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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,523 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,523
Reviews: 3,054
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 585
Gots: 1,335 | 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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NODAK

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Nose is pretty heavy on the grapefruit hops, which I've read is from the hopping of Centennial hops. That is definitely the aroma here. This is not a West Coast IPA right here, folks.

Taste has a nice grapefruit component to it, but I do get an aside of floral character there as well. I'd still say it's more on the citrus side than floral, however.

Towards the finish, a nice fruity, honey sweetness comes through just enough to give a decent bit of balance to the beer before giving way to a somewhat resinous finish.

As far as bitterness goes, it's probably on the medium to somewhat higher end for IPAs. Maltiness is somewhat low. Drinkability is quite high, but then again I like the hop qualities this IPA uses.

09-12-2010 00:21:10 | More by NODAK
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Lauthaha

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden color. Lots of tiny bubbles bubbling their way to the top of the glass. Thick, nearly two-finger head poured just about perfectly. As the head recedes, some moderate-to-heavy lacing is evident. Dimples in the head, along with those bubbles I was talking about. Very nice!

Smell: At first, all I can sense are some very fragrant floral hops. After a moment, grapefruit and/or coriander come into play. These are supplemented by a nutmeg-like undertone, and a mild ethyl afterthought.

Taste: Amazing blend of flavors! Everything I mentioned before melds into one very enjoyable conglomeration. The only point I would bring up is that the alcohol isn't very well hidden...you can definitely tell this is a 7% ABV beverage.

Mouthfeel: When you first begin your drink, the beer seems electric as it hits your tongue. A nice bite up front. As the carbonation does its magic, things mellow out just a tad allowing you to savor the taste. Rinses fairly cleanly, with just a touch of hop and grapefruit aftertaste.

Drinkability: It would be perfect, were it not for the noticeably higher alcohol content. I could drink this every night, but I couldn't drink more than two or three, even on a long night. Great beer in moderation!

09-10-2010 23:09:03 | More by Lauthaha
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culver501

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

A-straw colored, low carbonation, head retention is minimal, sediment (a lot left in the bottle, more than I expected for this)

S-piney hops, citrus (orange or grapefruit)

T-Hops, Hops, Hops! beautiful, floral, aromatic, reveals deeper layers of bitterness as the taste lingers

M-great mouthfeel, slightly sticky, oily. The hops definitely linger throughout

D-Awesome. Don't sense the alcohol. One of my new favorite hop-packing beverages

09-10-2010 03:21:27 | More by culver501
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milkbaby9

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

12oz bottle into Samuel Adams sensory glass. Sparkling clear gold with 3 finger white foamy head that stays around a while. Recedes to a 1 finger head leaving great lacing.

Aroma is all hops: grapefruit, fresh green vines, green pine needles, a touch of grass. Taste starts sweetly malty and builds up a spicy hoppy crescendo similar to the aromas, lotsa pine and bitter grapefruit. The grapefruit bitterness hangs on the roof of my mouth as the sweet malt lasts on and on with a touch of honey lemon.

Medium carbonation seems to increase the spicyness on the tongue. Relatively light bodied. Very drinkable as the sweet malt is strong enough to hold its own against the hops and bitterness.

09-09-2010 23:27:39 | More by milkbaby9
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

A- Yellowish orange; more gold and less orange than a typical IPA. Semi-translucent with medium carbonation and an average head. Considerably nice lacing.

S- Pine and grapefruit lead with a hop background. Very much floral hops. Would give it a higher rating if it were more detectable though.

T- Citrus kick right away before dropping a hint of roasted/bready malts, and then a bitter smooth hop finish. Leaves a fairly crisp finish, and the hops seem to stick around well long after your sip is done. It isn't abrasively bitter, but it maintains a somewhat elegant taste profile with the clean hops, and the crisp malt character.

M- Medium full body feel in your mouth. Very creamy and smooth. The alcohol gives a nice tingle on your tongue as well. Has a nice clean feel which I quite enjoy too.

D- A solid all around beer. Almost like a half-way to a double IPA based on the flavor, but closer to a normal IPA. It's good easy drinking, and a solid example of the style. Sadly, I don't think it lives up to the hype, but I can't deny that it's still a great beer.

09-09-2010 18:58:11 | More by BBP
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rdub

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint. Medium gold/tan color and a mice one finger head. Stuck around awhile. Aroma was of spucy hoppy grapefruit. Taste was strong and deliciously hoppy with a nice malt backbone. I got the weird fruity flavor some have described as well. Medium body and carbonation made it easy to drink for such a strong tasting brew. Packs a wallop of flavor.

09-09-2010 15:55:17 | More by rdub
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dubinsky

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A - Poured from the bottle, i got a nice creamy off-white one finger head. Color is a hazy, light golden orange. Great retention that leaves a full and creamy lace.

S - I love citrusy IPA's, and this is a great one. Juicy, strong hop aroma with lots of grapefruit, orange, apricot and a nice touch of floral hops. Wonderful smelling beer.

T - Great balance between the malt and hops. A tad sweet, but over all a good backbone of pale malt with a slight caramel, sweetness. Has a nice bitterness that lingers a bit, but its well balanced.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy feel.

D - Wish i had more. This is the last bottle from an east coast trade. Very easy to drink and tasty beer. Extremely balanced beer with lots of flavor. This is a formidable contender from the east in a style that i favor. If this was a local beer, i would definitely put this in my IPA rotation.

09-08-2010 02:41:44 | More by dubinsky
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jewel942

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +15.5%

Had the opportunity to sample several out of the firkin at Ashley's in Ann Arbor - came for the Hopslam which was out, but boy was this a great surprise.

Firstly, the ABV was quite a bit higher than the 'regular' Two Hearted... was stated as over 10%, although I don't recall exactly. Regardless, there was no strong alcohol overtone; definitely there but not objectionable in any way.

Head was nominal, typical for a firkin pour, excellent lacing and retained the foam layer pretty well. Color was a nice hazy golden hue, made better by the dim lighting at the Ashley's bar.

The aroma was Two Hearted, but better - more hops, more citrus, more everything. Best brewed aroma ever for me, save for a chocolate porter but that was something entirely different.

Same thing with the flavor, it was like Two Hearted with several highly enjoyable added layers of initial flavors and aftertastes. This was absolutely one of the top 5 brew experiences of my 30+ (won't say what the + represents) years of beer enjoyment.

Mouthfeel was better than usual for this level of IPA, seems the firkin processing smoothed things out a bit, less astringency and aftertaste.

If you have the chance to try Two Hearted from the cask - not to be missed!

09-07-2010 18:45:29 | More by jewel942
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herman77

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

*Review from notes on 9/2/10*

A: Deep hazy gold. Thin white head. Some lacing, thought there would be more.

S: Orange zest, floral hops and toffee malt.

T: Floral and pine hops. Lots of toffee malt, oranges and grapefruit. Medium pine hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Easy drinking for an IPA. Smooth and well balanced hop character makes it very approachable.

09-07-2010 00:20:38 | More by herman77
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bierguru

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -21.5%

A- golden thin white head

S - slight pine with a strong hop nose

T - bitter citrus taste maybe grapefruit strong hop

M - slight carbonation to the beer but all in all pretty smooth

D - yeah i would have a few and try again but frankly it was just a typical ipa

09-06-2010 19:42:36 | More by bierguru
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18%

Two 12 ouncers split 3 ways at a tasting. Both bottles were completely different, yet both seemed off, the scores are kind of a mixture from both of them.

Hazy but see through pale orange. Crazy good white head, bubbly and creamy. Retains well and leaves good lacing.

Smell has good scents of very light fruits, but hops are noticeably missing. Lemon, tart apple, citrus and floral notes. 2nd bottle didn't smell much like anything.

Lemon citrus and floral notes in the taste, some warm biscuit malt, once again not much hops. 2nd bottle tasted very strange, metallic and slightly sour, possibly infected.

Mouthfeel was very thin, low carbonation. Cam and Dan, who brought these, have had it before and said the first was probably not fresh enough and the 2nd was just off. I'd still like to give this beer another chance.

09-06-2010 14:07:50 | More by Chico1985
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rcwhiteky

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -4%

A-Bronze with a fluffy head that kept well
S-Hops that hade a smell of citrus and pine
T-pineapple and grapefruit with a grassy earthen taste that was well balenced not very bitter for an IPA
M-Thick and creamy just right for the style.
D-Very nice I really liked this one

09-05-2010 23:52:41 | More by rcwhiteky
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Had on-tap at the Boneyard in Broadview Heights. Beer was served in a chilled pint glass and was WAY too cold. Had to let it warm a bit before reviewing.

Beer is a beautiful amber color with a thin foamy head on top that remains throughout much of my drinking of the beer. Foam has nice retention as the beer is swirled.

Has a fruity, citrusy smell, some slight pine notes.

Presents with a nice bitter hop taste up front, plenty of evergreen, with a sweet malt taste hitting mid-mouth before ending bitter. The hop taste "echoes" away as you consume this one. Some spiciness keeps the mouth tingling.

Thin to medium mouthfeel, with the hops nicely keeping the taste buds active.

Highly drinkable, this is one of my go-to IPA's either from the bottle or on tap.

09-05-2010 14:19:42 | More by TheHoppiest
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Spider889

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

As far as IPAs go, this has to be one of the best options available on the East Coast.

Nice golden orange color with a frothy head that leaves lots of sticky lace.

Pungent nose of fresh wet hops. Bitter citrus and loads of pine resin. Tastes about the same. The hops are accentuated by a nicely balanced malt backbone.

Highly drinkable. Always enjoyable. Probably the best beer that Bell's makes.

09-05-2010 08:21:03 | More by Spider889
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everiand

Tennessee

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Purchased in Bowling Green (can't get Bell's in TN) - 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Cloudy, orange/amber, not different from many IPAs. Poured a two-finger off-white head.

Aroma: The hops hit you right away, along with citrus (mainly grapefruit), but it's not overpowering - clean and crisp.

Taste: This is an outstanding IPA - my favorite brew right now. The hops are very prevalent, but blend smoothly with the citrus to create a great overall taste that is full bodied with the right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, dry like most IPAs.

Drinkability: For a strong IPA, this is a very drinkable beer; you have to watch yourself at 7.0% ABV. It's full-bodied, but very smooth.

09-04-2010 20:59:51 | More by everiand
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harpus

Alabama

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%

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

09-04-2010 12:45:17 | More by harpus
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Dunkle

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Orange with less than an inch of head. Inviting.
S: Citrus hops and orange.
T: It tastes like it smells. The hops hit you up front and then a rush of orange calms your palate. Yum. (Did I mention the oranges?)
M: Better than most IPAs. It leaves your mouth dry and makes you want to take another sip! Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated.
D: Drinkable for an IPA. I would be able to drink a six-pack in a night, but would rather only have one or two.

09-04-2010 02:19:02 | More by Dunkle
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scottfrie

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to two generous BA's who sent me bottles of this.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy citrus-amber color with an amply large off-white head that slowly reduced into a thick oily film that left great chunks of sticky lace down the glass. Great head retention.
S: Great notes of both fruity and floral hop fill my nose. There is also a touch of bready malt and perhaps salty brine peeking through hoppy notes of apricot, grapefruit, peach and pineapple. Very sweet smelling that is almost perfumey.
T: Follows the nose with a big fresh hop punch. A bit more grassy than the nose with a peppery hop finish. Still very sweet and fruity though. Notes of malt are caramely sweet and pleasant. Aftertaste is full of exotic fruits.
M: Tingly carbonation nips at the tongue over the medium greasy body. Aftertaste has a fresh bitter taste but isn't too dry.
D: Very impressive for an IPA. Borders perhaps on a double? It's no Sculpin, but it has a place in my top 5. If it were local I'd buy it often.

09-03-2010 23:34:41 | More by scottfrie
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to jbelflower for getting me a six pack of this in our trade.

Appearance: Deep golden in color. No haze or sediment from the pour. Nice three finger white pillowy head. Very inviting and impressive.

Aroma: Pine, grapefruit and some lighter citrus. Not overpowering or particularly aromatic for an IPA but an impressive nose none the less.

Taste: Smooth grapefruit and mild citrus. Some pine notes in the background. Nice balance of sweet and bitter hops. Not much malt as the hops are definitely the draw here.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and moderate carbonation. Smooth and relatively crisp.

Drinkability: Definitely an IPA I could have a couple of. The ABV is well hidden underneath the hops and each sip leaves me wanting more. Certainly not sessionable at this ABV though.

Overall, one of the best IPAs I have ever had. In fact, I rate this second to Sculpin on that list for single IPAs. Perfectly smooth and balanced. This would be my good to six pack if it were local, but it is not. Highly recommended.

09-03-2010 23:22:00 | More by Gosox8787
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Mosstrooper

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a respectably-sized white head that dissipates somewhat slowly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: So much lovely hop aroma is in this brew, it's hard to describe. Tropical aromas (mainly passion fruit, but also with mango and maybe even pineapple) dominate, but there's also a note of earthy hop behind it. This also has slight sweet buttery notes. Flowery and grapefruit notes come through a bit as the beer warms. If I could give the aroma of this one a six, I would.

Taste: Begins bitter with a slight mango taste, finishing sweet and buttery but also with a note of earthy hops and a slight nut flavor. This beer is citrusy, bitter, tropical, and sweet; yet somehow all of these seemingly contrasting flavors meld so well together, with none outshining the other, and even complementing each other.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with sharp carbonation and a dry finish that is not overwhelmingly dry. If the carbonation were just a bit less, this would feel perfect.

Drinkability: A fantastic IPA and probably the best available. I have not had an IPA with so much hop character that also was not oppressive on the palate. Very drinkable (though not quite sessionable) and this is something I wish I could regularly find in NYC. If you haven't already tried this, stop reading this and grab some- I am glad I brought this back from D.C.

09-03-2010 20:51:48 | More by Mosstrooper
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JoePat

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

This beer pours a dark straw to light amber with a nice hop haze and a huge white head that sticks around for a while leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is of fresh grapefruit and it is intense. There is also a nice little sweet malt in the aroma as it warms and it is very clean and crisp smelling.

The flavor is good and clean. Flowery hop bitterness with a clean malt backbone balanced out so that it keep you wanting more. There is a little vegitable hop flavor but it is very small and easily overlooked.

The malt and hop balance is spot on making this a very smooth and drinkable beer that you just can't stop drinking.

09-03-2010 00:31:25 | More by JoePat
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Batch 9740. 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark golden color with a nice 1 finger off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Overall, a very nice looking beer.

S: Lots of citrusy hops dominate the smell. Not much in the way of pine or acidity on the nose. Lemons, grapefruit, and a little watermelon are the dominant smells. The aroma is not overwhelming but is quite pleasant and balanced.

T: I feel like this has all the characteristics of a top tier beer, just that the flavor and smell are not quite as intense as the top level beers of this class. The flavor, while not quite as intense as say a pliny or sculpin is still spot on. Two Hearted has a wonderful balance of slightly sweeter citrusy hops at the start and a bitter kick at the finish. Somewhat like abrasive.

M: Perfect level of carbonation. Nice viscosity and a great aftertaste.

D: I think I could drink this all day. It is a crisp, balanced, tasty beer. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. If you haven't tried this one you definitely should, and it shouldn't be too hard to find.

09-03-2010 00:26:00 | More by glazeman
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generalnotsew

Tennessee

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%

Pours very bright golden yellow head retention fades a bit fast. Smell is very tropical laced with bitter hops. I could smell this beer all day. Piney and earthy are really nowhere to be found. I like piney and earthy but this is way different and a nice change. Nice hop bitterness upfront and has a great malt backbone. Very tangy with sweetness in the aftertaste. Gotta love this beer. Even non craft drinkers take to it pretty well.

09-02-2010 02:08:18 | More by generalnotsew
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sellmeagod

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -26.2%

The fish hearts beating on the label lead us to a quite enjoyable beer.

Smells of vegetables. A strong and even hoppy flavor that does never get too bitter. Strong, hearty, river-forging brew. Crisp finish and no tastes lingering long. You can crack these forgetting the 7.1 abv, which is a plus.

09-02-2010 01:43:05 | More by sellmeagod
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

This is personally for me one of the stand out IPA's in the world and i'm a huge fan of IPA's. I often underrate them because I simply expect way too much, so I'll try to be fair.

Every part of this beer just works together in a rather amazing way. It's beautiful to look at, the carbonation which gives it an amazing lacing and solid head then goes on to give it a wonderful carbonated mouth feel. The aroma is powerful and quit nice. Lots of citrus grape fruit. The taste is up there with the best, I could go for a bit more hops and a touch less malt but more of preference than a flaw. Finally, this is a beer I want to session..you know till I realize that is actually does contain alcohol...a good bit as a matter of fact.

The best IPA out there? I'm not going that far but of the ones I can easily get it's in the to 3.

09-01-2010 22:09:07 | More by bobhits
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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