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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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11,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,073
Reviews: 3,105
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 609
Gots: 1,629 | FT: 42
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 Homebrew35
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours half a fingers worth of white head, clear pale golden body. Some lacing with only a thin ring of head remaining.

Smells of citrus and floral hops, some carmel malts as well. Very clean and plesant smell.

Tastes of carmel sweet malts at first, some floral and citrus notes half way through and then a slight piney lingering bitterness. This is balanced for my tastes with the firm sweetness in the beginning.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fizzy prickly feel on the tongue.

Overall this is a very solid IPA, a good hop nose and taste, a touch of alcohol and a good firm sweetness keeps this in check.
$10 a sixer.

Homebrew35, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep hazy gold. Head is white, creamy, and fluffy. Solid lacing without going too crazy. Carbonation is on point.

Smell: Lovely floral hops greet the nose over a solid malt body. Sweet biscuity malts. A touch of caramel thrown in for good measure. Hops pull a little pine and grapefruit, but it's all incredibly well-balanced on the nose. A touch of something that smells like cotton candy. Nice toasted malts.

Taste: Toasted biscuits wrapped in flowers. Incredibly floral. A touch of citrus rind brings out an oily hop flavor that managed to go unnoticed on the nose. A touch sweet, but layered with hops. A nice balance plays out as the beer warms. It's always a touch sweet, and a ton floral, but nice hints of pine and grapefruit punch through on occasion and make things interesting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a touch dry, and carbonated perfectly. Body is moderate and carries everything well. A touch of creaminess as well.

Overall: I could drink this for days, all of them, forever. The balance and flavor profile are fantastic. It's not the best of the style by far, but damn if it's not one of the best drinking IPAs on the market. I am envious of all who get to drink this fresh all the time.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks again Eric.

Poured froma 12oz bottle into a RR snifter. Bottle dated: 8/19/11...

A - Pours a golden amber with a one finger off with head. Head dissipates a fairly hasty rate, and there is only a minimal amount of lacing to be had...

S - Lots of citrus fruits. Tangerines, oranges, grapefruit and some sweet malts. Smells very inviting...

T - Tangerines, oranges, floral hops, grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Finishes with some lingering grapefruit, and some hop bitterness. Abv is very well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Finishes dry...

O - Very smooth. Definitely something I will be looking foward to trying again. Could see myself drinking these on regular basis if they were available in my area. Bells comes through with another solid brew...


comfortablynumb1, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Beejay
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange amber, with a large off white head.

S: Hoppy with pine, and grapefruit. There is a bit of a resiny thing going on as well. In the back there is a bit of a sweet caramel malt thing.

T: it starts up with a nice caramel sweetness. Followed by lots of grapefruit and a little kick from pine. The finish is more citrus, and a touch of sweet malt. There is a touch of alcohol, but not much.

M: Medium in body, with plenty of carbonation. There is a bit of a drying quality to the finish of it, which contrasts a bit of an oily resin it leaves in your mouth. Certainly interesting.

O: Overall a very enjoyable beer. A good combination of malt, hops, and a touch of booze.

Beejay, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a classic IPA orange and it is hazy. Off white head that leaves really nice lacing and settles to form a thin, even cap atop the beer.

S: This beer smells quite floral and citrusy. You can really smell the malt body on this one.

T: Balance is the key word here. There is a perfect amount of hop bitterness across the palate, but it is not overwhelming due to the beefy malt load. The malts taste bready, buiscuity, and almost buttery. The hops are very floral, a bit of pine, and a nice dose of citrus. A really fantastic hop blend. It finishes slightly dry and with lemon citrus left on the tongue.

M: Medium with solid carbonation. Very smooth.

This is a fantastic beer, no doubt about it. I've had it plenty of times, and I still keep coming back to it. People refer to this as Hopslam's younger brother, but to be honest, I think Hopslam is a completely different animal, and I love both equally.

iDrinknewglarus, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of andrewjraab
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden Red - excellent head - good lacing during the drink

S - Fruity and Floral

T - Some grapefruity citrusy notes. Excellente! Bitterness that just sits on your tongue and tastes fantastic.

O - This is my favorite American style IPA. I have yet to find one that beats it.

andrewjraab, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbnooshay for the bottle.

Deep golden color. A touch hazy with a big foamy head. Excellent retention with full rings of lacing.

Hops are fruity and aromatic with a definite grapefruit character. Nothing harsh about the nose.

Layered hop flavor is very citric without being too acidic, as well as floral and fruity. Soft fruitiness lasts long into the finish where it slowly transitions to a moderate lingering bitterness. Sweet, almost sugary malt base.

Smooth, creamy feel.

Pretty nice & drinkable overall.

Hoagie1973, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of HugePlume
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Taken direct from notes: " 1 finger head dissipates slowly. Awesome lacing. Nose starts as cool mellow hops. Sour-ish yeast taste fights with smooth persistent hop bitterness. Cracker malt foundation. Complex. Unique.

I admit I did not get a great look at the color of this, so I graded it slightly down in the interest of not assuming anything.

HugePlume, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of pigc
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled exactly one month ago.

A - Pours a light burnt orange with two finger head. Foaming suds of lace cling to the side of the glass.

S - Citrus, pine, grassy hops. Mango and orange notes as well.

T - A lot of citrus here. Good amount of hops with a light malty background.

M - Light to medium with average carbonation.

O - Definitely a top tier IPA worthy of all its praise.

pigc, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of soulfly1492
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Floral and citrus hops. Grapefruit, a bit of pine. Very bold, both sweet and bitter.

Appearance: Pours deep gold. Tall, super creamy white head. Lots of lacing. Amazing retention.

Flavor: This one is as bold as it smells (thankfully!). Sweet caramel and pale malts, followed by citrus hops. Grapefruit. Turns pine at the aftertaste, but some of the malt sweetness remains.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A bit astringent due to the heavy dose of hops, but it's not unpleasant.

Overall: Impressive. Very bold all around. Exactly for what I hope for in an IPA. Heavier on the citrus side, the pine shows up during the aftertaste.

soulfly1492, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at The Blue Leprechaun in Ann Arbor, Mich. Color was orange amber. Maybe an inch of head. Some lacing on the top. Good looking film on the sides that circled all the way down the glass.

Smelled of citrus and floral hops. Good balance.

Similar to the nose, a citrus and sweet, floral taste led the way. It wasn’t as hoppy as I thought, but did end in a lingering bitter finish.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth all the way through.

Definitely the best of the four Bell’s I had on my trip to Ann Arbor. I’d love for it to come out west.

BucannonXC5, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Heatwave33
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Nice golden orange color with a white head.

Smell: Hoppy and malty with a great sweetness too.

Taste: Hoppy with a nice sweetness to it. Very nice hop crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium coarse with a dryness aspect to the palate. A classic IPA.

Overall: The distributor told me to give this a try since I love IPA's. It is a very good beer All round it is a delicious beer. Cheers.

Heatwave33, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of aficionado
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange-yellow body with residual lacing and a small head.

Sweet orange and grapefruit zest, tropical pineapple, subtle malt.

Similar to the smell, but the hops are the star here. One of the most satisfying regular IPA's I've ever had. The bitterness is dominant and smooth, but this is more noticeable on the finish than the beginning. It lingers. The malts are a little bit more noticable here. I love the tropical nature of this beer.

Smooth, silky, luscious medium body. Tingling carbonation.

Reminds me of Racer 5, but more smooth and less aggressive. Delicious and highly drinkable.

aficionado, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Kshock
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden color with a brown hue around the edges. decent head retention.

S- Light hop aroma, mostly malt sweetness on the nose, but its balanced.

T- Decent hop character with some resinous flavors. Strong malt backbone breaks through on the back end.

M- med body with light carb, finishes very clean.

O- Good IPA but not the best ive ever had.

Kshock, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of leokbelo
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden, poured into a pint glass. 1 1/2 inch head, dissipates quickly into a 1/2 lacing.
Refreshing flowery/herbal aroma, some sweetness caramel also. Nice balance between malts and hops.
Sweet on the tongue, alcohol present, but not overwhelming. Again very well balanced. Refreshing, hoppy and delicous.
Great example of an American IPA.
Highly recommended.

leokbelo, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Very slightly hazy deep golden body with a small head. Nice lacing, though.

Smell - Not a huge hop aroma, really. A bit of a musty smell behind some citrus hops, followed up by a slightly sweetness.

Taste - The hops are way more prevalent here. Good balance of pine and citrus that ends with a flowery sweetness. The malt backbone is just enough to balance it, without coming off as sweet. A strong bitterness finishes it off, but it isn't too much to be unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Easy-drinking, although on the heavy side for a single IPA. This bridges the gap to DIPA, I'd say. A bit more an it would be a DIPA.

Overall - One of two go-to IPAs in my area. Sculpin beats it out, though. If the aroma were better on this one, it would delicious.

Alieniloquium, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Going by memory, had this on tap at Scotty's Brewhouse in West Lafayette.

Smells really citrusy and piny right off the bat. Poured a deep gold with about a quarter inch fizzy head, pretty decent lacing.

Starts off light in the taste category for a brief moment, then boom. The hops have arrived. I would say this is the most bitter beer I've had. The finish is almost all cascade hops, with their usual pine taste.

Overall, not a bad one paired with food. To me though, you have to have something to cut the hops, a little too bitter to handle alone in mass quantities.

boilermakerbrew, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of rroberts1013
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack for 10 bucks and some change thinking to myself it better be damn good. It is damn good.

Poured into a mug the head on the 2 hearted stuck around for 10+ minutes. The color was gold on the outter edge of the glass and more brown towards the middle.

Arromatics were outstanding, and the taste was so crisp and clean I pounded the first beer in a few gulps. I'm glad I have five more where that came from.


rroberts1013, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Crossmd
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at Boylan Heights in Charlottesville VA. Came probably 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Came a clear straw-gold, with no indicator of what kind of head it might have once had. Some faint lacing.

Smelled of a floral- mildew, not unlike a bathroom towel. This sounds remarkably unpleasant, but I was more interested in it than I was really put off.

Floral in the mouth, richly layered and surprisingly complex given the high drinkability. Sessionable and clean.

Mouthfeel consisted primarily of a light airiness with a good degree of lightly supportive effervescence. Crafted intentionally with flavor and drinkability in mind.

I will absolutely be revisiting this, and probably with food and friends. If found, don't hesitate.


Crossmd, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of BennyL1
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #10479. Into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Thanks to jerryfreak for the bottle.

Clear body with a golden/orange color. Nice billowing white head with very good lacing.

Citrusy aromas and a solid malt backbone. Some grapefruit with hints of pine. Little less age would probably help it out in this category a bit.

Taste follows the aroma with a big hop citrus hop burst upfront makes things nice and bitter. Some malt sweetness rounds everything out nicely.

Wonderfully smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Another great brew from Bell's, great stuff.

BennyL1, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of KMcG
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours with a small rich head that thins to a lace covering a golden-light amber beer.

Floral, citrus and something sweet like strawberry fields. Even tough I'm beginning to get a cold, I smell a slight strawberry hint that seems earthy and sugary sweet. 

One of the most well balanced beers I've tasted. The taste follows the aroma.  It is slightly sweet, hoppy (not over the top), and malty.  There are tones of pine, grapefruit, and strawberry and the end is a nice hoppy bitterness. 

The beer is pretty dry and crisp. It has a light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable. 

KMcG, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of tdexterc
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear body with a pale honey color and a nice white 2 finger head. Lacing is exceptional as well.

S- Sweet grainy smell upfront with minimal hop presence for an IPA. What is there seems to be earthy, maybe slightly piney. Definitely not very bold thought.

T- Caramel malt is the first hit, followed by a distinct but not overpowering alchohol complexity. Hops come in afterwards showing through as piney and slightly earthy.

M- Balanced, slightly bitter, slightly sweet, medium mouth feel. Magnificent.

Over all, I think I’ve found my go-to, easy to find, smooth drinking, reasonably priced IPA for my new home. I had heard good reviews form this mid-west’s staple IPA and had been anxious to get my hands on one. I was not let down. Did it live up to the hype? No. Do they ever? Rarely. Is it still damn good? Absolutely.

tdexterc, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a frothy finger of white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts and citrus and piney hops. There is also just a bit of bready malts in the background.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts and some citrus hops with a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, the bitterness gets a bit stronger and the piney hops start to come through alongside some stronger citrus hops. The finish is a bit stronger on the piney hops and resin with some nice bitterness and some sweet caramel malts that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a nice dry mouthfeel from the bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice hop malt balance with a solid hop profile. Very smooth and drinkable, even with a slightly high abv.

ngeunit1, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of CushyGig
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

extremely cloudy yet beautiful..like a sunset..the aroma was juicy fruity bits of mango..a little mustiness..wow that mango is crazy..with a hint of a champagne aroma at the very end after sniffing real hard for a while..and a shot of pineapple..pineapple mimosas anyone?..the first thing i notice is complete balance..the next is the subtly sweet mango fruity taste..some citrus..maybe tangerine..yet not too sweet..not too bitter either..but a delight..the next progression of flavors is as follows..a hint of yellow watermelon, soil, dirt, and earth, green veggie, spinach, celery, back to sweeter fruits, pineapple, maybe some more unripe and unsweet mango..kiwi..this is a treat..

CushyGig, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a LaTrappe goblet. It's a deep golden or medium amber color with moderate head retention. It looks like a classic IPA. There's some opacity, but genereally light passes through.

S - Lots of grapefruit zest and little pine. No yeast esters of malt.

T- LOTS of prickly grapefruit. This tastes more like thick juice with pine needles than beer. That said, this is as ideal a beer as I have come by. There's some sweetness and pine bite providing further depth to the grapefruit flavor. The beer has some oilyness to balance out the perfectly dry finish. Overall, it's the same beer from the first whiff of the aroma to the last gulp down.

M - very clean and dry enough to be sessionable.

O - This beer is the hallmark of American brewing and the answer to the question why IPA's have become the halycon of beer styles.

Overall, this beer did feel like it had lost some of its edge since I last enjoyed it. While much of that might be owed to my expanding palette and my increased familiarity with IPA's, I place most blame on bottling. IPAs really should only be experienced fresh on draught.

MONKandTUCK, Sep 13, 2011
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,073 ratings.