.

t- Very strong hop flavor with a nice malty backbone that rounds it out perfectly. I may get a hint of hotness due to the alcohol.

m- Very thick and smooth.

d- I could drink this all night I believe very good beer and I am looking forward to trying the Hop Slam next!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 16:30:40 | More by nhudson
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3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all ... American IPA? Taste wise that was o AIPA to me!

A - Nice color and pour from bottle left about 1" head on glass. Definately nice appearance

S - Smelled like an APA, very nice malty flavor

T - As already mentioned, more like a PA or APA. Smooth and balanced, but far from an IPA

D - Very smooth brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 01:50:21 | More by Schwab
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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